The Morning Press: Student tweets, dog missing, Wal-Mart




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Twitter account details local teens' alleged sexual experiences

photoThis Feb. 2, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter icon on the display of a smartphone.


Parents beware: An anonymous Twitter account set up Feb. 6 to log the alleged sexual experiences of Clark County teens is gaining momentum. The account had 3,711 followers and had posted 1,471 tweets as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Students can post directly to the account, which The Columbian is not naming. But most post anonymously by posting via other social media accessed with smartphones.

Despite complaints, the owner of the account has managed to keep the Twitter site active.

Many of the posts are graphic descriptions of sexual encounters by both sexes, and many are claimed to have occurred at school or while parents or other adults were in the same room. Some claim to have had sexual encounters with adults, including teachers. Other posts are about drug use. Students claiming to represent most Clark County public high schools have posted.

The two largest school districts, Evergreen and Vancouver, issued statements about the site Tuesday afternoon. Both districts noted they do not monitor social media sites. Vancouver Public Schools said it would report the nature of the account to Twitter. Evergreen Public Schools said it will investigate any bullying.

Read the full story here.

Dog missing after owner killed in massive I-5 wreck

photoDaisy Missing female Yorkshire terrier


A Yorkie belonging to the man who died in the massive Interstate 5 crash last week is missing, according to the East Padden Animal Hospital.

The agency posted a photo of the missing dog, Daisy, to its Facebook page and the post had been shared more than 60 times.

Twenty-eight vehicles, including multiple tractor-trailers, were involved in the crash reported at milepost 13, near the Gee Creek rest area, about 10 a.m. Thursday.

The chain-reaction accident and several others in the area occurred as snow began to fall, making the freeway suddenly slippery.

Matthew S. Scott, 39, of Tualatin, Ore., was the driver of a 1994 Ford Explorer who died in the crash, according to Washington State Patrol. Seven other people were injured in the crash, which continues to be investigated by detectives.

Also inside the Explorer was Daisy, a 2-year-old female Yorkshire terrier, who is now missing. The dog was wearing a collar with tags at the time of the crash. The animal hospital asks that anyone who has any information call 360-892-1500.

Read the full story here.

Clark County refuses to pay $9 million Spencer judgment

photoThe Board of Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to not pay a $9 million judgment awarded to Clyde Ray Spencer this month in U.S. District Court.

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The Board of Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to not pay a $9 million judgment awarded to Clyde Ray Spencer this month in U.S. District Court.

An attorney for Spencer, however, believes the county will have no choice.

"We'll resolve that with the court," said Kathleen Zellner of Chicago.

On Feb. 4, a jury determined that Sharon Krause, a detective from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, fabricated the evidence that wrongly put Spencer in prison for 20 years after he was convicted of sexually abusing his children. Krause’s supervisor, Sgt. Mike Davidson, was found liable, as well.

Krause and Davidson are both retired, but the county paid for their legal counsel.

On Wednesday, Commissioners Tom Mielke, David Madore and Steve Stuart voted not to indemnify Krause and Davidson, meaning they will no longer protect them by paying the settlement.

Chris Horne, the county's chief civil deputy prosecutor, said since Krause was found to have fabricated evidence, she was outside the scope of her duties as a county employee.

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Wal-Mart seeks nearly 400 local workers

Clark County job seekers can now go to work for Wal-Mart, which has about 380 full- and part-time jobs up for grabs at two stores set to open this spring.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer has opened two hiring centers in the vicinity of the new store sites, although not at the actual stores. Construction crews are busy these days making sure the stores -- a Battle Ground Supercenter and a grocery-only Neighborhood Market at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards in Vancouver -- are ready to open by late spring.

"Right now, we're basically taking applications," said Jeremy Huckleberry, store manager of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s second Vancouver Neighborhood Market on Fourth Plain. He expects to spend the next several weeks working at the hiring center at 5201 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., about a mile and a half east of the store's location. The centers are equipped with several computer kiosks where prospective employees can complete the company's online application.

Huckleberry said he and other representatives will be on hand to chat with applicants and answer questions about the hiring process. Store officials are looking for about 80 people to work at the store, which will carry fresh and packaged groceries and sundries and include an in-store pharmacy.

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Evergreen's Franks looks back on his amazing shot

photoJames Price played on the Camas football and basketball teams, which both saw their seasons end in improbable fashion. “I feel like I’m a little snakebit,” he said.

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A day later, Robert Franks stood on the Evergreen basketball court just feet from where he put up The Shot.

Or was it The Toss?

The Prayer?

How about, the Blind, Over-The-Shoulder, Oh-God-Please-Go-In?

"I still can't think how I made that," Franks said. "It's crazy."

By Wednesday, the shot from Tuesday's night's Class 4A District 4 boys basketball playoff game between Evergreen and Camas had gone national. It was on the front page of and Bleacher Report got it, too.

Sure enough, by late Wednesday, the video went big time.

Yes, ESPN.

Yeah, it was that crazy — that crazy good for the Evergreen Plainsmen.

Read the full story and see the video here.

CRC hearing in Oregon draws voices from Washington

photoBy the time the Columbia River Crossing locks its doors for good next month, taxpayers may end up spending more than $200 million on an effort that never turned a shovel toward actual construction.

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As Oregon lawmakers mull whether to recommit to the Columbia River Crossing, several leaders from Washington kept their voices in the debate during a marathon public hearing in Oregon on Wednesday.

Oregon's House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development heard hours of testimony as supporters and opponents made mostly familiar arguments for and against the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. Even though Washington has largely pulled out of the controversial megaproject, comments by a handful of Southwest Washington legislators made it clear they still see a lot at stake for Clark County.

Among those testifying were state Sens. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, and Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and state Reps. Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie, both Vancouver Democrats.

The latest hearing comes as the Oregon Legislature considers doubling down on what's now a $2.7 billion project to replace the I-5 Bridge, extend light rail to Vancouver and rebuild freeway mostly in Oregon. The project would also replace the state Highway 14 interchange in Washington, where the new I-5 bridge would land.

Oregon committed to funding the CRC last year, only to see Washington walk away without authorizing any money for the project. The CRC has since re-emerged as a pared-down effort with Oregon at the helm — and bearing all the financial risk.

Read the full story here.

Vancouver woman blogs on growing up in Sochi

photoGalina Burley, as a child in 1982 in Sochi, Russia.

Galina Burley, a local leader in Clark County’s Russian-speaking community, grew up in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Her Columbian blog, Exploring Sochi, looks at the culture, issues and her personal memories of growing up in the city, which sometimes reminds her of Vancouver.

Check it out at Here are some edited highlights:

Feb. 3: This is me back in 1982.

I was in first grade, Sochi School No. 4. We were required to wear uniforms and a little Lenin star, which basically meant that we were “little Communists.”

Clearly, as a child, I didn’t understand the Communist connection, but I do recall that losing my star was problematic.

By the time I was in fourth grade, I learned that our entire history was made up to make Communists look good. Our country was changing. Our government was changing. Our lives were impacted significantly by these developments.

I remember waiting in bread lines, getting government coupons for sugar, mandatory electricity shutoffs and much more. While I do remember the difficulties of living in Russia at that time, my memories are actually very fun and positive. Why?

Read the full story and read the blog here.