NCWLIFE Evening News November 12, 2019

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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, An East Wenatchee man who allegedly acted as a bookmaker on pro football and basketball games was arrested last week. Four Northcentral Washington cities will share in a $4 million dollar pot of state money to cope with their affordable housing needs, and, Wenatchee Executive Services Director Allison Williams is one of three finalists to be the next Moses Lake city manager.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

NCWLIFE News has learned a Wenatchee Valley attorney already facing DUI and domestic violence charges in Douglas County is also charged with a federal crime. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has this report. . .

An East Wenatchee man who allegedly acted as a bookmaker on pro football and basketball games was arrested last week. Agents with the state Gambling Commisison said [SIGH-ya-sit MAY-tree-shit] took bets up to $200 each on four games between fall 2016 and summer 2017, paid off winnings, and accepted fees for the service. He was released on his own recognizance after appearing in Douglas County Superior Court on Friday. No charges have yet been filed.

Four Northcentral Washington cities will share in a $4 million dollar pot of state money to cope with their affordable housing needs.

The Department of Commerce granted $17,000 dollars to the city of Wenatchee, almost $16,000 to East Wenatchee and $30,000 dollars to Chelan.

Those grants will pay for changes to municipal housing codes to help encourage affordable housing in those cities.

Leavenworth will use its share of the grants, $45,800 dollars, to develop an overall housing action plan. Altogether 52 communities got a piece of the action. The grant program was authorized by the Legislature to deal with Washington’s housing crisis.

Wenatchee Executive Services Director and longtime city employee Allison Williams is one of three finalists to be the next Moses Lake city manager. Williams, who has held her post with the city of Wenatchee since 2005, will join the other two finalists at a community reception Monday in Moses Lake.

The other finalists are Howard Stewart, city manager of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Adam Hammatt, former city manager of Whitefish, Montana. Moses Lake City Manager John Williams resigned in June after claims of harassment were filed by six current and former female employees. Allison Williams also was one of four finalists for the Port of Chelan director position last year.

Coming up next, Tonight at Pybus Market, local mental health experts will be offering advice to parents and others on how to spot adolescent depression. That moose that’s been hanging around the Horan Natural Area in North Wenatchee since July has prompted a warning from the state, and, If you have a great idea for a theme for the 2020 Chelan County Fair, submit it and you may win passes and wrist bands. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Tonight, local mental health experts will be offering advice to parents and others on how to spot adolescent depression. The free public event will start at 7:00 p.m. in the LocalTel Event Center at Pybus Public Market. The panel discussions are sponsored by Columbia Valley Community Health, Columbia Pediatrics and the Wenatchee School District. Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz sat down with CVCH’s Katharine Bohm and licensed mental health counselor Abigail Shepherd to get a glimpse into some of the subjects they’ll be talking about. . .

That moose that’s been hanging around the Horan Natural Area in North Wenatchee since July has prompted a warning from the state. Though the yearling cow moose may appear docile, it should be treated with caution and respect, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

The Chelan PUD will be closing a section of trail in the area earlier than usual this year, both to protect nesting bald eagles and to reduce encounters with the moose. Wildlife officials believe the moose wandered into the area after leaving its mother, which typically happens when they are a year old.

It is a wild animal and close encounters should be avoided, Fish and Wildlife warns. If you’re charged by a moose, get behind a tree or large rock. Signs a moose is about to charge is if the hair on its neck is raised, its ears are pulled back, and it’s snorting and licking its snout.

Here are some tips if you encounter a moose. . .Keep dogs on leashes and under control. Moose see dogs as predators. Females will defend calves aggressively, so give them a wide berth. Be aware of surroundings and avoid surprising a moose. If a moose reacts to your presence, you are too close. Take photos and watch moose only from a distance, at least 50 yards away. Always yield the trail to moose; do not approach them and if a moose approaches, back away immediately.

Do you have a great idea for a 2020 Chelan County Fair theme? If it’s a good one, you could win a family pass as well as two carnival wrist bands for next year’s fair.

Thursday is the final day to submit your ideas, which you can do on the Chelan County Fair Facebook page. The 2019 theme was “From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways.

