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.

Former WSP lieutenant faced child rape charge in 2001

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie January 30, 2014 7:23 p.m.

A former Washington State Patrol lieutenant accused of rape has been transported to Clark County Jail. Kenneth S. Garrison is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Court document: Fatal hit-and-run suspect bought vehicle parts online

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie January 30, 2014 7:45 p.m.

The Vancouver man who was the alleged driver in a hit-and-run that killed two women earlier this month is in court this morning to face charges including vehicular homicide.

Two plead guilty in rape case

By Paris Achen January 29, 2014 6:35 p.m.

While continuing to claim their innocence, two Vancouver men pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a woman at a residence in Vancouver's Ogden neighborhood.

Alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run is arrested

By Paris Achen January 29, 2014 7:27 p.m.

Brandon Smith, the alleged driver in a Jan. 19 fatal hit-and-run collision in Vancouver, has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of vehicular homicide, three counts of hit and run injury, one count of vehicular assault and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Neighbor: Andino says Brandon Smith often drives drunk

By Paris Achen and Craig Brown January 29, 2014 10:52 a.m.

Before a Jan. 19 fatal crash that killed two Vancouver women in a crosswalk, the suspected driver's girlfriend told a neighbor that Brandon Smith is an alcoholic. She told another neighbor that Smith "frequently drives under the influence."

Man suspected of sexually exploiting Washougal girl, 10

By Paris Achen January 28, 2014 7:20 p.m.

A California man is accused of sexually preying on a 10-year-old girl in an online chat room and later starting a relationship with the girl's mother before moving into their Washougal home.

Portland man appears in court in Native American art theft

By Paris Achen January 28, 2014 12:25 p.m.

A Portland man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of stealing Native American artwork worth more than $300,000 from the home of an elderly Vancouver woman where he worked as an in-home care provider.

Mother, girlfriend of alleged driver in hit-and-run post bail

By Paris Achen and Emily Gillespie January 28, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Despite posting bail, the girlfriend of the alleged driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash will not be released from jail until she lets a judge know where she will stay.

Convicted child rapist's perjury case dismissed

By Paris Achen January 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick on Monday dismissed a perjury case against convicted child rapist Steven Dillon because a former judge improperly sealed court records in the case. Melnick also ordered that the records be unsealed.

Girlfriend, mother of alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run appear in court

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

The girlfriend and mother of the alleged driver in a fatal hit-and-run made their first appearances in Clark County Superior Court this morning for allegedly trying to keep people from speaking to investigators.

Fugitive accused of abandoning boy, dog in car appears in court

By Paris Achen January 24, 2014 6:55 p.m.

A fugitive who allegedly abandoned a boy and a dog in his car's back seat Thursday when he ran from Vancouver police, appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Teen receives 6 months in August stabbing

By Paris Achen January 24, 2014 12:11 p.m.

A Fort Vancouver High School student was sentenced today to six months in Clark County Jail for the Aug. 9 stabbing of a man during an altercation at Vancouver's Camden Place apartments.

Man apprehended in Larch Mountain kidnapping

By Paris Achen January 21, 2014 1:09 p.m.

Clark County sheriff's deputies have apprehended a suspect in an August kidnapping and robbery of a woman on Larch Mountain.

Vancouver pair face meth charges

By Paris Achen January 20, 2014 8:45 p.m.

Two Vancouver residents were arrested early Wednesday in the Oregon coastal town of Reedsport after police found 4 pounds of methamphetamine in a cooler inside their vehicle.

Human trafficking: Know the clues

By Paris Achen January 18, 2014 6 a.m.

After Multnomah County sheriff's Detective Keith Bickford joined the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force, the first call he received came from a mother whose 16-year-old daughter had disappeared two weeks after starting a relationship with a new boyfriend.

Evaluation ordered for boy, 12, in gun case

By Paris Achen January 16, 2014 6:21 p.m.

A Clark County judge Thursday ordered an evaluation by the state to determine whether Quincy Tuttle, 12, knew right from wrong when he allegedly planned to kill a student at Vancouver's Frontier Middle School.

Former caregiver, 19, held in theft of artwork from client, 91

By Paris Achen January 14, 2014 8:08 p.m.

