NCWLIFE Evening News November 15th, 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, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Moses Lake man faces multiple child pornography charges after his home was raided last Wednesday./ A semi-truck loaded with boxes of apples crashed Friday night one-half mile north of Orondo, critically injuring the driver, and, East Wenatchee police are looking for a man and woman who are suspects in numerous shoplifting incidents at Costco.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Hunter Body Found -The body of Seattle Deputy Fire Chief Jay Schreckengost was found Sunday afternoon in rural Kittitas County, after a two-week search. The 56-year old Schreckengost had been missing since November 2nd after he told his family he was going elk hunting in the area. His body was located about a half-mile from where his pickup was parked. The cause of death will be released after an examination by the Kittitas County coroner, although the Kittitas County Scheriff’s office says evidence of foul play was not evident.
Moses Lake Child Porn -A Moses Lake man faces multiple child pornography charges after his home was raided last Wednesday. The arrest stems from an initial investigation by the Othello Police Department that eventually involved numerous local, county, state and federal officials. Arrested at his home in the 6800 block of Bacon Lane N.E. was 37-year-old Dustin L. Blaske. He faces charges of first- and second-degree dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct; and first-and second-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Multiple agencies assisted Othello Police, including the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, Seattle Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board.
Orondo Semi -A semi-truck loaded with boxes of apples crashed Friday night one-half mile north of Orondo, critically injuring the driver and delaying traffic both Friday evening and Saturday morning. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant, the semi was travelling southbound on Highway 97 about 6PM when it was unable to negotiate a turn. The truck struck the southbound guardrail, left the highway, went over an embankment and came to rest in a dry creek bed. Rescue personnel from Douglas County Fire District 4 located the driver buried under boxes of apples. The driver – identified as 53-year old Rafael Arizaga-Tapia of West Richland – was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries. Traffic was detoured for nearly 4 hours Friday night and then again for 2 hours Saturday morning while crews removed the debris. The State Patrol says Tapia was driving too fast for conditions.
Costco Shoplifters -East Wenatchee police are looking for a man and woman who are suspects in numerous shoplifting incidents at Costco. Police released a photo of the two leaving the East Wenatchee store and are asking for help identifying the pair. Police say the shoplifting has been happening over the past few months. Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Wenatchee Police Department at the RiverCom non-emergency line, 509-663-9911.
TEASE -Coming up next, Winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour yesterday led to downed trees and other hazards around the Wenatchee Valley./ The Wenatchee School Board expects to return to in-person meetings, just in time for the swearing-in of its newest board member./ Beginning today, riders on Wenatchee School District buses are required to have rider frequency identification cards, and, Those who are tired of carrying that oversize card as proof of their COVID-19 vaccination now have a new option. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Windstorm Damage -Winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour yesterday led to downed trees and other hazards around the Wenatchee Valley. The Chelan County PUD reported two brief power outages Sunday, one in western Wenatchee, one at Wapato Point. The second outage involved a downed tree that had to be removed. Between them, the Chelan and Douglas County sheriff’s offices dealt with 13 reports of hazards involving trees and other debris on public roadways. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm.
School Board In-Person -The Wenatchee School Board expects to return to in-person meetings, just in time for the swearing-in of its newest board member. Katherine Thomas will join the board at its November 23rd meeting, after winning election over incumbent Michele Sandberg. Board meetings moved to virtual settings in August, after a group disrupted one gathering by refusing to wear facial masks, despite COVID-19 orders from the Governor and the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. The board will also elect a new president and other officers.
School Bus RFID Cards -Beginning today, riders on Wenatchee School District buses are required to have rider frequency identification cards. The microchip technology R-F-I-D cards are scanned by the students as they board the buses and allow the district to collect real-time information on bus riders. The district says the cards will help increase safety. If a student loses or forgets their card they will receive a temporary card. Replacement cards are $5 each.
Vax QR Code -Those who are tired of carrying that oversize card as proof of their COVID-19 vaccination now have a new option. Governor Jay Inslee on Friday updated his proclamation requiring vaccine documents to enter large public gatherings. Anyone with their vaccine record on file at MyIR Mobile can now show a certificate or QR code from that service. The governor’s order, originally issued in October, requires proof of vaccination at any indoor event hosting at least 1,000 people, or outdoor events hosting 10,000 or more.
TEASE -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.

TEASE – 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.

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The Problems for football teams in Seattle continues. The Seahawks and Huskies both lost and the U-W announced Sunday it was firing it’s head coach…
Jimmy Lake was suspended after he shoved one of his players during the Oregon game. Since then, it was discovered Lake also allegedly shoved a player in 2019.
After Washington’s loss to Arizona State Saturday, the school announced that Lake was terminated and that defensive coordinator Bob Gregory would fill-in over the final two games at Colorado and against Washington State.

