Handcycle Stolen from Quadriplegic Returned by Gresham PD - 08/27/14
Gresham, Ore -Working on a tip, Gresham Police Detectives recovered a handcycle that was stolen from a quadriplegic man from Damascus. Kip Johnson had reported the cycle stolen on August 18. A tip that came in to detectives led them to an area near a transient camp on the Springwater Corridor, where they found the cycle.
Detectives were able to contact Johnson, who identified the cycle and took possession of it today at the Gresham Police Department. Detectives are continuing to follow-up leads on the case in the hope of identifying a suspect.
Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend - 08/26/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend, on August 30, 2014.
Police officers will perform enhanced DUII focused patrols throughout Gresham, looking for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.
Nationally in 2012, Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday) saw 147 drunk-driving fatalities. To put it in perspective, throughout the year someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes, on average. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 34 minutes. And not surprisingly, nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46%) of all nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The Labor Day DUII campaign is designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.
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.
Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.
Gresham Police Participate in Nationwide Safety Belt Enforcement blitz
Gresham, Ore - The Gresham Police Department will be working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies for this year's third safety belt blitz campaign. The safety belt blitz campaign begins on August 25 and ends September 7. It is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the emphasis will be on child safety seats, fitting station referrals, cell phone use and speed enforcement.
During June of 2013, a statewide observation survey of seatbelt use in Oregon was conducted and showed that 98.18% of vehicle occupants were using safety belts, which was an all-time high for Oregon. However, those not using restraints that are involved in traffic crashes are much more likely to be injured or killed than those who are property restrained.
In 2012, 997 child passengers under 8 years old were injured or killed in Oregon motor vehicle crashes. At least 12 of these children were completely unrestrained in vehicles. Furthermore, one in three of these children aged 4 to 8 that should have been riding in child safety seats were improperly restrained with an adult belt system. The proper use of child car seats reduces the likelihood of infants under 1 year old from being killed in a crash by 71%. They also reduce the risk of fatal injuries for toddlers aged 1 through 4 by 54%.
Oregon law requires that children less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child seat and children under one year or weighing less than 20 pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child seat or a booster seat until they reach 4'9" tall AND the seatbelts in the vehicle fit them correctly.
For information about child safety seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, the vehicle owner's manual, or go to your local child seat fitting station. Visit the following websites for a list of fitting stations near you: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Remember, "Click it or Ticket!"
UPDATE: Man missing from Gresham found in Lane County - 08/24/14
Date: August 24, 2014
Gresham, Ore.-On August 21, 2014, 51 year-old Scott Allen was reported missing from an adult care facility in Gresham. He is deaf and only communicates through American Sign Language.
On August 24, 2014 at 11:30 AM a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy located Allen while responding to a call of a disoriented man at a gas station in Veneta, Ore., which is 12 miles west of Eugene. It is unclear how Allen got to Veneta but he told police that he was heading for a relative's home in California. Allen was not injured but was taken to a hospital in Eugene to have his medical and mental status evaluated. The adult care facility in Gresham has been notified and they are working with the Lane County Sheriff's Office and the hospital to have Allen transported back to Gresham. Gresham Police thank the public for helping look for Allen.
Man missing from adult care facility in Gresham (Photo)
Release date: August 23, 2014
Gresham, Ore.-Gresham Police are seeking the help of the public locating a missing adult male who walked away from an adult care facility that specializes in caring for deaf and deaf-mute individuals. Staff at Chestnut Lane, located in the 1200 block of NE 6th street in Gresham, say that Scott Allen, a 51 year-old white male, left the facility sometime between 8:30 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 and 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Allen is able to walk on his own but he is not familiar with the area and has only lived in Gresham for a month. He has a previous brain injury that has left him with no short-term memory. He also suffers from seizures and takes medication for them, which he does not have with him.
Allen is described as 5'10" weighing approximately 175 pounds with brown hair that is balding on top, and has a brown and gray beard. He wears glasses and is probably wearing a green or blue baseball cap and dark blue jeans, but his exact clothing description is unknown. Allen communicates with American Sign Language and staff members at the care facility do not think that he can read lips.
Anyone that has information on Allen's location is asked to call the non-emergency police line at 503-823-3333.
4 Arrested, 40 Citations Given During Week-long 4th of July DUII Enforcement
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham officers arrested 4 people for DUII, including one felony arrest, and issued 40 citations during a week-long crackdown on impaired driving, July 3 through 7. Multiple citations were issued for suspended license, safety belt, and uninsured motorist violations.
The Gresham Police Department joined forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact to conduct the targeted effort to get impaired drivers off the road. The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement and educational opportunities to learn more about safe driving habits.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the July 4th holidays from 2008 to 2012, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.
For more information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.gov
and their national crackdown campaign headquarters at http://www.stopimpaireddriving.com.
Man Arrested For Non-Injury DUII Crash - 08/07/14
Gresham, Ore. - D James McMurray, 43, was arrested on Aug. 7 after he crashed his 2014 Jetta into a fire hydrant, fence and yard near the 3100 block of SE 190th Drive.
McMurray, a police sergeant with the Portland Police Bureau, was off duty and the sole occupant when he crashed his car just after 10:00 a.m. No one was injured but the accident caused approximately $5,000 in property damage. A Gresham police sergeant was the first officer to arrive and McMurray is reported to have been completely cooperative throughout the investigation.
McMurray was cited for DUII- alcohol, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Criminal Mischief in the second degree.
No additional information is available at this time.