NCWLIFE Evening News June 10th, 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, The father of a child who died from abuse in 2017 is suing the state Child Protective Services agency for allegedly neglecting his case. Moses Lake Police say a call about a tryst in a gas station bathroom led to the seizure of nearly two pounds of illegal drugs last Saturday, and, The state Attorney General’s office wants Judge Kristin Ferrera to reconsider her ruling that keeps a lawsuit against Governor Jay Inslee in the Chelan County courts.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A kidnapping suspect from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested Tuesday morning in Moses Lake and his 16-year-old victim is now being reunited with her family.

Moses Lake police say the search for 28-year-old Andres Hernandez began last week after they’d received information he was in Grant County.

Monday night, Sergeant Dean Gaddis located Hernandez’s vehicle in the 1100 block of Grape Drive and after setting up surveillance, police took him into custody the next morning. The girl was found in a nearby apartment unharmed.

The teen had been missing since May 25th, when security footage showed her getting into Hernandez’s vehicle outside a Texas Domino’s where they both worked. The girl’s father, who talked with her Tuesday before leaving for Washington state, told KENS 5 News in San Antonio that she said she had been taken at gunpoint. Moses Lake police said Hernandez had a pistol when he was arrested. Authorities in Texas did not issue an Amber alert after her disappearance because they initially believed she had gotten into the car willingly. Moses Lake police said there is an ongoing investigation into Hernandez’s activities while in Grant County and local charges are expected to follow. In addition to Moses Lake police, U.S. Marshals, the Washington State Patrol and Grant County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search.

The father of a child who died from abuse in 2017 is suing the state Child Protective Services agency for allegedly neglecting his case.

Rustin Atkerson of East Wenatchee was just two years old when he died of massive brain trauma consistent with child abuse. Douglas County sheriff’s detectives never proved who inflicted the fatal injuries, but Rustin’s mother, Elaine Hurd, pleaded guilty to felony mistreatment and received a one-year jail sentence.

In his lawsuit, filed May 26th, in Chelan County, Rustin’s father Ian Atkerson says CPS failed to adequately investigate earlier injuries Rustin suffered while in his mother’s care, which might have prevented his death. The state has yet to file a response in the case.

Moses Lake Police say a call about a tryst in a gas station bathroom led to the seizure of nearly two pounds of illegal drugs last Saturday.

According to police, just after 1 a.m. they were called to Ernie’s Fuel Stop on Kittleson Road after a couple had gone into a restroom together and stayed in there an inordinate amount of time.

As 25-year-old Raymond Shourds and 19-year-old D’Anja Charlo of Pablo, Montana, finally exited the convenience store, the officer said he saw Shourds shove a bottle of mango Snapple down his pants. When confronted, Shourds reportedly gave the officer his brother’s name but it turned out his brother had a warrant out for his arrest. Shrouds was immediately arrested and searched.

Police say they found cocaine in Shourds’ pocket and after obtaining a search warrant they found over a pound of methamphetamine and just under a pound of heroin in their vehicle, a 2002 Audi registered to Charlo. Because of restrictions at the jail, police said they were unable to book the couple into jail, so they were released pending charges. By the way, the police later discovered that Shourds had actually paid for the Snapple.

The state Attorney General’s office wants Judge Kristin Ferrera to reconsider her ruling that keeps a lawsuit against Governor Jay Inslee in the Chelan County courts. Local plaintiffs want the judge to overturn the governor’s emergency health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and allow businesses in the Wenatchee Valley and elsewhere to reopen.

The state’s first move was a request to move the case to Thurston County, and Ferrera denied that motion last week. The state filed a motion for reconsideration, which the plaintiffs oppose and call, quote, a second bite at the apple. Ferrera has yet to schedule a hearing on that motion, or any other issue in the case. The Attorney General could also appeal the ruling to a higher court.

Coming up next, The Eastmont School District wants to start school as normal this fall, saying in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee that not to do so would be harmful to children’s emotional well-being. When demonstrators marched in Wenatchee’s Black Lives Matter event last Saturday, armed bystanders were there to greet them one of the armed men was an elected Douglas County commissioner. In an announcement this morning, another major NCW event has decided to cancel this year’s because of COVID-19, and, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made some key services accessible by appointment. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Eastmont School District wants to start school as normal this fall, saying in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee that not to do so would be harmful to children’s emotional well-being.

The letter, signed by all five members of the school board, says COVID-19 guidelines posted by the federal Centers for Disease Control are not reasonable. The board said the district has a long history of dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

QUOTE Plainly put, we know how to keep kids safe. UNQUOTE. The state has not yet issued its guidelines for restarting schools but is expected to later this month. The Eastmont board said a remote learning model is not providing students the education they deserve.

When demonstrators marched in Wenatchee’s Black Lives Matter event last Saturday, armed bystanders were there to greet them … many saying they just wanted to keep the event safe. One of the armed men was an elected Douglas County commissioner.

