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Officers onscene at Downtown Shooting - 05/29/16
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Officers were able to get medical attention for the victim in this incident. He suffered a single, non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Investigators believe the shooting arose from a dispute and that the shooter may be a Hispanic or Black male in his late teens or early 20's in dark clothes. He is described at about 5'6" and heavy set. Investigators believe he fled the scene with several other associates.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Today, May 29, 2016, at 3:24 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a shooting near S.W. 3rd Av. and S.W. Stark St. Initial reports indicated that an individual was armed with a gun. As officers responded they heard at least one gun shot.

Officers were able to located at least one victim in this shooting and obtain medical attention for him. Officers continue to investigate the situation and additional updates will follow as more information becomes available.

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Officers respond to shooting in North Portland - 05/28/16
Today, May 28 2016, at 4:44 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of N. Russet St. and N. Denver Av. on a report of a shooting. Initial reports indicate that at least one round and possibly more were fired. No victims have been identified, however, it is still early in the investigation. The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or email at brent.christensen@portlandoregon.gov.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Officers respond to crash which ends in domestic violence arrest - 05/28/16
Today, May 28, 2016, at 7:52 a.m., North Precinct officers received a call that a vehicle had crashed near 9243 N. Rivergate Blvd. Officers responded to the incident and initially believed it to be a traffic crash.

As officers conducted the investigation they learned that the crash had been the result of mobile domestic dispute. An adult male had suffered a stab wound and was transported to an area hospital. The wound is not life-threatening.

The investigation is in its early stages but it appears the occupants of the vehicle had been at an area hotel and a dispute occurred. This led to the suspect stabbing the victim. They both left in the vehicle.

The suspect was driving the vehicle recklessly and eventually crashed.

Investigators have arrested 24-year-old Heather Richardson for two counts of Domestic Violence Assault IV, Coercion and Reckless Driving. The investigation is ongoing.

This case represents the third serious incident involving domestic violence in less than a week. Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.

The Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The PWCL 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on DVRU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

Finally, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and numerous other partners have joined together to create The Gateway Center. The Gateway Center attempts to limit the impact of intimate partner violence through by providing multi-cultural and survivor-centered advocacy and services. Given the complexity of domestic violence, this center provides a single-point of access to services and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Information on The Gateway Center can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/52837

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UPDATE #4: Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood - 05/27/16
This case represents the second serious incident involving domestic violence in less than a week. Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.

The Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The PWCL 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on DVRU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

Finally, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and numerous other partners have joined together to create The Gateway Center. The Gateway Center attempts to limit the impact of intimate partner violence through by providing multi-cultural and survivor-centered advocacy and services. Given the complexity of domestic violence, this center provides a single-point of access to services and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Information on The Gateway Center can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/52837

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An arrest has been made in this incident. Edward E. Jones Jr., a 25-year-old male, has been arrested on charges including Attempt Murder, Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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The victim in last night's shooting is a 20-year-old female. She remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her name is not being released at this time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and no arrests have been made in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov.

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The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene. Media should meet the PIO on 28th Place, South of Powell Boulevard.

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On Wednesday May 25, 2016, at 3:02 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at an apartment in the 3600 block of Southeast 28th Place.

Officers arrived in the area and located the female victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers are searching the neighborhood for the suspect, described as an African American male in his 20s, wearing a blue t-shirt with white numbers on it, a white sleeve t-shirt underneath, medium build, armed with a handgun. The suspect may also be carrying a black jacket.

Preliminary information to police indicates that the victim and suspect may know each other.

No additional information is available at this time and an investigation is underway.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Tuesday May 31 - 05/27/16
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through Tuesday May 31, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

Procedures for media to obtain information may be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/571559

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15-Year-Old Arrested on Numerous Gun and Other Charges after Running from Police -- Handgun Seized as Evidence (Photo) - 05/27/16
On Thursday May 26, 2016, at 11:22 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.

The driver failed to stop and continued driving to 127th Avenue, where he stopped and a passenger ran from the vehicle. Officers saw the passenger was armed with a handgun as he ran into a nearby apartment. Several residents came out of the apartment and told police that a young man with a gun was inside their apartment, that they did not know him, and that there were still other people inside the home.

Numerous officers from East Precinct, GET and the Canine Unit responded and surrounded the apartment. Officers established phone contact with the residents still inside and confirmed they were safe on the third floor.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called to assist with the incident but were quickly canceled after the suspect exited the apartment on his own and surrendered to police. Officers checking the apartment located the suspect's handgun and some clothing he'd discarded. All of the residents inside were safe and very appreciative of the police response.

The passenger who ran from the car, 15-year-old Charles Crockett, was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Crockett was also held on a probation violation detainer.

The driver, 18-year-old McKeever Watson Thompson, was charged with Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot and Interfering with a Peace Officer. Thompson was also held on probation violation detainer.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Serial Robbery Suspect Arrested Driving a Stolen Car in Southeast Portland (Photo) - 05/26/16
On Thursday May 26, 2016, 36-year-old Brandon David Lamb was arrested for a series of robberies at convenience stores in Portland.

Lamb was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree (three counts), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Methamphetamine. He will be arraigned on Friday.

East Precinct officers stopped a stolen car driven by Lamb earlier today at Southeast 154th Avenue and Harrison Street. Officers learned that Robbery detectives had identified Lamb as the suspect in the robberies.

Lamb is suspected of robberies on May 7 at the Plaid Pantry store, located at 7144 Northeast Killingsworth; May 24 at the Plaid Pantry store, located at 6440 Southeast 82nd Avenue; and, May 24 at the KC's Mini Mart, located at 14110 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

The robberies were featured by Crime Stoppers of Oregon but detectives were able to develop Lamb as the suspect independently of anonymous tips.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in King Neighborhood - No Known Injuries - 05/26/16
On Thursday May 26, 2016, at 2:09 p.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division officers responded to the report of gunfire in the area of North Mallory Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers arrived in the area and were directed to North Rodney Avenue and Alberta, where they discovered evidence of gunfire. No gunshot victims were located at the scene or have arrived at any area hospitals.

Witnesses told police that a purple vehicle left the area after the gunshots were heard but it is not known if the occupants of the vehicle are involved in the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Portland Police Bureau Appointing Two New Police Officers Today (Photo) - 05/26/16
Today, Thursday May 26, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be appointing two new police officers.

The ceremony will be held at the Justice Center, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, in the 14th Floor Wayne Sullivan Conference Room.

Interested media should plan to arrive early and all guests must check in at the Central Precinct desk.

The Portland Police Bureau is actively recruiting new officers to the Bureau and accepting applications.

For more information, please visit http://www.joinportlandpolice.com

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Service Coordination Team Graduation Today at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall (Photo) - 05/26/16
The Portland Police Bureau's Service Coordination Team (SCT) has scheduled a graduation today, Thursday May 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m., in City Council Chambers at Portland's City Hall, located at 1220 Southwest 4th Avenue.

Refreshments will be served immediately afterward in the foyer on the first floor.

