NCWLIFE Evening News, March 3, 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 new restrooms at Methow Park in Wenatchee have been vandalized once again. The Wenatchee man who led local police on a DUI chase back in November earned a nine-month jail sentence on Monday, and, Chief, the Moses Lake Police Department K9 who was shot in the eye while chasing a suspect Friday night is on the road to recovery.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

There are now two possible cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus under investigation in the Wenatchee Valley. 

Confluence Health, the Wenatchee Valley’s largest health provider, said on Monday one Grant County patient is in isolation and being tested for the respiratory virus at Central Washington Hospital. And today, Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth confirmed a patient there is also being tested. That patient had recently attended classes at Wenatchee Valley College. The results of those tests won’t be known for up to a week, and classes are still continuing at the WVC main campus. Confluence Health CEO Peter Rutherford, and David Olson, chief executive of Columbia Valley Community Health, say they’re taking extra steps for patient and provider safety. They joined NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins to talk about it. . .

Nine people have now died in Washington from COVID-19 infections, all in King and Snohomish counties. Rutherford and Olson both say COVID-19 is likely to amount to just a bad cold for most patients. But those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or already have respiratory ailments are vulnerable to advanced infection. Doctors advise you wash your hands often and thoroughly, avoid close contact with those who are sick, and stay home if you develop symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The restrooms at Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee have been closed while city crews clean graffiti and other vandalism, this time from inside the building. The city didn’t give a timeline for how long it will take to make the repairs.

In late February, graffiti vandals hit the outside of the restrooms at the park. Methow Park underwent $2.7 million in renovations last year, including the new restrooms. A Wenatchee police official said as the weather improves graffiti vandals seem get active again.

The new graffiti at Methow Park was found Monday night. Among the areas hit in the past two days were the Loop

Trail parking lot off 37th Street in East Wenatchee and Confluence Health off Miller Street in Wenatchee.

The Wenatchee man who led local police on a DUI chase back in November earned a nine-month jail sentence on Monday.

53-year-old Timothy Marc Fryhover had a 0.25 percent blood alcohol level when he fled from police November 18th, striking a parked car, a dirt embankment and two power boxes between Springwater Avenue and Cedar Wood Lane. He pleaded guilty to felony counts of eluding police and hit-and-run driving. In addition to jail time, Judge Travis Brandt ordered him to pay for more than $12,000 dollars’ worth of property damage. Fryhover has been in jail since his arrest. He was previously convicted of drunken driving last summer in Douglas County. His legal troubles aren’t over, though: He’s scheduled to plead March 17th in District Court to charges of DUI and driving without a license.

Chief, the Moses Lake Police Department K9 who was shot in the eye while chasing a suspect Friday night is on the road to recovery at the Washington State University Veterinary Clinic and could be back in Moses Lake by Wednesday.

After a vehicle chase, the dog and his handler, Officer Nick Stewart, were chasing 22-year-old Jose L. Rivera on foot on Denton Road when Rivera reportedly pulled a handgun.

After being told several times to drop the gun Rivera opened fire, hitting Chief in the eye. The Sheriff’s Department said Stewart then shot Rivera, killing him. Stewart is on paid administrative leave while the Columbia Basin Investigative Team investigates the shooting. Stewart has been with the department for five and a half years and Chief was brought onboard in 2018. Chief was to undergo surgery today to remove his destroyed eye and will wear a soft muzzle to protect his broken jaw.

Rivera was a suspect in several robberies and also was being sought as a person of interest in a pair of drive-by shootings late last year. He pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder in juvenile court in a 2013 case. He was 16 years old at the time.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee man who was institutionalized for four years over a mass shooting threat pleaded guilty Monday to illegally keeping a handgun. A key hearing in the Legislature on Wednesday could determine the fate of a proposed law banning Washington retailers from offering single-use plastic bags, and, The Wenatchee Valley will be getting its second Wendy’s restaurant under a plan submitted to the city of East Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee man who was institutionalized for four years over a mass shooting threat pleaded guilty Monday to illegally keeping a handgun.

