Gresham Police Issue 34 Citations During Four-Hour Pedestrian Safety Mission - 05/27/16
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety mission on May 24, 2016, along the area of Powell Valley Road and Barnes Avenue resulting in 34 citations. The goal of the mission was to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws. This was accomplished through handing out educational brochures, citations and warnings during a four-hour period in the evening.
During the safety operation, officers issued 8 citations for crosswalk infractions and another 26 citations for other offenses. Other offenses that occurred in the vicinity of the safety mission included illegal cell phone usage, illegal U-turn, failure to use a seat belt, not providing proof of insurance, failure to maintain a lane, and operating a vehicle without a license.
Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are in the process of crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.
Funding for this pedestrian safety mission was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September, as the new school year begins.
Officers' Names Released in Connection With Shooting of Domestic Violence Suspect - 05/26/16
Gresham, Ore.-- The two Gresham police officers involved in Tuesday's shooting of domestic violence suspect Bodhi Phelps are identified as Gavin Sasser and Kevin Carlson.
Officer Sasser has been in law enforcement for more than seven and a half years, hired by the Gresham Police Department in August 2008.
Officer Carlson began his law enforcement career with Oregon City Police Department more than four and a half years ago. He was hired by the Gresham Police Department in August 2015.
Man Killed in Domestic Violence Incident Identified (Photo)
Gresham, Ore.-- The 22-year-old man shot by police during yesterday's early morning domestic violence incident is identified as Bodhi Wilson Dean Phelps of Fairview. Yesterday afternoon, the state's medical examiner confirmed Phelps died as a result of gunfire.
At 3:05 a.m. on May 24, police officers responded to the 800 block of SE 190th Ave. on what amounts to reports of a man assaulting and kidnapping a woman. Multiple witnesses called 911 while hearing the woman screaming, seeing the assault and watching the suspect, Phelps, force a 25-year-old woman into a silver 4-door sedan against her will. Phelps drove away with the victim before police arrived.
According to call records, approximately six minutes later witnesses in the 18900 block of SE Grant St. observed a woman screaming and banging from inside a silver car that was stopped on the side of the road. An update was given that the victim was also calling 911, reporting she had been assaulted by Phelps who was then outside the car. The woman believed Phelps had multiple felony warrants for his arrest.
Officers arrived within approximately two minutes, as witnesses reported Phelps was trying to get back into the car where the victim was. Phelps, who was approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and 195 pounds, ran from the officers and ignored orders to stop. The two officers gave chase and confronted Phelps who then brandished two knives. Witnesses reported hearing numerous commands to "drop the knife" followed by gunshots.
At the time of his death, Phelps was wanted for three Multnomah County warrants: violation of probation for identity theft, violation of probation for possession of heroin, and a nationwide felony warrant for possession of heroin.
The investigation is ongoing and will include a grand jury hearing. The names of the other parties involved will be released at a later date.
Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team want to talk with any witnesses who have not already come forward. They can be reached by calling the police tip line at 503.618.2719.
No more information is available at this time.
Domestic Violence Suspect Shot by Officers - 05/24/16
Gresham, Ore.-- An early morning domestic violence incident between a man and woman culminated in an officer-involved shooting in the 18700 block of SE Grant St. The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
At 3:05 a.m. multiple witnesses called 911 to report an active, physical assault involving a man and woman. The first calls originated near the 800 block of SE 190th Ave., with reports that a woman was screaming for help and being forced into a vehicle against her will.
Minutes later, additional witnesses reported seeing the woman screaming and "banging" from inside the car in the 18900 block of SE Grant St., a cul-de-sac approximately 14 blocks south of the original calls.
Two officers located the couple and confronted the 22-year-old suspect. The man was in the roadway when he was shot.
No officers were injured and the current condition of the female victim is not known. No names are being released at this time.
Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team are leading the investigation with the assistance of Portland Police. Per normal protocol, all officers directly involved in the incident have been placed on leave during the initial phases of the investigation.
The roadway surrounding the incident is expected to be closed until later this afternoon.
Detectives are hoping to talk with anyone who has information about this shooting and can be reached by calling the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.
No more information is available at this time.
Update to missing man from May 23rd, 2016: Man found safe - 05/23/16
Gresham, Ore.-Earlier on May 23rd, 2016 Gresham Police released information on a missing man with mental health issues and a previous brain injury. Joey Noble McMurry, a 45-year-old male, was located at a local health care provider and is safe. The Gresham Police Department thanks the public for helping look for him.
Gresham Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo)
Gresham, Ore.-- Gresham Police are searching for a man with mental health issues and a previous brain injury who went missing sometime between 10:00 PM on May 22nd, 2016 and 5:00 AM on May 23rd, 2016 after he left his home in the 200 block of SE Vista Ave.
Joey Noble McMurry, a 45-year-old male, left on foot sometime overnight and didn't leave any information about his destination. McMurry is described as a white male, 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with short brown hair, brown eyes and a scruffy beard. He has a large scar on his chest and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, brown sweatpants and work boots. He has tattoos on his face, right upper arm and the web of his left hand. McMurry also has what is described as a New York accent. McMurry is not a threat to himself or others and it is unknown if he takes medication.
McMurry's friends are concerned for his welfare. If you see him, please call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.
