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Vancouver Police drug investigation results in two arrests (Photo) - 12/17/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Over the past several weeks, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team East have been conducting an investigation into suspected manufacturing and distribution of marijuana from a residence located a 13326 NE 39th Street. Information was developed that the residents were selling marijuana, through a slot in front door, to anyone that inquired, regardless of age. Detectives observed multiple teenagers approach the residence, go to the front door and leave shortly thereafter. Vancouver Police Detectives working in an undercover capacity were also able to purchase marijuana at the residence on two occasions as part of the investigation.

A search warrant was served at the residence on December 11, 2014, that resulted in the location of a marijuana grow (with a medical marijuana card), over $8000 in cash, and jewelry, which was seized from the residence during the search warrant. On December 16, 2014, Detectives from the Clark/Skamania Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation and served search warrants on several safety deposit boxes that contained additional jewelry and cash.

The total amount of cash seized during the investigation was over $64,000 with an unknown value to all of the jewelry.

Julie M Nguyen, DOB 11/11/1960, and Mao V Nguyen, DOB 06/10/1957, were both arrested and booked for Possession of a Controlled Substance - Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Delivery Marijuana.

Additional photos are posted on the Vancouver Police Department website: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/vancouver-police-drug-investigation-results-two-arrests.

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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.
Pedestrian hit by car, Vancouver Police investigate - 12/16/14
On December 16, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a collision involving a pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle in the area of NE Vancouver Mall Drive/NE 94th Avenue. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and has been transported to an area hospital. The driver stayed on scene and is cooperating with police. Impairment is not believed to be a factor.

No further information will be available tonight. The identity of the driver is not being released at this time and the identity of the pedestrian has not been determined yet.
Vancouver Police Arrest Driver of Stolen Car After Collision - 12/14/14
On December 14, 2014 at approximately 10:05am Vancouver Police Officer Mike Day attempted to stop a Honda Civic for failing to display a front license plate on NE 72nd Avenue. The driver of the Honda, Joshua Roland a 26 year old male resident of Clark County, immediately fled from the attempted traffic stop. Mr. Roland sped north on NE 72nd Avenue, passed vehicles on the right and through a red light at NE Vancouver Mall Drive. Mr. Roland was not being pursued by the initial stopping officer. Mr. Roland continued north on NE 72nd Avenue where he began to try to pass a vehicle turning left into a driveway, on the left. Mr. Roland struck the turning vehicle which caused the car he was driving to slide into two unoccupied parked vehicles. Mr. Roland immediately exited the Honda which a registration check found to be a stolen vehicle out of Portland Oregon and fled on foot into an apartment complex. Uninvolved witnesses aided the Vancouver Police in the arrest of Mr. Roland by following and providing updated information to 9-1-1. Mr. Roland was arrested for Attempt to Elude Law Enforcement, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and multiple counts of Hit and Run. Mr. Roland was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment from injuries sustained in his collision with the parked vehicles. Occupants of the first vehicle struck were not injured during the incident. NE 72nd Avenue from Vancouver Mall Drive to the 5100 block was shut down by law enforcement for approximately 45 minutes for investigation and removal of damaged vehicles.
Vancouver Police apprehend armed robber (UPDATE 1 Suspect ID) - 12/11/14
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Booked for Robbery I, Josue Javier Martinez-Carbeno, DOB 8/14/95.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On December 11, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to an armed robbery at the Chevron located at 16406 SE 26th Street. The male suspect entered the store, displayed a knife, robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled on foot. No one was injured in the robbery.

Vancouver Police located an individual matching the suspect description several blocks away that was positively identified by numerous witnesses as the robbery suspect. There is no one else outstanding.

The identification of the suspect will be released once he is booked into 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.
Shop with a Cop event this Saturday - 12/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. The 22nd annual Vancouver Police Department Shop With A Cop event will take place on Saturday, December 13th, at the Vancouver Plaza Target Store. Shop With A Cop is a partnership between the Vancouver Police Officers Guild , Child Protective Services, and Target. Children referred by Child Protective Services are paired with a uniformed police officer and provided with an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for themselves and family members. Department employees and community service organizations also support and participate in the event.

The Vancouver Police Officers Guild funds the event, and Target makes their store available outside of normal business hours. The goal of the event is to make the holiday season a little brighter for these children and their families, and to give the kids an opportunity to interact in a positive way with the officers.

For more information on how to help, please contact Lieutenant Scott Creager at (360) 487-7501.



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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 investigate fatality collision (Update 1: ID of suspect and victim) - 12/08/14
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The suspect in this incident is Matthew Saeed Purifoy, DOB 03/15/1981,of Portland. Purifoy was released from the hospital, interviewed by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit, and later booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide and Hit and Run Fatality.

The victim has been identified as Anita Walters, 57.

No further information related to this investigation will be released this evening.

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and Traffic Unit are continuing the investigation.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On December 8, 2014, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to a reckless driver who hit a pedestrian in the area of NE Vancouver Mall Drive/NE Andresen Rd. Preliminary information indicates citizens reporting a vehicle driving erratically on 1-205 northbound that allegedly hit another vehicle on the freeway, left the roadway temporarily, and took the SR-500 off ramp where the reckless driving continued. The suspect driver struck an adult female in the area of Vancouver Mall Drive and Andresen Rd., killing her, before continuing northbound on Andresen. He crashed his vehicle just north of where the female was struck and the suspect was taken into custody at that vehicle crash scene.

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and Traffic Unit are conducting the investigation and no additional information related to the victim or the suspect is being release at this time. Impairment is possibly a factor in the collision.

