NCWLIFE Evening News December 5, 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 Quincy man who raped two under-aged victims, and fathered a child with one of them, pleaded guilty on Wednesday. The driver accused in a reckless DUI chase two weeks ago faces a trial January 21st, and, The North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will cease operations at the end of the year.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 19-year-old Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after crashing a truck into a power pole on Ninth Street early this morning. Power was knocked out to about 500 Chelan PUD customers near Wenatchee Valley College and classes were either cancelled or delayed at both the college and WestSide High School.

Sargent Tim (Lick-en) Lykken of the Wenatchee Police Department said the unidentified man, stole his grandfather’s 2012 Dodge Ram pickup and hit the pole just before 2:00 a.m. He then fled on foot but was tracked down by police about 4:30 a.m. at a friend’s house. After being treated for minor injuries at Central Washington Hospital he was booked into jail on motor vehicle theft, DUI and hit and run charges. Power was restored about 9:30 a.m., with damage to the pole estimated at $40,000 dollars.

A Quincy man who raped two underaged victims, and fathered a child with one of them, pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Ismael Amaya-Diaz, who’s 22, avoided trial on charges of second-degree rape by pleading to two lesser third-degree counts. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested him in April, after he was accused of coercing sex over the past two years from girls ages 13 and 15. Paternity tests showed one of the girls gave birth to his baby. Amaya-Diaz faces a possible 15 months in prison when he’s sentenced in January.

The driver accused in a reckless DUI chase two weeks ago faces a trial January 21st. 53-year-old Timothy Marc Fryhover is charged with DUI, fleeing police and hit and run in the Nov. 18 chase that wound from Springwater to Cedar Wood Lane. Along the way, the car smashed a parked vehicle, a dirt embankment, and two power boxes, before a Wenatchee police squad car rammed it to a stop. Fryhover’s license was already suspended from a previous DUI hit-and-run back in May, and he allegedly had a half-empty bottle of vodka in his vehicle. He remained jailed as of Thursday on $100,000 bond.

The North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will cease operations at the end of the year, the chamber announced Thursday. After a review of the organization by an outside consultant, board president Wilma Cartagena said the chamber decided its Latino businesses would be better served be ending operations and having the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce work to serve their members.

To that end, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber announced today it will establish a Hispanic Business Council next year. The North Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold a farewell event for its members at 4:00 p.m. December 20th at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerces downtown tasting room.

Coming up next, Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says Douglas County’s decision to return to the Columbia River Drug Task Force will help offset the loss of funding from the Washington State Patrol. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is sending out its thanks to the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association for its efforts to feed wildlife in the Colockum Wildlife Area, and, we will give you a look at some of the events happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says Douglas County’s decision to return to the Columbia River Drug Task Force will help offset the loss of funding from the Washington State Patrol. Burnett explained in a recent NCWLIFE interview that the regional drug task force will also benefit from the City of East Wenatchee’s rejoining the group. . .

Sheriff Morris acknowledges in a recent interview with NCWLIFE special correspondent Steve Hair that the County’s involvement in the task force will come at a cost to cover the addition of a new deputy to replace the officer to be assigned to the task force. . .

Sheriff’s Morris and Burnett appeared with Steve Hair on a new NCWLIFE feature, “In Focus”, coming soon to our website at ncwlife.com.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is sending out its thanks to the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association for its efforts to feed wildlife in the Colockum Wildlife Area. Early each winter, members use side-by-sides and ATVs to haul thousands of pounds of grant and corn to bird feeders in the 80,000-acre wildlife area north of Quincy. Fish and Wildlife said the Sportsmen’s Association plays a huge role in the stewardship of the wildlife area by taking on projects the department doesn’t have the resources to manage.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here once again is NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Guppy the dog. . .

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 today, Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler is stepping down from his post…

Littler says he’s having to step down due to ongoing health issues he’s faced over the past 2-and-a-half years.  He says he’ll stay on as General Manager and handle the business side of the hockey club.

