Vancouver woman injured in I-205 crash

By Ray Legendre June 13, 2012 8:01 p.m.

Police cited a 28-year-old truck driver for improper lane usage.

Defense unclear in hammer killing

By Ray Legendre June 10, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

What leads a woman to kill an abusive partner?

By Ray Legendre June 10, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Daughter: Alleged killer 'very disturbed'  

By Ray Legendre June 4, 2012 8:16 p.m.

Donna Rae Williams' daughter paints different picture of her mother.

Camas High School student rocks the boat

By Ray Legendre June 3, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

A passion and a plan for Clark County grads

By Ray Legendre and Jacques Von Lunen June 4, 2012 10:24 a.m.

Ah, high school -- a time when you get to try out different personalities, explore potential career paths and slowly grow into yourself.

Second Woodland casino unlikely to open this year

By Ray Legendre May 31, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

UPDATE: Woman arrested in husband's slaying

By Paris Achen and Ray Legendre May 30, 2012 10:24 p.m.

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.

Mount Pleasant bus driver resigns

By Ray Legendre May 30, 2012 6 a.m.

A veteran bus driver charged with stealing money from the Mount Pleasant School District has vacated her position, district officials said Wednesday.

Washougal ponders life after Councilman Jon Russell

By Ray Legendre May 28, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Mount Pleasant district deals with theft charge against school bus driver, cover-up claims

By Ray Legendre May 30, 2012 1:09 p.m.

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.

UPDATE: Storm sweeps through Clark County

By Ray Legendre May 25, 2012 11:21 p.m.

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.

Woodland casino revenues fall short

By Ray Legendre May 24, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Washougal councilman announces plans to resign

By Ray Legendre May 22, 2012 4:58 p.m.

Jon Russell's last date with the council is July 1.

Battle Buddies dogs help veterans heal

By Ray Legendre May 20, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Wildfire presentations scheduled in Skamania County

By Ray Legendre May 18, 2012 11:34 a.m.

Jurgen Hess' presentations are free to the public.

Ridgefield School District to hold construction open house

By Ray Legendre May 17, 2012 11:23 a.m.

The open house starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Ridgefield High School

Vancouver teen suffers fractured neck in I-5 crash

By Ray Legendre and Paul Suarez May 16, 2012 8:42 p.m.

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.

Wreck injures one, temporarily blocks I-5 near Ridgefield

By Ray Legendre May 15, 2012 2:41 p.m.

Traffic has resumed its normal flow following a wreck on I-5 near Ridgefield.

La Center repeals sewer agreement with Cowlitz Tribe

By Ray Legendre May 15, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Body in B.G. ditch was missing woman’s

By Ray Legendre and Tom Vogt May 13, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Alleged indecent exposure leads to arrest

By Ray Legendre and Paul Suarez May 12, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver police on Thursday evening arrested a man on suspicion of indecent exposure outside Marshall Community Park.

Woman's body found near Highway 503 in Battle Ground

By Ray Legendre May 11, 2012 5:28 p.m.

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.

Vancouver man faces charges related to web chats

By Ray Legendre May 11, 2012 3:31 p.m.

Ryan Lown is charged with two felonies.

Iraq War vet gets home makeover

By Ray Legendre May 11, 2012 12:37 a.m.

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.

Business license flap dogs Battle Ground councilman

By Ray Legendre May 10, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

La Center schools chief to cycle across U.S. for cause

By Ray Legendre May 6, 2012 6 a.m.

He originally laughed off the idea.

Camas High alumna takes on Indian water pollution

By Ray Legendre May 5, 2012 6 a.m.

What she discovers on her upcoming trip to India could one day help change the lives of millions.

Battle Ground shoppers warming up to market

By Ray Legendre May 5, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Neighbors pay respects to hit-and-run victim

By Ray Legendre and Laura McVicker May 5, 2012 6 a.m.

Seconds after Cory Jones lit the flame on a neighbor’s candle, a persistent, chilly breeze blew it out.

Police search for armed robbery suspects

By Ray Legendre May 2, 2012 7:50 p.m.

Vancouver police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint Monday night in a grocery store parking lot.

Vancouver man charged with robbery, sexual assault

By Ray Legendre April 30, 2012 8:09 p.m.

Ronald Pickett will appear in court Tuesday.

Bicyclist critically injured in collision with minivan

By Ray Legendre April 27, 2012 9:54 p.m.

A 47-year-old bicylist suffered critical injuries Friday night after a minivan struck him on Northeast Highway 99, police and fire officials said.

UPDATE: Driver charged with DUI in Washougal River Road wreck

By Ray Legendre April 27, 2012 8:12 p.m.

An accident on Washougal River Road near Vernon Road has downed power lines and caused a detour.

Man uses iPad app to track down stolen SUV

By Ray Legendre April 26, 2012 9:40 p.m.

A Vancouver restaurant owner used a downloaded program on his iPad on Thursday morning to locate his stolen truck, authorities said.

Man ticketed after yacht backs up traffic on I-205

By Ray Legendre April 26, 2012 9:43 p.m.

Driver ticketed for lacking proper escort cars and operating during prohibited hours

Local cities urge Gregoire to veto part of liquor law

By Andrea Damewood and Ray Legendre April 26, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

One hurt when blast rattles Camas neighborhood

By Ray Legendre April 25, 2012 8:45 p.m.

One person was injured and a neighborhood rattled Wednesday when an explosion damaged the garage of a house in Camas.

Schools stress safety first

By Ray Legendre April 19, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

New Battle Ground mayor urges prudence in State of City

By Ray Legendre April 17, 2012 6 a.m.

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 schools optimistic on bond

By Ray Legendre April 16, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Son’s death has man on mission to save lives

By Ray Legendre April 15, 2012 6 a.m.

Scott Driscoll wants to make sure no other child in Clark County suffers his son Quinn’s fate.

Welcome to the new neighborhood in Central Vancouver

By Ray Legendre April 11, 2012 6 a.m.

Different socioeconomic conditions. Different problems. And now, different neighborhood associations.

La Center school holds kindergarten enrollment

By Ray Legendre April 10, 2012 9:58 a.m.

Kindergarten enrollment starting next week in La Center

911 audio sheds light on collapse of Cody Sherrell  

By Ray Legendre April 13, 2012 11:50 a.m.

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.

Cleanup of Washougal standoff, fire site provides relief to neighbors

By Ray Legendre March 30, 2012 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL — Marikay Jester avoided working in her garden until recently. Her delay had nothing to do with persistent rain and chilly temperatures.

At the pinnacle of alpaca pride

By Ray Legendre April 2, 2012 2:32 p.m.

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.

Nearly century-old Vancouver rainfall record appears safe

By Ray Legendre March 31, 2012 8:01 p.m.

As of noon Saturday, Vancouver was six-tenths of an inch shy of joining Portland and Spokane in setting March rainfall records.

Pedestrian struck and killed north of Orchards

By Ray Legendre March 31, 2012 8:30 p.m.

Orchards man dies after being struck by van

High school site at issue in Woodland

By Ray Legendre March 30, 2012 6 a.m.

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.