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Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Ex-Clark County worker Clifford: I was assured reorganization rumors ‘just talk’

Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 11, 2021, 6:12pm Clark County News

A former program coordinator in the county’s now-defunct Department of Environmental Services testified Monday that employees were assured by board members and the county manager that rumblings of a department reorganization were “just talk.” Read story

Former Clark County manager Mark McCauley, center, testifies Monday in the trial for a lawsuit brought by Don Benton against the county as Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales, top, looks on at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

McCauley testifies at Benton lawsuit trial

Former Clark County manager Mark McCauley, center, testifies Monday in the trial for a lawsuit brought by Don Benton against the county as Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales, top, looks on at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 10, 2021, 6:21pm Clark County News

Clark County’s former manager intentionally left Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke out of the loop on an environmental services department reorganization, he said, because he knew they had a close political relationship with the director, Don Benton. Read story

Neil Allen Alway enters the courtroom May 8, 2017, while making a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court. He was sentenced Friday to about 70 years in prison in the murder of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.

Alway gets 70 years in murder at Hockinson property

Neil Allen Alway enters the courtroom May 8, 2017, while making a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court. He was sentenced Friday to about 70 years in prison in the murder of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.

May 8, 2021, 12:30pm Clark County News

The primary defendant in the April 2017 beating and fatal shooting of a man at a Hockinson property was sentenced Friday to about 70 years in prison. Read story

Don Benton waits for opening statements in his lawsuit trial against the county Monday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Benton testifies rumors of staff reorganization didn’t worry him

Don Benton waits for opening statements in his lawsuit trial against the county Monday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 7, 2021, 6:10pm Clark County News

Don Benton, the former director of the county’s now-defunct Department of Environmental Services, had heard rumblings of a department reorganization or dissolution as early as 2014, he testified Friday. Read story

A Saturday morning shooting at the Waterfront Vancouver left one person dead.

Prosecutor: Paper carrier acted in self-defense in Waterfront Vancouver shooting

A Saturday morning shooting at the Waterfront Vancouver left one person dead.

May 7, 2021, 10:20am Clark County News

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has declined to file criminal charges against a contract newspaper carrier who fatally shot a man last month at The Waterfront Vancouver. Read story

Don Benton, right, is pictured during the lawsuit trial Tuesday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Clark County worker: Benton whistleblower complaint not factor in layoff

Don Benton, right, is pictured during the lawsuit trial Tuesday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 6, 2021, 6:51pm Clark County News

A former county employee who helped carry out the layoffs of Don Benton and two of his employees told a jury Thursday she was never concerned the trio was terminated for being whistleblowers. Read story

Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Jury hears opening statements in Benton suit against Clark County

Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 5, 2021, 7:05pm Clark County News

Don Benton and two of his employees were laid off from their county jobs less than two weeks after Benton filed a whistleblower complaint about his boss with the county’s Human Resources Department, his attorney said Wednesday. Read story

Driver in Vancouver fatal hit-and-run gets 50 months in prison

May 5, 2021, 6:07pm Clark County News

The brother of a man killed in a hit-and-run in September told the driver, as she awaited sentencing Wednesday, that she’s been given “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Read story

Extra DUI patrols on tap due to Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

There will be extra officers in Southwest Washington conducting DUI enforcement today for Cinco de Mayo. Read story

Suspect in Minnehaha police chase in court

May 4, 2021, 5:20pm Clark County News

A Bonney Lake man who allegedly led Clark County sheriff’s deputies on a chase Monday night through Minnehaha, colliding with two patrol cars, appeared in court Tuesday. Read story