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Now some of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The woman at the center of a fatal child neglect case began her jail term days early after Wenatchee police arrested her for a new domestic violence charge. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for a truck and tray that was stolen from a Malaga orchard yesterday and the Wenatchee School Board will hold a public hearing on June 14 to get the opinion of the public on a proposal to break up board seats in designated districts.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Closed target -The Wenatchee Target store will remain closed for several weeks following an arson attack on Sunday. Target company spokesman Brian Harper-Ribaldo said the company is working on store repairs and inventory replacement and hopes to reopen as soon as possible. Wenatchee Police released an image of the arson suspect leaving the store shortly after the 7 p.m. fire. They continue to search for the suspect. Chelan County Fire District 1 Battalion Chief Clint Wedley said that by the time fire crews arrived, an employee in the story had already used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. It started in the seasonal section of the story and cushions for outdoor furniture and some shelves took most of the damage. He said there was heavy smoke inside the store when the crews arrived.
Neglect sentence -The woman at the center of a fatal child neglect case began her jail term days earlier after Wenatchee police arrested her on a new domestic violence charge. Elaine Angelica Hurd, 39, was due to start her 177-day sentence on Tuesday, three years after pleading guilty to the criminal abuse of her infant son, Rustin Atkerson. But police said she was called to her home on Saturday after her boyfriend reported she slapped and headbutted him. Hurd’s 2-year-old son Rustin died of severe traumatic brain injury in 2017. But prosecutors admitted they couldn’t prove Hurd physically abused the boy, and she was allowed to plead for the lesser abuse charge in 2019. A pregnancy and the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in Hurd spending just 16 days behind bars after her conviction. Finally, in April, Douglas County Judge Brian Huber ordered Hurd to serve his entire prison sentence in Wenatchee, beginning June 1 at the latest.
Malaga Flatbed Stolen -The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to keep an eye out for a truck and tray that was stolen from a Malaga orchard yesterday. The truck is a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado double-bed that was pulled from Bainard Road at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. The pickup featured a new Micha Built flatbed with aluminum wheels and tinted windows. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 and report its location.
Wenatchee School Districts -The Wenatchee School Board will hold a public hearing on June 14 to hear the public’s opinion on a proposal to divide board seats into designated districts. Currently, the five council members are elected at-large, which means everyone in the district votes for every seat. This system may violate Washington’s voting rights law, so the board drew up proposed maps that would create four districts where only residents of those districts would vote for their school board member. Fifth position would remain at-large. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the district office on Sunset Avenue. People can also submit written comments directly to the district office or submit them by email to white-dot-kay-at-wenatchee schools-dot-org.
TO TEASE -Upon our return, the Cascadia Conservation District received a state grant to build a new community garden for residents of Chelan County public housing./ Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs in 2022. and Police Chiefs, and, The Apple STEM Network has selected three students as “STEM Stars”, we’ll tell you more about that. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Cascadia Food Financing -The Cascadia Conservation District received a state grant to build a new community garden for residents of Chelan County public housing. The district is one of 10 statewide to share more than $48,000 in grants from the Washington State Conservation Commission. The project will install raised beds, soil, compost and irrigation services for the garden. It will also help community garden members learn how to grow, harvest and store food once the garden is built. The Housing Authority oversees rentals for low-income customers in eight communities across the county. No word yet on the location of a community garden.
WASPC Crown-Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown has been named the 2022 Chairman of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Board. Crown was selected at the board meeting in May and will serve for one year. He has been a member of the group’s management board for several years. WASPC is the only such organization in the nation with representatives from local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement. Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones, who served as Vice Chairman, and Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris are also on the board.
STEM Stars -The Apple STEM Network, which represents science, technology, engineering, and math programs in schools in north-central Washington, has selected three high school students as its STEM Rising Stars. Olivia Strandberg from Chelan High School, Miranda Nayak from Wenatchee High School and Kierstin Peart from Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center won the Rising Star title with nominations from their school instructors. All three will be recognized at the Tech Alliance summer social event on August 4. One will be selected to represent NCW STEM programs for the next year, alongside 10 other STEM stars from regional networks across the state.
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Pet break -It’s time for our weekly feature Pause for Pets from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight we meet a sweet and talkative cat named Ruby. . .
Soldier reads to students -Finally tonight, in honor of Memorial Day, a special guest showed up this week to read to kindergarten children at Lee Elementary School in East Wenatchee. Private Carson Kalahar, a recent graduate of Army Medical School, read to attentive students Tuesday on the grass outside the school. Kalahar is the son of Sara Yoakum, a teacher at Lee Elementary.
Now, let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a preview of what’s happening tomorrow morning on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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