Vancouver man, 73, accused of murdering wife

By Laura McVicker November 14, 2012 5:16 p.m.

A 73-year-old Vancouver man made his first appearance this morning on suspicion of killing his wife.

About 46 local marijuana cases to be dismissed

By Laura McVicker November 13, 2012 5:53 p.m.

In response to a new law legalizing marijuana, Clark County prosecutors said Tuesday they will dismiss misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases against approximately 46 defendants.

Some local misdemeanor marijuana cases to be dismissed

By Laura McVicker November 12, 2012 6:06 p.m.

In light of passage of a state law legalizing recreational marijuana, Clark County’s top prosecutor said he plans to dismiss misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases on Dec. 6.

Ex-PTA treasurer sentenced to prison for embezzlement

By Laura McVicker November 10, 2012 6 a.m.

The former treasurer of a parent-teacher association at Maple Grove primary and middle schools was sentenced Friday to one year in prison for embezzling nearly $15,000 over about eight months.

Lawyers answer community need for free legal help

By Laura McVicker November 9, 2012 6 a.m.

A lost job. Huge child support bills. Bankruptcy.

Town hall on Referendum 74 scheduled

By Laura McVicker November 7, 2012 10:04 a.m.

As the final outcome of a referendum to legalize gay marriage remains to be seen, civil organizers will host a town hall at 7:30 tonight in Vancouver.

Construction on I-5 near La Center causing backup

By Laura McVicker November 6, 2012 1:20 p.m.

Drivers in the La Center area are advised to take an alternate route this afternoon, as construction on southbound Interstate 5 is causing a six-mile backup.

Home-invasion robber pleads guilty to assault

By Laura McVicker November 5, 2012 9:08 p.m.

A Vancouver man accused of two stranger home-invasion robberies in 2011 pleaded guilty Monday to the more severe holdup in which a woman was bound and beaten.

Delays on I-5 near La Center expected Tuesday

By Laura McVicker November 5, 2012 9:47 a.m.

Drivers should expect long delays north of La Center on Tuesday on Interstate 5.

Vancouver man sentenced to 7 years for trafficking guns

By Laura McVicker November 2, 2012 9:35 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to seven years in federal prison for trafficking stolen guns.

English bulldog theft suspect pleads not guilty

By Laura McVicker November 3, 2012 6 a.m.

A transient accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint pleaded not guilty Friday to several charges.

Jury convicts Yacolt man of attempted murder

By Laura McVicker November 1, 2012 6:12 p.m.

Was a poisoning and shooting in Yacolt last year a bizarre accident, as the defendant contends, or was it a clear intent to kill?

Shooting suspect says suicide attempt was foiled

By Laura McVicker October 31, 2012 8:25 p.m.

A Yacolt man on trial for attempted murder said Wednesday he hatched a plan last year to kill himself in the presence of his ex-girlfriend — but it went awry.

Shooting victim testifies at ex-boyfriend's trial

By Laura McVicker October 29, 2012 7:26 p.m.

Jessica Fix said she awoke to loud ringing in her ears. She sat up and noticed blood dripping from her head.

A spring in their step at annual Feile Samhain competition

By Laura McVicker October 28, 2012 6 a.m.

Cued by a fiddle, Ashley VanHandel started the jig: A stomp, kick, shuffle of feet and another stomp.

Man found dead after SWAT callout

By Laura McVicker October 27, 2012 8:25 p.m.

A man was found dead Saturday evening after SWAT team members were called to a home in the Five Corners area relating to an earlier domestic violence incident.

Judge: Attorney coached witnesses in racial discrimination case

By Laura McVicker October 28, 2012 6 a.m.

A prominent attorney has been found in civil contempt by a federal judge for coaching his witnesses on the stand during a federal trial involving the city of Vancouver.

Man accused of home invasion robberies pleads guilty

By Laura McVicker October 27, 2012 6 a.m.

A Vancouver man accused of two home invasion robberies in 2011, including one where a woman was bound and attacked, has pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Man pleads guilty to sending threatening emails to Senate candidate

By Laura McVicker October 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Saying he's "very passionate about politics," a Vancouver man on Thursday admitted to sending emails threatening to kill a Republican state Senate candidate.

Former Skamania auditor pleads guilty

By Laura McVicker October 25, 2012 7:40 p.m.

Ending a case that has dragged on for three years, Skamania County's former auditor accused of racking up questionable expenses and shredding public documents pleaded guilty Thursday to a gross misdemeanor.

Theft ringleader pleads guilty to 7 charges

By Laura McVicker October 23, 2012 5:24 p.m.

In the summer of 2010, Battle Ground resident Jorgan Cattin enlisted a group of high school students to perform car prowls and thefts.

Portland man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide of friend

By Laura McVicker October 18, 2012 5:09 p.m.

An Oregon man was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison for causing a crash that killed his friend last spring near Battle Ground.

Former candidate Hedrick files lawsuit against county

By Laura McVicker October 15, 2012 11:03 p.m.

A former 3rd Congressional candidate who was acquitted last year of assaulting his wife has filed a lawsuit against Clark County, alleging wrongful arrest.

Prosecutors say dispute over stolen guns prompted homicide

By Laura McVicker October 15, 2012 8:34 p.m.

An Oct. 1 homicide in Hazel Dell apparently was prompted by a dispute over some stolen guns, according to court documents.

Few females don judge's robes

By Laura McVicker October 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Early in her career, Barbara Johnson was a big-city prosecutor who never planned to become a judge.

Four Republicans vie for 20th District

By Laura McVicker October 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Clark County's 20th District voters will decide between four Republicans for the House and Senate positions in this year's election.

