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Phone Down, Slow Down, Buckle Up: Enhanced Patrols Feb. 6-19 - 01/16/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Gresham traffic officers are preparing for enhanced patrols Feb. 6 through 19, focusing on three areas: encouraging proper use of mobile communication devices, obeying speed limits, and fostering proper use of safety belts and child restraints.

With few exceptions, Oregon law prohibits a driver's use of a mobile communication device under revised statute 811.507. The law also requires drivers to obey speed limits, only driving in a manner and speed that is reasonable and prudent within the limit, under revised statute 811.100.

Oregon law requires children under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds, be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight-years-old or 4-feet-9-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regards to infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: or

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra patrols.


Police Arrest 11 During December's Increased DUII Enforcement - 01/16/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Utilizing grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Gresham traffic officers participated in enhanced DUII patrols Dec. 15, 2016 through Jan. 1, arresting eight drivers for DUII alcohol and three for DUII drugs. These 11 cases are in addition to 68 DUII alcohol arrests made throughout Gresham during December's regular patrol operations.

During this recent high-visibility enforcement campaign, 53 non-DUII related citations and 17 warnings were issued for various infractions, including: driving while suspended, speeding, cell phone use, and safety belt violations. Gresham officers will conduct additional enhanced DUII-focused enforcement missions throughout 2017, visibly increasing patrols to deter people from driving while impaired.

According to NHTSA, in 2015 Oregon had 447 traffic fatalities, of which 155 involved drivers whose blood alcohol content was at or above 0.08 percent. For more information visit or

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Discourage alcohol, marijuana and other drug use long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist them with finding a safe ride home
?,? Provide food to lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Call 911 to report impaired drivers


Taurus Robinson
Taurus Robinson
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Teen (Photo) - 01/06/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for Taurus Robinson, 14, who left his home on Dec. 21 and has not been heard from since. He is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes, approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and 175 pounds. Robinson's family believes he may be in the Redmond area.

Anyone who knows of Robinson's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.

Attached Media Files: Taurus Robinson
Update: missing man found (Photo) - 12/23/16

RELEASE DATE: Dec. 23, 2016
CASE NUMBER: 16-71953

Update: Nuhanovic has been found safe.

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 18-year-old man with a mental health condition. Elvir Nuhanovic was last seen driving a 2001 BMW 3-series convertible (Or/086GWP). Nuhanovic is not considered a danger to himself or others but is in need of medication. Nuhanovic is a Caucasian male, approximately 5-feet-4-inches tall and 145 pounds with dark curly hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white lettering on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719 or the non-emergency BOEC line at 503.823.3333.

Attached Media Files: Nuhanovic.jpg
Update: Second Suspect Arrested in Main City Park Homicide - 12/21/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- A second Clackamas County juvenile has been arrested in connection to the stabbing death of James Issei Arrington at Gresham's Main City Park. On Dec. 20, Andy Santana-Mays, 17, was taken into custody with the assistance of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He is being held at a juvenile detention facility facing a murder charge for his alleged involvement in Arrington's death.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 10, Arrington was found lying face down near the park's baseball field. An autopsy conducted at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office revealed Arrington, 20, had been stabbed multiple times and his death was ruled a homicide.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.


Guns and Drugs Located During Search Warrant - 12/21/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police located firearms and narcotics during the service of a search warrant at a residence located in the 4800 block of S.E. 104th Avenue, Portland.

At 3:00 a.m., Gresham Police executed a search warrant with the assistance of the East Metro SWAT and Southwest Washington SWAT, at the residence of suspect Anthony Freeman, 27, of Portland. Freeman was found hiding in a small crawl space beneath the residence and was taken into custody. Seven additional people were also taken into custody, including a two-year-old child who was taken into protective custody. A total of ten people were ultimately located inside the residence.

In December, 2016, Gresham Police Detectives received information about the illegal sales of firearms. They identified Freeman, a convicted felon, as the person responsible for selling the firearms. Freeman is a self-proclaimed Brood gang member and is currently on parole.

During the initial service of the search warrant, four people exited the residence. Those individuals indicated there were several people still inside, including a two-year-old child. SWAT members entered the residence and rescued the child who was alone in the basement. Five additional people were located hiding in a small crawl space beneath the residence.

This morning's search warrant revealed one loaded handgun and one rifle. Gresham Police Detective Michael Webb said, "We also located a substantial amount of methamphetamine and heroin inside the residence."

The suspects arrested during this morning's search warrant have been identified as Aaron Smelser, 41, of Portland; Alexandria Kelley, 29, of Clackamas; Joseph Freeman, 26, of Portland; Crystal Ramsay, 31, of Portland; Renee Vandegrift, 37, of Portland; Diana Teleguz, 18, of Gresham. They were booked into Multnomah County Detentions Center on the following charges;

Anthony Freeman
* 1ct Felon in possession of a firearm
* 1ct Possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine)
* 1ct Delivery of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine)
* 1ct Possession of a controlled substance (Heroin)
* 1ct Delivery of a controlled substance (Heroin)
* 1ct Interfering with a police officer
* An unrelated arrest warrant

Aaron Smelser
* 1ct Felon in possession of a firearm
* An unrelated arrest warrant

Alexandria Kelley
* An unrelated arrest warrant

Joseph Freeman
* 1ct Interfering with a police officer
* An unrelated arrest warrant

Crystal Ramsay
* 1ct Interfering with a police officer

Renee Vandegrift
* 1ct Interfering with a police officer
* Probation violation detainer

Diana Teleguz
* 1ct Interfering with a police officer

No further information is available at this time.