Evening News April 09

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The parents of a missing Wenatchee woman have organized a fundraiser to help them continue the search, and, The Wenatchee Valley Mall has a new owner.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival has selected former State Legislator and House Speaker Clyde Ballard and his wife Ruth as the Grand Marshal’s for the 2018 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson and Pastor of Gospel Communities of Grace City Church surprised the Ballard’s at Sunday’s 8 a.m. service. Clyde came from humble beginnings as a migrant worker from Izzard County, Arkansas. Ruth was born and raised in Wenatchee. Clyde was the drum major for the Wenatchee High School Golden Apple Band. At age 18, Clyde married Ruth. By the age of 20, he was climbing from bag boy to General Manager at Wenatchee’s Peter Rabbit grocery store chain and Ruth was working at Sears. The Ballards went on to start Ballard Ambulance. They grew the business to include many divisions that served the citizens of North Central Washington, such as one of the state’s largest medical supply stores and the first licensed air ambulance service in the state.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall has a new owner. The New York-based Namdar LLC acquired the East Wenatchee shopping center from Vintage Real Estate of Sherman Oaks, California. The sale closed last week according to a company official.

Namdar owns over 15 million feet of commercial real estate across the country. Mason Asset Management, a real estate investment and advisory company with nearly 20 million square feet of commercial investments will manange the property for Namdar. Their online portfolios say the two companies share more than 20 properties.

Coming up next, Wenatchee Police say a suspected pimp was arrested Friday for assaulting and robbing two prostitutes, and, Some good news and some bad news in the latest unemployment report from the State Employment Security Department. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The parents of a missing Wenatchee woman have organized a fundraiser to help them continue the search. Sherrie Woodle and David Moore appeared on NCWLIFE Channel to talk about their daughter, Jessie, who disappeared about two years ago. Police say the case has gone cold after exhausting all leads. Sherrie holds out hope that Jessie can be found but she also suspects foul play. . .

Jessie’s parents are now seeking the community’s help through a benefit auction coming up later this month. . .

Sherrie and David are both thankful for the efforts of the Wenatchee Police Department and the ongoing investigation. Police say they welcome any information that could help the investigation

Wenatchee Police say a suspected pimp was arrested Friday for assaulting and robbing two prostitutes and holding them and a third woman against their will at a Wenatchee Hotel. Police issued a news release detailing the sequence of events starting when one of the alleged victims escaped the hotel room and fled to the police station where she notified authorities. She reportedly told police that she and her cousin had been working as prostitutes at the hotel when the suspect, identified as 27-year old Damon Ziegler of Tacoma, assaulted them in the room and stole their money. Ziegler was accompanied by a third woman who the victims reported was also assaulted by Ziegler. Police responded to the hotel where they located Ziegler inside his car in the parking lot with the third woman. Ziegler faces multiple felony charges.

Some good news and some bad news in the latest unemployment report from the State Employment Security Department. The good economic news is that total non-farm employment in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area increased or stabilized, year over year, in each of the past 70 months (May 2012 through February 2018).  The downside is that job growth rates locally have lagged behind statewide job growth rates for the past 20 months.

Wenatchee area unemployment has also fallen 1-point-3 percent from 8-point-2 percent in February 2016 to 6-point-9 percent in February of this year. The Wenatchee MSA’s unemployment rate also decreased six-tenths of a percentage point between the Februaries of 2017 and 2018.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

 

Thanks Eric…

It’s going on two years since the disappearance of Jesse Rubio of Wenatchee and police say they are no closer to finding her now than they were when she went missing. The 23-year old woman was last sighted in the area of South Wenatchee Avenue and Ferry Street on June 23rd 2016. In our feature story tonight, Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department commented on that case and also provides an update on an older missing person case that also remains unsolved. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News, recapping our top stories tonight. . .

The Wenatchee Valley Mall has a new owner. The New York-based Namdar LLC acquired the East Wenatchee shopping center from Vintage Real Estate of Sherman Oaks, California. The sale closed last week according to a company official.

Namdar owns over 15 million feet of commercial real estate across the country. Mason Asset Management, a real estate investment and advisory company with nearly 20 million square feet of commercial investments will manange the property for Namdar. Their online portfolios say the two companies share more than 20 properties.

Wenatchee Police say a suspected pimp was arrested Friday for assaulting and robbing two prostitutes and holding them and a third woman against their will at a Wenatchee Hotel. Police issued a news release detailing the sequence of events starting when one of the alleged victims escaped the hotel room and fled to the police station where she notified authorities. She reportedly told police that she and her cousin had been working as prostitutes at the hotel when the suspect, identified as 27 year old Damon Ziegler of Tacoma, assaulted them in the room and stole their money. Ziegler was accompanied by a third woman who the victims reported was also assaulted by Ziegler. Police responded to the hotel where they located Ziegler inside his car in the parking lot with the third woman. Ziegler faces multiple felony charges.

Some good news and some bad news in the latest unemployment report from the State Employment Security Department. The good economic news is that total non-farm employment in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area increased or stabilized, year over year, in each of the past 70 months (May 2012 through February 2018).  The downside is that job growth rates locally have lagged behind statewide job growth rates for the past 20 months.

Wenatchee area unemployment has also fallen 1-point-3 percent from 8-point-2 percent in February 2016 to 6-point-9 percent in February of this year. The Wenatchee MSA’s unemployment rate also decreased six-tenths of a percentage point between the Februaries of 2017 and 2018.

The parents of a missing Wenatchee woman have organized a fundraiser to help them continue the search. Sherrie Woodle and David Moore appeared on NCWLIFE Channel to talk about their daughter, Jessie, who disappeared about two years ago. Police say the case has gone cold after exhausting all leads. Sherrie holds out hope that Jessie can be found but she also suspects foul play. . .

Jessie’s parents are now seeking the community’s help through a benefit auction coming up later this month. . .

Sherrie and David are both thankful for the efforts of the Wenatchee Police Department and the ongoing investigation. Police say they welcome any information that could help the investigation.

High pressure centered over Idaho will produce mild and dry weather today with afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. But, rainy and breezy conditions will return on Tuesday as a large area of low pressure moves inland off the coast of Washington dragging with it a very wet fetch of moisture. We have a 70% chance of rain on Tuesday with wind gusts of around 25 mph. Periods of rain and even some mountain snow are expected Wednesday into Wednesday night with a 60% chance of rain through the period. Unsettled and occasionally showery weather will stay with us Friday and right through the weekend with high temperatures in the upper 50’s to low 60’s.

As we leave you tonight, we take you on a journey down the Tumwater with a local Kayaker. . .

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.