Homeowner, intruder exchange shots in Amboy

By Patty Hastings December 24, 2014 6:24 p.m.

A homeowner and intruder exchanged shots at a rural residence just south of Amboy.

Cellestine accused of selling drugs

By Patty Hastings December 23, 2014 7:33 p.m.

A local man who went to prison for the 2009 hit-and-run death of a popular Hudson's Bay High School teacher was back in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday. Antonio E. Cellestine, 23, was arraigned on suspicion of selling drugs at a west Vancouver apartment complex and driving with a suspended license.

Judge declares mistrial in child rape case

By Patty Hastings December 23, 2014 7:51 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson declared her decision this afternoon to grant a mistrial in the case of Christopher Warren, who was found guilty of child rape.

Camas police arrest car prowl suspects

By Patty Hastings December 22, 2014 9:34 p.m.

Police arrested two Vancouver residents who allegedly broke into multiple cars in Camas over the last few weeks and used stolen credit cards to buy merchandise at area businesses.

Atkins sworn in as Clark County sheriff

By Patty Hastings December 22, 2014 7:46 p.m.

Chuck Atkins was sworn in as Clark County sheriff in a standing-room-only ceremony Monday afternoon at the Public Service Center. Atkins' family alone took up three rows of chairs, while county officials and law enforcement crowded into the back of the sixth floor hearing room.

Armed robbery reported near Vancouver mall

By Patty Hastings December 22, 2014 9:28 p.m.

Two teenagers were robbed Monday afternoon outside a 7-Eleven in the VanMall neighborhood.

That's a wrap: Santa's Posse preps gifts for children

By Patty Hastings December 18, 2014 9:48 p.m.

The Clark County Event Center turned into a kind of Christmas factory on Thursday evening. Toys of all kinds were piled high on the floor — everything from board games and balls to Barbie dolls and bikes. People gathered around tables swiftly wrapping gifts, and an assembly line of volunteers boxed food for holiday meals.

Missing man found in Columbia River Gorge ravine

By Patty Hastings December 18, 2014 3:39 p.m.

A Portland, Ore. man who went missing in Skamania County over the summer was recently found dead in a ravine in the Columbia River Gorge area.

Rotarians ring bells for man hit by van on I-205

By Patty Hastings December 17, 2014 10:25 p.m.

The owner of a white pickup was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of fleeing an injury-causing crash that closed Interstate 205 last week.

Police: Couple sold weed through slot in front door

By Patty Hastings December 17, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Police arrested an east Vancouver couple who were allegedly selling marijuana through a slot in the front door of their house.

Vehicle injures pedestrian near Vancouver mall

By Patty Hastings December 16, 2014 9:27 p.m.

A pedestrian was seriously injured Tuesday when he was hit by a vehicle just east of Westfield Vancouver mall.

Fire hits house in Harney Heights

By Patty Hastings December 16, 2014 9:26 p.m.

Washougal police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning near a Mexican restaurant.

Fire District 6 offers free address signs to residents

By Patty Hastings December 16, 2014 8:11 p.m.

Last winter, Fire District 6 firefighters rushed to help a woman who was having a heart attack. But when they got to where the map said her house was, they couldn't find it.

Troopers put more emphasis on high drivers

By Patty Hastings December 15, 2014 7:43 p.m.

"How much have you smoked tonight?" "How long has it been since you used?" "Do you have a legal amount of weed on you tonight?" Since the legalization of marijuana, Washington State Patrol troopers are finding themselves asking these questions more often. Although they have always looked for signs of drug impairment as part of their road patrols, they've become more in tune with drivers who appear to be driving high.

Camas man hit by vehicle on I-205 still critical

By Patty Hastings December 15, 2014 5:44 p.m.

A Camas man remains in critical condition at a local hospital more than a week after he was struck by a car on Interstate 205.

Fire that destroyed Vancouver house caused by unattended candle

By Patty Hastings December 15, 2014 5:41 p.m.

A fire that destroyed a house Friday evening and left a Vancouver family with nothing was caused by an unattended candle, according to the fire marshal.

