NCWLIFE Evening News April 9th, 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 police SWAT team was used to execute a search warrant in a drug raid near Peshastin yesterday. A Chevy pickup and an Isuzu box truck were involved in a dramatic rollover crash Wednesday, and, Would-be thieves apparently thought a Moses Lake bike shop that closed after the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order would be easy pickings but boy were they wrong.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

COVID Douglas Construction -Douglas County commissioners signed a proclamation Wednesday saying some new home construction can go forward there, despite the Governor’s public health emergency closing all non-essential businesses. They say new guidance from Gov. Jay Inslee grants a loophole to new home-building that’s under contract and received its county permits before March 27th. NCWLIFE asked the Governor’s office for comment, and got no response by the time of this broadcast. But, Dan Sutton, chairman of the board of commissioners, told NCWLIFE he believes the measure is the best choice for Douglas County. . .

Big Y Raid -Drug investigators say a Blewett Pass home has been the site of heavy drug activity. The Columbia River Drug Task Force on Wednesday arrested 40-year-old Kristopher John Winter, and later searched his empty home in the 4000 block of Highway 97. There they allegedly found a hypodermic needle loaded with methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia with heroin residue, and multiple doses of Narcan, which is used to revive victims of overdose. A police SWAT team was used to execute the search warrant, because last year Winter barricaded himself into the house when deputies responded to a disturbance there.

Malaga Highway Crash -A Chevy pickup and an Isuzu box truck were involved in a dramatic rollover crash Wednesday, but sheriff’s deputies said it yielded no injuries. The two drivers told paramedics they didn’t need treatment, even though the 2003 pickup rolled over in the crash about 3:30 along Malaga-Alcoa Highway, three miles south of Wenatchee. Deputies said the pickup driver appeared to be at fault; no citations have yet been issued.

Bike Shop Break-In -Would-be thieves apparently thought a Moses Lake bike shop that closed after the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order would be easy pickings. They learned otherwise after a confrontation about 1:30 a.m. last Saturday night with a shotgun-wielding man. Co-owner Bill Sparks, or “Pop,” was staying in an apartment attached to the Bicycle Shop on Broadway Avenue in downtown Moses Lake when someone broke out one of the big front windows of the business. After Pop confronted the burglars with a shotgun, they quickly fled, with one suffering a cut on the broken glass, the business reported. Moses Lake Police are investigating.
Coming up next, Because of previous cancellations because of COVID-19, officials with the Cashmere Bridge Project will now hold a virtual open house. The Wenatchee School District’s laptop checkout program for students has proven so popular, they’ve had to ask families to slow down the demand. Our in-house PSA’s regarding COVID-19 continues tonight with Dr. Peter Rutherford, and, Residents of Chelan may soon again hear the blaring of the downtown air raid siren, we will tell you why. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Cashmere Bridge -Major transportation projects usually feature a public open house. But those are off-limits during the pandemic, so Chelan County is hosting a virtual open-house for its long-in-the-making West Cashmere Bridge replacement. The $25 million project is now underway, and should take about two years to complete. The county Public Works department offers a virtual tour through its website so taxpayers can see the ins and outs of the project. You can find that link right here on the NCWLIFE website.

WSD Laptop Checkout -The Wenatchee School District’s laptop checkout program for students has proven so popular, they’ve had to ask families to slow down the demand. Yesterday the district checked out more than 2,000 Chromebooks to students under a lending program, and used social distancing measures during pickups at area schools. Now the district asks that families limit the number of devices checked out to one per household, and only check out a device if that is their only option. They also warn that wait times in the pickup lines may be lengthy, so please have patience.
PSA Rutherford -NCWLIFE is producing a series of public service announcements from people in our communities regarding COVID-19. Tonight we feature Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford. . .

Chelan Air Raid Siren -Residents of Chelan may soon again hear the blaring of the downtown air raid siren. Chelan County Fire and Rescue said with staffing reductions and a decrease in firefighting volunteers they are looking for different ways of notifying the community if there is a potentially catastrophic fire event. It would only be used for two alarm or greater fires. In 2019, there was only one of those, though there were several in 2018. The fire district would like to hear from the community about potentially putting the sirens back into use.
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. . .
Fire Situation -Fire season seems to have gotten off to an early start in North Central Washington, with most fire districts having already responded to numerous brush fires, mostly caused by controlled burns. In tonight’s feature story, Chelan County Fire District 7 Chief Mark Donnell said though medical calls have been down, his crews in Chelan have been busy responding to fires. So much so, he said there is talk about banning controlled burns in Chelan County on May 1st. . .
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.

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The Seahawks are bringing back Jordan Simmons, a guard who has shown potential in limited playing time with Seattle…

Simmons, who went undrafted out of USC in 2017, spent his rookie season in Oakland on the Raiders’ practice squad, then was claimed off of waivers by Seattle prior to the start of the 2018 season. He started three games that season in place of an injured D.J. Fluker, including making his NFL debut in his hometown of Los Angeles, a game that saw the Seahawks rush for 273 yards against the Rams.
Simmons unfortunately missed the 2019 season due to a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve.

Closer to home, Wenatchee Valley College got word of a big recruit signing to play for the Lady Knight’s basketball team next year…

The Associated Press Washington State 2A Player of the Year, guard Keylie Hershey, announced on her Twitter account that she’s going to play at Wenatchee Valley College next year. Hershey led the Lynden Lions to the State 2A Championship in the Sun Dome in March. She scored 13 of her game-high 22-points in the 3rd quarter.

Time for another sports-related movie recommendation that you might not have heard about. “Team Foxcatcher” is a documentary that tells the story of millionaire John DuPont and his world class Olympic training facility on his farm in rural Pennsylvania. He centered in on wrestling and recruited the nation’s finest, paying them to wrestle. All was good until DuPont became delusional and lost his grip on reality…

“Team Foxcatcher” is rated TV-14 for substance and is available right now on Netflix.

Finally, the Wenatchee AppleSox have enlisted the services of its mascot Coyote for some help to spread the word of #StayHome4Baseball…


Thanks Eric.
WHS Slideshow -Finally tonight, Wenatchee High School seniors won’t be able to close out the year together, but the school still wants to celebrate their achievements with a social-media slideshow. WHS wants the Class of 2020 to send in photos or even short videos of their favorite moments from senior year, to be shared as part of the online project. It could be images of a college acceptance, a job offer or just a happy time. Send your memories to College Mentor Program Director Andrea Johnson at johnson.andrea@wenatcheeschools.org. The school has also set up a special Google Docs form to upload the materials. You can find that link on our website: NCWLIFE.com.
**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.