Man who ran from police caught near mill

By Bob Albrecht May 21, 2011 6 a.m.

A spokesman with the Washington State Patrol said a man working at a Clark County sawmill stopped a man who had fled police in Portland. Lonnie Sahm, 32, of Tigard, Ore., allegedly took off when Portland police and Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies tried to pull him over near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street at about 11 p.m. Thursday.

Dump truck downs power pole in east Vancouver

By Bob Albrecht May 20, 2011 10:05 a.m.

A dump truck slammed into a power pole in east Vancouver, leaving lines down across the intersection at Southeast 172nd Avenue and Southeast 1st Street.

Ridgefield firefighters to practice on live fires

By Bob Albrecht May 20, 2011 9:25 a.m.

Clark County Fire & Rescue will conduct the first of two live-fire training exercises this weekend beginning at about 10 a.m. today.

Getting the word out, 140 characters at a time

By Bob Albrecht May 20, 2011 6 a.m.

Even with speakers on stage, the audience’s attention shifted between the real world and the digital mere clicks away. Anywhere else, it might have been considered rude. On Thursday, not so much.

Columbia River overflows banks in some places

By Bob Albrecht May 19, 2011 8:18 p.m.

It’ll be nothing like the mighty, roaring Mississippi River wreaking havoc in the South, but the Army Corps of Engineers announced on Thursday that the Columbia River is on the verge of flooding. In some places, it already has.

Motorcyclist hurt in three-vehicle crash on SR 14

By Bob Albrecht May 19, 2011 10:05 p.m.

A three-vehicle collision Thursday morning on westbound state Highway 14 near Southeast 164th Avenue clogged traffic merging onto Interstate 205.

Motorcylist suffers broken ribs in Padden Parkway crash

By Bob Albrecht May 19, 2011 9:55 p.m.

A motorcyclist suffered multiple broken ribs late Wednesday when he failed to merge onto Northeast Padden Parkway, from northbound Interstate 205, and had to lay down his bike.

Teen arson suspect might be tried as adult

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

A 16-year-old boy who allegedly set a fire Friday that destroyed his family’s Sifton neighborhood home is due in court May 31 for a hearing to decide whether he’ll be tried as an adult. Deputy Prosecutor Rick Olson will request at the 9 a.m. hearing that Alex Michael Smith be tried as an adult. In Washington, cases involving 16- and 17-year-olds charged with seriously violent offenses can be moved out of juvenile court.

Firefighters rescue man from Vancouver Lake

By Bob Albrecht May 18, 2011 5:42 p.m.

Fire District 6 firefighters and rescue swimmers used a boat Wednesday morning to pull a 66-year-old Salem, Ore., man suffering from dementia from Vancouver Lake.

Police arrest two in Vancouver gang shooting

By Bob Albrecht May 18, 2011 7:23 a.m.

Vancouver police say one man suffered non-life threatening injuries Tuesday during a gang shootout in which at least two people displayed weapons.

UPDATE: One dead, another pulled from river after I-5 crash

By Bob Albrecht May 17, 2011 9:14 p.m.

A four-vehicle collision on the Interstate 5 bridge over the North Fork of the Lewis River near Woodland claimed the life of one man and prompted a search that saved a woman from the river, authorities said.

Police on lookout for cyclists without helmets

By Bob Albrecht May 17, 2011 6 a.m.

Vancouver police are delivering an important message: Kids, wear your helmets.

UPDATE: Rollover wreck on I-5 ramp results in arrest

By Bob Albrecht May 17, 2011 6 a.m.

A Vancouver woman was arrested after a rollover accident Monday morning. Sheila Palmer, 40, rolled her Mitsubishi about 9:45 a.m. on the southbound 39th Street off-ramp of Interstate 5.

Police to enforce helmet law

By Bob Albrecht May 16, 2011 1:45 p.m.

Patrols by the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit will focus increasingly on making sure all bicyclists are complying with a city ordinance requiring helmets be worn at all times, said Kim Kapp, a spokeswoman.

Woman handcuffed at scene of I-5 rollover

By Bob Albrecht May 16, 2011 12:02 p.m.

Emergency responders have been called to a report of a car rolled over on the southbound 39th Street offramp from Interstate 5.

In jured motorcyclist's condition improves

By Bob Albrecht May 16, 2011 8:22 p.m.

A motorcyclist who received CPR from two sheriff’s deputies and was airlifted to a hospital after a serious crash Friday has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.

