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Paris Achen

courts reporter

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Recent Stories

Utility officials warn of electric-bill scam

By Paris Achen August 20, 2014 8:35 p.m.

Clark Public Utilities is warning customers not to fall for an ongoing phone scam in which fraudsters call businesses and tell them they’re past due on their electric bill.

New developments in 'Joe Biden defense' case

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Clark County's prosecutor said Tuesday he will dismiss a firearms-related charge against a Vancouver man who said he was merely taking Vice President Joe Biden's advice on how to defend his property from car prowlers. Instead, the man will be prosecuted for obstructing a police officer.

Washougal man a suspect in home invasion robbery

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 7:51 p.m.

A Washougal man is accused of participating in a home invasion in Camas where a 51-year-old man was held hostage in an attempt to force payment for a debt.

Court records: Attempted robbery suspect has mental health, drug problems

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 11:30 a.m.

A Portland woman accused of trying to rob two gas stations Friday in east Vancouver has a history of mental health and drug problems, according to court records. She appeared in Clark County Superior Court Monday on suspicion of two counts of second-degree attempted robbery.

Man arrested after standoff with police appears in court

By Paris Achen August 18, 2014 5:44 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday in connection with a six-hour standoff with police who were responding to reports that he was armed and threatening to harm a family member and himself.

Driver in fatal I-205 rollover appears in court

By Paris Achen August 18, 2014 5:45 p.m.

Court records say Ryan J. McGuinness was using his 1992 Subaru Legacy to mimic a skateboarding maneuver just before a fatal rollover crash on Interstate 205 and the Southeast Mill Plain exit early Saturday.

Convicted sex offender accused of preying on minor electronically

By Paris Achen August 15, 2014 6:57 p.m.

A Longview man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempting to lure a 15-year-old who has developmental delays through electronic communications.

B.G. man gets 15 years for making child porn

By Paris Achen August 15, 2014 6:56 p.m.

A Battle Ground man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Victims included children of his friends.

Prosecutors: Fircrest shooting might be gang related

By Paris Achen August 14, 2014 7:01 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of a gang-related shooting during a party July 27 in Vancouver's Fircrest neighborhood.

Man gets 30 years in rape, assault

By Paris Achen August 13, 2014 7:35 p.m.

A Clark County judge sentenced a Portland man Wednesday to 30 years in prison for beating and raping his former girlfriend. The judge said Charles E. Paschal, 34, deserved the exceptionally long sentence because he showed no remorse for his crimes.

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