NCWLIFE Evening News November 20, 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 alleged thief at the Home Depot in Moses Lake dropped her cell phone during her escape. The city of Wenatchee’s longtime executive services director has a new job offer on the table, and, The Wenatchee Valley Human Society shelter has stopped accepting cats and offering them for adoption after a few kittens at the shelter were diagnosed with distemper.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two rural Entiat residents face possible charges of assault after a confrontation with a deer hunter near their property.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say the hunter was scouting Tuesday on Crum Canyon Road when Donna Jean Jones, who’s 64, and her 41-year-old son Jesse Lee Jones threatened to shoot him. The two allegedly told the hunter he was trespassing even though he was on the public road, and blocked his efforts to drive away.

Jesse Jones allegedly displayed a knife, and Donna Jean Jones is accused of pointing a Derringer pistol at the hunter, after he drew his own handgun to defend himself. The hunter left and called deputies, who arrested the pair. Both remained in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on Wednesday morning. No charges have yet been filed.

An alleged thief at the Home Depot in Moses Lake dropped her cell phone during her escape. Unfortunately for her, when police found it, it was conveniently open to her Facebook page.

Moses Lake police are now looking for 33-year-old Misty Baker, who faces robbery charges for attempting to steal items from the store and a Class A felony for punching an employee in the face when confronted. Police noted QUOTE, Baker left the scene in an appropriately named Ford Escape, UNQUOTE. Officers were able to match her Facebook photo with security camera footage of the attempted theft. She also is being sought on two other outstanding warrants.

The city of Wenatchee’s longtime executive services director has a new job offer on the table.

Allison Williams has a conditional offer of employment from the city of Moses Lake, to take on the role of city manager. She’s been a city executive in Wenatchee for 21 years under two different mayors. Moses Lake’s former city manager, John Williams, resigned in June amid multiple claims of harassment and discrimination from female current and former city employees. Allison Williams was one of three final candidates for the job. Moses Lake says it will make the offer official after a background check.

The Wenatchee Valley Human Society shelter has stopped accepting cats and offering them for adoption after a few kittens at the shelter were diagnosed with (pan-luke-o-peen-ia), commonly referred to as feline distemper. Cats at the shelter are under quarantine until at least December 3rd.

Dawn Davies, executive director of the humane society said the highly contagious virus was detected in a litter of stray kittens that arrived at the shelter. People who recently adopted cats from the shelter are advised to watch for signs of illness that include lethargy, diarrhea, lost appetite and vomiting. The virus is not contagious to humans or dogs.

Coming up next, A driver suffered a hand injury this morning after his vehicle struck the back of a semi-trailer on Interstate 90 and spun off the roadway just west of the Vantage Bridge. Water users around Bridgeport got a boost this week from the federal government, we will tell you about it, and, The chief commodities trader for the Chelan County PUD is now part of a statewide workgroup on clean energy markets. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A driver suffered a hand injury this morning after his vehicle struck the back of a semi trailer on Interstate 90 and spun off the roadway just west of the Vantage Bridge. But it could have been much worse.

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said after the vehicle left the roadway it came to rest on the edge of a 75-foot drop. It’s unclear what caused the 46-year-old Bellingham man to hit the semi, Bryant said. The semi driver, who was hauling milk, reported seeing the Subaru coming up behind him at a high rate of speed.

He attempted to drive to the shoulder to avoid the approaching vehicle but was struck anyway, Bryant said. Unless there was some underlying medical condition that caused him to hit the semi, he likely faces second-degree negligent driving charge, according to Trooper Bryant.

Water users around Bridgeport got a boost this week from the federal government. The USDA issued its Rural Development Water Awards, including a $165,000 grant and a $55,000 loan to the Greater Bar Water District.

That money’s intended to add backup equipment and redundancies to the district’s wells and pumps. The Greater Bar Water District was formed in a consolidation of smaller water systems in 2009.

The chief commodities trader for the Chelan County PUD is now part of a statewide workgroup on clean energy markets. Melissa Lyons was named Tuesday to the 20-member workgroup, founded by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, to examine market effects of the state’s new clean electricity law.

The Clean Energy Transformation Act passed last year, requiring electric companies to phase out the use of fossil fuels. The Northwest’s PUDs pride themselves on being sources of clean, renewable hydropower.

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, this year’s North Central Washington District Fair saw a big increase in attendance and officials say they’re planning for even bigger events in the future. Waterville Fairgrounds Maintenance Supervisor, Ed Daling met with the Douglas County Commissioners Monday to share some of the highlights including higher than expected gate receipts. Afterwards he talked with NCWLIFE’s Special News Correspondent, Steve Hair. . .

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 Caribou Trail League is out with its All-League Football honors…

Omak’s Tanner Hall is the Offensive MVP while teammate Tanner Sackman is the Defensive MVP.  Coach of the Year honors go to Okanogan’s Erick Judd.  And the Sportsmanship Award goes to the Cashmere Bulldogs…

Here’s the First Team Offense.  Omak Quarterback Aaron Black and Running Back Tanner Hall.  Okanogan Running Back Josue Ramos.  Cascade Running Back Teague Duncan.  At wide receiver, Cashmere’s Brooks Elliott and Nate Phillips; Chelan’s Tobin Wier and Kyle Jackson; and Omak’s Josef Avena.

And the offensive line includes Cascade’s Hunter Reinhart; Okanogan’s Ty Morgan; Cashmere’s Cole Scott and Colson Brunner; and Omak’s Tanner Sackman and Caleb Richter.

Turning to the defensive side of the ball, First Team All-League at line include Omak’s Tanner Sackman, Caleb Richter and Kaymoy McZenna; Okanogan’s Coleton Schreder Guerrett; Cashmere’s Cole Scott; and Cascade’s Hunter Reinhart.

First Team Linebackers are Cascade’s Eric Rosario; Okanogan’s Josue Ramos and Cameron Stiles; Cashmere’s Brooks Elliott; Chelan’s JD Gonzales; and Omak’s Joseph Bucsko.

All Caribou Trail League 1st Team Defensive Backs include Cascade’s Cody Enloe and Omak’s Tanner Hall and Josef Avena.  And the Special Teams include Okanogan kicker Josue Ramos and Cashmere returner Javier Reyna.

If you don’t have plans for lunch Friday, we have an idea for you.  Here you see me doing my Seahawks Radio Network Producing, I’ll be the featured speaker at the Wenatchee Central Lions Club All-School Tailgate Luncheon.  I’ll tell stories about my time working with KIRO Radio and the Seahawks over the past 17-years.

The event will also feature the Wenatchee High School Drum Line and the fight songs of various local high schools and colleges.  The fun gets underway at Noon at the Wenatchee Convention Center, with the doors opening at 11:30.  Cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 

This is a must-see for Seahawks fans who want to know more about certain players, coaches and those you hear on the radio each week doing Seahawks games.

Speaking of the Seahawks, they’ll be on the road Sunday in Philadelphia…

Coach Pete Carroll says the Eagles are much better than their .500 record and will pose a very difficult challenge…

Carson Wentz is ranked 18th in the NFL among all quarterbacks, having passed for over 22-hundred yards with 16-touchdowns and 4-interceptions.  Coach Carroll says he provides a particular challenge for the Seattle defense…

The Hawks and Eagles kick off Sunday morning at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a video put out by a church in Charlotte, North Carolina that has gone viral.  As of this morning, it was approaching 12-million views, take a look. . .

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.