The Morning Press: A review of the week's news



A look back at some of this week's top stories:

Missing Vancouver teen found safe

A missing Vancouver teen, whose family feared she was caught up in sex trafficking, was found Tuesday by police. She was safe and unharmed.

Isabella Castillo, 16, had been missing from her home in Vancouver’s McLoughlin Heights neighborhood for more than two weeks. There was no indication she was involved in sex trafficking during her disappearance; she was staying with acquaintances in Vancouver, said her aunt and guardian, Cymany O’Brien.

O’Brien last heard from Castillo on Monday, March 25, when she received a text message from an unknown number. After talking with Castillo’s friends, she feared the teen was hanging out with another girl involved in sex-trafficking.

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Portland telecom company to bring hundreds of jobs to Vancouver

Portland-based telecommunications company Integra announced Wednesday that it will move its headquarters and at least 500 employees next year from Portland to the former Hewlett-Packard campus in east Vancouver, providing a boost in jobs and confidence to Clark County.

Integra said it will occupy 85,000 square feet at the former Hewlett-Packard campus at 18110 S.E. 34th St. The company said it will begin building renovation this year with the goal of beginning its operations in Vancouver in June 2014.

Jesse Selnick, the company’s chief financial officer, said the expansive Vancouver site allows the company to bring all employees into a single building, called Building 1, instead of the two buildings it now occupies in Portland’s Lloyd District.

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Putting the brakes on extreme speeders

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The speed radar squeals, clocking a gray Kia Optima going 90 mph in a 70 mph zone just south of Exit 36 on Interstate 5 northbound during Tuesday's rush hour.

The driver doesn't notice Trooper Alexis Tonissen in the neighboring lane. She drives an unmarked white Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows, its lights hidden in the grille and inside the windshield.

Even if you could tell it was a cop car, aggressive or speeding motorists often aren't paying enough attention to notice, she says.

After pulling over the Optima, the 62-year-old driver says he's just trying to get home to Tacoma. It's a common excuse that Washington State Patrol troopers hear when they catch speeders.

They didn't realize they were going so fast. They were just going with the flow of traffic.

Many motorists on this stretch of I-5 near Kelso, Tonissen explains, are just passing through. She cites the man for going 10 mph over the speed limit, instead of 20, which would be considered aggressive driving. People don't intend for their car to be a weapon, Tonissen says, but when they drive aggressively, the car becomes one.

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Evergreen student comes to grips with surviving sudden cardiac arrest

photoHeidi Stewart, 18, a senior student at Evergreen High School, holds a paper heart with her name printed on it. She collapsed at school in February after suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Helping her that day, from left to right, are Eric McCaleb, Dianna Lynch, Reuben Dohrendorf and Marshall Pendleton. Nurse Debbie Fowler, who was instrumental in Heidi's rescue, is not pictured.

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Heidi Stewart describes death as nothingness. She did not hover above her body, or walk through a tunnel of light. It was as though the 18-year-old simply went to sleep and never dreamt. Except, when she awoke on the office floor at Evergreen High School, she was terrified, sad and in pain.

The high school senior suffered sudden cardiac arrest at school Feb. 12 and was later diagnosed with a rare heart condition, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy, found in 1 out of every 5,000 people in the U.S.

The odds say she shouldn't be here.

Heidi remembers feeling lethargic that day. She can recall the day's events in bits and pieces, but her memory of the entire month prior to the incident is gone.

In her third period leadership class, she was helping hang 1,950 pink paper hearts for Valentine's Day -- one for every student in school. Around 10 a.m. she walked down the sophomore hallway, a shortcut to the student center, when she started to feel herself passing out. Heidi couldn't hear anything and had tunnel vision before it all went dark. The last thing she remembers seeing was her hand reaching for the door handle to Dianna Lynch's office.

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Prairie golfer Stilwell has a drive to succeed

photoTwo years ago, Prairie's Jamie Stilwell had a round of 67 for 9 holes. Two weeks ago, she set a school record by shooting a 1-under-par 35.

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Prairie senior Jamie Stilwell started thinking about the possibility just minutes after making a birdie on the third hole at The Cedars on Salmon Creek.

She had never finished a nine-hole round of golf at par, or under par.

The pressure — pressure she put on herself — was on.

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Jamie Stilwell's journey to this possibility started a couple of years ago. Her coach at Prairie High School, Paul Shapard, remembers her scorecard from a particular round. Stilwell, then a sophomore, shot a 67 for nine holes.

It was after that sophomore season, when she normally shot in the mid- to high-50s, when Stilwell decided golf was going to be her game. The scores were not ones associated with an exceptional golfer, but her attitude was right on par with the best.

"It was something I knew I could be better at," Stilwell said. "Being as competitive as I am, I had to take on that challenge."

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First call at new liquor store BevMo

California liquor store chain BevMo on Friday opened its first Vancouver store, bringing the total number of its Washington locations to seven stores since June 1, when state law opened booze selling to private retailers.

The store's arrival is one piece of the historic shift in retail liquor sales in Clark County and the state of Washington as a result of voter approval of private liquor sales. The privatization law, which took affect last year, allowed large retailers such as Fred Meyer and Costco to sell liquor side-by-side with other beverages. Previously, liquor could only be sold in state-run stores.

BevMo set its sights on Washington immediately after the new state law took effect. Its new 11,000-square-foot Vancouver store is

in the Target-anchored Mill Plain Town Center at 700 S.E. 160th Ave. The store employs about 24 people and features a large selection of spirits, wine, beer, a growler station for on-tap beer and a special tasting room, along with bar accessories, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, said Mike Muncal, a spokesman for the Concord, Calif.-based company.

He said BevMo expects to open three more Washington stores by September in Bellingham, Redmond and Issaquah. The popular chain now operates 130 stores in California, Arizona and Washington, where the company mainly competes with regular grocery stores for sales.

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