NCWLIFE Evening News March 15, 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 drug bust in downtown Moses Lake Wednesday netted heroin, meth, cocaine, crack cocaine, hundreds of illegally possessed prescription pills and 9 EBT cards, and, Congressman Dan Newhouse says he’s cautiously optimistic that an agreement will be reached soon in the ongoing U.S. China trade talks.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Three vehicles about to be hauled off to a wrecking yard Friday morning somehow caught fire at Dick’s Towing at Thurston and Chelan avenues in Wenatchee. Chelan County Fire District One spokeswoman Kay McKellar said the cars were stacked up about to be loaded onto a transporter when one apparently leaked gasoline, which then ignited. Flames shot dozens of feet high at some points and later a big plume of smoke drifted into the blue sky. Nearby streets were shut down for a short time. McKellar said workers at Dick’s used a fork lift to separate the vehicles, aiding firefighters in extinguishing the fire.

At about the same time this morning, a home was destroyed in a fire at 7301 Entiat River Road. Chelan County Fire Marshall Bob Plumb said the fire does not appear suspicious. The older home was a total loss, he said. There were no injuries but two Chihuahua dogs died in the fire. Firefighters were still at the home late this afternoon.

A drug bust in downtown Moses Lake Wednesday netted heroin, meth, cocaine, crack cocaine, hundreds of illegally possessed prescription pills and 9 EBT cards.

The seizures were the result of a search warrant executed at a residence on Gumwood Street in downtown Moses Lake. 42-year old Sonda Safford was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of possession of heroin, meth, and cocaine with intent to deliver, as well as trafficking in stolen property.

Additionally, she is charged with the school zone enhancement for trafficking drugs within 1000 feet of a school zone. More charges are expected as the investigation moves forward. Detectives recovered over an ounce each of powder cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as lesser quantities of heroin and crack cocaine, as well as 19 suboxone strips. Additionally, there were hundreds of prescription pills containing various controlled substances located in the residence.

Congressman Dan Newhouse says he’s cautiously optimistic that an agreement will be reached soon in the ongoing U.S. China trade talks. But, he’s also worried about the possibility of a prolonged dispute and how it could further damage our state’s tree fruit industry. . .

Newhouse says he met this week in Washington D.C. with representatives of the horticultural industry. The Washington Apple Commission says the impact on trade with China due to the higher tariffs this season has been relatively minor with a smaller crop. But the impacts on Cherry and Pear Growers have been reported to be severe. . .

On a positive note, Apple Commission president, Todd Fryhover said in December that the industry was, QUOTE, “very optimistic” about the domestic market, which was seeing improved prices compared to 2017.

Coming up next, A second candidate to replace Steve Lacy as East Wenatchee mayor has stepped forward. Washington state will pay you to turn in your gun bump stocks before a federal law banning the devices kicks in March 26th, and, The Foothills Middle School Robotics Club is fundraising for two teams as they hope to compete in the World Championship in April.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A second candidate to replace Steve Lacy as East Wenatchee mayor has stepped forward. Jerrilea Crawford, who has served on the City Council since 2016, announced her candidacy Wednesday.

Earlier, fellow council member Tim Detering announced he would be running.

Lacy, who has been East Wenatchee mayor since 1998 has announced he will not seek re-election. Crawford is deputy director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves as chair of RiverCom.

Washington state will pay you to turn in your gun bump stocks before a federal law banning the devices kicks in March 26th. Sunday and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington State Patrol offices at 2822 Euclid Avenue in Wenatchee, people can turn in up to five of the devices.

They will receive a check in the mail for $150 dollars for each. The buy-back program was given $150,000 dollars by the Legislature this session and will end if the money runs out.

There will be eight buy-back locations throughout the state, and another eight March 24th and 25th, but the nearest buyback location to Wenatchee in the second round will be in Ellensburg. To participate, you must be a Washington resident with a valid ID.

The Foothills Middle School Robotics Club is fundraising for two teams as they hope to compete in the World Championship in April. A few of the students joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about their achievements and how to donate. . .

