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Thich Nhat Hanh, influential Zen Buddhist monk, dies at 95
Author: HAU DINH, ELAINE KURTENBACH and HRVOJE HRANJSKI, , Associated Press,

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped pioneer the concept of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died. He was 95.

A post on the monk’s verified Twitter page attributed to The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism said that Nhat Hanh, known as Thay to his followers, died at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam.

“We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts,” a follow-up post read.

Born as Nguyen Xuan Bao in 1926 and ordained at age 16, Nhat Hanh distilled Buddhist teachings on compassion and suffering into easily grasped guidance over a lifetime dedicated to working for peace. In 1961 he went to the United States to study, teaching comparative religion for a time at Princeton and Columbia universities.

For most of the remainder of his life, he lived in exile at Plum Village, a retreat center he founded in southern France.

There and in talks and retreats around the world, he introduced Zen Buddhism, at its essence, as peace through compassionate listening. Still and steadfast in his brown robes, he exuded an air of watchful, amused calm, sometimes sharing a stage with the somewhat livelier Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama.

“The peace we seek cannot be our personal possession. We need to find an inner peace which makes it possible for us to become one with those who suffer, and to do something to help our brothers and sisters, which is to say, ourselves,” Nhat Hanh wrote in one of his dozens of books, “The Sun My Heart.”

Surviving a stroke in 2014 that left him unable to speak, he returned to Vietnam in October 2018, spending his final years at the Tu Hieu Pagoda, the monastery where he was ordained nearly 80 years earlier.

Nhat Hanh plunged into anti-war activism after his return to his homeland in 1964 as the Vietnam War was escalating. There, he founded the Order of Inter-being, which espouses “engaged Buddhism” dedicated to nonviolence, mindfulness and social service.

In 1966, he met the U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in what was a remarkable encounter for both. Nhat Hanh told King he was a “Bodhisattva,” or enlightened being, for his efforts to promote social justice.

The monk’s efforts to promote reconciliation between the U.S.-backed South and communist North Vietnam so impressed King that a year later he nominated Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In his exchanges with King, Nhat Hanh explained one of the rare controversies in his long life of advocating for peace — over the immolations of some Vietnamese monks and nuns to protest the war.

“I said this was not suicide, because in a difficult situation like Vietnam, to make your voice heard is difficult. So sometimes we have to burn ourselves alive in order for our voice to be heard so that is an act of compassion that you do that, the act of love and not of despair,” he said in an interview with U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey. “Jesus Christ died in the same spirit.”

Sulak Sivaraksa, a Thai academic who embraced Nhat Hanh’s idea of socially engaged Buddhism, said the Zen master had “suffered more than most monks and had been involved more for social justice.”

“In Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s, he was very exposed to young people, and his society was in turmoil, in crisis. He was really in a difficult position, between the devil and the deep blue sea — the Communists on the one hand, the CIA on the other hand. In such a situation, he has been very honest — as an activist, as a contemplative monk, as a poet, and as a clear writer,” Sivaraksa was quoted as saying.

According to Nhat Hanh, “Buddhism means to be awake — mindful of what is happening in one’s body, feelings, mind and in the world. If you are awake, you cannot do otherwise than act compassionately to help relieve suffering you see around you. So Buddhism must be engaged in the world. If it is not engaged, it is not Buddhism.”

Both North and South Vietnam barred Nhat Hanh from returning home after he went abroad in 1966 to campaign against the war, leaving him, he said, “like a bee without a beehive.”

He was only allowed back into the country in 2005, when the communist-ruled government welcomed him back in the first of several visits. Nhat Hanh remained based in southern France.

The dramatic homecoming seemed to signal an easing of controls on religion. Nhat Hanh’s followers were invited by the abbot of Bat Nha to settle at his mountain monastery, where they remained for several years until relations with the authorities began to sour over Nhat Hanh’s calls for an end to government control over religion.

By late 2009 to early 2010, Nhat Hanh’s followers were evicted from the monastery and from another temple where they had taken refuge.

Over nearly eight decades, Nhat Hanh’s teachings were refined into concepts accessible to all.

To weather the storms of life and realize happiness, he counseled always a mindful “return to the breath,” even while doing routine chores like sweeping and washing dishes.

“I try to live every moment like that, relaxed, dwelling peacefully in the present moment and respond to events with compassion,” he told Winfrey.

Nhat Hanh moved to Thailand in late 2016 and then returned to Vietnam in late 2018, where he was receiving traditional medicine treatments for the after-effects of his stroke and enjoyed “strolls” around the temple grounds in his wheelchair, according to the Buddhist online newsletter LionsRoar.com.

