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Correction: Two Gang-Related Overnight Shootings - One Injured (Photo) - 08/30/14
This call occurred at 11:34 p.m. We apologize for the error.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

On Friday August 29, 2014, at 11:34 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a large, loud house party at a residence in the 9800 block of Northwest Engleman Street.

As officers were still en route to the party, additional information was received that gunshots were possibly fired at the party.

Officers arrived and did not locate any gunshot victims, evidence of gunfire or cooperative witnesses.

On Friday August 28, 2014, at 11:41 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the area of Northeast Jessup Street and Garfield Avenue on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the street.

Officers arrived in the area and located the remnants of a large house party just East of the location where evidence of gunfire was located by police.

No gunshot victims were located at the scene or arrived at any Portland hospitals. Officers determined that several people in the area had gang-ties so the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) responded to continue the investigation.

Two businesses in the 5600 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard suffered damage as a result of the shooting.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., a male adult arrived at a Portland hospital suffering from a single, non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers returned to the residence on Northwest Engleman Street and located evidence of gunfire that was previously undiscovered.

GET investigators do not yet know if the two shootings are connected and the investigations are continuing to develop.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Sunday August 31 - 08/30/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, today until Sunday August 31 at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Injuries - 08/29/14
This evening, Friday August 29, 2014, at 10:19 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 5900 block of Northeast Mason Street on the report of a shooting.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and learned that someone fired a gun then possibly ran towards a nearby residence.

No gunshot victims have been located and based on preliminary investigation, there does not appear to be any danger to the public.

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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Van Collides with Streetcar in Downtown Portland - One Injury, Streetcar Derailed - 08/28/14
On Thursday August 28, 2014, at 6:10 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to West Burnside Street and 10th Avenue on the report that a van crashed into the Portland Streetcar.

Officers arrived and learned that the driver of the van was traveling eastbound on Burnside Street, approaching 10th Avenue, when he apparently had some kind of a brake failure in his vehicle. The driver shouted to people in the crosswalk to get out of the way (which they did) but he was unable to stop before colliding with a northbound Streetcar.

The driver was not injured. One passenger on the Streetcar claimed to be injured and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

No citations were issued as a result of this investigation and the van was towed from the scene.

Traffic on West Burnside Street is down to one lane in each direction as officers standby for a crane to arrive to lift the Streetcar back onto the tracks. This traffic delay is expected for up to 3 more hours.

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Chief Mike Reese Discusses Several Items of Bureau and Community Interest in Video Message (Photo) - 08/28/14
Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese recently released a video message to members of the Bureau discussing several topics of interest to officers and members of the community.

The video message can be viewed at http://youtu.be/WChNCENlOwg

The following is a transcript of the Chief's remarks:

"Recently, I worked a walking beat in Central Precinct with Sgt. Rick Deland. During the course of the evening, in the downtown area, we contacted numerous street people--or travelers--as they call themselves. It was apparent to me that this Summer is different from last Summer, which had many high-profile crime incidents. This year, officers have done an outstanding job of talking to people, setting boundaries for appropriate behavior and making arrests when necessary.

"Sgt. Deland and I had a lot of positive conversations with community members that day about safety in their neighborhoods. It's important to remember when discussing crime concerns with citizens that we are still looking at crime levels we haven't seen since the late 1960s. We have a very safe city because of the good work by our police officers and our partnerships with the community.

"However, one rising trend that is of deep concern is gang violence. The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City. We have put tremendous resources toward combating gangs and we are actively engaged with the community on many levels in the area of prevention. There's a lot of essential work being done. Though the numbers are disturbing, I believe the violence would be even greater if officers weren't out there engaged on many levels.

"We are actively working with many members of the community, including those who attended the recent Enough is Enough meeting. I want to thank them for stepping forward, as well as our community partners, the detectives, and the street crimes officers who are working hard to address the violence. I really appreciate the recent work by Antoinette Edwards, Tom Peavey, (Captain) Dave Hendrie and (Lieutenant) Mike Krantz in building strong connections between our Gang Enforcement Team officers and community members.

"Officers have been participating in NILoc (Neighborhood Involvement Locations) calls all Summer. This evidence-based program dispatches officers for a short period of time to areas that have higher reported crime rates. This Summer, officers had more than 14,500 community contacts through NILoc calls. Most of these calls resulted in positive direct community-police interactions that included talking to business owners and residents, giving directions to visitors, handing out stickers to kids and speaking to neighbors about extra police patrols.

"At the end of July, we reduced the number of NILoc calls to 60 per day and in September it will be further reduced as we evaluate the program.

"Getting out and engaging people is a critical component of helping police build trust in our community. As we watch the events in Ferguson unfold, the importance of building greater trust between police officers and the people we serve is paramount.

"A survey completed by Portland State University last year found that a significant majority of people that had contact with a Portland police officer believed the officer to be fair and trustworthy.

"Almost 89 percent of the crime victims surveyed said they were treated fairly. And even the people contacted because of a traffic stop, citation or arrest, 73 percent felt they were treated fairly. There is still work to do as not everyone feels this strongly. Especially in regards to our relationship with disadvantaged community members.

"However, overall this survey reflects well on our organization and the work we have done to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

"Let's talk numbers for a minute. Use of force continues to decline. In the last four years, the use of physical force by Portland police officers has declined by approximately 32%. We arrest over 30,000 people each year and our officers do an excellent job of talking people we arrest into handcuffs and the back seat of a patrol car 97% of the time.

"Citizen complaints are also declining. In 2013, there were 75 citizen complaints referred to our Professional Standards Division by the Independent Police Review Division. This was down from 85 in 2012, and since 2010 has declined by about 30%.

"An increase that I'm proud of is in the area of hiring. It's important for a law enforcement agency to mirror the community in which it serves. We are hiring more diverse police officers than ever in the history of our organization. Since 2011, we have hired 108 highly qualified new Portland Police officers. More than 40% percent of these new hires are women and minorities.

"A lot of hard work and effort has gone into this endeavor, and I want to commend our Personnel Division and recruiters for their work to improve diversity in hiring.

"I hope you've seen some of the 10 or so billboards around town that feature Portland Police Officers. We kicked off the 'Your City Your Police' campaign earlier this Summer in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor. Clear Channel donates the space and the Police Bureau pays a nominal fee for production.

"The campaign features officers from around the Bureau in their professional and personal lives. I want to thank the officers who have agreed to participate, and we want to keep going. So if you are interested, please contact Sgt. Pete Simpson.

"Recently, many officers participated in this year's Shop with a Cop. The event was once again a success, with 200 local schoolchildren shopping with a police officer and getting back to school clothing and supplies. Thank you to all who participated, especially Lieutenant Larry Graham for his helpful coordination, as well as the Portland Police Sunshine Division, Fred Meyer and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

"From billboards, to film crews, to community events such as Shop with a Cop, we are out there in the community meeting people and letting them get to know us personally. This community contact is critical and goes a long way to building a relationship of trust.

"I've been asked about promotions in light of the command openings in the Bureau and recent promotional exams. I'm waiting to fill the command openings until the current staffing study is completed in October.

"We also have some sergeant vacancies and a new sergeants list. We will be making a few sergeant promotions in the coming weeks.

"That's it for now. Stay safe."

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Driver Rams Washington State Trooper after Pursuit into Oregon - No Injuries (Photo) - 08/28/14
On Thursday August 28, 2014, at 1:51 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to I-5 southbound at Rosa Parks to assist Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers who were in a traffic pursuit with a black Ford Mustang.

The suspect crossed the Fremont Bridge and exited the freeway into the Northwest Industrial area, and drove into a dead end at Northwest 29th Avenue and Roosevelt Street.

The suspect turned the car around and rammed his car into the front of one of the WSP patrol cars. The suspect then backed his car into a driveway and was boxed in between a WSP patrol car and the side of a building.

The suspect was taken into custody and later transported to a Portland hospital to be treated for a suspected heroin overdose.

The Ford Mustang was later determined to be a stolen car.

A female passenger was released without charges and given a ride home.

The suspect, 19-year-old Alexander Kean Barber, was treated and released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.

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Hiring and Promotion Ceremony Today at 1:00 p.m. - 08/28/14
Today, Thursday August 28, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau is hosting a hiring and promotion ceremony to honor four new police officers, promote two detectives, one Administrative Supervisor, and hire five non-sworn employees.

The ceremony will be held at the Portland Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, and is expected to last one hour.

Scheduled speakers include Mayor Charlie Hales and Chief Mike Reese.

The event is open to media and the public.

