The Morning Press: CRC disbanding, Skyview teen dies, appartment fire displaces 16



Most of the damage from the fire can be seen on the back side of building F of One Lake Place, 5264 N.E. 121st Ave. The building became engulfed in flames about 8 p.m. Tuesday and destroyed the roof and damaged 9 condominiums in the building.

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Captain David Sturbelle, of the Vancouver Fire Department, performs routine maintenance on the department's Fire Responder SUV. The SUV finished it's last day in the test program on Thursday. Over the next two months, the data collected during the test will be analyzed, and it will be decided if the program was successful.

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CRC begins close-out of Vancouver project office

Spokeswoman Mandy Putney said the CRC office looked “just like any normal day at the office” on the first business day after the Washington and Oregon governors pulled the plug on the planned Interstate 5 Bridge replacement over the weekend. Staff began meeting to discuss archiving records, coordinating the close-out and other logistical details, she said. People weren’t packing boxes yet, Putney said, “but definitely moving in that direction.”

The failed megaproject effectively died when it received no financial commitment from the Washington Legislature before lawmakers adjourned. On Saturday, the state Senate turned back an effort to help fund the $3.4 billion CRC as part of a larger transportation package. The final push came just hours before the final gavel fell.

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Blazers acquire Robinson from Rockets

Just three days after the NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers picked up another lottery pick — and this one comes a year late.

On Sunday, the Blazers acquired second-year player Thomas Robinson from the Houston Rockets. As first reported by Yahoo! Sports, Portland will get Robinson, a 6-foot-10 power forward and fifth overall selection of the 2012 draft, for the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Marko Todorovic as well as two future second-round selections.

The Blazers acquired Papanikolaou in the Raymond Felton trade to New York and recently selected Todorovic with the 40th draft pick on Thursday night.

However, for the compensation of two international players who never wore a Blazer jersey, Portland picks up a highly coveted big man from the 2012 draft.

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16 displaced in 3-alarm fire at Orchards apartment complex

Fire investigators worked Wednesday to determine what caused a fire that damaged nine One Lake Place condominiums and displaced 16 adults and children Tuesday night.

The American Red Cross is assisting displaced residents by offering emergency lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits and medical and mental health services.

Firefighters worked for five hours to contain a three-alarm fire that burned through the roof of the three-story apartment complex Tuesday evening at 5264 N.E. 121st Ave. in Orchards. All 12 units in the building were evacuated and were empty today.

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Minnehaha man allegedly goes berserk over fireworks

A 25-year-old Minnehaha resident appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of firing three rounds of ammunition into his neighbors’ house after they set off fireworks late Sunday.

Corey A. Moulton faces charges of first-degree assault at his July 12 arraignment. He was ordered held on $200,000 bail. Vancouver lawyer Louis Byrd was appointed to defend him.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Moulton brought a shotgun to his neighbors’ house, in the 4900 block of Northeast 19th Avenue, just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Classmates mourn teen killed in crash

A Skyview High School student died from her injuries Tuesday after a Monday evening crash near Ridgefield.

Kaitlin Miller, 17, was the passenger in a red 1999 Mercury Cougar that failed to stop at the intersection of Northeast 199th Street and 29th Avenue. The Mercury was southbound on 29th around 7:10 p.m. Monday when it went through the stop sign and was struck in the passenger’s side by an eastbound 2006 Volvo XC90, an SUV.

The news shook the high school community, which held a vigil Tuesday night with prayers and flowers. A song dedicated to the teen was uploaded on YouTube.

Firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived to the crash site Monday evening to find both vehicles heavily damaged and Miller pinned in the car. A Life Flight helicopter was put on standby and later dismissed when the first ambulance arrived. Using the Jaws of Life, firefighters cut off the roof of the car and freed Miller.

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Fire department SUVs: Road tested

For the past three months, when Vancouver residents called 911 with a less-serious medical problem, they may have been met with a sport-utility vehicle that had medical equipment stowed in the trunk.

Those SUVs that rolled up to these calls were part of a pilot project the Vancouver Fire Department launched in April to improve response times for high-priority medical calls. As the pilot program ended on Thursday, Fire Chief Joe Molina said he’s optimistic that the test was a success and that he’s excited to pore over the data.

“I feel that SUVs are going to be part of our future in some way,” Molina said.

Prior to the pilot, the fire agency sent its 35-foot engines to all medical calls that dispatchers ranked as being Priority 1 through Priority 4. The department stopped responding to the least-serious calls (ranked as priority 5 or 6) in 2008, with dispatchers sending only ambulances owned by private company AMR.

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