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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Five Wenatchee Valley residents were brought to court this week on charges of welfare fraud. The second of two men in a Wenatchee drug conspiracy must serve a year and a day in federal prison, and, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating several tips they’ve received about an armed robbery Sunday in Pateros but have not yet made any arrests.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
A Wenatchee man who was arrested last month on suspicion of possessing child pornography is now believed to have recorded himself in the act of molesting children at least 21 times.
Police on Thursday rearrested Jose Antonio Mendoza, who was out of jail on $15,000 bond. Investigators say while reviewing his alleged collection of explicit images, they found evidence that Mendoza sexually abused children and made photos and videos of the acts. Some of the children were allegedly victimized while they slept. Mendoza was jailed and scheduled to appear today in Chelan County Superior Court. Police will ask prosecutors to add 21 counts of second-degree child molestation to the existing charges.
A rural Entiat man who displayed a knife to a motorist pleaded guilty this week to third-degree assault and felony harassment. 41-year-old Jesse Lee Jones threatened a hunter scouting for deer along Crum Canyon Road in November.
During the confrontation, Jones’ 64-year-old mother allegedly brandished a small handgun, and the hunter in turn drew his own pistol to defend himself. No shots were fired and no one was hurt. On Wednesday, Chelan County Judge Kristin Ferrera sentenced Jones to three months in jail plus a year’s probation. His mother, Donna Jean Jones, faces trial next month.
Five Wenatchee Valley residents were brought to court this week on charges of welfare fraud.
The Department of Social and Health Services says four Wenatchee defendants and one from Entiat unlawfully received more than $66,000 in welfare benefits, including food aid and childcare subsidies. In most cases, the charges involve failure to report new income, or in one case, to report a marriage. State investigators referred the cases to Chelan County prosecutors in December. Each of the five people is charged with first-degree theft, second-degree perjury, and making false statements to receive state aid.
The second of two men in a Wenatchee drug conspiracy must serve a year and a day in federal prison.
David R. Bishop Jr. had asked for simple probation for his, quote, “minor role” in a drug distribution scheme carried out by James T. McGuire. But on Thursday, U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas O. Rice imposed 366 days, plus five years on probation.
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When McGuire was arrested in 2017 for carrying a small amount of methamphetamine, he called Bishop from the Chelan County jail, and asked him to dispose of drugs he kept at his home. Bishop did so, and police later recovered a large bag of heroin, a large bag of meth, and more than $17,000 in cash. McGuire is already serving 10 years in prison.
Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating several tips they’ve received about an armed robbery Sunday in Pateros but have not yet made any arrests.
Two suspects who apparently arrived on foot robbed the Super Stop in Pateros about 10:30 Sunday evening. Surveillance video shows a man and woman forcing the clerk to open the cash register at gunpoint. Sheriff Tony Hawley said Friday detectives collected evidence from the Super Stop that has been sent to the state crime lab to be analyzed. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 509-422-7232.
Coming up next, The city of Wenatchee is losing its economic development director to a new job on the west side of the state. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center would receive $200,000 to improve its community meeting space under the supplemental capital budget proposed by the state Senate, and, The Grant County Work Release Facility in Ephrata will be closed for three months because of a staffing shortage. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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The city of Wenatchee is losing its economic development director to a new job on the west side of the state.
Steve King will join Port Townsend’s city staff one month from now, as its new public works director. King has held many posts at Wenatchee’s city hall since 1997, including city engineer, community development director, and chief of public works. He’s served under four mayors, and most recently oversaw the administration’s move from the former city hall on Chelan Avenue to its new offices in the old Yakima Street federal building. He’ll start in Port Townsend on March 23rd.
The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center would receive $200,000 to improve its community meeting space under the supplemental capital budget proposed by the state Senate.
12th District Senator Brad Hawkins said the money would be used to improve the museum’s current community meeting space, which was not designed for that purpose. The improvements would add media, lighting, seating and sound improvements and possibly a new interior wall.
Hawkins said he has been working closely with museum Executive Director Keni Sturgeon and 12th District Representatives Mike Steele and Keith Goehner on the museum improvement project. The House will unveil its capital budget proposal Monday.
The Grant County Work Release Facility in Ephrata will be closed for three months, from March 1 until June 1, because of a staffing shortage. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says work release inmates will be temporarily moved to the Grant County Jail. Work release staff will be assigned to the jail during that time. The sheriff’s office says 20 percent of the facility’s staff, or 11 employees, will be on leave during that time because of medical issues, mandatory training and other issues.
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Just like last year, it will be a rematch of Eastmont and Wenatchee for a last-chance to State after last night’s action at the District 6 4-A Tournament…
Eastmont was able to tie West Valley in the third but never led in the Ram’s 73-65 win for the District Championship last night. The Wildcats were led by the 30-points from Isaac Wellborn. Eastmont will drop back to face Wenatchee tomorrow at 6 o’clock.
The Panthers stayed alive with a 60-to-41 win over Davis as Garrett Long went off for 23-points. Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…
So for the 4th time this season, the cross-river-rivalry will be renewed tomorrow night at Eastmont High School with the Wildcats and Panthers facing off for a last-chance-at-State. We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom on the play-by-play beginning with the pregame at 5:45.
We got a little ahead of ourselves yesterday. The District 6 4-A girls tournament gets going tonight…
Sunnyside plays at Moses Lake for the District Championship at 6 o’clock while Eisenhower plays at West Valley in a loser-out game. The loser of Sunnyside and Moses Lake will host the winner of Ike and West Valley Saturday at 6 o’clock in a last-chance-to-State game.
