On 05/31/2019 at 3:03 PM Astoria dispatch received a report of a vehicle abandoned on the Astoria Megler Bridge near the center span. Oregon State Police, Astoria Police, Clatsop County Marine Patrol and the United States Coast Guard responded to the location and checked the bridge from above and below for any pedestrians but none was located. The abandoned vehicle was removed from the bridge under its own power. Attempts to contact the person associated with the vehicle have been unsuccessful so far. At this time information is not being released about the person pending contact with his family.
At this time the Oregon State Police is handling the investigation into the abandoned vehicle and the person believed to have abandoned it. If anyone was on the bridge and saw a person associated with the vehicle, they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-325-2231
On 05/29/2019 at about 8:15 PM, Officers were dispatched to 11th and Marine for a report of disturbance and possible stabbing. On arrival officers discovered a 39 year old Astoria man laying on the sidewalk, he was conscious and alert but had a single stab wound to the chest. The other male involved in the altercation, a 35 year old Astoria man remained at the scene. Based on witness accounts the men were engaged in some sort of a physical disturbance just prior to the stabbing. The man responsible for the stabbing had reportedly been assaulted by the stabbing victim. At this time there have been no arrests in the case pending further investigation.
The stabbing victim was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for initial treatment. He was later transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University for further treatment.
Deputy Chief Eric Halverson said, “from what we’ve learned so far, it appears these men have had history of conflict with one another. We are continuing to investigate this situation and will be sending the case to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office for a charging decision.”
Anyone who has information about, or witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411.
The Megler bridge is now open. Please use caution as the traffic clears up. Thank You for your patience.
Due to a motor vehicle accident on the bridge, it will be closed until further notice. Please be patient and aware of responders in the area.