Police Arrest Man for Robbery of Deli (Photo)
Gresham, Ore -Police arrested a man for Robbery after he displayed a weapon and took cash from Dotty's Deli, 2420 SE Burnside, early this morning. Thomas Aaron Mortenson is in Multnomah County Jail today on a variety of charges related to the incident.
Police were dispatched to the location at 1:31 a.m. on June 30, 2015 on a report of a man who displayed a weapon, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. At 1:36 a.m. a Gresham Officer checking the area spotted a man walking near the area of the robbery. Before the officer could contact the individual, the man ran from the officer. The officer noted that he had something in his waistband. Officers set up a perimeter and a police K-9 located the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. The K-9 also located several items associated to the robbery, including the weapon used, a realistic-looking pellet gun.
There is no further information available and no video available.
Gresham Police Watching for DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws
With the help of funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Gresham Police Department in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact will continue to provide enhanced patrols looking for DUII drivers and enforcing safety belt laws.
During the 4th of July weekend, officers will be deploying extra patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. Officers will be targeting those who do not heed the message to designate a sober driver and will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving.
The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.
Ways to prevent impaired driving:
*Stop alcohol service long before the event is over *Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs for others
*Choose a responsible designated driver
*Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol
*Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
*Report drunk drivers by calling 911
Those who drink and drive risk serious injury or death to themselves or someone else. Drunk (impaired) driving is not an accident, it is a deliberate action taken by an individual that puts many at risk.
Officers will also focus attention on safety belt usage. Children that either are riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Safety belts save lives and NHTSA data shows that as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past 5 years, 1,552 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes across the nation - of those who died, almost half were unbelted. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Since January 2015, Gresham Officers working specific hours dedicated to these missions issued a total 106 safety belt citations with 20 of them being child restrain citations, 61 suspended or revoked license citations, 28 DUII citations and 451 citations or warnings for other offenses.
Gresham Police will continue these enhanced enforcement efforts in the upcoming months and during other holiday events, including Labor Day along with other special events with identified DUII problems.
Pedestrian Struck in Rockwood, Suspect Outstanding - 06/15/15
Gresham, Ore. - On June 15 at about 6:00 a.m., Portland resident Mario Polk, 39, was hit by a white Ford Crown Victoria while he was attempting to cross SE 162nd Avenue, north of SE Stark Street. The car immediately fled the scene, leaving Polk lying injured in the street.
Polk was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the suspect vehicle was located later in the morning by Portland Police, parked near the 2600 block of SE 127th Avenue. The driver of the suspect vehicle is described as a black male and the passenger as a white male, both in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties.
Witnesses said the vehicle's passenger seemed to be in a verbal argument with Polk shortly before the crash.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham Police.
No other information is available at this time.
Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Homicide (Photo)
Gresham, Ore -Police are releasing a sketch of one of the suspects in a recent Gresham homicide in the hope that it could lead to an arrest in the murder of Erick Carnegie. Carnegie was murdered in his home in the 1800 block of NW 7th in Gresham on May 11. A police artist worked with the witness to produce the drawing. The suspects are described as:
An African American male in his mid-20s, light-skinned, 6'0" tall, skinny build, wearing a dark-colored hoody, bandana covering his face, and black shoes. This suspect was armed with a handgun.
An African American male, unknown age, dark-skinned, 5'8" tall, 160 to 170 pounds, goatee, 2" Afro, wearing a burgundy sweatshirt. This suspect was armed with a Taser.
Detectives are still asking for tips from the public about this case. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php
or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Visit http://www.tipsoft.com
to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.
Neighborhood Enforcement Team closes first year strong - and expands - 06/11/15
GRESHAM, Ore. - The City of Gresham's Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) logged more than 8,000 citizen contacts - phone calls, patrol stops, searches and interviews - in its first year of operation. Based on the police team's success in securing abandoned properties, dispersing drug dealers, and otherwise improving quality of life, the NET will expand from two to four police officers in 2015.
Gresham Police Chief Craig Junginger launched the NET in May 2014. With support from Mayor Shane Bemis and the City Council, Junginger wanted to combat neighborhood livability issues such as drug dealing, trespassing, chronic noise and transients - issues that don't qualify as emergencies but have a significant, negative effect on residents. Livability calls were on the rise, so Junginger selected two seasoned officers, Daniel Estes and James Leake, to form the NET.
In their first year, police statistics show that Estes and Leake:
- Made 734 premise checks as a result of resident requests
- Secured 144 abandoned properties to remove squatters and thieves
- Tagged or cleared 89 transient camps
- Made 65 arrests, most for criminal trespassing or outstanding warrants
- Conducted three safety design checks for property managers and business owners
NET successes are many, from recovering stolen cars to dispersing drug dealers. Many cases involve abandoned homes or commercial properties, where squatters or thieves can take over.
One notable NET case involved a yellow ranch house in Rockwood that, after its owner went to jail, became inhabited by four to five squatters prone to bat fights, knife fights, drug deals, overflowing trash and chronic noise - prompting as many as five 911 calls a day. Now the house is cleaned up and sold thanks to the NET, which worked for weeks with the bank that owned the house to evict the squatters. Since then, 911 calls to the neighborhood have dropped 43 percent.
Along with responding to resident calls and anonymous tips, the NET works with property managers and business owners to deal with problem tenants or improve safety on site by reviewing lighting, landscaping and other design features. The NET provides safety advice to neighborhood groups and safety training to local Realtors, who work alone and routinely meet strangers in empty properties.
"They were so terrific," said Gaye Bell, a local title company employee, who asked the NET to provide the Realtor training. "The team is an asset to the City."
The Gresham Police Department has long-standing special units for gang activity and drug crimes. The NET is the latest detail, and was created without hiring new staff.
"I listened to the community when they said what impacts them most - the livability of their immediate neighborhoods," Police Chief Craig Junginger said. "NET is addressing those things that people who live in this city are most concerned about."
Gresham Police Investigate Shooting - 06/10/15
Gresham, Ore.-On June 10, 2015 at 3:31 AM a resident at the Rockwood Station Apartments, located at 19100 E Burnside Street in Gresham, called police after hearing a male in the parking lot yelling that he had been shot. Other apartment complex residents called police to report hearing the gunshot out in the parking lot as well.
Police arrived a few minutes later and located a 35-year-old male in the southern portion of the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Medics arrived and immediately transported the victim to OHSU for treatment. His condition at this time is unknown although his injury did not appear to be life threatening. He was unable to provide police with a statement at the scene. There were no witnesses at the scene to provide police with any suspect information and it is unknown if this is a gang related incident.
Gresham Police are asking for any witnesses to provide suspect information. If anyone has information that would help police with this investigation, please call 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.
Detectives Investigate Shooting in Gresham - Update - 06/06/15
Gresham, Ore. - On June 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm, Police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 700 block of SE 205th Dr. Police arrived on scene and found that a 43 year old female had been shot. She died at the scene.
The victim's husband, Gerardo Gomez Ventura, 44, of Gresham, was arrested at the scene and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on murder charges.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting. The victim's name is not being released at this time.
Detectives Investigate Shooting in Gresham - 06/06/15
Gresham, Ore. - On June 5, 2015 at 10:36 pm, Police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 700 block of SE 205th Dr. Police arrived on scene and found that a female had been shot. No other information in regards to the extent of her injury is being released at this time.
The incident is not gang related and there is no imminent danger to the public. Detectives will be on scene for some time and no other updates are expected to be released this evening.