In a release from the team today, Chris Clark was named Interim Head Coach and will hold that position for the rest of the season.  Clark has been with the Wild since its inception in Wenatchee back in 2008. 

Littler joined the franchise in 2012 and has compiled a record of 256-136-and-49 in that time, including leading Wenatchee to a Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup Championship in 2018. 

In 26-years of coaching, Littler has 836 wins and championships in the AFHL, AWHL, USHL and BCHL.  He was named Coach of the Year in the AFHL and twice in the BCHL.  He was also named GM of the Year in the USHL.  Littler has had 30 players under his tutelage be selected in the NHL Draft.

We wish Bliss good health, and the best to Gretchen and their family.  Our hope is that they will continue being an integral part of the Wenatchee Valley.

On the ice last night, Wenatchee proved it could play with the BCHL’s best last night by downing the Penticton Vees 4-to-3 at Town Toyota Center…

After falling behind 1-nothing in the 1st period, Wenatchee came out in a fury in the second, getting goals from Brett Chorske, Harrison Scott and Matt Dorsey.

The 3-1 advantage was shaved to one shortly into the 3rd, but Nicholas Chmelevski (chem-ul-EV-ski) came through with what proved to be the game-winner 98-seconds later.

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

Wenatchee hits the road for three against Vernon, Coquitlam and Trail before returning home next Friday.

Eastmont is 2-for-2 this week in girls bowling…

The Wildcats topped Davis at Eastmont Lanes yesterday 4-0 to improve to 3-and-2 on the season in Big-9 play.  West Valley also topped Selah yesterday 4-0 to earn its first victory of the season. 

Wenatchee is on the road today at Nob Hill Lanes in Yakima to face West Valley at 3 o’clock.

Coming up in girls basketball today…

Wenatchee hosts Pasco at 5:45. That’s also the tip-time for Naches Valley at Cascade.  Chelan is on the road at Cle Elum at 6.  And Waterville-Mansfield begins the season at home tonight at 6:30 against Pateros.

On the boy’s side, Chelan plays at Cle Elum at 7.  Cascade hosts Naches Valley at 7:15. And the Shockers have a late start time at 8 o’clock against Pateros in Waterville.

The Prep Boys Swim season gets underway today in Moses Lake…

Lions Pool is the site for the Moses Lake Pentathlon today as Eastmont, Wenatchee, Davis and Eisenhower pay a visit at 4 o’clock.

Moses Lake High School is the site for a wrestling jamboree today at 5…

The Wenatchee boys will join Royal and Othello along with the Chiefs for some early-season grappling on the mats today.

Mike Leach will be coaching at Washington State for at least another five years…

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun announced today that Leach agreed to an extension of his current contract that will now run through the 2024 season.

Rumors had been swirling about Leach being sought after by Florida State, Ole Miss and Missouri.

Leach has 43 wins across the last five seasons, the best 5-year run in program history.  His overall record is 8-seasons is 55-and-46.

The Mariners have added to their farm system with the addition of pitcher Adam Hill from Milwaukee in exchange for catcher Omar Narvaez…

Mariner Vice President and GM Jerry Dipoto announced today that the team acquired the right-handed pitcher and a 2020 Competitive Balance Round B selection from the Brewers.  Dipoto says Seattle will stick with Tom Murphy and Austin Nola at catcher as they continue to develop Minor League prospect Cal Raleigh.

As the Seahawks prepare to face the Rams in L-A Sunday night, the team is probably having fun doing it.  That’s the theme around the practice facility.  Work, but have fun doing it.  Coach Pete Carroll says he’d have it no other way… 

Seattle faces Los Angeles on Sunday Night Football on the road to end the weekend at 5:20 on NBC.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight,Olivia Martinez of Moses Lake knows all about her nephew Messiah’s obsession with all things police.

So as a special surprise, she arranged for Officer Edmund Guerrero to stop by the soon-to-be 3-year-old’s Moses Lake home Sunday for a visit. And, as you can clearly see, that made the little guy’s day.

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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.