Evening News January 26

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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, Sandy Cohen is out as Director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum, and an Omak man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of first-degree murder following a shooting there Tuesday night.

But first, we begin tonight:

If you’ve driven past the Wenatchee Valley Mall recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen the large building out front wrapped in plastic.  Now the whole project is apparently on hold.  NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has the story. . .

Sandy Cohen is out as Director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The museum announced in a news release Thursday that Cohen had resigned from his post. Cohen had been placed on administrative leave at the end of December. No details were disclosed as to the reasons for the resignation. Cohen was hired in 2015 to replace Marriah Thornock. Thornock stayed on as Deputy Director and has now been named to succeed Cohen as interim Director. A search for a new full time director will begin in the spring.

Museum Board Chairman, Don Gurnard said in the news release, “We’re really looking at this as a critical opportunity for the museum to grow and align more closely with key community partners,” Gurnard said in the release. “The museum is an important asset to the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington and the board and staff are committed to ensuring that we continue to inspire, explore, and celebrate dynamic connections to our region’s unique heritage.”

An Omak man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of first-degree murder following a shooting Tuesday night in Omak that killed 32-year old Seth Jared Harris of Okanogan. Arrested was 31-year old Robert Decastro of Omak who was booked into the Okanogan County Corrections Center for murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine.

Omak Police found Harris in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his chest when they were called to a disturbance in the area of Riverside Drive and Locust Street. Harris was taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak and pronounced dead a short time later. Omak Police Chief Jeff Koplin said in a news release that he believes Decastro shot Harris and then fled the scene. Koplin said all of Omak’s police officers and many Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies have been working non-stop on the case. He also says the investigation is continuing, and more suspects are being sought.

A wanted Moses Lake felon found out the hard way yesterday that you can’t hide from a trained K9. Around 9:30 Thursday morning, Moses Lake Police Officers attempted to apprehend a wanted felon, 35-year old Cesar Adame, who took off running from officers.

Adame jumped a fence or two trying to elude officers, trespassing through people’s yards finally  hunkering down in a shed. Fortunately, Grant County Deputy Tyson Voss and his K9 Edo were nearby and responded. Edo immediately found Adame’s trail, and led officers straight to the shed. Adame continued to attempt to hide in the shed, and received minor bite wounds when the dog entered. Adame then surrendered and was taken into custody. He was treated by medical personnel and booked into the Grant County Jail on his warrant. Adame has a history of violent offenses and firearms violations.

Coming up next, plans to build an emergency operations center in Chelan County are now on the fast-track, and you might want to take another look at the new video game you purchased for your kids this past Christmas. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Plans to build an emergency operations center in Chelan County are on the fast-track now that State funding has been secured. Sheriff Brian Burnett commented on the project prior to the Legislature’s passage of the Capital Budget last week. . .

Adoption of the Capital Budget was delayed until after the Legislature came to an agreement on the unrelated Hirst water issue.

Ballots go out today in Chelan and Douglas Counties for special levy and bond elections. In the Entiat School District, ballots go out for a 2-year replacement educational programs and operations levy, in Waterville, it’s a 1-year levy, the Palisades School District has a 4-year replacement educational programs and operations levy, while in Orondo, a 2-year levy is on the ballot and the Cashmere School District has a 2-year maintenence and operations levy up for vote.

Ballots will also go out today in Grant County for a 1-year operations and maintenance levy for the Quincy Valley Medical Center. Voters in these cities should be receiving their vote-by-mail ballots this weekend.

We’re starting the weekend with severe Winter travel conditions in the Washington Cascades. Heavy snowfall has caused several accidents today including this one captured on camera by Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore.

Around 10:45 this morning, Eastbound I-90 traffic near Tinkham Road was closed due to multiple spinouts and by 11:30 both lanes of traffic on I-90 were closed. Both directions of I-90 re-opened around 1:00 this afternoon with chains required on all vehicles except for AWD and 4WD’s. The National Weather Service forecasts more heavy snow for today and overnight into Saturday with over a foot expected in most mountain passes.

You might want to take another look at the new video game you purchased for your kids this past Christmas. A recent development has given parents reason for concern, as the video game industry might be helping your child develop gambling habits. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

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

A festive atmosphere was to be found at Wenatchee High School last night for the second meeting between the Wenatchee and Eastmont Unified Basketball Teams.  The Panthers ended up on top by a final score of 68-to-66, but as you’ll see in the highlights, the final result wasn’t the point at all…

 

So there you have it, Wenatchee ending up on top 68-66 but EVERYBODY left the gym on top of the world.  We’ll have the game broadcast Saturday night at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night in girls basketball…

Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith continues to do amazing things as she scored the Bulldog’s first quadruple double in school history.  The Cashmere sophomore had 37 points, 14 steals, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as her team beat Chelan 89-34 at Ron Doane Memorial Gym last night.  Also on the scoreboard, Entiat mauled Moses Lake Christian 69-20 while Waterville-Mansfield socked Soap Lake 57-35.

