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Vancouver Police vehicle hits two pedestrians - 02/18/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 18, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a traffic collision involving a Vancouver Police patrol vehicle that hit two pedestrians at the intersection of Evergreen Blvd. /Columbia Street. The patrol officer was traveling westbound on Evergreen Blvd., making a left turn southbound onto Columbia Street, when he hit two pedestrians who were crossing Columbia Street on Evergreen Blvd. in the crosswalk. Both pedestrians were transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and were treated and released.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating..


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Vancouver Police conducting death investigation (Update: Arrest) - 02/18/17

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The Vancouver Police Department arrested Kenneth Jay Moore, DOB 04/20/1971, for Assault I and Murder I. Moore was booked into the Clark County Jail. Moore is the male that exited the residence during yesterday's SWAT activation.

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

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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 17, 2017, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 3700 block of E 18th Street for a welfare check after a friend reported they had not been able to reach one of the residents for a few days. Vancouver Police patrol responded and a male inside the residence was seen displaying a firearm. Based on the circumstance involving the firearm, and the possibility that there was another person inside the residence, SWAT was called to attempt contact with the occupants of the residence. Multiple roads were closed in the area and neighboring residents were advised to shelter in place during the police activity.

After multiple attempts to verbally contact the occupants, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a male exited the residence and was taken into custody. Information from SWAT personnel at the scene indicated there was a deceased individual inside the residence.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation and will be executing a search warrant to enter the residence and begin processing the scene.

No further information is available at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Detectives do not believe there is any threat to the public.




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Vancouver PAL hosts literacy event - 02/14/17

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 next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lincoln elementary (4200 NW Daniels St.)

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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Vancouver Police Officer involved in shooting identified - 02/13/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 10, 2017, Vancouver Police responded to a suspicious circumstance in the 4500 block of NE 66th Avenue. According to the caller, a vehicle crashed into a parked van at a retirement community parking lot and the suspect entered the lobby of the complex before fleeing on foot through the complex and into a neighboring apartment complex. Vancouver Police responded and located the suspect, who had been involved in a robbery theft of an automobile in the county minutes earlier. The suspect entered a second floor apartment that was occupied by a male and his four children. Based on the circumstance, officers forcefully entered the apartment and a Vancouver Police officer located the suspect in a bedroom and fired at the suspect, who was armed.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Ed Letarte, 53. Officer Letarte has been employed with the Vancouver Police Department since September 29, 1998 and was previously with the Honolulu Police Department from July 1991-September 1998. He was assigned as a Detective in the Domestic Violence Unit from January 2011- January 2015. Officer Letarte has been a member of the SW Washington Regional SWAT team since December 2005. Officer Letarte is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Letarte is on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.



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Vancouver Police officer involved in shooting - 02/10/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 10, 2017 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a suspicious circumstance in the 4500 block of NE 66th Avenue. According to the caller, a vehicle crashed into a parked van at a retirement community parking lot and the suspect entered the lobby of the complex before fleeing on foot through the complex and into a neighboring apartment complex. Vancouver Police responded and located the suspect, who had been involved in a robbery theft of an automobile in the county minutes earlier. The suspect entered a second floor apartment that was occupied by a male and his four children. The victim and suspect were not believed to be known to one another. Based on the circumstance, officers forcefully entered the apartment and a Vancouver Police officer located the suspect in a bedroom and fired at the suspect, who was armed. The suspect is deceased. The family was not injured and there were no injuries to any police officers.

The SW Washington Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation. The officer who fired the shot is currently on Critical Incident Leave, per standard procedure.

The identity of the suspect and the involved officer are not being released at this time.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.





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Vancouver Police make arrests in serial burglary and auto prowl cases - 02/06/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 31, 2017, the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response West Team was made aware of several auto prowls and burglaries that had been occurring in the area of 4500 Washington Street, primarily in the Lincoln and surrounding neighborhoods in west Vancouver.

Based on information from the investigation, Detectives learned that there had been approximately three reported burglaries connected to this investigation and were able to identify suspects related to these crimes. Further investigation revealed that this case may actually have involved 10-15 burglaries and up to 50 vehicle prowls, many which were unreported.

Detectives arrested two individuals, Wesley E. Neill, 20, of Vancouver and a 16 year old male, also of Vancouver, for multiple counts of Residential Burglary and Burglary. Neill was booked in the Clark County Jail and the 16 year old was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives are attempting to reunite property that was recovered with the rightful owners. However, because many of the burglaries and vehicle prowls were never reported, reunification of some of the property with the rightful owners is extremely difficult.

Victims who reported a burglary or auto prowl, and know their serial numbers, or have identifying marks on their property, should contact Detective Zachary Ripp at zachary.ripp@cityofvancouver.us or (360) 487-7400 ext. 3112. This particular case involved crimes that occurred only within a specific geographic area and property recovered relates to incidents primarily in the Lincoln neighborhood.

If you believe you are a victim of auto prowl and have not made a police report, call (360) 487-7355 during regular business hours, to make a telephone report; you may also file an online report 24/7 by visiting the Vancouver Police Department Online Reporting page: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-reporting. If you are the victim of a burglary, you cannot report that crime using our telephone reporting or online reporting system, burglary reports will require a call to 311.

In almost all of the burglary incidents, entry was made through unlocked doors as well as man doors to garages. Auto prowls involved victims who left valuables inside their vehicles. The Vancouver Police Department reminds citizens to lock all residential doors and windows and to never store valuables in vehicles. For more information on crime prevention please visit the Crime Prevention section of our website: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/crime-prevention.
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Vancouver Police investigate vehicular homicide - 02/04/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 11, 2017 Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a hit and run collision in which a male a female were walking in the area of 11300 block of SE 10th Street when they were struck by a vehicle that lost control on the snowy road and hit them while they were on the sidewalk. The driver did not stop. Both victims were transported by family members to a local are hospital for medical treatment and were later released.

