Gresham Police Cadet Unit Accepting Applications (Photo)
Gresham, Ore. -- The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for their Police Cadet program until Dec. 18 at 5:00 p.m., to fill upward of 10 positions.
Assigned to the department's operations division, cadet volunteers are trained by officers and take an active role in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, and crime prevention. They work with sworn officers to provide security at community events and may assist with article searches at crime scenes. Additional opportunities include training with S.W.A.T and the department's K9 units.
Cadets also compete in the annual Oregon Law Enforcement Challenge; participating in firearms competitions and scenario-based events that include active shooter, building searches, precision driving, and crime scene investigation.
Applicants must be between 15 and 20 years of age, live in Gresham or the surrounding area, pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record (if applicable), and have a GPA of 2.5 or better if still attending high school. All persons selected as members of the cadet unit are required to attend and graduate a department-hosted academy.
Applications are available online at www.greshamoregon.gov/cadets
and at the police department, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR, 97030. They must be emailed to the police department at Cadets@GreshamOregon.gov
or dropped off at the department's front desk by Dec. 18. Interviews will be held in late December.
Portland Man Posing As 16-year-old Boy Arrested For Crimes Against Children (Photo)
Gresham, Ore. -- Christopher Michael Scott was arrested today at his Portland, Ore., home in the 32 block of SE 92nd Ave., accused of engaging in illegal contact with a 13-year-old girl from Gresham.
Gresham detectives say Scott first contacted the victim this August on MeetMe.com, a multiplatform social networking site where people connect and often engage in online dating. Hiding his true identity as a 22-year-old registered sexual offender, Scott claimed to be a 16-year-old boy from Portland named "Jake Wolf."
Scott is accused of sending sexually explicit photographs of himself to the girl and asking her to send similar photographs in return. He is also accused of trying to arrange an in-person meeting with her.
Scott's concerning and illegal contact was discovered by the girl's attentive mother, who saw some his messages on one of the family's electronic devices. She immediately talked with her daughter and contacted the police.
Scott is lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of second-degree online sexual corruption of a child, attempted use of a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, and luring a minor.
Detectives believe Scott may have engaged in similar conduct with other juveniles in the Portland metro area. Anyone who believes Scott has had in illegal contact with them or their child is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 53.618.2719.
Man Taken To Hospital With Head Injures- Police Calling Incident Suspicious - 11/17/15
Concerned neighbors in the 17700 block of E. Burnside St. called 911 at 5:30 a.m. today when a bloodied man knocked on their door, asking to use the restroom. They recognized the injured man as their neighbor, 55-year-old Jorge Salazar-Castillo, and called police.
Officers briefly spoke with Salazar-Castillo, who reported having fallen down some stairs. He was transported to the hospital with significant head injuries and his current condition is not known.
Concerned Salazar-Castillo's injuries may not be consistent with falling down stairs, detectives were called to the scene. The injuries are believed to have happened between 3:15 a.m. and shortly before the 911 call, likely in the surrounding area.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about what happened to Salazar-Castillo is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
No additional information is available at this time.
Pedestrians And Drivers Beware, Darkened Skies Factor Into Recent Crashes - 11/16/15
Gresham, Ore. - In light of three Gresham residents being hit by cars within one hour today, and a Gresham woman hit by a MAX train last Friday night, the police department reminds everyone to stay alert and watch out for each other. As winter approaches and rainy skies darken significantly by 4:15 p.m., visibility is diminished for everyone.
Two 12-year-old boys were struck by a car at 4:36 p.m. today, at the intersection of W. Powell Blvd. and S.W. Eastman Pkwy, Gresham. The friends were running west on Powell Blvd, crossing Eastman Pkwy, when they were hit by a vehicle driving south on Eastman. The vehicle had a green light as it proceeded through the intersection and they boys were ignoring their red light. The driver remained at the scene and is not facing any citations.
The boys were transported by ambulances to area hospitals where they are being treated for injuries. Their current conditions are not known but both boys were alert and talking with first responders, and neither had any visibly significant injuries.
