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Derrick Pierce
Derrick Pierce
Late Night Shooting Leads to Arrest (Photo) - 01/19/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police arrested a man for a shooting that left one man with a gunshot wound to his torso. At 9:18 p.m. Police responded to a gunshot heard in the area of SE 182nd Ave and SE Powell Blvd. The 18 year old victim, Ashton Goleman of Milwaukee, was transported by his friends to the Mount Hood Medical Center with what appears to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Witnesses say they went to meet a guy from Offer Up to purchase a car. The suspect, unrelated to any of these parties, began to verbally assault the group before punching Goleman in the face. While walking away, the suspect then fired one shot striking Goleman.

Police located the suspect leaving the area on foot. He is identified as Derrick Pierce, 28, of Portland. Pierce was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for attempted murder, assault 1, unlawful possession of a weapon, and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Police would like to remind the public that the Gresham Police Department has an e-commerce safe space under video surveillance to conduct these types of transactions.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

Attached Media Files: Derrick Pierce
Dylan Gibson
Dylan Gibson
Police Seek Help Finding Missing 13-Year-Old Boy (Photo) - 01/12/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Police are looking for a missing 13-year-old boy who ran away from his Gresham residence around Jan. 1. Dylan Gibson is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 143 pounds.

Gibson's DHS case worker reports that he suffers from a previous traumatic brain injury. He functions at a 13-year-old level but has other underlying conditions which need supervision.

Anyone who has information about Gibson's whereabouts is encouraged to call 911.

Attached Media Files: Dylan Gibson
Gresham Police Are Doing Extra Patrols for DUII Drivers - 01/12/18

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department was recently awarded a 2017-2018 DUII High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) grant from Oregon Impact, beginning November 2017 through September 2018. Over the past two months, Gresham Officers have conducted targeted enforcement to arrest DUII drivers in order to keep drivers and pedestrians safe throughout the city.

Additionally, officers conducted extra DUII HVE patrols between Dec. 15, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018 in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration's (NHTSA) holiday season "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The results of the enforcement efforts are detailed below.

Nov Dec Total
Alcohol DUII 3 9 12
Drug DUII 0 1 1
DWS 3 7 10
MIP 0 0 0
Speeding 5 8 13
Seat Belt 0 0 0
Cell phone 1 0 1
All other citations 3 25 28
All warnings 4 16 20

The Gresham Police Department will be continuing to do targeted DUII enforcement throughout the month of January and would like to remind everyone that they play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications at 503.823.3333 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

Gresham Police Participating in ODOT Speed Enforcement Grant - 01/11/18

Gresham, Ore.-- The Gresham Police Department was recently awarded funding by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to conduct extra speed enforcement patrols in areas where serious injury and fatal vehicle crashes have occurred. The goal of this grant is to reduce speed related crashes in the City of Gresham.

Speeding on city streets can increase the risk of vehicle crashes and injuries. Some of the reasons why are because the driver is more likely to lose control of the vehicle at higher speeds, reaction time and stopping distances increase the faster you go, and crashes are more severe and safety equipment is less effective at higher speeds.

The locations where the focused patrols will be conducted are as follows:

1. 181st corridor between NE Sandy Blvd and E Powell Blvd.
2. Butler Road between SE Regner Rd and SE 190th Ave.
3. SE Orient Drive between the county line and SE Palmquist Ave.
4. Kane Drive between Powell Valley Rd and SE Stark St.
5. NE Halsey St between NE 162nd and NE 202nd.

The Gresham Police Department would like to remind the public to drive safely and follow the posted speed limits.

Gresham Police Looking for Missing Teen (Photo) - 01/09/18

Gresham, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department is asking for help from the public to locate a missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen at 6:00pm on Friday, January 5, 2018.

On Friday evening, police were notified that Harmony Martz walked away from a family member's house around SE 178th and SE Division st. and has not been seen since. She left with a backpack full of clothes and a Tri-Met pass but no other money. In addition to the Gresham area, Harmony has friends in the downtown Portland area, so she may be headed in that direction. She does have a cell phone, but it has been turned off since Friday evening.

Harmony has some minor medical issues that may affect her decision-making and how she interacts with people, but her health is not in danger. In addition to the backpack, she was last seen wearing brown Ugg-style boots, blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt with "Pink" written on it. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds and according to family members, she has shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes

Anyone who knows of Harmony Martz's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333, or 911 if she is in danger.

Attached Media Files: Martz2.JPG , Martz1.JPG
Missing Gresham man located - 01/05/18

GRESHAM, Ore. - Missing Gresham man Alvin Nelson has been located. Thanks to all who assisted in getting the word out.

