Live coverage of Bethany Storro acid attack hoax case

first_img7:45 a.m.: We are covering the court appearance of Bethany Storro in Clark County court today. She is making a first appearance in her theft case in an alleged acid attack hoax case.8:00 a.m.: Storro arrived in the courthouse around 8 a.m. with counsel and her parents. They immediately went into judge’s chambers.Storro wore a blue shirt and black pants. Her face was uncovered and deeply scarred red, still showing the effects of the month-old incident. She had little expression on her face.8:20 a.m.: National media is in attendance from at least two major networks, ABC and NBC.8:35 a.m.: There are approximately 25 people in attendance, mostly media, with the hearing expected to start at 8:45. Bethany Storro is believed to be in the jury room adjacent to the courtroom. Her family isn’t yet in the courtroom. 8:54 a.m.: Hearing getting ready to start. Storro right in front of bench, back to the courtroom. Her parents are in the front row.last_img read more

Shooting victim also target of poisoning

first_imgMajor Crimes detectives suspect that Michael T. Boswell-, who allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head while she slept on Monday, tried to poison her before that.Boswell is now being held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.Detectives served a second search warrant at the home where Boswell, 29, and Jessica Fix, 25, were living, an official with Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The second search was for evidence of the alleged poisoning at the home where the shooting occurred, 17605 N.E. Lucia Falls Road in Yacolt. Further details of the alleged poisoning were not available Thursday night. Fix told police she woke up to pain in the back of her head Monday afternoon. Shot with a .22-caliber revolver, she managed to drive herself to the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground. She then called friends to take her to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.She later was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, a regional trauma center.On Thursday, a spokesman said Fix had been discharged from Emanuel. She was transferred to a third hospital that The Columbian is not identifying out of concerns for her safety.She has continued to decline signing the paperwork that would allow her name to be listed in the hospitals’ public directories. As a result, under strict federal medical-privacy laws, hospital officials are barred from revealing where she is and her medical condition.last_img read more

UPDATE Man 66 in serious condition after minivan crash

first_imgA 66-year-old man was in serious condition at a local hospital Tuesday morning after firefighters rescued him from a minivan on its side Monday evening.The traffic accident happened at 5:44 p.m. on 219th Street, just north of the Interstate 5 exitThe Washington State Patrol said Norman W. Klam of La Center was eastbound on 219th Street and a 1993 Honda Civic driven by Mary E. Wisniewski, 19, of La Center was westbound on the street and was stopped to make a left turn. Klam’s 2006 Chrysler minivan crossed the centerline and struck the front of the Civic and then came to rest on its side in the westbound lane, the patrol said.Klam was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Wisniewski was not injured, the patrol said.Battalion Chief Brett Graham of Clark County Fire & Rescue said the first engine arrived in four minutes.“The vehicle was on its side,” Graham said.It became apparent that Klam would need to be extricated and, “they cut the front window shield out and removed him out the front windshield,” Graham said. He said firefighters used an ax to break the windshield. Stabilization struts were used to ensure the car did not come down on anyone.He said the minivan tipped onto the passenger’s side. Klam was the lone occupant.Graham said eight firefighters and three engines, including a crew from Fire District 6, responded. For a while, the accident blocked the Battle Ground offramp.Klam was cited for second-degree negligent driving.last_img read more

Southbound lanes of I5 Bridge to close overnight Saturday

first_imgOngoing repairs to the Interstate 5 Bridge will prompt an all-night closure of the span’s southbound side late Saturday into Sunday morning.Oregon Department of Transportation crews are fixing two of the structure’s rollers that guide massive counterweights up and down during a bridge lift. Workers first discovered last month that the faulty rollers had detached from their track on the southbound side of the bridge. Efforts to fix the problem have caused multiple lifts and closures for the past few weeks.This weekend, ODOT will close the southbound span while crews adjust the concrete blocks atop one of the counterweights as part of the repair. The closure will last from 11 p.m. Saturday to no later than 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to ODOT. Drivers hoping to cross the Columbia River from Vancouver will have to take Interstate 205 instead.There will be other closures on the freeway this weekend. Portland’s Marquam Bridge, which carries I-5 over the Willamette River, will close both Friday and Saturday nights, according to ODOT. Crews will install a new maintenance catwalk needed to put in signs over the freeway. The lanes will reopen by 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, according to ODOT.Southbound freeway traffic can use Interstate 405 to get through Portland during the closures.Neither weekend closure — on the I-5 Bridge or the Marquam Bridge — will affect northbound traffic.last_img read more

