NCWLIFE Evening News March 12, 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 shoplifter was caught red-handed on video surveillance at a Wenatchee store, we will show you. A 25-year old Quincy man was taken to the hospital yesterday with a gunshot wound, and, the Washington legislature has taken another step forward in getting the gray wolf de-listed from the endangered species list.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Slippery road conditions the cause of a semi-truck accident this morning in East Wenatchee, closing the road for 3 hours. The accident happened around 8:00 when a semi tried to stop at a stoplight at the intersection of Baker Avenue and Badger Mountain Road, slid through the intersection and struck a rock wall.

Following the crash, the truck began leaking diesel fuel which prompted responders from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, and Douglas County Transportation. The road was re-opened around 11:00 this morning and the truck driver was not hurt.

High-quality surveillance video in the Gypsy Lotus store in downtown Wenatchee helped police track down a shoplifting suspect Monday. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department said it’s an example of how high-tech cameras and social media can be a big help to police. . .

Reinfeld said police lacked probable cause to arrest the man who was with the shoplifting suspect. The dog also remains free. 

While investigating a report of shots being fired early Sunday, Quincy police received a call from the hospital emergency room that a man had arrived with gunshot wounds. Police said when asked about the shooting, the 25-year-old victim was uncooperative and claimed to have no information on how he had been shot or by whom.

At the shooting site in the 900 block of Third Avenue East, police reported finding an unoccupied vehicle with several bullet holes. They also found several empty shell casings nearby.

The unidentified victim was taken from Quincy Valley Medical Center to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he is listed in stable condition, police said. Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call the Quincy Police Department at 787-4718.

Washington State House Representative Joel Kretz describes it as a step in the right direction. But, as NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports, the Ferry County Horse rancher isn’t ready to declare victory in his ongoing crusade to delist gray wolves as an endangered species in Washington State. . .

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School board will take action on a number of issues at their regular meeting tonight including finalizing the contract with new school superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon. Speaking of Paul Gordon, we have details regarding his new contract offer from the school district, and, The Wenatchee Public Library will move into temporary quarters in mid-April as its current building undergoes a 1.5-million-dollar remodel. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The Wenatchee School board will take action on a number of issues at their regular meeting tonight including finalizing the contract with new school superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon.

Gordon was chosen by the board out of a handful of candidates to replace retiring superintendent Brian Flones. Action will also be taken tonight on Wenatchee School District security upgrades and will hear discussion on a budget timeline and 4-year school enrollment projections. The school board meeting tonight starts at 6:00 at the Wenatchee School District central office on Sunset Avenue near Orchard Middle School.

Dr. Paul Gordon, the Wenatchee School District’s new superintendent will be paid $199,000 dollars a year under a contract due to be approved tonight by the school board.

The contract will run through June, 2022 and also includes 25 days of vacation and 14 holidays annually, as well as $15,000 dollars in moving expenses and benefits. Gordon will start work July 1st. Current Superintendent Brian Flones was due to retire August 31st, but the district amended that contract so Flones’ last day now will be June 30th. In exchange, Flones will receive a payment of more than $55,000 dollars, the amount he would have received had he stayed through July and August. That also includes unused vacation and personal time. Flones had been making $197,000 dollars per year.

The Wenatchee Public Library will move into temporary quarters in mid-April as its current building undergoes a 1.5-million-dollar remodel. The library district signed a lease to move into the former Washington Federal Bank building at the corner of Orondo and Wenatchee Avenues, where they’ll be for a year. The library is likely to be closed for a month during the move. Popular summer programs usually held at the library will move to Pybus Public Market during the transition.

Friends of Wenatchee Public Library raised nearly 1.5 million to remodel the library at 310 Douglas Street. The work will add updated technology, improved lighting, more community space and more. Branch librarian Courtney Tiffany said it will have more of a community feel.

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In our feature story tonight, we continue our series on the Chelan County Drug Court from this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine with Kaitlin Hetterscheidt. . .

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.

Lucas Sowder nearly single-handedly WILLED the Wenatchee Wild to the next round of the playoffs last night.  The left-winger from Trinity, Florida tallied a hat trick in a four-goal, 2nd period outburst by Wenatchee to come from behind and beat West Kelowna 6-3…

The game was the Wild’s first Game-7 in franchise history and ousted a feisty Warrior team from the post-season.  Wenatchee also got two goals from PJ Fletcher and an empty-netter late from Brian Adams to secure the victory.

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

Wenatchee will face the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the next round of the BCHL playoffs…

The Caps advanced by ousting No. 1 seed Penticton 4-games-to-2.  Also advancing to the next round are Vernon, who beat Salmon Arm 4-games-to-1, and Vernon, who knocked Merritt out 4-games-to-1.

It sounds like the first two games of the series will be Friday and Saturday in Wenatchee, but we’ll get confirmation on that today.

Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith has been selected the Gatorade Washington Girls Basketball Player of the Year…

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Van Lith as Washington’s best high school girls basketball player.

The 5-foot-9 junior guard led the Bulldogs to a 23-3 record and the Class 1A semifinals this past season. Van Lith averaged 34.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 4.9 assists per game. 

A peer math tutor in her school, Van Lith has volunteered locally on behalf of her church’s youth ministry, and holds down a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Van Lith also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing. She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.

We’ll have high school soccer LIVE tonight at 7 on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will be at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl for the Wenatchee Panthers and Quincy Jackrabbits. 

After tonight, we’ll feature hockey on Thursday and Friday before more LIVE soccer Saturday night at the Apple Bowl when Eastmont takes on Sunnyside.

The Mariners got bad news on two fronts Monday.  One, they lost to Kansas City in Cactus League play 5-to-1.  Two and more important, Kyle Seager is going to miss at least a month of the season after undergoing surgery on his left hand…

The Royals won the game via a couple long balls, both in the 3rd inning off Dan Altavilla.  David Freitas went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Mariners.

Earlier in the day, Seattle learned that Seager will have to get surgery to repair some torn ligaments in his catching hand…

It’s expected that Seager may be able to join the club in May.

Meanwhile, former Wenatchee AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez will make history when Seattle opens the season in Tokyo against Oakland next week…

Marco will be the first former AppleSox pitcher to get the opening day start for a Major League club.  Gonzales, who played for the AppleSox in 2010, went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA last season. He’ll have one more start in Spring Training before the season opener in 8-days.

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.