NEWS BRIEFS: Man faces felony arrest for public indecency
A 23-year-old man is behind bars today, accused of masturbating as he followed a woman through a store in outer Northeast Portland.
Officers from Portland's East Precinct were called Sunday, Feb. 26, to a business near Southeast 162nd Avenue and Division Street regarding an man who was following a woman around while staring at her and masturbating.
The suspect, William James Wimberly Jr., was gone by the time officers arrived, but was arrested the following day when he returned to the business, the Baby Goods store.
Police said video surveillance of the business corroborates the woman's report, showing Wimberly in the act of casually strolling the aisles while masturbating.
Wimberly was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a felony parole detainer and was later charged with a felony level crime for public indecency.
Detectives said that there may be other incidents that have not been reported to police.
Neighborhood Enforcement Team meet and greet
The Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations is inviting the community to say 'Thank you' and 'Welcome' to the officers of the Neighborhoods Enforcement Team (NET) at a reception from 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.
NET officers Dan Estes and Jim Leake served as the original officers in the program, which works with the community to address livability issues.
Estes and Leake are rotating out of the program later this year.
The community also will have the opportunity to meet newer NET officers as well as the city staff members who support their work.
The reception will be held in the Barlow and Oregon Trail rooms at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.
It will be followed by a meeting of the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, which the community is also invited to attend.
For more information, call Carol Rulla at 503-663-1466.
Group to host good ol' fashioned who-dun-it
The public is invited to participate in a Murder Mystery Dance, presented by the Country Cut-Ups Square Dance Club, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Boring Barn, 13987 S.E. Richey Road.
The story centers around an Italian family with mob connections.
After the patriarch is murdered, everyone from immediate family and friends to the local priest and a clairvoyant become a suspect.
Lead actors are square dancers, who will guide "investigators" through a series of hilarious twists and turns to find the murderer.
The event is free and open to everyone. Square dancing afterwards is $5 per person.
For more information, call 503-791-7779.