NCWLIFE Evening News November 6, 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, Last night’s election dealt a major upset to a sitting Wenatchee School Board member. State troopers say one person was killed this morning in a three-car crash in Douglas County. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say a 21-year-old man carried a shotgun while walking around Waterville on Sunday, and threatened to kill a 15-year-old boy, and, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says one man has been arrested and another is being sought for a Saturday morning burglary at Palisades School.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

There will be a whole new slate of mayors in several North Central Washington communities after Tuesday’s election.

That includes East Wenatchee, where Councilwoman Jerrilea Crawford holds a 667 to 582 vote lead over Councilman Tim Detering. Longtime Mayor Steve Lacy did not run again after leading the city since 1998. Lacy instead ran for a position on the East Wenatche Sewer District Board and lost that race to Greg Peterson.

In a race between the mayor of Chelan and the city’s former mayor, it was former Mayor Bob Goedde holding a lead of just under 100 votes over current Mayor Mike Cooney. Returns Tuesday had Goedde with 511 votes to Cooney’s 414. Cooney has been mayor since 2016 and was seeking his second term. Goedde served eight years as mayor, from 2008-2015.

The closest race is in Waterville, where Jill Daling Thompson and Loyd Smith are separated by only two votes after Tuesday’s count. Thompson has 133 votes to Daling Thompson’s 131. They are seeking to replace longtime Waterville Mayor Royal Devaney, who has held the post for 27 years.

In Leavenworth, it’s a tight race to replace Cheri Farivar as mayor, with Carl Florea getting 256 votes to Scott Bradshaw’s 227. Farivar has been mayor since 2011.

In Entiat, Mayor John Alt, who was appointed in 2018, is losing to challenger Mike Buckingham. Buckingham has 190 votes to Alt’s 115 votes.

One city that won’t be changing mayors is Cashmere, where Mayor Jim Fletcher, who was appointed to the position in 2018, was easily outdistancing Larry Bruehl, 241 to 136 votes.

Last night’s election dealt a major upset to a sitting Wenatchee School Board member. Sunny Hemphill, elected just two years ago, lost her seat to challenger Martin Barron, who earned 64 percent of the vote. Another incumbent, Laura Jaecks, was reelected, while Karina Vega Villa appears to have lost her seat to a challenger who moved out of the district and can no longer serve. That means her seat would go up for appointment in January. In Wenatchee’s City Council races, Linda Herald will return to City Hall as an at-large councilmember … the first since the city moved to district-based voting last year. She’ll be joined by new members Travis Hornby and Jose Luis Cuevas.

Last night’s election dealt a major upset to a sitting Wenatchee School Board member. Sunny Hemphill, elected just two years ago, lost her seat to challenger Martin Barron, who earned 64 percent of the vote. Another incumbent, Laura Jaecks, was reelected, while Karina Vega Villa appears to have lost her seat to a challenger who moved out of the district and can no longer serve. That means her seat would go up for appointment in January. In Wenatchee’s City Council races, Linda Herald will return to City Hall as an at-large councilmember … the first since the city moved to district-based voting last year. She’ll be joined by new members Travis Hornby and Jose Luis Cuevas.

State troopers say one person was killed this morning in a three-car crash in Douglas County. It happened around 6:30 AM on State Route 28 at milepost 4 about 3 miles east of East Wenatchee.

55-year old Michael Troy Ashbrook of Wenatchee was killed when he tried to pass another car in a no-pass zone and then struck another vehicle. The accident caused traffic delays for a time with two vehicles ending up on the eastbound shoulder of the road and another on the westbound shoulder. Also injured in the crash was 44-year old Tyson Joe Chick of Wenatchee who was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say a 21-year-old man carried a shotgun while walking around Waterville on Sunday, and threatened to kill a 15-year-old boy for sleeping with his wife. Dylan O’Gara-Smith is in the Okanogan County Jail this week after he allegedly made a threatening phone call to the teen, and walked the streets of Waterville with a 12-gauge pump shotgun. Deputies said he admitted carrying the shotgun and ammunition. They may also seek charges against his 20-year-old wife for alleged sexual contact with the 15-year-old victim.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says one man has been arrested and another is being sought for a Saturday morning burglary at Palisades School. Tools, an air compressor, fuel and a school bus were taken after a window was broken to gain entry into the maintenance building.

Arrested was 27-year-old Devon R. Taylor of East Wenatchee. Still being sought is 19-year-old Jordan S. McCullough-Cheney of Wenatchee. The sheriff’s office said the two were identified using video footage from the stolen bus.

The bus was left abandoned alongside Palisades Road in the 1400 block, which led to a call to the sheriff’s office at 7:36 a.m. Palisades is a two-room school serving about 25 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Coming up next, A 16-year-old boy arrested in the August 30th armed robbery at Ernie’s Grocery pleaded guilty Tuesday to counts of second-degree robbery, drug possession, and aiming a firearm. A Seattle man was rescued on Tuesday night after suffering a significant fall on Sunday while descending Cannon Mountain, and, Total October home sales in the Wenatchee market were way up compared to last year even though active listings compared to last year were way down. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A 16-year-old boy arrested in the August 30th armed robbery at Ernie’s Grocery pleaded guilty Tuesday to counts of second-degree robbery, drug possession, and aiming a firearm.

Chelan County Court Commissioner Tracy Brandt ordered the youth to spend 80 to 100 weeks in state juvenile detention, plus a year’s supervision upon release. The youth was one of two masked suspects who held the lone clerk at gunpoint. The thieves took $763 from the cash register and fled on foot. When arrested, the 16-year-old had what police called “a significant quantity of LSD wrapped up in over $300 cash.” The second suspect has not been identified.