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Gang Violence Investigation Lead to Three Search Warrants, One Arrest - Investigation Ongoing (Photo) - 08/28/14
This morning, Thursday August 28, 2014, at approximately 5:00 a.m., three search warrants were served in the Portland Metro area as part of an ongoing gang violence investigation by the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team (GET).

Warrants were served at the following locations:

1009 West 23rd Street; Vancouver, Washington

2628 Northeast 13th Avenue; Portland, Oregon

2965 Southeast 92nd Avenue; Portland, Oregon

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) assisted with the service of the warrants in Portland.

The Vancouver (WA) Police Department Gang Unit assisted with the service of the warrant in Vancouver.

The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) and the Metro Gang Task Force also assisted with this investigation and search warrant service.

23-year-old George Anthony Waters Jr. was arrested at his home on Southeast 92nd Avenue on an outstanding warrant for Attempted Murder in connection with recent gang violence.

Waters will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail later today.

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Today Until 5:00 p.m. - 08/27/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, today until 5:00 p.m.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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CORRECTION: Drunk Driver Crashes into House after Attempting to Elude Police - No Injuries (Photo) - 08/26/14
The crash occurred at 92nd and Eugene, not 82nd Avenue.

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###ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW###

On Tuesday August 26, 2014, at 3:12 a.m., North Precinct officers attempted to stop a vehicle near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Halsey Street, after observing the driver operating the vehicle recklessly.

The driver did not stop and a short pursuit followed, ending when the driver attempted to make a left turn, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a house at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Eugene Street.

The residents inside the home were not injured and the driver was taken into custody.

The driver, 33-year-old Sarah Ruth Rascoe, was charged with Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, DUII, Driving While Suspended, Reckless Endangerment (two counts), and Reckless Driving.

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing Woman and Her Niece - 08/25/14
Both Tamika and Datisha have been safely located and are no longer missing.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 38-year-old Tamika Bradley and her niece, 2-year-old Datisha Lacy-Bradley.

Tamika picked up her niece, Datisha, from Datisha's mother in Southeast Portland on Sunday August 24, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

Tamika and Datisha were scheduled to take public transportation to Tamika's mother's house in Vancouver, Washington, and should have arrived at approximately 6:00 p.m., but failed to show at Tamika's mother's house.

Tamika's current address is not known by her family and in the past has had some personal issues that could endanger her health and welfare if they were to return.

There is no information to suspect foul play at this time.

Tamika is described as an African American female, 5'8" tall, 180 pounds, last seen wearing a maroon, knee-length dress.

Anyone seeing Tamika and Datisha should call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about them is asked to contacted Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081 or lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Police Still Seeking Tips to Solve 2013 Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-32 (Photo) - 08/25/14
Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for the public's help in solving a triple shooting and homicide in Northeast Portland.

On November 9, 2013, at 12:45 a.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of a large fight and riot outside the Fontaine Bleau Nightclub, located at 237 Northeast Broadway.

Officers arrived to find a crowd of 75-100 people involved in a disturbance and 30-year-old Durieul Joseph Harris suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Harris died at the scene and officers learned that two other people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the disturbance.

Homicide detectives have conducted several interviews related to the shootings but believe that many other people fled the scene without talking to police and may have critical information to help solve this case.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the investigators.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Michele Michaels
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0692
michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Bryan Steed
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0395
bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov

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43-Year-Old Portland Musician Deceased After Apparent Suicide on Wednesday - 08/22/14
On Wednesday August 20, 2014, at 8:09 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5100 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard on a welfare check.

The reporting party was concerned for the welfare of 43-year-old Derek Jordan Rieth after not hearing from him for several hours.

Officers arrived at the residence and located Mr. Rieth deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, which appeared to be an intentional act. A shotgun was located at the scene and seized as evidence.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and confirmed that Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and ruled the death a suicide.

Rieth was a member of the music group Pink Martini.

This information is being released due to significant media interest in the case.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-35 Downtown Gang Shooting (Photo) - 08/22/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the shooting of four people in Downtown Portland.

On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 12:37 a.m., Central Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street on the report of a shooting.

Multiple officers responded to the area and located three gunshot victims suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth victim went to a hospital on Wednesday August 20 and discovered bullet fragments in one of his arms.

Witnesses told police that there was a large group fighting prior to the shooting, which investigators believe is gang-related. Investigators also believe that three of the four victims were not the intended targets but were innocent bystanders.

21-year-old Jaron Cuie, 37-year-old Damarvis Lee, 25-year-old Ricardo Savoy Hernandez, and 29-year-old Robert Grijalva were the four men injured in the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the investigator.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Todd Gradwahl
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-2056
todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov

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Car Crashes into Fence in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - Driver Flees, Possibly Injured - 08/21/14
On Thursday August 21, 2014, at 8:51 p.m., East Precinct officers responded Southeast 143rd Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a car into a house and the driver running away. Additional information was received that a witness thought the driver was possible a gunshot victim.

Several officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle crashed into a fence, rather than a house.

A neighborhood search for the driver was conducted but nobody matching the driver's description was located by police.

The driver was described as a white or Hispanic male, 6'0" tall, medium build, short hair or bald, heavily tattooed, carrying two bags.

A witness described hearing a gunshot prior to the crash but officers have not located any evidence of gunfire.

The vehicle has a damaged ignition but is not a reported stolen car.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Chief Michael Reese: Building Community Trust Our Most Important Obligation (Photo) - 08/21/14
As we watch the tragic events in Ferguson unfold, there are some powerful themes that have come to the forefront and have emerged as critical reminders for all cities and law enforcement agencies across America.

The importance of building greater trust between police officers and the people we serve is paramount; particularly among those communities whose relationship and history with the Police Bureau has sometimes been strained. Trust is a perishable commodity; it's something we must work on every day.

At the Portland Police Bureau, we have had a lot of conversations recently about building legitimacy for the work we do in protecting the public. These unfortunate circumstances in Missouri help make clear to me, and hopefully to everyone in our community, that creating a police-community relationship built on trust is our most important obligation.

A law enforcement agency must mirror the community in which it serves. In Portland, we continue to increase diversity as we hire new police officers. We are committed to building strong partnerships with community members and agencies that assist us in serving and protecting the people of Portland.

Police use of force and the policies and training that accompany it need to be continually reviewed and improved upon. The Portland Police Bureau has made significant changes to our use of force policies and training aimed at reducing use of force and improving de-escalation tactics. Our use of force numbers have declined over the last four years, and all uses of physical force are investigated by a supervisor. Citizen complaints also have decreased.

Finally, communication, including listening, remains the key to better understanding. When we have an officer-involved shooting or high-profile incident, we are committed to transparency.

There is no daylight between our values as an organization and the values and expectations the community has for their police officers. This is important to all of us. Our Portland Police Officers go out every day committed to doing their very best to serve and protect our community. As an agency, we pledge to continue to develop and enhance our services to match our community's expectations.

Note: Chief Reese's comments can be viewed on YouTube: http://youtu.be/FZ_ViUjBcwI

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23-Year-Old Man Arrested After a Traffic Pursuit - Gun Seized from Vehicle (Photo) - 08/21/14
On Wednesday August 20, 2014, at 10:55 p.m., East Precinct Street Crimes Unit officers attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic infractions at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Sacramento Street.

The driver of the vehicle stopped momentarily but then sped away from officers in the vehicle. Officers pursued the vehicle until the driver crashed into a street sign and fence at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Morrison Street.

The driver exited the vehicle and ran away but was quickly apprehended in the neighborhood by officers pursuing him on foot. Officers located and seized a handgun inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 23-year-old Timothy Ray Waters II.

Waters was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run), and Reckless Driving.

This week, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is being assisted by Street Crimes Units from all three precincts to help prevent continued gang violence from occurring after several recent shootings.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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Charter Bus Driver Cited for June 2014 Fatal Crash in Old Town - 08/21/14
On Tuesday August 19, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Investigations Unit issued two citations to a driver involved in a June 2014 fatal crash in Old Town.

The driver, 68-year-old Charles Atarashi Start, was issued citations for the following violations:

* Oregon Revised Statute 811.028 - Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian
* Oregon Revised Statute 811.135 - Careless Driving (Accident/Death to a Vulnerable Road User)

This investigation started on June 8, 2014, at 3:53 p.m., when Central Precinct officers received a report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a bus at Northwest 6th Avenue and Glisan Street.

The pedestrian killed, 18-year-old Monserrat Hernandez-Garcia of Vancouver, Washington, was killed after being struck by an AMTRAK charter bus, driven by Mr. Start.

Investigators learned that the bus driver turned from Westbound Glisan Street to northbound 6th Avenue, where the crash occurred and Ms. Hernandez-Garcia was struck and killed.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reviewed this case.

