City of Vancouver, WA Police Blotter

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Weekend DUI enforcement results in 4 DUI arrests (Photo) - 07/22/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On July 19 and 20, 2019, Officers from Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments and the Clark County Sheriff's Office conducted additional DUI enforcement.

Here are the results of those efforts:

  • Contacts: 125
  • DUI Arrests: 4 (3 DUI alcohol and 1 DUI alcohol and drug, with 1 involving a repeat DUI offender)
  • Citations/Infractions: 21
  • Warnings: 9
  • Other arrests: 8

These enforcement efforts are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

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Missing Elderly Endangered (Located: Safe) - 07/19/19

*** Update ***

Ms. Holden has been located and is safe. 

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On 7-19-2019 at approximately 10:25AM, Vancouver Police officers were dispatched to a welfare check in the 1400 block of Officers Row, Vancouver, WA.

Further investigation revealed that an individual called a relative to report that seventy five year old Irene Holden was sick. A welfare check at Irene's residence showed she was not at home and possibly walked off. Irene has a small build with short white and gray hair. A check with local hospitals turned up negative for Irene who has unknown medical issues at this time. Irene is not associated with any vehicle at this time.

Any citizen with information to Irene's possible whereabouts is asked to call "911" as soon as possible. 

 

 

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Increased DUI enforcements July 19 and 20 (Photo) - 07/19/19

Vancouver, Wash. – This weekend the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments and Clark County Sheriff’s Office will have additional officers enforcing the DUI laws, in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols. In addition Officers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will also be participating in this emphasis.

Alcohol and drug impaired driving is the leading contributing factor in Washington fatal crashes, with alcohol and cannabis being the most common combination of intoxicants. Getting behind the wheel intoxicated can mean a DUI, if you don’t plan ahead for sober transportation. As a reminder, Uber offers first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in SW Washington have extra officers conducting DUI enforcement throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

For more information on the Vancouver Police Department’s commitment to DUI enforcement and DUI prevention tips, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement .

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

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Missing Child (Located: Safe) - 07/17/19

*** Update***

Fiona Belden has been located and is safe.

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The Vancouver Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing 12 year old girl, Fiona Belden . Fiona was last seen in the area of NE 31st Street and NE 146th Ave in Vancouver Washington around 0900 or 1000 A.M. . She is a white female, 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. She has Blonde hair and Blue eyes. Her clothing is unknown.

If found please contact your Local Police Agency or the Vancouver Police Department through 911 or 311.

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Missing Child (Photo) - 07/16/19

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing 12 year old girl, Michelle Wheeler. Michelle was last seen in the area of SE 34th Street and SE 192nd Ave in Vancouver Washington around4 pm. She is 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 100 lbs. She has Brown hair and Brown eyes. She is wearing a Black and White Grass Valley Elementary school shirt, Black stretch pants with Black /Light Pink tennis shoes. Although she is pictured with glasses she may not be wearing them.

If found please contact your Local Police Agency or the Vancouver Police Department through 911 or 311.

*****************************UPDATE ***************************

Michelle Wheeler has been found safe. Thank you to all that assisted.

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Vancouver Police seeking assistance to locate missing male (Located: Safe) - 07/15/19

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Benjamin Harm has been located and is safe.

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Vancouver, Wash. –Vancouver Police are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate Benjamin T. Harm, 37. Benjamin was last seen at his residence in the 3400 block of E 29th Street on July 13.

He is a white male, 5’8”, 180lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, and has a beard.  He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up hoodie and blue jean pants.  He is known to frequent Grand Central Fred Meyer, Battle Ground Fred Meyer, Fourth Plain Blvd and Clark College. Benjamin does have some diminished mental capacity and also takes medication.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Benjamin T. Harm is asked to call 911.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

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Vancouver Police recruiting for upcoming Neighbors On Watch academy (Photo) - 07/15/19

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department is recruiting for our Neighbors On Watch (NOW) academy which kicks off September 26, 2019. Attendees will receive specialized training in observation skills, searching techniques, radio communication, CPR/first aid and much more. If you or someone you know would like to serve your community in a new and exciting way and support the Vancouver Police Department then consider joining Neighbors On Watch.

