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GRESHAM, Ore. -- A week after Annastasia Hester was killed in her apartment, the East County Major Crimes Team continues working around the clock to identify her killer. Detectives are investigating hundreds of leads surrounding the circumstances of Hester's murder and continue to ask for the public's help.
Just after 3:00 a.m. on June 10, Hester called 911 to report she had been stabbed. She was rushed to an area hospital where she later died. Her death has been ruled a homicide by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. With the assistance of the Oregon State Police Forensic Unit, a significant amount of evidence was collected from Hester's apartment.
Multnomah County Search and Rescue volunteers have combed the Springwater Corridor as well as places of interest in southwest Gresham near Butler Road.
With Hester's killer still at large, police are asking the public to remain vigilant and keep doors and windows locked at night, especially as temperatures are projected to rise next week. At the same time, investigators do not believe there are any immediate threats to the general public.
Detectives would like to talk with anyone who was in the area of Powell Boulevard and Eastman Parkway around 3:00 a.m. on Friday June 10. They are also requesting contact from residents in the area who might have private surveillance systems. The specific areas of interest are the residential neighborhoods and businesses: south of the 7th Street Bridge; along Eastman Parkway from Powell Boulevard to Division Street; Powell Boulevard between 182nd Avenue and Hogan Drive; and Eastman Parkway from Division Street south along SW Towel Avenue to Butler Road.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.
GRESHAM, Ore.--An early morning, single vehicle crash serves as a stark reminder that driving while tired is dangerous. Thankfully Gresham resident Johnathon Garrard, 27, was not seriously injured when he fell asleep and veered off the roadway in the 1200 block of SE Kane Dr., landing upside down in the gravel parking lot of White's Country Meats.
Police and fire personnel responded to the crash at 5:06 a.m. and found Garrard trapped inside his 2002 Hyundai Elantra. Firefighters were able to quickly free him. Garrard reported having worked an extra shift and was headed home at the time of the crash. Police say he did not show any other signs of impairment.
The Gresham Police Department wants to remind everyone that driving while tired can be as dangerous as being alcohol or drug impaired. It is better to find a safe place to pull over and sleep in your car than risk falling asleep behind the wheel of a moving two-ton battering ram.
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police want to talk with anyone who witnessed Monday evening's crash where Gresham resident Gregory Lamor Morris Sr. was hit while standing on the sidewalk at the corner of East Burnside St. and Southeast 172nd Ave. Morris remains in the hospital, seriously injured when a maroon 2001 Dodge Durango careened out of control and ran into him.
Specifically, investigators believe the occupants of a light-colored SUV are key witnesses and would like its driver and any passengers to contact them. Police believe the witness vehicle is a mid-2000 Chevrolet Suburban or Tahoe (pictured).
Any witness of this crash can contact investigators by leaving a message on the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
Gresham, Ore. -- Police officers responded to Red Sunset Park located in the 2400 block of NE Red Sunset Drive, at 6:17pm after receiving reports of a disturbance. When police arrived, they found an African American teenage male on the south side of the park with two apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition but is expected to survive.
Police spoke with witnesses at the scene and learned that the stabbing revolved around an alleged Marijuana deal. A handgun was also located at the scene but it does not appear that any rounds were fired. The four suspects fled the scene on foot prior to police arriving.
The first suspect is described as a heavy set 16 year old Asian male.
The second suspect is described as a skinny 16 to 17 year old African American male.
The third and fourth suspects are described as skinny 15 to 16 year old Caucasian males.
Gresham Police Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police crash investigators say the 36-year-old man hit by a 2001 Dodge Durango last night remains in critical condition at an area hospital. While Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team continues to determine exactly why the SUV left the roadway, one thing is clear: the victim was doing everything right.
The victim, a Gresham resident, was standing on the sidewalk at the southwest corner of East Burnside St. and Southeast 172nd Ave. Police say excessive speed like played a role in why the eastbound SUV careened across the sidewalk and hit him. The victim's name is being withheld while investigators attempt to reach his family.
The driver of the SUV is identified as Portland resident Pedro Guzman-Ortega, 25. He remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Police say Guzman-Ortega was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Because the investigation is on-going, police have yet to determine whether or not Guzman-Ortega will be cited for any wrongdoing.
Investigators would like to talk with anyone who witnessed the crash. They can be reached by leaving a message on the Gresham Police tip line, 503.618.2719.
No additional information is available at this time.
Gresham, Ore.-- A 36-year-old Gresham man standing on the southwest corner of East Burnside St. and Southeast 172nd Ave. was stuck by a 2001 Dodge Durango at about 6:10 this evening. First responders report the victim, who was in and out of consciousness, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The man suffered serious injuries and is reported to be in critical condition.