UPDATE: Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Sifton family's home

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton May 13, 2011 8:25 p.m.

A fast-moving fire destroyed a home on Northeast 129th Avenue in the Sifton neighborhood Friday morning.

Two women injured in head-on collision

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

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life on Friday to free a woman from a mangled car involved in a head-on collision in Vancouver’s Parkside neighborhood.

Portland ranks tied for 7th in dog bites on mail carriers

By Bob Albrecht May 12, 2011 1:13 p.m.

The Portland metro area garnered a top 10 spot in a nationwide ranking. It’s not exactly an occasion to celebrate.

‘River Rat’s’ getaway driver sentenced to 18 years for Portland robberies

By Bob Albrecht May 12, 2011 6:07 p.m.

The so-called “River Rat” bandit’s getaway driver is going to prison for 18 years in connection with four armed robberies in Portland.

Burglaries spike on Vancouver's east side

By Bob Albrecht May 12, 2011 6 a.m.

Police have a message for burglary victims and would-be targets in east Vancouver: Wake up. In two separate incidents that occurred in the last week, burglars boosted items from residences in which people were sleeping on a couch and in a bedroom, respectively.

Fog, sun ands showers to close week

By Bob Albrecht May 12, 2011 7 a.m.

Following this morning's commute-interrupting fog, today is likely to be partly sunny with highs in the lower 60s.

UPDATE: Deputies seek tips in fatal shooting of dog near La Center

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton May 11, 2011 9:32 p.m.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the death of a dog killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday southeast of La Center — and another dog shooting in March.

UPDATE: Camas man’s condition improves after Oregon crash

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton May 11, 2011 9:36 p.m.

A Camas man has improved from serious to fair condition in a Boise, Idaho, hospital following a single-vehicle wreck Monday that killed his wife.

Faux crisis means drill time at PDX

By Bob Albrecht May 11, 2011 12 p.m.

The Port of Portland is running a drill today to test its readiness to respond to a plane crash.

Camas man still in serious condition

By Bob Albrecht May 11, 2011 7:02 a.m.

A Camas man remains in serious condition in a Boise, Idaho, hospital following a single-vehicle wreck Monday that killed his wife.

Update: Missing man located

By Bob Albrecht May 10, 2011 10:02 a.m.

A disabled adult who left home around noon Monday was found safe this morning, according to a Vancouver police news release.

Portland commissioner’s daughter fatally shoots self

By Bob Albrecht May 9, 2011 6:39 p.m.

A 31-year-old woman died of a gunshot wound to the head suffered Sunday afternoon near Larch Corrections Center.

Woman, 86, rescued from Sherwood-area blaze

By Bob Albrecht May 9, 2011 7:48 p.m.

The black plume of smoke Laurie Sharpe spotted during her morning walk Monday looked like it could be billowing from a backyard burn. It was what she noticed next — thick orange flames reaching into the sky above a home at 10813 N.E. 38th Ave. — that sent her rushing to see if anyone at a threatened ranch-style house needed help.

Showers, wind, cool temps expected this weekend

By Bob Albrecht May 6, 2011 10:48 a.m.

Consider Wednesday’s sunshine and blue skies a trailer for a blockbuster movie you can’t wait to see — and one that isn’t arriving this weekend.

Deputies, community honor fallen K-9 Deputy Kane

By Bob Albrecht May 5, 2011 5:02 p.m.

After letting out two “yelping, growling” sounds, Clark County K-9 Deputy Kane, his normally smooth gait thrown off by stab wounds, ran into the arms of his handler, Deputy Rick Osborne, who hurried to the team’s nearby patrol car and then drove to a veterinary hospital.

Woman pulled from burning attic died of smoke inhalation

By Bob Albrecht May 5, 2011 8:35 p.m.

A woman died of smoke inhalation after being trapped in her attic last month during a fire at her home in Vancouver’s Harney Heights neighborhood.

Vancouver police seeks 10 new officers

By Bob Albrecht May 5, 2011 5:32 p.m.

Vancouver police are using money from a Department of Justice grant to fill 10 vacant officer positions.

Suspects in Portland shooting arrested in Clark County

By Bob Albrecht May 5, 2011 8:37 p.m.

Two men allegedly involved in a drive-by shooting in Portland last month were arrested in Clark County on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Longview woman dies from crash into tree

By Bob Albrecht May 5, 2011 7:29 a.m.

