Clark County fire agencies shift toward streamlined mix of transportation

By Patty Hastings July 25, 2014 10 a.m.

Building more efficient vehicle fleet

Multiple injuries reported in car, school bus collision

By Patty Hastings July 23, 2014 8:46 p.m.

A school bus and a car collided around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Devine Road in Vancouver.

Several crashes reported amid stormy weather

By Patty Hastings , Stevie Mathieu and Sue Vorenberg July 23, 2014 11:21 p.m.

Amid Wednesday’s record-breaking rainfall, a tractor-trailer and three other vehicles were involved in an injury crash on Interstate 205 in Vancouver that clogged traffic for several hours.

Local firefighters help battle wildfires

By Patty Hastings July 22, 2014 10:22 p.m.

An estimated 38 Clark County firefighters, including the chiefs of Fire District 13 and East County Fire & Rescue, are helping mitigate wildfires burning throughout the northwest.

Body found hanging from tree near I-205

By Patty Hastings July 22, 2014 5:01 p.m.

A body was found hanging from a tree this afternoon near the southbound lanes of Interstate 205 in Clark County's Green Meadows neighborhood.

Crash victims remain in area hospitals

By Patty Hastings July 21, 2014 10:34 p.m.

A woman and her son remained hospitalized Monday night after a deer caused their sport utility vehicle to go into a ravine Friday afternoon. Jennifer Hanes, 35, of La Center was still at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Monday night; she was listed in satisfactory condition. Her 9-year-old son, Ethan Hanes, improved to serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Death of suspected cop shooter ruled suicide due to hanging

By Patty Hastings July 21, 2014 1:09 p.m.

The death of a Clark County Jail inmate accused of shooting a Vancouver police officer during a routine traffic stop last month was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Coolant leaks on C-Tran bus, sprays passengers  

By Patty Hastings July 21, 2014 1 p.m.

Three people were sprayed by coolant on a C-Tran bus in downtown Vancouver around noon today.

Lost in the wilderness: cautionary tales  

By Patty Hastings July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When Jessica Tran began the return trip from the summit of Mount St. Helens on the last Saturday in May, she thought she was taking a well-worn hiking trail.

Two injured when deer hits SUV near Lucia Falls

By Patty Hastings July 18, 2014 8:30 p.m.

A woman and a boy were injured this afternoon after their sport utility vehicle hit a deer in a rural area northwest of Lucia Falls Park.

Man accused of shooting Vancouver officer dies

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings July 18, 2014 3:57 p.m.

The Clark County Jail inmate accused of shooting Vancouver police officer during a routine traffic stop has died, according to the sheriff’s office.

Afternoon fire damages Rose Village home

By Mark Bowder and Patty Hastings July 16, 2014 4:47 p.m.

Fire damaged a home in west Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood this afternoon, leaving it uninhabitable.

Teen cut with garden tool over marijuana deal

By Patty Hastings July 15, 2014 11 p.m.

A teen was struck with a garden tool Tuesday evening during what police are calling a marijuana deal gone wrong in east Vancouver.

Animal rights activists blamed in vandalism

By Patty Hastings July 15, 2014 10:15 p.m.

A mobile slaughter truck’s fuel system was damaged, possibly by animal rights activists, sometime last week.

Backhoe at Camas construction site strikes gas line

By Patty Hastings July 15, 2014 2:55 p.m.

A backhoe struck a natural gas line at a construction site in Camas Tuesday afternoon, prompting nearby residents to shelter in place.

Open House bids adieu to chaplain

By Patty Hastings July 11, 2014 9:49 p.m.

Before he came to Open House Ministries, Don Aakervik was a homeless drug addict in Seattle. Now, the 49-year-old is a homeowner and nursing student.

Sounds of summer return with Six to Sunset shows

By Patty Hastings July 10, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Minutes before the band took to the pavilion stage at Esther Short Park Thursday evening, people could be seen lugging lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and snacks. Someone even brought a carrot cake to the downtown park for the occasion.