Andresen Road is shut down for several blocks north and south in the area from Andresen/Vancouver Mall Drive while emergency personnel are at the scene.
Vancouver Police Arrest Man In Stolen Car After Pursuit - 12/06/14
On December 6, 2014 at approximately 11:48am Officers from the Vancouver Police Department found an occupied stolen 1995 Subaru Station Wagon in a parking lot on Fourth Plain Blvd near Whitman Avenue. As an officer was exiting his car to contact the driver, the driver accelerated his vehicle, striking the police car causing damage. A pursuit was initiated with the suspect driving recklessly. The pursuit eventually ended at approximately 11:51am with the driver being stopped on Andresen Road near State Route 500 through a Pursuit Immobilization Technique. Taken into custody for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police and Possession of a Controlled Substance was Nicholas J. Muros, age 29 of Vancouver Washington. Mr. Muros was taken to the Clark County Jail after a medical check at a local hospital. No officers or other individuals were injured. Traffic on Andresen Road was briefly stopped during the investigation and recovery of the vehicle.
Vancouver Police and Nautilus Inc. bring holiday joy to kids - 12/05/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Vancouver Police Department and Nautilus Inc. will be partnering for the 11th Annual Nautilus Holiday Helpers event. This event will be at the Target located at 16200 NE Mill Plain Blvd. from 5:30a.m.-7:00a.m and pairs Nautilus Inc. staff and Vancouver Police officers with a child for a shopping spree.

"We are pleased to continue our eleven year partnership with the Vancouver Police Department, Police Activities League, and Target Stores through our sponsorship of this year's Holiday Helper event," said Wayne Bolio, senior vice president, law and human resources, Nautilus, Inc. "This event has become a much anticipated part of our holiday efforts for the over 100 employees who participate, and it allows us to give back to our local community, making the season brighter for children who need it most."

"VPD is grateful for the opportunity to team up with Nautilus and Target in this holiday season," said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain. "As members of the community, we appreciate these times to further our connection to those we serve is such a positive way; it strengthens the bonds of our social fabric."

Each year for this event the Vancouver Police Department works with multiple social service agencies in the community that serve families in need who identify and select the children to participate in this event (all children have already been pre-selected by the social service agencies and this event is not open to the general public).

Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend and will have access to the store at 5:30a.m., with the kids arriving at approximately 5:45a.m.

Over 60 kids are anticipated to participate in this year's event.


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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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Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event at Crestline elementary (Photo) - 12/02/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) will host another monthly literacy event. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops.

This month's school is Crestline Elementary.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Crestline Elementary School, 13003 SE 7th St. Vancouver, WA.

Vancouver PAL literacy events focus on youth in the third and fourth grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These events are fun for the officers and the kids and are one of the education programs the Vancouver Police Activities League offers.

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 www.vancouverpal.org.
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Vancouver Police attempt to locate bicycle owner (Photo) - 12/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On November 26, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to the report of a hit and run collision. The driver struck a vehicle on SR-14, exited onto SE 164th Avenue where he then crashed into a retaining wall and fled the vehicle on foot. While fleeing from police, the suspect was also seen riding a bicycle in the area of SE McGillivray Blvd between SE Village Loop before abandoning the bicycle and fleeing on foot again. The suspect, James L. Earls, 40, of Vancouver, was located shortly thereafter by police and arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for Hit and Run, Theft, and Obstructing Law Enforcement.

Vancouver Police are attempting to locate the owner of the bicycle, a white, Novara Bonita, 26", 27 speed, 6000 series Al frame mountain bike with front Suntour shocks. There were also two bicycle helmets located with the bicycle, a silver Schwinn bicycle safety helmet and a black Giro bicycle safety helmet.

Anyone with information on the owner of the bicycle is asked to contact Vancouver Police Officer Don Magarian at Don.Magarian@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.
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Vancouver Police officers involved in shooting (Update 2- Officer Names) - 11/28/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On November 25, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance, possible armed subject and structure fire at 11716 NE 49th Street. Officers were informed that the suspect, a 31 year old male, was believed to be armed, had brandished a weapon at a female in the parking lot, and was responsible for setting the fire. The identity of the suspect is not being release at this time 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 type of weapon. The suspect refused officer commands to put the weapon down and the officers fired at him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was later determined the weapon he was in possession of was an airsoft type AR-15 replica.

The involved officers are:

Officer Brent Donaldson, 44. Officer Donaldson was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in July 2005. Officer Donaldson received the Target Zero Award of Excellence for Traffic Enforcement DUI, Night of a1000 Stars in 2012, a VPD Certificate of Recognition for outstanding efforts in DUI enforcement in 2011 and received a Certificate of Department Recognition for his efforts during a hostage incident on July 18, 2007. Officer Donaldson's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Christopher Douville, 30. Officer Douville was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in April 2013. Previously he was employed as a police officer with the Spokane Police Department from August 2008-April 2013. Officer Douville's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Eric McCaleb, 34. Officer McCaleb was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in December 2006. Previously he was employed by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department from January 2002-December 2005. Officer McCaleb was assigned as a School Resource Officer from September 2008-June 2014. He received the VPD Life Saving Award for being directly responsible for the saving of a human life for an incident on February 12, 2013. Officer McCaleb's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Timothy Pfeifer, 34. Officer Pfeifer was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in November 2011. Previously he was a Clark County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy from January 2010-November 2011. Officer Pfeifer's current assignment is in the patrol division.

Officer Colton Price, 25. Officer Price was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in November 2012. He received a letter of appreciation from CCSO Sheriff Garry Lucas for his role in a disturbance with a weapon call on September 28, 2013. Officer Price's current assignment is in the patrol division.

The Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation into the officer involved shooting and no further information is available at this time.

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Missing Endangered Person - 11/28/14
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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.