Expansion of the CCC Welding and Fabrication Program received the green light from the State of Oregon last week with completion of a $9.6-million sale of state lottery bonds to fund career and technical or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at all seventeen community colleges. Lottery bond funding was authorized by HB 5202 approved by the 2012 legislature.
Seven employees of the Oregon Youth Authority's (OYA) North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton have been recognized for excellence in supporting the state juvenile justice agency's mission.
Proposed 2013-14 budgets for Clatsop County and four county-administered taxing districts were unanimously approved by budget committees Tuesday and Wednesday.
Longview Fire was dispatched to a reported commercial fire at 3001 Industrial Way, the Weyerhaeuser facility. Initial 911 reports indicated that there was a fire in the bag house located at the planner mill. While enroute Longview Firefighters could see a column of black smoke from the intersection of Oregon Way and Industrial Way suggesting a working fire.
The male subject shot and killed in an apartment at 336 S. Main Ave. on May 7, 2013 was positively identified as 39-year old Bruce Ross Rogers of Astoria. Rogers was shot and killed after he illegally entered the residence of his estranged wife.
Rogers was the only person injured during the incident. The Clatsop County Major Crime Team continues to investigate the incident. No one has been arrested or is in custody at this time. All involved subjects are cooperating with the crime team's investigation.
Tuesday around 7:00pm Warrenton fire crews arrived to Tackle Time, 530 E Harbor St, in Warrenton. Fire was reported in the shed area of the structure. The fire was not within the merchant area. Crews quickly contained the flames which were only in one corner of the structure's interior. There was damage inside the building but is not thought to have damaged the building structurally. No injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation. Responding Fire Departments included Warrenton, Hammond and Astoria.
Update: Names released in Tuesday's shooting in Warrenton:
The deceased 39-year-old suspect in Tuesday's breaking and entering has been identified by authorities as Bruce Ross Rogers. Rogers is said to have had a history of domestic violence with the female renter of the apartment who is said to have shot him at the residence. A 911 call was made at 10:51am that a man had broken into the apartment and that the occupants of the apartment had locked themselves in a bedroom. Rogers is said to have told the occupants of the apartment that he had a gun. Arrest records indicate he was previously arrested in April by Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies after attacking the same woman and refusing to leave. He was arrested and booked into the Clatsop County Jail with charges of fourth degree assault, second degree criminal mischief, coercion, strangulation and interfering with making a police report. No arrests have been made related to Tuesday's shooting.
[contentbox class="contentbox3"]AUDIO: Coastwatch 5.8.2013 - Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala & Police Chief Matthew Workman
A home visit for a behavioral health patient in Pacific County turned violent Tuesday afternoon around 2:00pm in Klipsan Beach on the Long Beach Peninsula. The patient, Justin Krahn, age 40, was being visited by a mental health professional from Willapa Behavior Health and a Pacific County Sheriff's Deputy. Krahn became violent toward both the officer and health professional. The Deputy attempted to subdue Krahn using both a taser and pepper spray. Neither were said to have been effective. Krahn grabbed the taser from the ground and ran back into his house. Krahn is then said to have barricaded himself inside according to Pat Matlock the Pacific County Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Investigator.
A breaking and entering in downtown Warrenton resulted in the shooting death of one male. What was being called a hostage situation has been clarified as a breaking and entering situation by Warrenton Police Chief Matthew Workman. On Tuesday just before 11AM in Warrenton there were reports of a hostage situation unfolding near the intersection of SW 3rd and SW Main in an apartment above Allure Spa and Salon. A 39-year-old male intruder broke into the upstairs apartment saying he had a gun. The suspect is said to have known the people in the apartment. The occupants of the home, a male and three females, locked themselves in a bedroom and called 911. While the occupants were on the line with dispatch the suspect attempted to break into the room and was shot by the female apartment renter. Officers did not fire any shots. Warrenton City Mayor Mark Kujala called the incident a domestic dispute. Please see updated story at this link.
Traveling in other parts of the country Northwesterners are often shocked to see tons of trash littering highways. We tend to take clean roadsides for granted to the point where a single can or wrapper left by some passing motorist sticks out immediately.
Long Beach Loyalty Days remains a popular draw for both locals and visitors especially the Sunday parade which enjoyed some great participation with the beautiful weather and unseasonably warm temperatures on the Peninsula.