NCWLIFE Evening News May 3rd, 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, Two people suffered minor injuries and the Interstate 90 exit at Broadway in Moses Lake was partially blocked Saturday afternoon after a one-vehicle accident./ An East Wenatchee father is charged with abuse after allegedly spanking an 8-year-old child with a hockey stick, and, Three people were arrested Sunday after a large coil of wire was stolen from a locked shed in a rural area outside Chelan.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A 28-year-old Quincy women and her 4 year-old passenger were hospitalized Friday night following a single-car accident on State Route 281 four miles south of Quincy. 

According to the Washington State Patrol, Laura Garcia-Lopez was driving southbound on the highway about 9PM when she attempted to turn left onto Road 6 Northwest. Her 2016 Kia Soul failed to negotiate the turn, struck a concrete culvert and rolled on it’s top into the adjacent irrigation canal. Both Lopez and the child passenger were transported by ambulance to Quincy Hospital with unknown injuries. Lopez faces charges of driving too fast, 2nd degree negligent driving and improper child restraint.

Two people suffered minor injuries and the Interstate 90 exit at Broadway in Moses Lake was partially blocked Saturday afternoon after a one-vehicle accident.

The Washington State Patrol says the unidentified driver of the pickup suffered a minor medical episode prior to the crash. Both the driver and a passenger were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The wreck, which took out a pole and freeway sign, happened just after 2 p.m. and the roadway was fully reopened just after 3:00.

An East Wenatchee father is charged with abuse after allegedly spanking an 8-year-old child with a hockey stick. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say 38-year-old Noel David Mathison struck his child on March 19th, leaving the victim with welts and pain that lasted for days. Deputies arrested Mathison on Wednesday, and Douglas County prosecutors charged him Friday with third-degree assault of a child. He was released without bond, and faces arraignment in Superior Court next week.

Three people were arrested Sunday after a large coil of wire was stolen from a locked shed in a rural area outside Chelan.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said the wire was taken April 30th in the 100 block of Washington Creek Road. Surveillance video helped investigators identify suspects in the theft and on Sunday a search warrant was served on a nearby Washington Creek Road property.

Deputies reported finding some of the stolen wire, in addition to other suspected stolen property. Two people were arrested on outstanding warrants and a third for 2nd-degree burglary. The Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle allegedly used in the thefts also was seized. 

Coming up next, The Wenatchee area’s nonfarm economy lost 3,000 jobs in 2020, an average annual decrease of 6.4 percent./ The Fox Nation streaming service will air a documentary on the Wenatchee sex ring coming up at the end of this week./ Our Valley Our Future’s visioning process kicks into high gear starting tomorrow, with an online forum, and, It will be slow going over the Odabashian Bridge between Wenatchee and East Wenatchee for the next two weeks during a $5-million-dollar bridge improvement project. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area’s nonfarm economy lost 3,000 jobs in 2020, an average annual decrease of 6.4 percent.

Although the local nonfarm market has contracted for 12 months, this March’s 3-point-5 percent loss rate was the lowest since the start of COVID-19-related layoffs in April 2020. Between March 2020 and March 2021, the two-county area’s economy shed 1,600 nonfarm jobs as employment fell from 45,100 jobs to 43,500, respectively.

A new documentary from a Fox News streaming service will explore Wenatchee’s infamous child sex ring scandal of the 1990s. Fox Nation will air “In the Valley Of Sin” in five episodes, starting Sunday. Between 1994 and 1995, Wenatchee Valley authorities arrested and prosecuted about 40 Wenatchee Valley residents, on thousands of counts of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Investigators said the crimes were committed by an organized child-abuse ring, operating in local homes and churches. In each case, the charges were found to be based on flawed or false evidence. New episodes of the documentary will stream on Fox Nation daily through May 14th.

Our Valley Our Future’s visioning process kicks into high gear starting tomorrow, with an online forum to help craft the future of the Wenatchee Valley. The forums, held in partnership with NCW Libraries, will be conducted via Zoom and act as brainstorming sessions on potential ways for each community to ultimately thrive.

The first takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, for residents of the greater Wenatchee area. It’s part of the nonprofit group’s “Our Valley, Stronger” initative, which aims to guide local recovery from the pandemic. You can join each scheduled conversation, depending on where you reside, at the Zoom link shown on your screen.

It will be slow going over the Odabashian Bridge between Wenatchee and East Wenatchee for the next two weeks during a $5-million-dollar bridge improvement project.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the speed limit on the bridge has been reduced to 35 miles per hour and both westbound lanes on the bridge closed, with traffic shifted to one lane each direction in the eastbound lanes. As the work progresses, the eastbound lanes will be closed and traffic directed to the westbound lanes. In addition, there will be intermittent ramp closures near the bridge. The state contractor on the project will be working 24 hours a day with work expected to be completed May 17th.

