NCWLIFE Evening News April 6th, 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, Moses Lake Police say a 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested Sunday after a witness reported seeing him pull a woman into his vehicle in Moses Lake and assault her./ A Palisades man convicted of child molestation in Douglas County two years ago has won a new trial, and, It was a close encounter of the second kind for a 63-year-old Soap Lake man and Grant County K-9 Chewbacca early Friday morning.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A Wenatchee man serving 16 years for drug trafficking and assault failed today to have his sentence in the drug case overturned. 46-year-old Modesto Bravo Gonzalez Jr. claimed detectives with the Columbia River Drug Task Force illegally recorded his conversations with a criminal informant in 2017, in order to arrest him on charges of heroin and unlawful firearm possession.

But the state Court of Appeals ruled today the wire recordings were properly authorized by a Chelan County judge. However, it did reverse one of his many convictions, on a charge of maintaining a drug dwelling. Aside from his drug conviction, Bravo is also serving time for a 2017 assault, in which he and an accomplice stormed into a Dryden home and shot a man in the leg.

Moses Lake Police say a 26-year-old Centralia man was arrested Sunday after a witness reported seeing him pull a woman into his vehicle in Moses Lake and assault her.

Prior to that incident, Brandon Jones reportedly was assaulting the same woman at a Moses Lake motel when two men intervened and beat Jones up. The witness to the second alleged assault kept Jones’ vehicle in sight until officers located it in the 1000 block of North Stratford Road where he was arrested.

Police say in addition to unlawful imprisonment and assault charges for the incident with the woman, Jones faces felony threats and malicious mischief charges for threatening to kill the officer who was taking him to the Grant County Jail and, despite being handcuffed, pulling down his pants and defecating in the back of the patrol car.

A Palisades man convicted of child molestation in Douglas County two years ago has won a new trial, in what the Court of Appeals calls a serious cause of prosecutorial misconduct.

The decision overturns the conviction of 71-year-old James William Cook Sr., who’s been imprisoned since 2019, serving a 14-year sentence.

The higher court said deputy county prosecutor N. Smith Hagopian made improper arguments during trial, disparaged the defense counsel, and used Cook’s refusal to answer police questions during the investigation to suggest his guilt to the jury. Appellate Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey wrote, QUOTE, “It is an understatement to say that Cook did not receive a fair trial”, UNQUOTE. Hagopian is an experienced defense attorney who joined the Douglas County prosecutor’s office in 2019.

It was a close encounter of the second kind for a 63-year-old Soap Lake man and Grant County K-9 Chewbacca early Friday morning.

Soap Lake Police say an officer spotted Gregory Ewing on Road 2 Northeast about 2:20 a.m. driving a vehicle with a registration that had expired back in 2015. Police say Ewing first led Officer Robert Geates on a 9-minute vehicle pursuit before he pulled into a residence in the 20-thousand block of Road B5 Northeast and fled on foot.

Shortly after, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Overland arrived with Chewbacca who quickly located Ewing. Unlike a January encounter with Chewbacca, Ewing immediately surrendered this time. In the January incident, Chewbacca subdued Ewing after finding him hiding in a field. Ewing was arrested for attempting to elude a police vehicle, no valid operator’s license, resisting arrest, a felony warrant and failure to renew his vehicle tabs.

Coming up next, A drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in Cashmere this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m./ Hilary Franz was in Wenatchee yesterday to launch a new program called “Wildfire Ready Neighbors”, and, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be burning about 500 acres in the Colockum State Wildlife Area this month as part of a prescribed burning effort in seven areas of Eastern Washington. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in Cashmere this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After registering online, participants will receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Riverside Park. The Chelan-Douglas Health District said they have been working diligently to extend access to the vaccine, with more such clinics planned in outlying communities in Chelan and Douglas counties. Registering to get the vaccine is a one-step process now. Eligible people can sign up online at Prep-Mod-Dot-DOH-Dot-Wa-Dot-Gov or by calling 509-886-6487.

Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz kicked off a statewide effort to fireproof Washington homes yesterday, with a visit to Wenatchee.

The elected head of the Department of Natural Resources inaugurated Wildfire Ready Neighbors, a program to create wildfire-defensible space around homes in Chelan, Okanogan and Spokane counties. It provides free resources for residents to do just that. The campaign

began Monday with a community fire assessment and clean-up in South Wenatchee’s Boodry Street neighborhood. . .

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be burning about 500 acres in the Colockum State Wildlife Area this month as part of a prescribed burning effort in seven areas of Eastern Washington.

In addition to the burn outside Wenatchee, Fish and Wildlife will also has a prescribed burn planned for about 248 acres in the Methow Wildlife Area outside Winthrop. Fish and Wildlife says burning off accumulations of vegetation and logging debris reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfires this summer. The exact dates for the burns are dependent on weather conditions.

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. . .

Beginning next Monday, trees will start coming down in Wenatchee’s Washington Park. In fact, over the course of two weeks all the trees between the sidewalk and street will be removed on Wilson, Washington and Miller streets.

In tonight’s feature story, Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz talked with Wenatchee Parks, Recreation and Cultural Department director Dave Erickson about why the trees are being removed and future plans for trees in the park. . .

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 drive for a perfect season with a national championship for the Gonzaga Bulldogs ran out of gas at

The Bears jumped out to 21-6 lead in the first 7-minutes and set the tone for the night, converting 43-percent of their 3-point shots and dominating with physical play in the paint.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few says Baylor was by far the toughest team the Bulldogs faced all season…

The Bears outrebounded Gonzaga 38-22 for the game and were just physically dominant.  Coach Few says Baylor’s aggressive play was the difference…

After 31-straight wins this season and not losing since February of 2020, Gonzaga finally lost a game.  Senior Corey Kispert says, thankfully, it’s a feeling he hasn’t had many times in his career with the Bulldogs…

Gonzaga finishes 31-and-1, just short of a perfect season culminating in a national championship.  So how does Kispert summarize the season?

Baylor wins it’s first-ever national championship and Gonzaga will have to wait for a future season to try again.  86-70 the final as the college basketball season comes to an end.

The Mariners dropped to .500 on the young season with a 6-nothing defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox last night at T-Mobile Park…

Carlos Rodon (row-DON) and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout for Chicago.  Rodon went 5-innings, allowing just 2-hits while striking out nine.

Meanwhile, White Sox hitters feasted on Justus Sheffield, who allowed 6-runs on 8-hits over 5-innings, striking out 5 and walking 2.

Mitch Haniger got two of Seattle’s 3-hits on the night, including a double.

Manager Scott Servais says he knew Chicago would be tough coming into the series…

The two teams will go again tonight at 7:10 with James Paxton making his first start since returning to the Mariners this off-season.  He’ll go up against Lucas Giolito for the White Sox.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the annual task of digging out the North Cascades Highway got started this week. The state Department of Transportation says it’s working to dig out the snow that blocks off the highway between the Methow and Skagit valleys each year. The scenic North Cascades route offers too much avalanche danger to remain open in winter, and its reopening is always a big event for tourists and residents. Crews will work from both ends to clear the roughly seven feet of accumulated snowfall, plus repairing damaged signs, pavement, and guardrails. The whole process usually takes about four to six weeks.

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.