County audit critical of fee waiver for developers

By Craig Brown and Tyler Graf November 25, 2014 4:38 p.m.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Tuesday officially released his department’s report of the county’s Job Creation-Fee Waiver program. The release of the highly critical report had been postponed for weeks due to County Commissioner David Madore’s desire to spearhead an “independent analysis” of the audit’s findings.

Vancouver cops search for burglary suspect

By Craig Brown November 7, 2014 9:55 a.m.

A search for a residential burglar brought Vancouver police and a K-9 to the Minnehaha area of Vancouver this morning.

Election results: County charter passing

By Craig Brown November 4, 2014 8:35 p.m.

First results from the 2014 general election show the proposed county charter passing, and Craig Pridemore and Chuck Atkins elected as county commissioner and sheriff, respectively.

Larry Peterson, former Columbian Metro editor, dies

By Craig Brown October 27, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Former Columbian Metro Editor Larry Peterson has died in Tybee Island, Ga., according to the Savannah Morning News, where he worked for 15 years as a columnist and editor.

Heavy rain due by this afternoon

By Craig Brown October 22, 2014 7:01 a.m.

Heavy rains are due to move into Southwest Washington this afternoon as a virtual firehose of tropical moisture aims itself at the region.

Craigslist ad responder found safe

By Craig Brown October 21, 2014 6:48 a.m.

A Portland man who was reported missing after answering a help wanted ad on the Craigslist website has been found safe in Clark County.

Atmospheric river flowing toward region

By Craig Brown October 21, 2014 6:32 a.m.

An atmospheric river of tropical moisture is flowing toward Southwest Washington and Oregon today, bringing the biggest storms since last winter.

Smile, pumpkin, it's a great day for picking

By Craig Brown October 19, 2014 8:24 p.m.

YACOLT — In the middle of the pumpkin patch, the white soles of Olivia Paige Gailinas' pink Keds were almost spotless.

Overnight police standoff ends in arrest

By Craig Brown and Tom Vogt October 18, 2014 9:08 a.m.

An overnight standoff between police and a suspect barricaded in an east Vancouver garage ended safely at about 8 a.m. today.

Two-alarm fire guts Camas airport hangar

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu October 7, 2014 12:55 a.m.

A fast-moving fire gutted a large hangar at Grove Field in Camas Monday night, destroying an estimated 14 hangar bays and an undetermined number of small aircraft.

Vancouver police seeking stolen Peterbilt

By Craig Brown September 30, 2014 6:07 p.m.

Vancouver police are looking for leads into the theft of two commercial trucks from industrial yards along the Columbia River waterfront.

NOW volunteers plan patrols Tuesday

By Craig Brown September 29, 2014 8:53 p.m.

Volunteers with Vancouver's Neighbors on Watch program plan a "saturation patrol" through the city from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Knife-wielding robber accosts Vancouver store clerk

By Craig Brown September 29, 2014 2:35 p.m.

A robber armed with a large knife accosted a convenience store clerk in Vancouver this afternoon, stealing cigarettes.

Vancouver trucker accused of evading N.Y. bridge toll

By Craig Brown September 24, 2014 11:33 a.m.

A Vancouver trucker has been arrested in New York, accused of altering his tractor's license plate in order to avoid tolls on the George Washington Bridge.

Vancouver lifts burn ban

By Craig Brown September 24, 2014 10:14 a.m.

The city of Vancouver has lifted its burn ban after rain soaked the region overnight.

Firstenburg pool reopens

By Craig Brown September 15, 2014 6:58 p.m.

The swimming pool at the Firstenburg Community Center reopened at 1 p.m. Monday, according to parks and recreation staff.

3-car pileup snarls 117th

By Craig Brown September 13, 2014 6:41 p.m.

An accident involving three vehicles resulted in one minor injury Saturday afternoon.

Biker struck on 117th Avenue

By Craig Brown September 13, 2014 5:46 p.m.

A motorcyclist was injured on Northeast 117th Avenue at 87th Street Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a motorist changing lanes

One injured in 4-car accident near Camas

By Craig Brown September 13, 2014 7:05 p.m.

One person was injured and many motorists were delayed after a four-vehicle accident on Highway 14 near the west Camas city limits on Saturday morning.

5 displaced by Washougal fire

By Craig Brown September 13, 2014 8:47 a.m.

A carelessly discarded cigarette was blamed for a fire that displaced five people at a Washougal home early today.

Wind creates problems across Clark County

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings September 11, 2014 9:42 p.m.

Strong winds stirred up trouble throughout Clark County on Thursday, downing trees, causing power outages and fanning wildland fires.

Power restored after outage left thousands in Hazel Dell without electricity

By Craig Brown September 6, 2014 2:26 p.m.

A power outage in west Hazel Dell just after 10 a.m. today affected nearly 2,400 customers.

Motorcyclist injured near Battle Ground

By Craig Brown September 5, 2014 12:08 p.m.

A motorcyclist was injured Friday morning after he rammed into a stopped car near Battle Ground.

Armed car prowl suspects arrested in Ridgefield

By Craig Brown September 5, 2014 11:19 a.m.

Ridgefield police said Friday they have arrested two suspects, who were armed with a stolen handgun, in connection with more than a dozen reported auto prowls.

Sun, wind, heat create critical fire conditions locally

By Craig Brown September 5, 2014 9:42 p.m.

