Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

42 year old male arrested for Robbery & Burglary hours after residential burglary in Astoria

On 06/15/2018 at 7:33 p.m. Astoria Officers were dispatched to a residence on Alameda Ave. after the victim/resident returned home to find a male adult in his home.  The victim confronted the individual who then pointed a handgun directly at him.   The victim ran out of the house to a nearby restaurant and notified police.  Officers were in the area and arrived immediately.  Officers set up a perimeter and searched the residence but the suspect had already fled with property from the victim just prior to the officer’s arrival.   A description of the suspect was broadcast to all local law enforcement.  At 11:30 p.m., a Clatsop County Sheriff deputy stopped an individual matching the description near the New Youngs Bay Bridge.  The suspect had a stolen handgun and was arrested for Felon in Possession of Weapons and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Michael Todd Warner, 42 was arrested without incident and transported to the Clatsop County Jail.  As the investigation continued it was learned that Warner had been in possession of property from the earlier burglary.  Additional charges were added which included Burglary I and Robbery I.  Warner remains lodged and the case is still under investigation.

22 year old man arrested for Robbery and several other charges following an incident at the Chart Room in Astoria.

On 06/10/2018 at 9:59 p.m. Astoria Officers were dispatched to the Chart Room in the 1100 Block of Marine Drive following a report that a robbery had just occurred.  Upon arrival it was reported that 22 year old Jay Robert Roosma pulled a knife on 21 Year old Joseph Barnett in the bathroom, assaulted him and demanded money.  During the incident the victim sustained a cut to his thumb.  Roosma was located about two blocks from the scene about 4 minutes after the initial report.  Roosma was arrested without incident for charges including Robbery I, Assault II, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with Intent to Use, Menacing, Coercion and Theft III.  Roosma was transported to the Clatsop County Jail where he remains lodged.

Astoria Police arrest suspect for attempted murder following a stabbing

On 06/10/2018 at about 4:14 p.m. Astoria Police Department was dispatched to the Astoria Rescue Mission for a report of a stabbing.  On arrival it was reported that 52 year old Stephen George Foxon, of Astoria assaulted and stabbed a staff person, 56 year old William Eckstein of Astoria,  in the stomach after being asked to leave the mission.   Several other people at the mission fended Foxon away from the victim as he allegedly attempted to continue the assault.  Upon Officer’s arrival, Foxon was taken into custody without further incident.  The victim was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  The victim remains at Columbia Memorial Hospital in stable condition.   Foxon was charged with Attempted Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon with Intent to Use.  He was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.  Astoria Police were assisted by Warrenton Police, Oregon State Police and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office.


Special Weather Statement

National Weather Service Portland OR

1240 PM PDT Thu Jun 7 2018



Widespread rain is on the way for this weekend, with rain moving onto the South Washington and North Oregon Coast Friday morning.

Rain will spread into the Willamette Valley Friday afternoon. Rain will continue on and off through Sunday, tapering off Monday.

Expect most of the rain to fall Friday night into Saturday, when amounts of around 0.5 inch are forecast.


Snow levels will also be falling lower than they have been in a while, dropping down to around pass levels Saturday night into Sunday morning. While pavement temperatures will prohibit snow from sticking at the passes, people up in the mountains camping or hiking may encounter an inch or two of snow if up above 4500 feet overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow levels will be lifting back up above the passes Sunday.


Daytime high temperatures will also be much cooler than normal, with highs only in the low 60s for most of the area near sea level.

Bank Robbery at US Bank – Suspect in Custody

On March 28, 2018 at 9:55 am the US Bank located at 987 Duane St. in Astoria reported a robbery that had just been committed by a known customer of the bank. No weapons were used during the robbery. The suspect fled from the area with an undisclosed amount of money. Law enforcement agencies including the Astoria Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Warrenton Police Department and Oregon State Police converged on the area.

The suspect was located just over an hour later in a room at the Columbia Inn located at 495 Marine Drive in Astoria and taken into custody without incident. Cash taken from the bank was recovered. Craig Francis Haberman 65 years old of Astoria with no current address was charged with Robbery III. Haberman is also being charged through the federal system for the crime of bank robbery with the assistance of the FBI.

