NCWLIFE Evening News January 27th, 2022

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And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, James Lawrence Jackson-Smith, the Michigan man who assaulted a Wenatchee hotel worker by strangulation last May, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 18 years in prison./ A man accused of sexually assaulting a child in Chelan in 2018 has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison./ A 36-year-old man suspected of inappropriate contact with an East Wenatchee 12-year-old is now charged with violating a court order that kept him from contacting her, and, A man who eluded manhunts in both Snohomish and Chelan counties in the past week is now suspected in an armed burglary Wednesday in Post Falls, Idaho, where he again escaped arrest.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

I-90 Pedestrian Fatal –An unidentified woman was killed on I-90 five miles east of George just after midnight this morning after being struck by a car while standing on the highway. The Washington State Patrol says that the woman was standing in the outside lane on the eastbound side of I-90 when she was struck by a 2019 Subaru Ascent being driven by 43-year old Leila Hepp of Granite Falls. Hepp was not injured, the identity of the pedestrian killed is not known this morning.

Strangler Sentence –James Lawrence Jackson-Smith, the Michigan man who assaulted a Wenatchee hotel worker by strangulation last May, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 18 years in prison.

Jurors convicted him last month of first-degree assault and kidnapping. Jackson-Smith summoned a female employee to his room at the Wenatchee Super 8 to fix a clogged toilet, then seized her in a chokehold and tried to strangle her until she successfully broke free. Chelan County Judge Kristin Ferrera said she was concerned that Jackson-Smith expressed no remorse for his crime. When he finally leaves prison, he’s under the judge’s order to have no contact with the victim for the next 80 years.

Molester Sentenced –A man accused of sexually assaulting a child in Chelan in 2018 has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

35-year-old Alejandro Alcala of Kalama pleaded guilty in November to a single count of first-degree child molestation. The plea allowed him to avoid more serious charges including child rape. The victim was a member of Alcala’s household, and was 12 years old at the time. Alcala has no prior criminal history.

Video Stalker –A 36-year-old man suspected of inappropriate contact with an East Wenatchee 12-year-old is now charged with violating a court order that kept him from contacting her. Kenneth Allen Crabtree of Easton was ordered away from the child in September, after he allegedly contacted her multiple times against her family’s wishes.

East Wenatchee police say he even visited her school to secretly provide her with a cell phone to communicate with him. He’s been jailed in Okanogan since then, but authorities now say Crabtree made video calls to the protected child multiple times from the jail.

Douglas County prosecutors charged him this week with violating the protective order, as well as a charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Burglary Suspect ID –A man who eluded manhunts in both Snohomish and Chelan counties in the past week is now suspected in an armed burglary Wednesday in Post Falls, Idaho, where he again escaped arrest.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said 30-year-old Jessie Spitzer of Sultan has a criminal past that includes shooting at a deputy in Nevada in 2011. According to KHQ television in Spokane, when Spitzer was confronted by police in Post Falls he threatened to shoot himself before a foot chase in which he again escaped. Spitzer is suspected in a Sunday residential burglary in Cashmere in which two handguns were stolen. Later that night he reportedly broke into a Chelan home but fled after being confronted by the homeowner. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies lost his trail after he abandoned his stolen vehicle off Highway 97A outside Wenatchee. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said last Friday a SWAT team and K-9 tracking unit lost Spitzer in the woods near Gold Bar after a vehicle accident in that area. The sheriff’s office said Spitzer is believed to have shaved his head and is using makeup to cover his face tattoos.

TEASE –Coming up next, A new bill from state Senator Brad Hawkins would expand rural counties’ ability to use sales tax, in order to finance workforce housing in places where it’s otherwise unaffordable./ Mission Ridge Ski Area Ranked as the Top Destination Under for $200, According to HomeToGo’s 2022 Ski Season Report, and, A yoga coach and café owner, and Wenatchee’s tuition-free charter school, are recipients of the city’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards this year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Workforce Bill –A new bill from state Senator Brad Hawkins would expand rural counties’ ability to use sales tax, in order to finance workforce housing in places where it’s otherwise unaffordable.

Chelan County and others are already using their sales tax in a public infrastructure fund for economic development projects. Senate Bill 5868 would allow that money to also go toward worker housing in prohibitively expensive home markets like Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Twisp, and Chelan. .

