NCWLIFE Evening News November 13, 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, A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy says a motorist tried to bribe him to get out of a DUI arrest. Moses Lake Police swooped in on a home in Moses Lake late Sunday as part of an investigation into the trafficking of stolen firearms, thefts and drug sales, and, Moses Lake police nab two suspects wanted on Federal Warrants while they were sleeping in an illegally parked van.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in a string of vehicle prowls in Cashmere late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

There were 13 calls to Rivercom early Tuesday involving vehicles prowls spread across several areas of town. On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office released surveillance camera images of the suspect, including one of him apparently peering into a parked car.

One image shows what deputies believe is the thief’s vehicle, a gold or silver older model Grand Prix or Saturn SL type vehicle.

The prowls took place on north and south Douglas Street, Norman Street, Elberta Avenue, Cottage Avenue, Paton Street and Angier Avenue. Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call the sheriff’s department’s tip line at 667-6845.

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy says a motorist tried to bribe him to get out of a DUI arrest.

Juan Antonio Valle, a 47-year-old Wenatchee man, was allegedly driving impaired early Monday on Highway 28 at Rock Island when the deputy pulled him over. Valle allegedly declined a breath test, but then offered $10,000 to the deputy if he would remove his handcuffs and let him go. The deputy said Valle also made implicit threats to the deputy’s family. Bribery is a class B felony in Washington. Prosecutors have yet to file a formal charge.

Moses Lake Police and the regional tactical response team swooped in on a home on Stanley Road in the Cascade Valley late Sunday as part of an investigation into the trafficking of stolen firearms, thefts and drug sales.

Arrested was 38-year-old Andrew Gilbert after he attempted to flee the raid on foot. Police say they saw Gilbert throw a stolen gun into bushes as he ran off. Police say after realizing he could not get away, and seeing K9 units standing by, Gilbert surrendered.

He reportedly had $6,000 cash on him. The gun was recovered from the bushes and police found another firearm and evidence that the home was being used to illegally modify firearms. Police also reported finding methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms packaged for sale, as well as a large quantity of marijuana. Gilbert, a convicted felon, faces numerous charges.

After police spotted a car illegally parked in a handicapped spot Tuesday evening in front of a Moses Lake business, officers investigated and found two people sleeping inside. Moses Lake Police reported heroin and paraphernalia also were visible.

It was a rude awakening for 25-year-old Taylor Hermsmeier Rogers and 19-year-old Cassandra Rand after it was further discovered the two Ritzville residents were wanted on federal drug warrants. Both were arrested and booked into the Grant County Jail.

Coming up next, Wenatchee police say a passenger in a traffic stop willingly handed over a bag containing more than an ounce of drugs. The three-person block of candidates that swept onto the Wenatchee School Board just two years ago has been whittled down to just one, and, The move is on to build a new outdoor stage for Leavenworth Summer Theater. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee police say a passenger in a traffic stop willingly handed over a bag containing more than an ounce of methamphetamine, as well as heroin. Jeronimo Mendoza, who’s 33, was jailed after the stop early Tuesday morning, when his driver was pulled over for a loud exhaust. Police say when their officer asked to see a bag that was resting at Mendoza’s feet, he turned it over for a search.

That search turned up 39 grams of suspected meth, and a 5-gram baggie of suspected heroin. Mendoza allegedly told police the bag was given to him earlier, and he did not know its contents. Police are seeking charges of drug possession with intent to sell.

The three-person block of candidates that swept onto the Wenatchee School Board just two years ago has been whittled down to just one.

Board member Sarah Knox announced Tuesday that she has taken a job in Seattle and will be moving out of the district.

That came a week after incumbent School Board President Sunny Hemphill was defeated by businessman Martin Barron for her seat. The only board member left from the three elected in 2017 is Michele Sandberg. After the 2017 election, the three became the majority on the five-member board and pushed through a policy change that allowed them to immediately take leadership positions. That created friction with the other two on the board and one of them, Doctor Walter Newman, resigned.

The board replaced him with Karina Vega-Villa, who also was defeated in the November 5th election. Tim Larson, the person who beat her, had earlier tried to pull out of the race, saying he was moving to Cashmere.

He since has apparently had a change of heart and will be sworn in at the board’s November 26th meeting along with Barron and Laura Jaecks, who won re-election last week. The district is working on creating a timeline for appointing Knox’s replacement.

The move is on to build a new outdoor stage for Leavenworth Summer Theater, replacing the one that now exists at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The new stage, parking and seating area would go up on a different portion of the hatchery land from where it now sits, taking up about 29,000 square feet. The project won’t be major, but because it involves federal land, it’s open to public comment. You can view the project plans and give input at fws.gov/leavenworthfisheriescomplex.

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. . .

A local organization working to connect local families with vital assistance is opening its doors this Friday in a new location. In tonight’s feature story, Serve Wenatchee Valley sat down in an interview with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz. Here’s a preview of that conversation set to air tomorrow morning with all the details of that open house event. . .

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 High School State Soccer Playoffs began last night for two of our local teams…

The Wenatchee Panthers were in Spokane to face the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups in the first round of the State 4-A Tournament.  Coach John Springer tells NCWLIFE the ladies came out with great energy in the first half but surrendered a goal right before halftime.  G-Prep scored its second goal 6-minutes into the second half and added a third in the 60th minute.  Coach Springer says he was proud of the Panthers for never giving up, finally scoring its lone goal in the 78th minute. 

So Gonzaga Prep moves on with the 3-1 victory and Wenatchee’s season is over.

On to the State 1-A Cascade had to go to overtime to beat Wahluke 3-2.  I was out and about with the camera last night and captured some of the action…

I’ll be alongside Matt Wisen in the booth tonight for more soccer on the NCWLIFE Channel…

They’ll be at Wildcat Stadium for Eastmont’s first-round State 4-A game against the Mead Panthers.  Kickoff is slated for 6 o’clock.  You can watch it on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight following our Evening News with Grant Olson at 6:30.

The Seahawks have a little time off this week with a bye coming up this weekend.  And, after Monday’s hard-hitting, overtime win over San Francisco, they could use it.  Coach Pete Carroll says the biggest concern is for Tyler Lockett, who stayed behind at Stanford University Medical Center to care for a severe bruise…

Tight end Jacob Hollister turned in another great performance, including a touchdown catch.  Carroll says it’s really a result in Hollister’s work ethic…

The Seahawks next play a week from Sunday in Philadelphia against the Eagles on another nationally televised game on Sunday Night Football.

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

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy says a motorist tried to bribe him to get out of a DUI arrest.

Juan Antonio Valle, a 47-year-old Wenatchee man, was allegedly driving impaired early Monday on Highway 28 at Rock Island when the deputy pulled him over. Valle allegedly declined a breath test, but then offered $10,000 to the deputy if he would remove his handcuffs and let him go. The deputy said Valle also made implicit threats to the deputy’s family. Bribery is a class B felony in Washington. Prosecutors have yet to file a formal charge.

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.