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Portland man in court in Vancouver Mall area shooting

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May 21, 2021, 5:06pm Clark County News

A Portland man is accused in a February shooting of a man outside of a Comfort Inn & Suites in the Vancouver Mall area. Read story

Attorney Evan Bariault. Facing from left, congratulates Don Benton as fellow attorney Mark Conrad supports Christopher Clifford after the jury ruled in their favor at the conclusion the lawsuit trial at the Clark County Courthouse on Thursday morning, May 20, 2021.

Benton, Clifford, Rice prevail in lawsuit against Clark County over firing

Attorney Evan Bariault. Facing from left, congratulates Don Benton as fellow attorney Mark Conrad supports Christopher Clifford after the jury ruled in their favor at the conclusion the lawsuit trial at the Clark County Courthouse on Thursday morning, May 20, 2021.

May 20, 2021, 11:38am Clark County News

Don Benton, the former director of the now-defunct Clark County Department of Environmental Services, was awarded $67,798 Thursday in his lawsuit against Clark County. In total, Benton and two of his former employees were awarded $693,998 by the jury. Read story

Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Still no verdict in Benton lawsuit trial

Plaintiffs Chris Clifford, clockwise from left, Don Benton and Susan Rice pause to talk during a break from the lawsuit trial Wednesday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 19, 2021, 5:52pm Clark County News

Don Benton’s lawsuit trial against Clark County will continue after jurors completed their second full day of deliberations Wednesday with no verdict. Read story

Plaintiffs Don Benton, from left, Christopher Clifford and Susan Rice wait to hear testimony Monday from former Clark County manager Mark McCauley in the trial for a lawsuit brought by them, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Jurors ask two questions as deliberations continue in Benton lawsuit trial

Plaintiffs Don Benton, from left, Christopher Clifford and Susan Rice wait to hear testimony Monday from former Clark County manager Mark McCauley in the trial for a lawsuit brought by them, at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 18, 2021, 6:04pm Clark County News

Deliberations continue in Benton lawsuit trial Read story

Plaintiffs Don Benton, foreground from left, Christopher Clifford and Susan Rice join Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales, background top, as they gather for closing arguments in their lawsuit against the county Monday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Lawyers make their case to jury in Don Benton lawsuit trial

Plaintiffs Don Benton, foreground from left, Christopher Clifford and Susan Rice join Superior Court Judge Gregory Gonzales, background top, as they gather for closing arguments in their lawsuit against the county Monday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 17, 2021, 6:26pm Clark County News

Clark County provided no explanation for why it “utterly failed” its human resources policies when it laid off Don Benton, then the director of the now-defunct Department of Environmental Services, and two subordinates, the trio’s attorney argued Monday. Read story

Ridgefield auto shop owner, manager indicted on conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act

May 14, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

A federal grand jury indicted the owners and a manager of a Ridgefield automotive shop on Thursday for allegedly removing pollution-control devices on hundreds of diesel pickup trucks, according to a news release from the United States Department of Justice. Read story

A tow truck recovers a BMW that was driven onto a pedestrian path and into the Columbia River near McMenamins Wednesday night.

Nighttime drive along Vancouver walking path ends in Columbia River

A tow truck recovers a BMW that was driven onto a pedestrian path and into the Columbia River near McMenamins Wednesday night.

May 13, 2021, 6:21pm Clark County News

Police received a call about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses saw a SUV drive off a walking path and into the Columbia River near McMenamins on the Columbia. Read story

Don Benton, center, joins others as they wait for prospective jurors to enter the room during the lawsuit trial Tuesday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Clark County tries, fails to dismiss plaintiff in Benton case

Don Benton, center, joins others as they wait for prospective jurors to enter the room during the lawsuit trial Tuesday afternoon at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

May 13, 2021, 5:25pm Clark County News

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday afternoon in the trial of a lawsuit brought by Don Benton, the former director of the county’s now-defunct Department of Environmental Services, and two subordinates. Read story

A suspect in a robbery Thursday at a Columbia Credit Union branch, 3003 N.E. 62nd Ave., is described as a white male in his mid- to late-20s, with a thin build and short strawberry blond hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt and light-colored denim jeans.

Vancouver police investigate robbery at Columbia Credit Union branch

A suspect in a robbery Thursday at a Columbia Credit Union branch, 3003 N.E. 62nd Ave., is described as a white male in his mid- to late-20s, with a thin build and short strawberry blond hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt and light-colored denim jeans.

May 13, 2021, 3:13pm Clark County News

A robber who hit a Columbia Credit Union branch Thursday afternoon in Vancouver's Bagley Downs neighborhood made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Vancouver Police Department. Read story

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Vancouver police investigate drive-by shooting, road rage incident

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May 13, 2021, 11:11am Clark County News

Police are investigating a road rage incident Wednesday evening on northbound Interstate 205 that ended with shots fired in the Vancouver Mall neighborhood. Read story