A Portland couple are accused of stealing Native American artwork worth more than $300,000 from the home of a Vancouver woman where they worked as in-home care providers.

Man justified in fatal Fruit Valley shooting

By Paris Achen January 14, 2014 7:37 p.m.

A Vancouver man was justified when he shot a 45-year-old man in the front yard of a Fruit Valley home in May, according to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Careful reviews of boy's abilities slow case on gun at school

By Paris Achen January 10, 2014 7:35 p.m.

Legal maneuvering is slowing an attempted murder case against a 12-year-old boy who has been in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center since his arrest in October.

Judge, 2 attorneys seek state Court of Appeals appointment

By Paris Achen January 8, 2014 6:46 p.m.

Two men from Clark County and one from Cowlitz County are seeking a governor's appointment to the state Court of Appeals.

Oregon man in court in 2012 death of pedestrian

By Paris Achen January 7, 2014 7:27 p.m.

A Milwaukie, Ore., man was back in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday for allegedly striking and killing a 62-year-old pedestrian in December 2012 while driving under the influence of marijuana.

Man appears in court in Battle Ground library arson

By Paris Achen January 7, 2014 7:14 p.m.

A 19-year-old man with multiple mental health challenges appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of starting a fire Monday in a bathroom in Battle Ground Community Library.

Vancouver man gets 96 months in prison in vehicular homicide

By Paris Achen January 6, 2014 1:45 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced today to eight years in prison for striking and killing a 26-year-old motorist while driving drunk April 11 in the Rose Village neighborhood and then fleeing the scene on foot.

Man appears in court in Vancouver bar attack

By Paris Achen January 3, 2014 11:42 a.m.

A Vancouver man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of assaulting a man who told him to stop being rude to a woman at Icehouse Bar and Grill.

Man gets 30 days for pulling gun on roommate

By Paris Achen January 2, 2014 7:25 p.m.

A Washougal man was sentenced Thursday to 30 days on a work crew for pulling a shotgun on his roommate because he thought the roommate filmed his pregnant wife while she was showering.

Juvenile court worker returns after inquiry

By Paris Achen January 1, 2014 6 a.m.

A Clark County Juvenile Court employee who assaulted a man during a September dispute at a Washougal boat launch has been allowed to return to his duties at the courthouse following an internal investigation into his conduct.

Man gets 14 years in Oct. 15 kidnapping

By Paris Achen December 30, 2013 10:01 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in prison for kidnapping, assaulting and robbing three people in October in the city's Central Park neighborhood.

Woman in court in domestic case

By Paris Achen December 30, 2013 9:55 p.m.

A Ridgefield woman appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of threatening her boyfriend with a gun after he tried to stop her from driving while intoxicated.

Washougal continues appeal of police officer's reinstatement

By Paris Achen December 27, 2013 12:57 p.m.

The city of Washougal has filed notice with the Washington Court of Appeals that it will continue to challenge the reinstatement a police officer convicted of assaulting a mentally ill man restrained in the back of his patrol car in July 2012.

Accomplice in Oct. 15 robbery gets 366 days

By Paris Achen December 27, 2013 11:23 a.m.

A Vancouver woman was sentenced Friday to 366 days in prison for her role in an October assault and robbery of three people in the city’s Central Park neighborhood.

Lowering the bar for jacket fashion

By Paris Achen December 27, 2013 6 a.m.

Instead of a trophy, the winners of the Clark County Bar Association's annual golf tournament take home 1970s polyester blazers whimsically decorated by previous champions.

Child rape suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen December 24, 2013 5:24 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl last year after luring her by masquerading as a woman on Facebook.

Vancouver man arrested in Oregon human trafficking case

By Paris Achen December 24, 2013 12:27 p.m.

A Vancouver man was arrested Friday on suspicion of participating in a human trafficking operation at a Beaverton, Ore., adult entertainment venue.

Trial date set for suspected leader of crime-ring

By Paris Achen December 23, 2013 7:44 p.m.

A former international fugitive suspected of organizing a multistate crime ring pleaded not guilty Monday to charges connected to his disappearance in May from the Clark County area while free on bail.

