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.

Woman in court in Port demo truck theft

By Paris Achen October 10, 2014 11:09 a.m.

A homeless woman accused of trespassing at the Port of Vancouver by swimming in from the Columbia River and then stealing a demolition truck appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Friday.

Portland woman get 14 months for theft of artwork

By Paris Achen October 9, 2014 7:04 p.m.

A Portland woman was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison for her role in stealing Native American artwork worth more than $300,000 from the home where she worked as an in-home care provider.

Vancouver man gets prison time over abuse, pursuit

By Paris Achen October 8, 2014 7:53 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison for domestic violence and for ramming his truck into a patrol vehicle while fleeing authorities.

Man gets dozen years in baseball bat attack

By Paris Achen October 8, 2014 7:42 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for attacking his live-in girlfriend with a baseball bat in October 2013. Vancouver police broke down the couple’s door to rescue the woman.

Suspect in fatal stabbing in Vancouver pleads not guilty

By Paris Achen October 8, 2014 10:56 a.m.

A Vancouver man pleaded not guilty in Clark County Superior Court today to a charge of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing death of Gary. L. Adams Sept. 24 in downtown’s Hough neighborhood. Jack Raymond Yancey, 57, is scheduled to be tried on the charge Feb. 23.

Woman sentenced to 400 days in drug overdose death

By Paris Achen October 6, 2014 3:24 p.m.

A Vancouver woman was sentenced today to 400 days in jail in connection with the death of a Skamania County man from a drug overdose in August 2013.

Man accused of attempted robbery at Dairy Queen

By Paris Achen October 6, 2014 11:18 a.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court today on suspicion of attempting to rob two employees outside a Dairy Queen in Vancouver.

Sifton homeowner suspect in drug sales

By Paris Achen October 3, 2014 6:56 p.m.

The owner of a Sifton-area home raided Thursday by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force and her boarder are the primary suspects in an investigation into alleged drug trafficking out of the house.

Deputy sheriffs endorse Golik for prosecutor

By Paris Achen October 3, 2014 6:46 p.m.

The Clark County Deputy Sheriff Guild changed its earlier neutral stance Friday and endorsed incumbent Tony Golik for the county prosecutor's race.

Man gets 15 months for assaulting officer, K-9

By Paris Achen October 2, 2014 9:48 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison for assaulting a police K-9 and his handler during a confrontation with police.

Former employees accused of embezzling

By Paris Achen October 2, 2014 9:46 p.m.

A former manager of The Academy and her boyfriend are accused of embezzling more than $75,000 from the company, which rents out the historic former girls school as a special event venue.

Finance manager accused of embezzling $500,000

By Paris Achen October 2, 2014 9:45 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of embezzling more than $500,000 from an electronic manufacturing service company where he worked.

Woman pleads guilty in meth overdose death of man

By Paris Achen October 2, 2014 9:44 p.m.

A Vancouver woman accused of causing the death of a Skamania County man in August 2013 by selling him methamphetamine pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges after a prosecutor discovered problems with the case.

Snohomish man found guilty in Ridgefield home invasion robbery

By Paris Achen October 1, 2014 2:49 p.m.

A Snohomish man was found guilty today of 16 felony charges connected with his role as a lookout during a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen. He faces up to 50 years in prison for the crimes.

Child rape suspect back in custody in Vancouver

By Paris Achen October 1, 2014 11:03 a.m.

A Vancouver man accused of fleeing to Cambodia to avoid prosecution of child rape charges in Clark County appeared today in Clark County Superior Court.

Jury begins deliberating in home-invasion trial

By Paris Achen September 30, 2014 8:05 p.m.

A jury began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of a Snohomish man accused of being a lookout during a home-invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.

Washougal woman arrested in home invasion

By Paris Achen September 29, 2014 10:01 p.m.

A Washougal woman has been arrested in connection with an August home invasion in which a 51-year-old Camas man was reportedly held hostage in an attempt to force him to pay a debt.

Robbery, police chase suspect appears in court

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

A Vancouver man, with more than a decade of criminal history, appeared in Clark County Superior Court today on suspicion of robbing an east Vancouver convenience store and then ramming a police vehicle in order to evade police, prompting an hourslong search.