A Longview woman was pronounced dead Wednesday at the scene of a single-vehicle wreck.

Electrical fire in attic quickly contained

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton May 3, 2011 9:03 p.m.

Firefighters swiftly put out a small blaze confined to the attic of a house in Salmon Creek, north of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, today. Crews from Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department rushed to 2304 N.E. 144th St. about 11:06 a.m. Tuesday. The first unit from Vancouver fire arrived minutes later.

Ore. police investigating body recovered from Columbia River

By Bob Albrecht May 3, 2011 1:48 p.m.

The body of a deceased male recovered early this morning from the Columbia River has been tentatively identified.

Vancouver man, 26, dies in work-related accident

By Bob Albrecht May 2, 2011 7:22 p.m.

A Vancouver man who operated an asphalt maintenance and repair company with his father died in a work-related accident Friday.

Ranger is accidentally shot at shooting range

By Bob Albrecht April 30, 2011 6 a.m.

A state parks ranger was transported to an area hospital Thursday after his firearm accidentally discharged and he suffered a gunshot wound at a Vancouver firing range.

Sheriff’s deputies investigating report man exposed himself to school bus

By Bob Albrecht April 30, 2011 6 a.m.

A man reportedly exposed himself Thursday to students who were in at least one school bus leaving Tukes Valley Primary School in Battle Ground.

Police searching for rifle stolen from La Center officer’s truck

By Bob Albrecht April 30, 2011 6 a.m.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of an assault rifle and other items from the covered bed of a La Center police sergeant’s pickup truck.

Man arrested for allegedly stealing cash from B.G. community center

By Bob Albrecht April 28, 2011 9:36 p.m.

A Battle Ground man admitted to stealing a cash box on Wednesday used to collect donations at the city’s community center, police say. Micah Crowson, 23, was located by Battle Ground police and allegedly admitted to the 12:30 p.m. theft. The box contained more than $100, according to a police news bulletin. When police located Crowson, he led police to the missing donation box.

Lockdown lifted at Evergreen schools

By Bob Albrecht April 28, 2011 12:14 p.m.

A one-hour lockdown at five Evergreen Public Schools campuses has been lifted.

Cool, wet spring continues in Clark County

By Bob Albrecht April 28, 2011 6:54 a.m.

Stepping outside today could be an adventure: Forecasters are calling for cool temperatures, rain, possible thunderstorms and wind gusts as high as 22 mph.

Father arrested weeks before deadly blaze

By Bob Albrecht and Ray Legendre April 28, 2011 6 a.m.

On the day police revealed a Vancouver father intentionally set the fire that killed him and his five children, disturbing new details surfaced about a violent outburst that led his wife to seek a restraining order weeks earlier. Tuan Dao, 37, allegedly threw a clothes iron, a packed duffle bag and a water bottle at his wife, Lori Dao, during a March 29 argument inside their home at 15304 N.E. 13th Circle, according to a police report. Officers arrested Tuan Dao on suspicion of assault and reckless endangerment. A judge subsequently ordered him to stay at least 500 feet away from his wife.

Cat saved from burnt building still recovering

By Bob Albrecht April 27, 2011 7:22 p.m.

The doctor’s orders for a cat rescued after spending 13 hours trapped inside a burning apartment are a lot like what a doctor might tell you: Stay off your feet for a few days.

Police: Father set Easter fire that killed him, 5 children

By Bob Albrecht April 27, 2011 9:18 a.m.

A Vancouver man was apparently so distraught about his bankruptcy and failed marriage that he set the Easter morning house fire that killed him and five of his children, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told The Oregonian on Tuesday.

Washougal firefighters put out chicken coop blaze

By Bob Albrecht April 27, 2011 7:40 a.m.

Washougal firefighters have knocked down a fully involved fire inside a chicken coop that spread to a nearby tree.

Arraignment in caged children case today

By Bob Albrecht April 27, 2011 7:03 a.m.

The Vancouver man and woman accused of keeping two autistic boys in a caged room will be arraigned today in Clark County Superior Court on unlawful imprisonment charges.

Trouble spots for county cops

By Bob Albrecht April 24, 2011 6 a.m.

One doesn’t have a sign. The other is known by its large sign promising cheap overnight lodging. Separated by about a mile of Highway 99, Callaham’s Mobile Estates and the Value Motel are regular fixtures on a list produced annually by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office that tracks calls-for-service.