NCWLIFE Evening News April 21st, 2020

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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, Thirty-six fruit workers employed by Stemilt Ag Services have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. Three people are in jail tonight facing multiple charges after a drug bust over the weekend. Police say a 19-year-old driver followed and threatened two women in another car Friday night, and, A rollover accident this morning on the Odabashian Bridge spared three cows but slightly injured two occupants of a pickup.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An East Wenatchee teen was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on Swakane Canyon Road.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the 18-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman from De Moines, Washington, were in a 2016 Toyota Tundra about 7:45 a.m. when the vehicle went off the road, up a slope and rolled. The identity of the woman has not yet been released. The second woman was taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Thirty-six fruit workers employed by Stemilt Ag Services have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. All of them were asymptomatic, meaning they did not show signs of illness.

Stemilt says the infected workers were among 71 people employed on a single worksite in East Wenatchee. All were tested over the weekend in partnership with Confluence Health, and all are now in isolation. It’s the first wide-scale testing done in the Wenatchee Valley on ag workers who do not have symptoms. The results push the total identified COVID-19 cases in Douglas County from 28 to 45. Stemilt says it will monitor the health of the infected workers, re-test those who tested negative, and continue to follow workplace guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

Three people are in jail tonight facing multiple charges after a drug bust over the weekend.

East Wenatchee police report that early Sunday morning an officer noticed three subjects gathered around 2 cars in the parking lot of the Cedars Inn. After determining that one of the vehicles was reported stolen, East Wenatchee police and officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s office detained the men while a drug canine unit from Chelan County detected drugs in the vehicles.  A subsequent search turned up nearly two ounces of methamphetamine, 5 grams of heroin, about $2,000 in cash and 2 unregistered semi-automatic pistols.  All three subjects, Steven L. Beegle of Oregon, James Lee Morris of Federal Way and Jason P. Schatz of Puyallup were booked into the Chelan County Regional Jail.

Police say a 19-year-old driver followed and threatened two women in another car Friday night. Gabriel Anguiano of Wenatchee faces a possible charge of felony harassment. He allegedly followed the other car closely from the Kittitas Street and Okanogan intersection all the way to the Wenatchee Police Department about 10 p.m., driving a white SUV. The women said Anguiano’s passenger in the car displayed a handgun during the incident. They described the driver as matching Anguiano’s description. He remained jailed today on $10,000 bail after his arrest early Saturday. Police said he refused to identify his passenger.

A rollover accident this morning on the Odabashian Bridge spared three cows but slightly injured two occupants of a pickup. Trooper John Bryant with the Washington State Patrol says the accident happened just before 9:00. . .

The accident blocked one lane of traffic for most of the morning before being cleared around noon.

Coming up next, State legislators in the House of Representatives want certain industries to recommence work as the pandemic comes under control. 12th District legislators Senator Brad Hawkins and Representative Keith Goehner say a phased reopening of business and recreation in the state is likely to begin soon.  Authorities say they still haven’t been able to fully search the ruins of a Waterville structure fire where one person is still unaccounted for, and, The West Cashmere Bridge will close May 4th and not reopen again until a new bridge is in place in 2021.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

State legislators in the House of Representatives want certain industries to recommence work as the pandemic comes under control, starting with construction and auto sales.

In their recommendations to the Governor, a bipartisan team of lawmakers also said landscapers, cleaning companies, and certain types of retailers who can offer delivery or pick-up service should be allowed to reopen. All would have to comply with social distancing protocols, and local health districts would provide guidance to business through local economic development agencies, such as port districts. All non-essential businesses are closed under the public health emergency until May 4th, but Gov. Jay Inslee could decide to shorten that period, or extend it.

12th District legislators Senator Brad Hawkins and Representative Keith Goehner say a phased reopening of business and recreation in the state is likely to begin soon, but probably not before Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order expires May 4th. Both legislators said there are aspects

of Inslee’s order that need to be addressed sooner, such as allowing safe-distancing construction work. Goehner said local health officials should play a role in deciding when and what to reopen in their areas. . .

