The massacre at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early today is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Police Chief John Mina says 50 people were killed, up from the 20 reported earlier. Mayor Buddy Dyer says 53 more are in the hospital. He says the shooter is among the dead.

Law enforcement officials haven't released the name of the suspect in the mass shooting in Orlando, but a Florida congressman and a federal law enforcement official say he's been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Officials say it's too early in the investigation to say whether the shooting at a gay nightclub was an act of terrorism, a hate crime or other violence.

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed by his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser about the shooting in Orlando. Press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the president has directed federal officials to provide "any necessary assistance to pursue the investigation and support the community."

Astoria’s western entrance has issues. Specifically, design issues. Many of those were pointed out by a urban strategist hired by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association three years ago to take a look at how the town looks to visitors and residents with an eye toward providing the kind of urban planning that would compliment the city and create a welcoming atmosphere that would also steer travelers to the city core.

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Coast Guard air and boat crews worked together to assist three people and a dog aboard a 51-foot sailing vessel that was disabled and adrift about 45 miles west of Siuslaw River, Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., is towing the sailing vessel Rogue Scholarship toward Reedsport and will transfer the tow to the crew of a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Umpqua River.

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A vintage motor home crashed into a Tillamook family’s house Tuesday afternoon seriously injuring the driver.

Oregon State Police report 41 year old Jerry Bahles of Welches, Oregon was driving the 30 foot 1956 motor home southbound on Highway 101 when, for reasons the investigation has yet to reveal, the vehicle drifted off the highway, through a yard and crashed into the house.

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A couple that recently built a new business in downtown Astoria ran afoul of the city sign code when they hung flags outside their business to attract some attention to the new venue. The city said those had to be removed.   When they came to the City Council meeting Monday with lots of pictures of other businesses obviously in violation of one part of the code or another they asked "Why pick on us?"

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An independent investigation finds allegations brought against Astoria's Police Chief were completely without merit. The allegations deal with Brad Johnston's personal use of a city credit card, use of a city assigned vehicle, travel in connection with University studies, travel to central Oregon for both professional and personal reasons on multiple occasions, travel for personal family reasons, and some reimbursements. The investigator found no evidence of improper use of the city credit and his use of the unmarked police car fell within his employment agreement. Johnston was found not to have violated any city policy or Oregon law.

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Monday morning, just before11:00 am, Astoria Police Department received a 911 report of an attempted abduction of a child at the East Mooring Basin. The suspect was still reportedly in the area. Astoria Police responded and learned that a Portland man, visiting Astoria with his children, were watching Sea Lions when his 5 year old daughter was approached by a man unknown to them.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital got a quick approval from the Astoria City Council Monday evening to issue $20 million in non-recourse revenue bonds for capital construction, remodeling and equipping new facilities including a new cancer treatment center that will offer radiation therapy locally.

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At approximately 12:17 Saturday afternoon,Pacific County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a large fire in the dunes near 347th and G St. Flames were reportedly moving very fast and threatening several houses. Firefighters responded quickly, calling in resources from other agencies.

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After spending hours early Sunday morning battling a house fire that gutted a home in east Astoria, firefighters were called out for another blaze Sunday night in Emerald Heights.  On June 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM Astoria 911 received a 911 call of a disturbance at 20 Halsey Road. Astoria Police arrived and found a fire in the roadway.

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Astoria Fire crews were dispatched to an address on Leif Erickson Drive (Hwy 30) in the early morning hours Sunday in response to a report of a house fire.  The occupant of the home made it out safely.

 

Traffic on highway 30 was diverted off the highway between 44th and 46th and detoured through the neighborhood above Adlerbrook for hours.

 



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