The Service Coordination Team is a Portland Police Bureau program that provides housing and drug treatment to chronic offenders through the coordination of law enforcement and service providers. Services work to address the root cause of their criminal activity and offer real, long-term, attainable solutions to aid individuals in changing their lives.

The SCT will be honoring 31 graduates from Central City Concern's Housing Rapid Response and NISA programs, the Central City Concern Recovery Center, and several other addiction treatment programs, who work in collaboration with supportive housing.

This will bring the total number of SCT graduates to 197 individuals.

David Rugh, Class of 2012, will be Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Charlie Hales and Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Robert Day will be making welcoming remarks.

Expected to attend are the 31 new graduates. Additionally, SCT Alumni will be honored for their continued sobriety, progress and achievements.

The graduation program is a moving opportunity to see the power of change at work and the success of the Service Coordination Team's partnerships.

The Service Coordination Team is a partnership between the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Portland Patrol Inc., Central City Concern and the Portland Business Alliance Clean and Safe program.

For additional information about the Service Coordination Team, contact Program Manager Emily Rochon at 503-823-3449, emily.rochon@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE #2: Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Fox Run Mobile Home Park (Photo) - 05/25/16
Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of last night's shooting at the Fox Run Mobile Home Park.

The officers involved in last night's shooting have been identified as Sergeant James Darby and Officer Chad Gradwahl.

Sergeant Darby is a 19-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau and assigned to the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).

Officer Chad Gradwahl is an 18-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, assigned to SERT and the Gang Enforcement Team.

Interviews of both involved officers have been scheduled. Detectives have already interviewed multiple witnesses and witness officers as part of this investigation.

Detectives have learned that the suspect, 63-year-old Timothy James Bucher (pronounced "BOO-Shay"), was in an argument with his 62-year-old wife then called 9-1-1. Bucher went outside of his residence and confronted a pregnant female neighbor with a knife then her husband with a handgun. When North Precinct officers arrived, Bucher pointed the handgun at officers then went back inside his residence.

After SERT officers arrived at the scene, Bucher's 85-year-old mother exited the residence, leaving Bucher inside alone. Bucher fired dozens of rounds from an AK-47 style rifle at police and striking neighboring residences.

Officer Gradwahl and Sergeant Darby both fired SERT-issued rifles during the incident and SERT officers deployed a chemical agent (tear gas) into the residence.

Bucher came outside the residence to surrender but was not cooperative. A SERT K-9 was deployed to assist in taking Bucher into custody. Bucher assaulted the dog and continued to struggle until another SERT officer deployed a Taser, allowing Bucher to be taken into custody.

A photo of Bucher's rifle is being released by detectives.

Neither Bucher's wife or mother was injured during this incident.

Bucher is a Registered Sex Offender on an original charge of Sodomy in the First Degree, and a convicted felon.

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The suspect in last night's shooting, 63-year-old Timothy James Bucher, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail early this morning on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder (three counts), Menacing (two counts), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (three counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (10 counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (two counts), and Assaulting a Public Safety Animal. Additional charges may be added after a Multnomah County Grand Jury is presented the case next week.

Bucher will be arraigned on Thursday in Multnomah County Court.

Additional updates will be released later this afternoon.

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On Tuesday May 24, 2016, at 7:28 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Fox Run Mobile Home Park, located at 9000 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the report of a disturbance, possibly involving a male and female.

As officers arrived in the area and began to approach the mobile home, an adult male came outside and pointed a gun at officers. The officers got behind cover and called for assistance.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene to assist with the incident.

As SERT officers were arriving, the suspect fired multiple gunshots then went back into the mobile home, where he was with his mom. The suspect's wife/girlfriend came out earlier and was safe with police.

Officers received reports from neighboring mobile home residents that some of the suspect's rounds were fired into their homes.

SERT officers, using armored vehicles for protection, approached the suspect's mobile home in case there was additional gunfire endangering officers and residents.

Crisis Negotiators were able to make contact inside the suspect's home and his mother came out safely.

The suspect continued to fire a gun and SERT deployed tear gas into the residence. During the gas deployment, the suspect fired more rounds. Two SERT members fired during this incident.

The suspect stopped firing and yelled out that he wanted to surrender. Shortly after, he came outside the residence and was taken into custody. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a non-life-threatening injury consistent with a dog bite.

SERT officers searched the suspect's home and a neighboring mobile home to check for any victims and did not find anyone injured.

Once the scene was safe and secure, it was turned over to detectives to conduct a full investigation.

No additional details are expected to be released this evening.

Representatives from the Chief's Office, Mayor's Office, Training Division, Internal Affairs Division, East County Major Crimes Team, Office of Independent Police Review (IPR), Traumatic Incident Committee (TIC), and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office were notified and/or responded to the scene, as is standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau respects the value and sanctity of human life and recognizes the inherent dignity of every person. The Police Bureau understands that investing officers with the authority to use force to protect the public welfare creates a solemn obligation to guide members as they balance the important social and individual interests involved.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that duty may require officers to use force. The Bureau also recognizes that the use of deadly physical force will emotionally, physically, and psychologically impact the officers involved, the subject of the deadly physical force, and the family and friends of both and can impact the community as well.

At the completion of the investigation, the case file will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for presentation to a Grand Jury. The involved Bureau members will remain on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Bureau's Review Board.

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11-Year-Old Arrested After Crashing a Stolen Car in North Portland - 05/25/16
On Wednesday May 25, 2016, at 8:27 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a drunk driver that crashed into two parked cars in the 4200 block of North Juneau Street. As officers were responding to the scene they received additional information that the driver was leaving the scene of the crash.

Officers responding to the area located the suspect vehicle in the 3300 block of North Farragut Street, approximately one mile from the original crash scene. The driver and occupants of the vehicle ran from the car and hid in the neighborhood before being located by police and taken into custody.

Officers learned that the suspect vehicle was stolen and that the driver was an 11-year-old male who was also a reported runaway. A 13-year-old male passenger also was a reported runaway.

Officers learned that the vehicle was stolen and the driver crashed into at least three vehicles during this episode. Nobody was injured by the driver's actions.

The 11-year-old and 13-year-old were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH) for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Additional charges may be added by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office at a later time.

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UPDATE: SERT/CNT Responding to Assist North Precinct Regarding Armed Suspect (Photo) - 05/24/16
The suspect in this incident has fired multiple gunshots. No officers have been hit and residents are asked to shelter-in-place unless otherwise directed to evacuate.

Media staging has moved to North Vancouver Way and Gertz Road, approach from North or East. PIO is at the scene.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to the Fox Run Mobile Home Park, located in the 9000 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, to assist North Precinct officers on the report of a man with a gun confronting police officers.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect has retreated to a mobile home in the neighborhood.

Interested media may stage at North Vancouver Avenue and Schmeer Road (subject to change).

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

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Donna Henderson Appointed as Acting Chief of Police by Mayor Charlie Hales (Photo) - 05/24/16
On May 24, 2016, Assistant Chief Donna Henderson was named Acting Chief of Police by Mayor Charlie Hales. Chief Henderson most recently has been serving as the Assistant Chief, overseeing the Investigations Branch of the Bureau.

