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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:
Make it a dozen. Voodoo Doughnut opened its doors in Vancouver on Tuesday, celebrating its 12th location just across the river from where the iconic pop-culture-loving doughnut shop got its start.
A crowd of about 30 people braved drizzly weather Tuesday morning at the store, 8203 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, before Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and store manager Bill Dougherty used oversized pink-handled scissors to cut a giant pink ribbon.
Reported COVID-19 cases in Clark County school districts have rapidly increased since students and staff returned from winter break last week.
Data released through school district websites showed 919 new cases among students and faculty at all Clark County schools but those in Battle Ground Public Schools in the first full week of classes, up dramatically from the number of cases reported in the week before winter break. Updated numbers from Battle Ground were not made available.
- Districts’ websites show 919 new cases since break
- Related story: Vancouver schools shift to rotating remote learning due to bus driver shortage
- Related story: New hospital admissions surge as omicron spreads through Clark County
- Related story: Clark County emergency rooms report drastic increase in patients
The playground structure at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver has closed indefinitely after a fire destroyed it early Monday morning.
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the fire was incendiary, or intentionally set. The Vancouver Fire-Arson Team is investigating.
Four Vancouver police officers were involved in the fatal shooting of a man early Sunday morning after police say he confronted them with a knife as they responded to a disturbance call at a home in east Vancouver.
Police were called at about 12:25 a.m. for a reported disturbance with a weapon in the 13200 block of Northeast 59th Street in the North Image neighborhood. The resident said a male acquaintance was inside the home armed with knives, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.
- He died at an area hospital
- Update: Vancouver police officers in Sunday’s fatal shooting weren’t wearing bodycams
- Update: Medical examiner IDs man fatally shot by Vancouver police
Protesters descend on Washington Board of Health after misinformation about vaccine plans goes viral
TUMWATER — Late last week, disturbing rumors started to fly on social media.
The state Board of Health, they claimed, was about to authorize local health officials and police to round up people for refusing to get coronavirus vaccines and forcibly lock them up in quarantine facilities.
It wasn’t true. There was no such plan.