NCWLIFE Evening News, February 5, 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, Two separate collisions on icy Highway 97 seven miles north of Orondo closed the highway for about an hour this morning, sending five people to the hospital with minor injuries. Chelan County has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a former jail inmate who spent 13 months in solitary confinement, and, The Chelan County PUD says if power goes out in the Coles Corner, Plain or Lake Wenatchee area in the coming weeks it could take longer than normal to restore it.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police say a former felon intruded at a Ridgeview Lane house on Tuesday, and pointed a handgun at a witness.

Officers allegedly found 47-year-old Scott Anthony Glass in the garage when they were called to house about 2:45 p.m., carrying a knife and brass knuckles. They said they also found a second knife and brass knuckles inside a parked car, along with a 9mm pistol. Glass allegedly came to the house to retrieve his parked vehicle, then struggled with the other man during the confrontation.

Police say they’ll seek charges of first-degree assault, kidnapping, and unlawful firearm possession. Glass, who has an Entiat address and is also known as Scott Anthony Brimble, is already awaiting trial on a 2019 charge of methamphetamine possession. He has multiple prior convictions between 2001 and 2007, including one for third-degree child rape.

Two separate collisions on icy Highway 97 seven miles north of Orondo closed the highway for about an hour this morning, sending five people to the hospital with minor injuries.

About 6:42 a.m. a semi and a Ford Taurus were involved in a collision that blocked both lanes of the highway. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said a Jeep Wrangler that stopped for the wreck was rear-ended by a Chevy Blazer that was then hit by a Buick Enclave.

Douglas County Fire District 4 reported that extraction tools had to be used to free three people from their vehicles and six people were treated at the scene in addition to the five who were taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Slippery road conditions also led to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 2 near the Big Y later this morning. A GMC was hit by a Kia in that accident. Bryant said a pregnant woman in the GMC was taken to the hospital as a precautionary move.

Chelan County has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a former jail inmate who spent 13 months in solitary confinement.

31-year-old Joshua Stuller says the detention worsened his severe mental illness while he was awaiting trial for threatening a mass shooting in 2015. He sued to try and end the practice of solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates. All parties to the lawsuit agreed on Friday to dismiss the case, but lawyers wouldn’t discuss the terms of the settlement with NCWLIFE this week. Stuller still faces a separate misdemeanor trial next month in Chelan County court, for allegedly stalking one of the victims in his original harassment case; and a felony case in Douglas County, where he’s accused of possessing firearms illegally.

The Chelan County PUD says if power goes out in the Coles Corner, Plain or Lake Wenatchee area in the coming weeks it could take longer than normal to restore it.

That’s because there is extensive storm damage to Puget Sound Energy power lines west of Stevens Pass. Those lines provide backup for Chelan PUD in the area and repairs likely won’t be completed until late this month.

Coming up next, Parking has been a perennial problem in Leavenworth and residents now have a chance to weigh in on some possible solutions. Erratic winter weather has caused problems for road crews throughout the region, and, Washington’s congressmembers took some constituents along last night to hear President Trump’s State of the Union Speech. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Parking has been a perennial problem in Leavenworth and residents now have a chance to weigh in on some possible solutions. The city’s Parking Advisory Committee is holding an open house Thursday evening at 6:30 at City Hall.

Among the suggestions are downtown parking meters, designated parking areas for employees of local businesses and special permits for city residents. The committee also is looking at having designated parking hours in residential areas. The city council eventually will decide what changes, if any, to make in parking policies.

Erratic winter weather has caused problems for road crews throughout the region.

Several times this winter, snowfall has been followed by warm temperatures, rain and a wet, destructive mess. In Douglas County, the problems have been especially bad in the Bridgeport and Mansfield areas.

Douglas County posted that crews have been busy repairing damage to Dyer Hill and Central Ferry Canyon roads, among others.

Although sparsely populated in many cases, the county said the access these roads provide is vital to many in the area and crews are working hard to repair damage as quickly as possible.

The reaction to the county’s post was mostly negative from residents in the area. But the county said with more than eighteen hundred and fifty miles of road to maintain their crews address problems as quickly as possible.

Washington’s congressmembers took some constituents along last night to hear President Trump’s State of the Union Speech.

Fourth District Congressman Dan Newhouse brought Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association; and Ken Hohenberg, chief of the Kennewick Police Department. Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier hosted Issaquah High School teacher Jacqueline Belur as her guest. On the Senate side, Patty Murray brought along a women’s health advocate from Vancouver, and Maria Cantwell, a Spokane teenager living with diabetes.

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 Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce membership is growing, and according to Executive Director Shilo Burgess of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber, she see’s membership doubling over the next ten years. In tonight’s feature story, Burgess says it’s not only about how many members the Chamber has, it’s about building partnerships and relationships. . .

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.

On the Les Schwab College Men’s Basketball Scoreboard last night…

Central Washington defended its home court with a 64-59 win over Northwest Nazarene.  The Wildcats were led by the 28-points of Jeryn Lucas.  It was Central’s 3rd-straight victory.  They’ll host Montana State Billings tomorrow night at 7:30.

On the college hardwoods tonight, the Wenatchee Valley men’s and women’s basketball teams travel to the Tri-Cities to face Columbia Basin Community College.  The Lady Knights tip it up first at 5:30, followed by the men at 7:30.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Ephrata edged Grandview 46-43.  Othello beat Quincy 65-41.  Omak cruised past Cascade 62-20.  Hailey Van Lith scored 32-points and Grace Erdmann chipped in 11 to lift Cashmere over Okanogan 69-27.  Pateros beat Entiat 55-44.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard last night, Ephrata topped Grandview 53-32.  Othello beat Quincy 58-44.  Omak took care of Cascade 57-39.  Sam Phillips hit eight 3-pointers and finished with 32-points to lead Cashmere past Okanogan 76-52.  The win gives the Bulldogs the regular season Caribou Trail League Title.  Also last night, Manson beat Tonasket 50-46.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Prince George to being a three game road trip tonight…

The puck drops at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena at 7 o’clock.  Then on Friday, Wenatchee heads to Surrey, B.C. to face the Eagles at 7 o’clock in the South Surrey Arena.  Finally, on Saturday, Wenatchee’s at the George Preston Arena to face the Langley Rivermen at 7:15. 

All told, the Wild will travel 1,304-miles over the next four days.  Wenatchee’s currently in 5th place in the Interior Division with 52-points, three behind Vernon and 4-back of Salmon Arm.

Still to come this week on the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Broadcast Schedule…

Thursday night is Hockey Night as the Wenatchee Wild take on the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7 o’clock.  This is the game from back on Saturday, January 25th that went down to a shootout.  Arch Ecker has the play by play tomorrow night here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Then on Friday, I’ll be courtside at Eastmont High School where the Wildcats will host the Davis Pirates.  It is senior night as it’s Eastmont’s final home game of the regular season.  The girls will recognize six seniors on the varsity roster while the boys have eight seniors to commemorate. 

The Eastmont boys currently sit in 2nd place in the Big-9 behind West Valley.  Wenatchee is in 3rd, tied with Davis.  The Eastmont girls are in last place and will not make the post-season.

Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day.  It’s a day to promote girls and women participating in athletics and highlight the leadership qualities that can be gained by playing sports.  Cashmere senior Hailey Van Lith has a message to the ladies out there…

Van Lith is also being featured this week on the nationally-syndicated show “Sports Stars of Tomorrow.”  We worked with the show’s producers to provide footage of Hailey playing hoops…

You can see Sports Stars of Tomorrow tomorrow morning at 6am and tomorrow night at 6:30 and then Friday night at 10:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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.