NCWLIFE Evening News January 6, 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 Cashmere woman was arrested late Saturday after allegedly leading Douglas County deputies on a chase that ended with a collision. A 22-year-old Moses Lake man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly grabbed a man, pulled him into a downtown alley and threatened to shoot him, and, A ballistic shield missing for almost two months from the Wenatchee Police Department has been returned.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Accidents this morning on ice-covered highways blocked traffic on Highway 97A north of Entiat, and Highway 97 just north of Wells Dam.

The Washington State Patrol says a Chelan County deputy’s patrol car was involved in the two-car collision at 7:20 a.m. that completely blocked Highway 97A about two miles north of Entiat.

Trooper John Bryant said three people in a Ford Explorer were hospitalized with what he believed were non-serious injuries. The unidentified deputy also was briefly hospitalized and released.

Bryant said it appears the Explorer caused the accident but a collision expert has been brought in to investigate. Alternative routes were set up to get around that collision scene.

Just minutes earlier, two separate accidents on Highway 97 about seven miles south of Pateros completely blocked the roadway. Bryant said both accidents were caused when vehicles slid off the roadway, with one vehicle rolling over. The driver of the vehicle that rolled was hospitalized.

A Cashmere woman was arrested late Saturday after allegedly leading Douglas County deputies on a chase that ended with a collision.

Police said 22-year-old Jessica Hailey Fisk refused to stop her passenger car when a patrol deputy tried to pull her over near BJ’s in Rock Island about 9:29 p.m. The fleeing vehicle spun and struck a guardrail near mile marker 12, then crashed into an unoccupied parked car on the shoulder near mile marker 15. No one was seriously hurt. Douglas County deputies said they’ll now seek charges of eluding police, hit and run, and reckless endangerment. Fisk was already wanted on a warrant from Spokane County, where she’s charged with three counts of vehicular assault for an April 1st auto wreck that hospitalized a woman and two children.

A 22-year-old Moses Lake man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly grabbed a man, pulled him into a downtown alley and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hand over a bank deposit bag. Moses Lake Police said the man fought back, which drew the attention of passersby, who came to the victim’s assistance.

The appropriately named suspect, Chance Runaway Suarez, then fled on foot but was quickly tracked down by police in a park behind the police station. Suarez reportedly had a stolen 9-millimeter gun on him. He faces charges of first-degree robbery, assault and possession of a stolen firearm. Police said stranger assaults in Moses Lake are extremely rare and praised the witnesses who came to the assistance of the victim.

A ballistic shield missing for almost two months from the Wenatchee Police Department has been returned.

Captain Brian Chance says an anonymous citizen turned in the protective shield on Sunday evening, after the department asked the public for its return last week, no questions asked.

The shield went missing after the WPD served a search warrant in mid-November. Chance said the item was undamaged. Replacing it would have cost about $2,000 dollars.

Coming up next, A city official says more work will need to be done on a traffic impact study and other application details before the city can approve WinCo’s proposed $6 million remodel of the former ShopKo building in Wenatchee. Wenatchee’s former chief of police could earn more than $10,000 a month as East Wenatchee’s new interim chief, and, A 126-year-old painting held by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is about to get a brand new look. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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A city official says more work will need to be done on a traffic impact study and other application details before the city can approve WinCo’s proposed $6 million remodel of the former ShopKo building in Wenatchee.

Boise, Idaho-based WinCo Foods wants to bring one of its discount grocery stores to Wenatchee. The 89,500-square-foot store on the seven-acre site at 1340 North Wenatchee Avenue is available for lease after ShopKo closed hundreds of its stores this year.

In documents submitted to the city in December, WinCo estimates 2,200 vehicles will access its store each day, most from Maple Street and North Wenatchee Avenue. That’s about double the traffic ShopKo received. Josh Osborne, public services supervisor for the city, said it is not unusual for the city to send architectural proposals and a traffic analysis back to a company for additional information or corrections. WinCo is proposing closing the Maple Street entrance nearest North Wenatchee Avenue that allows right exit and entry only. Under its timeline submitted to the city, WinCo hopes to open its Wenatchee store in 2021.

Wenatchee’s former chief of police could earn more than $10,000 a month as East Wenatchee’s new interim chief. Tom Robbins retired from the leadership of the Wenatchee force in 2016, after 15 years. New East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford wants Robbins to fill in while her city seeks a replacement for retired Chief Randy Harrison. The city council is expected to vote tonight on a temporary salary package that would pay Robbins $10,200 a month on a temporary basis. The city also expects to spend $17,500 with a recruitment agency to hire a new chief full-time. That meeting starts tonight at 6 p.m.

A 126-year-old painting held by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is about to get a brand new look. “Sunset and Moonrise on the Great Chief,” an 1894 oil painting by James Everett Stuart, arrived this weekend at a conservator’s studio to undergo restoration.

The museum says the project, which is funded by community donors, will remove tarnish that’s built up on the painting while it hung on display over the last century.

Stuart was a prolific painter of Western landscapes; this painting represent a now-collapsed rock formation along the Columbia River near Goldendale.

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Douglas County Commissioners are searching for a new Transportation and Land Services Director following the retirement of Mark Kulaas. Kulaas officially stepped down last Friday after serving for over two decades as the county’s chief land-use planning official. Commissioner Mark Straub says it will be a challenge to find someone to fill Kulaas’s shoes . . .

