Chilly but sunny today. Highs will struggle to reach 40 as Arctic air hangs in for another couple of days. Dry east winds will continue 10-20 mph. Clear skies tonight will drop lows into the 20's. Sunny and 40 for tomorrow and New Year's Day too, before a few more clouds arrive Friday and the chance of rain returns Saturday.
-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise
People interested in enrolling, or re-enrolling, for health insurance through a certified community partner or agent are invited to attend an event Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 5-6in Astoria or Seaside.
Pacific Power estimates that an outage affecting about 300 customers in East Astoria should be restored by 6:30pm. Crews are on scene where some trees tangled with the power lines and are working to remove those this afternoon.
Investigation into the Christmas morning death of Steven Lynn Russell, age 63, of Astoria continues. An autopsy was conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiners office on Friday, December 26th. The Autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a single gunshot.
A freezing night in store. High pressure will keep skies clear and allow the temperature to drop into the 20's. Sunny tomorrow with upper 30's. Expect easterly wind 10-20 mph, gusting 25-30 tonight and tomorrow. Staying clear and cold through New Year's Day before we see increasing clouds Friday and highs in the mid 40's
-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.