NCWLIFE Evening News March 25th, 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 72-year-old Chelan resident is jailed tonight after a DNA test allegedly tied him to a sexual assault that occurred eight months ago. After a 22-year-old Moses Lake man allegedly choked and punched his mother Monday night he was later tracked down by K9 Chewbacca and found hiding beneath some pallets. Rural Okanogan County reported its first case of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, and, Sheriff’s deputies say a Malaga man stole 14 expensive heavy-duty batteries from a construction site, then offered to sell them online to an undercover police buyer.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Entiat man is free on $5,000 bail after allegedly T-boning a passenger car with a young family inside, then running on foot from the scene. Wenatchee police say on Monday night, 28-year-old

Mario Bainard Martinez ignored a red light, and crashed his Honda Civic at high speed into a passenger car at Ferry and Mission Street. Among the occupants was a 3-year-old child. Martinez then allegedly ran from the site, and was picked up by police later on South Wenatchee Avenue. The other driver was treated for a neck injury. Martinez will be arraigned April 6th on charges of hit and run.

A 72-year-old Chelan resident is jailed tonight after a DNA test allegedly tied him to a sexual assault that occurred eight months ago. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Richard Allan Swain on Monday, after the State Patrol Crime Lab said they found his genetic material on a 31-year-old victim.

Deputies said the woman became intoxicated in July 2019, and Swain found her unconscious on his front porch. There, police believe he assaulted her while she was defenseless. DNA test results from the July incident didn’t come back from the crime lab until last Friday.

After a 22-year-old Moses Lake man allegedly choked and punched his mother Monday night he was later tracked down by K9 Chewbacca and found hiding beneath some pallets.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Mario R. Crittenden’s mother called police about 8:15 p.m. to report the alleged assault at her home in the 44-hundred block of Cindi Lane Northeast. By the time deputies arrived he had fled on foot.

Corporal Nick Overland and Chewbacca tracked Crittenden for about 25 minutes before he surrendered without the K9 having to make contact. He faces domestic violence charges in addition to obstructing an officer.

Rural Okanogan County reported its first case of coronavirus infection on Tuesday. Out of 125 local patients sampled for testing, Okanogan County Public Health says only one has returned positive.

The exposed individual is self-isolated and under observation. As of this week, more than 40 tests in Okanogan County are still pending.

Sheriff’s deputies say a Malaga man stole 14 expensive heavy-duty batteries from a construction site, then offered to sell them online to an undercover police buyer. Wade Ryan Hawkins, who’s 28, faces possible charges of theft, trespassing and trafficking in stolen property.

The batteries, which were reported stolen yesterday from a job site on Colockum Road, can cost up to $260 each. Deputies said they made arrangements to buy four batteries from Hawkins for just $200, then arrested him last night after he allegedly made the sale in a Wenatchee parking lot.

Coming up next, Confluence Health’s nonprofit foundation says it encourages donations of the personal protective equipment that keeps medical staff safe from disease. The U.S. Forest Service has paused all prescribed burns in Washington and Oregon, saying they don’t want to introduce smoke into communities that may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. As the landscape dries out, brushfires become a real possibility, especially with waste burning on rural property, and, After shutting down its campgrounds over the weekend, the state has now closed all its parks and wildlife areas starting today. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Confluence Health’s nonprofit foundation says it encourages donations of the personal protective equipment that keeps medical staff safe from disease.

That includes kind of medical masks you can make at home. The foundation provides direction on how to make such a mask using simple cloth at its website, confluencehealth.org. Both Confluence and                other hospital systems around the area also need non-latex gloves, N95 respirators, gowns, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer. Call the foundation at 436-6275 to coordinate donations.

The U.S. Forest Service has paused all prescribed burns in Washington and Oregon, saying they don’t want to introduce smoke into communities that may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prescribed burns are used as a tool in preventing much larger wildfires during the summer. There had been an aggressive prescribed burn plan for this spring in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. More than 9,600 acres were scheduled for burns, including almost 3,000 acres in Chelan County and about 5,000 acres in Okanogan County.

As the landscape dries out, brushfires become a real possibility, especially with waste burning on rural property.

Chelan County sent a reminder this week that landowners outside cities or urban growth areas may burn natural vegetation … but limit your piles to four feet in diameter inside a 10-foot safety zone, and keep water and a shovel ready while you attend the fire. Outdoor burning regulations go into effect June 1st, but the county says it’s best to be done with the practice before the end of May.

The latest Coronavirus casualties are State and Department of Natural Resources Parks. NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery tells us more. . .

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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The Governor’s new public health order means the North Central Regional Library system must curtail even its limited remaining services. Library director Barbara Walters announced the suspension Monday evening. In tonight’s feature story, she told NCWLIFE it was a hard choice to come to but library users still have a lot of online options. . .

