NCWLIFE Evening News November 25, 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, Employees of a Wenatchee construction firm are being applauded by police officers in Soap Lake for their recent heroic efforts. An accident involving two semi-trucks temporarily blocked a lane of traffic on I-90 early this morning, and, The Wenatchee Valley’s largest healthcare provider may be close to paying a huge settlement to workers who say they were cheated out of paid time.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Last week, we told you about Joshua Stuller, the Wenatchee man hospitalized for three years for threatening to kill seven people in 2015. He was arrested Tuesday for allegedly approaching the home of one of his former victims, and released on bail. Today we learn the 31-year-old Stuller has been arrested again, this time suspected of illegally purchasing firearms. East Wenatchee police say Stuller bought two black powder revolvers and ammunition at Sportsman’s Warehouse on November 5th and 6th, one week before he allegedly stood outside the victim’s home in Wenatchee and made an obscene gesture. Stuller pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the original case, and he’s barred from possessing weapons. Police arrested him Friday on the firearms charge, and today he remained held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Employees of a Wenatchee construction firm are being applauded by police officers in Soap Lake. On Friday morning, three crewmembers from Selland Construction noticed a housefire on Juniper Street near their worksite. The three men, Ricky Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez and Michael Parkhill went into the house and helped get two occupants out, one of them elderly. Soap Lake police say without their quick action, the fire could have easily resulted in a double fatality.

An accident involving two semi-trucks temporarily blocked a lane of traffic on I-90 early this morning. The Washington State Patrol says the accident occurred near Snoqualmie Summit around 6:30 near exit 53. According to Trooper John Bryant, both big rigs were traveling east on I-90 when they lost control because of the slick roadway and traveling too fast for conditions and ran into each other. He says both rigs jack knifed with one blocking a lane of travel while the other went into a ditch. There were no injuries in that accident this morning.

The Wenatchee Valley’s largest healthcare provider may be close to paying a huge settlement to workers who say they were cheated out of paid time. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has this report. . .

Coming up next, Hikers will get an extra day this year to enjoy the Sage Hills trail in the Wenatchee Foothills before it closes for the winter December 2nd. Thanks to a $1,000-dollar donation by the late Rozanne Lind of Wenatchee, patrons of the North Central Regional Library can get a better look at the stars in the night skies, and, Chelan County’s juvenile justice system will be under new leadership next year following the announced retirement of its Juvenile Court Administrator.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Hikers will get an extra day this year to enjoy the Sage Hills trail in the Wenatchee Foothills before it closes for the winter December 2nd. The trail normally closes December 1st to protect wintering mule deer. But since that’s a Sunday, Chelan County will officially close the trail on Monday. The trail normally reopens April 1st, depending on weather conditions.

Thanks to a $1,000-dollar donation by the late Rozanne Lind of Wenatchee, patrons of the North Central Regional Library can get a better look at the stars in the night skies. Lind made the donation to the library in honor of her late husband Peter Lind.

The library then purchased three portable telescopes that will be available for checkout beginning December 1st at the Chelan, Moses Lake and Oroville libraries. With a library card, the table-top telescopes can be checked out for up to seven days, along with three books about the stars. The telescopes are about 2 feet high and 3 feet wide and weigh about 50 pounds. Peter Lind, who died in 2016, was a member of the Apple Valley Astronomers in Wenatchee. Rose Lind died last July.

Chelan County’s juvenile justice system will be under new leadership next year following the announced retirement of Juvenile Court Administrator, Phil Jans. Jans will be replaced by Deputy administrator, Corey Stephens. Jans has worked in the juvenile court systems in King, Douglas and Chelan Counties. Jans was hired as a probation manager in Chelan County in 1994. He succeeded Marlene Smith in 1998.

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Douglas County Commissioners are considering requests by law and justice officials to join the Columbia River Drug Task Force. It would require a new sheriff’s deputy to be hired and assigned to the group. The task force was formed in 1991 and is currently operated, funded and staffed by the Chelan County Sheriff’s office along with the Wenatchee Police Department and the Washington State Patrol. Douglas County District Court Judge Eric Biggar and Sheriff Kevin Morris are urging Commissioners to move forward. Commissioner Dan Sutton discussed the request in an interview with NCWLIFE Special 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.

