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.

K-9 Ranger patrols Washougal on four paws

By Paris Achen July 16, 2014 6 a.m.

On any given day, K-9 Ranger patrols the city of Washougal with his police handler, Officer Kyle Day. While intimidating to fleeing suspects whom he has to chase, Ranger often has the opposite effect on other people during routine calls.

Boy gets 10 days for Skyview threats

By Paris Achen July 15, 2014 2:43 p.m.

A 15-year-old boy was sentenced today to 10 days in juvenile detention, 12 months' probation and 60 hours' community service for threatening to shoot students and staff at Vancouver's Skyview High School.

Officer shooting suspect pleads not guilty

By Paris Achen July 15, 2014 6:30 p.m.

An apparent white supremacist pleaded not guilty today to attempted murder and other charges related to the shooting of Vancouver motorcycle patrol Officer Dustin Goudschaal.

Woman accused in fatal April motorcycle crash case

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie July 10, 2014 10:27 a.m.

An Amboy woman is arrested in connection to fatal motorcycle crash in April. She is accused of being under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the collision.

Lawsuit filed in death of Hudson's Bay student

By Paris Achen July 8, 2014 1:47 p.m.

The mother of a Vancouver teen who was struck and killed by a charter bus in Northwest Portland last month is suing the driver and his employer.

More charges filed against suspect in officer shooting

By Paris Achen July 8, 2014 11:17 a.m.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik has filed additional charges against James Sapp, an apparent white supremacist accused of shooting Vancouver motorcycle patrol Officer Dustin Goudschaal, 32.

Crestline fire penalty: 10 days, $2 million

By Paris Achen July 7, 2014 8:05 p.m.

In an emotional court hearing Monday, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 days in juvenile detention, $2 million in restitution and 150 hours of community service for his role in starting a fire that destroyed Vancouver's Crestline Elementary School.

Man appears in court in alleged assault along river

By Paris Achen July 7, 2014 6:47 p.m.

A Battle Ground man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on suspicion of assaulting three people with a gun after they asked him to turn down the volume on music he and another friend were playing at a campsite along a Columbia River beach early Sunday.

Fourth at the Fort: Holiday a big blast  

By Paris Achen July 4, 2014 11:29 p.m.

Fort Vancouver park ranger Mike Twist used a long wooden wand with a smoking wick to ignite gunpowder inside a historical replica of a swivel gun — a small portable cannon used by Pacific Northwest fur traders in the early 1800s to scare away potential enemies.

Hatchet robbery suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen July 3, 2014 11:33 a.m.

A Washougal man appeared in Clark County Superior Court today on suspicion of using a hatchet to threaten a cashier in an attempted robbery of a convenience store in Camas on Wednesday.

Vancouver teen rams 4 police cars after high-speed chase

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie July 3, 2014 9:22 p.m.

A Vancouver teen is accused of ramming at least three law enforcement vehicles after a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 on Wednesday night.

Man convicted of attempted murder in shooting of gang associate

By Paris Achen July 2, 2014 9:12 p.m.

A Clark County jury found a Vancouver man guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of a gang associate in 2013 at downtown Vancouver's EconoLodge.

Woman sentenced in fatal hit-run

By Paris Achen July 2, 2014 9:06 p.m.

A Camas woman was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for failing to stop after her vehicle struck a man using a walker to cross Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard in October.

Prosecutor Golik cleared of grievance at state bar

By Paris Achen July 1, 2014 6:24 p.m.

The Washington State Bar Association has dismissed a grievance by a brother of a former deputy prosecutor alleging that Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik and two of his deputies violated the state's rules of professional conduct for lawyers.

VPD officer recovering; suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie July 1, 2014 8:36 p.m.

A Vancouver man with white supremacist beliefs and a violent criminal history appeared in court this morning, accused of shooting Vancouver motorcycle patrol officer Dustin Goudschaal, 32. He remains hospitalized and is listed in stable condition this morning, police said.

Trials in 2 motel incidents begin

By Paris Achen June 30, 2014 9:08 p.m.

Two trials — cases of alleged attempted murder and rape at two separate Vancouver motels — began Monday in Clark County Superior Court.

B.G. man gets year in jail for restroom fires in library

By Paris Achen June 30, 2014 7:57 p.m.

A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday to one year in jail for starting two restroom fires in the Battle Ground Community Library.

Gang member faces charges in shooting of rival

By Paris Achen June 27, 2014 5:29 p.m.

