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Gresham Police Participate in Safety Belt Blitz - 02/26/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department has been working with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other local agencies for this year's first safety belt blitz campaign. The enhanced patrols will occurred from February 9, 2015 through February 22, 2015. The enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this blitz, there will be an emphasis on child safety restraints, texting while driving and speeding.

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 the following websites: or at

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 also be continuing to watch for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the blitz. During the month of January 2015, officers working under the Oregon Impact DUII grant arrested eight drivers for suspicion of DUII, cited ten people for driving with a suspended license, wrote 42 other citations for violations and gave out 19 warnings. Additionally, during the January seat belt blitz Officers cited 16 drivers for seat belt violations, issued 15 speeding citations, cited 5 drivers for driving while suspended and gave out 27 warnings.
Third man indicted for 2013 murder at Red Sunset Park - 02/20/15
Gresham, Ore. - On July 6, 2013 Gresham Police were called to Red Sunset Park in the 2400 block of Red Sunset Dr. in Gresham at 9:47 p.m. on reports of both fireworks and possibly gunshots. Officers arrived and discovered 29-year-old Paulino Vanancio-Lopez of Gresham deceased of a gunshot wound at the scene. Another victim went to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Today, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Tomas David Luna-Lopez of Gresham on multiple felony charges including: Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault I, Assault II and six counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Luna-Lopez is currently in custody for an unrelated Portland assault case. He is the third suspect indicted for Vanancio-Lopez's death.

Vanancio-Lopez's murder investigation was conducted by the East County Major Crimes Team. This multi-agency team is a partnership between the Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview Police Departments, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police working in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
Portland Police Gang Unit Involved in Non-Injury Shooting in Gresham- Update (Photo) - 02/19/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Tuesday Feb. 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Portland Police Bureau's Officer Charles Asheim was involved in a non-injury shooting at Southwest 11th Avenue and Southwest Highland Drive, Gresham. Officer Asheim has worked with the Bureau for six years and is assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team. His team was working with the Metro Gang Task Force at the time of the shooting, trying to apprehend wanted gang associate Ryan Matthew Sudlow (pictured).

Sudlow and his female passenger, Shaelyn Raschelle Ooms, 26, of Portland, drove to the Safeway Fuel Station on Highland Drive where they were stopped by the gang teams. Officer Asheim fired his service weapon while attempting to stop and arrest Sudlow for an outstanding warrant. Sudlow was ultimately taken into custody without further incident and is currently lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Ooms was questioned and released.

The East County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting.

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Portland Police Gang Unit Involved in Non-Injury Shooting in Gresham - 02/17/15
Gresham, Ore. - On Tuesday Feb. 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) was involved in a shooting at Southwest 11th Avenue and SW Highland Drive, Gresham.

The Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) and GET were conducting surveillance on known gang associate Ryan Matthew Sudlow, 31, of Gresham. Sudlow and an adult female passenger left his home in a vehicle and stopped at the Safeway Gas Station, 1001 SW Highland Drive. After pulling into the station, officers conducted a vehicle stop to arrest Sudlow, who had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on an Attempt to Elude charge.

At some point during the stop, at least one gun was fired but no one was injured. Officers from Gresham Police Department and other surrounding agencies responded to the Portland officer's calls for assistance. Sudlow was ultimately taken into custody without further incident. His passenger's name is not being released at this time.

The East County Major Crimes Team was activated and is investigating the shooting with the cooperation and assistance from Portland Police Bureau detectives. The investigation is ongoing and no further updates are expected until Wednesday afternoon.

Sudlow is being booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for the warrant and may face additional charges related to this incident. He has been arrested numerous times for crimes that include drug possession, attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, forgery, and DUII.

As standard procedure, any officers directly involved in the shooting incident will be placed on paid administrative leave during the course of the investigation.

Gresham Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting: Update - 02/17/15
Gresham, Ore. - As the investigation into this morning's shooting in the 19100 block of East Burnside Road continues, detectives no longer believe it is gang related. According to police, a 25-year-old man was shot one time around 1:17 a.m., by a person known to him. The shooting appears to have been accidental. All involved parties have been identified and are participating in the investigation.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to an area hospital. His current condition is not known. No criminal charges have been filed at this time and no other information is available.

Police investigate to shooting - 02/17/15
Police were dispatched to 19100 E Burnside on a report of a possible shooting at 1:17 a.m. on February 17, 2015. When they arrived, they located a shooting victim in the parking lot, a black male in his 20's with a gunshot wound. He was treated by medical personnel and taken to an area hospital. His condition is unknown. The East Metro Gang Enforcement Team was activated, as this appears to be gang-related, although not confirmed yet. There is no further information. There is no suspect in custody and no suspect information available.
4-year-old Accidentally Discharges Firearm, Shoots Finger: Update - 02/09/15
Gresham, Ore. -A four-year-old Gresham boy, Deklinn Burian, accidently shot his right index finger Saturday evening with his grandfather's 9mm handgun. The family recently moved to the 1100 block of NW 15th St. and was gathered in their Gresham apartment with friends at the time of the shooting. Thinking Deklinn had walked to his bedroom to get a toy, everyone was stunned by the sound of a gunshot.

Deklinn's grandfather, Dana Burian, 48, lives with the family and is cooperating with the police investigation. Although there is a gun safe in the home, the holstered handgun was not in the safe. Instead, it had been placed on top of the safe in the grandfather's bedroom.

Detectives believe Deklinn carried a plastic stepstool over to the safe where he accessed the gun, unholstered it, and fired one round. The bullet struck Deklinn's finger, passed through a mattress and lodged in a bedroom wall. No one else was physically harmed in the incident.

Detectives are still investigating the incident and no criminal charges have been filed at this time. No other information is available.

Child Accidentally Discharges Firearm and Shoots his Finger - 02/07/15
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 7, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan - Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 15-701408

Child Accidentally Discharges Firearm and Shoots his Finger.

Gresham, Ore. - On Feb. 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm, Gresham Police responded to the 1100 block of NW 15th St for the report of a four year old boy that had accidentally discharged a firearm striking his finger.

The child was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The involved parties are cooperating with the investigation.

Detectives are investigating the incident and it is not known if any criminal charges will be filed. No other information is available at this time.
Report of attach in student false - 02/06/15
Gresham,Ore--A report circulating mostly via social media of a student attacked behind East Gresham Grade School has proven to be false after further investigation by police. Police originally responded to a report of a 12-year-old student knocked unconscious behind East Gresham while walking to school. Police activated detectives to further investigate. The investigation revealed that no crime occurred and there is no danger to the public.

There is no further information available.