Stories by Ray
Police cited a 28-year-old truck driver for improper lane usage.
Experts say Vancouver woman's behavior will make lawyer's job tougher
When her husband punched her in the eye the night of May 13, Donna Rae Williams struck no counterblow that could be construed as self-defense, she told detectives. She said she sat on the floor, until he allowed her to stand, and then went to bed.
Whether Donna Rae Williams is a domestic violence victim who killed out of fear for her life or a cold-blooded murderer will likely be determined inside a Clark County Superior courtroom. But what is clear about Williams is, when she allegedly struck and killed her husband Mark with a hammer last month, she became a statistical anomaly.
Donna Rae Williams charged with beating husband to death with hammer
Donna Rae Williams' daughter paints different picture of her mother.
He builds rare racing vessel for his senior project
CAMAS -- The dark blue coat of paint Stephen Moran applied to his hand-built i550 racing sailboat set it apart from the handful of others in the Pacific Northwest. But the 18-year-old decided one more flourish was in order: a turquoise racing stripe on each side.
Some high school seniors already have their futures mapped out
Ah, high school -- a time when you get to try out different personalities, explore potential career paths and slowly grow into yourself.
Current focus is making first venue a success
A planned second casino near the site of the Oak Tree Casino in Woodland is unlikely to open this year, general manager Chuck McCormick said Thursday.
A 51-year-old Sifton woman was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicion of the premeditated slaying of her 55-year-old husband inside their home, authorities said.
She has pleaded not guilty to charge she stole money from district
A veteran bus driver charged with stealing money from the Mount Pleasant School District has vacated her position, district officials said Wednesday.
Departing councilor courted controversy
He has been a lightning rod, to put it mildly, during his six years on the Washougal City Council. But as Jon Russell, one of Clark County's most divisive governmental figures, prepares to step down, it remains unclear what his departure will mean for the city's government.
A veteran bus driver charged with stealing money from the Mount Pleasant School District will continue to drive the district's lone bus for the time being, school district officials said.
A series of thunderstorms delivered lightning, hail and heavy rain Friday night in Clark County, causing at least one house fire, downed tree branches and broken windows, and reports of brief power outages.
Council members say estimates were too high
Prior to the Oak Tree Casino's opening five months ago, Woodland council members cautioned the city administration against using its revenues to pay for recurring city expenses such as contracting out the city's fire department services. The council's stance looks prescient now.
Jon Russell accepts job in Virginia
Jon Russell's last date with the council is July 1.
B.G. woman trains canines for former soldiers battling PTSD
BATTLE GROUND -- Shannon Walker looked at Kevin Williams' damaged spirit and his yellow Labrador retriever's undisciplined demeanor and saw her chance. Her father had raised her to have reverence for veterans. In Williams and his dog, Sam, the dog trainer saw a way to thank a veteran for his service in a palpable way.
Jurgen Hess' presentations are free to the public.
The open house starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Ridgefield High School
Two ambulances summoned to transport injured
A 16-year-old Vancouver boy suffered a fractured neck Wednesday morning as a result of a two-vehicle wreck in which the SUV he was a passenger in rolled over near the East Mill Plain exit off northbound Interstate 5, Washington State Patrol said.
Traffic lanes cleared
Traffic has resumed its normal flow following a wreck on I-5 near Ridgefield.
The La Center City Council has rescinded its $14 million sewer agreement with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, in the wake of a state board’s decision to allow the city’s four card rooms to appeal the deal, city officials said.
Tatyana Tupikova was apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver
BATTLE GROUND -- In front of the ditch where authorities found a woman’s body the previous day, a small group of men, women and children stood Saturday night looking forward past the embankment, some with tear-stained eyes and others with empty looks on their faces.
Suspect was sitting in car outside Vancouver park
Vancouver police on Thursday evening arrested a man on suspicion of indecent exposure outside Marshall Community Park.
BATTLE GROUND — A woman’s body was found Friday afternoon in a ditch off a heavily traveled portion of Southwest 10th Avenue in Battle Ground, city officials said.
Suspect believed he was talking to 12-year-old girl, police said
Ryan Lown is charged with two felonies.