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,12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins wound up on the losing side of a number of votes this year, pushed forward by the Democratic majority in the Washington Legislature.

But with the session now over, the Republican lawmaker says he was pleased to support some bills now passed to the Governor, including the state’s $11 billion transportation budget and the $6.3 billion capital budget. . .

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 Mariners took two of three from the Angels over the weekend, including a 2-nothing shutout at T-Mobile Park…

Justus Sheffield and four relievers combined on the 5-hit shutout to help Seattle improve to 16-and-13 on the season.  Sheffield didn’t overpower Los Angeles, but did enough to get the win…

Seattle’s defense turned 3-double-plays on the day while Dylan Moore provided some help at the plate…

Luis Torrens celebrated his birthday with a double and a run scored as well Sunday.  The Mariners welcome Baltimore into town for the first of three games tonight at 7:10.

The Orioles come into Seattle after taking two of three from Oakland over the weekend.  The A’s salvaged the final game of the series Sunday with a 7-5 victory as Matt Olson went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a two-run home run.

Kevin Kiermaier was 3-for-4 for the Rays as Tampa Bay beat Houston 5-4.

Brock Holt’s 2-run single highlighted a 3-run 8th for Texas as the Rangers topped Boston 5-3.

Seattle trails Oakland by just a game in the American League West with Houston a game-and-a-half back in 3rd

The Seahawks added depth on offensive and defense with it’s three picks in the NFL Draft over the weekend…

Seattle used it’s 1st pick in the second round Friday to choose Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge.  The speedster runs a 4.38, 40-yard dash and is noted for his kickoff and punt return abilities besides his sure hands.

The Hawks selected Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown in the 4th round who fits Seattle’s mold for a physical defender.

Seattle moved up in the 6th round to get a giant offensive tackle in Florida’s Stone Forsythe.  He’s 6-foot-8 and 307-pounds.

Wenatchee and Brewster split a baseball doubleheader on a windy day at Recreation Park Saturday…

The Bears were looking to win their first game of the season in Game 1, leading 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  But that’s when the Panthers plated four runs to come up with the 7-6 victory.  Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Freshman Brady Wulf was the tough-luck loser on the mound in Game 1 but came through in Game 2, going 3-for-4 at the plate including a big, 2-run double for Brewster in a 3-run 5th-inning…

Tyson Schertenleib earned the win on the mound, going 5-innings and striking out 9-batters.  Dylan Kane led Wenatchee, going 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI.

Taking a look at the baseball scoreboard, on Friday, Ephrata and Moses Lake split a doubleheader with the Tigers winning game one 2-0 and the Chiefs taking game two 6-3.  Royal swept Cascade 12-1 and 12-7.  The Almira-Coulee/Hartline took two from Lake Roosevelt 7-6 and 12-2.

On Saturday, Eastmont swept a twin bill from Chelan 4-3 and 10-nothing.  Cashmere claimed two from Quincy 19-3 and 12-0.  Okanogan had no trouble with Omak, winning 17-3 and 24-3.  Wahluke beat Waterville-Mansfield 26-11 and 21-11.  And Tonasket topped Liberty Bell 5-3 and 7-2.

In prep softball action Friday, Moses Lake swept Wenatchee 20-6 and 17-6.  Cascade took a pair from Wahluke 20-10 and 15-5.  Manson swept Soap Lake 13-3 and 24-14.  Brewster popped Pateros 14-2 and 16-nothing.  And Lake Roosevelt beat A-C-H 9-8 and 14-11.

On Saturday, Eastmont split a doubleheader with Ephrata, winning the opener 8-7 but dropping the nightcap 12-6.  Omak and Okanogan split a twin bill with the Pioneers winning the opener 9-2 and the Bulldogs winning the second game 17-5.  Tonasket took two from Liberty Bell 16-1 and 17-4.

In boys soccer Friday, Cascade shut out Omak 6-nil and Eastmont blanked Royal 4-nothing.  Saturday, Wenatchee needed a shootout to top Wahluke 3-2.  Moses Lake clocked Chelan 6-2.  Cashmere got by Brewster 5-2.  Quincy edged Ephrata 3-2.  It was Okanogan over Liberty Bell 8-2; Tonasket 3-2 over Oroville; and Manson beat Bridgeport 2-1.

Looking ahead this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Joel Norman will have the call tomorrow afternoon at Dan White Field as the Eastmont Wildcats host the Ephrata Tigers in prep baseball action.  It will be streamed live on Facebook at 4:30 and on TV at 7.

Thanks Eric

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.