With the 4th of July just around the corner, the Seaside Police and Fire Department are reminding residents and visitors celebrating with fireworks to use only legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks. In 2012, there were 197 fireworks related fires in Oregon that caused an estimated 4.4 million dollars in damage. Last year 38 people were injured by fireworks across the state. More than half of those injured by fireworks are children and 40% injure bystanders.
AAA projects 41 million Americans (12.9 percent of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from 2013 and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Monday afternoon Astoria Wells Fargo Bank employees were reported the police that there was a man, later identified as Darren Curtis, age 33 of Renton WA, trying to cash a $4,000 check using a forged drivers license. When officer Robinson arrived and confronted the man, he identified himself as Christopher Broome. While Officer Robinson was gathering information from the bank staff Curtis ran from the bank. Officer Robinson pursued him west on Commercial to 9th where a citizen intervened pinning Curtis momentarily allowing Robinson to catch up.
The following is a summary supplied by Clatsop County highlighting the County Commission meeting of June 25.
The board opened a public hearing on the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The plan implements proposed strategies developed by the 2012 Joint Land-Use Study, a cooperative project between Clatsop County, the Oregon Military Department and other partners aimed at reducing existing and potential conflicts between Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and surrounding areas.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. During the holidays, people volunteer to ring little bells and collect money outside of stores because they want to help the poor. Children will volunteer their time at pet shelters because they love to be around animals. People will volunteer their time to a program or idea because it is something they believe in.
In the late evening hours Friday four Oregon men, one of which was a registered sex offender, and one of which was an ex-convict, were detained after Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson witnessed an explosion in the 5700 block of U.S. 101. The Sheriff was stopping to check out an old Aerostar van that appeared suspicious and that he knew did not belong in the driveway where it was parked. He pulled in behind the vehicle.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's injury commercial truck crash that closed Highway 26 for several hours closed in both directions near milepost 35 in the Coast Range. Several thousand pounds of compressed seafood waste needed to be cleaned up and the vehicles removed from the scene. ODOT had a detour set up in both directions.