Thanks to the coverage from Social Media and Traditional Media the female subject in yesterday's incident involving the 8 year old being approached to get into the vehicle has been identified. Astoria Police received a call from the daughter of an 85 year old woman who lives only four blocks away. The woman has an injury to her vocal chords, which explains the 8-year-old not being able to understand her. She indicates that she saw the 8-year-old girl and that she thought she looked lost and confused. She was trying to offer a ride to where the 8-year-old was going.
Yesterday afternoon Astoria Police responded to the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive. The clerk at the Holiday Inn was reporting that a 40-50 year old blonde female, dressed all in black, and wearing a firearm, who told her that she was part of the Astoria Police Department and had been sent by the Chief of Police soliciting donations for a raffle. The female suspect, when questioned by the clerk for identification, left in a white ford 4dr vehicle.
Mothers Day weekend marks the tradional openning of the Astoria Sunday Market. The open this year promises to be spectacular with an emphasis on that farm fresh produce people are looking for.
The most respected expert on the planet in the area of marine mammal migration patterns says if we understood those patterns better we could save multiple whale species by changing just about every human ocean use that means anything. Let's see what that might mean in todays Coastwatch Blog
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
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued a statement welcoming the Food and Drug Administration's announcement it will rewrite its controversial plan to regulate spent grains from brewers.
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.
After a hiatus the Coastwatch Blog is back and now it's part of KAST1370.com. Read the latest rant here
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.
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.
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.
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