NCWLIFE Evening News December 17, 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 driver struck a young pedestrian in the crosswalk Monday night near Orchard Middle School. A Chelan resident who’s in jail for allegedly assaulting a security guard is now accused of punching a corrections officer in the face, and, A domestic violence suspect was arrested Monday afternoon in Moses Lake after a tense two-hour standoff with police.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One person was killed and five others were injured Monday night when a semi slid off icy Highway 28 near Quincy and hit another vehicle that had slid into the ditch. Killed was 64-year-old Lynn Hoffman of Tacoma, a passenger in a Dodge Caravan. Six others in the van were injured, including an 11-year-old girl who was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other five who were injured included four other children and the driver of the van. They all were taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center. The accident happened about 6:00 p.m. near the intersection of White Trail Road about five miles west of Quincy. The highway was reopened about 10:00 p.m.

A Wenatchee driver struck a young pedestrian in the crosswalk Monday night near Orchard Middle School. Wenatchee police say a 40-year-old Wenatchee woman ran into the youth about 6:15pm at the intersection of Miller and Orchard streets, while the juvenile was crossing at a lighted crosswalk with an activated signal. The boy was taken to Central Washington Hospital but the extent of his injuries wasn’t known today. The motorist will be cited for driving without a valid license and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

A Chelan resident who’s in jail for allegedly assaulting a security guard is now accused of punching a corrections officer in the face. 25 year old Connor Trevino, has been held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center since November 29th, when police say he attacked a guard at Link Transit’s Columbia Station in downtown Wenatchee. On Friday, Trevino allegedly punched a female corrections officer when she came to move him to his cell. Wenatchee police said when they interviewed Trevino about the assault, he said, “I just wanted to punch someone, and she was right there.” He’s already charged with one count of third-degree assault for the bus station incident. He now faces a new charge in the second degree.

A domestic violence suspect was arrested Monday afternoon in Moses Lake after a tense two-hour standoff with police. The Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team deployed several flash-bang devices into a home in the 4000 block of Paxson Drive before 36-year-old E-sigh (Isai) Ramirez-Alvarez finally surrendered about 2:00 p.m., according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. He faces numerous charges, including domestic assault, burglary and obstructing law enforcement. 

Coming up next, Fire crews responded to a report of smoke at EarthWise Pet Store in Wenatchee this morning to find the inside of the building awash in water from a sprinkler system.  Douglas County’s PUD manager wants federal negotiators to demand more out of the Columbia River Treaty, and, NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom was at Pybus Public Market Saturday morning for the Worx Gym Ugly Sweater 5-K Run. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Fire crews responded to a report of smoke at EarthWise Pet Store in Wenatchee this morning to find the inside of the building awash in water from a sprinkler system. The pet supply and grooming business in Mission Village at 215 Fifth Street is undergoing a remodel before the new EarthWise Pet opens. Kay McKeller, spokeswoman for Chelan County Fire District 1, said one person inhaled smoke but did not require medical aid. The cause of the fire, which was reported at 8:47 a.m., is still under investigation.

Douglas County’s PUD manager wants federal negotiators to demand more out of the Columbia River Treaty. The longstanding treaty with Canada governs flood control and electrical generation between the two countries.

At a townhall Monday in Richland, Douglas PUD Manager Gary Ivory joined leaders of other PUDs asking for a decrease in the $120 million worth of energy capacity that American utilities provide to Canada under the treaty. Ivory says that amounts to about $500 per Douglas County ratepayer, and wants it reduced by at least 90 percent. Canada and the U.S. will start renegotiating the treaty’s framework in 2024.

NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom was at Pybus Public Market Saturday morning for the Worx Gym Ugly Sweater 5-K Run. If you didn’t have the chance to attend, here’s how it looked. . .

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

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. . .

Wenatchee Valley College faces a one million dollar budget deficit in 2020. 21 employees have been laid off with possibly more in the coming year. But, Wenatchee Valley College isn’t the only community college experiencing a budget shortfall. In tonight’s feature story, College President Jim Richardson says there are at least two other institutions experiencing similar problems. He talked about it with NCWLIFE In Focus host, Steve Hair. . .

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.

Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  This is the 5th time Gordon has been suspended by the league. 

Coach Pete Carroll was visibly shaken by the news when he met reporters for his Monday afternoon press conference…

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.

Seattle secured a playoff spot with its win over the Panthers Sunday and got some help from Atlanta to move into the #1 spot in the NFC.  Coach Carroll says the team gathered around a laptop on the plane to find out what happened…

Seattle has two games left in the regular season, both at home this Sunday against Arizona and then the following Sunday versus San Francisco.

The Moses Lake School District is using an independent 3rd party investigate accusations of racial slurs being used towards Davis players during a basketball game Saturday night.

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.

In a release from the District, Superintendent Dr. Joshua Meek states, “We are deeply troubled by these claims and reports, but are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this quickly.  I have received over 20 reports of what transpired at the athletic event.  These will be given to our investigator.  Moses Lake is a very diverse school system, where over 53% of our students are non-white.  A culture of hate is in no way acceptable, and if these reports are validated corrective action will occur.”

Coming up on the prep schedule for tonight, first in girls bowling…

Eastmont can have a say in the battle for first in the Big-9 as they host Eisenhower today at Eastmont Lanes.  Wenatchee will also have a home match today and watch closely down the alley to follow the Wildcats and Cadets.  Both those matches get underway at 2 o’clock this afternoon.  In Moses Lake, the Chiefs host Selah at 3:30.

In girls basketball tonight, Chelan plays at Cascade at 5:45.  Ephrata hosts a non-league game against College Place at 6 o’clock.

There is only two games on tap in boys basketball tonight as Cascade hosts Chelan at 7:30 and Entiat travels to the plateau to take on Waterville-Mansfield at 7:30.

And in the only wrestling match around the region tonight, Moses Lake hosts Eastmont at 7 o’clock.

Here’s a quick look at what we have on tap for the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule this week…

It begins tonight with girls basketball with Wenatchee and Davis girls basketball from last January.  It continues Thursday night with Hockey Night as the Wild host Langley at 7.  Then on Friday, it’s Sunnyside and Wenatchee boys basketball from last January 25th at 7 o’clock.  Saturday afternoon’s feature is the Sunnyside/Wenatchee girls game from last January and then at 7 it’s Eastmont and Wenatchee girls basketball from the Town Toyota Center last January.

Again, we’ll begin airing LIVE sports here on the NCWLIFE Channel after the first of the year.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in 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.