By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
SEATTLE — Two Washington cities have systematically violated the constitutional rights of poor defendants to effective legal representation, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, blaming city officials for being "willfully blind" to the effects of their cost-cutting.
Vancouver police are seeking help from the public in finding a missing, endangered 5-month old boy. Jaxon Smith is believed to be with one or both of his parents, Summer B. Smith, 36, and Kasey McKernan, 31.
A 19-year-old Yacolt man accused of assaulting an acquaintance June 23 at a Battle Ground gas station was sent back to jail Wednesday for not showing up at a mandatory Nov. 27 hearing before his trial.
The sheriff's office hopes to curb aggressive panhandling through an ordinance that would restrict where panhandling occurs and how it's done. Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Randon Walker hosted an informal public forum Tuesday evening to explain the draft ordinance and get feedback.
Vancouver police say early-morning burglaries are on the rise in the city’s west side. Burglars are entering homes in the Arnada, Shumway and Carter Park neighborhoods through unlocked doors and windows in the backyard.