Evening News November 28, 2018

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, The Columbia Basin Herald reports new developments in case involving a high profile Grant County shooting. Five people including a three-year-old child were injured yesterday when two cars collided in Grant County, and, A Wenatchee defense attorney who specializes in DUI arrests says drinking and driving is one of the Holiday’s biggest problems.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Royal City man is dead following a shooting there early this morning.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports law enforcement arrived at a home in the 400 block of Juniper Circle in Royal City where they found 58-year old Jesus Flores diseased in an SUV parked outside the home. The suspect is the victim’s son, 21-year old Jonathan Torres who was taken into custody and booked into the Grant County Jail on first-degree murder charges. The victim was apparently shot in the head while riding in the front seat of the SUV by the suspect who was in the backseat. Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the driveway of the home is a path that many school children use to walk to school but stressed there is no danger to the public. Jonathan Torres and his brother Jesus were recently identified as being involved in a shooting in Royal City on November 14th which injured one person. Jesus turned himself in to investigators, but Jonathan had been on the run from authorities since then. Detectives say the investigation into both shootings is still in its early stages.

Meanwhile, the Columbia Basin Herald reports a Grant County judge did not find probable cause for the charges that have been filed against Toress’ 22-year-old brother Jesus Torres, also of Royal City, in connection with that weekend shooting in Moses Lake that left two men wounded.

Torres, seen in this earlier jail booking photo on the left with his brother Jonathan, turned himself in to police over the weekend and was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and a single count of drive-by shooting. Judge David Estudillo did not find probable cause for the charges and ordered Torres be released from jail pending a December 11th arraignment. Its expected that the probable cause issue will be revisited on that date.

Five people including a three-year-old child were injured yesterday when two cars collided in Grant County. A State Patrol report says it happened on SR 281 at Beverly Burke Road about two miles North of George.

A car driven by 48-year old Sue L. Field of George struck another vehicle driven by a Royal City man. Field and her passenger, identified as 51-year old Fermin Medina were transported to Quincy Valley Hospital for treatment. The driver of the second vehicle along with his two

passengers, including a 3-year old child, were also sent to the same hospital. State Troopers say the cause of the accident is under investigation.

A Wenatchee defense attorney who specializes in DUI arrests says he’s seeing cases involving higher blood alcohol levels, on the other hand, he see’s more people being arrested with lower blood-alcohol levels. John Brangwin discussed one of the holiday’s biggest problems, drinking and/or smoking while driving on a recent episode of Street Talk and Other Stuff with Host Mike “Maddog” Magnotti . . .

You can see more from that interview on-demand or streamed live on our website at ncwlife.com.

Coming up next, Newly elected Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Travis Brandt was officially sworn in to office yesterday. The State Route 20 North Cascades Highway closed for the season at 4:00 p.m. today, and, A youth snowmobile safety training class is set for Saturday, December 8th in the Lake Wenatchee area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Newly elected Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Travis Brandt was officially sworn in to office yesterday before a standing room only gallery of friends and supporters.

Brandt was elected in November after incumbant Judge, Robert McSeveney dropped out of the race to accept a position on the US Immigration Court Bench. Brandt is promoted to the bench after 15 years in private practice at his Brandt Law Firm. Judge Lesley Allan presided over the swearing-in ceremony.

Heavy snow over the past few days means it’s that time of year again: The State Route 20 North Cascades Highway closed for the season at 4:00 p.m. today.

The highway closes between milepost 134 near Diablo and milepost 171 near Mazama. It will reopen sometime in the spring.

Two of the four giant Liberty Bell Mountain avalanche chutes filled up over the weekend, and several of the Cutthroat Ridge chutes also filled and released snow to the highway shoulder. With more snow in the forecast, the decision was made for crews to close the highway for everyone’s safety.

A youth snowmobile safety training class is set for Saturday, December 8th in the Lake Wenatchee area. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, is offering a free Snowmobile Safety Certification Class to young snowmobilers. Spokesman, Rich Magnussen explains. . .

