NCWLIFE Evening News, March 2, 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 convicted Wenatchee felon is charged with intent to sell heroin, and an East Wenatchee woman is accused of acting as his accomplice. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak that’s claimed the lives now of six people in Washington state, and, A power outage along the north shore of Lake Wenatchee this morning left about 330 customers in the dark.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Moses Lake police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old suspect late Friday after the man reportedly opened fire, hitting the officer’s K9. The unidentified K9 was taken to Washington State University’s Veterinary Clinic in Pullman and is reportedly recovering well after emergency surgery. According to police, Jose L. Rivera was suspected in multiple robberies when they located his vehicle just before 11:00 p.m. on Airway Drive. He then led officers on a chase that ended several miles later on Denton Road after spike strips were deployed. Rivera then fled on foot with an officer and the K9 in pursuit. Police say the Rivera then pulled out a handgun and began firing, hitting the K9. The officer then returned fire, killing the suspect. The police department reported that the K9 was able to be taken for a walk outside Sunday and was to undergo a CT scan today. The Central Basin Investigative Team is investigating the shooting.

A convicted Wenatchee felon is charged with intent to sell heroin, and an East Wenatchee woman is accused of acting as his accomplice. Prosecutors in Douglas County logged the charge last week against Maximiliano Morales Rodriguez, who’s 46, based on 2018 police search that allegedly found almost two ounces of heroin in the home of Heather Louise Beam, age 47. Rodriguez was staying in the home at the time. He has multiple drug convictions dating back to 1992, as well as another case pending in Chelan County, for allegedly ditching a bag of cash and heroin while running away from sheriff’s deputies last year.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak that’s claimed the lives of six people in Washington state, and health officials are examining whether a new case has emerged in Grant County. The Grant County Health District says it learned on Sunday of an individual showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which has now killed two people in King County. The health agency, based in Moses Lake, submitted a specimen from the patient to the Washington State Public Health Laboratories. It says it’s expecting a result within three to five days. There have been 18 people in the state diagnosed with the virus, which originated in China and has spread throughout the world. State health agencies say six people have died in the past weekend from COVID-19, most of them tied to an outbreak in a Kirkland nursing home. At least 11 schools in Western Washington were closed today as a precautionary measure.

About 330 Lake Wenatchee homes were without power Monday morning, in an outage that lasted about three hours. The Chelan County PUD said the outage affected customers along the north shore. Crews responded about 4:30 this morning, and had the problem corrected by about 7:30 a.m.

Coming up next, Wenatchee Valley residents living with vulnerabilities can soon sign up for a police registry that may aid them when they’re in need. A million-dollar bridge replacement project in Okanogan County has run into more delays that will keep Salmon Creek Road closed into the foreseeable future, and, Almost six years after the largest wildfire in Washington history, a new study finds tree thinning and prescribed burn practices helped the state’s forests bounce back.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Wenatchee Valley residents living with vulnerabilities can soon sign up for a police registry that may aid them when they’re in need.

The April 4th event at Pybus Public Market will help local police and service agencies build a database of citizens with mental or physical conditions such as dementia, brain injury and autism. If someone on the registry becomes at risk, their information can be quickly shared with emergency agencies and social services. Registration is voluntary, and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4th.

A million-dollar bridge replacement project in Okanogan County has run into more delays that will keep Salmon Creek Road closed into the foreseeable future.

The road has been closed at the Glover Lane intersection outside Omak since September while the Statler Bridge is replaced. Originally, it was supposed to reopen in January, then that was pushed back to February 28th. The county said Friday the road will remained closed until further notice, citing contractor delays.

N&N Excavation of Mead is the contractor on the state-funded project to remove and replace a 19-foot bridge damaged by flooding.

six years after the largest wildfire in Washington history, a new study finds tree thinning and prescribed burn practices helped the state’s forests bounce back. The Carlton Complex Fire burns more than a quarter-million acres in 2014, much of it in the Methow Valley.

