A settlement between Harry and Mary Louise Flavel and one of their creditors has headed off a planned auction of one of the pair's downtown properties.

A sheriff's auction was scheduled this month to sell off the building at the southeast corner of Ninth and Commercial streets to satisfy a $45,000 debt owed by the brother and sister to a Hillsboro motel. But the auction was canceled after an agreement was apparently reached by the two sides, according to the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.

Stoneybrook Hillsboro LLC sued the Flavels in Washington County Circuit Court for unpaid rent at the company's Stoneybrook Suites hotel in Hillsboro. A judge ruled in favor of the company, and the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld that decision two years ago.

The Astoria building, and another Flavel-owned property across the street, were put up for sale at separate auctions last year to satisfy a debt stemming from another lawsuit against the Flavels. Both buildings were purchased by Jim Niekes, but the Flavels exercised their buy-back rights and purchased the properties back from him.

Other financial claims still exist against the Flavels, including a $110,000 claim from attorney Ed Fadeley for unpaid legal fees, and a $730,000 judgment against Harry Flavel stemming from a 1983 conviction for a stabbing incident in Astoria.

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