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Missing Endangered Adult (Photo)-located and returned home - 10/28/20

Renee Forest boarded a C-Tran bus at the 4900 block of St. James Ave in Vancouver, WA.  She was seen exiting the bus at Evergreen Blvd and C St in Vancouver at approximately 2:40 pm.  She made statements to a bus driver that she was going to Portland and is believed to have boarded another C-Tran bus headed to Portland.  She was last seen wearing a blue coat, purple shirt, and black pants.  If located call 911.  Case #2320-17638

Renee was located by PPB and returned home.  

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Vancouver Police investigate shooting - 10/27/20

Vancouver, Wash. – On October 26, 2020, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the area of NE 87th Avenue/NE 12th Street for a call of shots fired involving two vehicles. When officers arrived, they located multiple shell casings but no victims.

A short time later, dispatch received a call regarding a male who returned home with gunshot wounds.  Officers responded to that residence and located a male with multiple gunshot wounds.  The male was transported to an area hospital.  A vehicle matching the description of one of the vehicles from the scene of the shooting was also located at the residence.

Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force and Major Crimes Unit are investigating.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360-487-7399.

Nothing further is being released at this time.

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Clark County drug take-back events collect over 4600 lbs. of unwanted medications - 10/26/20

Vancouver, Wash. –On Saturday, October 24, 2020, four drug take-back locations were opened to accept unwanted medications. Over 4,600 lbs. of unwanted medications were collected at the Clark County sites. These events are vital to keeping substances out of the wrong hands and out of our landfills and waterways. All medication collected at take-back events is weighed, secured in boxes and transported to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for safe incineration. 

Combined Totals – four Clark County event sites:

•         1,432= total combined participants

•         4,628 = total combined lbs. of meds collected

•             710 = Total combined lbs. of Sharps/syringes collected

History of Drug Take Back Events

Our Drug Take Back Events started in 2010 with one Clark County event site. With support from a Washington State Health Care Authority regional opioid prevention grant, starting in 2017 multiple event sites are held twice annually in April and October and now include partnerships with Law Enforcement and multiple prevention coalitions and community partners throughout the Southwest Washington Region of Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

As of October 24, 2020, these shared efforts have collected 41,875 pounds of medication from 16,820 total participants, all working together to keep these substances out of the wrong hands and out of our landfills and waterways. All medication collected at take-back events is weighed, secured in boxes and transported to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for safe incineration.

Year-round Medication Disposal

Unwanted medications can be safely disposed of year-round at several pharmacy collection sites across Southwest Washington. Sharps and syringes can also be taken to local participating transfer and recovery centers for safe and proper disposal. For a list of year-round collection sites in SW Washington open during COVID-19, visit https://www.preventcoalition.org/resources/meds/ or for a list of medication disposal collections sites anywhere in Washington State, visit www.takebackyourmeds.org.  

 

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Vancouver Police seek public assistance to identify robbery suspect (Update: Arrest) - 10/22/20

*** Update***

The suspect in this case, Anthony M. Sollers, 19, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on Robbery I. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time.

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Vancouver, Wash. –On October 20, 2020, at approximately 10:16 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the IQ Credit Union, 7017 NE Vancouver Mall Drive for the report of a strong-armed robbery. The victim had made a withdrawal of cash from the ATM at the branch and before he could secure his wallet, an unknown male pushed him down from behind, stole his wallet and fled on foot.

A surveillance camera captured images of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

 

 

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Vancouver Police conducting enhanced patrols around ballot boxes - 10/19/20

Vancouver, Wash. –In an effort to ensure community members have free access to and from ballot drop locations, to deter potential voter intimidation and/or tampering with the ballot boxes, and to provide safety for the election officials collecting the ballots,  the Vancouver Police Department will be conducting enhanced patrols around authorized ballot boxes throughout Vancouver through November 3. Officers will also be looking for any non-authorized ballot boxes.

Vancouver Police will not be touching or handling ballots and will notify a Clark County election official if a ballot box appears to be unsecured.

Any incidents of voter intimidation or ballot box tampering should be reported by calling 3-1-1.

 

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Serious Injury Collision - 10/10/20

On 10/9/20 at approximately 2045 hours, police and fire were dispatched to a single vehicle collision in the 3900 block of NE 112th Ave.  The involved vehicle left the roadway, went up a steep embankment and struck a large tree.  The two occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by VFD.

The driver, a 17 year old male and passenger, a 19 year old male, were transported to the local hospital with serious injuries.  At this time, the injuries sustained are believed to be non-life threatening.  The VPD Traffic Unit is investigating the collision.  

Vancouver Police partners with Sea Mar - CSNW to enhance mental health services - 10/09/20

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is partnering with Sea Mar - Community Services Northwest to establish a pilot program to improve access to mental health services and treatment options.

Vancouver was awarded nearly $315k by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) as part of a $2m program established by the Washington State Legislature. Only nine grants were awarded to communities statewide. VPD originally received funding in September 2019 to share with Clark County and Sea Mar, and agreements were approved by Vancouver City Council in October 2019, Clark County Council in November 2019, and Sea Mar in January 2020. After months of planning and project development, field implementation was scheduled for March 2020 but was delayed by COVID-19, and no grant funds were spent. WASPC reached out to VPD in June 2020 to advise that the current level of funding would be available through June 30, 2021.

