The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, April 19, 2017, Page 3A, Image 3

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Lake Stevens woman faces
animal cruelty charges
Six arrested in Seaside drug bust
Meth, heroin found
The Daily Astorian
Six people were arrested in
Seaside early Tuesday morn-
ing on drug trafficking charges.
Authorities found metham-
phetamine, heroin, prescrip-
tion pills, digital scales, pack-
aging materials and a handgun
at a residence in the 222 Third
Ave. apartment complex.
Howard Lefstein, 41; Clar-
issa Moore, 28; Sean Navarre,
42; Holly Sanders, 30; Alisha
Lowenberg, 29; and Travis
Carow, 39, were all arrested.
Daniel Greenfield, 28; Court-
ney Betzer, 28; and Andrew
Paulson, 36, were cited and
released for frequenting a
place where controlled sub-
stances are used.
The Clatsop County
Sheriff’s Office had been
leading the drug traffick-
ing investigation and made
the arrests with help from
the Seaside Police Depart-
ment. Additional charges
may follow as the investiga-
tion continues.
The Daily Astorian
Hoarding more than 40
cats in her car, a Washington
state woman was arrested
Monday night in Warrenton.
Kathryn St. Clare, 58, of
Lake Stevens, was arrested
for two warrants — each
carrying 10 counts of ani-
mal cruelty in Washington
— as well as 30 new animal
neglect charges.
An officer spotted her
vehicle in the Fred Meyer
parking lot off U.S. High-
way 101 just after 6:30 p.m.
Police search for suspect with forged traveler’s checks
The Daily Astorian
North Coast businesses fell
victim to multiple forged trav-
eler’s checks earlier this month.
Police are searching for a sus-
pect who passed three checks —
in Astoria, Cannon Beach and
Rockaway Beach — on April 7.
The affected businesses lost $300.
The Astoria Police Depart-
ment sent photos of a suspect
along to law enforcement agen-
cies on the Oregon and north-
west California coasts. The
suspect is described as a white
male, roughly 60 years old, 5
feet 9 inches tall with a stocky
build. He has long blonde hair,
blue eyes, a mole near his nose
and was last seen wearing an
orange sweater.
A boost in tourism the past
Submitted Photo
North Coast businesses fell victim to forged traveler’s checks.
few weeks may have led to the
crimes, Police Chief Brad John-
ston said.
“When our retailers are busy
is when we get a lot of the forger-
ies,” he said. “It’s not something
that can easily be identified.”
Businesses can avoid accept-
State Senate passes bill
that sets deadlines for
public records requests
Capital Bureau
SALEM — The state Sen-
ate has passed a bill to set a
deadline for public bodies
to respond to public records
If passed by the House, the
deadline would set a precedent
in Oregon, where government
entities effectively have an
unlimited time to respond to
requests. Oregon is one of the
few states without a deadline.
“This is a transparency and
government accountability bill
that puts a time frame on how
quickly government agen-
cies have to respond to pub-
lic records requests,” said state
Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield.
“It requires a timely response
so that our government records
are open to the public without
unreasonable delays.”
The legislations also can
help prevent “the tactic of sit-
ting on public records requests
for a long period of time to
avoid disclosing something,”
Beyer said.
Senate Bill 481, a product
of a task force convened by
Attorney General Ellen Rosen-
blum, passed by a 29-0 vote.
The bill requires public
bodies to respond to requests
within five days and furnish
public records within at least
10 days, or provide a written
statement explaining when the
request will be fulfilled.
The legislation also charges
the Attorney General’s Office
with cataloguing the state’s
more than 500 exemptions to
the public records law, so it
can be searched by the public.
“During more than a year
of task force meetings and lis-
tening sessions with journal-
ists, advocates and the public
we heard loud and clear that
our public records laws are
in need of reform. This bill
addresses the issue of lack of
timely access to records and
begins to address the confu-
sion created by 40 years of
piecemeal exemptions to laws
originally intended to pro-
mote transparency,” Rosen-
blum said in a statement.
Vague language in existing
law puts no enforceable dead-
line on public bodies to dis-
close records. Under the bill, if
an agency fails to respond by
the deadline, it is considered a
denial, and the requestor may
appeal the denial to the Attor-
ney General’s Office.
The law states such gov-
ernment entities must respond
to requests “as soon as prac-
ticable without unreasonable
Administrative changes
ordered by Gov. Kate Brown
require agencies to have a
written protocol for those
seeking to access records.
ing forged checks by watch-
ing customers sign them and
looking for signs of tamper-
ing or signature inconsis-
tencies. Authentic traveler’s
checks will have features such
as a sharply defined image, a
watermark under the Master-
Card goddess when held up to
the light and a background that
disappears when touched by a
wet finger.
Businesses can call 800-223-
7373 to verify traveler’s checks.
Anyone who may have received
one of these checks or has infor-
mation about the suspect is
encouraged to contact Sgt. Chris
McNeary at 503-325-4411 or
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It matched the description of a
car authorities had been trying
to locate for about a month.
The officer and animal con-
trol personnel later found 42
cats in the car, one of which
had died a number of days ago.
The cat’s cause of death is not
yet known.
An overwhelming smell of
cat urine and feces emanated
from the car. The cats were
removed and given fresh water
and food at the Clatsop County
Animal Shelter.
St. Clare told the officer
she was trying to keep them
from being seized by Wash-
ington authorities, Warrenton
Police Chief Mathew Work-
man said.
Additional charges may
follow as the investigation
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