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Missing Endangered Person - 11/28/14
*** UPDATE ***

Sandra Wright has been located and is safe.


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On 11-27-14 Sandra Wright, age 74, was last seen in east Vancouver approximately 5:30 p.m. She failed to return to a location to collect personal items. She is believed to be endangered due to medical problems and has limited mobility on foot. She was last known to be driving a 2007 Toyota Prius, white in color, Washington plate 628 YVL. Sandra Wright is described as a white female, 5'5". 81 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, maroon shirt and a white colored coat. Any persons seeing Sandra or knowing her whereabouts should call 911.
Vancouver Police officers involved in shooting (Update 1) - 11/26/14
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Vancouver, Wash. - On November 25, 2014, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to an apartment complex located at 11716 NE 49th Street for the report of a structure fire and domestic disturbance with a possible armed suspect. Officers were advised that a 31 year old male subject had set an apartment unit on fire, was believed to be armed, and had brandished a weapon at a female who was in the parking lot prior to police arriving. The suspect was a guest of the residents of the apartment he set fire to and no one else was in the apartment at the time the fire was set. The female he brandished the weapon at is not associated with the suspect and was not injured. The suspect's identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

Five Vancouver Police Officers entered the apartment complex on foot and encountered the suspect in the parking lot armed with what appeared to be an AR-15 style weapon. He refused officer commands to put the weapon down and the officers fired. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was later determined the weapon he was in possession of was an air-soft type replica AR-15.

All of the involved Vancouver Police Officers are currently on paid administrative leave. The Regional Major Crimes Team is investigating this incident and no further information related to that investigation is available at this time.

The fire is being investigated by the Vancouver Arson Team. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Residents of the neighboring units were temporarily evacuated while fire and police personnel were on scene and were allowed back into their apartments once the fire was extinguished.

No further information is anticipated to be released today. The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes is continuing.



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Vancouver, Wash. - On November 26, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance between a male and a female at an apartment located at 11716 NE 49th Street. Officers were advised that the male subject had set an apartment on fire and was believed to be armed. Multiple officers arrived and located the male in the parking lot of the complex armed with a gun. The male refused commands from officers to put his weapon down and was shot. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The fire fully engulfed the unit and has since been extinguished. Neighboring units in that building were evacuated. There were no injuries related to the fire, however multiple residents have been displaced. The Red Cross is currently assisting those residents.

No names are being released at this time. Detectives from the Regional Major Crimes Team and Arson Team are investigating this incident.
Vancouver Police seek help in locating missing woman (Update: Located safe) - 11/20/14
*** Update***

Kristin Perona has been located and is safe.

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The Vancouver Police are currently investigating a missing persons case. 20 year old Kristin Perona was last seen getting on a bus Sunday November 11 and has not been seen or heard from since. Kristin has diagnosed medical and mental health conditions that put her at risk. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Vancouver Police at (360) 487-7399, or your local law enforcement agency.
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Update (Photo) - 11/13/14
The Vancouver Police Department is no longer requesting the public's assistance in locating Cory Ross. Information has been obtained leading police to believe he is safe.


The Vancouver Police Department requests the help of the public in locating a missing man.

Cory Michael Ross was last seen on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, at his place of residence located in the 400 block of E 13th St, Vancouver.

Cory has serious medical issues requiring medication, which he is believed to be without.

Cory is new to the Vancouver/Portland area within the last couple of months. He is known to travel by foot or public transportation.

Cory is a 37 year-old white male, 6'2", 350 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes. His last clothing description is unknown at this time.

Cory may be in Vancouver or Portland.

Please call 911 with information.
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Investigative update regarding October 31 officer involved shooting - 11/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On October 31, 2014 at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Clark County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the area of NE 63rd Avenue / NE Andresen Rd. John Kendall was identified as the suspect in a shooting involving Abigail Mounce and law enforcement were notified that he had fled the area in a vehicle. The SW Regional SWAT team was called in to assist in the search. Responding law enforcement personnel were aware that Kendall, a 59 year old Caucasian, was wanted in conjunction with the October 31 attack on Abigail Mounce and knew Kendall to be armed with a rifle.

Kendall and his vehicle were eventually located in a wooded area in the 700 block of NE Blandford Dr. Information regarding the location of Kendall's vehicle was broadcast to responding law enforcement personnel. Law enforcement also confirmed that Kendall was in the area by pinging his cell phone and tracing it to the same area.