Kittens found in box next to trash can in Salmon Creek

By Patty Hastings July 10, 2014 3:58 p.m.

A litter of kittens was found early Wednesday in a cardboard box next to a trash can outside Fred Meyer in Salmon Creek. Four of the kittens were badly dehydrated and sick; their eyes were crusted over, they were sneezing, coughing and hungry, said Vet Technician Sarah Kirsten. A fifth kitten was found deceased in the box.

Fireworks complaints rise in Clark County in 2014

By Patty Hastings July 9, 2014 10:12 p.m.

This Fourth of July — which went off with bangs, booms and pops — was too noisy for some residents in Clark County.

Propane barbecue causes fire at Battle Ground home

By Patty Hastings July 9, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Fire from a propane barbecue caught a house on fire in Battle Ground on Wednesday night.

Missing Camas teen found safe

By Patty Hastings July 9, 2014 9:22 p.m.

Missing Camas teen Angelic “Anji” Dean was found safe by police Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old had been missing since she left her home near Southeast 192nd Avenue on June 23.

Vehicle fire causes mayhem on state Highway 14

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings July 9, 2014 5:04 p.m.

An estimated 50 vehicles traveled the wrong way on an onramp to state Highway 14 this afternoon to bypass traffic from an earlier car fire, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

Possible bomb found in road after crash

By Patty Hastings July 8, 2014 10:10 p.m.

While police investigated a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening in east Vancouver, a possible pipe bomb was discovered nearby in the road.

Photo released of suspect in restaurant robbery

By Patty Hastings July 8, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Police released a photo of a man suspected of robbing a Chinese-cuisine restaurant in Hazel Dell on Monday afternoon.

Vigil tonight for Vancouver man recovered from reservoir

By Patty Hastings July 8, 2014 4:07 p.m.

A candlelight vigil will be held 8 p.m. tonight at Heritage High School for the Vancouver man whose body was recovered from the Yale Reservoir.

Man found in fire-damaged duplex identified

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings July 8, 2014 4:02 p.m.

The Clark County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man found dead Monday morning in his fire-damaged duplex in Vancouver's Fruit Valley neighborhood.

Vancouver City Council honors pair who helped officer

By Patty Hastings July 7, 2014 10:47 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council honored two people who stopped to help a police officer after he was shot last week on the city's east side. Fellow officers lined the walls of the council chambers during Monday evening's meeting as the life-saving efforts of Earlene "Sam" Anderson and of James Bridger efforts were recalled.

Robbery reported at Hazel Dell restaurant

By Patty Hastings July 7, 2014 9:21 p.m.

A Chinese restaurant in Hazel Dell was reportedly robbed this afternoon.

Police searching for missing Camas teen

By Patty Hastings July 3, 2014 6:42 p.m.

Deputies are searching for a teen who left her home in Clark County last month and hasn't returned.

Police: Woman assaulted at Battle Ground Wal-Mart

By Patty Hastings July 3, 2014 2:03 p.m.

A Battle Ground woman was assaulted by two people Wednesday night in the parking lot of the newly opened Wal-Mart, according to Battle Ground police.

Vancouver officer shot released from hospital, recovering at home

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings July 3, 2014 9:23 p.m.

The Vancouver police officer shot seven times Monday has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Fire guts bedroom in Battle Ground house

By Patty Hastings July 2, 2014 9:09 p.m.

When a 15-year-old girl smelled smoke Wednesday evening, she rounded up the five children she was babysitting and got them to safety. By the time they got out, the house was filling with smoke from a fire that apparently started underneath the single-story house. The blaze gutted a bedroom and the crawl space, said Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy.

Man presumed drowned at Klineline Pond identified

By Patty Hastings July 3, 2014 3:05 p.m.

A 42-year-old Vancouver man presumably drowned Wednesday night at Klineline Pond after wading into a deep section of pond to retrieve a child’s hat, according to Clark County Fire District 6.

