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Gresham Police Identify Rider Injured in Collision - 10/16/18

Gresham, Ore.— On Oct. 14 at 5:57 p.m. police responded to a collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle on Highway 26 at SE 11th St. Police and medical personnel arrived on scene and found that the motorcycle rider was seriously injured. He was transported to the hospital by helicopter with life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Highway 26 and began turning on to SE 11th St. The motorcycle was travelling westbound and struck the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle is identified as Katherine Lankins, 33, of Gresham. The motorcycle rider is identified as Phillip Reed, 19, of Gresham. Lankins remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the collision is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

Eastside Music Theft Suspect
Eastside Music Theft Suspect
Gresham Police Seek Public's Help to Identify Theft Suspect (Photo) - 10/13/18

Gresham, Ore.— A local business fell victim to theft when the male pictured below walked in the doors of Eastside Music located at 21977 SE Stark ST. The business’s security cameras capture the suspect as he enters the store and asks where the guitar picks area located. The suspect has time to casually sit down and play one of the electric keyboards on display before walking over to a wall where he selects a black LTD electric guitar. He then disappears into a room only to emerge moments later with a coat draped over the now stolen guitar. The suspect walks out of business and appears to travel westbound on SE Stark ST. Anyone with information related to the suspect’s identity is encouraged to contact the Gresham Police Department.

Attached Media Files: Eastside Music Theft Suspect
Missing 12-Year-Old Located - 10/02/18

Missing 12-year-old Westen Occeas has been located and is safe. Thanks to everyone that assisted in getting the word out.

Westen Occeas
Westen Occeas
Police Seek Help Locating Missing 12-Year-Old (Photo) - 10/02/18

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old boy. Westen Occeas was last seen today around 9:00 a.m. when he was dropped off at Parkrose Middle School. Occeas has short black hair and is approximately 4-feet-8-inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a gray and black hoodie.

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

Attached Media Files: Westen Occeas
Gresham Police Cadet Unit Accepting Applications - 10/01/18

Gresham, Ore. – The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for their Police Cadet program until Oct. 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Assigned to the department’s operations division, cadet volunteers are trained by officers and take an active role in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, and crime prevention. They work with sworn officers to provide security at community events and may assist with article searches at crime scenes.  Additional opportunities include training with S.W.A.T and the department’s K9 units.

Cadets also compete in the annual Oregon Law Enforcement Challenge; participating in firearms competitions and scenario-based events that include active shooter, building searches, precision driving, and crime scene investigation.

Applicants must be between 15 and 20 years of age, live in Gresham or the surrounding area, pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record (if applicable), and have a GPA of 2.5 or better if still attending school. All persons selected as members of the cadet unit are required to attend and graduate a department-hosted academy.

Applications are available online at www.greshamoregon.gov/cadets and at the police department, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR, 97030. They must be emailed to the police department at Cadets@GreshamOregon.gov or dropped off at the department’s front desk by Oct. 15.

Missing Man Located - 09/30/18

Missing man Paul O’Connor was located and is safe. Thanks to all that assisted in getting the word out. 

Paul OConnor
Paul OConnor
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 09/30/18

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 65-year-old man suffering from a past traumatic brain injury and short-term memory loss. Paul O’Connor was last seen today around 4:00 p.m. at his northeast Gresham residence. O’Connor has long gray hair, a gray mustache, is approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray and black hat, green jacket, and black shorts.

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

Attached Media Files: Paul OConnor
Missing Man Located - 09/27/18

Missing person Colin Caldart has been located and is safe. Thanks to everyone who assisted in getting the word out.

Tyson Proffitt
Tyson Proffitt
Gresham Police Looking for Additional Burglary Victims (Photo) - 09/27/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police have made two arrests for several commercial burglaries and detectives believe there may be additional victims. On Sept. 26, detectives arrested 32-year-old Tyson Proffitt, of Gresham and 27-year-old Thelma Louise Moss, of Gresham for multiple commercial burglaries committed in both Gresham and Portland. The burglaries were dated throughout the summer and were completed in a distinctive way.

Proffitt and Moss would enter the business during business hours. Proffitt would distract the employee while Moss removed the door’s alarm sensor. Within the next several days, Proffitt would return and break into the building. He would then use a power tool to open the cash register, safe, and/or ATM machine.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims. They are asking that any possible victims review their video surveillance prior to the burglary and determine if Proffitt and Moss had been in their business.

Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of this type of burglary is asked to call Detective Tony Cobb at 503.618.2365

Colin Caldart
Colin Caldart
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Man (Photo) - 09/26/18

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 22-year-old man last seen tonight around 5:00 p.m. at his northeast Gresham residence. Colin Caldart is on the autism spectrum and is not familiar with the area. He has a black hair, brown eyes, is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black and white shirt, black jacket, and black pants.

Anyone who knows of Caldart’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 911.

Attached Media Files: Colin Caldart
Gresham Police Asking for Witnesses of Hit and Run - 09/22/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for any witnesses of a Sept. 21 hit and run to come forward. Yesterday around 9:21 p.m., police responded to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on NE Hogan Dr. south of SE Stark St. Police arrived on scene and found that the pedestrian was seriously injured. The involved vehicle had fled the scene.

Police learned that the pedestrian had been crossing NE Hogan Dr. and not in a crosswalk when he was struck by a black four door sedan. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle was last seen fleeing southbound on NE Hogan Dr.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the collision is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.