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, Three juveniles are accused of breaking into the Moses Lake Safeway fuel station early Thursday morning and stealing cigarettes. A construction firm based in Chelan and the Tri-Cities will build new affordable housing for Chelan residents. Friends and family of the Waterville woman found dead near a Wenatchee hiking trail are working to raise money for her family’s expenses, and, After firefighters put out a corn stubble fire outside Moses Lake that was threatening livestock Thursday afternoon, the cows showed their gratitude by getting in the way of mop-up work.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Bonaventure Crash -A 32-year-old Wenatchee man was injured early this morning after crashing his car into the side of the Bonaventure senior facility off Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee. Nobody inside the building was injured. The Washington State Patrol says Paulino Iglesiasgranados was driving at a high rate of speed northbound on Sunset Highway just after 1 a.m. when his 2004 Honda Odyssey struck the curb on the right side of the roadway near 27th Street. He then overcorrected crossed the highway and went down a grass hillside before crashing into the side of the senior living facility, according to the State Patrol. Iglesiasgranados was transported to Central Washington Hospital where he was treated and released.
Juveniles Steal Cigarettes -Three juveniles are accused of breaking into the Moses Lake Safeway fuel station early Thursday morning and stealing cigarettes. According to Moses Lake Police, the juveniles, ages 11, 13, and 14, fled into a swamp area behind the Safeway as police arrived. Not knowing they were dealing with kids, police called in K9 Rex but as soon as the dog stepped from the patrol car and started barking the juveniles surrendered. The 13 and 14-year-olds were taken to the juvenile detention facility on burglary charges while the 11-year-old was turned over to his parents. Police say substantial damage was done to the store.
Chelan Housing -A construction firm based in Chelan and the Tri-Cities will build new affordable housing for Chelan residents. K&L Homes won the contract from the Chelan Valley Housing Trust, the nonprofit agency overseeing the Emerson Village project at North Emerson Street and East Chelan Avenue. Once complete, the site will boast five townhomes, each more than 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms. The Chelan Valley has suffered a housing crunch in recent years, with ever-increasing rent and home prices. The housing trust says each unit will come with a $200,000 price point, making it more affordable with Chelan’s median $52,000 annual income.
Mosqueda Fundraiser -Friends and family of the Waterville woman found dead near a Wenatchee hiking trail are working to raise money for her family’s expenses. Paulina Mosqueda disappeared last October, and her body was recovered last week near the Horse Lake Road hiking trail. Police say the circumstances of the 18-year-old’s death are suspicious, but haven’t identified a cause. Meanwhile, friends started a GoFundMe page to raise about $5,000 that would help her family pay funeral expenses.
Cows Fire -After firefighters put out a corn stubble fire outside Moses Lake that was threatening livestock Thursday afternoon, the cows showed their gratitude by getting in the way of mop-up work. Grant County Fire District 13 said they were able to limit the fire in the 2900 block of Road 9 Northwest to about half an acre. No cows were injured.
Coming up next, Chelan County commissioners say during the pandemic, owners of vacation rental homes should stop renting to tenants from outside the area. Courts are wrestling with how to schedule trials and other important hearings as the coronavirus pandemic goes on. One of the provisions of the federal government’s massive 2-billion-dollar stimulus bill will extend the deadline for complying with the REAL ID federal mandate, and, Grant PUD has shut down all its recreation sites in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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COVID Vacation Rentals -Chelan County commissioners say during the pandemic, owners of vacation rental homes should stop renting to tenants from outside the area. In an open letter to landlords Thursday, the commissioners said lucrative vacation rentals have drawn, quote, an influx of people coming to Chelan County from urban centers. The county says this may contribute to the spread of coronavirus, and asks those owners to instead reserve their vacation homes for emergency personnel, or for local citizens displaced by the public health crisis. The county has long struggled with how to regulate short-term vacation housing. It’s been in the process of crafting new rules on the practice for the last two years.
COVID Trial Continuances -Courts are wrestling with how to schedule trials and other important hearings as the coronavirus pandemic goes on. This week, Chelan County Superior Court rescheduled the sentencing for Jeremey Douglas Pedersen, convicted last month of child rape. He was due to receive his prison sentence on Monday, but now that must wait until April 9th. In District Court, Joshua Stuller’s trial for allegedly stalking a Wenatchee man in violation of a court order got continued until June. The Washington Supreme Court last week gave local courts more leeway to schedule court hearings, to avoid unnecessary exposures to the virus.
