Since midnight yesterday Sheriff's deputies in Washington County have arrested eleven DUII driver's including two from crashes. One of the crashes was a head-on collision on SW Pacific Highway (Hwy. 99W) near King City. Three people went to the hospital from that crash.
The Coastwatch Blog returns with Tom Freel writing today about what it really takes to win a political campaign on any level. READ IT HERE
The Astoria Police Department will be joining other Clatsop County Law Enforcement agencies with extra patrols focused on DUII enforcement, during the 32nd Annual Astoria / Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival. This enforcement is funded in part by an Oregon State Grant specifically focusing on DUII and traffic enforcement.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon officially announced today that Senator Jeff Merkley is the organization's "2014 Pro-Choice Champion." Senator Merkley makes history as the first male leader to receive the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Courageous Voice Breakfast on Friday, May 30th in Portland.
The board adopted an ordinance imposing a one-year moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana facilities in the unincorporated area of the county. The ordinance stems from a state law enacted by the Oregon Legislature in March that gave city and county governments the authority to enact temporary moratoriums on the facilities, which serve holders of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cards.
During the investigation of the crash they learned that Levi Smith, age 26 of Astoria, had been in both the Workers and the Triangle Tavern that evening. He had been cut off at the Workers because of his intoxication and had been asked to leave because he was getting angry at other patrons. Witnesses to the crash indicated that Smith ran into the street well before the intersection or crosswalk. He did not activate the crosswalk lights, did not appear to look for traffic before entering the roadway, and was crossing the street at a diagonal. He was struck by Benjamin Gonzalez, age 18 of Naselle, who was headed home from work. Gonzalez stopped at the scene, remained there and cooperated with investigators. There was no indication that Gonzalez was impaired or that he had any opportunity to miss the collision with Smith. He did brake prior to the collision.
Smith was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Medix Ambulance Service. At last report he was in stable condition. The case will be referred to the District Attorney's Office.
Astoria Fire chief Ted Ames gave a factual, if somewhat understated, presentation Monday to the city council on the condition of the city fire trucks. The small fleet of vehicles the town depends on for fire protection are getting "a little tired", said Ames.