Astoria Police would like to commend the staff at US Bank for their quick actions and professionalism in their response to a serious incident.

Victim’s name released from earlier weather-related accident

Update from earlier press release on the weather-related fatality from 9:30 am, today’s date.

Now that the next of kin have been notified, we are releasing the name of the deceased:

Debra Kay Burnett,  age 50

Resident of Astoria

Debra was a delivery driver for the Oregonian and was on her route delivering newspapers just prior to the unfortunate accident

Delivery driver killed in weather related accident

On 02/22/2018 at 9:36 a.m. The Astoria Fire Department, Medix Ambulance and Astoria Police were dispatched to 12th and Kensington for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  On arrival it was determined that a delivery driver had attempted to climb a hilly section of 12th Street near Kensington with their delivery vehicle.  Due to the road being covered in snow and ice, the vehicle was not able to make it to the top of the street and began to slide backwards down the hill. At some point the vehicle was stopped on the hill and the driver exited the vehicle to apply salt.  While the driver was outside the vehicle, the vehicle, which was left in gear rolled on top of the driver who was pinned underneath and reportedly unresponsive.  Astoria Fire and Medix attended to the victim while also working to lift the vehicle off.  Despite these efforts, the victim died at the scene.  At this time the name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Update from earlier press release on the weather-related fatality from 9:30 am, today’s date.

Now that the next of kin have been notified, we are releasing the name of the deceased:

Debra Kay Burnett,  09/02/1967

Resident of Astoria

Debra was a delivery driver for the Oregonian and was on her route delivering newspapers just prior to the unfortunate accident


Astoria Dispatcher Melanie Kinney received a Notice of Recognition from Police Chief Geoff Spalding at yesterdays command staff meeting. Dispatcher Kinney was cited for superior performance of duties for her work involving a multi-agency pursuit and arrest of a suspect. The citation appears below:

Early Monday morning November the 6th, Dispatcher Melanie Kinney had just begun her morning shift when a traffic complaint was received by Seaside 9-1-1 reporting an erratic driver on Highway 101 approaching Seaside. State Police had no units in position so the information was relayed to Seaside Officers. The vehicle was soon spotted by a Seaside Officer as it was speeding through town. The Officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle which failed to yield and in fact began to attempt to elude the Officer. As it was still dark outside and raining heavily the Seaside Officer wisely ended the pursuit shortly after the suspect vehicle passed the high school in excess of 80 miles an hour.

Seaside then notified Astoria 9-1-1 regarding the last known direction of travel of the suspect vehicle. Shortly after Seaside ended their pursuit the vehicle was once again observed speeding northbound on highway 101 by a Deputy who also attempted a traffic stop only to wind up in pursuit of the vehicle as it continued northbound in excess of 125 miles per hour. As the pursuit continued the Deputy was soon joined by an Officer from Warrenton Police.

The pursuit was now headed for Astoria across the Young’s Bay Bridge. As the suspect approached the city it was going much too fast to negotiate the round-about, the vehicle struck the curb exiting the bridge knocking off a front tire. The vehicle continued on with a shower of sparks coming from the rim as the suspect managed to keep up its high rate of speed.

Astoria Police successfully deployed spike strips about a mile after the vehicle struck the bridge, further disabling the vehicle. The suspect continued towards the downtown corridor, nearly crashing into a nearby restaurant when he suddenly jumped out and began to run. After a foot pursuit that continued for several blocks, officers had the suspect in custody.

When the rush of the incident and identifying the suspect was over, Dispatcher Kinney started to investigate into the vehicles owner, as the suspect was not the registered owner. She called the registered owner on the return, only to find out he had sold the vehicle many years ago to a dealership in Washington. Looking into the VIN, she was able to determine the exact dealership the vehicle was sold to. It was with that information that they were able to find out that the vehicle had been purchased with two credit cards that were subsequently reported as stolen.  Because of her tenacious investigative work Dispatcher Kinney took a convoluted incident and laid the groundwork for officers to follow up on. Dispatcher Kinney kept calm and cool during the pursuit and continued the hard work even after the excitement had ended.

Dispatcher Kinney’s  ability to remain calm and professional during this multi-agency pursuit is to be commended and is in keeping with the highest standards of Public Safety Dispatching.