NCWLIFE Evening News, February 20, 2020

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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, Newly refurbished Kiwanis Methow Park in Wenatchee was hit by vandals sometime last night, leaving the restrooms covered with spray-painted graffiti. The Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs over their refusal to enforce a gun safety law pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal crime, and, The Washington State Department of Corrections is preparing to add more prisoner work release facilities in North Central Washington.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police arrested a man Wednesday who was suspected of stabbing his acquaintance outside the local Safeway store the previous night.

Adam D. Ellis, age 31, faces a possible charge of first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing another male in the leg during a fight near the store’s front entrance about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police say Ellis ran from the scene before they could arrive, but patrol officers arrested him about 4 p.m. Wednesday near Chelan and Yakima streets. The victim was treated for a minor stab wound and released.

Newly refurbished Kiwanis Methow Park in Wenatchee was hit by vandals sometime last night, leaving the restrooms covered with spray-painted graffiti.

It was one of several reports of graffiti in numerous Wenatchee locations late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Last year Methow Park in South Wenatchee underwent $2.7 million in renovations, including the new bathroom facilities installed in December. Work is continuing on many of the park improvements.

The Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs over their refusal to enforce a gun safety law pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal crime. Jaydin Ledford, who’s 24, entered a plea in Spokane federal court to one count of making threats by interstate communication.

Ledford posted on Facebook that he would assassinate sheriffs, including Ozzie Knezovich of Spokane County, who had voiced opposition to I-1639, the voter-approved firearms law that passed in 2018. The charge carries up to five years in prison and five on probation, but U.S. attorneys agreed to drop two other federal charges against Ledford, and recommend six months off any eventual prison term. Ledford is due to be sentenced May 5th.

The Washington State Department of Corrections is preparing to add more prisoner work release facilities in North Central Washington.

Chelan County and three neighboring counties have been identified by DOC as under-served. Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the County’s recently upgraded Regional Justice Center is being put forward as a possible site. . .

The State Legislature appropriated 9.1 million dollars to DOC last year for 200 additional work release beds with 50 of those beds identified in North Central Washington. Overbay says the State is expected to make a decision sometime within the next month on where to site the facilities

Coming up next, Okanogan County Public Health officials are trying to stop rumors that a case of novel coronavirus has been diagnosed in the county. Leavenworth’s oldest school building may soon go up for sale, and, An East Wenatchee police detective with 30 years of service said farewell to the force last week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Okanogan County Public Health officials are trying to stop rumors that a case of novel coronavirus has been diagnosed in the county.

The rumors were started through one of several phishing scams that has popped up in communities throughout the nation in the wake of the deadly virus outbreak. The purpose behind the scam is to try to get personal information.

Potential victims receive an email or call from someone claiming to be with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying that the virus has spread to their area. The targeted person is then asked to enter their email passwords in order to read more information, or to go to a scam website where their data will be collected. There has been only one diagnosed case of the virus in Washington state and that was in Snohomish County.

But what is true is that Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane will be treating five coronavirus patients. Because Sacred Heart has airborne infection isolation rooms it was selected by the CDC to serve as a regional hospital to receive coronavirus patients. Where those patients will come from has not been announced. There have been 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States.

Leavenworth’s oldest school building may soon go up for sale. The Cascade School District plans a hearing Monday on its proposal to sell the old Osborn Elementary building and the surrounding property on Central Avenue.

Public comment is encouraged at the meeting. The district opened the new Alpine Lakes Elementary last year, and the Osborn school, built in 1960, is no longer hosting classes. The public meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Cascade High School.

An East Wenatchee police detective with 30 years of service said farewell to the force last week. Darin Darnell received his final radio service call on Valentine’s Day in the city council chambers. . .

Darnell was a key investigator in many East Wenatchee criminal cases, including the arrest of sewer and water commissioner Mike McCourt on a charge of child

molestation in 2016. McCourt is now serving four years in prison.

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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 Chloe the cat. . .

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.

Chane Michels scored 6 of his 11-points in overtime as Wenatchee Valley beat Big Bend 88-84 last night at W.B. Smith Gymnasium…

Malik Parsons led the Knight with 23-points as Wenatchee Valley improved to 10-4 in East Conference play and 22-5 overall.

Washington State has now lost three in a row for the first time this season after dropping a 66-57 decision to Cal in Pullman last night.  The victory for the Bears snapped a 4-game losing streak.

Savana Stephenson’s jumper with 5-seconds remaining lifted Big Bend over Wenatchee Valley in women’s play last night 67-66…

The Lady Knights had a shot at the buzzer, but Natalie Andreas’s jumper missed the mark and WVC fell to 10-4 in East Conference play, 19-8 overall.  It was the Viking’s 4th win in conference play this season as Big Bend was led by the 30-points of Anna Yarbro.

Coming up on the schedule tonight in women’s college basketball…

Central hosts Western Oregon at 5:15.  #13 Gonzaga plays at Loyola Marymount at 7.  Eastern Washington travels to Sacramento State at 7:05.

