NCWLIFE Evening News December 4th, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Jefferson Robbins, here to provide all the news you need going into the weekend. 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: COVID-19 cases in the region take another huge leap, with 226 new cases reported in Chelan and Douglas counties alone. Confluence Health says the pandemic has brought hospital resources to a crisis point. And a state mental health expert offers ways to cope with the relentless stream of bad COVID news. But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two suspects in a set of Wenatchee vehicle prowls allegedly fled from local police on Thursday, crashed into other vehicles, and led multiple agencies on a cross-county chase that ended near Cle Elum.

The alleged driver is identified as 27-year-old Miles Berry Davis, his passenger as 31-year-old Amrico DeSean Flight. Both are from Seattle. Wenatchee police say the two men used a rented Dodge minivan while stealing a purse and a backpack from parked cars at Walla Walla and Rotary Parks, just before 11:30 a.m.

Police located the van and followed it, but Davis allegedly drove across the George Sellar Bridge at high speed and collided with another vehicle. The chase then went north on Sunset Highway, back west across the Odabashian Bridge, and finally south up Blewett Pass, at speeds up to 100 miles an hour.

Washington State Patrol troopers finally stopped the van in Kittitas County and arrested the two occupants. Both are now in the Chelan County jail. They face likely charges including theft, stolen property, vehicle prowling, eluding police and reckless endangerment.

Already-soaring COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties took another huge leap today with 226 new cases reported.

That beat the two-counties’ previous one-day record for cases by almost 100. The Friday report also pushed the two counties to one-thousand-fourteen cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, by far the highest rate of spread since the pandemic began.

There are currently 13 Chelan County residents and five Douglas County residents hospitalized with the virus. The health district said there are 27 people being treated for COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital, and that’s led Confluence Health to cancel all non-emergency medical procedures that would require an overnight stay. As of Thursday there were nine COVID-19 patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit, with six on ventilators.

Six of the Wenatchee hospital’s patients are from Grant County, which is also experiencing a significant outbreak, with 81 new cases and 10 more deaths confirmed yesterday.

Seven of the 10 were residents of long-term care facilities in Moses Lake and Soap Lake. It was the second day in a row with that many deaths connected to nursing homes, and three more such cases are under investigation. The health district directly linked the outbreaks in Grant County’s senior homes to a so-called super-spreader wedding held near Ritzville November 16th, and attended by more than 300 people. The additional deaths announced Thursday bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Grant County to 54. Almost half those deaths have been since November.

The CEO of Confluence Health, Dr. Peter Rutherford, made another urgent plea Friday for residents to help limit the spread of COVID-19, saying, “The hospital is full.” The pandemic has killed 36 people in the Wenatchee Valley alone, most after lengthy hospitalization. Rutherford says that’s taken a deep toll at Central Washington Hospital.

Coming up next, flight and aviation mechanical students get an early Christmas present from the Boeing company. And you can sit back and watch Douglas County’s newest fire station begin to take shape. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Big Bend Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology and Commercial Pilot programs received a $50,000 gift this week from the Boeing corporation.

It was part of $10 million given by Boeing in charitable grants to 95 nonprofit organizations. The grants focus specifically on education and workforce development, military and veterans, the environment, and racial equity. Boeing has conducted flight training and testing in Moses Lake for many years. Big Bend says the grant will be used to purchase equipment and support student scholarships. The college received an earlier $100,000 gift from Boeing last fall.

Douglas County Fire District 2 is undergoing some changes with the firing last week of Fire Chief Dave Baker. One project launched under Baker’s tenure is the new fire station currently under construction off Cascade Avenue near the Odabashian Bridge. The district released a time lapse video taken from August through November 17th to show the first phase of the station taking shape. Take a look:

The district hopes to move into the completed fire station next June.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, a state mental health expert talks about what you can do to stay emotionally healthy while coping with the pandemic. That plus weather with Dan Kuntz and sports with Eric Granstrom still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

If you’re battling mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. The stress and trauma, even if you haven’t tested positive, are real.

Dr. Kira Mauseth is a clinical psychology instructor at Seattle University, and a member of the behavioral health strike team with the Washington Department of Health. She says cases of depression and anxiety are way up in the state as the pandemic emergency enters its 10th month.

Now here’s Dan Kuntz to brighten us up with his take on central Washington’s long-term weather outlook. Dan?

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.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL for the final two weeks of the season…

Gordon will begin COVID-19 testing today and might join the Seahawks December 9th if he tests negative for coronavirus.

Gordon was suspended by the NFL nearly a year ago for violating the league’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.  It was the receiver’s sixth suspension since 2013 and his fifth for some form of substance abuse.

Russell Wilson says he hopes Josh has taken the steps needed to improve as a person and not just a player…

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says Gordon could be just another tool in the chest for Seattle’s offense…

Once Gordon clears COVID protocols and rejoins the Seahawks, he could be available for Seattle’s final two games against the Rams and 49ers.

Seattle continues to get healthier and healthier as the season rolls along.  Chris Carson was back at running back last week after missing four games with an injured foot.  Russell Wilson says having Carson back makes the Seahawks more physical…

Brian Schottenheimer was happy to have Carson back last week but knows any rushing yards will be hard to come by against New York on Sunday…

Seattle and New York kickoff at 1:05 Sunday at Lumen Field with the game broadcast on FOX.

Washington remained winless in men’s college basketball with a 14-point loss at Utah Thursday…

Alfonso Plummer scored 21-points, Timmy Allen added 14, and Utah used an 18-0 run midway through the second half to pull away for a 76-62 win over Washington in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.

Quade Green tied his career high with 21 points, but the Huskies continued to struggle at the offensive end. Washington has shot under 40% in all three of its games. Nate Roberts added 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Huskies made just 2 of 14 3-pointers in the second half.

This is the first oh-and-3 start for Washington since the 2002-2003 season.  The Huskies are off until next week when they host Seattle University.

The Husky football team will celebrate senior day tomorrow in Seattle…

Even though seniors have an extra year of eligibility because of COVID, Washington will still salute its seniors prior to its game against Stanford tomorrow.  The Huskies will try to remain unbeaten on the season with its 1 o’clock kickoff at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.  The game will be broadcast on FOX.

The last time Washington State played on a Sunday was in the 1988 Aloha Bowl…

For the sixth time in team history, it will play a game Sunday afternoon at 4:30 against the 20th-ranked USC Trojans.  The Cougars have been off since a loss to Oregon due to COVID.  In fact, this weekend’s game was moved to Sunday to allow more time for USC players to clear COVID protocols.  The game will be televised on FS1.

Here’s what we have this weekend in sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eric Granstrom will be mat-side at Wenatchee High School along with his Dad, Dave, for Big-9 wrestling between the Panthers and Eastmont Wildcats.  It all starts at 7 o’clock.

Saturday is a basketball doubleheader with Eastmont hosting Sunnyside.  Grant Olson has the play-by-play for the girl’s game at 2 o’clock, followed by the boy’s game at 7 o’clock.

Arch Ecker will bring us the action Sunday for a Wenatchee Wild twin-bill.  The Wild hosted the Trail Smoke Eaters last January 24th and 25th and we’ll air both games on Sunday.  The first puck will drop at 2 o’clock followed by game 2 at 7 o’clock.

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, I’ll be back here with you next week each night at 5, 6 and 10. Stay healthy this weekend. Don’t forget your mask.