NCWLIFE Evening News January 23, 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, Criminal charges are stacking up against the Wenatchee man accused of leading police on a chase across the Columbia River two weeks ago. A Quincy man will spend 19 months in prison for raping two under-aged victims and fathering a child with one of them, and, The firefighter badly burned in the 2015 Twisp River Fire has reached a $5 million settlement with the Okanogan and Douglas County Public Utility Districts.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The driver of a semi pulling a tanker had to be rescued early this morning after his truck went through a guardrail and down an embankment on Highway 97 near Orondo. 29-year-old The Kenneth Pierce of Moses Lake was trapped in the semi but was freed uninjured by Orondo firefighters and a Washington State Patrol trooper. Trooper John Bryant said about 3:49 a.m., the southbound truck went off the road about a half mile north of Orondo, through guardrail and down a 40-foot embankment.

Douglas County Fire District 4 said the semi lost its empty tanker, which and became lodged in a tree. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, Bryant said, though Pierce is likely to be cited.

Criminal charges are stacking up against the Wenatchee man accused of leading police on a chase across the Columbia River two weeks ago.

Prosecutors already charged Mitchell Figueroa-Ibarra with a single count of eluding police, for a January 9th pursuit from Wenatchee to East Wenatchee. Now he faces likely new counts of possessing methamphetamine and an unauthorized firearm, plus one more charge for allegedly filing the serial number off of that firearm. Police say they found the drugs and an altered handgun in the car Figueroa was driving. The 26-year-old suspect is forbidden from possessing firearms, thanks to a 2012 conviction in a gang-related stabbing. He remains held in the Chelan County jail.

A Quincy man will spend 19 months in prison for raping two underaged victims and fathering a child with one of them.

Ismael Arcenio Amaya Diaz, now 23, victimized one 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old in 2017 and 2018. He was 19 at the time. State law allowed Judge Lesley Allan to sentence him to up to 20 months in prison. He also faces three years on probation and 10 years on a list of registered sex offenders.

The firefighter badly burned in the 2015 Twisp River Fire has reached a $5 million settlement with the Okanogan and Douglas County Public Utility Districts.

Daniel Lyon was the sole survivor in a crew of five men whose truck was overwhelmed by the flames. A tree branch contacting PUD electric lines was identified as the cause of the deadly 12,000-acre fire.

Lyon suffered burns over 70 percent of his body, and his partners Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski were killed. Lyons’ court claim initially asked for $100 million in damages. It also challenged a state doctrine that prevents first responders from suing for injury. 

Coming up next, The group that failed in a court effort to stop Leavenworth’s planned Adventure Park says it plans to watch the next steps closely. It didn’t take long for former Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney to find a new way to serve the community, and, we will take a look at some of the events 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. . .

The group that failed in a court effort to stop Leavenworth’s planned Adventure Park says it plans to watch the next steps closely.

After months of consideration, Chelan County Judge Travis Brandt said this week the $6-million-dollar tourist attraction can go forward. The Friends of Leavenworth civic association sued to overturn the project’s approval by the city of Leavenworth hearing examiner. But Brandt said the group failed to show why the park should not begin construction at the intersection of Icicle Road and Highway 2. The park design includes a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and an “alpine coaster” built into the hillside. Kirvil Skinnarland is the vice chair of Friends of Leavenworth. . .

Skinnarland says the group plans to keep a close eye as the Adventure Park seeks its design and operational permits from the city. It still has the right to appeal.

It didn’t take long for former Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney to find a new way to serve the community. Cooney has been appointed executive director for the Chelan Valley Housing Trust, a nonprofit

group formed about a year ago to address the city’s lack of affordable housing.

Cooney said the idea is to get the cost of land out of the home-buying equation for people with a household income of 30 to 52 thousand dollars. One of the group’s first projects was Emerson Village, a five-townhouse community now under construction. Cooney, owner of The Vogue in downtown Chelan, was defeated in the November election by former Mayor Bob Goedde.

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. . .

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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 Bashful the cat. . .

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 Wenatchee Valley Lady Knights traveled to Moses Lake and picked up a 62-52 win over Big Bend Community College…

Cariann Kunkel continued her season of scoring with 21-points to lead WVC.  Chasity Spady chipped in 19 as the Lady Knights improved to 14-and-6, 5-and-2 in conference play.  Wenatchee Valley will host Treasure Valley Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Coming up tonight on the women’s college basketball schedule, Central Washington plays at Concordia at 5:15.  Then at 6, #13 Gonzaga hosts Pepperdine in the Kennel.

The Wenatchee Valley men also picked up a 10-point victory at Big Bend last night, downing the Vikings 81-71…

Malik Parsons led the way with 27-points while Abdul Abdullah scored 16 off the bench.  WVC is now 17-and-3 overall, 5-and-2 in conference play as they prepare to host Treasure Valley Saturday at 4 o’clock at W.B. Smith Gymnasium.

Coming up tonight on the men’s college basketball schedule, Washington plays at Utah at 5 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  The Cougars are in Colorado to face the #23 Buffalos at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.  Central Washington plays in Portland at Concodria at 7:30.

On the Les Schwab Prep Wrestling Scoreboard from last night…

Cashmere edged Omak 39-36 to hand the Pioneers their first dual loss of the season.  Omak defeated Chelan 39-21.  Cascade topped Chelan 43-24.  Then Cascade topped Cashmere 41-34.

Coming up on the wrestling schedule tonight, Quincy travels to Ephrata for a battle of the basin at 7.  Wenatchee is on the road at Sunnyside at 7.  And Eastmont hosts Eisenhower at 7.  Eric Granstrom will be mat side at Eastmont High School tonight with the NCWLIFE Channel cameras rolling.  We’ll have that on the air tonight at 9 o’clock.

In fact, here’s a reminder of what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule with Hockey Night tonight featuring the Wenatchee Wild and Cowichan Valley Capitals from last Friday.

Tomorrow night is the Wenatchee and Eastmont boys basketball game from the Town Toyota Center earlier this month at 7.

Then Grant will be courtside at Wenatchee High Saturday when the Panthers host Davis.  The girls game will be LIVE at 5:30 with the boys game to follow.

The battle for the regular season Big-9 girls bowling championship is happening in Yakima…

Wenatchee is 9-and-2 heading to Nob Hill Lanes to take on 8-and-2 Eisenhower.  The winning team will earn the Big-9 regular season crown and host the District Tournament next Friday.  Also in Big-9 play today, Moses Lake is bowling at Davis.

It’s a limited schedule for high school basketball tonight…

Entiat travels to Soap Lake at 5:45 while Bridgeport hosts Manson at 6 in girl’s play.

In boys basketball tonight, Cashmere hosts a non-league game against Royal at 7:15 while Entiat travels to Soap Lake at 7:30.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks coaching staff are down in Florida preparing for Sunday’s Pro Bowl.  The Seahawks film crew is also down there capturing a day-in-the-life of Seattle’s quarterback during practice with his step-son Future …

The NFC will face the AFC Sunday at Noon on ESPN.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, for all you doubters of Bigfoot’s existence, the Washington State Department of Transportation has the proof you’ve been looking for. Or do they?

The Highway 20 webcam on Sherman Pass captured these images. Wash-Dot East shared them on Twitter with the words QUOTE, Might be Sasquatch, we will leave that up to you, UNQUOTE.

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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.