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Serious traffic collision in Vancouver (Photo) - 10/20/18

On 10-20-18 at approximately 07:20 AM multiple Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff's Office patrol units responded to repot of a "head on" traffic collision at 14100 block of NE Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver, WA.

It was then determined that the collision involved a total of two vehicles, a red Nissan pickup truck and a black Toyota "Camry" sedan.  The pickup truck was occupied by an adult male driver while the Toyota was occupied by an adult male driver and an adult female passenger. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that immediately prior to the crash, the red Nissan pickup truck was traveling E/B on Fourth Plain Blvd.  The pickup truck crossed over the median onto W/B lanes and collided with the Toyota sedan, which was traveling W/B. 

All involved parties were transported to a local hospital to be treated for serious injuries. 

VPD Traffic Unit's investigators responded and took over the investigation.

It was also determined that alcohol was a possible factor for the cause of the accident.  This has not been confirmed as of time of this release. 

W/B traffic on Fourth Plain Blvd at the above location was diverted for several hours.  As of time of this release, traffic in the area has been returned to normal.

No further information is avaialable for release at this time. 


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Vancouver Police seek assistance locating missing person (Update: Located safe) - 10/17/18


Ms. Pearson has been located and is safe. 


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person. 65 year old Karen Pearson was last seen walking away from residence near downtown Vancouver, on October 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Karen is described as a white female, 5’05” tall, 200lbs, with gray shoulder length hair and blue eyes.  Karen has a mental health disorder which requires medication that she does not have with her. Anyone with information regarding Karen’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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: