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 reward for information on a string of haystack arsons in Grant County has grown to $15,000. An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a threat of violence against Cashmere High School, and, The city of Chelan is looking for a new city administrator after current Administrator Mike Jackson announced this week he was stepping down at the end of the year.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Two California women who stole a handgun from their Wenatchee-based Uber driver are on their way to prison. Gricelda Barron pleaded guilty in Chelan County court Wednesday to firearm theft and possession of methamphetamine, and received an 18-month sentence.
Her partner, Emily Espinoza, was sentenced to 21 months in October. The two women hired an Uber driver in July to take them from Wenatchee back to Los Angeles for $1,000. But when the car reached Oregon, they canceled the trip and turned around, and stole the driver’s .45-caliber pistol along the way. Wenatchee police later found the handgun in their motel room.
The reward for information on a string of haystack arsons in Grant County has grown to $15,000. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for 12 haystack arsons this year.
On Wednesday, the Arson Alarm Foundation added another $10,000 reward. To be eligible for that reward, people need to call 1-800-55-ARSON. For the Grant County reward, information should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. If someone witnesses an arson in progress or suspicious activity around haystacks they should immediately call 911. The haystack arsons have caused losses estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a threat of violence against Cashmere High School, earning a 90-day jail sentence.
Gerardo Tovar Medina had no apparent access to a firearm or other means to carry out the threat he posted online in February, when he left a comment on a student’s YouTube page saying, QUOTE “I was planning on shooting up your school.” UNQUOTE. But the post led to a modified lockdown at Cashmere High, and Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested Medina at his home the same afternoon. Medina was hospitalized for eight months until he was judged competent to enter his plea.
The city of Chelan is looking for a new city administrator after current Administrator Mike Jackson announced this week he was stepping down at the end of the year. The City Council will pay Issaquah-based Prothman Executive Recruitment up to $18,500 to help in the search. Jackson was hired in October, 2016 and his departure comes after incumbent Mayor Mike Cooney was defeated in the November 5th election by former Mayor Bob Goedde.
Prothman recently was hired to find Moses Lake’s new city manager, a position that eventually was filled by Wenatchee Executive Services Director Allison Williams.
Coming up next, Growth may be coming to some less developed plots around the Leavenworth area. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell is leading the charge regarding online privacy, and, we will let you know what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Growth may be coming to some less developed plots around Leavenworth. Applications on file with Chelan County include a possible six-lot development on 11 acres on Eagle Creek Road, plus a rezoning that would turn 63 agricultural acres into residential space along the Wenatchee River.
That larger proposal, just across Highway 2 from Prey’s Fruit Barn, would rezone land now owned by Taylor Orchards, but the owner hasn’t filed a formal plan to subdivide the property. Neither application has yet been approved by Chelan County’s Community Development department.
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell is leading the charge regarding online privacy, introducing a bill this week that could help guard Americans’ data when they use the Internet. The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act, or COPRA, would limit the amount of data that Silicon Valley companies can harvest from their users, and make them subject to legal action when they misuse it. Cantwell and fellow Democrats say they’re concerned about how location tracking, facial recognition, purchase histories and other online data can be turned against consumers.
Time now to find out what events are happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson. . .
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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In tonight’s feature story,North Central Washington could see significant economic growth over the next decade as a result of a new federal program that offers tax breaks to businesses who locate in under-capitalized areas. The establishment of Federally sanctioned Opportunity Zones could make that happen. Chelan County has partnered with Douglas, Okanogan and Ferry Counties and the Colville Tribes in developing a shared process which is now in its second year of planning. Commissioner Kevin Overbay shared with NCWLIFE Special Correspondent Steve Hair the scope of the program. . .
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.
We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday. For Washington State Coach Mike Leach, who LOVES to make the gravy for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner, don’t try to give him any PLASTIC in his kitchen…
The Wenatchee Wild have back-to-back home games tonight and tomorrow at the Town Toyota Center…
Wenatchee hosts Nanaimo tonight at 7:05 and then Langley tomorrow at 7:05. In addition to the games, the Wild’s David Rayfield says you’re invited to bring a toy and help out a good cause…
If you want to watch some possible future Wild players, there will be a squirt hockey tournament this weekend…
The Northwest Fall Face Off Squirt Tournament is hosted by the Wenatchee Amateur Hockey Association and starts today and runs through Sunday.
There will be a smattering of high school basketball games throughout the region tomorrow as the winter sports schedule slowly gets underway…
The Entiat girls play at Columbia at 1 o’clock. The Eastmont girls host Bothell Saturday afternoon at 2. In boys basketball, Entiat faces Columbia at 3pm while Cashmere hosts Eastmont at 7:30.
The Seahawks are off until Monday when they’ll host the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field…
Seattle comes into the game with a 9-and-2 record while the Vikings are 8-and-3. Kickoff is set for 5:15 on ESPN.
Yesterday’s Dallas loss to Buffalo, which makes our Grant Olson very happy, opens the door for many other teams hoping for a playoff spot in the NFC…
The Division leaders are still San Francisco, New Orleans, Green Bay and Dallas. But the Cowboys are just 6-and-6 with the Eagles just behind at 5-and-6. Seattle has the #1 Wild Card spot followed by the Vikings. But still lurking in the shadows are the Rams, Bears and Carolina Panthers. The next four weeks should prove very interesting.
Finally tonight, Kevin Roylance, who lives about five miles east of Moses Lake, had an unusual visitor early Thanksgiving morning. The moose captured on his doorbell camera wasn’t there for a Thanksgiving feast, however, it was just passing through. . .
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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.