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September 2019

Girl taken from Portland found safe in Vancouver

first_imgPolice say a 3-year-old girl who was taken from a Portland home Monday by her father in violation of a restraining order was found safe this morning at a home in Vancouver.The 25-year-old man, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Yarovoy, has been arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for violating a restraining order.Victoriya Gornichar, 3, was found unharmed inside the Vancouver residence this morning. The girl has been reunited with her mother.Witnesses reported Yarovoy took little Victoriya from her home, in the 10000 block of Northeast Beech Street, early Monday. Police say Yarovoy is restrained from the woman and child by a Multnomah County Circuit Court restraining order.Investigators with The Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force and Child Predator Unit assisted with the arrest.The case was not classified as an Amber Alert because authorities did not have the license plate number for Yarovoy’s vehicle. He will likely be extradited to Oregon to face charges.last_img read more

Veteran honors soldiers as a namekeeper

first_imgThis is a weekend to salute our servicemen who died in the line of duty, and to honor the families of the fallen.It’s what Richard Landis did every day for almost four years. The Clark County veteran was chief of the U.S. Army’s casualty operations center from 1984 to 1987, and was called back to duty for the first Gulf War.“I buried 3,000 soldiers,” Landis said.“All Army casualties are reported to the office,” Landis said. “We initiate the notification process. The office assigns casualty assistance officers, helps with the funeral. It coordinates the assistance and benefits the next of kin is entitled to.”The process did take a quite different turn after one unprecedented disaster, however. That’s when distraught families swept into his headquarters, wondering if their loved ones were dead.Now the retired lieutenant colonel is a member of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, a local nonprofit organization that will continue to celebrate our military tradition as Army units leave Vancouver Barracks.Landis said he also serves in another volunteer role, as “name-keeper” for the Clark County Veterans War Memorial. The monument at Vancouver Barracks lists the names of local service personnel who died in conflicts ranging from the Spanish-American War to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.last_img read more

Students take on monumental task at Old City Cemetery

first_imgAn early Vancouver cemetery was established near what now is The Academy, but the graves had to be relocated when a road through the site was planned. The city purchased 10 acres in July 1867 for what now is the Old City Cemetery.Even history that is etched in stone doesn’t last forever.Sometimes, it barely lasts a century.That’s why some students at Vancouver’s annual archaeological field school are taking a side trip this summer to the Old City Cemetery.Instructor Jacque Marcotte set five college students to the task Wednesday of documenting and recording gravestones and monuments in the 144-year-old cemetery.Some of the markers have been vandalized, and some just have been victimized by a century or more of weathering.“A lot of the marble stones are eaten away by rain,” said Marcotte, a teaching assistant at Portland State University. “They lose their inscriptions.“We can’t stop it,” she said. “But those we catch early enough, we can record it.“You see more granite in the 1910s and 1920s. It holds up better,” Marcotte said.Sarah O’Keefe, a senior at Washington State University Vancouver, was using a tape to measure a family monument flanked by individual headstones. There was a jagged spot atop the monument, where something had been snapped off.“There has been a lot of damage” in the cemetery, O’Keefe said. “It’s sad that people could be so disrespectful.”O’Keefe logged the dimensions in a four-page form. Other students had their own copies of the form, and were filling in categories such as inscriptions, material, design and condition.last_img read more

Hospice patients need handmade quilts

first_imgHospice Southwest and the Ray Hickey Hospice House are launching a drive to collect 500 handmade quilts for hospice patients.Donated quilts will benefit the patients and families at the hospice house. Quilts must measure 60 inches by 90 inches and can be any color, pattern or design. Quilts are given to both male and female patients.For more information, or to drop off quilts, contact Chaplain Beth Johnson at 360-696-5100 or visit Hospice Southwest, 100 E. 33rd St. Suite 201, Vancouver, WA 98663.last_img read more

