NCWLIFE Evening News August 18th, 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, The victim has now been identified in a horrifying Quincy murder case. Two Snohomish women who went missing for nearly two days while hiking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness have been found safe, and, Three more people have died of COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley over the last month.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee man faces charges of child rape after he allegedly admitted the crime to a Wenatchee police officer.

26-year-old Miguel Garza Villicana is suspected of sexually abusing a 10-year-old relative at least twice in the last month. One incident was allegedly interrupted early Sunday when the child’s mother witnessed it.

Police said Garza admitted to both instances when they interviewed him that morning. He’s held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $150,000 bond.

The victim has now been identified in a horrifying Quincy murder case. The body of 29-year-old Abel Vargas was found last week in the bedroom of his suspected killer, at a residential Quincy home.

Police say Vargas went to the home of this man, 30-year-old Martin Diaz on August 8th, the last time he was seen alive.

Diaz’s family called police three days later to report a foul odor from his room, and investigators say they found Vargas’ body there, contained inside a large bag. He died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Diaz is now charged with first-degree murder, and held on $1.5 million dollar bail in Grant County.

Two Snohomish women who went missing for nearly two days while hiking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness have been found safe. 21 year-old Hope Ryan and 23 year-old Kristen Jost were reported overdue by family members after failing to return from a day hike in the Enchantments on Saturday night. 

Search and rescue teams from Chelan County were deployed on Sunday morning and contacted a pair of hikers who told them that two women matching the descriptions of Ryan and Jost were in the area of Earle Lake about noon on Sunday. Just before dark last night, a Snowhawk helicopter from Snohomish County located the missing hikers and flew them to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.

Ryan and Jost told rescuers they made a wrong turn off the main trail, realized they were lost, and decided to stay put at Earle Lake and await help. They rationed their food and supplies, and both appeared to be in good health.

Three more people have died of COVID-19 in the Wenatchee Valley over the last month. The Chelan-Douglas Health District says three lives lost between July 17th and 29th have now been attributed to the virus.

The first was an agricultural worker and Mexican citizen in his 50s, who died at home in Orondo. The others were male senior citizens in their 80s, residing in assisted living facilities in Wenatchee and Chelan. That’s 16 COVID-19 deaths in the two-county area since the pandemic began: Six deaths in Douglas County, 10 in Chelan County.

Coming up next,  A Spanaway woman was injured when she crashed her motorcycle Saturday on the Methow Valley Highway. A Pomeranian was critically injured in an attack by a larger dog Friday night in Wenatchee. A COVID-19 testing effort carried out by the National Guard is moving from Okanogan County to neighboring Douglas County, to provide free assessments in Bridgeport, and, Managers of irrigation canals are warning passersby to keep clear of the channels while the heat rises, we will tell you why when we come back. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Spanaway woman was injured when she crashed her motorcycle Saturday on the Methow Valley Highway.

67-year-old Mona Heringpietz was northbound toward Twisp about 3:45 p.m. when she lost control of her 2019 Harley-Davidson and skidded into the southbound lane. State troopers said she had to be airlifted to Central Washington Hospital for injuries. She was wearing her helmet, and police found no signs drugs or alcohol were involved. The motorcycle was a total loss.

A Pomeranian was critically injured in an attack by a larger dog Friday night in Wenatchee.

Animal Care and Control said the attack happened about 7:15 p.m. in the 1500 block of Pershing Street. The aggressive dog, described as a dark brown pit bull type, then ran down Pershing toward Maple Street. If you have information about this dog or its owner, call the agency at 662-9577, option 1.

A COVID-19 testing effort carried out by the National Guard is moving from Okanogan County to neighboring Douglas County, to provide free assessments in Bridgeport.

The mobile testing lab spent last week in the Okanogan and Methow Valleys, testing hundreds of drive-through and walk-in patients to get a picture of the virus spread there. Dr. Malcolm Butler with the Chelan-Douglas Health District says this week, it’s the Wenatchee Valley’s turn. . .

