Evening News September 19, 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, The man who escaped police custody by jumping into the Wenatchee River was sentenced Monday. An update tonight on the controversy surrounding former 12th District candidate J.D. Greening, and, The Wenatchee YMCA is looking for mentors for their “Meant to Be” program.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County Investigator’s worst fear came true late yesterday afternoon when the bodies of two missing people were found in the rubble of a house fire in Bridgeport.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says although the identity of the deceased cannot be positively confirmed until an autopsy is conducted, it is believed the bodies belong to 53-year old Paul S. Desjardins and his wife, 57-year old Sandra L. Desjardins. The Desjardins reportedly worked at the Gamble Sands Golf Course in Brewster. Two other occupants of the residence escaped the fire unharmed. Morris says the cause and circumstances of that deadly fire are still under investigation.

The man who escaped police custody by jumping into the Wenatchee River was sentenced Monday to 45 days in jail plus two months of electronic home-monitoring. 24-year old Brandon Allen of Ferndale will also have to pay $1495-dollars in fines and fees must forfeit his driver’s license for two years and serve five years’ probation.

Washington State Troopers say Allen appeared to suffer a panic attack while a State Trooper was transporting him to the Chelan County jail shortly after midnight on August 23rd the Trooper stopped near Dryden to check on Allen and call for an ambulance. Allen then jumped down a 25-foot embankment into the Wenatchee River while handcuffed. Allen was found about 40 minutes later, hiding behind a rock in waist deep water and refused to exit the river. A State Trooper and a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy waded into the river and took Allen into custody without incident.  Allen was booked into the Chelan County Jail on numerous charges including DUI, driving with a suspended license, third degree escape and an outstanding warrant.

J.D. Greening of Waterville says he now realizes he did not run the entire Wenatchee Marathon after questions were raised about the qualifying time he submitted from the Wenatchee race that earned him entry in the prestigious Boston Marathon. NCWLIFE reported Tuesday that Greening’s Wenatchee time was listed in official records as being for only a half marathon. Greening, who was a candidate earlier this year for a 12th District House seat, on Tuesday insisted race organizers were wrong, but Wednesday said he was confused during the race and, indeed, did not run a second loop to complete the full marathon. As a result, he will not be running in Boston. He briefly had a GoFundMe page seeking help with travel costs to Boston but removed the page when questions were raised about his qualifying time. “I’m embarrassed. But it was never my aim to deceive people. I genuinely believed I ran the full course and felt great about it,” Greening said.

The Wenatchee Valley YMCA is looking for mentors for their “Meant to Be” program. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson tells us more. . .

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Monday, September 24th to vote on which search firm they will choose to conduct a comprehensive superintendent search. Historic Locomotive Park in Wenatchee may be getting a new name, and, The Tony Award winning play Dancing At Lughnasa (loon-AH-suh) begins it’s 3-day run Thursday night at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Wenatchee School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Monday, September 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the main board room at the Wenatchee School District office (235 Sunset Ave.)  The Board will vote on which search firm they will choose to conduct a comprehensive superintendent search to replace Brian Flones. This meeting is open to the public. Originally planned for the September 25th board meeting, the vote was changed to September 24th to better accommodate board member schedules. Wenatchee superintendent Brian Flones announced his departure last spring and will conclude his career as the superintendent in August 2019. The 2018-19 school year will be Flones’s nineteenth year as Superintendent, and thirty-second year in the Wenatchee School District.

Historic Locomotive Park in Wenatchee may be getting a new name.

Earlier this year, the city received a request from the Lion’s Club to change the name of the 15-acre park to Lions Locomotive Park. The Wenatchee Arts, Recreation and Parks Commission is now accepting comments on the proposed name change or nominations for other possible names. The park at 1100 South Wenatchee Avenue was established in 1951. Comments can be submitted by calling the city at 888-3284, stopping by the parks office at 1350 McKittrick St., or by emailing Cammy Coble at: ccoble@wenatcheewa.gov. Nomination forms for other potential names can be picked up at the McKittrick Street offices. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 26th.

The Tony Award winning play Dancing At Lughnasa (loon-AH-suh) begins it’s 3-day run Thursday night at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. The production, a collaboration between the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and the Mission Creek Players, includes acting, singing and dancing as Kathy Smithson explained on a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. . .

