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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:
It was, in part, curiosity that brought Karen Gilchrist to court Monday morning to lay eyes for the first time on the man she believes killed her sister in the 1970s.
“It was frightening. We made eye contact. It felt like he knew me,” Gilchrist said of suspected serial killer Warren Forrest. She trembled as she spoke.
- Warren Forrest, suspected of killing at least 6 women, charged in death of Martha Morrison
- Related: Arraignment set over for suspected serial killer in 1974 murder case
An 80-year-old man accused in the October shooting at Smith Tower that killed a fellow resident and wounded another resident and her caregiver, will undergo a court-ordered competency evaluation.
Robert “Bob” Breck has been charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Renee Alsept, Breck’s court-appointed attorney, told Judge David Gregerson on Wednesday during a hearing that she was concerned about her client’s competency to stand trial, according to court records.
Clark County might get its first low-elevation snow of the winter next week.
Forecast models indicate a trough of cold air will spill out of Canada’s Yukon Territory into the Northwest, bringing with it freezing temperatures and the potential for midweek snow.
- Freezing temperatures to set in Monday, chance of midweek snow increasing
- Related: Weather service warns of high winds in Southwest Washington
The most famous phrase that’s ever been uttered about this town — a volcanologist’s cry of shock and warning — has been set to haunting music by a fellow scientist who feels the tale deeply.
Seth Moran’s original song, “Vancouver, Vancouver,” tells the story of Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption in classic folk-song style. The tune bursts into mournful minor-key harmonies when voicing David Johnston’s now-legendary radio alert, just before he was killed in the blast: “Vancouver, this is it!”
There’s a peculiar sight that Jana Wilson encounters on afternoons occasionally.
In her job as a recreation specialist at Firstenburg Community Center, Wilson will sometimes spot a group of teenagers working out across from 90-year-old Olga Vilen.
“She could be doing an arm exercise, and the teenagers across from her are talking and having a good time next to her, and she fits right in,” Wilson said of Vilen, a Vancouver resident.