Van Nortwick has edge over Seekins clerks race too close to call

first_imgClark County Clerk Sherry Parker is locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Scott Weber.Preliminary results showed Parker with 49.98 percent of the votes and Weber with 49.90 percent.Parker, a Democrat trying for a second term, received 84 more votes than Weber, according to preliminary figures released at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.Weber, 38, a manufacturing engineering technician for Columbia Machine, won 51 percent in August’s primary.Parker, 63, attributed that loss to low turnout of Democrats. During the campaign, Weber said he became interested in the clerk’s office in 2006 because he was annoyed by Parker’s yellow diamond-shaped campaign signs. So he looked into the job, which includes serving as the Superior Court’s financial officer and keeper of the records.Weber advocates changing the clerk’s position from elected to appointed, which would require voters to adopt a home-rule charter. Auditor Greg Kimsey, who oversees elections, said Tuesday there are between 30,000 and 35,000 ballots to be counted. An updated count will be released at approximately 5 p.m. today, Kimsey said.Traditionally, late ballots have trended conservative, he said.In a race for assessor that pitted outsider Peter Van Nortwick versus insider Janet Seekins, voters appeared to favor the outsider. Tuesday’s preliminary results showed Van Nortwick with 51.3 percent of the vote.He was 2,833 votes ahead of Seekins.Van Nortwick said Tuesday he’s “cautiously optimistic” that he’ll hang on to the lead.Van Nortwick, 43, a self-employed appraiser, kicked off his campaign well before filing week with criticism of Assessor Linda Franklin, who decided not to seek a third term. Van Nortwick argued the county unfairly assesses properties, leading to some people paying too much in property taxes while others pay too little. Seekins, 53, has worked for the assessor’s office for 29 years. She told voters that Van Nortwick doesn’t understand how to do mass appraisals and defended the county’s average of assessing property at 92 percent of market value, above the state average of 87 percent.In other county races, Sheriff Garry Lucas easily won a new four-year term. Preliminary results showed Lucas, 67, with 60 percent of the vote to Timothy Shotwell’s 40 percent. Lucas, a Republican first elected in 1990, also defeated Shotwell, a Democrat who is president of the jail custody officers’ guild, four years ago. Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher, 61, will return to office for an eighth term, as preliminary results showed the Democrat with 55 percent of the vote.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Spring will get off to a soggy start

first_imgThe last full day of winter and the weather gets to nudge us yet further. Light snow begin falling before 6 a.m. Monday and in some neighborhoods was enough to whiten rooftops and the grass.But as usual this time of the year, it was short-lived and caused no big problems. It followed Sunday’s winter scenario, which saw snow fall around the county. Skies eventually cleared Monday, leading to below-freezing temperatures as a weak warm front moved overhead.That was the fourth week in a row where snow has fallen either on a Monday or Tuesday. Seems like it never ends, eh? We may not see any more snow here in the lowlands this week, but we will see lots of rain. (Don’t hold me to that, with the crazy way the weather has been acting). We’ll probably get enough to push us well over the five-inch mark for the month here in Vancouver.The mountains were forecast to receive upwards of two feet of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, with three to five inches of rain falling along the coast this week. The bottom line is that it will be stormy the next few days to say the least. Spring arrives just as winter left us.The flowering trees are beginning to burst into color despite a lack of warm sunshine and the landscape is slowly coming alive. I expect we’ll eventually get a run of nice days– probably in between spring breaks. Ha-ha!last_img read more

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UPDATE Friends mourn Vancouver woman who died in Calif crash

first_imgA candlelight vigil for Mandy Lathim is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Homestead Park near the intersection of Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast 18th Street in east Vancouver.Click here to view the Pray for Mandy Lathim page on FacebookMandy Lathim, 18, the Vancouver woman injured in a July 3 car crash on Interstate 5 in northern California, died Wednesday night at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif., a family spokeswoman said. “Our sweet baby girl slipped away from us about an hour ago. She died peacefully in our arms,” her mom, Denise Ellis wrote on her daughter’s memorial Facebook page.Three other young adults from Vancouver were injured in the single-car rollover, according to California Highway Patrol.Brian Teh-Shiun Jeng, 19, of Vancouver was driving a 2004 Kia sedan south on I-5, north of Weed, Calif., around 11:30 a.m. July 3 when the car left the road, overturned and ejected two people, said Officer Joe Gardner with California Highway Patrol.Jeng and his passengers, Kayla S. Vera, 17, and Gregory Ryan, 17, were treated and released from the hospital after the crash.Lathim was sent to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with “major injuries,” Gardner said. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.last_img read more

