Subway, smoke shop robbery suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen March 10, 2014 11:38 a.m.

A 21-year-old woman said she robbed two Vancouver businesses at gunpoint last week because she owed money for past drug debts, according to a court affidavit.

Man who killed roommate near Vancouver Lake sentenced to 23 years

By Paris Achen March 7, 2014 10:37 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Friday to more than 23 years in prison for the premeditated murder of his roommate in a field in the Vancouver Lake Lowlands in 2012.

Weller children file lawsuit against state DSHS

By Paris Achen March 7, 2014 7:28 p.m.

Five children who were abused by their parents in Vancouver have filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the state alleging that the Department of Social and Health Services failed to adequately investigate dozens of complaints about their welfare over an eight-year period.

Mother sentenced to 180 days in baby snatch case

By Paris Achen March 7, 2014 11:29 a.m.

A Vancouver woman was sentenced today to 180 days in jail for running off with her then 5-month-old son in November when a social worker attempted to take him into the custody of Washington Child Protective Services.

Shooting suspect's ex-girlfriend changes story on witness stand

By Paris Achen March 6, 2014 7:52 p.m.

The former girlfriend of Pedro "Junior" Godinez Jr. changed her story Thursday, testifying that she was solely responsible for robbing a Beaverton, Ore., man in November 2012. She told the courtroom that Godinez had nothing to do with it.

Victim testifies about 2012 shooting near Vancouver Lake

By Paris Achen March 5, 2014 7:44 p.m.

While Pedro "Junior" Godinez Jr. allegedly forced Freddie Landstrom to drive around Vancouver at gunpoint, Landstrom spotted a patrol officer's vehicle somewhere on Mill Plain Boulevard.

Tuttle may plead guilty in school gun case

By Paris Achen March 4, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Twelve-year-old Quincy Tuttle may plead guilty to charges related to accusations that he brought a gun and ammunition to Vancouver's Frontier Middle School.

Trial begins in 2012 shooting near Vancouver Lake

By Paris Achen March 4, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Just before repeatedly shooting Freddie Landstrom near Vancouver Lake Park, Pedro Godinez Jr. forced him to his knees and made the sign of the cross, a prosecutor said today during opening arguments in Godinez's trial in Clark County Superior Court.

Wy'east robbery suspect in court

By Paris Achen March 3, 2014 7:12 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of violently robbing an 18-year-old man on Vancouver's Wy'east Middle School campus in the middle of the night.

Man sentenced for threatening Vancouver officer

By Paris Achen March 3, 2014 7:11 p.m.

A Vancouver man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison related to threats he made to kill a Vancouver police officer, bomb Clark County buildings and bomb the White House.

Kidnapping charge dropped as woman pleads guilty to lesser charge

By Paris Achen February 27, 2014 7:02 p.m.

A 21-year-old mother was sentenced to 21 days in jail and 30 days on a work crew in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a man near Orchards Park in June in a ploy to recover stolen marijuana.

Hit-and-run suspect allegedly texting when car hit pedestrian

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie February 27, 2014 10:09 a.m.

Court records say a Camas woman accused of vehicular homicide was texting when she struck a 65-year-old man as he crossed Mill Plain Boulevard using a walker last October.

Weapon case referred to juvenile court

By Paris Achen February 26, 2014 8:55 p.m.

Battle Ground police have referred the case of a 12-year-old boy who allegedly brought a folding knife to Chief Umtuch Middle School on Feb. 11 to Clark County Juvenile Court.

Experts: Tuttle knew right from wrong

By Paris Achen February 25, 2014 5 p.m.

Twelve-year-old Quincy Tuttle knew right from wrong when he allegedly planned to kill a student at Vancouver's Frontier Middle School.

Vancouver man gets 20 years in vehicular homicide

By Paris Achen February 24, 2014 6:03 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for a fatal crash in November in south-central Lewis County.

'Swift Justice' guest gets 30 days on work crew

By Paris Achen February 24, 2014 6:01 p.m.

