NCWLIFE Evening News May 12th, 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 stolen vehicle suspect barricaded himself in an outbuilding outside Oroville for close to two and a half hours Sunday before surrendering without incident. Police say a Wenatchee man admitted to drawing a semi-automatic handgun and working the slide to intimidate a neighbor. A Wenatchee police officer failed to inform a suspect he was under arrest before questioning him, and so the state Court of Appeals threw out his conviction for drug possession, and, A rural Douglas County man is charged with assault for allegedly firing a rifle toward a family hunting for turkey near Bridgeport Bar Recreation Area.      

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a statewide plan for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases Tuesday that will utilize the National Guard, state Department of Licensing and state and local health care professionals.

Those officials will identify people who have had contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, with both the infected person and the people on their contact list facing mandatory quarantine.

Under Inslee’s plan, anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus will be quarantined for 14 days, as will everyone in their household. And anyone who has had contact with that person will be quarantined until they have tested negative, even if they have not tested positive or shown symptoms.

Inslee said the ability to aggressively test and trace COVID-19 cases is the next step in reopening much of the state.

A stolen vehicle suspect barricaded himself in an outbuilding outside Oroville for close to two and a half hours Sunday before surrendering without incident.

County Sheriff’s deputies had earlier been told that 41-year-old Jon DeVon of Oroville was armed with a shotgun and had a list of four people QUOTE, he wanted to get rid of, UNQUOTE. DeVon served 11 years in prison after being convicted of killing his 2-year-old stepson in 2006.

The stolen vehicle was found at 99 Sawtells road just before 6 p.m. and the resident of that property told deputies Devon was in an outbuilding. The building was surrounded and the North Central Washington Special Response Team and Sheriff’s Office negotiators were called in.

At about 8:20 p.m. DeVon surrendered and no shotgun was found. DeVon faces numerous charges, including taking a motor vehicle without permission, first-degree assault, domestic violence and obstructing law enforcement.

He was released from prison in 2017 after an appeals court found an issue with jury selection and sent his case back to Okanogan County Superior Court for a retrial. Instead of a new trial, he was recharged with second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to the time he’d already served.

Police say a Wenatchee man admitted to drawing a semi-automatic handgun and working the slide to intimidate a neighbor. 21-year old Jonathan D. Marvin was arrested late Friday at his apartment on Central Avenue.

The neighbor accused Marvin of pointing the weapon at his chest about 10:45 p.m., and saying, “Next time I’m going to shoot you.” When questioned by police, Marvin allegedly denied aiming the gun or making the threat, but did admit brandishing the nine-millimeter pistol and working the slide. Police said the two men had prior conflicts over noise and other complaints. Court records show they removed two shotguns, four rifles and two handguns from Marvin’s residence. He remained jailed as of this morning on $25,000 bail.

A Wenatchee police officer failed to inform a suspect he was under arrest before questioning him, and so the state Court of Appeals threw out his conviction for drug possession. The higher court says Officer Albert Gonzalez handcuffed suspect Kenneth Stephens during a 2017 shoplifting investigation, read him his Miranda rights, and questioned him.

When Stephens admitted to the crime, Gonzalez announced he was arresting him. In a ruling today, the higher court said that’s not the typical order of how investigations and arrests happen. A jury acquitted Stephens of stolen-property charges, but convicted him for a small amount of methamphetamine Gonzalez found during the arrest. The appellate court decision reverses that conviction, and dismisses the charge.

A rural Douglas County man is charged with assault for allegedly firing a rifle toward a family hunting for turkey near Bridgeport Bar Recreation Area.

Sheriff’s deputies say on May 5th, 67-year-old Lyle Ostheller fired multiple rounds from his porch toward a father, daughter and grandfather who were hunting on public land near his residence. The hunters said bullets from Ostheller’s property began to strike rocks and trees around them after they shot a turkey in the area. Deputies said as many as 15 to 20 shots may have been fired. They arrested Ostheller at his home Thursday; Douglas County prosecutors filed two counts of second-degree assault against him on Monday.

Coming up next, Republican candidate for governor Joshua Freed is one of several people suing Governor Jay Inslee over his Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders. Founders Days in Cashmere has become the latest summer festival in North Central Washington to be cancelled over COVID-19 concerns, and, Beginning May 18th, face coverings will become mandatory in most public places in Seattle and all of King County.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Republican candidate for governor Joshua Freed is one of several people suing Governor Jay Inslee over his Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders. Freed’s lawsuit is focused on Inslee’s ban on religious gatherings but during a visit to Wenatchee on Monday, the former Bothel mayor said it is vital that the state move more rapidly toward opening up all businesses in Washington. . .

