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Morning Press: Vancouver fire crew; Sahota shooting investigation; Clark County Council deadlock

By , Columbian Web Editor

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Here are some of the stories that were most popular this week with Columbian readers.

Vancouver Fire Department forms its first all-female crew

After more than 150 years of existence, the Vancouver Fire Department just formed its first all-female crew — and it wasn’t entirely planned.

Crew formations happen annually and are based on rank, paramedic classification and other parameters. At Fire Station 2, located in the Maplewood neighborhood, Capt. Heidi Parr was matched to serve with Melissa Anthony and Hannah Nelson.

Police: Woman carjacked at east Vancouver apartment complex

A woman was carjacked Monday night by two men armed with handguns at an apartment complex in east Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Police responded at 9:31 p.m. to the Meadows at Cascade Park Apartments at 13314 S.E. 19th St. The woman said she was getting ready to load things into her vehicle when two men in dark clothing approached her.

Clark County judge orders release of Sahota shooting investigation

Investigative documents related to the Jan. 29 slaying of an off-duty Vancouver police officer are set to become public, despite attempts to block their release by defense attorneys involved in the case.

A Clark County Superior Court judge on Thursday denied a motion by attorneys representing Julio Cesar Segura, the 20-year-old Yakima man whose police chase culminated with a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy shooting and killing Vancouver police Officer Donald Sahota.

Clark County corrections deputy refused interview in use-of-force investigation

A corrections deputy at the center of an Aug. 13 use-of-force case against an inmate at the Clark County Jail declined to be interviewed in a criminal investigation of the incident.

Corrections Deputy Robert Hanks has retained Vancouver defense attorney Jon McMullen, according to an investigator’s report. A call to McMullen’s office for comment Wednesday was not returned.

Clark County Council deadlocks on empty seat; decision will go to Inslee

Picking a replacement for now-retired Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring O’Brien will be up to Gov. Jay Inslee rather than the county council.

Despite spending more than two hours on Tuesday interviewing the three candidates selected by Chair Karen Bowerman, the council ended in a deadlocked 2-2 vote.

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