NCWLIFE Evening News August 20th, 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, A man with a criminal record in Washington, Oregon and California is now accused of identity thefts and methamphetamine distribution throughout the Wenatchee Valley. A rural Entiat woman who drew a handgun during a confrontation with a hunter was sentenced yesterday to 10 days in jail, and, K-9 Chewbacca nabbed another wanted felon Tuesday morning in Moses Lake, more on that coming up.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Spokane man in his 60s died of an apparent medical condition while hiking Wednesday in the Colchuck Lake area of the Enchantments.

Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the man’s identity is being withheld until his family is notified. About 6:15 p.m. officials were alerted by an InReach device about a medical emergency involving a man who was found with no pulse near the lake.

A doctor on the scene was unable to revive him. Airlift Northwest was also unable to reach the man Tuesday night, so Wednesday morning the sheriff’s office sent in crews to bring the victim down.

A man with a criminal record in Washington, Oregon and California is now accused of identity thefts and methamphetamine distribution throughout the Wenatchee Valley.

Bruno Paul Ruggeberg, who’s 52, faces possible drug and weapons charges, as well as a count of leading organized crime, for allegedly selling large amounts of meth to smaller dealers, and directing at least three other people in a scheme to create fraudulent credit cards. The Columbia River Drug Task Force says they tracked Ruggeberg for months before his arrest Tuesday, working with police agencies in Snohomish and King counties.

They allegedly found multiple phony ID cards, computer equipment, and packages of meth and heroin in his vehicle, plus illicit firearms in a Wenatchee storage locker. Police say Ruggeberg and his group worked out of local hotels, and charged more than $12,000 on false credit cards. More arrests and charges are expected.

A rural Entiat woman who drew a handgun during a confrontation with a hunter was sentenced yesterday to 10 days in jail.

Donna Jean Jones, who’s 65, already spent six days in jail after her arrest in November, when she and her adult son encountered the hunter scouting for deer near their property on Crum Canyon Road. Her son drew a knife, the hunter drew a pistol, and Jones drew her own handgun. No one was hurt in the incident. Jones pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault.

Her son, 42-year-old Jesse Lee Jones, pleaded guilty to harassment and assault in February. He was sentenced to three months in jail.

K-9 Chewbacca nabbed another wanted felon Tuesday morning in Moses Lake. 22-year-old Marco A. Garcia of Moses Lake, who was wanted on several charges, was spotted by Chewbacca’s handler Cpl. Nick Overland about 6:45 a.m. walking along Airway Drive. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Garcia tried to hide in some weeds but Chewbacca tracked him down and held him for deputies.

Garcia was treated at Samaritan Healthcare for injuries he sustained in the encounter then lodged into the Grant County Jail on felony warrants for burglary, fourth-degree assault-domestic violence, obstructing law enforcement and a probation violation. Just over a week ago, Chewbacca chased down another wanted felon in Moses Lake who unsuccessfully attempted to flee. 34-year-old Ryan David Lee also needed to be treated for injuries before being booked into the jail.

Coming up next, Level 3 evacuation orders remain in place for more than 80 homes near the Palmer Fire burning southwest of Oroville. The state yesterday ordered Brewster-based Gebbers Farms to test thousands of its employees for COVID-19, and, An Interstate 90 repair project near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass that caused traffic backups of more than seven miles this week has been completed ahead of schedule. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Level 3 evacuation orders remain in place for more than 80 homes near the Palmer Fire burning seven miles southwest of Oroville.

The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon, has burned more than 6,000 acres. Air and ground crews are primarily working on structure protection as they attempt to slow the rapid growth of the in multiple directions.

It has become one of the largest of numerous wildfires to break out in Okanogan County this summer.

The state Wednesday ordered Brewster-based Gebbers Farms to test thousands of its employees for COVID-19. In addition, Governor Jay Inslee announced new testing rules for all agricultural companies.

Secretary of Health John Wiesman said Gebbers Farms, one of the largest tree fruit companies in the world, has previously been issued two orders of immediate restraint for not following health and safety rules for its approximately 4,500 workers.

