NCWLIFE Evening News April 13th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Chelan County says two members of one of its road crews helped save the life of a bicyclist who experienced a medical emergency on a remote road south of Lake Chelan./ The driver of a semi-tractor/trailer and his passenger escaped injury after the big rig rolled on it’s side last night near Trinidad, and, East Wenatchee Police sent out their thanks Monday to a property owner who is cleaning up a home that has been nothing but trouble for law enforcement and other emergency responders.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

An East Wenatchee man faces possible charges after allegedly pointing a handgun during a mental health crisis.

32-year-old Philip Gansereit was arrested early Monday after family members said he threatened them with a pistol, when they tried to intervene at his home. No one was harmed in the incident, and police were summoned after Gansereit fell asleep. Prosecutors say the intend to file charges including assault and harassment.

Chelan County says two members of one of its road crews helped save the life of a bicyclist who experienced a medical emergency on a remote road south of Lake Chelan. Chelan County Public Works employees Earl Griffith and Curtis McClellan were grading Shady Pass Road south of 25-Mile Creek State Park on April 5th when they found the cyclist lying on the side of road waving for help.

According to Public Works, the man was experiencing a burning sensation in his chest and numbness in his left arm. With no cell service on the pass, the cyclist had been unable to call for help. Griffin and McClellan, who are trained in first aid and CPR, radioed for help and watched over the man for the 30 minutes it took for an ambulance from Chelan to reach the location. Public Works said the man is now recovering at his home.

The driver of a semi-tractor/trailer and his passenger escaped injury after the big rig rolled on it’s side last night near Trinidad. 

According to the Washington State Patrol, the semi and it’s trailer were traveling eastbound on Highway 28 about 8PM when the semi left the roadway to the right, re-entered the highway and crossed over to the opposite lane where it rolled onto it’s side. 

The driver, 24 year-old Raciel Maqueira, was cited for wheels leaving the roadway. The westbound lane of the highway and one of the two eastbound lanes were blocked for some time.

East Wenatchee Police sent out their thanks Monday to a property owner who is cleaning up a home that has been nothing but trouble for law enforcement and other emergency responders. The city says police, fire and EMTs have responded to the home at 325 Eastmont Avenue and other nearby residences hundreds of times for drug overdoses, outstanding warrants, thefts, assaults, fires, prostitution and robbery. The city said they continue to work to eliminate such high-incident locations from the city.

Coming up next, The Center for Disease Control has recommended a halt in the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because it can cause rare blood clots./ Douglas County commissioners last week adopted an ordinance criminalizing possession of controlled substances within county boundaries, and,  With three weeks left in the session, the Washington Legislature must now focus entirely on budget bills, including the state’s proposed budget for building and infrastructure. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The state has put a hold on the use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six women nationwide developed serious side effects that included brain blood clots.

The move came after the CDC today recommended a nationwide pause in the use of the vaccine as it investigates. The Washington State Department of Health said none of the women are believed to be Washington residents. About 149,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the state and about 6-point-8 million nationwide.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been used at numerous locations in North Central Washington, including at a drive-through clinic last Saturday in Cashmere. The CDC said the six people affected first experienced symptoms 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. Those symptoms included severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath.

Douglas County commissioners last week adopted an ordinance criminalizing possession of controlled substances within county boundaries. It’s the latest municipality to do so after the Washington Supreme Court struck down the state’s drug possession statute last month.

The State v. Blake decision ruled that Washington’s drug possession law violated both the state and federal constitutions because it penalized a person even if they possessed drugs unknowingly. Douglas County’s resolution adopting the ordinance says the Supreme Court ruling has created “a public emergency” for the county, and reinstates drug possession as a gross misdemeanor in county law. The ordinance does not affect purchase or possession of cannabis from regulated shops and dispensaries. Chelan County adopted a similar ordinance on Monday.

With three weeks left in the session, the Washington Legislature must now focus entirely on budget bills, including the state’s proposed budget for building and infrastructure. The capital budget

proposal is $5.7 billion dollars, including about $134 million for North Central Washington.