Pateros and Riverside Christian will play for the District 6 1-B Championship after both teams posted wins last night at Eastmont High School…
Pateros knocked off Entiat 53-49 to advance in the semifinals. Riverside Christian earned its way into the Championship with a 91-55 win over Moses Lake Christian. The Championship will be determined starting at 1 o’clock tomorrow.
The Moses Lake Christian girls are the District Champions after a 51-43 win over Pateros last night. The Nannies will drop back to a last-chance to move on Saturday against Riverside Christian after they beat Wilson Creek 43-37. Tomorrow’s consolation game starts at 2:30.
The Bi-District 5/6 2-B Boys tournament gets underway today at Quincy High School…
Oroville faces Columbia-Burbank at 4:30 and then Lake Roosevelt plays Liberty Christian at 8. Coming up tomorrow, Liberty Bell and White Swan have a Noon tip-off followed by Brewster and Kittitas for the Bi-District Title at 7:15.
In girls play today, Liberty Bell faces Columbia-Burbank at 6:15. Then tomorrow, the first of three games tips at 1:45 when Lake Roosevelt plays White Swan. That’s followed at 3:30 by Brewster and Mabton. Then the Bi-District Title between Waterville-Mansfield and Tri-Cities Prep starts at 5:15.
The Caribou Trail League will meet the Northeast A League tomorrow in glue crossover games…
Omak travels to Freeman while Cashmere hosts Newport. Both games start at 5 o’clock and both are loser-out scenarios.
The Central Washington Athletic Conference finishes up it’s Championships at the Sun Dome while the others still alive play crossover games tomorrow…
Selah and Toppenish play for the District Title tomorrow in the Sun Dome at 5. East Valley of Yakima plays in a crossover game at Clarkston at 6. Then Prosser hosts West Valley of Spokane in the other crossover at 7.
East Valley and Ellensburg will face off for the girls District Championship at 7 o’clock tomorrow night. Prior to that in the cross over games, Toppenish plays at Clarkston at 3:30 while Prosser hosts West Valley of Spokane at 5.
#2 Gonzaga shook off a 9-point halftime deficit by opening the second half with a 21-to-2 run and beat San Francisco 71-54 last night…
In other men’s college basketball action, Stanford topped Washington 72-64. Eastern Washington edged Sacramento State 77-76. And Western Oregon beat Central Washington 71-61.
In women’s play last night, #13 Gonzaga had no trouble with Loyola Marymount, winning 75-47. Eastern Washington beat Sacramento State 78-73. And Central Washington bounced Western Oregon 70-46.
The Pac-12 women’s schedule tonight has #8 UCLA at Washington State while Washington hosts USC at 7 o’clock.
Saturday’s schedule starts at 1 with Eastern Washington playing at Northern Arizona while Wenatchee Valley travels to Treasure Valley. Gonzaga plays at Pepperdine at 2 and Central Washington hosts Concordia at 5.
Then on Sunday, USC travels to Washington State at 11:30am followed by UCLA at Washington at Noon.
Most of the men’s schedule is tomorrow with Eastern hosting Northern Arizona at 2:05. Cal plays at Washington on the Pac-12 Network starting at 3. ESPN-2 has Gonzaga and #23 BYU at 7. Then Central Washington hosts Concordia at 7:15.
Washington State will host Stanford Sunday at 5 on ESPN-U.
Today is the first day of Mat Classic XXXII in the Tacoma Dome…
Moses Lake takes 13 wrestlers west. Here you see their first-round matchups starting today. Interestingly, the Chiefs have six of their 13 matches head-to-head with Mead wrestlers.
Eastmont heads to Mat Classic with two wrestlers in Adrian Vivanco and Max Prazer. Wenatchee’s hopes rests on four wrestlers, including Jason Briley, Evan Berdan (burr-DAN), Orlando Rodriguez and Lucas Carranza.
Quincy takes four wrestlers to Tacoma while Ephrata has three. The Tiger’s Mac Laird is the only wrestler advancing in the 2-A Tournament with a Regional Championship.
Representation for our local 1-A schools is split right down the line with three wrestlers from Cascade, three from Cashmere and three from Chelan beginning their first day at State.
And best of luck to Wenatchee’s Kelsey Ibarra and Bella Andreini along with Moses Lake’s Bianca Johnson and Quincy’s Shannon Workinger. All four ladies will represent the region at Mat Classic XXXII, today and tomorrow in the Tacoma Dome.
The Wenatchee Wild hope to continue a 7-game winning streak tonight when they begin the first of two games at Penticton…
The Wild and Vees drop the puck tonight at 7 o’clock and tomorrow at 6 to wrap up the regular season. Wenatchee heads into the weekend in 3rd place in the Interior Division with 64-points. Vernon and Salmon Arm are right behind with 63-points.
The Silverbacks play at Trail tonight and host Merritt on Sunday. The Vipers host West Kelowna tonight and then finish at West Kelowna Saturday. It’s pretty simple for the Wild, win the next two and they’ll have home-ice advantage. If they lose, they’ll have to get help from a ton of other teams.
Finally tonight, Rock Island third-grader Kade Martin received word this week that he’ll be the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Sheriff for a Day this year.
Sheriff Kevin Morris visited Martin’s class Tuesday to share the big news. Martin and Morris will join other youngsters, police chiefs, Washington State Patrol troopers and sheriffs April 23rd at the Chief for a Day event that kicks off the Apple Blossom Festival.
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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.