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Morning Press: Hazel Dell hit-and-run; wrestling coach charged; restaurants struggle

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

Public’s help sought in fatal Hazel Dell hit-and-run

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a man deputies said ran from a fatal crash Sunday in Hazel Dell.

Deputies responded at 12:55 p.m. to Northeast Highway 99 and 88th Street for a hit-and-run. Investigators said the driver of a gold Ford F-250 pickup that had been reported stolen in Washington County, Ore., ran a red light at the intersection and crashed into a Mercedes sedan driven by William Stevens, 52, of Vancouver.

Skyview wrestling head coach out after assault charge

Jess Pritchard is no longer Skyview High School’s wrestling head coach after his arrest on suspicion of felony assault on Jan. 18.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Pritchard’s home for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Clark County restaurant profits sink as omicron surges

Steve Valenta has spent 10 years pouring his life’s savings, his energy and his care into his Mighty Bowl restaurant in downtown Vancouver — to great success. But it’s not enough. His restaurant is running out of money.

“Just watching it unwind and unravel right before my eyes, it’s a wild way to live this human experience,” said Valenta. “It’s really hard to go through.”

Young female entrepreneurs call the shots in Felida

The pandemic was in the back of their minds when Emma Fraser and Devin McFeron, both women in their 20s, decided to buy their own businesses last year. But that fear did not stop them, nor did their age.

“It is a little nerve-wracking. But at the same time, I think it’s so cool that we can really do this no matter our age. We can start a thriving business and be successful at it,” said McFeron, salon owner and stylist at Desert Society in Felida. Fraser owns Farrar’s Bistro next door.

Inappropriate remarks likely made at Camas basketball game, probe finds

An independent investigation into alleged racist remarks made by Camas High School students at a December girls basketball game concluded inappropriate comments likely were used, but the lead investigator said “it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion.”

The report, conducted by Educational Services District 112’s Gay Selby and released Tuesday by the Camas School District, added “there is clearly a difference of opinion” on whether inappropriate language or gestures, including racial slurs, were made Dec. 10 at the girls basketball junior varsity and varsity games between Portland’s Benson High and host Camas.

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