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Morning Press: Gustav’s; Warren Forrest guilty of murder; Camas ‘forever chemicals’

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: February 4, 2023, 6:00am

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Here are some of the top stories on columbian.com this week:

Gustav’s restaurant in Vancouver might become day care

The east Vancouver home of the popular German restaurant Gustav’s may become a day care facility, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver.

California-based Higher Ground Education has proposed to repurpose the building at 1705 S.E. 164th Ave.

Clark County jury finds Warren Forrest guilty in 1974 murder

After deliberating for only about 90 minutes, a jury found Warren Forrest guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in his 1974 cold case. With this second murder conviction, the former Battle Ground man is no longer a “suspected” serial killer; he now meets the FBI’s definition.

The Clark County Superior Court jury started deliberating at 3:35 p.m. and was to be excused for the day at 5 p.m. But when the judge reconvened court to send them home, jurors asked for five more minutes. The verdict was read shortly after.

‘Forever chemicals’ found in Camas water

The city of Camas has detected levels of harmful “forever chemicals” in the city’s drinking water system.

In a notice sent to Camas drinking water customers last month, the city said elevated levels of chemicals known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) had been found in a city well south of East First Avenue near Louis Bloch Park in downtown Camas.

Low-income residents of Fox Pointe Apartments in Vancouver left without housing options after fire

In late October, Wilma Pomeroy was gearing up for a Friday night doing laundry at Fox Pointe apartments in Vancouver’s Bagley Downs neighborhood when another tenant set the building on fire. She grabbed a change of clothes, pajamas and her phone and got out as fast as she could.

For Pomeroy — a 59-year-old, low-income, disabled Fox Pointe resident — the fire was only the beginning of the crisis.

Sturgeon numbers sinking in Columbia River

Sturgeon in the lower Columbia River aren’t facing extinction but may face the risk of becoming a dwindling population if current trends persist.

A new state report shows that woes threatening the lower Columbia River sturgeon population continue, with meager spawning success downstream from Bonneville Dam.