NCWLIFE Evening News October 9, 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, Residents of Soap Lake can go back to drinking from their home water taps. Researchers at Washington State University found that crime rates in the state have not changed significantly after the legalization of marijuana, and, Good news and bad news in the latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee area.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County sheriff’s detectives say an 88-year-old Wenatchee woman fell prey to telephone scam that cost her almost $30,000 dollars.

Back in August, the victim received a series of phone calls saying a family friend was under arrest in Florida, and that she could help, first by buying $8,000 dollars’ worth of Macy’s gift cards at the Wenatchee Valley Mall, and later by wiring $25,000 dollars to a bank account in Miami. Her family learned of the scam, but was only able to recover $4,000 dollars of the lost funds. Deputies have gathered bank records to help with the investigation. However, no suspects have been named.

Residents of Soap Lake can go back to drinking from their home taps, a boil order placed last week has been lifted. Residents were asked October 3rd to start boiling their water before use after four main water lines were ruptured during downtown construction. After five days without clean water, the city said yesterday afternoon there’s no longer a risk of contamination.

Researchers at Washington State University found that crime rates in the state have not changed significantly after the legalization of marijuana.

The study looked at Washington and Colorado before and after those states decriminalized cannabis, and compared 20 years of crime data. It found that crime in legal weed states was no greater than 21 other states where cannabis production and possession is still outlawed. The research is due to be published in the journal, Justice Quarterly.

Good news and bad news in the latest real estate snapshot in the Wenatchee area.

Total Home sales in the Wenatchee residential real estate market was up 23-percent in September of this year compared to 2018. The latest report from Pacific Appraisal and Associates shows 107 home sales last month up from 87 sales during the same time last year. However, sales are down 17-percent overall year to date over last year. Active home listings are up by 18% from last month but also down 22% over last year.

Both the median and average sales price of a home in the Wenatchee valley are up as well. The median sales price is now at 345,000-dollars, up 6-percent from last year while the average sales price is up 4-percent compared to 2018 now at 371,852-dollars.

Coming up next, A 24-year-old Peshastin man must serve more than 12 years for firing a handgun into his family’s home. Washington saw increases in the rates of sexually transmitted disease over the last four years. This Saturday the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic, and, Chelan Fire and Rescue held a ceremony Tuesday to pay tribute to former Chief Tim Lemon. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A 24-year-old Peshastin man must serve more than 12 years for firing a handgun into his family’s home. Juan Manuel Onate-Penilla [Oh-NOT-tay Pen-EE-ya] pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of first-degree assault. Last November, Penilla fired multiple shots into the door and the bedroom window of the home late at night, while his family was sleeping. He was initially charged with attempted murder, but said he had no memory of the crime. His sentence, from Judge Lesley Allan, includes a mandatory five-year enhancement for use of a firearm.

Washington saw increases in the rates of sexually transmitted disease over the last four years, including an almost 72-percent increase in the rate of gonorrhea. New figures from the state and the Centers for Disease Control show these rates are rising across the country. Washington reported more than 11,000 new cases of gonorrhea last year, compared to 6,200 in 2014.

Rates for chlamydia and syphilis are also up. In the Wenatchee Valley, there were 79 new gonorrhea cases reported last year, and 466 cases of chlamydia. If you believe you’ve been exposed to an STD, the state Department of Health recommends testing and treatment at your local health clinic.

This Saturday the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for low-income pet owners. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has more. . .

BTW, It is required by law to have your pets vaccinated for rabies.

Chelan Fire and Rescue held a ceremony Tuesday to pay tribute to former Chief Tim Lemon, who died last month of pancreatic cancer.

The tribute included a flag ceremony, with the flag flying at half-mast outside the fire station for 10 days to represent the 10 years Lemon served as chief.

Services for Lemon will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the New Life Church in Renton.

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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Last month, Congresswoman Kim Schrier posted an online survey, asking whether voters in the 8th District favored an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. She told NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins the results were close, but a slight majority of respondents think the inquiry is a good idea. . .

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.

There will be a Game 5 in the American League Division Series between Tampa Bay and Houston after the Rays beat the Astros last night 4-to-1…

Tampa Bay came out and scored 3-runs in the first inning off of Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander, who lasted just 3-and-two-thirds of an innings.  He allowed 4-runs on 7-hits with 5-strikeouts and 3-walks.

Tommy Pham got the hit parade going for the Rays in the first on a solo home run to center field.  Travis d’Arnaud followed with an RBI single and Joey Wendle hit an RBI double.  Willy Adames (uh-DOM-es) added a solo homer off of Verlander in the 4th.

The series will shift to Houston for Game 5 Thursday at 4:07 in the afternoon on FS-1.

The final games of the National League Division Series will be played today.  St. Louis at Atlanta followed by the Nationals and Dodgers in L-A.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in prep girls soccer last night…

Cashmere beat Wenatchee in a battle of two of the best soccer teams in the valley, 3-to-1.  Eastmont moved into a first-place tie with Wenatchee atop the Big-9 standings with a 3-2 win over Moses Lake.  Both the Wildcats and Panthers are 5-and-1 on the season.  Cascade clobbered Chelan 9-nil.  And it was Ephrata gaining the edge on Quincy in the CWAC standings with a big 7-1 victory.

In prep volleyball last night, the Eastmont Wildcats donned pink uniforms in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs…

And despite a very close first game, Eastmont was able to battle through with the sweep 27-25, 25-22 and 25-13.  Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also last night, Cashmere swept Wilson Creek in 3-games.  Chelan shut out Cascade 3-nil.  Quincy swept Wapato 25-21, 20 and 19.  And it was Ephrata taking three from Toppenish.

A reminder that Hockey Night is tomorrow night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee hosted the Merritt Centennials September 21st at the Town Toyota Center and came away with a 5-2 victory.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play tonight at 7 here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild.

Speaking of Arch, he’ll join us Friday morning to preview Wenatchee’s two-game weekend series against West Kelowna here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Friday night, we’ll be back at Eastmont High School for Friday Night Lights as the Wildcats celebrate homecoming against the Davis Pirates…

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your pregame at 6:45 with kickoff set for 7 here on NCWLIFE Channel.

Fans got a different view of Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett at a press conference yesterday at the V-Mac in Renton.  Lockett is set to release a book of poetry next week entitled “Reflection.”  He said he’s been writing since his senior year in high school…

 “Reflection” goes on sale October 15th.  Lockett currently leads the Seahawks with 30-receptions for 379-yards and 3-touchdowns.  Seattle plays at Cleveland Sunday morning at 10 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a man suspected of stealing beef from a Soap Lake tavern refused to cooperate with officers when they showed up at his home early this morning. His mother had other ideas.

It all started with a report of frozen beef stolen that was from Del Red Pub. Police Chief Ryan Cox was told about a man who had caused a scene at closing time. At the same time, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a report of a man dropping off boxes of meat in an alleyway.

Based on the description in both cases, Cox recognized the man as 26-year-old Austin Rogers and went to his apartment on Highway 28 West. Rogers refused to let Cox inside. Then his mother intervened. She pulled Rogers inside for a discussion, then brought Cox one of the packets of stolen beef. Rogers then was arrested on burglary charges. Cox said QUOTE, It does not matter how old or big you are, you never want to embarrass momma, UNQUOTE.

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Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz to find out 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.