Astoria Police have received reports today that someone posing as a Law Enforcement Officer from the Astoria Police called asking for personal information and for money. The callers will “spoof” or fake the Astoria Police Department phone number so the call appears to be coming from the Astoria Police Department. Recent calls have involved the caller claiming a person failed to appear regarding a legal issue and asking for personal information. Other common tactics in these types of Government Impersonation Fraud involve scammers attempting to get the call recipient to send money. These calls are fraudulent; any legitimate law enforcement officer will not demand cash or gift cards from a member of the public.
To protect yourself from falling victim to this scam, be wary of answering phone calls from numbers you do not recognize. Do not send money or gift cards to anybody you do not personally know and trust. Never give out your personal information, including banking information, social security number or other personally identifiable information, over the phone to individuals you do not know.
Astoria Emergency Communications Center is fielding numerous calls due to weather related emergencies including downed trees, power lines and highway obstructions. The public is reminded that calls to 911 should be for emergencies only. The dispatch center has been fielding a number of information requests including calls related to the length of power outages, road closures and for other information. These calls interfere with dispatchers’ ability to answer the multitude of emergencies we are actively responding to. Requests for information about power outages and road closures should be directed to the appropriate authority, not the Emergency Communications Center.
When possible, the public is encouraged to avoid travel at this time due to a number of road closures and road hazards occurring in the county. The public should expect highway delays as responders are actively responding weather related emergencies across the county.
The victim of a fatal crash that occurred last night, 11/29/2022, was identified during an autopsy at the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office earlier today. He is 35 year old Luis Miguel Jimenez of Astoria. Jimenez’s death was the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The scene investigation and post mortem examination indicates that Jimenez had fallen, presumably from his bike on the sidewalk, partially into the roadway where he was struck by a passing vehicle. Investigators have identified a Semi-tractor trailer truck and operator that was passing through the area just prior to Astoria Police Department being notified of the crash. At this time, investigators believe the Semi trailer struck Jimenez, unbeknownst to the vehicle operator. These details remain under investigation and the company and operator are cooperating with the investigation. If anyone witnessed or has information regarding the crash they are asked to contact Detective A.J. Duryea at 503-325-4411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The original press release can be found here: Astoria Police Seek information related to fatal traffic crash involving bicyclist
Human remains located on the railroad tracks East of Alderbrook Beach on August 10, 2022 have been positively identified as those of John Mattson, age 74 of Astoria. Mattson’s death has been determined to be from natural causes.
Information regarding the original press release can be found in the following link:
On 08/10/2022 at 7:07 PM Astoria Police were dispatched to a report that a passerby located a deceased individual on the railroad tracks East of Alderbrook Beach. On arrival police discovered remains of an older male subject in an advanced state of decomposition. Investigation at the scene by a Clatsop County Medicolegal Death investigator revealed no signs of foul play. Receipts with the body suggest the body could have been at the location for as long as a month. Through additional investigation today, the individual has been identified but the name of the individual is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
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 13th 2022. Traffic will be disrupted through the downtown core beginning around 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 vehicles 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 northbound and southbound streets (the number streets) will be closed between Commercial Street and Franklin Street between 17th and 8th.
These traffic disruptions will last until the parade has ended and the street has been swept.
Highway 30 will remain open but you may experience delays due to pedestrian traffic and floats moving to the disband area. Traffic needing to get to or from areas South of Downtown 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.”
UPDATE: PHONE LINES SEEM TO BE BACK UP
Please be advised non-emergency phone lines for Astoria, Warrenton, and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office are currently down. Please do not call 911 for non-emergency issues. 911 lines are still working for emergencies. Temporary non-emergency numbers are:
971-704-4011 and 971-704-4001 Thank you for your cooperation.