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Morning Press: Vancouver teen died of starvation; 192nd reimagined; Camas fitness coach

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

Court records: Starving Vancouver teen visited by child welfare worker just days before death

Seven days before a Vancouver teen died of starvation late last year, Washington child welfare authorities received a report from the boy’s aunt who alleged that her sister was withholding food from her children and that the boy was a “walking skeleton.”

The report prompted a state worker to visit the home of Felicia Adams, 52, and Jesse Franks, 56, the following day to check on Karreon Walker-Franks and his two younger brothers.

Clark County Public Health chief urges vaccinations as case counts climb

Clark County’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues to make progress, but the county’s top health official is concerned about the local, statewide and national uptick in coronavirus cases.

At Wednesday’s Board of Health meeting, a day before vaccinations open to anyone 16 or older, Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick said the county is currently “in a race against the virus.”

Vancouver’s 192nd corridor reimagined

Commercial buildings and subdivisions line most of the length of 192nd Avenue today, but as recently as 30 years ago, none of that bustling corridor existed – not even the road itself. A viewer flying over today’s eastern edge of Vancouver in the early 1990s would have seen an expanse of farmland, dotted with a few scattered houses bookended by a pair of massive mining sites. The only large-scale piece of developed land was the local Hewlett-Packard campus on Southeast 34th Street.

“That was all mining and farmland when I got here back in 1992,” said Chad Eiken, the city of Vancouver’s economic development director. “192nd wasn’t even a road at that point.”

Camas fitness coach battles social media’s shaming, moralizing

If 400,000 people watching you reveal your deepest struggles with weight gain, self-control, and emotional eating on social media sounds like a nightmare to you, you might not be cut out to be a fitness coach.

Kathrine (pronounced Katrina) Kofoed, a 25-year-old health coach from Camas, poured her heart out in a 31-second TikTok where she discussed her four-year struggle with shame-fueled, disordered eating. The video went viral, with nearly 400,000 views as of this writing. Her other videos were averaging between 200 and 2,000 views prior to that.

Vancouver man in court in alleged kidnapping, rape

A Vancouver man is accused of kidnapping a woman he met online and sexually assaulting her in his pickup at the Gee Creek rest area Friday morning.

Joshua Ryan Dunham, 30, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape.