NCWLIFE Evening News May 10th, 2022

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Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to tonight’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window,
Now, A few of the news stories we’re following for you tonight, Three people were injured this morning when a car and pickup collided on Highway 281 south of Quincy. A Bremerton man who sideswiped a Chelan County sheriff’s vehicle in a stolen pickup two months ago has now served his jail time and Douglas County commissioners today unanimously voted down the “North-South annexation,” an interlocal agreement that would have annexed roughly 600 existing homes into the city of East Wenatchee.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Juvie Gun Heist -Two juveniles are facing trial this month for a break-in, in which about 30 firearms were stolen. Police say two of those guns were later found in the possession of Wenatchee Valley gang members. The two youth suspects in the break-in are 14 and 17 years old, one from Wenatchee and one from East Wenatchee. Both are now charged with first-degree burglary plus 24 counts each of firearm theft. Chelan County detectives say the two used a shotgun to shoot out the locks on the door of a Malaga gunsmith shop on April 4th. Once inside, they allegedly made off with multiple handguns, a shotgun, assault rifles and other weapons valued at more than $20,000. They were arrested about five days afterward, and have been in juvenile detention ever since. East Wenatchee police later made an arrest of two alleged gang members carrying two handguns taken in the burglary. About 23 of the stolen firearms had been recovered as of last month. Both teenagers now face trial on May 27th in Chelan County juvenile court.
281 Wreck -Three people were injured this morning when a car and pickup collided on Highway 281 south of Quincy. The collision sent the pickup onto its side in the roadway and the car rolling off the shoulder where it caught on fire. Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeremy Weber said the pickup was traveling southbound on the highway about 6:10 a.m. when it swerved into the northbound land and was hit in the passenger side area by the car. Weber said the pickup driver, 32-year-old Pedro Zavala Gomez of Quincy, told troopers he swerved to avoid a vehicle pulling onto the highway off Road 5 Northwest. The woman driving the car 42-year-old Elza Cisneros Gonzalez of Mattawa, a 3-year old boy passenger and the driver of the pickup all were hospitalized. Gomez was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries; Cisneros to Central Washington Hospital; and the child was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane with undisclosed injuries. Weber said the woman and the boy had to be extricated from the burning vehicle but did not suffer burn injuries. The accident closed both Highway 281 and White Trail Road for about two hours. Weber said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Hit & Run Plea -A Bremerton man who sideswiped a Chelan County sheriff’s vehicle in a stolen pickup two months ago has now served his jail time. 21-year-old Adam John Gray was sentenced last month to 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to possessing a stolen vehicle, fleeing from police and DUI. He had been in custody since the March 11th incident, in which he sped away from a Wenatchee accident in a stolen pickup, crashed into an oncoming sheriff’s patrol vehicle on Highway 2, and finally collided with a guardrail east of Leavenworth. The deputy was treated at Central Washington Hospital for minor injuries. Gray must also pay about $1,400 in court fines and fees, and his driver’s license has been revoked.
E. Wen. Annexation -Douglas County commissioners today unanimously voted down the “North-South annexation,” an interlocal agreement that would have annexed roughly 600 existing homes into the city of East Wenatchee. The city must now seek annexation in a revised agreement, or by other means, including public vote. The agreement was approved by the East Wenatchee City Council on May 3rd, but county commissioners rejected it, saying it would increase fees for residents, and should be put to a ballot initiative. The agreement has been in the works for almost a year, and East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford said she felt duped by the county’s handling of the issue. . .
TEASE – When we come back, It may have seemed like a clever way to take your vehicle with you when you move but the Washington State Patrol didn’t see it that way, we’ll show you what we mean./ Filing week begins Monday for the 2022 elections with numerous races on the ballot in Chelan and Douglas counties./ Foothills Middle School in Wenatchee has sent its four-student robotics team to the Vex Robotics World Championship in Texas, and, Despite being hit with several dumps of late-season snow, crews were able to officially open the North Cascades Highway today. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
U-Hauler -It may have seemed like a clever way to take your vehicle with you when you move but the Washington State Patrol didn’t see it that way. A U-Haul moving van was pulled over just north of Okanogan over the weekend that had a vehicle protruding several feet out of the back secured by a single strap. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the driver of the U-Haul was cited for failing to secure a load with safety chains, which brings a $139 fine. In addition, the driver had a suspended license and U-Haul reported their truck was long overdue for return and was close to being reported as stolen when it was pulled over. Bryant said both the U-Haul – at U-Haul’s request – and the non-working vehicle were impounded.
Filing Week -Filing week begins Monday for the 2022 elections with numerous races on the ballot in Chelan and Douglas counties. Many candidates have already filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicating they intend to officially file next week. That includes three candidates for the District 2 Chelan County Commissioner seat being vacated by Commissioner Bob Bugert. Early fundraising reports show Anne Hessburg with a slight money advantage over Shon Smith in that race with Hessburg reporting having raised just over $12,000 and Smith just over $11,000. The third candidate, Zachary Miller, has not yet reported any fundraising. The biggest pre-filing fundraiser in Chelan County has been Sheriff Brian Burnett with just over $30,000. No other sheriff candidate has yet filed with the PDC to oppose Burnett. Candidates have until the end of the day Friday, May 20th to officially file for the August 2nd primary and November 8th General Election.
Foothills Robotics -Foothills Middle School in Wenatchee has sent its four-student robotics team to the Vex Robotics World Championship in Texas. The team, which calls itself the Professional Penguins, was scheduled for eight matches yesterday in Dallas, and three more today, getting their robots to complete tasks head-to-head against other teams. The students are competing in the science division. While in Dallas, they’ve been meeting fellow students from schools as far away as Hawaii, Great Britain and Ecuador.
North Cascades Highway -Despite being hit with several dumps of late-season snow, crews were able to officially open the North Cascades Highway today. The Washington State Department of Transportation said snow-clearing crews from the east and west side of Highway 20 met over the weekend but with snow in the forecast the reopening was delayed until today.The clearing took more than six weeks with crews encountering snow 7-and-a-half-feet deep on Rainy Pass. The May 10th reopening is earlier than last year when the pass was reopened May 28th.
TEASE -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, please stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Chelan WUI Codes – In tonight’s feature story, Chelan County is several steps away from having a new building code to govern wildfire-prone areas. County commissioners held a hearing today on proposed new ordinances from Fire Marshal Stephen Rinaldi, which would require more fire-resistant building materials in the Wildland-Urban Interface, or WUI (whoo-ee). Wenatchee Valley developers worry that the new code could add costs to construction. But firefighters and other community advocates say it’s time for building codes to meet the challenge of wildfire. . .

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

A fun day at the ballpark for the Mariners Sunday did not carry over into Monday night…
Philadelphia smacked Seattle around for a 9-nothing defeat last night at T-Mobile Park. The Phillies had 17-hits in the ballgame, including back-to-back homers in the second of losing pitcher Chris Flexen…
A good night for Julio Rodríguez did not nearly make up for the evening on the mound according to manager Scott Servais…
Seattle’s been outscored 44-to-16 over the last 8-games in which they’ve won just one game. The Mariners and Phillies will go at it again tonight at 6:40 with Robbie Ray up against Aaron Nola.

Renton was full of rookies over the weekend with the Seahawks…
Seattle held a 3-day rookie mini-camp for drafted as well as undrafted invitees. Coach Pete Carroll says it was a great chance to get a good look at a crop of kids still wet behind the ears…
Seattle will find out what it’s 2022 season will look like when the NFL releases the full schedule on Thursday. The Seahawks training camp is set for late July.

Here’s what’s happening as far as high school sports in our region…
Manson was able to advance in a 2B baseball play-in game yesterday by a score of 6-nothing over Bridgeport. Today, the Trojans traveled to Okanogan for the first round of the District 6 2B Tournament today. Lake Roosevelt hosts Tonasket in the other first-round game.
The District 6 1A playoffs are at Ephrata High School this afternoon as Cashmere takes on Omak in the first game. That’s followed by Quincy and Chelan at 6:30.
The District 6 1B Tournament is underway today as Waterville-Mansfield hosts Moses Lake Christian while Pateros travels to Riverside Christian.
The Play-In games for the Big-9 to get to the District 6 4A Tournament are today as Eastmont travels to Davis while Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower.

The softball season is winding down still for some schools while others are already into the playoffs…
On Monday, Cascade swept a doubleheader from Quincy 13-3 and 23-5.
Today, Eastmont is hosting Davis. Cashmere is visiting Omak. Wenatchee’s on the road at Eisenhower.
The District 6 2B Playoffs begin today with Brewster hosting Oroville while Liberty Bell travels to Tonasket.

The Big-9’s District Play-In soccer matches are this evening…
Moses Lake faces a must-win game at Sunnyside while Eisenhower hosts Davis.
We’ll have the District 6 4A Championship game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel Thursday night as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Sebastian Moraga will be joined by Neil Oyston for the call at 7 o’clock right here.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is ready for another night of racing this Saturday…
The Outlaw Oval Challenge is back with cars that usually do Figure-8 racing in Monroe coming over to race around the quarter-mile asphalt track. Saturday’s racing will also feature the Rockstar Energy B-Mods, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and Northwest Pro 4 Trucks. We’ll have all the action here LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning at 6 o’clock.
For tickets, go to WVSO dot com.

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.