Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

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.

Man seriously injured after running into traffic near West Marine and Portway Street

On 07/08/2019 at 12:10 hrs. Astoria Dispatch Center received a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 400 Block of West Marine Dr.  Astoria Police, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance responded.  The initial arriving officers found 39 year old Steven Black of Astoria  in the roadway.  He was suffering from a severe leg injury that had severed the femoral artery.  Officers were able to use tourniquet’s to stop the bleeding.

The initial investigation revealed Black ran from the shoulder of the road into the roadway before being struck by a Westbound Chevrolet pickup truck.  Black was over 100 feet West of the intersection when he ran into traffic.

Black was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment and was later transferred to a Portland area hospital via Life Flight.

Charter Outage

We are aware that there is an outage affecting Charter customers. It appears cable, internet and phones are down. If you are a Charter landline telephone customer and you are unable to dial out, we recommend using a cell phone until services are restored.


Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it. 

Safety during July 4 celebrations: Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away. Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.  Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.

Please keep an eye on your pets this holiday. If your pet is missing and you believe it may have been taken to the Animal Shelter please call and leave a message at the Animal Shelter 503-861-PETS and they will get back to you about how to pick up your animal.

Have a safe 4th of July!

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement planned for July 12th, 2019

On July 12, 2019 the Astoria Police Department will have extra officers on duty participating in a pedestrian safety enforcement program in conjunction with Oregon Impact. This enforcement effort will focus on drivers that fail to yield to an officer who is acting as a pedestrian that is crossing at a 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 is $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.

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.

Body located on Sand Island identified as man who jumped from Astoria Megler Bridge on May 23rd, 2019

On 07/02/2019 at about 8:31 PM Astoria Police Dispatch Center was notified by the US Coast Guard that a body had reportedly been located on the South East side of Sand Island near Illwaco, Washington.  Astoria Police Department and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner accompanied the Coast Guard by boat to the location and recovered the body, later identified as that of 24 year old Daniel Brian Williams of Warrenton.  Williams  jumped from the Astoria Megler Bridge on May 23rd, 2019.

4th of July Safety

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, Astoria Dispatch would like to take a moment to remind our community that the use of 9-1-1 is for life threatening emergencies only. Please do not call 9-1-1 for fireworks complaints, unless there is an active threat or injury to a person or if a fire has started. Due to the sheer volume of calls we receive during this this holiday, we are asking for the public’s cooperation in keeping the 9-1-1 lines open for active emergencies. If you wish to report a non-emergency concern the following numbers can be utilized:

Astoria Police Department Dispatch: 503-325-4411

Warrenton Police Department Dispatch: 503-325-8661

Clatsop County Sheriff’s Dispatch: 503-325-2061

Oregon State Police: 503-325-2231 (or *OSP from a cell phone)

Also be sure to check out these tips from the American Red Cross on how to have a safe 4th of July:

American Red Cross 4th of July Tips

From all of us at Astoria Dispatch, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!




AT&T is currently experiencing a 9-1-1 outage for cellphones. If you are unable to get through on 9-1-1, please call us at 503-325-4411.

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.