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.

Man accused of assaulting Vancouver officer, police dog

By Paris Achen August 28, 2014 7:26 p.m.

A Vancouver man wanted for violating a court order to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend is accused of assaulting a K-9 and his handler during a confrontation with police late Tuesday.

Masons treasurer pleads guilty to ID theft

By Paris Achen August 27, 2014 7:54 p.m.

A former mortgage adviser admitted Wednesday to embezzling nearly $800,000 from the Vancouver Masonic Temple while serving as the organization's treasurer.

Jury duty phone scam

By Paris Achen August 26, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Clark County jury manager Kirsten Morrisey said local residents have been receiving phone calls from a man who claims to be with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Mother accused of abusing young son

By Paris Achen August 26, 2014 8:20 p.m.

A Vancouver mother is accused of assaulting her 13-month-old son and causing multiple bone fractures and lacerations to his liver.

Police: Man had loaded pistol at a traffic stop

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:20 p.m.

A suspected gang member is accused of reaching for a loaded pistol when a Washington State Patrol trooper pulled him over because he was driving erratically.

Man accused of robbery after marijuana sale goes wrong

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:18 p.m.

A Battle Ground man is accused of robbing a 22-year-old man who was selling marijuana in the parking lot of the Brush Prairie WinCo Foods.

Former Boy Scout mentor gets 5 years for sex abuse

By Paris Achen August 25, 2014 9:06 p.m.

A former Boy Scout mentor from Vancouver was sentenced Monday to nearly five years in prison for sexually abusing a Boy Scout over a period of at least three years.

'Short Stack' robbery suspect appears in court

By Paris Achen August 22, 2014 7:53 p.m.

A suspected serial robber appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a robbery last October at the iQ Credit Union in the VanMall neighborhood.

Man gets 6 years in drug debt stabbing

By Paris Achen August 22, 2014 7:52 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to more than six years in prison today for robbing and stabbing a friend who owed him a drug debt.

Woman accused in string of bank, other robberies

By Paris Achen August 21, 2014 7:40 p.m.

A Vancouver woman appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday in connection with a string of robberies that began in early April.

Two Vancouver men get a year each for assault, robbery

By Paris Achen August 21, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Two Vancouver men will go to prison for a year for assaulting the ex-boyfriend of one of their daughters when they went to recover some disputed belongings from the ex-boyfriend's residence in Battle Ground in June 2013.

Utility officials warn of electric-bill scam

By Paris Achen August 20, 2014 8:35 p.m.

Clark Public Utilities is warning customers not to fall for an ongoing phone scam in which fraudsters call businesses and tell them they’re past due on their electric bill.

New developments in 'Joe Biden defense' case

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Clark County's prosecutor said Tuesday he will dismiss a firearms-related charge against a Vancouver man who said he was merely taking Vice President Joe Biden's advice on how to defend his property from car prowlers. Instead, the man will be prosecuted for obstructing a police officer.

Washougal man a suspect in home invasion robbery

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 7:51 p.m.

A Washougal man is accused of participating in a home invasion in Camas where a 51-year-old man was held hostage in an attempt to force payment for a debt.

Court records: Attempted robbery suspect has mental health, drug problems

By Paris Achen August 19, 2014 11:30 a.m.

A Portland woman accused of trying to rob two gas stations Friday in east Vancouver has a history of mental health and drug problems, according to court records. She appeared in Clark County Superior Court Monday on suspicion of two counts of second-degree attempted robbery.

Man arrested after standoff with police appears in court

By Paris Achen August 18, 2014 5:44 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday in connection with a six-hour standoff with police who were responding to reports that he was armed and threatening to harm a family member and himself.