NCWLIFE Evening News May 21st, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Wenatchee woman is accused of stabbing another woman in the arm last night at the victim’s home on Terminal Avenue./ Department of Corrections officers and US Marshals paid a visit to a Cashmere home Wednesday, and say they found evidence of drug sales, and, The man arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting a Wenatchee motel employee has been identified.   

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Two suspects in drive-by shootings near Mattawa are in custody this morning after turning themselves in to the Mattawa Police.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office believe 19-year-old Rodrigo Quiroz and 19-year-old Melchor Celaya may have been involved in the shootings early Thursday morning.

The suspect vehicle was found abandoned near Highway 243 and Highway 24, not far from the Columbia River. The whereabouts of a third suspect is unknown tonight. There were no injuries in the two shootings.

A Wenatchee woman is accused of stabbing another woman in the arm last night at the victim’s home on Terminal Avenue. 32-year-old Breana Marie Gleason faces a possible charge of second-degree assault.

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say Gleason arrived at the victim’s home close to 9pm, and stabbed her through the upper arm with a small knife. Police quickly located and arrested Gleason in East Wenatchee. Investigators say she was apparently jealous over the victim’s friendship with Gleason’s boyfriend. Gleason was held overnight in the Chelan County jail.

Department of Corrections officers and US Marshals paid a visit to a Cashmere home Wednesday, and say they found evidence of drug sales. 43-year-old Jarrod Jay Torres is on supervised release after a felony conviction in Yakima.

The DOC says when agents went to visit him on Eels Road for alleged violations of his release, they found several baggies of methamphetamine inside a washing machine. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says there were more than four and a half ounces of meth found in the home. Torres was previously convicted of unlawful imprisonment, burglary, identity theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. Deputies are now seeking new felony drug charges against him.

The man arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting a Wenatchee motel employee has been identified as 32-year-old James Lawrence Smith of Oscoda, Michigan.

Wenatchee police say an employee of the Super 8 motel on North Miller Street had responded to a problem in Smith’s room when he allegedly locked the door and assaulted and strangled her before she was able to fight back and escape. The 23-year-old woman was transported to Central Washington Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Smith reportedly fled the motel but after police posted a security camera photo of him and his white Toyota Camry on social media a citizen reported seeing the vehicle in East Wenatchee. Smith was quickly arrested as he was heading south on Highway 28. He was booked into the Chelan County Jail on charges of 1st-degree attempted murder, kidnapping and assault.

Coming up next, Two state mass-vax sites are about to close, but the Wenatchee site at Town Toyota Center will remain open./ An Orondo orchardist is the lead plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging Washington’s capital gains tax./ The Grant County PUD is getting a little financial help to modernize its offices in Ephrata, and, A Grant County firefighter who pulled a man from a burning car as it was perched on a cliff above Lake Lenore was honored by the Washington State Patrol at a surprise ceremony yesterday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

An Orondo orchardist is the lead plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging Washington’s capital gains tax. 47-year-old April Clayton is the co-owner of Red Apple Orchards, and the president of the Chelan-Douglas Farm Bureau.

She along with eight other individuals plus the Washington Farm Bureau filed the second such lawsuit in Douglas County on Thursday, seeking to stop the new tax from going into effect.

Former state Attorney General Rob McKenna is the plaintiffs’ lawyer. The lawsuit argues the new tax on stocks and bond sales over $250,000 in value is not an excise tax as the Legislature calls it, but an income tax which the state Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional 85 years ago. The Freedom Foundation filed a similar lawsuit in Douglas County back in April.

The Grant County PUD is getting a little help to modernize its offices in Ephrata. The state Department of Commerce awarded the PUD more than $429,000 this week. The PUD sought out the state assistance to update the heating and lighting systems in its Ephrata building, to make it compliant with the state’s new Clean Buildings Standard. It was part of a $4 million round of grants awarded statewide.

A Grant County firefighter who pulled a man from a burning car as it was perched on a cliff above Lake Lenore was honored by the Washington State Patrol at a surprise ceremony yesterday.

Fire District 6 firefighter Daniel Baergen received the WSP Lifesaving Award for his actions last November 16th. Baergen was off duty and traveling outside Soap Lake with his wife when they noticed the vehicle upside down and on fire. He used a rock to break the driver’s-side window and pull the man to safety. The driver, Eliseo Martinez, was pulling a boat when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The boat trailer went down the steep hill while the car and boat stopped just short of going over the cliff.

