NCWLIFE Evening News January 9, 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, Moses Lake police say a dispute that started with a person illegally buying marijuana with a counterfeit 100-dollar-bill ended with a gunshot and the arrest of 29-year-old Spokane man early Wednesday morning. An East Wenatchee man allegedly fired a shot through the floor of his friend’s apartment early Monday, and, The 101st Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Top Ten Royalty Candidates were announced last night, we will show you who they are.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan man who had sexual contact with a minor child received a 17-month prison term Wednesday.

40-year-old Vicente Torres Ayala pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and third-degree child molestation last month, almost four years after the crimes began in spring 2016. Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan ordered Torres to spend 17 months in prison, plus three years on community supervision after his release. She also barred him from contact with the minor victim until 2030.

Moses Lake police say a dispute that started with a person illegally buying marijuana with a counterfeit 100-dollar-bill ended with a gunshot and the

arrest of 29-year-old Spokane man early Wednesday morning.

While assisting with a gunshot report at Quail Run Trailer Park in Moses Lake, a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle fleeing the area and arrested Salvador Harguindeguy, one of three people in the car. The three allegedly went to a residence upset that they’d been given counterfeit money for marijuana.

Harguindeguy allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and fired a shot as she fled. She was not injured. Deputies reported finding a 9-millimeter handgun in the vehicle and arrested Harguindeguy, a former Moses Lake resident, for first degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm and drive-by shooting. In a statement, the police department said QUOTE, we remind you that you no longer have to buy marijuana on the street. You can buy it at one of our local, licensed dispensaries, while making sure the state gets its cut, UNQUOTE.

An East Wenatchee man allegedly fired a shot through the floor of his friend’s apartment early Monday.

Police say Collin Robert Simon, who’s 24, pulled a 9mm pistol from his friend’s waistband in the 400 block of Sixth Street Northeast, worked the action, aimed at the kitchen floor and fired one shot. No one was injured. Prosecutors charged Simon on Wednesday with unlawful discharge of a firearm. They also say Simon is a convicted felon and was not allowed to possess a gun.

Congratulations to the 2020 and 101st Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Top Ten Royalty Candidates! The selection announcements were made last night at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee live right here on the NCWLIFE Channel. . .

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD Commissioners decided this week that customers who are fearful of the district’s new advanced meters will be required to pay a monthly fee even if they don’t want them, and For the second year in a row, Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to speak at the Wenatchee Women’s March, scheduled for January 18th. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County PUD Commissioners decided this week that customers who are fearful of the district’s new advanced meters will be required to pay a monthly fee even if they don’t want them. NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons reports. . .

For the second year in a row, Attorney General Bob Ferguson plans to speak at the Wenatchee Women’s March, scheduled for January 18th. The march focuses not just on gender issues, but climate justice, immigrants’ rights, and reproductive freedom. It starts with a 10:00 a.m. rally at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, followed by a march through downtown. The event was first launched in 2017. The local march coincides with similar rallies planned nationwide on the same day.

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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 Palpatine 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.

After eight seasons as Coach of the Washington State Cougar football team, Mike Leach is leaving to take up that roll at Mississippi State…

It was confirmed in a Tweet this morning by Bulldog Athletic Director John Cohen saying, quote, the deal is done.  See you back at StarkVegas at Bryan Field at 3:15 with @Coach_Leach, end quote, including two photos of Leach apparently signing a contract.

In a statement, Leach said, quote, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  I loved Washington State, but I am excited for the next chapter in the SEC.  It’s a privilege to be part of the MSU family, and we look forward to getting down to Starkville shortly, end quote.

WSU President Kirk Schulz and Athletic Director Pat Chun had a combined statement saying, quote, on behalf of Washington State, we would like to thank Coach Leach for his eight years of service to the Cougars.  Mike has transformed Washington State Football into a national brand and we will be forever grateful, end quote.

The Seahawks continue preparations for their NFC Divisional playoff game in Green Bay Sunday.  Coach Pete Carroll says the Packers now have a one-two dose of Aaron’s to deal with, not just Aaron Rogers…

Seattle is now 8-and-1 on the road this season heading into Lambeau Field Sunday. Coach Carroll says the recipe of traveling two days beforehand has worked, so they’ll stick with it…

The Seahawks and Packers kick off the final of four games this weekend Sunday at 3:40 on FOX.

The rest of the weekend looks like this, beginning with the Vikings and 49ers in Santa Clara Saturday at 1:35 on NBC.  Then the Titans travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 5:15 on CBS.

Sunday starts with Houston in Kansas City at 1:05 on CBS.  The it’s Seattle and Green Bay at 3:40 on FOX.

Believe it or not, pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Arizona on February 12th.  That’s just a little over a month away.  We had two Seattle Mariners in town this week during a tour of Eastern Washington.

Pitcher Matt Festa hopes to earn a spot on the pitching staff full time in Seattle this season.  He says he takes a different approach when trying to improve his game…

Seattle’s first spring training game is just 40-days away.  Head to our website at NCWLIFE dot com to see Eric’s entire interviews with Festa, Nola and the Voice of the Mariners, Rick Rizzs.

We have a couple basketball scores to pass along from last night on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Cle Elum traveled to Leavenworth last night and swept the Kodiaks with the girls winning 60-27 and the boys coming out on top 54-48.

On the prep schedule for today, we’ll begin with the schedule earlier today for the alley and the pool

Wenatchee was on the road at Sunnyside while Moses Lake was hosting Ellensburg in girls bowling.

And in boys swimming, Wenatchee was hosting Eastmont today at the Wenatchee High School pool.

In girls basketball tonight, Brewster plays host to Manson at 6.  Then at 6:30, it’s Entiat at Pateros and Waterville-Mansfield at Bridgeport.

The boys schedule looks the same with just different start times.  The Bears and Trojans tip it up in Brewster at 7:30.  Then at 8 it’s the Tigers in Pateros while the Shockers play at the Mustangs in Bridgeport.

Eastmont has its hands full in wrestling tonight when the Wildcats host the Sunnyside Grizzlies.  That match gets underway at 7.  Also at 7, it’s Moses Lake at Davis and Othello hosts Ephrata in the CWAC.

It’s Thursday, so that means its Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

We’ll bring you the Wenatchee Wild’s game against the Victoria Grizzlies from last Friday at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call at 7 o’clock.

Meanwhile, the Wild will be back on the road for two games this weekend in BCHL play when they take on Powell River tomorrow night at 7 o’clock.  Then on Sunday, the Wild and Clippers will face off in Nanaimo at 2pm.

Wenatchee returns home next Friday against Cowichan Valley.

By the way, David Rayfield continues his Campout for a Cause on the balcony, selling tickets for Military Appreciation Night January 18th.  He says he has about 100 tickets left to sell to prevent spending another night on the balcony of the Town Toyota Center.  You can buy your tickets by calling 888-7825.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, 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. . .

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.