NCWLIFE Evening News January 22, 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, A Wenatchee man with a history of domestic violence is in jail tonight after a long overnight standoff with a police tactical team. A Moses Lake chiropractor allegedly touched his female patients inappropriately, and mismanaged his employees, and, The Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees say they support current President Dr. Jim Richardson and will not remove him.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County judge says the Leavenworth Adventure Park can go forward.

The Friends of Leavenworth civic association fears the planned $6 million park will increase traffic, light and noise on the west end of town. But Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt said the group “failed to satisfy its burden of proof” to show why the park should not begin construction at the intersection of Icicle Road and Highway 2. The ruling will allow the first phase of building at the park, whose design includes a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and an “alpine coaster” built into the hillside.

A Wenatchee man with a history of domestic violence is in jail tonight after a long overnight standoff with a police tactical team.

Police got the call about 10:40 p.m., when 34-year-old Daniel Arzate Lopez allegedly threatened to cut the throats of family members at his home in the 1600 block of Ridgeview Lane.

He apparently also set a small fire in a bedroom of the house while a multi-agency Special Response Team gathered outside. Lopez finally surrendered to police about 6 o’clock this morning. He has several prior felony convictions, including pleas in 2017 to charges of domestic violence assault, unlawful firearm possession and methamphetamine possession. He’ll now face new charges including assault and obstructing police.

A Moses Lake chiropractor allegedly touched his female patients inappropriately, and mismanaged his employees.

The state Department of Health suspended the license of 69-year-old Richard L. Ribellia, who’s practiced since 1979. The agency says he inappropriately touched two female patients in 2011 and 2016, and required his employees to undergo free chiropractic treatment when they were ill, rather than take sick leave. Ribellia has not been charged with a crime. He has 20 days to request a hearing.

The Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees say they support current President Dr. Jim Richardson and will not remove him.

The board released a statement today in response to the Wenatchee Valley College faculty union’s no confidence vote and call for the removal of WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson last week. The statement praises Richardson and addresses concerns presented by the union’s report. The four-person college board consists of Board Chair Phyllis Gleasman, Vice Chair Tamra Jackson, Steve Zimmerman and Dr. June Darling. In today’s statement the board thanked Richardson for his commitment to students, being an effective leader and for being transparent and receptive to ideas.

Coming up next, Chelan County homeowners could be looking at an additional $1.75 on their monthly power bills, each year for the next five years. State officials say the risk to the general public is low after the first U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state this week, and, 4th District Congressional Representative Dan Newhouse will open mobile office next month in Quincy and East Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County homeowners could be looking at an additional $1.75 on their monthly power bills, each year for the next five years.

The Chelan PUD is proposing the rate boost to keep up with its costs to generate hydropower. The average home electric bill would go from about $55 up to about $63.75 by the year 2025. That’s still low compared to national rates. The PUD plans a public hearing on the proposal at 1 p.m. Feb 3, during its regular board meeting.

State officials say the risk to the general public is low after the first U.S. case of coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state this week.

The virus, which originated in China, was found in a Snohomish County man in his mid-30s who is in stable condition in an isolation unit at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

The man had recently visited relatives in Wuhan, China. Coronavirus is a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least 17 people and sickened hundreds more in Asia. Though the risk of the virus spreading in Washington is low, Governor Jay Inslee said public health officials are taking the matter very seriously. Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman (Wees-man) said Tuesday that quick action by county, state and federal health officials helped to identify the case and keep it contained. . .

4th District Congressional Representative Dan Newhouse will open mobile office next month in Quincy and East Wenatchee. Newhouse made the announcement earlier today.

The Quincy office will open on February 3rd at the Quincy Public Library from noon to 2:00 p.m. and the East Wenatchee office will open on February 6th at the Pangborn Memorial Airport Café from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Newhouse says the mobile offices are an excellent opportunity for constituents throughout Central Washington to get face-to-face assistance with questions or issues related to federal agencies. Mobile Office Hours are open to the public, and no appointment is necessary.   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. . .

