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Police Seek Help in Finding Missing Alzheimer's Patient (Photo) - 03/24/15
Gresham, Ore -A Gresham woman with Alzheimer's has been missing since about 6:30 p.m. today and police are asking for help in locating her. Diane Holcom, 74, was last seen at her home in the 800 block of NW 3rd in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Her husband reported that he had gone to another part of the house and when he looked for her, he realized that she had walked out of the house. He reported that she often leaves on walks, but usually returns quickly. Police fear that she has become lost or disoriented and cannot find her way back home.

It is unknown what clothing she was wearing since her husband did not see her leave. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing 130 pounds, with blond hair. She is described as looking younger than her 74 years. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.
Attached Media Files: Holcom
Man Struck by MAX Train on E Burnside at NE 181st - 03/20/15
Gresham, Ore.-On March 20, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Gresham Police and Transit Police responded to a crash involving a MAX train and a pedestrian. Medical personnel and police located an unconscious adult male on the ground with injuries to his head and pelvic area. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital by ambulance with injuries that required him to be transported to a trauma hospital, yet appeared to be non-life threatening.

MAX service was interrupted and was serviced by shuttle service and traffic on NE 181st was diverted for a short time, but as of approximately 12:10 PM was fully restored. No further information about the victim is available at this time.
Two Men Arrested After Attempted Theft of Motorcycle - 03/19/15
Gresham, Ore. - On March 19, 2015 at 11:32 AM Gresham Police responded to a report of two people yelling at each other in the parking lot of the Heatherwood Apartments located at 765 SE Mt. Hood Highway. Initial reports were that the males, and possibly another male and another female, were somehow associated with a U-Haul truck and a motorcycle. Police arrived and contacted a male and female in the lot and learned that two other unknown males in a U-Haul truck tried to steal their motorcycle from the lot and load it into the U-Haul truck. The males fled the scene prior to police arriving but the victims managed to write down the license plate on the U-Haul truck as they left the lot. The owner of the motorcycle also stated that one of the males was armed with a pistol at the time it occurred.

Approximately 30 minutes later, another officer spotted the U-Haul truck in the 16400 block of SE Division st. Officers were able to stop the truck and detained two males inside. Detectives and crime scene investigators interviewed the victims as well as the suspects in the U-Haul truck. The driver of the U-Haul truck was identified as 25-year-old Andrew Boley of Sandy and the passenger was identified as 27-year-old Trevor Zook of Brightwood.

As a result of the investigation, Boley and Zook were arrested on various charges. Boley was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Menacing, three counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving. Zook was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Menacing. Photos available from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Gresham Police Respond to Murder-Suicide of Elderly Couple - 03/19/15
RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Ofc. Adam Baker, Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 15-702877

Gresham, Ore. - On March 18, 2015 at 8:32 PM Gresham Police received a report of two people found deceased in a home in the 17400 block of NE Irving st. The couple, who are both in their late 80's, were discovered by one of their adult children. Detectives and crime scene investigators responded in order to determine what had occurred at the home.

As a result of the investigation and evidence located at the scene, police determined that this incident was a murder-suicide. The names of the couple are being withheld as family notification hasn't been completed yet, but the couple were the only residents of the home where it occurred.

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Dove
Dove
Driver in Crosswalk Pedestrian Accident Indicted, Arrested (Photo) - 03/18/15
Police investigation uncovered cell phone use as cause of accident.

Gresham, Ore - The driver in the accident that left three pedestrians injured at a crosswalk in front of Centennial High School on January 15, was arrested after a grand jury indictment accusing her of several crimes. Elizabeth Rachel Dove, 23, of Gresham was arrested on March 4, 2015 after the indictment. She was booked and released from the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with three counts of Assault III, five counts of Recklessly Endangering and one count of Reckless Driving.

Traffic Officers investigating the cause of the crash determined that speed and alcohol were not a factor. However, a search of Dove's cell phone revealed that she was making a video at the time the accident occurred. Police want to remind the public that using cellphones to call, text, update social media accounts, take pictures or make videos while driving is unlawful and places drivers and pedestrians in danger. See O.R.S. 811.507 for more information on operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device. Distracted driving is a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. "Engaging in visual-manual subtasks associated with the use of hand-held phones" increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Charges: Assault III O.R.S. 163.165 (3 counts)
Recklessly Endangering--Misd O.R.S. 163.195 (5 counts)
Reckless Driving--Misd O.R.S. 811.140

Link to original incident Oregonlive http://goo.gl/rcUsV6
Attached Media Files: Dove
UPDATE: Three Shot in Gresham Tavern, suspect arrested. - 03/14/15
Gresham,Ore--Three bar patrons were injured and one man was arrested after shots were fired at a Gresham bar tonight. Police were dispatched at 11:28 p.m. to Puff's Pub, 22200 S.E. Stark on a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they discovered three patrons had been injured by gunfire from another patron. The person responsible for the shooting has been taken into custody without incident. Detectives have been summoned to the scene and will be investigating including interviewing dozens of witnesses. No names will be released while detectives investigate. The injuries to the three victims are not life-threatening.