After her appointment, Chief Henderson sent an email to Bureau members that stated the following:

"My pledge to you during this time is to communicate with you as we move forward. Headlines aside, we have a lot on our plate as an agency, including critical staffing issues, the ongoing (Department of Justice) DOJ-related items, budgetary issues and of course, we are headed into Rose Festival and a busy summer. I know you will continue to work hard and serve this city to the best of your ability.

"You have my support and commitment to do my best as your Acting Chief."

Chief Henderson was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on July 14, 1988, and in 1993, she was promoted to Detective, and assigned to the Detective Division and Family Services. In 1998, Chief Henderson was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Southeast Precinct. She became the Hostage Negotiation Team Commander during this time as well, and in 2001, she was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Personnel Division and then the innovative program, Police Corps.

In 2005, Chief Henderson was promoted to Commander and assigned to the Transit Police Division. After three years there, she went to North Precinct and then to Family Services as a Captain. She was promoted back to Commander in 2012 and assigned to the Detective Division.

In 2013, Chief Henderson was promoted to Assistant Chief.

Earlier today, Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea III, was placed on Administrative Leave by Mayor Charlie Hales, pending the outcome of internal and external investigations.

Chief O'Dea is unable to offer any comments on the ongoing investigation by the Oregon State Police or the internal investigation. Chief O'Dea has been given a Communication Restriction Order (CRO) by the Bureau's Professional Standards Division, which is a written order that restricts the Chief from discussing the facts of the case. The issuing of a CRO is standard procedure during any internal investigation.

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Police Bureau Releases Rose Project Public Service Announcement (Photo) - 05/24/16
Today, Tuesday May 24, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau has released a public service announcement (PSA) for the Rose Project.

The PSA may be viewed at https://youtu.be/EPzrIqpAofE

The Portland Police Bureau is encouraging community members and the media to share this PSA on websites and social media.

In the first quarter of 2015, the Portland Police Bureau undertook and completed an extensive audit regarding the number of Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Kits stored in it property room.

As a result of this audit, the Portland Police Bureau applied for and received a federal grant to help with the cost of testing and investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau has sent the following kits to be tested:

2010, 2011, 2012 for adult victims with known offenders

2004, 2005, 2006 for minor victims with known offenders

If you are a victim of a sex crime and had sexual assault kit collected, you have an option to know the status of your sexual assault kit. Please call 503-823-0125 or email us at roseproject@portlandoregon.gov.

Due to the very personal and confidential nature of these crimes, the Rose Project will be unable to provide information to anyone except the victim listed on the police report.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault that just occurred, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
If time has elapsed since the incident, you may call the non-emergency police number 503-823-3333 or respond to your nearest Police Station.

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Unit (SCU) consists of sworn personnel as well as victim advocates. The Sex Crimes Unit focuses on crimes of sexual violence within the City of Portland, investigating Measure 11 sexual assaults involving victims between the ages of 14 and 64 where the suspect is known to the victim, is a stranger, or in a "non-family" role, when the crime occurs in the City of Portland. Detectives and advocates work closely with Child Protective Services, medical professionals, prosecutors and advocacy agencies to provide support to the victims of these crimes.

These offenses include: Rape I and Rape II, Sodomy I and Sodomy II, Sex Abuse I and Sex Abuse II, Unlawful Sexual Penetration I and Unlawful Sexual Penetration II. The Sex Crimes Unit also investigates other non-Measure 11 felony and/or misdemeanor sex crimes, adult incest, and bigamy.

SCU takes a victim-centered approach, which prioritizes the safety, privacy and well-being of the victim; Acknowledges and respects victims' input into the criminal justice system; and, Maintains victims' privacy and confidentiality.

If you have reported a sexual assault and would like an update on your case, call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400 and be prepared to give your case number. Staff assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit will contact you regarding your case. Please note that due to the very personal and confidential nature of these crimes, members of the Unit will be unable to provide information to anyone without your permission.

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Hoax Threat Prompts Evacuation of Irvington School in Northeast Portland - 05/23/16
On Monday May 23, 2016, at 12:01 p.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division responded to the report of a telephone bomb threat to the school.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to the school, which conducted a full evacuation of students and staff.

Officers determined that no actual threat existed and learned that similar phone threats were made to some schools in Southwest Washington.

Hoax calls can occupy public safety resources that might otherwise be needed to respond to other, actual emergencies.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to provide it via email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE #2: Death Investigation Underway in North Tabor Neighborhood (Photo) - 05/21/16
50-year-old Jorge Luis Sosa-Soler was booked into the Multnomah County Jail this afternoon by Homicide detectives on one count of Murder. He will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

The victim, 31-year-old Yaritza Valdez-Almaguer, died of a single stab wound.

Homicide detectives learned that the victim and suspect were in a domestic relationship and had only recently moved to the United States from Cuba.

Detectives believe that Sosa-Soler stabbed Valdez-Almaguer, then cut himself with the knife, which required hospitalization and surgery before being released to detectives.

Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.

The Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The PWCL 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on DVRU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

Finally, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and numerous other partners have joined together to create The Gateway Center. The Gateway Center attempts to limit the impact of intimate partner violence through by providing multi-cultural and survivor-centered advocacy and services. Given the complexity of domestic violence, this center provides a single-point of access to services and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Information on The Gateway Center can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/52837

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Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident and are calling it a homicide. The victim is a woman, believed to be in her 30s.

The man transported from the scene by ambulance with serious injuries is in his 50s and he is a person of interest in the death. Preliminary information indicates that the two people were in a domestic relationship.

Based on the investigation so far, there is nothing to indicate that the public is at risk.

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On Friday May 20, 2016, at 1:15 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 6600 block of Northeast Glisan Street on the report of an assault.

As officers were responding to the scene they learned that a witness was reporting a deceased female and an injured male at the residence.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured male outside the residence. He has been transported to a Portland hospital with serious injuries.

Officers checking inside the residence located a deceased female.

Based on the preliminary investigation, Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to begin an investigation.

Northeast Glisan Street is closed between approximately 62nd and 67th Avenues. Road users should utilize Halsey or Burnside as alternate routes.

Interested media should stage on Northeast Glisan Street at 62nd Avenue.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene.

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Arson Unit Investigating Small Explosion at the Foster Fred Meyer Store - 05/21/16
On Saturday May 21, 2016, at 11:55 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Foster Fred Meyer store, located at 5253 Southeast 82nd Avenue, on the report that a small explosion occurred in one of the aisles of the store.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters arrived and were directed to aisle 13 where the explosion occurred among the small travel size items were on display.

There were no injuries and no major damage to the store.

The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) responded and confirmed that the explosion came as a result of a small explosive device.

Arson Investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau are taking over the investigation, working closely with EDU bomb techs.

The store remains open and there is no indication of any continued risk to the public.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Residential Burglar Steals Cremation Remains of One Victim's Mother, Wedding Ring of Another Victim's Grandmother - 05/20/16
On May 6, 2016, at 9:30 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary at a residence in the 6800 block of Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.

Officers arrived and spoke with the victims who told police that sometime during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., someone broke into the home and stole several items.

