Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

** Update: Officer Sam Whisler Celebration of Life to be held July 21, 2021

UPDATE:  Previous versions streaming link was incorrect.  The correct streaming link is listed below —

The Celebration of Life Service for Officer Sam Whisler is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM, at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 1st Ave, Seaside Oregon 97138.  The service will be livestreamed as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DORgEyzGsF4

Procession:

A motorcade procession involving family and emergency response vehicles, in honor of Officer Whisler, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 21, at 11:00 a.m. The procession includes law enforcement, firefighters and family.  Members of the public are encouraged to show their support by lining the streets along the main route which is as follows:

16th and Marine, West to Roundabout

Highway 101 South to Camp Rilea

Highway 101 South from Camp Rilea to Seaside

Broadway St. West to N. Columbia St.

N. Columbia St. North to First Ave.

First Ave. East to Convention Center Entrance

Officer Sam Whisler Memorial Route

During the procession, area travelers should be prepared for temporary road closures, traffic congestion and delays along the route, especially on Hwy 101 and in the downtown Seaside core.

If you are planning on driving in these areas between the hours of 11:00 am through 1:00 pm for the procession or shortly after the estimated end of the ceremony at about 2:30 pm, we encourage you to take an alternative route or delay traveling until the event has ended.

Public Attendance: Members of the public attending the event are encouraged to carpool, walk, ride a bicycle or take a shuttle. Parking in the immediate area of the Convention Center will be limited.  Shuttle Service will be offered to and from the Convention Center.  Shuttle pick up and drop off locations will be located at  North Coast Christian Fellowship, 2245 N. Wahanna Rd., Seaside, Broadway Field, 1400 Broadway St., Seaside and American Legion Seaside, 1315 Broadway St., Seaside.  Please avoid bringing bags into the venue other than purses or other small bags with personal belongings.  Any bags brought into the venue will be subject to search for the safety of the event.

Additional Information:

For additional information regarding Officer Sam Whisler please visit https://www.astoria.or.us/Officer_Sam_Whisler_.aspx

Astoria Police are seeking information regarding two early morning business burglaries.

Astoria Police are investigating two early morning break-ins at local businesses. At about 3:09 AM a caller reported hearing a loud crash at Hong Kong located at 2813 Marine Dr. Officers arrived and observed that a rock had been thrown through the glass door. The witness reported seeing a motorcycle parked out front when this incident occurred, and then saw it drive away.

A second call of a reported break-in was reported about 3:56 AM at Sahara Pizza, located at 740 Astor St. Officers responded and found that a rock had been thrown through the glass side door and entry was made. Upon entry, officers also located an ATM that had been tampered with. It is not known how much money, if any, was taken at this time. Witnesses in the area reported hearing glass breaking and loud noises around 2:00 AM. They also reported seeing and hearing a motorcycle in the area around that time.

We believe these events are linked and that the suspect may have been in the local area the day before possibly checking out the businesses.

We are asking anyone who may have observed anything suspicious in these areas at the time of the break-ins or before to contact Astoria Police. We are specifically looking for any surveillance photos or videos that may assist with identifying the suspect or the motorcycle. Anyone who may have helpful information is asked email Detective Nicole Riley at nriley@astoria.or.us. If you know the suspect or their whereabouts, please call Astoria Dispatch at (503)325-4411.

Suspect located and arrested Friday Night.

On 06/04/2021 at 11:55 PM Calvin Proctor, 29 of Astoria was arrested without incident on Coxcomb Road in Astoria.

 

On 06/03/2021 at 8:52 PM, Astoria Police Department responded to a report of a Robbery that had just occurred at Mini Mart East, 2264 Marine Dr. Astoria.  It was reported that a white male suspect wearing a white bandana on his head, a white face mask, sunglasses and a dark colored jacket entered the store and presented a demand note to the clerk and left with an undisclosed amount of money.   A witness who was in the parking lot saw the suspect run North on 23rd Street towards Commercial Street and then towards the Riverwalk.  The witness identified the suspect as Calvin Proctor, a 29 year old Astoria resident.  Efforts to locate Mr. Proctor have so-far been unsuccessful.  Anyone who knows Mr. Proctor’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411.  

Astoria Police Department participates in National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

The Astoria Police Department is reminding drivers about the benefits of wearing their seatbelt. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort is underway.  During the Click It or Ticket enforcement effort the officers of the Astoria Police Department will be looking for and stopping vehicles whose drivers or passengers are not wearing their seatbelt.  As part of these traffic stops, our officers will be working to educate drivers and passengers that buckling up is the simplest thing they can do to limit  injuries or even save lives during a crash.

With Memorial Day weekend, Astoria will see increasing traffic into the summer months.  The Astoria Police Department is asking for your help by always driving safely and wearing your seatbelt. We want buckling up to become automatic for all drivers and passengers.   It’s not only a safe thing to do but it’s also the law.

If you would like more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Astoria Emergency Communications non-emergency lines down.

The City of Astoria phone system is down as of 12:30 PM Wednesday.  This is also affecting the non-emergency communications lines for Astoria Emergency Communications Center.  A technician is on site troubleshooting and the lines are expected to be back up no later than 1:00 PM.  If you have an emergency 911 lines are operational.

Astoria Police request OSP bomb squad for suspicious device located on W. Marine Dr.

On 05/11/2021 at about 9:05 AM an Astoria Police Officer was in the area of the 400 Block of W. Marine Dr. when an unknown person threw a smoking metallic device into the center of one of the eastbound Lanes of travel.  The object was charred, metallic and bulging, “all signs that it needed to be treated with caution” said Deputy Chief Eric Halverson.  After a consultation with the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad they determined the safest course of action would be for them to respond, x-ray and recover the object.  Numerous individuals staying in the residence the object was believed to have come from denied knowledge of what it was or who had thrown it.  At approximately 12:02 PM the bomb squad arrived and removed the object from the roadway.  It was further examined at a safe location.  After it had been opened, model numbers and it’s construction suggested that it was a lithium laptop battery that had undergone a reaction.

Missing 74 year old Astoria woman located safe

On 05/08/2021 at about 4:55 PM Astoria Police received a report from family members that 74 year old Maria Rico had gone missing from her residence in Astoria.  Rico reportedly suffers from dementia.   Astoria Police Department was assisted in looking for Rico by the Clatsop County Search and Rescue Team, Astoria Fire Department, Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office .  A community alert was also put out to Astoria residents, but Rico was not located overnight.

Fortunately  a community member spotted Rico  just before 7:30 AM this morning near Gray Elementary School and notified a Search and Rescue Member that was in the area.  A short time later Mrs. Rico was reunited with her family.

Astoria Police would like to thank community members who called in information and offered assistance in locating Mrs. Rico.  We would also like to thank Clatsop County’s Search and Rescue Team, Astoria Fire Department, Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

 

Stabbing Incident in Astoria

On 02/01/2021 at about 1853 hours Astoria Police Department received a report of a stabbing that had occurred on the Riverwalk side of the Motel 6 at 288 W. Marine Dr. Responding officers found one of the involved subjects had walked away from the area and was being provided medical assistance for three stab wounds to his arm near the Astoria Library. The other involved subject and witnesses were still on scene near the Motel 6. The second involved subject had facial injuries he sustained during a physical altercation. Officers are still working to determine charges after collecting surveillance footage and further witness statements. Witnesses or anyone with video of the altercation in the area are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at (503)741-6118 or by email at nriley@astoria.or.us.