Car fire spreads to dry grass

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings July 2, 2015 9:09 p.m.

A car fire in a field along Northeast 259th Street quickly spread to dry grass this afternoon.

Garbage truck snags, downs power lines

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings July 2, 2015 9:10 p.m.

An accident about 10 a.m. today downed power lines and caused the closure of Fourth Plain Boulevard on Vancouver's west side.

Nickelback cancels tonight's Clark County show

By Craig Brown June 19, 2015 5:25 p.m.

Nickelback has canceled tonight's show at the Amiphtheater Northwest, according to an announcement on the amphitheater's website.

Lacamas Lake's Heritage Trail reopens

By Craig Brown June 13, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The popular Heritage Trail along the south side of Lacamas Lake has reopened after it was closed part of Saturday for a suicide investigation.

Porch fire damages east Vancouver home

By Craig Brown June 13, 2015 4:35 p.m.

A Saturday afternoon fire damaged the front porch of a home in east Vancouver’s Bennington neighborhood.

Semi crashes near Cape Horn

By Craig Brown June 12, 2015 8:54 a.m.

A tractor-trailer rig sideswiped an embankment on Highway 14 near Cape Horn on Thursday afternoon, causing a traffic tie-up and reportedly minor injuries to the driver.

Victims ID'd in Highway 500 crash

By Craig Brown June 12, 2015 3:41 p.m.

Two people died Friday in a head-on collision that the Washington State Patrol said was caused by a wrong-way driver.

I-5 southbound closed again in Portland

By Craig Brown June 10, 2015 5:05 p.m.

A car fire, fistfight and hazardous materials incident closed southbound Interstate 5 in Portland, not long after it had reopened from a previous wreck.

Teen jumps from I-205 overpass, dies at hospital

By Craig Brown June 8, 2015 3:12 p.m.

A teenager was sent to the hospital this morning after he reportedly jumped off an overpass onto the shoulder of Interstate 205.

Thunder wakes metro area

By Craig Brown June 1, 2015 6:45 a.m.

An electrical storm moved through the metro area early today as a warm weekend gives way to a cool Monday morning.

Brush fire along I-5 produces big smoke plume

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie May 22, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Emergency dispatchers were flooded with calls Friday morning as a fire destroyed an apparent homeless camp near Interstate 5.

Trial rescheduled for Evergreen drama teacher

By Craig Brown May 18, 2015 11:36 a.m.

An Evergreen High School drama teacher accused of having sex with a student is now scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 3.

Boldt to run for county seat outside of GOP

By Craig Brown May 12, 2015 7:17 p.m.

Marc Boldt, a former Republican legislator and county commissioner who was sanctioned by the county party in 2012, is giving up his GOP affiliation to make his latest race.

Clark County philanthropist Ed Lynch dies at 94

By Craig Brown May 10, 2015 9:52 p.m.

One of Southwest Washington’s biggest benefactors, Ed Lynch, died Sunday evening after a period of declining health. He was 94 years old.

Deputies arrest suspected Walgreens burglars

By Craig Brown May 10, 2015 8:41 a.m.

Clark County sheriff's deputies have arrested three people suspected of burglarizing local Walgreen's stores over the past several weeks.

Morning fire damages Washougal home

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie May 8, 2015 10:41 a.m.

A fire damaged the bedroom of a Washougal home Friday morning.

Divers recover body of female driver from Columbia River

By Craig Brown May 4, 2015 4:11 p.m.

Rescue divers in Portland have recovered the body of a female adult driver who drove off into the Columbia River from Marine Drive.

Vancouver pilot confirmed as crash victim

By Craig Brown April 30, 2015 2:22 p.m.

An autopsy has confirmed that a Vancouver pilot was the victim of an April 22 crash on an Oregon hillside.

Who owns this motorized wheelchair?

By Craig Brown April 21, 2015 9:39 a.m.

Vancouver police are looking for the owner of a motorized wheelchair found abandoned along the side of the road.

Off Beat: Grant chronicled pre-presidency days in Vancouver

By Craig Brown April 20, 2015 6 a.m.

In an April 12 story in our Sunday Life section, Columbian reporter Tom Vogt wrote of an astonishing number of Civil War officers — Union and Confederate — who served at Vancouver either before or after the war.

County council discusses rural land-use proposal Alt 4 today

By Craig Brown and Kaitlin Gillespie April 14, 2015 10:08 a.m.

A large crowd is expected to be on hand today as county commissioners tackle the always-thorny issue of land use, including a plan drawn up not by planning staff, but by County Councilor David Madore.

Fire heavily damages Hazel Dell home

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings April 8, 2015 9:22 p.m.

A fire heavily damaged a West Hazel Dell home shortly after 4 p.m. today.

Vancouver police: Driver tried to kill passengers

By Craig Brown April 1, 2015 6:27 a.m.

A Vancouver man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police say he intentionally crashed his car, injuring two people and a child.

Portland police chase truck, trailer

By Craig Brown March 31, 2015 7:29 a.m.

A pre-dawn police chase ended in an accident on Portland's inner southeast industrial neighborhood today.

Deer in road prompts three-car accident

By Craig Brown March 31, 2015 6:38 a.m.

