Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff's Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment. In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013.
A Clatsop County Drug Task Force investigation has led to the arrest of 27-year-old Dustin William Taylor , on drug related charges Saturday morning. Drug Task Force detectives with the assistance of Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputies executed search warrants on Taylor and his residence located at 33788 Cullaby Lake Lane Warrenton, Oregon.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a serious injury pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Highway 101 about four miles north of Gearhart in Clatsop County.
No need to dress up and you don't need special gear and you won't have to move mountains to find a hike (although you can hike to the summit of Neah-kah-nie Mountain near Oswald West). This is the third year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 420 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.
The State Employment Department reported Monday morning that the Clatsop County unemployment rate is down to 6.3%. That compares to 7.5% the year before and is below the current statewide rate of 7.3% and below the national rate now pegged at 7%.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, returned to their homeport of Astoria following an 81-day deployment,Friday. The cutter and crew covered more than 12,000 miles during their deployment that included a counter drug enforcement patrol in the Eastern Pacific and a rigorous training assessment by the Afloat Training Group in Everett, Wash.
On Friday Astoria Police reports they participated in a multi agency minor decoy operation in which a minor tries to buy booze from targeted businesses. Astoria's State Licensed liquor store was one of six businesses that sold alcohol to the minor.
Friday, Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley introduced legislation to ensure that Oregonians who try to sign up for health insurance through Cover Oregon can get coverage for the full month of January and any subsidy they are eligible for even if their information is not processed until later in the month.