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Update on attempt homicide - 10/20/14
Detectives have released the name of the man critically injured in a shooting Saturday night. He is 25 year-old John Lowry Jr. of Portland. He remains in critical condition in a Portland-area hospital.

There are no further updates on this case
Man Critically Injured in Late Night Shooting - 10/19/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department and members of the East County Major Crimes Team are investigating a late night shooting that left a 25-year-old Portland man critically injured. The victim was rushed to a local hospital and his name is currently being withheld, pending notification to his family.

Officers responded to the 7-Eleven / 76 Gas Station, 18222 SE Division St., Gresham, at 11:19 p.m. on Oct. 18 for reports that a man had been shot in the parking lot. Locating the victim between the gas pumps and the building's entrance, paramedics transported him to the hospital. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s who was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, and is believed to be approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and 160 pounds. He fled the scene immediately after the shooting.

The shooting is possibly gang related but information is limited at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719. Callers may remain anonymous.



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Gresham Police investigating a shooting, 10-year-old girl struck by bullet through wall of an apartment - 10/18/14
Gresham, Ore.-On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at approximately 9:00 AM, Gresham Police were called to the intersection of SE 190th and SE Yamhill on a report of shots being fired in the area. Within a few seconds another call came in to police about a 10-year-old girl that had been inside her nearby apartment and was struck in the leg by a bullet that came through a wall. The girl was taken by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital for treatment. Her current condition is unknown but her injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Through the initial investigation, police learned that the suspect was a male wearing all dark clothing and was last seen running east from SE 190th and SE Yamhill. No additional information is available about the suspect at this time. Gresham Police detectives, crime scene technicians, a canine team and gang team officers were called to the scene to investigate what led up to this incident. There was damage to a few different apartments in the Rain Tree apartment complex located at 878 SE 187th ave. Police do not believe that there is any connection between the suspect and the 10-year-old girl, rather that the girl appears to have been hit by an errant bullet that come through the wall of her apartment while she was inside.

Anyone that witnessed the shooting incident that has not yet been contacted by investigators is asked to call Gresham Police.
Gresham Police Department to sponsor landlord training - 10/17/14
Gresham, Ore.- The Gresham Police Department's Neighborhood Enforcement Team is inviting landlords of rental properties to attend a free day of informational training on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. This training is aimed at helping owners and landlords identify and deter illegal activity that is occurring on their properties.

The training will be held in the city council chambers of the school district building located at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway in Gresham. The day will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and will run until 5:00 PM with a working lunch that will be provided by the City of Gresham. During this working lunch we will have a question and answer session with the Gresham Police Department, the Gresham Fire Department, the City of Gresham Code Enforcement officers, the City of Gresham's Rental Housing staff members and employees of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Parking will be available in the main City Hall parking lot and in the fenced parking lot on the west side of the Police Department.

Please note that seating is limited so please register as soon as possible. Email Gresham Police Department Neighborhood Enforcement Team Officer Jim Leake at james.leake@greshamoregon.gov to register and please include the following information: number of people attending and their names (to appear on certificates), email address, phone number, rental company name, property address, number of units responsible for and if there are
any dietary restrictions.

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Homicide Update: Police Attempting to Locate Homicide Suspect Teddy Stivahtis Jr. Also Suspected In Recent Bank Robbery (Photo) - 10/14/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham police detectives and the East County Major Crimes Team are attempting to locate Teddy Stivahtis Jr., 36, now considered a suspect in the Oct. 10 stabbing murder of Deanna Stivahtis. Teddy, who is Deanna's nephew, was seen driving Deanna's van away from her residence before her body was discovered. Teddy is described as a white male with hazel eyes and short brown hair. He is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 165 pounds. The homicide investigation is ongoing. (Photograph of Teddy attached.)

On Oct. 13, 2014, Teddy used a demand note to rob a Chase Bank branch at the Fred Meyer, 1401 S.E. First Ave, Canby, Ore. He fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Canby Police Department contacted Gresham detectives with the information and is working with the East County Major Crimes Team and FBI to apprehend Teddy.

Police warn Teddy should be considered armed and dangerous, asking the public to call 911 immediately if he is seen.

Deanna's 1998 dark green Dodge Caravan, with extensive damage on the passenger side, is still missing. If the vehicle is seen, police warn to call 911 immediately and not attempt to contact the occupants. If anybody has information regarding a possible location of Teddy or the vehicle, they are asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503.618.2719. Messages can be left anonymously.

There is no further information available at this time.
Attached Media Files: Stivahtis Jr.
Shooting Suspect Caught While Walking In Front Of Police Station - 10/13/14
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan – Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-709961

Shooting Suspect Caught While Walking In Front Of Police Station

Gresham, Ore. – On Sept. 4, 2014, Devon Campbell-Williams, 25, of Gresham, was shot in the neck during the middle of the day near the 800 block of SE 190th Ave. The suspect fled the scene and the victim was transported to the hospital. Gresham Detectives and the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team later identified the suspect as Alan J. Bates, 33, of Gresham, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Oct. 11, 2014 at 9:07 p.m., Officer Jason Young was on patrol in the area of NE 181st Ave and NE Glisan St when he spotted Bates walking in front of the Gresham Police Rockwood Office. Bates fled on foot and was captured a short while later by a Gresham Police K9. Bates was booked for an attempted murder warrant as well as for a parole violation warrant for a previous 2005 attempted murder charge in which he shot a different victim multiple times.