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Vancouver gets 750K for waterfront trail development

first_imgA $750,000 grant, announced Thursday, will help the city of Vancouver start work on the extension of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail and Waterfront Park.The Federal Highway Administration Transportation, Community and System Preservation Program grant will be used to extend the city’s most popular trail about a half-mile westward from the Interstate 5 Bridge along the downtown waterfront.Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Planner Jean Akers said the grant was “great news” and will add to a $1 million state grant awarded to the project earlier this year. The grant money won’t fully cover the cost of building the trail and the park — design, permitting and construction along the Columbia River is costly and takes time.“This is a huge project, and it will take time,” Akers said, adding the city will phase the park and trail work as money comes in. “We’re not in a situation where we’re flush with lots of capital dollars.”The trail route and park are at about 30 percent of total design, meaning that initial permitting work and other measures are being done. In an ideal world, some of the park features could be open to the public in two years, Akers said. The city doesn’t yet have a full cost estimate, but it will be expensive, she said.last_img read more

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Man arrested after drug raid by police at Camas residence

first_imgPolice raided a Camas home Thursday and arrested the occupant on suspicion of trafficking in marijuana.The raid took place at 1215 Division St. and was conducted by Camas police and the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force.Brett D. Renfroe, 44, was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges related to the delivery and possession of controlled substances, according to a press release from Mike Cooke, commander of the drug task force.Police said they seized marijuana, ecstasy and cash from the home.Police alleged that undercover detectives had purchased marijuana at the residence.Cooke said neighbors had been concerned about possible drug trafficking at the home. “We hope this brings some relief to the neighbors who just want to enjoy a peaceful place to live and raise families,” he said.last_img read more

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New CocaCola ads tackle issue of obesity

first_imgNEW YORK — Coca-Cola became one of the world’s most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it’s taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.The Atlanta-based company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in hopes of flexing its marketing muscle in the debate over sodas and their impact on public health. The ad lays out Coca-Cola’s record of providing drinks with fewer calories and notes that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind — not just soda.For Coca-Cola, the world’s No. 1 beverage company, the ads reflect the mounting pressures on the broader industry. Later this year, New York City is set to enact a first-in-the-nation cap on the size of soft drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas. The mayor of Cambridge, Mass., has already introduced a similar measure, saying she was inspired by New York’s move.Even when PepsiCo Inc., the No. 2 soda maker, recently signed a wide-ranging endorsement deal with pop singer Beyonce, critics called for her to drop the contract or donate the funds to health initiatives.New research in the past year also suggests that sugary drinks cause people to pack on the pounds independent of other behavior. A decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans, for example, suggested that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight and enhances a person’s risk of obesity beyond what it would be from heredity alone.last_img read more

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Deadly derailment wont stop oil on trains

first_imgNEW YORK — A train loaded with crude oil could soon roll through a town near you.A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail. But while the practice could be made safer, it won’t be stopped in its tracks. This year, more trains carrying crude will chug across North America than ever before — nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day.U.S. and Canadian drillers are producing oil faster than new pipelines can be built. As a result, trains have become an unexpected yet vital way to move this bounty of energy from the continent’s midsection to refineries along the coasts. Not since the dawn of the petroleum age, when John D. Rockefeller clashed with railroad barons, have trains been so important to the oil market.Since the July 6 tragedy in Lac-Megantic, where a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of crude derailed and killed 50 people, there have been calls for tougher regulations, stronger rail cars and more pipelines.But experts say the oil industry’s growing reliance on trains won’t be derailed anytime soon. There’s just no other way to get vast amounts of oil from North Dakota and Rocky Mountain states to refineries along the coasts, which are eager for cheaper, homegrown alternatives to imports brought in by boat.“Stopping crude by rail would be tantamount to stopping oil production in a lot of the places it is now being produced,” says Michael Levi, who heads the Council on Foreign Relations’ program on energy security and climate change.last_img read more

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Blazers have plenty in reserve

first_imgPORTLAND — Saturday night at the Moda Center seemed like Groundhog Day for the Portland Trail Blazers.Facing another sub-.500 Eastern Conference foe, it was another slow start for the Blazers.The Boston Celtics, who arrived in Portland on a season-long seven-game losing streak, came out on fire, and it once again put the Blazers in a position to have to comeback.The Blazers were finally able to assert themselves in the second half. Behind excellent play from their starters — like 21 points and 13 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge — and significant contributions from reserve guards C.J. McCollum and Mo Williams, Portland eventually cruised to a 112-104 victory.McCollum scored 10 points in 14 minutes, while Williams poured in 11 points and four assists. Saturday night marked only the fifth time this season the Blazers had two bench players score in double figures.The Celtics shot 62 percent in the first half, but the Blazers only found themselves down by two points despite giving up 60 points.Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that McCollum’s play kept the Blazers “afloat” in the first half with the Celtics hitting on all cylinders.McCollum told his teammates he was going to be more aggressive than he was in his first game. He ran off screens with more aggression, putting the Celtics on their heels.last_img read more