Congratulations to those two teams. The FMS Robotics Club will also be at the Wenatchee Wild game tonight for Chuck a Puck and the 50/50 raffle.

A series of small snow slides shut down a portion of State Route 971 at Lake Chelan yesterday afternoon. State Trooper John Bryant shared this video of the scene near Milepost 11 where one of the slides occurred. The road was closed for three hours for cleanup. Trooper Bryant reminds motorists to watch out for snow and rocks in the roadway as temperatures start warming up.

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, we conclude 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.

For many, the 15th of the month is payday.  It’s a time when your bank account swells momentarily until the bill-fair comes calling.  Today, the 15th of the month brings the Cowichan Valley Capitals calling and the Wenatchee Wild hope they have enough left in the bank to pay it forward in the BCHL playoffs…

Game 1 of the second round playoff series is tonight at the Town Toyota Center with the puck dropping at 7:05.  Voice of the Wild Arch Ecker says Wenatchee needs to be prepared for a physical game, and series from the Caps…

Stay tuned for more of our Hockey Talk with Arch coming up later this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.  Game 2 is also at the Town Toyota Center tomorrow night at 7:05.  The series will then shift to Duncan, B.C. and the southern tip of Vancouver Island for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.  If necessary, Game 5 would be in Canada before shifting back to Wenatchee for Games 6 and 7, if necessary.

We’d originally scheduled Big 9 soccer tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel.  But the snow continues to wreak havoc on area schedules, including the planned game between Eastmont and Sunnyside tonight.  That game will be played tomorrow at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7:30, which you can watch LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Instead, our broadcast schedule tonight includes Game 7 of the Wild’s first-round playoff series with West Kelowna.  This is a game where Wenatchee fell behind by two goals in the first period before Lucas Sowder went nuts, scoring a hat trick in a four-goal second period en route to a 6-3 Wild win.  The puck drops at 7 tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The changes to the local schedules due to the snow has meant the Apple Bowl is a very busy venue these days…

Including tonight where the Wenatchee Thunder boys lacrosse team plays its second game of the season Hermiston.  Face off is set for 7 o’clock.  The Thunder will be on the road tomorrow to take on Juanita at 2pm…

Soccer takes center stage at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl tomorrow, beginning bright and early at 8 o’clock.  Chelan hosts Kiona-Benton in the first game of the day.  Then at 10, it’s Prosser and Cascade.  Finally at 7:30, Eastmont will host Sunnyside, which you can watch LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the play-by-play.

In high school baseball…

Wenatchee’s on the road at Sumner today at 4.  Then they’ll play Richland at Auburn High School tomorrow at 11am.  Eastmont will also face Richland and Sumner at Auburn at 1:30 and 4.  Cashmere will travel to Orting tomorrow to play a double-header with Naches Valley beginning at Noon.

On the softball circuit…

Eastmont is on the west side of the mountains to play a doubleheader at Curtis High beginning tomorrow at Noon.

The Wenatchee track team will run tomorrow at Shoreline Stadium against Seattle Academy at 10am.

There is some tennis today, with Wenatchee hosting Eastmont this morning at the WRAC at 9.  Entiat travels to Omak at 4 while Chelan hosts Liberty Bell at 4:30.  Then tomorrow, Eastmont and Wenatchee play again at 9am.  Royal hosts Cashmere at 10.  Then at 11, it’s Cascade at Connell while Oroville and Pateros play at Chelan.

Jaylen Nowell scored 24 points, David Crisp added 18 and Washington held off a late charge to beat Southern California 78-75 in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals on Thursday…

The Huskies built double-digit leads several times in the game, but the Trojans just wouldn’t go away.  Coach Mike Hopkins said to give credit to USC on a great game…

Hopkins is known for keeping it light with his players and, at times, the media.  Such was the case yesterday when no one jumped in with a question to start the post-game press conference…

Washington will face Colorado tonight at 6 in the semifinals.  The other semifinal features Oregon and Arizona State.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight withNCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.