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Transit Police Seeking Public's Help to Identify Exposer on MAX (Photo) - 08/21/14
The Transit Police Division is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who exposed himself to a woman on the MAX.

This investigation began on July 24, 2014, when Transit Police took a report from a young adult woman who said a man exposed himself to her on the MAX.

Investigators learned that the suspect boarded an eastbound Blue Line MAX at the Beaverton Transit Center and rode the MAX to the East Burnside & 162nd Avenue stop.

The suspect appears to be an African American male, early-50s, 5'6" tall, medium build, well dressed, wearing glasses and a purple cap.

A surveillance photo of the suspect is being released to assist with identification.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Transit Police Division Officer Richard Harvey at (503) 793-9386, or by email, richard.harvey@portlandoregon.gov.

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34-Year-Old Woman Taken to Hospital for Mental Health Evaluation After Climbing a Building, Wrapping Herself in American Flag - 08/21/14
On Wednesday August 20, 2014, at 11:49 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Oregon Bank Building, located at 319 Southwest Washington Street, on the report of a naked female climbing the flagpole on top of the building.

Several officers responded to the building and gained access to the roof. The woman had stripped off her clothes, climbed the flagpole, removed the American flag, then climbed back down the flag pole.

Once back on the roof, the woman wrapped herself in the flag while holding a lighter and a fire extinguisher. The woman also began throwing construction glue from the rooftop, damaging vehicles on the street below.

Officers contacted her and were able to take her into custody. The woman appeared to be suffering from a mental health crisis and is suspected to have been under the influence of a stimulant.

The woman was taken to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Arson Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue do not know if the woman is connected with a fire at the Yeon Building, located at 522 Southwest 5th Avenue, that began shortly before the call to the Oregon Building.

The cause of the Yeon Building fire is under investigation.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland - 08/20/14
This afternoon, Wednesday August 20, 2014, at approximately 5:40 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 300 block of North Fremont Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and located the male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to one of his legs. The victim has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to the non-life-threatening injury.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting may have happened at North Fremont Street and Commercial Avenue and may be self-inflicted.

Several officers are in the area checking for a crime scene. The victim is not cooperating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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Two Gang Associates Arrested with Firearms During a Traffic Stop (Photo) - 08/20/14
On Tuesday evening August 19, 2014, North Precinct Street Crimes Unit officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Weidler Street.

The driver, 22-year-old Manuelito Fernando Gonzales Jr., and passenger, 18-year-old Brandon Marquise Duckworth, were both known to officers as gang associates. During the course of the traffic stop, officers learned that Duckworth had an outstanding parole violation warrant so he was placed into custody.

Additional investigation by officers led to the discovery of two loaded handguns in the vehicle. Both handguns were seized and placed into evidence.

Officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Task Force responded to assist with the investigation.

Gonzales was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Duckworth was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm (two counts), Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Both were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

This week, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is being assisted by Street Crimes Units from all three precincts to help prevent continued gang violence from occurring after several recent shootings.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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City of Portland Part I Crime Stats through August 2, 2014 - Car Prowls Up 17% - 08/20/14
City of Portland Part I Crime Stats through August 2, 2014, indicate that Part I crimes are up 3% over the same time period in 2013.

Of particular interest is the rise in larceny from autos (car prowls), which is up 17% citywide.

The Portland Police Bureau wants to remind community members to never leave valuables in their car to attract opportunistic thieves. If you must store anything in your vehicle, keep it out of sight and secure. When possible, park in busy, well-lit areas.

Also, if you are the victim of a car prowl, the Police Bureau encourages victims to file a police report online by visiting http://www.PortlandPolice.com

Community members are urged to protect themselves and their property by obtaining tips on how to prevent crime from occurring in their neighborhoods.

Crime Prevention information from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

Neighborhood crime statistics are regularly available by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com and using the CrimeStats tool.

The attached document is Part I Crimes only, as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Part I crimes include: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Auto Theft, and Arson.

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UPDATE: Traffic Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Driver - Small Child Found in Car by Police, Uninjured - 08/19/14
The driver arrested after this afternoon's pursuit has been identified as 36-year-old Lakeshia Necole Robinson. Her child was released to family after a precautionary exam at a Portland hospital.

Robinson struggled with officers and was tased twice before being taken into custody.

Robinson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, and Resisting Arrest.

Robinson will be arraigned on Wednesday.

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This afternoon, Tuesday August 19, 2014, at 4:28 p.m., a North Precinct officer attempted to stop a vehicle on Northeast Killingsworth Street for a traffic violation but the driver did not stop, instead sped away from the police.

Additional officers were able to get behind the fleeing vehicle and assist with the pursuit as it moved eastbound on Killingsworth. Officers ahead of the pursuit were able to deploy Spike Strips to deflate the tires of the eluding vehicle.

The pursuit continued until Northeast 82nd Avenue and Russell Street, where officers performed a successful PIT Maneuver (Pursuit Intervention Technique), which caused the eluding vehicle to spin out. The driver continued to attempt to elude police and crashed the car into a stopped vehicle.

The driver, a female adult, exited her vehicle and attempted to run from officers but was taken into custody a short distance away.

After taking the driver into custody, officers checked the inside of the vehicle she was driving and found a small child in the backseat, unharmed. Medical personnel have transported the child to a Portland hospital for a precautionary exam.

Nobody was injured in the other vehicle.

North Precinct and Traffic Division officers are investigating the crash and updates will be provided at a later time.

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Izzy's Kids' Shop with A Cop Assists 200 Kids Tomorrow - 08/19/14
This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division

Media Contacts:
Kyle Camberg Executive Director Sunshine Division (503) 577-6852
Melinda Merrill Director, Public Affairs; Fred Meyer Stores (503) 708-8890

Sunshine Division Teams with Fred Meyer Stores, The Portland Police Bureau, and Boys and Girls Clubs to help 200 Kids "Shop With A Cop" for Back to School Clothes
On Wednesday August 20, 2014, at 7:00 a.m., Fred Meyer, The Sunshine Division, Boys and Girls Club of Portland, and Portland Police Bureau will team together for the annual "Izzy's Kids'" Shop with a Cop. The event will take place at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.

This year marks the 12-year anniversary of the Shop with a Cop, where police officers and 200 kids shop together for back to school clothing. The majority of the children are selected from the Boys and Girls Club of Portland, and are selected based on financial need and their volunteer efforts in the community. These kids have worked very hard to earn this unique opportunity.

The Sunshine Division and Fred Meyer jointly fund the program and have generously contributed more than $26,000 towards the event. In addition to the cash donation, Fred Meyer provides significant discounts as well as a backpack with school supplies for every child.

The Sunshine Division funds the program through its Izzy's Kids program. Izzy's Kids, which began in 1981 and is in honor of longtime board member Isabel Hoyt, provides funds so that Portland Police Officers can take any child in need shopping for school clothes. This program operates year-round with nearly 500 children utilizing the program throughout the year.

Over the past 12 years, Fred Meyer and the Sunshine Division have helped provide local children with more than $500,000 in school clothing and supplies and one of a kind back to school shopping experience with an officer.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Executive Director Kyle Camberg (503-577-6852) will be the media contact for the Sunshine Division.


About Sunshine Division
The Sunshine Division offers free food and clothing assistance directly to low-income veterans, families, and seniors six days a week at their N. Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each precinct for immediate dispatch. The Sunshine Division serves as a no-cost food bank to 15 area food assistance nonprofits, provides special food boxes through three seasonal food box programs, and funds new school clothing for low-income students in Portland Public Schools through its Izzy's Kids program. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org.
UPDATE #2: Traffic Division Investigating a Crash and Pedestrian Fatality on Southeast Division Street - 08/19/14
The man killed in yesterday's traffic crash on Division has been identified as 55-year-old James Dalton Porter.

The driver, 84-year-old Estelle Irene Fuman, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. Preliminary information indicates that Fuman may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash, which led to the erratic driving. Fuman was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.

The investigation is continuing and once completed will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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Preliminary information indicates that an 84-year-old female was driving westbound on Southeast Division Street and veered across the eastbound lanes and drove up onto the South sidewalk, where she struck and killed a man walking on the sidewalk. The woman then veered back across Division and struck a telephone pole on the North sidewalk.

The woman has been transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries but she is expected to survive.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is investigating and at this point has not determined what led to the woman veering off the road.

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This afternoon, Monday August 18, 2014, at 3:04 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash and a person down on Southeast Division Street at 66th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male adult down on the ground suffering from traumatic injuries. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and the man died at the scene.

A female driver was suffering from unknown injuries and is being treated by medical personnel.

Southeast Division Street is closed to traffic from 64th to 69th Avenues.

