NCWLIFE Evening News September 18, 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, The Columbia River Drug Task Force simply miscounted the money it seized while serving a search warrant on suspected cocaine traffickers, and, The problems continue on South Lakeshore Road at Slide Ridge north of Lake Chelan State Park as the roadway was closed once again this morning.
But first, we begin tonight. . .


A Wenatchee man faces multiple rape charges after allegedly assaulting a woman while she was unconscious, and making video recordings of the crime. Steven Adam Tibbetts was arrested Friday, and left Chelan County jail after posting $250,000 dollars bail on Tuesday. Wenatchee police say he admitted to assaulting the woman and making the recordings at three different locations between March and August, at his home; on a Nahahum County residence; and at a home in Grant County. The woman discovered the alleged videos after borrowing Tibbetts’ phone and had no memory of the incidents; she told police she believes she was drugged. Investigators are asking Chelan County prosecutors to bring eight charges of second-degree rape. Tibbetts is due back in court September 30th.


The Columbia River Drug Task Force simply miscounted the money it seized while serving a search warrant on suspected cocaine traffickers. Outside investigators from Grays Harbor police and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office found no evidence of wrongdoing by the task force, which seized $68,462 dollars and two pounds of cocaine from the Malaga home of Cesar Javier Mora. [SayZAR HAV-ier Mora] The initial estimate of the money seized was more than $85,000. Jason Reinfeld, chief of special operations for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, says task force investigators simply made a counting error. Cesar Mora is serving a year and day in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine possession and a firearms charge. Another man, Jose Carmen Valadez, got a 20-month sentence Monday for selling cocaine from Mora’s home.


The problems continue on South Lakeshore Road at Slide Ridge north of Lake Chelan State Park. The roadway was closed once again this morning after experiencing more flooding because of ongoing rains in our area. A bypass road at Slide Ridge was open to local traffic only, with flaggers controlling traffic this morning. South Lakeshore Road was re-opened around 11:00 this morning. Chelan County Public Works stresses the closure was due to the rain and that Slide Ridge itself has NOT fallen.

Coming up next, In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier today, Washington U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse called on him to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers. The popular Wenatchee sporting goods store Hooked On Toys is moving its operation. Health problems have forced K9 Grizzly into retirement after more than three years with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


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In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier today, Washington U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse called on him to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers. India is currently imposing a 70% tariff on U.S. apples, a 50% Most Favored Nation tariff in addition to the recently imposed 20% retaliatory tariff, and Trade Representative Lighthizer is expected to continue negotiations with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi this coming weekend. In the letter Newhouse said in part, quote, the actions by India to increase tariffs on U.S. apples is a damaging situation that will substantially impact growers, packers, employees, and the thousands of jobs they support throughout Washington state, unquote.


The Wenatchee sporting goods store, Hooked on Toys, has been so successful it has outgrown its current Wenatchee location, says owner Tom Kallas. That led to the purchase last week of a 73,000-square-foot piece of property from the city of Wenatchee for about $1-point-2 million dollars. The property, north of the store’s current location on North Wenatchee Avenue, won’t be ready for the new store until McKittrick Street has been extended across the avenue. Kallas, who opened the store 33 years ago, said in a statement that customers have been asking for a bigger store with more toys and sporting goods, as well as better access. Sometimes, especially during sales and Black Friday, the store is so crowded people can barely navigate the aisles. Kallas said the new store will have the additional space for more products and more people.


Health problems have forced K9 Grizzly into retirement after more than three years with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. His handler, Deptuty Dave DeLaRosa, will adopt Grizzly, who gained fame by successfully helping apprehend numerous suspects. But Grizzly didn’t just chase down bad guys. In February 2018, he joined the search for a man with Alzheimer’s disease who had wandered away from his Ephrata home. Just after 3:30 a.m., Grizzly found the man, who had fallen in a large hole. Grizzly will be replaced by Hawk, a 4-year-old German Shepard who also will be handled by DeLaRosa.
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Longtime firefighter Tim Lemon, who for 10 years was chief of Chelan Fire and Rescue, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. The 57-year-old had been diagnosed with cancer just two weeks ago. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more. . .

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