Torch Run honors, celebrates Special Olympics athletes

By Paul Suarez May 28, 2014 5:38 p.m.

Special Olympics athletes and their supporters in law enforcement ran through Clark County on Wednesday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

WSP investigating crash involving patrol car

By Paul Suarez March 28, 2014 9:25 p.m.

A crash between a Washington State Patrol car and another vehicle is snarling traffic in the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Road and Northeast 117th Avenue in the Orchards area.

Woman dead in Vancouver house fire

By Craig Brown , Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez January 10, 2014 7:59 p.m.

A woman who had been trapped in a bedroom died Friday morning in a two-alarm house fire, despite the best efforts of her son and firefighters to rescue her.

String of recent incidents have schools rethinking security

By Paul Suarez December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — The final bell echoes over the campus of Ridgefield High School at 2:45 p.m. on an overcast day in early November. Students filter out of the building, passing freshly planted trees, dirt and gravel as crews work on an expansion to the building on the back of the campus. Across the street a man wearing khaki pants and a ribbed black sweater stands, watching.

Motorcyclist struck by lightning in Lewis County

By Paul Suarez September 5, 2013 1:13 p.m.

A motorcyclist was hit by lightning on Interstate 5 north in Lewis County Thursday morning.

Crash kills Kelso woman, snarls traffic on I-5 south near Woodland

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez August 6, 2013 9:50 p.m.

Washington State Patrol is shutting down Interstate 5 southbound near Woodland after a crash.

Procession, funeral held for Vancouver firefighter (with video)

By Paul Suarez August 5, 2013 6:45 p.m.

A procession with local firefighters traveled from the Cascade Park area to Hazel Dell Monday morning to honor former Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Carl Murray

UPDATE: Crews end search for possible missing hiker on Table Mountain

By Paul Suarez March 11, 2013 8:52 p.m.

A search for a possible missing hiker in Skamania County was suspended at dark, authorities said.

Local heroes honored at Red Cross breakfast

By Paul Suarez March 8, 2013 6:04 p.m.

Six people and one dog were honored Friday morning at Real Heroes Breakfast for taking action to help others. About 700 people packed into the Hilton Vancouver Washington to attend the event, the only fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Southwest Washington.

Sheriff's SUV damaged in Hazel Dell crash

By Paul Suarez March 8, 2013 9:32 p.m.

A sheriff's deputy was sent to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Thursday night with minor injuries after his car was rear-ended by another car in Hazel Dell.

UPDATE: Suspected drunken driver crashes into Hazel Dell house

By Emily Gillespie and Paul Suarez March 1, 2013 9:53 p.m.

The alleged driver of a car that crashed into a Hazel Dell residence early Friday morning was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Diverse routes beckon students to diploma

By Paul Suarez February 24, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Clark County schools are full of opportunities for students looking for an alternative education.

SWAT team arrests man after report of gun

By Craig Brown , Emily Gillespie and Paul Suarez January 14, 2013 9:19 a.m.

A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a firearm prompted a SWAT callout in central Vancouver this morning.

Police find second body from empty kayak, identify victims

By Paul Suarez January 3, 2013 3:54 p.m.

Police on Wednesday afternoon recovered the body of a man who was associated with an empty kayak found in the Columbia River last week.

'Less-lethal' weapons gain local law agencies' favor

By Paul Suarez January 1, 2013 6:14 p.m.

It looks a bit like a grenade launcher and fires sponge batons at speeds similar to baseballs thrown by a major league pitcher. And, it's one of local police agencies' options to stop people who are potentially armed and not following police commands.

Two arrested after pointing Airsoft gun at cars outside J.C. Penney

By Paul Suarez December 28, 2012 2:48 p.m.

Three people who were allegedly pointing an Airsoft gun at other cars prompted the temporary lockdown of an east Vancouver department store Friday.

Lumber truck rolls near I-205 bridge

By Paul Suarez December 28, 2012 2:11 p.m.

An overturned lumber truck slowed southbound traffic on the Glenn Jackson Bridge Friday afternoon.

Body recovered from Columbia River

By Paul Suarez December 28, 2012 2:31 p.m.

Vancouver police are trying to determine if someone is missing after crews found a woman’s body and an empty kayak in the Columbia River Friday.

Relief, joy greet assault victim Tyler Burton

By Paul Suarez December 27, 2012 9:09 p.m.

Tyler Burton's journey from the edge of death in California led him back to Vancouver on Thursday.

Man injured in Hazel Dell crash improves in hospital

By Paul Suarez December 27, 2012 8:41 p.m.

A 21-year-old Vancouver man injured in a fatal crash in late November improved slightly in a local hospital.

Life on a K-9 team

By Paul Suarez December 26, 2012 6 a.m.

Sheriff's deputy Brian Ellithorpe will tell you being a member of the regional K-9 team is one of the "most consistently inconsistent" jobs you can do as a cop.

Santa's Posse bundles up cheer

By Paul Suarez December 22, 2012 8 p.m.

Sometimes Santa needs a little help. That's when his "posse" comes into play.

Tips sought in Thunderbird Hotel fire

By Paul Suarez December 20, 2012 5:39 p.m.

Portland Fire & Rescue and Crime Stoppers of Oregon on Thursday asked for the public’s help determining the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant Jantzen Beach hotel this summer.

Officials: Pot legalization brings negatives

By Paul Suarez December 19, 2012 6:08 p.m.

Forget worrying about excess sugar and butter when reaching for baked goods at holiday parties this year. Sean Chavez of Prevent! coalition said you should be worried a different ingredient: Marijuana.