Chelan County Commissioners have delayed by one week the opening of bids for the West Cashmere Bridge replacement.

Commissioner Bob Bugert says the board has set a January 28th date for unsealing bids. He says the County expects to receive proposals from up to 21 construction firms in what he describes as a very favorable bidding climate. The new span will replace the old Goodwin Street bridge which was determined to be structurally obsolete. The project will also include a new overpass that will cross US Highway 2 from the bridge to a roundabout at Hay Canyon Road. In tonight’s feature story, Bugert says the delay will allow County engineers time to clear up some questions that were raised by potential bidders. . .

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.

Wenatchee will have a chance to win the Big-9 regular season bowling title tomorrow after a narrow, pin-count victory against West Valley yesterday…

The Panthers won the first two games behind the bowling of Kylah Hankins.  The Big-9 leader rolled a 233 in the first game and 222 in the second.  The Rams came back to win both Bakers 150-to-140 and 138-to-122.  So the match came down to a pin-count, with Wenatchee winning by just 116-pins. 

That means tomorrow’s match at Eisenhower will be for the regular season title and a chance for Wenatchee to host the District Tournament at Eastmont Lanes.

Eastmont, meanwhile, took care of business on the road at Minda Lanes by downing Davis 3-to-1.  The Wildcats host Sunnyside Tuesday while the Cadets finish at Moses Lake.  It’s possible that Wenatchee and Eastmont could finish 1-2 in the Big-9.

Here’s the Les Schwab Prep Wrestling Scoreboard from last night, at least for the matches reported…

Ephrata won it’s non-league match at Royal 57-21.  Quincy won one of its two matches at Toppenish, downing East Valley 45-36.  Toppenish thumped Quincy in its head-to-head 72-to-6.

Coming up tonight, the Caribou Trail League will make up for some matches missed due to the weather all at Cashmere High School.  Cashmere faces Omak while Chelan takes on Omak and Cascade at 6.  Then at 7, it’s Cashmere and Cascade.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Hailey Van Lith scored 31-points to lead Cashmere to a 69-19 win at Cascade.  Chelan surprised Omak last night, winning 38-32.  In B-League play, Bridgeport downed Manson 37-26 and Moses Lake Christian took care of Entiat 64-37.

On the boy’s side last night, Cashmere improved to 7-and-oh in Caribou Trail League play with a 71-38 win at Cascade.  Despite a game-high 20-points from Nate Harding, Chelan fell at home to Omak 64-58.  Reilly Davis led the Pioneers with 18-points. 

It was also Bridgeport edging Manson last night 60-to-59, and Entiat topped Moses Lake Christian 67-to-52.

Coming up on the Women’s College Basketball schedule…

Wenatchee Valley travels to Moses Lake to face Big Bend at 5:30.

That’s followed by the Knights and Viking men at 7:30.

The Baseball Writers of America voted two new members into the National Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday…

       The Captain, Derek Jeter was elected on his first ballot with 99.7-percent of the vote.  Just one of the 397 ballots did not include Jeter’s name.  He becomes the second-highest vote-getter behind teammate Mariano Rivera (only unanimous player) and in front of Ken Griffey, Junior.

Former Colorado Rocky Larry Walker was also selected for the Hall on his 10th and final ballot.  Walker got 304 votes, six above the 75-percent needed to make the Hall.

Thanks Eric.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Eddie the dog was found abandoned and living on the streets in Benton City. After being rescued by police officers it was soon discovered that Eddie has an inoperable tumor and only 6 months to a year to live. The local shelter created a bucket list for Eddie that included his desire to be a K9 officer. On Tuesday, Pasco Police Chief Ken Roske fulfilled that wish, then fellow officers Julie Lee and Andrew Taylor took him on a goodwill tour around town where he received warm welcomes and lots of gifts. . .

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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.