NCWLIFE Evening News September 29th, 2020

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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, A political sign torn from a fence led to an arrest in South Wenatchee on Sunday afternoon. Chelan County Superior Court recently completed a criminal trial – its first jury trial since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, Two new state audits say the Quincy School District failed to keep proper track of both federal funds for at-risk and low-income children, and money gathered by the Associated Student Body.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say a Wenatchee man raped a female acquaintance two weeks ago while she was intoxicated. 20-year-old Jason Noah Shepherd is charged with second-degree rape. He allegedly assaulted the woman during a party at an East Wenatchee home Sept. 13th. Deputies said there were witnesses to the incident, and arrested Shepherd on Saturday. He’s now free awaiting trial on $100,000 bond.

A political sign torn from a fence led to an arrest in South Wenatchee on Sunday afternoon. A homeless man allegedly ripped down a sign for Republican governor candidate Loren Culp, and used it as a tarp to go under the tent he pitched in nearby Locomotive Park. Wenatchee police found the man with the sign, and allegedly found a small amount of meth in his possession. He may face charges including the rare misdemeanor of removing or defacing a political sign.

Chelan County Superior Court recently completed a criminal trial – its first jury trial since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trials had been suspended since March under court orders, but this month the county began working with masked and socially distanced jury pools to help prevent new infections. In the trial completed Sept. 16th, the jury of 12 took just 90 minutes to find a Royal City woman guilty of fleeing from Wenatchee police back in March. Future trials will proceed with the same new jury selection procedure.

Two new state audits say the Quincy School District failed to keep proper track of both federal funds for at-risk and low-income children, and money gathered by the Associated Student Body. In both cases, the state auditor’s office says, the district didn’t have proper controls in place to supervise the funds. That led to higher than necessary expenditures per student, and few safeguards on money brought in by student fundraising events. The district says it’s aware of the problems, and taking steps to fix them.

Coming up next, The brush drop-off yard at the Chelan Transfer Station will be closed October 1st through 7th so county crews can chip the large brush pile that has accumulated there. Employees at the state Department of Natural Resources don’t just use fire trucks, they also build them, and, Years of work and dedication will not go unnoticed this year as new Eagle Scouts will be honored at a community parade in Wenatchee on Saturday, October 10th. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The brush drop-off yard at the Chelan Transfer Station will be closed October 1st through 7th so county crews can chip the large brush pile that has accumulated there. The rest of the transfer station will be open normal hours.

Chelan County Public Works says when the brush yard is reopened free wood chips will be available to the public. Anyone picking up wood chips is asked to bring a shovel, gloves and any other equipment needed to load the materials.

Employees at the state Department of Natural Resources don’t just use fire trucks, they also build them. The department says the 20 or so trucks it builds each year is a savings for taxpayers. Here’s a look at how they do it. . .

Years of work and dedication will not go unnoticed this year as new Eagle Scouts will be honored at a community parade in Wenatchee on Saturday, October 10th.

At least six and possibly eight Scouts will be celebrated at a community parade in the Town Toyota Center parking lot. Starting at 2:30 p.m., community members are invited to drive through the lot off Walla Walla Avenue and share their congratulations with the newly minted Eagle Scouts.

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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In tonight’s features story, more than half a million acres of Washington burned this fire season, including many parts of Congresswoman Kim Schrier’s 8th District. In a House agriculture subcommittee hearing last week, Schrier quizzed USDA Deputy Chief John Phipps on how the federal government can help the land heal once the flames have died down.

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.

Thanks Eric.

The 59er Diner in Cashmere was permanently closed Today. In a statement, owner Joe Cannata cited the business climate in the state and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for closing the restaurant next to the Apple Annie Antique Gallery.

Cannata has owned the restaurant at the former Studebakers restaurant location for the past seven years. He said the 59er Diner at Coles Corner will remain open. That restaurant near Lake Wenatchee burned to the ground in 2016 but was rebuilt and reopened in 2018.

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.