NCWLIFE Evening News April 2nd, 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, Confluence Health says it’s detected the first known case of coronavirus among staff members. Confluence Health care workers in Wenatchee say they’re overwhelmed with gratitude for donations of personal protective equipment sent by the community, and, The city of Wenatchee, saying it is following the advice of its insurance provider, decided Wednesday to close off the play equipment, basketball courts and picnic areas in city parks.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

Quincy Cases -Another person from Quincy was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing that city’s cases to 36. The town of about 7,500 has more than half of Grant County’s cases and far more than Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties combined. Quincy also had Eastern Washington’s first positive result for the virus back on March 4th, with that man in his 80s dying three days later at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Grant County Health District Administrator Theresa Adkinson says that first patient, a frequent visitor at the senior center, had not traveled recently or been in contact with someone who had. . .

Confluence COVID Patient -Front-line healthcare workers have always been at risk of contracting the coronavirus. Now, Confluence Health says it’s detected the first known case among staff members. The infected worker lives in Grant County but works in a Chelan County facility. The person is not an in-patient care provider, and Confluence says it does not believe the worker contracted the virus from a patient. The worker is now in-home isolation.
Confluence says it believes the risk of patients exposed to the virus by contact with its staff member is low.

Confluence COVID donations -Confluence Health care workers in Wenatchee say they’re overwhelmed with gratitude for donations of personal protective equipment sent by the community. Disposable gloves, N95 masks and homemade masks have poured in through a program established by the hospital group’s nonprofit foundation. You can still contribute your own donations, and learn how to make a protective face mask at home, using resources on Confluence’s website.

Wenatchee Playground -The city of Wenatchee, saying it is following the advice of its insurance provider, decided Wednesday to close off the play equipment, basketball courts and picnic areas in city parks. Earlier, the Wenatchee School District and Chelan County PUD shut down access to its play areas in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Coming up next, Among the court proceedings delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of Theron Heideman, a Peshastin man accused of 14 child sexual abuse charges stretching back almost 20 years. Okanogan County made a big mistake when it auctioned off a Brewster mobile home in a tax sale three years ago. A new police officer in Soap Lake was being shown the town’s new citywide camera system this week when an ATV being driven by a man with no helmet was seen leaving a residence, and, Housing aid is a key component of the federal COVID-19 stimulus, and today Sen. Maria Cantwell said North Central Washington is in line for some of those funds. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Heideman Trial Delay -Among the court proceedings delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of Theron Heideman, a Peshastin man accused of 14 child sexual abuse charges stretching back almost 20 years. Heideman, who’s 53, was set to go to trial at the end of this month. But on Wednesday, a Chelan County judge said that’s unlikely to happen, with the statewide stay-at-home order restricting the availability of people to serve on a jury. Heideman has been in jail for three years now, ever since four alleged victims began giving statements to police. Attorneys say they’ll decide how to proceed at another court hearing, scheduled for Monday.

Okanogan Property Lawsuit -Okanogan County made a big mistake when it auctioned off a Brewster mobile home in a tax sale three years ago. That’s the finding of the state Court of Appeals, which says the $21,000 sale wasn’t legal, because the county sent a notice of foreclosure to a bank at the wrong address, and never corrected the error before seizing the property from one family, and selling it to another. The appellate court now says the foreclosure must be vacated, meaning the family that purchased the property no longer owns it outright. The courts said the county, the bank and the buyers should try to negotiate a reasonable settlement.

Soap Lake Cameras -A new police officer in Soap Lake was being shown the town’s new citywide camera system this week when an ATV being driven by a man with no helmet was seen leaving a residence. An officer was dispatched to tell the rider of a new municipal code that requires helmets but it turned out the ATV had been stolen in Ritzville. The driver quickly told the officer where he had obtained the vehicle and a suspect is now being sought. Soap Lake installed the 10 surveillance cameras throughout the city in 2017.