NOW volunteers act as the eyes and ears for the Vancouver Police Department through citizen patrols, assisting with special projects like the Out of State License Program and providing valuable administrative support.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit our Neighbors On Watch page https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/neighbors-watch-now-program or contact Vancouver Police Volunteer Coordinator Jordan Macfarlane at <a href="mailto:jordan.macfarlane@cityofvancouver.us">jordan.macfarlane@cityofvancouver.us  to apply today!

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Vancouver Police participating in 7-Eleven Operation Chill (Photo) - 07/11/19

Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police is excited to once again be participating in the 7- Eleven Operation Chill program and what better day to kick it off than 7/11/2019! Thanks to 7-Eleven Inc., the department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee’s that officers will be handing out to kids all summer.

The Operation Chill program helps law enforcement agencies across the country promote positive relationships between police and kids and provides officers a great opportunity to interact with and rewards kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

7- Eleven is celebrating the 24th anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the fifth year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.

Summer can officially start now that Operation Chill is underway!

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

 

 

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Vancouver Police hosting career fair (Photo)(Updated: Workshop schedule) - 07/08/19

Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department Public Information Coordinator, (360) 487-7490

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department is hiring Entry and Lateral Police Officers as well as civilians. We will be hosting a career fair to provide information to interested candidates on the qualifications and testing processes required to join the VPD team.

            Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019

            Time: 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

            Location: Vancouver Police East Precinct (520 SE 155th Avenue)
 

There will be two workshops for how to become a police officer and one workshop on civilian career opportunities. In addition, we will have our recruiters available to answer questions. 

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. -  Learn How To Become A Vancouver Police Officer
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. -  Open House Recruitment Team Meet & Greet and Q&A
  • 12:00 p.m.  - 1:00 p.m.-   Learn More About Civilian Career Opportunities
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.        Learn How To Become A Vancouver Police Officer
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.-      Open House with Recruitment Team Meet and Greet and Q&A

For additional information on a Vancouver Police Department Entry and Lateral Officer career, including qualifications, salary, testing and the application, process please visit our careers page: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer

 

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Vancouver Police Looking for Missing Elderly Female (Photo)- Update Located - 07/02/19

***Update***  Ms. Echlin was located with the help of a Silver Alert, and an astute driver recognizing the vehicle.

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing endangered woman, missing from an assisted living facility in Vancouver, WA. Echlin, Elinor D. (94 years old) left the facility in her vehicle for a medical appointment at 10:30 am, and has not returned.  

Elinor goes by the nickname "Penny," and is a White female, 5’3”, 140 lbs, with gray hair and green eyes. It is unknown what she was wearing when she left.

Elinor drives a red 2003 Toyota Camry four door sedan (670PNT // Wa.).

If found please call the Vancouver Police Department through the Columbia Regional Emergency Services Agency at 311 or 911.

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Vancouver Police investigate body located in Columbia River - 07/01/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On July 1, 2019, at approximately 5:15 p.m. a citizen boating in the area of Tidewater Cove reported seeing a body in the river. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and Vancouver Police Department responded. The individual has not been positively identified.  The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will make positive identification.

 

Nothing further is releasable at this time.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

Vancouver Police Investigating an Armed Robbery in Vancouver - 06/30/19

On 06-30-19 at approximately 1:15 PM Vancouver Police officers responded to report of an armed robbery in the area of Plomondon St and General Anderson Ave in Vancouver.  Further investigation revealed that a juvenile was robbed by several teenage males in the area earlier in the same afternoon.  At least one of the suspects was armed by what appeared to be a handgun.

