NCWLIFE Evening News January 16, 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, The 70-year old Cashmere woman who allegedly admitted to killing her 96-year-old mother on Saturday is now formally charged with her murder. A Moses Lake man will spend nine years in federal prison for possessing stolen firearms, and, Highway 2 at Stevens Pass remained closed to through traffic today, the fourth full day since it was shut down by a winter storm and downed power lines.

But first, we begin tonight. . .
It was blustery outside Wenatchi Hall on Wednesday, but even chillier inside as Wenatchee Valley College employees called for the removal of President Jim Richardson. The college faculty union told a meeting of the WVC board it’s lost confidence in Richardson, who announced layoffs and furloughs amid a $1-million-dollar budget crisis. . .
The board of trustees took no action to unseat Richardson at the meeting. Twenty-one college staffers are due to be laid off at the end of January, and almost half its employees have been ordered to take 10 days of unpaid leave. The college attributes its budget gap to declining enrollment.

The 70-year old Cashmere woman who allegedly admitted to killing her 96-year-old mother on Saturday is now formally charged with her murder. Prosecutors filed a single charge of first-degree murder Wednesday against Anita Burgess Jones, who called Chelan County sheriff’s deputies and admitted beating, strangling and stabbing her mother, Katherine Burgess Wiczai, who shared her Cashmere home. Jones remains jailed on $1 million dollars bond, and faces arraignment on January 27th.

A Moses Lake man will spend nine years in federal prison for possessing stolen firearms. Michael Lorenzo Castoreno, who’s 35, pleaded guilty last July in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Prosecutors say he’s a known criminal gang member. Back in June 2018, Castoreno led police on a lengthy highway pursuit from Moses Lake to Warden while fleeing from felony warrants. When he crashed into a pursuing police car, officers found three stolen weapons in his vehicle.

Highway 2 at Stevens Pass remained closed to through traffic today, the fourth full day since it was shut down by a winter storm and downed power lines. High wind and ongoing snowfall have kept it from reopening ever since. The Department of Transportation on Wednesday used a helicopter to try to blow some snow down off the trees lining the roadway in the closed area, between Skykomish and the summit. Snowblowers and plows were set to continue clearing the road once the trees and utility lines are clear.

Coming up next, Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett says a deputy’s life-saving efforts this week illustrates the need for more AED-equipped patrol cars. We will tell you about some of the bills the Washington Legislature will tackle this session, and, we will take a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett says a deputy’s life-saving efforts this week illustrates the need for more AED-equipped patrol cars. Burnett used the incident to make a pitch for funding additional portable electronic heart defibrillators in a recent segment of In Focus with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

The sheriff credited several service organizations such as Kiwanas, Lions and Rotary Clubs for their past efforts to raise money for the AED’s. You can contact the sheriff for more information.

The Washington state Senate approved a ban on plastic bags Wednesday, just as it did in 2019. The bill now goes to the House, where it failed last year. That is just one of hundreds of bills introduced this week. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery reports on some of the other bills being considered. . .

Let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Sam the dog. . .
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.

It was blustery outside Wenatchi Hall on Wednesday, but even chillier inside as Wenatchee Valley College employees called for the removal of President Jim Richardson. The college faculty union told a meeting of the WVC board it’s lost confidence in Richardson, who announced layoffs and furloughs amid a $1-million-dollar budget crisis. The board of trustees took no action to unseat Richardson at the meeting. Twenty-one college staffers are due to be laid off at the end of January, and almost half its employees have been ordered to take 10 days of unpaid leave. The college attributes its budget gap to declining enrollment.
**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.

Good morning Dan. Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Evening News, another winter storm system is headed our way, what’s in store? We will talk about it in your Northcentral Washington weather forecast and Eric Granstrom will be in with highlights and reaction to last night’s Wenatchee vs. Moses Lake Wrestling match. That and all the day’s news coming up tonight at 5, 6 and 10 on the NCWLIFE Evening News, hope you will join us, Dan.