AARP plans Saturday event

By Craig Brown June 6, 2014 9:59 a.m.

The American Association of Retired Persons Vancouver Chapter 935 will hold its annual Chicken Feed Family Day Saturday.

Johnston Ridge Observatory reopens after septic problem

By Craig Brown June 5, 2014 1:34 p.m.

Forest Service officials have reopened the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens after clearing a blocked sewer line.

Cooking fire spreads to attic of Sifton home

By Craig Brown June 5, 2014 11:47 a.m.

A cooking fire spread into the ceiling and attic of a Sifton-area home this morning.

Vancouver police save man's life with defibrillator

By Craig Brown June 5, 2014 10:32 a.m.

Vancouver police say they've saved a life with a new automated external defibrillator purchased last October.

Kayaker rescued from Camas Slough

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie June 5, 2014 9:24 p.m.

A kayaker was rescued from the Camas Slough about 9:35 this morning after he apparently spent 30 minutes in the water.

High of 91 expected today

By Craig Brown May 14, 2014 10:15 a.m.

If you're near the window today, a quick glance outside will confirm we are on the way toward the hottest day of 2014 thus far.

Calif. problems delaying PDX flights

By Craig Brown April 30, 2014 6:23 p.m.

Problems at Southern California airports are causing several flight delays and cancellations at Portland International Airport this evening.

No charge filed in Skyview upskirting case

By Craig Brown April 10, 2014 8:08 p.m.

A Skyview High School boy accused of using a phone camera to snap a picture up a teacher's dress will not be charged with a crime, according to The Columbian's news partner, KATU-TV.

Smoking belt prompts fire call downtown

By Craig Brown April 7, 2014 11:52 a.m.

Smoke later determined to be from a machine belt prompted a fire call in downtown Vancouver this morning.

Lost Vancouver toddler found safe

By Craig Brown March 28, 2014 7:08 a.m.

A 3-year-old boy missing overnight from a home in the Bagley Downs neighborhood has been found safe.

Paddy Hough parade steps off in Vancouver  

By Craig Brown and Susan Parrish March 17, 2014 7:48 p.m.

The luck of the Irish held -- sort of -- as the annual Paddy Hough Parade through Vancouver's Uptown Village stepped off under mostly dry skies.

Three-alarm fire rips through Hazel Dell apartments

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu March 16, 2014 10:34 a.m.

A three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to a Hazel Dell apartment complex before dawn Sunday.

Fire destroys building on Northeast 28th Street

By Craig Brown and Tyler Graf March 14, 2014 9:35 p.m.

Fire destroyed a large building on Northeast 28th Street next door to Endeavour Elementary School on Friday.

Ridgefield expected to name city manager tonight

By Craig Brown and Justin Runquist March 13, 2014 9:58 a.m.

Ridgefield city councilors tonight are expected to name either County Commissioner Steve Stuart or Vancouver Assistant Police Chief Chris Sutter as the next city manager.

Police shoot, wound gunman in downtown Vancouver  

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Vancouver police say they shot and wounded a gunman in downtown Vancouver early today after he refused to put down his weapon.

Police investigating hit-run at Fourth Plain and Andresen

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Stevie Mathieu March 13, 2014 5:07 p.m.

Vancouver police arrested a Yacolt man following a hit-and-run crash that left a man seriously injured early Thursday morning at Fourth Plain Boulevard at Northeast Andresen Road.

Candelight vigil tonight for fallen FVHS student

By Craig Brown March 7, 2014 10:06 a.m.

Family and friends of Serge Bondarchuck are planning a candlelight vigil tonight to honor the life of the 18-year-old Fort Vancouver High School senior.

Pickets briefly block road near Vancouver port

By Craig Brown February 26, 2014 7:08 a.m.

Pickets marking Thursday's one-year anniversary at the Port of Vancouver's grain terminal briefly blocked an entrance to the port this morning, as well as a nearby street.

Commute begins without freezing rain

By Craig Brown and Stevie Mathieu February 10, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Many schools in the area are closed today, and weather forecasters say the morning commute could still be dicey in spots as a series of storms is finally replaced with sweet rain.

Snow returns to Clark County

By Craig Brown , Eric Florip and Sue Vorenberg February 7, 2014 1:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 2 inches of snowfall this afternoon and 2 to 4 inches overnight in Clark County.

Two-alarm fire damages Vancouver apartments

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie February 6, 2014 9:45 a.m.

A two-alarm fire has caused major damage to an apartment complex in the Ogden neighborhood this morning.

Man dies in massive I-5 accident

By Craig Brown , Eric Florip and Emily Gillespie February 6, 2014 3:42 p.m.

At least one person has already died in a weather-related traffic accident as a massive snowstorm began to wallop Clark County.

Shooting reported at county health office in Vancouver

By Craig Brown , Tyler Graf , Marissa Harshman and Patty Hastings February 4, 2014 6:19 p.m.

A suspect was taken into custody, and two people were injured, following the second Vancouver office shooting in as many days.

Suspicious death investigated in VanMall neighborhood

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie February 4, 2014 8:31 p.m.

Detectives are investigating a suspicious death of a man whose body was found outside in the area of Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive and Northeast 77th Avenue.

Vancouver gangster draws 10-year prison term

By Craig Brown January 31, 2014 4:54 p.m.

Calling a Vancouver gang member “a walking, talking crime wave,” a federal judge ordered him to spend the next 10 years in prison.

Neighbor: Andino says Brandon Smith often drives drunk

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown January 29, 2014 10:52 a.m.

