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Morning Press: Bail set in transgender teen slaying, charges in Hazel Dell case, Jerusalem Cafe closes

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Bail set at $750,000 in death of Vancouver transgender teen

“Justice for Nikki!” a large crowd chanted three times outside the Clark County Courthouse after a judge set $750,000 bail Thursday morning for the suspect in the slaying of the transgender Vancouver teen.

David Y. Bogdanov, 25, of Vancouver appeared in Superior Court for a bail review hearing and arraignment about two weeks after prosecutors requested and were granted a no-bail hold in the case. He was arrested Dec. 17 on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Nikki Kuhnhausen.

Girl, 16, now faces attempted murder charge in Hazel Dell home invasion case

A 16-year-old girl appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court to face an attempted murder charge for her alleged part in a home-invasion robbery in Hazel Dell.

Sophia L. Utton is in custody on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. She will be formally charged Jan. 10.

2 traffic calming projects set for east Vancouver in summer

Two upcoming road projects in east Vancouver received the green light to move forward with funding from the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.

The projects, slated for the upcoming summer, are designed to slow down vehicles within the city’s residential areas, with the ultimate goal of increasing safety and livability.

“It’s just these two projects that made it through the program in 2019,” said Anna Dearman, the city’s senior planner in the Community and Economic Development department. “We have, basically, a preliminary project cost estimate.”

Downtown Vancouver’s Jerusalem Cafe closes after 23 years

Jerusalem Cafe, the long-established Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Vancouver, is permanently closed after operating for some 23 years.

The restaurant, 106 E. Evergreen Blvd., made the announcement Dec. 29 on Facebook, and the doors to the restaurant were closed and locked as of Thursday. The eastside location, 516 S.E. Chkalov Drive, Suite 45, will remain open.

State emissions test sputters to a close

After more than 38 years, Washingtons emissions testing program for cars and trucks is ending.

When state licensing offices reopen Thursday, residents will no longer be required to obtain an emissions check to renew vehicle registrations. The Washington State Department of Ecology, which oversees the emissions program, indicates advances in vehicle technology and improved motor fuels led to significant reductions in transportation-related air pollution.

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