One victim was missing a jar of cash, earned as tips during her job as a bartender, and her grandmother's diamond ring.

The other victim was missing an iPad mini and a small, red felt bag containing some of her mother's cremation ashes. The victim thought the suspect might have mistaken the ashes for drugs.

Officers checked the neighborhood and spoke to area residents who did not report seeing anything suspicious.

There is no suspect information in this case.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the location of the missing items should send information to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov or anonymously turn them in at any police facility, reference Portland Police Bureau Case #16-143422.

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Operation Chill: Free Slurpee for Kids Exhibiting Good Behavior (Photo) - 05/20/16
Each year, 7-Eleven, Inc. helps thousands of local police officers recognize the good guys, specifically the young ones. For the 21st year, 7-Eleven is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the country to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons through Operation Chill, its popular community-service program.

Portland Police Bureau officers have free Slurpee coupons available for a limited time for young people exhibiting good behavior and who have a conversation with a police officer.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids. Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 15 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7-Eleven operates stores.

Operation Chill began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens and expanded to cities across the country.

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UPDATE: Suspect in Traffic Pursuit Arrested at North Portland Motel by SERT Officers (Photo) - 05/19/16
Cory James Jackson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on charges of Kidnap in the First Degree (Domestic Violence), Coercion (Domestic Violence), Menacing (Domestic Violence), Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, and Identity Theft. Additionally, Jackson was lodged on several outstanding warrants.

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On Wednesday May 18, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the are of I-5 southbound and North Victory Boulevard to assist the Washington State Patrol in the pursuit of a stolen car driven by a suspect involved in some kind of shooting.

Officers located the stolen vehicle parked in the 8900 block of North Vancouver Way but the suspect had already fled the area on foot. Officers searching the area did not locate the suspect, 35-year-old Cory James Jackson.

Detectives learned that Jackson may have had a room at the Viking Motel, located at 6701 North Interstate Avenue, so they responded to the area and established surveillance. Detectives watched Jackson return to the motel and go into a room alone.

Due to information that Jackson was potentially armed with a gun, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called to assist in making an arrest.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Jackson came out of the motel room and surrendered peacefully to SERT officers.

Detectives are continuing to investigate incidents involving Jackson and he will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail at a later time, charges to be determined.

Interstate Avenue was closed for approximately 1 hour during the tactical response.

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Suspect Arrested After Robbing 13-Year-Old of Hover Board at Gunpoint (Photo) - 05/18/16
On Tuesday May 17, 2016, at 5:35 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 96th Avenue and Harold Street on the report that a 13-year-old male was robbed at gunpoint of his hover board.

Several officers arrived in the area and spotted the suspect vehicle being driven near Southeast 97th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop of the driver and four occupants, based on the information that the suspect was armed with a handgun.

All five occupants were detained and officers located a firearm inside the vehicle. The stolen hover board was also located and recovered.

Robbery detectives responded to the scene and determined that 20-year-old Kwaleam Pinkly was the suspect who robbed the child of the hover board.

Pinkly was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.

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15-Year-Old Suspect Arrested in April 2016 Assault of TriMet Bus Operator - 05/18/16
On Tuesday May 17, 2016, Transit Police Division officers arrested a 15-year-old male in connection with an April 2016 assault of a TriMet bus operator.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested at Peninsula Park and lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of Assault in the Third Degree.

The investigation started on April 4, when East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the report of a bus operator who was assaulted at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Initially, officers were working to identify three individuals that were seen on the bus at the time of the assault. Surveillance images were released to the public with a plea for assistance.

Through the investigation, officers determined that the 15-year-old was the suspect in the assault and that the other two people may not have played an active role in the incident.

Under Oregon law, intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing, by means other than a motor vehicle, physical injury to the operator of a public transit vehicle while the operator is in control of or operating the vehicle, is the felony crime of Assault in the Third Degree.

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Lloyd District 7-Eleven Store Robbed Early Tuesday Morning - 05/17/16
On Tuesday May 17, 2016, at 4:51 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven store, located at 310 Northeast Weidler Street.

Officers arrived in the area and were flagged down by a witness who told police that the suspect was last seen running southbound on Northeast 3rd Avenue. Several officers, including a Police Canine Unit, checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Officers spoke with the employee who told police that the suspect entered the store, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the store without incident.

The employee described the suspect as a white male in his late-30s to early-40s, 5'7" tall, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

Community members and businesses are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Sunshine Division and Walmart to Support Military Families and Veterans with Food Box Program Prior to Armed Forces Day (Photo) - 05/17/16
On Wednesday May 18, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division and Walmart will be teaming up at Sunshine Division's warehouse, located at 687 North Thompson Street, to pack 1,000 food boxes to be distributed to veterans and military families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Walmart has provided ongoing support of Sunshine Division's food assistance programs and is teaming up again to address another common mission: aiding veterans and military families with food support.

Through continued funding from a $31,000 Walmart Foundation grant, the Sunshine Division will expand its existing military and veteran assistance programs with a special food box event as well as ongoing food box and pantry support through their facility.

The recipients of the boxes include qualifying Sunshine Division clients and nonprofit partners: Operation Homefront and American Military Encouragement Network (A.M.E.N.). Operation Homefront and A.M.E.N. also provide varied year-round support to military families and veterans throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Food boxes will be distributed to pre-registered recipients at Operation Homefront on Friday, May 20, the day prior to Armed Forces Day. The Sunshine Division and a host of community resource agencies will be onsite to discuss support services they provide to military and veteran families.

"We have a motto at the Sunshine Division that we 'serve those who serve.' Who better to provide support to than families who've made significant sacrifices for their community and country? The Military and Veteran Food Box Program provides families with basic food support during times where they could use a little help," said Officer Matt Tobey, Sunshine Division's officer and Portland Police Bureau liaison. "For the second year, the Military and Veteran Food Box Program has been possible thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation."

"Armed Forces Day is a time to pay tribute to the men and women in our communities who have served," said Deborah Herron Walmart public affairs director. "This year, we are proud to team up with the Sunshine Division and Operation Homefront as volunteers and by filling 1,000 food boxes to help our Oregon veterans and military families. Our time is a tribute to these men and woman and we're thankful for their service."

About the 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 North 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 http://www.sunshinedivision.org

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women's Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.

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CORRECTION - 2016: Calls for Police Continue to Rise as Auto Theft, Bike Theft and Robbery Reports Climb - 05/16/16
The crime and calls for service stats released are for the first four months of 2016, not the first quarter as initially listed. All of the numbers are correct and comparable.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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The Portland Police Bureau has released crime statistics for the first four months of 2016 (January - April) with a comparison to the previous five year average.

Data show the city has experienced an overall decline in crime, but a rise gang-related violent crimes; motor vehicle theft; car prowls; bicycle theft; and robbery.

Additionally, the Bureau has released calls for service data for January - April, which shows a steady rise in calls for police over the past 5 years - from 62,137 in 2012 to 77,604 in 2016.

