NCWLIFE Evening News January 13th, 2021

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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, An escaped inmate from the Okanogan County Jail made it as far as Portland, Oregon before being recaptured, along with a woman accused of helping him flee. A Wenatchee man faces possible charges of drug possession with intent to sell after deputies allegedly found 10 ounces of methamphetamine in the car he was driving. Three men face burglary charges after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found them inside the former American Silicon plant in Rock Island, and, 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse broke ranks today with his fellow Republicans, saying he’ll vote to impeach President Donald Trump.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A portion of Sleepy Hollow Road outside Wenatchee was limited to one lane this morning as crews removed rocks from the roadway, one of several problems caused by a windstorm early this morning. Chelan County crews also reported 12 to 15 trees down throughout the county.

Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour hit much of North Central Washington, with the strongest gusts reported in the Wenatchee area. Pangborn wind gusts topped out at 54 mile per hour at 5:30 a.m.

Power outages in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties from the windstorm were fairly limited. The Weather Service said a wind gust of 51 miles per hour was recorded in Moses Lake at 5 this morning.

An escaped inmate from the Okanogan County Jail made it as far as Portland, Oregon before being recaptured, along with a woman accused of helping him flee.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office says U.S. Marshals on Tuesday arrested 53-year-old Christian Edward White of Rock Island, along with 64-year-old Teresa Lancaster of Cashmere. White escaped from the jail through an HVAC vent on January 5th, along with Kristofer L. Wittman of Bellingham.

Lancaster is suspected of helping in the escape, including giving White a ride to Omak the day he fled the jail. She faces possible charges of rendering criminal assistance and conspiracy.

White had been jailed awaiting trial on charges of fleeing police, methamphetamine possession, malicious mischief and hit and run.

Wittman, who’s 28, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, malicious mischief and a previous escape attempt, and he remains at large.

A Wenatchee man faces possible charges of drug possession with intent to sell after deputies allegedly found 10 ounces of methamphetamine in the car he was driving. 21-year-old Juan Ramiro Sanchez Romero was stopped on Sunday by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies for a broken brake light. He was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant, and a later search of his vehicle allegedly found a box containing meth, plus about seven ounces of marijuana. Sanchez is due to be arraigned in Douglas County court January 25th.

Three men face burglary charges after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found them inside the former American Silicon plant in Rock Island.

The Douglas County sheriff’s office says 36-year-old William C. Brown, 38-year-old Sean David Bossert and 47-year-old Joseph Adair Jr. were all found inside the factory after tripping a burglar alarm late Saturday night, carrying burglary tools. They’re suspected of setting out to steal metal and machine parts from the facility, which has been out of operation since 2003. Adair is from East Wenatchee; the other two men are Wenatchee residents.

4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse broke ranks today with his fellow Republicans, saying he’ll vote to impeach President Donald Trump for stoking last week’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.

In debate over the historic vote in the House to impeach Trump for a second time, Newhouse, who represents Grant, Douglas and Okanogan counties, said both Democrats and Republicans bear responsibility for partisan violence in the United States. . .

Newhouse is the second Washington Republican to come out in favor of impeachment, after Jaime Herrera Beutler of southwest Washington.

Coming up next, Two NCW legislators say teachers and school staff shouldn’t have to wait until April to receive the coronavirus vaccine. With the Washington Legislature back in session, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz put forward a bill Tuesday that would create a dedicated $125 million funding source for wildfire response and preparation, and, Washington’s senior Senator Patty Murray will become chair of the education committee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Two NCW legislators say teachers and school staff shouldn’t have to wait until April to receive the coronavirus vaccine. That’s roughly when educators younger than 50 are scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations under the state’s new phased inoculation plan.

12th District Senator Brad Hawkins and 13th District Representative Alex Ybarra sent an open letter Monday asking Governor Jay Inslee to revise the vaccine schedule, so all teachers and staff members begin receiving their shots in February. Right now, that’s when educators 50 and older can expect to start vaccinating.

Hawkins and Ybarra are the ranking Republican members of the education committees in the Senate and House respectively. The request is bipartisan; the Democratic chairs of both committees also signed on to the letter.

With the Washington Legislature back in session, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz put forward a bill Tuesday that would create a dedicated $125 million funding source for wildfire response and preparation.

Last year’s wildfire season destroyed more than 800,000 acres and 298 homes, including severe damage to Bridgeport and the near-destruction of the town of Malden. A 1-year-old child died and his parents were badly burned after being trapped by fire in Okanogan County. State Representative Larry Springer of Kirkland is the primary sponsor of the bill. . .

Washington’s senior Senator Patty Murray will become chair of the education committee, following the Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate.

