NCWLIFE Evening News April 1st, 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, A 13-year-old girl remains in custody after taking a car and leading police on a high speed chase around the Moses Lake area. A breach in an irrigation ditch in Quincy Tuesday morning flooded the staff parking lot at Quincy High School. Bird netting was installed last week on the West Cashmere Bridge in preparation for demolition of the structure in mid-to late-May, and, Affordable housing projects in the Wenatchee Valley won a total of almost $2.2 million dollars today from the state’s Housing Trust Fund.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Felon Standoff -A Rock Island man with a long criminal history had to be talked out of a motorhome by police from several agencies Tuesday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Victor John Stevenson, who was released from prison last year after a six-year sentence for assault and bail jumping, failed to report to his corrections officer and refused to exit the motorhome in the 400 block of Parkway Drive when deputies arrived there about 5:30 p.m. Officers from Douglas County, Chelan County, East Wenatchee and the Wenatchee Police Department surrounded the trailer and spoke to Stevenson by phone. He eventually surrendered, and was booked into the Chelan County jail about 8:15. Stevenson has been convicted of prior felonies including robbery, burglary and drug possession. He’s already scheduled for trial in Chelan County next month on charges of possessing a stolen firearm.

Moses Lake Car Chase -A 13-year-old girl remains in custody after taking a car and leading police on a high speed chase around the Moses Lake area. Deputies received several calls about a stolen vehicle around 8:00 p.m. Monday. Deputies found the car a few minutes later on Grape Drive near Road 4.8-Northeast. The car fled at high speed when the driver saw the deputies. Deputies tried to conduct a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit, but the driver of the fleeing car swerved toward the patrol car. Since the fleeing driver’s actions were a threat to the public, officers ended the chase and the fleeing vehicle continued west on Valley. The juvenile then tried to turn south on Paxson Drive where she lost control and hit a utility pole. She was taken into custody and faces charges of taking a motor vehicle without permission, felony eluding police, possession of a stolen vehicle and attempted vehicular assault.

Quincy Flooding -A breach in an irrigation ditch in Quincy Tuesday morning flooded the staff parking lot at Quincy High School. The school, like all in Washington, was closed at the time but water and mud made its way onto nearby streets before dispersing as the ditch was repaired.

Cashmere Bridge Netting -Bird netting was installed last week on the West Cashmere Bridge in preparation for demolition of the structure in mid- to late-May. The netting is to stop migratory birds from building nests under the bridge, including swallows, a federally protected species. The bridge, built in 1929, will be replaced beginning this spring with a new 19.3 million-dollar bridge, with construction expected to take almost a year.

Housing Awards -Affordable housing projects in the Wenatchee Valley won a total of almost $2.2 million dollars today, out of more than $15 million distributed from the state’s Housing Trust Fund. Locally, the awards go to two apartment projects led by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council; and to Emerson Manor senior apartments, established by the Chelan County Housing Authority. The state Department of Commerce also distributed more than $1.5 million to NCW counties to rent hotel rooms for the homeless during the pandemic. With that money, counties can provide isolation and quarantine services for who can’t meet social distancing guidelines on their own.
  Coming up next, Ten Washington National Guard troops will be in Wenatchee on Thursday to help with food distribution efforts at the Town Toyota Center. Chelan County PUD is preparing to postpone rate increases that were to go into effect June 1st. Call it a COVIDeo if you want. The emergency medical service of Lake Chelan Community Hospital wants to keep its residents from becoming patients, and, NCWLIFE is producing a series of public service announcements from people in our communities. Tonight we feature Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Governor-National Guard -Ten Washington National Guard troops will be in Wenatchee on Thursday to help with food distribution efforts at the Town Toyota Center. Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that the National Guard would be helping community food banks throughout the state. He said residents should welcome the troops in their communities as they process, package and distribute meals. Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Magnussen said the Guard will not be used in any law enforcement capacity or be used to enforce restrictions put in place by Inslee.

