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Vancouver Police Department to absorb neighborhood parking program - 10/04/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On October 8, 2018, City Parking Services will transition the neighborhood parking program to the Vancouver Police Department.  

Vancouver Police Service Technicians currently handle lower priority calls for service. With the transition of the parking program to Police, these personnel will manage parking complaints and issuance of parking citations in neighborhoods within the city limits of Vancouver.

Citizens with a neighborhood parking complaint have two options to report neighborhood parking complaints. 

  • Call the non-emergency number 311. The call for service will be assigned to a Vancouver Police Service Technician for follow up.
  • Complete an online complaint form which will be emailed to a Police Service Technician for follow up.

Information about the laws and codes related to parking, as well as a link to the online complaint form, are on the Vancouver Police Department website:

Parking Services will still manage downtown parking enforcement, which includes the Hough, Arnada and Esther Short neighborhoods, and municipal parking garages.








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Vancouver Police Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Juveniles (Update: Located Safe) - 10/03/18


Both teens have been located safe and have returned to their families. 


Vancouver, Washington - On October 2, 2018 at approximately 2200 hours, Vancouver Police were contacted in the 13200 Blk of Leroy Haagen Memorial Dr in regards to a missing 12-year old.  A family member reported having information the juvenile, Miriam Smith, had been seen in the area of the park, as well as in the area of NE 136th Ave / NE 28th St, accompanied by a 13-year old male, Colby Bott.  A short time later, Colby's family reported him as missing too.  Miriam is a white female, 5'3", 90 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes and last seen wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt and jeans.  Colby is a white male, 5'4", 104 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes and last seen wearing a black/gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored sweatpants. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Miriam Smith or Colby Bott are asked to call 911.

Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision (Update: Identification of Driver and Pedestrian) - 10/01/18

*** Update***

The driver has been identified as Matthew A. Raivio, 28, of Vancouver. The pedestrian has been identified as Amy M. Walker, 18, of Vancouver. 

The investigation has determined that the driver was travelling westbound on Mill Plain Blvd. and the pedestrian ran northbound, into westbound lanes, and was struck by the vehicle. 

No citations have been issued and the investigation is ongoing. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and there is nothing additional available at this time.



Vancouver, Wash. –On September 30, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to E Mill Plain Blvd. /N Morrison Rd. for a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, an 18 year old female, did not survive her injuries. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating. E Mill Plain both eastbound and westbound is closed at Morrison and N Morrison is closed northbound and southbound while investigators are on scene. Drivers in the area should prepare for detours for several hours.

Nothing further is available at this time.





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DUI emphasis results in 3 DUI arrests - 10/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. –On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Officers from Vancouver Police Department and Washington State Patrol, with dispatch support from Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, conducted a DUI emphasis.

Here are the results:

Contacts: 137

DUI Arrests: 3

Citations: 13

Warnings: 13

Other Arrests: 2


Overtime for this emphasis was covered by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of their Target Zero, Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. 

For more information, please visit the Vancouver Police Department DUI Enforcement page:




Mr Aguirre
Mr Aguirre
Missing Male CANCEL (Photo) - 09/21/18

Missing Endangered - Aguirre, Juan V (88)  last seen at 9612 NE 21st Street at approximately 1145 hours, wearing a blue wool sweater, blue jeans, with mismatched shoes, one grey slipper, one brown slip on loafer, Hispanic male, approximately 6'0, 200 lbs, grey hair, brown eyes. Has early on set dementia and gets confused and lost easily. If located contact Police via 911 or 311 (in Clark County). Case 2318-14524

UPDATE: An alert viewer saw the flashnews and Mr Aguirre is now safely home.

Attached Media Files: Mr Aguirre
Suspicious Package in Esther Short Park - 09/21/18

A portion Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver was closed temporarily today while Police investigated a suspicious package.  

On Friday, September 21, 2018 at about 1 pm, Vancouver Police responded to Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St, Vancouver, WA, to investigate the report of a suspicious person placing a handbag next to a tree and walking away.  Officers located the bag next to a large tree on the east side of the park but could not locate the person who left it there.  Several witnesses reported the man was wearing a mask and behaving strangely.

Due to the suspicious circumstances, and the fact that the bag was closed and could not be visually inspected by Officers, the Portland Metro Explosive Disposal Unit (MEDU) was requested for assistance.  MEDU used a robot and x-rays to inspect the item and did not detect any explosives.  As a final precaution MEDU fired a projectile into the bag to ensure it was safe to handle.

The bag was found to contain common personal items and nothing dangerous.

Esther Short Park was reopened and Police are no longer on scene.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Vancouver Police make arrest in robbery and kidnapping case - 09/17/18

Vancouver, Wash. – On September 10, 2018, Vancouver Police responded to a robbery and vehicle theft in the 3500 block of E 21st Street. The victims reported that an unknown male knocked on their door, entered their residence, pointed a gun them and took their car.

Approximately three hours later, Vancouver Police responded to the 8000 block of NW Bacon Rd. for the report of a disturbance with a weapon. The victim reported that he was working as a security guard and was near the entrance of Vancouver Lake Park when a vehicle pulled up behind him; the male driver exited the vehicle and forced the victim into the passenger side of his security vehicle at gunpoint. The suspect later forced the victim into the trunk of the vehicle. The victim was able to call 911and jump out of the trunk uninjured.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Team determined that Dominique Ray Holland, 10/22/1995, was the suspect in both incidents.

On September 14, 2018, Holland was located and was taken into custody by detectives from the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Safe Streets Task Force and Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol.

He was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault II – 3 counts, Robbery I – 2 counts, Kidnapping I, Burglary I, Theft of a Motor Vehicle– 2 counts, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The investigation is continuing and nothing further is available at this time. 







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