Wiesman said if an employee refuses to be tested they will not be allowed to return to work. Inslee’s proclamation will require all agricultural companies to broadly test their workforce if health officials identify an outbreak of nine or more COVID-19 cases at a facility. Wiesman said Gebbers Farms must immediately begin testing and have it completed over the next two weeks. . .

An Interstate 90 repair project near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass that caused traffic backups of more than seven miles this week has been completed ahead of schedule.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said in just over 70 hours crews were able to remove 42 broken concrete panels and 600 tons of debris and lay 520 tons of asphalt in the eastbound lane of the interstate at the Stampede Pass interchange. The work had been expected to extend into Friday.

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The city of East Wenatchee on Tuesday approved a plan to assign mandatory body cameras to all its police officers while they’re on patrol. The five-year contract with the police technology company Axon will cost almost $90,000, and lease 19 cameras for the city’s patrol force.

East Wenatchee would have the first police department in the Wenatchee Valley to mandate bodycams for all its officers. Chief Rick Johnson, who took command of the force this year, explained the project to NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .

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.

Home field advantage will not be a thing for the Seahawks until possibly November this season…

The team announced today that the first three home games will be played without fans at CenturyLink Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means a Sunday Night game against New England in Week 2, a game against Dallas in Week 3 and Minnesota in Week 5 will be fan-less.

In a statement, the Seahawks said, “While CenturyLink Field has become the best home field advantage in the league thanks to the energy and passion of the 12s, the health and safety of all of our fans, players and staff remains our top priority.”

The first game where fans could potentially attend would be November 1st against San Francisco.

Meanwhile, training camp continues as Seattle ramps up towards a scrimmage Saturday at CenturyLink Field.  Coach Pete Carroll says they’re going to treat this as much like a preseason game as possible…

With the added pressure of no preseason games to evaluate younger players, Carroll says there’s a tendency to try too hard to make a play…

The battle continues in securing a starting offensive line.  Left tackle Duane Brown says he’s been very impressed so far with rookie Damien Lewis…

It looks like Lewis is securing the right guard position while Brandon Shell is starting at right tackle.  The big question is still at center with Ethan Pocic battling B.J. Finney and Kyle Fuller for the starting job.

The Seahawks will have one more practice tomorrow before their scrimmage Saturday at CenturyLink Field.  You can watch live coverage on Q-13 Fox or at Seahawks dot com.

So far, 26 drivers and crews have signed up to race in the Hobby Stock Challenge Saturday, presented by Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

A total field of 54-cars & trucks have signed up to race this weekend so far, and WVSO track manager Jeremy Anders is expecting more as we get closer to the weekend.  Anders says there will be a practice Friday afternoon at the quarter-mile track on Fancher Heights.  The oval will be hot from 5-to-8pm.

We’ll begin our LIVE coverage at 6 o’clock Saturday.

Taijuan Walker survived three solo home runs and the Mariners snapped a 7-game losing streak by downing the Dodgers 6-4 last night at T-Mobile Park…

After allowing homers to Max Muncy and Joc Pederson in the 2nd and Cody Bellinger in the 3rd, Walker settled down to retire the next 12 batters in a row.  Taijuan said it felt good to go 7-innings and help Seattle get the win…

Austin Nola not only did a good job catching, he also delivered at the plate with 2-hits including a 3-run bomb in the 3rd

The two teams arewrapping up the 4-game home-at-home series today at T-Mobile Park as Yusei Kikuchi battles Clayton Kershaw.

Also in the American League West last night as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Kyle Tucker led a 20-hit barrage by going 4-for-5 with a home run and 4-RBI’s as Houston blasted Colorado 13-to-6.

Manny Machado hit a walk-off, grand slam home run to power San Diego to a 6-3 win over Texas in 10-innings.  Fernando Tatis, Jr. also hit his league-leading 12th home run in the Padre’s win.

Mark Canha’s 2-run home run helped Oakland snap a little losing string as the A’s beat Arizona 4-1.

Wilmer Flores’ 3-run home run powered San Francisco over the Angels 7-to-2.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf specialist Ben Maletzke tells the story of the first wolf he ever radio collared, 32-M, the patriarch of the Teanaway Wolf Pack who recently died of old age. . .

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.