NCWLIFE Evening News February 16th, 2021

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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 Tri-Cities man is accused of dumping his former girlfriend’s car in the Columbia River in an act of domestic abuse./ A state hearing officer ruled last week that Chelan County discriminated against former sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler, and, State Senate Committees have passed wildfire legislation sponsored by Brad Hawkins.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 20-year-old Omak man faces vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving under the influence charges after the 1998 Ford F150 pickup he was driving rolled on Highway 155 early Saturday morning, killing a 15-year-old passenger.

The Washington State Patrol says Martin T. Stanley was driving northbound toward Omak about 1:10 a.m. when his pickup left the roadway to the right, he overcorrected and the vehicle rolled off the northbound shoulder, coming to a rest on its top. An unidentified 15-year-old Omak girl was dead the scene. Another passenger, 18-year-old Michael Timentwa, 18, of Omak, and Stanley were transported to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak with undisclosed injuries. Stanley was wearing a seatbelt but the girl and Timentwa were not, the state Patrol reported.

A Tri-Cities man is accused of dumping his former girlfriend’s car in the Columbia River in an act of domestic abuse. 29-year-old Angel Zavala was charged Friday with taking a motor vehicle and malicious mischief for allegedly taking the keys to the woman’s Volkswagen Passat, driving from East Wenatchee to a boat launch near Rock Island, then leaving the car in gear and pushing it into the water. The incident happened December 19th, but Douglas County sheriff’s deputies weren’t able to locate Zavala for arrest at the time. His case was due for a first hearing this week in Superior Court.

A state hearing officer ruled last week that Chelan County discriminated against former sheriff’s deputy Jennifer Tyler when it suspended her for three days over her activity in a deputies’ union election process. The ruling from the Public Employment Relations Commission orders the sheriff’s office to rescind the suspension and pay Tyler back wages and benefits.

The decision stems from a grievance filed by the Chelan County Deputy Sheriffs Association, which argued Sheriff Brian Burnett interfered with union activities when he suspended Tyler in 2018. Sheriff’s administrators suspended Tyler because she’d complained by email about a candidate in an upcoming union election. PERC says the suspension amounts to discrimination in collective bargaining. Burnett later fired Tyler for alleged workplace violations; she has filed a separate lawsuit over that dismissal.

A bill pushed by 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins got a boost on Monday, passing the Senate Ways and Means Committee almost unanimously on its way to the floor. The bill would adopt recommendations from a state task force, requiring electrical utilities and the Department of Natural Resources to better cooperate in the response to and prevention of wildfires.

Utilities in Washington are often at risk of losing equipment to wildfires, and sometimes, their equipment has contributed to those fires. The bill now moves to the Senate Rules Committee, with a recommendation that it pass for a full vote.

Coming up next, Washington passed a milestone Friday for COVID-19 vaccinations, and it happened right here in Wenatchee. Saying there was a hospital reporting error on COVID-19 admissions, the state said Saturday that the South Central region can join the rest of the state in moving to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan, and, Leavenworth envisions what to do with the old Osborn School property. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington passed a milestone Friday for COVID-19 vaccinations, and it happened right here in Wenatchee.

Ruby, a 90-year-old East Wenatchee resident, was the one millionth client in the state to receive her vaccine.

Ruby, whose full name wasn’t disclosed, got her inoculation at the Town Toyota Center mass vaccination site. Workers and volunteers at the drive-in clinic put on a little celebration to mark the event:

As part of her recognition, Ruby gets Wenatchee Wild VIP tickets, a lifetime pass on Washington state’s ferry system, and when the Apple Blossom Grand Parade rides again, she’ll have a passenger seat.

Saying there was a hospital reporting error on COVID-19 admissions, the state said Saturday that the South Central region can join the rest of the state in moving to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan.

That region includes Ellensburg, Yakima, the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. The state Department of Health said Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla discovered the error Friday and immediately reported it to the state. The corrected numbers allowed the region to meet three of the four metrics needed to move to Phase 2.

The state had announced Thursday that all remaining Phase 1 regions would move to Phase 2, with the exception of the South Central Region.

The City of Leavenworth is brainstorming how to use its newest piece of property.

The old Osborn Elementary School and its grounds will soon be transferred to city ownership from the Cascade School District. The city held its first virtual meeting Saturday on how best to use the building and its surrounding acreage.

Suggestions from about 50 community members ran the gamut from recreational uses and business development, to nonprofit space and mixed uses, including new housing.

The city is still taking comment on the redevelopment. The school building on Central Avenue was constructed in 1960. Leavenworth students now take classes at the new Alpine Lakes Elementary.

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…

Ifyou weretraveling, you know it was rough going on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes over the President’s Day Weekend and that continued into today. In tonight’s feature story, photos from the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol show just some of what motorists, road crews and emergency responders had to deal with. . .

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.

Today is the first day high school football teams in the area can begin practice after the 10-month COVID

Before the Eastmont Wildcats could hit the field today, players, parents and coaches spent hours yesterday removing snow from the practice fields.  Mother nature can’t keep these athletes from returning to the field after a pandemic shut down all athletics in Washington last March.  The girls soccer team can’t begin practice until Monday, but players and parents showed up to do snow removal on their practice fields as well.