Before a Jan. 19 fatal crash that killed two Vancouver women in a crosswalk, the suspected driver's girlfriend told a neighbor that Brandon Smith is an alcoholic. She told another neighbor that Smith "frequently drives under the influence."

Clark County agency helps in gang sting

By Craig Brown January 15, 2014 8:10 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was deployed to the Portland area Wednesday morning as area police agencies served multiple search warrants seeking to arrest suspected gang members.

Woman dead in Vancouver house fire

By Craig Brown , Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez January 10, 2014 7:59 p.m.

A woman who had been trapped in a bedroom died Friday morning in a two-alarm house fire, despite the best efforts of her son and firefighters to rescue her.

Ashes blamed for condo fire

By Craig Brown January 6, 2014 4:44 p.m.

Improperly discarded fireplace ashes were apparently to blame for a small fire Monday afternoon at the Ironwood Condominiums, 504 S.E. 157th Ave.

Snow, sleet largely bypass metro area

By Craig Brown and Erik Hidle December 20, 2013 9:18 a.m.

A threat of snow and freezing rain largely failed to materialize in Clark County this morning, allowing schools and work to proceed mostly as planned.

Hazel Dell hit-and-run crash results in short pursuit, arrest

By Craig Brown December 18, 2013 5:06 p.m.

A hit-and-run accident on Northeast 99th Street in Hazel Dell ended up with a driver being detained along Interstate 5.

Robber hits downtown Vancouver bank

By Craig Brown December 4, 2013 5:19 p.m.

A note-wielding robber walked into a downtown branch of Chase Bank just before 5 p.m. today and fled with some cash.

Snow flirts with tonight's Seahawks game

By Craig Brown December 2, 2013 9:34 a.m.

The Seattle Seahawks' energized crowd will be a factor in tonight's "Monday Night Football" contest against the New Orleans Saints, and so could the weather.

Covington Road shed fire results in reported injury

By Craig Brown November 22, 2013 9:16 a.m.

Vancouver firefighters are on the scene of a fire in a dilapidated shed, where a person who was napping may have been injured.

At least 10 accidents doom morning commute

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie November 19, 2013 10:30 a.m.

Morning rush hour turned into a commuter's nightmare this morning after at least 10 reported accidents snarled both freeways and local streets.

Boy accused of bringing gun to school remains in custody

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown November 12, 2013 9:24 a.m.

A court hearing this morning for Quincy J. Tuttle, an 11-year-old who is accused of bringing a gun and more than 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School, has been postponed.

Injury accident blocks Lewisville Highway

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings November 8, 2013 4:36 p.m.

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision on state Highway 503 that clogged traffic for more than two hours Friday afternoon.

More than 7 percent of ballots marked, returned

By Craig Brown October 26, 2013 5 p.m.

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, a shade more than 7 percent of Clark County's 246,000 registered voters have already marked and returned their ballots to the elections office.

Oregon leaders appoint CRC hearings panel

By Craig Brown October 26, 2013 3:16 p.m.

Although Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has dismissed the chances of a special legislative session this year to discuss the Columbia River Crossing, he and House Speaker Tina Kotek have appointed a committee to hold hearings on it.

Highway 14 rollover results in injury, traffic jam

By Craig Brown October 16, 2013 4:19 p.m.

A rollover accident on Highway 14 about 4 p.m. today resulted in at least one injury and jammed commuter traffic.

Suspect arrested in cab robbery

By Craig Brown October 16, 2013 3:19 p.m.

A suspect in a June 4 robbery and taxicab theft has turned himself in, police said Wednesday.

Vancouver man dies after Oregon crash

By Craig Brown October 16, 2013 10:19 a.m.

A 73-year-old Vancouver man has been identified as the victim following a Tuesday afternoon auto accident near Lake Oswego, Ore.

Man accused of kidnapping arrested; alleged accomplice appears in court

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown October 16, 2013 8:22 p.m.

A man suspected of assaulting, kidnapping and robbing three people early Tuesday morning was captured by police in Portland late Wednesday.

Reward offered in cab-jacking

By Craig Brown October 14, 2013 1:50 p.m.

Portland police and the Crime Stoppers of Oregon program announced Monday that a $1,000 reward is being offered to help bring a suspect in a taxi cab-jacking to justice.

Former police reporter John Branton dies

By Craig Brown October 14, 2013 12:07 p.m.

Retired lead police reporter for The Columbian, John Branton, has died at age 66.

Senate transportation forum tonight in Vancouver

By Craig Brown October 7, 2013 6:39 p.m.

A large crowd is expected in Vancouver tonight as the co-leaders of the state Senate Transportation Committee hold a public meeting.

Ground search to resume for missing hiker

By Craig Brown October 4, 2013 5:46 p.m.

A ground search will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday for a Portland hiker missing in a remote area of Skamania County known as the Big Lava Beds.

I-205 accident causes lingering traffic woes

By Craig Brown September 30, 2013 5:11 p.m.

A late-morning accident that had implications for both directions of the Glenn Jackson Bridge snarled both Interstate 205 and Interstate 5 for much of the day Monday. But traffic mostly recovered in time for the evening commute.

Elderly Vancouver woman robbed in her home

By Craig Brown and Tyler Graf September 26, 2013 6:58 p.m.

An 84-year-old Vancouver woman was accosted in her home this morning by two or more men who broke her front door and forced her into a closet.

Two soggy storms expected to converge on Vancouver over weekend

By Craig Brown September 26, 2013 4:24 p.m.

Two soggy storms, one from Canada and one from the tropics, could converge on the Vancouver metro area this weekend, bringing three inches or more of rain.