NCWLIFE Evening News April 15th, 2020

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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, In an announcement earlier today, Wenatchee Valley College says it will be receiving Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security funding. A Wenatchee man allegedly found with more than half an ounce of meth last year now faces charges of drug sales, and, Sheriff’s deputies say a Lake Wenatchee man displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot his neighbor Tuesday afternoon.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Tuesday was one of the slowest days in weeks for growth in new COVID-19 cases in North Central Washington.

That includes Grant County, which had just one new positive test after steady and concerning growth in cases. The latest positive test there came from a Moses Lake resident, bringing the county’s region-high total to 122. Chelan County added one new positive test to its total and stands at 61 people with the coronavirus. Douglas County, which saw a big jump Monday after 11 positive tests in Waterville, added two new cases and now has 29. Okanogan County had one more positive test, bringing its total to 14.

None of the four counties reported new deaths. Despite the apparent slower spread of the virus, health officials throughout the region are warning residents to remain diligent about protecting themselves and others.

In an announcement earlier today, Wenatchee Valley College says it will be receiving Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security funding. Funds are expected to arrive this week.

Funding is provided through the CARES Act, which was passed by Congress on March 27th, will provide aid to students and help the college cover COVID-19 related expenses. WVC will receive approximately $2.4 million from the federal government through this legislation. Of the funding being allocated to WVC, 50% of that funding (approximately $1.2 million) is for student emergency aid. This funding will provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funds must be spent within one year of allocation and be used for current and future students. Students who are experiencing financial hardship may qualify for emergency aid. Learn more at wvc.edu/Counseling.

A Wenatchee man allegedly found with more than half an ounce of meth last year now faces charges of drug sales.

20-year-old Julius James Ceballos was arrested by Wenatchee police in November while they investigated a drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of Cascade Street. Ceballos wasn’t connected to the gunfire, but police say they found about 18 grams of methamphetamine in the residential shed where he was hiding.

He’s now jailed and charged with possession with intent to distribute. Another person, 23-year-old Jessica Sanchez-Salazar, was charged by warrant, but so far has not been brought to court.

Sheriff’s deputies say a Lake Wenatchee man displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot his neighbor Tuesday afternoon.

50-year-old Larry Todd Schneider is held in the Chelan County jail, and faces a likely charge of first-degree assault. Deputies were called to Fir Drive at Lake Wenatchee about 4:45 p.m., and arrested Schneider nearby after a brief search. They said they found two handguns inside his house. Schneider allegedly made paranoid complaints to deputies about his neighbor, saying the victim had spied on him using lasers, and planted explosive devices around his property.

Coming up next, The first local forest fire of the season is fully contained, less than 48 hours after it ignited just south of Leavenworth. Nonprofits struggling during the pandemic got a lift this week from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. K9 Chief, who was shot February 28th by a fleeing suspect, has retired from the Moses Lake Police Department, and, Leavenworth’s biggest kids bicycling event, the Bavarian Bike n’ Juice Festival, has hit the brakes thanks to COVID-19.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The first local forest fire of the season is fully contained, less than 48 hours after it ignited just south of Leavenworth. The Alpenhof Fire above Icicle Road was fully encircled by noon on Tuesday evening, after burning about 12 acres. It was first reported to firefighters about 3 p.m. Sunday. Local fire districts were first on the attack, but the Department of Natural Resources took over and used ground crews and helicopters to get a grip on the blaze. DNR investigators say they’re still looking into the cause.

Nonprofits struggling during the pandemic got a lift this week from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

The donor-supported agency parceled out almost $90,000 in grants to essential programs on the front lines during the coronavirus emergency. Those include Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council, Serve Wenatchee, the Children’s Home Society, SAGE, and Chelan Valley Hope. Foundation director Beth Stipe says, quote, “We are looking at all of our resources right now and where they can help the most.”

K9 Chief, who was shot February 28th by a fleeing suspect, has retired from the Moses Lake Police Department.

Chief was credited with saving the life of his handler Officer Nick Stewart as the two were chasing robbery and drive-by shooting suspect 22-year-old Jose L. Rivera. Rivera turned toward his pursuers and fired a handgun, hitting Chief in the eye and also breaking his jaw. Stewart then shot and killed Rivera.

The department said Chief has made an amazing recovery but is unable to perform the duties of a patrol dog. He will continue to live with Steward and enjoy a life befitting a hero, the department said.

Leavenworth’s biggest kids bicycling event, the Bavarian Bike n’ Juice Festival, has hit the brakes thanks to COVID-19.

Organizers said this week they’re canceling the nonprofit event, scheduled for June 13, that hosts outdoor bike races for kids ages two to 12.

The festival raises money each year for Upper Valley youth agencies like Beaver Valley School, Mountain Sprouts, and the Icicle Bicycle club; Bike n’ Juice promoters are encouraging people to donate directly to those institutions instead.

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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In tonight’s feature story, last week, Douglas County commissioners set out rules to allow some home construction during the COVID-19 crisis. Yesterday, Chelan County followed suit. Governor Jay Inslee’s office says such rules might be at odds with his emergency public health declaration. But, Chelan County Commissioner Bob Bugert told NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins today that letting some construction go forward is a necessary step. . .

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.

It’s a challenging time for us all, especially high school seniors whose world has been turned upside down with the cancellation of the rest of the school year.  Eastmont High School is doing all it can to help those seniors distant learn and prepare to graduate.

In addition, athletic director Russ Waterman tells our Eric Granstrom via Zoom video conference that they’re trying to do what they can to recognize senior athletes that had their spring season wiped out…

We’ll have more with Waterman tomorrow on all the work happening behind the scenes at Eastmont and how they’re preparing for the fall and a new school year.

The Seattle Seahawks have brought back veteran offensive guard Mike Iupati (ee-ou-POT-ee) for the upcoming season…

The 11-year former first-round pick out of Idaho agreed to a one-year deal to stay in Seattle.  The Seahawks picked him up from the Arizona Cardinals a season ago.

Iupati, who turns 33 on May 12, made 15 starts in the regular season, but he missed both of the Seahawks’ playoff games with a neck injury.

With Iupati returning to Seattle, the Seahawks have 11 remaining unrestricted free agents: defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah, linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Dekoda Watson, cornerback Akeem King, running backs Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and C.J. Prosise, wide receivers Josh Gordon and Jaron Brown and quarterback Geno Smith.

One of the top recruits in the country has signed a letter of intent to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs…

6-for-4 point guard Jalen Suggs from St. Paul, Minnesota, became the most decorated recruit in program history when he orally committed live on ESPN in early January.  There was an opening for the high school senior to opt out and play professionally overseas.

Suggs earned three gold medals with Team USA at international youth tournaments.  The standout quarterback/safety became the first athlete in Minnesota history to win Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball awards in the same season.

The largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament has been delayed by two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic…

Spokane Hoopfest was pushed back from late June until August 22nd and 23rd.  Hoopfest, which attracted more than 6,000 teams to downtown Spokane last summer with an economic impact of roughly $50 million, said its still working out the logistics of the postponement.

Locally, the Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament is still set for July 27th and 28th on 3rd Street in East Wenatchee.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, students grades kindergarten to 12 are being asked to submit videos showing one or more ways of stopping the spread of COVID-19. Original homemade videos can be submitted to the North Central Accountable Community of Health until May 15th, with winners receiving chrome books, smart watches, earbuds and gift cards. The competition is open to students in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties and should be two-minutes long. Details on how to enter can be found at ncach-dot-org.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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