Man remains in hospital following Monday motorcycle crash

By Patty Hastings August 19, 2014 9:20 p.m.

The Portland man injured in a motorcycle crash early Monday morning was listed in serious condition Tuesday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to hospital staff.

Legacy of a tragedy: Crash victim teaches, even in death

By Patty Hastings August 19, 2014 6 a.m.

WOODLAND — Roy Thorp was nicknamed "Professor" because he loved to help, tell stories and teach. And although his smashed-up Subaru and a new memorial road sign are reminders of his tragic death, they also carry on his legacy of teaching, his loved ones say. The 76-year-old Vancouver man was memorialized with the sign unveiled Saturday as family and friends gathered alongside Northwest Hayes Road on the three-year anniversary of the drunken-driving crash that killed him.

Remains on Mount St. Helens identified

By Patty Hastings August 18, 2014 5:38 p.m.

The Clark County Medical Examiners's Office identified the remains of a man recently found on Mount St. Helens as 27-year-old Yosuke Onishi.

Two robberies reported within minutes of each other

By Patty Hastings August 15, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Two separate robberies were reported this afternoon at gas stations in east Vancouver.

Missing woman’s death natural, medical examiner says

By Patty Hastings August 14, 2014 8:52 p.m.

A Battle Ground woman found dead at the end of May in a shed in Salmon Creek died from chronic ethanolism, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Vehicle flips near Fourth Plain and Andresen

By Patty Hastings August 14, 2014 4:28 p.m.

A vehicle flipped over just south of the busy intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Andresen Road this afternoon.

Kitchen fire causes $100,000 in damage

By Patty Hastings August 13, 2014 9:22 p.m.

An accidental fire sparked by an unattended stove burner caused more than $100,000 worth of damage to a house in Clark County's East Minnehaha neighborhood.

Motorcyclist injured in Highway 500 crash

By Patty Hastings August 13, 2014 3:55 p.m.

A Vancouver motorcyclist was hospitalized after he struck a car this afternoon on state Highway 500.

Domestic-violence rapist, kidnapper sentenced

By Patty Hastings August 12, 2014 8:58 p.m.

A Vancouver man was sentenced to 23½ years in prison Tuesday for imprisoning, raping and strangling a woman he was close to at the Value Motel in Hazel Dell.

Police seek help finding missing Vancouver woman

By Patty Hastings August 12, 2014 6:49 p.m.

Police are asking the public to help them find a woman who apparently left her home in east Vancouver one week ago.

Ross Dog Park to reopen Thursday

By Patty Hastings August 12, 2014 1:02 p.m.

Ross Dog Park in the West Minnehaha area, which closed after a gate was damaged over the weekend, is slated to reopen Thursday morning.

Police: Teen arrested after crashing car

By Patty Hastings August 11, 2014 11:21 p.m.

A 19-year-old man from Pullman was arrested Monday afternoon after reportedly speeding and crashing his vehicle in the Brush Prairie area.

Vancouver dog park closed after vandalism

By Patty Hastings August 11, 2014 11:20 p.m.

Ross Dog Park in the West Minnehaha area is closed indefinitely after it was vandalized.

Kelso man rescued after spending night near Mount St. Helens

By Patty Hastings August 11, 2014 10:55 p.m.

A Kelso man spent the night in the wilderness near Mount St. Helens after injuring his leg while hiking Sunday evening.

Fatal crashes up sharply this year

By Patty Hastings August 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Twenty-six people have lost their lives on Clark County roadways so far this year, a number that far outpaces local traffic fatality trends over the last decade.

Police arrest 2, refer 38 for charges at underage party

By Patty Hastings August 8, 2014 2:31 p.m.

Police arrested two teenagers and referred 38 more minors for allegations of underage intoxication after a loud party in Battle Ground early Sunday morning.

Fire in I-5 median burns 5 acres north of Woodland

By Patty Hastings August 8, 2014 1:53 p.m.

A 5-acre brush fire in the median of Interstate 5 north of Woodland briefly shut down the freeway in both directions.

Search resumes for missing Japanese man

By Patty Hastings August 8, 2014 12:29 p.m.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office will resume the search for a Japanese man who went missing near Mount St. Helens last November.

Condition still critical for man rescued from fire

By Patty Hastings August 7, 2014 8:53 p.m.

A Vancouver man rescued from a burning house early Wednesday remains in critical condition at the Legacy Oregon Burn Center on the Legacy Emanuel campus in Portland.

Woman dies when vehicle rolls, crashes into Vancouver substation

By Patty Hastings August 7, 2014 6:25 p.m.

A 44-year-old woman died this afternoon in a single-vehicle crash that ended at a Clark PUD substation in east Vancouver.

Endangered La Center man found safe

By Patty Hastings August 7, 2014 4:48 p.m.

Police are asking the public to help them find a 78-year-old Japanese-American man who went missing from a La Center senior care facility.

Hanke, Van Dyke advance in Clark Public Utilities commissioner race

By Patty Hastings August 5, 2014 9:57 p.m.

