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




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

Vancouver resident arrested for shooting, killing alleged prowler

photoSean H. Doucette, 27, booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after a prowler was shot and killed at his home in Vancouver. Photo from myspace page.

Police arrested a northeast Vancouver man for shooting and killing an alleged prowler outside his house early Tuesday morning.

Vancouver police took a report of suspicious circumstances at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. at 3:53 a.m. Four minutes later, police were called to the same address for a report that the prowler had been shot outside of a residence, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman.

Sean H. Doucette, 27, was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Doucette does not have a criminal record, according to the Washington Courts website. He is expected to make a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court this morning.

The identity of the individual shot by Doucette was not available from authorities pending positive identification by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department.

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3.7-magnitude quake near Amboy rattles county

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake about two miles northeast of Amboy was widely felt in the Vancouver-Portland metro area according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake struck at 5:03 p.m. at an estimated depth of 4.7 miles. The magnitude was originally estimated at 3.5, but the intensity was upgraded twice, to 3.7, within the first few minutes of the temblor.

Shaking was reported in a wide area of Clark County, including Yacolt, northern areas of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Salmon Creek, Northwest, Hazel Dell, Orchards and Washougal.

No damage has been reported, and no emergency calls resulted from the quake, according to the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.

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Herrera Beutler, other lawmakers ask for 'full study' of CRC

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and three other House Republicans on Wednesday called for a full study of the economic impacts of Columbia River Crossing, citing “continued concerns” with the $3.5 billion megaproject.

In a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard, the lawmakers highlighted navigation and commerce worries for river users upstream of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. Squeezing those operations would mean millions of dollars in lost revenue for Columbia River manufacturers, they wrote, plus extra costs for mitigation.

“We cannot cavalierly dismiss the impacts to the businesses, current and future, which depend upon the free flow of river commerce to survive,” the letter reads. “Neither can we dismiss the impacts to our local economy, nor the jobs that would cease, should these companies be forced to relocate or close their doors.”

In addition to Herrera Beutler, the letter was signed by Eastern Washington Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Doc Hastings, plus Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.

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Diabetes creates cruel irony for hospital guard

photoMetroWatch security guard Jesse Wolff makes his rounds at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Jan. 21.

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For 40 hours a week, Jesse Wolff patrols the grounds of Vancouver's PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, keeping a watchful eye over the patients receiving care and the staff treating them.

The 26-year-old security guard's job presents an unfortunate irony.

The Type I diabetic is in desperate need of an insulin pump, but his employer, MetroWatch, doesn't offer medical insurance. He makes too much money to qualify for state insurance programs. And he can't afford to purchase insurance coverage or his medication on his own, Wolff said.

Doctors told Wolff if he doesn't get his diabetes under control, within a year he could face a coma or a stroke or heart attack.

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WaferTech site subject of speculation

With rumors flying in one direction and then another, the question looms as to whether Camas will see an expansion by WaferTech, one of Clark County’s biggest employers.

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins said Thursday the city hasn’t been approached about a project, and there’s no formal proposal on the table. But he’s hearing the same rumors as everyone else, he said, adding that if it’s true that WaferTech’s parent, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., is eyeing Camas for more growth, then “we’re doing everything we can to be ready and have been since the day (WaferTech) came.”

Those rumors, unlike the initial speculation that Camas was behind potential sites in Oregon and New York, now suggest Camas is strongly in the hunt for another wafer fabrication plant or expansion.

Paul Dennis, president and CEO of the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, said the speculation is that TSMC, parent of WaferTech, is behind a project code-named “Azalea,” which is targeting the company’s next fabrication plant in North America.

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Sex offenders spur concerns in Maplewood neighborhood

Residents of the Maplewood neighborhood are alarmed by what they consider to be a high concentration of undesirable people living in their area.

More than a dozen registered sex offenders — three Level 3 offenders and 11 Level 2 offenders — list an address in the Maplewood neighborhood as their place of residence. Of those, three Level 3 and three Level 2 offenders live on the same block on East 18th Street, according to Clark County Sheriff's Office records as of Jan. 24.

Level 3 sex offenders are the group considered most likely to commit new sex crimes.

"We were saying, 'This seems kind of disproportionate,'" said Cyndi Powers, chairwoman of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association.

The neighbors' perception isn't off-base. Vancouver Police Cpl. Duane Boynton, the neighborhood police officer, said Maplewood probably does have more offenders than most other neighborhoods.

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