State trooper involved in crash at Fourth Plain, Hwy. 503

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings May 20, 2015 7:18 p.m.

A pickup and a Washington State Patrol vehicle collided in a busy Vancouver intersection Wednesday afternoon.

Amber Alert children, dad found in Cowlitz County

By Patty Hastings May 20, 2015 3:15 p.m.

A man and two children involved in an Amber Alert out of Idaho were found by police this afternoon near the border of Lewis and Cowlitz County.

Stuffed tiger on vehicle spurs uproar, jokes in Camas

By Patty Hastings May 19, 2015 9:24 p.m.

A stuffed toy tiger tied to the top of a vehicle generated a stir and a 911 call Monday afternoon in Camas.

Toy tiger spurs 911 call in Camas

By Patty Hastings May 19, 2015 7:36 p.m.

A stuffed tiger on top of an SUV lead to a case of mistaken identity and a 911 call Monday afternoon in Camas.

Man hit by train was from Stevenson

By Patty Hastings May 18, 2015 2:50 p.m.

The man hit and killed by a train on Sunday night was a Stevenson resident.

Training grenade found at Orchards Goodwill

By Patty Hastings May 18, 2015 1:34 p.m.

Employees at Goodwill in Orchards found a realistic-looking training grenade in a box of donated goods this morning.

Warrant sweep in Vancouver results in 16 felony arrests

By Patty Hastings May 14, 2015 9:15 p.m.

Police arrested 16 people with felony warrants in Vancouver on Wednesday during a warrant sweep by neighborhood response teams, the state Department of Corrections and K-9 units.

Missing Vancouver girl found safe

By Patty Hastings May 13, 2015 10:02 p.m.

A search for a missing Vancouver girl ended Wednesday evening when the 12-year-old was found safe at a church in Camas.

Water safety takes on new urgency  

By Patty Hastings May 13, 2015 10 a.m.

More and more people are trying out paddle sports as kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards become easier than ever to get.

Man admits to string of bank robberies

By Patty Hastings May 11, 2015 7:37 p.m.

A man admitted to a string of bank robberies, including a US Bank branch in Vancouver, on Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Police ID Vancouver man hurt in rollover

By Patty Hastings May 9, 2015 12:08 a.m.

Police identified the Vancouver man injured in Thursday morning's crash on Interstate 5 near the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Vancouver police looking for theft suspects

By Patty Hastings May 8, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Vancouver police identified two suspects who allegedly stole a purse and $2,000 from a local tire shop this week.

Police identify woman critically injured in crash

By Patty Hastings May 8, 2015 4:25 p.m.

Vancouver police identified the pedestrian critically injured in a crash Thursday near Hudson’s Bay High School.

Minnehaha home damaged after fire starts in flower pot

By Patty Hastings May 7, 2015 9:20 p.m.

A fire in a flower pot damaged a home in Vancouver’s West Minnehaha neighborhood early Thursday morning.

B.G. man identified as last week's drowning victim

By Patty Hastings May 7, 2015 8:53 p.m.

The body recovered from the Columbia River last week has been identified as that of a Battle Ground man, the Multnomah County (Ore.) Medical Examiner said.

Vancouver video game store robbed

By Patty Hastings May 7, 2015 5:05 p.m.

A Vancouver video game store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon.

Pedestrian critically injured in west Vancouver crash

By Patty Hastings May 7, 2015 9:15 p.m.

A woman was critically injured after she was struck by a vehicle in west Vancouver this afternoon.

Man cut from vehicle in I-5 rollover crash

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings May 7, 2015 11:02 a.m.

A sedan crashed through the Interstate 5 guardrail and rolled about 30 or 40 feet down a gully this morning near the Clark County Fairgrounds.

Vancouver Police seek help to find purse snatchers

By Patty Hastings May 5, 2015 7:39 p.m.

Vancouver police look to identify two people who allegedly stole a purse belonging to one of the owners of a local tire shop.

Motor home destroyed by fire in Camas

By Patty Hastings May 5, 2015 7:37 p.m.

A motor home went up in flames Monday night in rural Camas.

Cause unknown in Monday boat fire in Vancouver

By Patty Hastings May 5, 2015 7:35 p.m.

Investigators aren't sure what caused a boat to catch fire Monday afternoon in Clark County.

Window shot out at Grand Central Fred Meyer

By Patty Hastings May 4, 2015 5:26 p.m.

Somebody shot out a window at Grand Central Fred Meyer in west Vancouver this evening.

Body of Portland hiker found under waterfall

By Patty Hastings May 4, 2015 4:05 p.m.

A Portland hiker was found dead this morning under a waterfall along a tributary of the Washougal River.

Man arrested in Battle Ground standoff

By Patty Hastings May 4, 2015 5:57 p.m.

A man barricaded himself inside a Battle Ground residence this afternoon, prompting a multi-agency police response that lasted more than four hours.

Man observed in parking lot eludes police in bi-state chase

By Patty Hastings May 2, 2015 8:28 p.m.

A man, who police believe was intoxicated, led officers on a pursuit Saturday morning from Sportsman’s Warehouse in Orchards down Interstate 205 into Oregon.

Deputies get two-hour lesson on autism

By Patty Hastings May 2, 2015 8:14 p.m.