City of Portland Crime Stats (January - April 2016)
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/576931

Calls For Service (January - April 2016)
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/576930

Overall crime is down 2%, including a remarkable 74% drop in homicides. At the end of April 2016, there were only 2 homicides in the City of Portland compared to an average of 8 over the past five years (January - April).

The Bureau is concerned about the significant rise in both larceny (theft) and robbery crimes.

* Motor Vehicle Theft is up 31%

* Theft from Auto (car prowls) is up 21%

* Bicycle Theft is up 12%

* Robbery is up 12%

Suspected gang and gun violence continues to rise and is measured over several different categories.

As of May 12, 2016, there have been 64 gang-related violent crimes, the majority of them involving gun violence. At the same time in 2015, there had been 48 incidents of gang violence.

"I'm concerned about the rising rate of robbery and theft crimes, as well as the continued increase in gang and gun violence," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea III. "We need the community's help in crime prevention especially at this time of reduced police resources."

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

To avoid becoming a car prowl victim, the Portland Police Bureau would like to remind people to keep the interior of their vehicles "showroom" clean. Community members are advised never to leave valuables, including bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau released a video in 2009 titled "Confessions of a Car Prowler," which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/De5IHBoGz6A

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers advice on auto theft prevention: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Vehicle-Related+Theft/Theft+Prevention

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) offers advice on bike theft prevention: https://btaoregon.org/2012/09/five-dos-and-donts-to-keep-your-bike-from-getting-stolen/

Crime prevention tips for homes and business can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention webpage, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

This is the first crime statistics release after the Bureau switched from the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program Summary Reporting System (SRS) to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). For further details about the switch from SRS to NIBERS, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/nibrs/2012

In the future, the Bureau plans to release this data on a quarterly basis.

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Report of a Drug Dealer Leads to Arrest of 45-Year-Old Man, Recovery of Stolen Handgun (Photo) - 05/16/16
On Friday May 13, 2016, at 10:56 a.m., Central Precinct bicycle patrol officers responded to Northwest Natio Boulevard, just North of the Burnside Bridge on the report of a man dealing drugs.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the suspect, 45-year-old Jeffrey Lamar Seward, known to the officers from previous contacts. Based on information gathered by police, Seward was arrested for dealing heroin.

Officers searched Seward's backpack and his pockets, locating and seizing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, a prescription pill, and a syringe loaded with suspected heroin. Additionally, officers located and seized a stolen handgun in Seward's backpack.

Seward was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charge of Delivery of Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree, Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree.

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Gang Enforcement Team Officers Arrest 23-Year-Old Man for Gun Charges (Photo) - 05/16/16
On Saturday May 14, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team officers contacted 23-year-old Ervan Ronnell Herring, who was standing next to the bar observing a traffic stop. Officers knew Herring from previous contacts as a criminal gang associate.

As officers attempted contact with Herring, he walked away from the bar and into the neighborhood. An officer observing his actions noticed Herring duck behind a vehicle and the officer heard the sound of metal hitting the pavement. Concerned that Herring discarded a firearm, the officer told Herring to stop but Herring ran from the officer and was later taken into custody in the 2700 block of Southeast 121st Avenue after a neighborhood search.

Officers checking behind the vehicle where Herring ducked behind located a handgun.

Herring was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Escape in the Third Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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15 Men Arrested in Undercover Sex Trafficking Mission in Early May - 05/16/16
On Thursday May 5, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit conducted an undercover mission to address online sex trafficking.

Investigators posted online ads on known sex trafficking websites. Fifteen (15) men contacted undercover police officers to arrange payment for sexual acts. Investigators were assisted by a Portland hotel as part of this effort.

For investigative reasons, the Sex Trafficking Unit is not sharing the specific website or ad text publicly.

The 15 men who responded to the ad and came to the hotel were arrested with the misdemeanor crime of Patronizing a Prostitute (Oregon Revised Statute 167.008). Due to the volume of men arrested, all were given criminal citations to appear in court at a later time.

The following is a list of the men arrested:

51-year-old Jeffery Thomas Delong of Soldotha, Alaska

23-year-old Ryan Hill of Vancouver, Washington

47-year-old Damian Neil Johnson of Portland, Oregon

26-year-old Daniel Alvarez-Rivas of Portland, Oregon

49-year-old Patrick Castelli of Surprise, Arizona

36-year-old Matthew Howard Cooper of Depoe Bay, Oregon

52-year-old Jeff David Weiss of Charlotte, North Carolina

27-year-old Evan Michael Lallier of Portland, Oregon

40-year-old Matthew Eugene Rohrbaugh of Portland, Oregon

40-year-old David Asay of Temecula, California

40-year-old Frank Emilio Morales of Woodburn, Oregon

40-year-old Wei Yang Chen of Portland, Oregon

37-year-old William Thomas Whiteside II of Happy Valley, Oregon

28-year-old Kenneth John Collins of Troutdale, Oregon

42-year-old David Kenneth Koffel of Cornelius, Oregon

This mission was conducted in conjunction with the traveling photo exhibit, "More than a Survivor, More than a Story," which honors former victims of human trafficking. The photo exhibit is being shown in the Portland area through the end of May.

For more information on the exhibit and resources to end sex trafficking, please visit http://endsextraffickingnow.org/

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UPDATE: Two People Injured in Drive-By Shooting in Southeast Portland - 05/13/16
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Yesterday, May 12, 2016 at 10:03 p.m., Officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team observed a suspicious vehicle in area of N.E. 121st st. and N.E. Glisan ave. Officers contacted the vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot. The vehicles driver remained with the car but the rear seat passenger quickly tried to leave the vehicle. There was no front seat passenger.

The individual from the rear of the car fled as officers attempted to contact him. Officers were able to capture him a short distance away. The driver remained with the vehicle. Officers began an investigation which led to the recovery of two firearms as well as drugs and materials related to the distribution of drugs.

The driver, 23-year-old Antwain M Patterson, was also one of the individuals shot earlier that day in the same area. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple firearms and drug related charges. The passenger, 31-year-old Ronald C Rhodes was also booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a parole violation for a prior robbery conviction.

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Both victims are expected to survive their injuries.

Gang investigators have learned that the suspect vehicle was a dark blue sedan with tinted windows.

There are no further updates at this time and the crime scene was cleared at approximately 3:00 p.m.

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On Thursday May 12, 2016, at 12:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a drive-by shooting in the 11900 block of Southeast Ash Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located two gunshot victims - a male in his 20s and a male in his 30s. Both victims were transported by ambulance to Portland hospitals with serious injuries.

Preliminary information given to police indicates that the two men were standing outside a residence when they were shot by someone in a silver or gray sedan that was being driven westbound on Ash Street. Witnesses believe that there were three African American males inside the suspect vehicle.

Southeast Ash Street is closed as a crime scene from 122nd Avenue to 119th Avenue.

Interested media should stage on the 119th Avenue side of the crime scene.

The Public Information Officer (PIO) will be responding to the scene - ETA 2:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to assist with the investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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North Precinct officers arrest two subjects burglarizing an occupied home - 05/13/16
Today, May 13, 2016 at 2:50 a.m., North Precinct officers received a call from a home in the 4600 block of N.E. 109th ave. that someone was inside their home. The adult female caller told officers that she could hear someone coming in a window in her mother's room and then heard her mother call out. She believed her mother was being robbed.

