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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 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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark County medical examiner’s office says a Vancouver woman and a Gresham, Ore., man both died of hypothermia after their kayak accidentally overturned in the Columbia River.
They were officially identified Thursday as 51-year-old Teddi Ann Watanabe of Vancouver and 50-year-old Bradley James Lynch of Gresham.
The Columbian reports there were no witnesses to the accident which happened around Christmas.
Watanabe’s body was found Dec. 28 in the Columbia River near the I-205 bridge at Vancouver. Searchers later found an empty two-person kayak washed up on Government Island, and Lynch’s body was found Wednesday in the water.
December 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The Associated Press
Vancouver police say two kayakers associated with a body found in Columbia River are missing.
The Oregonian reports a vehicle owned by one of the people was found in Oregon at a place where people frequently launch kayaks. Police also said a yellow kayak owned by one of the people is not at their home.
On Friday, the body of a woman wearing outdoor clothing and a flotation device was found near the Interstate 205 bridge.
Fire Department Capt. Scott Willis says the body was spotted by a state Fish and Wildlife crew on a river patrol. The woman had been dead for about 48 hours.
After searching the area, authorities found a kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island. The kayak appeared to have had two passengers.
None of the three people involved have been identified and police are continuing to investigate.
December 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver teen has pleaded guilty to stealing his father’s gun and taking it to school.
The Columbian reports 15-year-old Wyatt Michael Ball pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds. He’ll return to court Dec. 28 to be evaluated and possibly sentenced.
Ball took the disassembled rifle-shotgun combination to Evergreen High School last Wednesday to sell it to another student. A teacher looked in the carrying case and saw the weapon, which prompted the school to evacuate.
No one was threatened.
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