A late-summer combination of heat, wind and sunshine are combining to make the fire danger critical in Clark County over the next couple of days.

Dogs, man rescued from Washougal ravine

By Craig Brown August 24, 2014 10:06 p.m.

Firefighters don't rescue cats from trees, but on Sunday they did rescue two dogs, and their owner, from a ravine.

Gunman robs Hazel Dell market, hits clerk

By Craig Brown August 24, 2014 9:01 p.m.

A man armed with a handgun held up a Hazel Dell market about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, apparently assaulting a clerk.

Ridgefield's Pioneer Street reopens early

By Craig Brown August 24, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Pioneer Street, the principal road connecting downtown Ridgefield with Interstate 5, has reopened to two-way traffic.

A place to call home

By Craig Brown August 24, 2014 7:52 p.m.

From a block away, it was evident Sunday afternoon the West family was having a house party.

Divers recover body from Yale Reservoir

By Craig Brown August 24, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Divers have recovered the body of a Vancouver man who apparently drowned Saturday in Yale Reservoir, near Beaver Bay Campground.

Scooter driver misses curve near Camas

By Craig Brown August 23, 2014 4:36 p.m.

A Canadian citizen riding an Italian scooter was hurt in a noontime accident north of Camas Saturday.

Trailer fails, blocks traffic near Fourth Plain

By Craig Brown August 22, 2014 6:44 p.m.

A trailer on a tractor-trailer rig collapsed on itself in Vancouver this afternoon, spilling fuel and snarling traffic, but not causing any reported injuries.

Stewart pauses campaign after husband dies

By Craig Brown August 20, 2014 4:08 p.m.

Jeanne Stewart announced Wednesday she will pause her campaign for county commissioner after her husband died this week.

SWAT team arrests armed Vancouver man after standoff

By Craig Brown August 15, 2014 6:51 a.m.

A SWAT team standoff with a gunman who made threats to harm a family member and himself ended safely early today.

FBI nabs "Short Stack" bank robbery suspect

By Craig Brown August 11, 2014 10:48 p.m.

The FBI announced Monday it has arrested a suspect they dubbed the "Short Stack Bandit," accused of robbing 11 Portland-area financial institutions, including one in Vancouver.

First primary results: Atkins, Gardner lead sheriff's race

By Craig Brown August 5, 2014 8:36 p.m.

Clark County voters today advanced Chuck Atkins and Shane Gardner to be the next sheriff and gave an endorsement to two-term Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, who will face Democrat Bob Dingethal in November.

Vancouver biker blamed in Skamania County crash

By Craig Brown August 4, 2014 10:16 a.m.

A Vancouver motorcyclist was injured Sunday evening in a crash near Belle Center, five miles east of Washougal.

Arrests made in Felida-area fireworks fire

By Craig Brown July 16, 2014 11:46 a.m.

Two people, one a juvenile, were arrested today in connection with a July 5 fireworks fire that destroyed a Felida home.

Port of Vancouver hits 1 million Subaru imports

By Craig Brown July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Sunday's cooler weather made it a nice day to look at new Subarus, and at the Port of Vancouver, a crowd of about 100 invited guests gathered to check out a red 2015 Forester station wagon.

Lightning strikes reported in Vancouver

By Craig Brown July 13, 2014 2:33 p.m.

Scattered lightning strikes are being reported in Clark County this afternoon, with one small power outage and one fire reported thus far.

Reward offered in mailbox explosion

By Craig Brown July 7, 2014 1:43 p.m.

A $500 reward was offered Monday by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for information in a case involving a mailbox that was damaged by improvised explosive device.

Ridgefield Fourth has favorites aplenty

By Craig Brown July 4, 2014 6:08 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — The best thing about Ridgefield's annual Fourth of July parade? It depends, of course, on whom you ask.

Vancouver police nab bank robbery suspects

By Craig Brown June 21, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Police say they have arrested two Portland residents on suspicion of robbing a Vancouver branch of Umpqua Bank on Friday.

Two hurt when Kia runs under semi

By Craig Brown June 20, 2014 9:17 a.m.

Two people were reported injured when the driver of a Kia caromed off an SUV and ended up under a tractor-trailer rig.

Sliced cable disrupts 911, wireless services

By Craig Brown June 18, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Verizon Wireless customers are once again able to reach 911 after a short outage this morning.

Skyview teacher, coach arrested on sex abuse charges

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown June 12, 2014 5:33 p.m.

A Skyview High School teacher and baseball coach has been arrested on a warrant alleging sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old boy.

Portland police shoot, kill crowbar assailant

By Craig Brown June 12, 2014 12:04 p.m.

Portland police shot and killed a crowbar-swinging assailant who attacked them this morning along a busy arterial street.

Train makes emergency stop; blocks tracks

By Craig Brown June 11, 2014 2:11 p.m.

A BNSF freight train had to make an emergency stop to avoid a trespassing jogger in east Vancouver this morning. The emergency stop resulted in access being cut off to the Steamboat Landing subdivision for several hours.

Motorist crashes into East Vancouver salon

By Craig Brown June 9, 2014 4:06 p.m.

A motorist crashed into an east Vancouver salon and day spa this afternoon, but no serious injuries were reported.

Kalama man killed, two children injured in I-5 crash

By Craig Brown and Sue Vorenberg June 7, 2014 6:38 p.m.

A fatal wreck on I-5 near Ridgefield this morning killed a Kalama man and injured two children, who were taken to a Portland hospital.