Jury duty phone scam

By Paris Achen August 26, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Clark County jury manager Kirsten Morrisey said local residents have been receiving phone calls from a man who claims to be with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Mother accused of abusing young son

By Paris Achen August 26, 2014 8:20 p.m.

A Vancouver mother is accused of assaulting her 13-month-old son and causing multiple bone fractures and lacerations to his liver.

Police: Man had loaded pistol at a traffic stop

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:20 p.m.

A suspected gang member is accused of reaching for a loaded pistol when a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled him over because he was driving erratically.

Man accused of robbery after marijuana sale goes wrong

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:18 p.m.

A Battle Ground man is accused of robbing a 22-year-old man who was selling marijuana in the parking lot of the Brush Prairie WinCo Foods.

Former Boy Scout mentor gets 5 years for sex abuse

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:06 p.m.

A former Boy Scout mentor from Vancouver was sentenced Monday to nearly five years in prison for sexually abusing a Boy Scout over a period of at least three years.

'Short Stack' robbery suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen August 22, 2014 7:53 p.m.

A suspected serial robber appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a robbery last October at the iQ Credit Union in the VanMall neighborhood.

Man gets 6 years in drug debt stabbing

By Paris Achen August 22, 2014 7:52 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to more than six years in prison today for robbing and stabbing a friend who owed him a drug debt.

Woman accused in string of bank, other robberies

By Paris Achen August 21, 2014 7:40 p.m.

A Vancouver woman appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday in connection with a string of robberies that began in early April.

Two Vancouver men get a year each for assault, robbery

By Paris Achen August 21, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Two Vancouver men will go to prison for a year for assaulting the ex-boyfriend of one of their daughters when they went to recover some disputed belongings from the ex-boyfriend's residence in Battle Ground in June 2013.

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.

Battle Ground man gets 3 years in vehicular homicide

By Paris Achen August 13, 2014 10:54 a.m.

A Battle Ground man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for causing a traffic collision that killed his girlfriend.

Vancouver man gets 27 years in motel shooting

By Paris Achen August 11, 2014 6:52 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to more than 27 years in prison for shooting a gang associate in the forehead in 2013 at downtown Vancouver's EconoLodge.

Vancouver teen gets two years for police chase

By Paris Achen August 4, 2014 6:24 p.m.

A Vancouver teen was sentenced Monday to two years of confinement related to a high-speed police chase on Interstate 5 last month during which he rammed several police vehicles.

Mother of slain toddler apprehended

By Paris Achen August 3, 2014 11:06 p.m.

A 40-year-old Clark County woman wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old daughter at a Cannon Beach, Ore., resort was found Sunday in a heavily wooded area about 15 miles from the coast, according to authorities.

Fair Fun: Goats on Parade

By Paris Achen August 3, 2014 9:01 p.m.

Justice — a miniature Nigerian dwarf goat — was born on the Fourth of July last year, so it was only fitting that her owner, Aedra Hausrath, 7, dressed her in a red, white and blue Wonder Woman costume Sunday for their debut at the Clark County Fair's annual Goat Dress-Up and Parade.

Man who was shot denies threat to family

By Paris Achen August 2, 2014 12:26 a.m.

A Vancouver man who was shot by police when he allegedly threatened members of his family with a gun pleaded not guilty Friday to four felony charges.

Nichols to retire after 20 years on bench

By Paris Achen August 1, 2014 6:06 p.m.

Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols has formally announced his retirement after 20 years on the bench.

Jury: Battle Ground man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie August 1, 2014 7 p.m.

After less than an hour and a half of deliberations, Clark County jurors announced their decision that a Battle Ground man was guilty of vehicular homicide.

Two suspects face charges in Arco robbery

By Paris Achen July 31, 2014 8:11 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy and 19-year-old man appeared in court Thursday on suspicion of robbing an east Vancouver gas station by holding a clerk and customer at knifepoint.

Vehicular homicide trial of Battle Ground man, 20, heads to jury

By Paris Achen July 31, 2014 7:54 p.m.

A Clark County jury is deliberating today in the trial of a Battle Ground man accused of vehicular homicide in the 2012 death of his 17-year-old girlfriend in a traffic collision near that city.

Ridgefield man pleads guilty in fatal crash

By Paris Achen July 31, 2014 7:39 p.m.

A Ridgefield man pleaded guilty Thursday to recklessly causing the deaths of two people in a single-vehicle crash Nov. 17 near downtown Vancouver.

