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Victim of fatal crash identified as Astoria resident

Update:

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 aduryea@astoria.or.us

 

The original press release can be found here: Astoria Police Seek information related to fatal traffic crash involving bicyclist

Human remains found on the railroad tracks East of Alderbrook Beach identified

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:

Astoria Police investigate human remains found on the railroad tracks East of Alderbrook Beach

Astoria Police investigate human remains found on the railroad tracks East of Alderbrook Beach

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.

Astoria Police remind the community to expect traffic disruptions Saturday August 13th, 2022 related to the Astoria Regatta Grand Land 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 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.”

Non-Emergency Astoria, Warrenton and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office Police Lines Temporarily Down

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.

**Update on robbery suspect **

****UPDATE*****

Donald Lee Sparling has been located and is in custody on charges unrelated to the two bank robberies.

 

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Astoria Police Department Detective Duryea has identified the suspect from a bank robbery at Lewis and Clark Bank, 988 Commercial St which occurred on June 30th, 2022.

The same suspect has been identified in the robbery of Wauna Federal Credit Union which occurred today, July 8th, 2022 at 10:59 AM.

The suspect sought has been identified as 68 year old Donald Lee Sparling.  Photos from each of the robberies as well as a photo of Sparling can be seen below.   Anyone with information regarding Sparling’s whereabouts are asked to contact Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411, or call 911.  People should not approach Mr. Sparling.

**Update on robbery suspect **

****UPDATE*****

Donald Lee Sparling has been located and is in custody on charges unrelated to the two bank robberies.

 

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Astoria Police Department Detective Duryea has identified the suspect from a bank robbery at Lewis and Clark Bank, 988 Commercial St which occurred on June 30th, 2022.

The same suspect has been identified in the robbery of Wauna Federal Credit Union which occurred today, July 8th, 2022 at 10:59 AM.

The suspect sought has been identified as 68 year old Donald Lee Sparling.  Photos from each of the robberies as well as a photo of Sparling can be seen below.   Anyone with information regarding Sparling’s whereabouts are asked to contact Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411, or call 911.  People should not approach Mr. Sparling.

Police seek information related to Robbery of Wauna Federal Credit Union in Astoria

On 07/08/2022 at 10:59 AM Astoria Police received a report that a bank robbery had just occurred at the Wauna Federal Credit Union located at 595 Marine Dr. in Astoria.  The suspect, described as an older white male, with a black baseball hat with logo, sun glasses with blue polarization, an orange puffy jacket and black cargo pants, presented a note to a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect was seen leaving on foot eastbound towards Ticor Title on Bond Street.  Anyone who may have seen the suspect is asked to contact the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411.

Police seek assistance in identifying bank robbery suspect who robbed Lewis and Clark Bank 988 Commercial Street

On 06/30/2022 at 12:29 hrs. Astoria Police received a report of a bank robbery that had just occurred at Lewis and Clark Bank located at 988 Commercial St.  A white male subject estimated to be in his 50’s – 60’s entered the bank and presented a note to the teller, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money.  The man is described as wearing black beanie hat, mirrored sunglasses, black and blue rain jacket, and black footwear.  He was last seen leaving the area on 10th Street towards Marine Drive.  Anyone who may have seen the individual in the vicinity before or after the robbery is asked to contact Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411, or Detective AJ Duryea at 503-298-2533, aduryea@astoria.or.us.

Astoria Emergency Communications to resume operations in Astoria on May 9th, 2022

The City of Astoria has reached the end of the agreement for the combined dispatch center between the City of Astoria and the City of Seaside.  Astoria dispatchers will be resuming operation from the Astoria Emergency Communications Center effective at 6:00 AM on Monday May 9th.  The combined dispatch merger between Astoria and Seaside went into effect in November of 2021 with the goal of increasing staffing numbers for Astoria.  While some progress was made, it will take a few more months to realize the desired minimum number of staff for full operations.  In the meantime, Seaside has agreed to temporarily assign a certified dispatcher to Astoria on a full-time basis until a trainee nearing completion, is released to full status.  Astoria Emergency Communications Center will continue hiring efforts and still needs to hire and train 5 additional staff to meet the center’s authorized staffing.

“As we continue to address our staffing needs, our main priority continues to be to answering emergency 911 calls and managing our emergency responders in the field” said Interim Police Chief Eric Halverson. “In circumstances where our dispatchers are handling those types of calls, there may be delays in the length of time it takes for us to answer non-emergency lines. We would request the public’s patience if that is the case”, he said.