Trailer wreck bogs down I-5 traffic

By Bob Albrecht July 3, 2011 6 a.m.

A travel trailer overturned on the East Fork Lewis River bridge near Woodland Saturday after the driver of an SUV who was towing the trailer lost control, struck both sides of the bridge and lost the trailer to its side. Traffic in the area was backed up several miles following the about 1 p.m. crash while crews worked to clear the wreck. There were no injuries reported.

Learning about the old way to log

By Bob Albrecht July 3, 2011 6 a.m.

Self-described “study buddies,” Steve Roberts and Alison Duff got a crash course in 1920s era logging during a Saturday field trip to Pomeroy Living History Farm. The learned lesson? Black and white museum photos of steam donkeys and loaders don’t do it justice.

City, trustee for developer reach deal on off-road area

By Bob Albrecht July 1, 2011 6 a.m.

Is it all over for the wild-riding thrill seekers taking advantage of an unsupervised dirt track in east Vancouver? At least, city officials think so. On late Wednesday, Vancouver attorneys reached an agreement with trustees overseeing undeveloped and previously unregulated land in east Vancouver to demolish large jumps that highlighted what one city councilman termed an “obstacle course” for off-road vehicles.

Portland shooting suspect arrested in Vancouver

By Bob Albrecht June 30, 2011 9:22 p.m.

A 23-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday in Vancouver on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Leonard James "LJ" Irving Sunday.

Registration for 'American Idol' auditions in Portland begins today

By Bob Albrecht June 30, 2011 7:39 a.m.

Local residents have an opportunity today to sign up to make their case as TV's most popular show, now in its 11th season, is holding auditions in Portland for the first time.

Firefighters responding to mobile home fire

By Bob Albrecht June 29, 2011 2:55 p.m.

Crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue and Clark County Fire District 6 are on scene at a fully involved trailer fire in Ridgefield.

Vancouver man identified as driver in fatal truck crash near Warm Springs, Ore.

By Bob Albrecht July 1, 2011 6 a.m.

A 54-year-old Vancouver man died in a fiery commercial truck crash Tuesday on Highway 26, six miles east of Warm Springs, according the Oregon State Police. David Lee Spooner was driving a tractor trailer rig loaded with 8,300 gallons of aviation fuel on an uphill stretch of the highway. For an unknown reason, the truck traveled onto the shoulder and continued along a guardrail for about 100 feet before breaking through the railing, according to an OSP bulletin. The truck and trailer then broke through the guardrail, went about 200 feet down an embankment and caught fire.

Deputies search for suspects after shooting in Vancouver

By Bob Albrecht June 28, 2011 2:22 p.m.

Law enforcement officials are searching for two suspects after a shooting in the Sunnyside neighborhood north of Vancouver.

Officials investigating boiler business blaze

By Bob Albrecht June 27, 2011 9:27 p.m.

Camas fire investigators are expected today to begin digging into the remnants of a blaze that destroyed a boiler repair business.

Woman shot by police in stable condition, police say

By Bob Albrecht June 27, 2011 9:17 p.m.

Mary Lee Andison was described by police as being in stable condition Monday in a Portland hospital after being shot Friday by a SWAT officer. Andison, 60, was shot at the home she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Andison, a longtime Vancouver gynecologist, own south of Ridgefield.

Student pilot from La Center injured in plane crash

By Bob Albrecht June 27, 2011 9:19 p.m.

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A student pilot and his instructor received minor injuries when the ultralight aircraft they were flying crashed near Moses Lake.

Vancouver biker killed in Nebraska accident identified

By Bob Albrecht June 27, 2011 9:21 p.m.

A Washington state man has died in a crash on Interstate 80 in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Police: Save the excuse, we’ve heard it all

By Bob Albrecht June 26, 2011 6 a.m.

Sitting on the side of the road as blue and red lights flash in your rearview mirrors probably isn’t when you’re at your most clearheaded. So here’s a piece of advice: The excuse you hatched to explain away speeding or your role in a fender bender has almost surely been heard before — and it’s unlikely to get you out of trouble.

Two dogs kill 20-year-old feline

By Bob Albrecht June 25, 2011 6 a.m.

Two dogs repeatedly spotted roaming the area around the 1300 block of Northwest 80th Street, north of 78th Street and east of Lakeshore Avenue, attacked and killed a cat Thursday evening.

Vehicle stolen from dialysis patient’s driveway

By Bob Albrecht June 25, 2011 6 a.m.

A woman heading to her car to drive to a kidney dialysis appointment opened the door to her driveway early Friday morning to find the vehicle missing. “I figure it’s long gone,” Theresa Ford, 57, said of her 1996 black Honda Accord. “It’s the number one car to get stolen.”

Man, 22, dead of apparent suicide

By Bob Albrecht June 24, 2011 11:20 a.m.

