NCWLIFE Evening News January 23, 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, The North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force raided two homes and arrested five people on drug charges in the Okanogan area Monday, and, A Tacoma man remains in the Chelan County jail after a head-on crash Saturday outside Wenatchee that injured seven people.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

East Wenatchee Police Chief Randy Harrison is on the hot seat after receiving a vote of no confidence from officers in the Department. Officers presented their grievances, via their Teamsters Union representative, to the City Council at last night’s meeting.

In the letter they say they “have lost all trust, faith, and confidence in Chief Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble’s ability to lead this Department. Dave Simmons, business representative for the union representing the officers, said 16 of 18 officers voted to draft the no-confidence letter. . .

Attempts to reach Chief Harrison by NCWLIFE News were unsuccessful.

The North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force raided two homes and arrested five people on drug charges in the Okanogan area Monday. While serving the search warrants, officials say they seized large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. The meth alone had an estimated street value of $10,000, police said. At least one other suspect is being sought in what is being described as a drug trafficking organization.

Arrested in the searches on Elmway Street and North 5th Avenue were 29 year old Maudean L. Vervalen,

45 year old Clifton R. Scroggins,

34 year old Luis A. Orosco,

52 year old Stacy L. Rodriguez,

and 32 year old Ashley J. Pearl. Charges include felony possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, felony delivery of a controlled substance, felony possession of drugs by a prisoner and felony warrants.

A Tacoma man remains in the Chelan County jail after a head-on crash Saturday outside Wenatchee that injured seven people. Sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Lane Christopher Molina was heading north on Squilchuck Road driving at a high speed in the wrong lane when he collided with an oncoming GMC Yukon.

He reportedly registered a 0.16 percent blood alcohol content, twice the legal limit. Most of the injured, including one person in the Yukon, were treated and released at the hospital. In addition to DUI, Molina faces charges of vehicular assault and reckless driving.

Coming up next, If you live in the Chelan area, Chelan County PUD is seeking your input about its future plans for addressing the area’s increasing electrical demands. The Grant County PUD produced a video explaining how their budget for this year will be spent, and, Representative Dan Newhouse was assigned to one of the most important committees in the U.S. Congress.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

If you live in the Chelan area, Chelan County PUD is seeking your input about its future plans for addressing the area’s increasing electrical demands. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Back in November, the Grant County PUD approved an almost 300-million dollar budget for 2019. Here is a video the PUD produced to show Grant County customers where the money will be spent. . .

Earlier today (Wed.), Representative Dan Newhouse announced that he has been nominated by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on the influential House Appropriations Committee in the 116th Congress. The House Appropriations Committee is designated as an exclusive committee, with members limited to serving on the panel and generally not assigned to serve on additional committees. The House Appropriations Committee exercises jurisdiction over all federal discretionary spending.

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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In tonight’s feature story, for the past 24 years, Art on the Avenues has featured beautiful, unique sculptures at Riverfront Park and downtown Wenatchee.

There are currently 88 sculptures on display and in 15 months, the art pieces will be donated to the city. Of the 88 sculptures, 15 are still for sale and at the end of the 15 months will go back to the artist if they are not purchased. On a recent episode of Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Art on the Avenues organizers Jim Snyder and Adele Wolford joined host Dan Kuntz hoping to drum up some interest in buying those 15 sculptures to remain part of Wenatchee’s permanent art display. . .

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 cross-river-rivalry was renewed at Eastmont High School last night, where the Wildcats hosted the Wenatchee Panthers in Big 9 wrestling.  Wenatchee was trying to snap a string of three years of dominance by Eastmont and it came down to the final few matches to determine a winner.  Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Wenatchee wins it 39-24.  Also last night, Cascade secured the regular season Caribou Trail League dual meet title with wins over Chelan and Okanogan.  The Kodiaks topped the Goats 41-21 and the Bulldogs 52-18 to win the school’s first league title since 1987.

Wenatchee officially captured the Big 9 league bowling title yesterday with a 4-0 win over West Valley at Eastmont Lanes…

The Panthers outpaced the Rams 2,192 pins to 1,575.  High scorers for Wenatchee were Kylah Hankins with a 234; Jessica Holbrook with a 214; and Hannah Johnson and Emilee Groth both had 193’s.  Wenatchee will host the district tournament Friday morning at 11 at Eastmont Lanes.

Eastmont traveled to Minda Lanes and picked up a 4-0 win over Davis.  The Wildcats out-pinned the Pirates 2,021 to 1,701 and were led by a 202 from Samantha Heinz.  The defending State Champions are happy to have their alley-mates Wenatchee earn the chance to host Districts on Friday.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard…

Cashmere clobbered Omak 72-28.  It was Chelan over Okanogan 52-35.  Warden caught Cascade 78-52.  Entiat remained atop the Central Washington 1B standings with a 60-to-8 win over Cascade Christian.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard…

Cashmere dropped a game back of Okanogan for first place in the Caribou Trail League with a road loss at Omak 74-64.  Meanwhile, Okanogan beat Chelan 75-52, so the Bulldogs to the north are 9-and-1 while the Bulldogs to the south are 8-and-2.  Cascade dropped a non-league game to Warden 60-38.  Also last night, Entiat topped Cascade Christian 56-39 and it was Manson over Liberty Bell 54-28.

The Wenatchee Wild’s home stand continues tonight with a game against the Merritt Centennials…

It’s dollar beer and hot dog night with one-dollar beer and dogs through the 1st intermission.  The puck drops at 6 o’clock, an hour earlier since it’s a school-night.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top stories. . .

East Wenatchee Police Chief Randy Harrison is on the hot seat after receiving a vote of no confidence from officers in the Department. Officers presented their grievances, via their Teamsters Union representative, to the City Council at last night’s meeting.

In the letter they say they “have lost all trust, faith, and confidence in Chief Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble’s ability to lead this Department. Dave Simmons, business representative for the union representing the officers, said 16 of 18 officers voted to draft the no-confidence letter.

The North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force raided two homes and arrested five people on drug charges in the Okanogan area Monday. While serving the search warrants, officials say they seized large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. The meth alone had an estimated street value of $10,000, police said. At least one other suspect is being sought in what is being described as a drug trafficking organization.

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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.