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Jack Heffernan

Public safety, county, courts and parks reporter
Heffernan, Jack

Everyday People: Silicon Valley transplant becomes active in local political scene

- After decades working in the technology industry, Bronstein moved to Astoria amid political transition

Former Astoria High School wrestling coach found guilty of sex crimes

- Medina sexually abused one teenager and had sex with another in 2005

Clatsop County commissioners may put vacation rental regulations to vote

- Disagreements persist on parking rules, frequency of inspections

Uppertown couple stunned by attempted arson

- No suspect identified

Man pleads not guilty to burglary, sexual abuse in Westport

- Man accused of breaking into woman's house, sexually assaulting her

Walla Walla man arrested after downtown Astoria dust-up

- Harvey, 35, allegedly fought with police

Portland man arrested after allegedly robbing Mini Mart

- Kelty, 27, charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault

Surf Pines man found guilty in ‘peeping Tom’ case

- Cazee guilty on 23 counts

Clatsop County prosecutor Brown to run for district attorney

- Brown is an experienced litigator

Clatsop County District Attorney Marquis will not seek re-election

- Veteran prosecutor will leave office after nearly 25 years

Hammond fisherman pleads not guilty to sex crimes

- Sturgell charged with 13 crimes

New Neighbors: Family finds silver lining in Goonies house restriction

- Eckhardts moved to the area from Texas in September

Study: Fort Stevens State Park supports 600 full-time area jobs, $40 million in annual spending


Nestled along the South Jetty of the Columbia River in the most northwest point of Oregon, Fort Stevens State Park apparently offers more than historical significance and natural wonder.

A six-year study by the Or...

Commercial crabbing season to open Jan. 15

- Commercial fishermen have been waiting

Georgia man attempts to rob 76 gas station in Astoria

- Attempted robbery at 76 Station

Hammond man accused of rape and other sex crimes

- Paiz Jr. charged with 25 crimes

Astoria man charged with encouraging child sex abuse

- Allegedly duplicated 18 sexually explicit pictures of children

Serious highway crashes cause injuries

- Six people taken to the hospital

Major bridge work around Astoria will pause in 2018

- Two projects are concluding while two more will not begin or be finished until 2019

Astoria man pleads not guilty to sex abuse

- Stineman allegedly touched a saloon dancer inappropriately

Astoria man injured in Amtrak train derailment near Tacoma

- DeSart remains in the hospital with internal injuries

Two plead not guilty in connection to November robbery and shooting in Seaside

- Scarborough, 28, and Garfias, 21, face assault, robbery and burglary charges

One dead in Knappa mobile home fire

- Authorities are investigating the cause of death and the fire

Clatsop County still struggling to air live Board of Commissioners meetings

- County manager warned of glitches before first attempt, expects more over next few months

Henrikson tapped as new Clatsop County Community Development director

- Hansen left the position in November after three years

Data analyst to run for Clatsop County Commissioner Lee’s seat

- Davis ran for Astoria School Board in May

Oregon state parks added $1.1 billion to economy in 2016

- Fort Stevens had second-largest economic output of all parks

Clatsop County looks to nonprofits to curb low-income housing woes

- Refurbished Alderbrook home could serve as model for future foreclosed properties

Everyday People: Traveling is in the cards for Astoria bridge players

- Richardson, 75, and Taylor, 73, travel to all 50 states to play in tournaments

Ocean Park teen sentenced for robbery of local pizza delivery driver

- Reimers, 17, sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison

String of car break-ins prompts Warrenton residents to take precautions

- The theft wave crashed a few weeks ago after an arrest

Head-on collision closes Highway 101 north of Gearhart

- One person taken to hospital via Life Flight

Emergency planners in Clatsop, Pacific counties learned lessons from 2007 gale

- Improvements ready first responders for next storm

Downed trees halted emergency response, aid during 2007 gale

- Hazardous tree legislation spearheaded by Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin

Hammond fisherman indicted on sex charges

- Astoria man allegedly also involved

Sheriff’s deputies see value in Clatsop County Jail relocation

- County grapples with quirks of 37-year-old jail downtown

Astoria man sentenced for burglary, robbery of local restaurants

- Stone sentenced to more than 4 1/2 years after reaching plea deal

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving food, friendship in Seaside

- More than 400 meals served

Astoria man pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges after fatal crash

- Crash earlier this month killed Shannon Inniss, 44, of Astoria

U.S., Chinese armies train together at Camp Rilea

- The U.S. and Chinese armies participated in a disaster management exchange at Camp Rilea this past week