Gresham Police to host Citizen's Academy--Citizens get a chance to learn the basics of police work - 03/05/14
Gresham, Ore -Exactly how are officers used for traffic enforcement? Does the Gresham Police have a SWAT team and what are they called to? When do police use a canine to track a suspect? These questions and more will be answered in an upcoming Citizen's Academy hosted by the Gresham Police Department. The academy is an opportunity for citizens of Gresham to learn about the operations of the police department and interact with officers.
The academy will run seven weeks and cover a variety of topics related to how the Gresham Police provide service to the public they serve. Among the topics covered will be:
* Police K-9
* District Attorney's office
* Traffic enforcement
* Defensive tactics and use of force
* Code enforcement
Applications are available at the records section of the Gresham Police Department, located at 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham. Completed forms must be turned in by March 21. The Academy will run on consecutive Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning April 3.
What: Gresham Police Citizen's Academy
Where: Gresham Police Rockwood Office --675 N.E. 181st, Gresham
When: Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Scheduled dates are:
* April 3
* April 10
* April 17
* April 24
* May 1
* May 15
Who may apply: Citizens of Gresham or Citizens who own a business in Gresham. Applicants will be required to pass a background check.
Update: Missing Gresham Man Found Safe in Seattle - 03/05/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gary Gochnour, 76, has been located and is safe in Seattle, Wash. Thanks to media coverage, police received several valuable tips from people who had recent contact with Gochnour. Gochnour was originally supposed to arrive in Seattle on Feb. 21, but had not been heard from since leaving Gresham on Feb. 19.
Gochnour contacted his family in Seattle around 10:30 this morning. It is not known exactly where he was for the past two weeks, but his family is relieved to hear from him. According to one witness, Gochnour appears to have been in Seattle, with the U-Haul truck, for several days and was looking for a home to rent.
Police need help locating missing, possibly endangered man (Photo)
Gresham, Ore -A man en route from Gresham to Seattle has not arrived and police are concerned for his well-being. Gary Gochnour,76, was scheduled to arrive in Seattle on February 21, but he never made it to his destination. Gochnour may suffer from dementia.
On February 19, Gochnour rented a U-Haul truck and called his sister in Seattle to come live with her. He was scheduled to arrive in Seattle on February 21, at which time he would have returned the truck. He has not communicated since that time and the truck has not been returned to U-Haul. His roommate, the last person to see him, says he left for Seattle on February 27.
Gochnour is a white male, Five-feet nine-inches weighing 165 lbs. He has grey hair and no facial hair. The vehicle he was last driving is a U-Haul truck with Arizona license plate number AE80457. The truck number is TM2937E and is described as a 10 foot box truck.
Anybody with possible information about Gochnour's whereabouts or information related to this case is asked to call the Gresham Police Department Tips line at 503.618.2719.
SUV Stuck on MAX Track Leads to Stuckey's Arrest for DUII
RELEASE DATE: Feb. 27, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-702237
Gresham, Ore. - Butch Pearl Stuckey, 44, of Portland was arrested by Gresham police officers this morning after he drove an SUV 600 feet down a MAX track before getting stuck on the track's inner rail.
Officers responded to a 911 call at 8:00 a.m. regarding a white Ford Explorer stuck on the eastbound MAX track, east of the intersection of SE Stark St. and E Burnside St. Responding officers encountered the vehicle and its driver, Mr. Stuckey. A subsequent investigation found Mr. Stuckey to be under the influence of drugs and he was placed under arrest.
Eastbound MAX service was interrupted for approximately 30 minutes. Although the vehicle had to be towed away, the track did not appear to be damaged. The SUV does not belong to Mr. Stuckey and police are still determining who the rightful owner is.
Mr. Stuckey was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, charged with DUII - Drugs, Reckless Driving, and Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
No additional information is available.
Daugherty family, family of disabled kidnap victim, issues statement - 02/26/14
Gresham, Ore -The Daugherty family issued a statement to Gresham Police that they asked be disseminated to media. The statement came from the parents of Michael Daugherty who was rescued by Gresham Police last week after being held captive in a Gresham apartment. Below is their statement:
Our family has been going through a difficult time with the recent incident involving our son Michael. We are thankful for everybody's concern. However, we ask media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time. We hope you all understand how stressful this time has been for our family. We respectfully decline to give any additional statements, nor do we wish to appear on-camera or do any interviews.
Thank you for your understanding and for allowing us this time to heal.
The Daugherty Family
The above is the complete statement as provided to GPD. Gresham Police has no further comment on this and there are no new developments in the case.
Super Bowl DUII Enforcement Results in 10 Arrests and 49 Citations
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham officers arrested 10 people for DUII and issued 49 citations during a Super Bowl crackdown on impaired driving February 2.
The Gresham Police Department joined forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, to conduct the Super Bowl weekend targeted effort to get impaired drivers off the street. The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities that combined with other high-visibility enforcement missions throughout the nation.
According to NHTSA, there were 10,322 traffic fatalities in 2012 where the driver's blood alcohol content was at or above the legal limit. While nationally this is a 4.6% increase in fatalities from 2011, Oregon showed a 10% decrease in alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities for the same time 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 held several days in Gresham apartment rescued by police *UPDATE--4* - 02/19/14
Gresham,Ore--A new arrest today in the case of a man held in a Gresham apartment brings the number of those arrested in this case to five. Detectives say more arrests are possible.
James Cox, 27, transient, was arrested by Gresham officers without incident at 6:00 p.m. He will be booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on charges related to this case.
