The council discussed a proposed ordinance that would impose a surcharge on every offense for those found guilty of either traffic violations, or crimes with that new revenue stream going into the training budget for police employees. That fund has remained about the same over the last ten years while costs for the training have increased. The estimated revenue from the proposed surcharge would be about $20,000 a year. The assessment would not be levied against people who are found by the court to not have committed the offense they are cited for by police. Councilor's Herzig and Price expressed concern about tying the training program to a fee raised through violations cited by Astoria police likely to impact the city's poorest residents. Both asked that the city consider paying for the training through the city budget with Price asking if that could come from the General Fund. City Manager Brett Estes said the general fund budget lacks the capacity to cover the cost. He said the even though the city has a considerable contingency set aside tapping that money would drain the fund in later years. He said the staff was trying to come up with something sustainable. Councilor Warr said he supported the surcharge but the majority of the council expressed concerns over the proposal that could be considered by some to be similar to bounty hunting to raise the training revneue. The proposal died. It is likely staff will seek a funding alternative to bring back for council consideration.
In Other Action Monday Night:
The Coast Guard detained the 600-foot motor vessel Ikan Sudip, after significant environmental and safety violations were found during an inspection in Astoria, Saturday. Vessel inspectors from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered the discrepancies during an inspection of the Panamanian-flagged motor vessel, which was built in 2004.
Beginning January 1, 2016, the visitor use fee to enter Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will increase from $3 per person to $5 per person. An annual Lewis and Clark Pass, good for unlimited entry for one year, will increase from $10 to $20.
Hundreds of Oregonians including farmers, ranchers, business owners, and conservationists will gather on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 12:00 pm at the Capitol steps in Salem, Oregon, for a rally to oppose liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports throughout Oregon. The rally will include speeches from tribal leaders, impacted landowners, and a keynote speech from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Waterkeeper Alliance President.
On 05/14/2015 at about 11:15 hrs. Cannon Beach Police Department and Agent's of the Federal Bureau of Investigation took Russell Wayne Deviney into custody, without incident, just outside Cannon Beach City Limits. Deviney was found behind a locked gate in a privately owned wooded area South of Cannon Beach.
Coast Guard crews rescued three boaters from a beach near Skamokawa, Washington, after they reportedly hit a navigational buoy with their boat and began taking on water on the Columbia River, Tuesday night. A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment aboard a 29-foot Response Boat – Small II safely transported the boaters up river to Cathlamet.
Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels, state shellfish managers announced today. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22 due to high levels of domoic acid. WDFW canceled three days of a four-day dig earlier this month due to elevated toxin levels.
Astoria Police Department has received credible information of a sighting of Russell Wayne Deviney in Seaside Oregon during the evening of Tuesday, 05/12/2015. A person believed to be Deviney entered the U Street Pub. A still photo of the subject can be seen here. The subject reportedly had a balding head with short hair and appeared to have recently shaved his mustache. Astoria Police continued to search for the suspect, Russell Wayne Deviney of Evertt Washington. He remains at large. The 15 year old victim he is suspected of abducting has been reunited with her family. They will be returning home to Sanger California.
Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire at the mouth of the Columbia River, Wednesday. A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment arrived after the fire was extinguished by onboard suppressant systems and reportedly secured any source of potential pollution while towing the disabled, 34-foot vessel to Ilwaco, Washington.
Astoria Police continued to search for the suspect, Russell Wayne Deviney of Evertt Washington. He remains at large. The 15 year old victim has been reunited with her family. They will be returning home to Sanger California.
Police did locate a candid photo of the suspect and provide that here in this update. Astoria Police will be working with authorities from Sanger and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on further follow up and releases of information.
On 05/11/2015 at 7:32 P.M. Astoria Police Department responded to McDonald's in Astoria to a report that a 15 year old female was reporting that she had been kidnapped. The teen was listed as missing from Sanger California and the FBI was assisting in the search for the missing teen. The child has been placed in protective custody while her parents respond from their home in Sanger California.