NCWLIFE Evening News October 4

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— East Wenatchee Police continue to investigate the tragic death of an East Wenatchee toddler on Tuesday, Lighthouse Ministries incites competition between community leaders for its annual Night In A Box event and Taste Washington Day brought local foods to school cafeterias today. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

A judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for Dawn Soles, the woman convicted as an accomplis in the 1984 murder of her ex-husband, Stephen Smith of Cashmere.

 

Soles appeared in Chelan County Superior Court this morning. Soles is the former wife of Bernard Swaim who was originally charged with first degree murder but was found not guilty at his trial in August. Soles was also charged with rendering criminal assistance in Smith’s murder but testified against Swaim as the prosecution’s star witness. Witnesses for the defense discredited her testimony and she subsequently changed her plea to guilty after Swaim was acquitted. During this morning’s hearing there was disagreement between Defense attorney Keith Howard and Prosecutor, Doug Shae over the courts sentencing options. Judge Lesley Allan ordered both attorneys to submit written briefs and sentencing was postponed until Thursday at 2 p.m.

No new information today as the investigation continues into the death of an 18-month old child who died Tuesday after being run over by a car in the East Wenatchee area. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal confirms the death that occurred near a residence on N.W. Empire Street. Gjesdal says more information will become available when the investigation is completed.

Organizers say this year’s Night in a Box Event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries will prompt even more community support for the homeless.

 

This year the group has recruited several community leaders to spearhead a competitive fundraising drive to help pay for the variety of services offered through the ministry. Members of this year’s organizational/Corporate Challenge Competitors were introduced at a news conference yesterday. Among them, John Brossoit, Pastor with The Living Room . . .

 

Pastor Brossoit was joined at Tuesday’s news conference by Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, Attorney, Andrew Kottkamp, Apple Blossom Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson, Bart Tilly, Kaye Kolde, Pastor of Sage Hills Ministry and Doug Milner with Fibonacci Smile. This year’s Night in a Box Event is slated for November17th in the parking lot of Encourging Words bookstore.

The 15th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival kicks off tomorrow at Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee. Since 2002, the event has featured a vendor craft and food fair, dance, pancake breakfast, airplane and glider rides, motorcycle show and live entertainment.

 

The Festival also features a Friday night car cruise along Eastmont Avenue in East Wenatchee and a car show on Saturday at Eastmont Park. Davis Shows NW Carnival will also be on hand with rides open from 4 p.m. until close on Thursday and Friday and noon to close on both Saturday and Sunday. Festival-goers can purchase 25-dollar wristbands for carnival rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Coming up, Taste Washington day brings local foods to school cafeterias, police officers participate in the Coffee with Cops event at Pybus and a candidate forum takes over Newberry Elementary tonight. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Earlier today at Pybus Market in Wenatchee, the 3rd Annual Coffee With A Cop event was held. The event provides Law Enforcement from around the region a fun way to interact with the community in which they serve. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says events like coffee with a cop have a positive impact on area residents in many ways. . .

For the seventh year in a row, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Nutrition Association partnered with farmers and schools to feature Washington-grown foods in school cafeteria meals.

 

Here was the scene at Wenatchee High School where students were treated to Italian food with items from Gebbers beef of Okanogan, as well as Smithson and Magana Farms. Food Services manager, Valerie Grey says Taste Washington isn’t limited to one day. She says the school district contracts with the local agricultural community to work together to provide healthy school meals throughout the school year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates schools in our state spend more than 17-million dollars a year on Washington-grown foods.

Newberry Elementary School is the venue for tonight’s political forum. The five candidates who are competing for three open Wenatchee School District board seats have been invited to attend. The forum starts a 7 p.m. and its sponsored by the Newberry PTA.

 

Participating candidates are position 3 incumbent, Claudia DeRobles and her challenger, Sunny Hemphill. Position 4 candidate Michelle Sandberg who is running unopposed and Position 4 incumbent Jennifer Talbot and her opponent, Sarah Knox.

 

Legislation to add more transparency to the Federal Endangered Species Act advances in Congress. The legislation, sponsored by 4th District Congressman, Dan Newhouse, ensures the use of sound science and that state and local stakeholders are given access to data used in listing decisions. Congressman Newhouse commented on the bill in testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee in July. He cited Grizzly bears and Gray Wolves as examples of how the ESA needs to be changed . . .