Clark County judicial candidates build their cases

By Paris Achen September 26, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Candidates for Clark County's Superior Court bench faced off Friday in a forum hosted by the Clark County Bar Association.

Homicide suspect in manhunt held on $1M bail

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie September 26, 2014 10 a.m.

The homicide suspect that eluded police during a daylong manhunt Thursday appeared in court this morning to face a charge of first-degree murder.

Bail bond agent sentenced to one day

By Paris Achen September 25, 2014 8:29 p.m.

An Amboy woman was sentenced Thursday to one day in jail for her role in a bail bond-recovery mission gone wrong.

Man pleads not guilty in crash that hurt girl

By Paris Achen September 25, 2014 8:25 p.m.

A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges connected with a vehicle collision Sept. 10 in rural Battle Ground that critically injured a 9-year-old girl and her mother. The girl's older brother also was injured.

Everett man sentenced in home invasion

By Paris Achen September 25, 2014 8:21 p.m.

An Everett man was sentenced Thursday to 54 months in prison for his role in a home invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.

La Center man accused of insurance fraud

By Paris Achen September 25, 2014 8:20 p.m.

A La Center man has been charged in connection with insurance fraud investigated by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler's Special Investigations Unit.

Suspect in stabbing has extensive criminal history

By Paris Achen and Stevie Mathieu September 25, 2014 6:02 p.m.

The homicide suspect that led Vancouver police on an hours-long manhunt Thursday is a convicted sex offender with an extensive criminal history in Washington and Oregon, according to court records.

Drug overdose death called a homicide

By Paris Achen September 24, 2014 8:27 p.m.

Vancouver police say they suspect that the December 2012 death of a local nurse from a drug overdose was a homicide.

Vancouver man gets 13 months after bringing rifle into building

By Paris Achen September 24, 2014 5:06 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison for bringing a stolen unloaded rifle into a Salmon Creek medical building in April and reportedly threatening a mental health provider.

Testimony begins in Ridgefield home invasion trial

By Paris Achen September 24, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Testimony began Wednesday in the jury trial of a Snohomish man accused of being a lookout during a home invasion robbery Dec. 19 in Ridgefield, in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.

3 vie to replace Nichols on county Superior Court

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

Three attorneys have applied to succeed Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols, who plans to retire in January.

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.

Vancouver man faces charges related to robbery

By Paris Achen September 3, 2014 5:41 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday in connection with a July 7 robbery at a Hazel Dell Chinese food restaurant.

Man assaulted while trying to stop robbery

By Paris Achen September 2, 2014 9:05 p.m.

A passer-by was severely beaten Friday when he tried to stop two men from stealing beer from a Vancouver convenience store.

Police: Mechanic left child porn in vehicle

By Paris Achen September 2, 2014 7:29 p.m.

An auto mechanic in Washougal is accused of leaving child pornography inside a customer's vehicle during a test drive.

Homicide "person of interest" appears in Clark County court

By Paris Achen September 2, 2014 3:41 p.m.

The boyfriend of a Hillsboro woman killed Friday appeared today in Clark County District Court on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice. Eric Christopher Petersen, 24, of Hillsboro is a person of interest in the homicide of 24-year-old Aimie Zdrantan.

Kitchen fire displaces mother, daughter

By Paris Achen September 1, 2014 10:14 p.m.

A kitchen fire late Monday displaced a mother and her daughter from their apartment in Vancouver’s Sifton neighborhood.

Sheriff's office: Woman fabricated report of stabbing

By Paris Achen September 1, 2014 10:12 p.m.

A woman was stabbed on her back porch by a stranger and responding law enforcement did not find the assailant after a search.

4-time felon gets 5 years in firearm case

By Paris Achen August 29, 2014 5:49 p.m.

An alleged Vancouver gang leader was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Girlfriend, roommate report child porn on man's laptop

By Paris Achen August 29, 2014 5:48 p.m.

A Vancouver man was arrested Thursday after his live-in girlfriend found child pornography on his computer, according to court documents.

Man in court on shelter stabbing

By Paris Achen August 29, 2014 5:34 p.m.

A homeless man appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a stabbing last week outside of downtown Vancouver's Share House homeless shelter.