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Morning Press: Medical office shooting; Inslee pushes capital gains tax; audio from police shooting of Kevin Peterson; Clark County vaccinations

By , Columbian staff writer

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

Colleagues mourn loss of woman, 20, killed in medical office murder-suicide

Liliya Zagariya, a 20-year-old volunteer emergency medical technician with dreams of becoming a paramedic, was working at a Vancouver medical office Tuesday afternoon when a man walked in, shot her in the chest and then turned the weapon on himself. Zagariya, known as “Lili” by Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighters, died of her wounds, as did the man, identified by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office as Douglas Moore, 58, of Vancouver.

Her death was ruled a homicide and his a suicide.

Radio traffic around fatal police shooting of Kevin Peterson paints chaotic scene

Radio traffic from the night of the fatal police shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. paints a chaotic scene that unfolded in about 10 minutes’ time — from when he arrived until authorities approached him as he lay on the ground. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released the audio from Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, as the final investigative records in the shooting.

Gov. Inslee meets with editorial board, pushes capital gains tax

Washington state needs to increase its revenue — not cut services — to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. Five days after the Democratic governor proposed his $57.6 billion biennial budget, he spoke with The Columbian’s Editorial Board and made clear that the state needs money. The cornerstone of his budget is a new capital gains tax, which if passed by the Legislature and upheld by the state’s Supreme Court is expected to raise $1.1 billion in 2023.

Jacques Badolato-Birdsell: From Congo to Camas to college

Long before the senior’s rise in football that led to multiple college scholarship offers, Jacques Vambel Ilanga lived in a Congolese orphanage. He’d never heard of American football; he played the world’s version of football barefoot using a ball held together by tape. His world now is flooded by love in Camas.

This week marks Jacques’ 10th Christmas as the adopted son of Rod Birdsell and Dina Badolato, and brother of Poonam, a 2014 Mountain View High graduate.

Clark County nears 2,000 known COVID-19 vaccinations

Between COVID-19 vaccinations and hospitalizations, Clark County is seeing some encouraging signs to end a bleak year. During a Wednesday press briefing, PeaceHealth Southwest Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lawrence Neville said that in the first four days of the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, which began last week, the hospital was able to vaccinate more than 1,600 staff with the first of two doses.


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