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.

DK Metcalf set a rookie record for receiving yards in a game with 160 and the defense came up with 7-sacks in Seattle’s 17-to-9 win over Philadelphia Sunday…

A big blow to the Eagle’s chances came late in the first quarter when quarterback Carson Wentz left the game with a head injury.  40-year old backup Josh McCown came in, but was not able to get Philadelphia into the end zone.  Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll says Wentz going down played a pivotal part in the game…

Russell Wilson threw for 325-yards and a touchdown and was also Seattle’s leading rusher with 45-yards.  His favorite target was DK Metcalf, who caught 7-passes for 160-yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass.  Metcalf also hauled down a 36-yard reception on 3rd and 10 from the Seahawk’s 11-yard line to seal the victory.  He said the pass was supposed to go to Tyler Lockett…

Russell Wilson says he’s been working with Metcalf since he was drafted and the preparation is paying off…

The Wild Card victory earns the Seahawks a trip to the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs Sunday at Green Bay.  Kickoff is set for 3:40pm on FOX.

It was a dramatic Wild Card Weekend across the NFL…

Houston’s Deshaun Watson shook off a rough first half and compiled 302-yards of total offense throwing for a touchdown and running for another as the Texans beat Buffalo in overtime 22-19.

Derrick Henry rushed for 182-yards and a touchdown to lead Tennessee to a 20-to-13 win over New England.  The question now is the future of 42-year old free agent quarterback Tom Brady, who’s last pass was intercepted for a touchdown.

Kirk Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph on a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give Minnesota a 26-20 win over New Orleans.  Dalvin Cook also rushed for two scores for the Vikings, which became the 2nd #6 seed to knock off a #3 seed of the weekend.

       So that sets up the Divisional round of the playoffs this weekend, beginning Saturday with Minnesota at San Francisco at 1:35 on NBC.  That’s followed by Tennessee at Baltimore at 5:15 on CBS.

Then on Sunday, the 1:05 game has Houston at Kansas City at 1:05.  Then at 3:40, it’s the Seahawks and Packers at Lambeau Field on FOX.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-1 over the weekend in two lopsided BCHL hockey games…

On Friday at the Town Toyota Center, Wenatchee piled on 5-goals in the second period en route to an 8-nothing win over Victoria.  And, incredibly, all eight goals were scored by different players!

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee did not fair so well yesterday in Vernon, however, falling to the Vipers 7-to-3.  Brett Chorske scored a couple goals while Harrison Scott chipped in another in the loss.

The Wild continue on the road this week at Powell River Friday and Nanaimo Sunday before returning home January 17th.

Turning back the weekend to high school basketball and opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard, we’ll begin with girls hoops on Friday…

Moses Lake stopped U-Hi 61-53.  Pasco had no trouble with Eastmont, winning 58-26.  Wenatchee picked up a 2-point win over Ferris 46-44.  Ephrata won the battle of the basin 46-24 over Quincy.  Okanogan cruised by 41 over Cascade.  Cashmere shot down Chelan 64-24.  Oroville tripped Manson 48-32.  And Waterville-Mansfield dominated Tonasket 68-35.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Scoreboard from Friday, Moses Lake edged Rogers 76-70.  Ephrata had no trouble with Quincy, winning 73-32.  Okanogan beat Cascade by 10.  Eastmont downed Pasco 77-51.  Cashmere was 21-better than Chelan 72-51.  Oroville beat Manson 57-46.  And Tonasket topped Waterville-Mansfield 76-49.

In girls basketball Saturday, Selkirk edged Entiat 45-38.  Quincy snapped a 7-year, 103-game CWAC losing streak with a 52-29 win over Othello.  Congratulations to the Lady Jacks!  Ephrata topped Grandview 46-35.  Kings clipped Moses Lake 52-47.  And the Waterville-Mansfield girls continued its winning ways with a 75-23 win over Oroville.

And finally, on the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard from Saturday, Selkirk beat up Entiat 64-47. Lewiston topped Moses Lake 64-47.  Ephrata beat Grandview 61-38.  Othello topped Quincy 61-40.  And Oroville downed Waterville-Mansfield 58-38.

Here’s what we have on tap this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule…

We’ll feature a wrestling match from last year between Wenatchee and Eastmont tomorrow night at 7.  Hockey Night Thursday features last Friday’s game between the Wild and Victoria.

We’re back to live action coverage Friday with a triple-header at the Town Toyota Center Wenatchee Eastmont taking on Wenatchee.  We’ll start at 6:30 with the Unified game, then follow with the girl’s game at 7:30, followed by the boy’s game at 9.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play.

Then on Saturday, Grant will be courtside at Wenatchee High School for the Panthers and Eisenhower Cadets.  The girls game is at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30 right here on NCWLIFE Channel.

The Mariners Care Community Tour, formerly known as the Mariners CaraVan, will be in Wenatchee tomorrow…

Two players and longtime broadcaster Rick Rizzs will be part of the tour making its way through the valley.  They’ll make a stop at John Newberry Elementary School for an assembly at 1:30 and then host an autograph session and public Q&A at Pybus Public Market beginning at 4.  The players are relief pitcher Matt Festa and catcher/first baseman Austin Nola.

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. . .

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.