There is no picture available of Cox, until he is booked in. Check Multnomah County Jail website for updates and current booking information.
There is no further information available at this time.
Man held several days in Gresham apartment rescued by police *UPDATE--3* (Photo)
Gresham,Ore--Detectives have made another arrest in the case of a man who was rescued by Gresham Police after being held in an apartment and his bank accounts accessed.
Christopher Dante Andrews, 25 of Gresham was arrested without incident by Gresham Officers tonight at 7:17 p.m. at 162nd and S.E. Main after a traffic stop. Andrews will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges related to this case. Detectives say more arrests are possible in this case and the investigation is still active.
There is no further information available at this time.
Man held several days in Gresham apartment rescued by police *UPDATE #2*
Gresham,Ore--A third person has been arrested in connection with the case of a man held against his will at a Gresham apartment. Ashley Marie Adams, 27,unknown address, was arrested on February 15 at about 12:17 p.m. without incident after being identified as a third person connected to this case. Gresham detectives say more arrests are possible.
Police have released the name of the man who was held. He is Michael Daugherty, 34, of Portland. Daugherty, who is developmentally delayed, had been listed as a missing person since February 13th. Investigators believe the suspects held Daugherty at an apartment in the 700 block of S.E. 193rd in Gresham for about two days while they accessed his bank account without his consent. Officers from Gresham police and the East Metro SWAT team rescued Daugherty after obtaining information that he was being held. Gresham Detectives have continued to work on the case in order to locate and arrest all suspects responsible. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information.
Booking information and charges on Adams:
Man held several days in Gresham apartment rescued by police *UPDATE* - 02/14/14
Gresham, Ore--Two persons have been charged for their role in this case. Christopher Tolentino, 29, transient and Whitney Englstrom,25, of Albany will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and face various charges related to this case. Detectives have released a few more details:
The victim and the suspects did not know each other prior to this event. Details on how they met are still unavailable. The victim's identity is still being withheld. He had been listed as missing by the Portland Police Bureau prior to this event. While holding him against his will, the suspects accessed his bank account and stole money from his account.
There is no further information available at this time. Charges are listed below:
Tolentino: Probation Violation detainer (unrelated to this case)
Robbery I; Kidnap I; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery I; Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap I;
Theft I, Burglary I.
Engstrom: Warrant (unrelated to this case)
Kidnap I; Robbery I; ID theft (5 counts); Theft I; Theft by Receiving; Conspiracy to Commit Robbery I; Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap I; Possesion of a
Controlled Substance II
There is no further information available at this time.
Man held several days in Gresham apartment rescued by police - 02/14/14
Gresham, Ore -Gresham police officers were able to rescue a man from a Gresham apartment who was held for several days against his will. The man is not seriously injured and is speaking to investigators. Four are in custody and are being questioned related to the case. This case is ongoing and no further information is going to be released.
The case began when police received information about a man possibly being held against his will in a Gresham apartment. Investigators were able to verify some of the information and believed it to be credible. Because of the possibility that one of the suspects was armed, the East Metro SWAT team was activated and responded to the apartment in the 700 block of S.E. 193rd at about 12:10 p.m. The team entered the apartment and encountered the victim who verified that he was held against his will. They were able to rescue him and detain four others as the investigation continues.
This is an ongoing investigation--No further information will be released.
Police search for exposer with freshly bruised face - 02/11/14
Gresham, Ore -A man walking his daughters to a school bus stop confronted a man masturbating in his vehicle nearby while watching the school children. The father punched the man who was exposing himself before he left and police would like help in identifying him.
The father was walking with his two daughters from their residence in the 2900 block of NE 18th Court in Gresham when he saw an unfamiliar vehicle near the stop with a male inside watching children about 10:10 a.m. this morning. As he approached, he noticed the man had his pants down and was masturbating. The father confronted the man in the car about his behavior, but the man giggled at him. The father responded by punching the man in the face, which stopped both the giggling and sexual behavior. The suspect drove off northbound on N.E. Kane from where the incident occurred.
The suspect is described as a light skinned Hispanic male, weighing about 180 pounds. He should have fresh bruising on the left side of his jaw or eye. He was driving a 90's four-door Nissan Sentra, gray in color with no license plate. In place of the plate, it may have had a dealer insert. Anybody with information about this case is asked to call the Gresham Police tips line: 503.618.2719
Operation Safe Routes Helps Kids Get to School Safely - 02/10/14
Speeders and inattentive drivers beware! Gresham Police Department's traffic division is beefing up its education and enforcement of traffic laws around area schools. This focused enforcement will start immediately and continue to the end of the school year, June 11. Officers are hoping to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians; preventing accidents and instilling healthy driving practices.
Funds from a Safe Routes To Schools grant will pay for the additional, target-specific enforcement in Gresham's school zones and surrounding areas. Particular attention will be given to the areas around Hall Elementary School (2505 NE 23rd St., Gresham) and Mt. Hood Community College (2600 SE Stark St., Gresham).
Officers will concentrate on school zones, student pick-up and drop-off locations, and crosswalks. Drivers who are identified as breaking laws will be stopped and may receive a citation in addition to an educational pamphlet.
Oregon laws require drivers to obey posted speed limits, including the posted 20 MPH zones near local schools during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drivers must also yield to pedestrians crossing streets within marked and unmarked crosswalks, stopping their vehicle before the solid white line when a crosswalk is in use and before reaching a stop sign.
Pedestrians too must obey traffic laws, comply with posted signs, cross within crosswalks and perpendicular to the roadway. Motorists and pedestrians alike are encouraged to remain alert and help keep each other safe.