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 2021 Apple Blossom Festival had to be cancelled last year and has been moved to June this year but have many similarities to past years, with some COVID-19-related adjustments. In tonight’s feature story, Festival Administrator Darci Christopherson talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about what visitors can expect at the parade, food fair and carnival at its temporary Lincoln Park location. . .

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.

Tryouts are underway for Wenatchee Youth Soccer for boys and girls between 7-and-17 in the area…

Wenatchee F-C vice president Matt Wisen joined us earlier this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to describe how the tryouts work…

Tryouts got underway earlier this week and run through next week at Foothills Middle School in Wenatchee.  Wisen says players and parents will find out pretty quickly whether they need to start preparing for a summer of soccer tournaments…

There are scholarships available to help families pay to have their son or daughter play.  For more information, go to w-f-c youth dot net.

The traditional winter sports season has been changed to “Season 3” for high schools in our area.  That means basketball, wrestling, girls bowling and boys swimming gets underway in the next week and will run through the third week of June.  For some schools, things get underway with games this weekend…

Here’s what the boys basketball schedule looks like for tomorrow.  Cascade plays at Royal at 1.  Pateros hosts Manson at 1:30.  Omak travels to Warden at 2.  Then at 5:30, it’s Ephrata at Cashmere; Chelan plays at Okanogan; Quincy hosts Wahluke; Bridgeport travels to Soap Lake; Waterville-Mansfield takes on Oroville; and Tonasket entertains Almira-Coulee/Hartline.  Moses Lake hosts Eisenhower at 6:30…

And here on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll feature the Wenatchee Panthers and Davis Pirates from Wenatchee High School.  Grant Olson will have the pregame at 6:20 with the tip at 6:30.

The girls schedule gets underway tonight with Okanogan hosting Liberty Bell at 7:30.

Tomorrow, it’s Cascade at Royal at 11:30am.  Manson plays at Pateros at Noon.  Omak’s at Warden at 12:30.  The 4 o’clock games have Chelan at Okanogan; Cashmere hosts Ephrata; Wahluke travels to Quincy; Oroville plays at Waterville-Mansfield; Soap Lake hosts Bridgeport; and A-C-H is at Tonasket.

The 6:30 games have Wenatchee at Davis while Moses Lake travels to Eisenhower.

We’ll have two for the price of one tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Besides boys basketball tomorrow night, we’ll have boys lacrosse for the matinee as the Wenatchee Valley Thunder host the Snohomish Panthers.  It marks the return of Dylan Hummel, a former player for Wenatchee who is now the head coach at Snohomish.  Brandon Parker will join me on the broadcast as my lacrosse expert.  Hummel reminded me of our first season broadcasting lacrosse when he and the 2017 team earned its first-ever playoff win…

I’ve promised Brandon he’ll stay dry for tomorrow’s broadcast.  Join us for the pregame at 12:50 here on the NCWLIFE Channel from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.

The Mariners will try to right the ship with the first of a weekend series at San Diego tonight at Petco Park…

Seattle will send Chris Flexin to the mound to try to snap a 3-game losing streak.  A pleasant surprise in the rotation, Flexis is 4-and-1 with a 3.46 ERA.  He’ll go up against the Padres’ Chris Paddack, who is 1-and-3 with a 4.45 earned run average.  First pitch is at 7:10 and can be seen on Root Sports.

Taking a look at scores across the American League West last night, New York’s Domingo Germán pitched 7-shutout innings to help the Yankees beat the Rangers 2-0.

Houston took over the lead in the A-L West with an 8-4 win in Oakland.  Alex Bregman led the way for the Astros, going 3-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBI’s.

The Angels and twins split a makeup doubleheader in Anaheim with Los Angeles taking the opener 7-to-1 behind Phil Gosselin’s homer, double and 4-RBI’s.  Minnesota took the nightcap behind Miguel Sano’s first inning grand slam, 6-to-3 was the final.

Finally, I wanted to wish my kid-sister Sonja a happy birthday…

Marion and I be headed to Western Washington after lacrosse tomorrow to help Sonja celebrate her 50th birthday.  She’s become quite the wine-lover recently and we’ll be stocking her shelves with our area’s finest.

By the way, if you want a great selection of local wines without having to run around to all the wineries or tasting rooms, head to the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce in downtown Wenatchee.  Sandy Apel is a font of information and can provide tastings there as well.  Cheers and have a great weekend!

Thanks Eric

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.