Vancouver Police to end participation in Regional Drug Task Force

Vancouver Police to end participation in Regional Drug Task Force08/02/22

Vancouver, Wash. – During the regular Vancouver City Council meeting on August 1, the Vancouver City Council unanimously voted to approve the withdrawal of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) from the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force.

In early July, Vancouver Police Chief Jeff Mori provided Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins a courtesy notice of the intent to discontinue the VPD’s participation in the Clark/Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force (DTF). Following last night’s City Council Meeting, Chief Mori will provide Clark County a formal six month written notice to withdraw from the DTF. 

“We didn’t come to this decision lightly, but with a 27% increase in police reports since 2020, about 70 per day, combined with our current staffing shortages, we need to focus all of our law enforcement resources on the Vancouver community,” Chief Mori said. “I believe it is in the best interest of the City of Vancouver and our community to return the DTF resource back to VPD in support of addressing the increasing crime issues our community is experiencing.” 

Established in 1982, the DTF is a multi-agency drug enforcement team designed to identify, investigate and disrupt or dismantle drug trafficking organizations working in Clark County. The Vancouver Police Department has dedicated a varied number of detectives to the DTF since its inception. Currently, the VPD has one detective assigned to the task force.

Currently, drug-related investigations in Vancouver are handled by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and officers within the Patrol division who frequently investigate individuals involved in smaller scale drug sales and distribution. The Vancouver Safe Streets Task Force, which partners with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), focuses on identifying and arresting individuals associated with violent crime, of which the drug trafficking nexus is a significant component. These units will continue to handle those investigations and the plan is to assign the VPD detective that is currently in the DTF to one of the VPD investigative units to assist with the growing workload.

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Carol Jean Rice

Carol Jean Rice

Missing Endangered Person (Photo)08/02/22

***UPDATE***  Carol was located and safely returned home.

The Vancouver Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a Missing Endangered Person. Carol Jean Rice was last known to be in the area of NE 39th St and NE Edmunds Rd in east Vancouver on 08/01/2022 at about 9:00pm. She was driving a silver 2006 Toyota Corolla 4 door sedan, CA license plates 5RHT356. Ms. Rice is described a 75 year-old, white female, 5’00” tall, 150lbs, gray hair, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray pants. She is considered a missing endangered person due to medical conditions that require medication that she does not have with her and due to her mental state. A Silver Alert has been issued for Ms. Rice. Anyone who has information regarding Ms. Rice’s whereabouts is urged to call 911. 

Vancouver Police Make Arrest in Shooting08/02/22

Last night at approximately 0138 hours Vancouver Police responded to a collision near 1504 NE 138th Ave.  Officers arrived and found a vehicle had left the roadway and rolled over.  The victims in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.  They  stated they were chased by the suspect from the shooting on 8/1/2022 on E 35th St in Vancouver.  The suspect vehicle was located and the suspect fled on foot from officers.  Containment was set and the suspect was taken into custody near the 13000 block of NE 24th Circle.  Members of Major Crimes. Neighborhood Response Team, Safe Streets Task Force and the Traffic Unit responded to process all scenes and continue the investigation.

Shuderrin Javion Flentroy, 03/04/2000, was booked into the Clark County Jail on one count of Assault I and one count of Assault II.  More charges could be added at a later time.

Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting08/01/22

Vancouver Police were called to the 2000 Block of E 35th St at approximately 1415 hours for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg and a small child with an injury still under investigation.  Officers provided medical assistance to both victims and AMR arrived for transport to the hospital.  The victims have non-life-threathening injuries.

Major Crimes and Safe Streets Task Force responded and are processing the scene and conducting interviews.  Investigation is ongoing.

Vancouver Police substitute PIO August 1-507/29/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable August 1-5

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties August 1-5 during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at [email protected].

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed dates. 

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Vancouver Police investigate fatality traffic collision07/27/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 27, 2022, at approximately 7:19 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a traffic collision at S Andresen Rd./MacArthur Blvd. involving two vehicles. The investigation from the Vancouver Police Traffic Unit indicated a truck failed to stop at the 4-way stop and t-boned a Toyota Prius that was in the intersection. Speed of the truck was estimated to be 60-70 m.p.h. The driver of the Prius was pronounced deceased at the scene. Speed and impairment were factors in the collision. The driver of the truck was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries and once released will be booked into the Clark County Jail for Vehicular Homicide and DUI. 

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. Nothing further is releasable at this time.  

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Vancouver Police retail theft emphases result in eleven arrests07/26/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 28 and July 20, Vancouver Police partnered with multiple retailers in east Vancouver, and their respective loss prevention teams, to focus on retail theft. 

 The June 28 emphasis involved four retailers, lasted four hours and resulted in three arrests. The July 20 emphasis involved eight retailers, lasted eight hours and resulted in eight arrests, the seizure of two vehicles for search warrants and the recovery of stolen property. 

Although both emphases focused on retail theft, in which those arrested were charged with Theft II and/or Theft III, additional charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, forgery, violation of a protection order and the apprehension of multiple wanted individuals were also a result of this focused enforcement. 

The Vancouver Police Department continues to work with retailers throughout Vancouver to conduct retail theft enforcement emphases to address and deter this type of criminal activity. 

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Vancouver Police continue shooting investigation (Update: Witness information) (Photo)07/25/22

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Detectives have now identified and contacted three of the four witnesses. The individual in the attached photo has yet to be identified. 

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The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into this shooting and is seeking to interview additional witnesses and to identify and interview the individuals in the attached photos. 

