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The Oregon State Police reports notable calls in and around Columbia County.

Wednesday, March 24

Troopers responded to a two-vehicle rear-end crash on Highway 30 at milepost 32 in Columbia City at the railroad crossing. The collision occurred when a motorist was approaching the railroad crossing as a train was nearing, but the railroad gate arms did not activate. When the driver attempted to stop, the car was hit from behind by a Columbia River PUD truck. The railroad arms did eventually come down after the impact. The railroad company was contacted, and a request was made to inspect the arms. There were no injuries.

Saturday, March 27

Troopers assisted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office with a welfare check at a residence in the 19000 block of Northwest Rocky Point Road in Scappoose. A lock to the gate of the property had been jarred open while the homeowner is currently out of the country. It was discovered a backhoe tractor had been stolen. The case is under investigation.

Sunday, March 28

Troopers responded to a report of a fishing violation that occurred on the Columbia River the day before. An Instagram photograph was received of a man holding a native Chinook salmon. The river is not currently open for retention. The suspect was identified and following contact admitted to catching and keeping the fish but not checking regulations. An 18-year-old St. Helens man was cited for take/possession of a non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon.

Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Nicolai Road near Beaver Homes Road in Rainier. The vehicle had gone off the roadway and was stuck in the ditch. The driver showed multiple signs of impairment. Following an investigation, a 35-year-old Scappoose woman was arrested for DUII-alcohol.


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