Fire District 6: Hazel Dell apartment fire accidental

By Patty Hastings March 18, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Sunday's three-alarm fire at a Hazel Dell apartment fire was sparked accidentally and caused an estimated $1.5 million damage, according to Fire District 6.

Cops involved in Mosby shootout ID'd

By Patty Hastings March 18, 2014 4:33 p.m.

Six local law enforcement officers are on paid "critical incident leave" after a Friday afternoon standoff that fatally wounded fugitive Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby.

Hazel Dell apartment tenants assess as cause of fire sought

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings March 17, 2014 7:36 p.m.

A fire that tore through a Hazel Dell apartment complex early Sunday started in the building's third-story walkway, according to Clark County Fire District 6 spokeswoman Sarah Mitchelson.

Clark County Fire & Rescue launches new fireboat  

By Patty Hastings March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Bruce Firstenburg, 71, broke a bottle of champagne over Clark County Fire & Rescue's new rescue boat Friday afternoon in the Ridgefield Marina.

'Most Wanted' fugitive Mosby dies of gunshot wound after standoff

By Mark Bowder and Patty Hastings March 14, 2014 10:12 p.m.

A man believed to be "Washington's Most Wanted" fugitive Derral Kenneth "Kenny" Mosby was fatally wounded after a SWAT team has converged on a home in Ridgefield.

No new leads in missing woman case

By Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 9:55 p.m.

No new information has emerged from the investigation into a Vancouver woman who went missing over the weekend.

Pedestrian recovering after being hit Monday

By Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 9:48 p.m.

A 58-year-old man is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Monday night in central Vancouver.

Vancouver soccer player arrested following sex conviction

By Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 6:36 p.m.

A soccer player with Vancouver's Spartans Futbol Club was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities after they reviewed his immigration status and criminal history, revealing he could be deportable due to a recent sex conviction.

Two occupants run from car following I-5 crash

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 5:51 p.m.

Two teenagers ran from the car they were in after a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 5 northbound just north of Main Street, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

Police shoot, wound gunman in downtown Vancouver  

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings March 13, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Vancouver police say they shot and wounded a gunman in downtown Vancouver early today after he refused to put down his weapon.

"Washington's Most Wanted" man spotted in Albany, Ore.

By Patty Hastings March 11, 2014 3:50 p.m.

A wanted man who led police to shut down a freeway rest area south of Ridgefield last week was spotted on bike about 100 miles south in Albany, Ore.

Police investigating downtown Vancouver coin shop

By Patty Hastings March 11, 2014 7:10 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating a rare coin shop in downtown Vancouver after people complained that they never received their purchases.

Missing California man found in Portland

By Patty Hastings March 10, 2014 9:58 p.m.

A California man who was reported missing last week was found Monday in Portland.

Battle Ground woman searching for stolen mementos

By Patty Hastings March 10, 2014 9:56 p.m.

A Battle Ground woman has plastered flyers throughout town after a burglar stole her jewelry box, which was meaningful to her because it belonged to her late mother.

Two teens injured in east Clark County crash

By Patty Hastings March 10, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Two Vancouver teens were injured Monday afternoon in a crash along state Highway 500 in east Clark County.

Search suspended for missing Vancouver woman

By Patty Hastings March 10, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Police suspended a search Monday for a missing Vancouver woman whose vehicle was found Sunday in the parking lot of Beacon Rock State Park.

Students remember classmate at vigil

By Patty Hastings March 7, 2014 10:24 p.m.

Students at Fort Vancouver High School paid tribute to a lost classmate at a candlelight vigil tonight by the school's front doors.

Fugitive still on loose after reported call from rest area

By Patty Hastings March 7, 2014 9:53 p.m.

One of "Washington's Most Wanted" fugitives, Derral Kenneth Mosby, is still on the loose after he was traced to the Gee Creek rest area off Interstate 5 on Thursday.