The Seahawks were shut out for the first time since 2011 Sunday, falling to the Green Bay Packers 17-nothing…
The game marked the return of Russell Wilson after finger surgery. The 10-year veteran was ineffective, passing for just 161-yards, throwing two interceptions and was sacked three times. Wilson says he felt fine and was ready to play…
Seattle held Green Bay to 3-points until 10-minutes left in the game. Coach Pete Carroll says he really felt like they were going to win…
Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf was ejected from the game for fighting in the final minutes. He finished with three catches for 26-yards.
Seattle dropped to 3-and-6 with the loss and returns home Sunday to host Arizona.

Checking the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard…
Anthony Brown threw for 135-yards and a touchdown and rushed for 123-yards and a score to lead No. 3 Oregon past Washington State 38-24 Saturday. The Cougs dropped to 4-3 in Pac-12 play with the loss.
The Huskies squandered a 24-14 fourth quarter lead and lost to Arizona State at home in the rain Saturday 35-30. Washington’s defense was gouged for 286-yards rushing, 184 of which by Rachaad White, who scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:11 remaining.
Eric Barriere returned to form to lead Eastern Washington to a 38-20 road win at U-C Davis. The senior quarterback threw for 411-yards and three touchdowns to help the Eagles improve to 8-and-2 on the season.
Central Washington’s Quincy Glasper threw for 5-touchdowns and ran for 2-others as the Wildcats blew out Simon Fraser 70-to-nothing Saturday in Ellensburg. Next up for Central will be the playoffs Saturday at Northwest Missouri State.

The Seattle Kraken lost its 10th game of the NHL season Saturday night at home to Minnesota 4-to-2…
The Wild jumped out to 2-goal lead over the first two periods on a memorable night for rookie Rem Pitlick…
Seattle will host the Chicago Blackhawks at Climate Pledge Arena Wednesday night at 7 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Wild are headed back to Canada this week after losing twice at home over the weekend…
After falling in overtime Thursday to the West Kelowna Warriors, Wenatchee dropped another close one Friday by a final of 4-to-3. Cade Littler was the lone bright spot for Wenatchee, scoring the first hat trick of his BCHL career.
The Wild play at Nanaimo Friday, Victoria Saturday and Langley Sunday before returning home next week to host Salmon Arm.

We have a State Champion in our midst after a busy weekend of prep sports…
The Chelan Goats won their second-consecutive State 1A Volleyball Title going back to 2019 by sweeping Lynden Christian Saturday night in the SunDome. It was Chelan’s third state title in school history.
The team just up State Route 150 took third at the State 2B Tournament. Manson rallied after falling in the semifinals to beat Raymond in 3-sets. It was the Trojan’s second-highest-ever finish at State after a 2nd in 2007.
Ephrata heads to the State 2A Volleyball Tournament as a District Champion after downing Ellensburg Saturday 3-sets-to-2. The Bulldogs came back to beat Prosser in a last-chance-at-state match.
It will be a ridiculously early wake-up call for the Bulldogs Friday at the tournament in the SunDome as Ellensburg faces White River in a first-round match at 7AM. Ephrata’s first match pits them against Anacortes at 8:45.
You have to go back to 1983 to find the last time Wenatchee brought hardware back from the State Volleyball Tournament. Of course, that was a State Title and is one of just three volleyball trophies in the case for the Panthers.
Marni McMahon will try to add to that this week when her team heads for Yakima Friday. That’s when the 6th-seeded Panthers will take on 11th-seed Mount Rainier at 8:45am. The bracketing puts Wenatchee in a second-round game against either West Valley or Lake Stevens.

Tahoma took the State Title in swimming and diving in Federal Way over the weekend…
Moses Lake took 7th while Eastmont finished 13th and Wenatchee 23rd. The Chiefs 200-free relay team placed 3rd. Eastmont was 4th.

It was a rough weekend for North Central Washington schools in any sports involving cleats…
Eastmont’s season came to an end Friday at Eastlake where the Wildcats fell to the Eagles 50-to-nothing. Moses Lake also ran into a buzz saw Friday night, losing at Gonzaga Prep 56-to-7.
Omak also had its season come to an end at Meade High School, where the Pioneers fell to Lakeside, Nine Mile Falls 42-to-nothing.
Brewster fought valiantly but came up just short at Columbia-Burbank Friday 32-28. C-B will head north this Friday to meet up with Okanogan in the quarterfinals at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock.
Waterville-Mansfield came up short in the State 1B Football Playoffs Saturday, falling to Naselle 68-to-12. Liberty Bell is the only cleated-team in our region that was victorious over the weekend, downing Cusick in Winthrop 52-20. The Lions will face Odessa in the quarterfinals this Saturday at 3 o’clock at Lions Field in Moses Lake.
The run in the State 1B-2B Girls Soccer Tournament also came to an end for Tonasket and Okanogan on Saturday. The Tigers fell to Kalama 4-nil and the Bulldogs lost to Adna in the Apple Bowl 3-1.


Thanks Eric.
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