NCWLIFE Evening News, March 4, 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 travel trailer was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday in Chelan Falls but firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread to a nearby orchard. A brush fire near Davis Canyon off Highway 97A about noon Wednesday briefly threatened two structure before firefighters from several departments quickly contained the blaze, and, Some of the dogs housed at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be tested for distemper after the virus recently appeared in two of them.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A suspect wanted on multiple felony warrants was shot by a law enforcement officer just before noon today in Riverside.

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said his department and Omak Police had received information on the location of the suspect. During an attempt to arrest the man he was shot by either a sheriff’s deputy or an Omak police officer.

Initially, there was conflicting information, then both departments simply said a law enforcement officer. Hawley did not provide information on the condition of the man or the circumstances that led to him being shot. The Omak Chronicle reported that the man had been injured, apparently not fatally. The sheriff’s office and Omak police have contacted the North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit to investigate the shooting.

A travel trailer was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday in Chelan Falls but firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread to a nearby orchard.

Chelan Fire and Rescue said all the occupants were safely out of the travel trailer by the time firefighters arrived shortly after 3 a.m. It took crews about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. The travel trailer and its contents were a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A brush fire near Davis Canyon off Highway 97A about noon Wednesday briefly threatened two structure before firefighters from several departments quickly contained the blaze.

Chelan Fire and Rescue was first on the scene and found 30-mile-per-hour winds pushing the fire upslope, toward the structures. Chelan County Fire District 6 out of Entiat, state Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service crews were called in to assist and the fire was limited to about an acre and a half. It appears the fire was the result of a controlled burn getting out of control.

Some of the dogs housed at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society will be tested for distemper after the virus recently appeared in two of them.

Director Dawn Davies says dogs still at the shelter that came in contact with the two infected animals have been quarantined, and the group is working to find pet owners whose dogs might have been exposed. The infected dogs were among six that arrived on February 8th, after they were rescued from an unsanitary home in Texas.

They appeared healthy at the time, but one dog later developed neurological symptoms and had to be euthanized. The shelter remains open for its usual hours, but if your dog has been exposed to a WVHS shelter dog between the dates of February 8th to 28th, call WVHS at 662-9577 or talk to your veterinarian.

Coming up next, we will find out what goes into the testing for Coronavirus, The state Court of Appeals won’t throw out a long-running lawsuit over construction at Wanapum Dam, and, K9 Chief, the Moses Lake police dog who was shot in the eye by a fleeing suspect last Friday night received a hero’s welcome as he returned home today from the Washington State University Veterinary Clinic. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan Douglas County Health District Administrator, Barry Kling says he expects to see more testing for Coronavirus as the sickness spreads across the State. As of today there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local area although four people are being tested. Kling says he has no doubt the virus will spread east from the Seattle area where ten people have succumbed to the illness. . .

Kling says he’s satisfied with the way the CDC has handled the crisis, but he couldn’t say the same for some elected officials . . .

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence will be in Seattle tomorrow to meet with Governor Inslee. Barry Kling’s In Focus interview is available on demand at ncwlife.com.

The state Court of Appeals won’t throw out a long-running lawsuit over construction at Wanapum Dam.

The contractor on the Grant County PUD’s fish ladder project sued the utility in 2008, saying it was not fairly paid for major changes that were ordered while the work was in progress. Twelve years later, the case has yet to go to trial in Grant County Superior Court, but has been the subject of several appeals, including this one. The appeals court on Tuesday denied the PUD’s latest attempt to have the case dismissed. A previous appellate ruling called the lawsuit, quote, “unduly convoluted and overly-lawyered.”

The Moses Lake Police dog that the department says saved his handler’s life is out of a veterinary clinic and back home this afternoon. NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons reports on the heartwarming homecoming. . .

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 tonight, 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.

The Vernon Vipers own a 2-1 series lead over Wenatchee after a 4-2 win in Game 3 last night at the Kal Tire Place…

Vernon scored the first goal of the game less than a minute into it, but the Wild countered shortly thereafter by Noah Lugli (LOO-LEE).  The second period would define the night, however, as the Vipers collected two power play goals from which Wenatchee could never recover.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is tonight in Vernon at 7 o’clock.  Wenatchee returns home to host Game 5 Friday night at 7:05.  At this point, the Wild are hoping for a Game 6 back in Vernon on Sunday.

It’s Day 1 of the WIAA Hardwood Classic in Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane…

The Moses Lake girls face Rogers of Puyallup in a 1st round game of the State 4A Tournament in the Tacoma Dome today at 2.  They’ll have to win to face Union tomorrow at 2 o’clock.

Cashmere’s opponent for tomorrow will be decided between Meridian and Annie Wright today in the Sun Dome at 5:30.  The winner will go on to face the Bulldogs tomorrow at 5:30, which we’ll have LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.

At the 1B tournament in Spokane, Moses Lake Christian plays a lower-out game against Mount Vernon Christian tonight at 7:15.  If they win, they’ll face Yakama National Tribal tomorrow at 7:15.

Over the next four days, the Cashmere Bulldogs girls basketball team will try to etch their names in the history books.  And for three seniors, the bumps and bruises have been all worth it.  Eric Granstrom has more on The Chase for the Gold Ball…

And we will have the Cashmere girls against either Meridian or Annie Wright tomorrow LIVE at 5:30 on TV-ONLY here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  If you’d like to watch the game on-line, you can stream it through the NFHS Network.

And Eric will keep you up to date with LIVE Facebook reports throughout the State Tournament on both the Cashmere boys AND girls, so head there for the latest.  In fact, Eric will be down there this afternoon doing his sports LIVE from the Sun Dome tonight with Grant Olson, so be sure to tune in for that.

Now speaking of the boys, here’s the schedule over the next couple days at the WIAA Hardwood Classic…

La Salle and Omak play today at 2 in the Sun Dome during the 1-A Tournament.  The winner of that game will face the Cashmere boys in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 2 o’clock.

At the 2-B Tournament in Spokane, the Lake Roosevelt boys faces Wahkiakum today at 3:45.  The winner of today’s game faces Life Christian tomorrow at 3:45.  Brewster plays a loser-out game against Kettle Falls tonight at 7:15.  The winner advances to play Toutle Lake in the quarterfinals tomorrow night at 7:15.

There is some college basketball on the schedule for tonight…

Okay, there’s only one college basketball game featuring a northwest school on tap tonight.  That’s the Eastern Washington women at Idaho State.  We’ll have a full-slate for you coming up tomorrow.

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.