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His efforts to salvage barge led to $22 million cleanup operation
An Ellensburg man was sentenced Monday to four months in prison for the botched salvage of a barge that spilled oil into the Columbia River near Camas. Bret A. Simpson, 53, owner of Principle Metals, pleaded guilty in July 2012 to illegally discharging oil in late 2010 and early 2011 from the Davy Crockett barge and failing to report it to authorities. The crimes spawned a 10-month, $22 million oil cleanup and salvage operation,paid for by taxpayers.
Drug addict fled across state lines after thefts
A former bodybuilder was sentenced today in Clark County Superior Court to more than nine years in prison for a bistate crime spree June 20 that included two bank robberies, a high-speed chase and carjackings.
Former Washougal cop accused of punching mentally ill man in car
A former Washougal police officer was tried Thursday in Clark County District Court on an accusation he repeatedly punched a mentally ill man restrained in the back of his patrol car in July.
Hector M. Hernandez-Hernandez, 36, and Alberto Bernal-Rodriguez, 43, both of Vancouver, are among 13 defendants charged today with conspiracy to traffic large quantities of drugs from Mexico to Washington.
He may face jail time for not completing community service requirements
A hearing for a former Skamania County auditor accused of violating terms of his probation has been delayed until March 21.
A 30-year-old man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of a possibly gang-related attempted murder of a man who was shot in the head Jan. 26 at downtown Vancouver's Econo Lodge.
Undiagnosed condition cited in suicide try, hoax
Bethany Storro has been accused of being an attention seeker, a racist and a scam artist. She purposefully damaged her face with drain cleaner in 2010 and then concocted a story about being attacked by a nonexistent black woman. Then, she accepted thousands of dollars in donations from people in the community who believed her story.
Affidavit says he made statements about "his willingness to die for Islam"
A 55-year-old suspect in the stabbing of two people in a Starbucks coffee shop drive-thru at one of the busiest intersections in Clark County may have been motivated by religious extremism, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Deal enabled him to plead guilty to just one charge
An Oregon man who led police on a 12-mile, high-speed chase Feb. 27 between Fairview, Ore., and Vancouver was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court on Monday to 60 days in jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Former Skamania County official failed to fulfill probation terms
A former Skamania County auditor, who pleaded guilty to shredding public documents, may face jail time for failing to complete the community service hours required under his probation.
Alleged driver for shooting is charged as an accomplice
A Vancouver man pleaded not guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to being an accomplice in a drive-by shooting Jan. 26 in Orchards.
A 23-year-old Vancouver man, who is linked with a local murder suspect, pleaded guilty Friday to burglarizing a Battle Ground home Sept. 24 and trafficking stolen property.
A 20-year-old Battle Ground man pleaded not guilty today to a charge of vehicular homicide of a 17-year-old Woodland girl, who died in a Nov. 23 traffic collision on state Highway 502 while a passenger in his car.
Samuel A. Scory, 23, of Vancouver pleaded guilty today to a Sept. 24 burglary in Battle Ground and a trafficking stolen property in exchange for reduced charges. He will be sentenced April 12.
He allegedly fired shots at teen who failed to procure pot
Kevin T. Barsotti, 18, pleaded not guilty today to shooting at another teenage boy Jan. 26 after the boy failed to score marijuana for their group of friends.
Bail set at $200,000 over concerns he might flee to Ukraine, where family members live
A Vancouver teenager appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on accusations of vehicular homicide in the death of a teenage friend early Tuesday and fleeing the crash scene east of Hockinson.
Visa issues plague two women who married in Vancouver in December
One of the first same-sex couples married in Clark County now faces uncertainty about whether they can legally remain together in the country.
Annual pow-wow pays tribute to veterans, keeps Native American tradition thriving
When U.S. soldiers returned home from Vietnam, some were received with disapproval, if not outright hostility, said Vietnam veteran Arnold Littlehead of Vancouver.
Woman alleges he bound, attacked her during break-up
A 34-year-old Vancouver man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he kidnapped, imprisoned and raped his married ex-lover after she broke up with him.
Local high school students stage domestic terrorism plot case
Federal prosecutors had to prove that Hutaree Jones, leader of a Sovereign Citizens group, masterminded a domestic terrorism plot to blow a hole in a ferry filled with 1,189 U.S. Navy officers and other passengers crossing the bay to Cedar, Wash.
He is being held on $40,000 bail
Daniel Edstrom, 23, of Gresham faces charges in Clark County Superior Court of attempt to elude police and possession of a stolen vehicle at his March 14 arraignment. He faces similar charges in Oregon.
Amboy resident says he shouldn't have to pay property taxes
An antigovernment activist has requested a jury trial in Clark County Superior Court to challenge the county's authority to foreclose on his Amboy home.
Target, shooter were allegedly among friends hanging out
A Vancouver man, 21, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly being an accomplice in a drive-by shooting on Jan. 26 in Hazel Dell.
Battle Ground man faces vehicular homicide charge
A 20-year-old Battle Ground man appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on an allegation that his reckless driving caused the death of a 17-year-old Woodland girl in a Nov. 23 traffic collision on state Highway 502.