This shooting is described as gang related because Bates is a documented Columbia Villa Crip gang member; however it is not evident that the incident leading up to the shooting was gang related.

Gresham Police would like to thank the community for their assistance in the investigation. Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.
Update on Homicide - 10/12/14
Gresham Police Detectives and the East County Major Crimes Team released more information related to the homicide from yesterday at the 2900 block of N.E. Division

*The victim has been identified as 70 year-old Deanna L Stivahtis, who lived at that location.

*Police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle that belonged to the victim. It is a 1998 dark green Dodge Caravan. It had extensive previous damage on the passenger side and had an Oregon license plate of WQS 804. If the vehicle is spotted, do not attempt contact with the occupant or occupants and call 911 immediately. If anybody has information as to a possible location for the vehicle, they are asked to call the Gresham Police Tips Line at 503.618.2719. Messages can be left anonymously.

There is no further information available.
Gresham Detectives Investigating a Homicide - 10/12/14
Gresham,Ore--Gresham Detectives and the East County Major Crimes Team are investigating a homicide at the 2900 block of N.E. Division in Gresham. Officers were called out at 12:21 p.m. on October 11,2014 to check on a woman who was found inside her mobile home after relatives came by to check on her. Officers and Emergency Medical personnel were dispatched and determined she was deceased.

Detectives and the medical examiner were called out because of the suspicious nature of the death and they determined it a homicide. The East County Major Crimes Team was activated and continues to investigate this case. The East County Major Crimes Team is composed of detectives from Gresham Police, Troutdale Police, Fairview Police, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as well as the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

The victim is an adult female. No further information regarding her identity will be released until her next of kin can be notified.


There is no further information available at this time.
Man Exercising his 'Open Carry' Right Robbed of Gun he was Carrying - 10/07/14
Gresham, Ore -A man who bought a handgun earlier in the day and was openly carrying it, was robbed of the gun by another man who had a gun of his own. The incident occurred October 4 at 2:10 a.m. in the 17200 block of NE Glisan.

William Coleman III,21, of Gresham was talking with his cousin in the area of 172nd and Glisan, while openly carrying his new purchase. He said a black man, about 19 to 23 years old, approached them and asked for a cigarette. The man eventually asked about the gun, then pulled a gun from his waistband and told the victim, "I like your gun. Give it to me." Coleman handed over his gun and the suspect left on foot eastbound.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, 19 to 23 years old, clean cut with a small patch of facial hair on his chin, short black wavy hair and "skinny." He was about six-feet one inch and was wearing grey sweatpants, a white t-shirt and flip-flops.

The weapon he used in the robbery was described as a possibly semi-automatic, black gun. The gun that was stolen is a black Walther brand, model P22. It is semi-automatic and .22LR-caliber.

Anybody who may have information on this case is asked to call the Gresham Police Tips line at 503.618.2719.
Gresham Police Arrest Couple for Sexual Relationship with Babysitter - 10/03/14
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan - Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-710989

Gresham Police Arrest Couple for Sexual Relationship with Babysitter.

Gresham, Ore. - On Sept. 28, 2014 the Gresham Police Department received a report of sexual abuse involving a 16 year old female victim. The victim's mother contacted the Gresham Police and stated that her child has been babysitting for an adult couple for the past several months and her daughter disclosed that she had sexual intercourse with them on numerous occasions. The victim then told police that during the past several months, the couple provided her with alcohol and had sexual intercourse and sexual contact with her in their Gresham home.

The couple was identified as 25 year old Troy Cawvey and 27 year old Amber Whitford, both of Gresham. The investigation revealed evidence of the crimes of sex abuse II, sex abuse III, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual misconduct.

On Oct. 2, 2014 Cawvey and Whitford were taken into custody and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail for the above charges.

At this time there are no known outstanding victims and the investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Gresham Police Detective Turnage at 503.618.3136.
UPDATE: Previously reported missing 88 year-old man located - 10/03/14
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Case Number: 14-711117

Gresham, Ore.- Gresham Police took a report of a missing 88 year-old man named Harry Burnette who was last seen on October 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM near NE 186th Ave. and NE Everett Ct. A short time later, Burnette was located by an ambulance from American Medical Response (AMR) in Portland. Burnette was taken to Emanuel Hospital for a bump on his head and to be checked out. The Gresham Police thank the public for the help looking for Burnette.
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Gresham Police Seek Help Finding 88 Year Old Missing Man. (Photo) - 10/03/14
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan - Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-711117

Gresham Police seek help finding 88 year old missing man. (Photo)

Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 88 year old Gresham man who suffers from mild dementia. Harry Burnette was last seen at his residence near NE 186th Ave. and NE Everett Ct. at approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 2. Burnette is a Caucasian male with white hair, approximately 5-feet-7-inches tall and 145 pounds. He uses a purple cane and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap and black jacket that say "Spirit Mountain", a red long sleeve wool shirt, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.