Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Mail Theft

There have been numerous mail theft complaints in the Lower Nehalem Rd/HWY 103/HWY 26/ general Elsie-Vinemaple area this morning. Thefts appeared to have occurred between 05:30-07:30 am. Suspect vehicle is an older body style small pickup, darker in color. If you find you have also been a victim, or have any information, please call Clatsop County Dispatch for Deputy Moore at 503-325-2061. The case number regarding this incident is C20202812.

Astoria Police Department, Fire Department and 30th Street closed due to possible explosive device, Oregon State Police Bomb Squad en-route.

On 10/04/2020 at 11:29 hrs.  Astoria Police Responded to the City of Astoria Public Safety Building following a report that a citizen had located a possible explosive device in Pacific County Washington and brought it to the Astoria Police Department.  At this time the Public Safety Building shared by the Police Department, Fire Department, as well as 30th Street and Log Bronc streets are closed pending the arrival of the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad.  The public is asked to avoid this area until the situation is resolved.

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