Columbia River getting huge sockeye run

first_imgSockeye salmon — great table fare, but not good biters on sport gear — are streaming up the Columbia River in massive numbers and appear likely to be a record return this year.Tuesday’s count of 41,573 at Bonneville Dam was a record-high, topping Monday’s count of 38,756. The old daily count record was 30,690 on June 24, 2010.And, sockeye might be even more plentiful in the decades to come.“It’s an exciting success story of water management and ever-improving passage over the dams,” said Steve Smith, a Canby, Ore., fisheries consultant who works extensively with the Colville tribe.Cindy LeFleur of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, chair of the Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee, said the panel of scientists determined on Monday the sockeye run is on track to be the forecasted record of 462,000.The cumulative count through Tuesday is 289,493. The current mark is almost 388,000 in 2010.Sockeye migrate through the lower Columbia in June and July, with the peak counts at Bonneville normally about July 1. They are an inland-origin fish, which needs rearing lakes in their natal watershed as part of their life cycle.The predictions for this summer are for 28,800 sockeye to return to the Wenatchee River, 1,900 to the Snake River and a whopping 431,300 to the Okanogan River.last_img read more

Port receives award for outstanding achievement

first_imgCamas — The Port of Camas-Washougal said Friday it has received the 2012 Port of the Year Award from the Washington State Public Ports Association.Each year, the association honors one of the 76 public port districts across the state for outstanding success in the port industry. The Port of Camas-Washougal was selected from a roster of nominees for the strategic planning, acquisition and development milestones it has achieved.Port Executive Director David Ripp “and his team have put in a tremendous effort and produced outstanding results to make the port a well-respected entity that is delivering on its mission to bring jobs to our community,” the port’s commission president, Mark Lampton, said in a news release.The Port of Camas-Washougal, founded in 1935, encompasses more than 40,000 residents in the cities of Camas and Washougal. The port operates a general aviation airport, industrial park and a 350-slip pleasure boat marina.last_img read more

Two eclipses will be visible locally in October

first_imgTwo October eclipses will give local sky-watchers a reason to get up early in the morning, as well as something to enjoy during an afternoon coffee break.A total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Oct. 8, and a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23 will be visible in the Portland-Vancouver area, science educator Jim Todd said.The lunar eclipse will begin at 2:14 a.m. Oct. 8 when the Earth’s shadow takes a small bite out of the left edge of the moon, said Todd, director of space science education at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 3:27 a.m.; the point of the greatest eclipse occurs at 3:55 a.m. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 58 minutes. For almost an hour, the only light hitting the moon will be the reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets. The total lunar eclipse ends at 4:25 a.m. and the partial eclipse ends at 5:32 a.m.Fifteen days later, on the afternoon of Oct. 23, the new moon will pass in front of the sun. The solar eclipse begins in the Portland-Vancouver at 1:37 p.m. when the moon makes first contact with the sun. The maximum eclipse is at 3:02 p.m., when the moon covers 61 percent of the sun’s diameter. The partial eclipse will end at 4:23 p.m.last_img read more

How do you recognise the Queen for long service

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Long service awards are a great way to acknowledge and recognise committed members of staff, and this week the Armed Forces celebrated one of its most well-known commanders: Her Majesty The Queen.Alongside her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth has been presented with long service and good conduct medals to commemorate her 65 years of service as the commander in chief of the Armed Forces.Holding the post since her ascension to the throne in 1952, The Queen has received three medals in total, one each for the Royal Navy, Army, and the Royal Air Force. Each individual medal has five bars on its ribbon to denote her years of service.The Duke of Edinburgh received a medal from the Royal Navy boasting six bars to represent his 75 years of service.The medal, which has recently been extended to include those ranked as military officers, recognises the good conduct of Armed Forces personnel over a 15-year period.Here at Employee Benefits, although we cannot boast to having 65 years of service, between the editorial team we have approximately 21 years of service. That at least deserves some chocolate, right?last_img read more

Gas station owners to pay 63398 in back pay

first_imgUS-based gas station and convenience shop owners Tushar and Varsha Patel have been ordered to pay six employees a total of $63,398 (£48,438.29) for violating overtime and record keeping regulations.An investigation conducted by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), part of the US Department of Labor, found that the Patels, who own and operate nine gas stations and convenience shops in Carrollton and Bowden, Georgia, paid managers who are eligible for overtime a flat-rate salary, without regard to the number of hours they worked. This does not comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as these individuals should have been paid overtime in addition to their usual salary when they worked more than 40 hours in a working week.The WHD investigation further found that the employer did not maintain accurate records of the hours that its employees worked; this is a federal violation under the FLSA.The operating sites affected, which consist of BP, Chevron, Marathon and Shell gas stations, includes Akash Retail, Caps Retail, Jay Ambica, Shastri, Shree Ambica Enterprises, VRH, Ram Shai Ram, Varsha Corp and Yogi Retail.Eric Williams, district director, Atlanta at the WHD, said: “We encourage all employers to review their pay practices and contact the Wage and Hour Division for compliance assistance. By doing so, employers can ensure all employees are paid properly and avoid violations like those found in this case.”last_img read more

