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Top Stories: Life sentence in Sgt. Jeremy Brown’s murder; LDS temple in Vancouver; evictions surge

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: October 7, 2023, 6:00am

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

Guillermo Raya Leon sentenced to life in prison in fatal shooting of Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown

Despite a judge Thursday sentencing the man who fatally shot Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown to life in prison and his co-conspirator to 25 years, Brown’s loved ones told the judge through tears no amount of time would bring him back.

The detective’s family and co-workers shared their emotional victim impact statements before the sentences were handed down.

Clark County, La Center consider restricting camping on public property

Amid the rise of homelessness in Clark County, the La Center City Council and the Clark County Council are considering restricting how people can camp on public property in their jurisdictions.

Officials said their goal is to make people experiencing homelessness connect with resources through referrals to community court, where they could get assistance. Neither jurisdiction has ordinances banning camping, although both have restrictions against overnight parking and camping in parks.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to build temple in Vancouver

Local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have responded with joy to news that the church will build a new temple in Vancouver.

Mitch Taylor, a member of the Battle Ground First Ward in Ridgefield, told a reporter with thechurchnews.com in Salt Lake City that his phone blew up with excited messages from other members after the decision was announced Sunday.

Washougal breweries launch ‘passport’ program

CAMAS — Lori Reed, the owner of the Washougal-based graphic design firm Reed Creative, has been thinking a lot about the way McMenamins, the Pacific Northwest chain of pubs, restaurants, historic hotels and movie theaters, encourages customers to visit its more than 60 locations.

Reed said she believes McMenamins’ popular passport program, which allows customers to earn passport “stamps” at every McMenamins location they visit for a variety of prizes, has answered the question: “How can you make an experience a little bit more fun and make people want to get involved?”

As mediation program for tenants and landlords ends, evictions surge in Clark County

You can feel the stress in Room 302 of the Clark County Courthouse.

It’s in the restless legs of people whose knees bounce nervously as they balance stacks of court documents on their laps. It’s in the hunched backs being comfortingly rubbed by friends and family.