NCWLIFE Evening News August 20, 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, A Moses Lake man, well known to local law enforcement, was arrested again last night after falling asleep in a car he had just stolen. Chelan County PUD is making more money from surplus power sales than expected, and, Thanks to the U.S. military, the state soon will have another helicopter to use in its firefighting efforts.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee elementary school teacher was charged with first-degree child molestation Monday in Chelan County Superior Court. 58-year-old Joe Ells is accused of kissing an 8-year-old student on the lips multiple times during the 2005-2006 school year.

Ells was arrested last week after an investigation by Wenatchee police. A roommate of the alleged victim contacted the school district in June. A second alleged victim was cited in the charging documents but no charges have been brought yet in that case. Ells, who is on leave from his teaching job, has been released from jail on $10,000 bond while awaiting trial.

A Moses Lake man, well known to local law enforcement, was arrested again last night after falling asleep in a car he had just stolen. Moses Lake Police arrested 48-year old Darrell Smith after a neighbor called to report a suspicious vehicle on Winona Street in Moses Lake.

Officers responded and found Smith asleep in the stolen car. Officers also found a black mask in the car, next to the screwdriver used to start the vehicle. Smith is known for a 2010 incident in which he escaped from the Grant County Courthouse and stole a grain truck from downtown Ephrata, still wearing handcuffs.

He attempted to elude pursuing officers until he drove the truck off of SR-17 just past Randolph Road near Moses Lake. Smith ditched the truck and attempted to swim across the lake, in March, wearing handcuffs…he sank, and had to be rescued by a Grant County deputy. Smith was booked into the Grant County Jail last night on charges of possession of a stolen car and possession of burglar tools.

Chelan County PUD is making more money from surplus power sales than expected. 

Commissioners were presented with some positive revenue numbers at Monday’s regular board meeting. Energy resources staff reported that wholesale and other energy-related revenue is forecast at $11.5 million above budget. They say its due in part to the premium paid for the PUD’s carbon-free hydropower even though water supply this year is below average. They also reported that the Utiity is saving more money that budgeted due to the success of conservation programs, especially for commercial buildings.

Thanks to the U.S. military, the state soon will have another helicopter to use in its firefighting efforts.

The Vietnam War-era Huey was donated by the Army to the state Department of Natural Resources. It will cost about a million dollars to restore, but still will save the state more than 10 million dollars. It will become the 10th Huey in DNR’s fleet. Here’s a look. . .

Coming up next, The Chelan County PUD says people illegally parking their vehicles at the boat launch at Riverfront Park is a growing problem. Matt Cadman, the former executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center has received the Governor’s Arts Award for arts advocacy, and, The North Central Washington Fair in Waterville begins Thursday and in addition to its usual list of attractions, this year will feature a battle of the bands. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan County PUD says people illegally parking their vehicles at the boat launch at Riverfront Park is a growing problem.

The parking spaces at the popular boat launch behind Pybus Public Market are for boat trailers, not passenger vehicles, and there are signs saying so, the PUD pointed out. In just a few hours one day this summer, Wenatchee police ticketed more than 20 vehicles. Those tickets carry a $30 fine, which climbs to $50 if the fine is not paid within two weeks. There are parking spaces nearby for trail and park users, the PUD says.

Matt Cadman, the former executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center has received the Governor’s Arts Award for arts advocacy. Cadman was nominated for the award by state Senator Brad Hawkins, who said Cadman has made a QUOTE, gigantic contribution to arts in the Wenatchee Valley, UNQUOTE. Cadman retired from the PAC this year after serving six years as executive director. He will receive the award at the 2019 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards diner November 19th in Olympia.

The North Central Washington Fair in Waterville begins Thursday and in addition to its usual list of attractions, this year will feature a battle of the bands.

Several local musicians and groups will compete Thursday starting at 11 a.m. for a $500 prize and the opportunity to be the opening act Friday night for the fair’s headliner, country music star Craig Morgan.