On January 27, 2017, Vancouver Police responded to death investigation at a residence in the 1200 block of SE Ellsworth Rd. When officers arrived they learned that the male resident, Christian Walton, 27, suffered a medical emergency at home and efforts by emergency medical personnel were unsuccessful in reviving him. The deceased male was one of the victims who was struck by the hit and run driver on January 11.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit and Traffic Unit are continuing the investigation and on February 1, 2017 they located and seized the vehicle that was involved. On February 3, 2017, detectives arrested Ernesto Tapia Estrada, 05/18/1992, for a warrant for Vehicular Homicide and Hit and Run Death/Injury. Estrada was booked into the Clark County Jail.

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


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Increased DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday (Photo) - 02/03/17

Vancouver, Wash. --On February 5, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver Police Department, Battle Ground Police Department, Washougal Police Department and Washington State Patrol 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. The grant covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing 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, and who may also be consuming intoxicants, to choose a sober designated driver or hire a car service to get you to and from the event. 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.

If you are hosting a party and see a guest who appears impaired, and they don't have a sober designated driver, call a car service, have a sober friend pick them up, or offer them a place to stay for the night if necessary, but don't let them drive! 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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Missing Endangered Adult (Update: Located Safe) - 02/03/17

*** Update***

Mrs. Secord has been located and is safe. She is being reunited with family.


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Missing- Barbara Secord 12/10/1939. Barbara went missing at 1500 on 2/2/17 from Sunnyside hospital after visiting her ill husband. Barbara has dementia and did not make it home to Vancouver from Sunnyside. Barbara drives a 2015 Toyota Camry Wa #AUR5569. If located call 911.

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Vancouver Police looking for owner of a camera (Photo) - 02/02/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department recently recovered some stolen property related to an auto prowl and burglary investigation and one of the item recovered was a camera. Numerous photos were on the camera including a 2008 wedding that appears to be in Riverside, California, some Native American dance/drum celebrations, and various family picnics. There is a male (in the attached photo he is on the right) who appears in many of the family photos. The Vancouver Police Department would like to return the camera to its rightful owner.

Anyone with information on the owner of the camera is asked to contact Vancouver Police Sergeant Jay Alie at jay.alie@cityofvancouver.us.



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Vancouver shooting results in pursuit and arrest - 02/01/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 1, 2017 at approximately 10:12 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 14400 block of NE 30th Street. A male a female were involved in a domestic dispute and when a male relative of the female attempted to intervene the male suspect, Edward Jackson Lowell, 6/24/69, fired a handgun at the relative before fleeing the area in his vehicle. No one was injured as a result of the shooting.

Vancouver Police spotted Lowell's vehicle, which continued to travel over the I-205 bridge into Oregon. Lowell crashed his vehicle near the Killingsworth Street exit in Portland and was taken into custody and arrested in Portland for Eluding and Possession of Cocaine. A warrant is being issued out of Vancouver for his arrest for Attempt Murder 1 and Assault IV.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Domestic Violence Unit are continuing the investigation and no further information is available at this time.


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Police volunteer program looking to grow in 2017 (Update to Application Deadline) (Photo) - 01/25/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department is actively recruiting citizen volunteers for its very successful Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program in 2017. Due to the recent weather events, the application date has been extended. Applicants should apply by January 26 to be considered for the Spring Training Academy.

NOW volunteers receive specialized training to conduct citizen patrols in the City of Vancouver, observe and report suspicious activity, and support the department's important public safety mission. In 2016, NOW volunteers assisted with evidence searches, patrolled hundreds of hours, helped canvass for missing people, documented speeding and stop sign violations, and located stolen vehicles. The crime prevention patrols are highly visible and non-confrontational -- volunteers serve as "extra eyes and ears" only. Many team members walk and ride bikes for exercise while patrolling, or drive their personal vehicles.

Applicants must be at least 21-years old, pass a thorough background investigation, successfully complete 40 hours of training over eight weeks, and commit to four hours of volunteer service per month. Training includes radio communications, observation skills, CPR, searching for evidence, and citizen patrol procedures.

To apply or find out more information visit http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k or contact Volunteer Service Coordinator Kelly Cheney at Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-7467.


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Vancouver Police Investigate Bank Robbery - 01/23/17

On 1-23-17, at approximately 4:30pm, Officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1800 Main St for a reported bank robbery. A male subject had passed a note demanding money and then fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. A vehicle seen leaving the bank at the time of the incident was stopped by law enforcement in the area. The car and driver were ultimately ruled out as being involved in the crime.

The suspect in the bank robbery is described as: Male / White / Mid 30's / 5'8"-5'10" tall / about 180lbs / Brown eyes / Brown and Gray hair with moustache and full beard

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to contact the Vancouver Police Department.

Vancouver Police investigate shooting (UPDATE 2: Victim Information) - 01/23/17

*** Update 2***

The victim in this incident has been identified as Ian Patrick McKay, 37, of Vancouver.

No additional information is available at this time.


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*** Update ***

The suspect in this case, TJ Patrick Ferres, 55, was booked into the Clark County Jail on Murder II.

No further information on this investigation will be released this evening.

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Vancouver, Wash. -- On January 22, 2017 at approximately 4:00 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 14900 block of NE 5th Street. When officers arrived, they located an adult male deceased. Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit are currently conducting interviews and have an adult male in custody.

The parties involved are all known to one another and detectives do not believe there is any threat to the general public.

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin and the name of the male in custody will be released upon booking into jail.

There is no further information 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.