NCWLIFE Evening News May 12th, 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, Brewster police are looking for a man and woman suspected of stealing a donation box from a convenience store last night. The family of a Moses Lake woman who police say was murdered in March is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to her body being found and The Wenatchee School District is holding a gang awareness conversation with local law enforcement.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Shooting I.D.’s -Investigators probing the May 7th gunfire incident in which a man was shot to death by police, have identified the slain man and the officers involved. 36-year-old Alexander James White of East Wenatchee was named as the man who fired a handgun into Living Hope Community Church on North Chelan Avenue, shortly before 8:30 that morning. Three Wenatchee police officers who arrived on the scene fired their own handguns, killing White. The officers are Corey Fuller, Brian Hewitt, and Aly Mustain. Hewitt received a leg injury, although investigators have not said how that injury occurred. In a video of the incident, White did not appear to fire his own pistol at police before he was fatally shot. No word yet on any motive in the initial gunfire. All three police officers remain on administrative leave, while the multi-agency Special Investigation Unit reviews the case.
Donations Box Theft -Brewster police are looking for a man and woman suspected of stealing a donation box from a convenience store last night. The Quik-E-Mart on Highway 97 said the Samaritan Riders donations were intended for a sick child. Surveillance images from the store’s cameras show the man and woman entering the store and making purchases at the counter where the donation box had been placed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brewster police at 509-689-2331.
Body Reward -The family of a Moses Lake woman who police say was murdered in March is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to her body being found. Yanira Cedillos has not been seen since she was out celebrating her 30th birthday with friends on March 3rd. On March 10th her former boyfriend, 27-year-old Juan Trujillo Gastellum, was arrested in Hermiston, Oregon for second-degree rape and second-degree murder in her disappearance. Moses Lake police said Gastellum had repeatedly been trying to contact Cedillos the night of her disappearance asking her where she was and who she was with. Police believe Gastellum killed Cedillos in her Moses Lake apartment and say he was seen on video the next morning cleaning out his car and disposing of evidence. The family is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of her body to contact the Moses Lake Police Department at 509-764-3887.
Gang Meeting -In a community meeting on youth gang activity in the Wenatchee Valley, local police last night said the problem is concerning, but residents should not live in fear. The meeting, convened by the Wenatchee School District, involved Wenatchee and East Wenatchee police agencies, as well as juvenile justice and diversion experts. Police say local youths are adopting gang culture as young as middle school, and gang affiliations have contributed to shootings and armed robberies in the last year. . .
TEASE – When we come back, Consultants working for the Wenatchee School District are wrapping up their report on the district’s equity program./ 2022’s wildfire season has yet to begin, but wildfires of the past are still posing a risk in some areas of Okanogan County./ Wildlife biologists will soon use high-flying methods to catch up with one of Washington’s ground-dwelling species, and, The Two Rivers Medieval Faire opens at the Chelan fairgrounds this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
WSD Equity Survey -Consultants working for the Wenatchee School District are wrapping up their report on the district’s equity program, which aims to close the gaps in learning opportunity created by race, gender and other factors. The research firm Education Northwest surveyed more than 3,000 students, families and educators as part of their overview. Consultants told the school board on Tuesday they expect to turn over a final report on WSD equity efforts next month. . .
Campground Closure -2022’s wildfire season has yet to begin, but wildfires of the past are still posing a risk in some areas of Okanogan County. The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today it’s closing campgrounds and sections of road in Okanogan County, owing to erosion danger and fire damage dating back to 2015. One mile of road in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area is closed, due to damage remaining from the 2015 Okanogan Complex fires. Also closed are three campgrounds in the Methow Wildlife Area. The department says those campgrounds are in a drainage that could see big washouts after the 2021 Cub Creek Fire. No date for reopening has been set.
Squirrel Drones -Wildlife biologists will soon use high-flying methods to catch up with one of Washington’s ground-dwelling species. Starting Monday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will use a drone to collect data on Washington ground squirrels in Grant and Adams counties. They’ll be flying over public land to monitor the burrowing animals, which live in sage-steppe country and are among the state’s vulnerable species. The drone survey is expected to go on no more than two days. The aim is to study how effective drone observation might be to collect data for wildlife studies.
Medieval Faire -After a two-year hiatus in which a plague stalked the land, the Two Rivers Medieval Faire returns this weekend to the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere. The renaissance festival began as a fun family event in 2008, usually held at Wenatchee Valley College. The event has since grown, with about 30 vendors and 2,000 attendees each year, featuring archery, jousting, medieval-themed tournaments and games. It’s a $10-dollar ticket for people 13 and up, with a discount for seniors and free admission for kids 5 and under. Costumes are optional. The Faire starts at 10 a.m. both days.
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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Mariners finished a disappointing home stand on a losing note yesterday, falling to Philadelphia 4-to-2 at T-Mobile Park…
Logan Gilbert lost for the first time this season, allowing a grand slam home run, which was all the Phillies would need to win the game…
Seattle now begins a brutal stretch of 13-games in 13-days beginning Friday with the first of a 10-game road trip in New York against the Mets. After three in New York, the Mariners will play three in Toronto and then four games in Boston before coming home May 23rd to host the Athletics.

Today features the semifinals in the District 6 2B Baseball Playoffs…
Liberty Bell, the surprise team of North Central Washington this season, is hosting Okanogan at 4:30. That’s the same start time for Tonasket at Brewster. Win or lose today, all four teams will play again Saturday to earn a trip to regionals.

Quincy and Cascade punched their tickets to the State A-B soccer tournament with wins yesterday…
The Jackrabbits blanked Bridgeport 4-nil while Cascade shut out Manson 5-nil in the District Playoffs. In other action, Brewster blanked Cashmere 1-nil while Okanogan got by Chelan 4-1.
The next round will be in Quincy Saturday with Okanogan facing Bridgeport in a loser-out game at 1 o’clock. That’s followed by Brewster and Manson in the loser-out game at 3. Cascade and Quincy will play for the District Championship at 5 o’clock.
Speaking of District Championships, the District 6 4A Title will be settled tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont. We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning a little before 7 with Sebastian Moraga and Neil Oyston on the call.
The Panthers won both meetings with the Wildcats earlier this season, 3-2 in the Apple Bowl and 2-nil at Eastmont.
The other district playoff game features Eisenhower at Sunnyside at 6 o’clock. The winner of that game will face the loser of Wenatchee and Eastmont for a last chance at State.

A full slate of racing is on tap Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…
It’s the Outlaw Oval Challenge and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel. This will be the fourth race of the season at WVSO and track manager Jeremy Anders says it’s been going well so far…
Typically, the Outlaws race in a figure-8 pattern over in Monroe at Evergreen Speedway. This will be the second time for them to come over and race on the quarter-mile oval at WVSO…
Saturday’s action will also include the Rockstar Energy B-Mods, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and Northwest Pro 4 Trucks. Gates open at 4:30 with racing starting at 6. Go to WVSO dot com for tickets.
We’ll have the racing LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz, so if you can’t attend, you can catch it right here on TV as well as our website and Facebook page.

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.