NCWLIFE Evening News April 28th, 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, A Malaga man allegedly displayed a handgun Monday because he was angry about construction going on next door, then assaulted his spouse and lunged for a firearm when sheriff’s deputies arrived. A Wenatchee man is jailed on $10,000 bond after police arrested him in a series of vehicle thefts, and, the body of an adult male, found over the weekend in Kittitas County has been identified.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One person was killed and another injured yesterday afternoon in a two-car collision near Desert Aire.

The Washington State Patrol reports that 38 year-old Cricelia Zepedaacevedo (zep-ed-ah-zehveedo) of Desert Aire was driving northbound on State Route 243 shortly after 12 noon when her Pontiac GrandPrix drifted off the roadway, overcorrected and drifted into the southbound lane where it collided with a Silverado pickup being driven by 31 year-old Verlyn Coulson of Mattawa. 

Zepedaacevedo (zep-ed-ah-zehveedo) was pronounced dead at the scene. Coulson was transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. State Route 243 was closed for five hours after the accident.

A Malaga man allegedly displayed a handgun Monday because he was angry about construction going on next door, then assaulted his spouse and lunged for a firearm when sheriff’s deputies arrived.

53-year-old Gustavo Gomez-Gutierrez remains jailed after the arrest at his home about 3:30 p.m. Deputies arrived after construction workers next door said Gomez complained about the dust from their worksite while carrying a pistol in his hand. Deputies said they entered the house after seeing Gomez grappling with his wife through a door window. He allegedly ran for his bedroom and tried to reach a handgun lying on a nightstand before deputies overpowered him. He faces possible charges of attempted assault, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

A Wenatchee man is jailed on $10,000 bond after police arrested him in a series of vehicle thefts.

21-year-old Jordan Matthew Templeton allegedly arrived early Sunday at one location on Crescent Street driving a stolen car, parked it, and stole a second car from that location. Both were Honda Accords. The owner of the second car saw the thief and described him.

Police identified Templeton as the suspect when they arrested him near Cross Street and Terminal Avenue, allegedly carrying car burglary tools and a small amount of heroin. They suspect he may have carried out previous auto thefts in the south Wenatchee area.

The body of an adult male, found over the weekend in Kittitas County has been identified as 20-year-old Leroy Scott, originally from Louisiana.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene where local residents spotted the body in the creek, along Smithson Road. One of residents happened to look down at the creek when passing by in a vehicle. Deputies confirmed the report, secured the scene, notified the County Coroner and requested the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit respond. Detectives have been able to determine the victim, though originally from Louisiana, had ties to Washington through Fort Lewis. They have also been able to determine he was not employed by the military at the time of his death.

Coming up next, The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has fallen in the past two weeks at Central Washington Hospital, while at the same time Confluence Health and hospitals across the state are concerned people are not seeking treatment for other health issues. The Chelan County PUD isn’t sure yet how hard the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting its customers financially. In response to the financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has put on local small businesses, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association will launch a micro-loan program for qualified applicants, and, A major new subdivision could bloom in the foothills above Wenatchee.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has fallen in the past two weeks at Central Washington Hospital, while at the same time Confluence Health and hospitals across the state are concerned people are not seeking treatment for other health issues.

As of Monday afternoon, seven people were being treated for the coronavirus at the Wenatchee hospital, four of those in the intensive care unit. The focus on the COVID-19 outbreak has created a QUOTE, scary trend happening across the state, UNQUOTE, according to Andrew Cannning, of Confluence Health. He said people are delaying their care needs and putting themselves at risk. The Washington State Hospital Association says an abnormally low number of patients seeking routine medical care for new or chronic health conditions has led to more severely ill people showing up at hospitals. Both Confluence and the association say they are prepared and ableto safely treat patients.

