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Oregon State police arrested a 28-year-old Astoria man Tuesday night for DUII and reckless driving after he missed a curve on highway 202 at mile post 12, lost control of his Chrysler 300, hit a power pole hard enough to break it off causing the transformer on the pole to explode as the vehicle continued down an embankment ending up in some trees and brush.

Police report that two local residents helped rescue the driver, identified as Jeffrey Raymond Culp and a 25- year old male passenger in the vehicle. The passenger was taken by Medix to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was later released. Culp consented to impairment tested and officers say he showed significant signs of impairment. His blood alcohol level was tested two hour later at the county jail and measured 0.12%. He was cited and released.

The vehicle was left at the scene until Pacific Power crews were able to respond to repair the pole and downed lines.

The Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) quietly dissolved today. In a news release Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson says drug investigations will continue conducted by the same former LINT detectives but rather than working out of the Oregon State Police Office in Newport, the detectives will work out of their respective departments utilizing technology to communicate and work drug cases as needed.

Defense lawyers for a mother accused of killing one daughter and injuring another at a Cannon Beach hotel last summer say they intend to present evidence she was in a "disordered mental state" at the time of the alleged crimes.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

This coming weekend the third rendition of the renewed Long Beach Washington Razor Clam Festival features contests, cooking challenges and live demonstrations and, luckily, a just announced clam season that will coincide nicely with the popular event.  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17.

Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds local residents that Tuesday, April 28 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 special district election.
Ballots for the election will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, April 29.

Jeff Rusiecki, Emergency Communications Manager City of Astoria 911 shared this with KAST news so we are passing it along.

The second full week in April is designated as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. In appreciation for all that the Dispatchers in this county do for the public I would like to share a Tribute to Dispatchers as penned by Chief Wagoner, Loveland Colorado PD. I would also like to personally thank each of you for the job you do day in and day out, every day. You all are an amazing and talented group!

A Tribute To Dispatchers:

Spring Chinook anglers on the lower Columbia River will get two more days of salmon fishing –Saturday, April 11 and Thursday, April 16 -- under a season extension adopted today by Oregon and Washington fishery managers.

Astoria Regional Dispatch Center received a call from a boater in the Columbia River, west of the Meglar Bridge, reporting they had located a deceased person. The Clatsop County Sheriff's office Marine Patrol, accompanied by an Astoria Police Officer responded in a boat to recover the deceased. The deceased was recovered and transported to shore where, after consultation with the Medical Examiner's office it was released to the funeral home. On April 8, 2015 the Clatsop County District Medical Examiner examined the decedent and positively identified him as Jared Knutson, age 20 . Knutson has been a missing person since he was last seen in the area of the New Young's Bay Bridge on the evening of February 27, 2015. The Clatsop County District Medical Examiner in consultation with the Oregon State Medical Examiner' Office determined that an autopsy will not be performed. The manner of death is undetermined and the cause of death is drowning.

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