A 36-year-old Seattle man was rescued on Cannon Mountain Tuesday evening after suffering serious injuries in a fall estimated at 400 feet. Kent Sisson of Chelan County Search and Rescue said Ryan Cairnes fell while descending the mountain Sunday nine miles southwest of Leavenworth. He is in stable condition at Central Washington Hospital with fractures to his neck, right knee and scapula, as well as rib injuries. His mother in Pennsylvania reported him missing Monday about 2 p.m. After a deputy found Cairnes’ vehicle at the Stuart Lake Trailhead late Monday afternoon, a helicopter crew, dealing with 40 mile-per-hour winds, went up Tuesday morning and spotted tracks in the snow on the west side of the mountain. Rescue personnel were then inserted in the area, following the tracks until they disappeared. As darkness set in, the two-man crew headed back toward the trailhead and found Cairnes struggling on the trail. He told his rescuers he had sheltered in place after his fall but on Tuesday tried to make his way down, despite his injuries.

Total October home sales in the Wenatchee market were way up compared to last year even though active listings compared to last year were way down.

The latest findings from Pacific Appraisal Associates in Wenatchee shows there were 114 sales for the month of October this year compared to 84 in 2018, a 36-percent rise. However, this past October, there were 165 active home listings, that’s down 24-percent from October of 2018’s 218 listings. Year to date sales over the same period last year are dead even. Both the median and average sales price of a home in the Wenatchee market continues to rise. The median sales price of a home is just over 348,000-dollars up 6-percent while the average sales price is up 5-percent at just over 374,000-dollars.

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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 added that running to get donuts actually defeats the whole purpose. . .

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.

Cashmere will move on to the next round of playoffs after a thrilling, double-overtime win over Okanogan last night 2-1…

Clare Norman scored the game-winner in the second overtime session after Carley Diaz got Cashmere on the board in the first half.  The Bulldogs will play a crossover game at Freeman Saturday at 2 o’clock.

Ephrata earned the #3 seed in the crossover game out of the CWAC with a 4-3 win over Othello.  The Tigers will host West Valley (Spokane) Saturday at 1 o’clock in a winner-to-State, loser-out game.  Selah is the District Champion after a 1-nil win over Ellensburg.

Moses Lake earned a spot in the District 6 4-A Tournament after a 4-1 win over Eisenhower last night.  The Chiefs will face Davis in the next round after the Pirates ended West Valley’s season 3-1.

A trip to State is on the line tonight at Wildcat Stadium in East Wenatchee when Eastmont hosts Wenatchee for the District Championship.  We’ll have it on the NCWLIFE Channel at 6:30 with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen.  The loser will drop back to a last-chance-at State Saturday at 1 o’clock against the winner of Davis and Moses Lake.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard from last night…

Eastmont advanced to the District Tournament with a win last night over Davis.  The Wildcats won 25-14, 15 and 18 and will face Moses Lake in the next round Saturday at West Valley High.  The Chiefs advanced with a sweep of Eisenhower 25-21, 22, and 15.

Ephrata ended Quincy’s season in the CWAC District Tournament 3-games-to-1.

At the B Tournament in Brewster, Waterville-Mansfield advanced with a win over Liberty Bell.  And Brewster won the District Title with a 3-1 win over Lake Roosevelt.

And in the regular-season finale in the Caribou Trail League, Cashmere edged Cascade 3-2 but the Kodiaks will advance to the playoffs in Wenatchee.  That’s where Chelan faces Okanogan for the District Championship at 3 followed by Cascade and Omak at 5.  The loser of the first will play the winner of the second for a last chance at State.

The preparations continue in a shortened week for both Eastmont and Wenatchee for tomorrow’s Bridge of Sportsmanship game between the two football teams…

Wildcat Stadium will be the venue for the 4-and-1 Eastmont Wildcats and the 5-and-oh Wenatchee Panthers with the Big-9 regular season title on the line. 

With it getting dark earlier, NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom asked Eastmont Coach Michael Don if they were tempted to practice under the lights at the stadium…

The big question mark looming over the game is whether Wenatchee’s all-league running back Nate Blauman will play.  He missed Friday’s game at Walla Walla with a back injury and is questionable for Thursday.  Don says Eastmont is preparing for Blauman to be in the backfield…

We’ll hear from the Panther’s side of the ball tomorrow as we get ready for the Bridge of Sportsmanship here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Eric and Grant will have the pregame at 6:30 with kickoff at 7 o’clock.

Tickets are still available at the athletic offices of either high school.

The Seahawks may have some extra help at wide receiver when Seattle plays at San Francisco Monday…

Josh Gordon was picked up a couple weeks ago after being waived by New England.  Coach Pete Carroll says he expects to see him on the field this week…

The 49ers are undefeated at 8-and-oh after a 4-and-12 season a year ago.  Coach Carroll says he’s impressed by the quick turnaround…

Seattle and San Francisco meet at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California Monday night on ESPN at 5:15.

Thanks Eric.

It was a record-breaking fundraiser at the 6th Annual Wellness Place Gala Auction last Friday. Supporters exceeded their goal with $90,000 raised for the non-profit group. The auction was held on Friday at the Pybus Events Center in Wenatchee. The group offers free support and services to cancer patients and survivors in four counties including Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan.

Newly appointed Executive Director, Julie Lindholm said the need for services has increased along with the number of cancer cases in the region. She shared that in 2018 Wellness Place provided over $20,000 in gas cards to patients who needed assistance to get to treatment.

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.