Arriving on scene however, and from a considerable distance, responding law enforcement personnel encountered not Kendall, but a citizen (who, like Kendall, was Caucasian and in his mid-50's) parked nearby. Law enforcement personnel watched as the citizen (believed to be Kendall) exited his vehicle and circled behind his trunk. Fearing that he armed himself, law enforcement fired multiple shots at the individual in order to stop the perceived threat before the citizen could enter the woods. One round hit the citizen in the leg. After being shot, the citizen took cover behind a gravel pile and fired a single shot. The direction of this shot is unknown but it did not strike anyone. The citizen made a 911 call to report he had been shot. He was contacted by a responding officer shortly thereafter, and it was confirmed that he was not Kendall. Officers on scene provided him first aid and he was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was released from the hospital within one day of his admission.

The investigation has since revealed that at 9:35 a.m., the citizen had contacted authorities to report a suspicious vehicle. The suspicious vehicle was parked on the edge of a wooded area off of Blandford Dr. next to a gravel turn-out. That vehicle was determined to belong to Kendall, the suspect in the earlier shooting. Unbeknownst to responding law enforcement personnel, the reporting citizen parked his vehicle in the gravel turn-out nearby Kendall's vehicle and remained on scene after hanging up. Due to the wooded and rocky terrain, Kendall (who was possibly already deceased) and his vehicle were obscured from the view of law enforcement at the time they encountered the citizen.

The citizen has requested that his identity not be released in the interests of privacy and the City is honoring that request to the extent it can. To date, the investigation has revealed no information indicating a connection between the citizen and Kendall other than their proximity to one another. John Kendall's body was located a short distance away from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is continuing by the Regional Major Crimes Team and no additional information is available for release at this time.



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Teen arrested after burglary - 11/07/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On November 7, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 4000 block of NE Saint Johns Rd. for the report of a disturbance with a weapon. According to the victim, she heard someone knocking on the door of her residence but she did not answer. She went into another part of the residence and a short while later noticed items disturbed in the bedroom. The female resident found an unknown male in another room going through her belongings. The victim fled the residence and flagged down a passerby and used their cell phone to call 911. The passerby went to the victim's residence and was confronted by the suspect who was still inside, holding a gun (the gun was later determined to belong to the victim/resident). The suspect fled from the residence on foot with the firearm still in his possession. Neither of the victims was injured.

Vancouver Police responded to the area and a K9 search was also conducted. While police were in the area a several schools were temporarily locked down. The suspect, 17, was located, arrested and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for Residential Burglary, Assault I and Theft of a Firearm. The firearm was recovered by police.


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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.
Officers involved in shooting identified - 11/03/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On Friday October 31, 2014 the Clark County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the area of NE 63rd Avenue / NE Andresen Rd. John Kendall, was identified as the suspect in that shooting and had fled the area in a vehicle. The SW Regional SWAT team was called in to assist in the search. The suspect's vehicle was located in the area of N Blandford Drive / E Evergreen Hwy. In that area, a subject other than Kendall was shot by responding officers. The circumstances of that use of force are still under investigation. The subject received a non-life threatening injury. His identity is not being released at this time.

The officers involved in the use of force are:

Vancouver Police Corporal Chris LeBlanc, 47. Corporal LeBlanc was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in April 1997. He was promoted to Corporal in November 2006, his current assignment is in the Patrol Division. Corporal LeBlanc has been a member of the SW Washington Regional SWAT team since September 2012. Corporal LeBlanc was awarded the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart on Jan 15, 2008 for a July 18, 2007 incident in which he was also injured.

Vancouver Police Officer Brian Frances, 38. Officer Frances was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in October 2008. His current assignment is in the Patrol Division. Officer Frances has been a member of the SW Washington SWAT team since January 2012.

Deputy Anthony Spainhower, 39. Deputy Spainhower was hired by the Sheriff's Office as a Custody Officer in October of 2006. He was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in July of 2007. He has served as a patrol deputy and as a school resource officer. His current assignment is patrol. Deputy Spainhower has been a member of the SW Washington Regional SWAT team since December of 2011.

Following standard protocol, all the involved officers are all on paid administrative from their respective agencies. The officer involved shooting aspect of this incident is being conducted by the Regional Major Crimes Team, which is comprised of detectives from the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Camas Police Department. The Camas Police Department is the lead agency for the investigation which remains active. No further details are available at this time.
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Missing 12 year old (Update:located) - 11/03/14
*** UPDATE***

Julianna has been located and is safe.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a runaway juvenile. 12-year-old Julianna Vara left the 1400 block of NE 86th Avenue in Vancouver on 10-31-14. She was last seen wearing a short sleeved black t-shirt, blue jeans and black Keds shoes. She was carrying a black leather bag with her when she left.

