NCWLIFE Evening News May 18th, 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, The body of the man found last Thursday morning in Moses Lake has been identified. A 17-year-old stolen car suspect led Moses Lake Police on a lengthy chase through town late last week that included several high-speed laps through the WinCo parking lot, and, After a split council vote last week Leavenworth has decided to move forward with the hiring of a new city administrator.      

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The body of a missing 40-year-old Leavenworth man was found Friday afternoon in the Wenatchee River along Chiwawa Loop Road. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jedidiah Thorp had been missing since he wandered away from his campsite Sunday evening. His body was found near milepost 7 along Chiwawa Loop Road, about a mile from the campsite where he and his family had been staying.

Sheriff’s deputies, Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue and Chelan County Swift Water Rescue personnel had been searching for him since Monday. With improved weather Friday, a sheriff’s office helicopter was able to search the river and located Thorp about 3 p.m. Thorp’s death is under investigation, the sheriff’s office reported.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the death of a man who fell from his boat Thursday morning in Moses Lake is QUOTE nothing more than a terrible accident” UNQUOTE. The man has been identified as 41-year-old Kelly Ellingson of Moses Lake.

The sheriff’s office said Ellingson and a companion were returning to the dock at Blue Heron Park when Ellingson accelerated the boat while making a turn, causing both him and his friend to fall into the water around 9:30 a.m. The companion swam to shore, but Ellingson went under and didn’t resurface.

Neither Ellingson nor his companion were wearing a life vest. Columbia River Dive rescue personnel recovered Ellingson’s body about 5 p.m. Thursday.

A 17-year-old stolen car suspect led Moses Lake Police on a lengthy chase through town late last week that included several high-speed laps through the WinCo parking lot. Police dash cam video shows the teen racing through the parking lot and giving the middle finger to shoppers as he speeds past. Police flattened the vehicle’s tires with spike strips but the chase continued until the 17-year-old crashed the stolen car through a fence, into the side of a house, then into a vehicle. Take a look at how it all went down on this video from the Moses Lake Police Departments dash cam. . .

The unidentified suspect faces theft of a vehicle and felony eluding charges in juvenile court.

After a split council vote last week Leavenworth has decided to move forward with the hiring of new city administrator Ana Cortez-Steiner come June 1st. Cortez-Steiner was selected out of 20 applicants and three finalists by Mayor Carl Florea to replace former former city administrator Joel Walinski. Before her selection Cortez-Steiner worked as an assistant city manager for Yakima and as city manager for Helena, Montana.

Cortez-Steiner says her first-year goals include getting to know the Leavenworth community on top of addressing the COVID-19 aftermath and getting the city back to normal. . .

The City Council voted to approve a contract with the new city administrator, although the vote ended up being only 4-3 in favor of Cortez-Steiner.

Coming up next, Chelan and Douglas counties will head into the 2020 election season with few contested races after the filing period for candidates ended Friday. Seven people have filed to run against Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier as she seeks her second term in Congress, and, East Wenatchee’s newest roundabout at Third Street and Highland Drive opened  Friday night, about a month and a half ahead of schedule. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan and Douglas counties will head into the 2020 election season with few contested races after the filing period for candidates ended Friday. The only local race in the August 4th primary with more than two candidates is for Chelan County Commissioner District 4, where Dale England and Tiffany Gering, both of Chelan, and Brandt Cappell of Wenatchee will face off to determine which two will face off in the November general election. District 4 Commissioner Doug England, Dale England’s brother, is not seeking re-election. District 1 Commissioner Kevin Overbay will run unopposed. Of the three 12th District state legislators up for re-election, only Representative Keith Goehner faces opposition and that comes from Andrianne Moore of Winthrop Senator Brad Hawkins and Representative Mike Steel will run unopposed. In Douglas County, County Commissioners Dan Sutton and Kyle Steinburg drew no opposition.

Seven people have filed to run against Eighth District U.S. Representative Kim Schrier as she seeks her second term in Congress. Probably the best-known of her opponents are Republicans Jesse Jensen, an Army veteran and Amazon manager from Bonney Lake, and Keith Swank of Puyallup, a Seattle Police Department captain. Filing as a Trump Republican was Dave Saulibio, who lists a Spokane post office box as his address. Saulibio ran in the 2018 primary against Spokane Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers but received just 2.4 percent of the vote in the primary. Schrier, a Democrat, won a hotly contested race in 2018 against Republican Dino Rossi to replace retiring Congressman Dave Reichert. In the 4th District, Congressman Dan Newhouse drew five opponents, two of them fellow Republicans, a Democrat, an Independent and a Libertarian.

