Evening News December 14, 2018

1184

video
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, A former inmate in the Grant County Jail has been accused of supplying the heroin that caused another inmate’s death. Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday laid out his $54.48 billion dollar budget proposal, which would increase state spending more that 20 percent in the next biennium, and, Because of recent snow, Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area located 10 miles north of Chelan officially opened today.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A former employee at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee stole about $35,000 from the PAC over the past three years, said Executive Director Matt Cadman. He said the matter was turned over to Wenatchee police December 4th. The unidentified employee worked at the PAC for the past three years and improperly used the organization’s credit card to make non-business purchases, Cadman said.

The charged amount, combined with the interest owed totals about $56,000. The charges were discovered in October during a review of the books. Cadman said the PAC is cutting expenses and making arrangements to pay off the credit card debt. At the same time, a claim is being made with their insurance company, he said. He said it does not appear any donated funds were taken by the former employee.

A former inmate in the Grant County Jail has been accused of supplying the heroin that caused another inmate’s death. 35-year old Jordan D. Tebow of Moses Lake was returned to the jail Tuesday on a warrant for controlled substance homicide, possession/delivery of heroin, intimidating a witness and being a prisoner in possession of drugs.

Derek A. Batton, 34, was found unconscious in the jail dorm August 11th and died the following morning. The coroner determined he died due to “acute morphine intoxication (likely heroin.)” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said. Two days after Batton’s death, Tebow was reportedly caught selling drugs to another inmate. Jail officials believe Tebow brought the drugs, including heroin and sleeping pills, into the jail when he was booked Aug. 10. Since Batton’s death, the Sheriff’s Office has purchased a full-body scanner and mail scanner.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday laid out his $54.48 billion dollar budget proposal, which would increase state spending more that 20 percent in the next biennium. He proposes spending more on mental health programs, an aggressive approach to combating climate change, more than a billion dollars on protecting Pacific Sound orcas and additional spending on K-12 education to meet requirements of the McCleary ruling. To pay for that, he wants a series of tax increases, including a capital gains tax. He also would raise the business and occupation tax on professional services. The Democratic governor said his tax increases would be mostly on the wealthy. . .

In proposing $1.1 billion dollars to restore and protect orca populations, Inslee wants to spend $750,000 dollars on a state task force that will study breaching the Lower Snake River dams.

Republican U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers were quick to criticize that idea. “The people of Eastern Washington whose livelihoods depend on those dams should not be collateral damage for anyone’s presidential ambitions,” the two said in a joint statement. State Sen. John Braun, the ranking Republican on the Senate budget committee called Inslee’s budget an “extreme spending spree” and “not a serious proposal.”

Because of recent snow, Nordic grooming operations have begun at Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area located 10 miles north of Chelan and the ski area officially opened today. Skiers will encounter typical early season conditions with thin spots on some trail sections. All trailheads in the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area are plowed and open for parking. The trail system provides over 24 miles of trails for skate and classic skiing and 9 miles of snowshoe trails primarily along open ridge tops with commanding views of the Lake Chelan Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Today’s opening is 8 days sooner than last year’s opening day on December 22nd.

Coming up next, Twice this week, area law enforcement teamed up with students from the Eastmont and Wenatchee School Districts to shop for presents at Hooked On Toys. The YMCA Student Care Program has been busy collecting toys at Cascade Elementary School in East Wenatchee, and, Coming soon to an East Wenatchee street near you. . .another roundabout. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Twice this week, area law enforcement teamed up with students from the Eastmont and Wenatchee School Districts to shop for presents at Hooked On Toys. Wayne Loranger explains the Shop with a Cop program. . .

The YMCA Student Care Program has been busy collecting toys at Cascade Elementary School in East Wenatchee. Program Director Brogan Foster gathered the kids together early this morning for toy pick-up day. . .

The Les Schwab Community Toy Drive wraps up with collection events at Hooked On Toys tonight until 7 and again tomorrow from 9-to-1.

Coming soon to an East Wenatchee street near you. . .another roundabout. At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the East Wenatchee City Council authorized Mayor Steve Lacy to sign an agreement to build a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Highline Drive and 3rd Street N.E.. Project Managers say the intersection’s configuration and high traffic volume have led to delays and crashes. The city received a 743,750-dollar grant to construct the new roundabout. A traffic light was also considered for that intersection but officials say it would not be as cost-effective as a roundabout. This will be East Wenatchee’s third roundabout which includes roundabouts between the Wenatchee Valley Mall and Senator George Sellar Bridge, and on Highline Drive near Safeway.