Peace and Justice Fair scheduled for Saturday

first_imgThe ninth annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair will be in Esther Short Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.The fair, which is not centered on politics, has a goal of promoting peace and justice in the community and the world.About 60 groups are expected to host exhibits at the free fair, including Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.Activities include face painting for children, live entertainment, food and a community sing-along.last_img

Mobile food bank open Wednesday

first_imgA local nonprofit is continuing its once-a-month test of Wednesday evening food distributions.The Lewis River Mobile Food Bank will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Fire & Rescue station at 38615 N.E. 41st Ave. The distribution site is about three miles northeast of La Center, near Highland Lutheran Church.The mobile food bank has been helping hungry people in north Clark County for almost three years, with Sunday afternoon distribution sessions in four locations.Now the food bank is seeing if it can widen its clientele by expanding the schedule.“It’s a pilot program on Wednesdays to see if there are people we are not reaching, who can’t come on Sundays,” said Candice Howell, one of the organizers.“As far as I know, no other food banks in Clark County are open during the evening,” Howell said.That can be an issue for some of the working poor who live in rural areas. By the time they can drive to a food bank after work, it’s closed, Howell said.“We decided to try a weeknight, to see if there were some people we could reach,” Howell said.The mobile food bank started the pilot program on Sept. 12; people from two households came by for groceries, she said.“Neither were able to come on Sundays, and they were happy to see us there on Wednesday,” she said.The pilot program’s final Wednesday distribution will be Nov. 14.Then the food bank’s board will decide whether to continue the Wednesday distributions, Howell said.The normal monthly schedule, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:• First Sunday: View Fire Station, 37604 N.E. 119th Avenue, La Center;• Second Sunday: Fire District 2 station, 314 N.W. 389th St., La Center;• Third Sunday: Yacolt Evangelical Free Church, 509 W. Cushman, Yacolt;• Fourth Sunday: La Center Evangelical Free Church, 111 E. Fifth St., La Center.People interested in helping can call the food bank’s message line at 360-263-5763 or email howell_clz@yahoo.com.last_img read more

Rivers defends state drycleaning charges

first_imgState Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said Wednesday that out of several reimbursements she’s allowed to charge to the state, she only asks to be reimbursed for her mileage and her dry cleaning during the session.She tops the Associated Press’ list of lawmakers charging dry-cleaning expenses since the start of 2011. Rivers, who was a House member until appointed to the Senate last summer, charged $519 for dry cleaning. Despite those charges, Rivers said, “you’ll always find money left in my expense account.”Legislators may be reimbursed for several job-related expenses, including in-state airfare, shipping, conventions related to the Legislature, office supplies, meals and lodging.“We’re expected to wear a suit every day,” Rivers said. “After a while the dry cleaning piles up. … You should look nice and you should smell nice and you should be doing the work of the people.”Rivers also pointed out that in 2011, she took a voluntary, 3 percent pay cut in her legislative salary. Legislative salaries are $42,106 a year.last_img read more

Camas rallies to replace vandalized headstone

first_imgA name, dates of birth and death, and a quote from the Bible: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Timothy 4:7.That’s most of what anyone knows of Alexander Stuber, the man whose gravestone was smashed into pieces last fall.Police were called at 11:40 p.m. Oct. 23 and found that 15 headstones in Camas Cemetery had been toppled.Camas police investigated the incident and by the next day had arrested Michael Garwood, 21, of Camas. He originally faced 15 counts of violating laws that protect cemeteries and second-degree criminal mischief, but the prosecuting attorney’s office didn’t file the charges. Charges against Garwood could be filed later, Sgt. Scot Boyles said. The case remains open, and police are actively looking for a second suspect.Most of the gravestones were pushed off their base, so crews put them upright the next morning. Stuber’s marker though, made of 2-inch thick marble, was smashed beyond repair.“I’ve always dreaded that some day this might happen,” said Ed Senchyna, senior grounds maintenance worker at Camas Cemetery.Senchyna said they don’t know if Stuber has any living family. When a gravestone is destroyed and the deceased has no known relatives, Senchyna said, the grave often goes unmarked.But the community wouldn’t have it.Despite the little knowledge of Stuber — he died in 1908 at age 41 — that didn’t stop the community from making sure the man had a proper grave marker.last_img read more

