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.

DUI suspected in one-car crash

By Craig Brown December 14, 2014 9:27 p.m.

Drunken driving is suspected of playing a role in a crash early Sunday that sent a Vancouver man to the hospital.

No Christmas ships, Zoo Lights tonight

By Craig Brown December 11, 2014 3:05 p.m.

A high wind warning in effect for the metro area has led to the cancellation of tonight's Christmas Ships.

Lana Del Rey, Love plan local show

By Craig Brown December 1, 2014 11:34 a.m.

Singers Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love will headline a May 22 show at the Sleep Country Amphitheater, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

I-5 incidents snarl morning commute

By Craig Brown and Eric Florip November 26, 2014 9:44 a.m.

An accident on the Interstate 5 Bridge about 7:40 a.m. pinned a small car between a cement mixer and a tractor-trailer.

Suspect dead after Vancouver arson was carrying AR-15 replica

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie November 26, 2014 2:20 p.m.

A domestic violence call in Vancouver late Tuesday erupted into arson and ended with the police shooting and killing the suspect.

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.