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Top Stories: Shots fired near Evergreen campus; tornado warning; I-205 bridge history

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: October 21, 2023, 6:03am

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

Evergreen High School, Cascade Middle School locked down over reported shooting; suspect in custody

Evergreen High School, Cascade Middle School and Burton Elementary School were placed under lockdown Thursday afternoon following reports of shots fired near McKenzie Stadium.

Law enforcement responded at 1:08 p.m. to the campus on 18th Street in east Vancouver.

Tornado warning for Clark County passes; storm dumped half an inch of rain on area

The National Weather Service in Portland reported that no tornadoes formed Monday in central Clark County after a thunderstorm capable of forming such a weather event was spotted near downtown Vancouver.

The agency issued a tornado warning at 2:57 p.m. for a large strip of central Clark County, encompassing Battle Ground, Barberton and Hockinson, after a severe thunderstorm was detected over the Five Corners area. The storm coasted northeast at 20 mph, but its risk quickly dissipated, and the warning was canceled roughly 20 minutes after it was announced.

The long, winding road to the Interstate 205 Bridge

Scott Skeans inched his sky blue 1961 Ford Falcon forward on Interstate 205 on the rainy afternoon of Dec. 15, 1982.

He was joined by more than 100 other vehicles, some with balloons tied to them. Members of a motorcycle club idled nearby wearing star-spangled red, white and blue armbands.

Skeans rolled his Falcon forward three feet — and collided with the rear bumper of a pickup truck. There was no damage, and the truck driver didn’t care.

Southwest Washington man identified as person fatally shot in Portland road-rage incident

Officials identified a 47-year-old Southwest Washington man as the person fatally shot Wednesday during an apparent road rage incident in downtown Portland.

Ryan Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. A probable cause affidavit states another man, Sam Gomez, was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery after a bullet traveled through his leg and lodged in the femur of his other leg, The Oregonian reported. Portland police said they do not believe Gomez’s injuries are life-threatening.

Construction uncovered a cistern in downtown Vancouver; it could date to 19th century

As construction crews uncovered a brick cistern in downtown Vancouver this week, they unearthed what would prove to be a mystery for the whole community. And a remnant of the Wild West Vancouver of old.

The huge brick tank was found Tuesday under Fifth Street in downtown Vancouver, just east of Washington Street. By Thursday morning, it was no longer intact.