Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested one of their evidence technicians Wednesday following the alleged theft of money from the Department's evidence room at the Newport Area Command office. The non-sworn employee arrested has been lodged in jail and placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an ongoing criminal investigation.
KAST News received the following update on the Pacific Coast Seafood fire from company CEO Frank Dulcich:
"The events over the past three days have reaffirmed why Pacific Seafood is committed to being a significant part of this community. Since the fire broke out on Tuesday morning, we've been overwhelmed and heartened by the generous outpouring of support from our neighbors, friends, colleagues and local leaders. There have been literally hundreds of people who have shown their support
The state investigation into Tuesday's fire at the Pacific Coast Seafood plant in Warrenton is now complete. The official conclusion of the cause and exact origin of the fire is officially undetermined. In a conversation with KAST News, the State Fire Marshall Rich Hoover said that the investigation revealed there was neither criminal activity nor any use of incendiary device.
The investigation consisted of two days of on-scene investigators and interviews with witnesses. The investigation was conducted by the State Fire Marshall office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the State Police, the Clatsop County Fire Investigation Team and an additional Fire Marshall from Seaside. The involvement of those agencies in the investigation is now concluded.
On June 6, 2013 at 5:05 AM Astoria Police responded to a report from the area of 30th and Grand. Neighbors had seen two people, dressed in dark clothing, carrying something heavy down a trail that runs from 29th and Grand to 29th and Marine. They responded to the area and found two neighbors in the area who were confronting the owner of 2963 Marine Drive saying they had seen his son, Blake Buckman, age 30 of Astoria, carrying the boat motor that they were standing around. Blake Buckman, and another subject who police have not yet located, flee out the back of the house up the hill toward Grand. They were gone prior to Police arrival. Police recovered the boat motor and began trying to locate where it had been taken from.
While no one was physically hurt in the Tuesday fire that destroyed the Pacific Coast Seafood processing plant in Warrenton the company says it continues to look for ways to help those 130 plant employees who will be hurting for a paycheck with the loss of the facility
During the Independence Day holiday weekend, Cannon Beach, Oregon hosts a colorful aerial display unlike most communities.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's serious injury crash involving a passenger car and unloaded log truck on Highway 202 just east of Birkenfeld. A woman was transported to a Portland-area hospital for treatment of injuries.
Astoria City Councilor Karen Mellin lauds the Oregon Film Museum and encourages others to visit after she saw it for the first time Sunday. "It was fantastic", said Mellin. The museum is operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society and is a big hit with fans, some of whom spend a considerable amount of time there making their own versions of famous Oregon motion pictures. Google search has confused things a bit though.
The final official results for the May 21 Special District Election have been posted. The results can be viewed online at www.co.clatsop.or.us.
Warrenton lost a major employer Tuesday when Pacific Coast Seafood was destroyed by fire that began late in the morning generating hugh flames and towering columns of thick black smoke from the site on the Skipanon waterway. Crews from Warrenton fire were first on the scene and were joined by Astoria firefighters and crews from Gearhart, Lewis and Clark, Seaside and Olney Walluski. In all 55 personnel and 15 vehicles were involved. No one suffered injury.
Oregon's governor and legislative leaders met for three hours but have not reached a compromise on the state budget. In a joint statement, Gov. John Kitzhaber and top legislators from both parties said the discussion Monday was "productive and ongoing. They agreed to meet again this morning.