Five have applied so far to succeed Judge Diane Woolard
At least five candidates are seeking to succeed retiring Judge Diane Woolard on the Clark County Superior Court bench.
Agency aims to keep services ‘robust’ amid belt-tightening
The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District stretches from Woodland to Goldendale and represents the community’s long-standing dedication to literacy.
Populations of kids, elders on the rise in family-oriented area
With a lower cost of living than the rest of the metro area, Clark County is an enclave of middle-class family life.
He allegedly fired at teen who failed to find them some pot
A Hazel Dell man, 19, is accused of shooting at the feet of another teen during a Jan. 26 marijuana run.
Alleged victim said she'd tried to end affair
A 34-year-old Vancouver man appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on accusations he abducted, imprisoned and raped his married ex-lover after she broke up with him.
Resident allegedly took $41,000 from nonprofit
A 36-year-old Vancouver woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to allegations she embezzled more than $41,000 from a Vancouver nonprofit that offers dental services for low-income patients.
Camas girl, 10, was home alone during one of the break-ins
Jacob Mattila, 19, of Amboy was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for driving a getaway vehicle in three Clark County burglaries. Mykel Bru, 25, of Vancouver, one of the burglars got 14 months.
In TV interview, perpetrator of Vancouver acid hoax explains how mental illness led her to harm herself
A troubled young Vancouver woman, who attracted national attention after she purposefully damaged her face with drain cleaner, then concocted a story about being attacked, appeared Monday on ABC News' "Good Morning America" in her first broadcast interview since the 2010 incident.
Bethany Storro to discuss book she co-wrote on two ABC shows
A troubled young Vancouver woman who purposefully damaged her face with drain cleaner, then concocted a story about being attacked, is tentatively scheduled to discuss a book she wrote about her experience at 7 a.m. Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.
Girl, 10, was home alone at the time; sentencing set for next week
A Clark County jury has convicted two men of burglarizing a Camas house on Oct. 16 where a 10-year-old girl was home alone.
14-year-old faces up to nearly a year in juvenile detention
A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty Thursday to a vandalism spree in December and January that left several Lincoln neighborhood businesses with broken windows and other damage.
James Botaitis, 40, pleaded guilty today to gross misdemeanor harassment and possession of a deadly weapon for threatening his estranged wife's live-in boyfriend. The victim is a registered sex offender.
She was home alone during break-in, called 911
The jury trial of two men accused of a string of burglaries, including one at a Camas home where a 10-year-old girl was home alone, began Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court.
He claims shooting was self-defense
Sean H. Doucette, 27, of Vancouver claims that Iosif Dumitrash was a car prowler and that he shot the teen in self-defense.
Both parents convicted on majority of counts
A Clark County Superior Court jury has convicted Jeffrey and Sandra Weller on a majority of the charges after a week-long child abuse trial.
Vancouver man says he was packaging drugs to return to their owner
A 26-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for having more than two kilograms of methamphetamine in his Vancouver apartment.
A Vancouver teen is sentenced to 340 days of confinement for November property crime spree in St. Johns and state Highway 500 areas. He tagged at least 21 vehicles, slashed tires on seven and did other crimes.
Twelve-member jury considers more than a dozen charges in Vancouver parents accused of imprisoning, starving and beating their adopted twins.
Suspect makes court appearance
A 44-year-old transient man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on accusations that he raped and imprisoned an 80-year-old Vancouver woman.
Jury to begin deliberations Friday
Sandra Weller took the stand today to deny charges she and husband Jeffrey Weller imprisoned, starved and beat their adopted teenage twins in their east Vancouver home.
Doctor says children had scars, were underweight
A forensic scientist testified Wednesday that blood stains on the end of a piece of scrap lumber allegedly used by Jeffrey Weller to repeatedly beat his adopted twins match the DNA of the twin boy.
Adoptive parents on trial in child abuse case
A Child Protective Services investigator testified today that 16-year-old adopted twins were very thin and had dark, sunken eyes when she saw them on Oct. 7, 2011, during a welfare check at the Weller home in East Vancouver's North Hearthwood neighborhood.
Judge Diane Woolard, who has been off work since Nov. 20 for health reasons, plans to retire March 31.
Vancouver couple accused of abusing adopted twins
When investigators crossed the threshold of Jeffrey and Sandra Weller’s home to do a welfare check on Oct. 7, 2011, the tidy living room appeared to be a model of suburban family life. But as officers stepped into other rooms in the North Hearthwood house, they began to see signs of something more sinister, said Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dustin Richardson.
Boy, 14, also sentenced for selling marijuana
A Skyview High School freshman was sentenced Friday to 15 days in Clark County Juvenile Detention for bringing a toxic mixture of chemicals to school on Jan. 24 and exposing other students and staff.
Judge applies maximum sentence, considering woman’s plea to live
Victor W. Frye, 73, is sentenced to the maximum for shooting his wife over a monetary dispute related to their pending divorce.