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Paris Achen

courts reporter


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Law enforcement finds arbitration imperfect

By Paris Achen September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

The state’s grievance arbitration system was designed to protect public employees from discipline without just cause and violations of their employment contracts. Yet some arbitrator decisions reinstating police officers terminated for criminal activity or alleged criminal activity have called into question whether the arbitration system serves the interest of public trust in law enforcement.

Vancouver man shot by police gets 201 days in jail

By Paris Achen September 18, 2014 8:22 p.m.

A Vancouver man who was shot by police when officers confronted him after he allegedly threatened members of his family with a gun was sentenced Wednesday to 201 days in jail.

Boy sentenced in arson of vacant warehouse in Vancouver

By Paris Achen September 18, 2014 11:10 a.m.

A 15-year-old boy was sentenced Thursday to 15 days of detention and 56 hours of community service for purposely starting a fire that destroyed a vacant warehouse in Vancouver.

Battle Ground man accused of kicking K-9 during police chase

By Paris Achen September 17, 2014 12:05 p.m.

A Battle Ground man, who was being pursued by law enforcement, is accused of kicking a police dog at least 10 times early Tuesday before Clark County sheriff's deputies subdued him with a Taser.

In Townsend's résumé, disputes over integrity, mismanagement

By Paris Achen September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

In her bid to oust Tony Golik as Clark County prosecutor, private lawyer Josephine Townsend, 54, of Vancouver has criticized the incumbent for alleged mismanagement of his office. Yet public documents show the Republican challenger has a record of missteps, discipline and mismanagement during her career.

Oh, baby, what a reunion

By Paris Achen September 13, 2014 8:07 p.m.

Decked out in full leather and bandanna regalia, a dozen Harley-Davidson motorcyclists zoomed up to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Saturday with a special delivery of plush toys for alumni of the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Police warn of phone scam

By Paris Achen September 13, 2014 10:51 a.m.

A phone scammer is posing as a law enforcement officer and extorting payment from residents under threat of arrest, according to Vancouver police.

Battle Ground man faces child pornography charges

By Paris Achen September 11, 2014 5:01 p.m.

A 61-year-old Battle Ground man is accused of possessing and dealing multiple images of child pornography on a peer-to-peer network.

B.G. man arrested in crash that injured girl

By Paris Achen September 11, 2014 10:41 a.m.

A Battle Ground man has been arrested in connection with a vehicle collision in rural Battle Ground Wednesday evening that critically injured a 9-year-old girl. The girl's mother and sibling also were injured.

Man gets 3 years for stealing from Masons

By Paris Achen September 10, 2014 8:12 p.m.

A former mortgage adviser was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for embezzling nearly $800,000 from the Vancouver Masonic Temple while serving as the organization's treasurer.

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