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Traffic Collision in Vancouver - 09/20/17

On 09-20-17, Vancouver Police, Fire, and AMR emergency units responded to report of a motor vehicle collision in area of Mill Plain Blvd and SE 164th Ave.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the collision involved a fatality for one of involved parties.

As of time of this report there are road closures in the area due to the collision investigation. N/B and S/B traffic on SE 164th Ave between Mill Plain Blvd and SE 1st St are being diverted at this time.

This investigation is active and no further information is available at this time.

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Vancouver Police requests assistance locating an autistic runaway (Photo) - 09/18/17

The Vancouver Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating an endangered runaway believed to be staying in Vancouver. Kaleb L. Guenther (age 16) has been missing since August 28th. Kaleb has autism and other disorders that can impair his reasoning and decisions. He also suffers from a seizure disorder that creates life-threatening circumstances.

Kaleb Guenther is a white male, 6'2", 160-175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Kaleb's clothing is uncertain, but he was likely wearing black Fila brand shoes with silver and blue detailing and a black Fila brand backpack with light green accents. Kaleb sometimes wears a Fedora-style hat. He may be in possession of a black "Kent Flexor" mountain-style bike with white suspension.

If you have seen Kaleb Guenther or know of his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Vancouver Police Department at 360-487-7446 to speak with a detective or leave voicemail.

Attached Media Files: Kaleb Guenther , 20170813_063850.jpg
Vancouver PAL hosts first literacy events of the school year - 09/18/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the first literacy events of the new school year:

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Washington elementary (2908 S Street)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit


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Update on Vancouver Police Response To Shooting - 09/15/17

UPDATE: 09/15/17

The prior update is to the Vancouver Police Response to the shooting on Todd Rd.

UPDATE: 09/15/17

26 year old, Vancouver resident, Joseph J Carswell was booked on one count of Assault I. Victim suffered a shotgun wound to the left arm. The injury is believed to be non-life threatening. Early reports show the incident was over money owed.

On 09/14/17 at 1503 hours Vancouver Police received a 911 call from a victim saying he had been shot near the 1900 Block of Todd Road. Upon arrival medical aid was provided to the victim and the suspect taken into custody without incident.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It appears the victim and suspect knew each other. There is no danger to the community.

Detectives on scene for interviews and scene processing. No further information will be released today.

Vancouver Police substitute PIO, September 14/15 - 09/13/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable September 14 and 15, 2017. Taking media calls during office hours those dates will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always for after hour or weekend inquiries, please contact dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on-duty patrol personnel. All investigative updates are sent out in the form of a media release and on-duty patrol personnel will not have investigative updates.


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Vancouver Police seeking additional victims and video or photos from September 10 Vancouver protests - 09/11/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On September 10, 2017 a rally and counter protests took place in Vancouver.

Video was taken during much of the event and the Vancouver Police Department will be reviewing video and images from these events in an attempt to identify individuals who may have been involved in criminal activity, for possible charging. Anyone with information about criminal behavior at any of these events, who has video or photos which may show criminal activity, or was the victim of a crime during these events and has not filed a police report, is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department so that a report may be taken.

Do not send video or photos via our social media sites, contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399 so that an officer can follow up to retrieve any video or photos and take a police report.


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Vancouver Police substitute PIO, September 11 - 09/10/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable September 11, 2017. Taking media calls during office hours that day will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.


Two arrested during Vancouver protest - 09/10/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On September 10, 2017, two individuals were arrested during a rally and protest that took place in Vancouver. The rally was held at the Vancouver Landing and counter-protesters staged at that location as well.

The goal of the Vancouver Police Department was to provide a safe environment for lawful assembly, to protect public and private property, and to keep major transportation corridors open.

The following individuals were arrested:

* Nicholas Partin (aka Alanna Partin), 10/13/1980, of Portland, (Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest)
* Shawna L Gonzalez, 3/29/83, (Reckless Endangerment)

Various partner agencies assisted the Vancouver Police Department during today's event:
* Clark County Sheriff's Office
* Portland Police Bureau
* Washington State Patrol
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Vancouver Fire
* Portland Fire
* Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency

There were no major injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel or citizens during today's event.


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Rollover traffic accident / Hit & Run in Vancouver ( UPDATE ) (Photo) - 08/31/17


Vancouver Police investigators confirmed that the pictured SUV with a white emblem on driver's side was NOT involved in the "hit and run" collision.

This investigation remains active.

Officer Ilia Botvinnik


Thanks to public's response so far, Vancouver Police investigators have obtained what they believe is a snapshot photograph of suspect's vehicle from the rollover accident.

Public's further assistance is requested with identifying the suspect and / or the suspect's vehicle. Note that there is a white picture or emblem on suspect vehicle's driver's side rear window. Suspect vehicle is a Ford "Explorer" SUV.

Please call the police if this vehicle is spotted. Any plate information, even partial may be helpful to identify the suspect.

Thank You!

Officer Botvinnik


On 08-28-17 at approximately 6:12 pm, Vancouver Police and VFD / AMR units were dispatched to a traffic collision involving a rollover at 11500 block of NE Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver.

Upon arrival officers discovered that one of the two involved vehicles had left the scene. Driver of the vehicle remaining on scene sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Driver of the other vehicle had failed to stop and identify themselves prior to leaving the scene. Suspect's vehicle was described as a grey or green SUV, similar to a Ford "Explorer." Per a witness, the vehicle was a mid 2000s model. Suspect's vehicle should have medium to heavy damage to the front bumper area.

Vancouver Police Department's investigators are requesting public's help to identify the suspect driver and / or suspect vehicle. Citizens with any information are encouraged to contact on-duty VPD patrol supervisor via police dispatch.

Attached Media Files: Rollover.jpg , output.jpg
First day of school zone enforcement nets multiple citations - 08/31/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 30, 2017, Vancouver Police conducted school zone enforcement for the first day of school in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts. Four officers worked various schools zones in both the morning and afternoon. Here are the results of that enforcement effort:

* 20 speeding in school zone citations
* 5 warnings/speed
* 6 citations for suspended drivers
* 6 other miscellaneous traffic violations
* 1 Felony warrant arrest

Vancouver Police will be conducting increased school zone enforcement through the month of September and will continue enforcement throughout the school year.

The speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and officers will be conducting increased enforcement in/around school zones in an effort to increase safety for kids who are now back to school. Officers will be focusing on a variety of traffic laws including speeding, distracted driving, school bus paddle, and seatbelt and child passenger safety.

For more information on traffic safety please visit the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Safety page: .


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