NCWLIFE Evening News December 13, 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 Wenatchee man already serving time for sex crimes may be barred from returning to his medical job when he’s freed from prison. A Wenatchee woman accused of stalking a Christian rock band is now forbidden to contact them for five years, and, With just a few tweaks left to make in her contract, the City of Moses Lake has officially hired Wenatchee’s Allison Williams as its new city manager.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Jurors will start deliberation Friday in the trial of a man accused of firing gunshots to intimidate a crew of railroad workers. James Carl Brown admitted firing an assault rifle into the ground when four BNSF workers in a boom truck crossed private land in October 2018, but says he did so in self-defense and the defense of property. The workers said Brown’s actions trapped them on the Chumstick Valley site because he would not allow them to pull through the property and leave. On the third day of his trial today, he took the stand in his own defense. . .

Brown does not own the land where he lives, and Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say he refused to surrender when they first contacted him by phone. The four BNSF workers testified Brown’s actions made them fear for their lives.

A Wenatchee man already serving time for sex crimes may be barred from returning to his medical job when he’s freed from prison. 40-year-old Brian Lynn Wood worked as an X-ray technician until his arrest in August 2018. Wood pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation charges for soliciting explicit photographs from teen girls. He’s now serving five years. On Wednesday, the state Department of Health announced its own charges of unprofessional conduct against Wood. That’s the first step to suspend or revoke his license to practice.

A Wenatchee woman accused of stalking a Christian rock band is now forbidden to contact them for five years.

A Chelan County judge ruled Wednesday the group Skillet needs protection from a woman who sent them intimidating letters, and tried to sneak into their concerts. All four members of the band petitioned for restraining orders. The woman has not been charged with a crime, and says she lives with mental illness. She filed a letter in Chelan County District Court apologizing for her behavior.

With just a few tweaks left to make in her contract, the City of Moses Lake has officially hired Wenatchee’s Allison Williams as its new city manager. Kevin Fuhr, Moses Lake police chief and interim city manager, said the City Council reviewed a background check on Williams in executive session Tuesday evening, then made the hiring official. Williams is the city of Wenatchee’s executive services director, having worked in city leadership roles for more than 21 years.

The Moses Lake City Council announced in November it had chosen Williams over two over finalists for the city manager job pending the background check. Fuhr said Williams will be paid a base salary of $160,000 in her new job. John Williams, the former city manager, resigned in July amid several claims of harassment and discrimination from former and current city employees.

A celebration of Williams’ service to Wenatchee will be held December 23rd at the city hall council chambers from 3 to 5 p.m.

Coming up next, A bill that offers labor solutions to agricultural producers and legal residency for some undocumented workers was approved in the U.S. House Wednesday with support from both Democrats and Republicans.  Douglas County has enjoyed a boom in revenue this year, thanks to a thriving economy, and, With its moderate risk waste facility now up and running in Wenatchee, Chelan County has some tips for people dropping off items. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The city of Wenatchee is backing away from a controversial business and occupation tax that would have solely affected Confluence Health.

The city sought to collect up to $600,000 a year from the hospital and clinics, using a new tax ordinance targeted at large nonprofit health care providers. Confluence Health paid the city $330,000 in lieu of taxes last year, and at last night’s city council meeting, Confluence leaders said they’d been left out of the loop in crafting the tax proposal. . .

The proposal did not advance through the council last night. Mayor Frank Kuntz said the city would pursue other options for its budget.

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation recently received $11,000 dollars in contributions raised during the 2019 season of the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens.

Founded by Robert and Catherine (Rio) Sandidge, the RLS Productions’ Concerts in the Gardens is a five-week summer concert series held annually through July and early August at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee. Over the past six years, $58,000 dollars has been raised to provide scholarships and establish an endowment for students at Wenatchee Valley College. RLS Productions began raising funds through the summer concert series to establish an endowment to provide scholarships in perpetuity. Funding has come from direct contributions and ticket sales.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is always ready with special warning signs along highways for students heading home during breaks at Washington State University in Pullman. This time, the signs are holiday themed, of course. You probably need to be a fan of the movie A Christmas Story to get that last two.

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Let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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.

We have a busy sports weekend coming up, but first, let’s take a look at the Les Schwab Prep Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

In girls action, Cashmere had no trouble downing Omak 61-28.  Entiat cruised to a 51-24 win over Cascade Christian.  And the Cle Elum-Cascade games had to be postponed.

