NCWLIFE Evening News March 12th, 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 bill by Washington Senator Patty Murray that would have guaranteed paid sick leave for coronavirus victims was blocked Wednesday by Senate Republicans. A Wenatchee man recently freed from prison is now accused of selling heroin and methamphetamine to a police informant, and, The Moses Lake Police Department has released video of the February 28th incident in which a fleeing suspect shot at one of its officers and K9 Chief and there is a happy ending.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

COVID-Health Districts -Large gatherings in the region should be voluntarily cancelled or avoided, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the word from the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Grant County Health District, and Okanogan County Public Health. Those local health officials are endorsing restrictions put in place Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that prohibit such large gatherings in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. All three districts said groups and residents in our NCW counties should voluntarily adopt the same protocols. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is taking that advice: It’s cancelled or postponed every scheduled event through the first week of April, including the High School Art Show, Environmental Film Festival, and Night at the Museum fundraiser. The Leavenworth Ale Fest scheduled for April 18th at the downtown Festhalle is likewise cancelled. Waterville Schools canceled all indoor sports and public functions until further notice. And the KPQ Home Expo, scheduled to run Friday through Sunday at Town Toyota Center, is officially postponed. No word yet on rescheduling. As of today, ??366?? people in Washington have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, most in King and Snohomish counties. ??Twenty-nine?? people have died, including one Grant County resident, who passed away Saturday at Central Washington Hospital.

Murray COVID Bill -A bill by Washington Senator Patty Murray that would have guaranteed paid sick leave for coronavirus victims was blocked Wednesday by Senate Republicans. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander kept the bill from leaving the health committee, saying it placed a burdensome mandate on employers. More COVID-19 relief bills came into the House of Representatives today, including one from 8th District Representative Kim Schrier to require insurance plans to cover the full cost of coronavirus testing. Murray’s fellow Washington Senator, Maria Cantwell, announced today one of her D.C. office staffers has tested positive for coronavirus. Cantwell closed that office for the week on the advice of doctors, and asked her other employees to work from home. The incident forced Cantwell to miss a vote today on an energy commissioner appointment.

Drug Charges -A Wenatchee man recently freed from prison is now accused of selling heroin and methamphetamine to a police informant. 26-year-old Dakota Evans Wallace-White was sentenced last year to just over 12 months in prison for heroin possession. Detectives with the Columbia River Drug Task Force say after his release, he sold narcotics to an undercover buyer twice in February. Police arrested Wallace-White in a raid March 5th in the 2400 block of First Street Northeast in East Wenatchee. On Tuesday, Douglas County prosecutors charged him with seven narcotics felonies, including endangerment with a controlled substance. Investigators said a 3-year-old child lived in the house with Wallace-White, and the place was littered with dangerous drug paraphernalia.

Video of Dog Shot -The Moses Lake Police Department has released video of the February 28th incident in which a fleeing suspect shot at one of its officers and K9 Chief, hitting the police dog in the head. The suspect, 22-year-old Jose Rivera, then was shot and killed by Officer Nick Stewart. Warning, you may find some portions of this video disturbing. . .
Police say they were seeking Rivera as a suspect in several robberies in the Moses Lake area. It started as a vehicle pursuit that turned into a foot chase after spike strips were used to flatten the tires on Rivera’s vehicle. The shooting remains under investigation by the Columbia Basin Investigative team. Chief, meanwhile, has had an almost miraculous recovery after being shot in the eye and continues to show almost daily improvement at Stewart’s home.Coming up next, The Washington State Department of Corrections has filed an appeal with the City of East Wenatchee over a controversial half-way house for released prisoners. The Sustainable Farms and Fields Bill passed the state Legislature this week, aimed at earth-friendly farming practices, and, A second Okanogan County woman is in the running to unseat 12th District State Representative Keith Goehner. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


Welcome back, and in other news. . .
E. Wenatchee Felon Housing Ruling -The Washington State Department of Corrections has filed an appeal with the City of East Wenatchee over a controversial half-way house for released prisoners. DOC was in the process of converting a subdivision home into a multi-bed rental unit for convicted felons who are involved in the State’s Early Release program. Residents of the Houston Street neighborhood stormed City Hall with complaints resulting in the City’s stopping the project due to code and permit violations . . Newly elected Mayor Jerrilea Crawford commented on the controversy during a recent episode of In Focus with Steve Hair
The East Wenatchee City Council will discuss the matter at a regularly scheduled workshop tonight (Thu) starting at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Soils Bill -The Sustainable Farms and Fields Bill passed the state Legislature this week, aimed at earth-friendly farming practices. The bill creates a grant program for farmers to reduce their emissions and keep carbon in the soil. It was supported by the Washington Farm Bureau and more than 100 other stakeholders. State Representative Keith Goehner was the only 12th District legislator to vote against the bill on final passage. Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign.