The free class is designed for youth ages 12 to 16 but is open to new riders of all ages. The class is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 8th at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Rd, in Leavenworth. Lunch will be provided for the participants by the Lake Wenatchee Rec. Club.

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The Wenatchee girls bowling team hosted Sunnyside Tuesday at Eastmont Lanes and came away with a 4-0 sweep…

Coach Jeff Leavitt tells us the Panther’s total pin count was 1,967 to the Grizzly’s 1,221, a margin of victory of 746 pins.  High scores went to sophomore Kylah Hankins with a 235 and Jessica Holbrook with a 192 and 233.  Next up for the Panthers is a non-league match against Ellensburg at Minda Lanes Thursday.

On the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard from last night…

Cashmere edged Ephrata 79-74.  Cascade travelled to Quincy and picked up a 52-38 win.  And Entiat topped Waterville-Mansfield 55-51.

On the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard…

Cashmere had no trouble with Ephrata, winning 61-22.  Quincy defended its home floor over Cascade 49-24 and Waterville-Mansfield was 15-better than Entiat 41-26.

The Wenatchee Wild entertain 1st place Penticton in a mid-week BCHL class at the Town Toyota Center…

This will be the first time the two teams have met this season.  The Vees were the winners of the Interior Division last year and the regular season champions, only to be ousted in the playoffs by Trail in 7-games.  Tonight is Daddy-Daughter Night with daughters getting in for free with a paid Dad admission.  It’s also dollar hot dog, Pepsi and beer night through the first intermission.  The puck will drop at 6:05.

Taking a look at the BCHL standings at the mid-way point of the season…

There’s really not a lot of difference between the top and bottom of the Interior Division with 1st and 7th only separated by 11-points.  The Vees are 18-and-7 with 1-overtime loss and 2-shootout losses.  Merritt is right behind with 38-points while Wenatchee sits in 3rd with 34-points.  The Wild are 16-and-10 with 2-overtime losses.  Wenatchee’s sweep of West Kelowna last weekend knocked the Warriors into 4th place with Salmon Arm 5th; Vernon 6th; and Trail 7th.  The push really begins after the first of the year for the playoffs.

Tomorrow is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll bring you the Wild’s game from last Friday against the West Kelowna Warriors.  It was a thrilling, back and forth game you don’t want to miss.  The puck drops at 7 tomorrow night right here on your exclusive home for Wenatchee Wild Hockey, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Speaking of the Wild, Pink at the Rink is set for Next Friday, December 7th with Penticton back in town.  Your chance to add a loved one’s name to the ice in recognition of cancer awareness is Monday, December 3rd between 4 and 5:30.  Just head to the Town Toyota Center during that time frame and Wild staff will direct you onto the ice to paint your message.

On the Les Schwab College Basketball Scoreboard last night…

Dominic Green hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career high 25-points, David Crisp added 14 and Washington beat Eastern Washington 83-59.  The Huskies improved to 5-2 overall with the win.

Freshman CJ Elleby scored a season-high 23-points and grabbed 11-rebounds with four assists to lead Washington State to a 103-94 win over Cal State Northridge.

The Mariners coaching overhaul is complete as the team announced Monday that Tim Laker had been hired to replace Edgar Martinez as the team’s hitting coach.  Martinez asked to transition to a new role as the club’s organizational hitting advisor.  Laker comes to Seattle after serving as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ assistant hitting coach the last two seasons.

The NFL is allowing players to wear special cleats for a cause this weekend.  Seattle’s Dion Jordan is wearing his cleats to help Special Olympics, which he fell in love with last summer…

The program is called “My Cause, May Cleats.”  You can learn more about Jordan’s cause on Seahawks dot com.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, we leave you with video that comes to us from Russia, where a man there proves, dogs might not be man’s best friend after all. . .

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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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.