NCWLIFE Evening News February 5, 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, Interstate 90 near Vantage was down to one lane in each direction for several hours Monday after a semi hit the center barrier, leading to a multivehicle collision. Monday’s snowstorm wreaked havoc for motorists in the Columbia Basin with multiple crashes and spinouts, and, Speaking of winter driving, studded snow tires would be banned starting in the year 2025 under a bill unveiled this week in the Washington State Legislature.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The man accused of killing Quincy woman Jill Sundberg after an argument at an RV park in George believed she was a police informant, prosecutors suggested Monday at the first-degree murder trial of Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez.

The Grant County Superior Court trial for Rodriguez, 41, an illegal immigrant, is expected to continue through the week. The 31 year old Sundberg, was shot execution-style more than a dozen times in December 2016 in a remote area off Old Vantage Highway near George.

The Columbia Basin Herald reported that testimony Monday indicated Sundberg was in a trailer in George with several men, including Rodriguez, and all were smoking methamphetamine when an argument broke out. Sundberg was dragged from the trailer and driven to the location where her body was found, prosecutors said. A note written in Spanish was pinned to her body with a steak knife. The note indicated her death is what happens to people who do not show respect to the Mexican Gulf Drug Cartel. Two other men have already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case and will testify against Rodriguez.

Interstate 90 near Vantage was down to one lane in each direction for several hours Monday after a semi hit the center barrier, leading to a multivehicle collision, and,

Five people in two passenger vehicles involved were transported to the hospital but only two people were injured and the others taken as a precaution, said Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol. One person suffered an apparent broken leg, believed to be the most serious injury.

Just before 2 p.m. the westbound semi lost control and hit the center concrete jersey barrier. The semi’s tractor jumped over the barrier and jackknifed, hitting two vehicles. Those passenger cars were then hit by another semi, Bryant said. He said the accident remains under investigation and it is uncertain if it was a weather-related accident.

Monday’s snowstorm wreaked havoc for motorists in the Columbia Basin with multiple crashes and spinouts.

Trooper John Bryant posted these images on State Route 24 outside of Othello where an injury collision involving a Semi occurred last night. Bryant said the drifting snow caused whiteout conditions leading to several accidents. Traffic on all major highways in Grant, Kittitas and Yakima Counties was slowed or stopped completely.

Speaking of winter driving, studded snow tires would be banned starting in the year 2025 under a bill unveiled this week in the Washington State Legislature. The measure has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation.

The DOT has recommended alternatives to studded tires due to the roadway damage they cause. Opponents of the bill contend that studless tires are good for powder snow and very cold hard ice (below 8 degrees) but less effective in areas where black ice is prevalent.

House Bill 1309 would also replace the current $5 dollar fee with a $100 dollar purchase fee for new studded tires starting next year. Under the bill any seller who refuses to collect the fee or any buyers who refuse to pay it are guilty of a misdemeanor. For more information on winter driving, you can visit the WSDOT website.

Coming up next, Governor Inslee signs the first bill of the Legislative session, House Bill 1064, which changes the voter-approved police accountability law, Initiative 940. U.S. Senator Patty Murray yesterday blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop after-birth abortions nationwide, and, Another early morning power outage knocked 380 Douglas County PUD customers off the grid this morning. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Governor Inslee signs the first bill of the Legislative session, House Bill 1064, which changes the voter-approved police accountability law, Initiative 940. The revised measure resulted from efforts of a legislative task force to change the State’s law pertaining to police use of deadly force. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett was a member of the task force. He says the bill tightens up the language on the good faith standard for use of deadly force. . .

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposed I-940 but strongly support the clarifying bill many of them helped craft. However some police unions oppose both measures, including The Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriff’s, which warned in a statement the new law would still put cops in an unsafe position.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray yesterday blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop after-birth abortions nationwide. The legislation would prohibit leaving babies to die without medical care if they are born alive after a failed abortion. Sasse described the procedure as infanticide. In brief comments on the Senate floor, Murray, objected to the bill and claimed that the legislation is not necessary. . .

