NCWLIFE Evening News August 12th, 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, Area firefighters were quick to get control over a pair of brush fires that broke out near Wenatchee Valley highways yesterday. K-9 Chewbacca chased down a wanted felon in Moses Lake Tuesday morning, grabbing the suspect by the arm as he attempted to flee, and, Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant says Lake Chelan is certainly beautiful but some of the parking along the lake certainly is not.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a body was found inside a bag at a Quincy home Tuesday night.

The Quincy Police Department says they are looking for 30-year-old Martin Diaz after the body was found in his bedroom at his family’s home in the 700 block of Rocky Avenue Northeast. Police said about 9:30 p.m. they responded to a suspicious circumstance call and Diaz’s parents reported a foul odor coming from his bedroom.

Upon investigation, they found the body inside a garbage bag. Diaz had left the home by the time police arrived. Detective Steve Harder said it has not yet been determined if the victim was a man or a woman. The Grant County coroner has take possession of the body and at this point Harder said Diaz is wanted for questioning.

Area firefighters were quick to get control over a pair of brush fires that broke out near Wenatchee Valley highways Tuesday. The first fire early Tuesday afternoon was outside Cashmere along Highway 2. Though it was burning near a home, firefighters were able to get control of the blaze before it could spread beyond the brush along the highway.

Then later in the afternoon, a brush fire was reported near Highway 28 outside Rock Island. The fire was pushed south by strong winds before Douglas County firefighters were able to contain it. No structures were reported damaged. No cause has yet been determined for either fire. A red flag warning was in effect Tuesday as heavy winds whipped through much of North Central Washington.

K-9 Chewbacca chased down a wanted felon in Moses Lake Tuesday morning, grabbing the suspect by the arm as he attempted to flee.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Corporal Nic Overland had spotted 34-year-old Ryan David Lee Hughes about 7:30 a.m. working under a pickup on Terminal Street in Moses Lake. Hughes took off running and Chewbacca quickly pursued. Hughes, who was wanted on three felony warrants, suffered injuries to his arm and is now lodged in the Grant County Jail. He now faces additional charges of obstructing a law enforcement officer and suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant says Lake Chelan is certainly beautiful but some of the parking along the lake certainly is not. Bryant says being aware of where not to park when visiting the lake can save you a ticket and a tow. . .

Coming up next, Health districts from throughout North Central Washington have joined together to set guidelines for when it will be safe for schools to return to in-class instruction. The Eastmont Metropolitan Parks Department is considering opening the Eastmont Pool, and, A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of Robert Wilson, the East Wenatchee artist who died earlier this month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Health districts from throughout North Central Washington have joined together to set guidelines for when it will be safe for schools to return to in-class instruction.

And that time is not now. Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas county health officials agreed that no students should return until there are no more than 75 new cases per 100,000 people in the county over the previous 14 days. That figure is for grades kindergarten through 5th, with the rest of the students not being allowed to return until the county’s number has been lowered to 25 cases per 100,000 population.

Most of the counties currently come nowhere near meeting that benchmark. Some districts, including Wenatchee and Eastmont, have already said they will begin the school year with online-only instruction. School districts can petition their health district for exceptions to the new standards.

The Eastmont Metro Parks District is considering opening its swimming pool in a limited way this summer.

Last week, the district asked people to complete a two-question survey on whether the pool should be reopened for a few hours each day for water walking and lap swimming. Like other swimming pools in the area, the aquatics center near Eastmont High School has been shut down since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The district said they had a huge response to the survey, which asked if people would use the pool and whether they would pay an additional charge to do so. The district is now studying the issues and responses before making a decision.

A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of Robert Wilson, the East Wenatchee artist who died earlier this month. Wilson was a nationally known painter and was also the father of actor Rainn Wilson who starred in the TV show The Office.

The Pybus Foundation created the scholarship fund that will be used to support formal art training for two recipients a year. A collection of Wilson’s art will be on display at the LocalTel Events Center at Pybus until August 28th. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund through the Pybus Foundation.

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, we once again take you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where they’ve produced a series of videos called, Curators Corner, with collections coordinator Anna Spencer showing off treasures from Wenatchee’s past. Tonight, she offers a look back at Wenatchee’s historic newspaper, the Republic. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

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.