NCWLIFE Evening News August 3rd, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news for you tonight from today and over the weekend, but first, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

That fug of wildfire smoke lifted a bit today, with improved air quality in the Wenatchee Valley: The health warning today was only moderate, compared to some of the more unhealthy particle counts we’ve seen since the weekend. Some more clearing may be in the future. We’ve still got that heat, though, but the good news is there a likely cooldown in the near future.

Dan Kuntz will be along a bit later to give you the full weather picture.

But first, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight. . .  Two men are dead and a third charged with second-degree murder in Grant County; police say the accused killer knew both of his victims. Local health experts are again recommending masks in indoor public settings as the COVID-19 delta variant takes hold. And the alleged leader of a gang-related shooting in East Wenatchee won’t be released on reduced bail before his trial. But first, our top story tonight. . .

A 40-year-old Moses Lake man is being held on $3-million-dollars bail in the shooting deaths of two brothers Saturday. Noe Pena is accused of two counts of second-degree murder in the killing of 52-year-old Epitacio Martinez-Molina and his brother 37-year-old Moises Martinez. Their bodies were found about noon in a dairy-owned garage in the 8000 block of Road 18 Northeast north of Moses Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded about 11:45 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun in his hand walking east on Road 18 Northeast. The sheriff’s office said Pena was ordered to drop the gun, which he eventually did. A witness notified deputies of the two bodies in the garage. Kyle Foreman, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said the garage was on property owned by Mickelsen Ranch, where the two victims worked and lived in farmworker housing. Shell casings and the gun allegedly found on Pena have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis. Foreman said Pena and the two victims were known acquaintances.

After a brief reprieve thanks to wet weather over the weekend, the fires plaguing Okanogan County have perked up as hotter, drier weather returned. Crews attacking the Cedar Creek, Delancey and Cub Creek Fires had to deal with increased fire behavior yesterday, although they’ve largely held the spread in check. Sun Mountain Lodge near Mazama remains under evacuation orders, and the tourist season in the Methow Valley has been devastated by smoke and fire threat. The multiple fire complexes have burned about 110,000 acres; each of them is about 23 percent contained.

Health experts from the federal to the local level are again recommending masks in indoor public settings. The fear is that COVID-19, particularly its delta variant, is again spreading fast throughout our communities. Last week, four county health departments in North Central Washington made a public plea for residents to once again adopt the practice, whether vaccinated or not. Dr. James Wallace, a family physician and the chief health officer for Okanogan County, gave this update Monday:

The alleged leader of a shooting that targeted an East Wenatchee family will have to remain in jail for now. 25-year-old Jorge Reyes was denied a chance at reduced bail on Monday, despite requests from his defense attorneys. He’s held in the Okanogan County Jail on half a million dollars bond. East Wenatchee police say Reyes led a group of at least three people in a gang-related shooting near Ninth and Baker streets on June 5th. One man was wounded in the attack. Prosecutors argued Reyes is a flight risk and poses a danger to the community. Douglas County Judge Brian Huber turned down the defense request. Reyes faces a scheduled trial September 27th. Two other people are charged as accomplices in the shooting.

Coming up next: A Malaga man who scrambled for a gun when confronted by sheriff’s deputies gets a 22-month sentence. And a classic piece of navigation history gets repurposed for a video game at the Rocky Reach Dam museum. That and more coming up. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Malaga man who assaulted his wife, then went for a gun when Chelan County sheriff’s deputies interrupted the attack, was sentenced Monday to 22 months behind bars. 55-year-old Gustavo Gomez Gutierrez pleaded guilty to charges of second- and third-degree assault, as well as domestic violence.  He’s been in jail since his arrest in April 2020, when  three deputies arrived at his home on a report that he’d displayed a handgun to construction workers building a project next door. When they saw Gomez grappling with his wife and entered the house, Gomez ran to a bedroom and tried to reach a handgun he kept on his nightstand before the deputies tackled him.