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Washingtons Most Wanted man spotted in Albany Ore

first_imgA wanted man who led police to shut down a freeway rest area south of Ridgefield last week was spotted on a bicycle about 100 miles south in Albany, Ore.Derral Kenneth Mosby, 36, of Mossy Rock called his dad Thursday afternoon and told him he was at the Gee Creek rest stop along Interstate 5 south with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to the Washington State Patrol. Police shut the down the Milepost 12 rest area and searched several hours for Mosby, who has multiple felony warrants out of Lewis County.Mosby broke into a house near the Ridgefield rest area and stole a vehicle on Thursday, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. He then used a pay phone near Salem, Ore., to call his family.On Sunday, Albany police found the stolen vehicle, but not Mosby. He was last spotted on a bike in the Knox Butte area near the Linn County Fairgrounds. Police in the area were searching for him Tuesday.Mosby is described as 6 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and multiple tattoos, including a fish hook tattoo on his neck, an image of the sun on his right arm and a woman on his left arm. According to the television show “Washington’s Most Wanted,” he’s been known to spend time in Ridgefield.Anyone who sees Mosby should not approach him, but call 911 with his description and location.last_img read more

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Tips lead deputies to trailer arrest man inside

first_imgActing on tips from the public, Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a travel trailer that belonged to an 86-year-old man who called the trailer home.A person who had read about a stolen 1966 Aloha trailer in the Columbian spotted the trailer and called 911 at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to report the trailer was at 219 N.W. 68th Street, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Albert W. Martofel, 42, was found inside the trailer and arrested on suspicion of felony-level possession of stolen property and vehicle prowl.Bill Laubach, who spends winters in Arizona and summers in Washington, has been living out of the trailer. The trailer has a personalized Arizona license plate with the letters “MIHOME.”On Friday he parked the trailer in the Walgreens parking lot on Northeast Andresen Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver and went across the street to McDonald’s.When he walked back outside at about 2:30 p.m., he saw a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, hook the trailer up to a Chevrolet pickup and drive away. Vancouver police responded but did not locate the man or the trailer.After the trailer was recovered by deputies, it was returned to Laubach.last_img read more

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Camas city councilor stepping down in January

first_imgCamas Councilor Linda Dietzman announced Monday night that she will step down from her position about one year before the end of her term.Dietzman, whose third term on the council is set to expire in December 2015, plans to resign at the end of January instead. After spending 11 years on the council, the 65-year-old councilor has become one of its longest-serving members. But Dietzman said she wasn’t planning to run for re-election this time, so she decided to step down early to free up more personal time. After leaving, she plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and traveling.Dietzman grew up in rural Clark County, and she’s lived in Camas for more than 20 years. In her time working for the city, Dietzman has served as a council liaison for a number of key areas of the city, including parks and recreation, the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce and the Community Center Development Committee.The council will appoint a new member to fill Dietzman’s position for the rest of her term. Then, the seat will open again at the end of next year.last_img read more

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95 do not offer a returnship programme

first_imgThe majority (95%) of employer respondents do not currently offer a returnship programme for parents looking to re-enter the workplace, according to research by Totaljobs.Its survey of 2,623 UK employees and 98 UK employers, also found that 69% of employer respondents would implement a returnship programme if the initiative was incentivised by the government, for example, in the same way as the apprenticeship levy.Returnships are high-level internships aimed at individuals who are looking for a new career path or to return to work following a break in their career.The research also found:15% of employer respondents are aware of returnship programmes.72% of employee respondents would consider taking part in a returnship programme if they were to take a career break.21% of employer respondents who have been made aware of returnships believe they would offer this to their employees.46% of employee respondents who have participated in a returnship programme have done so because they struggled to find a full-time job, compared to 38% who took part in a returnship scheme to help ease them back into the workplace, and 16% who completed a returnship because they did not feel confident immediately returning into a traditional full-time role.David Clift (pictured), HR director at Totaljobs, said: “Returnships are an excellent way of welcoming employees back into the workforce, utilising their skills and making sure talent isn’t lost permanently. While returnships could be one of the ways of closing the skills gap the UK is facing at the moment, there is much work to be done in educating employers and recruiters on the benefits of such programmes. We are optimistic that these findings, as well as the government’s support, will encourage more employers to offer returnships and show those looking for ways back into work, that returnships are a viable track.”last_img read more

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2 cockatoos stolen from SW MiamiDade home

