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Columbian Local News Editor

Defendant Abran Raya Leon enters the courtroom Aug. 8 for his trial in Clark County Superior Court. He is accused of participating in a firearms trafficking scheme when his brother, Guillermo Raya Leon, allegedly fatally shot Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Brown.

Jury hears interviews with alleged getaway driver in Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown’s slaying

Defendant Abran Raya Leon enters the courtroom Aug. 8 for his trial in Clark County Superior Court. He is accused of participating in a firearms trafficking scheme when his brother, Guillermo Raya Leon, allegedly fatally shot Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Jeremy Brown.

August 16, 2023, 7:09pm Clark County News

Jurors on Wednesday heard hours of audio of detectives’ interviews with the alleged getaway driver in the July 2021 slaying of Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown. The interviews, held in the days after the shooting, were the last pieces of evidence presented before prosecutors rested their case. Read story

Clark County Council seeks members for law, justice council

August 15, 2023, 5:56am Clark County News

The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for five newly added seats on the Clark County Law and Justice Council. Read story

Perry Casper shares a photo from the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, on Wednesday afternoon, July 12, 2023.

‘Vulnerable victim’ deaths in Washington drive criminal penalties in negligence cases

Perry Casper shares a photo from the graduation of his daughter, Rachel, on Wednesday afternoon, July 12, 2023.

August 12, 2023, 6:14am Clark County News

Perry Casper heard the oncoming Chevrolet Suburban before he saw it. Read story

Battle Ground police Sgt.

City of Battle Ground announces death of police sergeant

Battle Ground police Sgt.

August 11, 2023, 5:01pm Clark County News

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly died Thursday after experiencing a medical emergency while on duty, the city announced Friday. He was 54. Read story

Officer Andrea Mendoza of the Vancouver Police Department escorts a suspected shoplifter into a patrol car Oct. 12, 2022, at the Fred Meyer store in Cascade Park. Mendoza is facing fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor, after she was captured on video threatening to use her Taser on the genitals of a suspected shoplifter in May.

Vancouver police officer pleads not guilty to assault

Officer Andrea Mendoza of the Vancouver Police Department escorts a suspected shoplifter into a patrol car Oct. 12, 2022, at the Fred Meyer store in Cascade Park. Mendoza is facing fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor, after she was captured on video threatening to use her Taser on the genitals of a suspected shoplifter in May.

August 10, 2023, 6:58pm Clark County News

A Vancouver police officer charged with misdemeanor assault — after she was captured on video threatening to use her Taser on a man’s genitals — has entered a not-guilty plea after waiving formal arraignment. Read story

Clark County man among those to be honored in fallen firefighter ribbon ride

August 10, 2023, 5:46am Clark County News

Members of the IAFF Motorcycle Group will collect a Ribbon of Honor for former Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter Joe Killian this morning. Read story

Hector Diago Haavisto (Photo contributed by the Vancouver Police Department)

Vancouver police seek help finding missing boy, 14

Hector Diago Haavisto (Photo contributed by the Vancouver Police Department)

August 8, 2023, 3:01pm Clark County News

Vancouver police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 14-year-old Hector Diago Haavisto. Read story

A Vancouver police officer was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree assault after being captured on video pulling down the pants of a man suspected of shoplifting. Video also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser on the man’s genitals.

Vancouver Police Officers’ Guild criticizes charges against officer in use-of-force incident

A Vancouver police officer was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree assault after being captured on video pulling down the pants of a man suspected of shoplifting. Video also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser on the man’s genitals.

July 28, 2023, 1:49pm Clark County News

The Vancouver Police Officers’ Guild has lambasted local prosecutors’ decision to charge a Vancouver police officer with misdemeanor assault after she was captured on video pulling down the pants of a man suspected of shoplifting and threatening to use a Taser on his genitals. Read story

Clark County sheriff's Deputy Drew Kennison returns to work Tuesday, five months after he was injured when his SUV was crushed Feb. 22 by a portion of a snow-heavy tree in Skamania County.

Clark County deputy back at work months after SUV crushed by snow-covered treevideo icon

Clark County sheriff's Deputy Drew Kennison returns to work Tuesday, five months after he was injured when his SUV was crushed Feb. 22 by a portion of a snow-heavy tree in Skamania County.

July 26, 2023, 1:31pm Clark County News

Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Drew Kennison returned to work Tuesday, five months after he was injured when his SUV was crushed Feb. 22 by a portion of a snow-heavy tree in Skamania County. Read story

The Clark County Courthouse (The Columbian files)

Vancouver road-rage shooter sentenced to 30 years in prison

The Clark County Courthouse (The Columbian files)

July 10, 2023, 4:36pm Clark County News

A man convicted last month in a 2021 road-rage shooting was sentenced Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to 30 years in prison. Read story