NCWLIFE Evening News July 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 24-year-old Moses Lake man was killed when the personal watercraft he was riding on Moses Lake collided with another watercraft.  The man who died in a tubing accident on the Wenatchee River on Friday afternoon has been identified. A body found in the Okanogan River July 8th has also been identified, and, Multiple agencies responded to Douglas Creek in the Palisades on Saturday to extract an injured patient from a popular but secluded swimming hole.      

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Quincy man faces vehicular homicide charges after a wreck on Highway 28 Saturday night east of Rock Island that killed a passenger in his vehicle. The identity of the 36-year-old victim in the crash has not yet been released.

44-year-old Jesus Ibarra-barragan is suspected of being under the influence when he was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima west on the highway, drifted to the right shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the center line. His vehicle was then hit by a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado being driven by 30-year-old Zachary Turner of Quincy. The Washington State Patrol said Turner’s pickup then went over the guardrail and came to rest on the south shoulder of the highway, according to the Washington State Patrol. The victim was dead at the scene. Ibarra-barragan and Turner were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with undisclosed injuries. The accident happened about 7:36 p.m. at milepost 16 and caused traffic backups into early Sunday morning.

A 24-year-old Moses Lake man was killed when the personal watercraft he was riding on Moses Lake collided with another watercraft.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Tyler Homesley was riding on the lake in the area south of the Interstate 90 bridge when he hit a personal watercraft being operated by 24-year-old Wyatt Oscarson also of Moses Lake. Homesley died of his injuries early Saturday morning at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake. A passenger on Homesley’s watercraft, 23-year-old Brian Rosborough of Moses Lake, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Oscarson was not injured. The sheriff’s office said the accident remains under investigation but boating under the influence is not suspected.

The man who died in a tubing accident on the Wenatchee River on Friday afternoon has been identified as 39-year-old Kyle Nelson of Wenatchee. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Nelson was riding an innertube without a life jacket.

About 50 personnel from fire, medical and law enforcement agencies responded and the pulled him from the river near the Sleepy Hallow Bridge. After he was taken to the shore of the river, medical personnel performed CPR but were unable to revive him.

A body found in the Okanogan River July 8th has been identified as Alejandro Ramon Porras-Vega of Tonasket. Okanogan County Coroner Dave Rodriguez said Porras-Vega went missing in May 10, 2019, at age 20. He was identified Thursday by a state forensic pathologist in King County using dental records. An autopsy will now be done in an effort to determine the cause of his death.

At the time of his disappearance Porras-Vega was wanted on warrants for fourth-degree assault and third-degree theft. The badly decomposed body was found on the banks of the Okanogan River near the intersection of Indian Springs Road and Highway 7 about three miles south of Tonasket. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

Multiple agencies responded to Douglas Creek in the Palisades on Saturday to extract an injured patient from a popular but secluded swimming hole.

The victim suffered a leg injury about 3:15 p.m., but removing them from the swimming hold required a technical rope rescue and a medical hoist. Crews from three local fire districts, the Chelan County High Angle Rescue Team, Waterville Ambulance and Ballard Ambulance teamed up for the operation. The victim was treated at Central Washington Hospital.

Coming up next, A South Wenatchee billboard in support of police was defaced over the weekend with anti-police graffiti. Two Leavenworth teenagers earned praise from local rescue agencies over the weekend after pulling a man to safety after he slipped off his flotation tube in the Wenatchee River, and, A brushfire along the Grant and Douglas County line was held to less than an acre late Friday night. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A South Wenatchee billboard in support of police was defaced over the weekend with anti-police graffiti. The billboard went up in the last few weeks, in praise of law enforcement amid anti-policing protests throughout the nation.

On Saturday morning, Wenatchee police received a report it had been painted with the logo ACAB, standing for All Cops Are Bastards. Police said so far there’s no clue who committed the defacement, which wasn’t spotted by any security cameras. The customer who paid for the billboard isn’t known. Police said it’s likely the advertising company that maintains the billboard will remove it.

Two Leavenworth teenagers earned praise from local rescue agencies over the weekend after pulling a man to safety after he slipped off his flotation tube in the Wenatchee River.

Anna Martinez, 16, and Bijou Zehm, 17, were walking on a riverside trail Friday when they saw an unoccupied float tube drift past, then saw a submerged man reaching for the surface. Zehm and Martinez, who have competitive swimming experience, worked together to bring the man to shore.

The recreationist appeared to be intoxicated, and Chelan County Fire District 3 said he was not identified. In a Facebook post Saturday, fire officials said, “For their heart, persistence, and care for a fellow human being, we at CCFD3 would like to say thank you. Your actions mattered.”

A brushfire along the Grant and Douglas County line was held to less than an acre late Friday night.

Grant County Fire District 13 said local landowners and passersby helped contain the fire on Road 24 Northwest, until the fire agency could arrive. It took about 16,000 gallons of water, but responders soon the fire damped down and under control. No one was injured and no structures were lost.

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. . .

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recently featured one of the key aircraft it uses for both detecting lightning-caused fires and coordinating air attacks on wildfires. Allison Morrow with DNR explains.

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.

Amy Macken loved nothing more than being with family at the race track.  She would have loved the evening of racing Saturday at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.  A 54-car field turned out for Legends Thunder and More that included her husband David and her daughter Jamy.  And even though neither Macken finished first, the Macken family remained first in the minds of all in attendance.

Eric Granstrom was joined by Andrew Kunas (cue-ness) for the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Again, Chad Holaday won the B-Mod main event and began a flood of drivers donating their winnings to the Macken Family.  A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Amy Macken to help with medical costs and funeral arrangements.

Ephrata’s Cannon Delong won the Bandoleros race followed by Jordan Mullins of Naches and Ryker Ohler of Prosser.

The checkered flag flew for Nick Larson of Monroe on the Northwest Focus Midgets Main Event with Bow’s Shane Smith 2nd and Burien’s Marty Rosler 3rd.

As the Les Schwab Scoreboard continues, we see that Dale Wennerberg won the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners Main Event.  Josh Mauch (mock) was 2nd followed by Arlington’s Jaime (jay-me) Corbett 3rd.

And in the Tri-State Legends Main Event, Fife’s Randy Shaaf (shoff) out-ran Billy Weber (webb-er) and Chris Bellanca, both from Tacoma, to take home first place.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval will be quiet for a few weeks before it’s next race, scheduled for August 8th.  We’ll be back on Fancher Heights to carry it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel when it happens.

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.