NCWLIFE Evening News November 5, 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 tobacco merchant is accused of illicitly selling cannabis vape cartridges to an undercover liquor control officer last year. A group of Wenatchee Valley fruit growers withdrew a federal lawsuit this week that challenged the federal pay rate for farmworkers, and, One of the suspects in a burglary and police pursuit last Friday in Moses Lake was arrested again Sunday after he was found hiding in a washing machine.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police say one 15-year-old boy accidentally wounded another with a gunshot on Halloween night, then tried to pass it off as a random attack. One of the boys was allegedly playing with the loaded handgun in a bedroom, and when he worked the slide, the gun went off.

The two boys then left the house and called police from the area of Peachey Street and South Highland Drive, initially saying they’d been shot at while trick or treating. Investigators recovered a bullet fragment from the bedroom, but said they could not find the handgun. The injury to the boy’s shoulder was not serious, but the boy who shot him faces possible charges of assault and unlawful firearms possession. A third boy, age 14, was arrested for allegedly possessing the weapon.

An East Wenatchee tobacco merchant is accused of illicitly selling cannabis vape cartridges to an undercover liquor control officer last year. Ahmed Sarameh, a 34-year-old Wenatchee man, allegedly sold $780 worth of marijuana extract in the April 2018 sting operation, even though his shop, Kanzaman Tobacco and Gifts in the Wenatchee Valley Mall, isn’t licensed for cannabis sales. Douglas County prosecutors charged Sarameh last month with delivery of a controlled substance. He’s due to be arraigned two weeks from now. The Kanzaman shop has not been penalized by the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board.

A group of Wenatchee Valley fruit growers withdrew a federal lawsuit this week that challenged the federal pay rate for farmworkers. McDougall & Sons and Columbia Fruit Packers joined a Yakima fruit company in September to sue over U.S. Department of Labor standards, which raised the minimum wage in July for many orchard workers from $15.03 to $16 an hour.

Growers said the new pay scale was based on inaccurate calculations, and worried it would unfairly raise their costs for the 2019 apple harvest. But that harvest is now all but over, and the plaintiffs did not get an injunction they were seeking keep the minimum wage at its lower level.

One of the suspects in a burglary and police pursuit last Friday in Moses Lake was arrested again Sunday after he was found hiding in a washing machine.

Moses Lake Police say 30-year-old Tim Riggins of Moses Lake was with Kevin Beamish on Friday when a reported burglary turned into a 20-minute car chase. Beamish was arrested after spike strips disabled the van he was driving. Riggins, however, broke out a window on the vehicle and ran. He was caught but not booked into jail because of injuries he suffered, police said. On Sunday, he reportedly threatened and robbed a woman and stole her car. After police later spotted him in the Gateway Estates neighborhood Riggins ran into an acquaintance’s house. They then found Riggins hiding in a washing machine. Police said, “QUOTE, This was not as difficult as it seems, as the washing machine had a see-through lid, UNQUOTE”. Riggins knew Rex well, having been bitten twice by the dog in a September arrest and this time he wanted no part of the animal. After his arrest, police reported finding three homemade explosive devices and the Richland bomb squad was called in. Riggins faces numerous charges.

Coming up next, The Chelan County Port district is making a major investment in the future development of Wenatchee’s warehouse district. Ramon Rivera, the celebrated director of Wenatchee School District’s mariachi program, is stepping down, and, A reminder tonight, if you want to vote in today’s election you need to turn your ballot in by 8:00 p.m.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Chelan County Port district is making a major investment in the future development of Wenatchee’s warehouse district. Port Commissioners today gave the green light to proceed with the purchase of Lineage Logistics South campus properties for 4.5 million dollars. The purchase includes several old fruit storage buildings the Port intends to divide into smaller parcels that could be marketed for private sale and development. Commissioner Rory Turner said the property’s location between downtown Wenatchee and the riverfront presents a lot of exciting opportunities for private development. . .

The Port intends to work with the city to determine a shared vision for the property. Its also possible that the Port will retain ownership of one or two buildings for use as future business incubators. The next step will involve an environmental cleanup assessment. Meanwhile, the Lineage Logistics’s North Campus property on Worthen Street will remain on the market for sale.

Ramon Rivera, the celebrated director of Wenatchee School District’s mariachi program, is stepping down.

Rivera said in a letter to parents and students that his attention needs to be with his family right now. Eddie Cortes, the assistant director, will take over Rivera’s classes. Rivera started the mariachi program in 2005 and has gained national renown for Mariachi Huenachi, the advanced class. They have performed at numerous high-profile events throughout the country, including at a Garth Brooks concert, at the state and national capitals and most recently at a festival in Fairbanks, Alaska.

