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Morning Press: Stores mixed on masks; Vancouver police seek assault suspect; former Evergreen administrator will serve 300 days work release

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

Clark County grocery stores grapple with mask rules

It’s been just over a week since Gov. Jay Inslee mandated the use of face masks in businesses, including grocery stores, which had been criticized for both enforcing mask rules strictly or not enforcing them strictly enough.

Every day, at virtually every Clark County grocery store, people try to walk in without masks. Depending on the store, they are either turned away, given a free mask — or allowed to go in undisturbed.

Vancouver police seek suspect in assault over mask dispute

Vancouver police are trying to identify a man who assaulted a woman near the running track between Clark College and Hudson’s Bay High School after the two argued about his not wearing a mask.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. She has since been released, police said.

Former Evergreen administrator to serve 300 days of work release for sex with student

A former associate principal at Evergreen High School was sentenced Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to 300 days on work release for having sex with a student at the school.

Sadie R. Pritchard, 44, pleaded guilty in February to second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. She was arrested in June 2018 on suspicion of three counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

Amid push to reopen schools in fall, Clark County educators fear for health, safety

It’s been three years since first-grade teacher Carmela Lemon fell ill with a mysterious and persistent respiratory illness.

A constant cough, shortness of breath and persistent pain in her back knocked her out of the classroom at Mill Plain Elementary School for days. Visits to doctors and specialists offered no answers, and while her condition improved with time, Lemon never felt back to normal.

Port of Vancouver announces Rotary Way walkway project at Terminal 1

The Port of Vancouver announced Monday that it will partner with the Vancouver Rotary Foundation to create a walkway between the Waterfront Renaissance Trail and the Vancouver Landing at Terminal 1.

The walkway will be called Rotary Way and commemorate the Rotary’s 100th anniversary, which will take place next year. The Vancouver Rotary Foundation will contribute $500,000 toward the project, the largest gift awarded in the foundation’s history.


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