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to feature two pianists

first_imgo What: Orli Shaham and Igal Kesselman play Mozart’s concerto for two pianos with the Vancouver Symphony under Salvador Brotons.o When: 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.o Where: Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.o Cost: $50 reserved; $35 general; $30 seniors; $10 students.o Information: 360-735-7278 or Vancouver Symphony Orchestra website.“We are doing the original gender performance,” said Orli Shaham with a laugh. Shaham was referring to the Mozart concerto for two pianos that will feature her and Igal Kesselman with the Vancouver Symphony this weekend. Mozart wrote the concerto for two pianos so that he could play it with his sister Maria Anna, who Mozart referred to as “Nannerl.”“It will be sort of like the authentic version,” added Shaham, “I will play the first piano part, which was played by Nannerl, and Igal will play the second piano part, which is what Mozart played.”“The first piano is written in a higher register than the second,” noted Kesselman. “The writing is very beautiful and complementary in the sense that Mozart generously threads the musical material between the two pianists. Sometimes they repeat the musical material in slightly different ways. Sometimes they play together in a complementary fashion. It’s a dialogue or conversation between two people who like each other and get along in a playful way. They share thoughts and musical ideas. Sometimes the music is vigorous and lyrical. Other times, it is delicate and refined.”The two grand pianos will be placed on stage in front of the orchestra so that the pianists can face each other. The trick will be to balance the sound with each other and with the orchestra.“Some of the passages are exchanged from one pianist to the other and then to the orchestra,” remarked Shaham. “It’s as if the orchestra is the third pianist.”last_img read more

Sands China says 25 of shuttle bus fleet now running on clean

first_img Mass market segment helps Sands China to 1.4% revenue growth in 2Q19 Sands China Ltd has revealed that 25% of its guest shuttle bus fleet is now running on compressed natural gas (CNG) technology as Macau’s concerted push to become a “clean city” picks up steam.In a Monday announcement, the company said it now operates a total of 38 clean energy buses, having been the first Macau integrated resort to use CNG-powered buses when it rolled out 30 for the launch of the Parisian Macao in September 2016. The Parisian’s entire fleet operates on clean energy. Sands China was also the first to operate an all-electric bus, which was introduced as a team member shuttle in November 2014.The Macau IR operator said it plans to have 30% of its fleet running on clean energy by the end of the year with that number to push skyward in 2019 and beyond.“Sands China is very pleased to support the sustainability initiatives of the Macao SAR government,” said Mark McWhinnie, Sands China’s Senior Vice President of resort operations and development.“Sustainable operations are at the core of our business philosophy and utilizing clean energy vehicles is one of the many ways we work to decrease our carbon footprint and lesson our environmental impact. Sands China is a proud member of the Macau community and we consider it a responsibility and a privilege to be the environmental stewards for future generations.” Macau casino stocks enjoy strongest day since December on rising GGR Sands China announces special one-off award for 99% of staff RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

Andrew Page to pay all staff the national living wage

first_imgAndrew Page is to pay all of its 2,600 employees at least the national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour.The distributor of vehicle components and workshop equipment will pay all its staff over 18 the new rate, which comes into force in April 2016.The national living wage, announced by chancellor George Osborne in the Summer Budget 2015, is only mandatory for workers aged 25 and over.The organisation is implementing the new rate for all staff in order to recognise the efforts of its younger workers.Mark Saunders, chief executive officer at Andrew Page, said: “The significant levels of investment we made in 2015 have had a positive impact on sales performance, which has led to us being able to offer this wage increase to our team members aged 18 and above.”Jim Sumner, chairman at Andrew Page, added: “Changes to employment legislation such as this will always have an impact on the industry because they ultimately affect an organisation’s operating costs. We are in a strong position to not just accept but go beyond these changes.”“We recognise that our staff play a huge role in the success of the organisation, so we want to ensure we retain that talent by sharing our success. All team members are responsible in part for the continued growth of the network, and the younger members of the team are the future of the organisation so should be treated the same way as the rest of the team.”last_img read more

Court Documents Burglary suspect used stolen human brain to smoke pot

first_imgCourt documents also revealed Long gave the brain a nickname: “Freddy.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WSVN) — A Pennsylvania man is facing some serious charges after, police said, he used a stolen human brain to smoke marijuana.On Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police charged 26-year-old Joshua Long with abuse of a corpse. According to court documents, Long would frequent the Penn Township home of Robby Zoller and Angela Micklo. While there, authorities said, Long would soak marijuana in the brain’s formaldehyde, and he and Zoller would “smoke ‘wet,’” causing an intense, hallucinating and dangerous high.FOX 43 in Central Pennsylvania reported that Long’s aunt found the brain inside a Wal-Mart bag under the front porch of a vacant trailer home while she was cleaning it, June 21. She then contacted police.On Friday, next-door neighbor Pat Beck discovered what was inside the bag. “It just scares me to death,” Beck told FOX 43. “I didn’t think they were that kind of people, but nowadays, you never know.”Police said Long and Zoller used to live at the vacant trailer home and are wanted in connection to multiple burglaries. Long was already in Cumberland County Prison on several burglary charges.According to court documents, Zoller and Micklo had been “on the run” for the past five weeks.State police returned the brain to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall, who confirmed the brain was real and belonged to an adult human. Hall also concluded, according to court records, the brain was most likely a teaching specimen. last_img read more

