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Gresham Offers "Safe Exchange Zone" for Child Custody, Private Property and E-commerce Transactions (Photo) - 02/17/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The adage "one man's trash is another man's treasure" remains steadily true and thanks to a suggestion on the "My Gresham" webpage, the City of Gresham is helping deal-grabbers and spring-cleaners alike have a safer and (fingers crossed) more positive experience when closing an online deal.

While not able to ensure the microwave will work as promised or the leather chair won't smell like a wedge of Limburger cheese, the city has designated two parking stalls in front of the police department to help people be and feel safer while engaging in their free market exchange.

Positioned in the north end of the City Hall parking lot, in a well-lit area within view of the police department's front doors, the stalls are clearly marked and under the unblinking eyes of multiple surveillance cameras. Primarily established as a safe location for people to conduct e-commerce transactions, the stalls also assist families by offering a neutral location for child custody transfers.

"It's really a response to citizens steadily using the parking lot for child custody exchange, coupled with people increasingly utilizing websites like Craigslist and apps like OfferUp and Facebook to purchase items," said Police Lieutenant Patrick Williams, "and we want all of these transactions to happen safely."

If people are not able to conduct the exchange in the newly designated area, police recommend the following ways to better ensure a safe transaction:

Avoid being alone or outnumbered; take a friend or two with you
Find a public and populated place to make the sale or purchase
Arrange for the transaction to happen during daylight hours
Give and accept small bills as payment; don't use or accept checks or gift cards
Do not bring extra cash or open your wallet/purse in front of people
Do not offer too much personal information
Remember, if the deal sounds too good to be true... it probably is

For more information about safe trade and how to avoid being ripped off, visit the following website: http://oregonbusinessreport.com/2015/04/craigslist-rolls-out-local-safe-zones/.

Attached Media Files: Gresham_Safe_Exchange_Zone.jpg
Update: Homicide Suspect Arrested in Vancouver - 02/15/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- On Feb. 14, Portland resident Demarco "Buddy" Streeter, 30, was arrested for the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr. The shooting occurred on Nov. 23, 2016, in the 18500 block of S.E. Stephens Circle, Gresham.

While following up on information and tips on Streeter's whereabouts, The United States Marshals Taskforce identified a residence in 2400 block of E. 29th Street, Vancouver, Wash., where they believed Streeter was hiding. With the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Police Detectives and Southwest Washington SWAT Team, a search warrant was executed on the residence and Streeter was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence also turned up evidence related to the homicide.

Streeter was booked into the Clark County Jail on his outstanding Oregon arrest warrant for Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Weapon.

Police Investigate Centennial Middle School Burglaries - 02/14/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are investigating several early morning burglaries at Centennial Middle School, 17650 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, where electronics were targeted. Investigators say the school was burglarized three consecutive nights, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8. In these three burglaries, officers were dispatched to the school after employees arrived to find the school had been broken into. It was determined in all three cases that the suspects gained entry into the building after prying or breaking exterior windows. Police believe at least three suspects are involved in these burglaries.

Centennial School District has hired private security to patrol the middle school campus during the evening hours. They are also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Police are asking anyone with information about recent burglaries to contact the Gresham Police tip line 503.618.2719.

Missing Man Found Safe in Portland - 02/09/17

Update- Jaquan Jenkins was found safe this morning in downtown Portland by Portland Police. Thanks for everyone's concern and tips!

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Gresham Police Searching for Missing Adult (Photo) - 02/06/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department is searching for a missing endangered man and is asking the public to assist with locating him. Jaquan Jenkins, a 21-year-old Gresham resident, went missing from his home on Jan. 22 and has not been heard from since. Jenkins is described as a light-skinned black male with short black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds.

According to his family, Jenkins is developmentally delayed and functions at a third grade level. They are worried someone may try to take advantage of him. Jenkins takes medication daily but does not have his medicine with him.

Jenkins has been reported missing before, ultimately located in downtown Portland. The family was told Jenkins was seen near Lloyd Center on Feb. 5. and reports he has a number of friends who are homeless in Portland. They believe he may be staying in a camp in the downtown area.

Anyone with information about Jenkins' whereabouts is asked to call Gresham Police via the tip line at 503-618-2719 or the police dispatch center at 503-823-3333.

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Everyone Wins With a DUII-Free Super Bowl Weekend - 01/31/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Strategizing for a DUII-free Super Bowl weekend, Gresham will deploy its award-winning traffic team in a high-visibility play to defend the public from impaired drivers.

