Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Property Watch Sign up 2020

In 2016 the Astoria Police Department started working with several Astoria business owners, apartment complex manager/owners, and commercial property owners to try out a program that has been successfully used by several other police departments in Oregon. The program helps reduce unwanted activity that occurs after business hours or when the person responsible for that property, or business, is not on site. The trial run showed promise and in 2017, the program was introduced as Property Watch. In 2019, over 100 different property owners in the City of Astoria signed up for the Property Watch program.

There is no cost to be a member of this program and it is open to commercial properties, businesses, and apartment complexes that are in the city limits of Astoria. This program is not available to single family residential houses.

By being a member of this program, Astoria Police Officers are able to assist those participating in the program by helping curtail unwanted activity that occurs after business hours, or when the owner (or manager) is not available. An example would be that the Astoria Police would have the legal authority to ask the person that is loitering in a parking lot at 3:00 am to leave the property. Unless the police have specific authority granted to them by the property owner, or manager, the police can be limited to what they could do regarding non-criminal activity.

If you would like to know more about the Property Watch program you can visit the Astoria Police Department webpage, Facebook page, or email Sgt. Andrew Randall at:


Rumors about a kidnapping-FALSE

There are numerous rumors about a kidnapping that occurred near Big 5 today. Those rumors are false, there is no truth to them at all. The report of people yelling and chasing cars had to do with a theft that occurred, nothing more.

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Pedestrian Safety Enforcement planned for September 10, 2019

On September 10, 2019 the Astoria Police Department will have extra officers on duty participating in a pedestrian safety enforcement program in conjunction with Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  This enforcement effort will focus on drivers that fail to yield to an officer who is acting as a pedestrian crossing at marked as well as unmarked crosswalks.  Additionally, officers will be watching for vehicles that pass another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  Officers will be enforcing other traffic violations that are witnessed during this enforcement period.  The fine for failing to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian or for passing a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian in $265.00.

The goal of the Astoria Police Department in participating in this enforcement is to increase the safety of all pedestrians and drivers in and around the City of Astoria.  The enforcement project is paid for with money awarded to the Astoria Police Department by Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

If you have questions about this project please feel free to contact Sergeant Brian Aydt at the Astoria Police Department or by phone at 503-325-4411.

Woman reports robbery on trail between Alameda Ave and Taylor Street.

On 08/27/2019 at 2:03 PM a 40 year old Astoria woman called 911 reporting she had been robbed when a male subject grabbed her in a “bear hug” and reportedly stole currency and prescription medication from her pants pockets while she walking on a trail near Smith Point in Astoria.  The suspect is described as unshaven (2-3 days growth) white male, medium build, medium height with shoulder length medium to dark brown curly hair.  The suspect was reportedly wearing a “grungy” dark color, Carhartt style jacket, a dark t-shirt and blue jeans.  The suspect was last seen running uphill towards Alameda Ave.  Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.   Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411.

Traffic disruption expected for the 2019 Astoria Regatta Grand Land Parade

The Astoria Police Department is issuing a reminder that the Astoria Regatta Association Grand Land Parade begins at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday August 10th 2019. Traffic will be disrupted through the downtown core beginning at about 8:00 A.M.

At 8:30 A.M. Exchange Street will be closed between 23rd and 16th. The Hospital, its urgent care and the Park Medical Building will be accessible from Marine Drive at 20th, 21st, and 23rd.

Exchange and Duane between 17th and 9th will have no on street parking on Saturday until the parade ends. The no parking areas will be signed and any vehicles parked at those locations will be removed by a tow truck. The owner will be responsible for the tow fees.

At about 10:30 a.m., all northbound and southbound streets  will be closed between Commercial Street and Franklin Street between 17th and 8th.

These traffic disruptions will last until the parade had ended and the street has been swept.

Highway 30 will remain open but you may experience delays due to pedestrian traffic and floats moving to the disband area. Traffic needing to get to or from the South slope of Astoria should use unaffected, alternate routes.

Deputy Chief Eric Halverson said, “We appreciate the community’s patience in dealing with the traffic disruptions that occur during the parade each year. Our goal is to limit the disruptions for the motoring public, while providing a safe route for people to view the procession.”

For more information about the parade and other events related to the Astoria Regatta click this link.



UPDATE: Both Lanes Open, New Young’s Bay Bridge

Update: Both lanes reopened after multiple accidents.

The New Young’s Bay Bridge is closed due to a report of multiple motor vehicle crashes.  Traffic is currently being re-routed on both the Astoria and Warrenton side of the bridge.  Motorists are asked to avoid the area or take alternative routes.  This information will be updated when the bridge is re-opened.