Officers responded to the area and were able to custody of one suspect as he attempted to leave the house through the front door. A second suspect tried to escape through a window. He was unsuccessful and officers took custody of him as well.

Officers continued to investigate the incident and believe the suspects are responsible for at least three burglaries this evening. In at least one of the burglaries, and possibly more, entry was made into the home via a window left open due to the heat.

Both suspects are black males in their teens or early 20's. Their identities have not been confirmed as yet and the incident is still under investigation. If the suspects are adults and booked into the Multnomah County Jail their identities will released after they have been confirmed.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public of the importance of securing their home despite the heat. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program has a number of tips for preventing crime. They have provided the following advice regarding residential burglaries:

Most burglars choose homes that appear unoccupied. For residential properties, many burglaries occur during the day when property owners or tenants are at work, school, or other places. While residents are on vacation, their homes will be more vulnerable if there are signs of absence such as stacked up newspapers and overgrown vegetation. Burglars often target property that is portable, valuable, and can easily be converted to cash such as jewelry, mobile phones, tablets and laptops, and electronics.

There are things that you can do to reduce the risk of being targeted.

* Lock windows and doors, including garage doors, and remind your children to lock up as well.
* Create an appearance of occupancy to make it look like someone is home when you are out. If you are on vacation, stop the mail and newspaper, put lights and television on timers or turn them on remotely, and ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home and place your garbage at the curb on recycling days.
* Improve the security hardware on doors, windows, and gates to fortify entry points. This includes installing locks on gates to your backyard.
* Secure ladders, tools, and other climbing devices to prevent a thief from accessing vulnerable areas of your home.
* Where possible, improve the visibility of your property, and focus on those areas that obscure entry points. This may include trimming dense trees and bushes, adding lighting, and removing features that conceal activities. By doing so, neighbors and passersby may observe what's occurring on your property and report suspicious activity to the police.
* Activate your security alarm, and make sure that your family members know how to use the system.
* Start a Neighborhood Watch with the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program. This program trains residents about identifying and reporting suspicious activity, crime prevention, and encourages residents to get involved in the safety of their neighborhood.
* Report suspicious activity to the police.
* Keep record of the serial numbers of your valuables and take photos of items such as jewelry artwork to improve the chances of recovery if found. The following link is a form for creating an inventory: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/105272

Additional burglary prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention webpage, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/331475.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Friday May 13 at 5:00 p.m. - 05/12/16
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through 5:00 p.m. today.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns.

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UPDATE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 66-Year-Old Man - 05/12/16
Missing Persons Unit detectives were notified late Wednesday evening that Wayne Naillon was found deceased by Columbia County Search and Rescue. No foul play is suspected in Mr. Naillon's death.

The Bureau would like to thank all of those who worked to locate Mr. Naillon.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 66-year-old man missing since late-April 2016.

Wayne Taylor Naillon was reported missing on May 6, 2016, but was last seen on approximately April 25. Detectives have learned that Naillon is suffering from a serious medical condition that may have led to him dropping out of contact with friends and family.

Naillon is described as a white male, 6'0" tall, 230 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Naillon is believed to be driving a green 1997 Honda CRV with Oregon licence plates FYWA.

Anyone seeing Naillon or the vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 so police officers can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Portland Police Memorial Service Today at Noon in Waterfront Park (Photo) - 05/10/16
The 2016 Portland Police Bureau Memorial Service will be held today at 12:00 p.m. at the Portland Police Memorial, located in Waterfront Park, just South of the Hawthorne Bridge.

Following the memorial service, there will be a reception at the Portland Police Museum, located on the 1st floor of the Justice Center, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

The Portland Police Memorial was built through the efforts of the Portland Police Historical Society and was dedicated during National Police Week in May 1993 by President George H.W. Bush.

Since 1870, 29 Portland Police officers have been killed in the line-of-duty in service to the City of Portland.

To learn more about these officers and the Police Memorial, please visit http://www.portlandpolicemuseum.com/

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved on the memorial wall and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

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Portland Police Memorial Service Tomorrow at Noon in Waterfront Park (Photo) - 05/09/16
The 2016 Portland Police Bureau Memorial Service will be held tomorrow, May 10, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at the Portland Police Memorial, located in Waterfront Park, just South of the Hawthorne Bridge.

Following the memorial service, there will be a reception at the Portland Police Museum, located on the 1st floor of the Justice Center, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

The Portland Police Memorial was built through the efforts of the Portland Police Historical Society and was dedicated during National Police Week in May 1993 by President George H.W. Bush.

Since 1870, 29 Portland Police officers have been killed in the line-of-duty in service to the City of Portland.

To learn more about these officers and the Police Memorial, please visit http://www.portlandpolicemuseum.com/

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved on the memorial wall and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

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Operation Safe Spring: 51 Arrests, 17 Firearms Seized in Effort to Reduce Gang and Gun Violence (Photo) - 05/06/16
The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) conducted Operation Safe Spring for two weeks in April 2016 in response to ongoing gang and gun violence in the City of Portland.

The results of this effort will be discussed at today's Community Peace Collaborative meeting at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is held at North Precinct, located at 449 Northeast Emerson Street.

The Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) was assisted by North Precinct, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), the Air Support Unit (ASU), the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the United States Attorney's Office -- Oregon, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

More than three dozen officers, sergeants and detectives worked for 14 days, from April 7 to April 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

The focus of Operation Safe Spring was to reduce gang and gun violence and increase community safety.

A total of 51 people were arrested during Operation Safe Spring on a variety of charges including Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and numerous State and Federal warrants.

Officers served search warrants on 12 people, 4 residences and 5 vehicles. Additionally, 236 people were searched pursuant to probable cause or consent, along with two residences and 26 vehicles.

17 firearms were seized, along with small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cash.

DCJ parole and probation officers contacted 105 offenders during this collaborative effort.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about 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 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

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

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Suspects Indicted, Search Warrants Served in Homicide Investigation (Photo) - 05/06/16
In the early morning hours of Friday May 6, 2016, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives served two search warrants in connect with a 2015 homicide investigation. The warrants were served on two locations: a residence at 3536 Northeast Garfield Avenue and an adjoining building at 3535 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard -- otherwise known as the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club clubhouse.

The warrants were served by the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), with assistance from the Oregon State Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Washington County Sheriff's Office Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT).

The search warrants were part of the ongoing investigation into the 2015 homicide of 56-year-old Robert Lee Huggins, whose body was found on July 1, 2015, in Clark County, Washington.

Six people have been indicted in connection with Huggins' death. Detectives can confirm that the victim was once affiliated with the outlaw motorcycle gang, the Gypsy Jokers, and that his death is directly linked to that affiliation. Detectives can also confirm that the six people indicted are in some way associated to each other through outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The six people indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury are:

56-year-old Mark Leroy Dencklau: Murder (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder, Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), and Solicitation to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts).

