NCWLIFE Evening News February 20, 2019


NCWLIFE Evening News February 20, 2019
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, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in a string of bank ATM thefts including the Wenatchee branch of Cashmere Valley Bank. An Omak Police officer was injured yesterday when a semi struck his patrol car at an Omak intersection, and, we will let you know who the third and final candidate is for Superintendent of the Wenatchee School District.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 23-year-old Omak man has been accused of making social media posts that threatened the lives of sheriffs who refused to enforce Washington’s new gun laws.

Jaydin H. Ledford was taken to the Okanogan County Jail, then handed over to the FBI after being arrested at his home just before noon Wednesday. The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force worked with Omak police and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office in making the arrest. Posts on Facebook under his name said QUOTE “I-1639 is law. Sheriffs that are non compliant will be shot by me.” UNQUOTE. He specifically mentioned Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovish, saying QUOTE “Ozzie Knezovich is going to get a bullet in his skull.” UNQUOTE On an NCWLIFE story about Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones not enforcing I-1639, Ledford posted QUOTE “His head is mine.” UNQUOTE. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said Ledford faces charges of harassment, threats to kill and intimidating a public servant

Two men stuck in deep snow for two days were rescued Tuesday in remote Douglas County. Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says deputies responded to a report of two adult males stuck at the intersection of Road 5 SW and Road A SW, which are primitive unplowed roads.

With the assistance of Fire District 5 and Fire District 1, the two males were rescued by snowmobile.  One subject was transported to Central Washington Hospital for evaluation. After rescuing the two males from the vehicle, responders learned a third adult male was on foot attempting to walk out. Responders located and rescued the third person approximately 1.5 miles from the truck. It is believed none of the involved sustained severe or life threatening injuries. The names of those involved have not been released.

Have you seen this guy? If you know who he is, the Chelan County Sheriff’s office would like to hear from you. He’s being sought as a suspect in a string of bank ATM thefts including the Wenatchee branch of Cashmere Valley Bank where this image was captured on surveillance camera. Sheriff’s officials suspect the man has made off with over $10,000 dollars in cash withdrawals.

The bank also shared a photo of the suspect’s vehicle which is described as a silver VW Passat with license plate number, BJM1563. If you have information, please contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s office.

An Omak Police officer was injured yesterday when trucker struck his patrol car at an Omak intersection. A report by the Washington State Patrol says it happened around 1:20 Tuesday afternoon at U.S. 97 and Engh Road.

Troopers say the driver of the Peterbuilt Semi collided with Officer Darren Duncan as he was responding to another injury accident on Engh Road. Duncan was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital for treatment. The truck driver, from British Columbia, was not hurt. The crash is still under investigation.

Dr. Paul Gordon, the superintendent of the Glen Ellyn School District in Illinois is the third and final candidate for the Wenatchee School District superintendent job. Gordon has been superintendent of the Illinois district since 2013. Prior to that he was the chief academic officer of the Adams 12 Five Star District in Colorado. There will be a public forum for Gordon on Thursday.

Today, the public and school board are meeting with finalists Shawn Woodward.

On Tuesday, they met with Michael Musick.

Thursday’s meetings follow the same schedule as the other two, with a public forum at the Wenatchee High School Commons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The board will then meet with the candidates each evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Springhill Suites Conference room. The person hired will replace Brian Flones, who announced his retirement last year.

Coming up next, After more than three years of study, Chelan County PUD commissioners Tuesday said now is the time to hear from customers regarding a new Service Center in north Wenatchee’s Olds Station area. Because of parking issues, the city of Leavenworth has launched a pilot program allowing people to purchase reserved parking spaces in two city lots, and, The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is holding a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for cats this Saturday at the Wenatchee Community Center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

After more than three years of study, Chelan County PUD commissioners Tuesday said now is the time to hear from the community about the proposal to combine customer and utility operations at a new Service Center in north Wenatchee’s Olds Station area.

Here’s a concept drawing of what the 124 million dollar service center might look like. Shared Service Director, Dan Fraser shared with the board analysis that confirms a combined service center is the most cost-effective and long-term least-cost option. PUD General Manager, Steve Wright added that from a funding perspective, the project pencil’s out. . .

Open houses in Cashmere, Chelan, Entiat, Leavenworth and Wenatchee are set to start March 18th. That’s when customers and community members will be asked to give feedback on the preferred option. PUD Commissioner Steve McKenna says he’s satisfied with staff’s analysis. . .


PUD staff also is working with the City of Wenatchee and Port of Chelan County to study potential future uses of the PUD’s property at Fifth Street and Wenatchee Avenue. Each of them has committed up to $75,000 for redevelopment planning focused on creating viable options for future use of the property.

Right behind traffic congestion, parking is one of the biggest issues in Leavenworth for locals and visitors alike. So, the city has launched a pilot program allowing people to purchase reserved parking spaces in two city lots.

Since its start on January 28th, Leavenworth has sold 26 of the 45 spaces available. The city’s finance director, Chantell Steiner, says of those, 25 were purchased by one party and one or two more purchases are pending. Intended primarily for employers and employees, there are five permits still available at the lot at Front and Division Streets, and 14 at the lot adjacent to City Hall.

The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is holding a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for cats this Saturday at the Wenatchee Community Center. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has more. . .

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we have part three of our series on the Chelan-Douglas CASA Program with volunteer Gretchen Milnes. . .

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.

This year’s Wenatchee Panther boys basketball team is battling a dubious history when it comes to the state tournament.  The last time Wenatchee made State was four years ago, losing both games and dropping out…

Historically speaking, the Wenatchee boys basketball team has played 43 games at the state tournament, dating back to 1925.  Their overall record is 13 and 30 with four trophies, two 7th place finishes and two 6th place finishes.

In its 43 state games, Wenatchee has been outscored on an average of 37-to-31.  Of course, this includes seven games in the 1920’s and 30’s when the Panthers scored 15-points or less, including a 12-10 loss to Wilbur in 1930.

In modern times, the Panthers have been to State a total of three times since 1986, the latest in 2014.  The last time Wenatchee played a regional game was in 2016, falling by two to Gonzaga Prep 34-32.

Travis Williams was in his second year as head coach of the Panthers three years ago.  Now in his 5th season, we will sit down with Williams to talk about this year’s team, history, and what he’s learned coming up tomorrow as the Panthers prepare to face Mt. Rainier Saturday for a chance to return to state here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Wenatchee Wild are on the road to wrap up the regular season in BCHL play with a stop last night in Salmon Arm…

Wenatchee received a stellar defensive performance in net as Cal Sandquist stopped 29-of-30 shots and the Wild offense clicked into gear with a 4-1 victory.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network with video courtesy of Hockey TV…


Scoring goals for Wenatchee were Trevor Griebel (grih-BELL), Brandon Koch (cook), Christophe Fillion and Matt Gosiewski (go-CHEF-ski).  The Wild wrap up the regular season tonight at Penticton, who are still locked in a first-place battle with Merritt, both at 75-points.  The puck will drop tonight at 7 o’clock.

The Pac-12 takes center stage in the world of Men’s College Basketball tonight…

The Washington State Cougars play host to Colorado tonight at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.  It’s the Pac-12 after dark on FS1 where the conference-leading Washington Huskies host Utah at 8 o’clock.  Gonzaga is home tomorrow at McCarthy Court against Pepperdine at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, he says if there is a record for the most days skiing on the Chelan Butte, he hopes he’s close to beating it. Lake Chelan local Elijah Lee Larson spends his days shredding it wherever he can. . .

Follow Larson on Facebook or instagram to catch all of his snowy adventures around North Central Washington.

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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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.