A Vancouver woman has been sentenced to 30 days on a work crew for stealing from her son in 2011.

Police: Niece drove suspected crime leader to Mexico

By Paris Achen February 24, 2014 1:40 p.m.

A niece of a Vancouver man suspected of organizing a multistate crime ring has been accused of helping him to flee to Mexico while he was free on bail.

ACLU finds Clark County courts set excessive fines on felons

By Paris Achen February 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County judges routinely impose fines and fees on felony defendants during sentencing that exceed both what's required by law and the state average, according to a recent study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. When felons don't pay the debt, they may be arrested on a warrant, brought to court and face the option of either making a payment immediately or spending a few days in jail.

Riding bicycles, planting trees

By Paris Achen February 22, 2014 10:52 p.m.

Volunteers on bicycles maneuvered tree-laden trailers down neighborhood streets as part of a tree-planting event Saturday in west Vancouver.

High-speed chase suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen February 20, 2014 10:39 a.m.

Wayne A. Ross, 45, of Vancouver appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court in connection to a high-speed police pursuit Wednesday in unincorporated Clark County and Vancouver and other alleged crimes.

High-speed chase through county ends in Vancouver

By Paris Achen , Mark Bowder , Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings February 19, 2014 4:43 p.m.

A driver led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase that led into Vancouver and ended with an accident and foot chase on Main Street.

Two men plead not guilty to VanMall murder charges

By Paris Achen February 19, 2014 11:38 a.m.

Two men accused of being accomplices in a fatal shooting earlier this month in the VanMall neighborhood pleaded not guilty today to first-degree murder charges.

Man accused of kidnapping, raping woman at Value Motel

By Paris Achen February 18, 2014 7 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of imprisoning and raping a woman he knew inside a room at a Hazel Dell motel Friday and Saturday.

Police: Man was shot at while serving papers

By Paris Achen February 18, 2014 7 p.m.

An Amboy man is accused of shooting at a man who was serving him with legal papers Sunday.

Man faces charges in three robberies where gun was fired

By Paris Achen February 18, 2014 6:58 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of being the gunman in three armed robberies in January in Vancouver.

Man arrested in Camas Cemetery vandalism

By Paris Achen February 18, 2014 1:18 p.m.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with vandalism of 15 headstones Oct. 23 at Camas Cemetery.

Clark County judge appointed to Court of Appeals

By Paris Achen February 14, 2014 8:09 p.m.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Vehicular homicide witness allowed to live with suspect's family

By Paris Achen February 14, 2014 3:22 p.m.

The live-in girlfriend of the man accused of killing two women in a crosswalk in a hit-and-run collision in Vancouver will be allowed to live with a couple related to his family.

B.G. boy gets one week in jail for school death threats

By Paris Achen February 14, 2014 11:46 a.m.

A 14-year-old boy will spend a week in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in connection with a threat to bomb Battle Ground’s Chief Umtuch Middle School in September.

Expert tells how to spot, prevent elder abuse

By Paris Achen February 13, 2014 7:32 p.m.

When an elderly woman who had lived frugally for years to save $500,000 suddenly couldn't make her rent after giving her son power of attorney, Bellingham police called Vancouver forensics accountant Tiffany Couch to track down what happened to the money.

Man pleads guilty to rape of a man in Hazel Dell

By Paris Achen February 12, 2014 2:47 p.m.

A Vancouver man admitted today to violently raping an 18-year-old man, whom he didn't know, in a burnt-out section of a Hazel Dell motel and then robbing him of his clothes before running away.

Vancouver man sentenced in April gang assault

By Paris Achen February 11, 2014 6:20 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in jail for participating in an April gang assault and robbery of two male victims outside a Vancouver apartment complex.

VanMall shooting suspect fights extradition

By Paris Achen February 11, 2014 6:19 p.m.

The third suspect in a fatal shooting in the VanMall neighborhood is still in Oregon's Washington County Jail, apparently fighting extradition to Clark County.

