Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Astoria Police seek assistance in locating missing 81 year old man

On 07/24/2020 at 09:06 hrs. Astoria Police received a report from family members, that 81 year old John Loutzenhiser went missing from their residence in the 1100 Block of Harrison sometime between Midnight and 8:30 AM this morning.  Mr. Loutzenhiser suffers from dementia and other medical conditions that put him at risk.   Family checked areas of familiarity to Mr. Loutzenhiser but were unsuccessful in locating him.

Mr. Loutzenhiser is described as being 6 feet tall, weighing 145 pounds.  He currently has a gray beard, brown eyes and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black zippered polar fleece jacket, black pants , brown slip on shoes and a flat cap with a pin on the cap with the lettering FFRF. Mr.Loutzenhiser wears glasses and generally wears a wrist watch on the outside of his clothing.

Astoria Police Department is being assisted by the Clatsop County Search and Rescue Team.

Anyone who may have seen Mr. Loutzenhiser after midnight on 07/24/2020 is asked to contact Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411

A copy of a missing person flyer can be found here:  A20202148 APD Missing Person Flyer – Public

Astoria Police investigate property crime caused by improvised explosive device.

On 07/06/2020 at 7:50 A.M. Astoria Police responded the Emerald Heights, Spruance parking area,  for a report of property damage to a vehicle related to fireworks.  Upon investigation it was determined that an improvised explosive device made with additional items to act as projectiles had been set off causing damage to two vehicles. Debris from the devices was thrown in an approximately, 30 foot radius from the explosion site.  Based on interviews, it is believed the device was set off at approximately 2:00 AM on 07/06/2020

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Cory Gerig at 503-298-2547 or by email at





The second full week in April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. During this week, we take time to recognize and honor those who serve on the “Front lines for the First Responders.” These are the dedicated and talented women and men who serve in 9-1-1 Centers across the Country. Though they are rarely seen, they serve as the gateway for people needing public safety services; Medical, Fire or Law Enforcement.


For the previous 14,235 days, or 341,640 hours, or 20,498,400 minutes, these dedicated professionals have been answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service at Astoria 9-1-1, non-stop; never going out of service. The job has only become more complicated and busier over the years, yet these talented people simply adopt to the ever-changing demands, and roll on. Holidays, weekends, nights, family gatherings all take a back seat to the public service they provide.


It is not a job for everyone; in fact, very few distinguish themselves with the title of Public Safety Telecommunicator, oftentimes referred to as Dispatchers. Industry average tells us only about thirty percent will make it through intensive on-the-job training, as well as nearly a month at the Academy. Oregon was one of the first in the nation to require State level certifications for Dispatchers.


It’s my pleasure to take the week, and recognize them for the often thankless, unseen superb work they accomplish every day. They are told the worst, and always send the best!


Jeff Rusiecki
Emergency Communications Manager
City of Astoria 9-1-1

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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