Interstate 84 paving results in I-5 gridlock

By Craig Brown July 13, 2013 1:54 p.m.

An all-weekend paving job on Interstate 84 in east Portland is causing some gridlock on Interstate 5.

Two runways reopen at SFO

By Craig Brown July 7, 2013 8:39 a.m.

Two runways at San Francisco International Airport have reopened, but Saturday's plane crash is still affecting flights to and from Portland.

Local fire officials worried as hot spell continues

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie July 1, 2013 1:23 p.m.

Forget about the cliche that summer in Southwest Washington starts July 5. The entire area will continue to be hotter than a firecracker again today, and it could be the weekend before daytime highs fall back into the 80s.

Reported weapons disturbance turns out to involve airsoft gun

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings June 25, 2013 8:25 p.m.

A reported weapons disturbance in the Rose Village area that commanded a lot of police resources Monday afternoon turned out to involve no crime, no injuries and no real gun.

Missing teen located

By Craig Brown June 24, 2013 9:22 a.m.

A missing 15-year-old Vancouver teen with possible gang ties was located over the weekend, according to his family.

Firefighters respond to riverfront home

By Craig Brown June 20, 2013 11:03 a.m.

Vancouver firefighters responded to a luxury home along the Columbia River that was filled with smoke, but found no fire.

Search resuming for missing naked Vancouver hiker

By Craig Brown June 14, 2013 9:38 p.m.

Searchers will be out again beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, looking for clues into the whereabouts of a young Vancouver woman who disappeared, nude, on a “spiritual quest.”

Interstate 5 reopens at Salmon Creek

By Craig Brown and Dave Kern June 9, 2013 8:49 p.m.

Interstate 5 has reopened at Salmon Creek, more than a day ahead of schedule, after a temporary closure for road construction.

Runway reopens after PDX mishap

By Craig Brown June 6, 2013 5:58 p.m.

The north runway at Portland International Airport is reopening after a mishap involving an Oregon Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet.

Beaverton cop pleads not guilty to child rape charge

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown June 6, 2013 10:51 a.m.

A Beaverton, Ore., police officer pleaded not guilty to a child rape charge this morning in Clark County Superior Court.

New information in Danielle Willard case

By Craig Brown May 25, 2013 6 a.m.

A story in The New York Times this week sheds more light on the death of Danielle Willard, a 21-year-old Vancouver woman who was shot and killed by police in Utah on Nov. 2.

B.G. man wrecks newly purchased Corvette

By Craig Brown May 22, 2013 10:02 a.m.

A Battle Ground man wrecked his newly purchased sports car Tuesday night, and then had to sit in the wreckage for an hour until downed power lines could be made safe.

Vancouver woman injured after falling asleep at wheel

By Craig Brown May 20, 2013 4:05 p.m.

A Vancouver woman was cited for second-degree negligent driving after police said she fell asleep at the wheel during rush hour this morning.

Fire damages fish store east of Ridgefield

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings April 25, 2013 4:52 p.m.

A fire Thursday afternoon damaged Pacific Northwest Best Fish Co., one of the Portland area's largest seafood retailers.

Two accidents reported on Highway 99

By Craig Brown April 19, 2013 2:37 p.m.

Two accidents in rapid succession turned the south end of the Highway 99 Hazel Dell strip into a slalom course this afternoon.

Coffee shop robber in Vancouver may have struck in Longview

By Craig Brown April 13, 2013 6 a.m.

The man who robbed a Vancouver coffee shop wearing a mask like the one worn in the “Scream” movies probably robbed a Longview Muchas Gracias the same day, according to police there.

FBI to investigate police who shot Vancouver woman

By Craig Brown April 4, 2013 10:39 a.m.

The FBI will launch a probe into a Utah police department that still hasn't said why a former Vancouver woman was shot and killed there in November.

UPDATE: Fire consumes abandoned house in Sifton

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings April 3, 2013 5:58 p.m.

Fire that ruined an abandoned house sent a spectacular plume of smoke and flame above the Sifton area Wednesday evening.

Power restored, Highway 502 reopens after accident

By Craig Brown April 2, 2013 2:10 p.m.

A teenage driver hit a power pole on Northeast 219th Street near Battle Ground at 11 a.m. today, causing a power outage and closing one of the main traffic routes into the city. Power has since been restored, and the highway is open.

Man arrested after attempted robbery at downtown bank

By Craig Brown April 2, 2013 6:47 p.m.

A Vancouver man was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob the downtown Vancouver branch of Chase Bank at 11:30 a.m. today, prompting police to set up a containment zone around much of the central business district.

Cadaver dogs find skull believed to be that of Kelso man

By Craig Brown March 25, 2013 9:22 p.m.

Cadaver dogs and trained searchers from Cowlitz and Clark counties have discovered a skull and clothing that may belong to a Kelso man missing since 2010.

Battle Ground art show lets local talent shine

By Craig Brown March 24, 2013 7:35 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND -- Clark County is quietly home to dozens of talented artists who want to meet and interact with their peers, says Beth Johnson-Burger. That's part of the reason the Battle Ground Art Alliance was born.

Vancouver man killed in Oregon hit-run

By Craig Brown March 24, 2013 8:17 p.m.

A Vancouver man was identified as the victim of a Sunday morning hit-run accident in rural Washington County, Ore., west of Portland.

Rain, wind, cold weather coming Tuesday

By Craig Brown March 18, 2013 2:18 p.m.

A winter-like storm is poised to hit to Southwest Washington Tuesday evening into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Vancouver man cited for driving look-alike cop car

By Craig Brown March 11, 2013 8:51 p.m.

