Identity theft on the rise in Clark County

By Patty Hastings April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County sheriff’s Detective Tom Mitchum said he isn’t surprised that identity theft, fraud and forgery increased by nearly one-third from 2012 to 2013 in the county and in Vancouver.

Clark County neighborhood crime count

By Patty Hastings April 19, 2014 11:17 p.m.

Vancouver has made strides in revitalizing its city center. Each year, there are more downtown events, and more residents and retailers are expected in the years to come.

Man pleads guilty to sharing child porn

By Patty Hastings April 18, 2014 8:43 p.m.

A former Vancouver man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday to distributing child pornography.

Search teams targeted homes in theft case

By Patty Hastings April 18, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Law enforcement officials served search warrants at multiple residences in Vancouver Friday morning, as part of an ongoing theft investigation.

WSP: Driver falls asleep, rolls car on I-5

By Patty Hastings April 18, 2014 5:42 p.m.

A single-car rollover collision is clogging traffic on Interstate 5 northbound, near Milepost 13.

Vehicle thefts hit Hudson's Bay neighborhood

By Patty Hastings April 17, 2014 9:46 p.m.

Car thefts are on the rise in the Hudson’s Bay neighborhood, with five vehicles stolen during the past two weekends.

Crash briefly knocks out power in Battle Ground area

By Patty Hastings April 17, 2014 8:56 p.m.

A 10-minute power outage in Battle Ground impacted area businesses Thursday evening.

Fire destroys vacation trailer at Lake Merwin campground

By Patty Hastings April 16, 2014 6:21 p.m.

Fire destroyed a travel trailer Wednesday afternoon at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy.

Bank robbery reported in east Vancouver

By Patty Hastings April 16, 2014 8:12 p.m.

A man robbed a Riverview Community Bank Wednesday evening in east Vancouver.

WSP: Tractor trailer driver falls asleep, crashes near La Center

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 16, 2014 5:26 p.m.

The driver of a tractor trailer fell asleep at the wheel, driving his rig off of Interstate 5 near La Center, according to Washington State Patrol.

Vancouver police warn of ‘spoofed’ numbers on caller IDs

By Patty Hastings April 15, 2014 8:48 p.m.

A scam artist claiming to be with the Vancouver Police Department called a local couple and tried to get them to divulge personal information.

Man arrested Friday after train hits truck

By Patty Hastings April 15, 2014 8:42 p.m.

A Portland man was arrested Friday after the stolen pickup he was driving got stuck on a railway crossing near Wintler Park in Vancouver and was hit by a train, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

Bodies found in area rivers identified

By Patty Hastings April 15, 2014 3:19 p.m.

The medical examiner identified the bodies of two men who were recovered from area rivers Monday afternoon. Both men were previously reported missing.

Police searching for Pizza Hut robber

By Patty Hastings April 14, 2014 9:57 p.m.

A woman robbed a Pizza Hut on Monday evening in the Sunnyside area. The robbery was reported at 6:42 p.m. at 11500 N.E. 76th St., just off state Highway 503.

One dead, one injured in two county motorcycle crashes

By Patty Hastings April 14, 2014 7:23 p.m.

One person died and another was injured in separate motorcycle crashes Monday afternoon in Clark County.

Bodies found in Columbia, Willamette rivers

By Patty Hastings April 14, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Two bodies were found in area rivers about 9 miles apart Monday afternoon.

Woman rescued from Wind River in Skamania County

By Patty Hastings April 14, 2014 1:30 p.m.

A 28-year-old Carson woman who tried to swim across the Wind River in Skamania County on Friday evening was swept downstream and rescued a few hours later.

Hazel Dell disturbance turns out to involve BB gun

By Patty Hastings April 11, 2014 10:23 p.m.

An early Friday morning weapons disturbance reported in the Northeast Hazel Dell area turned out to involve a BB gun.

Pickup struck by train near Wintler Park

By Patty Hastings April 11, 2014 7:25 p.m.

A pickup was hit by a train Friday afternoon after high-centering on the waterfront railway crossing near Wintler Park.

Clark County 911 phone service back up after outage

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 10, 2014 2:17 p.m.

When 911 phone lines went down statewide for several hours early Thursday morning, local dispatchers sprung into action hoping to work around the problem.

'Last responders' find bare-bones clues

By Patty Hastings April 9, 2014 10:17 p.m.

When human remains are found in the wilderness, forensic scientists are among many responders who come to the scene.

Bellingham woman in fatal I-5 crash still critical

By Patty Hastings April 9, 2014 12:27 p.m.

A Bellingham woman injured in Monday’s fatal crash on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Auto theft investigation leads police to west Vancouver residences

By Patty Hastings April 8, 2014 3:25 p.m.

Portland police served search warrants Tuesday at two west Vancouver houses as part of an ongoing investigation into auto thefts in the Portland metro area

PAL Patrol: Students enjoy face time with police

By Patty Hastings April 8, 2014 6 a.m.

"I think it's loaded," Vancouver police Detective Adam Millard said.

Tractor-trailer crash closes lane on I-205

By Patty Hastings April 7, 2014 7:46 p.m.

A tractor-trailer struck the guardrail along Interstate 205 south in Salmon Creek on Monday afternoon.

Candlelight vigil recognizes crime victims rights

By Patty Hastings April 7, 2014 5:48 p.m.

