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Top Stories: The end of BowFlex; another In-N-Out; Battle Ground teacher arrested on sex abuse charges

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: April 27, 2024, 6:05am

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

1. BowFlex, Vancouver’s longtime fitness company, is no more

Vancouver-based fitness company Bowflex is no more.

Johnson Health Tech finalized its purchase of BowFlex, once Nautilus, on Tuesday.

It’s the end of an era for the 40-year-old Vancouver company. Johnson Health Tech plans to fold the BowFlex and Schwinn operations into its existing North American e-commerce group, the company said Tuesday.

“BowFlex will complement the existing team with many subject matter experts,” Johnson Health Tech said in its announcement. “So, it can continue to offer market-leading solutions to its at-home customers.”

2. In-N-Out proposes second Clark County location in east Vancouver

California fast-food chain In-N-Out has proposed a second restaurant in Clark County — this one at 13511 S.E. Third Way in east Vancouver, according to pre-planning documents submitted to the city.

The property is currently home to a vacant Rite Aid building on the northwest corner of Mill Plain Boulevard and 136th Avenue. The building is expected to be demolished to make way for a brand-new development if the restaurant’s planning application is approved.

3. Second auto mall? More car dealers get sites in gear in Clark County

Two more automobile dealerships, with a single owner, are in the works off Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver. They are the third and fourth that could be coming to an area that may soon become Clark County’s second auto mall.

The dealerships are proposed by Oregon-based Lithia Motors, which is one of Oregon’s largest companies. Founded in Ashland, Ore., in 1946, publicly traded Lithia posted more than $31 billion in revenue last year. With hundreds of locations across the country, Canada and the United Kingdom, it’s one of the nation’s largest auto dealers.

4. Jury acquits Vancouver police Officer Andrea Mendoza in misdemeanor assault trial

Jurors found Vancouver police Officer Andrea Mendoza not guilty Monday in her misdemeanor assault trial. Mendoza was accused of pulling down the pants of a shoplifting suspect and threatening to use her Taser on his genitals.

The Vancouver Police Officers’ Guild in a statement called the verdict the “right and just result.”

5. Battle Ground High School teacher arrested on child sex abuse charges in Oregon

Battle Ground High School teacher Kevin Weeks was arrested Saturday in Oregon on a charge of first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor.

Weeks, 57, is being held in the Linn County, Ore., Jail.