The Chelan County PUD isn’t sure yet how hard the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting its customers financially. The PUD has waived late payment fees and halted disconnects through the end of July but PUD commissioners said at their Monday meeting they’re not sure what more, if anything, needs to be done. The PUD staff said they’ve seen a modest increase in customers seeking assistance and past-due revenue has increased somewhat. The Helping Hands fund, a federal and customer-funded service to help customers in need, however, has seen 118 people seek assistance since March 1st. Normally, five to 10 people use that fund each month. The Commissioners said they will watch closely in the coming months to monitor any struggles their customers are having.

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has created extremely difficult circumstances for many small businesses in our community.

In response to the financial hardship the pandemic has put on local small businesses, the Historic Downtown Chelan Association (HDCA) will launch a micro-loan program for qualified applicants starting May 1st.

Loans of up to $5,000 dollars will be available and must be repaid over a period of three years at a rate of 2%; payments deferred for the first 6 months and no interest for the first 12 months. The loans are first come first serve for qualified applicants and total program funding will cap at $100,000. The application period will open May 1st, 2020 and will close May 7th, 2020.

A major new subdivision could bloom in the foothills above Wenatchee.

Triad Maple, a Seattle development partnership, wants to put nearly 400 new residential lots on undeveloped land recently annexed by the city. Bart and Sheila Clennon own the property. The site plans filed with the city earlier this month are just one step in getting the new neighborhood approved. The Triad development is one of at least five that have been proposed in or near the Wenatchee Foothills, but it would the largest of the bunch, about 167 acres in size.  

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Unemployment rates have skyrocketed in Washington, since the COVID-19 pandemic forced major social restrictions on the world. In a Zoom interview, Gov. Jay Inslee told NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins the state is trying to catch up with the record numbers of unemployment applications, and talked about what a post-pandemic Washington might look like.

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.

Former Wenatchee Panther and Washington Husky Trey Adams is now a Buffalo Bill.  The standout offensive tackle signed as an undrafted free agent Saturday night.  He said it’s been an incredible journey…

There are still so many questions for NFL teams on how they’ll operate under the cloud of the pandemic.  Trey says he’s not sure on what comes next, but he’ll continue working out in Wenatchee until the call comes…

Adams says he’s excited to learn more about the hunting prospects in Buffalo from future teammate Jake Fromm, who was drafted by the Bills in the 5th round.  We’ll have more on our discussion with Trey tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawk’s releasing of Justin Britt and DJ Fluker Sunday cleared over 12-million dollars in cap space.  That has led many to believe Seattle is still interested in pursuing defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. 

While the Seahawks drafted two defensive ends and signed two others, John Schneider and Pete Carroll say there’s still a chance on getting Clowney in a Seattle uniform again in 2020…

Clowney was originally seeking over 20-million dollars but the market did not respond.  Lately, according to those close to Jadeveon, his asking price is more in the 13-to-15-million-dollar range.

Governor Jay Inslee announced Monday that fishing and hunting would be allowed once again in Washington, starting May 5th.  Kelly Susewind, the Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, says this does not open things up for extended trips…

State Parks and lands are reopening now, but no overnight camping is allowed.  The governor did warn that if COVID-19 cases again begin to rise, outdoor restrictions would be put back in place.

Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We bring you another Great Game of our Past with unified basketball.  Eric will have the play-by-play as Eastmont visits Wenatchee from January, 2018.  It all gets underway at 7 tonight.

We’ll continue the schedule Thursday with Hockey Night as the Wenatchee Wild host the Vernon Vipers.  Arch Ecker has the call at 7 o’clock.

Friday is another Great Game of our Past as Wenatchee and Eastmont battle in Big-9 girls soccer from November of 2019. 

Then our double-dip Saturday has girls bowling from January of 2018 at 1:30 followed at 6:30 by AppleSox baseball from last June against the Walla Walla Sweets.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, after a 30-year career in law enforcement, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Hillard signed off Monday. His final call was special, as it was delivered by his daughter, 911 dispatcher Amy Hillard. . .

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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.