Drug homicide suspect accused of threatening to kill witness

By Paris Achen December 23, 2013 3 p.m.

A Vancouver woman who was arrested last month on suspicion of controlled substance homicide is accused of threatening to kill a witness who allegedly saw her sell a fatal dose of methamphetamine to a Skamania County man, court records reveal.

Fourth suspect appears in court in Ridgefield home-invasion robbery

By Paris Achen December 23, 2013 12:53 p.m.

A Snohomish man appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of participating in a home-invasion robbery in Ridgefield Thursday in which a victim was tied up and several firearms were stolen.

Harvey's leave tied to Dec. 5 hearing

By Paris Achen December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

A Clark County senior deputy prosecutor was placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 11 in connection with his conduct during a Dec. 5 re-sentencing hearing for convicted child rapist Steven Dillon, according to a personnel letter recently released to The Columbian.

Three men appear in court in Ridgefield home-invasion robbery

By Paris Achen December 20, 2013 7:44 p.m.

The four men accused of fleeing on foot during a traffic stop Thursday in Ridgefield allegedly had plotted to travel from their homes in the Puget Sound area and steal firearms from a Ridgefield couple in a home-invasion robbery, according to a Clark County prosecutor. Ridgefield High School was locked down for more than an hour as a precaution during a subsequent police pursuit.

Abused children file $54 million claim against DSHS

By Paris Achen December 19, 2013 8:28 p.m.

Five children who were abused by their parents in Vancouver have filed a $54 million claim against the state that alleges a failure to adequately respond to at least 26 separate complaints about their welfare over an eight-year period.

Vancouver burglary suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen December 19, 2013 6:38 p.m.

A homeless man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of a residential burglary in Vancouver’s Lincoln neighborhood.

Man accused of kidnap, rape of stranger in Hazel Dell

By Paris Achen December 19, 2013 11:44 a.m.

A Vancouver man is accused of kidnapping a stranger late Wednesday outside a Hazel Dell Walmart and then violently raping him at a nearby hotel.

Vancouver pair indicted in global drug case

By Paris Achen December 18, 2013 7:52 p.m.

Two Vancouver residents and two Oregon residents were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland in connection with a global conspiracy in which more than $1.2 billion in illegal drugs were sold online to buyers around the world, according to the Justice Department.

Vancouver man, woman sentenced in drive-by shooting

By Paris Achen December 18, 2013 5:18 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 15 years in prison for an August 2012 drive-by shooting in which another man was struck twice in the right ankle in Vancouver's Maplewood neighborhood. A Vancouver woman, who was the driver during the shooting, was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

Jury: VPD officer at fault in California man's death in 2009

By Paris Achen December 18, 2013 2:46 p.m.

A federal jury in Calfornia on Tuesday awarded $1.5 million to the parents of a 23-year-old man shot to death in March 2009 by two former Fresno Police Department officers, one of which is now a Vancouver police officer.

Boy in Frontier gun case can stand trial

By Paris Achen December 18, 2013 12:24 p.m.

A Clark County judge Wednesday found a 12-year-old boy competent to stand trial for attempted murder. Quincy J. Tuttle is accused of bringing 400 rounds of ammunition and a pistol to Vancouver’s Frontier Middle School to kill a peer who may have bullied his friend.

Camas man in fire hydrant case commits suicide on day of sentencing

By Paris Achen December 17, 2013 1:58 p.m.

A Camas man committed suicide Friday on the same day he was scheduled to be sentenced for threatening a Camas employee with a gun after the employee informed him that he had painted a city fire hydrant the wrong color.

Man gets 2.5 years in 2003 arson-for-hire of Vancouver video store

By Paris Achen December 16, 2013 9:10 p.m.

A 61-year-old man was sentenced Monday by a federal judge to 2.5 years in prison for a March 2003 arson-for-hire that gutted an adult video store under construction in Vancouver.

18-year-old arrested in Hazel Dell shooting

By Paris Achen and Erik Hidle December 16, 2013 11:33 a.m.

Aaron J. York of Vancouver faces charges at a Dec. 30 arraignment of drive-by shooting, unlawful discharging of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, obstructing a public servant, third-degree theft and reckless endangerment.