NCWLIFE Evening News, February 24, 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, A man wanted for second-degree attempted murder led Okanogan Sheriff’s deputies on a wild car and foot chase through Oroville Saturday afternoon before eventually being arrested. The father of a Wenatchee Valley toddler who died from abuse says he’ll file a wrongful death lawsuit in the case, and, The man arrested in a stabbing last week outside the Wenatchee Safeway store is accused of violating a domestic violence protective order in the process.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A spark from a recreational fire pit ignited a debris pile Sunday afternoon in Mansfield that briefly threatened nearby structures and homes. Douglas County Fire District 5 firefighters, however, were able to stop the spread of the fire before it did any serious damage.

The district said about 1:30 p.m. in the 10 block of Wall Avenue, high winds blew embers from the fire pit into the debris pile. The district warns residents to make sure all recreational fires are completely extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them.

A man wanted for second-degree attempted murder led Okanogan Sheriff’s deputies on a wild car and foot chase through Oroville Saturday afternoon before eventually being arrested.

The sheriff’s office says 29-year-old Sean Dahlquist struck 22-year-old Bradley Keener with a propane tank, then cut his face with a knife at a residence on Juniper Road. Dahlquist reportedly had gone to the home after being called by Keener’s girlfriend, who said she and Keener were having a disagreement.

After the altercation, Keener fled to a residence on Balmes Road where someone at that house called 911. That started a search for Dahlquist, who was spotted driving on North Main Street in Oroville.

A chase through town ensued at speeds up to 70 miles per hour before Dahlquist jumped out of the moving vehicle on South Main Street. A deputy gave chase on foot and caught Dahlquist after the suspect tripped while trying to enter an apartment.

Keener, meanwhile, was treated for his injuries at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket.

The father of a Wenatchee Valley toddler who died from abuse says he’ll file a wrongful death lawsuit in the case.

Two-year-old Rustin Atkerson died in Seattle Childrens Hospital in 2017, two months after a severe brain injury. His mother, Elaine Hurd, pleaded guilty to felony mistreatment of a child last year, but denied causing Rustin’s injury.

The boy’s father, Ian Atkerson, started proceedings last month in Chelan County court, to be appointed personal representative of the child’s estate.

If a judge grants his request at a hearing next week, he says he’ll file a civil lawsuit to collect damages for Rustin’s death. Rustin’s parents were separated, and his mother had primary custody at the time he was fatally injured.

The man arrested in a stabbing last week outside the Wenatchee Safeway store is accused of violating a domestic violence protective order in the process.

Adam Dale Ellis Jr. allegedly stabbed a male victim in the leg during a struggle in the parking lot Tuesday night. Wenatchee police say the victim was walking with Ellis’s former partner, who held a protective order against Ellis because of past domestic abuse. Ellis, who’s 31, has three prior domestic violence convictions. He remains jailed on pending charges including first-degree assault.

Coming up next, The 2020 race for state House of Representatives could be a hot one in the 12th District. It’s official: Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is moving ahead with plans to develop a ski village around its downhill slopes. 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier made her latest townhall appearance in Wenatchee on Friday night. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news.

The 2020 race for state House of Representatives could be a hot one in the 12th District.

Dr. Ann Diamond, the Methow Valley physician who lost to Representative Keith Goehner in 2018, plans a campaign launch February 29th at the Wenatchee Public Library. Diamond says she’ll be campaigning for the seat Goehner now holds. Diamond last ran as an independent candidate; Goehner is a longtime Republican.

It’s official: Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is moving ahead with plans to develop a ski village around its downhill slopes. Chelan County says it’s received Mission’s application to build 621 condominium units, 275 single-family homes, and 110,000 square feet of commercial space, all to be phased in over the next 20 years. The application starts a 30-day public comment period, in which residents can review the plans and make their thoughts known to the Chelan County Community Development office. You can view the plans on Chelan County’s website; the comment period ends at 5:00 p.m. March 30th.

8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier made her latest townhall appearance in Wenatchee on Friday night. She made multiple stops along the way, including a lunchtime appearance at the Leavenworth Rotary, where she answered an array of questions on healthcare, partisanship, and the central Washington farm economy. . .

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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A Bridgeport area road remains closed until further notice due to extremely unstable slope conditions. Dezellem Hill Road was built in the 1880’s along a steep hillside in the Bridgeport area. It serves about a dozen homes. In tonight’s feature story, Douglas County Commissioners say maintaining the unpaved road as a secondary access for those residents has been a longtime struggle. Commissioners also say a portion of Dezellum Road has completely collapsed leaving a huge chasm that slices the road in half. . .

Commissioners spent over 300-thousand dollars last year in a failed effort to stabilize the slope. They say Dezellum Hill Road may ultimately have to be closed permanently

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.

A wild weekend of basketball concluded Saturday night at Eastmont High School, where the Wildcats hosted the Wenatchee Panthers in a loser-out, winner-to-State contest.  The game saw 12 lead-changes and 8-ties and came right down to the final seconds.

Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Smith finished with 9-points while teammates Trey Haberlock and Isaac Wellborn had 15 and 14 respectively.  Garrett Long led Wenatchee with 21-points.

Eastmont is seeded 15th in the 4-A Tournament and will face #10 Olympia at Tumwater Saturday at 4 o’clock.  Eastmont will have to win to advance to the Hardwood Classic in the Tacoma Dome.  West Valley is a #6 seed and faces #3 Mt. Si Saturday.  The Rams will advance to Tacoma win or lose.

The Moses Lake girls, despite a District Championship and 3-loss season, did not get a top 8 seed to the State Tournament.  As a result, they’ll face a loser-out Regional game Friday against #16 Decatur at Big Bend Community College at 4 o’clock.  Sunnyside drew a 15-seed and will face Bellarmine Prep in the Regional Saturday.

