NCWLIFE Evening News January 29, 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, A Rock Island man accused in the July beating death of his wife will be represented by a new defense attorney at his March murder trial. An East Wenatchee man is in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center tonight after a failed robbery attempt at the Grant Road Food and Fuel store in East Wenatchee, and, The Wenatchee School Board has a list of candidates it wants to interview for the district superintendent job.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A trial for a man charged with murdering a Quincy woman in 2016 started Monday in a Grant County courtroom with jury selection. Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez faces multiple charges in the death of 31 year old Jill Sundberg whose bullet-riddled body was found December 22nd 2016 along the Old Vantage Highway.

Authorities say she had been kidnapped from her residence at a Hwy 283 trailer park. Two codefendants pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will testify for the prosecution as part of their plea agreements. Grant County Prosecutor, Garth Dano says opening arguments are slated to begin Friday in Ephrata. The case has attracted National attention because the suspects are all illegal immigrants and suspected members of the Mexican drug cartel.

A Rock Island man accused in the July beating death of his wife will be represented by a new defense attorney at his March murder trial.

68-year old Ului Teulilo had asked the court in a letter to replace his court-appointed lawyer, John Beuhler because he did not believe Beuhler had his “best interest as a priority.”  The Court granted the request and appointed Jeffrey Barker to the case.

Teulilo has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife Peggy at the couple’s travel trailer where they lived.

An East Wenatchee man is in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center tonight after a failed robbery attempt early Monday morning at the Grant Road Food and Fuel store in East Wenatchee.

Around 2:30 a.m., 37-year old Benjamin V. Buckles told the cashier at the convenience store that he had a gun and would shoot the cashier if he didn’t follow his orders. Erratic behavior followed as Buckles then bought a pack of cigarettes, told the cashier to call the police, went to the bathroom and returned once again threatening the cashier with a gun. Buckles then left the store empty handed and told East Wenatchee Police he had, quote, “chickened out,” unquote. Police believed he was under the influence of drugs and later found a small container of methamphetamine inside Buckles jacket. He also told police he had a gun, which turned out to be a black, plastic rat. Buckles is charged with first-degree attempted robbery and possession of methamphetamine.

The Wenatchee School Board has a list of candidates it wants to interview for the district superintendent job. The board and HYA, its consulting firm, narrowed the list of applicants down last week and will hold a first round of interviews February 4th and 5th.

How many people they’ll interview and their names is not being released and the first interviews will be in closed session. Later rounds of interviews will be public. HYA had warned the district in late December that some candidates were shying away from applying because of concerns about the school board.

Coming up next, Plans to establish a multi-agency emergency operations center in the Wenatchee area have changed. There appears to be bipartisan support in the Legislature that makes it easier to prosecute police who use deadly force, and, the owners of the Gorge Amphitheater say a new music event to replace the popular Sasquatch Festival is in the works. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Plans to establish a multi-agency emergency operations center in the Wenatchee area have changed. 1.2 million dollars in State funding was awarded last year to Chelan County to develop the facility at Olds Station but Sheriff Brian Burnett says that property was determined to be too expensive. That’s where Wenatchee Valley College entered the picture. . .

The facility is to be developed as a regional command base for fire and law enforcement during major disasters occurring in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas Counties. . .

Burnett tells NCWLIFE News that he’s working with the State to extend the time required to use the grant funding for the possible new location.

There appears to be bipartisan support in the Legislature for a measure that refines a voter-approved Initiative that makes it easier to prosecute police who use deadly force. The intent of the revisions is to make the changes that had already been agreed to by all parties prior to I-940’s passage. Prior to the initiative’s passage, state law required that prosecutors prove that officers acted with “malice” to hold them criminally liable, a standard that critics argued was impossible to meet. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett explains some of the changes. . .

Sheriff Burnett participated in drafting the changes as a member of the Washington State Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs. The new bill has passed out of the House and is expected to be approved by the Senate before heading to the Governor’s desk for his approval.

The Sasquatch Music Festival has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest, as a home to artists and musicians from all walks. 2018 saw the festival’s final edition, though, and now, Live Nation is looking to fill that void at the Gorge Amphitheatre.

It’s unclear what Live Nation’s new festival will entail, but it will provide fans with zero downtime between the end of Sasquatch 2018 and Memorial Day weekend this year. In a news release, Live Nation said, quote, “Details will follow in the weeks to come, but put it in your calendars: May 24-25-26, 2019 will see a new generation of contemporary artists carry on the tradition at this iconic Northwest institution”, unquote.

The Sasquatch Festival has provided the Northwest with diverse lineups since 2002, featuring artists like The Cure, Modest Mouse, Robert Plant, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, and many more.

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The Women’s Resource Center will be building new homeless housing units at the Parkside Crisis Stabilization center this summer, in addition to the 15 units already on the property. In tonight’s feature story, Executive Director Laurel Turner tells us more. . .

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.