Julianna is a Hispanic female about 5'00 tall and approximately 140 lbs. She has brown eyes and brown hair with blond tips. She also has a pierced lower lip.

Julianna is believed to be with unknown friends and if located, please call 911 with the information.
Vancouver Police investigate crash involving group of pedestrians (Update 2: Victim IDs) - 11/01/14
*** UPDATE ***

The 32 year old victim is Annie M. Arnold, mother of the 7 year old victim Cadence L. Boyer.

The 30 year old victim is Chelina M. Alsten.

The family of the 6 year old victim requested her identity not be released and the Vancouver Police Department is respecting that request.

There is no additional information being released on this case this evening.



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*** UPDATE***

The suspect driver involved in this collision is Duane C. Abbott, 3/21/67, of Vancouver. He is currently hospitalized and will be booked into the Clark County Jail pending discharge. He will be booked on four counts of Vehicular Assault. Those charges may change pending the conditions of his victims.

Identity of the victims is not being released. The information regarding them is being updated from last night's preliminary release.

There are two adult victims, a 30 year old female and a 32 year old female and two juvenile victims, a 7 year old female and a 6 year old female. The 32 year old female is the mother of the 7 year old, the other two victims are friends of the family and are not related. Both juveniles, and the 30 year old, remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The 32 year old female has less serious injuries and is still hospitalized.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available. The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On October 31, 2014, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the area of NE 112th Avenue/NE 39th Street for the report of a vehicle that hit multiple pedestrians. The investigations indicates that the vehicle was traveling northbound on NE 112th Avenue, jumped the curb and hit two adults and two kids that were walking on the east sidewalk while trick or treating. The four victims and the suspect driver were transported for treatment of injuries. One 20 year old female and two 7 year old suffered life-threatening injuries and one 33 year old female suffered less serious injuries. The suspect driver has non-life threatening injuries.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the incident. Speed and impairment appear to be factors in the collision.

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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 Police respond to fatality collision (Update: IDs) - 11/01/14
*** UPDATE ***

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as William W. McCulloch, 17, of Vancouver.

The passenger of the vehicle has been identified as Shaun M. Hvass, 18, of Vancouver.

The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.


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Vancouver, Wash. - On October 31, 2014 at approximately 9:45 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a vehicle into a pole at NE 136th Avenue/NE 4th Street. Upon arrival, police located two occupants of the vehicle that were deceased.

The investigation is ongoing and extreme speed appears to be a factor in this collision.

Traffic will be closed eastbound on NE 4th Street, prior to the intersection and southbound NE 136th Avenue while the investigation is continuing.

No additional information is expected to be released tonight.

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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.
Impaired driver nearly hits emergency personnel working at collision site - 11/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On November 1, 2014 at approximately 1:30 a.m., members of the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit were in the area of NE 112th Ave and NE 39th Street processing the crime scene of a previous serious injury collision. The street was blocked with barricades and multiple personnel were in the street behind the barricades when a male subject drove through traffic barricades, nearly striking officers in the roadway, an officer stationed in vehicle at a barricade, and a tow truck operator.

An officer at the scene got into his patrol vehicle and attempted to stop the driver who failed to stop and fled from officers. The pursuit continued westbound on SR-500 to northbound I-205 where the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed in to the right side guard rail at Padden Parkway. The subject was resistive when officers contacted him and officers used a Taser to ultimately take him into custody.

Timothy E. Woodward, DOB 3/16/85, of Portland, was arrested for DWI, with other charges possible, and was booked into the Clark County Jail.



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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 Police arrest acupuncturist - 10/30/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit conducted an investigation regarding a female that had been sexually assaulted by her acupuncturist, Kooyeoll Jung, during a regularly scheduled treatment at Dr. Jung's professional offices at 201 SE 124th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington.

The investigation led to the arrest of Kooyeoll K. Jung, DOB 3/3/1960, for two counts of Rape II, one count of Indecent Liberties and Unlawful Imprisonment. On October 30, 2014, Jung was booked into the Clark County Jail on the above-listed charges.

At this time there are no other known victims. However, anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Vancouver Police Detective Barbara Knoeppel at (360) 487-7436 or at barbara.knoeppel@cityofvancouver.us.


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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.