NCWLIFE Evening News, February 26, 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 routine traffic stop in Moses Lake early Tuesday morning led to a short vehicle chase and then a foot chase with a 16 year old suspect. A quick stop on the side of the road to smoke some heroin in the Terrace neighborhood of Moses Lake went awry last night for two male suspects, and, In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE News Director Cal FitzSimmons tells us about some changes in this year’s Presidential primary ballots.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A former cannabis grower is accused of defrauding state welfare agencies while bringing in more than a million dollars of gross income from his farm operation.

Jeffrey Oberfelder, who’s 57, opened his Chelan farm in 2014. But the Department of Social and Health Services says he failed to report $1.1 million in cannabis sales over the next three years, at the same time he was receiving state food and medical benefits.

Oberfelder allegedly reported his sales to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board as required by law, but not to DSHS while he was applying for state aid. Prosecutors have charged him with first-degree theft, second-degree perjury, and false verification for public assistance. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday.

A routine traffic stop in Moses Lake early Tuesday morning led to a short vehicle chase, then a foot chase that ended with K9 Rex tackling and restraining a 16-year-old suspect. It all started about 1:00 a.m. when Officer Brad Zook pulled over the driver of a Kia for a traffic violation. As Zook approached the vehicle it sped off but made it less than a block before the driver lost control and spun out, police said. The suspect then fled on foot as the vehicle, still in gear, crashed into a parked car. Zook and Rex then gave chase. . .

A quick stop on the side of the road to smoke some heroin in the Terrace neighborhood went awry last night for 23 year old Christian Martinez of Richland and 26 year old Satara Barrientoz of Moses Lake.

A resident of the neighborhood fed up with criminal activity called police to report the suspicious vehicle. A Moses Lake Police Department Sergeant arrived on scene about 9 pm, and approached the vehicle on foot, just in time to see Martinez flaring up heroin in the driver’s seat. Martinez, and passenger Barrientoz were taken into custody.

Both were found to be possession of heroin and were booked into the Grant County Jail on possession charges. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant for additional evidence.

Coming up next, A $19-point-3 million-dollar contract was awarded yesterday for the construction of the new West Cashmere Bridge. The $6 million dollar bond project to replace the roof, HVAC and windows at Entiat’s combined middle school-high school facility is officially a go, and, If your Douglas County election envelope showed up with two ballots inside, blame a mailing house in Everett for the mistake.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A $19-point-3 million-dollar contract was awarded to SB Structures of Seattle for the construction of the new West Cashmere Bridge.

The Chelan County Board of County Commissioners awarded the construction contract yesterday at its regular board meeting. The award comes at the recommendation of Chelan County Public Works, which will work with SB Structures, a veteran bridge builder, to formalize a contract. Construction on the project, estimated to cost $25-point-5 million-dollars overall, will take about 20 months to complete. The bridge is being paid for with a mix of federal, state, local and private dollars. An open house for the project will be held March 24th at the Cashmere Riverside Center. The drop-in event will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Public Works will be on hand to answer any questions, especially from those neighbors and citizens who will be impacted by the construction.

The $6 million dollar bond project to replace the roof, HVAC and windows at Entiat’s combined middle school-high school facility is officially a go. The vote by school district residents narrowly passed the 60-percent margin needed for approval.

That means construction can begin as school lets out for the summer. Superintendent Miles Caples says the whole project should be complete before the start of the 2020-2021 school year. All five school district bond measures on the Chelan County ballot passed this year, but Entiat’s was by far the closest.

If your Douglas County election envelope showed up with two ballots inside, you’re not being given a chance to vote twice. The Douglas County Auditor’s Office says because of a problem at a mailing house in Everett 468 envelopes went out with two ballots inside.

That’s out of more than 22,000 total ballots that were mailed. But only one ballot from each voter will be counted, he said. Because it is a presidential primary ballot, voters must pick a political party on their return envelope. If a voter returns two ballots with different parties or candidates selected on each ballot, the county canvassing board would then need to determine voter intent. If they couldn’t determine that, both ballots could both be invalidated.

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. . .

The 2020 race for president has officially arrived in Washington state, with ballots for the primary having been mailed out last week. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons says, there’s a lot that’s different about this election. . .

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.

The Mariners won their first Cactus League game of Spring Training yesterday by a score of 2-to-1 over Milwaukee…

Seattle broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 7th with Jared Kelenic (kuh-LEN-ick) at the plate and with Jose Siri on second base…

Brian O’Keefe then followed with an RBI single that plated Kelenic for what proved to be the game-winning run…

Daniel Vogelbach and Evan White each went 2-for-3 at the plate.  Kendall Graveman worked the first two innings on the mound, allowing no-runs and 1-hit.  It was his first action with Seattle after spending most of last season on injured reserve with Cincinnati following Tommy John surgery. 

Justus Sheffield also looked good on the mound, going two innings and striking out three.  Manager Scott Servais said it was good to see a bunch of guys have a solid day at the park…

Seattle was in Goodyear, Arizona today for a game against the Cincinnati Reds.  We’ll have results tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider are in Indianapolis getting a good look at this year’s crop of potential NFL draftees.  Schneider met with the press yesterday and was asked to first comment on the off-season signing of veteran tight end Greg Olsen…

While Schneider and the Seahawk’s staff are getting an up-close look at potential draft picks, the 10-year Seattle G-M says he needs to be able to see the forest through the trees and focus on overall needs…

Seattle will have the 27th overall pick in the first round of April’s NFL Draft to go along with 2 second-rounders, one third, two fourths, one fifth and a sixth.

The Wenatchee Valley men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap up the regular season on the road in Yakima tonight…

The Lady Knights will face the Yakima Valley Yaks at 5:30 followed by the men at 7:30.  The draw for seeding in the NWAC Tournament will be Sunday.  Both of Wenatchee Valley’s teams will play in the tournament beginning March 5th at Everett Community College.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Washington Department of Transportation has an update on that Bigfoot sighting they reported back in January on Sherman Pass:

Whatever it was, it’s now gone. Wash-Dot said they made a recent visit to the site where a pass cam on January 21st apparently captured a picture of the elusive beast.

The most popular rumor among skeptics is that it was a cardboard cutout placed there by a prankster. But, with no evidence of that left behind, this is yet another Sasquatch sighting that remains a mystery.

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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.