Smoke from Cottonwood Island fire drifts onto I-5

By Patty Hastings July 2, 2014 5:37 p.m.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sending firefighters to a fire on Cottonwood Island, which lies on the Columbia River between Longview and Kalama.

Community joins to fortify, sustain, support

By Patty Hastings July 1, 2014 11 p.m.

While a Vancouver police officer recovered in the intensive care unit after being shot, more than 150 community members gathered on the hospital lawn Tuesday at dusk to show him their support.

Passerby's radio call helped officer

By Patty Hastings July 1, 2014 9:14 p.m.

James Bridger Jr. was driving out of his neighborhood Monday morning when he saw something that didn't make any sense to him: a police officer slumping to the ground.

Two drownings reported in north Clark County

By Patty Hastings July 1, 2014 9:49 p.m.

Two drownings were reported this afternoon in north Clark County about 20 miles apart.

Off Beat: Need the police? 911 is a better friend than Facebook

By Patty Hastings June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Local law enforcement agencies find themselves with some 'splaining to do when they interact with people online through social media. For the Vancouver Police Department, it's reminding people that their agency is in Washington, not British Columbia. And we're part of the Clark County in Washington — not Nevada.

Sustainable home made of straw, clay  

By Patty Hastings June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Patricia Kent's and Dillon Haggerty's vision of a naturally built house on 7 acres is coming together, but there's still plenty of work left to do until the couple can call it a home.

Road rage cited in Camas man's arrest

By Patty Hastings June 27, 2014 9:39 p.m.

A Camas man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly threatened to stab someone at the Fern Prairie Market in east Clark County.

Shots fired at Washougal home a mystery

By Patty Hastings June 27, 2014 9:38 p.m.

Deputies are puzzled as to why a remote Washougal home was struck by bullets Friday evening. The homeowner called 911 at 5:41 p.m. after three to five rounds struck the house, shattering a window. The house on Southeast 70th Street is in a densely wooded part of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, north of Steigerwald Lake.

World Cup memories

By Patty Hastings June 27, 2014 8:58 p.m.

As nearly 25 million people tuned in to watch Team USA play Portugal in the World Cup, Mallory Stonier stood on the field.

Apartment fire investigation could take weeks

By Patty Hastings June 26, 2014 9:01 p.m.

Fire investigators have finished assessing the remnants of an under-construction apartment complex in east Vancouver that was leveled by fire last week.

Scammers posing as police strike again

By Patty Hastings June 26, 2014 8:59 p.m.

The Vancouver Police Department recently received its second report that a scam artist posing as someone from the agency called a local person, trying to get them to divulge personal information.

Police: Woman robs Orchards bank, flees in microcar

By Patty Hastings June 26, 2014 6:17 p.m.

A woman robbed a Columbia Bank branch this afternoon in the Orchards area and fled in a tiny car, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Bears spark complaints in east Washougal

By Patty Hastings June 25, 2014 9:27 p.m.

Bears are irking east Washougal homeowners who live inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is fielding complaints from people who reported bears rummaging through their trash, according to enforcement Officer David Hughes.

Pedestrian struck, killed by car on Highway 99

By Patty Hastings June 25, 2014 8:29 p.m.

A man crossing Northeast Highway 99 in Hazel Dell to meet a friend at a coffee shop was struck by a car Wednesday evening and later died from his injuries, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Police keep close eye on Ridgefield

By Patty Hastings June 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Every time Officer Jason Ferriss starts his workweek, it seems like another handful of homes has cropped up somewhere in Ridgefield. The development in the small city is obvious to Ferriss, who spends his work day driving around the 7 square miles that make up Ridgefield.

Car crashes into discount store in Vancouver

By Patty Hastings June 24, 2014 4:38 p.m.

A car crashed into a discount store's front windows Tuesday afternoon in central Vancouver.

Police seek suspects in Esther Short Park assault

By Patty Hastings June 24, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Police are looking for two people who assaulted a 64-year-old man Monday night in Esther Short Park.