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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers:
The Vancouver Police Department is investigating complaints against Cpl. Rey Reynolds over statements he made during an appearance on an online Christian political show, “Cross Politic,” alongside Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate Joe Kent. Reynolds made the appearance as a candidate for Clark County sheriff.
The investigation follows the emergence of an online petition, which had more than 700 signatures Monday, calling for Reynolds to be fired from the police department. It states that his comments after a question about police action against transgender people have made citizens fearful.
With one week left before the Nov. 8 general election, Clark County sheriff candidate John Horch addressed concerns about disciplinary actions in the early years of his 33-year employment with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Horch’s 649-page employment file, which he shared in its entirety with The Columbian, shows internal affairs investigations into incidents of misconduct and failure to meet management job standards, particularly in 2003 and 2004.
A deeper dive into Republican 3rd Congressional District candidate Joe Kent’s 2021 wage and tax statement shows ties to another company not previously named by the campaign.
Last week, Kent released two W-2 forms from 2020 and 2021 amid calls from the public for greater transparency surrounding his employment. The 2021 form identifying Advanced Enterprises Solutions LLC as Kent’s employer had its federal employer ID number redacted, whereas the 2020 document listing Advanced Enterprise Solutions as his employer did not — making cross-checking the companies impossible.
- Employer’s benefit plan linked to global security company
- Earlier: Tax forms for 3rd District GOP candidate show discrepancies in company’s name
- Update: GOP 3rd Congressional District candidate Joe Kent’s employer pays its registration fee
One of the biggest hurdles the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program faces has moved much closer to the starting line, thanks to policy changes made following the failed Columbia River Crossing megaproject.
The U.S. Coast Guard has authority over the Columbia River and other navigable waterways, with free-flowing river traffic given top priority, and a late-developing conflict over bridge heights was one of the final complications that helped scuttle the project nearly a decade ago.
A Clark County sheriff’s deputy arrested a man Saturday night after finding what was described as a large quantity of fentanyl hidden in his underwear during a stolen vehicle investigation in Orchards.
The deputy was on patrol at about 9:40 p.m. when he located a stolen vehicle parked at a convenience store. A man was seen getting out of the vehicle and going into the store, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.