Naked pizza thief breaks into Baltimore restaurant

first_imgBALTIMORE (WSVN) – An alleged thief at a Baltimore pizza restaurant was caught on camera, but there’s a catch: He was nude.According to surveillance video, the burglar lost his pants while gaining entry through the roof vent. “Yeah, seeing it — it was weird knowing that someone was, like, naked running around the store,” said an employee.His bottomless situation did not stop him from continuing to try and steal inside of the restaurant. However, the robber failed to escape with any money.“Everybody’s mouths just dropped, and we couldn’t help but laugh,” said another employee. “That’s not something that happens every day, and it was really funny to see that.”The man caused over $1,000 worth of damage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3 airlifted after Key West crash

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – People were airlifted, Sunday, after a crash in Key West.The crash, officials said, happened Sunday night at Mile Marker 70 on U.S. 1. Three people were airlifted from the scene.Florida Highway Patrol’s investigation remains ongoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

4 hospitalized after boat crash in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took four people to the hospital after, officials said, two boats collided in Fort Lauderdale, overnight Sunday.According to a witness, a boat didn’t have its headlights on when it crashed into the vessel head on, on the Intracoastal Waterway, near a sports bar on Northeast 32nd Avenue.“Several boats were involved, and there are several injuries, and they were extensive enough to be transported to the hospital,” said Tyson Matthews of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.One man fell off the vessel and hit his head. The injuries sustained by the others are unclear.“It’s really sad. Honestly, people should be more careful,” said witness Gabi Downey. “I’m not exactly sure why they didn’t have their headlights on.”The four victims were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. Their condition is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Skunk saved from water pipe in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom One unit responded to a call, Wednesday, to help a skunk stuck in a water pipe.The wild skunk was affectionately nicknamed Pepe by the crew working to get him out.The crew said Pepe was seeking refuge near Old Dixie Highway when he got stuck in a tight spot.Pepe was safely pulled from the pipe and released back into the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

InterContinental Miami hosts annual MakeAWish Ball

first_imgThroughout the years, the ball has raised more than $21 million.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The InterContinental Miami hosted a night of dinner and dancing at the 23rd annual Make-A-Wish Ball, Saturday.The star-studded event honored members of the organization who help grant wishes to children battling life-threatening medical conditions. 7News’ own Alex de Armas, a strong supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was also in attendanceThis year’s theme was “Mystical Music Box,” inspired by majestic animals and fantasy.Actress and filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar was proud to return as emcee alongside her husband and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida board chairman, Shareef Malnik.“Giving children joy is a wonderful vocation,” said Anwar, “but when they’re ill and they’ve suffered so much, it’s just something they actually deserve to feel is a release — a relief of pressure and tension and their health.”“It could be hundreds of wishes that can be possible at the end of this night,” said Richard Kelly, COO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, “and more than that, it’s a community coming together to help kids that are less fortunate, that maybe can’t come to an event like this or can’t experience something, that they can get wishes too.”Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg and “The Voice” winner Alisan Porter performed at the big event. last_img read more

Florida nonprofit donates over 17000 in equipment to Plantation PD

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida restaurant gave a big donation to the Plantation Police Department.Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation gifted over $17,000 worth of life-saving equipment to the police department.“The foundation, not only what they’ve done for Plantation, and it’s not just the police department. It’s also the residents of Plantation that are the benefactors of this donation,” said Plantation Police Deputy Chief Mark Wendt.The equipment purchased will be issued to help the department’s K9 handlers, to protect officers and their dogs during emergency situations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2 caught on camera stealing NW MiamiDade roof companys truck

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A duo was captured on camera working to steal the company truck from a South Florida business.Surveillance video captured one of the crooks as he used bolt cutters and an electric saw to break through the gate at a roofing company in Northwest Miami-Dade, along Northwest 98th Street and Seventh Avenue, Friday.His accomplice then managed to get into the business.That’s when they hot-wired one of the company’s trucks and took off.“We’re at the peak of the season, and it’s obviously one of the vehicles we depend on to carry on for the work, so it hurt us,” said employee Carlos Piti. “OK, it sets us back, and of course, it costs us money to replace.”If you see this truck, or have any information on this burglary, 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