Federal Housing Funds -Housing aid is a key component of the federal COVID-19 stimulus, and today Sen. Maria Cantwell said North Central Washington is in line for some of those funds. Community Development Block Grants to the area total almost $84,000 for East Wenatchee, and $139,000 for Wenatchee. The grants must go toward critical housing programs approved by U.S. Housing and Urban Development. As the state’s largest cities, Seattle and Spokane got the lion’s share of the $52 million total awarded in the state.
TYou’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.


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Food Distribution -Town Toyota Center, the Wenatchee Valley’s biggest gathering place, is now its central point each Wednesday for food distribution to those in need. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis visited the event yesterday, and spoke with one of the coordinators. . .
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.


NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive end Benson Mayowa, his agency announced Wednesday. It’s a one-year deal worth over 3-million dollars guaranteed, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. 

It’s somewhat of a homecoming for Mayowa, who played in Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2013.  He played for the Cowboys and Cardinals and had two stints with the Raiders, where he most-recently played in 2019 where he had a career-high 7-sacks and three forced fumbles.

Mowat’s signing leaves Seattle with just under 15-million dollars of available cap space.  And with Jadeveon Clowney seeking 17-to-18-million dollars, the Seahawks would have to make more room in order to swing a deal.  Clowney is also being sought after by the Tennessee Titans.

The NFL is marching ahead with plans to be “as normal as possible” in the face of the world pandemic. The league’s 32-teams had a conference call on Tuesday where the NFL said it planned to go ahead with the regular season, starting the weekend after Labor Day weekend in September.  The 16-game schedule will also include games in London and Mexico City, as planned. 

In the near-future, the NFL Draft will be conducted April 23rd through the 25th.  Teams are preparing for a different approach to the draft, with the possibility of a maximum of 10-personnel gathered in remote locations.  In addition, prospective high-draft picks will not get their photo-op with Commissioner Goodell with the jersey of the team that selected them.

The Seahawks have the 27th pick in this year’s first round.  Of course, General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll have traded their first-round pick away in each of the last eight-consecutive drafts.

Hunting and Fishing enthusiasts in Washington are waiting for word on what else might be shut down or cancelled this spring.  Fishing was put on hold by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife through at least April 8th.  The spring bear season was postponed and the youth turkey season that was supposed to be this weekend has been cancelled. With the rate of the pandemic in Washington and Governor Inslee’s recommendations, most hunters and fisherman are expecting the closures and cancellations to continue.

Kelly Susewind is the Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife… 

Susewind and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are meeting again Monday to re-evaluate the situation.  Hanging in the balance is the start to the general spring turkey hunting season April 15th and the opening of lowland lakes across Washington April 25th.

We’re featuring Wenatchee Wild Hockey tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel… 

Tonight’s game is from back around Thanksgiving when Wenatchee hosted the Langley Rivermen in BCHL play.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network… 

Did the Wild hang on and win?  You’ll have to tune in for the entire broadcast tonight at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel… Then tomorrow, it’s Big-9 boys soccer as Eastmont entertains Sunnyside at 7. We got a little ahead of ourselves earlier this week when previewing the Saturday schedule.  It’s actually Eastmont at Wenatchee boys soccer at 2 o’clock then Penticton and Wenatchee Wild Hockey Saturday at 7.  Then on SUNDAY, it’s Selah and Wenatchee Valley Thunder lacrosse at 2 followed by the Wild and Salmon Arm at 7.

Thanks Eric.
K9 Chief Update -The Moses Lake Police Department says they’d like to share some good news as we leave you tonight. . .K9 Chief is rapidly returning to his normal self with the assistance of his adoptive sister Zoey. The police dog was shot in the eye February 28th as he and Officer Nick Stewart were pursuing a suspect wanted in several robberies. Stewart then shot and killed 22-year-old Jose L. Rivera, who also was a person of interest in two drive-by shootings. Chief was treated at Washington State University Veterinary Clinic in Pullman, then returned March 4th to a hero’s welcome in Moses Lake. It is hoped he will have the soft muzzle he’s been wearing for his broken jaw removed during a trip to the vet later this month.
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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 stay safe and have a great night.