Ex-softball coach gets year for rape of player

By Laura McVicker October 13, 2012 6 a.m.

An angry judge sentenced a former Olympia-area softball coach to one year in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl on his team during a tournament in the summer of 2011 in Clark County.

Hotel fire case awaits evaluation of man on roof

By Laura McVicker October 13, 2012 6 a.m.

A Vancouver man accused of setting fire to a Hazel Dell hotel won't be arraigned on charges until a judge determines he's mentally competent to stand trial.

Man pleads not guilty to 2011 murder

By Laura McVicker October 10, 2012 5:32 p.m.

A convicted felon accused of fatally beating a Vancouver woman with a baseball bat in 2011 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder.

Man's jump from I-5 Bridge was 'recreational'

By Laura McVicker October 9, 2012 9:37 p.m.

Fire crews responded this morning to a report of a man who jumped from the Interstate 5 bridge.

Bridge worker presumed drowned in Longview

By Laura McVicker October 8, 2012 7:03 a.m.

A construction worker who fell Sunday from the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Cowlitz County is presumed drowned, officials said.

Vancouver woman pleads not guilty to murder attempt

By Laura McVicker October 5, 2012 5:19 p.m.

A Vancouver woman accused of trying to shoot her husband when he requested a divorce pleaded not guilty today to first-degree attempted murder and felony harassment.

Former PTA treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

By Laura McVicker October 4, 2012 7:15 p.m.

The former treasurer of a parent-teacher association at Maple Grove primary and middle schools accused of embezzling nearly $15,000 pleaded guilty Thursday to five theft-related charges.

Alleged political-sign thief pleads not guilty

By Laura McVicker October 4, 2012 5:38 p.m.

A Vancouver man allegedly caught on camera stealing a candidate's sign pleaded not guilty Thursday to removing or defacing political advertisement, a misdemeanor.

Feds to investigate local business after girl falls out of party bus in Portland

By Laura McVicker October 4, 2012 6 a.m.

Federal officials have launched an investigation into a limousine service implicated in the Saturday death of an 11-year-old girl in Portland.

Investigators identify victim in Hazel Dell homicide

By Mark Bowder and Laura McVicker October 2, 2012 7:08 p.m.

Matthew M. Clark, 43, died of an apparent gunshot wound, the sheriff's department said in a bulletin issued Tuesday morning. It said the precise cause of death would be determined by the Clark County Medical Examiner.

Teen arsonist receives lesser sentence because of head injury

By Laura McVicker October 2, 2012 8:02 p.m.

A Sifton teenager convicted of burning his family's house down last year was sentenced Tuesday to just under one year of confinement.

Hotel arson/standoff suspect's bail set at $100,000

By Laura McVicker October 1, 2012 7:27 p.m.

A Vancouver arson suspect who kept officers at bay as he stood atop a burning hotel roof on Saturday made his first appearance this morning in Clark County Superior Court.

Mother Nature's classroom

By Laura McVicker September 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Hundreds of kids on Friday afternoon learned science in the most natural way: from Mother Nature.

Woman pleads guilty to Craigslist prostitution robbery

By Laura McVicker September 28, 2012 9:18 p.m.

A woman accused of plotting to rob a Hazel Dell man who answered her prostitution ad was sentenced Friday to three years and nine months in prison.

Crews clearing Portland hotel fire rubble

By Laura McVicker September 27, 2012 6 a.m.

The site of the five-alarm fire at Thunderbird On The River hotel has been turned over to the owner, and cleanup is under way.

Battle Ground man's head plate may have deflected bullet

By Laura McVicker September 26, 2012 6:23 p.m.

A 42-year-old Battle Ground woman agreed to plead guilty to second-degree assault for shooting her boyfriend in the face last year.

DNA evidence links man to 2011 homicide, prosecutors say

By Laura McVicker September 26, 2012 6:33 p.m.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence from an aluminum baseball bat found next to a Vancouver woman’s body in 2011 has linked a convicted felon to the slaying, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Vancouver woman charged with murder attempt

By Laura McVicker September 25, 2012 5:12 p.m.

A Vancouver woman accused of trying to fatally shoot her husband after he asked for a divorce was charged Tuesday with first-degree attempted murder.

Convicted rapist now charged with child molestation

By Laura McVicker September 24, 2012 9:14 p.m.

A Vancouver man convicted last year of attacking two strangers -- and who has a history of preying on women -- was charged today with molesting two girls.

Judge tosses out evidence in 8 'Gang Green' cases

By Laura McVicker September 24, 2012 7:12 p.m.

The search warrants that led to the arrest of eight people in connection to last year's massive Gang Green marijuana raid were not performed lawfully, a Clark County judge said this morning.

Clark County agencies urged to team up to fight homelessness

By Laura McVicker September 22, 2012 6 a.m.

As a tip to fight homelessness locally, Barbe West offers this quote: "Getting good players is easy. Getting 'em to play together is the hard part."

Vancouver man charged in Ponzi scheme

By Laura McVicker September 21, 2012 6 a.m.

A former investment adviser from Vancouver was among several people charged with perpetrating a long-running Ponzi scheme in the region.

Alleged political sign thief charged, summoned to court

By Laura McVicker September 19, 2012 7:29 p.m.

A Vancouver man caught on camera allegedly stealing a political sign apparently told police he did so because he thought the sign was illegally placed in his neighborhood, according to court documents.

Alleged political-sign thief to be charged

By Laura McVicker September 18, 2012 8:12 p.m.

An alleged political-sign-stealer is expected to be charged Wednesday in Clark County District Court.