Confluence Health will be building a three-level parking structure at Central Washington Hospital that will add 500 parking spaces to the Wenatchee facility. Construction on the parking garage will begin in March and take six to nine months to complete. CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford said the garage will serve a foundational need, adding that Confluence has listened to its neighbors, patients and staff about the need for more parking at the hospital.

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 filmmaker 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 prep basketball schedule for the weekend got underway a little early last night with a double-dip in Cashmere.  On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

The Bulldogs from the south were able to take care of the Bulldogs from the north with the Cashmere girls winning 82-21.  The boys game was a donnybrook with the teams combining for 177-points.  In the end, Cashmere came out victorious 93-84.

Coming up tonight on the prep basketball schedule for the girls…

We’ll have the Davis Pirates and Wenatchee Panthers game LIVE on NCWLIFE with Eric Granstrom courtside at 5:45.  The pregame on TV tonight begins at 5:30 after your evening news.  Also tonight, Eastmont plays at West Valley while Omak hosts Cascade at 5:45.  At 6, it’s Chelan hosting Brewster.  Manson is at Liberty Bell.  And the Shockers are in Soap Lake.

The boys basketball schedule looks very similar…

It’s a 7:15 tip time for Cascade at Omak.  Chelan and Brewster are playing a retro night game at the old Chelan Community Gym at 7:30.  That’s the same time for our second game of the doubleheader tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel with Wenatchee hosting Davis.  Eastmont plays at West Valley.  Liberty Bell hosts Manson.  And Waterville-Mansfield is at Soap Lake.

Turning back to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard, on the wrestling mats last night in Omak…

Omak beat Chelan 48-37.  Cascade topped Okanogan 54-21.  Chelan took care of Okanogan 42-24.  And it was Cascade downing Omak 46-26.

Coming up in wrestling this today and tomorrow…

In preparation for tomorrow’s Cashmere Invite, a couple west-side teams are in the neighborhood tonight.  Hoquiam wrestles at Cashmere at 6 o’clock, then heads up the valley to take on Cascade at 7.  The Kodiaks, meanwhile, are wrestling against Mount Baker at 6, then the Mountaineers will head down Highway Two and wave at the Hoquiam bus on their way by to wrestle Cashmere at 7.  The Bulldogs host the 17-team Cashmere Invite tomorrow morning starting at 10am.

Eastmont is on the road at South Kitsap for the Hammerhead Invitational today and tomorrow starting at 9am.  Wenatchee is in Yakima tomorrow for the Ike Classic beginning at 9.

On the Les Schwab Prep Bowling Scoreboard from yesterday…

Eastmont traveled to Sunnyside and blanked the Grizzlies 4-0.  High scorers for the Wildcats were Skye Wilson with a 236.  Dai-Lynn Thomas had a 213.  Alicia Hastings rolled a 202.  And Samantha Heinz chipped in a 185 and a 170.

Wenatchee swept its first double dual swim meet of the season in boys swimming and diving…

The Panthers beat Davis 144-to-30 and Eisenhower 143-to-42.

On the high school girls basketball schedule for tomorrow…

Entiat hosts Riverside Christian at Noon Saturday.  Wenatchee plays at Sunnyside against a very tough Grizzlies team at 5:45.  Eastmont will host Moses Lake tomorrow at 5:45.  Grant Olson will have your play-by-play with the pregame at 5:30 on the NCWLIFE Channel.

In boys basketball Saturday…

Riverside Christian and Entiat tip it up at 1:30.  Sunnyside hosts Wenatchee at 7:30.  And, LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, it’s the Moses Lake Chiefs and Eastmont Wildcats at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in BCHL hockey tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

The Wild are on an 8-game winning streak that began in Salmon Arm in mid-November.  The Silverbacks are currently 5th in the Interior Division while Wenatchee is 1st.  Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker warns that Wenatchee better not go to sleep on tonight’s opponent…

Tonight is also a very special promotion where fans are encouraged to throw things on the ice…

The puck drops tonight at 7:05.

The Eastern Washington Eagles are in the FCS one-double-a semifinals tomorrow at Roos Field…

They face the Maine Black Bears at 11am on ESPN2.

The Seahawks travel to Santa Clara, California Sunday…

Seattle and San Francisco kick off at 1:05 on FOX.  A win would clinch a playoff spot for the Seahawks.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.