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UPDATE

As a result of the investigation, 34-year-old Kenneth Allen Sheets of Gresham, Ore., was arrested for shooting 39-year-old Jason Thompson of Fairview, Ore., 33-year-old Jose De Jesus Ramirez-Ramirez of Gresham, Ore., and 23-year-old Adrian Mora-Garcia of Portland, Ore.

This incident does not appear to be gang related and the motive is unknown. Kenneth Sheets was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault I, two counts of Assault II and Reckless Endangering. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail with his bail set at $757,500. Photo available from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Gresham Police Detective Marciano at 503-618-2702.
Update on Shooting at 175th and Stark - 03/09/15
UPDATE**03-09-15 5:20 p.m.

The suspect in the shooting will be charged as an adult for the measure 11 crime of Attempted Murder. Arrested yesterday was Ze'andre Davis-Gray, 15, of Portland in the shooting of Umberto Velasco-Arrango, who is expected to recover from his injuries related to the shooting. No further information available.

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Gresham Police have made an arrest in the shooting that occurred in the area of 175th and Stark last night. Police arrested a 15 year-old male and have charged him with Attempted Murder. He was lodged at JDH. Police also identified the victim as 23 year-old Umberto Velasco-Arango, address unknown. His condition is unknown at this time but his injuries are non-life threatening.

Officers searching the area spotted the suspect on foot not far from the original shooting at 174th and Main and took him into custody without incident. The suspect was spotted in part due to an officer who happened to be in the vicinity of the shooting when it occurred and was able to broadcast a suspect description. Police believe the shooting to be gang-related.

This investigation is continuing and there is no further information.
Man Shot in Torso Near 175th Ave and Stark St - 03/08/15
Gresham, Ore. - On March 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm, a Gresham officer was in the area of SE Stark St. and SE 175th Ave. when he heard a gun shot nearby. Moments later he located a 20 year old male with a single gunshot wound to his torso. The man was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The events leading up to the shooting are unknown at this time and it is not known if the incident was gang related. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's.

Detectives are investigating the shooting and no other information is being released at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503-618-2719.
Gresham Police See Rise in Reports of Fraudulent IRS Calls - 03/05/15
Gresham, Ore. - Calls have been trickling into the Gresham Police Department, more than two dozen in a 30 day period, all from residents wanting to report suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be IRS investigators. All of the reports are similar in nature and usually involve the victim being told a warrant for their arrest will be issued if they do not give the caller their name, social security number, and other personal demographic and financial information. In each case, the police department believes the victim was contacted by a criminal pretending to be an IRS agent, attempting to steal the victim's identity and money.

This type of scam is not new and is listed as one of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2015 on the real IRS website; http://www.irs.gov. Along with phishing emails and fake website scams, the IRS warns taxpayers to beware of suspicious phone calls which "threaten police arrest, license revocation" and other such bullying tactics.

According to the IRS, if you receive a phone call and suspect the caller is not really from the IRS you should:
1) Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available, and
2) Call 1-800-366-4484 to speak with a real government employee and determine if the caller was truly an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.

Citizens can visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing for more information about what to do if they receive a suspicious IRS-related communication.

The Gresham Police Department warns residents to not give out personal or financial information to unsolicited callers unless they are certain of the caller's identity and intentions.


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Gresham Police Watching for DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws - 03/04/15
With the help of funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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.

According to ODOT crash data, 938 child passengers under the age of eight were killed or injured in a one year time period. Nearly one third of those children were either riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size. You can find more information about fitting stations at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

During the targeted periods of enforcement during January and February 2015 Officers issued a total of 75 Safety Belt Citations with 16 of them being Child Restrain Citations, 34 Suspended or Revoked License Citations, 45 Excessive Speed Citations and 9 DUII Citations and or Warnings.

Distracted driving is a major contributor to traffic collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries as a result of distraction-affected crashes nationwide. Also, it is estimated that at any given moment during the daytime across the US, 660,000 people are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. This behavior can increase by three times a driver's risk of getting into a crash.

Gresham Police will continue these enhanced enforcement efforts in the upcoming months.
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Gresham Lottery Thief Captured (Photo) - 03/04/15
Gresham, Ore. - David James Toedtemeier, 24, was captured Tuesday evening by Multnomah County's Warrant Strike Team as he left a southeast Portland motel. Toedtemeier was identified by a FOX 12 viewer as the person who stole nearly $2000 of scratch-off lottery tickets from Joseph's Deli on Feb. 28; grabbing a ticket display case and running from the store. The Gresham store provided excellent video surveillance footage of the theft, leading to positively identifying Toedtemeier as the suspect. Further evidence linking Toedtemeier to the crime was located at the motel.

Toedtemeier is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on a parole warrant and will soon face felony theft charges.