A win is a win, especially on the road in the NFL.  Seattle won an ugly game at Philadelphia Sunday 17-9 over the Eagles to improve to 9-and-2 on the season…

Russell Wilson was sacked six times and had an interception to go with his 33-yard touchdown pass to Malique Turner. 

The defense stepped up once again for Seattle and sacked Carson Wentz 3-times, intercepted him twice and forced three fumbles.  Coach Pete Carroll was very pleased to come out of the game with the win…

Next up, Seattle hosts Minnesota on Monday Night Football a week from tonight.

The Wenatchee Wild won one and lost one in BCHL play over the weekend…

On Friday, Wenatchee got goals from Matt Dorsey, Harrison Scott, Tyler Young, Tanner Main and Jack Bayless in a 5-1 win over West Kelowna.

Saturday was a different story, however, as the Wild got out to a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.  That’s when Merritt caught fire, scoring 5 goals to win 6-4.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey TV…

The Wild return home tonight to host Prince George at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck drops an hour earlier than normal at 6:05 tonight.

The Cascade Kodiaks once again came ‘THAT’ close to a State 1A Soccer Championship Saturday…

After beating Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) Friday in the semifinal 1-nil, Cascade faced Seattle Academy in Saturday’s Championship.  After 80-minutes, the game remained knotted nil-nil.  Then, in overtime, the Cardinals got past the defense and scored the game-winner.

It was the second, second-place finish for Cascade in the last three years.  The Kodiaks took 4th last year and 2nd in 2017.  Seattle Christian, meanwhile, won its 16th State Championship.

The Entiat Tigers are in the semifinals of the State 1B Football Tournament…

The Tigers took care of Lyle-Wishram Saturday in Quincy 48-12 to advance.  Entiat will face Odessa in Saturday’s semifinal at Lions Field in Moses Lake at Noon.

Almira-Coulee Hartline is back in the semifinal after an 80-to-30 win over Lummi in the dense fog Saturday in Quincy.  The Warriors are trying to return to the State Championship and will face Naselle Saturday in Tumwater at 1 o’clock.

Omak’s run at the State 1A Football Title ended abruptly Saturday in Royal…

The Knights dismantled the Pioneers 62-to-6.  Royal faces Connell in Saturday’s semifinal at 3 o’clock.

Wenatchee’s stay at the State 4A Volleyball Tournament was brief Friday…

After falling in its opening match against Curtis 3-sets-to-none, the Panthers dropped three-straight to Camas.  The Papermarkers won 25-21, 27-25 and 25-14.

Wenatchee can take a little solace in the fact that fellow Big-9 entrant and defending State Champion West Valley also lost twice Friday and were put out.  Tahoma won the State Championship.

It was a wild night in Pullman Saturday…

Max Borghi scored a touchdown from 2-yards out with 2-seconds remaining to lift the Cougars past Oregon State 54-53.  Coach Mike Leach put it perfectly following the ballgame saying, “we tried every way we could to lose this game and we finally won it.”  Washington State squandered an 11-point lead in the 4th quarter and trailed the Beavers at one point by 11.

Cougar quarterback Anthony Gordon broke the Pac-12 single season touchdown mark with his 44th and eventually 45th of the season.  He also surpassed Gardner Minshew with the single-season passing yards record in the Pac-12, now with 4,920.

The win means Washington State is bowl-eligible for the 5th consecutive season.

Washington, meanwhile, limps into Friday’s Apple Cup against the Cougars after falling to Colorado Saturday 20-to-14.  Jacon Eason had another rough outing at quarterback with a touchdown and an interception, was sacked 5-times and had a quarterback rating of 39.9.

The Huskies are now 6-and-5 as they’ll host Washington State Friday at 1 o’clock in Seattle.

Eastern Washington raced out to a 45-25 lead over Portland State Saturday and held on for a 53-46 victory.  Eric Barriere threw for 260-yards and 3-touchdowns while Antoine Custer ran for 218-yards and two TD’s.

Thanks Eric.

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.