NCWLIFE Evening News March 4, 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, Moses Lake Police used Facebook to apprehend a man suspected of felony hit and run. A routine traffic stop in Soap Lake turned into a 38-mile long high speed pursuit Friday afternoon, and, and the Chelan County PUD received results today of the investigation into the death of a worker at Rock Island Dam last year.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Sunday evening fire caused extensive damage to the Blue Bird cold storage building in Peshastin. The two-alarm fire was first reported shortly after 7:00 pm. Our SkyFi web cam captured these images of the fire as flames swept through the west end of the structure. The facility’s interior continued to burn this morning. Chelan County Fire District 6 chief, Phil Mosher says the fire is located in a building that contains up to 12 cold storage rooms with boxes of fruit inside. The building itself was built in the 1980’s which is also of concern. . .

Flames were visible from US 2 and the fire generated a huge volume of smoke that blanketed the entire Wenatchee Valley this morning. There are no reports of injuries at this time. The fire prompted an emergency 48-hour boil water advisory. Officials expressed concerns about the possibility of chemicals from the fruit storage operation leaking out and contaminating a neighboring well.

Moses Lake Police employed Facebook to apprehend a man suspected of felony hit and run.

22-year old Cooper Wilson faces multiple charges stemming from a hit and run collision Friday night in which a man riding a horse was seriously injured and his horse was killed. Police say the victim was riding on Frontage Road near the golf course when he was struck from behind.

Moses Lake Police say Cooper fled the scene, crashing through the fence and getting on westbound I90, before crashing through the fence again and back onto North Frontage Road, continuing westbound.

Police say they were able to identify the suspect within fifteen minutes of posting a request for help on the Department’s Facebook page. Cooper was arrested Saturday and is now booked at the Grant County Jail. The victim’s current condition is not immediately available.

A routine traffic stop in Soap Lake turned into a 38-mile long high speed pursuit Friday afternoon. It happened at 1:15 p.m. Friday when Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a traffic stop at 4th Avenue and Canna Street South in Soap Lake. The vehicle had license plates attached that did not belong to that vehicle. The suspect vehicle stopped at first, but then fled as the officer was attempting contact.

Soap Lake Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle about 22 miles from Soap Lake to Coulee City on State Route 17. At times, speeds reached 114 mph on the highway. The pursuit traveled through Coulee City streets, almost striking a police unit, before continuing down Pinto Ridge Road.

Sheriff’s deputies safely and successfully utilized spike strips on the suspect vehicle on Pinto Ridge Road blowing two of the four tires. Soap Lake Police Department initiated a PIT maneuver on the suspect vehicle causing the it to rotate and become disabled, immediately and safely ending the pursuit. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody with no further incident. The driver, 23-year-old Triston Duplichan of Warden, had several outstanding arrest warrants. The passenger, 29-year-old Noe Duarte of Warden, also had several outstanding arrest warrants. They were booked into Grant County Jail on their outstanding warrants and several additional charges.

The results of a third-party investigation into the death of a Rock Island Dam worker last summer faults Chelan County PUD for the accident. Harold Malkin with the law firm, Lane Powell presented his findings to PUD Commissioners this morning.

Ed Bromily was killed last June when he was struck by a steel swing-rail while crane testing near one of the dam spillgates. Malkin cited two main causes of the accident. . .

PUD General Manager, Steve Wright reported that changes have been made to address the findings of the investigation . . .

Bromily’s death also resulted in the PUD being fined 6-thousand dollars for workplace violations by Washington State Labor and Industries. The 8 month long investigation report is available for public review on PUD’s website.

Coming up next, The JC Penney store in Wenatchee’s Valley North Shopping Center is not on the retailer’s latest list of store closures. Newly elected 12th District State Representative Keith Goehner had his first bill pass off the house floor on Friday, and, In addition to dozens of written objections from residents, an official appeal has been filed in an effort to stop construction of the Leavenworth Adventure Park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The JC Penney store in Wenatchee’s Valley North Shopping Center is not on the retailer’s latest list of store closures, the company announced Friday. The JC Penny announced late last week it would be closing 27 stores but did not say which stores.

Dana Harrington of JC Penney media relations said Friday that Wenatchee is not on that list. JC Penney closed 138 stores in 2017 and eight more stores last year. It still has more than 800 locations throughout the country.

Newly elected 12th District State Representative Keith Goehner had his first bill pass off the house floor on Friday. House Bill 1633 would make the posting of state and federal fuel tax rate information by fuel pump inspectors permanent.

The posting of fuel tax rates on pumps was passed as part of the 2017-19 transportation budget when former Representative Cary Condotta was able to get the fuel tax sticker legislation amended into the transportation budget. Washington state’s current gas tax is 49.4 cents per gallon.

It is the third-highest gas tax in the country behind Pennsylvania and California. The federal gas tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon, 22.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel.House Bill 1633 passed by a vote of 92-2. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

In addition to dozens of written objections from residents, an official appeal has been filed in an effort to stop construction of the Leavenworth Adventure Park.

On Friday, the deadline to appeal the city of Leavenworth’s conditional approval of the project, Friends of Leavenworth raised legal objections through their attorney Robert Dodge. They cite several issues, including parking, traffic, noise and the aesthetics of the park.

The proposed 10-acre park would include an alpine coaster and other attractions on a hillside at Icicle Road and Highway 2. The project has been controversial from the start. After numerous objections last summer, developer John Sutherland withdrew, then resubmitted his application. With numerous mitigation requirements, it has cleared most city and state environmental hurdles.

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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In tonight’s feature story,Executive Director Matt Cadman is at the Numerica Performing Arts Center for two more weeks before moving on to Act 3 of his life, as he says. Cadman was a guest on Street Talk & Other Stuff with Mike Magnotti this morning talking about his time at the local non-profit and community arts center. . .

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 Cashmere girls brought home some hardware from the Hardwood Classic over the weekend in Yakima…

And on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the 1A girls tournament, La Salle goes on to win the State Championship by downing Lynden Christian and Bellevue Christian takes 4th.

Turning to the boy’s 1A Tournament…

To no one’s great surprise, Zillah is the State Champion after running through the tournament downing King’s Way Christian for the title.  King’s was 3rd and Lynden Chritian 4th.

Let’s head to Spokane and see what happened in the B Tournament…

Tri-Cities Prep is the State 2B girls champions after downing Liberty (Spangle) 50-to-42.  Wahkiakum is 3rd and Davenport 4th.

Kittitas continued its domination by winning the State 2B Boy’s title 79-51 over Saint George’s.  Brewster took 3rd with a 57-49 win over Life Christian Academy.  And Lake Roosevelt finished 6th after falling on the final day to Toledo 52-25.

At the State 1B Tournament on the girl’s side, Colton is the state champion after downing Pomeroy.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline took 5th.

Sunnyside Christian is the State 1B Boys champion after downing Yakama Tribal 54-45.  The Almira-Coulee-Hartline boys took 5th.

The Wenatchee Wild are tied one game apiece in their first-round playoff series with West Kelowna after the two teams split a pair of games over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee won a thriller Saturday night 5-4 on Murphy Stratton’s second goal of the night with less than three minutes left in the game.

The late-game heroics were necessary after the Wild squandered a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

The Wild couldn’t hold up in Game 2 Sunday, falling by a score of 5-1.  Game 3 is in West Kelowna Tuesday at 7 o’clock.

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.