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Man Exposes Himself Near Playground (Photo) - 09/22/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police are investigating the report of a male exposing himself near a playground while children were playing.

On September 20, 2016 at 7:00pm, a Gresham Police officer was flagged down while directing traffic at an accident scene, by a concerned citizen reporting that he had witnessed an adult male exposing himself by a playground at the Columbia Trails Apartments, 1112 NW 15th Street. The citizen, who was sitting on the back porch of his apartment, saw a man acting suspicious and began filming him with his cell phone. That video shows an adult male, who appears to be touching himself, while looking in the direction of the playground. After being confronted by the citizen, the adult male rode away on a blue colored mountain bike.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the subject. He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, wearing a baseball hat, blue jeans, and a black long sleeve shirt over a light colored shirt. He was last seen riding away on a blue colored mountain bike.

Anyone who can identify or have had similar encounters with the pictured subject, are urged to contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

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Man Hit by Union Pacific Train - 09/15/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police and medical personnel respond to a call of an injury accident near 181st Avenue involving a Union Pacific train.

At 3:56am, Gresham Police received a call from a Union Pacific employee, reporting their eastbound train had struck a pedestrian. It is estimated that this crash occurred a 1/4 mile west of 181st Avenue. Police arrived on scene and found the victim deceased. Just before 7:00am, the Oregon State Medical Examiner arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. It has been determined that the victim is a male but his identity is unknown. The circumstances surrounding the crash are still being investigated.

Union Pacific will be heading up the investigation moving forward. No traffic is impeded because of this investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Update: Suspects Charged In Killing of Vancouver Teen Indicted For Intimidation - 09/13/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On Monday, Sept. 12, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Russell Courtier and Colleen Hunt for Intimidation in the first degree, Oregon's bias crime statute, adding to the list of charges they already face for the murder of Larnell Bruce.

On Aug. 13 Bruce, 19, died as a result of injuries sustained during an assault where he was run over by Courtier.

On Aug. 18, a grand jury indicted Courtier and Hunt for Murder. Police allege Courtier intentionally ran over Bruce while being encouraged to do so by Hunt.

Since the beginning, investigators have been carefully uncovering the motive in this case and report that just knowing the suspects have clear ties to a white supremacist group is not enough to definitively prove in court how or if the affiliation played into their decisions that night.

Police believe additional witnesses, including subject matter experts on white supremacy gangs, have helped answer part of the motive and highlighted the suspects' associations as one contributing factor.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives encourage anyone who has additional information about this case to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.


Gresham Police Issue 36 Citations During Four-Hour Pedestrian Safety Mission - 09/12/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety mission on Aug. 18 at the intersection of West Powell Blvd. and West Powell Loop, resulting in 36 citations. The goal of the mission was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through handing out educational brochures and citations over a four-hour period.

During the safety operation, officers issued citations for drivers failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for drivers passing a vehicle that was stopped at a crosswalk. Other citations were issued for driving with a suspended license and one for a non-injury involving a vehicle rear-ending another that was stopped at the crosswalk.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross or who are in the process of crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety mission was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional pedestrian safety events will be scheduled throughout September.


Eight People Injured in Highway 26 Traffic Crash - 09/05/16

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2016
CASE NUMBER: 16-50718

Gresham, Ore.--At 9:10 p.m. emergency crews responded to the area of Highway 26 and SE Pamlquist Road after several reports of a traffic collision between a mid-sized truck and sedan that left a total of 8 people injured. Reports indicate that the driver of the truck was traveling westbound Highway 26 when a dark colored sedan traveling eastbound attempted to negotiate a northbound turn onto SE Palmquist Road. This collision is expected to close the intersection for the next two to three hours while the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team investigates.

Update: Man Arrested for Rockwood's Sanctuary Church Shooting (Photo) - 09/01/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- "Kevin Michael Farmer was contacted during an early morning traffic stop in Gresham on Wednesday and taken into custody without incident," said Gresham detective Aaron Turnage. "While it's clear he and the victim know each other and engaged in an argument, how it culminated in a gun being fired is still under investigation."

Farmer, 21, is identified as the man who fired a gun during an Aug. 29 altercation with Jonathon Pierce, 29, outside Sanctuary Church in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood. Pierce was injured in the face but has since been released from the hospital.

No further information is available at this time.


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Police Seek To Identify Stranger Who Contacted Young Girl In Northwest Gresham - 08/30/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police investigators are hoping to identify and speak with a man who reportedly talked with a young girl yesterday, asking her, "Do you want to come to my house?" The stranger did not have any physical contact with the six-year-old but followed her for a short distance before fleeing east on NW Division St. after the girl yelled "No" and ran away.

The unwanted contact happened between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the 1700 block of NW Division St. The girl had been playing with her friend in an adjoining neighborhood when she heard talking on a pedestrian access path that connects NW Division St. with NW Bella Vista Pl. Curious, but against her parent's rules, the girl went up the path.

The lone person she encountered is described as a thin white man in his 30s, with dark hair and a star-looking tattoo on his face. He was wearing a green shirt and black shorts. Investigators are hoping to talk with him to better determine the nature of yesterday's incident.

The young girl is safe, largely credited to her bravery and remembering what her parents taught her about "stranger danger."

Gresham officers speak in numerous classrooms throughout the school year, talking with students of all ages about stranger danger. Officers provide younger students with coloring books that cover topics like stranger danger, gun and traffic safety to help parents facilitate an open dialog with their child. A copy of the coloring book is available for parents at the police department's Records desk.

Officers also talk with student and parent groups about the growing concerns of Internet, social media and technology safety.

Anyone who witnessed yesterday's incident or has information about the person of interest is encouraged to contact the police tip line at 503.618-2719.


Shooting Outside Sanctuary Church Injures Man, Suspect On Run - 08/29/16

GRESHAM, Ore.--A 29-year-old man was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the face after an early morning altercation outside Sanctuary Church, 19626 NE Glisan St. The victim's condition is not known but detectives believe he will survive.

The suspect, described as a white male is his early 20s, fled the area prior to police arrival. Investigators believe the suspect and the victim likely know each other.

Officers responded to a 911 call at 1:53 a.m. on the church's property, by the "Red Barn" warehouse. The shooting appears to have happened outside, near the church's garden, as a result of an argument between the victim and the suspect. No one else at the location was threatened or hurt during this incident.

Sanctuary Church and its affiliated ministries are well known for outreach and support of those experiencing homelessness in East Multnomah County.

No further information is available at this time.