NCWLIFE Evening News September 2nd, 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 Chelan resident who pleaded guilty to his third sex offense against children in 30 years was sentenced this week to more than 26 years in prison. Hunters and others going into the forest off Blewett Pass are being asked to report anything they see that might help in the search for the body of Ian Eckles who was murdered last May in the Mineral Springs area, and, For the 4th time, a Rock Island man charged with killing his wife wants a new lawyer.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A motorist from Coulee Dam wrecked his truck and allegedly spilled a loaded sawed-off shotgun from the vehicle. Douglas County deputies say 32-year-old Cody Jack Drywater was under the influence when his truck rolled last May on Pendell Road. They say they found the sawed-off shotgun in the grass near the overturned truck. Such modified firearms are illegal. Douglas County prosecutors charged Drywater by summons on Tuesday with illegal weapons possession and DUI.

A Chelan resident who pleaded guilty to his third sex offense against children in 30 years was sentenced this week to more than 26 years in prison. Timothy Wade Cook, who’s 56, pleaded guilty in July to molesting three youths in 2002 and 2017. He also pleaded to a charge of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. Cook was previously convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1992. Judge Lesley Allan sentenced Cook on Monday to 318 months in prison. It’s the highest end of the standard sentencing range for the crimes.

Hunters and others going into the forest off Blewett Pass are being asked to report anything they see that might help in the search for the body of Ian Eckles who was murdered last May in the Mineral Springs area.

The 41-year-old Kent man is believed to have been killed by Jorge Alcantara Gonzales, who was the subject of an extensive manhunt in the area before being arrested June 14th.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is asking forest users to report abandoned tents, campsites, firearms, mountain bikes, fishing gear and anything else that looks out of place.

The Rock Island man accused of shooting and killing his wife two years ago says the court should appoint him a new attorney, for the fifth time.

70-year-old Ului Teulilo allegedly murdered Peggy Teulilo in their Rock Island home in 2018. He has been jailed ever since awaiting trial in Douglas County,and his trial has been delayed in part by frequent disputes with his court-appointed lawyers.

In letters to Judge Brian Huber, Teulilo says he can no longer communicate with his current attorney, who’s the fourth person assigned to his defense. The defendant wants to be tried by a judge alone, without a jury. No new hearings in the case are scheduled until October.

Coming up next, Chelan County launched an emergency COVID-19 food distribution program Tuesday that will provide food staples to homes where people have been isolated or quarantined. A section of Wenatchee Heights Road will be closed for two weeks as the county continues a road-improvement project. As is traditional, the state Department of Transportation is urging Washingtonians to allow extra drive time for their Labor Day travels, and, An underpass for wildlife to navigate a busy Okanogan Valley highway is already having an impact, we will tell you about that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan County launched an emergency COVID-19 food distribution program Tuesday that will provide food staples to homes where people have been isolated or quarantined.

The program will be run by Serve Wenatchee Valley. To be eligible, recipients must have a stay-home directive from a medical professional. The federally funded program will pay for food for 400 Chelan County families of four until January.

Beyond Creations, the Town Toyota Center’s catering service will put together food boxes containing flour, rice, beans, bread, tortillas, pasta and more. They’ll also prepare care kits with items such as gloves, hand sanitizer and soap.

A section of Wenatchee Heights Road will be closed for two weeks as the county continues a road-improvement project.

Beginning today, Wenatchee Heights Road is closed from milepost 1-point-one-two to milepost 1-point-seven-seven as a contractor builds a retaining wall that will allow the road to be widened at a hairpin corner. Traffic will be detoured onto Wheeler Road. That detour will also in place on weekends and evenings.

As is traditional, the state Department of Transportation is urging Washingtonians to allow extra drive time for their Labor Day travels.

The agency says the best approach is to check its online traffic volume charts to help you determine the best times to travel on key routes. Traffic to popular outdoor areas has been heavy this summer due to the pandemic. The DOT says staying close to home and limiting non-essential travel will help reduce travel stress, as well as slow the spread of COVID-19.

An underpass for wildlife to navigate a busy Okanogan Valley highway is already having an impact. Conservation Northwest, the nonprofit agency heading up the renovation of the Janis Bridge on Highway 97 between Omak and Tonasket, says its finished the first phase on the Safe Passage 97 project, and animals have already started using the route. The initial work cost about $260,000 in private donations; the group is asking the state of Washington to fund phase 2 and 3. That would help animal-proof about nine miles of road, at an estimated cost of $17 million.

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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Back in May as the COVID-19 quarantine set in, Jessica Johnson from SAGE started to see a rise in new domestic violence cases. SAGE is the Wenatchee Valley’s main resource for victims of domestic and sexual violence. On today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Johnson told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz that the nature of cases referred to her agency appears to be changing for the worse. . .

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.

September is here and we thought it was time for another update on what’s happening with the Wenatchee

The BCHL shut down for COVID last March just as the playoffs were set to begin.  That was the last time there was ice in the Town Toyota Center.  The Wild held a tryout camp in Las Vegas last month and Littler says 25-players have been invited to Wenatchee.  Now, it’s just a matter of getting ice for them to play on…

Littler says there’s a lot of people frustrated with policies that prevent hockey when there are so many safe-guards in place to protect participants…

Littler says he and Town Toyota Center manager Mark Miller and doing what they can to convince people up the food chain that the safer alternative is to have ice available locally…

We’ll have more with Bliss Littler and an update on the Wenatchee wild coming up tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Student Athletes of Washington are nearing their goal of 25-thousand signatures on a petition to allow them to play fall sports…

The group of mostly high school athletes want Governor Inslee and the WIAA to reconsider a move to push fall sports to the spring.  Cole Norah is a standout football player at Mount Si high school in Snoqualmie who started the petition because he and many others want to play football now, not in April.

As of this afternoon, 24,802 people have signed the petition at Change dot org to try to sway the minds of administrators in Washington.  In addition, the student athletes will rally on the capitol steps in Olympia Thursday at 4 o’clock to try to push their point.

The WIAA moved fall sports to the spring out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic.  Many seniors believe the move will hurt their chances of moving on to the collegiate level.

The Mariners entire series against Oakland has been postponed due to concern over the coronavirus…

A player with the A’s tested positive Saturday night for COVID-19, so Oakland’s game Sunday against Houston as well as their 3-game series in Seattle have been pushed back. 

The first two games will be made up in a doubleheader September 14th in Seattle that was to be a day off for both clubs.  The 3rd game will be made up as a doubleheader in Oakland as part of the season finale September 25th through the 27th.

Seahawks running back Chris Carson met with the media for the first time this season.  He’s been recovering from a fractured hip and dealing with deaths in his family.  He said he is confident his 4th year in the league will be productive and that he will always have something to prove…

Carson is in the final year of his rookie contract.  So far, the Seahawks haven’t offered to work on an extension but Carson says he’s focusing on football, not a contract.  Seattle is 11-days away from its opener at Atlanta.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, with community events having been cancelled one after another this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one that will go on as scheduled: Cashmere’s Scare-Crazy.

Beginning October 1st, creatively decorated scarecrows will begin appearing throughout town. The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce says the event will allow people to enjoy the fall air and take in the scarecrows while at the same time practicing safe social distancing.

A scarecrow tour map will be available at the chamber office. Like a lot communities, Cashmere saw the loss of two of its many of its biggest events this year including Founders Days and the Chelan County Fair.

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.