Evening News November 9, 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, A late season brush fire in the Rock Island area yesterday afternoon rallied crews from Douglas and Chelan Counties. Traffic was backed up for two hours in both directions following a two-vehicle collision on State Route 28 yesterday, and, Retired Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal takes issue with a politically-charged poster that was reportedly taped by a student on a wall at Eastmont High School.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies spent several hours Thursday searching for a suspect who fled on foot in the Rock Island area. Chief Criminal Detective Steve Groseclose said it all started with a report of a man sleeping in a truck. When contacted by deputies it was discovered there was an out-of-state warrant for his arrest. . .

 

The search included numerous law enforcement officials and even a drone.

A late season brush fire in the Rock Island area yesterday afternoon rallied crews from Douglas and Chelan Counties. It happened when an agricultural burn escaped containment. Douglas County District Two firefighter, Cody Shelton says the conditions are deceptively dry for this late in the season. . .

Shelton says the fire was quickly contained to about a quarter acre within an hour. No structures were threatened.

Traffic was backed up for two hours in both directions following a two-vehicle collision on State Route 28 yesterday. It happened shortly before 4:00 p.m. about 6 miles west of Quincy in the Trinidad Grade area.

WSP Trooper John Bryant posted these images of the crash on his Twitter page. He reported there were no injuries involved. The WSP faulted the driver of the red pickup, identified as 30-year old Andrew Stiles of Wenatchee, for causing the accident. Troopers say Stiles collided with the driver of a van when he lost control of his vehicle after trying to pass another uninvolved vehicle. Stiles was cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Retired Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal takes issue with a politically-charged poster that was reportedly taped by a student on a wall at Eastmont High School. Gjesdal shared a photo of the poster on his personal Facebook page and commented that it was inappropriate

The subject of the poster references the Voting Rights Act and features a caricature of President Donald Trump commenting on the 15th Amendment and a caption that says “Everyone has a right to vote regardless of race, color, or whether they had been slaves. The Trump character is quoted as saying “Except him . . . Trash can’t vote.” Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen said the poster was removed after Gjesdal contacted him with his concerns. . .

Christen said he was still in the process of determining if the poster was part of a classroom project or just an isolated case. He says there are no immediate plans for any disciplinary action.

Coming up next, We have an update on the tight race for Chelan County Commissioner between Shaun Smith and Bob Bugert. The City of Wenatchee would like to hear your ideas on how to resolve the traffic mess that North Wenatchee Avenue has become, and, we will let you know about all there is to do around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Police say a Wenatchee man with warrants for his arrest was caught after a car and foot chase about 10:30 Thursday night in East Wenatchee. Luis F. Garcia first sped away after an East Wenatchee police officer pulled up behind him on Fifth Street near Eastmont Avenue. He reached speeds up to 60 miles per hour before stopping near Montclair Avenue and fleeing on foot. He was arrested a short time later and taken to jail.

Thousands of votes in the closest political race in our area have been counted. The latest vote count was completed at 4:00 this afternoon. On Election Day, only 314 votes separated the two candidates. Another vote count will be completed next Wednesday.

Do you have some ideas on how to resolve the traffic mess that North Wenatchee Avenue has become? Well, the city of Wenatchee and the state Department of Transportation would like to hear those thoughts. They’ll be holding an open house next Wednesday, November 14th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DOT building at 2830 Euclid Avenue in Wenatchee and any ideas you may have on navigating North Wenatchee by foot, bike or vehicle are welcome. You can also fill out an online survey at NWenatcheeAveImprovements.participate.online.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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.

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Sunday is Veteran’s Day and the NCWLIFE Channel will bring you a special documentary about a local man’s tour in the Navy during Vietnam.  Ron Kurpis served two tours in 1966 and 1967 and tells the horrific story of a fire aboard ship, killing 44 of his crew.  Tune in Sunday at 11am and 10pm for the Ron Kurpis Documentary here on the NCWLIFE Channel. In tonight’s feature story we bring you a snippet of that documentary. . .

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

 

Thanks Dan.

As the Eastmont Wildcats started their trek to Puyallup for the 1st round of the 4A state football playoffs tonight, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with students and fans, sent them on their way this morning in style with a police escort. And don’t forget, the game will be broadcast right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight at 7:00 p.m. live from Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Good luck to the Wildcats!

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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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.