Parkrose schools are hosting a community cleanup day on Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Anyone in the community is invited to help get school grounds ready for the school year. Bring your own yard tools and rags. Access to bathrooms and water will be provided at each school site. Sacramento Elementary will have refreshments available (I’m not sure about other sites).
Last night around 11:45 p.m., police responded to a shooting victim at NE 119th and Sandy Blvd. 19-year-old Vinesh Ram Prasad was declared dead shortly after medical personnel arrived on-scene.
Police believe this may be a gang-related incident, and are looking for further information. Here’s the information from their latest press release:
Portland Police Homicide Detectives have identified the shooting victim from last night’s homicide as 19-year-old Vinesh Ram Prasad of North Portland.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and determined that Prasad died of a gunshot would to the chest.
Detectives need to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or about Prasad’s activities in the 48 hours prior to his death.
Detectives believe that Prasad’s death may be gang-related and are working with the Gang Enforcement Team to follow-up any leads.
This is Portland’s 16th homicide in 2011 and 6th suspected gang-related homicide.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com/ to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416, orMark.Sponhauer@portlandoregon.
gov; Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696, or Kristina.Coffey@ portlandoregon.gov
Join your neighbors for a National Night Out event this week — see below for details.
Tuesday, August 2
Parkrose Heights: National Night Out in Knott Park (NE 117th and Russell) at 6:00 p.m., including a hot dog dinner, entertainment from local band Cheap Date, and games for kids.
Glenfair: National Night Out in Glenfair Park (NE 154th and Couch) starts at 5:00 p.m. Includes carnival games, balloon animals, and a bouncy house and slide.
Sumner: National Night Out barbecue at 4415 NE 87th Avenue (in the fire station parking lot). They’ll supply hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda; bring a side dish to share.
Saturday, August 6
Parkrose: Neighbors’ Night Out at Senn’s Dairy Park (NE 112th and Prescott). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy local musicians and community information.
Yogi Bear was originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 at the new Gateway Park (NE 106th and Halsey, site of the former J.J. North’s restaurant). It has now been postponed to August 9, due to rain. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes pre-movie entertainment from Over the Edge and the Mike Horsfall Duo. There will also be popcorn, food vendors and children’s activities.
Rescheduled to Saturday, August 20
Saturday, July 16 will be , The Karate Kid at Knott Park (NE 117th and Knott). Pre-movie entertainment includes The River City Trio, Portland Teen Idols and a climbing wall. This event also begins at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 28, you can see How To Train Your Dragon at Argay Park (NE 141st and Failing). Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes The River City Trio.
PARKROSE HEIGHTS GENERAL MEETING
JUNE 28, 2011
Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors (PHAN) will hold their next general meeting on June 28, 2011 at:
United Methodist Church
11111 NE Knott St (111th and NE Knott)
The Guest Speaker, Teri Poppino, will discuss how to go about setting up a “Neighbor Watch.” Teri is the local Crime Prevention Coordinator for six neighborhoods in East Portland, including our area of Parkrose Heights.
Even though this is a Parkrose Heights meeting, we are inviting all interested parties, from any neighborhood to participate. Therefore we are encouraging you to invite all your friends and neighbors, regardless where they live to attend.
The more areas with a neighborhood watch program, the bigger bite we can take out of crime in NE Portland.
If you have any questions, feel free to call:
Jim Murphy, 503-254-7060
Coordinator for PHAN
(meeting notice courtesy of East Portland Neighborhood Office)
Parkrose High School senior Eshley Toledo has been working with her mentor, KATU news anchor Anna Canzano (herself a Parkrose High School graduate), on this video about the need for a new middle school building, which would be provided through the bond measure on the ballot this month. You may recognize the news set used in the video!