State Rep. Candidate -A second Okanogan County woman is in the running to unseat 12th District State Rep. Keith Goehner. Adrianne Moore, a nonprofit director who coordinated recovery efforts after the county’s devastating wildfires, registered last month to run for the House position. Moore formerly directed the social service agency Room One in Winthrop, and helped direct aid to those who lost homes after the fires of 2014 and 2015. She plans to run as a Democrat. Methow Valley physician Ann Diamond, an independent, is also challenging Goehner. The incumbent is a former Chelan County commissioner, who defeated Diamond to win the state House seat in 2018. 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.


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Kennel Kameos -Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Roxy the dog. . . 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.


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The NBA has suspended its season due to the coronavirus…
The league announced last night that it will suspend the rest of its schedule indefinitely after a player with the Utah Jazz tested positive for Covig-19. The player, Rudy Gobert, and his team are under quarantine.
In addition, teams the Jazz played in the last 10-days have been advised to self-quarantine (Cleveland, New York, Boston, Detroit and Toronto).

Since this morning, there are several other breaking stories related to sports and the coronavirus…
Major League Baseball has cancelled the rest of Spring Training and is postponing the start of its regular season.
The NHL Season has been suspended until further notice.
The college basketball conference tournaments, including the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, have been cancelled.
In addition, the NCAA followed suit and cancelled both the men’s and women’s tournaments for this year.
Major League Soccer has moved to suspend its season until further notice.

I’ve also reached out to athletic directors at local schools here in North Central Washington and it sounds like they’re lining up to cancel all extracurricular activities until at least after spring break…
Some weather-related changes have occurred locally. The Wenatchee Baseball jamboree with Mount Vernon and Lake Stevens that was schedule for this weekend has been postponed with snow in the forecast. Also, the Wenatchee Track Jamboree has been postponed, right now until next week. It may be cancelled altogether.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on gatherings of over 250-people in King County has affected sporting events in Seattle…
The Seattle Dragons XFL game against Los Angeles Sunday at CenturyLink Field will be played, but no fans will be allowed in the stadium.
The Seattle Mariners were looking for a new site, possibly at their complex in Peoria, Arizona, to host its season opener. They were supposed to host the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park in Seattle March 26th. Now it looks like the games may happen sometime in April.
And the Seattle Sounder’s MLS match vs. Dallas that was scheduled for March 21st at CenturyLink Field has been postponed.

The NWAC Basketball Tournament was also a casualty of the coronavirus…
The Northwest Athletic Conference announced at Noon today that the rest of the tournament, which had been moved from Everett to Oregon because of the virus, has now been cancelled. The Wenatchee Valley men were supposed to play tonight at 10 and the women tomorrow at 2. Now, the entire tournament has been cancelled.

Not that it matters now, but the Washington State men surprised Colorado last night in the 1st, and what turns out, only day of the Pac-12 Tournament…
Despite Isiah Stewart’s 29-points and 12-rebounds, the Washington Huskies fell in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament to Arizona 77-70. The Wildcats avenged a loss in the regular season finale to Washington 4-days ago to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals against USC.
CJ Elleby scored 30-points and hit six 3-pointers to help Washington State upset Colorado 82-68 last night. The Cougars will face Arizona State tonight at 8:30 in the quarterfinals. The game can be seen on FS1.

The Mariners came from behind to beat San Diego 4-2 in a rain-shortened game in Peoria last night…
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the 6th, Jose Marmolejos stepped up with the bases loaded and delivered a three-run double to deep center field. Seattle tacked on one more run in the 7th before the game was called in the 8th for rain.
Austin Nola went 1-for-3 at the plate with a triple and Marco Gonzales had mixed results in his start on the mound. The former AppleSox went 3-and-a-third, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits with 2-walks and 5-strikeouts.
The Padres’ announcers had the call on the Fox Sports West…
8-Mariner Highlights 03-11-20 1:49
Seattle was supposed to be back in Peoria today, but the game has been cancelled.


Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .
COVID-Health Districts -Gatherings in the region that draw more than 250 people should be voluntarily cancelled or avoided, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the word from the Chelan-Douglas Health District, Grant County Health District, and Okanogan County Public Health. Those local health officials are endorsing restrictions put in place Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that prohibit such large gatherings in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. All three districts said groups and residents in our NCW counties should voluntarily adopt the same protocols. The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is taking that advice: It’s cancelled or postponed every scheduled event through the first week of April, including the High School Art Show, Environmental Film Festival, and Night at the Museum fundraiser. The Leavenworth Ale Fest scheduled for April 18th at the downtown Festhalle is likewise cancelled. And the KPQ Home Expo, scheduled to run Friday through Sunday at Town Toyota Center, is officially postponed. No word yet on rescheduling. Washington has been Ground Zero for the arrival of coronavirus in the United States. As of today, ??366?? people in Washington have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, most in King and Snohomish counties. ??Twenty-nine?? people have died, including one Grant County resident, who passed away Saturday at Central Washington Hospital.

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.