Vancouver investigator uncovers out-of-state child porn cases

By Patty Hastings March 7, 2014 9:52 p.m.

A Vancouver investigator uncovered child pornography cases that led to the arrest of two men living in Tennessee and New York.

Vancouver man allegedly pepper-sprays clinic patients, staff

By Patty Hastings March 6, 2014 4:02 p.m.

A Vancouver man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly walked into a PeaceHealth Medical Group clinic in east Vancouver and used pepper spray on people inside the lobby.

Search for fugitive in Gee Creek rest area turns up empty

By Patty Hastings March 6, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Police shut down the Gee Creek rest area along Interstate 5 south for several hours Thursday while they searched the thick woods for one of Washington’s most wanted fugitives.

Drug raid nets four arrests near Battle Ground Lake

By Patty Hastings March 6, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of drug-related charges Thursday morning at a house in the Battle Ground Lake area, as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

Manner of pedestrian death undetermined

By Patty Hastings March 6, 2014 12:29 p.m.

The Portland man struck by a truck on Interstate 5 early Monday died of severe blunt force trauma, but the manner of his death is undetermined, according to the Cowlitz County Coroner’s office.

Fire damages east Vancouver home

By Patty Hastings March 5, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Fire damaged a home Wednesday night in east Vancouver. Just before 8 p.m., multiple people reported the fire at a house at 3614 N.E. 163rd Ave. They said flames were coming from the roof of the house, according to radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. Arriving Vancouver firefighters found smoke coming from under the eaves of the house and fire showing in a back bedroom. The crew extinguished the fire within about 10 minutes.

Steel beam tears through Vancouver man's truck in Oregon

By Patty Hastings March 5, 2014 9:39 p.m.

When Jack Phillips heard the screeching of metal, he ducked down in his tractor-trailer cab and hoped for the best. A massive steel beam tore through the truck, missing the 58-year-old Vancouver man by a few inches.

Fire marshal: Electrical overload sparked Proebstel mobile home fire

By Patty Hastings March 5, 2014 1:48 p.m.

An electrical overload accidentally caused a fire that destroyed a double-wide mobile home Tuesday morning in Clark County's Proebstel neighborhood, displacing two people and their two pets.

Quiz: Which Vancouver neighborhood should I live in?

By Patty Hastings March 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Take our quiz to find out what kind of Vancouver neighborhood suits your lifestyle.

Fire District 6 honors teenage lifeguard's action

By Patty Hastings March 4, 2014 10:20 p.m.

Lifeguard Carter Coval got an award Tuesday night for rescuing a 5-year-old boy from drowning at a Hazel Dell pool in December.

Woman improving after wrong-way crash on I-5

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings March 4, 2014 9:30 p.m.

The condition of a La Center woman who was injured Friday in a crash with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 has improved, according to OHSU Hospital staff.

Fire destroys mobile home in east Clark County

By Patty Hastings March 4, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Fire destroyed a double-wide mobile home Tuesday morning in Clark County's Proebstel neighborhood, displacing two people and their two pets.

Mom mourns son killed in I-5 crash

By Patty Hastings March 4, 2014 6 a.m.

For Tracey Babitzke, the death of her 6-year-old son in Friday's wrong-way crash is particularly cruel because of its timing.

The afterlife of Mandy Lathim  

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

Denise Ellis hasn't held her daughter for nearly 19 months, and she's still searching for her, in a way.

Vancouver woman arrested after fleeing police

By Patty Hastings February 26, 2014 8:54 p.m.

A Vancouver woman was among several people arrested Thursday after allegedly eluding police in a remote area south of Jefferson County, Ore.

Neighbor saves dog from two-alarm Vancouver apartment fire

By Mark Bowder and Patty Hastings February 26, 2014 10:14 p.m.

Fire crews battled a two-alarm apartment fire in the East Minnehaha Neighborhood north of Westfield Vancouver mall.

Businesses clean up after flood from hydrant

By Patty Hastings February 25, 2014 9:08 p.m.