At 5:33 p.m., officers responded to reports of a 36-year-old female being struck by a car. The woman was walking in a marked crosswalk on E. Powell Blvd. at S.E. Hogan Rd., with a green light and a walk sign. A driver turning right from eastbound Powell Blvd. onto Hogan Rd. did not see the pedestrian due to rain and dark skies. The car ran over the woman's right foot.
The driver remained with the victim and then took her to meet with police. The woman was later transported by ambulance to an area hospital for further evaluation.
In many cases, reducing speed on rainy days and at night can significantly lessen the impact and likelihood of a crash. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright clothing, carry lighted devices, and cross roadways within marked crosswalks and with the walk signal to increase visibility and safety.
Update: Gresham Woman Remains In Critical Condition From Collision With MAX Train - 11/16/15
Gresham, Ore. - Suffering multiple broken bones and severe head trauma from being struck by a TriMet MAX train on Nov. 13, Maricela Stewart, 45, remains in critical condition at an area hospital.
Police say the Gresham resident was walking north on S.E. 162nd Ave., crossing E. Burnside St., when she stepped into the pathway of a westbound MAX train. Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary findings point to Stewart's inattentiveness as the cause of the collision. Investigators report the train's warning signals and horn were working and in use when Stewart walked in front of the train.
Stewart was in a marked crosswalk but walking against the warning lights when she was struck. The train, already close to the intersection, was unable to stop before hitting Stewart. Police believe the incident was an accident.
No further information is available at this time.
Female Struck by MAX Train at 162nd / Burnside - 11/13/15
Gresham, Ore. - On November 13, 2015 at 7:24 p.m., Gresham Police was dispatched to the report of a person struck by a MAX train at the 162nd Ave. and Burnside St. station. Police and medical personnel arrived on scene and found that an adult female had stepped into the train's right of way and was struck. She was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The incident is still under investigation and no further information is being released at this time.
Update: Gresham Man Found Safe (Photo)
Update: Mr. Nguyen has been found safe and is returning home.
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police is seeking the public's help in locating a missing endangered man that walked away from his care facility in the 4000 block of NE Division St. Quang Nguyen, 46, was last seen on the evening of November 12. He is 5'7, 180 pounds, has long black spiked hair and a black beard. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, gray sweatshirt, and brown shoes. Nguyen is unable to care for himself and needs his medication for a brain disorder. If you see Nguyen please call the BOEC non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
Additional Information Sought in Blue Dog RV Burglaries - 11/05/15
Gresham, Ore. - According to police detectives, travel trailers and other recreational vehicles at Blue Dog RV, 1990 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham, have been the target of at least 20 burglaries in the past three days. The thieves have mainly targeted the vehicle's flat screen televisions.
Investigators are still compiling reports, finding the business has been victimized even more in the past several months at an approximate loss of $250,000, including the theft of at least one trailer.
Working under the cover of darkness like the thieves they are trying to catch, detectives watched the location last night and caught one man, Gresham resident Conrad Conn Herrera. Around 3:00 a.m., detectives confronted Herrera, 38, after he broke into a trailer and walked out with a 36in Hisense television.
With Herrera in custody, police believe there are other suspects yet to be identified. Anyone who has information about the burglaries is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
Herrera will be booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, five counts of Attempt Burglary in the Second Degree, and one count of Theft in the Second Degree.
Damascus Man Arrested For Crimes Against Two Children- Police Believe High Probability More Victims Exist (Photo)
Gresham, Ore. - Matthew Alan Tallmadge, 35, was arrested today at his Damascus, Ore., home in the 22300 block of SE Bohna Park Rd., accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls and creating child pornography.
Gresham detectives believe Tallmadge met the 16 and 17-year-old victims as a drug dealer who supplied juveniles with methamphetamines and other illicit drugs at underage parties in Multnomah County. He then continued his unlawful contacts in Multnomah and Clackamas counties, sexually abusing select victims and supplying them with additional drugs.
As part of the abuse, Tallmadge photographed the victims in sexually explicit displays; creating child pornography. The total number of children abused by Tallmadge and whether or not he shared the pornographic images with others is still under investigation.
Anyone who was victimized by Tallmadge or has pertinent information about him is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.