It was a quiet, simple end to an extraordinary life, one entirely in keeping with his love for taking joy from the humblest aspects of life. “No mud, no lotus,” says one of his many brief sayings.

Bill: Make fake vaccine card crime
Author: Associated Press

OLYMPIA (AP) — A lawmaker in Washington wants to make it a crime to use or sell a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

Northwest News Network reports that the measure, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Jesse Salomon of Shoreline, would make it a misdemeanor to use a forged or falsified COVID-19 vaccination document. It would also make it a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine to sell or transfer false COVID-19 vaccine cards.

The state of New York has a similar law on the books.

King County, the state’s most populous, requires proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to eat at bars and restaurants or go to venues like gyms and theaters. Statewide, vaccination verification or a negative test is required to attend large indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Police seek help finding missing endangered man, 37
Author: Mark Bowder

The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help as it searches for a missing endangered Vancouver man.

A police bulletin said 37-year-old Zachary Childers was last seen at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Vancouver Clinic 700 N.E. 87th Ave. in Vancouver.

Childers has autism and forgets his name and where he lives, and he becomes agitated when tired and hungry, according to the bulletin. It said he also has mental health issues and takes medication for medical issues.

He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, jeans, and white sneakers with red and blue trim. Childers is carrying a wallet with his ID and address inside. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 225 pounds. He is balding with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone who sees him call 911 and refer to VPD Case #2022-01866.

Ridgefield, other Clark County communities to vote on school funding Feb. 8
Author: Griffin Reilly

Parents and community members lined street corners and roundabouts in Ridgefield on Friday to raise awareness for a bond measure on February’s special election ballot.

Voters in the district will decide on the Ridgefield School District’s proposed general obligation bond: a $62.5 million project to fund the construction of a new elementary school and the expansion of Ridgefield High School.

Ballots were mailed out to voters throughout Clark County on Friday for the upcoming Feb. 8 election. Headlining the election are a number of local measures — the majority of which are bonds and levies for the various school districts across the county.

The Ridgefield bond requires a 60 percent supermajority in order to pass — a goal that failed before voters twice in 2020.

Georgianna Jones, a campaign manager at Citizens for Ridgefield Schools, a coalition of community members pushing to pass the bond, says the previous failures weren’t a huge surprise.

“We knew the timing wasn’t the best, but the needs were so great,” said Jones. “But it would’ve been irresponsible for the board not to put the bond up, we had no choice.”

For many Ridgefield residents, however, the bond is more than a simple expansion project.

“It’s been an issue for a long time. This is our third go at it,” said Jones. “We’re at a bit of a breaking point; Sunset Ridge and South Ridge, we grew out of those schools in a year,” she said.

Census data shows that Ridgefield’s population has more than doubled in the last decade, from 4,763 residents in 2010 to 10,319 in 2020.

The average elementary school enrollment in Ridgefield is 686 students, compared with just 490 in Vancouver and 520 in Evergreen. Schools throughout the district have resorted to temporary solutions for years now, such as filling parking lots with portable classrooms.

“If our schools are going to remain one of Ridgefield’s greatest assets, then the community needs to come together to support this bond,” said Ridgefield School Board President Joe Vance in November. If voters approve the bond, collections would begin in 2023 at a projected rate of $3.44 per $1,000 assessed value. The district projects that for the median home value in Ridgefield of $562,000, property owners would pay approximately $140.50 to support the bond.

The proposed 75,000-square-foot K-four elementary school — set to be located at 7025 N. 10th St. — is aimed to alleviate overcrowding due to the district’s population boom, they said. It would open as a K-six school in fall of 2023 to ease the transition between grades.

The 18,000-square-foot expansion to Ridgefield High School would also provide new classrooms and lab and shop space for the district’s Career and Technical Education program.

Levies critical across Clark County

In the past, February elections have failed to garner major turnout — a trend that’s led to a number of notable levy failures in recent years.

Voter turnout for three school measures in February 2021 amounted to just over 39 percent — an election that saw a levy failure for Battle Ground Public Schools.

Perhaps the biggest measure at stake is Evergreen Public School’s replacement educational programs and operational levy. The three-year levy funds a number of school programs and critical positions not funded by the state, including school nurses, mental health counselors and paraeducators working in special education.

The current levy is set to expire at the end of 2022.

The funding also helps to maintain a variety of elective classes and extracurricular activities including performing arts and athletics.