Items in the proposal include $3.2 million to design Wenatchee Valley College’s new Center for Technical Education; $2.5 million for the Seven Acres community center in Chelan; and more than $4 million for wastewater and water supply projects in Dryden and Bridgeport. The House and Senate versions of the budget must be reconciled before heading on to the governor.

 You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, about 29 percent of residents in Okanogan County are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak has been a key driver of those vaccination campaigns. In a media conference yesterday with the Washington State Hospital Association, administrator Afton May said that success in the battle against coronavirus is a point of pride for her agency.

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.

The Mariners and Orioles were rained out in Baltimore Monday, so they’ll play a doubleheader today at Camden Yards…

The new rules for Major League Baseball implemented last season are still in effect regarding a doubleheader, where both games will be 7-innings.  The opener will start at 1:05 with Justus Sheffield getting the start.  Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-ish-us) gets the start in game two, which will begin 45-minutes after the first game but no later than 4:05pm.

Seattle is riding a two-game winning streak after taking two of three from the Twins while the O’s are 4-and-5, coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Boston.

The Mariners are hoping to carry some momentum into today’s twin bill after erasing a 6-nothing deficit to beat Minnesota 8-6 Sunday.  Manager Scott Servais has an old saying about it, however…

Everyone else in the American League West was active yesterday…

Tyler Glasnow struck out a career-high 14 over 7-and-two-thirds innings to lead Tampa Bay to a 1-nothing win over Texas.  Willy Adames (uh-DOM-us) scored the game’s only run on a solo homer in the 7th.

In Houston, Detroit’s Grayson Greiner, Renato Nunez and Akil Baddoo all homered to give the Tigers a 6-2 win.

Mike Trout hit his 4th homer of the year and Shohei Ohtani was 3-for-5 with 3-RBI’s to lead Los Angeles to a 10-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City.

Oakland won at Arizona 9-5 with Matt Chapman going 3-for-5 with a home run and 2-RBI’s.  Jed Lowrie also drove in 3-runs for the A’s, who improved to 4-and-7 with the win.

We have the beautiful game tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Eastmont Wildcats host the Wenatchee Panthers in the second game of the boys soccer schedule tonight.  Eric Granstrom will be along side Matt Wisen with the call.  Our pregame begins at 6:50 tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also on the schedule today, Chelan travels to Omak and Brewster hosts Wahluke at 4pm.  Cascade entertains Ephrata and Cashmere will see Quincy in town tonight at 7.

On the baseball diamonds today…

Moses Lake visits Eastmont.  Wenatchee’s on the road at Chelan.  Cascade travels to Okanogan.  Omak hosts Quincy.  And Ephrata travels to Brewster.  All those games start at 4:30.

In the first salvo into the prep fastpitch softball schedule today…

Wenatchee travels to Moses Lake at 4.  Omak hosts Cashmere; Quincy travels to Chelan; and Brewster entertains Okanogan, all at 4:30.

We make our return to Fancher Heights to cover racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval this Saturday…

It’s the Spring Sizzler and Tommy Wentz Classic with four classifications of cars ready to run.  Saturday’s opening night will feature the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Northwest Mini-Stock Tour.

Here’s just a little taste of what you might see…

Eric Granstrom will join Greg Rentz with the call here LIVE Saturday night starting at 5 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

We’ll get more of a preview of the race season later on here this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley when WVSO General Manager Jeremy Anders will join us.

Thanks Eric.

Beginning Saturday, it’ll be weekend-only skiing at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

Favorable snowpack has allowed the resort to continue some form of operations throughout April, with the scheduled end of the season now scheduled for Sunday, April 25th. On April 2nd the ski resort above Wenatchee shifted from everyday operations to Friday through Sunday. This weekend begins Saturday and Sunday skiing only. Through February, the mountain received almost 120 percent of its normal snowfall, allowing an extension of the normal ski season.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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.