NCWLIFE Evening News April 7th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Douglas County man accused in a dog attack last year is likely to plead to a lesser offence in District Court./ Kye Shelton, the man who led the chaotic robbery of a Douglas County campsite in September 2019, has pleaded guilty to the crime, and, The Washington state Senate approved a measure on Tuesday restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after an hours-long standoff with police that followed an alleged hit-and-run late Tuesday night in the Wenatchee WinCo parking lot.

Wenatchee police say 47-year-old Scott Alan Brown arrived at WinCo in a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee got into a 1968 Ford Galaxy he had parked there for sale and was seen driving erratically in the parking lot before allegedly hitting a pole and fleeing in the Cherokee. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld said it all started about 11:25 p.m. . .

A Douglas County man accused in a dog attack last year is likely to plead to a lesser offence in District Court. 63-year-old Timothy Dale Houston was charged with the crime of owning a dangerous dog after a Wenatchee woman was severely bitten in January 2020 on Number 2 Canyon Road.

Lawyers this week agreed to strike his planned April 20th trial date, saying the case would be resolved with a non-felony charge in the lower court. Houston allegedly told police he let his four dogs out of his car while he napped along the roadside, and awoke to find them attacking a woman who was jogging past. The victim required stitches for multiple bite wounds, including facial injuries. Wenatchee Valley Animal Control seized all four dogs.

Kye Shelton, the man who led the chaotic robbery of a Douglas County campsite in September 2019, has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Shelton, who’s 33, was sentenced Tuesday to just over five years in prison for second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment, for bringing four children along when he attempted to ransack a deer camp with his partner Becca Rosenburg and three other men.

The group loaded a set of generators into their own vehicles before the occupants returned to the campsite, and a confrontation ensued while the children waited in a getaway van. Rosenburg pleaded guilty last summer and was sentenced to 17 months. The other accomplices are serving five- and six-year sentences.

The Washington state Senate approved a measure on Tuesday restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas. North Central Washington senators, including the 12th District’s Brad Hawkins and Judy Warnick of the 13th, opposed the overall bill, which passed 27 to 22.

The legislation emerged from police killings of Black people and the protests for racial justice that ensued last year. It bans choke holds and limits the practice of high-speed pursuits. It also allows the use of tear gas only in response to riots in jails or prisons, or to deal with barricaded standoff or hostage situations. It needs final approval in the House before moving on to the Governor’s office.

Coming up next, The Chelan County PUD might begin setting aside expensive hookup fees for residents moving into affordable housing./ The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is rolling out a new kind of patrol team: The Behavioral health Unit./ Crunch Pak in Cashmere has contributed $150,000 toward construction of the new West Cashmere Bridge, and, The Washington State Patrol is reminding motorists they need to be prepared to slow down for the Boundary Bridge project on Blewett Pass. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan County PUD might begin setting aside expensive hookup fees for residents moving into affordable housing.

A proposal working its way to commissioners would waive the $1,900 connection fee for people buying a home from a nonprofit affordable housing trust, like those operating in Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee. That would do away with hookup fees for about 20 to 25 new homes per year throughout Chelan County. PUD commissioners this week asked staff to develop eligibility criteria for how the waivers would be applied.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is rolling out a new kind of patrol team: The Behavioral health Unit. It’s a partnership with Catholic Charities, in which one Deputy, Zach Brunner, works with a designated crisis responder, Ana Gonzalez, to answer calls involving mental health.

The sheriff’s department says psychological issues drive a large volume of its incident reports. Brunner and Gonzalez will offer social services to mentally ill clients who’ve been contacted by law enforcement. The goal is

to offer help to those in crisis, instead of incarceration. The BHU team is modeled after a similar program in Spokane.

Crunch Pak in Cashmere has contributed $150,000 toward construction of the new West Cashmere Bridge.

Chelan County said Tuesday that the apple slices and snacks company has been a consistent proponent of the bridge project and in addition to its financial support earlier spoke with legislators about the importance of the project.

The bridge gives Crunch Pak and other businesses an alternate route for shipping goods. The old bridge operated under weight restrictions. Construction of the new bridge is expected to be completed late this year at a total cost of $25-point-5 million dollars.

The Washington State Patrol is reminding motorists they need to be prepared to slow down for the Boundary Bridge project on Blewett Pass.

The $4.5 million project near Swauk Campground, just south of the summit, involves construction of a bridge to replace an old culvert. The speed limit Highway 97 has been reduced to 35 mph through the work area with a concrete jersey barrier separating the lanes of travel. The reduced speed limit is in effect all day and night, every day of the week during the work, which is expected to continue for much of the year.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the new bridge is designed to improve fish passage for steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as provide safe passage under the bridge for wildlife like elk.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Wenatchee’s kindergarten through 5th grade students will return to classrooms in less than two weeks.

Meanwhile, Eastmont kids can expect to start filling up in-person classes on April 26th. That’s when K through 4 students will reenter full-time classes, followed by all upper grades May 3rd.

Superintendent Garn Christensen says those dates remain tentative, and depend greatly on COVID-19 infection rates in the community. When students do return fully to school buildings, hybrid instruction will have to end, with families choosing either 100 percent remote or 100 percent in-person schooling for their kids.

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.

One of the many moves the Seahawks have made this offseason was to sign former Rams tight end Gerald Everett…

The 6’4, 240-pounder out of Alabama played four seasons in Los Angeles before agreeing to a free agent contract with Seattle.  He says one of the biggest reasons he chose the Seahawks was new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, for whom he played in L-A…

Everett says Waldron worked closely with Rams coach Sean McVay on a potent offense, which he expects now that he’s in Seattle…

In four years with the Rams, Waldron caught 127-passes for 1,389-yards and 8-touchdowns.  He says he’s happy to serve whatever roll the Seahawks need him to play…

Of course, Everett says he’s really looking forward to working with Russell Wilson.

Speaking of Russell Wilson, he was one of the players Carlos Dunlap (dun-LOP) reached out to during his 2-weeks of free agency prior to the Seahawks re-signing him…

Dunlap says if he was returning to Seattle, he wanted to make sure Wilson was going to be his quarterback…

Dunlap came to Seattle in a mid-season trade with Cincinnati last year.  He says he hopes to be able to pick up where they left off and continue to improve…

Carlos has been busy this offseason working at his restaurant in Miami serving up southern hospitality.  He says the biggest thing he’s looking forward to is getting to know everyone in Seattle…

Dunlap and the Seahawks are looking to improve on an NFC West Championship and first round playoff loss from a season ago.

Just exactly what the Mariners didn’t want to see…James Paxton had to come out of his first start back in a Seattle uniform in the second inning last night with discomfort in his left elbow…

Paxton suffered a flexor strain last year with the Yankees that ended his season after just five starts.  He says this doesn’t feel as painful, but will undergo an MRI today to find out more.

Manager Scott Servais says they not only lost Paxton last night, but outfielder Jake Fraley as well…

The Mariners lost the game 10-to-4, surrendering three home runs on the night including a grand slam in the 8th.  Ty France was 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI double and Tom Murphy went 2-for-2.

Seattle will try to avoid the sweep tonight at 7:10 when Justin Dunn makes his first start of the season against the White Sox’s Dallas Keuchel (KIKE-uhl).

Thanks Eric.

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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.