Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Traffic disruption expected for 2018 Astoria Regatta 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 11th 2018.  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 vehicle 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 streets that travel north or south (the number 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 usually no later than 3:00 P.M.

Highway 30 will remain open but 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.


23 year old Portland Woman drives vehicle off Pier 39 into the Columbia River

On 07/19/2018 at about 1:14 PM Astoria Police Department, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance were dispatched to a report that a vehicle had driven off of Pier 39 into the Columbia River.   The US Coast Guard was also notified and launched a rescue helicopter.   Upon officer’s arrival, Good Samaritans were waiting with a 23 year old Portland Ore, woman who swam from the vehicle.  Authorities were advised by the woman that no other people had been in the vehicle at the time of the incident.  US Coast Guard rescue swimmers did a cursory search of the vehicle and did not locate any other occupants.  A second team of divers were able to conduct a more thorough search and confirmed there were no other occupants.

Both witness statements and conversations with the woman indicate that she intentionally drove off of the pier and was suffering from apparent mental health issues.  The woman appeared uninjured but was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital as a precaution and for mental health evaluation.

The vehicle will be removed from the river by a Coast Guard Contractor.  Due to the intentional nature of this incident, reports will be forwarded to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office to determine if criminal charges will also be filed.


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