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Chace ruled OK to stand trial

- The woman who allegedly killed her own grandma claimed she'd been cursed by a witch, but still managed to sail through two competency evals.

Man committed suicide at gas station

- A man on Saturday committed suicide at a local gas station.

Hearthfire & Brimstone: Crafting perfect crust

- A hot mess, or, how to incorporate sanity into your pie-making

Education key to safeguarding rural residents with dementia

- Planning and communication are key to keeping people with dementia safe.

Woman dies, lost near OP home

- An 82-year-old Surfside woman found the body of her friend, who had been missing for almost a week.

Active state AG bags 103rd Rotary Club in LB

- State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke about his efforts to protect the people of Washington from a variety of threats in late October.

Chinook burglary ends in gunshots, car chase, arrest in Astoria

- During a late night chase through Chinook, a suspected burglar fired shots at his alleged victim.

Internet bogeymen stalk Washingtonians

- A new state report finds that Washington residents are being victimized by a rising number of data-thieves, who seek private medical and financial information.

Friends worried about missing 87-year-old

- A vulnerable 87-year-old Ocean Park woman appears to be missing.

Chinook burglary ends in gunshots, car chase, arrest in Astoria

- During a late night chase through Chinook, a suspected burglar fired shots at his alleged victim.

Hearthfire & Brimstone: Perfect pancakes possible

- Beer for breakfast, or, how to build a better pancake

Bail-jumper Merrill released again: Court orders him to wear GPS monitor, stay with parents in Vancouver

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SOUTH BEND — Less than a week after being captured in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and returned to Pacific County Jail, suspected gun and drug-dealer Tony Merrill, 52, was released.

“His parents are not goin...

New medical info system adopted at OBH

- A new patient record system promises better access to medical information for both patients and providers.

Attorneys tussle in court over new bail amount: $800,000

- Former go-cart operator Tony Merrill was arrested in Mexico earlier this week.

A Wild Time in Egegik: Naselle teen photographs Alaska, nets sockeye with her dad

- Seventeen-year-old Naselle resident Micah Cenci just returned from her first summer of fishing in a remote Alaskan town. And though she carried a 12-gauge everywhere, she did all of her shooting with her camera.

Go-cart fugitive captured in Mexico, brought back to Pacific County

- Former go-cart operator Tony Merrill was arrested in Mexico earlier this week.

Sign up now for preschool programs

- Two free public pre-K programs have openings for new students right now.

County mostly dodges upward STD trends

- Rates for several sexually transmitted diseases are climbing in Washington state.

Battle of the Bulk: Strategies for winning the War on Zucchini

- The Chinook Observer introduces Natalie St.John's new column devoted to Lower Columbia regional foods, cooking and people who are passionate about delicious edibles.

Ex-aide accused in Hilltop sex case

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ILWACO — A former Hilltop lunch lady is accused of making sexual advances toward a middle-school boy via cell phone and social media.

According to court and police documents, the Pacific County Prosecutor&#x...

Rape-kit testing aided by fed grant

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OLYMPIA — In Washington, there are thousands of rape kits that have never been processed. A new $3 million federal grant for the state Attorney General’s Office could help fix that.

The U.S. Departme...

Former GOP candidate charged with felony vote fraud

- A former local political candidate is suspected of committing ongoing voter fraud.

NASELLE NOIR: Deadly robbers terrified tellers in 1984 heist

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NASELLE — Lying face-down on the carpet in the Naselle Bank of the Pacific on Nov. 1, 1984, tellers Debi Tolva and Diana Lindstrom thought they were going to die.

“When they made us lie on the floor a...