UPDATE: Suspect arrested after shot fired in Minnehaha-area home

By John Branton and Paul Suarez February 9, 2012 8:54 p.m.

A standoff that resulted after a report of an armed and barricaded subject at a Minnehaha-area home was resolved Thursday morning after the suspect was arrested more than a mile away.

Winds cause power outages in Clark County

By John Branton February 6, 2012 10:56 p.m.

Cold, blustery winds kept Clark Public Utilities working on Monday afternoon, but as of 6 p.m. no injuries or fires had been reported,

Fire damages large shop building near Ridgefield

By John Branton and Paul Suarez February 6, 2012 8:18 p.m.

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire that has damaged a large shop building.

Tables turned on would-be scammer

By John Branton February 6, 2012 6 a.m.

Anyone remember Johnny Cash singing, “I’ve been everywhere, man”?

ALERT FROM VANCOUVER SCHOOLS: Man twice offered to give 6th-grade girl a ride

By John Branton February 3, 2012 5:05 p.m.

Vancouver Public Schools on Friday warned parents that a sixth-grade girl was accosted by a strange man

UPDATE: Boy who stepped into traffic west of Battle Ground in satisfactory condition

By John Branton February 3, 2012 7:18 a.m.

A 15-year-old Ridgefield boy suffered extensive injuries after he stepped out into traffic on state Highway 502, aka Northeast 219th Street, near 29th Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Portland police arrest suspected driver in hit-run crash that killed Vancouver man

By John Branton February 3, 2012 10:49 a.m.

Portland police on Thursday arrested a 53-old man who reportedly turned himself in as the driver in a Jan. 28 hit-and-run that killed a Vancouver pedestrian, Jason Lee Grant.

Vancouver police arrest two in Cascade Park bank robbery

By John Branton February 2, 2012 9:27 p.m.

Vancouver police about 5:25 p.m. Thursday arrested two suspected bank robbers at the Bank of America at Southeast 134th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, in Cascade Park not far from the police East Precinct office.

Pedestrian walks into side of moving vehicle

By John Branton February 2, 2012 4:01 p.m.

Firefighters and police were called to the area of Northeast 219th Street and 29th Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Thursday after a pedestrian reportedly walked into the side of a moving vehicle.

Reward offered in hit-run death of Vancouver man

By John Branton February 1, 2012 6 a.m.

A reward of up to $1,000 being is offered for information leading to the arrest of a driver who hit and fatally injured a Vancouver man in Southeast Portland and fled, leaving his victim in the street.

Local law enforcement officers put cuffs on poor fitness

By John Branton January 28, 2012 6 a.m.

We all know that being a police officer is a dangerous job, especially when they’re kicking in a drug dealer’s door or following a tracking dog into the brush after an armed suspect.

City tracks down stolen stormwater grates

By John Branton January 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Note to metal thieves: You don’t want to mess with the Vancouver Public Works Stormwater Maintenance and Operations Team.

Vancouver father and son killed in Lewis County I-5 crash

By John Branton and Paul Suarez January 26, 2012 9:53 p.m.

A father and son from Vancouver were killed in a crash on Interstate 5 in Lewis County on Thursday morning, officials said.

Laundry room fire causes $70K in damage

By John Branton and Paul Suarez January 26, 2012 9:51 p.m.

A home in the Fisher-Mill Plain neighborhood of east Vancouver was heavily damaged by a fire early Thursday afternoon.

Smoke detector wakes Vancouver woman to fire

By John Branton January 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Not only did a smoke detector save the lives of a grandmother and her grandchild, firefighters say, but it was a detector that Vancouver firefighters had installed free in October.

UPDATE: Suspected prowler shot in La Center dies in hospital

By John Branton and Paul Suarez January 24, 2012 9:38 a.m.

A La Center homeowner shot a suspected prowler early Tuesday outside his or her home, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said.

Man still hospitalized after Sunday wreck

By John Branton January 24, 2012 6 a.m.

Two men were taken to a hospital Sunday after a T-bone collision at Northeast 89th Avenue and 88th Street. One of them was in serious condition Monday night.