Businesses on Northeast Fourth Plain Road are recovering from flood damage after a van plowed into a fire hydrant last week, sending water into the road and a nearby industrial complex.

Stevenson student accused of false tweet

By Patty Hastings February 24, 2014 7:22 p.m.

A Stevenson High School student was arrested Monday for allegedly tweeting "gunmen at school!!!" shortly after classes began.

After fire, couple has dream of sustainability

By Patty Hastings February 24, 2014 6 a.m.

To an outsider, the dilapidated farm house looks cold, uninviting. But, to Patricia Kent, 29, and her fiance, Dillon Haggerty, 29, it's the literal framework for a dream home where they envision sitting around a dinner table, eating food they grow themselves on the property's 7 acres.

Vancouver man appears on robbery, escape charges

By Patty Hastings February 21, 2014 4:43 p.m.

A Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court Friday morning for allegedly robbing Nordstrom and Macy's last month and escaping police custody.

Vancouver man, dog involved in three-car crash on I-205

By Patty Hastings February 21, 2014 3:53 p.m.

A Vancouver man was involved in a Friday morning crash that Oregon State Police say was caused by a dog in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 205 near Clackamas.

Two injured in I-5 crash near Ridgefield

By Patty Hastings February 19, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Two people were sent to the hospital after a Wednesday evening collision on Interstate 5 south, north of Ridgefield, that resulted in a car catching on fire.

High-speed chase through county ends in Vancouver

By Paris Achen , Mark Bowder , Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings February 19, 2014 4:43 p.m.

A driver led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase that led into Vancouver and ended with an accident and foot chase on Main Street.

FBI offer reward for info leading to wanted man's arrest

By Patty Hastings February 19, 2014 12:34 p.m.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to a wanted man who reportedly purchased a ticket to Washington at the beginning of the month.

Vehicle shears hydrant, floods Fourth Plain Road near SR 500

By Patty Hastings February 18, 2014 10:21 p.m.

Businesses flooded and Northeast Fourth Plain Road closed for hours Tuesday after a van crashed into a fire hydrant, causing thousands of gallons of water to spew onto Fourth Plain between 121st and 131st avenues in the North Image neighborhood.

Brush Prairie woman dies after runaway truck runs her over

By Patty Hastings February 18, 2014 5:12 p.m.

A Brush Prairie woman died Monday night after accidentally being run over by a runaway truck that her boyfriend was trying to stop.

Fugitive spotted in Yacolt, later caught in Lynden

By Patty Hastings February 17, 2014 3:12 p.m.

A man wanted by federal authorities who was spotted in Yacolt last week was arrested this morning more than 250 miles to the north. Kody D. Olsen, 35, was tracked to Lynden by officers with the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Task Force, a branch of the U.S. Marshals Service, days after making an appearance in Clark County.

Woman hurt in Hazel Dell side-impact collision

By Patty Hastings February 15, 2014 12:40 a.m.

A 54-year-old woman was injured Friday night in a side-impact collision near a Northeast Hazel Dell shopping center.

Yacolt woman has brush with man wanted on federal warrant

By Patty Hastings February 15, 2014 12:37 a.m.

A Yacolt woman came face to face with a dangerous fugitive wanted by federal authorities, who was camped out in a stolen RV on her property. Police say Kody D. Olsen, 35, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large.

Woman injured in crash near Hazel Dell shopping center

By Patty Hastings February 14, 2014 9:36 p.m.

A 54-year-old woman was injured Friday night in a side-impact collision near a Northeast Hazel Dell shopping center.

Driver impairment, vehicle speed cause Camas crash

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings February 14, 2014 4:25 p.m.

Camas police say speed and impairment caused Thursday night’s head-on crash that seriously injured two local men.

Man wanted by FBI may be in Washington

By Patty Hastings February 14, 2014 3:47 p.m.

The FBI in Salt Lake City is looking for a wanted man they believe may be traveling through Washington.