NCWLIFE Evening News July 23rd, 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 63-year-old Grand Coulee resident is dead after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday. A pickup and semi collided on Highway 17 about eight miles south of Moses Lake Wednesday night, seriously injuring the unidentified driver of the pickup, and, A Seattle man was arrested Tuesday in Leavenworth for allegedly threatening bystanders with a knife when they came to his girlfriend’s aid.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Another round of community-wide COVID-19 testing will be held in Brewster on Friday after three days of testing last week resulted in more than 100 positive tests for the virus.

Okanogan County Community Health Director Lisa Jones said about 300 people were tested last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with 40 percent of those testing positive.

Brewster had seen a surge in coronavirus cases leading up to the free testing effort, with 46 new positive tests reported the day before the community effort started.

Jones said an influx of agricultural workers helped drive those numbers but the virus is widespread throughout the community of about twenty-four-hundred residents.

Jones said Okanogan County is now mirroring what Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties have been dealing with after months of relatively low case numbers. She said she believes people let their guard down after the county was approved for Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s reopening plan on June 6th.

A 63-year-old Grand Coulee resident is dead after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday. Maureen K. Horrobin was found dead after the crash, which occurred about 8:20 p.m. on a primitive road near Crown Point Vista. Horrobin was the only occupant of the vehicle. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash.

A pickup and semi collided on Highway 17 about eight miles south of Moses Lake Wednesday night, seriously injuring the unidentified driver of the pickup.

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the older red Nissan pickup was traveling south about 8:40 p.m. when it crossed the center line. The semi

traveling north unsuccessfully tried to swerve to avoid a collision but the pickup struck the side of the semi. The pickup ended up in a ditch on the north side of the road.

The driver of the pickup, a man in his late 40s or early 50s, was first taken to the hospital in Moses Lake, then transported by air to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. Bryant said just minutes prior to the crash the State Patrol had received a report of the pickup being driven erratically. The highway was blocked for more than five hours, with traffic diverted onto Road 6.

A Seattle man was arrested Tuesday in Leavenworth for allegedly threatening bystanders with a knife when they came to his girlfriend’s aid. Nicholas David Reese, age 40, could be charged with multiple counts of assault and harassment.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say when Reese began to scream at his girlfriend in Waterfront Park, four men intervened and Reese pulled a knife, threatening to kill them. Deputies arrested him in downtown Leavenworth a short time later.

Coming up next, The Quincy motorist whose passenger died in a head-on crash Saturday near Trinidad is now charged with vehicular homicide. An incident management team and numerous planes and helicopters were brought in Wednesday to help fight the South Pine Fire southwest of Tonasket. Fireworks are suspected as the cause of a brush fire at Powerhouse Park near Chelan Falls Wednesday night, and, The Douglas County Law and Justice Center was closed yesterday for deep cleaning after a staff member in the sheriff’s office tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Quincy motorist whose passenger died in a head-on crash Saturday near Trinidad is now charged with vehicular homicide.

Jesus Ibarra Barragan, who’s 41, allegedly crossed the centerline on Highway 28 and struck an oncoming pickup. The other driver was injured, and Ibarra’s passenger, 36-year-old Juan Gutierrez Monteon [monTAYon], was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington State Patrol investigators believe Ibarra was drunk at the time of the crash. Douglas County prosecutors charged him this week with vehicular homicide and assault.

An incident management team and numerous planes and helicopters were brought in Wednesday to help fight the South Pine Fire southwest of Tonasket.

The fire had burned about 240 acres by Thursday morning but Level 2 evacuation notices for homes in the Pine Creek Road area were lifted Thursday evening as firefighters were able to slow the spread of the fire. The Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team reported that late Wednesday afternoon air operations had to be briefly suspended as two paragliders flew through the area.

Fireworks are suspected as the cause of a brush fire at Powerhouse Park near Chelan Falls Wednesday evening. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said a bystander who helped put the fire out was treated for smoke inhalation.

Chelan Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fast-moving fire was reported at 6:33 p.m. on the banks of the park and crews were able to quickly contain the spread using hand lines. Both the sheriff’s office and fire district are reminding people that there is a high fire danger throughout the region and will be for the foreseeable future.

The Douglas County Law and Justice Center was closed yesterday for deep cleaning after a staffmember in the sheriff’s office tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19.

Undersheriff Tyler Caille said the facility shut down almost immediately after the test results became known. Caille would not say which division of the sheriff’s office the infected employee worked in. It’s the first COVID-19 infection reported at the building. Last week the nearby Transportation and Land Services building also closed after a worker there contracted the virus. The new closure shut off access and barred staff from the sheriff’s office, District Court, probation, and prosecutor’s offices. Those agencies were open only for limited public functions during the COVID-19 crisis. For instance, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for now manages paperwork for concealed firearms licenses only on an appointment basis. Caille said the Law and Justice building should reopen to staff this morning.

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, we once again take you to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center where They’ve produced a series of six videos so far called Curators Corner, with collections coordinator Anna Spencer showing off treasures from Wenatchee’s past. Tonight she offers a look back at some old Wenatchee High School yearbook’s. . .

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.

Ready or not, here come the Seattle Mariners for the shortened 2020 season.  The ballclub finished up summer camp Wednesday with its final intrasquad game at T-Mobile Park.  Justus Sheffield was dominant with eight strikeouts…

Mariner manager Scott Servais liked what he saw during camp, as well as their final game last night…

The only sour note coming out of Seattle Wednesday was that the Mariner’s most-experienced catcher, Tom Murphy, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken bone in his foot…

Seattle will board a plane today for Houston and start the season tomorrow against the Astros.  For the second-consecutive season, Marco Gonzales will be the opening day starter…

The Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, who was 21-and-6 last season with a 2.58 earned run average.  First pitch is at 6:10 and you can watch the pregame on Root Sports beginning at 5:30.

After a shutdown for nearly four months, new rules put in place and agreeing to not allow fans to attend games, Major League Baseball finally celebrates Opening Day today…

And it begins with a doubleheader on ESPN with the Yankees visiting the Washington Nationals followed by the Dodgers hosting San Francisco.

Think of all that’s happened in this country since we saw our last, meaningful baseball game.  Since Washington’s incredible Game-7 comeback to win its first World Series title in franchise history.  Yet, here we stand, ready for Opening Day.

The Yankees and Nationals will start at 4:08 this afternoon, followed by the Giants and Dodgers at 7:08.  Baseball cannot erase the sting of coronavirus, death, or racial unrest, but it can at least take our minds off it for a few hours.  Play Ball!

Meanwhile, the NHL’s 32nd franchise in Seattle finally has a name.  It was announced at the construction site of Climate Pledge Arena this morning…

Majority owner David Bonderman led the search for a name and considered 215,000 fan votes and 1,200 possible names.  Working with fans, brand agencies, local artists, naming experts, historians and the league office, the Kraken emerged as the clear choice.  The Seattle Kraken will play its inaugural season in 2021-2022.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, our video of the day comes to us from James Mason in Denver, Colorado. He and two others were mountain biking in the Rocky Mountain National Park when a herd of bachelor bull elk came parading bye. . .

While the females are busy raising their calves during summertime, the boys get together in bachelor bands, hanging out in summer meadows, eating heavily and being buddies. Their behavior will change towards the end of August and into September during the rut, when bulls start fighting each other to win over the attention of cows to breed.

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.