When Carole Kaulitz asked a roomful of law enforcement officers if they had ever had a personal experience with someone with autism, nobody raised their hand.

Illustrating the science of an active volcano  

By Patty Hastings May 2, 2015 8:04 p.m.

"Trashcano?"

Vancouver police sort loot worth $50,000

By Patty Hastings May 1, 2015 10:43 p.m.

Hundreds of items were organized and labeled — everything from power tools to musical instruments, bicycles, golf clubs, televisions, watches and weapons (both legal and illegal). But these things weren't part of a garage sale.

Regional fire service plan losing in early results

By Patty Hastings April 28, 2015 9:57 p.m.

Voters appear to have rejected a measure to create a regional fire-service authority in north Clark County and the city of Woodland, according to early election results released Tuesday night.

Alleged car scam interrupted by off-duty detective

By Patty Hastings April 28, 2015 7:10 p.m.

An off-duty Clark County sheriff’s detective interrupted an alleged scam last week in the east Vancouver Home Depot parking lot.

Fire officials anticipate "challenging summer"

By Patty Hastings April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

The state Department of Natural Resources is getting a jump start on the wildfire season by enlisting and training firefighters earlier than usual.

Hockinson High School alumnae in Nepal during quake

By Patty Hastings April 27, 2015 9:47 p.m.

A pair of friends with ties to Clark County were volunteering in Kathmandu, Nepal, when the magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck.

Police swamped by calls about stolen items

By Patty Hastings April 27, 2015 4:02 p.m.

The Vancouver Police Department has been inundated with calls since announcing Saturday that investigators had recovered more than $50,000 worth of stolen property.

False bomb threat reported at downtown Vancouver bank

By Patty Hastings April 27, 2015 1:24 p.m.

Someone called 911 this morning and said there was a bomb at the Chase bank in downtown Vancouver. The report, called in at 11:43 a.m., turned out to be false.

2 arrested in Clark County in North Portland homicide

By Patty Hastings April 24, 2015 9:08 p.m.

Two teenagers have been arrested in Clark County in connection with a North Portland homicide.

Search for missing Vancouver plane yields wreckage

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 24, 2015 3:06 p.m.

Searchers looking for a missing Vancouver plane found wreckage and a dead body this afternoon on a mountain in Linn County, Ore.

Pilot of missing plane bound for Vancouver identified

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 23, 2015 9:29 p.m.

A Vancouver man was identified as the pilot of the private plane headed for Pearson Field that has been missing since Tuesday.

Man safe after threatening to jump off overpass

By Patty Hastings April 22, 2015 8:29 p.m.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 205 was blocked for about a half hour tonight after police responded to a suicidal man on the 63rd Street overpass.

Plane headed to Vancouver's Pearson Field missing

By Patty Hastings April 22, 2015 8:14 p.m.

An airplane that was heading to Vancouver from Creswell, Ore. was reported missing last night.

Man's death, truck crash vex Washougal police

By Patty Hastings April 22, 2015 4:46 p.m.

A man who was found dead by a jogger in Washougal and a crash that happened nearby have puzzled local police.

Man killed in Woodland crash identified

By Patty Hastings April 22, 2015 2:14 p.m.

The driver who died after he was thrown from his car in Woodland and impaled by a deer antler was identified today by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Driver is ejected and impaled in rollover, dies

By Patty Hastings April 21, 2015 9:53 p.m.

A single-vehicle crash in the Woodland area killed a man Sunday evening.

House fire reported in Orchards area Monday

By Patty Hastings April 20, 2015 9:35 p.m.

Fire damaged a two-story house in the Orchards area Monday evening. Vancouver firefighters were sent to the blaze, reported at 6:06 p.m. at 7407 N.E. 153rd Ave. The firefighters could see a large plume of smoke as they drove to the house, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.

Police: Man with long weapon robbed Vancouver 7-Eleven

By Patty Hastings April 20, 2015 3:19 p.m.

A man robbed a Vancouver 7-Eleven early Monday morning while wielding what appeared to be a machete with a serrated edge.

Clark College, Hudson's Bay locked down

By Patty Hastings and Susan Parrish April 20, 2015 2:37 p.m.

Police activity near Clark College and Hudson’s Bay High School briefly locked down both campuses Monday afternoon.

Wells Fargo bank on Hayden Island robbed

By Patty Hastings April 20, 2015 1:29 p.m.

Portland police are looking for more information about a robbery at a Wells Fargo bank on Hayden Island, which was reported at 11:19 a.m. Monday at 12240 N. Jantzen Drive.

Police: Washougal woman deals meth from hospital room

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings April 17, 2015 1:49 p.m.

Police arrested a Washougal woman Thursday after they discovered she was allegedly dealing methamphetamine from her hospital room, all without drawing attention from hospital staff.

Clark County jail inmate's death ruled a homicide

By Patty Hastings April 16, 2015 9:46 p.m.

A Clark County Jail inmate's death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner on Thursday.

Decomposed male body found on Columbia River shore

By Patty Hastings April 16, 2015 2:41 p.m.

A fisherman found a decomposed body on the Columbia River shore Thursday morning about a mile south of Kalama.

Vancouver man's condition improves after crash

By Patty Hastings April 15, 2015 8:22 p.m.

A Vancouver man who was critically injured in a crash Saturday morning has improved in the hospital.