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Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement for Labor Day Weekend - 08/27/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 through 8, 2015.

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: save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

The Cost of Drunk Driving in 2013:

* Approximately one-third of US traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher; resulting in 10,076 deaths from these preventable crashes.

* Over Labor Day weekend, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC), 38% involved drivers who were legally drunk (.08+ BAC), and more than 25% involved drivers whose BAC was almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC).

* Approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk driving crashes. 71% of the time, it was the child's own driver who was drunk.

* Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44% were not buckled at the time of the crash.

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.
53 Traffic Citations Issued During Four-Hour Pedestrian Safety Mission in Gresham - 08/27/15
Gresham, Ore. -The Gresham Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety mission on Aug. 19, 2015 at the intersection of SE Stark St. and SE 182nd Ave., resulting in 53 citations. Aiming to raise safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians regarding pedestrian right-of-way laws, officers handed out educational brochures and citations during a four-hour period in the evening.

Officers issued 22 citations for crosswalk infractions and 31 citations for other offenses, including: illegal cell phone use, illegal U-turn, failure to use a seat belt, driving with a suspended license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to obey a traffic control device, not providing proof of insurance, expired registration, and careless driving. The careless driving citation stemmed from a commercial vehicle hitting a vehicle that was stopped for someone using the crosswalk.

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.

As students return to school, traffic officers will again focus on school zone safety. Police remind all drivers that the 20 MPH school zone speed limit will be enforced on all school days.

Police Seek Information About Gresham Arsonist - 08/26/15
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham Police Department is asking the public to help identify the person responsible for staring three fires within the last three days in the 18500 block of East Burnside St. All the fires have occurred around a vacant building where local homeless people had been staying.

A couch placed against the outside of the home was set ablaze on Aug. 24 at 2:00 a.m. It was extinguished after someone pulled it into the roadway. On Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m., Gresham firefighters extinguished a fire at one of the building's entrances. At 5:00 a.m. on Aug. 26, neighbors used their garden hoses to put out a fire on the northwest side of the building.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the person setting the fires call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Gresham Plaid Pantry Robbed, Three in Custody - 08/26/15
Gresham, Ore. - On August 26 at about 4:55 a.m., officers responded to an armed robbery call at the Plaid Pantry, 18014 SE Stark Street. Brandishing a handgun, a group of three men robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of money and tobacco products. The masked men immediately fled the area on foot.

After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, officers and detectives located the three suspects later in the morning in the area of SE 190th Avenue and SE Yamhill Street, Gresham. Two of the suspects were hiding in a nearby vacant apartment. The men were arrested without further incident and evidence from the robbery, including a replica firearm, was recovered.

Portland residents Damien Brumfield and Leandre Moore, both 19-years-old, were booked on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. Moore, who has a prior conviction for robbery, is also being held for violating his parole. The third suspect, juvenile Deontre Mallet, 16, was booked on Robbery in the Second Degree.

No further information is available.

Gresham Police Investigate Fatal Crash - 08/18/15
Gresham, Ore.- On August 18, 2015 at 1:45 AM Gresham Police and medical personnel responded to a crash in the 16300 block of NE Glisan Street. Area residents heard the crash and called 911. Medics arrived first and found a green 2001 Jaguar convertible that had crashed into a light pole on the south side of the road. The sole occupant of the car was a 54-year-old black male that was deceased at the scene. The Vehicular Crimes Team was called in to investigate the crash.

Initial investigation shows that the car was traveling westbound on NE Glisan Street when it crossed the center lane and eastbound lanes of traffic where it struck a light pole on the south side of the road with enough force to break the pole. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt during the crash and neither speed nor alcohol appear to be contributing factors

Driver information is not being released pending family notification. No witnesses were located at the scene. If anyone saw the car prior to the crash or actually witnessed the crash, please contact Ofc. Scott McFarland at 503-618-3155.

Gresham Police to conduct pedestrian safety mission - 08/15/15

RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Malaka Kerbs

Gresham, Ore -The Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on August 19, 2015 at the intersection of SE Stark Street and SE 182nd Avenue. The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The detail will be conducted between the hours of 3:00 - 7:00 PM; warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone. Education of both drivers and pedestrians are vital to keeping our roads safe.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane 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 and ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

Funding for this pedestrian safety detail is made possible through a grant from the Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September as the new school year begins.

Gresham Police Investigate Shooting at Red Sunset Park - 08/13/15
Gresham, Ore--Gresham Police are investigating a shooting at Red Sunset Park that left a man in the hospital.

Police were dispatched tonight just after 8 p.m. on multiple reports of several shots fired at Red Sunset Park, 2400 N.E. Red Sunset Drive in Gresham. Upon arriving, they encountered a young adult male who had been shot. He was treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to an area hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. Police have not yet confirmed his identity.

Detectives are on scene gathering evidence and contacting witnesses to determine what happened and identify a suspect. There is no suspect information to report.

More information will be shared when it becomes available. There is no further information on this case.
Polie Arrest Simpson; Charge Him with in Homicide Case (Photo) - 08/11/15
Wallce Simpson, who police had listed as a person of interest in a homicide investigaiton from Saturday night, was arrested and charged in relation to the case. Simpson tunred himself in without incident and was lodged on the listed charges.
Simpson met with Gresham Police Detectives and his attorney at Portland Police Central Precinct at 4:05 p.m. today, where he was interviewed and then lodged. There is nobody else outstanding in this case and no further information is available.

Murder; Felon in Possesion of a Firearm.
Attached Media Files: simpson.jpeg
Further Update on Homicide--Police Seek Person of Interest (Photo) - 08/10/15
Police Seek Person of Interest in Homicide Case

Gresham, Ore -Police are seeking a person of interest related to the homicide case from Saturday evening. Wallace Theodor Simpson, 29, of Portland is believed to be involved in the shooting according to detectives. Detectives are not disclosing his role in the shooting, but are interested in speaking with Simpson.

Wallace Simpson is described as a black male, 29 years old, 6-feet 3-inches and weighing approximately 235 pounds. Anybody who sees him is asked to call 911. If somebody is aware of his possible whereabouts, they are asked to call the Gresham Police Tips line at 503.618.2719.
Attached Media Files: SIMPSON_WALLACE_T.jpg
Update on Homicide from Saturday Night - 08/10/15
UPDATE: Note the address has been changed to 1700 block of NE 162nd.

Gresham, Ore -Police are releasing the names of some of the people involved in a shooting Saturday night, which led to one man's death. Kevin Dewayne Varnado,27, of Portland, was pronounced dead at the scene when officers arrived, from a gunshot wound. Also injured by gunfire were Malcom Xavier Jesse, 21, address unknown, and Collett Renee Harris, 29, address unknown. Both are recovering in area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to initial investigation, police believe all involved knew each other. Investigators are working with family members to identify everybody involved and will release any more names as they come available.

Gresham Police were originally called on August 8, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 1700 block of N.E. 162 on a report of multiple shots fired near the 'S' building. Arriving officers found Varnado in the lot and located Jesse a short distance away. Police located Harris after she took herself to the hospital.

An autopsy is scheduled for today at 9:00 a.m. to determine the exact cause of death. Police would also like to speak to anybody who has not spoken to police who may have seen or heard anything at the time of the call. Calls can be made to the non-emergency number at 503.823.3333 or the Gresham Police Tips line at 503.618.2719.