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Vancouver Police responding to barricaded man (UPDATE: Age correction) - 03/27/15
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The suspect, Peter Benson, 65, was taken into custody without incident and is being booked into the Clark County Jail on Assault I.

There were no injuries as a result of this incident. No further information will be available this evening.

Mr. Benson will make first appearance in court on Monday March 30.

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On March 27, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Vancouver Fire department personnel responded to a call of a fire in a yard at a residence in the 5300 block of NW Esther Street. When Fire personnel arrived the male resident went inside the home and pointed what appeared to be a long gun out the window. No shots were fired and there were no injuries.

Vancouver Police as well as SWAT personnel are on scene attempting to get the suspect to surrender. Multiple homes around the suspect residence have been evacuated and multiple schools in the area are in lockdown or are preparing to send students home for the day.

No additional information is available at this time. The media staging area will be the Corner of 53/Franklin. PIO is on scene.
Vancouver gang investigation results in multiple arrests - 03/27/15
Vancouver, Wash. - The Southwest Washington Safe Streets Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional gang enforcement team made up of personnel from the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Department of Corrections, partnered with the WEST Neighborhood Response Team and the Clark/Vancouver Drug Task force to conduct a three month investigation that focused on two specific locations in Vancouver. This investigation was centered around drug trafficking, drug use, prostitution and trafficking of stolen property at 2009 Norris, an 8 unit apartment complex, and an adjoining single family residence at 2015 Norris. Over the past year, over 150 drug-related and stolen property calls were generated either through 911 or the proactive work of Vancouver Police patrol officers. Neighbors also reported concerns related to these locations and the unsafe living environment associated with these addresses.

The investigation revealed a constant stream of drug sales and usage, a significant presence of gangs, and suspicion of prostitution. Six of the eight apartments, and the adjoining house, were causing a significant negative community impact due to the illegal activity fueled by drug use and drug sales.

Search warrants were written for five of the apartments and the adjoining house and were served over a 2 day period on Thursday March 26 and Friday March 27.

The March 26 warrant was served with assistance from the Southwest regional SWAT team, through the investigative efforts of the Detectives involved in the case. Travis J. Reynolds, 35, was arrested on a traffic stop after the warrant was served and was booked into the Clark County Jail for Robbery I. Reynolds is a known gang associate.

On Friday March 27, the remaining four apartments, and the associated house, were served with search warrants related to this case. This multi-jurisdictional service was completed with the assistance of the Southwest regional SWAT team, the Clark/Vancouver drug task force, the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tactical Detective Unit, the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team, the Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit, and the Department of Corrections. While serving the warrants, over 25 individuals were contacted in the five locations. After completion of the warrants over the 2 day period, approximately 19 people were arrested.

John S. Raynor, 52, the on- sight manager at the adjoining residence, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and was booked into the Clark County Jail.

Three individuals were arrested for Department of Corrections violations, and 12 other individuals were arrested on various warrants.

This investigation is continuing and additional charges and the arrest of additional involved individuals is anticipated.

This investigation and the subsequent arrests will likely result in a significantly improved quality of life and better livability for the neighbors and the Maplewood neighborhood.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
Vancouver Shooting Suspect Information - 03/19/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On March 14, 2015, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 2600 block of Rossiter Lane for a disturbance with a weapon and a male who had been shot in the parking lot. When police arrived, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound. The identification of the victim is not being released at this time.

The suspect in this case is a white male, mid 20's, with a short stature, slim build, shaved head, and armed with an unknown type of firearm. The suspect vehicle is described as a faded, red, late model, Datsun/Nissan truck with white trim across the base of the truck's body and Washington plates. The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is continuing their investigation and no further information is available.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Lawrence Zapata at (360) 487-7420 or lawrence.zapata@cityofvancouver.us.
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Vancouver Police seek the public's assistance in locating shooting suspect (Photo) - 03/09/15
On March 9, 2015, a drive-by shooting occurred in the 6100 block of NE 40th St, Vancouver, WA. Juventino Valencia-Mendoza (45 years-old) was identified as both the driver and the shooter in this incident. Juventino crashed his vehicle during this incident and then fled on foot. The vehicle was recovered and there is no new vehicle information. Juventino is a 45 year-old Hispanic male, 5'6", 160 lbs, black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt. Juventino Valencia-Mendoza is wanted for Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He should be considered Armed and Dangerous.

If Juventino Valencia-Mendoza is seen or his whereabouts are known, please contact 911.
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Vancouver Police respond to shots fired - 03/09/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On March 9, 2015, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 1800 block of NE Andresen Rd. for the report of a possible shooting. Information gathered from the investigation indicates parties known to one another, driving in two separate vehicles (a car and a pickup truck), came into contact with one another in the area of NE 40th Street/Andresen Rd. and the driver of the car fired multiple rounds which strike the pickup. The two vehicles, each with three occupants inside, continued traveling southbound on Andresen Rd. for several blocks. Both vehicles entered a parking lot in the 1800 block of Andresen where the pickup and car collide, forcing the car into a pole adjacent to the parking lot.

Two passengers in the car were transported for injuries related to the vehicle collision. The occupants of the pickup truck were not seriously injured. The driver of the car fled on foot and is still outstanding. There are no known gunshot victims. This incident is not gang related and all indications are that this is a domestic violence related incident. Fort Vancouver High School was placed in lock down while police, including two K9 units were in the area. There are no current road closures related to this incident.

There is no additional information available at this time.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Neighbors On Watch Saturation Patrol (Photo) - 03/09/15
Vancouver, Wash. - On March 10, 2015, Volunteers with the Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program will participate in a "saturation patrol" to look for, and report, suspicious activity. VPD and NOW have conducted this type of large-scale group patrol in the past but this will be the first time the Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office NOW groups will be working together. There are currently 42 NOW volunteers scheduled to participate in tomorrow's patrol.

The volunteers will be divided into patrol teams that will work across the city and county patrolling on foot, bike and in vehicles. One squad will also patrol in a specially equipped truck, looking for stolen vehicles.

Members of the media interested in connecting with one of the NOW groups, or in getting additional information about the saturation patrol, should contact Kim Kapp prior to the patrol. The Vancouver Police Department will not be releasing information in advance regarding locations of the patrols.

NOW volunteers are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW had completed the NOW training academy and commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month. NOW volunteers wear issued uniforms, place a NOW magnet on their vehicle while on patrol, and report anything out of the ordinary to police while on their patrols in the community.

VPD is accepting applications from residents who would like to join this active, engaged, public safety program. All training is free and includes CPR and AED. Citizens who apply will undergo a thorough background investigation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live in the city limits of Vancouver. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467 or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us. For more information and a printable application, visit http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.


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