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Morning Press: Alert rises from river; 3rd District debate; Ridgefield cold case

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: October 1, 2022, 6:00am

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

Columbia River sunken ship Alert rises after crews pump water from hull

The U.S. Coast Guard made progress Saturday in its efforts to raise the Alert, one of two vessels that sank near the Interstate 5 Bridge. For the first time since the ship sank in November, most of it was now above water. Previously, only the ship’s mast and some of the bow was above the waterline.

The former World War II submarine chaser is expected to be lifted and moved to a shipyard within three days.

Kent, Perez joust in 3rd District debate in Vancouver

Nearly two months after the Aug. 2 primary election, the 3rd Congressional District’s top two candidates argued why they are the best fit to replace Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, and represent Southwest Washington at the federal level.

On Tuesday evening, Joe Kent, R-Yacolt, and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, presented their stances on the economy, health care, foreign affairs and crime and security in a traditional debate. A group of residents organized and moderated the event, saying they had been dissatisfied with previous forums, which they said focused more on politics than testing a candidates’ knowledge on the scope of the position.

Vancouver man sentenced for urinating in Arby’s milkshake mix, possessing child pornography

A Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to more than 5½ years in prison, in part, for urinating into milkshake mix while working as a manager at the Mill Plain Arby’s in October 2021.

Stephen S. Sharp, 29, pleaded guilty Aug. 16 in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of second-degree attempted assault.

Remains identified in 2002 Ridgefield cold case

For the past 20 years, Candy Hallanger had come up with a variety of theories for the disappearance of her former husband and father of her three children. But on Aug. 31, she received a phone call that finally put her theories to rest.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Tuesday it had identified remains found Jan. 13, 2002, in Ridgefield as 32-year-old James Orin Johnson.