Brooklyn, New York seems a world away from Chelan, Washington, but this is the home for Joey Harris.  Excuse me, he’s called Joe now.  Or, if you’re his teammates, he’s known as Joey Buckets, or Lumber Joe for his beard and Beef Jerky Joe.  Whatever you call him, call him a starter for the Nets who’s averaging 13-points a game on a surprise team in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Times featured Harris on an article in its sports section, out today.  You can find a link to it on our Facebook Page or our website.

Harris is also among the league-leaders in 3-point percentages, right behind Golden State’s Steph Curry.  His team put together a video to try to sway the NBA to invite Harris to partake in the 3-point contest during the All Star festivities next month…

It’s great to see a kid who grew up in Chelan making it big on an NBA stage full of Giants.

Coming up on the prep sports schedule for tonight in girls basketball…

Cashmere hosts Okanogan at 5:45pm.  Omak is at Cascade at 5:45pm.  At 6, it’s Entiat at Pateros and Manson hosting Tonasket.  As the Caribou Trail League enters its final week, here’s how the girls stack up in the standings…

Cashmere has already claimed the regular season league title at 10-and-oh.  Omak and Chelan are battling for second with Okanogan firmly in 4th.  The top four teams advance to the District Tournament.

There’s still another week left in the “B” season, but here’s where they are right now, as far as the Central Washington 2B standings…

Brewster is 12-and-1 atop the standings, but you have three other teams close with Liberty Bell at 11-and-2; Waterville-Mansfield at 11-and-3; and Lake Roosevelt at 10-and-3.  The top six teams from the CWB 2B advance to the bi-district tournament.

The top four teams advance to Districts out of the CWB 1-B league…

Pateros leads the way there at 7-and-2 with Entiat on its heals at 6-and-1.  Riverside Christian and Moses Lake Christian are in good shape to make the district tournament.

And while we’re checking the standings, let’s see where the Big 9 girls stack up…

Sunnyside is the odds on favorite to win the regular season title at 10-and-oh.  Moses Lake is firmly second at 8-and-2, so those two teams would get a bye into the District Tournament.  The other four teams battling to get to the Play-In games are West Valley; Davis; Eastmont and Eisenhower.  Wenatchee has three chances left to earn its first win of the season.

Coming up tonight in boys basketball…

There’s a battle between the top two teams in the Caribou Trail League in Cashmere tonight where the 8-and-2 Bulldogs take on 10-and-1 Okanogan.  That game and the Omak at Cascade game start at 7:15.  It’s a 7:30 tip time for Entiat at Pateros and Tonasket at Manson.

Here are the current standings in the CTL…

Okanogan’s in 1st with Cashmere 2nd.  Omak is solidly in 3rd with Chelan 4th.  The top four teams advance to the District Tournament.  Taking a look at the CWB 2-B boys standings…

Brewster’s in first at 12-and-1 with Oroville in second at 11-and-2.  Lake Roosevelt is in 3rd place, followed by Tonasket, Manson and Bridgeport.  Those look to be the top six teams that will advance to the post-season.

In the Central Washington 1-B standings…

Riverside Christian and Moses Lake Christian are chasing first place with Pateros 3rd and Entiat fourth.  The top four teams advance to the District Tournament.

As far as the Big 9 race is concerned.

Wenatchee remains atop the standings at 8-and-1 with three games to go.  West Valley is second at 7-and-2.  If it were to end today, those two teams would get a first round bye in the playoffs and Wenatchee would host the District Championships.  The third-through-sixth place teams vying for a chance to Play-In to the District Tournament are Moses Lake, Davis, Eastmont and either Eisenhower or Sunnyside.

A reminder that we have sports on the TV tonight…

We’ll replay the Eastmont vs. Wenatchee Unified game from the Town Toyota Center back on January 4th followed by the Wildcat and Panther boys game.  That all starts at 7 tonight.

Then on Thursday, Hockey Night features last Friday’s Wenatchee Wild game against Langley.

We’re back with LIVE basketball Friday when Wenatchee plays host to Eisenhower in a Big 9 doubleheader with the girls first at 5:45, followed by the boys at 7:30.

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

A trial for a man charged with murdering a Quincy woman in 2016 started Monday in a Grant County courtroom with jury selection. Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez faces multiple charges in the death of 31 year old Jill Sundberg whose bullet-riddled body was found December 22nd 2016 along the Old Vantage Highway.

Authorities say she had been kidnapped from her residence at a Hwy 283 trailer park. Two codefendants pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will testify for the prosecution as part of their plea agreements. Grant County Prosecutor, Garth Dano says opening arguments are slated to begin Friday in Ephrata. The case has attracted National attention because the suspects are all illegal immigrants and suspected members of the Mexican drug cartel.

A Rock Island man accused in the July beating death of his wife will be represented by a new defense attorney at his March murder trial.

68 year old Ului Teulilo had asked the court in a letter to replace his court-appointed lawyer, John Beuhler because he did not believe Beuhler had his “best interest as a priority.”  The Court granted the request and appointed Jeffrey Barker to the case.

Teulilo has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife Peggy at the couple’s travel trailer where they lived.

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.