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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

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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