Murray replaces longtime Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who retired at the end of the last Congress. Murray, a former preschool teacher, has served as the ranking Democrat on the committee since 2015. As the chair, she’ll have oversight over a variety of education issues, although she says her top priority will be the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, Murray said she wants Congress to pass a new COVID-19 relief package that would include more money for K-12 schools, once President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in a rural setting poses distinct challenges. In Moses Lake, the chief medical officer for Samaritan Healthcare says her hospital is making strides in getting the vaccine out to those prioritized. Still, Dr. Andrea Carter told a Washington State Hospital Association press conference that there’s some reluctance to accept the preventive inoculation. . .

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 theme of “Let Russ Cook” apparently meant indigestion for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll as he parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Tuesday…

As Seattle prepared for its season amid a pandemic, the brain trust worked on a way to turn the offense loose, allowing quarterback Russell Wilson to throw more.  It worked out of the gate as the Seahawks won their first five games on a record pace.  The last half of the season was a different story, however, as Wilson and the offense regressed and struggled.

News of Schottenheimer’s termination came after coach Carroll refused to talk with the media about any coaching changes when asked by Joe Fan…

Traditionally, Carroll has preferred a more run-heavy approach to his football teams with the emphasis on a strong defense.  He eluded to the fact things needed to change prior to next season…

While Seattle’s offense scored more points in franchise history this season, it ended up ranked 17th overall and 3rd worst in the NFL in sacks allowed with 47.

Now on to some positive Seahawks news…

John Schneider, the general manager who helped build the Seahawks into one of the NFL’s best franchises over the past decade, is sticking around well into the current one.  The team announced that Schneider signed a contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2027 draft.

Rumors had been circulating about Detroit and other teams trying to lure Schneider away from Seattle.  Jody Allen, chair of the Seahawks, said quote, John and head coach Pete Carroll have formed a tremendous partnership…I know we are all excited to see that continue, end quote.

Schneider’s extension comes just a few months after coach Carroll’s contract was extended through the 2025 season.

Athletic directors for schools in North Central Washington have spent the past week in Zoom conferences trying to determine a way to move forward with restarting sports in local high schools…

The meetings followed a directive from the WIAA a week ago, following the state’s new Healthy Washington initiative to resume sports by February 1st.  While that may work for schools in western Washington, it’s not really feasible for schools in our neck of the woods.

So, athletic directors devised a schedule to include all schools within the North Central Region of the Healthy Washington restart plan.  This includes three 4A schools (Wenatchee, Eastmont & Moses Lake); 1 2A school (Ephrata); seven 1A schools (Royal, Wahluke, Quincy, Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan & Omak); 9 2B schools (Brewster, Bridgeport, Lake Roosevelt, Liberty Bell, Manson, Okanogan, Oroville, Tonasket and Warden); and 9 1B schools (Cascade Christian, ACH, Entiat, Moses Lake Christian, Pateros, Soap Lake, Waterville-Mansfield & Wilson Creek).

The region’s athletic directors also came up with dates for three sports seasons to commence.  The fall season will begin with football practice February 16 and the rest of the sports beginning February 22nd.  Competition will begin February 27th for all fall sports except football, which will begin March 4th.  The fall sports seasons will end April 3rd.

Men’s college basketball will return tomorrow night across the region…

Washington State plays at UCLA at 2 o’clock on FS-1.  Washington travels to USC at 5:30 on the Pac-12 Network.  Then at 6, its No. 1 Gonzaga hosting Pepperdine on ESPN.

On the women’s floor Thursday, #20 Gonzaga travels to Santa Clara at 6 o’clock.  Then on Friday, #25 Washington State plays at USC at 4:30 on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington’s game at #8 UCLA has been postponed because of COVID in the Husky program.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Channel as far as sports is concerned…

It begins with Hockey Night tomorrow night as the Wenatchee Wild host the West Kelowna Warriors in BCHL Hockey at the Town Toyota Center.  This game is from October 24th of 2019 and Arch Ecker has the play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

We have Wenatchee and Eastmont basketball from January of last year at the Town Toyota Center.  First up is the girls at 7 followed by the boys at 8:30.

Then on Saturday it’s another twin dip of Wenatchee Panther basketball as the girls face Eisenhower at 2 o’clock.  The Cadets and Panther boys tip at 7.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo Tuesday on the department’s Instagram page. It shows an unidentified deputy shoveling snow from the memorial to Deputy Sal Gallegos on Highway 150 near Manson.

Gallegos was shot and killed in 2003 by a man he was investigating for driving with a suspended license. Gallegos was 35 years old.

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.