37 Year old Utah man holds police at bay with knife advising them they will have to shoot him to take him into custody on Utah Felony Warrant

On  10/03/2018 at about 10:45 PM Astoria Police were contacted by an Astoria Port Security Officer advising that he had just had contact with a man who said he was wanted but if the police tried to arrest him it would end in a standoff.  An Astoria Officer arrived to make contact with the man near West Marine and Bay Street.  The man, later identified as 37 Year old Michael Douglas Hathaway reportedly concealed an object and refused to stop for the officer.  Hathaway then produced a dirk style knife and told the officer, he would have to shoot Hathaway to take him into custody.  Additional Officers from Astoria Police Department responded to assist with the apprehension of Hathaway who was given repeated commands, which were repeatedly refused, to drop the knife.  Officers continued to speak with Hathaway who after several minutes of negotiation, dropped the knife and allowed himself to be handcuffed.  Hathaway was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital after telling officers he had just ingested heroin prior to being contacted by police.  Hathaway was treated, then lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on the Utah Felony Warrant, as well as on local charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

32 year old Astoria Woman arrested following a pursuit

On 10/03/2018 at about 8:10 p.m. an Astoria Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle driving North on 7th Street without headlights on.  The operator of the vehicle, later identified as 32 year old Tiffany June Richardson, reportedly accelerated away from the officer who was attempting to stop her.  The pursuit of the vehicle continued onto 8th Street, Jerome Ave and 5th Street, where Richardson came to a dead end.  During the short pursuit Richardson’s vehicle struck a parked vehicle causing minor damage.  Richardson was taken into custody without further incident on charges of Felony Eluding, DUII, Hit and Run and Reckless Driving.  She was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.

Astoria Police to host Coffee with a Cop, Wednesday October 10th at Blue Scorcher Bakery

Astoria—Officers from the Astoria Police Dept and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 2pm on 10/10/2018 at the Blue Scorcher Bakery, 1493 Duane St., Astoria. Please contact Sgt Christopher McNeary with questions: 503 325-4411 or CMcNeary@astoria.or.us.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Astoria’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know their officers,” said SGT Christopher McNeary. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

 

National IPAWS Test-Updated Date

On Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 at 11:18 am, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). This test was originally slated to occur September 20th, however due to significant weather events in South Carolina and North Carolina, FEMA opted for their backup date of October 3rd

Nationwide, a test message will be sent to all wireless carriers that currently participate in IPAWS. Citizens should expect an alert on their cell phone as long as the phone is turned on, within range of an active cell tower and whose wireless carriers participate in the IPAWS program. It will appear as a Presidential Alert on your phone but will include that this is a TEST ONLY and no action on your part is required.

Astoria 911 would like to remind the public that the use of 911 is for emergencies only. Please do not call 911 inquiring about the validity of this nationwide test as this ties up both dispatchers and lines for actual emergencies. Also note that we would like to keep our non-emergency lines open and available for citizens needing to report non-emergent police matters.

The following information has been provided by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management:

WHAT: A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) with radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. IPAWS is a national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency alert and information messaging from emergency officials to the public through radio, TV, cell phones and Internet applications. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test since 2011 and the first national WEA test.

WHY:  To be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed. The WEA system became operational in April 2012, and there has never been a nationwide WEA message sent. A nationwide WEA message would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

WHERE: Nationwide

WHEN: October 3rd, 2018 The WEA test commences at 11:18 AM Pacific Time (2:18 PM EDT); the EAS portion follows at 11:20 AM Pacific Time (2:20 PM EDT).

The EAS test is expected to last approximately one minute and will verify the delivery and broadcast of a national test message and assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

WHO: FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

HOW:  The WEA test message will be sent to all wireless providers that currently participate in IPAWS. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that are 1.) Switched on, 2.) Within range of an active cell tower, and 3.) Whose wireless carrier participates in WEAs, should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should receive the WEA message once.

The EAS test message will be made available and shared through radio, TV, cable, and direct broadcast satellite systems in all U.S. states and territories. Their participation in the test is mandatory per FCC rules. The WEA test message will be sent to all wireless providers that currently participate in IPAWS.