Defendant in fatal crash trial denies driving recklessly

By Paris Achen July 30, 2014 6:19 p.m.

An automotive mechanic testified today that vehicular homicide suspect Ryan Matison's car brakes were operational when he failed to stop at a stop sign about 3 miles west of Battle Ground and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in November 2012.

Driver: Fatal-crash defendant ran stop sign

By Paris Achen July 29, 2014 7:44 p.m.

Luke Merriman was returning home from a hunting trip when his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup struck Ryan Matison's 1994 Toyota Corolla in the intersection of state Highway 502 and Northeast 29th Avenue.

Vancouver man accused of having and dealing child porn

By Paris Achen July 28, 2014 9:04 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of having and dealing child pornography.

Vancouver man gets 5 years for sexual abuse of girls

By Paris Achen July 28, 2014 9:03 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to more than five years in prison for sexually abusing two minor girls whom he met on Facebook.

Battle Ground man gets 46 years in hammer attack

By Paris Achen July 28, 2014 7:46 p.m.

A Battle Ground man was sentenced Monday to more than 46 years in prison for bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.

Battle Ground man on trial for vehicular homicide

By Paris Achen July 28, 2014 7:25 p.m.

Jeff and Sarrah Held and their two young children were traveling southbound on Northeast 29th Avenue near Battle Ground on their way to do some Black Friday shopping when Jeff gripped the steering wheel and blurted out an expletive.

Camas Days a stroll down memory lane

By Paris Achen July 27, 2014 10:14 p.m.

In the late 1950s, Larhea Steele was a princess in Camas’ annual Grand Parade.

Man ruled OK to stand trial in house fire

By Paris Achen July 25, 2014 8:38 p.m.

A Vancouver man accused of setting fire to a house he shared with his former boyfriend is competent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree arson, a judge ordered Thursday.

Mother appears in court in case of missing girl

By Paris Achen July 24, 2014 8:52 p.m.

A Vancouver woman appeared in Clark County Superior Court Thursday in connection with the disappearance of her 4-year-old daughter Saturday after a confrontation with the girl’s father.

Battle Ground man appears in court in wrong-way crash

By Paris Achen July 24, 2014 8:51 p.m.

A Battle Ground man appeared in Clark County Superior Court Thursday on suspicion of vehicular assault in connection with a wrong-way crash on state Highway 14 early Wednesday.

Vancouver musician gets 4 years in fraud case

By Paris Achen July 24, 2014 8:50 p.m.

A Vancouver musician and record producer was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in prison for luring investors to phony music projects in a series of wire fraud schemes.

Arraignment delayed in motorcylist's death

By Paris Achen July 24, 2014 8:47 p.m.

The arraignment of an Amboy woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs was delayed Thursday because the woman hadn't retained an attorney.

Teenager suspected of setting two fires

By Paris Achen July 22, 2014 8:48 p.m.

An Orchards man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with at least two grass fires.

Suspect in officer-involved shooting appears in court

By Paris Achen July 22, 2014 11:54 a.m.

A man who was shot by police when he allegedly threatened members of his family with a gun appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree domestic violence assault and felony harassment.

Teen in fireworks case released to parents

By Paris Achen July 18, 2014 9:10 p.m.

A Vancouver teenager was released to his parents Friday after appearing in Clark County Juvenile Court in connection with a July 5 fireworks fire that destroyed a Felida home.

Ex-treasurer gets 15 months for theft from union council, having child porn

By Paris Achen July 18, 2014 8:24 p.m.

A former treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees National Veterans Affairs Council 249 was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $45,000 from the organization and for having multiple images of child pornography on his computer.

County courthouse going digital

By Paris Achen July 17, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Empty shelves and empty cardboard files line the aisles of the family law section of the Clark County Clerk's Office. The barren aisles are perhaps the most visible sign of the office's shift toward creating a paperless courthouse.

Suspected police officer shooter attempts suicide in jail

By Paris Achen July 17, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Suspected police officer shooter James T. Sapp attempted to commit suicide earlier today in the Clark County Jail.

Man appears in court in Felida fireworks fire

By Paris Achen July 17, 2014 7:01 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court today in connection with a July 5 fireworks fire that destroyed a Felida home.

Two teens appear in court in marijuana robbery

By Paris Achen July 16, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Two teenagers appear in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a marijuana robbery involved a garden scythe.