Real I.D. Deadline Extended -One of the provisions of the federal government’s massive 2-billion-dollar stimulus bill will extend the deadline for complying with the REAL ID federal mandate. Instead of people needing to have a REAL ID driver’s license or identification by this October in order to board a commercial aircraft, they’ll now have until October 1st, 2021. The stimulus bill was approved Wednesday by the Senate and by the House today. The Department of Homeland Security said the delay will allow states to better focus on their coronavirus responses.
Grant PUD Recreation Closures -Grant PUD has shut down all its recreation sites in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes all its parks, campsites and boat launches. The PUD said it was following the lead of the state, which shut down parks, wildlife areas, state lands and recreational fishing earlier this week. Gates to the PUD’s 20 sites have been locked, signs posted, and in some cases, barriers erected. The PUD said it will have patrols working to enforce the closures.
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COVID Shawn Ballard -The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our society, but none more so than medical and emergency services. IN tonight’s feature story, Shawn Ballard, one of the Wenatchee Valley’s longest-serving EMTs, posted an update to his company’s Facebook page this week, outlining the new approach that first responders have to take in the age of coronavirus. He explained further to NCWLIFE News. . .
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.
The NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23rd through the 25th, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a leaguewide memo distributed yesterday…
ESPN’s Adam Shefter obtained the memo and reports that Goodell also warned against criticizing the league’s stance.
Shefter quoted the memo from Goodell, quote, public discussion of issues relating to the draft serve no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action, end quote.
Apparently, Goodell acknowledged there would be significant changes and told teams to prepare to conduct the draft outside team facilities and with a limited number of people.
The NFL Draft was to be held in Las Vegas with a large audience watching and prospective draft picks in attendance. That will not happen.
Major League Baseball has agreed players will receive a full season’s salary, even if the 2020 season is shortened.. The League and the MLB Player’s Association came to the agreement yesterday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan (PASS-un). Right now, the working model is for teams to return to training camps in mid-May and start playing games as early as June, even if there are no fans in attendance.
We begin our Wild weekend tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel with the first of five games in three days as the Wenatchee Wild take on the Merritt Centennials. Arch Ecker had the call of a crazy, back-and-forth contest…
And that was just the first two periods. Be sure to watch the entire game tonight starting at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Then tomorrow, we’ll double up with two games between Wenatchee and Penticton at 2 o’clock and 7 pm. Then on Sunday, the 2 o’clock game features the Wild and Prince George Spruce Kings followed at 7 by Wenatchee and the Nanaimo Clippers.
Speaking of schedules, we have a preliminary broadcast schedule for the prep games coming up in May, if in fact they’re able to be played…
Right now, our broadcast schedule would include an Eastmont softball doubleheader on Saturday, May 2nd at 11am and 1pm, IF there’s no Apple Blossom Grand Parade.
Then we’d feature Moses Lake at Eastmont Soccer on Tuesday, May 5th at 7pm. Two nights later, we’d be at the Apple Bowl for Wenatchee Lacrosse against Southridge at 7.
Then we’d broadcast the Wenatchee and Eastmont boys soccer match on Saturday, May 9th at 1pm. The following Wednesday, we’d have the cameras at Rec. Park for Wenatchee and Moses Lake baseball at 5, with the broadcast on air following news at 6:30. The next night we’d be at Wildcat Stadium for Eastmont and Eisenhower soccer at 7.
We’d finish off the schedule Saturday, May 16th with Eastmont and Wenatchee softball at Walla Walla Point Park at 1. And then hightail it across the river to Dan White Field for Wenatchee and Eastmont baseball at 5.
Of course, all this is contingent on school resuming April 27th.
Bo Allen Out of Service -A feel-good story now as we leave you tonight. After over 29 years of dedicated service, yesterday, Deputy Bo Allen made his final Out of Service call with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. . .
Co-workers say Deputy Allen’s dedication to this office and the citizens of this community will be greatly missed.
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