The driver of the SUV, a 25-year-old Portland man, remained at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators. Initial evidence points to speed likely being a factor for why the SUV left the roadway, striking the man as he stood on the sidewalk.
The crash investigation is being led by Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team, comprised of officers and deputies from the Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. As the investigation continues, no citations have been issued and the names of all parties are being withheld.
Police would like to talk with anyone who witnessed the crash. They can be reached by leaving a message on the Gresham Police tip line, 503.618.2719
No additional information is available at this time.
Gresham, Ore. -- Police have identified the female from this morning's fatal stabbing as Annastasia Diane Hester, 36, of Gresham. Annastasia called 911 just after 3:00 a.m. and reported that she had been stabbed. Police and medical personnel raced to the East Park Apartments and located Annastasia inside her apartment with what is described as multiple stab wounds. She was transported to an area hospital and later died.
Investigators with the Multnomah County Major Crime Team and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab are processing the crime scene and checking the surrounding areas. Multnomah County Search and Rescue volunteers are out searching along the Spring Water Corridor looking for clues. Investigators are also canvasing neighborhoods in the immediate area in hopes of speaking with anyone who may have seen or heard anything.
Police have not identified a suspect and are urging the public to be vigilant and keep doors and windows locked at night.
Detectives are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.
Gresham, Ore. -- Police officers and medical personnel responded to the 100 block of SW Eastman Parkway. at 3:01 a.m. this morning on the report of a stabbing.
When police arrived they found a female who appeared to have been stabbed. The female was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Multnomah County Major Crime Team has been active and are leading this investigation.
There are no further details at this time.
Gresham, Ore.-- After a two-day hearing that included testimony from 17 witnesses, a Multnomah County grand jury found that two Gresham police officers were justified in using deadly force against 22-year-old Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps during an early morning domestic violence incident on May 24.
The shooting occurred near the 18900 block of SE Grant Street after police received multiple reports that Phelps had assaulted a woman, forced her into a car and fled an initial scene located 14 blocks north of the shooting location. The woman was identified as Phelps' 25-year-old girlfriend, Courtney Sherrell, after she called 911 from a car and reported Phelps had assaulted her.
Comprised of seven Multnomah County citizens, the grand jury was presented the case evidence on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The jury heard the 911 calls, saw evidence photographs, and listened to testimony from Sherrell who was the victim of the domestic violence incident but did not visibly witness the shooting. The jury was also presented the on-scene interviews of witnesses and heard how Phelps initially ran from officers but they caught up with him approximately one block to the west were he stopped running and engaged with them face-to-face. During the chase, Phelps told one officer he was going to stab him.
Grand jurors heard testimony that, while armed with and brandishing two knives, Phelps refused to heed repeated commands to "drop the knife." With one officer backing away attempting to create distance between he and Phelps, Phelps continued to aggress, coming within 10 feet of that officer.
As the mid-street confrontation between Phelps and the officers quickly escalated, each officer shot at Phelps six times. An Oregon State medical examiner found Phelps was stuck by 11 of the 12 bullets, seven of which struck the front torso of his body. Other rounds struck Phelps in the upper shoulder area, right hand, left wrist and upper thigh/buttocks. The medical examiner determined that only one of the bullet strikes to Phelps' torso was fatal.
Along with its community, the Gresham Police Department is saddened by this incident. The department wants to remind everyone that county and private services are available to assist people experiencing domestic violence. Help can be found at https://multco.us/dv or by calling 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).
Gresham, Ore.-- Gresham Police have arrested a Gresham man for Invasion of Privacy and they believe there may be more victims that have not yet reported their involvement.
On April 25th, 2016, at 11:45 PM, Gresham resident Matthew Raymond Dziewiontkoski, 57-years-old, was at a bar in downtown Gresham with other patrons. The bar has a unisex bathroom with a faulty door and Dziewiontkoski exploited the fault in the door to gain access to the bathroom and view women in various states of undress. He was identified by other bar patrons that night.
On June 6th, 2016, Dziewiontkoski was interviewed and subsequently arrested for one count of Invasion of Privacy, an A Misdemeanor. He was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center and held on a bail of $2,500. Police believe there may have been additional victims at the bar the night of this incident and would like to speak with anyone else who has not yet made a police report about it. Det. Adam Wright is the lead investigator in this case and he can be reached at 503-618-2233.
Gresham, Ore.--At 4:20 a.m. emergency personnel responded to 400 NE Cleveland AVE after several reports of an apartment building that had caught on fire. Arriving police and fire units found smoke and flames billowing out of a structure located in the center of the complex.
Although no one was injured during this event, it is believed that at least 38 residents have been displaced. Investigators believe that the damage caused by this fire exceeds $500,000.00. At this time investigators do not know what started the fire but are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham Police Department's tip line at 503-618-2719.