In boys basketball yesterday…

Despite scoring 23 fourth quarter points, Entiat fell to Moses Lake Christian 45-42.  Waterville-Mansfield couldn’t hold a third-quarter lead and dropped a road defeat at Soap Lake 57-55.

Also in the pool yesterday…

The Wenatchee Panthers secured a regular season Big 9 title by winning the Big Nine Swim Meet at Moses Lake with 684.5 points to the Chief’s 675.  Eastmont was third with 329 points.  Wenatchee’s Connor Elwyn set a school record in the butterfly with a time of 52.11 seconds.

On the Prep Schedule for tonight, in girls basketball…

Tonight, Cashmere is at Cascade at 5:45pm.  Eastmont hosts West Valley on the NCWLIFE Channel at 5:45 LIVE as Grant Olson and Jay Seabeck will have the play-by-play.  Wenatchee is on the road to Davis, also at 5:45pm.  Coming up tomorrow, it’s Entiat at Riverside Christian at 1:30 and then Eastmont at Moses Lake at 5:45pm.

On the Prep Schedule for boys basketball this weekend…

It’s a mirror of the girls schedule, just later start times.  Tonight, Cashmere at Cascade at 7:15.  Eastmont hosts West Valley LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel at 7:30 while Davis hosts Wenatchee, also at 7:30.  Saturday, Entiat’s game at Riverside Christian starts at 3 o’clock.  Tomorrow night, Eastmont travels to Moses Lake at 7:30.

The Wenatchee Wild host Merritt tonight and tomorrow at the Town Toyota Center…

We’ll find out more with Arch Ecker coming up, but tonight is Pepsi Night with the first 50 people in the door receiving a free t-shirt from Weinstein Beverage-Pepsi.  Then tomorrow, it’s the Annual Guns and Hoses, firefighter vs. police scrimmage before the Wild’s game with Merritt beginning at 5 o’clock.  NCWLIFE will film this with Arch Ecker doing play-by-play and present it on the channel next week.  The puck drops for both Wild games at 7 o’clock.

 

Thanks Eric…

In our feature story tonight, whether you’re a fan of roundabouts or you’re not, they are becoming a way of life here in the Wenatchee Valley. Check out this video from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on how to properly use a roundabout. . .

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

Time now for a recap of some our top stories…

If you’ve driven past the Wenatchee Valley Mall recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen the large building out front wrapped in plastic.  Now the whole project is apparently on hold.  NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has the story. . .

Sandy Cohen is out as Director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The museum announced in a news release Thursday that Cohen had resigned from his post. Cohen had been placed on administrative leave at the end of December. No details were disclosed as to the reasons for the resignation. Cohen was hired in 2015 to replace Marriah Thornock. Thornock stayed on as Deputy Director and has now been named to succeed Cohen as interim Director. A search for a new full time director will begin in the spring.

Museum Board Chairman, Don Gurnard said in the news release, “We’re really looking at this as a critical opportunity for the museum to grow and align more closely with key community partners,” Gurnard said in the release. “The museum is an important asset to the Wenatchee Valley and North Central Washington and the board and staff are committed to ensuring that we continue to inspire, explore, and celebrate dynamic connections to our region’s unique heritage.”

We experienced a very nice weather today with partly sunny skies earlier and now increasing clouds ahead of a massive storm system. Then, late tonight, a vigorous low-pressure weather system will spread a shield of precipitation into Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. This large feed of moisture is expected to produce 6 to 10 hours of light to moderate snow for the East Slopes of the Cascades, Wenatchee area, Okanogan Valley/Highlands, and Northeast Washington. At this time, it looks like 3 to 5 inches of accumulation for Wenatchee, Chelan, Omak, and Waterville. For the East Slopes including Leavenworth, Stehekin, Mazama, and Winthrop around 4 to 8 inches of snow could fall by Saturday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at midnight for all of Northcentral Washington and will run until noon on Saturday. We have a 100% chance of snow tonight with 2-4 inches of new snow possible and a 80% chance of a rain/snow mix on Saturday where we could see another 1-2 inches of snow. The active and progressive weather pattern rolls into early next week with a chance of scattered rain showers and very mild temperatures. Tuesday into next Thursday, we will see high temperatures in the lower to mid 40’s.

We leave you tonight with a story about an amazing organization that is all about random acts of kindness. Every day they give back to their community, one grocery cart at a time. . .

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.