Killer of Vancouver mother of 5 sentenced to 30 years

By Paris Achen November 25, 2014 5:42 p.m.

Sterling Robin-Scott Shaver's heart stopped on the operating table after he was stabbed 15 times while trying to keep a friend from killing a mother of five during a methamphetamine-fueled rampage last year in Vancouver's Sunnyside neighborhood.

Three accused of Hazel Dell motel room robbery

By Paris Achen November 25, 2014 11:51 a.m.

Two men and a juvenile male are accused of invading a Hazel Dell motel room early Monday and robbing four occupants while wielding knives.

Portland man gets 12-year sentence in shooting

By Paris Achen November 24, 2014 6:49 p.m.

A Portland man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for shooting at his girlfriend of 11 years and two of her friends at a Vancouver apartment May 31. He reportedly shot at her because he suspected she was cheating on him. He drove another girlfriend's car to the crime scene.

Vancouver man arrested in Hazel Dell stabbing

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie November 24, 2014 11:43 a.m.

Clark County deputies arrested one of two suspects in a stabbing that occurred late Friday outside a Vancouver bar.

Serial robber gets five-year term

By Paris Achen November 21, 2014 8:23 p.m.

A Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison for a spate of commercial robberies this year.

Man is given five months for stealing 83-year-old's home

By Paris Achen November 21, 2014 8:21 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to five months in jail for stealing a travel trailer that serves as home for an 83-year-old man.

Two Vancouver men get 38 years in 2013 robbery

By Paris Achen November 20, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Two Vancouver men with extensive criminal backgrounds were each sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison for committing a home-invasion robbery Dec. 4 in an apartment in Vancouver's Sifton neighborhood. The two victims were tied up with cords and forced at gunpoint inside a bedroom closet.

Vancouver man pleads guilty in fatal 2013 stabbing

By Paris Achen November 20, 2014 6:36 p.m.

A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing a Vancouver woman, critically injuring a Woodland man and assaulting a police officer during a methamphetamine-fueled rampage in Vancouver's Sunnyside neighborhood last year.

Murder defendant's guilty plea falls through

By Paris Achen November 20, 2014 11:32 a.m.

The alleged gunman in a fatal shooting of a 43-year-old Hazel Dell man in 2012 is now accused of breaching a cooperation agreement with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in which he would have received a sentence of 18 years in prison.

Oregon man sentenced in teen prostitution case

By Paris Achen November 19, 2014 6:13 p.m.

An Oregon City, Ore., man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl from Vancouver.

Vancouver crime ring leader's sentence reduced

By Paris Achen November 19, 2014 6:10 p.m.

The sentence for Fred James Engh, who admitted to operating a multistate retail theft crime ring, was reduced Wednesday by two years because his attorney miscalculated the defendant's sentencing range.

Suspect in fatal hit and run expected to plead guilty

By Paris Achen November 18, 2014 5:56 p.m.

Life changes may be on the way for a man accused of killing two women in a hit-and-run collision in January on Vancouver Mall Drive.

Neighbors push city to clean up dilapidated, crime-ridden Water Works Park

By Paris Achen November 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Pepper Kim remembers a time about 20 years ago when she took her kids to play at Water Works Park in Vancouver's Central Park neighborhood.

Suspected wrong-way driver appears in court

By Paris Achen November 7, 2014 7:24 p.m.

A Camas man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Friday on suspicion of causing a crash with two other vehicles by driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of state Highway 14 and then attempting to flee on foot.

Acupuncturist released from jail

By Paris Achen November 7, 2014 7:23 p.m.

A Vancouver acupuncturist accused of raping a patient was expected to be released from the Clark County Jail on Friday after a judge reduced the amount of his bail.

Police: Teen tried to sell pot at Union

By Paris Achen November 7, 2014 7:21 p.m.

At least one of two teenagers caught with marijuana on the Union High School campus in Camas on Thursday was trying to deal the drug, according to court documents.

Man pleads guilty in fatal Hazel Dell shooting

By Paris Achen November 6, 2014 7:37 p.m.

An accomplice in the 2012 shooting death of a 43-year-old Hazel Dell man was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal with prosecutors.

