NCWLIFE Evening News May 19th, 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, Both parents of an East Wenatchee infant are now charged with child abuse. A motorist apparently decided they knew better than the signs warning them Knapps Hill Tunnel was closed for slope stabilization and it didn’t turn out well, and, An East Wenatchee man who allegedly fired gunshots from his mobile home early Saturday was arrested by a special police response team.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Eastbound lanes on Interstate 90 in Moses Lake were blocked for several hours Monday afternoon after a head-on collision that killed two people.

The Washington State Patrol reports that a Hyundai SUV being driven by 87-year-old Emanuel Schaible of Moses Lake was travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-90 when it struck head-on a Chevrolet Express cargo van being driven by 59-year-old Robert J Miller of Auburn. Both Schaible and Miller were declared dead at the scene.

The accident happened shortly after 2:30 at milepost 183 near I-90’s intersection with State Route 17. There were no other occupants in either vehicle. Miller was wearing a seatbelt, Schaible was not.

parents of an East Wenatchee infant are now charged with child abuse. Douglas County prosecutors brought two charges of first-degree child assault Friday against Laura Elaine McCarver, for her alleged part in injuries the baby suffered on March 29th.

The child was just five weeks old when doctors treated him for a broken shinbone, a skull fracture, and multiple broken ribs consistent with child abuse. On May 6th, deputies arrested the baby’s father, 35-year-old Tyler Vance Metcalfe, on similar charges. Deputies say video footage from the home on Nelson Place shows McCarver, who’s 30 years old, was with the child as little as 13 minutes before his injuries were reported. Both parents are being held in the Okanogan County Jail.

A motorist apparently decided they knew better than the signs warning them Knapps Hill Tunnel was closed for slope stabilization. State transportation crews found this vehicle abandoned about 5:45 this morning near the tunnel on northbound Highway 97A, with a large boulder stuck in its undercarriage. State Patrol Trooper John Bryant details what we know. . .

Bryant says the SUV is registered to owners in Costa Mesa, California. There’s no sign anyone was injured in the accident.

An East Wenatchee man who allegedly fired gunshots from his mobile home early Saturday was arrested by a special police response team.

East Wenatchee police say Pacomio Anguiano-Santana fired off several rounds into the air shortly after midnight in the 1800 block of Sunset Highway. Anguiano allegedly wouldn’t respond when police told him to exit his trailer, and the tactical team forced him out using tear gas. Neighbors said it’s not the first time Anguiano had fired a weapon into the air. A judge ordered him jailed on $2,500 bond. He faces possible counts of unlawful firearms possession and unlawful discharge of a weapon.

Coming up next, Deputies say a Waterville man got out of his truck and punched a fellow driver in the face, then told a witness to lie about the crime. A camp trailer was destroyed and a home was threatened after a controlled burn ignited a wildfire Monday in the Rimrock Meadows community north of Palisades, and, Retailer JC Penney announced Monday that it will be closing more than a quarter of its stores over the next several months, is Wenatchee on that list. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Deputies say a Waterville man got out of his truck and punched a fellow driver in the face, then told a witness to lie about the crime. Scott Klinginsmith is charged with witness tampering and fourth-degree assault.

On February 29th, the 55-year-old Klinginsmith allegedly got out of his truck while it was stopped for a light at Eastmont Avenue and Highway 2, punched a woman motorist, and drove away. Deputies spoke to witnesses who at first said they were in the truck with Klinginsmith and there was no assault, but later recanted, saying Klinginsmith had told them to lie. Prosecutors charged him by summons; he must appear in Douglas County Superior Court in July.

A camp trailer was destroyed and a home was threatened after a controlled burn ignited a wildfire Monday in the Rimrock Meadows community north of Palisades.

The Rimrock community fire department was able to contain the fire to about half an acre before Grant County Fire District 13 and Ephrata firefighters arrived to extinguish it.

Grant County firefighters said it is yet another reminder how quickly a controlled burn can be spread by winds.