Traffic Division officers are at the scene and are in the early stages of a crash investigation.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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UPDATE: Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood - Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 08/18/14
The suspect arrested today has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

44-year-old Christopher James Poole was booked on a parole violation. Federal Bank Robbery charges are pending with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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This morning, Monday August 18, 2014, at 9:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 6646 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue, on the report of a bank robbery.

Several officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect presented a demand note to a teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran out of the bank and into the neighborhood.

Witnesses provided a description of the suspect to police and officers searching the neighborhood located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. Officers recovered evidence from the suspect linking him to the bank robbery.

Robbery detectives are continuing to investigate and the suspect's name and charges will be released after he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-34 Ervaeua Herring Homicide (Photo) - 08/18/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the homicide of a 21-year-old woman in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood.

On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Eastwood Village Apartments, located at 15139 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that apartment #7 may have been the intended target. Officers located evidence of gunfire and inside the apartment located the victim, 21-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Investigators have learned that there were multiple suspects firing guns at the apartment. Information available at this point in the investigation indicates that the shooting is gang-related.

On Monday August 18, 2014, the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Ms. Herring and determined that she was killed by gunfire. The Medical Examiner also determined that Ms. Herring was in the early stages of pregnancy at the time of her death.

The only available suspect description is multiple African American males armed with guns.

Homicide detectives are working closely with Gang Enforcement Team detectives to follow-up on any leads in this investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Homicide detectives. Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Molly Daul
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0991
molly.daul@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Kristina Coffey
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0696
kristina.coffey@portlandoregon.gov

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-33 Commercial Burglary (Photo) - 08/18/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Burglary Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify suspects in a commercial burglary in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

On August 4, 2014, at 6:31 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Pink Feather Restaurant and Lounge, located at 14145 Southeast Division Street, on the report of a burglary alarm.

Officers arrived in the area and discovered a hole in the wall of the business. The investigation revealed that the suspects used a torch to cut through a wall, then used the torch to cut loose the ATM inside the business then loaded it into a truck and escaped the area.

The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chevy or GMC extended cab pick-up truck. Both suspect appear dressed in clothing consistent with construction or utility workers. One of the suspects appears to be a white male.

Surveillance images from the burglary are being released to assist in the identification of suspects.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Sgt. Troy Pahlke
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0410
troy.pahlke@portlandoregon.gov

Sgt. Mike Frome
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0408
mike.frome@portlandoregon.gov

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Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Northgate Park - One Person Injured - 08/17/14
On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 10:41 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northgate Park, located at 6000 North Fessenden Street, on the report of a disturbance and possibly someone stabbed in the park.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that a male was suffering from a gunshot wound. The injury is not life-threatening.

Preliminary information indicates there was some kind of a fight inside the park involving several males and that one male was shot during the disturbance.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 and Air Support Unit, are searching the area for any potential suspects. It is not known if this is a gang-related incident.

There have been no arrests and no additional updates are expected tonight.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE #3: Shooting Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland - Two People Injured - 08/17/14
Gang Enforcement Team detectives are continuing to investigate the early morning shooting in Downtown Portland.

21-year-old Jaron Cuie, 37-year-old Damarvis Lee and 25-year-old Ricardo Savoy Hernandez were the three men injured in the shooting.

Investigators learned that two groups of men were fighting and that someone fired shots and the three victims were hit by gunfire.

It is unknown if this shooting is related to the homicide that occurred later in Southeast Portland.

The Gang Enforcement Team will be providing extra patrols the next few days as a result of this shooting and the Southeast Portland homicide.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mitch Hergert at (503) 823-2081, mitchell.hergert@portlandoregon.gov.

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Officers investigating the shooting in Downtown Portland located a third victim suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. This victim did not require medical transport to a hospital.

The other two shooting victims are receiving treatment for what are now believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

No additional information is available at this time.

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On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 12:37 a.m., Central Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street on the report of a shooting.

Multiple officers responded to the area and located two gunshot victims. Both victims were transported to a Portland hospital. One victim's injuries have been described as life-threatening, the other victim's status is not known at this time.

Witnesses told police that there was a large group fighting prior to the shooting.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting is gang-related.

Gang Enforcement Team investigators and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to conduct an investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

No further information updates are expected until later Sunday morning.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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UPDATE: Homicide Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - 08/17/14
Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into this morning's shooting in Southeast Portland.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, a resident of the Eastwood Village Apartments.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

At this point in the investigation, there is no specific suspect description to share with the public.

Investigators are asking for any information about this case to be shared with police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Molly Daul at (503) 823-0991, molly.daul@portlandoregon.gov; or, Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696, kristina.coffey@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Eastwood Village Apartments, located at 15139 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and learned from witnesses that the shots seemed to be focused on one of the apartments.

Officers located a female adult deceased inside an apartment.

Witnesses have told police that the suspects were several African American males with handguns.

Preliminary information from witnesses indicates that the shooting is gang-related.

Homicide Detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to begin a homicide investigation. The Gang Enforcement Team will assist Homicide detectives with this investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

No further information updates are expected until later Sunday morning. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is unavailable to respond to the scene but will be available later today for interviews.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Major Crash Team Investigates Single Vehicle Crash Injuring Two Men in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood - 08/17/14
On Sunday August 17, 2014, at 2:08 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Southeast Holgate Boulevard at 135th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the vehicle, a white 2000 Ford Econoline Van, with two men injured inside.

The driver, a 23-year-old male, was suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries. The passenger, a 29-year-old male, was suffering from critical injuries that initially were believed to be life-threatening.

Both men were transported to a Portland hospital, where the passenger's condition was upgraded and his injuries are serious but now believed to be non-life-threatening.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded to conduct a crash investigation. Investigators learned that the driver was eastbound on Holgate and failed to negotiate a turn in the road and crashed into a block retaining wall on the North side of the street.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the case, which remains under investigation.

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Police Ask for Public Help In Locating a Missing Portland Man (Photo) - 08/15/14
The Milwaukie Police Department, in coordination with Portland Police, is asking the public for help in locating 70-year-old Charles Edward Johnson, a Portland resident, who was last seen at Providence Milwaukie Hospital on August 2, 2014, at 10:20 a.m. Mr. Johnson left the hospital and has not returned to his southeast Portland residence.

Mr. Johnson is described as 6'3" tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He has short, graying hair and a beard. He may be wearing glasses. He was last seen wearing knee-high khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and a black jacket.

It is possible Mr. Johnson may appear confused or disorientated. He takes medication on a daily basis.

Anyone seeing Mr. Johnson is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact the Milwaukie Police Department.

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Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division Receives largest Grant in 90-Year History (Photo) - 08/14/14
This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division:

Media Contact:
Officer Phil Kent, (503)545-3593, phil@sunshinedivision.org
On behalf of the Walmart Foundation, Rick Thomas, (503) 789-2115, rick@quinnthomas.com


Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division Receives largest Grant in 90-Year History
Walmart Foundation grant will help the Sunshine Division feed local families

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 14, 2014) - This week, uniformed officers and staff of the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division accepted a check for $60,000 from the Walmart Foundation--the largest single year grant in its 90-year history. The grant will help the Sunshine Division with warehouse staff, equipment and space support to streamline operations and improve its food distribution efforts throughout the Portland metro area.

"For an organization of our size, a grant of this magnitude will enable Sunshine Division to significantly help more people in less time with better resources." said Sunshine Division's assigned Portland Police Officer, Officer Phil Kent. "We've had an ongoing partnership with Walmart stores who have helped us feed and clothe families at the local level, we value the evolution of this partnership with such an impactful grant from the Walmart Foundation."

The check presentation took place on Wednesday at a Portland-area store opening in Tigard. As part of the festivities, Portland Police officers, Sunshine Division staff and Walmart Associates recognized the important role each group plays in making our region a great place for all of our neighbors to live.

In advance of the celebration, Walmart's senior vice president and regional general manager Madeleine Havener noted that this historic grant is important to all area residents, "Part of our core mission is to help people live better and together the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division and Walmart are doing exactly that. We're proud to support the Bureau's food distribution efforts and help get nutritious meals to our neighbors in need."

The Sunshine Division, a 90- year old nonprofit which partners closely with the Portland Police Bureau, has a strong commitment to feeding and clothing people in need while remaining as fiscally efficient as possible. For years the organization has maintained an unusually high efficiency rating with over 93% of every dollar directed toward free programs serving Portland area's vulnerable populations and partnerships with area hunger relief agencies. CharityNavigator has rated the Sunshine Division with a 4-out-of-4 star rating two years in a row, outranking other local hunger relief agencies and ranking among the top 15% of all nonprofits nationally. The rating indicates low overhead and fundraising costs with high levels of effectiveness in mission and transparency in sharing where the funding goes.