Founders Days in Cashmere has become the latest summer festival in North Central Washington to be cancelled over COVID-19 concerns.

The festival had been scheduled for June 26th and 27th but the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce said with the extension of Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on large gatherings it was not going to happen.

Also today, the North Central Washington Fair announced it is cancelling its 3rd of July Bull Bash in Waterville.

Beginning May 18th, face coverings will become mandatory in most public places in Seattle and all of King County.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the state’s first face-covering directives Monday but said they will rely on voluntary compliance and won’t be issuing tickets or making arrests.

The directives cover supermarkets, farmers markets, pharmacies, convenience stores, and most other retail outlets and carry-out restaurants. In addition, masks must be worn in taxis, rideshare vehicles and public transportation.

Face coverings earlier were made mandatory at Sea-Tac Airport. Mayor Durkan said face coverings are part of the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deaf people and children under age 2 are exempted from the mask requirement.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee Valley and Garlini’s Restaurant, came together yesterday in an event that turned into something very special, just when the community needed it. . .

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 West Coast League announced late last week that it was postponing the start of its season by a month.  In light of pandemic-related circumstances, several teams may have to join Bellingham in cancelling their seasons.  It could leave seven teams in Washington state trying to salvage some kind of season.

W-C-L Commissioner Rob Neyer says the season as we knew it with north and south divisions playing 50-some league games is not going to happen.  Instead, there could be an open tournament format with groups of players traveling to cities, dividing up into teams, and playing several games in a three-day stretch…

Each of the 12-teams that make up the West Coast League are small businesses.  The pandemic cancelling their season takes a toll on the business side of baseball.  But Neyer is confident everyone will be back in 2021 no matter what happens this summer…

The AppleSox just celebrated its 20th year in the Wenatchee last summer.  Several other teams in the West Coast League have a rich history of offering fans the national pastime for a few months each year.  Neyer says the league will survive this pandemic but the search of a new “normal” is still a blurry picture…

You can watch the entire interview between Eric Granstrom and Rob Neyer coming up later this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley. 

Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the 4th of July weekend…

MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union today.  An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult. 

Each team would play about 82 regular-season games against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to their region (AL West vs. NL West).

Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.  The All Star game that was slated for Dodger Stadium July 14th would be cancelled.

The sticking point could be over salaries.  Teams will propose that players receive the percentage of their 2020 salaries based on a 50-50 split of revenues.

The proposal would have teams begin training camps in mid-June with the shortened-season starting up the weekend around Independence Day.  Games would be played without fans to start, but the hope is to open up the turnstiles as the season continues. 

In addition to a proposal for the return of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association is asking its players if they want to play this year?

The NBA players’ association sent out a text message to its 450-players a simple question:  Do you want to return to play this season?  Yes or No. 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told league representatives in a conference call Friday that no decision needed to be made this month, and that a one- or two-site setup for teams was among the possible scenarios possibly in Orlando or Las Vegas.

High school teams in Washington trying to make a state championship tournament will now have to go through a committee first…

The WIAA executive board approved a resolution last week to follow the method already utilized in football and use a seeding committee in five other sports.

Beginning next school year, the RPI (Rating Percentage Index) will track teams throughout the season and rank them in volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.  Committees would meet following district tournaments to seed teams for regional and state tournaments.

RPI has been used in Washington for basketball since 2017 and football for the past two seasons.  It will be something new to soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball.  Again, those rankings will be a guide, but the ultimate decision on seedings will be up to a committee made up of volunteers with knowledge of teams and leagues throughout the state.

Our broadcasts of Great Games of our Past begins tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’re going back to September of 2016 for this one.  Eric Granstrom wasn’t officially working for NCWLIFE Channel yet, but sat in for our first-ever broadcast of high school volleyball with LeAnn Branam.  The duo called Wenatchee and Chelan in an early-season, non-league match at Wenatchee High School.  Be sure to tune in tonight at 7 for all the action.

And here you see the rest of our schedule with playoff hockey from 2018 Thursday; Cashmere and Cascade girls soccer Friday; prep baseball early Saturday between Wenatchee and Moses Lake followed by the AppleSox and Portland Pickles Saturday evening.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, our Valley Our Future, the nonprofit team focused on growth and equity in the Wenatchee Valley, wants to hear how COVID-19 has affected your social and economic well-being. The group launched a community survey today to gauge how the pandemic has affected local residents, and to seek ideas on ways for the region to recover.

You can view that survey and participate at the website ourvalleyourfuture.org, or on the group’s Facebook page. Our Valley Our Future’s director, Steve Maher, was recently appointed to a task force by Governor Jay Inslee to help prepare for the statewide recovery.

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.