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Columbian Local News Editor

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Police respond to shooting at Vancouver Clinic administration office parking lot in east Vancouver

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November 7, 2023, 8:31am Clark County News

Police are investigating after a man was shot Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the Vancouver Clinic offices in east Vancouver’s Parkside neighborhood. Read story

Defendants Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, left, stand as the jury enters the room Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at the Clark County Courthouse. The jury found the pair guilty of homicide by abuse and murder in the 2020 death of their adopted son Karreon Franks.

Clark County jury convicts adoptive parents of homicide by abuse, murder in Vancouver boy’s starvation death

Defendants Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, left, stand as the jury enters the room Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at the Clark County Courthouse. The jury found the pair guilty of homicide by abuse and murder in the 2020 death of their adopted son Karreon Franks.

October 27, 2023, 5:06pm Clark County News

A Clark County jury Friday convicted two adoptive parents of homicide by abuse and second-degree murder in the starvation death of their 15-year-old son — after a chaotic morning in which the defense moved for a mistrial. Read story

Jesse Franks, 58, left, and Felicia Adams, 54, talk before court as attorney Jeff Sowder works nearby at the Clark County Courthouse.

Adoptive parents testify in death of disabled Vancouver boy, say they never withheld food as punishment

Jesse Franks, 58, left, and Felicia Adams, 54, talk before court as attorney Jeff Sowder works nearby at the Clark County Courthouse.

October 26, 2023, 6:59pm Clark County News

Both adoptive parents on trial for murder and abuse in their 15-year-old Vancouver son’s November 2020 starvation death took the witness stand Thursday. Read story

A school photo of Karreon Franks is displayed on a television Wednesday at the Clark County Courthouse during a murder trial. Karreon's adoptive parents Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, center, are being tried on second-degree murder and homicide by abuse in the 2020 death of the 15-year-old.

Murder, abuse trial continues for adoptive parents in death of disabled Vancouver boy, 15

A school photo of Karreon Franks is displayed on a television Wednesday at the Clark County Courthouse during a murder trial. Karreon's adoptive parents Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, center, are being tried on second-degree murder and homicide by abuse in the 2020 death of the 15-year-old.

October 23, 2023, 6:40pm Clark County News

The murder and abuse trial continued Monday for the adoptive parents of a 15-year-old Vancouver boy who died from starvation and neglect in November 2020. Read story

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Layoffs move forward at Larch Corrections Center

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October 18, 2023, 5:33pm Business

The Washington Court of Appeals denied a labor union’s request for an emergency injunction Wednesday that would have postponed layoffs at Larch Corrections Center. Layoffs moved forward by day’s end, according to a spokesperson with the Washington Department of Corrections. Read story

A school photo of Karreon Franks is displayed on a television Wednesday at the Clark County Courthouse during a murder trial. Karreon's adoptive parents Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, center, are being tried on second-degree murder and homicide by abuse in the 2020 death of the 15-year-old.

Trial opens for Vancouver parents accused of starving son to death; defense blames 15-year-old’s medical problems

A school photo of Karreon Franks is displayed on a television Wednesday at the Clark County Courthouse during a murder trial. Karreon's adoptive parents Felicia Adams, right, and Jesse Franks, center, are being tried on second-degree murder and homicide by abuse in the 2020 death of the 15-year-old.

October 18, 2023, 1:42pm Clark County News

“How much hunger can a child endure? How small can a child become before their body stops working?” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Erik Podhora asked a jury Wednesday. “For Karreon Franks, it was 61 pounds.” Read story

Supporters rally outside the Clark County Courthouse after a hearing for a preliminary injunction concerning the closure of Larch Corrections Center on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2023.

Larch Corrections Center layoffs postponed for a few more days; next step is the Washington appeals court

Supporters rally outside the Clark County Courthouse after a hearing for a preliminary injunction concerning the closure of Larch Corrections Center on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2023.

October 11, 2023, 1:33pm Clark County News

A Washington Court of Appeals commissioner Tuesday granted a labor union’s request to postpone layoffs at Larch Corrections Center until at least Oct. 16. Read story

Logan Melchert, 35, of Vancouver makes a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder. Melchert is accused of killing his roommate in July and burning the body.

Vancouver man accused of killing roommate, burning body

Logan Melchert, 35, of Vancouver makes a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder. Melchert is accused of killing his roommate in July and burning the body.

October 10, 2023, 6:44pm Clark County News

A Vancouver man originally accused of setting a car on fire with human remains inside in his Hazel Dell driveway in August is now facing a murder allegation. Read story

Larch opened in 1956 as the Larch Mountain Honor Camp. It was designed to use inmates to prevent wildfires that occurred periodically since the Yacolt Burn by clearing snags, creating fire breaks and building roads.

Clark County judge denies labor union request; Larch will close Tuesday

Larch opened in 1956 as the Larch Mountain Honor Camp. It was designed to use inmates to prevent wildfires that occurred periodically since the Yacolt Burn by clearing snags, creating fire breaks and building roads.

October 9, 2023, 11:01am Clark County News

Larch Corrections Center is scheduled to close Tuesday after a Clark County Superior Court judge denied a labor union’s request that would have kept the minimum-security prison open, at least temporarily. Read story

Supporters rally outside the Clark County Courthouse after a hearing for a preliminary injunction concerning the closure of Larch Corrections Center on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2023.

Judge orders Larch to remain open until Tuesday; still deciding on further closure delays

Supporters rally outside the Clark County Courthouse after a hearing for a preliminary injunction concerning the closure of Larch Corrections Center on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2023.

October 6, 2023, 1:57pm Clark County News

A Clark County Superior Court judge Friday directed the Washington Department of Corrections to hold off on closing Larch Corrections Center until Tuesday while he decides whether to grant a motion that would further delay the closure. Read story