NCWLIFE Evening News August 6th, 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 in a fatal car crash on highway 17 in Grant County in late July has been identified. Wednesday was a challenging day for firefighters on the Chikamin Fire 13 miles northeast of Lake Wenatchee, and, The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve been receiving calls from people about a scam in which someone calls claiming to be a deputy.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .  

Moses Lake Police say an investigation into heroin sales in the city led to a drug bust Tuesday in Warden in which more than three pounds of heroin were seized.

41-year-old Erik Velazquez Gumesindo was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of alien in possession of a firearm. He is expected to be transferred to federal custody.

Numerous local and federal agencies participated in the raid on the home on Highway 170 outside Warden. More than $42,000-dollars in cash, two firearms and four cars that were allegedly used to distribute drugs also were seized in the arrest.

An Othello man has died two weeks after suffering severe injuries in a Grant County highway crash. 51-year-old Jose Chama-Erivas died Tuesday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

On July 22nd, Chama’s pickup crossed the centerline on Highway 17 about eight miles south of Moses Lak, and collided with an oncoming semi-truck.

Just minutes prior to the crash the State Patrol had received a report of the pickup being driven erratically. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Wednesday was a challenging day for firefighters on the Chikamin Fire 13 miles northeast of Lake Wenatchee.

The fire high on a ridge in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest grew to 327 acres, mostly on the southwest flank of the lightning-caused fire.

A Type 3 incident management team is coordinating the firefighting effort, facing difficult terrain. The fire started last Friday afternoon and has forced the closure of several roads and trails in the area.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve been receiving calls from people about a scam in which someone calls claiming to be a deputy.

The bogus deputy claims the person did not show up for court or jury duty, or didn’t pay overdue tickets and a warrant is being issued for their arrest. They then attempt to collect a fine by telling the person to purchase a prepaid debit card, then read the card number to them.

The sheriff’s office says their deputies would never make such a call and people should not give out personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller.

Coming up next, Okanogan County Commissioners have issued a please stop spreading COVID-19 declaration. A fundraiser has been established in Brewster for an orchard worker who recently died of COVID-19. The city of Chelan will begin limiting access to Lakeside and Don Morse parks this weekend, citing overcrowding and parking issues, and, Concerned that a return to in-class school instruction this fall would lead to a further spread of COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal on Wednesday recommended remote learning for almost all the state’s school districts. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Okanogan County has become an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 283 new cases reported in the last two weeks.

That gives it the highest number of cases per capita in the state of Washington. Okanogan County commissioners issued an advisory proclamation Wednesday with what they called, QUOTE, “a desperate appeal to the community at large to implement the cautionary measures suggested by Okanogan County health officials.”

That includes masking in public, and social distancing from non-household members at all times. The commissioners say their new proclamation will remain in effect, QUOTE, “until a photograph of all three commissioners together with their smiling faces, without masks, is released to the press.”

The family of a Brewster orchard worker is asking for help to lay their father to rest, after he died last weekend of COVID-19. Francisco Montiel Jimenez was 65 years old. His children have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral costs.

Francisco was hospitalized in Wenatchee last month after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He then spent days in the ICU on a ventilator before his death on Saturday. His wife Maria also contracted COVID-19, and is still recovering. You can contribute to their fundraiser at the web address on your screen.

The city of Chelan will begin limiting access to Lakeside and Don Morse parks this weekend, citing overcrowding and parking issues.

Once the parking lots are full the parks will be closed and only Chelan residents with valid ID will then be allowed to enter. The limited access is expected to last until at least Labor Day Weekend. The state already has limited access to its parks, including Lake Chelan State Park. Entry to state parks also is cut off when parking lots are full.

Concerned that a return to in-class school instruction this fall would lead to a further spread of COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal on Wednesday recommended remote learning for almost all the state’s school districts. Inslee and Reykdal said more than 10-million-dollars has been allocated to ensure remote learning is more effective than it was last spring when schools were shut down. Several North Central Washington school districts have already announced they will begin the school year online-only. . .

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, the Chelan County PUD held a virtual groundbreaking yesterday for its new headquarters in Olds Station. The PUD will be moving out of its downtown Wenatchee building into a new facility probably beginning in late 2022. . .

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.

Kyle Seager hit his 200th career home run and Marco Gonzales struck out 7 over 7-innings to help the Mariners snap a 4-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Angels last night…

Seager’s shot came in the bottom of the 3rd with two on and two out against left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter.  It was Seager’s 71st home run off left-handed pitching…

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales earned the victory on the mound, going 7-innings and allowing 3-runs on 3-solo home runs with 7-strikeouts.

Dylan Moore went 3-for-5 at the plate and scored 2-runs as Seattle scored three in the 3rd, a run in the 5th and 3-more in the 7th

Seattle and L-A are wrapping up the series today. Tiajuan Walker got roughed up for 4-runs on 3-hits in 3-and-2/3rds, giving up a home run to Shohei Ohtani while walking three and striking out three.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his first home run of the year on a solo shot in the 4th

Colorado comes to town to begin a 3-game weekend series tomorrow at 6:40. Yusei Kikuchi will go up against the Rocky’s Antonio Senzatela.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from last night…

Arizona brought 14-men to the plate in a 9-run 4th inning as the Diamondbacks beat the Astros 14-7.

Austin Allen’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 7th gave Oakland the lead and Matt Olson’s solo shot in the 8th provided a cushion at the A’s beat the Rangers 6-4.

Oakland’s lead over Houston grew to a game-and-a-half in the American League West.  Seattle leap-frogged the Angels and Rangers into 3rd, 3-and-a-half games back.

Just days before training camp began, the Seahawks made a blockbuster trade for safety Jamal Adams.  Seattle gave up 2, first-round draft picks and defensive back Bradley McDougald to obtain Adams, who had become unhappy with the New York Jets.

As far as Pete Carroll is concerned, General Manager John Schneider deserves the credit for getting the pro-bowler to Seattle…

Adams had been characterized as a bad teammate and “problem child” for the Jets with his off-field antics.  Carroll addressed the issue by saying he won’t be a problem in Seattle…

The 6th overall draft pick by the Jets in 2017, Adams has 12-sacks, 6-forced fumbles, 273-tackles and 2 interceptions to go along with 2 Pro Bowls while in New York for three seasons.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks are reportedly interested in signing veteran linebacker Clay Matthews or defensive end Everson Griffen.  Both came up with 8-sacks last season.  This report comes from the NFL Network’s Michael Silver.

In addition, Seattle and San Francisco are not only competing for the NFC West crown, but apparently players too.

Seattle claimed former 49ers cornerback and kick returner D.J. Reed off waivers.  Former Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan was visiting with San Francisco yesterday.  And former Seattle pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah is going through a physical and COVID-19 testing with the Niners.

All this information is per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In addition, the Seahawks have re-signed defensive end Branden Jackson, who was just released by Seattle two weeks ago.

Hockey is on the menu tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Wenatchee Wild take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker had the call on this game from last October.

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.