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Vancouver Police investigate shooting - 12/01/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 1, 2016 at approximately 12:52 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a shooting at the Quarter Deck Bar (4300 E Fourth Plain Blvd.). Information at this early stage of the investigation indicates that an unknown suspect fired into the bar from outside, hitting two patrons. One person received a significant injury; the other has what appears to be a non-life threatening injury.

The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating and at this time there is no suspect information available and there have been no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department.

No further information is available at this time.


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Vancouver Police unveil student-painted mural - 11/30/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 2, 2016, the Vancouver Police Department will host an unveiling ceremony for a student-painted mural that is being permanently displayed at the Vancouver Police West Precinct.

Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

The mural project involved students from Ft. Vancouver High School, including Teo Huerta Jaramillo (current senior) and Manuel Avalos (Ft. Vancouver graduate), in coordination with muralist Rodofo Serna.

This event is open to the public.


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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 and Nautilus Inc. combine holiday shopping event (Photo) - 11/30/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Vancouver Police Officer's Guild (VPOG) and Nautilus Inc. will be hosting a huge shopping event for kids. This will be the first year combining the Nautilus Holiday Helper event with Shop With A Cop. This combined event will allow over 80 kids the opportunity to shop with Vancouver Police officers and Nautilus staff!

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Location: Target (16200 NE Mill Plain Blvd.)

This will be the 24th anniversary of Shop With A Cop and the 13th year for Nautilus Holiday Helpers.

"I am so thrilled that the Vancouver Police Officer's Guild and Nautilus are able to combine their events this year to create one giant shopping event. I want to acknowledge the generosity of the VPOG members and Nautilus to host these holiday shopping events each year and appreciate the opportunity for our staff to help spread a little holiday joy to kids in need", says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

"Through the Nautilus Cares program, we strive to be a strong partner in the communities in which we live and work," said Wayne Bolio, SVP Law & Human Resources at Nautilus, Inc. "This is our 13th year partnering with the Vancouver Police Department for Holiday Helper, one of the most anticipated event of the year for our employees and their families."

Each year the Vancouver Police Officers Guild and Nautilus work with multiple social service agencies in the community that serve families in need to identify and select the children to participate in these shopping events (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.

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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 investigate officer impersonation case - 11/28/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On November 27, 2016, at approximately 11:56 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a call involving a male suspect who impersonated a police officer and attempted to kidnap a female. The female victim had arranged an in-person meeting with a male she met on social media at a location in Vancouver. The female, and a male companion who drove her, arrived to the area of Maxon Road/SE 19th Street in Vancouver and saw a vehicle with flashing lights approach them from behind. They stopped, believing it was a police officer, and a male wearing what looked like a police uniform approached the victims' vehicle, pulled the female out of the vehicle, handcuffed her and put her inside his vehicle. The victim immediately realized the male was not a police officer and she fled from the area on foot, as did her male companion. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle. Neither victim suffered serious injuries.

The suspect is a white male, 30's, 5"8, medium build with no facial hair.

Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.








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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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Female with Tattoos Identified Thanks to Public Response (Photo) - 11/24/16

The Vancouver Police Department, through tips from the public, were able to identify a previously unidentified female with two specific tattoos involved in a serious case. Vancouver Police Detectives would like to thank all who called in to 911 and the Vancouver Police Tip Line with information in this case. Due to the nature of the case, the female's identity will not be released at this time.

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Missing 86 Year Old Male - 11/23/16

Today Duane Varner (86 years old) went missing from his home near the 9300 block of SE Butte Ave around 5 pm. He is described as 5'10" 140 pounds wearing a gray colored sweatshirt, khaki colored pants and brown shoes. He has dementia and has walked far from home in the past. Family believes he may head to stores and restaurants. Please call 911 if you see him.

**Mr. Varner has been located**

Vancouver Police make arrest in explosives investigation - 11/21/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On July 29, 2016 and again on October 2, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to two incidents where improvised explosive devices were detonated in the parking lot at the St. James Apartments at 11022 NE 18th Street. Through an extensive investigation, a Vancouver Police Arson Investigator developed probable cause to arrest Pedro Franco-Gonzalez and to search his residence. With assistance from the SW Washington SWAT team, the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit and the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit, a search warrant was served at Franco-Gonzalez' apartment. Numerous pounds of explosive material, several Improved Explosive Devices, guns and drugs were recovered from the residence.