Crime victims' rights have come a long way over the last 30 years, but advocates say they still have a way to go.

Motorcyclist dies in 3-vehicle crash on I-5 north near Carty Road

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 7, 2014 9:29 p.m.

A Vancouver man driving a motorcycle died in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield, and two other drivers were hospitalized.

Search dogs aid in Oso recovery operation

By Patty Hastings April 4, 2014 11:21 p.m.

Relic, a 3-year-old pit bull terrier, waded through thick mud that, in spots, came up to her chest. She climbed debris piles — some two stories high — in search of human remains left in the wake of the March 22 landslide in the small community of Oso.

Vancouver police seek owners of stolen items

By Patty Hastings April 3, 2014 8:04 p.m.

Vancouver police want to return stolen property recovered last week to the rightful owners.

WSP: Vehicle crashes after fleeing trooper

By Patty Hastings April 3, 2014 5:29 p.m.

A Vancouver man allegedly attempting to flee a state trooper accidentally disabled his pickup on an Interstate 5 offramp, where he was captured Thursday evening.

Precious coin business in Vancouver investigated

By Patty Hastings April 3, 2014 9:41 a.m.

Crime victims lost an estimated $800,000 when trying to buy precious coins from a Vancouver-based coin shop, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Police conduct search at Vancouver massage business

By Patty Hastings April 1, 2014 4:59 p.m.

The Vancouver Police Department conducted a warrant search of a massage business Tuesday afternoon in downtown Vancouver.

Sgt. Gardner to run for Clark County sheriff

By Patty Hastings March 31, 2014 9:44 p.m.

A Clark County Sheriff's sergeant announced Monday that he's running for sheriff in the 2014 election, making him the fourth candidate to enter the race.

Skyview students arrested for alleged burglary

By Patty Hastings March 31, 2014 5:24 p.m.

Two Skyview High School students were arrested for allegedly burglarizing their classmate's home Monday afternoon in Salmon Creek.

Runaway Vancouver teen found safe

By Patty Hastings March 31, 2014 7:35 p.m.

Vancouver police are asking the public to help them find a runaway 13-year-old boy, who was reported missing Monday.

Pridemore is Democrats' top choice for commissioner

By Patty Hastings March 28, 2014 9:48 p.m.

Clark County Democrats have given Craig Pridemore top billing on their list of candidates to replace Steve Stuart on the Board of Clark County Commissioners.

Battle Ground police cite man for allegedly causing crash

By Patty Hastings March 28, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Battle Ground police arrested a man who allegedly caused a three-car collision Thursday on state Highway 503.

Family renews search for missing Vancouver woman

By Patty Hastings March 28, 2014 2:45 p.m.

The family of a Vancouver woman who’s been missing for three weeks is continuing local search efforts.

Skyview student, 15, expected in court today on threat allegation

By Patty Hastings March 28, 2014 6:44 a.m.

A 15-year-old Skyview High School freshman is due to make a first appearance in juvenile court this morning after allegedly threatening to bring a firearm to school and shoot students.

Vancouver police recover stolen property, 6-foot Nutcracker

By Patty Hastings March 27, 2014 4:48 p.m.

Vancouver police recovered stolen property Thursday, including a 6-foot nutcracker, while investigating a series of thefts and burglaries.

Ridgefield man seriously injured in collision on Interstate 5

By Patty Hastings March 26, 2014 9:42 p.m.

A Ridgefield man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a vehicle collision along Interstate 5 in Castle Rock.

Melnick sworn to Court of Appeals

By Patty Hastings March 26, 2014 9:41 p.m.

Judge Rich Melnick was ceremoniously sworn in to the state Court of Appeals Division 2 on Wednesday afternoon in front of his colleagues and family.

2 suspects arrested in Woodland car battery thefts

By Patty Hastings March 26, 2014 6:46 p.m.

Woodland police arrested two people from Vancouver who are suspected of stealing 349 car batteries from the Woodland Wal-Mart over an 11-month period.

Police investigate up-skirting allegations at Skyview High School

By Patty Hastings March 24, 2014 5:39 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is looking into possible allegations of upskirting at Skyview High School in Salmon Creek.

Vancouver man injured in Clackamas County, Ore. crash

By Patty Hastings March 24, 2014 1:18 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sent to the hospital Monday morning after a two-vehicle crash in Clackamas County, Ore.

Police seek aid finding C-Tran bus wallet thief

By Patty Hastings March 21, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Vancouver police look to identify a man who stole a woman’s wallet last month while she was getting off a C-Tran bus in the Rose Village neighborhood.

Police say video image shows package thief

By Patty Hastings March 21, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Police are trying to identify the man who stole a UPS package from a home in the Orchards area.

Inattention blamed in Washougal rear-end collision

By Patty Hastings March 21, 2014 2:26 p.m.

A rear-end collision on state Highway 14 in Washougal Friday morning sent a Washougal man to hospital.

Vancouver police, fire departments get money from trust

By Patty Hastings March 21, 2014 6 a.m.

A local couple's charitable trust gave $16,000 each to the Vancouver Fire Department and the Vancouver Police Department's K-9 unit.

Possible causes narrow in large fire

By Patty Hastings March 20, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Fire investigators haven’t yet determined what sparked Sunday’s three-alarm fire at a Hazel Dell apartment complex, but they have narrowed down the possibilities.