NCWLIFE Evening News June 4th, 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 routine traffic stop yesterday (Wed.) in Kittitas County lead to the arrest of a murder suspect from King County. Addressing what it called a flood of rumors flying around social media, the Moses Lake Police Department said it has found no evidence busloads of agitators are coming into town with stockpiles of bricks to attend a protest march Sunday, and, The Superior Court of Douglas County doesn’t expect to hold any jury trials until at least September as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police carried on an eight-hour standoff with a stabbing suspect who barricaded himself in an outbuilding early today. Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld says a special tactical team used irritant gas to finally bring the 25-year-old Francisco Ruiz-Salgado out of the building on South Methow Street. . .

Bloody footprints, probably those of the female victim, were visible outside the residence this morning. Reinfeld says she suffered knife wounds that were not life-threatening. The suspect lives at the Methow Street residence, but the victim does not. After he was treated for gas exposure, the suspect was booked on suspicion of assault at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

A routine traffic stop yesterday (Wed.) in Kittitas County lead to the arrest of a murder suspect from King County.

Just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday State Patrol pulled a car over for speeding on I-90 about 5 miles west of Ellensburg. Upon contacting the driver on South Thorpe Highway, a State Trooper recognized the man as a wanted fugitive from Seattle based on a flyer sent out to law enforcement a week ago.

The man was identified as 46-year-old Thomas Oscar Cady of Shoreline. Cady was wanted on a $5 million first degree murder warrant out of Seattle. Cady was listed as armed and dangerous. The passenger accompanying Cady was his cousin who had rented the vehicle. The pair were fleeing the state with plans to go to Kansas. Seattle Police Department detectives took custody of Cady and possession of the rental car. They booked Cady into the King County Jail.

Addressing what it called a flood of rumors flying around social media, the Moses Lake Police Department said it has found no evidence busloads of agitators are coming into town with stockpiles of bricks to attend a protest march Sunday.

In a statement, the department said it has spoken with organizers of the march, and with people in the downtown area who have armed themselves to protect businesses, and they believe both have peaceful intentions. The department said it will uphold the constitutional rights of both those who protest peacefully and those who lawfully bear arms.

At the same time, the police said they’re ready to deal with any illegal activity. Thus far, small protests in Moses Lake have been without incident. Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis continue in North Central Washington and throughout the country.

The Superior Court of Douglas County doesn’t expect to hold any jury trials until at least September as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge Brian Huber issued an administrative order Monday that continues every scheduled trial until after the summer, the better to avoid spreading coronavirus in the courtroom and jury box. Some hearings will still be held virtually, but juvenile cases are canceled until mid-October, and no civil lawsuits will be heard in-person. This extends the emergency orders Huber put in place back in March as the pandemic closed in. Chelan County Superior Court has stalled trials until at least mid-July.

Coming up next, As the economic impacts of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order continue to develop, Douglas County has implemented budget reductions. The Washington State Department of Transportation says a video it posted Thursday shows the importance of the work being done to remove rocks from the hillsides along Highway 97A. New East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson was sworn in Tuesday by Mayor Jerrilea Crawford at a city hall ceremony.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Douglas County commissioners warn budget cuts are coming, and they assign the blame to Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency orders over COVID-19. In a press release Wednesday, the commissioners said they’ll reduce the county’s $20 million budget to prepare for expected losses in sales tax revenue. That could mean vacant jobs left unfilled and changes in county maintenance schedules. All three commissioners have been party to lawsuits seeking to overturn the governor’s state of emergency.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says a video it posted Thursday shows the importance of the work being done to remove rocks from the hillsides along Highway 97A.

The highway has had day-long weekday closures since the slope stabilization work began May 20th in three different locations.

In addition, Knapps Hill Tunnel has been under an emergency closure since May 13th after the falling rock problem became too hazardous. The $660,000 project is expected to be completed by June 15th.

New East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson was sworn in Tuesday by Mayor Jerrilea Crawford at a city hall ceremony.

Johnson is the former chief of patrol for the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and previously worked for the Wenatchee Police Department. He was hired for the job April 21st after being selected from among 20 applicants.

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A lawsuit challenging Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 executive orders won’t be moved out of Chelan County, but it may be a while before it gets a verdict.

Judge Kristin Ferrera yesterday turned down a state motion to move the case to Thurston County, and the Attorney General’s office say they’ll appeal that decision. In the hearing Wednesday, Ferrera said the case may be facing other hurdles. We’ve got some highlights. . .

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.

Russell Wilson is a vocal leader for the Seahawks and the NLF but finds it difficult to talk about football right now.  He says he has a heavy heart with the racial tensions across the country and in Seattle right now…

The NFL part of this conversation has gone back to Colin Kaepernick.  Wilson says the former 49er quarterback was right to protest on behalf of the black movement and should still have a job in the league…

Wilson says he continues to pray for our country and that changes are eventually made so that his children don’t grow up in a world of fear and hatred.  You can see his entire press conference online at Seahawks dot com.

The NBA is one step closer to returning to play…

On today’s board of governors call with league commissioner Adam Silver, the owners approved a plan to finish out the remainder of the 2019-20 season at Disney World in Orlando, where eventually, a champion will be crowned, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The vote required three-fourths support to pass, and it received a 29-1 vote from owners on the call, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The owners now need formal approval from the National Basketball Players Association before the league can move forward. The NBPA is expected to hold a virtual call on Friday to approve the plan that the owners just voted on, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

The plan, when approved, would have 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams going to Disney.  The playoffs would start in August and the NBA finals would likely stretch into October.

With virtual graduation ceremonies for Eastmont and Wenatchee High School’s tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel, there’s one more senior tradition that will air tonight.  It’s the Signing Ceremony for 20 Wenatchee High School seniors.

NCWLIFE has worked with the Wenatchee Booster Club and Wenatchee High School Athletics department to bring you this short program tonight at 7 o’clock.  The evening will culminate with the seniors agreeing to a pledge…

Again, the Senior Signing Night is tonight at 7 right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Following the virtual ceremony, hockey fans can settle into another Great Game of our Past…  

We’re headed back to the RBC Cup from May of 2018 tonight as the Wenatchee Wild battle the Wellington Dukes.  Arch Ecker has the play-by-play beginning at 8 o’clock.

And here’s another reminder of our graduation broadcast schedule over the next few days here on NCWLIFE…

Eastmont’s virtual graduation ceremony is tomorrow night at 6 followed by Wenatchee at 8.  Also, it’s worth noting that following the Wenatchee High School graduation broadcast tomorrow night, there will be fireworks celebrating the Class of 2020 shot from Walla Walla Point Park.

We’ll feature three graduations on Saturday, starting with a live stream of Quincy’s drive thru ceremony at 1.  Cascade High School’s virtual ceremony is at 5 Saturday followed by Cashmere at 7 o’clock.

We will be streaming all the graduations this weekend on our website at NCWLIFE dot com as well as our Facebook page.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,Emma Lopez of Soap Lake says her son Olekzander is still talking about the special day he had Sunday celebrating his 5th birthday.

After Emma asked if there was something law enforcement could do to help make the day special, since it’s Olekzander’s dream to someday be a police officer. Soap Lake Police Officer Trevor Jones and Grant County Deputy Jason McDonnell quickly stepped up.

They escorted a parade of well-wishers in vehicles past the boy’s home, then stopped in for a visit, as did Deputy David De La Rosa. Olekzander was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome and has had struggles and setbacks his entire life, including heart surgery when he was just 4 days old. Doctors told Emma her son was unlikely to ever walk. But on his special day he was standing tall with a big smile.

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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.