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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

Officials: Firework injures person on New Year’s Eve

January 5, 2021, 6:31pm Clark County News

A person was injured by a firework on New Year’s Eve in north Clark County. Read story

Jessica Newton was found dead Jan. 2, 2015. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to solve what they believe is a homicide.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers seek help solving homicide

Jessica Newton was found dead Jan. 2, 2015. The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to solve what they believe is a homicide.

January 4, 2021, 1:31pm Clark County News

The Clark County Sheriff's Office, with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is seeking the public's help in solving a homicide. Read story