Kyle Steinburg says he was there not in his official capacity, but as the owner of a Wenatchee business who wanted to protect property. Steinburg wouldn’t be recorded for an interview, but he told NCWLIFE he had heard rumors of possible agitators who might cause trouble during the event. Wenatchee police said there were no arrests or reports of violent incidents related to the march. You can read our full story on our website, ncwlife.com.

In an announcement this morning, the NCW Fair Board has decided to cancel this year’s fair because of COVID-19.

Board members say all possible avenues or changes were explored but none could solve the problems created by Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. The board also said they do not have the means to temperature check each visitor, to have social distancing in food lines, vendors or the carnival area. The press release went on to say that the NCW Fair can’t ask race, rodeo and concert fans to sit 6 feet apart or limit the number of attendees. The Fair board did say they have many people working diligently on a plan that would allow the fair to have a livestock show for the kids in the area that have worked so hard raising their animals.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made some key services accessible by appointment. The Law and Justice Center in Wenatchee remains closed, but Sheriff Kevin Morris announced Tuesday you can now make an appointment to file civil process papers, or apply for a concealed pistol license. Most public offices have closed or reduced services during the coronavirus public health emergency. To make an appointment for available services, call 884-0941.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Wenatchee resident Ben Holten did a series of on-camera interviews with folks at last weekend’s protest march about being an African-American living in Wenatchee. Here’s a look at some of what Ben heard. . .

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.

Major League management set a deadline for a deal with players for today to begin the shortened-season by July 4th, but it’s not going to happen…

The players union responded to management’s proposal yesterday, saying they won’t agree to anything less than full, prorated salaries.  Representatives for the players also said they’d be willing to reduce the regular season to 89-games from the 82 in Monday’s proposal but agreed to expanding the playoffs from 10 to 16 teams.

In the player’s counter-proposal, they said they’d agree to end the World Series in mid-to-late November and shift postseason games to neutral sites.  The players proposed starting the season July 10th with it ending October 11th.

Major League management set a deadline for an agreement of today if they hope to start the season by the Independence Day weekend.

The Mariners have the 6th pick in today’s Major League Baseball draft…

According to Mariner insider Greg Johns, Seattle is in the market for more, young pitching.  They have their eyes on Georgia standout Emerson Hancock; fellow right-hander Max Mayer out of Minnesota; or Louisville lefty Reid Detmers.

Johns says not to be surprised if Seattle nabs New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales if he’s still available.  He’s a middle-infielder who was a league-MVP in the WAC and MVP in the Cape Cod league.

The Mariners wait behind Detroit, Baltimore, Miami, Kansas City and Toronto in today’s first round.  They’ll have the 43rd overall pick in the 2nd round tomorrow, plus the 64th overall selection in the Competitive Balance Round B. 

Unlike the NFL where teams flip-flop between rounds, the draft order remains the same through each round.  Seattle has six total selections over the next two days.

The Seahawks have added a well-recognized name to their front office with the hiring of Alonzo Highsmith…

The former NFL running back was brought on-board as a consultant leading up to this year’s draft.  Now, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Highsmith will be a personnel executive in Seattle’s scouting department.

After a successful college career as a fullback for Jimmy Johnson at Miami, Highsmith was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the 3rd overall pick in 1987.  His NFL career was shortened by knee injuries and lasted only five seasons.

Highsmith worked with John Schneider in Green Bay as the Senior Personnel Executive in 2012.  Prior to coming to Seattle, he worked for the Cleveland Browns in a similar capacity.

NASCAR is ready to reopen to fans…

After three weeks of racing without fans, NASCAR decided a limited number of fans can attend races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

The governing body for racing says all fans will be screened before entering; be required to wear face coverings; keep a social distance of six-feet; and not have access to the infield.

That means about 1-thousand fans at Homestead and 5-thousand at Talladega.  NASCAR says military servicemembers will be selected to attend the first race.  Fans wishing to attend at Talladega will have to buy tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

With two practices under their belt at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, it sounds like Jeremy Anders is cooking up a race-idea.  We’ve been in touch about the potential of the Super Oval teaming up with NCWLIFE to bring a race on the air live with no fans in attendance.  We’ll hopefully have details tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Evening News.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to change its plans.  Such is the case for basketball star Hailey Van Lith.  She just graduated from Cashmere High School and is finishing up her running start program at Wenatchee Valley College.

In a recent appearance on NCWLIFE’s “Life with Lisa” program, Hailey talked about the challenges of staying active in basketball when everything is shut down…

Van Lith will be headed to Louisville on a full-ride scholarship next year.  In the meantime, she says the pandemic kept her from partaking in several high-profile events…

You can see Hailey’s complete interview with Lisa Bradshaw on our website at NCWLIFE dot com.  Just click on Full Episodes and look for Life with Lisa.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, Chelan County PUD General Manager, Steve Wright, serving Northwest public power for nearly 40 years, has received the Alan Richardson Statesmanship Award.

The American Public Power Association (APPA) honor recognizes public power leaders who work to achieve consensus on national issues important to public power utilities. Wright is recognized as one of the country’s experts within the energy industry and public power. During a career spanning four decades, Wright has shown his commitment to collaboration and public engagement as he has led critical discussions about public power and policy decisions.

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.