The estimated rate for Evergreen’s proposed replacement levy is set at $1.92 per $1,000 assessed value in 2023, after which it will increased to $2.12 per $1,000 assessed value in 2024 and 2025.

The district’s previous levy cost residents $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value in 2020 through 2022.

Evergreen, the largest school district in Clark County, also maintains a facilities bond and technology levy — other community-funded programs to continue district building projects and the necessary technological infrastructure not provided by state dollars.

If approved, property owners in the district can expect to continue paying a total of $3.89 per $1,000 value in taxes to the district over the next three years — the same that they’re paying now.

Smaller districts, higher stakes

The Hockinson School District faces its own replacement levy, as well — a four-year levy funding similar programs as those required in Evergreen.

The levy will cost voters an estimated $1.89 per $1,000 assessed value. The current levy, which provides about 11 percent of the district’s operating budget, is set to expire on Dec. 31.

In a virtual information session for the levy on Tuesday, district officials referred to local levies and bonds as a “continuing fact of life in Washington’s public schools.” In addition to furthering the importance for what this particular levy votes, they took time to examine a state formula for student-to-staff ratios first developed in 1975 — an outdated model that now funds just fractions of crucial positions like psychologists, nurses and security staff.

As highlighted in Battle Ground’s fight to pass their own replacement levy in November, Hockinson officials hammered home the message that state funding for less than one nurse and school psychologist across the district is not viable for modern education.

Voters within the boundaries of the Green Mountain School District, the La Center School District and the Mount Pleasant School District will each also decide on similar maintenance and operations levies by Feb. 8.

More information on the ballot and how to submit it is available on the Clark County elections website.

 

Riverview Community Bank executive Kim Capeloto to step down
Author: Sarah Wolf

Kim Capeloto, executive vice president and chief banking officer at Riverview Community Bank, will step down from the company in February. He’s worked at the bank for 11 years.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time working at Riverview,” Capeloto, 60, said in a statement to the press. “I have had the honor to lead a dedicated team that puts customers first. I’m incredibly proud of them. I’m excited to tackle some different challenges, and I am currently considering several interesting opportunities. As a customer, shareholder and friend, I’m also looking forward to watching Riverview’s continued growth and progress.

“My tenure at Riverview really allowed me to continue my community involvement and my community connections,” Capeloto told The Columbian. “The thing that was most memorable from my entire time at Riverview was the friendships that I made with my co-workers and clients.”

Capeloto joined the bank in 2010, contributing to the bank’s growth — it doubled in size during his tenure — and customer focused branch system. There are soon to be 17 branches in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“Of course, we are disappointed for Riverview; on the other hand, we are excited to see Kim explore new possibilities because that’s what he wants to do,” Kevin Lycklama, president and chief executive officer at Riverview, said in a statement to the press.

During his time at Riverview, Capeloto represented the bank at numerous community and nonprofit events, including for the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Share, the Hough Foundation, Rocksolid Community Teen Center, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and CMD Caregiving Services. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Capeloto used to emcee or serve as auctioneer at about 40 events each year.

“I try and facilitate as many of those as possible, so they don’t have to pay for someone to do that job and more money stays in their pocket,” Capeloto told The Columbian.

He served on boards for Identity Clark County, the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the J. Scott Campbell Foundation.

Each of these organizations serves a particular niche, benefitting the surrounding communities, Capeloto said.

“If you can be involved with organizations that are bettering the communities overall where we live, then I wear that like a badge of honor,” he said. “That’s why I’m involved with them.”

The company’s leadership asked Capeloto to continue representing the bank in the community in the future, which he’s agreed to do.

“Wherever I land, I’m going to be somewhere in this community, and I’ll be involved in this community and I’ll continue to do whatever I can to help organizations,” Capeloto said.

Capeloto previously served as chief executive officer for the Greater Vancouver Chamber, before joining Riverview. Before that, he’d spent 25 years in the banking industry, most recently as president of the Bank of Clark County, which closed in 2009, as well as Wells Fargo and Union Bank.

 

Facing tough ’22 elections, Dems want a year of achievements
Author: ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they’re addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently.

Last year, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats notched two massive accomplishments: a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and a $1 trillion infrastructure package. Yet also imprinted on voters’ minds are the months of Democratic infighting over priorities that saw holdouts embarrass Biden and party leaders by scuttling two top goals: their roughly $2 trillion, 10-year social and environment measure and voting rights legislation.

