Evening News December 12, 2018

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

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Traffic on Blewett Pass was blocked for almost four hours late Tuesday and early this morning after a northbound driver attempted to pass a disabled semi near the summit, lost control and hit another semi. The woman who was arrested for the acts of vandalism against the Wenatchee Police station was sentenced in Court yesterday, and, A new trial has been ordered in the case of a man who was convicted of murdering his mother’s ex-boyfriend ten years ago in East Wenatchee.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Eastmont High School was locked down for about a half hour this afternoon and a student taken into custody after a social media post threatened a shooting at the school.

The post on Twitter said “I want to shoot up WHS and EHS.” Wenatchee High School was not locked down but there was increased security, said Assistant Superintendent John DeJong. He said because it was an Eastmont student they did not see an immediate threat to the Wenatchee school.

Law enforcement was called to Eastmont shortly before 2:00 p.m. and by 2:20, the student was in custody and normal scheduling resumed.

The Police Department-issued rifle removed from a secure safe at Wenatchee High School earlier this year will now be returned to the school.

The motion was made to return the school’s resource officer’s firearm and the board voted unanimously to return it at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Superintendent Brian Flones ordered the weapon removed last January due to school board concerns. Following a letter to the school board requesting the gun be returned to the high school, Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown made his case. . .

Wenatchee High School Principal Eric Anderson said the District’s parent advisory committee also overwhelmingly wanted the rifle returned to the school. . .

Also at last night’s meeting, with tension definitely in the air, Sunny Hemphill was elected President and Laura Jaecks was voted Vice President. Hemphill was nominated by outgoing President Michelle Sandberg and  seconded by Sarah Knox while Laura Jaecks nominated herself for Board President but received no support.

Traffic on Blewett Pass was blocked for almost four hours late Tuesday and early Wednesday after a northbound driver attempted to pass a disabled semi near the summit, lost control and hit another semi.

The driver of the semi that was hit had stopped to help the other trucker, who was parked on the southbound shoulder, the Washington State Patrol said. 42-year old Jawn Angus of Seattle, who was driving a 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, was cited for driving too fast for conditions. Both his vehicle and the semi, which was driven by 41-year old Travis Breckenridge of Waterville, had to be towed from the scene. The accident happened about 11:15 p.m.

Do you remember these images from back in May showing damage to Wenatchee Police Department buildings and patrol cars? The woman who was arrested for the acts of vandalism was sentenced in Court yesterday to one year in prison.

Brittney M. Watson pled guilty to second degree malicious mischief after she smashed the windows at the former and current police stations and then broke the windows of a patrol vehicle that was parked in the police garage. Watson’s motives were unclear. She reportedly pled guilty after a plea deal with prosecutors.

A new trial has been ordered in the case of a man who was convicted of murdering his mother’s ex-boyfriend ten years ago in East Wenatchee. Christopher Martin Owens received a new trial after he successfully appealed his first degree murder conviction in 2011 based on his claim that his attorney failed to include key evidence. That verdict followed his first trial in 2009 that ended in a hung jury. Owens is accused in the December 23rd, 2008 shooting death of Richard Tyler at Owen’s mother’s home. She had separated from Tyler but he was killed when he returned to the home to collect some items. Owen’s claimed he shot the victim for fear he would harm his mother who had also filed for a restraining order against Tyler. Owens new trial in Douglas County Superior Court is scheduled to start January 8th. He’s currently in custody on one million dollars bail.

Coming up next, Confluence Health will be raising the minimum wage it pays its employees to $15 an hour starting January 4th. The 32 candidates for the 2019 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty have been announced, and, The Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce heard an update this morning from area politicians on what to expect this next legislative session. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Confluence Health will be raising the minimum wage it pays its employees to $15 an hour starting January 4th. It will mean a pay raise for about 450 employees. Those workers currently are paid the state minimum wage of $11.50 an hour, which would have risen to $13 an hour in January. The new wage will be for full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Confluence Health, which includes Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee and numerous clinics throughout Central Washington, said it was the right thing to do for their employees. Chief Administrative Officer Jim Wood said, quote, “We believe this investment in our people will be successful in both attracting and retaining talented team members,” unquote.