On the men’s schedule tonight, Eastern Washington hosts Sacramento State at 6 o’clock.  Stanford plays at Washington at 7.  Central Washington hosts Western Oregon in the nightcap of the doubleheader in Ellensburg at 7:30.  And #2 Gonzaga hosts San Francisco on ESPN-2 at 8 o’clock.

At the District 5 2-A Tournament in the Sun Dome last night…

The Prosser boys claimed 3rd place with a 67-55 win over East Valley of Yakima.  The Mustangs move on to the glue crossover games against the Great Northern League Saturday at 6:30 o’clock against West Valley of Spokane.  East Valley will travel to Clarkston for a crossover game at 6:30.

Selah and Toppenish will face off at 5 in the Sun Dome for the District 5 2-A Championship.

In girl’s play last night, Prosser topped Toppenish 63-33 in the battle for 3rd and 4th.  Prosser will host West Valley of Spokane at 5 while Toppenish travels to Clarkston at 5.  East Valley and Ellensburg meet in the Sun Dome Saturday night at 7:30 for the District Championship.

We now know the opponents for the Caribou Trail League boys in their crossover games against the Northeast A League Saturday…

Newport beat Medical Lake last night 46-34 to take 3rd in their District Tournament and will play at Cashmere Saturday at 5 o’clock.  Deer Park won the District 7 1-A Title by downing Freeman last night 71-62.  That means the Scotties will host Omak Saturday at 5 o’clock in the other crossover game.

The District 6 4-A Championship will be settled tonight in the Yakima Valley…

where the Eastmont Wildcats and West Valley Rams will play at 7:30 for the title.  The two teams have met twice so far this season with the Rams coming out on top in both occasions, by 13-points in December and 22-points in late January. 

Eastmont heads for Yakima after placing 2nd in the Big-9 with a 9-3 league record and 13-and-6 overall.  The Rams were undefeated in the Big-9 at 12-and-oh, 18-and-2 overall and ranked 8th in the latest RPI by the WIAA.

The other game features Davis at Wenatchee, which we’ll broadcast on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight.  The Pirates advanced to the District Tournament with a win over Sunnyside Tuesday while the Panthers ended Moses Lake’s season.  In two previous meetings, Davis got the upper hand on Wenatchee, winning by 19 in December and by 9 the last time the teams played in late January.

Grant Olson will have the play-by-play tonight LIVE on Facebook starting at 6 and then on TV beginning at 6:30.

The loser of West Valley and Eastmont will host the winner of Davis and Wenatchee Saturday at 6 o’clock.

The Moses Lake girls will try to continue its dominant season in the District Championship tonight at 6 o’clock…

They’ll host a Sunnyside team that was the only Big-9 club to hand the Chiefs a loss this season.  That was a 51-47 decision on December 20th.  Moses Lake dominated the last time they played in January, winning by 22.

In the other District 6 4-A game tonight, West Valley hosts Eisenhower.  That loser-out game tips at 6.  The West Valley/Ike winner will travel to the Sunnyside/Moses Lake loser Saturday at 6 o’clock.

The District 6 1-B Tournament gets into full swing today at Eastmont Junior High…

In girl’s play, Wilson Creek faces Riverside Christian at 5 followed by the District Championship between Pateros and Moses Lake Christian at 8.

The boys semifinals will be played today with Entiat facing Pateros at 3:30. That’s followed at 6:30 by Moses Lake Christian and Riverside Christian.  The winners will play for the District Championship Saturday at 1 o’clock.

And we now know the days and timing for the Bi-District 2-B Tournament at Quincy tomorrow and Saturday…

In a girls game tomorrow at 6:15, Liberty Bell faces Columbia Burbank.  The rest of the games for the ladies will be played on Saturday.  Lake Roosevelt plays White Swan at 1:45 followed by Brewster and Mabton at 3:30. Finally it’s Waterville-Mansfield and Tri-Cities Prep at 5:15.

The boys will actually play two games tomorrow and two Saturday at Quincy High.  The 4:30 game Friday features Oroville and Columbia-Burbank.  Then at 8 it’s Lake Roosevelt and Liberty Christian.  Liberty Bell will play White Swan Saturday at Noon while the Brewster and Kittitas boys will tip it up at 7:15.

Swimming and diving participants got a send-off from area high schools today as they head over to the Federal Way Aquatic Center for the State Championships beginning tomorrow…

Representing Eastmont are Jack Hensley, Evan VanderSluis, Zane Hernke and Ky Morris.

Moses Lake Chiefs heading to State are Isaac Patten, Kade Pack, Cole Lindberg, Ryan Jorgensen, Dylan Bond, Jace Truman and Zach Washburn.

And Wenatchee Panthers heading to State include Connor Elwyn, Christian Cutter, Andreas Broxson, Benjamin Grigsby, Tag Madson, Tristyn Geren, JonLuke Lundberg, Cameron Wheeler, Simon Madson and Will Neer.

We’ll give you a rundown on area wrestlers participating in Mat Classic XXXII tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Thanks Eric.

Before we leave you tonight, let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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.