The candidates for Clark Public Utilities commissioner were whittled to two after Tuesday's primary election: incumbent Byron Hanke and former commissioner Jane Van Dyke. The two will face off in the Nov. 4 election to represent District 3, an area that encompasses southwest Clark County, on the utility's three-member Board of Commissioners.

Vancouver man among 3 accused in stock manipulation scheme

By Patty Hastings August 5, 2014 4:53 p.m.

A Vancouver man was among three charged today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with manipulating penny stocks and laundering more than $230,000 in proceeds. Mikhail Galas, 24, was arrested in Long Beach, Calif. when he arrived on a flight from Portland.

Bicycle thefts on rise, Vancouver police warn

By Patty Hastings August 5, 2014 10 a.m.

Bicycle theft is on the rise in west Vancouver, with 40 bikes stolen over the last two months, according to the Vancouver Police Department. The agency expects thefts to continue increasing throughout the summer. Bikes were stolen from both residential and public areas, leading police to offer some theft prevention tips for bike owners:

Teen injured in I-5 crash near Woodland

By Patty Hastings August 4, 2014 10:17 p.m.

A Vancouver teenager was injured in a Monday evening crash on Interstate 5 in Woodland that police say was caused by driver inattention.

Portland man injured in Cowlitz County motorcycle crash

By Patty Hastings August 4, 2014 3:23 p.m.

A Portland man was hospitalized after his motorcycle crashed this morning on state Highway 503 about 24 miles east of Woodland.

Woman injured in I-5 rollover collision near Woodland

By Patty Hastings August 4, 2014 1:58 p.m.

A woman was injured after the car she was driving left Interstate 5 southbound and rolled several times just before noon north of Woodland. Her car came to rest upright on the grassy median near the northbound lanes of the freeway, according to Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. Arriving firefighters got her on a backboard and she was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries that Dawdy described as not life-threatening. Clogged traffic from the crash and the nearby construction on the Lewis River bridge resulted in major traffic problems. A minor rear-end collision happened near the site of the crash because people were gawking at the crash site in the median, Dawdy said.

The Future Is on Display: Robotics at Fair

By Patty Hastings August 2, 2014 10:59 p.m.

Meet Pnemo, pronounced with a silent "p" as in pneumatics. You know, that branch of technology that deals with mechanical motion produced by pressurized gas? Pnemo can play catch, shoot hoops and zoom around — on his own or at the whim of the students controlling him. He's a robot made out of aluminum, steel, a computer and router, PVC pipes and a 12-volt battery, among other odds and ends.

FBI arrests PSU student in B.G. for armor in locker

By Patty Hastings August 2, 2014 12:35 a.m.

The FBI arrested a Portland State University student Friday morning in his hometown of Battle Ground after school officials found body armor in his locker.

Washougal woman injured in rollover crash on Highway 14

By Patty Hastings August 1, 2014 1:46 p.m.

A Washougal woman was injured this morning in a rollover crash on state Highway 14 in Vancouver.

Kitchen fire damages Washougal home

By Patty Hastings July 30, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Oil on the stove that caught fire burned the kitchen of a home in Washougal on Wednesday evening.

Police chase ends with crash in Hazel Dell

By Patty Hastings July 30, 2014 9:45 p.m.

After a sport utility vehicle took police on a reckless, roundabout 90-minute drive through the county, the vehicle crashed in Hazel Dell and two men were taken into custody.

Pair arrested after east Vancouver gas station robbery

By Patty Hastings July 30, 2014 3:54 p.m.

Police arrested two people suspected of robbing a gas station early this morning in east Vancouver, where they reportedly held a clerk and customer at knifepoint.

MX worker is expected to recover fully, not fast

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings July 28, 2014 9:33 p.m.

A Vancouver man critically injured while working Saturday morning at Washougal MX Park is recovering at OHSU Hospital in Portland. Bruce Barnes was struck by a motorcycle that went off the track during the Washougal MX National event.

WSP seeks witnesses to crash involving police car

By Patty Hastings July 28, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Washington State Patrol detectives are looking for witnesses to a two-car collision involving a fully marked police patrol car that happened last month while the officer was en route to a shooting.

Police identify driver, motorcycle rider in Sunday's serious injury crash

By Patty Hastings July 28, 2014 8:16 p.m.

Police identified the two people involved in Sunday morning's serious injury crash between Salmon Creek and Brush Prairie.

Off Beat: Behind-scenes work can lead to many happy returns

By Patty Hastings July 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Not all our heroes carry handcuffs. Some heroes input, update and tend the computerized information that might one day reunite a crime victim with stolen property.

Firefighters find way to offer a lift

By Patty Hastings July 26, 2014 5:26 p.m.

District 6 firefighters noticed that some people they served had no way to get to or from the hospital after an emergency, such as a car crash.

Rain hasn't made risk of wildfires disappear

By Patty Hastings July 26, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Don't light that bonfire.

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.