In 2018 it was “Bales, Pails and Wagging Tails.” Among the ideas submitted thus far for 2020 are “Country Pride County Wide,” “Yippee Ki Yo, Here We Go” and “Barn in the USA.”

Also, perhaps a longshot contender “Cows and Chicks and Country Hicks.” The winner will be announced Friday.

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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From constitutional law to learning how to march in formation, cadets enrolled in the criminal justice program at Wenatchee Valley Tech Center get the full experience in the military-style training course. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt tells us more about the program as part of this week’s NCWLIFE Magazine. . .

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.

There are no unbeaten teams left in the NFL thanks to Seattle’s 27-24 overtime win over San Francisco on Monday Night Football last night…

Jason Myers’ 42-yard field goal as time expired in overtime was the game-winner in a crazy, back-and-forth ballgame that saw a little of everything.  There were 7 turnovers between the two teams, including a 10-yard scoop and score by Jadeveon Clowney…

Seattle’s defense sacked Jimmy Garoppolo five times, forcing him to fumble once and throw one interception.  Coach Pete Carroll was extremely pleased with how his defense adjusted as the game went along…

Russell Wilson completed 24 of his 34 passes for 232-yards, a touchdown and an interception.  The pick came in overtime as Seattle looked like they were driving for the game-winner…

Seattle improved to 8-and-2 with the win and now have a bye week before traveling to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday Night Football November 24th.

The Wenatchee Panthers take their next step in the post-season tonight when they travel to Gonzaga Prep in the first round of the State 4A Soccer Tournament…

Wenatchee is 12-and-6 after a win over Moses Lake to keep their season alive last Saturday.  Gonzaga Prep is 17-and-2 and the top team out of the Greater Spokane League.  Kickoff tonight is at 5:30.

The Cascade Kodiaks begin the first round of the State 1-A Tournament tonight at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Cascade takes its 11-and-6 overall record up against the 14-1-1 Warriors.  Kickoff is at 6:30.

The Eastmont Wildcats will host the Mead Panthers in a 1st-round game at Wildcat Stadium.  Eastmont finished is 13-2-and-2 overall, while Mead is 15-and-4.  Kickoff is at 6 o’clock.  You can watch the game starting at 6:30 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

We now know the schedule for the weekend ahead as far as the State Football Playoffs…

Wenatchee plays at Renton Memorial Stadium Friday night at 7 o’clock against Kennedy Catholic.

Eastmont will have a 2 o’clock kickoff Saturday afternoon at Doc Harris Stadium against Camas.

Cashmere will face La Salle Friday night at 7 in the State 1A Tournament at Marquette Stadium.

Omak hosts Colville Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock.

The 2B Tournament begins Friday night for Brewster at Onalaska at 6 o’clock.

Lake Roosevelt hosts Friday Harbor Saturday at Noon.

And in the 1B Tournament, Entiat hosts Cusick at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

A NCWLIFE has learned a Wenatchee Valley attorney already facing DUI and domestic violence charges in Douglas County is also charged with a federal crime. Paul Kube, a partner in the East Wenatchee law firm of Lacy, Kane & Kube, was arrested September 5th in Yosemite National Park after witnesses allegedly saw him punch his wife in the face while the two were staying in a park campsite. Park rangers who investigated said Kube was visibly drunk, and his wife had a bruise under her eye. Domestic assault in a national park is a federal offense. Rangers cited Kube for the assault, intoxication and disorderly conduct, which could carry up to a five-year prison sentence. He denied the allegations when he was arrested, and he’s expected to plead not guilty at a November 22nd hearing before a federal judge. Court records show Kube spent five days jailed in Fresno before his wife put up $25,000 bond for his release. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor when he returned home to East Wenatchee. Kube was already facing multiple legal problems at home. In late September, Douglas County prosecutors charged him with second-degree assault for a July incident in which he allegedly broke his wife’s nose. And in early October, a Douglas County judge ordered him to jail for drinking alcohol multiple times despite a 2014 court agreement that kept a DUI off his record. Any conviction, on either the local or federal assault case, could lead to suspension of Kube’s law license and possible disbarment.

Now lets 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.