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 Big-9 is moving forward with a plan of a much-abbreviated spring sports schedule.  According to an email from Wenatchee Athletic Director Jim Beeson, “we have recreated all of the spring schedules with the assumption that we start back to school on April 27th.  We have pushed back the start times and moved a lot of things to Saturdays to minimize the amount of class time the kids would be missing.  If we are able to have an abbreviated spring season, we will also continue to play games after the postseason starts if we are not involved with it.”

The baseball and softball seasons would consist of a total of six games.  The boys soccer season would also be reduced to six games over 12-days.  Big-9 tennis would be reduced to six matches and boys and girls golf would be a total of three pods each.  The spring track and field schedule would be trimmed down to three meets on consecutive Saturday’s in May.

Here’s a look at exactly what some of the schedules will be, of course if school resumes April 27th

Eastmont would play a mixed doubleheader at Davis and Eisenhower on Saturday, May 2nd; then travel to Moses Lake Wednesday, May 6th; then host Sunnyside and West Valley Saturday, May 9th; and finish against Wenatchee Saturday, May 16th at Dan White Field.

Moses Lake’s season would begin at Sunnyside and West Valley May 2nd; host Eastmont Wednesday, May 6th; then host Eisenhower and Davis May 9th before ending at Wenatchee Wednesday, May 13th.

The Panthers would start on the road Saturday, May 2nd at Eisenhower and Davis; then host West Valley and Sunnyside the following Saturday, May 9th; then host Moses Lake on Wednesday, May 13th before playing the finale at Eastmont Saturday, May 16th at 5 o’clock.

As far as the fastpitch softball season, Eastmont would begin at home for three, then travel for three games.  They’d host Davis and Eisenhower Saturday, May 2nd; then Moses Lake on Tuesday, May 5th.  Then the Wildcats would play at Sunnyside and West Valley Saturday, May 9th; and finish up the following Saturday at Wenatchee at 1 o’clock.

Moses Lake would host Sunnyside and West Valley on May 2nd; then Eastmont May 5th; then travel to Davis and Eisenhower Saturday, May 9th before finishing against Wenatchee at home Tuesday, May 12th.

The Wenatchee season would begin at Walla Walla Point Park against Eisenhower and Davis Saturday, May 2nd.  Then they’d travel to West Valley and Sunnyside the following Saturday.  The Panthers would play at Moses Lake on Tuesday, May 12th before finishing against Eastmont, Saturday, May 16th.

Shifting to the proposed Big-9 Boys Soccer schedule, Eastmont would host Sunnyside on Saturday, May 2nd at 1 o’clock.  Then they’d host Moses Lake on a Tuesday night before spending the next three games on the road, including at Wenatchee Saturday, May 9th at 1 o’clock.  The Wildcats would finish at home Thursday, May 14th against Eisenhower.

After an alumni game April 25th, Moses Lake’s schedule would have the Chiefs alternating at home and away beginning Saturday, May 2nd against Eisenhower and then finishing May 16th at West Valley.

The Wenatchee soccer season has the Panthers at West Valley Tuesday, May 5th at 7 o’clock.  Then they play at Ike, host Eastmont and Sunnyside, play at Moses Lake and then finish at home Saturday, May 16th against Davis at 1 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

       For the rest of the adjusted spring schedules for all of the Big-9, go on-line to www dot big9athletics dot o-r-g.

Now that WE know the abridged schedules, we’ll be revamping our broadcast schedule on the NCWLIFE Channel and have that for you hopefully by tonight’s newscast with Eric Granstrom.

I heard back from Jeff Carson, the Athletic Director for Cashmere, in reference to the CTL’s plans.  He said they’re still going over options and schedules.  Carlson said they’re looking at possibly doing away with district tournaments for baseball, softball and soccer with teams qualifying for state out of their league record.  He said that would allow for more league contests.  Carlson said they hope to have clarity in the next two weeks.

And in Seattle Seahawks free agency news…

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Seattle is signing wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.  The former Indianapolis Colts first-round pick spent the last three seasons with the Patriots after being shipped to New England for quarterback Jacoby Brissett in 2017.

And, defensive tackle Al Woods, who played for Seattle last season before being suspended the final three games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, has signed with Jacksonville.

In addition, some Seahawks fans will breath easier knowing one of the most penalized offensive lineman in football, Germain Ifedi, is now a Bear.  According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, Ifedi agreed to a one-year deal with Chicago.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, many events have fallen victim to postponement as people are asked to distance themselves from each other during this pandemic.

The latest is the scheduled Horse Lake Trail Run, organized by RunWenatchee. It was originally scheduled for May 9th, but now it’s pushed to September 19th, hopefully after coronavirus protocols have been lifted. RunWenatchee says runners already entered don’t need to register again; they can stay in the rescheduled race, or send an email to the organizers and push their entry to next year.

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.