NCWLIFE Evening News April 16, 2019

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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, An Ellensburg man was killed Monday after the dump truck he was driving crashed into a field off Highway 10 in Kittitas County, and, The East Wenatchee police chief and assistant chief have filed a defamation lawsuit against the union that represents their officers.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


Omak Woman Killed -An Omak woman was killed and her husband injured in a car crash in Northern Douglas County yesterday. Washington State troopers say it happened around 2:17 about 18 miles west of Grand Coulee. Its reported that 80-year old Frank Anderson was driving eastbound on Highway 174 when his Toyota Sienna went off the road and flipped over about 40 feet off the roadway. Anderson’s passenger, 80- year old Ramona Anderson, was declared dead at the scene. The driver was transported to Central Washington Hospital with undisclosed injuries.


Ellensburg Fatal Crash -An Ellensburg man was killed Monday after the dump truck he was driving crashed into a field off Highway 10 in Kittitas County. A State Patrol report identified the victim as 43-year old Scott Thayer. State Patrol Troopers say Thayer was traveling Eastbound when his truck left the roadway and went down an embankment striking a barbed wire fence and tree before coming to rest in the field about 7 miles west of Ellensburg. The driver was dead at the scene.


Police Chief Lawsuit -The East Wenatchee police chief and assistant chief have filed a defamation lawsuit against the union that represents their officers, saying false statements made by a union representatives have subjected them to public ridicule. Named in the suit by Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble were union representative David Simmons and Teamsters Local Number 760. In January, officers approved a no-confidence vote against Harrison and Coble by a 16 to 2 margin. Simmons, after delivering the no-confidence letter to the City Council, said in interviews that public safety was threatened by a culture of hostility, retaliation and unethical behavior fostered by the chief and assistant chief. The suit, filed in Douglas County Superior Court, seeks unspecified monetary damages.


TComing up next, The Chelan County Jail work release program is back up and running following a brief curtailment due to staffing shortages. Chelan County Port District Commissioner Donn Etherington announced he will run for re-election this fall, and, The Chelan County PUD is officially moving its operations to Olds Station. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .


Work Release Program Restart -The Chelan County Jail work release program is back up and running following a brief curtailment due to staffing shortages. Commissioner Bob Bugert says Jail Manager, Bill Larsen reported to the board that a limited number of inmates are now available for supervised work crews. . .

Bugert says the inmate work release program will continue to operate out of the main jail building until new safety and security upgrades are completed in the jail annex.


Etherington to Seek Re-election -Chelan County Port District Commissioner Donn Etherington announced he will run for re-election this fall. Etherington is seeking a second six-year term as the Port’s first district Commissioner. Etherington said in a prepared statement that the port has made significant investments in several communities including the sale of the Peshastin Mill Property and the Port’s development of the Cashmere Mill District. Etherington also cites the PUD’s purchase of property at Olds Station for a new consolidated service center as another major accomplishment. The Port has also restructured its staff, hired a new Executive Director, updated its strategic plan, and created the first long-term capital budget. Etherington says the Port’s future challenge is to increase and enhance the County’s economic vitality while recognizing and protecting the area’s unique quality of life.


PUD Service Center -Chelan County PUD is moving its operations to Olds Station. It is now official following action by commissioners at Monday’s regular board meeting. Board members unanimously approved a staff proposal to consolidate operations that are now at several sites in Wenatchee and build a combined facility on 19 acres of land on the north side of town. The unanimous vote follows over 4 years of study. Commissioner Gary Arseneault says the District’s ratepayers played an integral role in the decision making process. He and Commissioner Ann Congdon shared their thoughts on the planning process prior to Monday afternoon’s vote. . .

Commissioner Congdon is the longest tenured member of the board. She says this is one of the most difficult decisions she’s made in her 14 years on the board. . .

The next step in the process will be working on final design plans before returning to the board later this year to put the project out to bid. Construction is planned for 2020. The utility is collaborating with the city of Wenatchee, Port of Chelan County and a range of downtown user groups to start planning for the future of the PUD’s Fifth Street campus.

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Feature -In tonight’s feature story, a local family is receiving support in the form of a village, they say, as their son faces surgery for a rare genetic birth defect affecting 1 in 40-thousand babies. . .

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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
Omak Woman Killed -An Omak woman was killed and her husband injured in a car crash in Northern Douglas County yesterday. Washington State troopers say it happened around 2:17 about 18 miles west of Grand Coulee. Its reported that 80-year old Frank Anderson was driving eastbound on Highway 174 when his Toyota Sienna went off the road and flipped over about 40 feet off the roadway. Anderson’s passenger, 80- year old Ramona Anderson, was declared dead at the scene. The driver was transported to Central Washington Hospital with undisclosed injuries.


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