NCWLIFE Evening News June 8th, 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, The Washington State Patrol says a suspected drunk driver crashed his Dodge Avenger at a high rate of speed into a Douglas County fire tender Sunday night outside East Wenatchee. The Wenatchee Valley was the scene of huge demonstrations this weekend as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, responding to the death in police custody of George Floyd, and, Hackers disrupted a Zoom video meeting of the Chelan-Douglas Health District Board on Friday as a plan for moving the two counties out of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 shutdown was being discussed.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two people were killed and 12 others injured Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 97 four miles north of Orondo. According to the Washington State Patrol, shortly before 1:15 a Chevrolet AstroVan driving south crossed the centerline and struck drivers side to drivers side a Ford F150 pickup.

The driver of the van, 29-year-old Luis Florespinzon of Mexico and a passenger, 31 year-old Luis Leveron-rodriguez of Seattle, were pronounced dead at the scene. 6 other passengers in the van were transported to Central Washington Hospital as were the 2 occupants of the pickup and three occupants of a GMC Sierra that collided with the Ford pickup.

A camper being towed by the Ford truck and a boat being towed by the Sierra both became detached as a result of the accident.  Of the eight occupants of the van, only two – including the driver – were wearing seatbelts.

The accident blocked the highway for several hours, forcing traffic between Wenatchee and Chelan onto Highway 97A, where vehicles needed to take a detour around closed Knapps Hill Tunnel.

The Washington State Patrol says a suspected drunk driver crashed his Dodge Avenger at a high rate of speed into a Douglas County fire tender Sunday night outside East Wenatchee.

There was a detour on Highway 2 for about three hours near Blue Grade Road. The driver of the Dodge, 26-year-old Jose G. Cararez of Wenatchee and a passenger were transported to Central Washington Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper John Bryant said Monday morning that Cararez remains in the hospital but a judge approved a blood draw and he now faced drunken driving charges. He also was driving with a suspended license, Bryant said. There were no injuries to Douglas County Fire District personnel.

The Wenatchee Valley was the scene of huge demonstrations this weekend as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, responding to the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and many other police-involved killings of African-Americans around the country. NCWLIFE reporter Jefferson Robbins was on the scene in both Leavenworth and Wenatchee, and brought back these video reports.

Hackers disrupted a Zoom video meeting of the Chelan-Douglas Health District Board on Friday as a plan for moving the two counties out of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 shutdown was being discussed.

The board later reconvened and approved a plan for moving to a modified version of Phase 2. Chelan and Douglas Counties are among only five counties in the state still at Phase 1, with some counties already in Phase 3. The district’s proposal now goes to the state Department of Health for review. The district is proposing to allow retail businesses to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants would be allowed to have outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity and indoor dining at 25 percent. Many recreational activities, including camping also would resume.

The board was reviewing the reopening proposal on Zoom when the hackers began by drawing a swastika on the image of the document being discussed. That was followed by obscene drawings, then random words and scribbles until the document was entirely covered.

Coming up next, Twisp fire station Captain Jesse Fuller took some artistically inspired photos of a power pole fire late Friday night outside Twisp. One of two cranes needed to construct the over-the-water work trestle on the new Cashmere Bridge arrived on site late last week, and, The East Wenatchee Public Works Department has announced that the Highline Drive and 3rd Street SE Roundabout will be closed again today and tomorrow.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Twisp fire station Captain Jesse Fuller took some artistically inspired photos of a power pole fire late Friday night outside Twisp.

Just before midnight Twisp and Winthrop firefighters responded to the pole fire in the area of 30 Mundy Road. Traffic was blocked until Okanogan County PUD crews could de-energize the lines and extinguish the fire.

One of two cranes needed to construct the over-the-water work trestle on the new Cashmere Bridge arrived on site late last week. The massive crane will also be used in demolition and to erect the girders that arrived on site as well last week.

The crane can lift 140 tons and has a boom that’s 150 feet long. Some demolition of the concrete on the north end of the bridge is expected to begin this week. The West Cashmere Bridge and Goodwin Road are closed. Goodwin Road is open to local traffic, which includes customers and vendors visiting the businesses on Goodwin Road.

The East Wenatchee Public Works Department has announced that the Highline Drive and 3rd Street SE Roundabout will be closed again today and tomorrow. Crews will be installing pavement markings and other finishing touches to that new roundabout. The same two detours will be in place on Rock Island and Grant Roads as when the project began in March. The roundabout should be fully open again on Wednesday.

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. . .

A three-day training course on water rescue training was held at the end of May for Chelan County Fire District 1 and 2. In tonight’s feature story and here with more on the training is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

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.

We heard Friday that the West Coast League has cancelled its summer collegiate baseball season.  Two holdouts remain to be the Wenatchee AppleSox and Portland Pickles.

Shortly after the league’s announcement Friday, the AppleSox issued a statement saying they are looking towards a “training camp” scenario this summer…

The AppleSox say they will hold a training camp for players on the existing roster and local players from whenever Chelan County enters Phase 3 of the reopen plan until mid-August.  Wenatchee owner Jose Oglesby said in an email that more information would be coming out in the next few days.

As dawn breaks on another day of pandemic lockdown, Major League Baseball is still planning on holding its 2020 draft this week.  The Mariners will have the 6th overall pick in Wednesday’s first-round.

Seattle’s Director of Amateur Scouting is Scott Hunter.  He says he and the Mariner staff have been working hard on making sure they get what they need with their six picks coming up this week…

Seattle will have six selections in the 5-round draft this week, receiving an extra pick from Milwaukee with the trade of Omar Narvaez last season.

Current Mariners are still waiting out the pandemic in their home states, trying to stay motivated amidst a murky future.  One of which is centerfielder Mallex Smith.  He joined Marco Gonzales and Aaron Goldsmith on a recent edition of “Inside Corner”, offering camping advice…

Smith and his teammates hope to be able to work out a deal between the players and ownership to have an abbreviated season this summer.

The second of Seattle’s 8 draft picks has officially signed his rookie contract…

Wide receiver Freddie Swain, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, has agreed to a four-year contact.  Swain joins fellow draft pick Coby Parkinson as two of eight draft picks for the Seahawks to sign their tender.

Swain played all four years with the Florida Gators, gaining extensive experience his junior and senior seasons.

The WIAA has nixed plans for any change to the State Basketball Tournaments, at least for this season…

A WIAA Committee last month published a survey on three proposals to revamp the six state championship tournaments.  Attendance has dipped in the last two decades and with rising venue costs, the WIAA said it needed to consider change.

Whatever change may come, won’t happen in the next year.  The WIAA Executive Board met virtually Sunday across the state and voted to delay any changes until the 2021-2022 school year.

We hope you enjoyed our broadcasts of graduation ceremonies last weekend here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  If you missed any, here’s our schedule this week…

We’ll premier the graduation ceremony for WestSide Thursday night at 7.  Then we’ll re-air Eastmont’s Friday at 7; Wenatchee’s Saturday at 1; Cascade’s Saturday at 5; and then Quincy’s Saturday at 7pm.

You can also view the graduations on demand on our website at NCWLIFE dot com, just click on Class of 2020.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight a fitting end to high school graduation weekend around the Wenatchee Valley Saturday night as seniors from both Wenatchee and Eastmont took to the streets for a final graduation cruise. Here’s a look. . .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.