Alvin Nelson
Alvin Nelson
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 01/05/18

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 44 year old man with medical problems. Alvin Nelson was last seen at his Gresham residence today around 3:30 p.m. Nelson is a Caucasian male, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and 174 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray Seahawks cap, red plaid flannel jacket and black sweatpants. Nelson is in a power mobility scooter and is known to use TriMet.

Anyone who knows of Nelson's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333 or if needed, 911.

Attached Media Files: Alvin Nelson
Missing Gresham Man Located - 12/30/17

GRESHAM, Ore. - Missing Gresham man Gordon Ruffe has been located. Thanks to all who assisted in getting the word out.

Gordon Ruffe
Gordon Ruffe
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 12/30/17

Gresham, Ore. -- Gresham Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 80 year old man with Alzheimer's. Gordon Ruffe was last seen leaving his southeast Gresham residence on foot today around 3:45 p.m. Ruffe is a Caucasian male with gray hair, approximately 5-feet-4-inches tall and 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a plaid blue shirt, blue jeans, and blue shoes.

Anyone who knows of Ruffe's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Attached Media Files: Gordon Ruffe
Enjoy a Safe New Year's Celebration - 12/29/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The use of illegal fireworks is a concern of Gresham residents and the Gresham Police Department. Oregon law bans the sale, possession and use of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air.

Individuals found in possession of illegal fireworks can be cited for ORS 480.120 sale, possession and use of fireworks. This is a class B misdemeanor which can result in a $1500 fine. In addition, illegal fireworks can be seized by officers.

Gresham Police want to ensure that all citizens get to enjoy a safe New Year's celebration. Illegal fireworks can be reported to the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503.823.3333. Please recognize that emergency police calls will get priority response.

UPDATE: Missing Gresham Man Located in Portland - 12/26/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On December 26, 2017, Gresham Police asked for the public's assistance looking for a missing man after it was reported that 54-year-old Michael Hernandez walked away from his group home in the 900 block of NE 165th Ave. sometime between 10:00 p.m. and midnight on December 25, 2017.

At 8:15 a.m., a resident in the area of NE 160th and NE Halsey called police to say they believed they had seen Mr. Hernandez outside of their house. Portland Police officers responded to the area and located Mr. Hernandez. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Gresham Police thank everyone who helped look for Mr. Hernandez.

Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man, Michael Hernandez (Photo) - 12/26/17

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for a missing Gresham man who walked away from his group home in the 900 block of NE 165th Ave. last night, between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.

Michael Hernandez, 54, reportedly suffers from mental health issues and needs medication. His health condition may cause him to appear in a catatonic state, immobile or unresponsive. He was found suffering from such an episode after he was report missing in March 2017.

Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male with salt-and-pepper hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He currently has little to no facial hair and what he was wearing last night is not known. Hernandez may not be dressed appropriately for the cold weather conditions.

Anyone who knows of Hernandez's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333 or 9-1-1.


Attached Media Files: Missing_Michael_Hernandez.jpg
Gresham Police Investigating Murder-Suicide - 12/24/17

Gresham, Ore. -- On Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:25pm a man walked into the Gresham Police Department lobby and reported that his adult son, 35-year-old Robert Lopez of Gresham, had just shot and killed his girlfriend, 34-year-old Hillary Vodden of Gresham. Gresham Police Officers immediately responded to the house in the 2000 block of NW 7th place in Gresham. When they arrived, they found Mrs. Vodden inside, dead from a gunshot wound.

At 8:42pm, while Gresham Police Department investigators were responding to the NW 7th place address, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a vehicle crash on Highway 26 at SE Haley road where it was reported that the male driver of the crashed car was deceased. The driver, identified as Mr. Lopez, had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and deputies quickly learned that the car in the crash belonged to Mrs. Vodden. As a result of the investigation, police believe that Mr. Lopez shot and killed Mrs. Vodden and immediately drove east to the location on Highway 26 where he killed himself.

Anyone who was a witness to either incident in this case and has information that would be important to the investigation is asked to call Gresham Police via the tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll free 888-989-3505, callers can remain anonymous.

Travis Dick
Travis Dick
Gresham Police Arrest Man Wanted for Multiple Sex Crimes (Photo) - 12/21/17

Gresham, Ore.-- Police arrested a 23-year-old Gresham man for multiple sex crimes in relation to the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old girl.

Travis Dick was arrested today and booked on 11 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, eight counts of sodomy in the second degree, six counts of rape in the second degree, two counts of unlawful penetration in the second degree, five counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, and one count of rape in the third degree.

Dick was not related to either victim. He initially contacted the girls in the community and used social media to further the abusive relationship. Police believe there may be other victims and want to talk with anyone else he may have had inappropriate contact with. Anyone who was abused by Dick or has pertinent information regarding these cases is asked to call Detective Turnage at 503.618.3136.

Attached Media Files: Travis Dick