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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers.
A convicted murderer from Vancouver has beaten a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release — for a second time.
Roy Wayne Russell Jr. first walked free in 2001 after winning an appeal following an arson conviction. Just four years later, at age 45, he suffocated 14-year-old Chelsea Harrison after hosting underage drinking and drugs parties at his Vancouver duplex.
- Roy Russell beat a life sentence and then went on to kill Chelsea Harrison, 14, in 2005. Now, his second three-strikes sentence is being overturned because of a change in state law
Two boat masts sticking out of the Columbia River, near the Interstate 5 Bridge, stand like headstones as a reminder of the sunken vessels that once floated there for about 16 years.
Beneath the water, traces of pollutants still leak into the river, affecting the wildlife, and no one has plans to remove the ships.
The driver of a Toyota Prius is dead and the driver of a pickup truck was arrested after a high-speed collision in Vancouver Wednesday. Speed and impairment are believed to be factors in the crash.
The crash occurred at approximately 7:19 p.m. at the intersection of Andresen Road and MacArthur Boulevard, in the Vancouver Heights area.
- Police: Driver was going at least 60 mph, ran stop sign
- Related: Vancouver man facing vehicular homicide in Andresen crash
A great view, a dip in a pool and a fenced-in yard are just a few of the things waiting for those willing to fork over a half-million dollars for a home or property today in Clark County.
Despite cooling real estate markets nationwide, the median sales price for homes in the area sat at $525,000 in June. That’s a 16.9 percent increase from where the median sales price was a year ago.
Two construction workers who spotted smoke on their drive to work Thursday morning helped pull an 11-year-old girl from a burning house in the Barberton area.
The two men located the house fire shortly before 7:30 a.m. at 10505 N.E. Maitland Road and knocked on the door to alert anyone who was home, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.