NCWLIFE Evening News May 21st, 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, An East Wenatchee motorist allegedly sped away from Wenatchee police Tuesday night, and rammed a pursuing squad car. A Wenatchee man who ran from a police traffic stop and hid in an East Wenatchee home was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, and, Moses Lake Police arrested four juvenile suspects this week who are suspected of committing a series of car prowls.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Leavenworth man died and another person was injured after a 2-car head-on accident about 1:45 yesterday afternoon at the Big Y interchange near Dryden.

According to the Washington State Patrol, 81-year-old Charles Lemons was driving a 2005 Chrysler PT westbound on Highway 2 on the Highway 97 overpass when, for unknown reasons, his car crossed the centerline and struck a 2016 GMC Sierra being driven by 67 year-old Arlen Simon, also of Leavenworth.  Lemons was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger in Lemon’s car, 79-year-old Katherine Lemons of Leavenworth, was transported to Central Washington Hospital, the extent of her injuries are not known. Neither Simon nor the passenger in his truck, 44 year-old Aaron Simon of Leavenworth, was injured.  Traffic was detoured for nearly three hours. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

An East Wenatchee motorist allegedly sped away from Wenatchee police Tuesday night, and rammed a pursuing squad car.

26-year-old Antonio Banuelos allegedly drove off in an orange Kia about 12:30 a.m. when a police officer tried to stop him in south Wenatchee, and headed across the George Sellar Bridge. During the chase he allegedly crashed into a Ninth Street guardrail and rammed the pursuing police car with his own, before abandoning his vehicle and disappearing. Police located and arrested Banuelos about 24 hours later. They say he left his ID behind in the car. They plan to seek charges of fleeing police, reckless driving, and second-degree assault.

A Wenatchee man who ran from a police traffic stop and hid in an East Wenatchee home was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Mitchell Figueroa Ibarra, 26, pleaded guilty to fleeing police, methamphetamine possession and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Back in January, he led police on a high-speed pursuit throughout East Wenatchee before taking refuge in a home on Fifth Street Northeast. It was more than an hour before he surrendered. Figueroa previously served just under seven years in prison for a gang-related stabbing.

Moses Lake Police arrested four juvenile suspects this week who are suspected of committing a series of car prowls. Two of the suspects are 13 years old, another 15 and the fourth 12 years old.

Police say they also identified two of the youths, the 15-year-old and one of the 13 year olds, as suspects in an armed robbery that took place May 12th. In that incident, the teens reportedly agreed to sell $100 worth of marijuana to a 20-year-old man but instead robbed him of cash at gunpoint.

Seven vehicles in the Knolls Vista and Paxson Drive areas were prowled Sunday evening and early Monday morning, with cash, credit cards, purses, small electronic devices and a wedding ring stolen. Police said all but the cash were recovered. Two of the suspects were booked into juvenile detention and the other two released because of their ages.

Coming up next, Strong winds downed a tree and power lines on Lake Wenatchee Highway Wednesday morning, knocking out power to Chelan PUD customers and forcing a lengthy closure of the highway. An unfortunately eventful week continued for McGlinn’s Public House Wednesday when strong winds toppled a tree in the Wenatchee restaurant’s outside seating area. The U.S. Forest Service will reopen Icicle Road on Friday but advises motorists to expect some traffic delays, and, The City of Chelan is holding a weekly contest to select the most unique face mask. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Lake Wenatchee Highway was closed much of Wednesday after strong winds toppled a tree onto power lines. About 260 Chelan PUD customers were without power until late afternoon as crews repaired the damage.

The tree fell about a mile past Brown Road, with motorists rerouted to North Shore Road while the work was done.

An unfortunately eventful week continued for McGlinn’s Public House Wednesday when strong winds toppled a tree in the Wenatchee restaurant’s outside seating area.

The restaurant reports that nobody was injured in that incident or on Tuesday when a lightning strike knocked out power to the building on Orondo Avenue.

The restaurant continues to offer take-out service during the COVID-19 shutdown despite the recent challenges.

One causality of the tree was a 1920s door but the center panel with a John Muir quote survived and the restaurant plans to hang it inside the restaurant as a reminder of these strange times.

