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At 12:10 AM, the morning of December 25, 2014 Astoria police responded to a report of the death of a 63-year-old Astoria man. He was found deceased in his Astoria home. There was at least one person in the home with him at the time of his death but that person, while cooperative, has been unable to provide details about his death. Because of the circumstances of the death Astoria Police, with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team and the District Medical Examiner, are investigating it as suspicious.

Seaside Police Chief David Ham announced Wednesday morning that the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office had filed an Information accusing Randy Lee Roden, 26, of Seaside of Aggravated Murder in the death of 2-year-old Evangelina Wing.

An autopsy performed on Sunday December 21 determined Evangelina to be the victim of a homicide and that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Other injuries were noted, but not determined to be the cause of death.

Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in November. The county had the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state in November. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390 in November to 17,410.

On Saturday, December 20, shortly after 5 am, the Seaside Police Department received a 911 call from the residence at 1250 S. Wahanna Rd. #16. The report made was that a child was not breathing. Medical personnel and police arrived and found the child deceased.

On Sunday, December 21 the State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas County performed an autopsy and they have determined the manner of death to be a homicide with the cause of death being blunt force trauma. Attending the autopsy was a Seaside Police detective and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.

Authorities are investigating the death of a young child in Seaside, Oregon. The death was called into 9-1-1 early Saturday and police are releasing little information about what happened, including the child's name and age.

The state Department of Human Services has taken custody of other children found in the home, but no arrests have been made. Police say the autopsy result might be released Monday.

County Manager Scott Somers announced Friday, Dec. 19 that Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes has been terminated from her position, effective immediately.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a state land-use board ruling that a Clatsop County commissioner showed bias in rejecting an application from Oregon Pipeline Company LLC.  The decision, issued Wednesday, Dec. 17, sends the issue back to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) for further review of the issues surrounding the project, which involves the construction of 41 miles of pipeline to serve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.


According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, a strong storm system is developing in the western Pacific that will be moving eastward over the next several days. Persistent and strong west winds to the south of this storm will develop a train of very large waves that will propagate across the Pacific and reach the Washington coast as an energetic swell on Friday. At this time, it appears that the swell will arrive with a height between 20 and 25 feet and a period of around 20 seconds. This event is expected to last the entire weekend.

For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place in Oregon Coast parks is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.  Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.  Read more to see participating parks. 

It was Willis Van Dusen's last council meeting as Mayor of Astoria last night. Before a packed house the six-term Van Dusen said he has been part of some really great teams and accomplished much for the town over his time as a City Councilor and Mayor. He said that what he has personally enjoyed most are the many friendships he has gained that would not have been possible if he hadn't served in the office. City Attorney and former City Councilor Blair Henningsgard presented the Mayor with a custom designed bobble-head figurine depicting the Mayor riding his beloved Harley motorcycle which drew some good natured laughter from the audience. Mayor-Elect Arline LaMear presented Van Dusen with a city plate and engraving marking his service. It was also the last meeting for Councilor Karen Mellin who was honored for her four years of service. The Mayor presented Mellin, who he admitted he called "melon-head" behind her back not knowing her friends called her that nickname all her life, with a city plate and noted that the engraving has a typo saying Mellin served as city councilor through the year 2104 instead of 2014. She was delighted and said the mistake makes it collectable as well.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement with the owner of the Sunset Lake RV and Mobile Home Park designed to end a lengthy stand-off over multiple county code violations, including overcrowding and unpermitted construction.  The agreement requires the owner, Ken Hick and his company Resources Northwest, Inc., to reduce the total number of dwelling units to 43, the number stipulated in a 2012 compliance order, within 90 days, and to pay $5,000 to offset the county's costs. In return the county will drop a lawsuit filed against Hick in 2013 to force compliance with the order, but only if full compliance is reached within 180 days.

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