Joshua Brent Stuller, who’s 31, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Superior Court to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His insanity plea in 2016 to seven counts of felony harassment barred him by law from owning guns. But he bought two black-powder revolvers, plus gunpowder and ammunition, at an East Wenatchee store last November.

In exchange for his new plea, prosecutors will ask for a 30-day jail sentence that could be converted into home confinement. He’ll be sentenced on April 6. Stuller still faces misdemeanor charges in Chelan County for allegedly stalking one of the victims in his original case. That case is also scheduled for trial next month.

A key hearing in the Legislature on Wednesday could determine the fate of a proposed law banning Washington retailers from offering single-use plastic bags.

Senate Bill 5323 has already been approved in the Senate and the House Committee on Finance could move the measure to a full vote of the House following its 8:00 a.m. executive session Wednesday.

Beginning in January 2021, all retail establishments would be barred from providing the bags to customers. The businesses would then be required to offer acceptable reusable bags, such as paper, and charge customers 8 cents for each. 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins voted against the bill. It also was passed by the Senate last year but never made it out of a House committee.

The Wenatchee Valley will be getting its second Wendy’s restaurant under a plan submitted to the city of East Wenatchee.

The new Wendy’s will be in a portion of the Hobby Lobby parking lot off Grant Road, across from Fred Meyer. The building permit submitted to the city shows the restaurant taking up a big chunk of the east side of the parking lot.

After completing the permitting process, the company hopes to begin construction this spring, with an opening before summer. Wendy’s currently has a restaurant on north Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee.

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…

The Wenatchee High School Drama Department’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank opens Wednesday, with shows through Saturday. The play tells the first-person story of a young Jewish girl and her family hiding from Nazis in an attic. In tonight’s feature story, Ainsley Shearer, who plays Anne Frank, told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz it was a story that captured her interest long before she landed the starring role. . .

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.

In the history of Cashmere girls basketball, there has not ever been a State Championship.  History is within reach this week for the Bulldogs.  This is the first of my four-part series, The Chase for the Gold Ball…

We’ll have the Cashmere girls first game at State Thursday at 5:30 against either Meridian or Annie Wright.  In addition, Eric Granstrom will be down in Yakima providing live updates on our Facebook page.

That’s also the place to state up to date on what’s happening with the Cashmere boys as they’ll face either Omak or La Salle in Thursday’s quarterfinal at 2 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Vernon and will face the Vipers in Game 3 of their BCHL Playoff Series tonight…

The series is tied at a game apiece after a split last weekend at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck will drop tonight at the Kal Tire Place at 7 o’clock.  Game 4 is also in Vernon tomorrow at 7 before the teams return to Wenatchee for Game 5 Friday at 7:05. 

You can hear the game locally tonight with our buddy Arch Ecker on 560-KPQ or also watch it on Hockey TV.

Here’s what we have on-tap for the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this week…

It begins tonight with the re-airing of that incredible playoff basketball game between the Eastmont and Wenatchee boys at 7 o’clock.

Then Thursday, we’ll have the Cashmere girls game LIVE in the quarterfinals of the State 1A Tournament against either Meridian or Annie Wright at 5:30.  Then at 7:30, it’s Hockey Night with Game 1 of the playoff series between Wenatchee and Vernon.

Friday and Saturday are in the air, pending outcomes from earlier games at the State Tournament.  We hope to have the Cashmere girls in the semifinals Friday night at 7 and then both the boys and girls in the championships Saturday at 7 and 9.  But that is to be determined.

The Mariners got roughed up in the desert yesterday, falling to Colorado 9-to-6…

Evan White had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and 2-RBI’s.  Jered Kelenic also hit his first home run of the spring.  And Justus Sheffield looked good on the mound with the start, going 3-innings and allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 4-strikeouts.

The Mariners have the day off today before heading to Tempe tomorrow to face the Angels.

Thanks Eric.

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.