NCWLIFE Evening News December 16, 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, Dense fog apparently played a role in a Quincy school bus accident that claimed the life of a tour bus driver Friday morning. The jury that acquitted a Chumstick Valley man who confronted railroad workers with an assault rifle says even though he’s not guilty, he’s not entitled to having his court costs reimbursed, and, An Wenatchee caregiver is accused of misusing her disabled client’s bank accounts to the tune of more than $3,000.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A dementia patient who went missing from her Leavenworth home Sunday night was found this morning, alive but suffering from exposure. Marlene M. Marlin, who’s 85, walked away from the home on East Leavenworth Road sometime after 10:30 p.m. At 9:00 a.m., rescue workers located her trapped in the crawlspace of an unoccupied home nearby. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said after Marlin entered the crawlspace, the door apparently closed behind her, and she could not work her way out. She was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment.

Dense fog apparently played a role in a Quincy school bus accident that claimed the life of a tour bus driver Friday morning.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the school bus was stopped in the westbound lane of White Trail Road about 9 a.m. when it was rear-ended by a 2006 Jeep Liberty being driven by 19-year-old Jocelyn Gutierrez of East Wenatchee. Gutierrez pulled the Jeep into a nearby driveway but the school bus was then hit by a tour bus being driven by 71-year-old Sidney Austin, who died at the scene. Several of the 26 kids on the school bus, ages 5 to 15, suffered minor injuries. There were also several of the 39 passengers on the tour bus who were treated for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation. Buses were running two hours late that morning because of icy road conditions.

The jury that acquitted a Chumstick Valley man who confronted railroad workers with an assault rifle says even though he’s not guilty, he’s not entitled to having his court costs reimbursed. Jurors found James Carl Brown not guilty of assault and unlawful imprisonment on Friday, after a four-day Chelan County trial. Under Washington’s stand-your-ground law, he could have collected lost legal fees and expenses if a majority of the jury ruled that his use of force was lawful. Although they acquitted Brown of the criminal charges, the jurors said he did not prove he acted lawfully. Brown, a Marine veteran and National Guard member, fired the assault rifle into the ground in October 2018 while warning a four-man BNSF crew not to trespass on Chumstick Highway property where he lived. He claimed he acted in self-defense.

An Wenatchee caregiver is accused of misusing her disabled client’s bank accounts to the tune of more than $3,000. Douglas County prosecutors charged Martha Antunez Sanchez, age 33, with six counts of identity theft for allegedly withdrawing $3,300 from a bank account held by her East Wenatchee client, after she obtained his debit card PIN number. Investigators say Sanchez used the card over the past year to make unauthorized ATM withdrawals and online rent payments. She must make her first court appearance December 30th.

Coming up next, The couple suspected in a Coulee City campsite robbery that injured one man and sparked a month-long manhunt have now both been arraigned on charges. Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier announced Friday she will vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, and, Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award this month from the Washington PUD Association. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The couple suspected in a Coulee City campsite robbery that injured one man and sparked a month-long manhunt have now both been arraigned on charges.

Kye Shelton appeared in Douglas County Superior Court this morning on counts of second-degree robbery, theft, assault and reckless endangerment. He and his partner, Becca Rae Rosenburg, are accused of stealing portable generators from a campsite on Banks Lake on September 27th, in a robbery that turned violent. Rosenburg’s four children were in the van they used as a getaway vehicle. Both were arrested last month near Moxee, and remain held in the Okanogan County Jail. Their children are in foster care.

Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier announced Friday she will vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump. The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on two impeachment articles. Schrier, a Democrat, spoke Sunday on NPR, explaining the reasoning for her vote. . .

Meanwhile, Republican Fourth District Reprehensive Dan Newhouse said he is unlikely to vote in favor of impeachment, calling the hearings politically motivated. Newhouse told Tri-Cities TV station KEPR on Saturday that unless there is some new evidence that comes out he will vote against impeachment. The impeachment is likely to pass in the Democratically-controlled House but is unlikely to get approval in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award this month from the Washington PUD Association. Bolz has served in several roles for the statewide association, including president. He has been a Chelan PUD commissioner since 2006. Because he was scheduled for a surgical procedure, Bolz taped his acceptance speech, which was aired at the association’s meeting in Vancouver. . .

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Could there be more layoffs planned at Wenatchee Valley College? College President Jim Richardson commented today on how the college is addressing a one million dollar budget shortfall in the coming year. The financial problems have resulted in layoffs of 20 employees. Richardson says he will also be taking furlough days off along with other staff members. He also discussed ongoing capital improvements at the Wenatchee Valley College campus and how new construction fits into the overall budget. In tonight’s feature story, Richardson tells NCWLIFE News that the budget shortfall was caused by an unexpected drop in student enrollment, including the popular “Running Start” program. . .