Civil Rights Award –A yoga coach and café owner, and Wenatchee’s tuition-free charter school, are recipients of the city’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards this year.

Elvis Garcia owns the Yogi Grind Café on Wenatchee Avenue, and he’s the founder of the Celebration of Diversity Project, which hung banners around town during Pride Month and raised money for local scholarships for underprivileged students.

Pinnacles Prep opened its doors in August, turning the former Wenatchee Community Center into a center for learning for 6th through 12th grade students. The Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards recognize worthy initiatives in the Wenatchee Valley community.

TEASE –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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Paws for Pets –Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. In tonight’s feature story, we are happy to announce that the featured pet was quickly adopted earlier this week. So tonight, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis reintroduces us to a dog named Goose. .

TEASE- 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.

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We’ll start things off with the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard…

Sunnyside raced out to a 35-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in downing Wenatchee 71-32 last night.  The Panthers were led by the 8-points of Kristina Blauman.

Also last night, Quincy had no trouble downing Manson by a final of 47-to-20.

Coming up tonight in girl’s basketball, Ephrata travels to Grandview at 6 o’clock.  Also at 6, it’s Manson hosting Lake Roosevelt and Bridgeport is at Entiat.  Waterville-Mansfield’s game with Pateros has been postponed due to COVID in the Shocker program.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Wenatchee had an 11-point lead after the first quarter, but couldn’t hold on as Sunnyside came back to beat the Panthers 56-53.  Trent Goodell led Wenatchee with 20-points in the loss.

In other action, Shadle Park beat the Chiefs in Moses Lake 65-50.  Quincy had its hands full, but downed Manson 78-63.

In boy’s play tonight at 7:30, it’s Ephrata at Grandview; Lake Roosevelt visits Manson; and Entiat hosts Bridgeport.  The Shockers and Billygoat’s game that was supposed to be in Waterville tonight has been postponed by COVID.

On the prep wrestling schedule tonight, Quincy hosts Cashmere, Cascade and Chelan starting at 6 o’clock.  Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside at 7.  Moses Lake has a Big-9 home match against Eisenhower at 7.  And Ephrata wrestles at Selah, also at 7 o’clock.

Turning to the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard…

Washington State forced 19 Utah turnovers en route to a 71-54 Pac-12 men’s basketball win last night.  Andrew Jakimovski (YAK-ih-MOV-ski) and Tyrell Roberts lead the way with 15-points each…

The Cougars improved to 4-3 and Pac-12 play with the win.  Coach Kyle Smith was really happy with the play of his team after the layoff due to COVID…

Eastern Washington plays at Montana State tonight at 6 on ESPN-plus.  Washington hosts Colorado tonight at 8 on the Pac-12 Network.  2nd-ranked Gonzaga also plays at 8 o’clock tonight at the McCarthy Athletic Center against Loyola Marymount.  That game is on the CBS Sports Network.

Johanna Teder (YOE-ahna TED-er) led four Cougars in double-figures with 17 as Washington State knocked off Oregon State 58-51.  All five WSU starters contributed in this win…

Washington State jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, which was the difference in the ballgame for coach Kamie Ethridge…

On the women’s schedule tonight, Eastern Washington hosts Montana State at 6 o’clock on ESPN-plus.  The Gonzaga women play at Pepperdine at 7 o’clock.

The Seattle Kraken are back on the road in NHL play today…

PPG Paint Arena is the location for today’s game between the Kraken and Pittsburgh Penguins.  Seattle’s looking for another bounce-back game after falling to Nashville at home Tuesday 4-to-2.  Pittsburgh is coming off a 6-3 win over Phoenix Tuesday for its 6th straight victory.  They’ll drop the puck at 4 o’clock this afternoon on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Wenatchee Wild start the first of three nights back-to-back-to-back against the Penticton Vees tonight…

Wenatchee is 8-and-2 since facing the Vees last in Penticton back on December 4th.  The puck drops at 6 o’clock tonight at the Town Toyota Center.  For tickets, head to Wenatchee Wild Hockey dot com.

We have high school hoops tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will be courtside for the Wenatchee Panthers and Davis Pirates.  We’ll start off with the girls game LIVE on Facebook at 5:45, followed by the boys at 7:30 on both Facebook and TV.  The girls game will air on television tomorrow night at 10:30.

Thanks Eric.

**Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

CLOSE –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.