NCWLIFE Evening News August 13th, 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, Police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old Leavenworth man who lost the use of his legs while held in the Chelan County jail, and recently died at Harborview Medical Center. A fire that claimed an East Wenatchee home last night appears to have started in a parked truck and camper, and, A 50-year old Bellingham man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover in Okanogan County yesterday afternoon after his car went airborne.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

After a day of searching, Moses Lake police arrested a Quincy man yesterday afternoon suspected of keeping a human body in a bag in his room.

Martin Diaz, age 30, was arrested behind the Big 5 sporting goods store in Moses Lake, in the 900 block of North Stratford Road.

He had been sought since late Tuesday, after police were summoned to his family’s home in Quincy, where they found a large bag with human remains stored in the room where Diaz slept. The identity of those remains is still under investigation. Diaz was booked into the Grant County Jail. He has yet to be charged.

Police are investigating the death of a 69-year-old Leavenworth man who lost the use of his legs while held in the Chelan County jail, and recently died at Harborview Medical Center.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested the man May 18th on a domestic violence charge, and say they did not use force to restrain him. He was reportedly intoxicated at the time. Deputies say while he was held at the jail in a solitary holding cell, he was found on the floor unable to move his legs. He was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment, then to Harborview in Seattle. The Columbia Basin Investigative Team, comprised of Grant County detectives, has been asked to look into the man’s injury and death. The jail and Sheriff’s Office say they won’t comment further until the investigation is completed.

A fire that claimed an East Wenatchee home last night appears to have started in a parked truck and camper. Douglas County Fire District 2 Chief Cam Phillips says when his crews arrived, they found the vehicle and camper fully ablaze, and the fire spreading through the home’s roof vents and into the attic.

The roof of the single-story home ultimately collapsed, and the house and belongings inside are believed to be a total loss. Fortunately, the home’s occupants and their three pets escaped without injury. Phillips says the camper and pickup were relatively new, and were parked within about five feet of the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A 50-year old Bellingham man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover in Okanogan County yesterday afternoon.

Adam Garner was traveling north on State Route 153 approaching Ross Road and after passing multiple vehicles on the wrong side of the highway, he tried to return to the northbound lane, left the roadway to the right, became airborne, rolled and came to rest on its wheels off the road. Garner was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster with undisclosed injuries. He was charged with DUI. 

Coming up next, A longtime friend of the Wenatchee Youth Circus is currently struggling with COVID-19. Like many businesses in Northcentral Washington, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has been closed to the public for months now, but, they are making due, and, A temporary change in schedule is coming next week to the Wenatchee Heights Road improvement project could cause delays. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A longtime friend of the Wenatchee Youth Circus is struggling with COVID-19. Organizers with the circus say Michael Endrizzi has been hospitalized with complications from the virus.

He’s worked with the circus since childhood, and his father, Chet Endrizzi, performed as a clown. Michael has chronic health issues, and this is his second hospitalization for coronavirus.

Friends say he’s been receiving treatment since Wednesday in Central Washington Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Like many businesses in Northcentral Washington, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has been closed to the public for months now. But, as this PSA explains, the Humane Society may have its doors closed but they are observing COVID-19 safety protocols and doing business as normally as they possible can. . .

A temporary change in schedule is coming next week to the Wenatchee Heights Road improvement project.

Chelan County’s contractor on the project will be working a night shift, 1:00 p.m. to midnight from Monday August 17th through Friday August 21st. The temporary schedule change is so Selland Construction can install six culverts across the roadway while avoiding peak traffic times on that road. Crews will return to a daytime schedule on August 24th.

The roadway in the work zone is at one lane, with a pilot car leading motorists through the work area. Flaggers are on site, and the speed limit is reduced to 25 mph. In the evening, additional safety lighting will be used. The one-week, temporary change in schedule should reduce the overall construction schedule.

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. . .

Most people who contract COVID-19 survive the disease, but many survivors struggle with long-term health issues. Megan Barton of Tonasket hopes to outrun those complications. She happens to be the public information officer for Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, and described her illness in a widely-read Facebook post. She spoke with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins about her road to recovery. . .

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.

It’s Day 2 of on-field practice for the Seattle Seahawks during training camp…

Q-13 Fox in Seattle was there covering it LIVE on TV for Twelves as well as streaming it live on the Seahawks YouTube page and through their website at Seahawks dot com. 

