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Morning Press: Stolen vehicle efforts; I-5 Bridge height; fatal plane crash

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

I-84 reopens after hours of closures due to major crash

Interstate 84 in Oregon reopened late Monday afternoon after hours of closures due to a major crash that moved a highway barrier and damaged the roadway.

About 6:45 a.m. an eastbound semitruck with a crane boom and a flatbed trailer blew a tire, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, causing a 47-mile closure both east and westbound between Troutdale, Ore., and Hood River, Ore. The westbound closure was extended to The Dalles, Ore., a little before 3 p.m.

Clark County team recovers stolen cars, makes arrests

A high intensity effort to address a surge in stolen vehicle cases in Clark County has led to the arrest of 32 people on 46 new charges and the recovery of 19 stolen vehicles — including one returned to the owner 30 minutes after it was taken.

The weeks-long emphasis on stolen vehicles was a joint effort by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Jail and the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

U.S. Coast Guard: Required clearance for new I-5 Bridge is 178 feet

The U.S. Coast Guard wants 178 feet of clearance for boats under the next Interstate 5 Bridge, much more than the current 116-foot clearance that bridge project leaders propose.

The Coast Guard’s request was expected by the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program’s leaders, who plan to press on with a 116-foot clearance and collaborate with the Coast Guard to find the best answer.

One person killed in plane crash at Pearson in Vancouver

A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed on the southeast corner of the runway at Vancouver’s Pearson Field Airport on Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported at about 7:40 a.m. The single-engine plane caught fire on impact.

Vancouver man added to state insurance commissioner’s most wanted list

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has added a Vancouver man, who failed to appear in court on allegations of insurance fraud, to his office’s most wanted list.

Vincent Labarbera, 30, is charged with filing a false insurance claim and attempted first-degree theft in Clark County Superior Court. A judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear on a summons last month.

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