A Vancouver man has been cited in Oregon for driving 80 mph on Interstate 5 while flashing lights on his car that resembled those used by police.

Woman injured in Hockinson accident

By Craig Brown March 8, 2013 9:33 p.m.

A woman went to a hospital to have her injuries evaluated after a rollover accident just north of Hockinson Friday morning.

UPDATE: Power restored to 2,400 Clark Public Utilities customers

By Craig Brown February 19, 2013 2:19 p.m.

Clark Public Utilities crews have restored power to 2,400 customers in the vicinity of Northeast Ward Road and 162nd Avenue.

Vancouver woman's 'Idol' dreams fall short again

By Craig Brown February 14, 2013 9:04 p.m.

Vancouver resident Britnee Kellogg's fifth quest to become the next "American Idol" has ended.

Vancouver 'Idol' contestant clears another hurdle

By Craig Brown February 14, 2013 9:28 a.m.

Vancouver resident Britnee Kellogg continued her quest to become the next "American Idol" on Wednesday.

Three area tanning salons robbed

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings February 7, 2013 9:02 p.m.

Three area tanning salons were robbed Thursday evening, leaving police questioning whether there were multiple bronzed bandits in the incidents or one.

UPDATED: GPS distraction blamed for truck-train collision

By Craig Brown and Eric Florip February 7, 2013 7:27 p.m.

A train on Thursday collided with a semi truck that veered off state Highway 14, went over an embankment and came to rest on a BNSF Railway railroad track in the Columbia River Gorge.

UPDATE: Crestline students settle into new schools

By Craig Brown and Susan Parrish February 7, 2013 7:47 p.m.

After a week of catastrophic loss and overwhelming support, Crestline Elementary pupils, teachers and staff settled into new temporary quarters today.

Truck drives off Northeast 134th Street

By Craig Brown February 4, 2013 9:54 a.m.

A commercial food service truck drove off Northeast 134th Street this morning.

Light rail foes promise 'clash of the titans'

By Craig Brown February 3, 2013 8:21 p.m.

A group of city government and light rail critics say they'll take their failed petition drive to the Vancouver City Council again Monday night, and may sue if they fail to win a public vote on light rail.

Fire displaces 500 Crestline Elementary students

By Craig Brown and Dave Kern February 3, 2013 9:45 p.m.

More than 500 Crestline Elementary students and staff may learn Monday what will happen to the rest of their school year after a three-alarm fire destroyed their building early Sunday.

Robber hits Fourth Plain Shell station

By Craig Brown January 25, 2013 6:45 p.m.

A robber armed with a .45 caliber handgun robbed a Shell convenience store at the corner of Fourth Plain and Andresen Road about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Robbery reported at Hazel Dell coffee kiosk

By Craig Brown January 21, 2013 8:03 p.m.

Clark County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who robbed a Hazel Dell coffee kiosk shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

Car, garage damaged in Covington Road fire

By Craig Brown January 21, 2013 10:06 p.m.

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire that has reportedly damaged a car and a garage on Northeaast Covington Road.

UPDATE: Some schools closed today due to icy roads

By Craig Brown January 15, 2013 9:57 a.m.

A light skim of freezing rain that coated parts of Clark County late Monday started to melt as temperatures rose overnight.

Snow flurries could last throughout afternoon

By Craig Brown January 14, 2013 12:45 p.m.

Snow flurries falling in the Vancouver area could continue this afternoon, but significant snowfall is not in the forecast.

SWAT team arrests man after report of gun

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Paul Suarez January 14, 2013 9:19 a.m.

A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a firearm prompted a SWAT callout in central Vancouver this morning.

Two injured in Vancouver house fire

By Craig Brown and Patty Hastings January 7, 2013 9:22 p.m.

Two people were injured Monday evening in a second-story bathroom fire in east Vancouver.

Moisture from snowstorm may freeze on roads

By Craig Brown , Eric Florip and Patty Hastings December 31, 2012 7:28 p.m.

Snow flurries fell around Clark County this morning, where temperatures were in the 30s. Many accidents resulted.

Two firefighters injured in Kelso blaze

By Craig Brown December 24, 2012 7:04 a.m.

A faith-based recovery center for people with addiction issues caught fire Sunday evening, injuring two firefighters.

Longtime local businesswoman 'Martie' Messer dies at age 92

By Craig Brown December 19, 2012 5 p.m.

Martva "Martie" H. Messer, a longtime local businesswoman who was the first president of the local Multiple Listing Service, died Dec. 14. She was 92 years old.

Today's snow stays on the hills, in the Gorge

By Craig Brown December 19, 2012 6:01 a.m.

Our two-day flirtation with a snowstorm in the greater Vancouver area appears to be over.

New winter weather advisory issued for metro area

By Craig Brown and Paul Suarez December 18, 2012 1:32 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a new winter weather advisory, warning of snow tonight and into Wednesday morning.

Slide disrupts Amtrak service to Southwest Washington

By Craig Brown December 17, 2012 10:29 a.m.

A mudslide onto BNSF Railyway tracks north of Olympia this morning delayed 13 freight trains and will disrupt Amtrak service through at least Wednesday.

High winds forecast tonight

By Craig Brown December 16, 2012 9:41 a.m.

A high wind warning has been issued for Clark County tonight as the region gets lashed by a powerful storm.

Two Vancouver residents killed, one injured in icy crash

By Craig Brown December 16, 2012 9:01 p.m.

Two Vancouver residents were killed and a third was injured in an icy crash on Highway 97 in Central Oregon.