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Vancouver Police substitute PIO, Feb 8-12 - 02/05/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police PIO Kim Kapp will unavailable February 8-12. Taking media calls during office hours February 8-9 will be Cmdr. Dave King who can be reached at (360) 487-7512. Taking media calls during office hours February 10-12 will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always, for after-hour or weekend inquiries, members of the media should contact dispatch on the media line and request a return call from on-duty personnel.

All investigative updates are always sent out in the form of a media release and on duty personnel will not receive investigative updates.

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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 on Super Bowl Sunday (Photo) - 02/05/16
Vancouver, Wash. --On February 7, 2016, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver Police Department and Battle Ground Police Department will have additional officers out conducting DUI enforcement in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road. The grant covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, high visibility marketing, and other costs associated with the various strategic community partners in support of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds anyone attending a Super Bowl party to choose a sober designated driver prior to the start of the party. If you see a partygoer who appears impaired and they don't have a designated driver, please call a cab or have a sober friend pick them up. For people hosting a party, make sure that guests who have been drinking, or that appear impaired, don't drive; take their keys, find a sober driver to take them home, or offer them a place to stay for the night if necessary. During the party, make sure to serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to all guests. If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe Super Bowl Sunday.



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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 Department K9 Enzo receives body armor (Photo) - 02/05/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Department K9 Enzo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a generous donation from Canine Wounded Heroes out of Roswell, Georgia.

All three Vancouver Police K9s now have received protective vests thanks to generous donations from both non-profit organizations and private donors.

The Vancouver Police Department is extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support from the public for the K9 unit.


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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 man arrested for Burglary after forcing way into an occupied home, assaulting homeowner - 02/03/16
On February 3, 2016, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers with the Vancouver Police Department were dispatched to a suspicious person call in the 11000 block of SE Evergreen Highway. After officers arrived, they learned an unknown male had attempted to force his way into an occupied home, but left the area. While finishing up that investigation, a call came into 911 of another suspicious person, again trying to get into an occupied residence, in the 10600 block of SE Burlington St., a short distance away. The description of the suspect matched the one provided at the Evergreen Highway address.

When officers arrived at the Burlington St location, they learned the suspect had gained entry into the home after physically assaulting the 72 year old homeowner. The suspect then locked the victim out of his home. The victim also told police members of his family were inside the house as well.

Officers attempted to gain entry into the house several times, but the suspect would overcome their efforts. Eventually, entry was made into the residence and the suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No one inside the house was harmed or injured during this event.

The suspect, identified as 18 year old Irving Diaz Rodriguez of Vancouver, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before being transported to the Clark County Jail. He was booked on one count of Burglary in the First Degree, a Class A felony. The victim was also treated at the scene for minor injuries.

This investigation is still active, and more criminal charges are pending.
Vancouver Convenience Store robbed at gunpoint - 02/02/16
On 02/02/2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a male subject entered the AM/PM Store located at 3817 Main St in Vancouver WA, displayed a weapon, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, wearing a disguise covering his face. A K-9 track was conducted, however the suspect was not located.

Video surveillance to be recovered at a later time. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or knowledge of this incident should contact Vancouver Police.
Vancouver Police make second arrest in 2015 assault case - 01/26/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 26, 2016, Spencer A. Pell, DOB 1/22/97, came to the Vancouver Police Department West Precinct in regards to the Chris Brewster assault, which has been under investigation since April 23, 2015. After the interview with detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, Pell was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for the crime of Assault I. This is the second arrest related to this case. On January 5, 2016, Rodney T. Franck, was arrested for Assault I related to this crime.

The arrest of Pell concludes this investigation. Mr. Brewster remains unconscious as a result of the assault.

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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 awarded $150,000 impaired driving grant (Photo) - 01/26/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 28, 2016, the Vancouver Police Department will be holding a media event to announce a $150,000 Washington Traffic Safety Commission grant which was awarded to the Vancouver Police Department with the goal of reducing and preventing impaired driving deaths.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police Department Administration (605 E Evergreen Blvd.)

A primary focus of the grant will be to have additional DUI enforcement in high crash areas throughout Clark County. Additional components of the campaign include high visibility marketing as well as outreach through various community partners in support of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. The first DUI enforcement emphasis of the campaign occurs on February 7, 2016, Super Bowl Sunday.

The local partners involved in this effort include the Vancouver Police Department, the Vancouver Neighbors on Watch (NOW) , Battle Ground Police Department, Camas Police Department, La Center Police Department, Washougal Police Department ,Washington State Patrol, Washington Liquor Control & Cannabis Board, Clark County Judiciary and District Court, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Vancouver City Attorney's Office, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), and support from the Clark County Law Enforcement Council.