Updated Information on Driver Captured After Fleeing Early Morning Crash - 05/17/16
Gresham, Ore. -- Police have made an arrest in the early morning crash that sent one person to the hospital and closed roads for hours in southeast Gresham.
Heidi Kirillova, 29, of Portland was traveling westbound on Highway 26 in a black 2010 Honda Civic sedan at a high rate of speed. As Kirillova approached SE Powell Valley Road, police say she struck the back of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Kevin Maden, 40, of Sandy who was also traveling westbound on Highway 26. Maden was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.
After the crash, Kirillova attempted to steal two vehicles belonging to citizens who stopped at the crash scene to help. After her attempts were foiled by bystanders, she fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by police in the 2400 block of E Powell Boulevard.
Kirillova will be booked into Multnomah County Detentions Center on the following charges;
1ct DUII (controlled substance)
1ct Reckless driving
2cts Reckless endangerment
1ct Fail to perform the duties of a driver -- injury
2cts Assault in the 3rd degree
1ct Criminal mischief in the 2nd degree
1ct Robbery in the 3rd degree -- carjacking
1ct Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
1ct Attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
Roadways in the area are now open.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed this morning's crash or the events surrounding the crash to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.
Driver Captured After Fleeing Early Morning Crash - 05/17/16
Gresham, Ore. -- Police officers and medical personnel responded to the intersection of SE Powell Valley Road and SE Burnside Road on reports of a vehicle crash. A witness reported seeing the suspect vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. After the collision, the driver of the suspect vehicle, who is being described as an adult female, fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by police in the 2400 block of E Powell Boulevard. The driver of the second vehicle was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. Traffic in the area is being impacted due to road closures as the East County Vehicular Crime Team investigates the crash.
Police are asking drivers to avoid the area if at all possible. They have provided alternate routes to avoid the crash scene.
Westbound Highway 26 coming into Gresham is closed at SE Powell Valley Road. Drivers can take SE Palmquist Road to SE Kane drive and travel north to NE Division Street and then west on Division Street to NE Burnside Road.
Eastbound Burnside is closed at SE 1st Street. Drivers can take NE Hogan Drive and travel south to SE Palmquist Road and then east on Palmquist Road to Highway 26.
And the Battle Wages On... For Safer Roads, Gresham Police Enforce Safety Belt Laws and Watch for DUII Drivers
Gresham, Ore. -- From May 16 through May 29, Gresham police will be working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies for this year's second safety belt blitz and DUII focused patrols. Funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the blitz will focus on child safety restraints, seatbelt use, and minors riding illegally in the bed of pickup trucks.
The first quarter of the year has been marked by multiple pedestrians hit, vehicle crashes and DUII arrests. These events are not only tough for the people directly involved, but also for the entire community. However, with a plan of action, everyone can work together to make our roads safer.
Enforcement (warnings, tickets, arrests) is only one prong of a comprehensive safety plan; arguably the least liked for everyone.
Since January, in addition to routine patrol and traffic enforcement functions, Gresham officers working specific grant-funded hours dedicated to safety missions issued the following: 35 safety belt citations, including five child restrain citations; 33 suspended or revoked license citations; 16 DUII citations; and 121 citations or warnings for other offenses.
Cultivating an attitude of safety, including staying alert to surroundings and voluntarily complying with traffic laws, is the best way to be safe on our roads and remain ticket free.
Oregon law requires children under one year of age or weighing less than 20 pounds to be restrained in a rear-facing car seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds to be restrained in a child seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child seat or booster seat until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult belt system fits them correctly.
On average, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regard to infants under one year, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injury by 71 percent. During 2014 in Multnomah County alone, 313 child passengers were either killed or injured.
In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual or a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
Oregon law also states any person under 18-years-old is not allowed to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck, with very few exceptions. See ORS 811.205, Carrying Minor on External Part of Vehicle, for details.
Motorists can expect to see extra DUII enforcement patrols during Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July and Labor Day weekend, along with other special events with identified DUII concerns.
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 possibly lessen the effects of drugs or alcohol.
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?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.
Update: Man Who Shot At Officers Indicted for Attempted Aggravated Murder (Photo)
Gresham, Ore.-- For two days late last week, a seven-member Multnomah County grand jury reviewed evidence and listened to testimony from police officers and witnesses related to the April 27 shootout between three officers and 40-year-old wanted felon David Allen Charlton.
The initial incident was reported at 11:00 p.m., when Charlton fled a single vehicle crash near S.E. 188th Ave. and E. Burnside St. Officers responding to the scene did not know Charlton and had no indication he was armed and wanted for a federal parole violation warrant for bank robbery.
When officers stopped to contact Charlton a short time later in the 18900 block of N.E. Couch Ln., Charlton immediately shot at them, striking their car and hitting Fairview Officer Scott Shropshire near his waist. Officers returned fire, hitting Charlton multiple times.
Shropshire was transported to a local hospital, treated and released the next day. Charlton remains in custody while he recovers in the hospital. He will be transported to jail once medically released.
Resulting from the grand jury's indictments, Charlton is charged with four counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of possession of weapons by certain felons, and one count each for the following charges: assault in the second degree, possession of a short barrel rifle, distribution of controlled substance- heroin, distribution of controlled substance- methamphetamine, and failure to perform duties of a driver.
Additionally, the grand jury cleared the three involved officers from any wrongdoing. All of the officers have been cleared to return to active duty.
No more information is available at this time.