On November 18, 2016 Franco-Gonzalez was booked into the jail for Arson 1, Possessing Prohibited Explosive Devices and Possession with Intent to Deliver. Additional search warrants are yet to be served and additional charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is 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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Safe Streets Task Force shuts down drug house, 9 firearms and methamphetamine recovered (Photo) - 11/19/16

On 11-19-16 members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit were assisted by SW Washington Regional SWAT in the service of a search warrant at the residence of William Rathgeber (56yoa) located at 6114 NE 112th Ave in Vancouver Washington for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this search warrant detectives located several ounces of methamphetamine for distribution and 9 firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Rathgeber will be facing at least 13 felony counts to include Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Firearms and Maintaining a Drug House. Rathgeber's residence is directly across the street from Covington Middle School in Vancouver Washington.

Rathgeber is currently out on bail in Clark County for Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Running a Drug House for a search warrant that was served at this same residence in May of 2016. Rathgeber is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Gabriel Lawson (43yoa) was also arrested after he ran from police. Lawson was wanted on a felony warrant out of Port Angelas and a misdemeanor warrant out of Clark County. Lawson was also found in possession of methamphetamine.

Attached Media Files: Gun / drug seizure
Police Investigate Bank Robbery - 11/19/16

On 11/19/16 at 1:33 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at Wells Fargo, 8211 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. Initial investigation revealed a white male walked into the bank and asked for a bag of money. A bag was handed to the suspect and he then fled from the bank with the bag. The suspect did not display any kind of weapon but one was implied.

The only description on the suspect is that of a white male wearing a ski cap and all black clothing.

This is an active investigation and no other information will be released as this time.

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Safe Streets Task Force arrests same felon twice in November on multiple charges (Photo) - 11/17/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On November 2, 2016, members of the Safe Streets Task Force and Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team served a search warrant at the residence of Brian Burke, 44, located at 11921 NE 37th Street in Vancouver for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this warrant, Burke was found in possession of seven firearms (one of which was reported stolen). Burke is prohibited from possessing a firearm. In addition, approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and over 1 oz. of heroin, along with scales and packaging for distribution was located and $8,865 was also seized. Burke was booked into the Clark County Jail on twelve felony counts. Burke subsequently bailed out on the listed charges.

On November 17, 2016 members of the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team, and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit served another search warrant at Burke's residence located at 11921 NE 37th Street in Vancouver, with the assistance of the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team, for methamphetamine distribution. During the service of this search warrant approximately two pounds of methamphetamine were located in Burke's room. Burke was again booked into the Clark County Jail for Possession with Intent Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Burke's residence is only blocks from Image Elementary and just down the street from a school bus stop.



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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 Activities League distributing 40 Thanksgiving baskets - 11/17/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On November 22, 2016, the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) will be distributing 40 Thanksgiving baskets to Vancouver families in need.

Vancouver PAL has partnered with Walmart, the Vancouver Metro Sunset Rotary, Jennifer Venable from John L. Scott Real Estate, and the Vancouver Police Department to assemble and deliver the food baskets. Staff from Fruit Valley Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary schools identified all the families who will be recipients of the PAL food baskets (this event is not open to the general public, the families have been selected by the schools).

This information is for members of the media: assembly and delivery of the baskets will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (4801 Idaho Street) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and at Fruit Valley Elementary (3301 Fruit Valley Rd.) from 2-3:30 p.m. Media are invited to stop by either/both locations. This event will provide some great visuals, wonderful stories and representatives from all the partner organizations will be available for interviews.


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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.

Missing 83 year old Adult - 11/16/16

Today Michael Urruchua (83 years old) went missing from his home near 5100 NE 121st Ave around 3 pm. He is described as 5'3" 130 pounds wearing a Brown sweatshirt, Black/Blue lounge pants and White socks with no shoes. He takes seizure medications and has dementia. Please call 911 if you see him.

Please Disregard: Michael has returned home safe.

Vancouver Police seek help to locate missing juvenile (Update: Located safe) - 11/14/16

*** Update***

Eli has been located and is safe.

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Vancouver, Wash. --On November 14, 2016, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding 11 year-old Eli Chavez, who was last seen by his family at approximately 3:45 p.m. today, in the area of St. Johns Blvd./SR-500.

Eli is 5'05, 130 lbs., has black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap, and carrying a camo backpack. He has no known medical issues.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eli Chavez is asked to call 911.


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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 PAL hosts two literacy events this week - 11/14/16

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 next literacy event:

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Crestline Elementary School (13003 SE 7th Street)

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Time: 10:50 a.m.
Location: Pioneer Elementary School (13501 NE 28th 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 www.vancouverpal.org.



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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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Increased DUI enforcement planned this weekend (Photo) - 11/10/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- This weekend, officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments will have additional officers enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols.

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in SW Washington will have additional officers conducting DUI enforcement throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

If you or someone you care about is attending a party, and may also be consuming intoxicants, make sure to select a designated sober driver in advance, call a sober friend, or use a car service instead of getting behind the wheel impaired. Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.


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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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