The route: police officers will perform enhanced DUII-focused patrols Feb. 4 and 5 to remove impaired drivers from the streets. The goal: win by saving lives. Last year, Gresham officers arrested three drivers for DUII during Super Bowl weekend, down from eight arrests in 2014 and six in 2015.

Drunk driving, impaired driving, and "buzzed" driving are all illegal and have equal potential for ruining lives. Impaired driving is not an accident, it is a deliberate action that can be prevented.

This nationwide traffic safety campaign is designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement; increasing the number of officers on the streets to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Discourage alcohol, marijuana and other drug use long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist them with finding a safe ride home
?,? Provide food to lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Call 911 to report impaired drivers

Police will conduct enhanced DUII patrols into March as officers continually work to make our streets safe. Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.

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Update: Missing woman found - 01/29/17

GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

UPDATE: MISSING WOMAN FOUND

RELEASE DATE: Jan. 29, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-5298

UPDATE: Beverly has been found safe and returned home.

GRESHAM, Ore.-- A Gresham woman with Dementia has been missing since about 3:00 a.m., today and police are asking for help in locating her. Beverly Pearson, 65, was last seen at her home in the 2800 block of SE 1st in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Beverly is believed to be wearing a long gray jacket. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 155 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.

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Gresham Police seek help locating a missing woman (Photo) - 01/28/17

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

GRESHAM POLICE SEEK HELP LOCATING MISSING WOMAN

RELEASE DATE: Jan. 28, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-5298

GRESHAM, Ore.-- A Gresham woman with Dementia has been missing since about 3:00 a.m., today and police are asking for help in locating her. Beverly Pearson, 65, was last seen at her home in the 2800 block of SE 1st in Gresham. She apparently left on foot and her destination is unknown.

Beverly is believed to be wearing a long gray jacket. She is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 155 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. If anybody locates her, they are asked to call the non-emergency BOEC line, 503.823.3333.

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Police Respond to Report of Registered Offender Photographing Children (Photo) - 01/27/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Officers responded to Gresham's Goodwill store, 413 NE Burnside Rd., yesterday morning after a mother confronted an older man about photographing her young children while they shopped. The woman believed she witnessed the man using a cell phone to take pictures of her kids. In the course of confronting him, the woman saw pictures of her children on his phone. When she demanded the pictures be deleted, the man fled the store and drove away prior to police being called.

With help from the mother and store surveillance footage, police have identified the man as Gresham resident, Gerald Lee Beagle. A search of Oregon's state sex offender registry identifies Beagle, 67, as a "Level 3 Offender;" the highest level offender designation within the state.

According to the registry website, Beagle had multiple sexual offense convictions between 1989 and 2008. His registration is current and his conditions stipulate he "may not knowingly communicate in any manner with a person under 18 years of age with the intent to commit a crime or for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of this individual or another person" and "may not knowingly enter or remain in or upon premises where persons under 18 years of age regularly congregate (schools, child care centers, playgrounds, other places intended for use primarily by persons under 18 years of age and places where persons under 18 years of age gather for regularly scheduled educational and recreational programs)."

Gresham investigators consulted with the Oregon State Police, Portland Police's Sex Offender Registration Detail, the Multnomah County Parole and Probation Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office regarding this incident. While the case remains under investigation and his behavior is very concerning, Beagle does not appear to have broken any laws nor violate conditions of his registration solely by photographing children in public; specifically in a store that does not fit the designation of a place where children "regularly congregate."

The Gresham Police Department supports the mother's attentiveness to her surroundings, for appropriately confronting someone she perceived as a danger to her children, and for alerting law enforcement while not unjustifiably engaging in a more aggressive response.

The public is encouraged to call police whenever concerned about the wellbeing of children. Likewise, police refer to admonishment posted on Oregon's sex offender inquiry website, which states: "The release of this information to the public is meant to assure public protection, not to punish an offender or harass an offender's family. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution and civil action."

Anyone with information about Beagle as it pertains to this case, or similar incidents, is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line 503.618.2719.

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Eddie Wallace
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Major Crimes Team Investigates Homicide - Update (Photo) - 01/22/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On Jan. 20 at 4:41 a.m. police responded to a residential alarm in the 100 block of SE 176th Pl. where they found a male deceased. The victim is identified as 46-year-old Eddie Wallace of Gresham. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

The East County Major Crimes Team is investigating the circumstances leading to the homicide. Anyone who may have heard or witnessed anything unusual is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

No further information is available at this time.

Attached Media Files: Eddie Wallace