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Thomas Moody, left, appears in Clark County Superior Court in 2004 with his attorney Tom Phelan.

Battle Ground Public Schools sued in sex abuse case

Thomas Moody, left, appears in Clark County Superior Court in 2004 with his attorney Tom Phelan.

January 12, 2021, 5:09pm Clark County News

A woman who attended Captain Strong Primary School from 2001 to 2002 is suing Battle Ground Public Schools, alleging she was groomed and sexually abused by a teacher there. That same teacher was later convicted of sex crimes. Read story

Shanahan's Bar and Grill provided surveillance photos of a possible suspect in an arson at the restaurant on Saturday afternoon.

Vancouver police: Shanahan’s fire being investigated as arson

Shanahan's Bar and Grill provided surveillance photos of a possible suspect in an arson at the restaurant on Saturday afternoon.

January 11, 2021, 2:27pm Clark County News

Vancouver police confirmed Monday that a fire Saturday afternoon on the roof of Shanahan’s Pub & Grill in downtown Vancouver is being investigated as an arson. Read story

John Douglas Letellier.

New laws lead some Washington prosecutors to rethink three-strike life sentences

John Douglas Letellier.

January 11, 2021, 6:30am Courts & Crime

Clark County Judge James Ladley couldn’t seem to believe what he was hearing. Before him was John Letellier, a 47-year-old Navy veteran accused of what a former federal prosecutor would later call a “chippy robbery” of a Subway store, netting $107 and a $5 gift card. Read story

Judge Rich Melnick gets help with his robe from his wife, Lori Melnick, and son Ben Melnick, after he was sworn in as a judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II at the Clark County Public Service Center on March 26, 2014. Melnick recently retired and was replaced by Judge Bernard Veljacic.

Clark County judges court new paths

Judge Rich Melnick gets help with his robe from his wife, Lori Melnick, and son Ben Melnick, after he was sworn in as a judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II at the Clark County Public Service Center on March 26, 2014. Melnick recently retired and was replaced by Judge Bernard Veljacic.

January 11, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

It’s a new year and new beginning for two Clark County judges. One retired from a 40-year career in law and the other took his seat on the state Court of Appeals, Division II. Read story

Evergreen Public Schools employees union treasurer accused of stealing $70,000

January 9, 2021, 4:12pm Clark County News

The former treasurer of an Evergreen Public Schools employee union has been accused of stealing $70,000 from the union’s bank account and spending the money on gambling and shopping. Read story

Emily Sheldrick is sworn in as a Clark County Superior Court judge on Friday at the Clark County Courthouse.

Emily Sheldrick sworn in as new Clark County Superior Court judge

Emily Sheldrick is sworn in as a Clark County Superior Court judge on Friday at the Clark County Courthouse.

January 9, 2021, 1:45pm Clark County News

Emily Sheldrick was sworn in Friday as Clark County Superior Court’s newest judge. Read story

The Vancouver Police Department patch.

Vancouver police sergeant files counter complaint in case over BLM, Patriot Prayer comments

The Vancouver Police Department patch.

January 8, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

A Vancouver Police Department sergeant being investigated internally for alleged comments he made about Patriot Prayer and Black Lives Matter responded by filing a complaint against the city attorney who prompted the action. Read story

The Clark County Courthouse.

Former Prairie High football boosters president faces allegations of theft

The Clark County Courthouse.

January 7, 2021, 5:51pm Clark County News

The former president of the Falcon Football Boosters at Prairie High School faces allegations in Clark County Superior Court that she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the nonprofit. Read story

An inmate and guard walk through a gate at Larch Corrections Center in December 2009.

‘It’s going to spread like wildfire’: COVID-19 infects more than 200 Larch inmates

An inmate and guard walk through a gate at Larch Corrections Center in December 2009.

January 7, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

Freddie Deleon is on the road to recovery after contracting COVID-19 and just months away from being released from prison. But he fears other inmates won’t be so lucky. Read story

Top row from left: Camara Banfield, Louis Byrd, Tsering Cornell, John Davis, and Sean Downs. Bottom rom from left: Dan Lloyd, Nancy Retsinas, James Smith and Kasey Vu.

Nine candidates vie to replace Veljacic on Clark County Superior Court

Top row from left: Camara Banfield, Louis Byrd, Tsering Cornell, John Davis, and Sean Downs. Bottom rom from left: Dan Lloyd, Nancy Retsinas, James Smith and Kasey Vu.

January 7, 2021, 6:00am Clark County News

Poll results released last week by the Clark County Bar Association show members’ top pick is mediation attorney Nancy Retsinas to replace former Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic. Read story