The Cashmere boys stayed alive to advance to State in a crossover win against Newport Saturday 47-31…

Nate Phillips led the Bulldogs with 13-points in the low-scoring affair.  Cashmere earned a #2 seed and will advance to the State 2-A Tournament in the Sun Dome next week, no matter what happens Saturday.  Their Regional game will be against #7 King’s Way Christian at Wenatchee High School at 4 o’clock.

Omak also advanced with a 67-62 in over Freeman Saturday and will face #1 Seattle Academy in Issaquah Saturday at 2.

Wenatchee High will also be the location for the Cashmere girls Regional game against Nooksack Valley Saturday.  The Bulldogs are the #1 seed heading into the Tournament and will advance to the Sun Dome no matter what.  Their game against #8 Nooksack Valley tips at 6 o’clock Saturday night.  Prior to that, #10 Okanogan faces #15 Meridian at 2 in a must-win game to advance.

The Brewster boys beat Kittitas Saturday 84-70 and will be a #4 seed headed to State in 2-B basketball…

The Bear’s Regional game will be against #5 Life Christian Friday at Wenatchee High School at 6 o’clock.  Brewster will advance to State regardless of Friday’s outcome.

The Waterville-Mansfield girls earned an 11-seed to the tournament following Saturday’s 52-33 loss to Tri-Cities Prep.  The Shockers will face #14 Northwest Christian Saturday at Noon at Wenatchee High School in the Regional.  They’ll have to win if they want to get to State B in Spokane next week.

Brewster beat Mabton 47-37 and earned a 13-seed and will face #12 Colfax Saturday at University High in Spokane at Noon.

Riverside Christian beat Pateros Saturday 64-56 to win the District 6 1-B Championship…

They received a #4-seed for the Regionals and will face #5 Naselle Saturday at Eisenhower at 4 o’clock.

The Riverside Christian girls also advanced to the Regional Tournament with Saturday’s 52-47 win over Pateros.  They’ll be a #16-seed in the tournament and face a must-win game Friday against #9 Clallam Bay at Mt. Tahoma at 6 o’clock to advance to the State 1-B Tournament.  Moses Lake Christian is a 12th seed and will face #13 Tahola Saturday at 2.

In the 2A tournament…

Clarkston and Prosser both advanced with Saturday wins while Toppenish claimed the District Title with a win over Selah.  The Vikings will play a Regional game Friday against Renton while Toppenish will advance to State no matter what happens with their Regional game with Clarkston Saturday.

The Ellensburg girls are District Champions after a 66-44 win over East Valley Saturday.  They received a #2-seed to State and will face W.F. West Saturday at 2 o’clock.  East Valley’s Regional game will be in Auburn Saturday against Renton.

The Wenatchee Panther boys swim team took 3rd in the State 4-A Tournament over the weekend at the Federal Way Aquatic Center…

Connor Elwyn was a State Champion in the 100-backstroke and also led the Wenatchee 200 medley relay team to a title along with Christian Cutter, Andreas Broxon and Ian Walsh.

Eastmont’s Evan Vandersluis took 3rd in the 100-breaststroke and broke a school record in doing so.

Three wrestlers from our region took State Championships at Mat Classic XXXII in the Tacoma Dome over the weekend…

Jonathan Tanguma (TANG-GEW-muh) led 5 Moses Lake wrestlers to place with a State Title at 113-pounds.  Maximus Zamora and Cruz Vasquez placed 3rd with Hunter White 5th and Lerenz Thomas 8th.

Eastmont’s Adrian Vivanco and Max Prazer each took 5th while Wenatchee’s Jason Briley was 6th and Lucas Carranza 8th.

Cascade’s Hunter Reinhart was a State Champion at 285-pounds.  Chelan’s Angel Mendoza took 8th.

Ephrata’s Mac Laird took the State Title at 195-pounds while teammate Kevin Pelayo placed 4th.  Quincy’s Ruben Vargas took 2nd while the Jackrabbit’s Oswaldo Perez was 5th and Mykenzi Realme 8th.

Quincy’s Shannon Workinger (work-injure) led a contingent of three girls to place, finishing 2nd at 155-pounds.  Moses Lake’s Bianca Johnson was 4th and Wenatchee’s Bella Andreini (ANN-DREE-KNEE) took 7th.

The Wenatchee Wild had its 7-game winning streak snapped Friday in Penticton, but will still have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs…

Penticton beat the Wild Friday 4-1 with Owen Bohn scoring the loan goal for Wenatchee. 

Saturday’s game looked like it would be all-Wenatchee with the Wild scoring three goals in the first period by Ethan Wolthers, Matt Dorsey and Drake Usher.  It remained a 3-nil game until the third, when the Vees came storming back, scoring the game-tying goal with 43-seconds left to send it into overtime.  Penticton scored the game-winner just over 2-minutes into the extra frame.

Salmon Arm then beat Merritt Sunday to give the Silverbacks the #3 seed in the Interior Division.  Wenatchee slid to #4 and will host Vernon in the first of a best-of-seven series Saturday and Sunday.  Both games at the Town Toyota Center begin at 7:05.

Here’s a look at the entire, 16-team playoff bracket for the battle for the Fred Page Cup.  The Interior Division on the right of the screen will be re-seeded after the first round.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, an Okanogan County climber has been recognized for his writings about the pursuit. Geof Childs was honored last week with the American Alpine Club’s 2020 Literary Award.

Childs lives in Winthrop, and he’s a longtime contributor to Rock & Ice magazine who’s been writing about mountaineering sports for 40 years. His essay collection, Stone Palaces, was published in 2000.

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.