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Top Stories: Battle Ground police sergeant’s overdose; third Trader Joe’s; Evicted into the cold

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: March 30, 2024, 6:05am

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

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before overdosing, says report

Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before he suffered a fatal overdose in his office, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office found.

In the first batch of records from a Cowlitz County review of Kelly’s death, the agency sought to answer questions from the former Battle Ground police chief about Kelly’s on-the-job death. An officer found Kelly, 54, unresponsive in his office Aug. 10. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later declared dead.

Trader Joe’s files permits for third Clark County store, this time in east Vancouver

Clark County could soon be home to three Trader Joe’s grocery stores.

The California-based grocer was recently listed on a commercial tenant improvement permit at 16701 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., according to city of Vancouver documents.

Camas-Washougal Fire battalion chief accused of killing wife had yearslong affair, according to court documents

Camas-Washougal Fire Department battalion chief suspected of strangling his wife in January was apparently having an on-and-off affair for 20 years, and he planned to leave his wife on the day of her slaying, court documents show.

Kevin W. West, 49, of Washougal appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder in the Jan. 8 death of Marcelle “Marcy” West, 48.

Suspect went on a crime spree, Vancouver police say, then tried to escape by shimmying across telephone wires

What started as a report of a vehicle prowl Saturday ended with a theft suspect trying to escape by shimmying across telephone wires over West Sixth Street in downtown Vancouver for nearly an hour.

Vancouver police say the suspect went on a crime spree in downtown before falling from the wires onto a fire truck and being taken into custody.

Evicted into the cold: Disabled Vancouver woman, son find selves on street, told no help available

Corey Elvetici was homeless in Virginia when he heard his mother, who lived in Vancouver, lost her housing. Although he couldn’t give her money for an apartment, he moved to Vancouver five years ago so she wouldn’t experience homelessness alone.

Helping her wasn’t as simple as pitching a tent and showing his mom, Rhonda Keith, how to cook food outdoors. Keith’s neck is permanently twisted down and to the left after an injury she suffered lifting a patient when she was working as a nurse in Virginia. She needs assistance with everyday activities. In the camp where the pair settled in east Vancouver, others also helped Keith.