Pitbull Prince Royce hit BBT Center stage

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Mr. 305 took center stage in South Florida, and he was not alone.Pitbull teamed up with Prince Royce to bring the fun to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Sunday night. The Latin duo delivered a full-on dance party.Pitbull and Prince Royce’s “Bad Man Tour ” continues Monday at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Beautiful view of the stadium tonight 👌 pic.twitter.com/a6qWzq23sg— BB&T Center (@thebbtcenter) July 31, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Student returns to UM on new prosthetic leg after 4th of July

first_imgHe said he remains grateful for all the people who pitched in money to help pay for his prosthetic leg.UM will host an open mic night on Wednesday, at 8 p.m., to help raise money for him at the UM Hillel. The event is $7 to attend.A GoFundMe page has also been set up for him.Golden wrote on his GoFundMe page in part, “I cannot find words that adequately express my gratitude for how much hope and support you all have given me. It is a beautiful thing to see how many people are by my side when a tragedy like this strikes.”But even with that support, the road for Connor remains long.While the honors student studies for exams at UM, he’s also learning how to walk with his prosthetic leg.Connor is hoping his passion for music will help raise the money he desperately needs for his recovery, Wednesday night. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – An injured University of Miami student returned to campus on a new prosthetic leg after stepping on an explosive in Central Park, over the Fourth of July weekend.Eighteen-year-old Connor Golden is back on his feet and said he is excited to be standing again while going back to class at UM, Tuesday.Doctors had no choice but to amputate his leg below the knee.New York City Police said they believe the explosive that injured Connor was a homemade firework.Part of the device was tracked to a nearby bakery, but investigators haven’t yet found anyone who might have been responsible. Police said they had no reason to suspect a planned attack.Connor’s father never doubted his son’s ability to return to school after the accident.“Connor is so resilient, such a powerful person individually, and I think he’s going to do just fine,” Kevin Golden said in July at a press conference. The support he has received is not something Connor takes for granted.“You’ll see that I’m smiling in the photo. That’s not just because I’m happy to begin walking again,” Connor stated. “It’s also because I am so grateful for the huge amount of love and caring that has taken me from the shock of July 3 in Central Park … to standing on my new leg.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 hospitalized after policeinvolved crash in Miami

first_imgUpdate: NW 27 Ave and NW 7 St has reopened and traffic is back to flowing in all directions. pic.twitter.com/8y1wR7KOo9— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 7, 2017Police shut down the intersection for several hours as they investigated. The roadway reopened in both directions at around 10 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a City of Miami Police officer and another person to the hospital after, officials said, their vehicles collided in a busy intersection, Sunday evening.Police and fire rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and Seventh Street in Miami.According to investigators, the male officer collided with the other driver, just after 6 p.m.Paramedics transported both victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.last_img read more

Trump creates petition to stand for national anthem

first_imgTrump’s petition is paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, and is on the Republican National Committee’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem, showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country. No leadership in NFL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017After meeting with team owners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes “everyone should stand for the national anthem.” However, he said the league will not change its policy to require players to stand. (WSVN) – President Trump has launched a petition to stand for the national anthem, Fox News reports.The president has publicly called out NFL players for refusing to stand for the anthem as they protest racial injustice.After Trump called for protesting players to be fired, players across the NFL doubled down by kneeling, locking arms, or sitting during the anthem.Trump said the players’ actions were “disgraceful,” saying that kneeling during the anthem was “total disrespect for our great country.”last_img read more

MSD students raise 66K for pediatric hospitals during Dance Marathon

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas were able to raised tens of thousands of dollars, all for a good cause Saturday afternoon.Students raised over $66,000 for pediatric hospitals across North America during their Dance Marathon event.This event, one of the over 300 dance marathons nationwide, benefits the 170 pediatric hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Children learn about boating safety at Miami event

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens of South Florida children got a lesson in boating safety, Saturday morning.MarineMax near Northeast 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Miami hosted its annual Kids and Boating class. The children learned how to be safe while out of the water.Members of the U.S. Coast Guard were on hand to help out as well — along with their mascot Sammy the Sea Otter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Intruder caught by Pembroke Pines homeowner during ransacking