 

Newhouse’s legislation would update the ESA by requiring federal agencies to make data used for ESA decisions publicly available on the Internet. It would also ensure the proper use of taxpayer funds by putting a cap on attorneys’ fees.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

 

In Soccer
Eastmont raced out to a 4-nil halftime lead and went on to shut out visiting Eisenhower 6-nil at Wildcat Stadium last night.  Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Also on the pitch last night…

 

Wenatchee won its 7th game in a row, downing Cashmere 4-1 with goals by Ashley Turner, Jaden Griggs, Gretta Wiersma (WEERZ-muh), and Arian Escobedo.
Okanogan 3, Chelan 2
Cascade 15, Omak 0

In volleyball last night…

 

Eastmont 3, Eisenhower 0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-15)
Cascade 3, Omak 0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-17)
Chelan 3, Okanogan 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18)
Entiat 3, Wilson Creek 0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-16)
Brewster 3, Waterville-Mansfield 0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-10)

The first inning took nearly an hour to play as balls were flying out of Yankee Stadium.  Neither starting pitcher got out of the first two innings.  And by the fourth inning, things were pretty much decided as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-to-4 in the American League Wild Card game last night…

 

The Twins’ Brian Dozier became the first player in Major League History to lead off a playoff game with a home run.  Eddie Rosario followed with a 2-run shot and Minnesota chased New York starter Luis Severino after just a third of an inning.  But the Yankees came right back in its half of the first on a three-run homer by Didi Gregorious.  Brett Gardner homered in the 2nd to give New York a 4-3 lead but the Twins came right back with a bases-loaded, RBI fielder’s choice by Byron Buxton in the 3rd to tie it at 4.  The Yankees played add-on from there as Greg Bird singled home Gary Sanchez in the 3rd; Aaron Judge hit his first playoff home run in the 4th and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks in the 8th.  New York travels to Cleveland for Game 1 of the A-L-D-S Thursday.

The National League Wild Card game is tonight in Phoenix…

 

As the Arizona Diamondbacks play host to the Colorado Rockies in a winner-advance, loser-out scenario.  Jon Gray will take the ball for the Rockies.  He’ll face Zack Greinke for the D-Backs.  First pitch is at 5 o’clock at Chase Field.

 

Thanks Eric…

Our feature for today answers the trivia question, what is the smallest Washington State Park? Its name might surprise you. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

 

And now a recap of our top stories…

A judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for Dawn Soles, the woman convicted as an accomplis in the 1984 murder of her ex-husband, Stephen Smith of Cashmere.

 

Soles appeared in Chelan County Superior Court this morning. Soles is the former wife of Bernard Swaim who was originally charged with first degree murder but was found not guilty at his trial in August. Soles was also charged with rendering criminal assistance in Smith’s murder but testified against Swaim as the prosecution’s star witness. Witnesses for the defense discredited her testimony and she subsequently changed her plea to guilty after Swaim was acquitted. During this morning’s hearing there was disagreement between Defense attorney Keith Howard and Prosecutor, Doug Shae over the courts sentencing options. Judge Lesley Allan ordered both attorneys to submit written briefs and sentencing was postponed until Thursday at 2 p.m.

No new information today as the investigation continues into the death of an 18-month old child who died Tuesday after being run over by a car in the East Wenatchee area. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal confirms the death that occurred near a residence on N.W. Empire Street. Gjesdal says more information will become available when the investigation is completed.

 

**Wings and Wheels Preview** –The 15th Annual Wings and Wheels Festival kicks off tomorrow at Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee. Since 2002, the event has featured a vendor craft and food fair, dance, pancake breakfast, airplane and glider rides, motorcycle show and live entertainment.

 

The Festival also features a Friday night car cruise along Eastmont Avenue in East Wenatchee and a car show on Saturday at Eastmont Park. Davis Shows NW Carnival will also be on hand with rides open from 4 p.m. until close on Thursday and Friday and noon to close on both Saturday and Sunday. Festival-goers can purchase 25-dollar wristbands for carnival rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Organizers say this year’s Night in a Box Event sponsored by the Wenatchee Lighthouse Christian Ministries will prompt even more community support for the homeless.

 

This year the group has recruited several community leaders to spearhead a competitive fundraising drive to help pay for the variety of services offered through the ministry. Members of this year’s organizational/Corporate Challenge Competitors were introduced at a news conference yesterday. Among them, John Brossoit, Pastor with The Living Room . . .

 

Pastor Brossoit was joined at Tuesday’s news conference by Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett, Attorney, Andrew Kottkamp, Apple Blossom Festival Administrator, Darci Christopherson, Bart Tilly, Kaye Kolde, Pastor of Sage Hills Ministry and Doug Milner with Fibonacci Smile. This year’s Night in a Box Event is slated for November17th in the parking lot of Encourging Words bookstore.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A band of high clouds developed off and on today around Northcentral Washington coming in from southern British Columbia along a weak weather system moving through Idaho. Five areas of high pressure over the western third of the country dot our weather map tonight ushering in a dry weather pattern for much of the workweek with mild days and chilly nights. As the cold front off the Pacific Northwest coast moves inland, the weather will likely turn windy and cooler by Saturday with mountain showers Friday night through the weekend. We could see wind speeds around 15-25 mph on Saturday with locally higher gusts. Winds will taper off on Sunday and very quiet weather returns to our area throughout most of next week with high temperatures around normal for this time of year and chilly to even cold overnight low temperatures.

Our video of the day as we close our newscast tonight comes from our very own Eric Granstrom, who stopped along US Highway-2 west of Leavenworth yesterday to film the sockeye salmon returning into Tumwater Canyon to spawn. . .

 

Now is the perfect time to drive up Tumwater Canyon for the beautiful colors…not only the fall foliage on the hillsides but these fish as they become bright red during their spawning cycle. If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.