NCWLIFE Evening News February 21, 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, Two men are in jail tonight after an altercation at a Cashmere apartment complex. The Jill Sundberg murder trial was turned over to the jury Late Wednesday afternoon, and, Another major housing development is being proposed in the Wenatchee Foothills, this time in the Number 2 Canyon area.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A child was pulled from an icy Rock Island pond this morning by a member of the Chelan County Dive Rescue team. Emergency crews were called to a pond near the Marine RV Park in Rock Island around 11:15. Shawn Ballard of Ballard ambulance was on scene and told NCWLIFE News the child was taken to Central Washington Hospital and later transported by Medi-Flight to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Ballard says the child was under water for about 15 minutes. He says when she was airlifted to Seattle, she was stable and breathing but still unconscious due to her extremely cold body temperature. The young girl was reportedly staying with a family friend at a trailer park nearby.

Two men are in jail tonight after an altercation at a Cashmere apartment complex. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says at around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were called to a residence in the 3600 block of Selfs Motel Road in Cashmere of a report of gunshots in the area.

When they arrived at the complex, they quickly detained a 37-year old man after it was determined that he fired several shots into the air from a revolver near the front porch of his residence. After the shots were fired, a 25-year old male neighbor confronted the suspect and struck him with a stone bowl, injuring him.

The 25-year old male was later booked into Chelan County Jail for Assault second degree. Deputies, with the assistance of a Detective served a search warrant on the 37-year old suspect’s residence and recovered a stolen firearm. He was booked into Chelan County Jail for Possessing a Stolen Firearm, Aiming or Discharging a Firearm, and assault 4th degree.

The Jill Sundberg murder trial is over. The 12-person jury found Gustavo Tapia-Rodriguez guilty on all counts for the murder of Sundberg on December 21st, 2016 and then left along the side of the Old Vantage Highway. The 12-person jury began deliberations this morning and reached a verdict relatively quickly after hearing closing arguments in the case against Tapia-Rodriguez.

Prosecutors argued that the murder was a revenge killing tied to a Mexican drug cartel. The victim’s body had been shot multiple times along with a cardboard message that was impaled with a knife to the victim’s back that indicated the cartel was involved. Tapia-Rodriguez is facing up to life in prison.

Another major housing development is being proposed in the Wenatchee Foothills, this time in the Number 2 Canyon area.

Called Queens Court Villas, the gated development on just over six acres at the end of Queens Court Road would consist of 13 four-story buildings with four townhouses per building.

Each townhouse would include an elevator. The developer is Castle Heights Holdings. The Wenatchee Department of Community Development is accepting public comments on the proposal until March 1st. In its application, the developer said QUOTE, “A key feature of the building design is to create a community with homes that offer spectacular views of the Wenatchee Valley”, UNQUOTE. Approval of the 17-home Black Rock Terrace housing development off Skyline Drive, about a half mile away, is currently being appealed in Chelan County Superior Court by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Coming up next, This Saturday, the Triple-A Washington Insurance Agency and a coalition of public safety agencies will hold the 4th annual Firewise Day. Chelan County Commissioners are meeting with State Department of Natural Resources officials to discuss planned forest health projects in advance of the 2019 wildfire season, and, We will have our weekly Kennel Kameo feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

This Saturday, the Triple-A Washington Insurance Agency and a coalition of public safety agencies will hold the 4th annual Firewise Day. On a recent episode of Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Firewise Day organizer Joe Gluzinski told host Dan Kuntz that recent fire history, specifically the Sleepy Hollow Fire in 2015, proves nobody is immune to wild fire. . .

Representatives from various local organizations will be on hand talking about defensible spaces, landscaping and disaster planning. Firewise Day is this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at Pybus Public Market.

Chelan County Commissioners are meeting with State Department of Natural Resources officials to discuss planned forest health projects in advance of the 2019 wildfire season. Commissioners sat down with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair for a preview of what will be discussed. . .

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

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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In tonight’s feature story, our final installment in our series on the Chelan-Douglas CASA Program. CASA Volunteer Gretchen Milnes shares with us her passion and why she joined the program as an advocate. . .

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.

 

Thanks Eric.

Before we leave you tonight, here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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). 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.