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Morning Press: Attempted kidnapping at Target; ‘Medical freedom’ vote in B.G.; Forwards Greens

By , Columbian Web Editor

Will we get any more sun as we head into fall? Check out the local weather forecast before you head outside.

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

Court records: Man tried to shove teen into luggage at Vancouver Target 

A Vancouver man is facing a kidnapping allegation after trying to shove a 16-year-old girl into luggage at a local Target store, according to court records.

Francis Anthony Azzarella II, 29, appeared Monday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation. Judge Gregory Gonzales set Azzarella’s bail at $125,000. He will be arraigned Oct. 15.

Battle Ground votes down ‘medical freedom’ ordinance

Following a heated exchange, the Battle Ground City Council on Monday rejected a proposed “medical freedom” ordinance in a 4-2 vote.

Council members Brian Munson and Shauna Walters voted in favor of the ordinance; Mayor Adrian Cortes, Deputy Mayor Phillip Johnson, and council members Shane Bowman and Cherish DeRochers voted against it.

Battle Ground man free as turbulent vehicular homicide case ends

A Battle Ground man walked free Wednesday from Clark County Superior Court after reaching a conclusion in a turbulent 2015 vehicular homicide case.

Dean Imokawa, 52, pleaded guilty to a simple misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He entered an “in re Barr” plea, meaning he pleaded guilty to the lesser related charge he didn’t commit to avoid the risk of conviction on a greater offense.

Vancouver vertical farm grows with new name, tactics, ambitions

A lot has changed for a local indoor vertical farming operation growing microgreens and other edible plants in the old HP building near Fisher’s Landing.

Forward Greens, which switched its name from West Village Farm, is running a much larger operation than it was a few years ago. The rows of stacked trays of plants are closer together, both horizontally and vertically, the energy spent on lighting is relatively less, less water is used per tray, harvesting has been reduced and less plastic is used.

Some of Vancouver’s coolest eatery spaces made by Rahim Abbasi

The secret to getting Rahim Abbasi to work on a project is to serve him a great beverage.

Abbasi became part owner of Compass Coffee and went on to design their downtown Vancouver coffee shop after spending hours sipping coffee in their original space on Main Street. Amanda Serrano of Be Well Juice Bar hooked Abbasi with her Be Wellin’ smoothie.