iFIBER ONE News -- Wednesday, Jan. 16 -- Tonight we report on the possibility of DAVID NICKELS getting another murder trial, and how investigators are calling a Soap Lake house fire – arson. We report on the settlement between REC Silicon and Grant County over a property tax dispute, and review the next problem to plague Boeing.
Our SPOTLIGHT story tonight is about a visit by Seattle Mariners to Moses Lake. And we have the latest weather forecast for the Columbia Basin from the iFIBER One Weather Center.
Our top story – David Nickels may get another trial after he was convicted by a jury of murdering Ephrata’s SAGE MUNRO in 2009.Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a Dec. 20 arson near Soap Lake. An unoccupied home at 19688 County Road A.3-Northwest near Soap Lake was set on fire and suffered extensive damage. The home is owned by a brother and two sisters who grew up in the Soap Lake area, according to sheriff’s officials. The home had been their parents’ residence dating back 60 years. One of the owners lives in Ephrata, while the others live outside of the area.
On Christmas morning someone dumped a dead, partially frozen dog in the owner’s yard in Ephrata. Sheriff’s officials say they suspect the act of intimidation is associated with the arson. Investigators are attempting to locate the owner of the deceased dog. It is described as a Chihuahua mix weighing approximately 10-15 pounds with light tan fur and faint white markings on the front feet. Anyone missing a dog matching this description is asked to contact deputy JON MELVIN or deputy fire marshal NATHAN POP-LAW-SKI by calling 509-762-1160.
Grant County and REC Silicon announced the resolution of appeals involving the company's 2010, 2011 and 2012 property taxes. According to REC spokesperson SHARON PALMERTON said the settlement fully resolves the tax issues for the three years. REC dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2009 and Grant County made an adjustment to REC's tax assessment for 2010.
REC settled in part to avoid expensive litigation during a period of uncertainty in the solar markets. Grant County Assessor LAURE GRAMMER agreed the settlement was equally difficult for the County She said, "At the end of an extensive negotiation process, assisted by an independent mediator, it was in the best interests of the county and its taxing districts to resolve as much of the dispute as possible."
An estimated 600 people and 58 businesses turned out last night to “Round Up the Best” at the 2013 Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. The annual event had a western theme this year and was held at Big Bend Community Collegeto showcase local businesses. Chamber Executive Director DEBBIE DORAN MARTINEZ said this year was the largest expo they’ve ever held.
Samaritan Healthcare’s Physical Therapy team was recognized for having the best booth, and MICHAELLE and JEREMY BOAT-JER (Boetger) of MICHAELLE BOETGER Graphic Design were named best dressed of the evening.
There were dozens of door prizes and drawings at the expo, along with the winners of a Boot Round Up Scavenger Hunt that took place in the weeks leading up to the event. SHERYL CASSELLA and TERRI RILEY BROWN won the boot roundup drawing, and SUSAN MANN, MARTIN LAPP and JODY BORTZ were the scavenger hunt winners. Winners of the Inland Cellular Money Machine were TOM HAYES, who won $45, WALLY FARRIS, who won $117, and STACIE PACK, who won $257. iFIBER One News would like to thank the chamber volunteers and the viewers that stopped by our both.
A company specializing in data center power systems reportedly received a multimillion dollar purchase order from an undisclosed data center in Quincy. According to the blog Data Center Knowledge – Active Power recently received an order for its flywheel-based CleanSource systems, which produces nearly 11 megawatts of uninterruptable power supply.
The systems are reportedly scheduled for shipment to a Pacific Northwest data center owned by “one of the world’s leading Internet search firms.” The Austin, Texas-based company did not identify exactly where the systems were headed, but reportedly noted the customer has previously deployed Active Power equipment and Yahoo is the only company having done that.
The Moses Lake School District plans to reinstate a committee this spring to explore the possibility of another construction bond proposal. District voters rejected a $115 million measure last February that would have financed a second high school and two elementary schools. The final ballot tally had just over 50 percent of voters in favor, but a super majority of 60 percent needed to pass.
Lake Superintendent MICHELLE PRICE says district leaders are asking the community how to deal with the overcrowding situation in the existing facilities. PRICE reportedly told school board members that district officials didn’t want to start discussing a bond before the meetings conclude in March. Input from the series of meetings will be distilled into a list of recommendations to be given to the school board in April for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year.
Each of the people you see here has warrants for their arrest and is wanted by various law enforcement agencies. If you see any of these people, the DOC asks that you not attempt to detain or apprehend them but to call police. You can also call the Department of Corrections at 509-764-6180 during the day or 509-762-1160 after 5pm.
In sports last night, the Quincy basketball teams traveled to Cashmere in Caribou Trail league play. The Quincy girls lost 64 to 18. Cashmere is currently tied for third place in league play with Okanogan at 6 and 3. The Quincy girls are 1 and 8 in the Caribou Trail and 4 and 11 overall.