On the boy’s side, Cashmere and Omak had a great battle at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium with the Bulldogs from the south coming out on top 58-53. 

In girls bowling yesterday…

Eastmont shut out Sunnyside 4-0 and Eisenhower bounced back from its loss to Wenatchee with a 4-0 win over Moses Lake.

Wenatchee and Eastmont head for Tacoma today to Narrows Plaza to face Graham and Wilson at 3 o’clock in a warmup for tomorrow’s Tower Classic, which begins at 9am.

On the wrestling mats last night…

In a battle of two of the top teams in the state, Sunnyside edged Moses Lake 38-30.  Eastmont topped West Valley 59-18.  And Wenatchee surprised Davis, also expected to be one of the top programs in Washington, 54-25.

Coming up today, Moses Lake is in San Ysidro near San Diego for the El Cajon Invitational.  That continues through tomorrow.  Also tonight, Mount Baker will wrestle at Cascade at 6 and then Cashmere a 7 o’clock.

Thing get real busy tomorrow, as Wenatchee travels to Kitsap for the Olympic Duals beginning at 9am.  Eastmont, Ephrata and Quincy are in Spokane for the West Valley Eagles Wrestle-Rama, starting at 9 o’clock.  12-teams will be in Cashmere for the Cashmere Invite, which gets underway at 10.  Cascade is on the road for the Granger Invite at 10am.

Looking at some girls wrestling tournaments tomorrow, Wenatchee is at the Judy Emry Invite at Foss starting at 8am.  Cashmere, Eastmont, Ephrata, Moses Lake and Quincy are at the Warden Invite starting at 10.

There’s also a lot of basketball games to take in this weekend.  We’ll start on the girl’s side tonight…

Wenatchee hosts Hanford at 5:15.  Four games have 5:45 start times, including Ephrata at Wapato; Quincy at Grandview; Okanogan hosting Chelan; and Waterville-Mansfield at Cascade.  Manson and Bridgeport tip it up at 6

In boys basketball tonight, Wenatchee hosts Hanford at 7.  At 7:15, it’s Ephrata at Wapato; Grandview hosting Quincy; Chelan’s in Okanogan; and Cascade welcomes Waterville-Mansfield.  The Manson at Bridgeport boys will start at 7:30.

Coming up tomorrow, Selah plays at Ephrata at 3:30.  That’s also the tip-time for Quincy and Prosser.  At 5:45, Moses Lake hosts Davis; Eisenhower plays at Eastmont; and Entiat entertains Soap Lake.  The Chelan girls will see Granger at 6 while just up State Route 150 a few miles, Manson hosts Waterville-Mansfield.

And in boys basketball Saturday, Wenatchee hosts Ferris at 2:45.  Selah plays at Ephrata and Quincy hosts Prosser at 5.  At 7:30, it’s Davis at Moses Lake; Ike at Eastmont; Granger at Chelan; Waterville-Mansfield at Manson; and Soap Lake plays at Entiat.

The Wenatchee Wild will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they host Salmon Arm tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

The Silverbacks are on an 8-game losing streak of their own coming into the game tonight.  The last time Salmon Arm won a game was against the Wild back on November 17th.

The puck drops tonight at 7:05.  It’s also the Teddy Bear Toss tonight for Operation Santa.  Bring a new stuffed animal (a teddy bear if you like) and throw it on the ice after Wenatchee scores its first goal of the game.

The Wild will head back on the road tomorrow for a 6 o’clock game at West Kelowna.

The Seahawks travel to Charlotte, North Carolina Sunday to face the Carolina Panthers…

With the injury to Rashaad Penny last week, CJ Procise and Travis Horner will see more playtime this week.  Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says it’s nice to have depth…

Seattle had trouble protecting quarterback Russell Wilson and the offense struggled throughout the game against the Rams.  Schottenheimer says falling behind early takes them out of what they’d like to do…

Seattle and Carolina kick off at 10 o’clock Sunday morning on FOX.\

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, firemen are well known for getting cats out of trees but in Quincy it’s police who are now known for getting a cat out of a store. Officer Abraham Guzman responded to a call at the Quincy Market about a cat running loose in the grocery store. Guzman was able to corral the stray cat and take it to the Quincy Animal Shelter, where it’s hoped its owner will find it or an adoptive owner will step forward.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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.