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Morning Press: Woman killed in Hazel Dell shooting; minimum wage; history in Yacolt

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

Two people shot in vehicle at Hazel Dell school

Two people were shot in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Hazel Dell on Tuesday in what authorities say was an ongoing domestic violence situation.

The suspected gunman later shot himself in the head at Padden Parkway and Andresen Road after a brief police chase.

Minimum wage rises to $13.50 Jan. 1, creating challenge for businesses

At Mt. Tabor Brewing Company’s pub in Felida, 10 of the 21 workers are getting a raise effective Jan. 1. They’ll see their hourly rate bumped from $12 to $13.50, thanks to Initiative 433, passed by Washington voters in 2016.

Mt. Tabor is just one of more than 260 restaurants or grocery stores in Clark County having to adapt the new wage increases. Although the law applies to all businesses, the food-service industry and retail stores are likely going to be hit harder, according to Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department.

Hazel Dell rapist to be freed from prison; victim terrified

A serial rapist who terrorized Hazel Dell in the late 1980s, and was later convicted of multiple crimes in Clark County and Oregon, is set to be released from prison next month. At least one of his victims is still terrified.

Brian Ashley Hass was one of two violent sexual predators who scarred the community decades ago. David Jay Sterling, whose rape victims include boys and girls, was resentenced in August to serve five life sentences for a 1982 crime spree.

Two-alarm fire damages Pied Piper Pizza in Vancouver

A two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning moderately damaged and has closed a northeast Vancouver pizzeria.

Vancouver fire crews were dispatched 3:18 a.m. to Pied Piper Pizza at 12300 Fourth Plain Boulevard for the report of a commercial structure fire.

Coffee roaster ‘piece of history’ in Yacolt

When a Serbian sunflower farmer named Zoltan Zelenka brought her to the brick shed near his cottage in a small farming town, Marijana Stojanovic saw the rusted, defunct machine with jammed gears, chipped paint and missing belts.

It was September 2017, and Stojanovic had driven about four hours through Eastern Europe on a sunny day to inspect the old coffee roaster. She snapped some pictures and emailed them to the man who hired her to make the trek.

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