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An intruder was caught ransacking a Pembroke Pines home after the homeowner walked in.Pembroke Pines Police are now searching for that burglar after he fled the home, in the area of Northwest 11th Court and 86th Terrace, Monday.Officials said the subject ran off after the resident came home and caught him during the raid.He got away empty-handed.If you have any information on this attempted burglary, 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

Police set up perimeter after car stolen in Southwest MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a car thief after a vehicle was stolen in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police came up empty handed after an extensive search near Southwest 152nd Street and the Florida Turnpike, Tuesday afternoon.The situation began after officers got a phone call from a man who was following his own vehicle after another person stole it.Police spotted the dark-colored SUV near Southwest 212th Street and 117th Avenue, where they began following the car with a helicopter.The car drove towards the entrance to the northbound of the Turnpike, where right before it got on, three passengers fled the car. Those three passengers were taken into custody.The car then drove onto the Turnpike and traveled north briefly before the driver pulled over and fled from the vehicle.Officials said the driver ran into a wooded area used as a Girls Scout camp. Armed officers helped escort people out of the camp and were seen attempting to lock the gate in effort to trap the subject.After police expanded their search to include a neighborhood to the east, near Southwest 160th Street and 113th Avenue, the subject apparently slipped away.At least six K9 officers were seen assisting in the search.If you have any information on the whereabouts of this suspected car thief, 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

Plane problems delay DeSantis South Florida arrival

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ arrival in South Florida to announce the suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was delayed due to plane problems.A mechanical issue forced an emergency landing in St. Petersburg, Friday afternoon.The twin-engine King Air landed safely.The aircraft is a former drug plane, seized by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Former Gov. Rick Scott sold the state’s fleet of aircraft when he took office eight years ago, opting instead to rely on his own private jet.The state chartered a plane so that DeSantis could make it to Fort Lauderdale.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

People on the Move 021909

first_imgTime Inc. has named Karin Tracy publisher of People StyleWatch. Most recently, Tracy served as associate publisher at InStyle.Deborah Jones Barrow, who previously held positions at Meredith Corp. and Primedia, was named executive vice president and publishing director at Montvale, New Jersey-based Wainscot Media. Recently, Barrow served as chief content and traffic officer at wowOwow.com.Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barton Gellman was named contributing editor at large at Time magazine. Previously, Gellman spent more than two decades writing for the Washington Post. Former Nielsen Business Media managing editor Kenneth Hein has been named director of communications at J. Walter Thompson. At Nielsen, Hein managed the company’s media/entertainment brands, which were sold to e5 Global Media in December.United Business Media Think Tank Services CEO Philip Chapnick was appointed to the newly-created position of group chief representative for UBM in China. At the same time, UBM said Think Services will be merged with TechWeb and the new group will be led by TechWeb CEO Tony Uphoff.SmartMoney named Alice Hagge copy chief. Most recently, Hagge served as a freelancer at Time. Prior to that she served as copy chief at Condé Nast Portfolio.last_img read more

Fayetteville Leaders Tout Strong Community Bonds at Army Commission Hearing

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Commission on the Future of the Army’s public hearing in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, was not intended to scrutinize Fort Bragg’s missions or its military value, but local officials who testified focused on the high degree of support the surrounding communities provide the post.“We here in Fayetteville get the Army,” Fayetteville City Manager Ted Vorhees told the commissioners.The commission’s task is to assess “the right mix between the active army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve to meet the nation’s requirements,” said retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the eight-member panel.Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe noted the close connections between Fort Bragg and its civilian neighbors, reported the Fayetteville Observer. About 70 percent of the installation’s troops live off post, for example. Keefe also pointed out that the county has one of the state’s few veterans courts.“Those are the kind of unique initiatives we take as a county,” Keefe said. “Our county leadership hopes to build on the leadership with Fort Bragg in their decision-making,” he added.Only one speaker addressed the Army’s plan to shift AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the regular Army, one of the primary issues the commission will be taking up.Removing the Apaches from the National Guard would be a “huge risk,” Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rick Comer told the panel. When there was a heavy demand to train Apache pilots over the last 13 years, Fort Rucker, Ala., turned to the National Guard to supply instructor pilots.  “The Guard at any given time had eight to 12 instructor pilots at Fort Rucker supporting flight school. We take the Apaches out of the Guard, what do we do next time? We won’t have that capability,” said Comer, who served with the North Carolina National Guard for 30 years.last_img read more