A Norteño gang member is accused of wounding a rival from the Sureño gang in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting in March in Vancouver's Esther Short neighborhood.

Jury: B.G. man guilty of attempted murder in hammer attack

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie June 27, 2014 5:11 p.m.

A Clark County jury found a Battle Ground man guilty of bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in the heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.

Jury deliberates in hammer attack case

By Paris Achen June 26, 2014 6:51 p.m.

A Clark County jury began deliberating Thursday in the attempted murder trial of a Battle Ground man accused of bashing his then-girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.

Teen sentenced for setting house, car on fire

By Paris Achen June 26, 2014 6:50 p.m.

A Vancouver teenager was sentenced Thursday to two years’ incarceration for pouring gasoline on a Vancouver house and vehicle, then setting fire to the property after arguing with some of the home’s residents.

Crime ring leader gets 10 years

By Paris Achen June 26, 2014 6:44 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for charges related to operating a multistate retail theft crime ring.

Defense rests in hammer attack trial

By Paris Achen June 25, 2014 8:48 p.m.

The defense rested its case Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of a Battle Ground man accused of hitting his then-girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.

Suspected drug house operator appears in court

By Paris Achen June 25, 2014 8:44 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday on suspicion of operating a drug house in Vancouver’s Landover-Sharmel neighborhood.

Bank robbery suspect extradited to Clark County

By Paris Achen June 25, 2014 8:42 p.m.

A Portland man accused of robbing an Umpqua Bank branch on Friday has been extradited to Clark County.

Second victim of hammer attack testifies

By Paris Achen June 24, 2014 6:11 p.m.

The state rested its case Tuesday in the trial of a Battle Ground man accused of hitting his girlfriend and best friend in their heads with a hammer when he found them in bed together.

Woman gets seven years for robbery

By Paris Achen June 23, 2014 10:38 p.m.

A Brush Prairie woman was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for her role in the Aug. 24 robbery and intimidation of a 29-year-old woman who was a witness in a drug case.

Prosecutor: Man tried to kill 2 with hammer

By Paris Achen June 23, 2014 9:43 p.m.

After fracturing the skulls of his girlfriend and his best friend with a hammer upon finding them in bed together, Marcus Morrison then cursed the victims by name on Facebook, prosecutors said.

Man appears in court in suspected drive-by shooting

By Paris Achen June 20, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Police think Norteño gang associate Eddie L. Smith, 20, wanted to exact revenge on his gang rival when, they say, he fired a 12-gauge shotgun at the front window of a house in Vancouver's Northcrest neighborhood.

Klickitat lawsuit to be tried in Clark County

By Paris Achen June 19, 2014 7:52 p.m.

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a workplace sexual harassment suit against former Klickitat County Deputy Prosecutor David Brown will be litigated in Clark County.

Lawsuit: State enabled ex-con to steal from B.G. woman, 81

By Paris Achen June 18, 2014 9:11 p.m.

The guardian of a Battle Ground woman has sued the state for nearly $500,000, claiming that an Adult Protective Services caseworker enabled an ex-convict to financially exploit the woman.

Court orders new trial in man's burglary case

By Paris Achen June 17, 2014 7:17 p.m.

A homeless man who was found guilty of first-degree burglary in Clark County Superior Court will get a new trial because the judge in the case gave an incorrect directive to the jury during his trial, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Police: Arson suspect upset he had to move out

By Paris Achen June 16, 2014 11:17 a.m.

A Vancouver man may have set fire to a house he shared with his former boyfriend because he was upset that he had to move out of the house after the couple's break-up, court records show.

Man denies firing at girlfriend, friends

By Paris Achen June 13, 2014 7:52 p.m.

A Portland man pleaded not guilty Friday to shooting, reportedly because he suspected she was cheating on him, at his girlfriend of 11 years and two of her friends at a Vancouver apartment May 31. He reportedly drove another girlfriend's car to the crime scene.

Former manager gets jail time, must repay employer he defrauded

By Paris Achen June 13, 2014 7:51 p.m.

A Tigard, Ore., man was sentenced Friday to 280 days in jail and required to pay full restitution for stealing more than $330,000 from a Vancouver roofing company, Vancouver's Northwest Roof Care & Construction, where he served as manager.

Camas woman pleads guilty in hit and run

By Paris Achen June 12, 2014 5:46 p.m.

A Camas woman admitted Thursday to failing to stop after her vehicle struck a man using a walker to cross Vancouver’s Mill Plain Boulevard in October. Stephen D. Dewey, 65, of Vancouver died about a week later from injuries caused by the crash.