Meanwhile, Hawkins said the state could begin its return to normalcy immediately by lifting certain portions of the governor’s Stay Home order but, North Central Washington may lag behind much of the state on large-scale re-openings. . .

Authorities say they still haven’t been able to fully search the ruins of a Waterville structure fire where one person is still unaccounted for.

Kopey’s Garage, a former auto dealership that stood for 120 years in downtown Waterville, burned to the ground Thursday. Two people escaped from the blaze, but one person was thought to be still inside, and rescuers had no way to enter the fully engulfed building. Since then, the severity of the fire and the damage to the structure have made it unsafe to enter and search. Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille said further search attempts are likely this week. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The West Cashmere Bridge will close May 4th and not reopen again until a new bridge is in place in 2021.

According to the Chelan County Public Works Department, a portion of Goodwin Road also will close. The $19.3 million bridge replacement project is expected to last until the fall of 2021.

The new bridge will include an overpass above Highway 2/97 and a roundabout. The county is suggesting detour routes for traffic that normally uses the bridge. Those include Stine Hill Road or Applets Way in Cashmere.

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. . .

Aside from being Wenatchee Valley College first fully virtual Earth Day, tomorrow’s celebration of the planet also doubles as a book publishing party. In tonight’s feature story, “Dear America” is an anthology of art, poetry and essays, and WVC instructor Derek Sheffield served as one of its editors. He joined NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins to talk about the project. . .

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.

Seahawks center Joey Hunt has signed his restricted tender to remain in Seattle…

Hunt tweeted photos of him signing his deal, writing, “It’s OFFICIAL, I’M BAAACCCK!”  The sixth-round draft pick in 2016 started eight games in the regular season and both playoff games for Seattle at center last year after starter Justin Britt went down with a knee injury…

The Seahawks also today officially re-signed veteran free agents Luke Willson and Mike Iupati while also signing Branden Jackson to his restricted free agent tender.  Seattle also announced that offensive lineman Jordan Roos has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender.

Seattle now has 19 offensive linemen under contract for the upcoming season.  There are a total of 69 players either under contract, having been tendered or having agreed to sign with the Seahawks.

Seattle has seven draft picks this week in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.  Once the draft ends Saturday afternoon, teams can also sign undrafted free agents.  Each team is allowed a maximum of 9- players ion their offseason rosters.

MLB dot com and Mariners dot com re-aired Felix Hernandez’s perfect game from 2012 earlier this morning.  It was a sun-splashed August afternoon when King Felix delivered the 23rd perfect game in Major League history.  Dave Simms and Dan Wilson had the call on Root Sports…

Unbelievably, Felix’s perfect game was the THIRD thrown in 2012.  Again, you can watch that on MLB dot com or Mariners dot com starting at 9 o’clock.

I had a lengthy conversation yesterday with Dave Graybill.  Locally known as the Fishing Magician, Graybill is also on the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission.  He said the department is working hard on reopening fishing and hunting…

This Saturday would normally be the lowland lake opener in Washington, the most-utilized outdoor recreational offering by Fish and Wildlife.  Graybill said they won’t get anything open by this weekend and that they’re shooting for the May 4th date originally set by the governor.

A protest was held last Saturday in the Tri-Cities with hundreds of boaters on the water and folks lining the shoreline of the Columbia River, demanding that fishing be reopened.  A similar protest is scheduled for Wenatchee on the Columbia this Saturday at 9am.  Boats will gather on the river beneath the George Sellar Bridge while protesters on dry ground will be in and around Mission Street Park.

You can find out more about Saturday’s protest by searching Facebook for Wenatchee Let Us Fish.

We have basketball tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel as we present Great Games of our Past…

We’re opening the vault from January of 2017 as the Eastmont Wildcats tried to snap a 7-game losing streak to their cross-river rival, the Wenatchee Panthers.  Eric Granstrom and Steve Divilbis had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

You can watch the entire game tonight starting at 7 here on your home for LOCAL sports, NCWLIFE.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, something to make ya feel good. . .a resident at Avamere of Wenatchee received a special present for her 93rd birthday recently when her extended family dropped by for a party, social-distance style. . .

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.