46-year-old Earl Devearl Fisher Jr.: Murder (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder, Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), and Solicitation to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts).

34-year-old Tiler Evan Pribbernow: Murder (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Solicitation to Commit Murder, Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), and Solicitation to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts).

51-year-old Ronald Charles Thompson: Hindering Prosecution (two counts) and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

43-year-old Kendra Castle: Hindering Prosecution

32-year-old Malachi Watkins: Murder, Kidnapping in the First Degree (two counts), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnap in the First Degree (two counts).

Dencklau, Fisher and Pribbernow remain in custody at the Multnomah County Jail. Watkins is in the custody of the Washington Department of Corrections on unrelated charges. Castle and Thompson were released on bail.

Dencklau, Fisher and Pribbernow will be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court. Watkins, Castle and Thompson will be arraigned at a later time.

No additional details will be released at this time to preserve the integrity of the active and ongoing investigation involving the Portland Police Bureau and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

This remains an active investigation and more arrests are possible.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Jim Lawrence at 503-823-0867, james.lawrence@portlandoregon.gov.

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68-Year-Old Man Arrested for Shooting at Egg-Throwers in Southeast Portland (Photo) - 05/05/16
On Thursday May 5, 2016, at 1:41 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Southeast Mitchell Street after the caller reported firing a gun at people in a Ford Taurus in front of his house after the occupants threw eggs at the home.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the resident, 68-year-old William Dean Thomas, and took him into custody without incident.

Earlier in the evening, officers took a phone report from Thomas about his home being egged. Officers learned that Thomas was outside cleaning up from the first egging when the second incident occurred.

Officers spoke with witnesses who told police that a red car was seen speeding away after the gunfire and people inside the car were heard laughing. Officers canvassing the neighborhood located evidence of gunfire, including a bullet hole in a neighboring home, near a child's bedroom.

Thomas was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangerment and Discharging a Firearm in the City.

Thomas' handgun was seized as evidence and other guns in the home were taken as safekeeping.

Anyone with information about the occupants of the Ford Taurus should contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-141405.

Throwing eggs at another person's property is considered Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a Class C misdemeanor crime. If the property sustains damage, charges can be raised to a higher degree of crime.

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UPDATE #2: Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood - One Person Injured - 05/05/16
The victims in this morning's shootings are a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman. Both victims suffered gunshot wounds to lower extremities. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Investigators learned that the two victims were involved in a fight with a third woman inside an apartment and that the third woman retrieved a handgun and shot the two victims. The suspect then left the apartment and has not been located.

The suspect is described as an African American female in her 20s.

The male detained at the scene is not the suspect but was present during the shooting.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092, meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

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Officers have detained one man as part of this investigation. It is not yet known what role he played in the shooting.

Investigators from the Gang Enforcement Team responded to continue the investigation.

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On Thursday May 5, 2015, at 3:28 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Northeast 118th Avenue on the report that a woman was screaming that she'd been shot.

Officers arrived in the area and located a woman suffering a gunshot wound near one of the apartments. Officers applied a tourniquet to the victim's injuries and got her to medical personnel for treatment. The victim has been transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment to serious injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

Officers conducted a search of the apartment and determined it was the crime scene. No suspects were located at the scene and at this point there is no confirmed suspect information.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on the report of a second female shooting victim who arrived by private car. The victim's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Preliminary information indicates that both victim's are related to the same incident.

Officers are are checking the rest of the complex and surrounding area for a suspect or suspects but have not located anyone.

There is no known motive and detectives will be investigating.

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Portland Police Conducting Enhanced DUII Patrols Throughout the Month of May (Photo) - 05/05/16
In April 2016, Portland Police Bureau officers arrested 112 impaired drivers utilizing additional funds supplied with a grant from Oregon Impact. Additional officers have been dedicated to patrolling our streets and specifically looking for drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs.

The Portland Police Bureau will be adding enhanced DUII patrols during the entire month of May, and will partner with the Oregon State Police over the Memorial Day holiday weekend to keep impaired drivers off the road. Please begin your Summer season off safely and use caution when enjoying the extended weekend.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports more than 10,000 people die in alcohol related crashes every year, which equals one person every 51 minutes. Alcohol and drug impaired related crashes are estimated to cost drivers over $37 billion annually.

Please continue to find your designated drivers, drink responsibly, and remember buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Drunk Driver Arrested After Crashing into Porch and Attempting to Flee the Scene (Photo) - 05/05/16
On Wednesday May 4, 2016, at 10:06 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a driver crashed into a house at Southeast 112th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard. As officers were responding to the scene, the caller reported that the driver got out of the vehicle and was walking out of the area.

Officers arrived in the neighborhood and located the driver, who was taken into custody without incident. He was later taken to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers determined that the driver, 49-year-old Terrol Tyrell White, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

White was released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). Additionally, White had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 51-Year-Old Woman - 05/04/16
Late this evening, Missing Persons Unit detectives learned from Spurgeon's family that she has been safely located in a Portland area hospital.

The Bureau would like to thank all of those community members who shared the story.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 51-year-old woman missing from her St. John's Neighborhood home.

Annie Marie Spurgeon is described as 4'9" tall, 90 pounds, with collar-length reddish-brown hair. Spurgeon is deaf and wears glasses.

Spurgeon was last seen on April 24 at the St. John's Safeway, where she has worked for 25 years. Spurgeon has been out of contact with her family and may be suffering a mental health crisis.

Anyone seeing Spurgeon is asked to call 9-1-1 so that police can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Missing Persons by email, missing@portlandoregon.gov.

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Suspect Arrested After Running from Traffic Crash - Gun Found in Suspect's Car (Photo) - 05/04/16
The suspect, 19-year-old Monte Wes McMullen was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), Reckless Driving, and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

Officers learned that the vehicle McMullen crashed was a stolen car with switched license plates. Officers also determined that the gun found inside the car was a replica firearm rather than a real gun.

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On Wednesday May 4, 2016, at 9:23 a.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a traffic crash involving two drivers on southbound I-5 at the Going Street exit.

As officers were responding to the scene, the 9-1-1 caller reported that one of the vehicles was on it's side and that the driver was running away from the scene.

Officers contacted a person matching the driver's description on the MAX platform on North Interstate Avenue, but he ran from police into the neighborhood. Officers checking the neighborhood located the driver and took him into custody. Officers checking the flipped vehicle found a handgun inside the car.

There were no injuries as a result of the crash and the driver who fled the scene will be booked into jail at a later time, charges to be determined.

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UPDATE: Public Alert: Wanted Sex Offender Frequenting Hawthorne Boulevard (Photo) - 05/03/16
East Precinct officers arrested 30-year-old Avril Lavigne on Monday evening and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Offender Registration Detail (SORD) is asking for the public's help to locate a sex offender wanted for failing to register.

30-year-old Avril Ramona Lavigne, aka Romany Yves Mesina, has failed to register as a sex offender. Lavigne is described as an Asian male, 5'6" tall, 130 pound, with black hair.

Lavigne is most likely homeless and frequents the Hawthorne Boulevard area in Southeast Portland.