East Wenatchee’s newest roundabout at Third Street and Highland Drive opened  Friday night, about a month and a half ahead of schedule. KRCI, the contractor on the project, was given additional time for closing the intersection because of lighter traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $730,000 dollar roundabout is designed to address safety issues at the busy intersection near Costco and several auto dealerships.

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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At 8:32 a.m. on a Sunday morning 40 years ago today, an earthquake caused the entire north side of Mount St. Helens to slide away in the largest landslide ever recorded. 57 people died in the eruption causing $3 billion in damage. In tonight’s feature story, a look back at the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history. . .

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.

Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is out of jail on 100-thousand dollars bond today after turning himself into authorities Saturday…

A warrant for Dunbar’s arrest was issued Thursday in Miramar, Florida along with New York Giant’s cornerback DeAndre Baker for the duo’s alleged roll in an armed robbery at a party Wednesday night. 

Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco, argued before the judge Sunday morning that his client should be set free.  Grieco showed the judge affidavits from five witnesses at the party that exonerates his client.  Reportedly, the five witness are the same five who reported the theft to police.

Dunbar and Baker are accused of robbing thousands of dollars in cash and pricey designer watches at gunpoint after an argument broke out at a party Wednesday night.

NASCAR celebrated a successful return to racing Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway….

Kevin Harvick won his 50th race in his career with NASCAR’S first race since March.  Harvick led 159 laps of the race, which was run without fans.  It was the first of four NASCAR races that will be run within 10-days.

If you missed the news on Friday, Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval announced it was scheduling some practice nights…

The Super Oval announced on social media today that there will be two open practice sessions on May 27th and June 3rd from 5-to-8pm.  The pits will open at 4 o’clock  and the cost to teams is 125-dollars with a maximum of 5 people allowed per team.   To reserve a spot, you need to call ahead at 509-884-8592.

The PGA made a return Sunday as well with the TaylorMade Driving Relief match play event at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida…

Rory McIlroy delivered the winning shot Sunday and he and Dustin Johnson edged the team of Matthew Wolff and Rickie Fowler.  McIlroy and Johnson raised 1.85-million dollars for the American Nurses Foundation.  Wolff and Fowler raised 1.15-million for the CDC Foundation.

It was the first televised PGA event since early march and featured players carrying their own bags.  There was also no gallery and players were mic’d up for an inside listen to conversations between the players.

Golfers got great news Friday with Governor Jay Inslee’s update of rules regarding COVID precautions on the links…

The biggest of the five new updates is that unrelated foursomes are now allowed.  When golfing returned May 5th, only players from the same household were allowed to play together. 

The update says, quote, foursomes are permitted as long as the course determines that foursomes will not create congestion on the course.  Single players should be asked if they would like to be paired together, end quote.

Coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule…

We’re going back to a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule this week and kick it off in fine fashion Thursday night with Hockey Night.  We’re sticking with the amazing playoff run for the Wenatchee Wild in 2018 with Game 5 of the Doyle Cup Finals with the Spruce Grove Saints.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play at 7 o’clock.

On Friday, we’ll bring you AppleSox baseball against the Yakima Valley Pippins from last August.  Saturday will start with West Valley and Eastmont wrestling from January of 2017 at 2 o’clock.  That’s followed at 6:30 by Big-9 football from September of 2017 between Eastmont and West Valley.

Then on Sunday, we’ll have a Wenatchee Wild vs. Merritt Centennials double-dip at 2 o’clock and 7 o’clock from last November 1st and 2nd at the Town Toyota Center.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, for the first time in its history, the Wenatchee Youth Circus announced this morning that the 68th Season, scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020 has been canceled.

The decision was made by the Board of Directors based on the ongoing developments, safety measures, and restrictions related to the global spread of COVID-19.

Circus officials say it’s a sad day for the youth performers, trainers, and volunteers who invest many hours and hard work in practicing and planning for the busy summer travel season to perform for their fans throughout the state of Washington and beyond. Wenatchee Youth Circus estimates income losses of $60,000 dollars due to the cancellation of this summer’s performance season.     

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.