PUD Delays Rate Increases -Chelan County PUD is preparing to postpone rate increases that were to go into effect June 1st. PUD commissioners Monday asked staff to prepare a resolution to delay increases to residential power, water, wastewater and wholesale fiber rates until December 1st. In February, the commissioners approved rate increases for each of the next five years. The first of those in June would have increased the base power rate from $7.70 to $9.45. It would be the first residential rate increase in nine years. In addition to the rate increase postponement, commissioners on April 13th will discuss extending their order of no shutoffs of utility services and the waiving of late fees that is due to expire April 27th. All the moves are the result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Chelan EMS COVIDeo -Call it a COVIDeo if you want. The emergency medical service of Lake Chelan Community Hospital wants to keep its residents from becoming patients. To do so, EMTs put together this advisory video, hosted by Jared Eygabroad. Take a look. . .

PSA Overbay -NCWLIFE is producing a series of public service announcements from people in our communities. Tonight we feature Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay. . .
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.


Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Washington Elementary Daycare -In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee School District is providing free childcare at Washington Elementary for children of Confluence Health employees and other first responders. Coordinated by the Wenatchee Valley YMCA, care is provided Monday through Friday for kindergarten through fifth grade Wenatchee School District students. District spokeswoman Diana Haglund said social distancing guidelines are followed and students and staff are screened for flu-like symptoms before checking in. District Superintendent Doctor Paul Gordon spoke Tuesday about that service, as well as the challenges of providing education remotely for the district’s students. . .
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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

Despite the Pac-12 shutting down any practices through the end of May and the University of Washington following suit through June 5th, new Husky football coach Jimmy Lake is still confident he’ll have spring practice… In a conference call with reporters yesterday, Lake said he thinks the pandemic will run its course and he’ll be able to gather his players in 45-to-60 days.  He says if that’s the case, Washington will be able to fit in 15 days of spring practice. If it doesn’t happen, Lake still believes having 30-days in August will be enough to prepare his team for the 2020 season.  Lake is in his first year of coaching the Huskies after Chris Pedersen stepped down following the end of last season.

Yesterday’s roster moves by the Seahawks, clearing nearly 5-million dollars of cap space, still smells like they might be making a move to bring back Jadeveon Clowney… In fact, ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Seahawks and Tennessee Titans are still interested in signing Clowney.  In fact, Russini reports that several sources say the asking price has moved off that 20-million dollar plus number and is more closer to 17 or 18-million.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is tackling the off-season with his usual zeal with daily workouts.  Yesterday, he took to Twitter to show his new workout partner, step-son Future… 

Yesterday, we showed you some ideas for lacrosse players on how to work out during the pandemic.  Today, tennis star Novak Djokovic figured out a way to play his favorite sport, in his living room… 

Former Wenatchee AppleSox and current Seattle Mariner Marco Gonzales is adjusting to not playing baseball right now.  He’s back home in the Seattle area with his wife Monica and their Bernadoodle Louis… Gonzales is Seattle’s player representative for the Player’s Association and was heavily involved in last week’s agreement between the MLB PA and Major League Baseball.  He says he’s all for getting as much baseball in as possible this year…to a point. He says he worries of the push to start fast and the season lasting into November.  He says the impact on starting pitchers will be most prevalent.  Gonzales thinks teams will go with a 6-man rotation and was glad MLB expanded rosters to give pitchers a break. In the meantime, Gonzales says he and Monica take Louis for walks in the park and he continues working out daily with the hope of a baseball season sooner than later.

Thanks Eric.
Cat Rescue -Finally tonight, Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Zillmer was out checking on disabled cars in Snohomish County on Saturday when he found an abandoned van. He looked inside and saw a frightened cat inside. The State Patrol says after showing its appreciation to Trooper Zillmer, the cat was taken to an animal shelter where it will be fed and loved.
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**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.