Slick roads contribute to three east-county crashes

By John Branton and Paul Suarez January 23, 2012 8:51 p.m.

A pair of auto accidents in east Clark County left no one hurt but a reminder for folks to be careful when roads may be slick.

Flames engulf home at end of 32nd Court in Ridgefield

By John Branton January 20, 2012 10:40 p.m.

About 7:20 p.m. Friday, firefighters rushed to a house in flames at the end of 32nd Court in Ridgefield.

Police arrest hit-run suspect

By John Branton January 20, 2012 10:42 a.m.

Police on Thursday arrested a 24-year-old driver who allegedly hit a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk and fled the scene.

Police arrest hit-run driver suspected of injuring pedestrian

By John Branton January 20, 2012 9:45 a.m.

Vancouver police are hoping someone will help find a 24-year-old driver who allegedly hit a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk and fled the scene.

Driver crashes into median barrier on I-205 Bridge

By John Branton January 19, 2012 8:56 p.m.

A 52-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after she drove too fast into a pool of water on the Interstate 205 bridge and lost control of a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, police said.

Vancouver truck driver, 53, arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Portland

By John Branton January 19, 2012 6 a.m.

A Vancouver truck driver was arrested Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of a young woman in Northeast Portland that occurred the morning of Oct. 4.

Vancouver police seek suspect in holdup of Fisher's Landing bank

By John Branton January 18, 2012 6:59 p.m.

Vancouver police Wednesday evening were looking for a man who held up the U.S. Bank branch at 16415 S.E. McGillivray Blvd. in Fisher's Landing.

Vancouver police seek potential witnesses to fatal crosswalk accident

By John Branton January 18, 2012 8:18 p.m.

Vancouver police are hoping to speak with the drivers of two cars whose occupants may have witnessed a fatal traffic accident on East Mill Plain Boulevard in the McLoughlin Heights area on Dec. 29.

House fire quenched east of B.G. Lake

By John Branton January 17, 2012 10:10 p.m.

Firefighters rushed about 8 p.m. Tuesday to a house fire at 23630 N.E. 232nd Avenue, several miles east of Battle Ground Lake.

Firefighters douse blaze near Cedar Creek, south of Chelatchie Prairie

By John Branton and Dave Kern January 17, 2012 10:09 p.m.

Heavy snow blamed for house fire.

Police detain man who allegedly assaulted family

By John Branton January 17, 2012 12:46 p.m.

A man was detained by Vancouver Police officers late Monday night after allegedly assaulting some of his family members and fleeing into a field, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.

Snow, slippery roads spur six fender benders in north county

By John Branton January 17, 2012 12:52 p.m.

Icy conditions in north Clark County late Monday afternoon helped at least six cars into ditches in the area of Munch, Reid and Grantham roads around Fargher Lake, and Kelly Road, which runs north of Lucia Falls Road, a few miles west of Yacolt.

One injured in crash on Highway 500

By John Branton January 16, 2012 8:23 p.m.

About 3 p.m. Monday, a 2000 Nissan pickup driven by Vera M. Nelson, 72, of Vancouver crashed into the rear of a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Mark J. Waldrop of Lacey, officials said.

Officials confirm suicide of BG student

By John Branton January 14, 2012 6 a.m.

David Suetta, a junior at Battle Ground High School, committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot, Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Kevin Allais confirmed Friday.

Fireplace ashes in plastic bucket, left in garage, caused $200,000 blaze

By John Branton January 12, 2012 10:03 p.m.

The cause of a two-alarm fire that caused extensive damage to a house south of Battle Ground on Wednesday morning was fireplace ashes left in a plastic bucket in the garage, an official said.

Former fire chief Bartel honored in Ridgefield

By John Branton January 13, 2012 6 a.m.

The Ridgefield City Council and folks in a packed community center honored Larry Bartel on Thursday night for serving as fire chief for 27 years — and another six before that in other areas of the fire service.

Battle Ground High School student dies off campus

By John Branton January 12, 2012 4:58 p.m.

