U.S. District Court judge chosen from Clark County

By Paris Achen February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

A Vancouver attorney has become the first person from Clark County to be appointed as a full-time magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court's Western District of Washington, according to a court spokesperson.

Man jailed in child-porn case

By Paris Achen February 20, 2015 8:53 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of having and viewing child pornography involving young girls.

Clark County mock trial teams progress to state

By Paris Achen February 20, 2015 11:13 a.m.

Teams from at least two Clark County high schools are eligible to compete in the state mock trial tournament in Olympia in March after winning in the annual district competition earlier this week.

Driver who killed teacher in new trouble

By Paris Achen February 19, 2015 5:43 p.m.

A Vancouver man who went to prison for the 2009 hit-and-run death of a popular Hudson's Bay High School teacher is wanted on a warrant for allegedly jumping bail on his latest criminal charge.

Police: Man pointed gun in road rage incident

By Paris Achen February 17, 2015 12:33 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of pointing a shotgun at two men in a fit of road rage late Friday in the parking lot of an east Vancouver Fred Meyer store. He allegedly shoved the gun's barrel into the abdomen of one of the men.

Vancouver man accused of kidnapping couple over missing phone

By Paris Achen February 13, 2015 5:46 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Friday on suspicion of kidnapping a couple whom he suspected of taking his cellphone.

Teen accused of armed robbery at Vancouver store

By Paris Achen February 13, 2015 10:44 a.m.

A Vancouver teen has been arrested in connection with a gang-related armed robbery last month at an east Vancouver convenience store.

Portland woman enters plea in robbery attempts

By Paris Achen February 12, 2015 5:56 p.m.

A Portland woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to a 30-minute spree of attempted gas station robberies in August.

Evergreen teacher accused of child rape pleads not guilty

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie February 11, 2015 9:24 a.m.

Evergreen High School drama teacher Stephanie McCrea has pleaded not guilty to charges that she had sex with a 15-year-old student.

Lawsuit filed on behalf of injured teen gymnast

By Paris Achen February 10, 2015 6:11 p.m.

A court-appointed representative has sued Evergreen Public Schools on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a fall during a Mountain View High School gymnastics practice last month.

Three judge hopefuls weigh in on issues at forum

By Paris Achen February 9, 2015 8:14 p.m.

Three Clark County judicial appointee applicants offered their opinions Monday about the judiciary's role in addressing inequalities in the legal system, including a higher rate of the poor in the county jail and people who can't afford to hire an attorney.

Brothers accused of having child porn

By Paris Achen February 6, 2015 8:23 p.m.

Two brothers, including a former Columbian route driver, are accused of having thousands of images of child pornography at their home in Vancouver.

Charges dismissed against mother of fatal hit-and-run driver

By Paris Achen February 6, 2015 12:28 p.m.

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has dismissed two counts of witnessing tampering charges against the mother of motorist Brandon Smith who was sentenced Dec. 12 to more than eight years in prison for striking and killing two mothers in a crosswalk on Vancouver Mall Drive on Jan. 19, 2014, and then fleeing the scene.

Man gets 17 months in fire at lover's house

By Paris Achen February 6, 2015 11:45 a.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to 17 months in prison for torching a Vancouver home he shared with his former domestic partner of 16 years.

Woman's vehicular homicide trial postponed

By Paris Achen February 5, 2015 8:44 p.m.

A trial for an Amboy woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of methamphetamine has been postponed until May 23 because of scheduling conflicts with forensic witnesses.

Men get no additional time in rape allegation

By Paris Achen February 5, 2015 8:41 p.m.

Three men were sentenced Thursday to time they've already served in jail for having sex with two high school senior girls who were intoxicated at a party in Vancouver in March 2012. At the time of the men's arrest, the victims alleged that the men gang raped them, according to court papers.

Man pleads guilty in Vancouver shooting

By Paris Achen February 5, 2015 8:38 p.m.

A gunman involved in a random shooting outside a downtown Vancouver nightclub in March pleaded guilty Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to attempted murder and assault.

Ex-WSP lieutenant pleads guilty to sex abuse

By Paris Achen February 4, 2015 4:04 p.m.

Former Washington State Patrol Lt. Kenneth S. Garrison pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court today to three charges connected with the sexual abuse of two relatives.

Groups seek to clean up Water Works Park

By Paris Achen February 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Concerns about neglect and safety at Vancouver's Water Works Park have galvanized the city and four neighborhood associations to work together to clean up, drive out crime and organize family-friendly events at the 20-acre park.

Ex-Beaverton cop's child rape trial reset

By Paris Achen February 2, 2015 4:47 p.m.

Former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren’s new child rape trial has been delayed until June 22. A different judge will preside over the proceedings.

Suspects in Vancouver drive-by shootings appear in court

By Paris Achen February 2, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Two alleged gang members appeared in Clark County Superior Court today in connection with multiple drive-by shootings in west Vancouver Friday.

Man gets 12 years for attempted murder of wife

By Paris Achen January 30, 2015 7:25 p.m.

A clean-energy entrepreneur was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife during a drunken argument in 2013 inside their home on the Columbia River in Vancouver.

Anonymous donors hire new lawyer for ex-cop accused of child rape

By Paris Achen January 29, 2015 6:43 p.m.

A group of community members have donated money to hire a new lawyer to defend former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren against a charge of raping a 5-year-old girl with a pencil.

Ex-foster father gets 5 years in child porn case

By Paris Achen January 29, 2015 6:03 p.m.

A former foster father was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison for filming a minor without the minor's knowledge while the minor was masturbating in a bedroom.

5 attorneys vie to replace Johnson on Superior Court

By Paris Achen January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Five lawyers, including two supervisors from the Clark County prosecutor's office, have applied to succeed Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson, who plans to retire at the end of March.