A man found dead Thursday morning in Lacamas Park at Round Lake in Camas is believed to have committed suicide, according to a bulletin from the Camas Police Department.

One dog killed, second hurt in bulldog attack in La Center

By Bob Albrecht June 23, 2011 9:15 p.m.

One dog was killed and another injured by an escaped American bulldog during an attack Tuesday.

Man, 22, found dead at Round Lake

By Bob Albrecht June 23, 2011 9:12 p.m.

The body of a 22-year-old male was discovered this morning in Lacamas Park at Round Lake in Camas, according to a news bulletin.

Vancouver man charged with burglary, rape in Cowlitz County

By Bob Albrecht June 23, 2011 9:11 p.m.

Prosecutors in Cowlitz County on Tuesday filed charges of first-degree burglary with sexual motivation, first-degree burglary and second-degree rape against a 20-year-old Vancouver man, according to The Daily News in Longview.

Battle Ground man arrested in alleged sex crimes involving Oregon teen

By Bob Albrecht June 21, 2011 7:15 a.m.

A Battle Ground man was arrested Friday by Newberg, Ore. police on charges alleging he sent sexually explicit photos of himself via the Internet to a 16-year-old female and intended to have sex with her.

Seattle homicide suspect arrested in Woodland

By Bob Albrecht June 21, 2011 9:20 p.m.

A man wanted in connection with a Seattle murder was arrested early this morning when a custodian at a Woodland school spotted Mussie E. Weldeyohhannes and called police.

Roadside safety tips may save lives

By Bob Albrecht June 19, 2011 6 a.m.

The Washington State Patrol supports and appreciates good-willed drivers pulling off the freeway to help someone stalled by a blown tire or overheated engine — with a caveat: “If you are going to stop, you need to look out for your own personal safety,” said Trooper Ryan Tanner. In the past 11 months, the state patrol has investigated seven automotive vs. pedestrian fatalities in southwest Washington, including three in Clark County. The most recent saw a man killed on northbound Interstate 5 just south of Woodland after he had stopped to check on someone who had wrecked her car on a bridge.

Nine arrested in sweep for guns, drugs

By Bob Albrecht June 16, 2011 9:43 p.m.

The Southwest Washington Safe Streets Task Force, an interagency gang unit, arrested nine wanted persons Wednesday during a one-day sweep that also netted four guns, two pounds of narcotics and an undisclosed amount of money.

Public Works says to expect construction delays Friday

By Bob Albrecht June 16, 2011 8:04 a.m.

Expect delays on the Northeast 112th Avenue corridor near Northeast 18th Street beginning Friday due to construction.

Man sought in TV thefts from hotels

By Bob Albrecht June 14, 2011 6 a.m.

An unidentified man captured on surveillance video Thursday carting a 42-inch television away from a Vancouver hotel is believed to have carried out similar thefts in Portland. The suspect was described as a light-skinned male in his 30s with short dark hair and an average build.

Injured motorcyclist is still on life support

By Bob Albrecht June 13, 2011 9 p.m.

A Wilsonville, Ore., man injured in a motorcycle crash near North Bonneville on June 4 is on life support at Southwest Washington Medical Center, his wife said.

District 6 firefighters to train on residential home

By Bob Albrecht June 13, 2011 2:06 p.m.

Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 will practice responding to a blaze today on a two-story house due to be demolished later this week.

Police warn residents to guard against burglaries, auto prowls

By Bob Albrecht June 11, 2011 6 a.m.

A woman returned from a workout last week to find one of her vehicle’s windows smashed; a purse described as "expensive," a watch and two cell phones were missing. The best protection against auto prowls, according to Kim Kapp of the Vancouver Police Department, “is not to leave valuables in your vehicle. We just cannot get the information out enough.”

Deputies in Skamania seize $300,000 of marijuana

By Bob Albrecht June 11, 2011 6 a.m.

Deputies in Skamania County last month seized marijuana plants from a three-story residential home they say had seven rooms filled with plants and sophisticated growing equipment. Officers took from the home 1,050 plants with a street value of more than $300,000. Some of the plants appeared to be about 5 feet tall.

Man arrested in Stevenson for alleged weapon trafficking

By Bob Albrecht June 11, 2011 6 a.m.

A 27-year-old Carson man was arrested in Stevenson last month after a reported purchase of an apparently stolen firearm triggered an investigation. On May 26, Steven Tyler Hohman was taken into custody without incident on multiple counts of felon in possession of a firearm, trafficking stolen property and possession of stolen property, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters to reward kids wearing helmets

By Bob Albrecht June 10, 2011 10:04 a.m.

Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 6 will be stopping helmeted kids riding bikes and skateboards throughout this month to award them for being safe.

Local volunteers respond to nationwide disasters

By Bob Albrecht June 10, 2011 9:45 a.m.

Nearly two dozen local volunteers have traveled to help victims of disasters in the middle and southern United States.