Managers of irrigation canals are warning passersby to keep clear of the channels while the heat rises.

The Columbia Basin Development League, which represents irrigation users, says while canals may be tempting during hot weather, they pose a lot of dangers, including fast-moving water, snags, and other drowning risks. Trespassing in the irrigation canals is also an arrestable offense.

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Political debates aren’t like they used to be, at least not in the age of COVID-19. But 12th District Representative candidate Adrianne Moore and incumbent Keith Goehner spent an hour Monday night answering questions online from the new nonpartisan group NCW Young Voters. You can view the entire back-and-forth on YouTube or Facebook. Here’s a sampling. . .

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.

Day six of training was the second day in pads for the Seahawks.  Tight end Will Dissly is making a comeback after suffering a torn Achilles last season in Cleveland.  He said putting the pads on was a celebration…

Coach Pete Carroll says Dissly’s return is a comment on who he is as a person just as much as who he is as a player…

First round draft pick Jordan Brooks did not participate in Monday’s first practice in pads.  Carroll told reporters today that he has a slight groin issue that he’s working through and they want to be cautious with it.

A shortfall of the Seahawks defense a year ago was getting sacks and quarterback pressures.  That’s why they brought back Benson Mayowa.  The Idaho product was a free-agent signee with Seattle back in 2013.  He was with the Raiders a season ago coming up with seven sacks.  He says he hopes to turn that up a notch while with the Seahawks…

The Seahawks continue training camp at the V-Mac in Renton as they prepare for a scrimmage Saturday at CenturyLink Field.  Fans can tune in daily at 1 o’clock to Q-13 to watch the action during practice or find it on-line at Seahawks dot com.

The Mariners lost a slugfest with the Dodgers in L-A last night 11-to-9…

The game featured the meeting of the Seager brothers for the first time since becoming pros.  Kyle and Corey didn’t disappoint as each bombed home runs in the game.  Kyle’s came for Seattle in the top of the 3rd inning as part of a trio of round-trippers…

Aaron Goldsmith with the call on Root Sports.  It wasn’t enough however as Los Angeles plated 5-runs in an inning twice in the game.

The two teams meet again today at Chavez Ravine with Marco Gonzales facing Tony Gonsolin at 4:10.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard on a busy Monday night…

Fernando Tatis (tah-TEESE), Jr. hit a three-run homer in the 7th and then followed it with a grand slam home run in the 8th to lead San Diego to a 14-4 win over Texas.

Carlos Correa’s 2-run double in the first held up as Houston edged Colorado 2-1.  Michael Bielak and three relievers combined to two-hit the Rockies.

David Peralta hit a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 9th as Arizona topped Oakland 4-3.

Tommy La Stella’s 2-run, walk-off home run gave the Angels a 7-6 win over San Francisco.

Oakland’s lead in the West shrank to 3-and-a-half games with the A’s losing and Houston winning.

If you haven’t seen the Northwest Pro4 Truck Series, you’ll get a chance this weekend at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

They’re plenty loud and there should be a pretty good sized field on Johnson Electric Night…

The night will also include the Economy Midgets:  Northwest Focus Midget Series; Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; Plumb Perfect Roadrunners; and the Holaday’s Custom Mufflers B-Mods in addition to the Northwest Pro4 Trucks.

Our coverage will begin on NCWLIFE Channel at 6 o’clock Saturday night.  And again, because of COVID, no fans will be allowed to attend in-person.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, that’s the last of the goats. The National Park Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife say they’re all done relocating mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades.

The last fifty goats were moved, by truck, helicopter and other means, from the Olympics where they had to compete for food and salt, to the Cascades where they’re a native species. A total of 325 goats were shipped east. Their ancestors were originally introduced to the Olympics in the 1920s, but after they damaged the landscape and began posing a threat to hikers, wildlife officials decided to undo that mistake.

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.