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North Bend Man Indicted On Murder Charges; Saturday Holiday Turn Out; High Wind Watch; Oregon Memorial Wall To Visit Florence

North Bend Man Indicted On Murder Charges

Glen Frank Mason the fourth has been indicted by a Coos County Grand Jury for the murder of his estranged wife, 53 year old Leslie Mason.  The North Bend man allegedly shot and killed Mason on November 13th and also shot his 28 year old step-daughter Lindsay Pease several times as she tried to intervene.  The register Guard reported that Mason was also charged with two more counts of attempted murder and six counts of reckless endangerment.  Pease, who testified for the grand jury from a hospital bed in Portland is expected to survive.  Witnesses said that Frank Mason also shot at them as he exited the scene.  One witness returned fire.  Three children were also in the home, but were unharmed.

Saturday Holiday Turn Out

Shoppers and holiday celebrators were out in full force Saturday as Florence celebrated Shop Small Saturday and the official lighting of the Christmas tree.  Rain was expected to dampen the celebrations but the skies held off and temperate conditions brought out a large crowd.  Ken Lavigne treated the crowd to a couple of Christmas tunes before his performance at the Florence Event Center.  Mayor Joe Henry officiated the lighting of the display at the interpretive center at 6pm.  Henry praised the public works department for the great job they did creating a beautiful display. An added treat, the public works department mounted a snow making machine in one of the trees that dusted celebrators.

High Wind Watch

A high wind watch is in effect for the coast this afternoon until tomorrow morning.  South winds from 25-35 miles per hour possibly gusting up to 60 are expected along the beaches and coastal headlands.  The National Weather Service says that coastal communities will not see the full effect of the winds, but warn that limbs, downed trees and power lines are a possibility and that drivers in high profile vehicles should use caution.  While the winds are expected to subside by tomorrow morning, the weather service says favorable conditions for high winds could last until Wednesday.

Oregon Memorial Wall To Visit Florence

The Oregon Memorial Traveling wall, which honors Oregonians who sacrificed their lives in service of their country will have an extended visit in Florence.  The commemorative wall will be located at the Oregon Coast military museum on December 7th, 8th, and 9th.  There will be no charge to view the display or to visit the museum on those days.