Warren juror says he read media reports during trial

By Paris Achen November 6, 2014 7:30 p.m.

A juror who found former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren guilty of child rape confessed under oath today that he read snippets of a Columbian article during the defendant's trial in Clark County Superior Court.

Juror raises concerns in trial of former Beaverton police officer

By Paris Achen November 4, 2014 1:21 p.m.

A juror in the trial of former Beaverton police Officer Christopher Warren has come forward to report that some of his fellow jurors may have had outside knowledge about the case.

Alleged intoxicated driver in fatal trick-or-treater crash in court

By Paris Achen November 4, 2014 9:39 a.m.

A driver accused of hitting and killing a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating Halloween night was under the influence of marijuana at the time, prosecutors say.

Man allegedly aims gun at bystander calling 911

By Paris Achen November 3, 2014 8:09 p.m.

A man allegedly pointed a revolver at a witness who was reporting his actions to 911 on Friday evening near a Safeway grocery store in Vancouver. The witness reportedly saw the man pointing a gun at some teenage girls.

Family, school mourn 'awesome little girl'

By Paris Achen , Emily Gillespie , Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish November 3, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Grief counselors were at Orchards Elementary School on Monday after a second-grader who attended the school was killed Halloween night when a car struck four pedestrians.

Former Beaverton police officer found guilty of child rape

By Paris Achen October 31, 2014 4:41 p.m.

A Clark County jury has found former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his central Vancouver home.

Investigators: Acupuncturist may have other rape victims

By Paris Achen October 31, 2014 2:31 p.m.

Investigators suspect that an acupuncturist accused of raping a patient at his Vancouver office may have other victims, a Clark County prosecutor said today.

Child-rape case heads to the jury

By Paris Achen October 30, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Jury deliberations are set to begin Friday in the trial of former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren, who is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl with a pencil last year inside his central Vancouver home.

Clark County eyes expert panel to evaluate ill defendants

By Paris Achen October 29, 2014 9:42 p.m.

Clark County may become the second county in the state to use a panel of local experts to evaluate mentally ill defendants, rather than ask the state hospital to perform competency evaluations, local officials said.

Former officer denies child-rape allegations

By Paris Achen October 29, 2014 6:55 p.m.

Former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher R. Warren took the stand Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to deny allegations that he raped a 5-year-old girl with a pencil last year inside his central Vancouver home.

Girl, 6, testifies former police officer raped her

By Paris Achen October 28, 2014 2:59 p.m.

A 6-year-old girl testified in Clark County Superior Court today that former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher R. Warren raped her with a pencil last year at Warren's central Vancouver home.

Bail reduced in baby homicide case

By Paris Achen October 28, 2014 1:43 p.m.

A Clark County judge has reduced bail from $750,000 to $600,000 for a Vancouver man accused of killing his infant son by throwing him several feet onto a changing table.

Former Oregon police officer's child rape trial begins

By Paris Achen October 27, 2014 7:09 p.m.

The jury trial of a former Beaverton, Ore., police officer accused of raping a 5-year-old girl began Monday in Clark County Superior Court.

Third accomplice gets a year in home-invasion robbery

By Paris Achen October 24, 2014 10:23 a.m.

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to 365 days of confinement for his role in a home-invasion robbery Dec. 4 in an apartment in Vancouver’s Sifton neighborhood. His two accomplices were found guilty Thursday of multiple crimes related to the robbery.

Vancouver man gets 90 days in gun incident

By Paris Achen October 23, 2014 9:17 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to reduced charges connected with an alleged hate crime involving a gun at Vancouver's QuarterDeck Bar in March 2013.

2 men convicted in Sifton home invasion

By Paris Achen October 23, 2014 9 p.m.

A Clark County jury found two Vancouver men guilty of committing a home-invasion robbery Dec. 4 in an apartment in Vancouver's Sifton neighborhood. The two victims were tied up with cords and forced inside a bedroom closet.

Snohomish man gets 45½ years in home invasion

By Paris Achen October 23, 2014 7:51 p.m.