About Sunshine Division

The Sunshine Division offers free food and clothing assistance directly to low-income veterans, families, and seniors six days a week at their N. Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each precinct for immediate dispatch. The Sunshine Division serves as a no-cost food bank to 15 area food assistance nonprofits, provides special food boxes through three seasonal food box programs, and funds new school clothing for low-income students in Portland Public Schools through its Izzy's Kids program. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1.3 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Montavilla Neighborhood - 08/14/14
This morning, Thursday August 14, 2014, at 9:11 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Bank of the West, located at 8135 Southeast Division Street.

Officers responded to the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank and demanded money while implying he had a weapon. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen on foot running westbound on Division Street.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 19 to 25 years old, 5'9" tall, thin build, wearing a fisherman-style hat, a dark hoody, and dark pants.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-32 Fugitive (Photo) - 08/13/14
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a fugitive in a shooting investigation.

31-year-old Robert Jay James Jr. has a felony warrant for Attempted Aggravated Murder in connection with a May 2014 shooting in Portland, Oregon.

This investigation started on May 2, 2014, at 3:45 a.m., when officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 8400 block of Southeast Brooklyn Street. The 31-year-old victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.

Detectives learned that the shooting occurred at the suspect's residence during a dice game and were able to determine that James was the suspect in the shooting.

James is described as an African American male, 5'11" tall, and 195 pounds. Investigators believe James has relatives in Portland and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Detective Todd Prosser
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-9320
todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov

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Public Alert: Ongoing Scam Affecting Utility Customers in Willamette Valley - 08/13/14
The Portland Police Bureau and Portland General Electric want community members to be aware of an ongoing nation-wide telephone scam targeting utility customers.

Members of the community are being targeted by a telephone scam in which customers are being contacted by someone claiming to be with their utility, or a collection agency working on behalf of the utility.

These scammers are telling customers that they are past due on their account and need to pay immediately or their service will be disconnected. Customers are directed to purchase a Green Dot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload prepaid credit card and call the scammer back with the credit card number. As soon as the scammer obtains the serial number off of the pre-paid card, they are able to transfer funds into their own account.

Several customers have become victims of the scam and have lost hundreds and thousands of dollars.

These callers have no known access to any confidential utility customer information. They will often target non-native English speakers in the community, including businesses.

PGE will never ask you to buy a pre-paid credit card to pay your bill.

PGE employees do not accept payment over the phone.

If you question the authenticity of a call asking for payment, hang up and contact your local utility directly; PGE customers can call customer service at 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

For more information, please visit https://www.moneypak.com/refundrequest.aspx for MoneyPak/Green Dot and https://www.vanillareload.com/index.php/refund for Vanilla Reload.

If you are a resident of Portland and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling the Portland Police Bureau's Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Resources are available for consumers to avoid becoming victims of scams and fraud at the Oregon Department of Justice. Information can be found online at: http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/pages/index.aspx

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 838,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon.

Visit their website at www.portlandgeneral.com

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Detectives Arrest Overlook Neighborhood Robbery, Sex Assault Suspect (Photo) - 08/13/14
On Tuesday August 12, 2014, Portland Police detectives arrested 18-year-old Alex Francisco-Sebastion in connection with an August 4, 2014 sexual assault and an August 8, 2014 robbery in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood.

Francisco-Sebastion met with detectives voluntarily on Tuesday morning and, after additional investigation, was arrested by Sex Crimes Unit detectives.

Francisco-Sebastion was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree (two counts), Strangulation, Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Strangulation.

This investigation began on Monday August 4, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that occurred in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood.

Officers met with the 54-year-old female victim at her home and she told police that she was walking her dogs near the grounds of the Kaiser Permanente offices at North Overlook Street and Kaiser Center Drive, when a suspect approached her, talked with her briefly, then pulled her into the bushes where she was sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to walk home and call 9-1-1. She was treated and released at a Portland hospital.

Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the area but did not locate the suspect. Sex Crimes Unit detectives immediately began an investigation.

On Friday August 8, 2014, at 9:30 p.m., a North Precinct officer was flagged down near the Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-5, located at North Failing Street and Maryland Avenue, on the report that a person was robbed of an iPhone.

The victim described the suspect to the officer and stated that the suspect was last seen running eastbound across the bridge.

Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. The officers did, however, track the stolen iPhone to the general area of a residence in the 4700 block of North Kerby Avenue and spoke to several people at the home.

The officer taking the report contacted Sex Crimes Unit detectives late Friday evening and shared information learned from the investigation that helped develop Alex Francisco-Sebastion as a person-of-interest in both cases.

Detectives worked through the weekend to further the investigation, resulting in Tuesday's arrest.

Detectives served search warrants at residences in the 4600 block of North Commercial in connection with this investigation.

Francisco-Sebastion will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.

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Police Respond to Chicken Crossing the Road in Linnton - Officers Unable to Determine Chicken's Intent - 08/12/14
On Monday August 11, 2014, at 5:45 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a chicken crossing Highway 30 in Linnton, North of the St. John's Bridge.

The caller reported to the non-emergency line that the chicken was creating a traffic hazard along the highway.

Audio of the 9-1-1 call is available by visiting: http://youtu.be/gN4T_bOIFJU

Responding officers were unable to locate the chicken and fortunately there were no traffic crashes related to this unusual report.

While "chicken crossing road" jokes have been told for more than a century, animals in the roadway creating traffic hazards are no laughing matter.

If you see animals (or people) in or near the roadway potentially causing a traffic hazard, please call the Police Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE #1 - Portland Police searching for robbery suspect after pursuit - 08/12/14
The suspect, Demarcus Yordell Vance, a 24-year-old male, in the recent Plaid Pantry robberies is in custody and have been booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He has been charged with five (5) counts of Robbery II, attempt to elude on foot and with a vehicle, reckless driving, interfering with a police officer, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Officers were able to apprehend Vance after an officer, responding to a robbery at 1715 N.E. 15h Avenue, observed a suspicious person getting into a stolen vehicle. He attempted to stop the Vance, however, Vance fled. A pursuit ensued but was terminated due to the dangerous driving of the suspect.

After the termination of the pursuit officers, who had gotten ahead of Vance in the direction they suspected he was heading, used spike strips to flatten his tires. Vance abandoned the vehicle in the area of N.E. 96th Ave and N.E. Sandy Blvd. Officer were then able to establish a perimeter to contain Vance and used a K-9 to capture him.

Officer recovered money taken in the robbery. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are continuing to investigate this series of robberies. We do not believe there are any outstanding suspects at this time.

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Early this morning, August 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a robbery at 1715 N.E. 16th (a Plaid Pantry). Responding officers learned that the suspect description matched that of a suspect in several similar robberies which occurred yesterday.

Officers located a vehicle possibly associated with the robbery and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle fled and officers pursued it. As a result of the pursuit officers have taken custody of a possible suspect but are still investigating his potential involvement in this, as well as other, robberies.

The investigation is ongoing and updates will follow as more information becomes available.

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North Precinct officers respond to robbery - 08/11/14
Today, August 11, 2014, at 5:48 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a robbery at the Plaid Pantry at 6510 N. Greeley Avenue. Officers are still investigating the incident but early reports indicate that a male black, in his 20's, about 5'8" tall with a slim build entered the location and demanded money. No weapons was displayed and the suspect fled the location with money and other items taken from the location. Officers are currently searching for the suspect.

The PPB is exploring the possibility that these robberies are related to other similar robberies which have been reported.

While these cases are under investigation we would like the public to be cognizant of suspicious persons in the areas near convenience stores. If the public witnesses a suspicious person or event and it is ongoing they are asked to call 911. If the event is not ongoing please call non-emergency at 503-823-3333. Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

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Correction - North Precinct responds to robbery - 08/11/14
The time in the initial release incorrectly stated 10:50 p.m., it should have read 10:50 a.m. We apologize for the mistake.

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Today, August 11, 2014, at 10:50 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a robbery call at the Plaid Pantry at 7144 N.E. Killingsworth Street. Officers arrived onscene and determined that the suspect, a black male, approximately 5'10" with a thin build, had demanded money from the clerk. After receiving money the suspect fled southbound on N.E. 72nd Avenue.

Officers were able to secure the area and contact witness to the event. The investigation is ongoing.
North Precinct responds to early morning robbery - 08/11/14
Early this morning, August 11, 2014, at 2:52 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a robbery at 2010 N. Killingsworth Street. Officers arrived and learned that the suspect, described as a black male in his late teens, approximately 6' tall and with a medium build, had entered the store, demanded and received money from the clerk and then fled the location.