Responding officers located one of involved suspects in a fast food restaurant, located at the 5000 block of NE Fourth Plain Blvd.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  Per a witness, one of suspect's accomplices hid in a bathroom inside the restaurant. 

Since noone was exiting the bathroom, other resources such as on-duty SWAT officers and hostage negotiators were deployed.  It was then discovered that the bathroom was empty.

Investigation into the armed robbery is currently active and no further information is available for the release at this time.

Noone was injured during the robbery incident or during the contact at the restaurant. 

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Missing Endangered Adult (Photo) - 06/29/19

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing endangered person. 33 year old Janet  Brown was last seen leaving her Vancouver home on June 29, 2019. Janet has mental health conditions that leaves her vulnerable. She was seen in the vicinity of E Mill Plain Blvd Garrison Road earlier this evening. She is 4'09" 200 lbs with Brown hair. She was last seen wearing colorful Base Ball Cap, Pink and Blue striped shirt and Black yoga pants. She has no phone.

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Janet has been located and safely returned home.

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Vancouver Police seek public's help locating a missing person (Photo) - 06/29/19

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person. 36 year old Leif Vigeland was last seen leaving his east Vancouver home on June 27, 2019. Leif was training for a triathlon and left on his black trek road bike. On June 29, 2019 Leif’s bicycle was found at Wintler Park (6501 Beach Drive) however, Leif’s whereabouts are currently unknown. Leif is described as a white male, 6’04” tall, 240lbs, with blue eyes and blonde hair. Anyone with information regarding Leif’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.    

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investigation of a theft of a cat in Vancouver. Possibly related to attempted thefts of pets in the area. - 06/28/19

On 06-07-19 Vancouver Police officers were called to investigate a theft of a cat at the 1900 block of Columbia St (the “Hough” neighborhood) in Vancouver.  Further investigation revealed that a male juvenile subject was involved in the theft.  Appropriate criminal charges were later referred to the Juvenile Prosecuting Attorney’s office for further action. 

 

The Vancouver Police Department has also received reports of possible attempted theft of pets in the same area.  Information received by the Department includes description of juvenile males unlawfully entering the property of victims in an attempt to steal animals.  Citizens in the Hough neighborhood and surrounding areas are encouraged to call 911 (or 311 when appropriate) to report incidents of suspicious behavior, and to take reasonable measures to secure their pets.

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Elderly woman missing in Vancouver (Photo) - 06/28/19

UPDATE:  Kathleen was located just now on foot in the area.  She appears to be in good health.  We thank everyone who assisted with the search.

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On 06-28-19 at approximately 9:45 AM, Vancouver Police officers were dispatched to a call of "Missing Person" at 3600 block of Thompson Ave (West Vancouver area, close to Fruit Valley Rd & 39th St).  

Further investigation revealed that sixty nine year old Kathleen Gravitt had walked away from her residence on Thompson Ave about an hour prior earlier this morning.  

Kathleen has been recently suffering from memory loss related medical issues.  Kathleen has a small physical build and short reddish colored hair.  Kathleen was last seen wearing a black sweater, dark blue pants, and unknown shoes.  Kathleen had her push style walker with her, which was red in color.  Kathleen also had a brace on her right foot and she may be currently limping when she walks.

Any citizen with information to Kathleen's possible whereabouts is asked to call "911" as soon as possible.  Thank You.

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Vancouver Police investigate fatality collision - 06/25/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On June 24, 2019 at approximately 9:32 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to the 1700 block of W Fourth Plain Blvd. for a pedestrian vs. vehicle collision. Emergency responders pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene. The driver reported that he was driving eastbound on W Fourth Plain Blvd. and the vehicle in front of him changed lanes and he felt a ‘bump” and looked back and saw a person lying in the roadway.

The driver, Nicholas D. Moline, 25, of Vancouver, was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of minor injuries and once released was booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide.

The Vancouver Police Department is investigating and no further information, including the identity of the victim, is being released at this time.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.


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