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Seaside Police and detectives from the Clatsop County Major Crime Teams continue their search for suspects in the early Sunday morning robbery and shooting at a Seaside Hotel. The 36-year-old victim's condition has been upgraded and he continues to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting at a Portland-area hospital. 

While police are still evaluating information, they continue to work leads associated with the case. And while the incident transpired at a local motel, the focus of the investigation is on a single motel room where the incident is believed to have taken place. 

Police believe the victim and suspects had made contact prior to the robbery and shooting and this was not a random act. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, names of those believed to be involved are not being released at this time. Authorities continue to believe there is no threat to the local community. 

 Coast Guard members from Marine Safety Unit Portland responded to a report of an engine fire aboard the passenger vessel American Empress after it experienced a significant machinery malfunction while preparing to moor near The Dalles, Oregon, Thursday evening.

The American Empress will remain moored in The Dalles for the initial Coast Guard investigation and until plans for repairs have been made.

The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative will open its doors for the next 2nd Saturday Art Walk to feature its diverse collection of Northwest art.

Potter Richard Rowland of the Astoria Dragon Kiln will kick-off the Artwalk at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a talk, “Art: A community connection for healing.” He will speak about the creation of the beautiful 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the building.

The City of Astoria has announced the promotion of Jeff Harrington to Public Works Director. Harrington has been the City Engineer for the past seven years and has stepped in as acting director of the department. He is filling the role being vacated by Ken Cook who retires at the end of this month. Cook had led the department for the past 11 years.

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to its homeport of Astoria Monday after a 73-day, counter-smuggling deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Alert completed a 13,740-mile patrol as a part of the U.S.'s joint military and law enforcement counter-drug task force which acts to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. The crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific drug transit zone and interdicted seven "go-fast" style vessels suspected of smuggling using an embarked helicopter and two pursuit boats.

Photo-CMH Chief Executive Officer Eric Thorson gives a check to CCC Foundation President Susan Bartlett. (L-R) Trece Gurrad, Susan Bartlett, Eric Thorson, Chris Breitmeyer, Allison Sansom, Sarrah Lindgren, Heidi Thompson, Madilyn Davis, Miranda Dietrichs

Columbia Memorial Hospital presented a check for $50,000 to the Clatsop Community College Foundation on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, to go towards the college’s nursing program. CMH has been a supporter of the Nursing Program in many ways over the years and the partnership is important for both parties.

Probiotics are a type of "good" bacteria found in some foods and supplements that humans consume that is said to promote digestive system health. There is some debate in the medical community about the need for those supplements but there's no question that good bacteria in the gut helps keep you healthy and has shown benefits that tend to outweigh side effects.

Now probiotics will be used in a federally funded Oregon research study aimed at reducing a bad bacteria that crops up in oysters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $6.2 million contract to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate and maintain the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, on the Columbia River. The firm-fixed contract is for one year, with two consecutive option years, if exercised, in-order-to produce fall Chinook to aid in mitigation obligations for The Dalles and John Day dams.

The Oregon Department of Revenue has recently seen a spike in concerned taxpayers reporting fishy phone calls. The callers fraudulently identify themselves as IRS or Department of Revenue employees and threaten the taxpayer with arrest if they don't provide personal identifying information, such as Social Security or credit card numbers. 

State officials say a scam like this surfaces every year. The tell-tale sign is the caller threatening arrest or other consequences, which is an attempt to goad a taxpayer into a bad decision. Revenue employees may ask a taxpayer to verify some personal information, but they won't make threats or demand personal or financial information. 

On November 6, 2077, at approximately 4:30 am, Seaside Police attempted to pull over a vehicle which had been driving erratically and at high speeds on Highway 26. SPD gave chase northbound on Highway l0l but, due to the subject's speed and the road and weather conditions, decided to abandon the pursuit.

The vehicle was again pursued by both the Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff s Office as it continued north at speeds exceeding 100 mph on a very dark and wet morning. The suspect vehicle lost a tire going the wrong way through the roundabout coming into Astoria and the vehicle finally crashed after being spike stripped by the Astoria Police Department. The suspect fled the vehicle on foot and was arrested soon thereafter.

A Gearhart ballot measure that would have repealed and replaced that town's short-term rental laws was defeated by voters in Tuesday's Special Election.  Warrenton voters approved a higher local option levy to operate the town library for five years.

In the second unofficial tally, Tuesday night the county reports the turn-out for the election was just a little over 39 percent.

77 percent of the voters who cast a ballot in Gearhart voted against an initiative that would have loosened the rules the city put in place for owners of vacation rentals keeping those requirements in place.

Warrenton voters cast 55 percent in favor of a new five-year tax levy to operate the city library. The new levy replaces a previous local option tax with one that will make it possible for the library to offer a few more services.

 

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