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Vancouver Police Alternate PIO, Sept 2-6 - 09/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police PIO Kim Kapp will be out of the office September 2-6, 2014. Taking media calls during office hours Tuesday-Friday of those dates will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always, for after hour 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.

I will not be available by cell phone or email so all messages sent to me while I am out will be returned on September 8.


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Vancouver Police start school zone enforcement Sept. 3 (Photo) (correction to child passenger info) - 08/28/14
Vancouver, Wash. -On September 3, 2014, schools starts in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts and Vancouver Police will begin conducting extra enforcement in-and-around schools. Here are a few reminders to make sure the school year starts off safely.

* Speed in school zones is 20 m.p.h.
* Obey all crosswalk signals (both pedestrians and drivers) and crossing guards.
* Drivers must stop, and must not pass, a school bus with paddles out.
* No texting, talking and driving.
* All occupants of a vehicle must wear a seat belt and kids must be in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. Kids under 13 must ride in the back seat, when practical.
* Everyone (adults included) riding a bike, skateboard, scooter, or roller blades, must wear a bike helmet. Vancouver has a helmet ordinance.

The Vancouver Police Department has additional information on these topics on our website. Please visit us online:
Traffic Safety
Child Passenger Safety
Bicyclist Safety


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Update- Missing Person (Photo) - 08/23/14
Mr. Gager has been located.

Vancouver, WA:

The Vancouver Police Department would like the publics assistance locating a missing male with health issues.

Robert Dale Gager (3-29-62)is a white male, 6-01' 115lbs. He was last seen driving a 1991 Chevrolet Silverado pickup

Mr. Gager is considered endangered due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and his current state of health.

If you have information regarding Mr. Gager, please call 911 or the Vancouver Police Dispatch at 360-696-4461.
Attached Media Files: 2014-08/385/77090/Gager.JPG
Barbara Cordova Ayala
Barbara Cordova Ayala
Vancouver Police Request Help Locating Missing Adult (Update: located) Photo) - 08/18/14

Ms. Ayalya has been located and is safe.


On August 18, 2014, the Vancouver Police Department responded to the 3300 block of NE 57th Avenue for the report of a missing person; Barbara J. Cordova Ayala, age 41. A family member reported to officers that Barbara may have been feeling depressed and had made statements that gave them concern about her immediate welfare.

Barbara is a light-skinned, Hispanic female, about 5'8", 180 lbs., with long, dark brown hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and black Nike workout pants.

Barbara is believed to be driving a green Kia Rio. The license plate is not known at this time. It may be registered to a family member.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Barbara Ayala is asked to call 911.
Attached Media Files: Barbara Cordova Ayala
M Gonzales
M Gonzales
Vancouver Police Seeking Assistance to Locate Missing Woman (found) (Photo) - 08/13/14

Missing Person Mariah Gonzalez has been located safe and reunited with her family.

The Vancouver Police Department thanks the community for their invaluable assistance in helping to find her.

*** Update***

Paul Mullins is Mariah Gonzales' boyfriend. A photo of him is also being attached in the event that she may be with him.


On August 11, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to the 13600 block of NE 67th Street for the report of a missing person, Mariah Gonzales, 22. A relative, who Mariah lives with, informed officers that she had not seen Mariah since August 5. It is not unusual for Mariah to leave for several days and Mariah did leave with a small bag. However, the time frame that she has been gone is longer than normal and she has not checked in since she left, which is also unusual. Mariah has some diminished mental capacity and takes regular medication, which has likely run out.

Mariah is a white female with long, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'5", 150 lbs., with pierced ears and a tattoo of small stars on her upper chest. Her current clothing is unknown.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mariah Gonzales is asked to call 911.


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Vancouver Police Substitute PIO - 08/08/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police Department Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will be out of the office on Monday, August 11, 2014. Taking media calls that day will be Cmdr. Dave King who can be reached at (360) 487-7512, between 8am-5pm.

For urgent after-hour inquiries, please contact dispatch on the media line and request a call back from an on duty PIO. On duty PIOs will not have updates on any active investigations. All investigative updates are always sent out in the form of a media release.
Vancouver Police Investigate Single Vehicle Fatality Crash - 08/07/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On August 7, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a single vehicle crash at NE Burton Rd. /NE 28th Street. When emergency personnel arrived, they located a vehicle inside the fenced area of a utility substation. The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, Trina Wase, 44, was found outside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating and it appears that speed and alcohol are likely factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved and there was only minor damage reported at the substation. The roadway was closed temporarily while emergency personnel were investigating.


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Missing Endangered Adult from La Center, WA. - 08/07/14
On behalf of the La Center Police Department:

The missing elderly man, Mr. Hirata, of La Center, WA. has been located safe.

The La Center Police Department would like to that the citizens of Clark County for their assistance in locating him.
Bike thefts increase; Vancouver Police offer tips to reduce this crime - 08/04/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police have taken an increased number of stolen bike reports over the past two months. Bikes are being stolen from both public and residential properties, primarily in west Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Department is encouraging bike owners to implement crime prevention to avoid becoming the victim of theft:

* Always lock up your bike whenever it's left unattended. Many bikes are stolen from residential property such as yards, porches and garages, from public property such as parks and schools, and from commercial property including store fronts. Leaving a bike for "just a minute" is enough of an invitation for a thief to steal.
* Not all locks are created equal. Lightweight cable or chain locks are easily cut and offer little protection. Use a quality lock and secure the bike to something sturdy that cannot easily be broken or moved.
* Consider registering your bike. In the event the bike is stolen, and later recovered by law enforcement, it can be returned. The Vancouver Police Department participates in the National Bike Registry. Bike owners and bicycle shops can learn more about registering a bike, as well as crime prevention tips at:


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Police Pursuit in Vancouver. - 08/04/14
On 08-03-14 at approximately 5:45 pm, a citizen called "911" to report that an adult male had thrown a child by an arm into a minivan. Location of occurrence was at 1800 block of Andresen Rd. Per the caller, the described van had immediately left the area.

Description of the suspect's minivan was broadcasted on the police radio channel. Patrol officers located the minivan traveling in area of I-5 Fwy and SR-500.

Patrol officers attempted to pull over the minivan. Driver of the vehicle refused to yield and continued driving S/B on the freeway.

Portland Police units responded to assist.

Shortly later, police units were then able to block the suspect's vehicle at Alberta St and I-5 Fwy's Southbound off-ramp.

Suspect was subsequently arrested for resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and eluding a police vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that all occupants of the minivan ( including two young children ) were related to the suspect. It was found that the incident had started with a domestic dispute between suspect and his wife.

Arrested individual was identified as a thirty eight year old resident of Portland, OR. His name or names of any other involved citizens were not available for release at time of this report.
Traffic Collision Investigation in Vancouver - 08/04/14
On 08-03-14 at approximately 8:26 pm, Vancouver Police and ambulance units were dispatched to a call of "Traffic Collision, vehicle vs. bicyclist" at Norris Rd and NE 18th St intersection.

It was then confirmed that an SUV had collided with a bicyclist at or near above intersection. Involved bicyclist suffered serious injuries to his head and neck. He was transported to a local hospital and later listed to be in critical condition.

Further investigation revealed that driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol. Driver was arrested and processed for a DWI related criminal charge.

Driver was identified as twenty eight year old Nicholas Badger. Nicholas was a resident of Gresham, OR at time of this report.

Vancouver Police Department's Traffic Unit investigators responded to assist and processed the scene.

There is no further information on this incident available at this time.