Weapon in Skyview student's car was pellet gun, officials say

By Paul Suarez December 19, 2012 10:44 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies determined Tuesday afternoon that the weapon a 17-year-old student brought to the Skyview High School parking lot last week was a pellet gun that did not appear to be functional.

UPDATE: Power restored in Minnehaha area

By Paul Suarez December 19, 2012 8:18 a.m.

Almost 700 people were without power in the Minnehaha area Wednesday morning.

Home burglary prompts lockdown at Columbia River High

By Paul Suarez December 18, 2012 8:19 p.m.

A burglary in progress apparently prompted a lockdown at Columbia River High School a few minutes before students were scheduled to be let out for the day.

Sheriff's office: Suspected hit-and-run driver allegedly pulls gun on witness

By Paul Suarez December 18, 2012 8:20 p.m.

Clark County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a driver apparently involved in a hit-and-run who allegedly pulled a gun on a witness Monday night.

New winter weather advisory issued for metro area

By Craig Brown and Paul Suarez December 18, 2012 1:32 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a new winter weather advisory, warning of snow tonight and into Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: Ice likely, snow possible

By Eric Florip and Paul Suarez December 17, 2012 10:19 p.m.

Crews were preparing Monday evening for the possibility of an icy commute Tuesday.

Taylor Bridge Fire caused by construction crews, investigation finds

By Eric Florip and Paul Suarez December 17, 2012 8:07 p.m.

A central Washington wildfire that scorched more than 23,000 acres last summer was caused by construction crews working under a Ridgefield-based contractor, a state investigation has found.

High winds hit Clark County

By Paul Suarez December 17, 2012 6:11 p.m.

Strong winds caused a handful of downed wires and traffic hazards overnight but there were no major power outages reported in Clark County early Monday.

Accident victim still in critical condition

By Paul Suarez December 14, 2012 8:38 p.m.

Joseph Reilly, 21, critically injured in a fatal Hazel Dell car crash last month, remained in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.

Fort Vancouver High locked down after gun spotted near campus

By Paul Suarez December 14, 2012 5:22 p.m.

Fort Vancouver High School was placed in lockdown Friday afternoon after a passerby reported seeing someone shooting a pellet gun at geese, according to Vancouver Public Schools.

Sex offender update

By Paul Suarez December 14, 2012 6 a.m.

Two high-risk sex offenders are have moved to new addresses in the Vancouver area, the Clark County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Clackamas Town Center to reopen Friday

By Paul Suarez December 13, 2012 7:12 p.m.

Clackamas Town Center on Thursday announced it would reopen Friday at 9 a.m. The mall has been closed since Tuesday's shooting.

Police arrest student after rifle found at Evergreen High

By Patty Hastings , Susan Parrish and Paul Suarez December 12, 2012 8:05 p.m.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony possession of a stolen firearm, possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm after a teacher discovered a weapon at Evergreen High School, police said.

Camas-area fire leaves family homeless

By Craig Brown and Paul Suarez December 11, 2012 6:50 p.m.

A fire caused "very extensive" damage to the attic and roof of a Camas-area home this morning, leaving a family homeless.

Man critically injured in Highway 99 accident improves slightly

By Paul Suarez December 10, 2012 9:25 p.m.

Joseph Reilly, the 21-year-old man critically injured in a fatal car crash in Hazel Dell last month, has improved slightly at a local hospital.

Woman still in hospital after Sunday crash

By Paul Suarez December 10, 2012 9:24 p.m.

A Vancouver woman remained hospitalized Monday night with injuries suffered in a Sunday morning crash on state Highway 14.

Search for mushroom picker suspended

By Paul Suarez December 10, 2012 9:23 p.m.

Crews in Skamania County on Thursday night suspended the search for a 60-year-old woman who went missing while looking for mushrooms.

Vancouver man hangs up on supposed $3.5M 'jackpot'

By Paul Suarez December 10, 2012 6:02 a.m.

Gordon Page of East Vancouver reports he and his wife have received multiple scam calls in the past few months.

Mind safety with holiday decorations

By Paul Suarez December 9, 2012 6 a.m.

A decorated tree can brighten up your Christmas, especially if you don't water it on a regular basis.

Suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder

By Paul Suarez December 8, 2012 6 a.m.

A 21-year-old man on Friday pleaded not guilty to charges related to the shooting of a gang associate in August.

Five-car crash snarls I-205 traffic

By Paul Suarez December 7, 2012 2:19 p.m.

A five-car crash involving two semi trucks slowed north Interstate 205 Friday afternoon.

Mountain View grad out of intensive care in California

By Paul Suarez December 7, 2012 6 a.m.

Doctors told Tyler Burton's family that the 21-year-old wouldn't survive after suffering serious head injuries in California in late October.

Drug task force stops 3 cars on I-205

By Paul Suarez December 6, 2012 9:28 p.m.

The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force stopped three cars Wednesday night on Interstate 205 as part of an ongoing investigation into a drug trafficking case.

WSP: Driver backs into pedestrian on Highway 14

By Paul Suarez December 6, 2012 9:27 p.m.

The Washington State Patrol is looking for the driver of a car that backed into a pedestrian on state Highway 14 early Thursday.

Get the straight dope on what's legal, what's not

By Paul Suarez December 6, 2012 6 a.m.

With Initiative 502 taking effect Thursday, it's easy to know what's legal and what isn't when talking dope, right?

Police respond to reported armed robbery near Carter Park

By Paul Suarez December 5, 2012 10:53 a.m.

Vancouver police are responding to a reported armed robbery near Carter Park in west Vancouver.