Morning Press: Family’s road to recovery, La Center growth, hit-and-run sentencing




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Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.

Family faces long road after car strikes mom, sons

A Saturday morning walk for doughnuts has turned the McAllister family’s lives upside down.

Melissa McAllister and her two young sons, 3-year-old AJ and 21-month-old Christopher, were struck by a car in the parking lot of their neighborhood Safeway during their weekly outing for doughnuts.

Since the July 29 crash, Melissa, 28, has undergone surgery for a broken pelvis, and AJ has suffered a stroke. Christopher, who was riding in a stroller, suffered a mild concussion, and Guy McAllister has split his time between hospital rooms housing his wife and children.

Man sentenced to five years in hit-and-run

Nancy Peterson stood face-to-face Monday with the hit-and-run driver whom she blames for turning her son into a “monster.”

Through sobs and surrounded by court officials, she described to Joshua Johnson the extent of her son’s injuries — a broken back and ribs, and two broken legs; his left leg so badly injured it had to be amputated — and the impact they’ve had on his life. She said her son, Paul Adams, may still lose his right leg.

Adams, who now gets around with the assistance of a wheelchair, was not present during Johnson’s sentencing and has said he holds no ill feelings toward Johnson.

Getting La Center ‘shovel ready’

LA CENTER — Driving into La Center is pretty straightforward. Take Exit 16 off Interstate 5 and turn east, away from the looming Ilani Casino Resort.

In two miles the road dips into a long left turn toward the East Fork of the Lewis River, the trees draw apart to show the bridge, the city’s wastewater treatment center and the cardrooms next door that helped pay for it.

Wells Fargo to close Vancouver call center

Calls from Wells Fargo customers looking to restructure their mortgages have sunk, and so too has the demand for people who handle those calls.

Wells Fargo notified 72 employees at its call center at 521 S.E. Chkalov Drive that their positions would be cut by October, spokesman Tom Unger confirmed Thursday.

Man accused of trying to stomp on baby in Esther Short Park

Police say a Vancouver man approached a couple and their newborn baby at Esther Short Park on Saturday and attempted to stomp on the child, court records show.

Benjamin R. Courtney, 39, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree assault stemming from the confrontation.