iFIBER ONE News -- Monday, Jan. 21 -- Tonight we report on how the gun used in a Connell murder was found in Othello, and how Soap Lake is bolstering its police force. We look at the start of the Relay for Life season in the Columbia Basin, and how state unemployment has reach a new low.

In sports we examine the teams heading to the Super Bowl in a battle of the Harbough brothers. Our SPOTLIGHT story tonight is about a celebration of Martin Luther King. And we have the latest weather forecast for the Columbia Basin from the iFIBER One Weather Center

Our top story – iFIBER One News viewers help Investigators recover the gun allegedly used to kill a Connell man along with the shooting suspect’s vehicle in Othello on Sunday.

Connell Police Chief MIKE KESSLER stated they found a black 1988 Ford Mustang belonging to 40-year-old JULIO CESAR HERNANDEZ. They also found the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol that killed 30-year-old SAUL RAMOS ARRAZATE 30, on Thursday. Police initially believed HERNANDEZ could be in the Electric City area, but a confirmed sighting on Thursday placed the suspect in Othello. Police say they do not know where Hernandez is now or where he may be headed. He is considered armed and dangerous. The shooting is reportedly Connell’s first homicide in 19 years.

Soap Lake’s police force is larger than it’s been in a long while, with the addition of two more reserve officers last week. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.

If you are out of work, it might be getting easier to find a job. The state unemployment rate declined to its lowest rate in four years, but not due to job creation. Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent. The decline in unemployment is due to a shrinking labor force. The state Employment Security Department stated the decrease does not mean more jobs, but more people have stopped looking for work. The state estimates that roughly 60,000 fewer people are looking for work but it’s not all bad news – the state has regained about 115,000 jobs of the 205,000 lost in the recession.

Relay for Life has kicked off the fundraising season. A group gathered in Moses Lake to celebrate and get a start on it. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.

If you are looking for a way to help fight cancer and have a good meal, you can do both at the Spaghetti Feed For a Cure. A spaghetti feed, raffles and a silent auction are planned for Saturday, Feb.22, at the Ephrata Recreation Center. The event is to raise funds for the Relay for Life – Team Bareteddies, who are planning on walking 60 miles for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. The doors open at 4 p.m. for a social hour followed by dinner and the auction. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child before Feb. 11. At the door, ticket will cost $15 per adult and $7 per child. For more information, you can find their Facebook page – bareteddies.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs suffered a heart-breaking loss to 13th ranked Butler on Saturday. It was the third team ranked in the top ten that Butler has beaten so far this season with previous victories over 9th ranked North Carolina and top ranked Indiana back in December.  Gonzaga had a one point lead at the half, 33 to 32, and continued to lead by a point with just 3.5 seconds remaining.  But as Gonzaga attempted an inbound pass, Butler's Roosevelt Jones stole the ball at half court, drove the lane, and sank a one-handed shot inside the paint to beat the Zags 64-63.

Elias Harris and Sam Dower led Gonaga with 20 points each.  Kelly Olynyk finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Gonzaga dropped to 10th in the AP Poll this week and will host BYU on Thursday in Spokane.  BYU is currently sitting in second place in the West Coast Conference with a 5 and 1 record behind Gonzaga.

The San Francisco 49ers survived an early 17 point deficit in the NFC Championship game on Sunday and are headed to the Super Bowl. Atlanta came out to dominate both sides of the ball and took a 17-zero lead over the 49ers on two TD's passes by Matt Ryan.  Ryan threw a third TD pass to Tony Gonzalez in the second quarter to give the Falcons a ten point lead at the half, 24-14.  After that, it was all San Francisco.

The 49ers defense kept Atlanta out of the end-zone in the second half while the offense re-established itself with their running game.  The 49ers' Frank Gore, rushed for a TD in each of the last two periods to give San Francisco the win 28 to 24.

After the game, head coach Jim Harbough wished his brother John good luck in the AFC Championship game that followed on Sunday. John Harbough is the head coach in Baltimore and his Raven's helped schedule a family re-union for the Super Bowl on Feb 3rd.  In a similar start to his brother's team, the Raven's fell behind the Patriots in the first half and trailed 13 to 7 in the 3rd quarter. But Ray Lewis and the Raven's defense would hold New England scoreless in the final two quarters while Joe Flacco went on to throw 3 TD's passes to beat New England, 28 to 13.

Flacco finished 21 of 36, passing for 240 yards, 3 TD's and no INT's.  Tom Brady was 29 of 54 through the air with 320 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT's.  It's the first time that two brothers will face each other as opposing coaches in the Super Bowl.  Here's what John Harbough had to say after the game.

Our SPOTLIGHT story tonight looks at a banquet to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Here with the story is BILL STEVENSON.

In Northwest news – How police use the red light cameras in Moses Lake might change. After a 21-year-old culinary student named NICOLE WESTBROOK was killed in a random drive-by shooting last year, Seattle police had a idea for trying to identify the white sedan involved. They wanted to check for any photos snapped by red-light traffic cameras nearby.

But state law forbids the red-light footage from being used for any purpose other than proving traffic violations. Changing that is a top priority of the state prosecuting attorneys association in Olympia this year. Officials say it’s rare that police need the information, but when they do it's usually a big case. A bill that's been introduced in the House would allow them to get it with a search warrant.

After a wildfire burned 37 square miles between Cle Elum and Ellensburg last summer, some people were concerned about the 1,000 deer that spend the winter in the area. They worried if the deer would have enough food to survive.

The Fish and Wildlife Department stated they're in fairly decent condition, so far. A mild late fall and early winter allowed some brush and grass to sprout before the snow fell. And, snow is not so deep or hard that deer over-exert themselves browsing. Wildlife biologist WILLIAM MOORE told the Daily Record newspaper the deer are having a normal winter. But, he says, the most challenging survival time is still ahead.

Kenmore Air has been using Seattle's Lake Union as an airport since 1946, and has as many as 40 takeoffs a day – making it the largest seaplane operator in the United States. A proposal to build three 24-story apartment towers at South Lake Union seems like an obvious concern, but the airline says that's only a minor problem.

The Seattle Times reports the flight path can be adjusted, and the planes wouldn't have any trouble clearing 240-foot buildings. The airline says it's more worried about a growing number of boats on Lake Union and noise complaints from new residents in the growing area.

After seven public meetings across Washington about a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham more than 14,000 comments have been collected. The comments will determine issues to be examined in an environmental study.

State Ecology Department spokesman LARRY ALTOSE told The Daily Herald newspaper that a final decision on the terminal will come from his agency, the Core of Engineers and Whatcom County, and that it is at least a couple of years away. The terminal is the largest of five proposed in Washington and Oregon that would ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to power plants in Asia. Supporters say it would help the economy. Opponents are concerned about long, dusty coal trains and the effect on climate change from burning coal anywhere in the world.

There were plenty of rifles slung on shoulders and pistols packed in holsters as hundreds of gun rights supporters rallied at the Idaho capitol. An estimated 800 people showed up at Saturday's event. It was part of an effort by gun owners across the country to show opposition to gun control measures proposed by President Barack Obama and lawmakers in many states.

MIKE YOST brought his two grandkids to the event and carried a Rock River rifle across his back. He told the Idaho Statesman newspaper he's afraid "we're losing our Second Amendment rights." The rally was one of two in Idaho. Gun rights advocates also met in Coeur d'Alene.

That's going to do it for us here at iFIBER ONE News. We want to thank you for watching and we'll see you again tomorrow.

 

 

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