The Rocky Reach Discovery Center has long been home to a classic steamship wheel … the kind that used to steer ferries and boats before the Columbia River was dammed. The renovated Discovery Center will reopen August 28th, and the steamship wheel will have a new role. Visitors will use it to control a new video game, in which they guide a virtual ship through the rocky channels of the Wenatchee Valley stretch of the river. You can try it out when the dam museum reopens at month’s end. Admission is always free.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has been unable to figure out who owns a boat that was found drifting empty in the lake over the weekend. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman said there is no indication someone fell off the boat. He said it’s not unusual to find boats that have broken free of their moorings, but in this case the boat registration does not come back to a valid owner. He said if the owner doesn’t come forward, the boat will likely go to auction.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Sheriff Brian Burnett and his administrators ask for public help in rolling back new laws that govern police agencies. After that, Dan Kuntz comes along with your complete local weather forecast. Much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

More than 1,000 people packed Grace City Church in Wenatchee to hear the first of six town halls planned by Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, in response to police reforms passed by the state Legislature this year. Burnett and three members of his staff discussed their difficulty adjusting to the new laws concerning drugs, use of force, and contact with suspects.

Now here with a full look at your weather picture, it’s Dan Kuntz.

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 Seahawks will be in pads today for the first time in training camp.

The offense is still working on installing the new offense by new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.  According to D.K. Metcalf, Seattle’s running backs will play a key roll in the passing game this season…

The Seahawks added tight end Gerald Everett in free agency from the Rams.  He says he’s enjoyed getting to know and play with Russell Wilson…

One thing Waldron wants out of his offense this season is a quicker tempo to get the ball out of Russell Wilson’s hands quicker.  Everett says that opens up the potential for big plays…

Seattle will play a scrimmage at Lumen Field Sunday at 1:25. Tickets are available for fans to attend at Seahawks dot com.

The Mariners rebounded from back-to-back, hard-luck losses at Texas to post an 8-2 win at Tampa Bay last night…

Jake Fraley was back in the lineup after being on the injured list for 10-days and contributed two hits and 2-RBI’s while Ty France was a triple short of the cycle as the Mariners improved to 5-and-oh against the Rays this season.

Seattle jumped on Tamp Bay starter Michael Wacha for 5-runs in the 3rd inning…

The five runs would be plenty for Chris Flexen, who pitched into the 7th to earn his 10th victory of the season…

Manager Scott Servais says it starts with pitching and ends with timely hits for the Mariners…

Seattle and Tampa Bay go at it again today at 4:10 with Yusei Kikuchi facing Luis Patiño.

The only other game in the American League West Monday saw Texas win its 3rd straight 4-1 over the Angels.  Dane Dunning and three relievers combined to hold Los Angeles to 1-run on 3-hits.

The Wenatchee AppleSox begin the final six-game home stand of the season tonight against Port Angeles…

Wenatchee comes into tonight’s game with a 4-and-11 record in the second half of the West Coast League season while the Lefties are 5-and-9.  The two teams met back in early July with the ‘Sox taking two of three at Port Angeles.

With just 9-games left in the season, “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman says any playoff chance Wenatchee has will come down to this week’s games…

Norman and pitcher Jack Lee joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley this morning.  Lee is from Sydney, Australia and found his way to the United States through a former Seattle Mariner pitcher…

Lee will be a freshman at U-C Santa Barbara this fall but says he’d love to come back and see Wenatchee this winter…

Speaking of the AppleSox, after they play three against Port Angeles, we’ll have Friday’s game against Cowlitz LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Be sure to join Eric Granstrom on the pregame during “Hawaiian Night” beginning at 6:30.

The only game on the schedule Monday in the West Coast League was a non-leaguer for Corvallis as the Knights handled the Northwest Star Academy 12-to-4.  Spencer Scott led the way at the plate for Corvallis, going 3-for-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s.

Besides Wenatchee and Port Angeles tonight, the schedule includes Walla Walla at Bend; Corvallis hosts Yakima Valley; Cowlitz is at Ridgefield; and Portland takes on Bellingham.

Thanks Eric. Finally from us tonight . . .

An Okanogan County man has walked away from his longtime romantic partnership with only a horse and a saddle. Leroy Stringfield was awarded nothing more than that in an annulment proceeding from the woman he lived with and later married. He appealed the county judge’s decision to the state Court of Appeals, saying he was owed part of the real estate belonging to his former wife, based on improvements he’d made to their home between 2011 and 2018. But the appellate court said Mr. Stringfield hadn’t shown sufficient proof of the value of his work, and so he’ll get just what the county court awarded him: His horse and his saddle.

Here’s your last glimpse of morning show host Dan Kuntz as he heads off for a little vacation. Before he goes, he’ll let you know what’s coming up for Wednesday’s edition of 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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.