Vancouver will share grant funding with Sea Mar to add three full-time mental health responder positions to assist VPD officers in the field in an on-call capacity during peak call hours. Vancouver Police officers will also work with Sea Mar mental health professionals to enhance proactive outreach, safety planning, and building positive relationships with the community. This grant will add capacity to the current crisis model, reduce response times for mental health field evaluations, and promote treatment, diversion, and options to reduce incarceration.

When safe and appropriate, VPD officers will call out Sea Mar mental health professionals to respond to their locations in the field to provide a clinical evaluation and transfer responsibility for treatment and follow up care. The intent of the Enhanced Mobile Crisis Response Team is to provide citizens experiencing a mental health crisis with the opportunity to receive care where they are. It is also designed to divert some citizens from incarceration who have committed low level crimes while suffering a mental health crisis. 

“We are excited to grow our partnership with VPD to increase opportunities for individuals in crisis to receive rapid crisis response services to the field in conjunction with officers. This funding allows us to enhance our existing adult mobile crisis program to aid in this effort. We will be responding to the community with a team of trained mental health professionals and peer support counselors to offer crisis intervention, safety planning, and resources,” said, Erica Hunt, Psy.D. Behavioral Health Program Manager, Sea Mar - CSNW Town Plaza in Vancouver, Washington.

This initiative builds on the successes of Vancouver’s local crisis response protocols by further improving collaboration with the courts and prosecutors, crisis responders, treatment and service providers, and advocacy organizations. Our community has a well-established mental health response network, which is highly successful in diverting individuals from the hospital or jail. Vancouver currently requires 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training for all police officers, and VPD continues to invest in police training and de-escalation strategies for its personnel. This grant will enhance access to mental health services through June 30, 2021, when funding ends. While funding is limited for this competitive grant program, Vancouver plans to re-apply for grant funding in spring 2021 to continue to enhance the project.

“We are fortunate for this opportunity to partner with WASPC and Sea Mar to bring this pilot program and new resources to Vancouver and ensure mental health professional are used early on so that our officers can focus on more appropriate policing matters,” said VPD Police Chief James McElvain.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers, founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington State. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services.
Sea Mar's network of services includes more than 90 medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics and a wide variety of nutritional, social, and educational services.

Sea Mar is in the process of hiring and training new mental health co-responder positions with the goal of beginning field work with the Vancouver Police Department in October 2020.

 

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"Drive-Thru" Drug Take Back Events Saturday October 24th - 10/08/20

Vancouver, Wash. – On Saturday October 24, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be four locations in Clark County where unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication can be dropped off for safe FREE disposal. Participants will remain in their vehicle and use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted and expired medications (including pet medications) as well as vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing and disinfecting.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

  • *NEW SITE* Kaiser Permanente Orchards 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
  • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
  • Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal

 

Prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids and inhalers will be accepted for disposal. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.

Vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries will be accepted for free safe disposal at all four event sites. If batteries aren’t removable, check with electronic chain stores to ask if they accept these devices for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations to ask if they accept these devices and for additional guidance on proper disposal.

Please note that sharps and syringes will ONLY be accepted for disposal at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event site located at 33rd & Main (South Back Lot) in downtown Vancouver.

Due to COVID-19, over the past few months some local medication disposal sites have been temporarily closed. For more information about free year-round medication disposal locations in Clark and Skamania counties visit: https://www.preventcoalition.org/resources/meds/.

 

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Attached Media Files: DTB_Clark-English_Oct_24.2020.pdf
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Police seeking information on additional victims of crime (Photo) - 10/06/20

Vancouver, Wash. –In August 2020, the Vancouver Police Department responded to a call of indecent exposure at the Vancouver Mall Macy’s. At that time police had only one victim come forward. However, the investigation revealed that the suspect is possibly linked to other incidents at the same location in July, as well as additional incidents elsewhere in Clark County in August and an incident in Battle Ground in September.

After a collaborative effort between the Vancouver Police Department and the Battle Ground Police Department, the suspect, Ethan A. Richter, 21, was arrested on October 4, 2020 and booked into the Clark County Jail for Indecent Exposure.

Investigators believe there are possibly more victims that may not have made a police report. (see attached photos of the suspect at the time of the incident in August and a previous photo showing his face)

Police are asking anyone who has been a victim of a crime involving Ethan Richter, and who have not made a police report, to call Vancouver Police Detective Chadd Nolan at (360) 487-7441.

 

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Vancouver domestic violence incident results in officer involved shooting - 10/05/20

Vancouver, Wash. – On October 4, 2020, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched toan assault with a weapon at a residence in the 2600 block of T Street.  A male suspect had forced entryinto an apartment and stabbed his girlfriend. Several people inside the apartment were able to get the suspect back outside, where he confronted officers. The suspect refused police commands to drop his weapon. Two Vancouver Police Officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to an area hospital. Three individuals who were inside the apartment and struggled with the suspect during the initial altercation were also transported to the hospital, as was the female victim who was stabbed.  

The two involved Vancouver Police Officers have been placed on critical incident leave, per department protocol.

The investigation into the officer involved shooting will be conducted by the SW Washington Independent Investigative Response Team, led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. All follow-up related to this investigation should be directed to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, (564) 397-6150.

 

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