NCWLIFE Evening News April 30th, 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, Two men allegedly tried to cut through a fence and enter a Dryden tow truck business early Wednesday morning. The Chelan City Council voted Tuesday to go ahead with the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay, and, The National Forest Service says it is evaluating whether to reopen trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as Washington prepares to reopen its state parks and lands.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Peshastin man is jailed tonight in Yakima County for allegedly killing the one-year-old son of his girlfriend.

Terrence Chip Ogle, who’s 27, is held on $1 million bond on suspicion of second-degree murder. Yakima police say someone called an ambulance to his girlfriend’s West Valley apartment early Monday morning. Ogle was performing CPR on the boy when rescuers arrived.

The child was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died Monday night. Investigators say the boy suffered multiple skull fractures, which could not have been caused by a simple fall. Ogle was booked into the Yakima County Jail on Wednesday. He’s scheduled for arraignment on May 13th.

Two men allegedly tried to cut through a fence and enter a Dryden tow truck business early Wednesday morning.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say it was about 12:40 a.m. when they were called to Mountain Highway Towing for a report of two men prowling the lot. Dennis Linn Conner of Leavenworth and Terrence V. Stettner of Wenatchee were both arrested at the scene, allegedly carrying bolt cutters. A judge released them on their own recognizance after a Chelan County court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Both face likely charges of second-degree burglary; deputies say Stettner was also carrying a small amount of methamphetamine.

The Chelan City Council voted Tuesday to go ahead with the purchase of 9.8 acres of lakefront property on Spader Bay. The city will pay $400,000 for the property as it looks to preserve land along Lake Chelan for public use.

The council has voted last September in favor of purchasing the property, currently owned by sisters Linda Evans Parlette and Terri O’Neal. But the final sale has been delayed until access issues could be addressed. Though the city reportedly has had positive signs from two neighboring landowners about access, questions still remain. Mayor Bob Goedde opposed the purchase and said he will not sign the sales documents, assigning that duty to the mayor pro-tem.

The National Forest Service says it is evaluating whether to reopen trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest as Washington prepares to reopen its state parks and lands. Most trailheads, snow parks, restrooms and picnic areas were closed March 27th.

Deborah Kelly, public affairs specialist with the Forest Service, said there isn’t currently a specific timeline for reopening trailheads but the process is under evaluation and it is likely some of the more traditionally crowded areas may stay closed. State parks and lands will reopen May 5th.

Coming up next, As we prepare to eventually emerge from quarantine, health experts say masks will be an essential tool in stopping the spread of coronavirus. Wenatchee Valley College commencement ceremonies for both campuses will take place online, and, A postponed Apple Blossom festival, which should have been in full swing this weekend, means another chance to revisit festivals of the past, and you will have that chance tomorrow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

As we prepare to eventually emerge from quarantine, health experts say masks will be an essential tool in stopping the spread of coronavirus. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center played host Wednesday to an online roundtable on the making and use of protective masks, which may become a key accessory to the way we live after COVID-19. . .

You can view the full roundtable on the museum’s Facebook page.

Wenatchee Valley College commencement ceremonies for both campuses will take place online.

College leadership, in partnership with the student senate, has decided that an in-person 2020 graduation will not be held, due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual graduation ceremonies will be held for both campuses using Zoom, featuring students, speakers from around the college and photos and videos celebrating the accomplishments of WVC students. Students must submit their application for graduation to the registration office by May 1st to ensures that their diploma is created and that their name appears in the graduation program. Students who are graduating in 2020 are also invited to walk in the in-person ceremony in 2021.

A postponed Apple Blossom festival, which should have been in full swing this weekend, means another chance to revisit festivals of the past.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Wenatchee Valley Museum & cultural Center hosts a broadcast of its festival program from 2019, in which local actors took on the roles of Apple Blossom celebrities from the last 100 years. Since the mid-2000s, the museum’s People of Our Past presentations have used local performers to embody the stories of the valley’s historic figures. That livestream happens at 7 p.m. Friday on the museum’s Facebook page.

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. . .

Apple Blossom Junior Royalty Queen Briana Mott wasn’t about to let a quarantine stop her from celebrating what would have been Youth Weekend last week. In tonight’s feature story, the Sterling Middle schooler also shared a special message with the community, with an assist from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. . .

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.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the rest of the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait until next year for their big moment…

The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that it has cancelled the July 26th induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Instead, the class will be inducted at next year’s induction festivities, along with the class of 2021.

This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960.

Seattle Mariner second baseman Dee Gordon has been selected to receive the 55th Annual Hutch Award.  The honor is the longest-running, most prestigious awards in baseball.  Past honorees include 14 Hall of Fame players and former Mariners Raul Ibanez, Jamie Moyer, Omar Vizquel and John Olerud.

Gordon was chosen for his commitment to helping his community through various philanthropic efforts including the Flash of Hope program to help children and families affected by domestic violence.  Gordon is deeply committed to this issue, as he lost his own mother to domestic violence when he was six years old…

The NCAA announced Wednesday it is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media content…

While athletes will be able to cash in on their names, images and likeness, the money won’t come from the NCAA, schools or conferences.  The broad plan is to allow athletes to strike deals with third parties, but require them to disclose those agreements with their schools.

The NCAA and schools want to regulate for improprieties so payments aren’t recruiting inducements or pay-for-play schemes.  In addition, athletes will not be allowed to use their schools’ logos or brands in their personal deals.  NCAA membership will vote on the proposal in January.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed has taken his old number back.  But he says not to read anything into it…

Prior to Jadeveon Clowney coming to Seattle last season, Reed wore number 90 the previous two years as a Seahawk.  90 was also Reed’s number when he played at Alabama.  Clowney wore number 90 with Houston before coming to Seattle and paid Reed for the right to wear it.  So, last year, Reed wore number 91.

Reed went to his Twitter page Monday saying he was taking 90 back.  Many have said that’s the final nail in the coffin on Seattle bringing back Clowney.  But Reed says, it’s nothing more than him taking his number back.

We’ve all been there.  Company’s over, you’re having a nice evening, and then the family dog decides IT needs to be the center of attention.  Such was the case for Seahawks General Manager John Schneider last weekend.  Except on this occasion, he was in the middle of a remote press conference about the draft…

It’s Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight’s game features the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon Vipers from the Town Toyota Center on Valentine’s Day this year.  Arch Ecker has your play-by-play…

Did the Wild hold on for the victory?  Find out tonight at 7 o’clock.

And here’s a reminder of what else we have coming up in the next few days.  We’ll have another Great Game of our Past tomorrow night at 7 with Wenatchee and Eastmont girls soccer. 

Then Saturday, be sure to tune in for Eastmont and Wenatchee girls bowling from 2018 at 1:30.  That’s followed at 6:30 by Wenatchee AppleSox baseball against Walla Walla.

Sunday features Eastmont and Moses Lake volleyball from last fall at 2.  And then at 7, it’s Wenatchee Wild hockey against the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Eastmont band and cheer squads recently put up a virtual fight song video keeping in mind staying home and staying healthy. Take a look. . .

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.