"Losing a loved one to an impaired driver is a tragedy no family should ever have to suffer and one that too many local families unfortunately have in recent years. I am, therefore, very excited to have this additional funding to allow our local police agencies the ability to conduct increased DUI enforcement and to spread the message of the dangers and consequences of driving impaired", said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

Super Bowl Sunday is the first of many strategic dates that have been selected for increased DUI enforcement through the grant period, which ends September 30, 2016. The marketing materials include the campaign message, "Drunk, Drugged or High, It's All A DUI", and are featured on C-TRAN bus ads as well as posters and coasters which will be distributed to various businesses and public locations as a reminder that local law enforcement will be out in greater numbers to enforce DUI laws.


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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 re-opens East Precinct to the public - 01/26/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department recently reopened the East Precinct (520 SE 155th Ave.) to walk in traffic. East precinct has not had front counter service available since 2010, due to staffing reductions at that time. With a recent staff increase, the department was able to open the East precinct again to the public.

Both the West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.) and the East Precinct have front counter staff available to take police reports for crimes with no suspect information, during regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, excluding holidays). Reports can also be made over the telephone during the same business hours by calling (360) 487-7500 or (360) 487-7355. Also, unwanted medications (no liquids, creams or patches) are accepted at both the West and East precincts during regular business hours.

For a list of other services that the Vancouver Police Department, as well as other law enforcement or government agencies perform, please visit www.vanpolice.org and click the How Do I? button. To contact Clark County dispatch for response to non-emergencies please call the Clark County non-emergency number 311. For all emergencies 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 Police is asking the public's helping locating a missing, vulnerable non-speaking autistic juvenile. (Update: Located) - 01/26/16
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Edward Hawk has been located safe and he has been reunited with his family.

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Vancouver Police is asking the public's helping locating a missing, vulnerable non-speaking autistic juvenile. The missing child is 16 year old Edward W Hawk, who lives in the 11400 block of NE 9th Street, here in Vancouver. Edward was last seen at his house around 9:30 p.m. When family went to check on him in his room around 11:30 p.m., they discovered he was missing. Law enforcement units are actively searching areas for him. Edward has a history of wandering off, so no foul play is suspected at this time.
Edward is described as a while male, dark brown hair, and blue eyes. He is about 5'10"/ 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a dark colored jacket and grey colored shoes.
Anyone with information about Edward is encouraged to call 911. Photo attached.
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Vancouver Subway robbed (Photo) - 01/26/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- On 01/25/2016, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a male subject entered the Subway located at 8084 E. Mill Plain Vancouver WA, displayed a weapon, and robbed the restaurant of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male, large build, wearing a disguise including a scarf covering his face. A K-9 track was conducted however the suspect was not located.

Photos of the suspect were captured by a surveillance camera. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or knowledge of this incident should contact Vancouver 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.
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Vancouver Police Department's K9s Ivar and Tripp have received body armor (Photo) - 01/22/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police Department's K9s Ivar and Tripp have received a bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests were sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, WA and are embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Dakota and K9 Ike".

"This is the first time the Vancouver Police Department K9 unit has used protective vests for our K9's and we are very excited to start testing and using them. We truly appreciate Ms. Greene's generosity to make this possible", says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 -- $2,234, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.



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Vancouver Police seek information on assault suspect - 01/21/16
Vancouver, Wash. -- On December 5, 2015, Vancouver Police responded to an area hospital regarding three males that were being treated for stab wounds. The three victims were stabbed during an altercation outside of 6 West (606 Broadway Street) earlier that evening. All are expected to survive their injuries.

The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, 5'2"- 5'3", thin build, short black hair, approximately 27-32 years of age. He was accompanied by at least two friends. Both the suspect and his friends had been inside the night club prior to the assault.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating this assault. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or his associates is asked to contact Vancouver Police Cpl. Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423.



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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 / Endangered (Update: Located safe ) - 01/19/16
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Mr. Hall has been located safe and has been reunited with his family.

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On 1/19/16 at approximately 0130 hours, the Vancouver Police responded to a Missing/Endangered Person. At this time, The Vancouver Police Department seeks assistance in locating Duane M. Hall, age 67. Duane, who suffers from Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, was out shopping with his son earlier in the evening (1/18/16 at 1030hrs) at the Fred Meyer, 11325 SE Mill Plain. While shopping, Duane became agitated with his son and decided to leave and stated he wanted to walk to Battleground, WA. to visit his ex-wife. Duane then left the store. According to the son, Duane is physically fit, routinely walks long distances and is more than capable of walking from Vancouver to Battleground.

After not hearing from his father in over three hours, VPD was called to assist in searching for Duane. The local hospitals were checked as well as the VA. VPD Officers and a CCSO deputy assisted in searching the immediate area and along SR 503 into Battleground. Results were negative.

Duane is described as 6'-00" tall, about 170 lbs. with gray hair and blue eyes. Duane was last seen wearing a tan Adidas baseball cap, a blue plaid flannel jacket with a black hood, brown jeans, and black Romeo's (low top slip on boots). Duane does not have any scars, marks, or tattoos.


Please contact 911 or the Vancouver Police Department if you have any information on Mr. Hall's whereabouts or see him walking the streets. VPD Case # 2016-1003. See Attached photo.