Police Blotter Vancouver Washington, updated daily from live streams.

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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Volunteers from the Vancouver Police NOW (Neighbors On Watch) join Senior Wellness Check Program - 09/29/20

Vancouver, Wash. – Volunteers from the Vancouver Police NOW (Neighbors On Watch) will join the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary in the Senior Wellness Check Program.

The program began in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolation is already a concern for elderly or homebound individuals and the pandemic created increased isolation and stress. 

Calls are made at a pre-arranged time and frequency that is mutually agreed upon by the volunteer and participant and a log is kept verifying that contact was made. If contact is not made after three attempts and the emergency contact cannot be reached, law enforcement will be dispatched to perform a welfare check. The program currently has 17 participants and to date there have been no welfare checks needed.

All volunteers have been background checked and have attended an extensive training academy through the law enforcement agency they volunteer with.

Residents of Clark County who live alone are encouraged to sign-up for this free program.

Applications can be requested from the Sheriff’s Office Outreach Unit at 564-397-3380 or email: <a href="mailto:sheriffcommunityoutreach@clark.wa.gov">sheriffcommunityoutreach@clark.wa.gov .

 

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Vancouver Police investigate assault and arson - 09/28/20

Vancouver, Wash. –On September 28, 2020, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to an assault and arson in the area of 19th/Markle Avenue.  A male associated with the residence located at 1101 W 19th Street assaulted his neighbor and then lit his own residence on fire. Based on information that the suspect may be armed, Vancouver Police contained the area in an attempt to locate the suspect and Vancouver Fire personnel were kept at a safe distance. Several neighboring residences were evacuated.

 

The fire produced high heat and heavy amounts of smoke, making it difficult to locate the suspect or search the property.  Once smoke and fire danger was diminished, a Vancouver Police K9 was deployed and located the suspect hiding in the yard of the residence in an area that was not burning.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

Allan T. McCall, 59, was arrested for one count of Assault I. The arson investigation is continuing.

Nothing further will be released tonight.

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Missing Child (Photo) - 09/28/20

 

**********Update**********  Nash has been located and is safe.******************

 

The Vancouver Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing child by the name of Nash H.L. Modin. Nash is described as a 13 year old Caucasian male, 5'6", 120lbs, Blue eyes, and Brown hair. Nash was last seen wearing dark colored pants and a grey sweatshirt with dark blue sleeves. Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD, via 911/311!

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Vancouver Police asking for assistance in locating missing endangered, Megan Holien (Photo) (Updated) - 09/21/20

****Update****  Megan was located by family and returned safely home. 

 

The Vancouver Police Department is asking for assistance in locating missing endangered Megan Holien.  She is described as 18 years old, white female, 5'00" tall, 120 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes.  Megan was last wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and unknown color pajama pants.  Megan was last seen in the area of 14000 SE Cascade Park Dr in Vancouver, Washington around 1415 hours on 09/21/2020.  If you have any information please call 911. 

Attached Media Files: Megan Holien

Content retrieved from: https://www.flashalert.net/id/VancouverPD.