JC Penney announced Monday that it will be closing more than a quarter of its stores over the next several months, but a company spokesperson said Tuesday it’s too early in the process to know if the Wenatchee store will be on that list.

The company filed for restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, then on Monday said 192 of its 846 stores will close by February and another 50 later in 2021. The retailer has closed 173 of its stores since 2017, and has been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic with almost all of its stores shuttered. But 41 JC Penney stores in 13 states have fully reopened in recent days, though none yet in Washington.

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. . .

The Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Service announced a phased reopening plan today, although there are restrictions. In tonight’s feature story and here with more on that plan and those restrictions 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.

The PGA announced Monday that for the first time since 1924, the U.S. Open would do away with qualifying…

The tournament has already been moved from June to September at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.  John Bodenhamer is the senior managing director of championships for the USGA.  He said it was an incredibly difficult decision, as open qualifying is a cornerstone of the U.S. Open.

The USGA often points out that typically half of the 156-man field has to go through either 36-hole qualifying or 18-hole and 36-hole qualifying.  It even invested in a marketing campaign that was rolled out in February titled, “From Many, One,” to illustrate that more than 9,000 people apply to play in the U.S. Open, eventually yielding to one winner.

The USGA did not announce Monday how other players would become exempt.  Among those who have yet to qualify is Phil Mickelson, a runner-up six times in the only major he hasn’t won.  Mickelson said in February he would not ask the USGA for an exemption, and that if he didn’t qualify or become exempt, he wouldn’t play.

NFL teams can begin opening their training facilities today, if state and local governments allow it…

In a memo sent to the 32 teams Friday by Commissioner Roger Goodell, he stressed that the clubs must be “in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by the league to all clubs May 6th.”

Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.  There are limitations to the reopening by the NFL.

Teams may have no more than 50-percent of their staff in the facility and not exceed 75 people.  No member of the coaching staff can return to the facility under the first phase of reopening.  No players may be in the facility other than those undergoing medical treatment or rehab.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently appeared on the NFL Network with Colleen Wolfe and Steve Mariucci to discuss the upcoming 2020 schedule…

Coach Carroll was also asked about the possible return of running back Marshawn Lynch…

Lynch admitted earlier this month that his agent was in talks with the Seahawks about a possible return.

By the way, Seattle will travel close to 30-thousand miles round trip in 2020, the most of any team in the NFL. 

Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is apologizing to Seattle fans and his teammates…

Dunbar was arrested over the weekend for his alleged role in an armed robbery of a party last week in Miramar, Florida.  Following his release on 100-thousand dollar bond Sunday, he went to Instagram and said the following…

Quote – I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologize to the Seattle Seahawks organization for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me may have caused.  In addition, I am very grateful to be apart of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations.  Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaracterize my values and who I am.  End Quote.

Since his arrest, Dunbar’s attorney has reportedly presented sworn affidavits by witnesses exonerating his client.  The Seahawks have not made an official statement regarding the incident, other than to defer questions to the local authorities in Florida.

College and university athletic departments are facing deep cuts in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.  None may be felt deeper than smaller colleges like Eastern Washington University.  Eastern Athletic Director Lynn Hickey discussed her university’s approach during a Facebook LIVE event last week…

Hickey says the Big-Sky Conference has decided to let member schools in states that are reopening to begin practicing and workouts on-campus.  She said Eastern is still waiting on the governor to open up Washington so the Eagles can also begin work.  She admits there will be a definite competitive advantage for some schools this fall. 

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, for the first time in its history, Wenatchee Youth Circus announced on Monday that the 68th Season, scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020 has been canceled.

The decision was made by the Board of Directors based on the ongoing developments, safety measures, and restrictions related to the global spread of COVID-19.

Circus officials say it’s a sad day for the youth performers, trainers, and volunteers who invest many hours and hard work in practicing and planning for the busy summer travel season to perform for their fans throughout the state of Washington and beyond. Wenatchee Youth Circus estimates income losses of $60,000 dollars due to the cancellation of this summer’s performance season.     

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.