NCWLIFE Evening News December 23, 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 convicted two years ago of exposing himself to a schoolteacher is now suspected of indecent exposure involving three children. An apparent gang-related shooting Friday night in Moses Lake injured three people ranging in age from 14 to 18, and, Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say a driver who flipped his vehicle on Squilchuck Road was drunk and carrying cocaine.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County deputies say a Renton man sexually abused a child during a visit to Lake Entiat 12 years ago.

Mark Darrin Starman, who’s 53, was scheduled to surrender in Superior Court today on a warrant charging him with first-degree child molestation. Police said a woman disclosed that Starman molested her when she was a teenager in 2007, during a camping trip to the lake. Prosecutors charged him in May. 

A Wenatchee man convicted two years ago of exposing himself to a schoolteacher is now suspected of indecent exposure involving three children.

Wenatchee police say Christopher Robert Miller exposed himself to two 13-year-old walking near Foothills Middle School in separate incidents in November and December, and to a 17-year-old WestSide High School student on Dec. 2nd.

In each case, Miller allegedly pulled up alongside the students and asked directions, then exposed himself when they approached his car. In 2017, Miller pleaded guilty to misdemeanor lewd conduct for exposing himself to a teacher walking home from Wenatchee High School. Police are seeking three felony counts in this new case. Miller, who’s 28, is now jailed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center until bail can be set.

An apparent gang-related shooting Friday night in Moses Lake injured three people ranging in age from 14 to 18.

Moses Lake Police said two cars were driving in the 1500 block of West Broadway about 9:00 p.m. when at least one suspect in a vehicle fired multiple rounds at the other vehicle. Two male victims were taken to the local hospital, while the third, a female, had to be transported to a regional hospital. Conditions on those injured was not available today. Police are continuing to search for the suspects and anyone with information is asked to contact the Moses Lake Police Department.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say a driver who flipped his vehicle on Squilchuck Road was drunk and carrying cocaine.

Jackson D. Powell of Wenatchee is charged with DUI and drug possession. Early on December 13th, deputies found his GMC Sierra pickup truck sitting on its roof. Powell was not injured, and submitted to a field sobriety test. He allegedly had a baggie of cocaine in his pocket and a blood alcohol level of more than 0.2 percent. The legal limit for intoxication in Washington is 0.08 percent.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee man is accused of strangling both his domestic partner and her cat during an assault earlier this month. The Douglas County PUD is getting pushback on its proposal to raise power rates on data centers by up to 55 percent, and, The final weekend of Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting Festival once again meant traffic backups extending for miles and adding sometimes an hour or more to travel times. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Wenatchee man is accused of strangling both his domestic partner and her cat during an assault earlier this month.

20-year-old Brandon Luna-Gomez is charged with second-degree assault and second-degree animal cruelty for the December 6th incident. Wenatchee police say Luna first choked the woman’s cat by the neck, then pinned the woman to the floor and choked her with his forearm. Luna has no prior felony convictions. He was released from jail Friday on $25,000 bond. He’s scheduled for trial February 11th.

The Douglas County PUD’s new rate could raise the costs to data centers by up to 55 percent over the next five years. But what does that mean for home customers? NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins spoke with PUD manager Gary Ivory, and has this report. . .

The final weekend of Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting Festival once again meant traffic backups extending for miles and adding sometimes an hour or more to travel times.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported traffic began backing up before 1 Saturday afternoon all the way to the Big Y on Highway 2. Conditions got worse throughout the late afternoon and early evening.

Flaggers brought in the past two years have helped ease some of the traffic jams in Leavenworth as vehicles enter and leave. It was the third and final weekend for the lighting festival.

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.

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Outgoing Wenatchee Executive Services Director, Allison Williams says she’s looking forward to new challenges as Moses Lake’s new city manager. Williams says she’s proud of her involvement as a facilitor in the planning for development along Wenatchee’s waterfront and other projects. In tonight’s feature story, she spoke with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair about her vision for Wenatchee’s future as a center for higher education . . .

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.

The Seahawks will literally limp into their final game of the regular season this week after falling to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday 27-to-13…

Seattle lost running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise for the season to injuries yesterday.  Carson has an injured hip while Prosise broke his arm.  In addition, left tackle Duane Brown is having knee surgery today and may be out for the season.  Coach Pete Carroll said it was a tough day for the home team at CenturyLink Field…

Now, the big news of the day is that former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was in town and, pending a physical, could re-sign with the team he helped to a Super Bowl title.  Pete Carroll on his radio show on ESPN in Seattle this morning said that Lynch would be given a full opportunity to play for the Seahawks again. 

Considering that fact that Carroll’s Monday press conference hasn’t happened yet, one would assume t’s were being crossed and I’s dotted to get the deal done beforehand.  There were also reports that Seattle was working out former Bronco and Ram running back CJ Anderson as well as former Seahawk Robert Turbin.

Russell Wilson was sacked five times as the offense sputtered throughout the game.  Seattle was 1-for-12 on 3rd down conversions.  Meanwhile, the Seahawks defense allowed Arizona to rush for 253-yards on the day.

While Seattle’s chance to earn the #1 seed in the NFC is gone, they can still win the NFC West against San Francisco Sunday.  The game was flexed into the Sunday game for NBC and will kick off at 5:20.

Richard Newton rushed for a score and threw for another to lead Washington to a 38-7 win over Boise State in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl…

Jacob Eason finished 22-for-32 for 210-yards and a touchdown.  The Husky defense held the Broncos to just 78-yards rushing and had two interceptions.  Washington finishes the season 8-and-5 and sends departing coach Chris Petersen out a winner.

The Wenatchee Wild finished the weekend on a high note after falling Friday to Alberni Valley…

The Bulldogs came in and jumped out to a 5-nothing lead Friday before Wenatchee could answer.  5-2 was the final as Hunter Hastings and Brian Adams found the back of the net late.

Saturday was a much different story as Wenatchee got up on Powell River early and went on for a 3-1 victory.  Blake Emerson, Nick Cafarelli and Dylan Herzog did the damage offensively for the Wild.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee’s off until January 3rd when it will host Victoria at the Town Toyota Center.

Heading back to Friday on the Les Schwab Prep Basketball Scoreboard…

Davis edged Wenatchee in girls basketball 60-56.  West Valley dispatched Eastmont 68-24.  Sunnyside endged Moses Lake 51-47.  Wapato downed Quincy 58-35.  Ellensburg eased past Ephrata 68-29.  Omak beat Cascade by 22, 55-33.  Chelan bopped Brewster 66-26.  Cashmere took care of Mt. Spokane 57-48.  And Waterville-Mansfield gave Soap Lake the slip 72-22.

On the boy’s floor Friday, Davis beat Wenatchee 72-53.  West Valley took care of Eastmont 60-47.  Wapato beat Quincy 71-59.  Ephrata toppled Ellensburg 52-39.  Omak stopped Cascade 69-51.  Brewster was 12-better than Chelan 72-60.  And Waterville-Mansfield earned a 66-25 win over Soap Lake.

Turning to Saturday in girl’s play, Sunnyside stopped Wenatchee 45-35.  Moses Lake beat up on Eastmont 76-37.  East Valley topped Ephrata 59-44.  Ellensburg was 34-better than Quincy 64-30.  Cashmere remained unbeaten with a 53-43 win over W F West.  And Riverside Christian beat Entiat 48-21.

And in boys basketball Saturday, it was Wenatchee topping Sunnyside 62-40.  Eastmont beat Moses Lake 84-54.  Ellensburg got by Quincy 70-46.  Ephrata topped east Valley 75-57.  And Riverside Christian beat Entiat 66-49.

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.