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Top Stories: Death certificate debacle; Camas one of the best places to live; shooting spree

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: April 13, 2024, 6:06am

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

1. Death certificate debacle: Communication, software, state rules cause delay after Vancouver woman’s husband dies

When Cheryl Irvin’s 72-year-old husband died at their home near Vancouver from a heart attack Feb. 25, she expected to obtain his death certificate, cremate him and hold a memorial within a week. Instead, his body was refrigerated at a funeral home for a month. The memorial went forward with an empty urn.

Cheryl Irvin couldn’t proceed with cremation until Steve Irvin’s primary care clinician at Urgent Medical Center signed his death certificate. But she was unable to reach the doctor.

2. Camas one of best places to live in U.S., according to Money.com

Money.com (formerly Money magazine) recently placed Camas on its list of “50 Best Places to Live” in the United States, ranking it shoulder-to-shoulder with much larger cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., and Cincinnati. The only other Pacific Northwest cities to land on the list were Boise, Idaho, and Eugene, Ore.

Cities were judged mainly by affordability, quality of schools and strength of job markets. Other criteria included resilience, an engaged citizenry, receptive public officials and a distinct local flavor. (See the full list at Money.com.)

3. Early morning drive-by shooting spree damages cars, churches in Clark County

Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old Felida man early today on suspicion of drive-by shootings that damaged two churches and two cars.

Aleksey Suturin was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of drive-by shooting, two counts of first-degree malicious mischief, one count of second-degree malicious mischief, one count of attempt to elude and two counts of reckless driving, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

4. Former Vancouver police officer under criminal investigation in potential perjury case

A former Vancouver police officer is under criminal investigation for allegedly lying about his job experience when applying for search warrants in some of his assigned cases.

The Camas Police Department is investigating Keith L. Kircher for a potential second-degree perjury allegation, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week in Clark County Superior Court.

5. Vancouver police stretched thin as officers pulled off patrol to respond to growing number of calls

At about noon Thursday, Vancouver police received a call about a dead person in a homeless encampment between Highway 99 and Interstate 5 near Hazel Dell. Five officers responded to investigate the circumstances of the person’s death, take photographs of the scene and coordinate the medical examiner’s response.

While Sgt. Zachary Ripp was en route to that call, another call came through about an unwanted person refusing to leave a store in Vancouver Plaza.