Coast Guard aids crabbersThe U.S. Coast Guard assisted four crewmen on board a 55-foot tribal crab fishing boat, Las Queti Isle, Wednesday afternoon after it began taking on water off Grays Harbor, Mark Dobney, group duty officer at Coast Guard Group Astoria said today. After the distress call was received at 2:30 p.m., a helicopter from Air Station Astoria and two motor life boats and a utility boat from Station Grays Harbor responded with dewatering pumps. A couple of nearby fishing boats also stood by to assist. A Coast Guard boat escorted Las Queti Isle into Westport, Wash., where it was safely moored by 4:30 p.m., Dobney said.

Traffic accident A motorist who ran a red light Wednesday morning while attempting to turn north onto U.S. Highway 101 at the Marlin Avenue intersection in Warrenton, was struck by a southbound log truck, Oregon State Police reported. Ellen J. Sowins, 66, of Astoria was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. Neither Sowins nor the driver of the log truck, Matthew J. Helms of Cathlamet, Wash., was injured in the 11:35 a.m. crash.

Disturbance• At 9:38 p.m. Wednesday, Warrenton police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Northwest Fourth Street. The suspect left before officers arrived. The case is being investigated as criminal trespass, assault and criminal mischief.

Fraud case• At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Seaside police arrested Joshua E. Normine and Amanda B. McCartney at 2006 S. Roosevelt for mail theft, identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, forgery and possession and distribution of methamphetamine. Members of the public who believe they have experienced mail theft are urged to contact police.

Criminal mischief• At 5:09 p.m. Wednesday, Seaside police reported a vehicle drove 40 feet across the grass at 3223 Sunset Blvd., tearing up the grass.

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