The U.S. Forest Service will reopen Icicle Road on Friday but advises motorists to expect some traffic delays. The road provides access to some of the most popular trailheads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and has been closed since

March 27th, when Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

Most trailheads in the national forest will reopen Friday but campgrounds remain closed until sometime in June. But the spur road off of Icicle Road that accesses Eightmile and Stuart Lake trailheads will be closed until May 31st for trailhead improvements, road grading, and the placement of new gravel surfacing and parking barriers.

Now that protective masksare recommended apparel, the City of Chelan is holding a weekly contest to select the most unique face mask. Each week a new theme will be announced, and residents itizens are encouraged to send a photo wearing their mask to the City of Chelan or post on its Facebook page. Mayor Bob Goedde will announce the weekly winner each Wednesday on KOZI-FM. Winners can earn gift certificates to local Chelan businesses.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Jessica Johnson, Executive Director of Sage, which provides victim support services, appeared on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz this week to talk about how the COVID-19, has heightened concerns about domestic violence in the Wenatchee Valley.

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.

Apparently, the injury-recoveries for both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are not going how the Seahawks would like.  Seattle popped up in a couple rumors yesterday that they’re shopping the market for running back help…

According to Mike Silver of the NFL Network, the Seahawks have spoken to former Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde this offseason.  Hyde is coming off the best his six-year career last year, rushing for over 1-thousand yards and scoring six touchdowns…

Seattle also reportedly spoke to former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.  Add Marshawn Lynch to the discussion, and the Seahawks are obviously looking for added depth.

Chris Carson is expected to be read for the start of the season, but he’s coming off a non-displaced fractured hip.  Rashaad Penny is not expected to be ready as he works to come back from a torn ACL. 

Coach Pete Carroll has done his best to keep the virtual team meetings interesting.  Yesterday was no exception.  With the sports world buzzing about the Michael Jordon Documentary “The Last Dance”, Carroll reached out to a friend for the inside scoop…

Kerr and Carroll have been friends dating back to when Carroll invited Kerr to attend Seahawks practices and meetings early in his Warriors coaching career.  The two have also recently launched a podcast called “Flying Coach”.  You can find out more at Seahawks dot com.

The two major colleges in Washington are trying to plan for a fall football season with the real possibility of no fans…

For Washington State, that means an empty Martin Stadium with a capacity of 32,952 fans and an empty Husky Stadium with a capacity of over 70-thousand.

UW Athletic Director Jen Cohen says they’re bracing for a dip of nearly 4.4-million dollars in gate revenue.  WSU AD Pat Chun says the only certainty “is that there is going to be an impact.”

Surveys nationwide show the majority of fans want to be able to return to stadiums and cheer on their favorite teams.  The hard part will be whether they’re allowed to go back.

Cohen said, quote, I think the interesting thing about this is that it could potentially vary based on the state that you’re living in, end quote.  The US will be following the lead of pro sports now competing in Europe and Asia.  They began play without fans and are slowly allowing fans with severe limitations.

One thing is for sure.  If there is a college football season, it will look like nothing we’ve ever seen.

Coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule tonight, it’s another Great Game of our Past…

Its Game 5 of the Doyle Cup Championship between the Wenatchee Wild and Spruce Grove Saints.  Arch Ecker has the call at 7 o’clock tonight…

And here’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend starting tomorrow night with the AppleSox and Yakima Valley Pippins from last August.

Saturday is an Eastmont vs. West Valley doubleheader.  First it’s wrestling at 2 o’clock followed by football at 6:30.

Then on Sunday, in deference to the Neal’s, we have two Wenatchee Wild hockey games against Merritt from last November 1st and 2nd.  The first at 2 o’clock and the final at 7.

Thanks Eric.

As we close down shop tonight, Pier 1 stores nationwide, in an announcement yesterday, will close as the company dissolves in bankruptcy, and that includes the Wenatchee location near Valley North Mall.

The company announced Wednesday all 540 of its shops will shut their doors once a bankruptcy judge approves the strategy. The corporation says the coronavirus pandemic contributed to its problems, making it unable to find a buyer. The shutdown could be completed by summer.

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.