The 32 candidates for the 2019 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty have been announced. Those competing include 20 young women from Wenatchee High School and 12 from Eastmont High School. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson appeared with Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning and explained what’s next in the selection process for the new royalty. . .

The Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce heard an update this morning from area politicians on what to expect this next legislative session.

Presenters included Senator Brad Hawkins who discussed the Wenatchee Valley’s transportation needs and a potential gas tax increase to fund them. Representative Mike Steele talked about his role in education and housing issues and newly elected Representative Keith Goehner was also on hand and talked about his experience in the county commission and how he hopes to bring those challenges to the state legislature in hopes of forming a better Level of cooperation. Stayed tuned to the NCWLIFE channel for more previews and full coverage of the coming session in Olympia beginning January 14th.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

In tonight’s feature story, we continue our look at a series of anti-bullying films created by area students. With the help of New York film maker Mike Feurstein, the videos are part of the don’t wait to unmake a bully project. Tonight, a film from the students at Entiat Middle School. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Eastmont Wildcats hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs in Big 9 wrestling last night here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  With nine varsity girls matches, the decision was made to wrestle the girls on one mat with the boys’ varsity matches taking place on a second mat, simultaneously.  The result was a confusing night for our broadcast team…

In the girls’ match, Eastmont prevailed 24-18 with pins by Daniela Hernandez, Gisselle Kiehne (jiz ELL keen), Destiny Ross-Ledbeter, and Reyna Valdovinos.  Moses Lake won the boys match in a landslide 60-to-15.  Only three Wildcats posted victories with Adrian Vivanco and Cesar Sitio winning by pin and Max Prazer earning a 3-1 decision.

Eric Granstrom was mat-side and had the play-by-play here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

No score was reported from the Wenatchee-Eisenhower match in Yakima last night.

The Wenatchee Panthers girls bowling team emerged from Eastmont Lanes Tuesday with a share of the Big 9 lead after a 63-pin win over previously unbeaten Eisenhower…

The Panthers out-paced the Cadets in the first game 986 to 841.  Eisenhower came back to take the second game 919 to 837.  Wenatchee won the first baker 171-to-163 while the Cadets won the second baker 174-to-166.  The match went to Eastmont by virtue of the total pin count.

Jeff Leavitt tells us his high scorers for the day were Kylah Hankins with a 255.  Jessica Holbrook rolled a 201.  Jaiden Thompson had a 192 while Hannah Johnson had a 185 and Emilee Groth a 179.  Both teams sit atop the league standings with 6-and-1 records.

In boys basketball last night…

Chelan was able to use a stingy defense to force turnovers and get transition buckets early and often against Cascade in a 67-34 victory.  The Mountain Goats were led by the 21 points of Connor Wilson.

At Waterville, the Shockers were no match for visiting Manson as the Trojans posted a 57-20 win.

Looking at the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Waterville-Mansfield handled Manson 68-29.

We have two local athletes who were selected by the WIAA as Athletes of the Week this week…

Wenatchee senior captain Jessica Holbrook helped her team win the Tower Classic by averaging 198 (194, 177, 223) over three games.

Cashmere sophomore Mason Landdeck is also a WIAA Player of the Week for scoring 48, 47, and 29 points respectively in wins over Chelan, Oma, and Granger last week.

The Seahawks will have to play the rest of the season without linebacker Mychal Kendricks…

Seattle learned following Monday night’s 21-7 win over Minnesota that Kendricks broke his tibia and will require surgery to fix the bone and a knee injury.  Coach Pete Carroll says they have placed him on injured reserve.

The Seahawks picked Kendrick up off waivers from Cleveland after he admitted to insider trading and served an 8-game suspension from the NFL.  He pleaded guilty to the charges and faces sentencing in January.

Thanks Eric.

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