A deer in the road triggered a chain-reaction vehicle collision Monday north of Camas.

Vancouver standoff suspect appears in court

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings March 30, 2015 6:05 p.m.

A Vancouver man who was arrested after a nine-hour standoff with police was in court today.

Gunshot prompts large police response

By Craig Brown March 18, 2015 10:21 p.m.

A report of a gunshot through a wall escalated into a large police response at a Hazel Dell apartment complex Wednesday night.

Clark/Vancouver Drug Task Force aids in Portland bust

By Craig Brown March 18, 2015 7:50 p.m.

Clark/Vancouver Drug Task Force detectives were part of a special investigative unit that broke up a heroin sale Wednesday in Portland.

Kalama man accused of soliciting girl, 15

By Craig Brown March 17, 2015 10:04 a.m.

A Kalama man has been arrested and accused of using social media to convince a girl to send him a photo and meet him for sex.

Several problems snarl morning commute

By Craig Brown March 17, 2015 9:42 a.m.

Motorists failed to share in the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day, as a series of problems snarled morning traffic along Interstate 5 into Portland.

Some still without power today

By Craig Brown March 16, 2015 10:04 a.m.

About 240 customers were still without power this morning in the wake of Sunday's windstorm.

Wind downs trees, disrupts power in Clark County

By Craig Brown March 15, 2015 8:25 p.m.

Wind gusts approaching 50 mph caused problems throughout Clark County this afternoon, downing trees and causing power outages.

Police arrest credit card counterfeit suspects

By Craig Brown March 13, 2015 1:35 p.m.

Police in Oregon have arrested two Florida men whom they suspect of using counterfeit credit cards in stores in Washington and Oregon.

Man injured in Brush Prairie crash

By Craig Brown March 13, 2015 9:43 a.m.

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 503 early Friday sent one man to the hospital for evaluation of injuries.

Rain for Southwest Washington... finally

By Craig Brown March 11, 2015 7:31 a.m.

Finally, March showers have reached Southwest Washington, bringing an end to a string of warm, sunny, almost summerlike days.

Fire at Hazel Dell apartments caused by candle

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings March 9, 2015 8:03 p.m.

A fire that started when a candle set a mattress ablaze damaged a Hazel Dell apartment Monday afternoon.

Crash partially blocks downtown intersection

By Craig Brown March 4, 2015 9:12 a.m.

A rush-hour accident partially blocked a major downtown intersection this morning.

Light smoke prompts fire call to Truman elementary

By Mark Bowder , Craig Brown , Justin Runquist and Tom Vogt February 4, 2015 11:42 a.m.

A report of light smoke and an electrical odor brought Vancouver firefighters to Truman Elementary School around 11:20 a.m. today.

Former 'guest' gives county jail five stars on Yelp

By Craig Brown February 3, 2015 5:29 p.m.

Clark County has its first five-star resort, at least if you believe what you read on the Internet.

Vandals damage cars in Battle Ground

By Craig Brown January 9, 2015 1:19 p.m.

Battle Ground police are looking for tips into a rash of vandalism that occurred late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Vancouver man arrested in fitness center thefts

By Craig Brown January 9, 2015 11:53 a.m.

A Vancouver man has been arrested in connection with a series of locker thefts at an Oregon fitness center.

Dozens of flights delayed at PDX today

By Craig Brown January 6, 2015 9:35 a.m.

More than two dozen flights are delayed at Portland International Airport today, according to the Port of Portland's website.

Shooting reported in downtown Vancouver

By Craig Brown January 1, 2015 12:25 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning near Eighth and Main streets.

One wounded in New Year's shooting

By Craig Brown January 1, 2015 10:59 a.m.

Clark County sheriff's detectives are looking for a suspect who shot and wounded a man early this morning at a home near Five Corners.

Motorist dies after car plunges into Columbia River

By Craig Brown January 1, 2015 7:59 a.m.

A woman who was driving along Northeast Marine Drive has died after her vehicle left the road and plunged into the Columbia River.

Police: B.G. man, son are safe

By Craig Brown December 30, 2014 2:37 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office says a Battle Ground man and his 9-year-old son who went missing overnight are safe. They got stuck in the snow but were eventually able to text a family member, said Sgt. Kevin Allais.

Christmas Day fire displaces family

By Craig Brown December 25, 2014 5:13 p.m.

A Christmas Day fire displaced three adults and three children in east Vancouver.

Cops seeking fairgrounds-area burglars  

By Craig Brown December 18, 2014 9:50 a.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is seeking two burglars who struck a home near the Clark County fairgrounds on Wednesday.

Commissioners decline to protect county departments

By Craig Brown and Stephanie Rice December 16, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Clark County commissioners today voted down an ordinance that would have cemented county departments in advance of a new charter, effective Jan. 1.

Off Beat: Metro desk will miss stories, tips of yet another caller

By Craig Brown December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Employees come and go in a newsroom. At The Columbian, we recently welcomed video storyteller Ariane Kunze and photographer Natalie Behring, and said goodbye to reporter Tyler Graf and photographer Zachary Kaufman. But one thing that remains constant are the gadflies.