In addition to displays, demonstrations, food, livestock, a carnival and rodeo events, the fair this year features its first cornhole tournament.

Kids Day is Saturday. The fair runs Thursday through Sunday, with LINK Transit offering transportation Wenatchee and East Wenatchee to and from Waterville for $2.50 each way.

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, two tiny creeks near Leavenworth may soon be getting official names for the first time, and they’re not just any names. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt tells us more. . .

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.

Over the final three weeks of the 2018 football season, the Wenatchee Panthers lost by 4-points to Sunnyside after leading 10-nothing, having given up a long touchdown pass and run in the final moments.  Then they lost the Bridge of Sportsmanship to Eastmont 14-13, missing a field goal to go ahead in the final 2-minutes.

Those losses prevented Wenatchee from creating the need for a three-way playoff between the Panthers, Wildcats and Grizzlies.  It is something that weighs heavily on the minds of Wenatchee’s returning starters, according to Panther Coach Scott Devereaux…

Offensively, the Panthers are in pretty good shape with four of their five starters on the offensive line back as well as running back Nate Blauman, tight end Riley Kunz, and quarterback Camden Sirmon…

We’ll continue to preview Wenatchee and Eastmont all week as preparations get underway for opening night on September 6th.

Speaking of the upcoming high school football season, here’s the NCWLIFE Channel broadcast schedule for 2019…

It begins with Mt. Si at Wenatchee on September 6th.  Then its Pasco at Eastmont on Friday, September 13th.  The Panthers host Mt. Boucherie out of beautiful British Columbia again on September 20th

We’ll wrap up September with back-to-back nights as Wenatchee entertains Eisenhower on Thursday, September 26th.  Then we’ll back up our gear and head across the river the following night as Eastmont hosts West Valley of Spokane.

The first Friday in October will have us in Cashmere as the Bulldogs host the Omak Pioneers.  Then its back to back looks at the Davis Pirates on October 11th at Eastmont and October 18th at Wenatchee. 

The Panthers will host a rematch against the Sunnyside Grizzlies with a lot to prove after last year’s narrow loss on October 25th.  Eastmont hosts the always-tough Moses Lake Chiefs November 1st.  And then, finally, it’s the Bridge of Sportsmanship Game on Thursday, November 7th with Wenatchee at Eastmont.

Be sure to tune in for all the action with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson on the play-by-play throughout the fall right here on your LOCAL home for sports, NCWLIFE.

The Mariners are on a 3-game winning streak after downing the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersberg, Florida last night 9-to-3…

Tom Murphy was 3-for-3 with 2-home runs and 4-RBI’s to lead Seattle.  Austin Nola also hit a home run and was 2-for-4 with 3-RBI’s.

The Mariners plated 7-runs in the first two innings to back Marco Gonzales.  The former AppleSox went 5-innings to earn the victory, allowing 3-runs on 5-hits with 5-strikeouts and three walks.  His record improved to 13-and-10.

Seattle continues the three-game set today at 4:10.

Also in the American League West on Monday as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Texas walked-off in 11-innings against the Angels 8-7 on Isaiah Kiner-Falefa’s RBI single.  Los Angeles squandered a 5-run lead after the 1st inning.

Houston scored 4-runs in the first inning and held on to beat Detroit 5-4. Yuli Gurriel led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2-RBI’s.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news story. . .

A Wenatchee elementary school teacher was charged with first-degree child molestation Monday in Chelan County Superior Court. 58-year-old Joe Ells is accused of kissing an 8-year-old student on the lips multiple times during the 2005-2006 school year.

Ells was arrested last week after an investigation by Wenatchee police. A roommate of the alleged victim contacted the school district in June. A second alleged victim was cited in the charging documents but no charges have been brought yet in that case. Ells, who is on leave from his teaching job, has been released from jail on $10,000 bond while awaiting trial.

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.