SORD officers have learned that Lavigne may be following young adult and teen girls and taking pictures of them which he posts on social media.

Lavigne was convicted of Rape in the Second Degree in 2009, resulting in the requirement that he register as a sex offender.

Anyone seeing Lavigne should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information about Lavigne should contact SORD by email, sord@portlandoregon.gov.

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Fraud Alert: ATM Skimmers Used to Steal Credit/Debit Card Information (Photo) - 05/03/16
In recent months, Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit detectives have been working with credit unions to find the source of several cases of debit/credit card fraud.

Based on patterns of victims' bank activity, police suspect that skimmers may have been placed on ATMs located in Portland area 7-11 stores. There have been at least two different time periods since November 2015 that skimmers have been placed on ATMs causing over 100 accounts to be compromised.

Skimmers are devices that capture credit/debit card information from the card's magnetic stripe. The devices may be designed to fit over card readers and blend in with the machine, installed inside the terminal or plugged into the machine's network cables. Skimmers are usually left on a machine for a brief period before they are removed and, in many cases, the data can be accessed remotely. To intercept pin numbers, offenders will also attach pinhole and other cameras to observe customers inputting their codes. They may also use a keyboard overlay to capture the data inputted. With the stolen information, thieves create counterfeit cards and drain victim's accounts.

According to Detective Brian Sitton, some of the riskier places for card readers will be those machines with minimal security or monitoring such as those at gas stations (ones outside of Oregon where there are no attendants), exterior ATMs and restaurants.

Detective Sitton advises, "Pay attention to the machine and what's around the area. If something doesn't look right, don't use the machine."

Tips for ATMs and payment terminals:

* Use cash when possible or when you are unsure of the equipment used to conduct the transaction.
* If the card reader appears askew, jiggle it to see if it comes off. When in doubt, don't use the machine.
* Be careful where you use your debit card. If there is fraud, the funds will be withdrawn immediately from your bank account and you will have to work with your financial institution to get that money back - whereas with a credit card, customers are able to identify the fraud before paying the bill.
* Understand what the liability exposure is for both credit and debit card fraud based on laws and your bank agreements: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0213-lost-or-stolen-credit-atm-and-debit-cards
* Review your bank and credit card transactions frequently and report unauthorized charges immediately.
* Avoid using your pin code on transactions when possible.
* Use your hand to shield your pin code as you input it into the keypad in case there is a camera.
* If anything appears odd about the keypad that you are using to enter a pin number, don't go through with the transaction.
* Be suspicious if the gas pump has a broken and/or void security seal over the opening to the transaction terminal. The seal is intended to indicate whether a machine has been tampered with.

If you identify that a skimmer is on a machine, talk to the clerk. The police should also be contacted at the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333. Be careful not to touch the backside of the skimmer as it may contain DNA evidence or fingerprints.

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Three Men Indicted for 2014 Murder of Ervaeua Herring -- Arraignment Today (Photo) - 05/03/16
In April 2016, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted three men in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring, killed in August 2014.

22-year-old DeAnthony Simmons, 21-year-old Demetrius Ray Brown and 22-year-old Geontae Brachaurd Jones were indicted on charges of Murder (with a firearm - three counts each), Burglary in the First Degree (with a firearm - two counts each), and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (with a firearm). Simmons and Jones were also indicted on a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Simmons is in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, while Brown and Jones have been in the custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges.

Brown and Jones will be arraigned on Tuesday May 3, 2016, in Multnomah County Court. Simmons will be arraigned at a later time. Arraignment is scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Justice Center Courthouse.

After arraignment, family and friends of Ervaeua Herring, along with law enforcement personnel and community members, may be available for media interviews at the Justice Center Courthouse.

This investigation started on Sunday August 17, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., when 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 21-year-old Ervaeua Herring dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives learned that there were multiple suspects firing guns at the apartment and believe the shooting was gang-related.

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 at the time was that the suspects were described as African American males armed with guns.

Homicide detectives have worked closely with Gang Enforcement Team detectives to follow-up leads in this investigation and have interviewed dozens of people over the course of the past 20 months, resulting in these indictments.

More arrests are expected in this case and detectives believe that there are additional people in community with information about the homicide of Ms. Herring.

Anyone with information about this case, including second hand information or information learned from social media sites, is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov

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

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Community members with information and the need to remain anonymous should submit a tip by doing one of the following:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Fraud Alert: Phone Scams Active in Portland Metro Area (Photo) - 05/02/16
The Portland Police Bureau wants community members to be aware of a variety of phone scams that are active in the Portland Metro area.

Law enforcement has received reports from people who stated that callers would claim to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment.

Other victims have reported callers claiming to be public utilities, the IRS, charities and home repair companies.

Callers typically instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds you to be aware that:

* The Portland Police Bureau or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.

* The Portland Police Bureau does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

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.

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.

To learn more about IRS scams, please visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Fraud-Alerts

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hotline at 1-888-564-2828.

* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an online Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event Draws Hundreds of People on Saturday (Photo) - 05/01/16
On Saturday April 30, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit and the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team hosted a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct.

This event was a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

More than 400 people came to the event over the course of four hours and dropped off 7,000 pounds of sensitive documents for shredding, turned in 1,815 pounds of prescription medication, and filled five 50 gallon barrels with donations of food and clothing for the Sunshine Division.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Community members with unwanted and unused prescription medicine should dispose of it properly by taking it to one of the locations listed here: http://www.oracwa.org/documents/UnwanteddrugdropoffsitesOR.pdf

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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested After Robbing a Hawthorne Boulevard Bank (Photo) - 05/01/16
On April 21, 45-year-old Wes Edward Hamman was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold for Bank Robbery.

Hamman was arrested shortly after robbing a bank on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and attempting to get away from the area by riding in a taxi cab. After his arrest, Hamman was taken to a Portland hospital for a medical condition before being released to go to jail.

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On Wednesday April 20, 2016, at 12:32 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Key Bank branch located at 4131 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who gave police a description of the suspect and that he'd implied that he had a gun.

Officers looking in the neighborhood spotted the suspect in the back of taxi at Southeast Cesar E. Chavez and Hawthorne Boulevards. Officers stopped the driver and took the suspect into custody without incident.

The robbery investigation is continuing and there is no public risk as a result of this incident.

Updates will be provided later today.

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Prescription Drug Turn-In and Shred Event Today at Southeast Precinct - 04/30/16
Today, Saturday April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will host a prescription drug turn-in and shred event at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership between the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program, the Portland Police Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and Wells Fargo.

Community members can come and drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal and unwanted sensitive documents for secure shredding on site.

Keeping sensitive documents and prescription meds out of the hands of people who might misuse them is an important technique for preventing fraud and drug abuse.

Acceptable items for the prescription drug turn in include: any prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not accepted: thermometers, sharps, syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens. To dispose of sharps, contact Metro at 503-234-3000 or http://www.oregonmetro.gov

Sunshine Division donation barrels will be available for donations of canned food, dry pasta, and gently-used clothing for needy families. Tax deduction forms will be provided.

A printable flyer is available for download by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/545037

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