Monthly Archives: June 2019

Man arrested for robbery was in possession of a fake look alike handgun

On 06/28/2019 at 11:35 hrs. Astoria Police responded to a report of a man with a gun who had been trying to steal beer from Small Stop 76 Station, 180 Marine Drive, Astoria. On arrival it was learned that the man identified as 21 year old Nicholas Michael Strange of Olympia Washington had entered the store and reportedly hid beer under his shirt. When confronted by an attendant at the business, Strange reportedly began to struggle with the attendant. During the struggle another employee called police and noted that Strange had what appeared to be a handgun tucked into his pants. On police arrival, attendants and some citizens had Strange pinned to the ground. Strange was taken into custody for Robbery III without further incident. It was determined that the reported handgun was a look-a-like to a Glock handgun with the same type of manufacturer markings. The gun turned out the be a pellet gun. “Though the gun was not utilized by Strange in the taking of property it turned an already tense situation into one that was more dangerous for everyone involved, including Strange”, said Deputy Chief Eric Halverson. “There was no way for the employees at the store or our officers to know the gun wasn’t a deadly weapon.” Halverson said.

Strange was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on Robbery III charges.

Police Investigating Vehicle / Pedestrian crash at 46th and Leif Erikson Drive

On 06/13/2019 at 1:43 PM Astoria 911 center received a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the area of 46th and Leif Erikson Drive. Astoria Police, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance responded to the crash. Preliminary investigation determined that 49 year old Suzie Skirvin, of Clatskanie, was operating a 2011 Chevy Cruise and was traveling West on Leif Erikson Drive. Skirvin was slowing and reportedly drifted to the shoulder of the road striking a trailer and a 25 year old Astoria man who was placing a sign on the trailer. The man was conscious at the scene. He was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment. At this time the incident remains under investigation.