NCWLIFE Evening News May 15th, 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,

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A three-car accident hospitalized three people and tied up traffic shortly before 4:30 near Cashmere yesterday afternoon.

The Washington State Patrol reports that a Dodge Dakota pickup being driven by 60-year-old Kim Douglas of Leavenworth was travelling westbound on Highway 2 near milepost 113 when the truck drifted into the eastbound lanes and struck a Ford Edge and a Chevrolet Tahoe. The two occupants of the Ford, 60-year-old Robert Edgerton and 55 year-old Germain Edgerton, both of Bellevue were transported to Central Washington Hospital where they were treated and released while Douglas was transported to Central Washington Hospital then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Here condition is not immediately known. The driver of the Ford, 42-year-old Charity Berglin of Cashmere, was not injured. All of the occupants were wearing seat belts, charges against Douglas are pending. Both eastbound lanes of Highway 2 were blocked for 3 hours.

A large garage-like structure near Cashmere was completely destroyed by fire Thursday evening.

Cashmere Fire Chief Cy Sousley said it appears a tractor inside the building caught fire, which then spread to the rest of the building on Eels Road. Firefighters received the call about 6 p.m., with crews from Cashmere and Chelan County Fire District 6 responding. Flames were shooting through the roof of the two-story structure but crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to several large tanks outside the building containing fuel and orchard chemicals. Sousley said firefighters were on the scene until 11 p.m.

Rescuers are still searching for a Leavenworth man believed missing since Sunday. 40-year-old Jedidiah Thorp was last known to be in the Chiwawa Loop Road area near the Wenatchee River.

Search parties led by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office have so far had no results. Thorp was possibly wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and a black and red flannel shirt. If you have information that could help locate him, call the sheriff’s office at 667-6845.

Coming up next, U.S. 97A, the main route between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan on the west side of the Columbia River, is closed through the Knapps Hill Tunnel for at least the next few weeks. The tourist-friendly city of Leavenworth has downsized its plan to shut off vehicle traffic and parking on its downtown streets this weekend. Assuming next school year is back to normal, the Wenatchee School District has delayed a decision on new start times for classes, and, Rock Island Road will be closed between South Majestic Drive and South Nile Avenue beginning Monday as a sewer main is installed. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chelan and Douglas County health officials quickly sent a proposal this week to the state, asking to reinvigorate some sectors of the economy. Just as quickly, their proposal was shot down. In tonight’s feature story, they called it Phase 1-point-5, and NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains how the project came together and then fell apart. . .

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 New York Times is reporting that Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, along with New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker, are wanted for armed robbery in Miami…

According to the report, Dunbar and Baker allegedly robbed other guests at a party at gunpoint and left with thousands of dollars in cash and wristwatches worth tens of thousands of dollars.  Arrest warrants have been issued for both men.  According to the article, none of the three have been taken into custody.

The police report says a dispute arose during the party at a house in Miramar, Florida where people were gambling and playing cards and video games.  Baker reportedly flipped over a table, took out a gun and pointed it at another guest and then told Dunbar and another man, who wore a red mask, to start taking money and valuables from other people at the party.

Another bizarre twist to this story is that, as you see here, just a few hours Dunbar allegedly helped rob the party, he appeared in a video press conference arranged by the Seahawks with reporters.

Dunbar, who is from Miami, played five seasons with the Washington Redskins before being traded to Seattle this off-season.  He’s expected to make 3.4-million with the Seahawks this season. 

Meanwhile, the Seahawks have secured a familiar face to their quarterback’s room…

Geno Smith, who was Russell Wilson’s backup in 2019, will be back with the team.  According to ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler, Smith and the Seahawks will reunite for a one-year deal for the 2020 season.

Smith, who’s 29, began his career in New York with the Jets after being a second-round pick in 2013.  He started 30-games.

Smith’s return leaves Seattle with three quarterbacks on their roster.  Along with Wilson and Smith, the Seahawks have undrafted rookie Anthony Gordon, who had an incredible, record-setting senior season with the Cougars last year.

NASCAR returns this weekend at Darlington with its first race since the coronavirus pandemic shut the season down March 13th

Sunday’s race will include no fans and teams will take to the track without a single day of practice or qualifying.  The Real Heroes 400 will air on Fox at 12:30.

Meanwhile, the State of Washington’s easing of restrictions on the lockdown is good news for race fans here locally.  Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is announcing it will schedule some practice nights coming soon…

The Super Oval announced on social media today that there will be two open practice sessions on May 27th and June 3rd from 5-to-8pm.  The pits will open at 4 o’clock  and the cost to teams is 125-dollars with a maximum of 5 people allowed per team.   To reserve a spot, you need to call ahead at 509-884-8592.

The WIAA is looking at more tweaks to the state basketball tournament format…

In an effort to find ways to make the tournaments more efficient, fan-friendly and cost effective, the WIAA’s State Basketball Format Committee has developed three new approaches.

Option one is a Super Regional Tournament format.  Rounds 1 and 2 will be single elimination played at local high school or college sites.  The final 4 teams from each classification will move on to the final site after the 2nd round.  2A, 3A and 4A will play semifinals and finals at the Tacoma Dome.  1B, 2B and 1A will play semifinals and finals in either Yakima or Spokane.

Option two is a Super Regional with the second round for all classifications being played in the SunDome over 3-days.  The final 4 teams will then move to the Tacoma Dome for the 2A, 3A and 4A teams and either Yakima or Spokane for the 1B, 2B and 1A teams.

Option three would have the first two rounds for all classifications in the SunDome and then the final four in Tacoma or Spokane.

The WIAA is hoping for input from fans and schools by answering survey questions through the WIAA app.  You can find out more by going online to W-I-A-A dot com.

Our Great Game of our Past tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel takes us back to a frigid night last October when Cashmere hosted Cascade in the regular season finale in the Caribou Trail League.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the play-by-play…

Be sure to watch the game in its entirety tonight at 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Coming up tomorrow, we’re all about baseball as Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake from May of 2017 in Big-9 baseball at 1:30.  That’s followed at 6:30 with the Wenatchee AppleSox and Portland Pickles from last July.

Then on Sunday, we’ll start things off at 2 o’clock with Eastmont and Mead in girls state soccer from last November.  Then at 7, it’s the Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors from the Town Toyota Center in a BCHL game from last October.

It’s all coming up this weekend here on your home for LOCAL sports, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, Ohme Gardens, Wenatchee’s hillside botanical garden, will not open this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chelan County delayed the scheduled April 15th opening of the gardens, saying they hoped to open May 15th. But this morning, the county closed the park for the rest of the season. The county said the closure will give extra time for planned improvements at Ohme Gardens but it also means its popular summer concert series will not be hed this year, among other events.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.