Mental health evaluation ordered for shooting suspect

By Paris Achen February 11, 2014 11:34 a.m.

The woman accused of shooting her former supervisor at a Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver, will be sent to Western State Hospital for a competency evaluation.

Marijuana law no respite for crime lab

By Paris Achen February 10, 2014 10 p.m.

A year after the legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement and the court system have seen some, but not all, of the effects from the new law.

Vancouver man accused of trying to stab romantic rival

By Paris Achen February 10, 2014 7:41 p.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of attempting to stab a man he found in his bed with his girlfriend.

Complaint about Clark County Prosecutor Golik filed with bar

By Paris Achen February 10, 2014 6 a.m.

A brother of Alan Harvey, a Clark County senior deputy prosecutor being investigated for alleged professional misconduct, has filed a state bar complaint accusing Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik of violating professional standards.

Accomplice in stabbing gets year in jail

By Paris Achen February 7, 2014 5:35 p.m.

A Yakima County man was sentenced Friday to a year in jail for being an accomplice in a 2010 stabbing at a Chevron gas station on Orchards.

Suspect in VanMall fatal hit-run crash pleads not guilty

By Paris Achen February 7, 2014 5:15 p.m.

Brandon Smith pleaded not guilty today to charges related to the hit-and-run crash that killed two Vancouver women in a crosswalk in the VanMall neighborhood.

Man, 18, sentenced in drive-by shooting

By Paris Achen February 6, 2014 6:08 p.m.

An 18-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to 366 days in prison for a Dec. 15 drive-by shooting in an apartment complex parking lot in Hazel Dell.

Vancouver police name third suspect in fatal VanMall shooting

By Paris Achen February 6, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Zacheriah A. Douglas, 22, was arrested about 4 p.m. Wednesday in Forest Grove on a parole violation. He is suspected of being the gunman in the murder of Craig Moritz, 21, early Tuesday.

Former WSP lieutenant pleads not guilty to rape

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

Former Washington State Patrol lieutenant Kenneth S. Garrison pleaded not guilty today to charges of raping a relative.

Suspected VA shooter's bail set at $1 million

By Paris Achen February 6, 2014 4:30 p.m.

Clark County Judge Robert Lewis set the bail for a woman suspected of shooting her former supervisor on the U.S. Veterans Affairs campus in Vancouver at $1 million.

Ex-WSP official to be in court again Thursday

By Paris Achen February 5, 2014 7:33 p.m.

The arraignment of a former Washington State Patrol lieutenant on rape charges was postponed Wednesday after he told his attorney he didn't want to enter a not guilty plea.

VA campus shooting victim had sought restraining order

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie February 5, 2014 3:03 p.m.

Clark County District Court records show that the victim in Tuesday's shooting at Vancouver's Veterans Affairs had sought a protection order against the alleged shooter, Deborah A. Lennon, a former employee of the agency.

Three suspects in VanMall slaying in custody

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie February 5, 2014 9:44 p.m.

Two men appeared this morning in Clark County Superior Court to face charges of first-degree murder in the suspicious death of a Vancouver man whose body was found in the VanMall area early Tuesday morning. A third suspect remains at large.

Man sentenced to 10 years for 2010 stabbing

By Paris Achen February 4, 2014 7:09 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to 10 years in prison for an October 2010 stabbing at an Orchards Chevron station.

Yacolt man pleads guilty to assault

By Paris Achen February 3, 2014 7:07 p.m.

A Yacolt man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for assaulting a 17-year-old that he accused of raping his underage female relative.

Washougal man, 19, gets 5 years for armed robbery

By Paris Achen February 3, 2014 6:38 p.m.

A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for a December armed robbery of a Washougal convenience store. His underage brother and another juvenile pleaded guilty last month to participating in the Dec. 14 robbery of the E Street Market.

Former State Patrol lieutenant appears in court  

By Paris Achen January 31, 2014 10:17 a.m.

A former Washington State Patrol lieutenant appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of raping a relative.