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Gresham Police Watching for DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws - 07/20/16

Gresham, Ore. -- 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.

Children that are either 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 five years, 1,552 kids between the ages of eight and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes across the nation. And of those who died, almost half were unbelted. During the past six months, Gresham officers issued 207 citations for safety belt and child restraint offenses. 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/

Gresham officers will be deploying more patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. Officers will be targeting those who don't 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. Since January 2016, Gresham officers have made more than 221 arrests for driving under the influence.

Motorists can expect to see enhanced DUII enforcements during the summer months and during the Labor Day weekend along with other special events with identified DUII problems. 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.

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The goal of these enhanced safety campaigns are to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets and educating drivers of the importance of wearing safety belts.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:
?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.
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Gresham Police Seek Help Locating Missing Man (Photo) - 07/09/16

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 22 year old man with a mental health condition. Jared Taylor was last seen getting onto a MAX train at 122nd and Burnside yesterday evening. Taylor is not considered a danger to himself or others but is in need of medication. Taylor is a Caucasian male with brown hair, approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719 or the non-emergency BOEC line at 503.823.3333.

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Student Driver Hits Power Pole (Photo) - 07/05/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police and fire responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a semi-truck and a power pole.

At 12:04pm, a Covenant Transport semi-truck with a 53 foot enclosed trailer, was traveling northbound on 181st Avenue with a student driver behind the wheel. The student driver attempted to make an eastbound turn onto Glisan Street when it struck a power pole on the southeast corner snapping it in half. No one was injured during the crash, however eastbound Glisan Street is now closed to traffic as Portland General Electric (PGE) replaces the pole. This comes as Glisan Street was an alternate route due to the early morning crash that closed down Halsey Street in both directions.

Eastbound lanes of Glisan Street are expected to be closed for several hours as PGE replaces the power pole. Police are asking drivers to now use Sandy Boulevard or Burnside Street as an alternative routes in and out of East County.

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Update: Police Investigate Early Morning Crash That Trapped One Driver - 07/05/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police have identified the driver that caused today's early morning crash as Benjamin Crawford, 24, of Gladstone. Crawford was the driver of the Honda Accord that struck a power pole and trapped the driver of a semi-truck for hours. Crawford has since been released from the hospital and is not in custody. Charges are pending as police continue to investigate the cause of this morning's crash.

There are no updates on the passenger's conditions, their identities, or if any of them will face charges.

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Police Investigate Early Moring Crash That Trapped One Driver (Photo) - 07/05/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police and medical personnel responded to an early morning crash that closed roads, knocked down power lines and trapped a driver in his vehicle for hours.

Just before 3:00am, a Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Halsey Street at a high rate of speed, when it veered across four lanes of traffic directly in front of a semi-truck which was traveling eastbound on Halsey Street. After narrowly avoiding a collision with the semi-truck, the Honda struck a power pole on the south side of Halsey Street causing that power pole and a second power pole to break. One of those power poles landed on the trailer portion of the semi-truck as well as the high tension power lines. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, however he was trapped inside the semi-truck for nearly three hours while Portland General Electric (PGE) worked to turn off the power so medical personnel could reach him.

The driver of the Honda and its three occupants were transported to area hospitals. Three of the Honda's occupants sustained minor injuries. The fourth sustained serious injuries and his prognosis is unknown at this time.

This incident is being investigated by the East County Vehicular Crime's Team. It is unknown at this time if speed is the only factor in this crash.

Traffic will be impacted in the area for eight to ten hours, while PGE works to repair the poles and restore power to the area. Halsey Street from 181st Avenue to 186th Avenue will be closed in both directions as well as 183rd Avenue from Halsey Street to Wasco Street.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Gresham Police department at 503-618-2320.

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Gresham Man Arrested After Firing Multiple Rounds into Apartment Leaving One Female Injured. (Photo) - 07/03/16

Gresham, Ore. -- Multiple gunshots rang out early in the morning on July 3rd, when an argument started between a male and female at the Mountain Knolls Apartments, 3180 NE Division ST.

Police Officers were dispatched to the area at 2:43 a.m. on reports that "somebody had been shot." Within one minute, officers arrived and located a female victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The suspect was identified as Lawaun Terrell James Kent of Gresham.

At approximately 4:24 a.m., Kent was located and subsequently placed under arrest at a local residence in Gresham. Kent is currently charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719 (local) or 1.888.989.3505 (out of area).

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Sharing the Road- Pedestrian Safety Operation On July 1 in Northwest Gresham - 06/29/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department will conduct a pedestrian safety operation on July 1 at the intersection of NW Division St. and NW Overlook Ave. The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through a two-pronged approach: education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws.

The operation will be conducted between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with warning signs posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Pedestrian safety education is vital to keeping our roads safe.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are already crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane next to the lane they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon's Department of Transportation. Additional operations will be scheduled during the summer and in September as the school year begins.





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