That’s led Democrats to seek wins they can claim this election year in a Congress they steer with almost no votes to spare, often against solid Republican opposition. They’re also debating the value of crafting popular bills and essentially daring GOP lawmakers to defeat them, producing fodder for campaign ads but also reminding constituents of Democrats’ 2021 failures.

”People want to see government work and expect us to help move things forward,” said Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a House centrist group. She said voters will assess Democrats’ agenda for “the impact it has on their communities, on their families. That’s going to be what people think about when they vote in November.”

An early focus will be a $1.5 trillion bill financing government through September and perhaps providing further aid to cope with omicron, the highly contagious COVID-19 variant. Agency budgets run out Feb. 18 and bipartisan cooperation will be needed for a deal.

Other priorities listed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., include benefits for veterans who served near toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars, a measure addressing the computer chip shortage and other competitiveness issues, and a bill combating Russia’s threatened invasion of Ukraine with sanctions and other steps.

But topping the 2022 goals for Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is resurrection of the party’s social and environment bill. It had popular programs to restrain prescription drug prices, send monthly checks to families with children and curb global warming.

After months of talks pitting progressives against moderates, Democrats squeezed a compromise through the House in November over GOP opposition. But in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats can afford no defectors, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., shot it down in December, arguing it was too costly.

Party leaders expect to renew talks soon and hope to have a deal, or be near one, by Biden’s March 1 State of the Union address. Biden has conceded the measure will have to be trimmed but predicted “big chunks” will be enacted, including money for free pre-Kindergarten and over $500 billion for climate change efforts.

Yet underscoring how long and difficult such bargaining may be, positioning has already resumed.

Manchin said rather than resuming where negotiations left off, “We just start with a clean sheet of paper and start over.” No. 3 House Democratic leader James Clyburn of South Carolina wants the package to keep its aid for affordable housing. And three Northeastern Democrats want retention of federal tax breaks for people from places, like theirs, with high state and local levies.

“We have to put everything to the metal for the next six weeks” to rewrite and pass that bill, said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She said Biden should issue executive orders easing pharmaceutical prices and student debt and House Democrats should send popular bills to the Senate and let Republicans defeat them, “so people understand that Democrats are fighting on these particular issues.”

Crafting an agenda that produces legislative success, not just setups for failure to expose Republican intransigence, could be crucial for Democrats in a year with political headwinds blowing against them. In a poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Biden hit a low for his year-old presidency with more people disapproving than approving of his job performance, 56% to 43%.

“Democracy seems under attack on every front; the Democratic trifecta can’t get things across the finish line,” Adam Green, cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said of Democratic control of the White House, Senate and House. He said that’s put many on the left “in a funk.”

And while the economy, job creation and the stock market have been strong and COVID-19 vaccines widely available, concerns are widespread over inflation, the persistent pandemic and Russia’s threat to Ukraine. All this in a year of midterm elections, when lower turnout puts a premium on voting by each party’s most ideological loyalists.

“They’re seeing things Biden put political capital behind fail,” Sean McElwee, cofounder of the liberal research group Data for Progress, said of Democratic voters. “They need to see things Biden puts political capital behind succeed.”

History bodes ill for Democrats. The party holding the White House has lost House seats in 17 of the 19 midterm elections since World War II, averaging 28 losses per election. Republicans would grab House control in November by gaining five seats.

This puts a premium on honing a forward-looking legislative agenda. “I’m not going to spend all my time talking about what didn’t happen because we’ve got three more years” of Biden’s presidency, said Clyburn. “His term does not end tomorrow.”

In one microcosm of Democrats’ differences, Manchin has shown little enthusiasm for extending the enhanced child tax credit and its monthly checks for recipients, dampening its prospects and prompting Biden to express doubts about its survival. But the credit is a top priority for many, and Schumer and others have promised to try retaining it.

“This tax cut for families is just something we should go right back to,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who is running for Senate and says Democrats communicated their working-class priorities poorly last year. “If we do these things, boom, boom, boom, boom, we can start reclaiming the narrative.”

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said Democrats would benefit politically by rescuing the child tax credit because it’s one of the few components of the social and economic bill voters would feel before November. The IRS could quickly resume the now-expired monthly checks.

Others say it’s time to recalibrate.

“When there’s no path forward, then you work on other things that will have very strong impact,” said Democratic Rep. Susan Wild, who represents a competitive Pennsylvania district. She said Democrats should compromise with Manchin and put omitted initiatives into separate bills, such as capping insulin costs at $35 monthly.

“If we can’t get that pushed through on a bipartisan basis, then something is truly wrong with our colleagues across the aisle,” Wild said.