WSP drives for truck safety

By Bob Albrecht June 10, 2011 6 a.m.

Underneath a Peterbilt tractor-trailer, Officer Corey Turner marked the big rig’s brakes to make sure they were up to code. When Jim Bowers would press the brakes, Turner explained, he’d be able to tell if they were working based on where the marks landed. Shaking his head, Turner said, “One of the trucks we had yesterday, two of the back brakes weren’t even working.”

Bridge lifts for 'Fleet Week' to cause delays in Portland

By Bob Albrecht June 9, 2011 7:03 a.m.

The arrival for naval vessels making up the Rose Festival's Fleet will jam traffic today in Portland.

Two arrested for alleged prescription drug fraud in Woodland

By Bob Albrecht June 6, 2011 9:05 p.m.

Two Woodland women were arrested Monday on allegations they tried to obtain oxycodone from a pharmacy using a forged prescription form.

Vancouver man dies in logging accident in Skamania County

By Bob Albrecht June 6, 2011 9:02 p.m.

A 36-year-old Vancouver man died Sunday in Skamania County when the machine he was operating went off a narrow road and rolled several times down a 250-foot embankment.

Section of waterfront trail closed due to flood damage

By Bob Albrecht June 3, 2011 2:47 p.m.

A stretch of Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail was closed Friday due to erosion near Tidewater Cove, marking the first report of damage resulting from the Columbia River’s climb into flood stage.

Investigators probe early morning fire

By Bob Albrecht June 3, 2011 7:17 a.m.

Arson investigators are looking into an early Friday arson near the intersection of West 19th and Washington streets, a block from Main Street in the Hough neighborhood.

High river levels prompt bridge lifts

By Bob Albrecht June 2, 2011 7:53 a.m.

Traffic on Interstate 5 was congested this morning earlier than usual, the result of a bridge lift that occurred at about 6 a.m.

Bear captured near Clark College

By Bob Albrecht June 1, 2011 7:22 p.m.

People were quick to connect the capture of a black bear in central Vancouver early Wednesday to the ones from Yakima trying to negotiate a move to town. Yes, the bears have come to town. No, not the minor league baseball-playing versions.

Two rescued after hours on Vancouver Lake

By Bob Albrecht May 31, 2011 9:30 p.m.

An adult man and woman lost on Vancouver Lake spent about seven hours on the water Monday before being rescued by firefighters.

Weather: 100 percent chance of rain today

By Bob Albrecht May 25, 2011 7:24 a.m.

Hopefully you soaked up Monday and Tuesday's sunshine. Rain is prominent in the National Weather Service's five-day forecast, especially today, when the chance of precipitation is a tidy 100 percent.

Clark County end of line for Train gang ‘enforcer’

By Bob Albrecht May 25, 2011 6 a.m.

A man who called himself an “enforcer” with a once-prominent gang called the Freight Train Riders of America and who was wanted for murder in Texas was arrested last week in Clark County following a fight. Michael Elijah Adams, 43, using the alias Michael Allen Thompson, was taken into custody at about 9:30 p.m. May 17 when Deputy Andrew Kennison of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office stopped him following what was reported as a “physical disturbance” in the 2300 block of Northeast 134th Street. A man was reportedly beating another man in the northeast corner of a construction site.

Columbia closes in on flood stage

By Bob Albrecht May 24, 2011 7:31 a.m.

The Columbia River is nearing its 16-foot flood stage, likely crossing into the threshold sometime today, according to the National Weather Service. That means there could be flooding in low-lying areas along the river's bank.

Antique violin stolen from local musician

By Bob Albrecht May 23, 2011 6:46 p.m.

A local musician and his wife are desperately trying to track down a valuable violin stolen a little more than a month ago.

Motorcyclist killed in crash identified as Vancouver man

By Bob Albrecht May 23, 2011 6:48 p.m.

A man who died in a motorcycle crash Friday was identified Monday as 60-year-old Richard Ludden of Vancouver. He died of internal injuries, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Columbia to reach flood stage Tuesday, weather service says

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton May 23, 2011 8:54 p.m.

The Columbia River is expected to climb past its 16-foot Vancouver flood stage Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, causing flooding in low-lying areas near the river’s banks.

Coast Guard calls off search for missing fisherman

By Bob Albrecht May 23, 2011 9:19 a.m.

After a weekend search, the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for a missing fisherman who didn’t return from a fishing trip Friday.

Man wanted in Texas beating death arrested in Vancouver

By Bob Albrecht May 20, 2011 9:14 p.m.

A man police in Texas said is connected the killing of a homeless El Paso woman this year has been taken into custody in Vancouver.

I-5 reopens after overturned trailer blocked traffic

By Bob Albrecht May 20, 2011 1:03 p.m.

A travel trailer has overturned on Interstate 5, north of 39th Street, blocking two northbound lanes.