Camas lawyer named to Superior Court

By Paris Achen January 23, 2015 9:34 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed civil lawyer Derek Vanderwood as Clark County's next Superior Court judge.

Clark County deputy prosecutor gets probation for DUI

By Paris Achen January 22, 2015 7:43 p.m.

A senior deputy prosecutor in Clark County's Major Crimes unit has been sentenced to 15 days of electronic home monitoring and five years of probation for drunken driving.

Former Skyview coach pleads guilty in Md. child sex case

By Paris Achen January 22, 2015 10:55 a.m.

A former Skyview High School baseball coach and teacher pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy at a home where he stayed while playing minor league baseball in Maryland in 1998.

Suspect in interrupted Vancouver burglary appears in court

By Paris Achen January 21, 2015 7:43 p.m.

A 24-year-old man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday in connection with an interrupted burglary in east Vancouver.

Suspect arrested in Vancouver bank robbery

By Paris Achen January 21, 2015 7:42 p.m.

An Oregon man has been arrested in connection with a robbery Jan. 12 at a U.S. Bank branch inside a Vancouver Fred Meyer store.

Man arraigned in homicide of Vancouver escort

By Paris Achen January 20, 2015 6:28 p.m.

A Bellevue man was arraigned Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges connected with the homicide of a Vancouver escort whose body was found inside a Portland hotel last month.

Vancouver man in court in alleged drive-by shooting

By Paris Achen January 20, 2015 6:27 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting that occurred Jan. 16 in Battle Ground.

House bill addresses mandatory long sentences

By Paris Achen January 20, 2015 6 a.m.

A state House bill would give judges more discretion in sentencing defendants convicted of felonies involving firearms. The bill's introduction comes after a Snohomish man with no prior felony history was sentenced to some 45 years in prison in October for serving as an unarmed lookout during a home-invasion robbery in Ridgefield.

Jail to issue body alarms after attack by inmate

By Paris Achen January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County plans to start issuing body alarms to certain professionals working inside the jail as part of its response to an inmate attack Tuesday on a female mental health counselor.

Jail inmate charged with escape

By Paris Achen January 16, 2015 8:22 p.m.

A Clark County Jail inmate faces another charge after he allegedly slipped away from a corrections deputy last week and ran down four floors of the county courthouse stairs while still wearing arm and leg shackles.

Sheriff's Office: Female counselor assaulted at jail

By Paris Achen January 15, 2015 7:49 p.m.

A convicted sex offender is accused of assaulting a female mental health counselor Tuesday after barricading the door of her office in the Clark County Jail's medical unit.

New rape trial ordered for ex-Oregon officer

By Paris Achen January 14, 2015 1:07 p.m.

A Clark County judge has ordered a new trial for former Beaverton police Officer Christopher Warren who was found guilty Oct. 31 of raping a 5-year-old girl with a pencil.

Camas High coach pleads not guilty to touching students

By Paris Achen January 13, 2015 10:47 a.m.

A Camas High School custodian and assistant softball coach pleaded not guilty today to 18 criminal charges connected with accusations that he inappropriately touched 18 female students.

Twins in double trouble after woman allegedly poses as wanted sister

By Paris Achen January 12, 2015 7:57 p.m.

Clark County Jail and court staff were seeing double last week when identical twin sisters were arrested within days of each other — and both gave the same name.

Buyer of Darby property asks judge to force out Amboy man

By Paris Achen January 12, 2015 7:25 p.m.

An Oregon man who bought the home of anti-government activist David Darby at a tax lien auction in October is asking a judge to force Darby to vacate the property in Amboy.

Vancouver's retail identity takes hit with Nordstrom's closing

By Paris Achen January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

La Center's Tina Asburry loyally shopped at the Nordstrom at the Westfield Vancouver mall for three decades, until the store closed Saturday. Two to three times per week, she went shopping at the store on her way home from working at the Clark County Clerk's Office.

Caregiver accused of stealing $60K from 85-year-old

By Paris Achen January 9, 2015 7:43 p.m.

A Vancouver woman is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from an 85-year-old man for whom she served as a caregiver.

Men plead not guilty to interrupted burglary in Amboy

By Paris Achen January 9, 2015 11:46 a.m.

A transient who goes by “Peanut” and his suspected accomplice pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other crimes connected with an interrupted residential burglary and shootout Christmas Eve in Amboy.

Bellevue man faces charges in Vancouver woman's death

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie January 9, 2015 7:56 p.m.

A Bellevue man faces charges for the death of a Vancouver woman found in a Portland hotel room last month.

Clark County steps aside in child pornography case

By Paris Achen January 8, 2015 8:18 p.m.

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will not file child pornography charges against a former Boy Scout leader and substitute teacher in favor of federal prosecution.

Teen gets 60 days in fireworks blaze that destroyed home

By Paris Achen January 8, 2015 8:13 p.m.

An 18-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail and more than $256,000 in restitution for causing a fireworks-related blaze that destroyed a Felida home July 5.

Man gets six months in stabbing at party

By Paris Achen January 8, 2015 8:12 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday to six months in jail for a stabbing that occurred May 18 at a residence in the city.

Upskirt photographer gets no jail time

By Paris Achen January 8, 2015 8:10 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to one year of probation for taking photographs up women's skirts in a busy Portland department store.

CASA volunteers serve valuable advocacy role

By Paris Achen January 2, 2015 6:23 p.m.

When Erika Corral was placed into foster care, she was a 15-year-old with heavy emotional baggage.

Vancouver man charged in mug assault

By Paris Achen January 2, 2015 5:29 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of striking another man in the head with a water glass and a porcelain mug.