A focus was on Russell Wilson as he met with the media before practice addressing his offensive line.  He said he feels great about Duane Brown and Mike Iupati on the left and will be interested to see the battles on the right and at center now that Justin Britt is no longer a Seahawk…

Noticeably absent from Wednesday’s workout was running back Chris Carson.  Coach Pete Carroll said he was excused to take care of some personal issues…

Despite not having any chance for in-person, off-season workouts, Coach Carroll says he’s impressed with the team’s mind-set after seeing them on the first day…

Fans can watch live practice coverage at 1 o’clock in the afternoon today and tomorrow.  The team will take a break on Saturday and then be back at it Sunday through Tuesday.  Go to Seahawks dot com for more information.

Seattle’s bullpen spoiled a great pitching performance by Taijuan Walker as the Mariners fell to Texas 7-to-4 last night…

Walker pitched six stellar innings, allowing 1-run on 6-hits with 5-strikeouts and 1-walk.  He left the ballgame with the Mariners up 4-to-1.  Despite the loss, Walker didn’t want to lay blame.  He just wanted to focus on moving forward and improving as a team…

Erik Swanson gave up 5-runs in the 7th inning to blow the save and take the loss.  Manager Scott Servais said he’d rather focus on the positives, even in a loss like this…

Seattle did have a couple highlights early with home runs by Austin Nola and Daniel Vogelbach to help build a 4-nothing lead.

After 20-games straight to start the COVID-shortened season, the Mariners finally get a day off today.  They’ll stay in Texas to begin a 3-game weekend series with the Astros tomorrow.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Matt Olson, Robbie Grossman and Stephen Piscotti all homered for Oakland as the A’s topped the Angels 8-to-4.

Martín Maldonado’s 3-run home run highlighted a 4-run 6th inning as Houston beat San Francisco 5-to-1.  Zach Greinke worked 6-and-a-third innings of 1-run ball to earn his first victory of the season.

Oakland’s lead in the West is still 4-games over Texas.  Seattle now trails by 6-and-a-half games heading into its series with third-place Houston.

We’re learning more about next Saturday’s race at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

The night is sponsored by Johnson Electric and will feature five classes of racing.  Track manager Jeremy Anders is calling it a Hobby Stock Challenge for all Thunder Car drivers.  In addition to the Northwest Focus Midgets, Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods and Plumb Perfect Roadrunners, the night will include the Northwest Pro4 Trucks.

According to the website, the Northwest Pro4 Trucks series is using this night for the Bill Sauls Memorial 48 Race.  Bill Sauls is a racing legend out of Spanaway who started the whole truck racing series in the northwest.  They say there is no higher honor in their season than winning this race.

NCWLIFE will be there with cameras rolling once again on Saturday, August 22nd.  We’ll start our coverage LIVE at 6 o’clock with qualifying.  Be sure to tune in on local television on LocalTel channel 12, Charter channel 19, Northland channel 97, on our website at NCWLIFE dot com or streaming live on our Facebook page.

Our run of sports on TV for the week starts tonight with Hockey Night on NCWLIFE…

The Wenatchee Wild take on the Merritt Centennials from a game November 1st in the Town Toyota Center.  Our buddy Arch Ecker has the play-by-play tonight at 7.

Tomorrow is our final rebroadcast of last summer’s AppleSox games on NCWLIFE with Wenatchee hosting the Yakima Valley Pippins.  It gets underway tomorrow night at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, we’ll feature a Great Game of our Past at 2 o’clock with Eastmont and Wenatchee volleyball from October of 2016.  That’s followed by a rebroadcast of last Saturday’s racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, a reminder, tomorrow marks the first day that letters and other mail originating in Wenatchee will instead be processed in Spokane.

It’s part of widescale changes to how the U.S. Postal Service handles your mail, under new directives from the Trump Administration. Directors of the Seattle postal district told mail carriers last month that mail sent from Wenatchee, Yakima and Tacoma would be handled out of either Seattle or Spokane, and dedicated sorting machines in Wenatchee are due to be removed on Friday.

The union of postal workers says the changes will lead to slower delivery of letters and other documents. Officially, postal directors blame the decisions on low mail volumes.

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.