WDFW approves 6 days of clam digs beginning Jan. 29
Author: Columbian news services

OLYMPIA — Razor clam enthusiasts can head to coastal beaches as shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed Friday the next round of digging can proceed as planned from Jan. 29 through Feb. 3.

“We have had some really good digging opportunity to start the new year and are excited to be able to finish out January on some really good minus tides,” said Zach Forster, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist.

Shellfish managers confirmed the following digs during evening low tides will proceed as scheduled, after marine toxin results from the Washington Department of Health showed razor clams were safe to eat:

Jan. 29, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Jan. 30, Sunday, 5:21 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Copalis

Jan. 31, Monday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach

Feb. 1, Tuesday, 6:52 p.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

Feb. 2, Wednesday, 7:34 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Feb. 3, Thursday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Copalis

Not all beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out.

The daily limit is 15 razor clams. Under state law, a daily limit consists of the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition, and each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

The most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide. The early part of the outgoing tides on Jan. 29-30 will occur just before sunset, a rare occurrence during the winter season.

No digging is allowed before noon during digs when low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening.

Details on these and future digs can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/razorclams.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license or a Fish Washington license, are available from WDFW’s licensing website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/login, and from hundreds of license vendors around the state.

To learn more about razor clam abundance, population densities at various beaches, and how seasons are set, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#management.

As Biden struggles, Harris touts California wildfire aid
Author: MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — After a difficult first year in office, Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Friday, taking a helicopter tour in Southern California mountains to highlight new funding for federal wildfire programs.

She was joined by Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Sen. Alex Padilla — both Harris’ friends and fellow Democrats — on a day when they inspected wildfire damage from the sky, visited a federal fire station where they heard about the increasing risk of destructive blazes and outlined new spending aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires and dealing with their aftermath.

She also announced $600 million in disaster relief funding for the U.S. Forest Service in California.

In brief remarks, the vice president hailed the work of firefighters and credited collaboration between governments “unencumbered by politics,” an apparent reference to past friction between heavily Democratic California and the Trump administration.

She said the government is “putting the resources where they are needed” in the battle against fires and climate change.

Harris’ first year in office was framed by the pandemic, a fruitless battle over voting rights legislation and an immigration crisis at the border. The trip to her home state gave Harris a chance to revel in hearty applause. She and the Biden administration were praised repeatedly for their direction on wildfires and the climate.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called her leadership “unmatched.”

Harris’ visit comes at a time when President Joe Biden’s approval rating is sliding, Democrats are at risk of losing control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections and Harris continues to struggle to define her role in the administration.

Her office highlighted recent legislation that provided $1 billion to create plans to help defend communities from wildfires. There also is $650 million for rehabilitation efforts for burned areas, and nearly $2.4 billion for hazardous fuels management.

Earlier this week, the Biden administration said it will expand efforts to fight wildfires by thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide.

As climate change dries out the U.S. West, administration officials said they have crafted a $50 billion plan to more than double the use of controlled fires and logging to reduce trees and other vegetation that serves as tinder in the most at-risk areas. Only some of the work has funding so far.

NYPD: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded in Harlem shooting
Author: MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK — A New York Police Department officer was killed and another gravely injured Friday night after responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to a law enforcement official.

A suspect was also wounded in the shooting in Harlem, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity.

Mayor Eric Adams was at the hospital where the officers were taken after the shooting, the third time in four days that officers have faced gunfire on the job.

An officer was wounded in the leg Tuesday night in the Bronx during a struggle with a teenager who also shot himself. On Thursday, a narcotics detective was shot in the leg on Staten Island.

The last NYPD officer fatally shot in the line of duty, Brian Mulkeen, was hit by friendly fire while struggling with an armed man after chasing and shooting at him in the Bronx in September 2019.

Man arrested in Portland hit-and-run
Author: Associated Press

PORTLAND (AP) — A 22-year-old man is facing manslaughter and other charges after police say he ran from a vehicle collision that killed one person and injured another in Portland.

At around 11:30 p.m. Thursday officers responded to a report of a crash in southeast Portland, the Portland Police Bureau said.

Police said the passenger in a Toyota Camry died at the scene and the driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Another vehicle involved in the incident was empty and witnesses said people had run from the car.

Police later said they found three people believed to have been in the vehicle including driver Ayzaiah Walker, who was arrested.

Walker was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of manslaughter, assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving. No other arrests were made and investigators are not currently seeking any other suspects.

It wasn’t immediately known if Walker has a lawyer to comment on the case.

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