Authorities on the prowl for auto thieves

By Patty Hastings December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

When Rhonda Ouchida's co-worker at Urban Styles Salon and Spa said she didn't see Ouchida's car parked outside, the nail technician just laughed.

Homeless man accused of gas-station robbery

By Patty Hastings December 12, 2014 7:51 p.m.

A local homeless man made a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Friday for allegedly robbing an east Vancouver convenience store at knife-point.

Second man in court in case of November robbery

By Patty Hastings December 12, 2014 7:50 p.m.

Two men face allegations of robbing a Vancouver couple at gunpoint in their apartment last month and stealing belongings, including a pink 9 mm handgun.

Man struck by vehicle in downtown Vancouver

By Patty Hastings December 11, 2014 10:14 p.m.

A man was struck by a vehicle Thursday evening in downtown Vancouver.

More than 60,000 lose power in windstorm  

By Patty Hastings December 11, 2014 9:34 p.m.

More than a third of Clark Public Utilities' customers lost power Thursday as a powerful windstorm blew through the region.

Robber hits east Vancouver Chevron

By Patty Hastings December 11, 2014 9:46 p.m.

A man wielding a knife robbed a convenience store this afternoon in east Vancouver.

Camas man still in critical condition after crash

By Patty Hastings December 10, 2014 8:02 p.m.

A Camas man critically injured when he was struck by a minivan Sunday would have missed his Rotary Club’s annual Christmas party today, but the group decided to bring the party to him.

Box near wall heater sparks house fire

By Patty Hastings December 10, 2014 5:15 p.m.

A cardboard box placed too close to a wall heater sparked a fire this morning that caused $45,000 damage to a house in Clark County’s Green Meadows neighborhood.

Fire strikes apartment complex in east Vancouver

By Mark Bowder and Patty Hastings December 10, 2014 5:03 p.m.

The Vancouver Fire Department battled a fire this afternoon in a stairwell landing at an east Vancouver apartment complex.

Era coming to an end at sheriff's office

By Patty Hastings December 9, 2014 11:06 p.m.

As police administrators gathered before a Christmas tree for a photo with Sheriff Garry Lucas, he stood in front of them, pretending to lead an orchestra.

'Christmas sisters' celebrate ties

By Patty Hastings December 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Every few minutes, a chorus of big, melodious laughter reverberated from a cozy corner booth that was littered in red gift wrap. The sound was high — not quite a cackle — but warm.

Family lauds Camas man badly injured at crash site

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings December 8, 2014 9:28 p.m.

Rich Irvine is the kind of man who would stop to help after seeing a crash, his friends and family said. The 63-year-old from Camas did just that early Sunday morning and ended up critically injured in the intensive care unit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Good Samaritan in critical condition after I-205 crashes

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings December 8, 2014 7:41 p.m.

Rich Irvine is the kind of man who would stop to help after seeing a crash, his friends and family said. The 63-year-old from Camas did just that early Sunday morning and ended up in the intensive care unit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Man runs from courtroom, leads police on chase

By Patty Hastings December 4, 2014 2:53 p.m.

A man allegedly ran from the Clark County Courthouse during his hearing this afternoon, leading police on a short foot pursuit.

Former police officer's lawyers seek new trial

By Patty Hastings December 3, 2014 9:01 p.m.

Attorneys argued in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday over whether Christopher Warren, who was found guilty of child rape, should get a new trial due to possible juror misconduct. Twelve jurors reached their unanimous verdict on Oct. 31. But Craig Bowen, who was Juror No. 6, said under oath last month that he had accidentally read a few words from a Columbian article about Warren, which influenced his vote.

Man shot, killed by police at Vancouver apartment identified

By Patty Hastings December 3, 2014 4:45 p.m.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the 31-year-old Vancouver man shot and killed by police last week during a domestic violence call, ruling his death a homicide.

Police: Homeowner confronts stranger inside Camas house

By Patty Hastings December 2, 2014 5 p.m.

A Camas homeowner confronted a stranger in his house this afternoon, interrupting a reported robbery.