BATTLE GROUND High school student dies off campus

One car found off road, single occupant suffers minor injuries in Ridgefield

By John Branton January 10, 2012 10:09 p.m.

About 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, a one-car accident was found off Northwest Carty Road a half-mile east of Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield.

Blaze inflicts $40K in damage to Lapellah Restaurant

By John Branton and Craig Brown January 10, 2012 9:27 p.m.

A fire that may have started in a flue has forced evacuation of Lapellah Restaurant.

New downtown Vancouver library offers resources, fun

By John Branton January 6, 2012 6 a.m.

The new Vancouver Community Library in downtown Vancouver is a way-cool, updated place that beckons everyone, for free, with five floors and a lot more to offer than folks might think.

Library's Early Learning Center inspires children’s imaginations

By John Branton January 6, 2012 6 a.m.

The whole third floor of Vancouver’s new main library is for kids of all ages, beginning with small bright-colored lights in the floor that young children like to follow.

Great-grandmother hopes for help locating stolen car

By Mark Bowder , John Branton and Paul Suarez January 7, 2012 6 a.m.

A disabled Vancouver woman is hoping someone will spot her stolen car and call 911. The burgundy 1997 Nissan Altima was stolen from the woman’s driveway in the Rose Village neighborhood between 12:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

I-205 lanes start to clear after fallen boat removed

By John Branton January 5, 2012 6:34 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation warned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday that a boat fell off a trailer on the Interstate 205 Bridge southbound, south of Government Island.

Police ask for help finding missing woman

By John Branton January 4, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver police are asking the public to help find Ariana McGuckin, a 20-year-old woman who suffers from autism and has been missing since Monday.

Stevenson-area woman, her baby found safe

By John Branton January 3, 2012 6 a.m.

Skamania County sheriff’s deputies say a missing Stevenson woman and her baby have been found safe.

UPDATE: Woman who jumped from I-205 bridge is dead

By John Branton and Paul Suarez December 30, 2011 10:13 p.m.

A woman who jumped from the Interstate 205 Bridge died at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after a rapid rescue attempt by operators of a Port of Portland rescue boat and others.

Man hit by car, suffers life-threatening injuries

By John Branton December 29, 2011 10:24 p.m.

A middle-aged man was in “extremely critical condition” Thursday night after he was struck by a vehicle on East Mill Plain Boulevard west of Andresen Road. The injuries were “potentially life-threatening,” a fire department official said.

Nine arrested for DUI in Clark County over holidays

By John Branton and Paul Suarez December 29, 2011 6 a.m.

Troopers with Washington State Patrol District 5, which serves Clark, Lewis, Cowlitz, Skamania and Klickitat counties, arrested 14 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over Christmas weekend, officials said.

Volunteers bring in the bounty for needy

By John Branton December 26, 2011 6 a.m.

Kim Hack, a 23-year-old VISTA volunteer who’s targeting poverty, knows there’s plenty of fresh food hidden in the ground and dangling from trees.

UPDATE: La Center man's condition worsens after Monday car crash

By John Branton and Paul Suarez December 28, 2011 11:25 a.m.

A La Center man was recovering in a local hospital on Tuesday after being rescued from a minivan that ended up on its side after a crash Monday night.

Man arrested for suspected DUI had 3 kids in car

By John Branton December 27, 2011 9 p.m.

Portland police say an allegedly impaired Coos Bay, Ore., man had his three children in his 1994 Saturn on Monday when he stalled at the base of Portland’s Sellwood Bridge in the fast lane on Macadam Avenue.

Decorative hydrant taken by thieves

By John Branton December 22, 2011 8:07 p.m.

Is there anything thieves won’t take? “Can you believe it?” asked Christine Hansen, office manager of Cascade Park Animal Hospital. “It was a Dalmatian outside of our clinic.”

Vancouver police, medical examiner probe death of Chicago man after sparring workout here

By John Branton December 23, 2011 11:21 a.m.

Vancouver police say Salvador Flamenco, 38, a Chicago flight attendant, met a local resident on a fighting website and came here to spar at the Vancouver resident's home.