A Snohomish man with no prior criminal history was sentenced to more than 45 years in prison Thursday for serving as a lookout during a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield. During the robbery, a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.

Man accused of killing infant son pleads not guilty

By Paris Achen October 23, 2014 11:22 a.m.

A Vancouver man accused of killing his infant son by throwing him several feet pleaded not guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to a first-degree murder charge.

Vancouver man arrested after allegedly fleeing crash scene

By Paris Achen October 22, 2014 8:38 p.m.

A Vancouver man with a history of driving violations is accused of fleeing on foot from the scene of a crash in which the other driver may have broadsided his vehicle.

East Vancouver standoff suspect makes scene in court

By Paris Achen October 20, 2014 6:51 p.m.

A Vancouver man accused of holding a family member hostage and then barricading himself in his garage during a 15-hour standoff with police appeared in Clark County Superior Court today on suspicion of multiple crimes.

Guild challenges deputy firing in murder-suicide

By Paris Achen October 20, 2014 12:12 p.m.

The Clark County Deputy Sheriff's Guild has challenged the termination of a deputy who was fired in September for allegedly failing to respond to an incomplete 911 call last March from a Fargher Lake-area home. Three days after the call, the couple who lived at the home were found dead from a suspected murder-suicide.

Vancouver man accused of throwing, killing newborn son

By Paris Achen October 20, 2014 1:49 p.m.

A Vancouver man stands accused of killing his infant son by throwing him several feet onto a changing table because the child was being fussy.

Chickens with attitude show their stuff

By Paris Achen October 18, 2014 6:28 p.m.

Curly Joe may belong to the smallest chicken breed in the world, but he isn't shy about puffing up his chest, flapping his wings and letting out a shrill crow.

Prosecutor candidate Townsend changes course on pursuing fees

By Paris Achen October 15, 2014 8:37 p.m.

After agreeing in writing not to pursue $50,000 in attorney fees through a lien on a client's property, Josephine Townsend — candidate for Clark County prosecutor — did the opposite, public records show.

Trial set for Vancouver child rape suspect found in Cambodia

By Paris Achen October 15, 2014 3:25 p.m.

A Vancouver man accused of fleeing to Cambodia to avoid prosecution of child rape charges in Clark County is scheduled to be tried on the charges Jan. 12.

Police: Man set house on fire over cigarettes

By Paris Achen October 15, 2014 3:07 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of setting his mother's house on fire when she refused to buy him cigarettes.

Police: Man points gun at man's head outside bar in Vancouver

By Paris Achen October 14, 2014 10:12 a.m.

Joshua R. Richards, 36, of Vancouver is accused of pointing a handgun at the head of another man during an argument in a parking lot across the street from Selberg's Tavern in the city's Rose Village neighborhood.

Ariel man accused of vehicular assault in La Center

By Paris Achen October 13, 2014 6:02 p.m.

An Ariel man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of operating a pickup truck while intoxicated and running over a passenger as she left the vehicle. The incident allegedly took place outside a home in La Center.

Lawsuits target local firm's former co-owner

By Paris Achen October 13, 2014 6 a.m.

A Vancouver man arrested this month on suspicion of embezzling more than $500,000 from a local electronics manufacturing service company also has been sued related to his business practices.

Bar association poll favors Golik, Veljacic

By Paris Achen October 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik and Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic are the favorites of Clark County Bar Association members in the upcoming election, according to opinion poll results released Friday.

Charges dismissed against Vancouver woman arrested in drug raid

By Paris Achen October 10, 2014 5:59 p.m.

Charges have been dismissed pending further investigation against a Vancouver woman who was arrested Oct. 2 during a raid of a Sifton-area home by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.

State settles lawsuit by abused Weller children

By Paris Achen October 10, 2014 4:11 p.m.

The state has agreed to pay a $9.75 million settlement to five siblings who were abused for years by their parents, Jeffrey and Sandra Weller, in their Vancouver home.

Poll: Local bar members favor Golik, Veljacic

By Paris Achen October 10, 2014 2:50 p.m.

Results from a Clark County Bar Association poll show that a majority of members favor Prosecutor Tony Golik and Judge Bernard Veljacic in the upcoming election.