But the study, by researchers with the University of Washington and U.S. Forest Service, found those areas within the fire that had been thinned and burned proactively saw more trees survive than in other areas struck by the fire. Those trees, in turn, will be able to spread their seeds and regrow the landscape. Researchers say the findings have implications for forest management in the era of climate change.

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, last week, the Department of Fish and Wildlife helped make a dream come true. NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom has more. . .

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.

The Wenatchee Wild are even at a game apiece in their first-round playoff series with the Vernon Vipers after a split over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Vernon came out on Saturday and handed Wenatchee its first-ever playoff shutout on home ice in a 3-nothing win.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Game 2 was a different story Sunday as Wenatchee came out with some fire in their eyes, scoring two goals in the second and hanging on for the 2-1 victory.  Again, Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

The series now shifts for Games 3-and-4 in Vernon tomorrow and Wednesday.  Game 5 will be back in Wenatchee on Friday with tickets on sale now at the Town Toyota Center.

It was a rough weekend for some of our teams from North Central Washington in Regional High School Basketball Tournament play…

In the 2-B Regional Friday at Wenatchee High School, Life Christian beat Brewster 78-65.  The Bears head to Spokane and will face Kettle Falls on Wednesday.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline won its Regional 1-B game Friday 55-51 over Sunnyside Christian and will face Rainier Christian in the first round of State Wednesday.

Seattle Academy dispatched Omak Saturday 72-53, so the Pioneers will play La Salle in the first round of State Wednesday in Yakima. 

Cashmere exacted some revenge on the team that knocked them out of the State Tournament Saturday by downing King’s Way Christian 56-50.  Eric Granstrom had the call right here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Cashmere advances to the quarterfinals and will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between La Salle and Omak Thursday at 2 o’clock.

Eastmont had its season come to an end in the 4-A Regional Saturday, falling to Olympia 69-46.  West Valley was also a loser to Mount Si 74-44 and will have to play Skyview Wednesday at 3:45 in the Tacoma Dome.

In Girls Regional action Friday, Riverside Christian fell to Clallam Bay 57-51 to have its season end.

Waterville-Mansfield committed 23-turnovers and a 45-40 loss to Northwest Christian.  The Shockers season came to an end.

Okanogan also had its season come to an end with a narrow 37-35 loss to Meridian in Saturday’s 1-A Regional.

Moses Lake advanced to the quarterfinals of the Girls 4-A Tournament with a 63-54 win over Decatur.

And the Cashmere girls remained undefeated at 22-and-oh with a resounding 61-26 win over Nooksack Valley.  Hailey Van Lith led the way with 32 points as Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Cashmere will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between Meridian and Annie Wright Thursday at 5:30.  We’ll have that game LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel on a feed from the NFHS Network.

Here’s a quick rundown on women’s college basketball scores from the weekend…

Washington and Washington State were both lopsided losers to the Oregon schools on Friday.  #11 Gonzaga took care of Portland Saturday 56-42.  Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington by 6 and Central Washington qualified for the G-NAC Championship with an 81-65 win over Seattle Pacific.  The Wildcats will face Simon Fraser in the quarterfinals Thursday night at 7:30.

#3 Oregon beat Washington Sunday 92-56 while #17 Oregon State downed Washington State 73-58.

On the men’s side Friday, Washington State edged Washington in Seattle 78-74.  Saturday, #3 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 86-76.  Eastern Washington edged Northern Colorado 68-64.  And Seattle Pacific ended Central Washington’s season 63-56.

The Mariners saw their Cactus League record fall to 3-and-6 with a 7-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs Sunday…

Daniel Vogelbach and Braden Bishop each contributed an RBI offensively while Kendall Graveman looked good on the mound with the start.  He went 2-innings and allowed no-runs on 1-hit with 3-strikeouts.  Seattle is back home in Peoria today at 12:10 against 4-and-4 Colorado.

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.