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Top Stories: Economic Forecast; fatal police shooting; railroad underpass grant

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 3, 2023, 6:00am

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

1. Economic Forecast Breakfast focuses in on I-5 Bridge replacement’s impacts

The Interstate Bridge Replacement Program is a behemoth topic in the world of local politics. On Thursday, it helped draw more than 300 attendees to the Hilton Vancouver Washington for the yearly Economic Forecast Breakfast.

The event, which is hosted by The Columbian, has been happening annually for 36 years. This year, emcee Will Campbell said, the newspaper integrated more journalism into the event, creating an in-person article for attendees. Campbell is a co-owner of the newspaper, as well as the innovation editor in its newsroom.

2. Man killed by Vancouver police fired at cops; officers were wearing body cams

The man killed by police in a central Vancouver shopping center parking lot late Tuesday afternoon was wanted for multiple armed robberies and fired at pursuing officers, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Authorities have not yet identified the man. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release his name and cause and manner of death at a later time.

3. Washougal to get $40M for underpass at railroad crossing

One weekday afternoon, Washougal City Manager David Scott was driving south on 32nd Street in Washougal, about to merge onto state Highway 14, when he was stopped by the familiar flashing lights, ringing bells and rumblings of a train approaching.

Although it took two minutes for the train to pass by, cars were backed up onto Highway 14 by the time traffic could proceed. It doesn’t happen every time a train passes by, but the sight is not uncommon, Scott said. On average, 45 trains pass by a day.

4. Teens who escaped from King County detention center arrested in Clark County

Four teenage boys who escaped from a King County juvenile detention facility were captured Monday night in the Walnut Grove area.

Seven teens, ages 15 to 17, escaped from Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie shortly after midnight Sunday. The teens reportedly assaulted a staff member during routine checks and stole her vehicle, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families.

5. Vancouver motorcycle rider ejected, dies in crash on I-205

A 22-year-old Vancouver man was ejected from a motorcycle and killed in a crash on Interstate 205 late Saturday in the Salmon Creek area.

Mark S. Svirzhevskiy died a little after 10 p.m. on I-205 southbound near 134th Street, according to a statement from the Washington State Patrol.