NCWLIFE Evening News October 2, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and I miss Grant Olson like the deserts miss the rain. He’s out this week, and I’m filling in. Today’s top news stories are coming up, but first, we’ve got time for a quick look outside our weather window…

One of the reasons I miss Grant is he’s so good at this part — Talking about the weather is not my forte. We’re peaking today with a temperature of about 59 and sunny across the Wenatchee, with very little change predicted for the rest of the week.

Now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight:

A hit and run driver not only damaged five cars but also allegedly got in a fight with police. A new technology survey is bullish on the Wenatchee Valley’s technological future. And a downtown art gallery hosts a new and unique collage show.

 But first up in news …

A driver who allegedly struck multiple cars in a hit-and-run incident Monday in Wenatchee faces charges of DUI and assault. Police say East Wenatchee resident Berenice Garcia, 21, fought with officers after striking five vehicles in the area of Methow Street about 9pm. No one was injured, but Garcia allegedly refused a breath test and kicked two police officers between her arrest and her arrival at the Chelan County jail. Striking a cop automatically yields a charge of third-degree assault; a blood test will be used to determine whether Garcia was intoxicated.

**PAC director out**-After just three months on the job, the executive director the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee has been dismissed. Robert Cox took over operation of the PAC in July, replacing Mad Cadman, who had been director for six years. The PAC board decided at a September 24th board meeting to part ways with Cox. Details on why he was fired were not released. Cox was previously the artistic director for a theater company in New York. Prior to taking the job at the PAC he was employed at a data center in Quincy. PAC board president Jake Purdom said they have not yet launched a search for a new director and Alex Haley is serving in that role for now.

The greater Wenatchee area added more than 500 tech jobs over the last 10 years, but more needs to be done to keep growing. That’s the finding of a new survey from Our Valley Our Future, the nonprofit association helping chart the region’s development. The study, carried out by Washington State University’s IMPACT Center, says the valley gained 588 technology-related jobs between 2008 and 2018, for a total of 1,500 people employed in the tech sector. Our Valley Our Future coordinator Steve Maher says to keep that momentum, the valley needs public-private partnerships centered on infrastructure and higher education. By filling those gaps, the payoff from could be a big net gain in jobs and local economic growth.

An Okanogan County man who murdered his friend over stolen goods must be resentenced. The state Court of Appeals says Don Arthur Moore, a 71-year-old Riverside man who shot and stabbed Bruce Molony in 2013, was sentenced to 32 years without considering his mental health status. Moore, a Vietnam veteran diagnosed with PTSD, showed signs of memory loss and paranoia before the murder. He won’t get a new trial, but an Okanogan County judge must order a psychiatric exam before adjusting his sentence. He remains imprisoned at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.

Coming up next:

A suspected campground thief gets run over by his own getaway car.

And it looks like the rules on vacation rentals in Chelan County may be status quo until the year 2020.

That’s all just ahead. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.


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A 19-year-old man who allegedly robbed a rural Douglas County campsite wound up getting run over by one of his own getaway vehicles. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Aaron Lacey of Yakima on Friday night, while he was being treated for injuries at Coulee Medical Center.

Police said Lacey was one of a group of men who robbed a campsite near Dry Falls where deer hunters were scouting before the season starts. The campers returned to find the men using two vehicles to carry away a pair of $1,000 Honda generators. One of the hunters was dragged by a van as he wrestled with one of the thieves, and Lacey was run over by a sedan before the two vehicles sped away together. Deputies said Lacey admitted to the theft, and he now faces charges of robbery and assault. His alleged accomplices are still being sought.

It’s back to the drawing board for Chelan County planners working on new vacation rental property rules.

The Planning Commission rejected the initial recommendations after last week’s public hearing, and referred them back to the Department of Community Development. The new rules have been in the works for the past two years, in response to issues such as noise and parking in areas where the number of seasonal vacation homes have increased. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair spoke to County Commissioners. They say it’s a contentious issue that may not be resolved until next year.

The county Planning Commission may start reviewing new rules by the end of October.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Eric Granstom gives us tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come. Stay with us.

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Opening this week at the Collapse Contemporary Gallery in downtown Wenatchee is a show titled Copyright Bandits, featuring artists from around the world. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more:

The Eastmont Wildcats were stunned at home last night in a 2-1 loss to the Davis Pirates in Big-9 girls soccer…

After a scoreless first half, Davis came out firing in the second half.  The Pirates were up 2-nil before Eastmont could counter on a goal by Megan Chandler. 

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Checking the Les Schwab Scoreboard on the rest of the soccer slate last night, Wenatchee shut out West Valley 2-nil.  Okanogan was a 4-nil winner over Chelan.  Cashmere got by Cascade 3-2.  Quincy walloped Wapato 5-1.  Ephrata shut out Toppenish 6-nil.  And Brewster mauled Manson 7-nothing.

Heading indoors to the volleyball courts and scores from last night…

Eastmont dropped the first game to Davis 25-5 but rebounded to bounce the Pirates 3-to-1 winning the next three 26-24, 25-7 and 25-21.  Wenatchee played West Valley tough in the first game, falling 24-26.  Then the Rams kicked it into high gear, winning the next two games 25-10 and 25-17 for the sweep.  Moses Lake had a donnybrook with Sunnyside, edging the Grizzlies 3-2 with the match ending in a deciding 5th game 15-11.

In the CTL, Cascade shut out Cashmere 3-0 and Chelan blanked Okanogan 3-zip.  In the CWAC, Quincy got by Prosser 3-1 and Ephrata swept Othello 3-0.

On the B volleyball courts last night, Wilson Creek beat Entiat 3-games-to-2.  Manson took five games to top Tonasket 3-2.  And Brewster blanked Waterville-Mansfield 25-20, 11 and 18.

Moses Lake entertained West Valley and Sunnyside in the pool Tuesday…

And the Chiefs came out on top in the double-dual 143-to-55 over the Rams and 155-to-14 over the Grizzlies.

The Seahawks face the Rams on Thursday Night Football tomorrow at CenturyLink Field…

The Seahawks are 8-and-1 under Coach Pete Carroll on Thursday Night Football.  Linebacker Bobby Wagner says the key to success is NOT treating the game special…

The Rams come into the game 3-and-1, the defending division and conference champs.  Wagner says Jared Goff continues to lead their offense with great maturity…

While Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll is ecstatic about the play of his quarterback, Russell Wilson says he still feels he needs to improve…

Seattle is 1-0 in conference play after its win over Arizona last weekend.  They’ll go for a second-consecutive win against the Rams Thursday night in front of a national television audience.  Kickoff on FOX is set for 5:20.

The home crowd was treated to a great National League Wild Card game in our Nation’s Capital last night as the Washington Nationals came from behind to beat Milwaukee 4-3…

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th and the bases-loaded, Washington’s Juan Soto slapped a single to right field that got passed Brewers right-fielder Trent Grisham.  All three baserunners scored as the fans at Nationals Park went NUTS.

Stephen Strasburg three innings of relief for the first time in his career, striking out four and allowing no runs for the victory.  The Nationals now head to LA to face the Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series.

Oakland will host Tampa Bay in tonight’s American League Wild Card game at 6:09.

Thanks Eric.

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