The play runs September 20th, 21st & 22nd. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting the Numerica PAC website.

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

Wenatchee and Eastmont played 90-minutes of scoreless soccer last night in the Apple Bowl.  So it went to a penalty kick shootout to decide it.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

So there you have it, Wenatchee remains unbeaten in Big 9 play with the 1-0 win in the shootout.  Also last night, Bridgeport blanked Manson 3-nil.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in volleyball…

Wenatchee shutout Sunnyside 3-games to none.  Eastmont fell at home to West Valley 3-nil.  And Quincy got the better of Cashmere 3-games-to-1.

During Kids Day yesterday at the Town Toyota Center with the Wenatchee Wild, I was able to chat with Wild Head Coach and GM Bliss Littler.  He was all smiles with kids running everywhere, both veteran fans and new fans alike…

The Wild head to Chilliwack this weekend for the BCHL Showcase.  Of course, it was in Chilliwack that Wenatchee beat all five teams in the .

Mike Leake had a rough day on the mound and the Seattle offense was lifeless in a 7-0 shutout at the hands of Houston last night at Minute Maid Park…

Leake allowed 5-earned runs on 7-hits, including a 2-run home run by Marwin Gonzalez.  Robinson Cano was 3-for-4 at the plate, contributing HALF of the Mariner’s offensive output.

Seattle and Houston wrap up the series today at 5:10 with Dallas Kauchel going for the Stros.  Mariner manager Scott Servais is having to survey his bullpen to decide who will start for Seattle.

In other American League West action last night…

The Angels nipped the A’s 9-7 behind Kaleb Cowart’s grand slam home run and Mike Trout’s 35th bomb of the season.

Blake Snell threw five scoreless innings to his Major League-leading 20th win of the season as Tampa Bay shut out Texas 4-nothing.  The win moved the Rays 6-games behind Oakland in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.

Thanks Eric.

And now time for our feature of the day.  Yesterday was Kids Day with the Wenatchee Wild. NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom was there and has more. . .

The Wild’s home opener is October 12th against (Nuh-NYE-Moe)Nanaimo.

We’ll be back 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…

Douglas County Investigator’s worst fear came true late yesterday afternoon when the bodies of two missing people were found in the rubble of a house fire in Bridgeport.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says although the identity of the deceased cannot be positively confirmed until an autopsy is conducted, it is believed the bodies belong to 53-year old Paul S. Desjardins and his wife, 57-year old Sandra L. Desjardins. The Desjardins reportedly worked at the Gamble Sands Golf Course in Brewster. Two other occupants of the residence escaped the fire unharmed. Morris says the cause and circumstances of that deadly fire are still under investigation.

The man who escaped police custody by jumping into the Wenatchee River was sentenced Monday to 45 days in jail plus two months of electronic home-monitoring. 24-year old Brandon Allen of Ferndale will also have to pay $1495-dollars in fines and fees must forfeit his driver’s license for two years and serve five years’ probation.

Washington State Troopers say Allen appeared to suffer a panic attack while a State Trooper was transporting him to the Chelan County jail shortly after midnight on August 23rd the Trooper stopped near Dryden to check on Allen and call for an ambulance. Allen then jumped down a 25-foot embankment into the Wenatchee River while handcuffed. Allen was found about 40 minutes later, hiding behind a rock in waist deep water and refused to exit the river. A State Trooper and a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy waded into the river and took Allen into custody without incident.  Allen was booked into the Chelan County Jail on numerous charges including DUI, driving with a suspended license, third degree escape and an outstanding warrant.

The Wenatchee School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Monday, September 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the main board room at the Wenatchee School District office (235 Sunset Ave.)  The Board will vote on which search firm they will choose to conduct a comprehensive superintendent search to replace Brian Flones. This meeting is open to the public. Originally planned for the September 25th board meeting, the vote was changed to September 24th to better accommodate board member schedules. Wenatchee superintendent Brian Flones announced his departure last spring and will conclude his career as the superintendent in August 2019. The 2018-19 school year will be Flones’s nineteenth year as Superintendent, and thirty-second year in the Wenatchee School District.

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.