We’ll start broadcasting sports here on the NCWLIFE Channel LIVE on Thursday, March 4th with a girls swim and dive meet between Eastmont, Wenatchee and Moses Lake at the Eastmont Aquatic Center.          

It’s been a while since we were together, so there’s a lot to catch up on in sports.  Going back to Saturday in men’s college basketball…

Number 1-ranked Gonzaga posted its 20th win of the season for the 24th-straight year with a big 100-to-61 whitewashing of San Francisco.  Drew Timme scored 28-points and had 10-rebounds to help the Bulldogs improve to 20-and-oh on the season.  Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi each had 12 for G-U, playing its 6th-straight road game during a topsy-turvy pandemic.  Aaron Cook also came off the bench to score 12 for Gonzaga in the win.

Tahj Eaddy scored a season high 29-points and USC topped Washington State 76-65.  Coach Kyle Smith said Eaddy’s play and the Cougar’s inability to score from outside was the difference in the game…

In Seattle, the Huskies nearly knocked off UCLA but ended up just short 64-61.  Marcus Tsohonis (suh-HO-nis) came off the bench to spark Washington with 22-points while Quade (cod-AY) Green had 14.

Washington traveled in snowy conditions Monday to play Washington State in Pullman and even though both teams struggled offensively, the finish was a classic.  WSU’s Noah Williams raced the length of the court and scored on a layup with 10-seconds to go to tie the game at 63. 

Washington had no timeouts left, so Marcus Tsohonis (suh-HOE-nis) drove the lane and made a floater with 2.4-seconds left to give the Huskies at 2-point lead.  Williams half-court heave at the buzzer banged off the backboard and Washington came away with the 65-63 victory.

Tsohonis had a career-high 29-points for the Huskies while Erik Stevenson had 18.  “Jaz” Kunc (Kuntz) had 18-points for Washington State while Dishon Jackson scored 14.

WSU played without Isaac Bonton due to illness and Washington was without Quade Green because of an ankle.  Cougar Coach Kyle Smith says Bonton’s absence was felt…

Gonzaga will hit the floor again Thursday in Spokane when it hosts Saint Mary’s at 6 o’clock.  Also Thursday, Washington State entertains Cal at 7:30 on the Pac-12 Network while Stanford plays at Washington at 8 on FS-1.

Then on Saturday, it’s a 1 o’clock tip for the Cardinal and Cougars in Pullman on ESPN-U.  Gonzaga hosts San Diego Saturday at 5 on ESPN-2.  The Huskies and Bears play in Seattle at 7 on ESPN-U.

Circling back to Friday, we’ll start there with the rundown on Women’s College Basketball…

Free throws were the difference between Washington State and Arizona as the 10th-ranked Wildcats won 60-to-51.  The home team made 14-of-17 shots from the charity stripe to seal the victory. 

Arizona State was the home team against Washington but it seemed the Sun Devils were playing out in the snow, shooting just 12-for-58 in the game, falling to the Huskies 50-to-35 Friday.  ASU had just 2-points at the end of the 1st quarter.  Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler each had 10-points to lead Washington.

On Saturday, 17th-ranked Gonzaga remained unbeaten in West Coast Conference play with a 67-50 win over Santa Clara.  Jenn Wirth, LeeAnne Wirth and Melody Kempton each had 12-points to lead the Bulldogs.

Sunday, 10th ranked Arizona had no trouble dispatching Washington 75-53.  The Wildcats had two starters with 20-points apiece.  Quay Miller led the Huskies with 13-points.

Arizona State held off a late rally from Washington State, downing the Cougars 67-61.  Charlisse Leger-Walker led all scorers with 29-points.  Coach Kamie Ethridge says her team struggled defensively Sunday, which played a big difference in the ballgame…

And here’s what the women’s basketball schedule looks like this week.  After having its game Sunday postponed due to COVID, 3rd-ranked Louisville travels to Pitt at 4 o’clock.  16th-ranked Gonzaga plays at BYU at 5.

In the Pac-12 Friday, Washington State hosts Colorado at Noon while Utah plays at Washington at 7.

The Lady Bulldogs play at San Diego Saturday at 2 o’clock.

Then on Sunday, Washington State entertains Utah at Noon while the Buffaloes visit the Huskies at 2 o’clock.

As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Peoria this week to being Spring Training for the Mariners, a familiar name will also make his return…

James Paxton tweeted Sunday that he is “super excited” to rejoin the franchise where he started his professional career.  The “Big Maple” agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Seattle for the 2021 season pending a physical.  The club has not confirmed the deal, but did post a link to the story on its own website.  Paxton has spent the last two seasons with the Yankees while battling injuries.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with a feel-good story. . .on the job since just November, Ellensburg Police Officer Taylor Malmstrom is one of the newest members of the force.

The Marine Corps combat veteran who graduated at top of his Academy continued to impress Monday when he was on patrol and spotted an elderly woman shoveling snow from her driveway. Malmstrom said she seemed to be doing fine on her own but he quickly jumped in to lend a hand anyway./

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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.