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Morning Press: Sheriff candidates’ controversies; Kent employment; I-5 Bridge planning

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: November 5, 2022, 6:00am

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

Vancouver Police Department probes Rey Reynolds’ comments on trans people

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.

Horch admits early job issues at Clark County Sheriff’s Office

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.

3rd Congressional District candidate Kent tied to firm not named by campaign

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.

I-5 Bridge replacement officials learn from past, hope policy changes smooth path to new span

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.

Clark County deputies find ‘large quantity’ of fentanyl in man’s underwear

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.