Officer established a perimeter and a K-9 unit responded but the suspect was not apprehended. The investigation is ongoing.

The PPB is exploring the possibility that these robberies are related to other similar robberies which have been reported.

While these cases are under investigation we would like the public to be cognizant of suspicious persons in the areas near convenience stores. If the public witnesses a suspicious person or event and it is ongoing they are asked to call 911. If the event is not ongoing please call non-emergency at 503-823-3333. Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Robbery in East Precinct - 08/11/14
This morning, August 11, 2014, at 9:36 a.m., officers from East Precinct responded to a robbery at the Plaid Pantry located at 5146 SE Holgate Blvd. Officers arrived established a perimeter to attempt and contain the suspect. A K-9 unit responded but was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

The suspect was described as a Black male in early 20's, approximately 6' tall and weighing approximately 165 lbs.

The investigation in this case is ongoing.

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CORRECTION - East Officers respond to stabbing - 08/10/14
The location of this incident should have read the 2900 block of S.E. 121st Avenue. We apologize for the mistake.

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Early this morning, August 10, 2014, at about 2:55 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 2900 Block of SE 122ND Avenue on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and found the victim, a 32-year-old male, had suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault. The suspect, described as a short black male, approximately 30-years of age, wearing a red shirt and black shorts, had fled the area.

Based on the initial investigation it appears the assault allegedly occurred as the result of an argument between the victim, a resident of the location, and the suspect. The two appeared to be acquaintances.

Officers used K-9 cars and attempted to contain the area but the suspect was not captured. Officers are still investigating this assault.
UPDATE #1 - Pedestrian struck on I-405 - 08/09/14
The individual struck attempting to cross I-405 is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries at this time. Investigators have learned that he was struck attempting to cross I-405 on foot after his vehicle ran out of gas. I-405 is now open in both directions.


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Only the northbound lanes of I-405 are currently closed.

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Today, August 9, 2014, at 5:58 p.m., Central Precinct officers received a call regarding a pedestrian struck on the I-405 freeway near Glisan Street. The pedestrian, an adult male, was on foot attempting to cross the freeway. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries are not know at this time. Officers have arrived and are conducting an investigation. I-405 is currently close. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE #2 - East Precinct and Transit officers respond to a report of a stabbing - 08/09/14
Officers investigating this incident have arrested a second male juvenile in connection with this case. The investigation has revealed that two subjects assaulted the victim in this incident. The victim, also a male juvenile, used a box-cutter to defend himself. The investigation is ongoing.

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The investigation is on going but officers have arrested a male juvenile in this incident for assault in the 3rd degree. The assault occurred on a MAX train near the Main Street Transit Station. The individual transported as a result of this incident suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is at an area hospital. Investigators are continuing to exam evidence in this case. Officers have identified and located both parties in this incident and no suspects are outstanding.

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Today, August 8, 2014 at 2:08 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police officers responded to a report of stabbing in the 1100 Block of S.E. 96th Avenue. Officers have arrived and secured the scene. At least one individual has been transported to an area hospital. It is early in the investigation and the severity of the injuries are not known at this time.

Officers are continuing to secure the area and conduct an investigation into this incident.
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East Precinct Neighborhood Response Officer Serve Warrant on Drug House (Photo) - 08/09/14
Yesterday, August 8, 2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m., East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team officers with help from the Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division, Central Precinct's Street Crimes Unit, the Gresham Police Department and the Department of Community Justice served a warrant on a residence located in the 4600 block of Southeast 76th Avenue. The warrant, for crimes related to both drugs and identity theft, resulted in ten arrests for various drug related crimes.

Leonard Lee Jetland, a 47-year-old male, was arrested for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, possession of methamphetamine and theft I by receiving. Michael Dwayne Fields, a 29-year-old male, was arrested for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, frequenting a place where controlled substances are used and possession of methamphetamine. The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional charges.
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Victim Robbed of iPhone on the Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge - 08/09/14
On Friday August 8, 2014, at 9:30 p.m., a North Precinct officer was flagged down near the Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-5, located at North Failing Street and Maryland Avenue, on the report that a person was robbed of an iPhone.

The victim told the officer that the suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, 5'6" tall, wearing a black baseball cap, a black hoody or t-shirt, blue jeans, carrying a messenger-style bag, last seen running eastbound across the bridge.

The victim and suspect struggled over the phone and the victim received minor injuries.

Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Detail at (503) 823-0405.

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Gang Enforcement Investigating Overnight Shooting in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Known Injuries (Photo) - 08/09/14
On Saturday August 9, 2014, at 12:48 a.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the Shady Lane Tavern, located at 4579 Northeast Cully Boulevard, on the report of multiple gunshots and people screaming in the parking lot.

Officers responded to the area and learned that immediately after the shots, several vehicles sped out of the area.

No gunshot victims were located, although evidence of gunfire was located by responding officers.

Based on evidence at the scene and witness information, the Gang Enforcement Team took over the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Suspect Arrested in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood After Threatening to Shoot Safeway Patrons - No Gun Actually Seen (Photo) - 08/09/14
On Friday August 8, 2014, at 10:36 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Safeway store, located at 5920 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the report that a man across the street was saying he was going to shoot customers and employees.

As officers were en route, they learned that the suspect stole some items from Safeway prior to making the threats.

As officers got into the area, a sergeant saw the suspect run into the neighborhood. A neighborhood perimeter was established and a K-9 Unit responded to assist with the search.

The suspect, 19-year-old Ajyeman Eugene Rober-Warfield, was located and arrested. No gun was ever seen or located by officers.

Rober-Warfield was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the Third Degree and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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North Precinct Responds to Two Overnight Robberies, Same Suspect Believed to be Involved in Both - 08/09/14
On Saturday August 9, 2014, at 5:14 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station, located at 15 Northeast Broadway.

Officers responded to the location and established a neighborhood perimeter to contain the suspect. While waiting for a K-9 Unit to respond, a second armed robbery call was dispatched at 5:25 a.m. to the Plaid Pantry location at 2010 North Killingsworth Street.

The suspect description in both robberies was nearly identical. Officers searched the neighborhood near Plaid Pantry but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American female in her early 20s, shorter than 5'5" tall, stocky build, wearing a tan baseball cap, a dark-colored tank-top with a bright print pattern, lycra-style neon-colored shorts, flip flops, armed with a handgun.

There were no injuries in either robbery.

Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call the Robbery Detail at (503) 823-0405.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Tuesday August 12 - 08/09/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, until Tuesday August 12, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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Stabbing Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Wilkes Neighborhood - Two Injured (Photo) - 08/08/14
This evening, Friday August 8, 2014, at 8:14 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 15900 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard on the report of a disturbance.

As officers were en route to the area, additional information was received that several people were fighting, some armed with knives.

Officers arrived and located two stabbing victims, one male and one female, in the parking lot. Both victims were transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that two victims, residents of the complex, were confronted by a group of Hispanic males and that someone in the group stabbed both victims.

The victim's do not appear to have any gang affiliation but the suspects are being described to police as Hispanic gang associates.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to investigate the incident.

Anyone that witnessed the fight and stabbing is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Investigating a Pedestrian Fatality Involving a MAX Train in East Portland - 08/08/14
The man killed yesterday has been identified as 51-year-old David Paul Cain, transient. The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results which are expected to take several weeks.

The case remains under investigation.

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The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is continuing the investigation into this morning's fatality in East Portland.

Witnesses and TriMet video provided a preliminary account of the incident. The 51-year-old male pedestrian was walking southbound on the East side of Northeast 122nd Avenue. Witnesses told police that he was stumbling and his movement led the witnesses to believe he may be intoxicated.

He continued into the crosswalk at East Burnside Street at the same time an eastbound MAX train was crossing 122nd on the East Burnside route lines.

As the train slowed to stop at the 122nd Avenue platform, the man stumbled forward and into the side of the rear MAX train car. Responding medical personnel pronounced him deceased at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the MAX Operator was properly maneuvering the train and passing through the intersection when the man stumbled into the moving train.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and will submit blood samples for toxicology tests. The man has been tentatively identified but family has not been located so his name will not be released at this time.

The Major Crash Team and Transit Police Division are continuing their investigation.

Regular MAX service has been restored.

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This morning, Thursday August 7, 2014, at 10:43 a.m., East Precinct and Transit Police officers responded to the report of an adult male struck by a MAX train at 122nd Avenue and East Burnside.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult male victim suffering from traumatic injuries. Medical personnel were unable to save the man and he died at the scene.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is enroute to conduct an investigation.