Hip-hop class geared to those with disabilities  

By Patty Hastings December 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Faith Moore waved her hands in the air like she just didn't care as pop music resonated around the room on a recent Friday night. The 14-year-old pivoted to the left and the right, and twisted her way to the floor, following the dance instructors' movements.

Man struck by pickup in Washougal

By Patty Hastings December 1, 2014 8:57 p.m.

A pedestrian was critically injured when he was hit by a pickup in Washougal this evening.

Suspected shoplifters arrested at Target in Vancouver

By Patty Hastings December 1, 2014 7:41 p.m.

Police arrested seven people at a Vancouver Target on Black Friday, interrupting an alleged organized retail theft scheme that may have hit other Targets around the Portland metro area. On Friday, loss prevention workers at Target, 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive, were told that a group of people had committed thefts earlier in the day at the Jantzen Beach and Mall 205 Target locations in Portland, according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. They also attempted to steal from the same Vancouver Target earlier in the day, police said.

Two injured in highway 14 crash in Washougal

By Patty Hastings December 1, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Two people were injured in a head-on collision this morning on state Highway 14, a few miles east of Washougal.

Police PAL around with kids

By Patty Hastings November 27, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Three children squealed and called out to police Lt. Steve Neal as he entered their west Vancouver home, carrying a box full of food.

Vancouver police hope to ID credit card thief

By Patty Hastings November 24, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver police want to identify a woman who they say made more than $14,000 in unauthorized transactions with stolen credit and debit cards.

Rain blamed for many crashes Friday evening

By Patty Hastings November 21, 2014 9:12 p.m.

A three-vehicle collision in east Vancouver was one of many reported around the county during Friday evening’s rainy commute.

Wall heater blamed in Battle Ground blaze

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2014 8:31 p.m.

Fire investigators determined a Saturday morning garage fire in Battle Ground was accidentally sparked when a wall heater set some plastic storage containers on fire.

Woodland man arrested after allegedly firing illegal gun

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2014 8:27 p.m.

Four people were arrested this morning after a disturbance at a rural home east of Woodland, where a man allegedly fired an illegal shotgun in an attempt to get someone to leave the property.

Prison inmates leave work crew, walk to Vancouver mall

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2014 3:01 p.m.

A pair of Larch Corrections Center inmates walked away from a highway work crew assignment and went to the mall.

Police: Vancouver man rolls UPS tractor-trailer on I-84 in Ore.

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2014 2:21 p.m.

A Vancouver man was reportedly driving too fast on an icy Oregon freeway when he lost control and rolled a United Parcel Service double tractor-trailer this morning.

Ridgefield man arrested after Oregon police chase

By Patty Hastings November 20, 2014 1:52 p.m.

A Ridgefield man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly fleeing from a crash site and leading Oregon police on a high-speed pursuit, according to the Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff’s Office.

Man jailed after leaving scene of vehicle crash

By Patty Hastings November 19, 2014 8:09 p.m.

A Portland man was booked into jail after leaving the scene of a head-on vehicle collision in Vancouver that he allegedly caused.

Officials vow to find culprits in hoaxes

By Patty Hastings November 19, 2014 8:03 p.m.

A 911 hoax sent deputies rushing to what was falsely reported as a homicide in the Five Corners area this afternoon.

Four Clark County men rescued after getting stuck in snow

By Patty Hastings November 18, 2014 8:46 p.m.

Four local men spent the night near Elk Lake east of Salem, Ore. after their pickup got trapped in the snow.

Vancouver police looking for missing woman

By Patty Hastings November 14, 2014 7:16 p.m.

Police are asking the public to help them find a 20-year-old woman who’s been missing since Sunday.

Arraignment delayed for alleged intoxicated driver in fatal Halloween crash

By Patty Hastings November 14, 2014 3:25 p.m.

As the driver accused of striking and killing 7-year-old Cadence Boyer with his Ford Mustang on Halloween entered the courtroom Friday afternoon, he hung his head. Boyer's friends and family members, filled a pew in the audience and held up photos of the girl.