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Top Stories: Shooting suspect in court; Amaro’s Table; Corwin Beverage

By , Columbian Web Editor

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

1. Corwin Beverage Co. leaving beverage distribution business

Ridgefield’s Corwin Beverage Co. is getting out of what it calls the “highly competitive beverage distribution business,” selling its nonalcohol division to food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc., the company announced Thursday.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. It brings to a close a business that has spanned 81 years and four generations of family ownership.

2. Suspect in fatal shooting outside Vancouver Safeway held without bail, had 13 prior warrants

A judge ordered a Vancouver man be held without bail Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting Saturday outside a Safeway on Mill Plain Boulevard.

Nicholas Martinell-Sterling, 28, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and drive-by shooting. He is accused of killing 28-year-old Henry Gonzalez Carmona of Vancouver.

3. Interstate bridge crash snarls I-5 South traffic for miles

Wednesday morning saw nothing but taillights for miles on Interstate 5 South through Vancouver. And as the sun rose traffic was stop and go on Interstate 205 South from Salmon Creek to the bridge.

A crash on the Interstate 5 Bridge about 6:40 a.m. backed up traffic on the freeway as far north as Minnehaha Street by 7 a.m. By 8 a.m., the backup had almost reached the I-5, I-205 split.

4. Stober: Study tunnel for Interstate Bridge Replacement Program

Vancouver Mayor Pro Tem Ty Stober called for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program to conduct a new study of a tunnel after the Coast Guard and the federal government requested that program officials study a drawbridge in addition to a fixed-span crossing.

“If the IBR program is being required to study other options, a drawbridge is exactly the option they should not study,” Stober said in a Facebook post. “It would be a tragedy to replace one drawbridge on Interstate 5 with another one.”

5. Amaro’s Table owners set to debut Vancouver breakfast spot

The owners of Amaro’s Table are opening a breakfast restaurant, called Cecilia, at the former Lapellah and Saap space on March 20.

Cecilia will offer high-end breakfast foods, including fried chicken and waffles, Dutch babies, salmon benedict and brunch burgers. Breakfast cocktails also will be on the menu.