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.

In breaking news this afternoon, Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy…

This is the release on the Seahawk’s PR Twitter account this afternoon quoting an NFL spokesman.  Quote – Josh Gordon of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, end quote.  This is the 5th time Gordon has been suspended by the league. 

While playing for the Seahawks, Gordon caught 7-passes for 139-yards, the longest at 58-yard, spectacular fingertip grab in Sunday’s win at Carolina.

The Seahawks are back out in front of the NFC playoff picture after a win over Carolina Sunday and getting some help from the Atlanta Falcons…

Seattle hung on to beat the Panthers 30-24 behind a stellar day by the offense.  Chris Carson rushed for a career-best 133-yards and two touchdowns while Russell Wilson passed for 286-yards and two scores.  Tyler Lockett looked back at full strength, catching 8 passes for 120-yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Atlanta scored a last-second touchdown to beat San Francisco 29-22.  Right now, Seattle is the #1 seed followed by Green Bay, New Orleans and Dallas.  The 49ers are a Wild Card team along with Minnesota.  But there’s 2-weeks left, and the Saints host Indianapolis tonight.

In the AFC, Baltimore is currently the #1 seed followed by New England, Kansas City and Houston.  Buffalo ensured a playoff spot with its win yesterday over the Steelers, which would make Pittsburg the final Wild Card team.  However Tennessee is still alive.

The Moses Lake School District is investigating accusations of racial slurs being used towards Davis players during a basketball game Saturday night.

Superintendent Dr. Joshua Meeks has requested further information and/or videos from those present to help.

On his Facebook page, Dr. Meeks wrote, “Our district leadership team is taking these claims seriously and I can assure you that we are investigating the full scope of what transpired.”

According to several social media posts by parents and fans from the Yakima school, students and team members from Davis were called the “N” word.  The team was then reportedly provided a police escort to their bus in order to leave school property.

The Moses Lake School District is asking if anyone who attended Saturday’s game has a first-hand account of what occurred or any cell phone or video evidence, to please contact the Superintendent’s office.

We’ll get to the weekend in high school sports coming up, but first, it was a great weekend for the Wenatchee Wild.  It began with the annual Teddy Bear Toss Friday night at the Town Toyota Center…

Arch Ecker on the call.  All the stuffed animals collected went to Operation Santa.

On the ice, it seemed the home team had total control early, leading 3-nothing after the first period.  But the Silverbacks came back in the second and this game would come down to the final seconds.  Again, Arch Ecker on the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee won it 6-5 and then headed for West Kelowna Saturday to face the Warriors.  It was also a Teddy Bear Toss night and, despite falling behind early, the Wild had enough in the tank win in overtime.  Arch Ecker on the call and the video is courtesy of Hockey TV…

Wenatchee is back home this weekend to host Alberni Valley Friday and Powell River Saturday at the Town Toyota Center at 7:05.

Recapping the weekend in high school basketball as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

In girl’s play on Friday, Wenatchee fell to Hanford 46-34.  Wapato topped Ephrata by 7.  Grandview was too much for Quincy.  Okanogan edged Chelan 45-40.  And Waterville-Mansfield won a non-leaguer 59-37 at Cascade.

In boys basketball Friday, Wenatchee had no trouble with Hanford, winning 75-35.  Ephrata clipped Wapato 69-53.  Grandview clobbered Quincy 78-51.  Okanogan outscored Chelan 5-nothing in overtime to win 78-73.  Cascade was 17-better than Waterville-Mansfield.  And Manson beat Bridgeport 60-53.

Moving on to Saturday on the Les Schwab Prep Girls Scoreboard, Moses Lake topped Davis 51-38.  Ike beat Eastmont 47-33.  Selah smothered Ephrata 45-21.  Prosser popped Quincy 73-41.  Entiat took care of Soap Lake 56-22.  And Waterville-Mansfield had no trouble with Manson, winning 71-22.

And on the boy’s courts Saturday, Ferris topped Wenatchee 63-54.  Moses Lake beat Davis 80-69.  Eastmont got back on the winning track, downing Eisenhower 89-71.  Selah stopped Ephrata 61-57.  Prosser beat Quincy by 34.  Chelan beat Granger 74-41.  Entiat won by 30 over Soap Lake.  And Manson proved too much for the Shockers, winning 72-46.

Thanks Eric.

And finally tonight, NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom was at Pybus Public Market Saturday morning for the Worx Gym Ugly Sweater 5-K. Let’s take a look. . .

Cash donations and toys went to benefit the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.

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.