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Astoria is apparently out of compliance with a state traffic law that prohibits on-street parking spots within 20 feet of a crosswalk. But then, many other cities are also ignoring this law rather than give up the parking businesses demand.

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported burglary on Laurelwood Rd in Rainier, OR, in which, the victim reported that his home had been burglarized. Weeks later, a pawn shop query developed leads that led investigators to suspects in the burglary and a sting operation in which deputies arrested the suspects and recovered many stolen items. 

Deputies are investigating a phone scam responsible for defrauding individuals in Columbia County of thousands of dollars. 

A preliminary investigation is showing that phone scammers appear to be blanketing Columbia County and surrounding areas demanding money to pay for a phony warrant that was put out for their targeted victim. The scammers claim to be local Law Enforcement, then ask their victims to purchase the Trans Union, Green Dot or some other pre-paid multi-sourced card. The scammer then asks the victim to give them the card codes over the telephone. 

Law Enforcement will NEVER ask for money over the telephone or say that you have a warrant for your arrest over the telephone. You will not have a warrant for your arrest for "missing jury duty" either. Please just hang up if these scammers call you.

Westport Winery is looking to open another Oregon location by the end of January in Seaside.

The award-winning winery is based in Westport, Washington where Blain and Kim Roberts operate their flagship Westport Winery Garden Resort with acres of vineyards and gardens along with a scale reproduction of the nearby Grays Harbor Lighthouse, a restaurant, gift shop, plant nursery, and a pitch and putt course.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews will be performing maintenance activities on U.S. 30 around milepost 95.6 at the east end of Astoria during the next two weeks.

The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 11 and 12, and January 16-20. The westbound lane of U.S. 30 will be closed during the maintenance work with flaggers controlling two-way traffic in the eastbound lane.

Local access will be maintained through the construction area but travelers should expect delays.

The deadline for applications for grants to local social and human services agencies that serve people in need has been extended to Jan. 31.

The purpose of this funding is to provide an investment in community programs that target those population groups that are most in need socially and economically. The grants will be distributed by the county Human Services Advisory Committee on behalf of Board of Commissioners.

Wednesday (January 3, 2018) the City of Seaside's regularly scheduled maintenance testing of its tsunami warning system malfunctioned, erroneously informing thousands of citizens and visitors that a tsunami was scheduled to arrive on the coast in approximately four hours. The city wanted to make sure that residents and visitors understood what had happened  and the steps being taken to correct the error. 

Seaside Police have now confirmed that a body which washed up on the beach west of the turnaround is that of 42-year-old Matthew Manley of Tualatin, Oregon. Manley was the subject of a search by authorities Monday afternoon when he failed to return from a kayak trip in the Necanicum near the mouth of the river where it is said he was crabbing.

 

The Bronze statue topping the Astoria Victory Monument in Uniontown will be removed and stored away for a time as structural engineers prepare a plan to repair the underpinnings for the statue base following an August crash that damaged the World War 1 memorial.

 

In 2016, overdose deaths soared to more than 64,000 — with fentanyl and its analogs accounting for more than 20,000 fatal overdoses, according to the agency's data. President Trump is declared a national emergency hoping to fight the opioid crisis that has struck families and communities from rural areas to cities.

Whether they've overdosed on heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, or prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, patients have been able to recover after receiving naloxone. Warrenton had an overdose the County Medical Examiner attributed to “Pink” in April of this year.

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open in coastal waters Jan. 15 after a six-week delay, state shellfish managers announced today.

Fishery managers for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening in coordination with fishery managers from Oregon and California.

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