It was a tough night for the Quincy boys also. They lost to Cashmere 63 to 39 and dropped to 5th place in league play at 3 and 5 and a 6 and 8 record overall. The cashmere boys are third in the Caribou Trial league with a 6 and 2 record. Friday Quincy will host Okanogan with the girls taking the court at 6:00pm and the boys at 7:30pm. Saturday they'll have their work cut out for them when they travel to Chelan to take on the Mt Goats. The Chelan girls are currently sitting in second place in the league and the boys are first.
In Pac-12 football, the news of the day is the departure of Oregon's head football coach, Chip Kelly. Kelly was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles and will replace Andy Reid who was let go on Dec 31st. Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four years at Oregon and led the Ducks to a victory in the Fiesta Bowl over Kansas State this year. He interviewed with the Eagles, the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills after the Fiesta Bowl but chose to remain at Oregon before changing his mind yesterday.
Oregon could be facing possible NCAA sanctions for the school's use of recruiting services, but Kelly indicated that he isn't running from anything stating "We've cooperated fully with the NCAA," and "If they want to talk to us again, we'll continue to cooperate fully. I feel confident in the situation." The Eagles interviewed 11 candidates in the process of selecting Chip Kelly, including two meetings with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Our SPOTLIGHT story tonight is about the Seattle Mariners. A few visited Moses Lake and signed autographs at Big Bend Community College yesterday. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.
In Northwest news – Former Gov. Chris Gregoire was not the only person leaving a government home. Before she left the Governor’s Mansion, GREGOIRE allowed 10 people out of prison. One includes a three-strikes offender who blew the whistle on a plot to murder a deputy prosecutor.
JOHN RAY STEWART has been serving a life sentence since 1998, when he was convicted of attempted robbery. In 2003 STEWART met STEVEN F. SHERER, who had murdered his wife. SHERER told him that he was planning to kill King County deputy prosecutor MARILYN BRENNE-MAN and to burn down the home of a key witness.
STEWART reported the threat, and police learned that SHERER had hired someone being released from prison to carry out the attack. GREGOIRE ordered the Department of Corrections to begin taking steps to return STEWART to society if he agrees to abide by a lengthy set of conditions and if a forensic psychologist determines him to pose a low risk to re-offend.
Our new governor – JAY INSLEE says Washington state is poised to develop the next wave of innovations that will change the world. In prepared remarks for his inaugural speech today, INSLEE cited the state's history of ideas in aerospace and software. He said Washington isn't done.
Inslee's first talk took an international focus, noting that the world economy is changing as it emerges from the recession. And he said the state must move swiftly to continue competing with the rest of the world. The Democrat has focused his policies on research and development, hoping to help stir growth in areas like clean energy and life sciences. Inslee took the helm of the state on today just days after the start of the 105-day legislative session. He succeeds Gov. CHRIS GREGOIRE, who gave her final "state of the state" speech on yesterday.
Boeing's troubles with its newest airplane got worse after an emergency landing prompted Japan's two biggest airlines to ground all their 787s for safety checks.
In this latest incident involving a 787, All NIP-ON Airways says the plane's main battery had burn marks around it, and its flammable liquid had leaked. The battery is below the cockpit. Pilots made an emergency landing after smelling something burning, and after a cockpit message showed battery problems.
Last week a battery burned on a Japan Airlines plane parked in Boston.The two Japanese airlines together fly 24 of the 50 787s Boeing has delivered to customers. Boeing says it is working with the airlines and regulators.
If you are waiting for the NBA to return to Seattle or a new NHL team – you may have to wait a little longer. A second lawsuit has been filed to block plans for a new sports arena in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the suit – filed in King County Superior Court – alleges the arrangement to build a $490 million facility in the city's SO-DOE neighborhood violates Initiative 91. The measure approved by Seattle voters in 2006 said the city must make a profit on any sports facility investment. The new arena plan calls for $200 million in public money, to be repaid through arena revenue.
The city attorney's office said they would defer comment. The lawsuit follows another one brought by the longshore workers union to void the arena deal on the grounds officials illegally reached an agreement before the completion of an environmental-impact statement.
Investor CHRIS HANSEN is leading a group that wants to build the arena with the hopes of bringing an NBA basketball team and possibly an NHL hockey team to Seattle.
They say there are treasures in a library – but one man may have taken the term a little too seriously. Police are looking for a man that robbed the Kittitas Public Library with a gun yesterday. He took $20 in cash and the librarian’s wallet before fleeing on foot, according to the Associated Press.
Police said the librarian was alone when the robber entered the library Tuesday afternoon. He had a hood cinched around his face. He took the money and left. City police, deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers searched for the robber without success.
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