Both eastbound and westbound MAX lines are stopped at this time, as well as traffic on Burnside both directions. 122nd Avenue, crossing Burnside is down to one lane in each direction.

Updates will be provided as they come available.

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Thief Arrested for 24 Felony Crimes After Stealing More than $25,000 in Gasoline (Photo) - 08/08/14
On Thursday August 8, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau arrested a man suspected of stealing more than $25,000 in gasoline in the Portland area.

39-year-old Christopher Scott Beard was identified by police after surveillance video from one of the thefts captured images of the suspect and the truck he was using to steal gasoline.

Beard would fill a 300 gallon tank in the back of the truck with gasoline, using a stolen credit card at various locations throughout Portland.

Police first located the truck then located Beard and arrested him on several charges.

Beard was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on 12 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and 12 counts of Theft in the First Degree.

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UPDATE: Shooting and Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood - 08/07/14
Robbery detectives have learned that the suspect entered Dotty's and demanded money from the business. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, he began to leave followed by the shooting victim, who was a patron. The suspect shot her then ran out of the area.

Anyone with information about this robbery and shooting is asked to contact Detective Darren Posey at (503) 823-0403 or darren.posey@portlandoregon.gov.

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This afternoon, Thursday August 7, 2014, at 3:04 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Dotty's, located at 11926 Southeast Division Street, on the report of a robbery and shooting.

Officers and medical personnel responded and located the 58-year-old female victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. She has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment for what appears to be a non-life-threatening injury.

Witnesses described the suspect to police as an African American male in his 20s, 5'6" tall, thin build, wearing dark clothes and carrying a handgun. The suspect was last seen running westbound on Division Street.

Multiple officers have checked the neighborhood but have not located the suspect.

Detectives from the Robbery Detail and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are en route to the scene to continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE: Traffic Alert: Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard - Ross Island Bridge Traffic Affected - 08/07/14
The motorcycle rider killed in Tuesday night's crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard has been identified as 27-year-old Edward Paul Reis of South Carolina.

Investigators learned that Reis and his friend were riding their motorcycles westbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard when Reis suddenly applied his brakes in order to conduct a u-turn to head East on Powell. Reis' friend was unable to stop in time and rear-ended him, which sent Reis off of his motorcycle into oncoming traffic, where he was struck and killed by a 2001 Jeep Wrangler.

The driver of the Jeep Wrangler, 56-year-old Charles Surfus, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Reis' riding companion and friend, 32-year-old Jeremiah Lee Kloss, also remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Neither displayed any signs of impairment.

The case remains under investigation and, upon completion, will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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This evening, Tuesday August 6, 2014, at 11:48 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 7th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a motorcycle crash.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the motorcycle rider down on Powell Boulevard and bystanders performing CPR. Medical personnel were unable to save the rider and he died at the scene.

Preliminary information indicates that two motorcycle riders collided, both went down then one of the riders was struck by an SUV. All drivers remained at the scene and are cooperating.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to investigate the crash.

Westbound Powell Boulevard, including the Ross Island Bridge, is closed to all traffic.

Eastbound Ross Island Bridge is being diverted away from Powell Boulevard onto southbound McLoughlin Boulevard.

Traffic is expected to be affected for the next several hours but should be cleared up by the morning commute.

No further information is available and updates will be released sometime on Wednesday.

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UPDATE: Traffic Alert: Major Crash Team Investigating a Pedestrian Fatality on I-5 Northbound on Marquam Bridge - 08/07/14
46-year-old James Shane Legore was identified as the person struck and killed by a tractor trailer on I-5 Tuesday night.

Investigators learned that Legore was crossing I-5 northbound near the Morrison Bridge when he was struck by a northbound 2012 Freightliner tractor trailer, driven by 63-year-old Dean Edward Beck.

Beck saw the Legore standing on in the middle of the freeway, near the center divider, when Legore suddenly ran back into northbound traffic. Beck hit the brakes and tried to change lanes but could not avoid striking Legore. Legore most likely died from the impact.

Beck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He did not show any signs of impairment. Truck Inspectors checked his truck and trailer and found no violations.

The case remains under investigation and, upon completion, will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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This evening, Tuesday August 5, 2014, at 11:07 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to I-5 northbound on the Marquam Bridge on the report that a pedestrian was struck by a tractor trailer.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the person who was deceased at the scene.

The driver has remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is en route to conduct an investigation.

I-5 northbound traffic is being diverted to I-405 northbound.

Access to I-5 northbound from I-405 southbound is closed and drivers needing to go to I-5 northbound or I-84 eastbound should re-route to I-405 northbound and go across the Fremont Bridge.

Closures are expected to last for several hours overnight but should be clear by the morning commute.

No additional information is available and updates will be released sometime on Wednesday.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-31 Kenilworth Park Fires - 08/07/14
Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for the public's help to identify who is lighting fires in the area of Kenilworth Park in Southeast Portland.

Between July 12 and August 3, 2014, firefighters and police have responded to 10 fires in the area of Kenilworth Park, located at Southeast 32nd Avenue and Holgate Street.

The most recent fire occurred on August 3, at approximately 3:00 a.m. and involved several male juveniles setting a mattress on fire near the northwest corner of the park, then running away through the park. Previous fires were small, trash fires in the park. One fire damaged a fire hydrant.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Detective Joe Luiz
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-3408
joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov

Investigator Rick McGraw
Portland Fire & Rescue
(503) 823-3797
rick.mcgraw@portlandoregon.gov

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Off-Duty Portland Police Sergeant Arrested for DUII in Gresham - 08/07/14
Today, Thursday August 7, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau learned that an off-duty sergeant was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) by the Gresham Police Department.

Sergeant James McMurray, an 18-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau assigned to the North Precinct Night Relief, was off-duty this morning and was involved in a non-injury crash in the area of Southeast 190th Drive and Southwest 31st Street in Gresham.

Officers from the Gresham Police Department responded and after their investigation arrested Sergeant McMurray for DUII, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (two counts).

Sergeant McMurray has been placed on paid Administrative Leave pending the ongoing investigation and internal review process.

This event will be the subject of an internal review and presentation to the Bureau's Performance Review Board.

The Portland Police Bureau cannot comment further regarding ongoing personnel matters.

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Portland Police to Provide Enhanced Presence at MLS All-Star Game at Providence Park - 08/05/14
On Wednesday August 6, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau will be providing an enhanced presence in and around Providence Park for the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game.

The game is a sellout and police are expecting a very festive and safe evening for all in attendance.

Traffic will not be allowed on Southwest 18th Avenue, between Salmon and Morrison Streets and persons attending the game are encouraged to use TriMet.

Officers from Central Precinct, the Traffic Division, Transit Police, and the Mounted Patrol Unit will all be in the area to keep everyone safe.

As with any major event, people seeing something suspicious are encouraged to report it immediately to Providence Park Security or the nearest police officer. Emergencies should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Wanted Sex Offender James Lewis (Photo) - 08/05/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Offender Registration Detail (SORD) is asking for the public's help to locate 37-year-old James Ramon Lewis.

Lewis has a felony parole board on an original conviction for an assault. Lewis is a Registered Sex Offender after a prior conviction for Attempted Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

Lewis is described as an African American male, 5'10" tall, 185 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes.

Lewis' last known address was in East Portland but it is now vacant.

Anyone seeing Lewis should call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Officer Rachel Strobel at (503) 823-0885 or rachel.strobel@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public Alert: Stranger Sexually Assaults a Woman in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood - 08/05/14
On Monday August 4, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that occurred in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood.

Officers met with the 54-year-old female victim at her home and she told police that she was walking her dogs near the grounds of the Kaiser Permanente offices at North Interstate Avenue and Overlook Street, when a suspect approached her, talked with her briefly, then pulled her into the bushes where she was sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to walk home and call 9-1-1. She was treated and released at a Portland hospital.

Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, 5'5" tall, heavy set, wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) and we want you to know that you need not be alone as a survivor of a sexual assault. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Nathan Wollstein at (503) 823-0400 or nathan.wollstein@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Stolen Goat from Southeast Portland's Pleasant Valley (Photo) - 08/05/14
On Monday August 4, 2014, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Portland Police took a report on the theft of a goat from a residence in the 6800 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue.

The owner of "Penelope" the goat reported that she was tethered and secured in the front yard and that she was taken sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

The owner does not believe Penelope would have been able to escape and that someone stole her from the yard.

Penelope is described as a two-year-old female Nigerian Dwarf Goat, approximately 2'5" tall, 50 pounds, brown and white in color.

