NCWLIFE Evening News January 7th, 2021

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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, State capitols and buildings around the country were also targeted by mobs yesterday, including the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. Police say a Wenatchee driver struck another car in an early morning accident Wednesday and fled from the scene. The man arrested for robbing BJ’s Shell station in Rock Island in November is now accused in an earlier armed robbery at a grocery store in Royal City, and, The two men accused in the Dec. 23rd murder in a Wenatchee apartment were formally arraigned Wednesday.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Both NCW’s congressional representatives, 8th District Democrat Kim Schrier and 4th District Republican Dan Newhouse, remained safe and unharmed during Wednesday’s melee at the U.S. Capitol, when insurrectionists charged into both houses of Congress trying to overturn the election that cost Donald Trump the presidency. Last month, Newhouse lent support to a lawsuit that sought to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s win. He spoke Wednesday with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins, and said he doesn’t believe his support contributed to the atmosphere of distrust and unrest . . .

The House and Senate reconvened last night, and the vote to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 electoral college victory concluded at 12:45 this morning, nearly 21 hours after the session began. The House and Senate reconvened last night, and the vote to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 electoral college victory concluded at 12:45 this morning, nearly 21 hours after the session began.

State capitols and buildings around the country were also targeted by mobs, including the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, where Trump supporters breached the fence and marched onto the restricted grounds about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Governor Jay Inslee and his family were not harmed, and Inslee later gave this video statement about the day’s event’s. . .

Police say a Wenatchee driver struck another car in an early morning accident Wednesday and fled from the scene.

25-year-old Gabrielle Reierson allegedly drove her Ford Focus into another motorist’s car in the 100 block of North Miller just after 5 a.m. The other driver was mildly injured. The Focus crashed into a nearby telephone pole and the driver ran from the vehicle. Police say they found Reierson’s phone and belongings in the suspect car. She was booked into jail Wednesday afternoon.

The man arrested for robbing BJ’s Shell station in Rock Island in November is now accused in an earlier armed robbery at a grocery store in Royal City.

The Royal City Police Department says 25-year-old Jesus Torres entered the grocery store November 6th, pointed a pistol at employees and demanded money. He had fled by the time police arrived.

On November 17th Torres is accused of robbing two Moses Lake businesses just after midnight, then leading pursuing officers on a chase through Ephrata, shooting at Grant County deputies as he drove. Deputy Jeff Wentworth was struck by a bullet fragment but has since returned to duty.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says later that same day Torres showed up at BJ’s in Rock Island, where he is accused of threatening a clerk and a customer with a handgun before making off with cash and a jug of antifreeze

The two men accused in the Dec. 23rd murder in a Wenatchee apartment were formally arraigned Wednesday. Shane Earl Hagen and Brendyn Ripper are charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault and witness intimidation in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia of Toppenish.

Garcia died by gunfire at an apartment in the 600 block of Idaho Street. Both men face trial in February, if jury trials have resumed by then amid the pandemic. They remain held on $1 million bail.

Coming up next, The availability of hospital beds has been a huge concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wenatchee School Superintendent Doctor Paul Gordon said plans are well under way for returning all students to classrooms this month on a hybrid schedule, and, Travel between Wenatchee and Leavenworth was slowed today as crews cleaned up a mudslide from earlier this week on Highway 2.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The availability of hospital beds has been a huge concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, hospitals around Washington were at about 87 percent capacity. A new study from the state Office of Financial Management finds that the number of hospital beds per capita has declined by almost half since 1986, from 298 beds per 100,000 people in the population, to 154. Beds in intensive care wards declined from a rate of 27 per 100,000 to 21 in 2018.

Wenatchee School Superintendent Doctor Paul Gordon said plans are well under way for returning all students to classrooms this month on a hybrid schedule. Gordon told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz he’s proud of how well his staff has prepared for students to return. . .

Travel between Wenatchee and Leavenworth was slowed today as crews cleaned up a mudslide from earlier this week on Highway 2.

The Monday slide struck a guardrail and partially blocked the eastbound lane of the highway just east of Leavenworth. The roadway was closed for a short time Monday while debris was removed.

Department of Transportation crews were completing that cleanup today, with road closures of 20 minutes at a time expected between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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, if you’ve been wondering how much COVID-19 vaccine in on the way, and when you might get yours. Well, yesterday, the state of Washington outlined the next phases for vaccine recipients. Right now, frontline medical workers and long-term care residents have priority. If enough vaccine becomes available later this month, the Department of Health says everyone age 70 and up is next in line. . .

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.

High School football in Washington could return February 1st following a vote by the WIAA Executive Board last night…

The 13-member board voted to change its season schedule to move traditional fall sports to WIAA Season 1, beginning with pre-competition practices on the 1st of February.

The change comes after Governor Jay Inslee announced the “Healthy Washington” plan Tuesday, which outlined guidelines and metrics for the resumption of education-based athletics and activities in our state.

WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman said, quote, The change in guidelines allow all traditional fall sports to be played in Phase 2 while we still do not have a clear pathway to the high-risk indoor activities of basketball, competitive cheer and dance, and wrestling, end quote.

As a result, the WIAA voted to review Seasons 2 and 3 at its January 19th meeting.  The sports schedule for Season 1 includes cross country, football, slowpitch softball, girls and boys 1B/2B soccer, girls swim and dive, and volleyball.

The men’s college basketball schedule has been thrown another twist today…

The No. 1-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs were supposed to play Santa Clara today, but the game was cancelled because the Broncos are dealing with COVID in their program.  BYU, meanwhile, was also dealing with a cancellation in its game against Pacific.  So, they’ll play each other tonight in the McCarthy Athletic Center.

The game will tip at 5:30 and be broadcast on ESPN.  The sports network also had to reshuffle its schedule today because of a cancellation in its planned broadcast of Baylor and U-Conn women’s game.

Also tonight, Washington visits Stanford at 6 o’clock on FS1 while Washington State plays at Cal at 7 on the Pac-12 Network.

The Seahawks are a 4-and-a-half point favorite heading into its NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Rams Saturday…

The line had been narrowing with doubts as to whether Seattle strong safety Jamal Adams would be available after a shoulder injury last Sunday.  Adams put those doubts to rest prior to practice yesterday…

Adams has now injured both shoulders during the course of this season.  He insists that will be put behind him as Seattle battles Los Angeles on Saturday…

The interview area at the V-Mac is on the practice field.  Jamal’s time was interrupted by a punt from Michael Dickson.

Health is a key factor anytime you reach the playoffs, and by the sounds of it, Seattle will have a healthy offensive line Saturday.  Left tackle Duane Brown says it will be great to have Mike Iupati (ee-uu-PODDY) and Brandon Shell back…

Seattle’s offense has gotten off to slow starts the past two games, needing scoring in the 4th quarter to ensure victory.  Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says it’s sometimes about being patient…

Seattle and Los Angeles face off in the NFC Wild Card game Saturday at 1:40 at Lumen Field.  The game will be broadcast on FOX.

And just a reminder that we have Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight’s game features the Wenatchee Wild and Merritt Centennials from a game September 21st of 2019 at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call at 7pm.

Thanks Eric.

On this day in 1893, the city of Wenatchee incorporated. The town at the time was about 20 years old and situated in Kittitas County, which was later split to create Chelan County. Wenatchee’s population in 1893 was just 500 people. When it came time to vote for incorporation, 107 residents voted in favor of the move, and seven people voted against.

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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.