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Man shot by Vancouver police on Thanksgiving remains hospitalized

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December 10, 2020, 10:44am Clark County News

Investigators reported Thursday that a man who was shot by a Vancouver police officer on Thanksgiving continues to receive medical treatment at a local hospital. Read story

Clark County attorney appointed court commissioner

December 10, 2020, 6:04am Clark County News

Clark County Superior Court announced Wednesday that attorney Jill H. Sasser has been appointed as a court commissioner. Read story

Emily Sheldrick

Clark County chief civil deputy prosecutor tapped for Superior Court seat

Emily Sheldrick

December 10, 2020, 6:03am Clark County News

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed Clark County Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sheldrick to the Superior Court bench. She will fill a new judicial seat that the state Legislature recently approved. Read story

The Clark County Courthouse.

Vancouver man sentenced in burglaries, vehicle theft involving police shooting

The Clark County Courthouse.

December 9, 2020, 5:10pm Clark County News

A 42-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to five years and three months in prison for two separate criminal cases, one of which involved a police shooting. Read story

Candles in memory of Kevin Peterson Jr. are seen at the Hazel Dell branch of U.S. Bank on Oct. 30.

Prosecutors reviewing probe of fatal police shooting of Peterson have thorny history with one of family’s attorneys

Candles in memory of Kevin Peterson Jr. are seen at the Hazel Dell branch of U.S. Bank on Oct. 30.

December 9, 2020, 4:01pm Clark County News

Pierce County prosecutors reviewing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. have a thorny history with one of the attorneys representing the 21-year-old Black man’s family. Read story

Judge Bernard Veljacic, left, talks with John Jones, a contract security company manager, as he testifies in an evidentiary hearing in a public records lawsuit on Monday morning. Veljacic ruled in favor of releasing footage from jail surveillance cameras that captured the incident that led to the 2015 death of Mycheal Lynch, an inmate at the jail.

Inslee appoints Veljacic to appeals court bench

Judge Bernard Veljacic, left, talks with John Jones, a contract security company manager, as he testifies in an evidentiary hearing in a public records lawsuit on Monday morning. Veljacic ruled in favor of releasing footage from jail surveillance cameras that captured the incident that led to the 2015 death of Mycheal Lynch, an inmate at the jail.

December 9, 2020, 6:03am Clark County News

Clark County Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic has been appointed to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2, the governor's office announced Tuesday. Read story

The Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department and Washington State Patrol investigate the shooting in Hazel Dell on Oct. 29.

Documents: Drug task force had concerns Kevin Peterson was armed

The Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department and Washington State Patrol investigate the shooting in Hazel Dell on Oct. 29.

December 7, 2020, 6:54pm Clark County News

Regional drug task force members had concerns going into an undercover drug bust that the suspect could be armed, according to newly released documents. Read story

Former Evergreen Public Schools paraeducator faces child sex abuse imagery charges

December 7, 2020, 6:04pm Clark County News

A 61-year-old Camas man who worked as a paraeducator at Evergreen Public Schools stands accused of possessing child sexual abuse imagery. Read story

The Clark County Law Enforcement Center.

Nonprofits’ letter to Clark County justice officials urges more action on jail population

The Clark County Law Enforcement Center.

December 4, 2020, 4:29pm Courts & Crime

Prior to Wednesday’s jail work session, a coalition of nonprofit groups — American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, Disability Rights Washington, NAMI Southwest Washington and Washington Defender Association — penned a letter urging Clark County to maintain a low inmate population. Read story

The Clark County Law Enforcement Center in Vancouver is seen in September 2019.

Officials weigh options, costs for reducing inmate numbers at Clark County Jail

The Clark County Law Enforcement Center in Vancouver is seen in September 2019.

December 4, 2020, 4:22pm Clark County News

Clark County criminal justice officials and county councilors met Wednesday to discuss reducing the jail’s inmate population amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, concluding that the issue needs to be fixed fast while keeping the facility’s long-term goals in mind. Read story