Missing person, Willard Shinabery, was located near the Astoria Roundabout in a drainage ditch. He was hypothermic and had superficial scratches, but was otherwise unharmed. Mr. Shinabery suffers from dementia and became the subject of a large scale search when he was reported missing Monday morning. He was last seen leaving the Astoria Cleaners on W Marine Dr around 6:30 am on foot
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The Coast Guard's two Captains of the Port have closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest, Friday, due to severe sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water.
Farm, forest zone review
The board heard a presentation from Planning Division staff on a planned review of the county’s land-use code covering farm- and forest-zoned property. Clatsop County is one of several counties selected by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for the project, which will assist the county in updating its code for the Agriculture-Forestry (AF), Forest-80 (F-80) and Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) zones to ensure compliance with state law and meet local needs. The review will be the county’s first comprehensive update of farm and forest zones since 1993.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding with DLCD detailing the parties’ respective roles, and appointed an advisory committee to oversee the project. Committee members are Joseph Anderson, Bill Boone, Brad Cowan, Ginger Edwards, Ashley Lertora and Teresa Retzlaff.
Land use appeal
Following a public hearing, the board of commissioners voted to overturn a ruling of the City of Gearhart Planning Commission that denied an application from Cary Johnson to partition a property in the city’s urban growth area. Johnson had applied to partition a 21,482-square-foot tax lot on Eastpine Lane into two lots, and after the planning commission ruling appealed the decision to the county. Planning Division staff said Johnson’s application met the applicable requirements and recommended that the board of commissioners allow the partition.
Manager interview process
The board reached consensus on a process for interviewing finalists for the vacant County Manager position. The county will host a meet-and-greet reception for the finalists on Jan. 28 and conduct interviews on Jan. 29, with three interview panels representing the county commissioners, county department heads and community stakeholders.
Applications for the position are being accepted until Dec. 31, and the board is scheduled to meet in executive session at its Jan. 13 meeting to select three to six finalists.
In other business the board
-Proclaimed 2016 as the Year of Wellness in Clatsop County. The proclamation recognizes local health promotion efforts such as the Way to Wellville and Prevention Works and encourages the community to learn about ways to improve health and well-being.
-Introduced new county employee Tim Samples, who joined the Building Codes Division as a building inspector.
(information provided by Clatsop County)
The Clatsop County Fair Board regrettably announces that Gary Friedman our Fairgrounds General Manager for the last nine and a half years has submitted his resignation.
Coast Guard crews rescued four boaters in distress in three search-and-rescue missions resulting from heavy weather along the Pacific Northwest coast in the past two days.
It was another marathon session lasting over three and a half hours for the Astoria City Council on Monday night and a packed house for the 6:00pm Astoria Development Commission meeting. The city council also fills the seats on that commission.
Early this morning at around 1250 AM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a report of a residential burglary alarm that had been activated at a residence located in the 18900 block of Sandridge road. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene and arrived shortly after the report.
Upon arriving at the scene, the deputies approached the scene and noticed movement within the residence. Deputies also noticed that the front door to the residence appeared to have been forced open. Deputies saw that the dead bold was missing and the door jamb was damaged. Officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded as well to assist with the containment and search of the residence.
On December 6, 2015 a house fire was reported to Seaside dispatch at approximately 2:33 a.m. Fire emergency personnel were dispatched to the 100 and 200 blocks of 11th Avenue and on scene within a few minutes. By2:44 a.m. the fire had reached two-alarm status, and at 3:08 a.m. the fire expanded to a three-alarm fire.By 7:35 a.m., the fire was contained.
Investigation by the Clatsop County fire investigation team has been concluded.Fire cause is undetermined at this time, most likely electrical in nature. The fire started at the occupied house at 125 11th ave. and quickly spread to neighboring houses.
Fire crews were hindered in their efforts due to strong prevailing winds, downed power lines, and a failed natural gas line.
Three houses were destroyed in the fire and a fourth house had extensive damage. The addresses of the houses that were destroyed were located at: 121, 125, and 131 11th avenue. The house with extensive damage was located at 221 11th avenue. One motorhome and three passenger vehicles were damaged; the motorhome and one passenger vehicle were a total loss.Total loss value could reach upwards of 2 to 3 million dollars total.
In addition, three homes located across the street had heat damage included broken windows and bubbled paint.
Thursday morning Astoria Police Department, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance rushed to US Bank in Astoria for a report of a man who was cut by a skill saw. On arrival it was determined that the male entered US Bank with a skill saw, plugged it in and intentionally cut himself on the wrist with it. The man is believed to be suffering from mental health issues, his injuries were not life threatening and no one else was harmed during the incident.
This Morning (Thursday )at about 4 AM, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Rockaway Beach for the search of a shooting suspect. There are no reported injuries to anyone at this time. Police later reported that the suspect has been taken into custody.
The City of Astoria is pleased to announce that Nancy Ferber has joined the Community Development Department as the new City Planner/Project Manager. This is the position that was held for many years by Rosemary Johnson until her retirement this year. Johnson has been filling the gap for month now a special projects planner as the city seached for a new hire.