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Gresham Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission - 09/17/14
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan
CASE NUMBER: None

GRESHAM POLICE CONDUCT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MISSION

Gresham, Ore - Gresham Police conducted a Pedestrian Safety Operation on September 11, 2014 in the area of West Powell Blvd and Duniway Ave. The primary focus of this detail was to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education of pedestrian right-of-way laws. During the operation, officers issued 27 citations for crosswalk law violations and issued 41 citations for other offenses.

With school in session, it is especially important to remember that 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 was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
7 Arrested, 53 Citations Issued During Labor Day Weekend Traffic Enforcement - 09/16/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham officers arrested 7 people (6 for DUII) and issued 53 traffic citations during the Labor Day weekend crackdown on impaired driving, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. Multiple citations were issued for suspended license, speeding, and uninsured motorist violations.

The Gresham Police Department joined forces with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact 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, in 2012, Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday) saw 147 drunk-driving fatalities. Almost half of these fatalities (46%) occurred between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Gresham police did not report any fatal accidents occurring within the city limits during the timeframe of this campaign.

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.
Gresham Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission - 09/10/14
Gresham, Ore -The Gresham Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Operation on September 11, 2014 at the intersection of Duniway and West Powell Blvd. 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 4:00 - 8:00 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.
Missing Gresham Woman Found Safe, Back At Home - 09/04/14
Gresham, Ore. -Gresham resident Mary Ruth Cain, 87, was located this afternoon and is now safely back at home.

Cain walked away from her home yesterday morning in the 900 block of Northeast Linden Ave. and was missing until she walked into the Multnomah County East building, 600 Northeast 8th St., Gresham, around 1:00 p.m. The county building, which houses disability, health and senior services, is familiar to Cain.

It appears Cain may have spent the night on a local park bench and upon entering the building was immediate recognized by the county staff as a missing person. Cain appeared to be unharmed and in good health.


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Gresham Police Investigating Shooting - 09/04/14
At 12:12 PM on September 4, 2014, Gresham Police received multiple 911 calls of a shooting that had occurred on SE 190th Avenue north of SE Yamhill Street. Gresham Police officers were nearby when the call was received and arrived quickly. The victim, a 25-year-old black male from Portland, was in the middle of the street and had been shot one time. He was conscious when police and medical personnel arrived and he was taken by ambulance to OHSU for treatment. His current status is unknown but his injuries appear to be non-life threatening. Gresham Police officers were assisted by officers from surrounding agencies at the scene, while detectives and crime scene investigators responded to collect any possible evidence.

Through interviews with witnesses, police learned that the suspect is a tall, thin black male possibly in his 30's with a shaved head and a light goatee. He was last seen wearing baggy jeans, a multi-colored horizontally striped shirt and possibly white shoes. After the shooting, the suspect was seen running westbound into an apartment complex parking lot on the corner of SE 190th Avenue and SE Yamhill Street. The Gresham Police Department used a K9 in an attempt to track the shooter but they were unable to locate him. Some nearby Reynolds School District schools were temporarily in "lock-in" status as a precautionary measure but that was lifted around 1330 hours.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and the victim in order to determine what led up to this incident. It is unknown if it is gang-related until we can determine the identities of both the suspect and the victim. If anyone was a witness to the shooting, or has information that would help detectives with their investigation, please call 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.
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Gresham Police Seek Help Finding Missing Dementia Patient (Photo) - 09/04/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in finding Mary Ruth Cain, 87, of Gresham, Ore. Cain, who suffers from dementia and other medical conditions, walked away from her home in the 900 block of NE Linden Ave. at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 3, headed to the Bank of America near East Powell Blvd. and Northeast Hood Ave. She was possibly spotted near Northeast 8th St. and Northeast Cleveland Ave. at 11:30 p.m., but has not returned home and is without her required medications.

Cain is described as a white female with light grey hair and brown eyes, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and 145 pounds. She was last seen wearing beige slacks and flower-print top. Cain uses a red and black walker, which she had with her at the time of her disappearance. (A picture of Cain is attached- her hair is now more grey/white than pictured.)

Anyone with information about Cain's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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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:

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?,? 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 - 08/25/14
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/

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