Tips or information related to this crime can be sent to Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit Detective Corporal Neil Martin, (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Tip Line, (360) 487-7399.

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Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into a shooting that occurred on July 17, 2022, in which an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were killed, and a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were injured. All four victims are out of Portland. The two injured victims remain hospitalized in stable condition and their identities are not being released at this time. The identities of the two deceased victims will be released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, pending completion of their investigation. 

The incident began as a party at a residence in the 3600 block of E 11th Street that started at approximately 10:00 p.m., with 15-20 invited guests, and quickly grew to over 70 people by midnight. At approximately 1:20 a.m., a verbal altercation between attendees at the party escalated, and four individuals were shot, each sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. 

There is no suspect information currently and the investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force is continuing. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Vancouver Police Corporal Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399. 

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Vancouver Police looking for missing man (Photo)07/22/22

The Vancouver Police Department seeks the public’s help in locating Kevin Osterkamp, a 44-year-old Vancouver man missing since late June. Based on a conversation with a close friend, the last time he spoke with anyone was June 22nd. Osterkamp’s Nissan Frontier pickup truck was towed from the parking lot of Lacamas Regional Park on July 18th, but had reportedly been in the lot for over a week before being removed. Osterkamp is a white male with brown hair and eyes. He is about 6’1″ tall and about 160 lbs. Anyone with information about Kevin Osterkamp is asked to call 911 or to email Detective David Jensen at [email protected].

Accidental Drowning at Frenchman’s Bar Park07/18/22

On 7/18/2022 at 4pm, Vancouver Fire Department and Vancouver Police Department responded to a swimmer in distress at Frenchman’s Bar Park.  A 30-year-old male from Hillsboro Oregon had fallen off a paddle board and was struggling to swim to shore.  VFD deployed rescue swimmers, but he had been underwater for several minutes and they were unable to locate him. 

Members of the Clark County Sherriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team responded to assist in locating and recovering the body.  He was located by divers and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Clark County Sherriff’s Officer Marine Unit, Portland Fire Marine Unit and the US Coast Guard also responded, providing resources and a tremendous effort trying to locate the swimmer.

No further information is available at this time.

Vancouver Police investigate shooting at house party07/17/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 17, 2022, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 3600 block of E 11th Street where a large party involving 50+ people was occurring. When police arrived at the residence, they located three individuals with gunshot wounds, one was deceased at the scene, two were transported to an area hospital, where one died. Shortly thereafter, a fourth gunshot victim, associated with this incident, arrived at the hospital via private vehicle. The two surviving victims are in serious condition. Witnesses have provided limited information to police regarding the suspects(s). 

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force are continuing the investigation. Nothing further is releasable at this time.

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Vancouver Police substitute PIO July 1807/15/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable July 18. 

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties on July 18 during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at [email protected]uver.us.

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed date. 

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Lluvia Gonzalez

Lluvia Gonzalez

High Risk Missing Persons (Photo)07/11/22

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Update 7/11/2022 8:45 PM

The children were located safe and returned home. Much thanks to the community for tips.

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The Vancouver Police is seeking assistance from the public in locating two missing juveniles. Anthony Gonzalez, 12 years of age and Lluvia Gonzalez, 11 years of age, are siblings. They left their family home in the Vancouver Rose Village neighborhood around 1200 am on 07/11/2022. Anthony is described as an Hispanic male, 5’01”, 140lbs, black hair and black eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red sweat pants, and black and white shoes. Lluvia is described as an Hispanic female, 5’01”, 150lbs, black hair and black eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing. These children are considered high risk missing persons due to their age. Anyone with information regarding their location is urged to call 911.  

Vancouver Police launch second camera platform testing and evaluation pilot07/07/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 11, the Vancouver Police Department will begin the second testing and evaluation (T&E) pilot for a body and in-car camera platform. Five officers will be equipped with body worn cameras and five vehicles will be equipped with front-facing and rear-passenger compartment cameras. The T&E process for this platform is expected to last 30-60 days.

In December 2021, the Vancouver Police Department concluded the first T&E of a camera platform. Based on that T&E, a revised request for proposal (RFP) was developed, which included additional operational needs and federal grant terms and conditions. The City is anticipating a $1.5M federal grant award this fall.

Once the current T&E pilot is completed, the RFP committee, which includes two community representatives and representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, and the City’s Information Technology Department, will meet to complete the RFP process.

More information on the Vancouver Police Department camera can be found at: Vancouver Police Camera Study | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA. 

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Vancouver Police investigate fire and suspicious deaths (Update)07/07/22

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Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team are investigating this incident as a murder/suicide. There are no outstanding suspects. 

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the final cause and manner of death and will release identity of both deceased subjects once positive identification has been confirmed. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

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Vancouver, Wash. –On June 25, 2022, at approximately 12:28 a.m., 9-1-1 received multiple calls regarding gunshots coming from a residence (4 plex) in the 2900 block of E 16th Street. As officers were enroute, callers reported smoke and flames coming from one of the units. Officers arrived and evacuated the neighboring units and assisted with road closure and scene protection as the Vancouver Fire Department extinguished the fire. This was a 2-alarm fire which involved 25 firefighters including an engine from Clark County Fire District 6. It took approximately 30 minutes to control the fire. Upon entering, emergency personnel located two deceased males inside the unit where the fire occurred. There were no additional reported injuries as a result of the fire. All residents of the 4 plex were displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross. 

Investigators from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team and Vancouver Police Arson Team are continuing the investigation. Investigators from the Washington State Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting to process the scene. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

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Article Source: Vancouver Police Department