NCWLIFE Evening News March 26th, 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 Wenatchee man allegedly threatened his former partner with a knife and chased her into her place of work Wednesday. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say they interrupted a domestic assault Wednesday in Rock Island. An East Wenatchee woman arrested in a high-profile drug raid last year was sentenced to 20 months in prison, and, The Washington State Patrol is trying to clear up rumors about what they’re doing in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home order.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a 2-trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday night that will provide money for health care efforts, small businesses, state governments and almost every American.

The bill will mean a 12-hundred-dollar check for most people, plus 500-dollars per child for families. The House is expected to approve the bill Friday, meaning Americans should begin receiving their checks within three weeks, or sooner if they have direct deposit with the IRS. In addition, unemployment checks will be boosted by $600 per week. Washington Senator Maria Cantwell said the money is desperately needed in our state, where the first U.S. coronavirus case was diagnosed and 132 people have died from the virus.

The state of Washington desperately – 1:16 … the effort to stop this disease

A Wenatchee man allegedly threatened his former partner with a knife and chased her into her place of work Wednesday.

Matthew William Fishbourne is in custody after Wenatchee police caught up with him. He allegedly confronted the woman as she arrived to her job at Safeway on Wednesday morning, displayed a knife, tried to take her phone, and followed her into the store while she called police from her cellphone. Investigators said they found the knife he used in a garbage can outside the store. Fishbourne, who’s 34, faces possible charges of harassment, kidnapping, burglary, attempted robbery and assault.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say they interrupted a domestic assault Wednesday in Rock Island. Emiliano Nunez Zamudio, who’s 33, is held in the Okanogan County Jail and charged with first-degree assault, kidnapping, and harassment. He allegedly held a knife to the throat of his partner during an argument at their Rock Island

apartment. A judge set his bail yesterday at $200,000 dollars.

An East Wenatchee woman arrested in a high-profile drug raid last year was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

22-year-old Noemi Lara has already spent six months behind bars since her arrest September 4th, when the Columbia River Drug Task Force kicked down her door and found an estimated 50 grams of methamphetamine and 20 grams of heroin. She pleaded guilty this week in Douglas County Superior Court to meth possession and keeping a property for drug purposes. Another man arrested in the raid, 27-year-old Jesus Morales Lozano, still awaits trial on similar charges.

The Washington State Patrol is trying to clear up rumors about what they’re doing in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home order. Trooper Chris Thorson, District 3 public information officer for the State Patrol says don’t listen to the rumors. . .

Coming up next, State money is rolling in for local efforts against coronavirus. With ridership down about 40 percent following the governor’s stay home order, Link Transit will reduce the frequency of its weekday service on many routes beginning Monday. Amid the work restrictions that are plaguing local government, Chelan County has hired a new Community Development director, and, Even though their offices are locked for public health, local irrigation districts are prepping to fill the Wenatchee Valley’s canals and pipelines.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

State money is rolling in for local efforts against coronavirus.

Chelan and Douglas counties must share almost $72,000 dollars awarded by the state Department of Commerce this morning. Grant and Adams counties get $145,000 dollars, and Okanogan County receives more than $101,000. The money can be used for various purposes in the pandemic response, including food and rental assistant, small business support, and health services. The counties must submit local distribution plans to the state before the money is authorized.

With ridership down about 40 percent following the governor’s stay home order, Link Transit will reduce the frequency of its weekday service on many routes beginning Monday.

The frequency of its A, B and C routes will be reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes and several other routes will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every hour. In addition, the Leavenworth shuttle will cease operations. The schedule changes are for weekdays only, with the exception of the Leavenworth shuttle. Link says it expects to have its final route-reduction schedule available by late Friday afternoon. The new schedules then will be available on link-transit-dot-com or by calling 662-1155.

Amid the work restrictions that are plaguing local government, Chelan County has hired a new Community Development director.

Jim Brown was director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s North Central region for seven years, and spent 28 years with the agency all told. He’s scheduled to start April 23rd at Community Development, which oversees building permits and zoning for the county. Brown replaces David Kuhl, who left the job at the end of February.

Even though their offices are locked for public health, local irrigation districts are prepping to fill the Wenatchee Valley’s canals and pipelines.

The Wenatchee Reclamation District, which runs the 34-mile Highline Canal, expects to begin charging its system April 6th, although the canal will take several days to fill up. The Millerdale Irrigation District activates water for landowners starting April 13th. The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District, which serves areas around Rock Island, Brays Landing and Howard Flats, expects to get water flowing by April 15th. Irrigation users should start checking their connections now to be ready for the flow.

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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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

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.

You can add recreational fishing to the list of things you can’t currently do. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday temporarily closed all fishing and shell fishing as of midnight. The closure is until at least 5:00 p.m. April 8th. It is the latest closure announced by the state following Governor Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The department said crowds at boat ramps and some fishing sites led to the closure.

As we all come to grips with changes to our lives brought on by a global pandemic, so too does the sports world.  Seasons have been stopped, schedules have been altered, and questions remained unanswered for so many.

Major League Baseball’s new season was to begin this weekend.  The Mariners were supposed to host Texas in a three-game series at T-Mobile Park.  That’s not happening.  In fact, General Manager Jerry Dipoto has told his players to go home and adopt an off-season mentality…

Major League Baseball is hoping to get its season started by late May or early June.

The Wenatchee AppleSox, and the entire West Coast League, has adopted a message for its fans.  Hashtag Stay Home 4 Baseball.  Wenatchee first-year coach Ian Sanderson sent a message to AppleSox fans…

The #StayHome4Baseball campaign is encouraging fans to stay home and flatten the coronavirus curve. The campaign challenges not only fans, but also baseball teams everywhere, at all levels, to help limit and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, the WCL announced that it planned to start the 2020 season on time. However, the league is still trying to do its part in the short term to ensure that the 2020 season can proceed as planned.

Our sports broadcast schedule continues tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel featuring a boys soccer game between Eastmont and Moses Lake from last April.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the play-by-play…

Eastmont and Moses Lake on tonight at 7 o’clock.

Tomorrow begins our Wenatchee Wild Weekend with the rebroadcast of five games in three days as we’ll feature Wenatchee and Merritt at 7 o’clock.  Then on Saturday it’s the Wild and Penticton Vees at 2 o’clock and 7pm.  There’s two more games airing Sunday with Wenatchee and Prince George at 2 o’clock followed by the Wild and Nanaimo Clippers at 7.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, it was more tense than a turkey on Thanksgiving on Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley on Wednesday. Three turkeys were spotted walking on the shoulder of the busy interstate and the Washington State Department of Transportation sprang into action. An incident response team was dispatched while Wash-Dot urged motorists to move over a lane and watch for sudden movement.

The team was able to herd the turkeys behind a barrier, then down the freeway to an exit ramp where they were witnessed disappearing over an embankment to safety. A Washington State Patrol trooper said the turkeys apparently hadn’t gotten the message about good social distancing.

Remember, 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.