A reminder tonight, if you want to vote in today’s election you need to turn your ballot in by 8:00 p.m. The off-year election features several races for mayor in North Central Washington cities, including East Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan. In addition, numerous school board seats will be decided, as will two issues on the statewide ballot.

Ballots can be taken to the county courthouse or one of several drop-box locations. As of Monday, Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore said only 22-percent of the ballots mailed out have been returned but the pace is picking up. Douglas County elections officials report similar numbers. We’ll be posting election results tonight on our website, ncwlife.com, and have a full report on tomorrow’s newscast.

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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Now in its 10th year, Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center has had its ups and downs financially. But, according to Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz, as of late, the current financial situation at the TTC is solid, hre’s more in a conversation I had with the Mayor late last week. . .

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.

It’s playoff time for most of the fall leagues around the state, including right here in North Central Washington…

We’ll start with the soccer schedule for tonight.  The District 6 1-A Tournament, also known as the Caribou Trail League, will finish off its playoffs tonight in Cashmere will it will be the battle of the Bulldogs with Okanogan in town.  Kickoff in the loser-out game is set for 5 o’clock.

The CWAC Tournament shifts to Quincy’s Jackrabbit Stadium for two games tonight.  In the first contest at 5 o’clock, it’s Othello and Ephrata playing a seeding game.  The winner will be the #3 seed and loser #4 seed into the glue crossover games with the Great Northern League.  Ellensburg and Selah face off at 7 o’clock for the District Championship with both going to State.

Meanwhile in the District 6 4-A Tournament, it’s a stay-alive game for Moses Lake at home against Eisenhower at 6 o’clock.  The winner will advance to face the winner of today’s West Valley at Davis game (at 3 o’clock).

Wenatchee and Eastmont wait to play for the District Championship tomorrow night at 6 o’clock at Wildcat Stadium.  We’ll have the game on the NCWLIFE Channel following our local news at 6:30 with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen.

It’s also volleyball playoff time…

Eastmont will host Davis in a District 6 4A Play-In game tonight at 6 o’clock at Eastmont’s Gym.  The other Play-In game features Eisenhower at Moses Lake, also at 6.  The winners of tonight’s games will play each other at West Valley High School Saturday at Noon.  That’s also when Wenatchee will face the Rams for the District Championship.

Quincy will take on Ephrata in the 2-A CWAC District Tournament tonight in Ellensburg.  That Play-In game will start at 5 o’clock.  The winner will face Ellensburg at 7 o’clock while the loser’s season is over.

The Central Washington 2B District Tournament continues tonight in Brewster.  Waterville-Mansfield faces Liberty Bell at 5 o’clock for 3rd and 4th.  The District Championship between Lake Roosevelt and Brewster starts at 7.

Finally, the regular season comes to an end in Cashmere tonight for the Caribou Trail League as the Bulldogs host Cascade.  The game starts at 6:30 with the winner going on to the District Tournament at Wenatchee High School Saturday to face Omak.  Chelan and Okanogan face off Saturday at 3 for the District Championship.

We’re getting just what we hoped for Thursday with the Bridge of Sportsmanship between Eastmont and Wenatchee…

It’s a battle of two top teams in the Big-9 with the league championship on the line.  It’s just like last year, only reversed with Eastmont needing a win to force a three-way playoff with Wenatchee and Sunnyside.

Eastmont Coach Michael Don is happy to be able to finally focus on their cross-river rival…

When we spoke with Wenatchee Coach Scott Devereaux before the season began, he said Eastmont would be the team to knock off…

Sunnyside is the team that edged Eastmont this year 29-28 to create the scenario for Thursday night.  If Wenatchee wins, they are the Big-9 Champs with the #1 seed to State and Sunnyside would be #2.  If Eastmont wins, it forces a three-team playoff Saturday in Moses Lake.

We will have our extended pre-game show Thursday at 6:30 with Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson.  Kickoff is set for 7.  Fans can buy tickets early at the Athletic office at either high school.

Seahawks kicker Jason Meyers came under the scrutiny of fans Sunday when he missed two field goals and an extra point in Seattle’s overtime win over Tampa Bay.  His second miss could have ended the game in regulation.  Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he, his staff, and the entire team are behind Meyers all the way.  Carroll says he thinks he needs to work more on mechanical consistency…

Seattle prepares to travel to Santa Clara Monday to face the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on National television.  Carroll says the Niners have certainly improved…

Seattle hopes to have an extra wide receiver for Monday’s game with the addition of Josh Gordon to practice this week.  Carroll says they’ll wait and see if he’s good to go against San Francisco.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, to help a local student sell donuts for a school fundraiser, Moses Lake police officers agreed to help make a video for National Donut Day, which is today, apparently one of two national donut days. The department would like everyone to know that officers do not actually take bribes. And they said, running to get donuts actually defeats the whole purpose. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

**Now let’s check in 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.