Employees of Keller Williams Realty show their thanks by landscaping, painting, making repairs
A military man to his core, James “Mike” Curry initially resisted the idea he should be the person to receive a free home makeover. Someone else needed the aid more, and the limelight did not suit him, he reasoned after first hearing the pitch months ago.
Reinhold sold canine treats without one, in violation of city rules
By his own account, Alex Reinhold worked for two years perfecting the recipe of his Garbanzo Delight dog treats. Yet, when it came time for the three-term Battle Ground councilman to finally sell Uncle Alex’s Dog Treats Saturday, he did so, city officials said, without the license the city requires for business vendors.
He will use journey to raise money for charity
He originally laughed off the idea.
Fulbright grant will fund 10 months of research
What she discovers on her upcoming trip to India could one day help change the lives of millions.
Season opens with more vendors, more customers than last year
BATTLE GROUND -- Behind a table featuring samples of her banana and pumpkin breads, Beth Bauer danced in place to the distant sounds of a band playing a “Proud Mary” cover.
Judge sets $75K bail for suspect in hit-and-run in which victim was thrown some 125 feet by impact
Seconds after Cory Jones lit the flame on a neighbor’s candle, a persistent, chilly breeze blew it out.
Vancouver police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint Monday night in a grocery store parking lot.
Ronald Pickett will appear in court Tuesday.
A 47-year-old bicylist suffered critical injuries Friday night after a minivan struck him on Northeast Highway 99, police and fire officials said.
Road closed at Blair Road
An accident on Washougal River Road near Vernon Road has downed power lines and caused a detour.
A Vancouver restaurant owner used a downloaded program on his iPad on Thursday morning to locate his stolen truck, authorities said.
Driver ticketed for lacking proper escort cars and operating during prohibited hours
Loss of state-shared revenue would further strain budgets
Clark County leaders are calling on Gov. Chris Gregoire to veto portions of the state’s new liquor privatization bill that eliminate $10 million in state-shared liquor sales revenues.
Explosion reportedly caused by stored fireworks
One person was injured and a neighborhood rattled Wednesday when an explosion damaged the garage of a house in Camas.
Restricting access to buildings vital to keeping students secure, say district administrators, law enforcement officials in Clark County
Thirteen years ago, two high school students in Littleton, Colo., killed 12 classmates and a teacher in one of the deadliest attacks on an American school campus.
City must continue to exercise financial restraint, she says
BATTLE GROUND -- Lisa Walters stressed the need for prudence Monday night during her first State of the City address as Battle Ground’s mayor.
Woodland school officials are waiting on “pins and needles” to find out whether the district will get the new high school they say it so desperately needs.
Driscoll works to make AEDs, heart screenings widely available
Scott Driscoll wants to make sure no other child in Clark County suffers his son Quinn’s fate.
Harney Heights Neighborhood Association splits so groups can tackle issues unique to each area
Different socioeconomic conditions. Different problems. And now, different neighborhood associations.
Kindergarten enrollment starting next week in La Center
La Center teen suffered cardiac arrest at school
As Cody Sherrell, 14, suffered cardiac arrest in La Center Middle School’s gym Jan. 3, a device that could have shocked his heart back into rhythm went unused.
WASHOUGAL — Marikay Jester avoided working in her garden until recently. Her delay had nothing to do with persistent rain and chilly temperatures.
Growers, breeders gather to compare their best
The white, third-place ribbon she earned, presumably, meant nothing to Liberty Rose. The saucer-eyed, fluffy-haired 6-month-old female Huacaya alpaca stared into the distance Saturday morning inside the Clark County Events Center at the Fairgrounds, awaiting an opportunity to frolic with friends and eat hay in her pen.
As of noon Saturday, Vancouver was six-tenths of an inch shy of joining Portland and Spokane in setting March rainfall records.
No charges filed against driver, police say
Orchards man dies after being struck by van
Some business owners warn against industrial location
Built in 1953, Woodland High School is a byproduct of a bygone era, with portable buildings, an open campus, and gym and cafeteria space that doesn’t meet the needs of present-day students, school district officials say. The time is right to build a new high school, many residents agree, but the question of where remains a point of contention for some.