NCWLIFE Evening News December 18, 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, More than a month ago, a Waterville man allegedly armed himself with a shotgun when he learned of his wife’s sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy. Now the wife has been charged as well. For the second time in less than a week, a school bus in North Central Washington was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday, and, In addition to catching bad guys and otherwise protecting their communities, law enforcement officers in North Central Washington have been showing their Christmas spirit this year.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The wife of a Wenatchee Valley attorney accused of domestic violence wants to keep her medical records from being used as evidence in the case.

Paul Kube is battling a charge of second-degree domestic assault in Douglas County Superior Court. His wife, who suffered a broken nose under disputed circumstances at their home back in July, told a judge on Monday that it happened when she and Kube scuffled over a family photo. She went to the Central Washington Hospital for a checkup the next day, and now wants records of that visit suppressed in Kube’s criminal case. A visiting judge says he’ll decide on the request at a future hearing. Kube is also charged in federal court for an alleged domestic assault against his wife in Yellowstone National Park in early September.

More than a month ago, a Waterville man allegedly armed himself with a shotgun when he learned of his wife’s sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy. Now the wife has been charged as well. AdreAnna Renee Jones, who’s 20 years old, was charged Tuesday with third-degree child rape. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say she admitted having sex with the teenager in late October. When she confessed on November 3rd to her husband, 21-year-old Dylan O’Gara Smith, police say he picked up a shotgun and walked the streets of Waterville, threatening to confront the youth. He’s charged with second-degree assault, harassment, and related counts. Both husband and wife remain free from custody.

For the second time in less than a week, a school bus in North Central Washington was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday. This time, it was an Ellensburg School District bus that was in a head-on collision with a car.

Ellensburg police say about 4 p.m. the driver of a Subaru suffered a medical emergency that caused them to cross the center line near University Way and Alder Street and collide with the bus. Two kids on the bus were treated for minor cuts and scrapes and the driver of the Subaru suffered an ankle injury.

Last Friday, a Quincy school bus was rear-ended in dense fog by two different vehicles on White Trail Road. The driver of the second vehicle, a tour bus, died at the scene and several children and passengers on the tour bus were treated for minor injuries.

In addition to catching bad guys and otherwise protecting their communities, law enforcement officers in North Central Washington have been showing their Christmas spirit this year, whether buying toys for kids in need or just posing with Santa. Here are some of the festive images they’ve shared. . .

Coming up next, Club Pet, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s boarding and doggie day care facility is shutting down as of January 15th. The State’s Transportation Commission says it’s time for Washington to start moving toward a pay-per-mile tax system for drivers as revenue as gas taxes continues to dwindle, and, Seattle rapper and songwriter Macklemore has released the video for his new Christmas song and it features Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge Ski and Board resort. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Pet, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s boarding and doggie day care facility is shutting down as of January 15th. In a letter to clients of Club Pet, Executive Director Dawn Davies cited the state’s minimum wage, which will rise from $12 an hour to $13.50 an hour in January as part of the reason.

Davies said Club Pet, which opened 18 years ago, has operated QUOTE, at a significant loss over the past 10 years, UNQUOTE. She said for Club Pet to stay afloat the rates for boarding and day care would need to nearly triple, something customers have said they can’t afford. The Club Pet facility, adjacent to the Humane Society’s main building, will be repurposed for an expansion of the Humane Society’s veterinary clinic. They had planned a $1.5 million expansion of the shelter to house the clinic. Davies said remodeling Club Pet for the clinic will reduce that cost and provide more parking.

The State’s Transportation Commission says it’s time for Washington to start moving toward a pay-per-mile tax system for drivers as revenue as gas taxes continues to dwindle.

The growth in use of electric and hybrid vehicles has cut into revenue generated from those gas taxes. The plan approved by the commission Tuesday asks the Legislature to impose what’s being called a road usage charge for electric vehicles and hybrids within the next five years, adding certain fuel efficient cars in five to ten years then all vehicles to the pay-per-mile system sometime around 2030.

