NCWLIFE Evening News February 6, 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, A man claiming to be from Omak is under investigation for posting death threats against county sheriffs who won’t enforce Washington’s new gun laws. Explosive testimony yesterday in the murder trial of Jill Sundberg at the Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata, and, Chelan County PUD Commissioners are launching the next round of long-range strategic planning this winter and they’re reaching out to customers to join in the process.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says he’s found no evidence to support grievances brought forward by the police officers’ union against Chief Randy Harrison and his assistant Chief, Ray Coble. But, last night he told the City Council that he’s ordering an independent review of the allegations. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

A man claiming to be from Omak is under investigation for posting death threats against county sheriffs who won’t enforce Washington’s new gun laws.

According to KXLY TV in Spokane, after receiving a complaint, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

investigated and found posts by a man calling himself Jayden Ledford saying “sheriffs that are non compliant will be shot by me.”

He went on to say, “(Spokane County Sheriff) Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in his head.” Detectives are investigating the threats and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies.

Ledford, on a NCWLIFE story posted on Facebook Monday about Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones not enforcing I-1639, said “his head is mine.” Other commenters asked if he was threatening Jones but he did not reply.

During testimony in the murder trial of Jill Sundberg yesterday in Ephrata, one of the defendants, 27-year old Julio Cesar Albarran Varona, took the stand.

Albarran Varona, dressed in a green prison jumpsuit and chains, was put under oath and detailed to the 12-person jury, how on December 21st, 2016, he had helped Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez kidnap Sundberg and take her to a remote location near Vantage where she was killed.

Albarran Varona has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case and will testify against Rodriguez in the trial. Albarran Varona told jurors that following an argument between Sundberg and Rodriguez, he and four other men forced Sundberg at gunpoint into a truck where they drove to a frozen parking lot off the old Vantage Highway.

Albarran Varona said the men then tied Sundberg’s hands with a cell phone charger and made her kneel when she was shot by Rodriguez 13 times in the head and back with a .40 caliber pistol. Tapia Rodriguez is on trial for first degree murder. He is also charged with first degree murder in the death of a Royal City man in 2016.

Chelan County PUD Commissioners and their staff are launching the next round of long-range strategic planning this winter and they’re reaching out to customers to join in the process. A series of public meetings starts Thursday at noon with a kickoff session at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

At their Monday board meeting Commissioners reviewed the key topics the community will be asked to weigh in on. Among the topics are Aesthetic considerations, Rock Island Dam relicensing, Public Power Benefit program, Long-term rate planning, Growth and economic development and Wholesale/retail sales.

Board President Garry Arseneault says “input from customers to develop the plan is vital.” Coming up next, The annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop is underway for middle and high school students this week. Construction is progressing on a new 144-unit apartment complex along Wenatchee’s waterfront, and, its time once again for the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The annual Wenatchee Jazz Workshop is underway for middle and high school students this week. The unique program brings world class musicians including Tom Peterson, Clay Jenkins, Ira Nepus, Dick Weller and Rich Eames. The pros are in Wenatchee for a week to work with jazz band students, ending with two public concerts at the Numerica PAC. . .

Tickets for the Thursday concert featuring the professional musicians or Friday’s concert with the students are available by calling 663-ARTS.

Construction is progressing on a new apartment complex along Wenatchee’s waterfront. 600 Riverside is a 144-unit addition to the existing Riverside 9 apartment complex being built by Weidner Apartment Homes. The five-building development across from Riverfront Park is valued at more than 12 million dollars. Company officials stated in a news release, “after seeing the success and community engagement from Riverside 9, we are excited to provide housing in a market where there has been for a long time.”

It should be nice and polar-like outside in Wenatchee Saturday when dozens of brave souls will make matters even worse by jumping into the icy Columbia River at Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park for the annual Polar Plunge. Participants pay for the pleasure of the plunge, with the proceeds going to Special Olympics Washington. The frigid fun begins at 10 a.m.

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The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival’s Royalty Selection Pageant is this Saturday. All 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.

The Entiat Tigers are once again the champions for the regular season in the Central Washington 1-B League…

Entiat traveled to Easton and defeated the Jaguars 61-23.  That moved the Tigers to 10-and-1 in league play with one game to go, two games in front of Riverside Christian.  Entiat advances to next week’s district tournament as the #1 seed and will face either Moses Lake Christian or Pateros in the first round at Ephrata High School.

Coming up on the prep schedule for today…

In girls basketball, Eastmont hosts Sunnyside while Wenatchee is on the road at West Valley.  Currently, the Big 9 standings have Sunnyside in first as the league champs at 10-and-oh.  Moses Lake is firmly in second at 9-and-2.  Then you have West Valley third at 6-and-4, followed by Davis at 4-and-6 and Eastmont at 4-and-7.  Eisenhower is just in front of Wenatchee at 2-and-8 with the Panthers 1-and-9.  The top 2 teams have a bye while the next four teams compete in district play-in games on Tuesday with six playing at three and five playing at four.

Tonight is Eastmont’s last game, so they’ll probably be on the road at Davis for the play-in game next week.  Wenatchee still has an outside shot if they win tonight and have Davis beat Eisenhower, then beat Moses Lake Friday and have the Cadets fall to Sunnyside.

On the boys schedule tonight…

Eastmont and Sunnyside will tip it up at 7:30 while Wenatchee’s on the road at West Valley at 7:30.  A Panther win tonight and they’d win the regular season Big 9 league title.  A loss would mean they’d have to win Friday against Moses Lake and have the Rams fall to Davis in their last game.  The league title means a bye into the district tournament, and Wenatchee would host

For Eastmont, it’s all about seeding.  The Wildcats sit in fifth place currently at 4-and-7 so the best they could do is finish 5-and-7.  Because Davis has more quality wins than Eastmont, even if the Pirates lost their last two games, Eastmont would be the 5th seed.  So that means a road game Tuesday in the Play-In game either at Moses Lake or Davis.

The Big 9 is out with its all-league swimming and diving selections…

The diver of the year is Wenatchee’s Tristyn Geren.  In fact, the Panthers had 7 individuals and one team make the 1st team.  It was:  Danny George in the 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke; Tage Madson in the 200-yard Individual Medley; Jaxon Cosina in the 1-meter diving; Andreas Broxon in the 100-yard butterfly; Cameron Wheeler in the 500-yard freestyle; Connor Elwyn in the 100-yard backstroke; and Wenatchee’s 400-yard free relay team of Boxson, Madson, Neer and Wheeler.  Eastmont had one swimmer make the first team all Big-9, and that is Evan VanderSluis in the 100-yard backstroke.

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

Hockey Night tomorrow 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.

Remember last week, we played the video the Brooklyn Nets put out trying to get the NBA to invite Chelan’s Joe Harris to the All Star 3-point shootout?

Well, it worked!  Harris will compete against Steph Curry, Dirk Nowitzki, Damian Lillard and 6 other NBA three point wizards in the 3-point contest on Saturday, February 16th during the All Star Weekend in Charlotte.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, after weeks of seeing paw prints, Jessie Simmons was excited to get some footage of a bobcat that has been roaming her property north of Chelan. And now, she has a name for him, Hobbes. . .

Jessie said she hopes to see baby bobcats in her yard this spring.

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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.