Anyone with information about Penelope's whereabouts is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency line at (503) 823-3333, reference Portland Police Bureau Case #14-62843.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing Medically Endangered 47-Year-Old Man (Photo) - 08/05/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 47-year-old Ronnie Junior Lemos.

Lemos was last seen on July 31, 2014, at his residence int he 1500 block of Southwest 13th Avenue. Neighbors reported him missing after becoming concerned he may be struggling with some personal issues.

Investigating officers have learned that Lemos requires daily treatment for a medical condition that, if left unchecked and treated, could endanger his life.

Lemos is described as a white male, 6'00" tall, 320 pounds, dark brown curly hair, brown eyes, mustache separate from a beard, last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with a pocket, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone seeing Lemos should call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797 or heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE #2: Parkrose Neighborhood Homicide Suspect Booked into Jail (Photo) - 08/04/14
54-year-old Roberto De Los Reyes Ferrater was identified as the man killed on Thursday. Detectives were able to locate and notify family of his death.

The case remains under investigation.

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The 65-year-old man critically injured in yesterday's stabbing has been identified as David Karl Kidder. He remains in a Portland hospital recovering from his injuries. He is expected to survive.

The deceased's identity is not being released at this time as investigators are still trying to locate family.

Both victims and the suspect lived at the home where the stabbing occurred.

This case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Anthony Merrill at (503) 823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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Early this morning, Friday August 1, 2014, 47-year-old Wayne Dinayog Nabehet was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Murder and Assault in the First Degree.

These charges come as the result of an investigation into Thursday afternoon's stabbing and homicide investigation in the 4700 block of Northeast 96th Avenue.

A 65-year-old man was critically injured by Nabehet and remains in a Portland hospital.

After Nabehet surrendered to police, officers searching the home for additional victims located a body, preliminary identified as a 55-year-old male. Medical personnel confirmed the victim was deceased.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on the deceased today to determine the cause of death and to confirm the victim's identity.

Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation and are not prepared to release any additional information at this time.

Names of the surviving and deceased victims are anticipated to be released later today.

Nabehet will be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court.

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32-Year-Old Suicidal Male Safely Taken Into Custody in Southeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood - 08/04/14
This morning, Monday August 4, 2014, at 5:17 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Southeast 106th Avenue on the report of a 32-year-old male holding a rifle to his head.

Multiple officers, including officers assigned to the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT), responded to the area. As officers were arriving, the reporting party told 9-1-1 that the subject was outside the residence firing the rifle. Several officers heard the shots fired as they arrived in the area.

Based on the initial information and officers observations, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were activated.

Within minutes, the subject threw the rifle and officers were able to communicate with him and get him to comply with commands to lay down on the ground where he was safely taken into custody. SERT and CNT response was canceled.

Officers have located evidence of gunfire but have not located any injured parties as a result of this incident.

The suicidal subject has been taken to a Portland hospital for treatment and the investigation is continuing into the incident.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Sabin Neighborhood (Photo) - 08/03/14
This evening, Sunday August 3, 2014, at 7:20 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to a residence in the 4000 block of Northeast 14th Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. Preliminary information indicates that his injuries are not life-threatening.

Witnesses described hearing an argument followed by gunshots. Witnesses told police that the suspect was last seen running southbound on 13th Avenue and is described as an African American male, 16 to 20 years old, 5'9" to 5'10" tall, short hair, wearing dark clothing.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting is gang-related.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Man Walking on Steel Bridge Wires Arrested for Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct (Photo) - 08/02/14
This morning, Saturday August 2, 2014, at 5:55 a.m., Central and North Precinct officers responded to the Steel Bridge on the report that a man was walking on the wires between the two tallest towers of the bridge.

Officers arrived and saw the man, later identified as 21-year-old Benjamin Nathan Lovitz, walking on the wires high above the bridge surface.

Officers climbed up to the bridge tender's platform and Lovitz climbed down to them and was arrested.

Lovitz was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree.

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Public's Help Sought in Locating a Missing Endangered Person (Photo) - 08/01/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 22-year-old Jesse James Preedit.

Preedit was last seen on May 7, 2014, at his Downtown Portland residence, approximately one week after he was discharged from a hospital for self-inflicted injuries.

Investigators have exhausted all avenues of information and are asking for the public's help to locate Preedit.

Preedit is a white male, 6'1" tall, 180 pounds, and has scars on his wrists. Investigators have been told that Preedit identifies himself as a female.

Anyone seeing Preedit is asked to call 9-1-1 so officers can check his welfare. People with non-emergency information about Preedit should contact Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081 or lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Metro Gang Task Force Seizes Over $200,000 Cash, Guns and Cocaine - Two Arrests (Photo) - 08/01/14
On Thursday July 31, 2014, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Metro Gang Task Force concluded an investigation with the service of four search warrants and arrested two suspects.

The Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) is a multi-agency Safe Streets Task Force involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Portland Police Bureau, the Tigard Police Department, and the Beaverton Police Department, and the United States Attorney's Office.

On Thursday, MGTF investigators contacted and arrested two suspects after a traffic stop near Northeast 90th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. MGTF investigators were assisted by the Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD).

The suspects arrested are 34-year-old Eugene James Holbert II and his brother, 33-year-old Jamar Schabass Holbert.

Investigators then served two search warrants at the Cameo Motel, located at 4111 Northeast 82nd Avenue. Additional search warrants were then served at 315 North Alberta Street and a storage unit located in Northeast Portland.

Investigators seized more than $211,000 cash, four handguns, more than 2.2 pounds of powder cocaine, and approximately six ounces of crack cocaine.

The Holbert brothers were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and now face Federal charges of Distribution of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Jose Gonzalez, assigned to MGTF, will be at the Portland Police Bureau Property and Evidence Division at 1:00 p.m. today for media interested in viewing the seized evidence.

The Property and Evidence Division is located at 2619 Northwest Industrial Way, Suite B-4.

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UPDATE - Public's Help Sought Locating a Missing Endangered 30-Year-Old Man (Photo) - 08/01/14
On Wednesday July 30, 2014, missing person Devin Singh was found deceased at the base of the St. John's Bridge.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and, along with investigators, concluded that Mr. Singh took his own life by jumping from the St. John's Bridge.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help locating 30-year-old Devin Gordon Singh, missing since Sunday July 27, 2014.

Singh is described as a male Indian, 6'1" tall, 170 pounds, brown hair with long dreads, hazel eyes, facial hair, a tattoo of "DTD" on the left side of his neck and an Indian symbol on his right interior forearm.

Singh was last seen wearing a blue polo-style shirt, dark blue work pants (similar to Dickies), and bright orange 5-toe shoes.

Singh's family discovered him gone on Sunday morning after seeing him much earlier, at approximately 1:30 a.m.

Singh has had some recent health and depression issues that have given his family concern for his welfare.

Singh is a skilled and avid hiker and there are several trailheads near his home on Northwest Germantown Road.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team is checking several trails and areas near Singh's residence.

Anyone seeing Singh is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797 or heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Downtown Sidewalk Enforcement and Education Effort Yields 58 Warnings - 07/31/14
On Thursday July 31, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., officers from Central Precinct and the Traffic Division conducted an educational and enforcement effort contacting people riding bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks in Downtown Portland.

Five officers and one sergeant concentrated on the areas of Southwest 5th and 6th Avenues from Burnside to Yamhill Streets.

Officers contacted those in violation of the City Code and issued verbal and written warnings.

Officer issued 50 written warnings and gave eight verbal warnings. No citations were issued during today's effort.

Many of the people stopped for violation of the City Code were unaware of the law regarding riding bicycles or skateboards on Downtown Portland sidewalks.

During the effort, several members of the community approached officers and commended them for the enforcement effort as they had previously had encounters with people riding bicycles or skateboards on Downtown sidewalks.

Portland City Code 16.70.320(E) state that no person may "ride a bicycle on a sidewalk, unless avoiding a traffic hazard in the immediate area, within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Front Avenue (Naito Parkway), NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue."

Portland City Code 16.70.410(A) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any sidewalk within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Naito Parkway, NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue. The middle and bisecting sidewalks in the Park Blocks are considered sidewalks for the purposes of this Subsection."

Subsection (B) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any street, roadway or sidewalk on (1) SW 5th or 6th Avenues between SW Lincoln and Burnside; and on (2) NW 5th or 6th Avenues between Burnside and Union Station."

Full content of the ordinance is located here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=28596#cid_412594

The Portland Police Bureau conducts numerous and varied traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety missions throughout the year including: distracted driving, crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and DUII. Each effort is conducted with the primary goal of increasing awareness and safety in Portland.

Community input is one way the Police Bureau identifies issues and areas of concern to residents of Portland.

To provide input on traffic safety problems, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/299189

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