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida woman is searching for answers after, she said, bird bandits broke into her home and took off with her precious pets.According to Southwest Miami-Dade resident Isabelle Tanner and her friend, their two cockatoos flew the coop on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., but they had some help. “The back door is locked. [The thieves] got in, they came in through here and grabbed both cages,” said Tanner. “The video shows … a rental van, and they put them in there and took off.”Surveillance video captures the van speeding away from Tanner’s home in the area of Southwest 78th Street and 84th Avenue. “A lot of people don’t understand what it is to have a bird,” said Tanner. “They were part of our family, you know?”Tanner said, whoever took the Umbrella and Goffin’s cockatoos was only interested in the animals. She said the perpetrators came straight for her pets and didn’t take anything else.Tanner is only interested in her feathered family members coming home. “If anybody really has anything or knows anything, we would be really, really grateful,” she said.Tanner is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to her birds’ safe return.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Search underway for Plantation bank robber

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the man who, they said, robbed a bank in Plantation, Saturday morning.According to the FBI, the subject, captured in surveillance images, walked into the SunTrust Bank near West Sunrise Boulevard and 123rd Street, at around 10:40 a.m.Officials said he demanded money from an employee, then took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Hollywood businesses raided by FBI PD

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida business was raided by the FBI in Hollywood, Wednesday.Hollywood Police and the FBI raided a building with several businesses inside, near North 29th Avenue and Sheridan Street.Employees were evacuated from the building.A witness captured the scene on cellphone as employees were sitting on a curb while they were questioned by officials.“All of a sudden, all the Hollywood Police Department pulled in, and they went over there and just started bringing everybody out,” said business owner, Candy Caswell. “Had them all lined up on the curb. Then more showed up. Then they took the keys. They were locking the door.”Officials have not released any information on what they were looking for or if they made any arrests.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Homeowner discovers military gear in backyard

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews found decades-old military gear while digging in the backyard of a home in Miami-Dade, Thursday.A parachute, helmet and even military car parts were discovered at the home on Southwest 283rd Lane off Biscayne Drive.The homeowner called police as a safety precaution.“I was worried because it looked like — they told me — it was a military mine,” he said. “They were in the military and said, ‘You better call the police, you know? Because you never know what you could have found — a bomb or something down there.’”Officials did respond and found no explosives, however.The homeowner was building a new pool when he found the military gear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Thieves steal more than 6k worth of lawn equipment from Oakland Park

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Cameras rolled as a pair of crooks stole more than $6,000 worth of lawn equipment owned by the City of Oakland Park.The thieves were caught on surveillance video, Nov. 27, as they cut through a fence and took off with chain saws, pole saws, leaf blowers and weed trimmers.The burglars left in a pickup truck from Northeast Fifth Avenue and 38th Street.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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2nd woman arrested in Lauderdale Lakes road rage attack

first_imgLAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A second suspect has surrendered to authorities in connection with a road rage attack in Lauderdale Lakes that left a driver with severe injuries.Twenty-seven-year-old Julie Sam has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.According to te Broward Sheriff’s Office, Sam and 22-year-old Samantha Denis chased down 26-year-old Mikaela Barboza to a shopping plaza near Oakland Park Boulevard after the victim had accidentally cut them off while driving down U.S. 441, March 22.Cellphone video captured Sam and as they yelled obscenities at Barboza before they beat her with a baseball bat.Deputies arrested Denis on Wednesday.Barboza suffered a concussion and a broken nose.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Somerset Academys marching band to perform in Washington DC

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida high school marching band will travel to the nation’s capital to perform at the National Independence Day Parade on the Fourth of July.Somerset Academy High School’s Panther Marching Band is the only band representing Florida, and they have the accolades to prove they’re ready for Washington D.C.In 2013, they won the State Florida Marching Band Competition. They have been state finalists for the past five years.The band’s five-day trip won’t be spent simply performing. The high schoolers will tour the Smithsonian Museums, visit National landmarks and experience the National Symphony Orchestra during the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.The parade in D.C. will run from Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets, and it all takes place in front of an audience full of spectators.The National Independence Day Parade will also include other bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian and drill teams.The Panther Marching Band still needs help with the costs of performing at the nation’s capital. To donate, click here. last_img read more

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Teen accused of shooting at Border Patrol officer faces judge

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 17-year-old boy accused of shooting at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer faced a judge, Friday.Joseph Peters is being charged with one felony count each for armed burglary and aggravated assault with a gun.Police said he was one of several people caught lurking around a Cooper City neighborhood looking for cars to break into.He was arrested Thursday after, police said, he broke into a car and shot at a federal law enforcement officer, who confronted him outside of her home.Peters will be held in juvenile detention for 21 days.If you have any information on the whereabouts of his accomplices, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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