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Morning Press: Measles emergency; Strike averted; teacher pleads guilty

By , Columbian Web Editor

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Melnick: Clark County measles outbreak will be costly, prolonged

The measles outbreak in Clark County that has racked up 23 confirmed cases since Jan. 1 isn’t likely to go away or slow down any time soon, even though no new cases or exposure locations were confirmed Wednesday.

There are seven suspected measles cases, according to a Clark County Public Health news release. One new suspected case has been reported in King County.

At Wednesday morning’s Clark County Board of Health meeting, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick warned the Clark County Council that the measles outbreak could last months, spread into other Washington counties, south to Oregon and possibly cost Clark County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Vancouver Public Schools narrowly avoids support staff strike

Vancouver Public Schools and its support staff union announced a tentative agreement at about 12:30 a.m. Friday, clearing the way for schools to open.

The Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals will not strike after all, and the details of the agreement will be released following the ratification of the contract, a district news release said.

Vancouver man struck by car, seriously injured crossing street in Hazel Dell

A Vancouver man suffered serious injuries Monday when he was hit by a car while crossing the street in Hazel Dell.

Jesse Gellatly, 34, tried to cross Northeast 99th Street near Northeast Seventh Avenue after 6:40 p.m. and was not inside a crosswalk, Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Rothenberger said.

Suspect in Kelso store clerk’s death arrested in Camas

KELSO ­— Police in Camas arrested a suspect Wednesday in the shooting of 30-year-old Kayla Chapman during a robbery at the Kelso Quik Chek Market on Tuesday morning.

D’Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, was arrested without incident, according to a Kelso police press release. He was booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Ex-substitute teacher pleads guilty to molesting disabled student

A former Evergreen Public Schools substitute teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting a physically disabled female student at a school in March.

Mark Anthony Lugliani, 60, of Battle Ground, admitted in Clark County Superior Court to committing third-degree child molestation.

On March 29, Lugliani forced a female student into a classroom closet, where he inappropriately touched her and masturbated on her, according to an affidavit of probable cause.