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On Saturday Astoria Police were contacted by Lacy Washington Police. Lacy PD informed Astoria Police that a suspect in a robbery at a Wal-Mart was believed to be in Astoria. The suspect, 25 year old Jonathan Langford of Puyallup, WA, had been detained for shoplifting (A link to media coverage of the initial report can be found at www.facebook.com/astoriapolice). After being detained and taken to the security room he pulled a handgun on store security to effect his escape. Working with Lacy PD, Astoria PD was able to locate the suspect at the Lamplighter Hotel. Officers began surveillance on the hotel while they applied for a search warrant.

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Clam diggers can ring in the New Year by filling their buckets with razor clams during an eight-day opener beginning Dec. 31.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

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At 12:10 AM, the morning of December 25, 2014 Astoria police responded to a report of the death of a 63-year-old Astoria man. He was found deceased in his Astoria home. There was at least one person in the home with him at the time of his death but that person, while cooperative, has been unable to provide details about his death. Because of the circumstances of the death Astoria Police, with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team and the District Medical Examiner, are investigating it as suspicious.

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Seaside Police Chief David Ham announced Wednesday morning that the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office had filed an Information accusing Randy Lee Roden, 26, of Seaside of Aggravated Murder in the death of 2-year-old Evangelina Wing.

An autopsy performed on Sunday December 21 determined Evangelina to be the victim of a homicide and that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Other injuries were noted, but not determined to be the cause of death.

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Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in November. The county had the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state in November. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390 in November to 17,410.

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On Saturday, December 20, shortly after 5 am, the Seaside Police Department received a 911 call from the residence at 1250 S. Wahanna Rd. #16. The report made was that a child was not breathing. Medical personnel and police arrived and found the child deceased.

On Sunday, December 21 the State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas County performed an autopsy and they have determined the manner of death to be a homicide with the cause of death being blunt force trauma. Attending the autopsy was a Seaside Police detective and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.

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Authorities are investigating the death of a young child in Seaside, Oregon. The death was called into 9-1-1 early Saturday and police are releasing little information about what happened, including the child's name and age.

The state Department of Human Services has taken custody of other children found in the home, but no arrests have been made. Police say the autopsy result might be released Monday.

County Manager Scott Somers announced Friday, Dec. 19 that Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes has been terminated from her position, effective immediately.

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The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a state land-use board ruling that a Clatsop County commissioner showed bias in rejecting an application from Oregon Pipeline Company LLC.  The decision, issued Wednesday, Dec. 17, sends the issue back to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) for further review of the issues surrounding the project, which involves the construction of 41 miles of pipeline to serve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.

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HIGH SURF AND KING TIDES HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEKEND

According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, a strong storm system is developing in the western Pacific that will be moving eastward over the next several days. Persistent and strong west winds to the south of this storm will develop a train of very large waves that will propagate across the Pacific and reach the Washington coast as an energetic swell on Friday. At this time, it appears that the swell will arrive with a height between 20 and 25 feet and a period of around 20 seconds. This event is expected to last the entire weekend.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place in Oregon Coast parks is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.  Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.  Read more to see participating parks. 

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