The fee under discussion would be in the 2.4 cent per mile range. Currently, motorists pay a 49.4 cents per gallon tax on fuel, with the bulk of that revenue going to transportation projects. The per-mile system has been under study since 2012. Also being considered is a privacy measure that would shield drivers’ mileage information from public disclosure laws.

Seattle rapper and songwriter Macklemore has released the video for his new Christmas song and it features Wenatchee’s Mission Ridge Ski and Board resort. The song “It’s Christmas Time” is Macklemore’s reflection on his Christmases as a kid.

And as a kid he spent a lot of happy days at Mission Ridge, said Tony Hickok, marketing director for the resort. It was a quick turnaround for the video, as the Mission Ridge footage was shot just over a week ago on December 8th.

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Wenatchee Valley College President Jim Richardson says he will have to take some furlough days off next year as a result of a projected  one million dollar budget shortfall next year. Richardson says the college has overcome tough financial times in the past. In tonight’s feature story, here’s how he described it on a recent In Focus interview with NCWLIFE Special Correspondent 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.

An early-season battle for the Big-9 lead in girls bowling took another interesting step yesterday as Eastmont knocked off Eisenhower 4-0.  And with Wenatchee’s sweep of Davis, it creates a 3-way tie for first between the Wildcats, Panthers and Cadets.

But we get ahead of ourselves.  First, to the bowling…

Eastmont hosted Eisenhower Tuesday at Eastmont Lanes.  The Cadets came in as the Big-9 leaders and held an 11-pin lead heading into the final frame of the first game.  But that’s when the Wildcats came through, led by Coby Hull’s 200, Eastmont came out top 867-to-839.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth, see-saw battle and 182’s by both Brittni Hastings and Katie Heinz sealed an Eastmont victory, 775-to-718.

The Wildcats won the first Baker 193-to-142, so they knew they’d won the match.  The final Baker came down to the 10th, where Heinz picked up a 1-2-4-10 washout to tie it at 147, then struck to give Eastmont a 157-147 victory.

Coach Christy Binge (bing-ee) was very happy with how her girls bowled, including the 200 from leadoff bowler Colby Hull…

There you see the totals.  Brittni Hastings finished with a 187 and 182 to lead the way.  The Wildcats improved to 5-and-2 with the victory.

Just down the alley at Eastmont Lanes, Wenatchee was hosting Davis…

Jaiden Thompson was on fire in the first game, collecting 9-strikes in a row to finish with a 246.  The Panthers went on for the 844-696 win.

In game 2, Kylah Hankins just continued on her steady-ways.  She followed up her first-game 227 with a 204 as she continues to lead the Big-9 in average as Wenatchee won 745-to-591.

Wenatchee won both Bakers as well to earn the 4-0 sweep. 

That sets up a great match today with Eastmont hosting Wenatchee at 2 o’clock.  Here you see the latest standings with a 3-way tie atop the Big-9.  There’s still a lot of season left to play after Christmas, but today’s match will play a big hand in which team wins the Big-9 and has a chance to host the District Tournament.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in prep girls basketball last night…

Cascade gave Chelan a battle, but the Goats came out on top 51-44.  Ephrata had no trouble winning its non-league game against College Place, coming out on top 61-40.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Cascade held tough against Chelan in the first half, trailing at the break 27-24.  But the Goats turned on the offense in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Kodiaks 32-20 in the frame and went on for the 80-59 victory.  Chelan was led by the 30-points of Connor Wilson.  Cole Warnaca paced Cascade in the loss with 25-points.

Also last night, Entiat went to Waterville and beat the Shockers 69-45.

On the wrestling mats, under the lights at Moses Lake…

The Chiefs defended its home turf by downing Eastmont 72-12.  But the Eastmont girls came away with a big 30-to-27 victory.

Thanks Eric.

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.