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October 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police in Vancouver, Wash., arrested two 18-year-old men accused of pretending to attack each other with an ax and then using it to threaten passers-by while videotaping their reactions.
Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp says officers responded to a gas station Wednesday after getting a report from a couple that a man in motorcycle gear wielded an ax at them after attacking someone with the weapon. A similar report had come in the night before
The suspects allegedly told investigators they were “pranking” people with what police describe as a realistic looking fake ax.
The men — Pavel Krivov and Petru Tomcac — were arrested for assault and booked into the Clark County Jail.
October 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 11-year-old Vancouver boy who took a gun to school will remain in juvenile detention at least until Tuesday while a mental evaluation continues.
The Columbian reports the boy appeared Friday before Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider who heard psychologist Shirley Shen testify the boy has some severe mental health issues. She believes he poses a low risk to the community but is concerned because he often wakes up in the middle of the night and walks the streets.
Another review hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.
The boy was arrested Wednesday at Frontier Middle school with a .22-caliber handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives.
He told police a voice told him it was a good idea to kill another student who called his friend gay.
October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Paris Achen,
The Columbian / (MCT)
A Vancouver, Wash., man received a suspended jail sentence Thursday for shooting his girlfriend’s father five times July 23 with a BB gun following an altercation in the Harney Heights neighborhood.
Neal Panther Stillwell, 25, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault domestic violence in exchange for prosecutors reducing his charge from third-degree assault. Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark sentenced him to 364 days in jail with credit for 16 days that he’s already served and 348 days suspended. He’s also required to be on probation for two years.
Vancouver police responded to the Harney Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. July 23 on a report of a weapons disturbance possibly involving a black handgun.
Stillwell and his girlfriend’s father, James Riddell, got into an altercation inside Riddell’s home over an issue related to the victim’s daughter, Shannon Riddell, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. Stillwell, who has been unemployed for about six years, had been living with Shannon Riddell and James Riddell for about two weeks, the affidavit says.
The affidavit says Stillwell told police that Riddell entered his bedroom and began arguing with him. When Riddell punched him in the face, Stillwell grabbed a CO2 air BB gun from his closet to defend himself because Riddell was bigger than him, said Stillwell’s attorney, Susan Stauffer.
Riddell said he didn’t punch Stillwell until he saw Stillwell was armed, at which time he punched Stillwell in self-defense, the affidavit says.
The altercation spilled into the streets of Harney Heights. A neighbor who saw them called 911 with a report of a man with long black hair throwing a gun into the bushes outside 3816 E. 14th St. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.
Stillwell had bruises all over his face at the time of his arrest.
Riddell was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his stomach, arms and neck. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
October 23, 2013 at 7:49 AM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark County will borrow $10 million to pay a settlement to two men who spent 17 years in prison, wrongly convicted of rape.
The Columbian reports the county settled with 57-year-old Larry Davis, of Vancouver, and 49-year-old Alan Northrop, of Woodland, to end a federal lawsuit. County commissioners approved terms of the loan Tuesday.
The county wasn’t insured in 1993 when the two were convicted of raping a woman in La Center. Later DNA testing cleared the men, and their lawyers said the county was negligent because a detective failed to check out other leads in the case.
October 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police in Vancouver, Wash., say a 48-year-old woman smacked an intruder in the head with a dumbbell after he entered her home through the garage and made sexual comments.
The Columbian reports that police spokeswoman Kim Kapp says the woman initially thought someone she knew was coming home, then saw a male stranger in his 20s walk into her living room Tuesday afternoon.
Kapp says the intruder reportedly grabbed the woman’s legs and made sexual comments. That prompted her to pick up a nearby hand weight and hit him in the head. He ran back out the way he came in.
A K-9 unit searched but did not find the man.
The unidentified woman was not hurt and nothing was taken.
September 17, 2013 at 7:21 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools had a shower installed in his office restroom over the summer at a cost of about $4,000.
Superintendent Steve Webb told The Columbian it will increase his productivity by allowing him to freshen up for evening meetings without having to drive home.
August 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM
PORTLAND (AP) — Multnomah County authorities say a hiker lost overnight in the Columbia Gorge was found Friday morning.
The sheriff’s office says another hiker called 911 to report encountering Connie Dooney near a switchback.
The 44-year-old woman from Longview got separated from two hiking companions Thursday near Wahkeena Springs and Devils Rest, in the Multnomah Falls area.
The sheriff’s office says searchers were told Dooney was in good condition and got a bottle of water and a trail snack from the hiker who found her.
Search-and-rescue workers set out Friday morning to bring her out of the woods to her family.
July 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — All did not go smoothly during Free Slurpee day at a Vancouver, Wash., 7-Eleven store.
About 30 people were inside one of the convenience stores when a man threw the icy beverage into an employee’s face Thursday afternoon, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp told The Columbian.
Other customers held the man until police arrived, Kapp said.
Officers gave the customer a warning and told him to leave. Police say the man wanted to go back inside and apologize but police told him to move along.
The Columbian story doesn’t say what started the Slurpee tossing.
Each year on July 11, 7-Eleven offers free small Slurpee drinks to customers.
February 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM
The Associated Press and The Columbian
VANCOUVER, Wash. — An early Sunday morning fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in east Vancouver.
The fire at the brick school, 13003 S.E. Seventh St., was reported at 3:17 a.m. Evergreen Public Schools spokesman Carol Fenstermacher said officials don’t know what started the fire.
As of 9 a.m. the fire was out and a salvage operation was under way, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.
Fenstermacher said Crestline will be closed Monday, and officials are working to find another place to send the school’s 500 students.
January 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A reported prowler has been shot and killed in Vancouver.
Police say dispatchers received a call about 4 a.m. Tuesday about a prowler in the neighborhood.
Spokeswoman Kim Kapp says police received another call minutes later saying the prowler had been shot.
The Columbian reports the suspect did not survive.
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