Morning Press: Luyster found guilty; rats at Wal-Mart; All-Region soccer




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

Luyster found guilty of three counts of aggravated murder

Family members sobbed and embraced, rallying around shooting survivor Breanne Leigh, after a Clark County jury found Brent Luyster guilty of triple aggravated murder Friday morning.

Luyster, 37, now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

He will be sentenced Dec. 4. Prosecutors will address his pending charges in an alleged attempted escape from the Clark County Jail at that time.

Danette Anderson, the mother of shooting victim Joseph LaMar, called out, “Praise Jesus!” as corrections deputies shackled Luyster to escort him from the courtroom.

Rats lead to closures in McDonald’s in Vancouver Wal-Mart Supercenter

Health officials have temporarily closed portions of the Vancouver Wal-Mart Supercenter and the McDonald’s restaurant inside the store after discovering rats.

Clark County Public Health responded Thursday to a complaint from a McDonald’s employee regarding rats at the restaurant and Wal-Mart store at 221 N.E. 104th Ave. Following an inspection, health officials closed the restaurant and the Wal-Mart bakery and deli for at least 48 hours, said Don Strick, Clark County Public Health spokesman.

Health officials assessed the construction of the store — such as ceilings and walls — and decided which areas to close based on where rats easily could have gained access to food preparation areas, said Joe Laxson, program manager for environmental public health.

Jellyfish find their way into Battle Ground Lake

Jodie Rogers was reluctant to tell too many people she spotted a jellyfish swimming in Battle Ground Lake because the first few didn’t buy it.

“I thought no one would believe me,” Rogers said.

For about the last 20 years, Rogers and her friend Caren Lorenz have kept a summertime ritual of swimming Battle Ground Lake. But they say it wasn’t until two or three summers ago that they started spotting whitish translucent little jellyfish undulating just below the surface.

“It was kind of surprising the first few times, because maybe I did think I was crazy,” Rogers said. She and Lorenz have now seen the creatures so often, especially this summer, that they’re unfazed.

Fan vote open for All-Region girls soccer team

Fans are once again invited to help select the 2017 Columbian All-Region girls soccer team.

In order to make this ballot, players had to be selected to an all-league first team.

Voting for the All-Region soccer team will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 21.