Sasse’s bill, The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would penalize doctors who do not attempt to provide medical care to an infant born alive after an abortion with up to five years in prison. The bill also requires that an infant born in an abortion clinic be transferred to a hospital.

Another early morning power outage knocked 380 Douglas County PUD customers off the grid this morning. Officials say the outage, which started at 1:30 AM was wind-related. The affected area included Brays Landing north of Orondo. Line crews made the repairs and electrical service was restored by 4:30 this morning.

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The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival’s Royalty Selection Pageant is this Saturday. This week on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’re featuring two candidates per night. NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom has more. . .

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.

Looking at the prep sports schedule for today…

First, we do have a score from last night…Entiat defeated Wilson Creek 58-24.  Heavy snowfall and treacherous roads in the Yakima Valley will prevent Eastmont and Wenatchee from playing their scheduled games tonight.  Instead, Eastmont will host Sunnyside tomorrow night at 5:45 while Wenatchee will travel to West Valley tomorrow night, also at 5:45.

And the Entiat girls are playing back-to-back days with a game at Easton tonight at 6.

On the boy’s schedule for tonight…

Everything will have to wait until tomorrow.  So Eastmont and Wenatchee will have another day to prepare for their tests.

Right now, the Wildcats are in good position to be in next week’s District Play-In game at 4-and-7, but I’m sure they’d love to get a win to possibly host that game next Tuesday.

The Wenatchee boys will be on the road at West Valley in a battle for first place in the Big 9.  The Rams sit a game behind the Panthers in the standings with Wenatchee at 9-and-1 and West Valley at 8-and-2.

By the way, with Wenatchee notching its first win last Friday, if the Panthers could get a win at West Valley and get some help from Davis beating Eisenhower, that would put them in a position to possibly make the playoffs in its game against Moses Lake on Friday.

The Caribou Trail League is out with its all-league basketball selections…

Cashmere’s all-world junior Hailey Van Lith is the Player of the Year.  Her teammates Grace Erdmann and Grace Hammond are also on the first team along with Chelan’s Booh Huddleston.

Area girls making the second team are Cashmere’s Ellie Alberts, Chelan’s Katie Rainville and Lexie Gleasman along with Cascade’s Kaija Lovelady.

Congratulations to Cascade’s Dane Lewman, selected Coach of the Year.  Okanogan won the team sportsmanship award.

Looking at the CTL All-League boys selections, Cashmere’s incredible sophomore Mason Landdeck is the Player of the Year.  1st selections include Cashmere sophomore Sam Phillips and Chelan senior Quinn Stamps.

Area boys making the second team include Cashmere sophomore Nate Phillips; Cascade sophomore Isaac Cortes; and Chelan junior Connor Wilson.

Coach of the year honors go to Cashmere’s Levi Heyen and the sportsmanship award goes to Cascade.

Taking a look at the updated NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week…

The games we have scheduled for tonight are cancelled.  So then Hockey Night Thursday night features the Wenatchee Wild’s game from last Saturday against the Vernon Vipers.  We’ll be back at Wenatchee High School Friday with the Panthers celebrating senior night against the Moses Lake Chiefs.  We’ll have the girls on first at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30.

Circling back to Sunday’s Super Bowl, apparently the 53rd version of the NFL’s championship drew the worst ratings in over a decade…

According to the numbers, the game averaged a 44.9 rating in the 56 markets measured by Nielsen, the Los Angeles Times reported. That rating is down 5 percent from last year and the lowest since 2008.

According to Nielsen data, 98.2 million viewers tuned in to the big game. CBS, which aired the game for the first time since 2006, counted streaming platform viewers, putting the total at 100.7 million. That number is still down from the 105.4 million viewers who watch on all platforms in 2018.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the first Cascade mountain snowpack report of the year shows less than normal spring runoff for North Central Washington. At their Monday meeting Chelan County PUD Commissioners received updates on snowpack and water supply forecasts for the Columbia River and Lake Chelan.

The January through July Columbia River flow is forecast at 87 percent of average. Estimates for runoff into Lake Chelan, from the February 1st snowpack survey, is 80 percent for the

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 guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.