NCWLIFE Evening News November 16th, 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, Three passengers were hospitalized and the driver charged with DUI early Sunday when a vehicle crashed and rolled onto its top in South Wenatchee. The state patrol says an off-duty Grant County Fire District 6 firefighter risked his life to rescue a man from a burning car Sunday afternoon along Lake Lenore near Soap Lake. A snowstorm on Blewett Pass Saturday night led to 17 vehicle crashes between 5 p.m. and midnight, and,  Highway 97A south of Entiat was blocked for about an hour late Saturday afternoon after a car caught on fire.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 17-year-old girl is dead and a Bridgeport man is jailed today after a weekend vehicle crash.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say 35 year-old Christopher Joe Williams crashed a 2011 Honda Accord just after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of 17th Street, killing the teenage occupant. She was identified as Tessa L. Johnson of Bridgeport.

Deputies say she was pronounced dead Three Rivers Hospital in nearby Brewster. Williams remains held in the Okanogan County Jail. He faces likely charges of vehicular homicide and DUI.

Three passengers were hospitalized and the driver charged with DUI early Sunday when a vehicle crashed and rolled onto its top in South Wenatchee.

Wenatchee Police Department Sergeant Nathan Hahn said Monday he doesn’t have information on the extent of the injuries but three of the four passengers in the car were able to get out of the vehicle on their own while firefighters had to use extraction equipment to get the fourth passenger out.

Charged with drunken driving was 22-year Rangel Santillian-Cruz. The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 500 Block of South Chelan Avenue near its merger with Mission Street.

The state patrol says an off-duty Grant County Fire District 6 firefighter risked his life to rescue a man from a burning car Sunday afternoon along Lake Lenore near Soap Lake.

Trooper John Bryant said in addition to being on fire, the up-side-down car was on the edge of a cliff when volunteer firefighter Daniel Baergen used a rock to break the driver’s-side window and pull the man to safety.

The State Patrol said Eliseo Martinez was pulling a trailer with a boat on it just before 3 Sunday afternoon when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

The trailer detached and went down a steep ravine while the boat and car stopped just short of plunging down the hillside. Martinez was transported to Columbia Basin Hospital and was cited for wheels off roadway and not having vehicle insurance.

A snowstorm on Blewett Pass Saturday night led to 17 vehicle crashes between 5 p.m. and midnight.

Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the majority of the wrecks were from the Big Y to the summit of the pass, with one involving drugs and alcohol. None of the accidents resulted in serious injuries.

Bryant said a State Patrol trooper responding to one of the wrecks south of the summit nearly had his vehicle hit as one accident was taking place in front of him and two accidents were going on behind the trooper.

Bryant said the wrecks were a combination of people driving too fast for conditions and heavy weekend traffic

involving drivers unfamiliar with driving the snowy passes.

Highway 97A south of Entiat was blocked for about an hour late Saturday afternoon after a car caught on fire.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the vehicle was a total loss but the driver was not injured. He said the driver noticed the smoke coming from the vehicle and was able to pull over to the shoulder. The highway was closed just before 5 p.m. Bryant said traffic was stopped because of visibility concerns from the smoke and ammunition in the vehicle that was exploding.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee landscaping service was fined $3,500 this fall for illegal burning in Douglas County. The Colville Tribal Council has suspended one of its members, and, Chelan County has released its draft strategy on climate change.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Wenatchee landscaping service was fined $3,500 this fall for illegal burning in Douglas County.

The state Department of Ecology says Young Bucks Landscaping set fire to a heap of gathered brush just outside East Wenatchee last year. Ecology assessed the $3,500 fine in September. The violation followed similar infractions committed by the company since 2016.

The Colville Tribal Council has suspended one of its members. Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, who joined the council in July, allegedly put up a Facebook post that same month disclosing a tribal member’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

That information had been shared confidentially with councilmembers, and disclosing it was a violation of the council’s code of professional responsibility. The tribal board voted 8-5 on November 5th to suspend Marchand for 60 days.

Chelan County wants to fortify itself against climate change, and today it released a draft for its plan to do so. The Chelan County Climate Resiliency Strategy warns that average local temperatures could increase by almost 6 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 30 years, with more winter rainfall and less mountain snowpack.

Responses including added water storage, increased preparation for wildfires and floods, and sustainable farming practices are all on the table. Agency partnerships and community workshops have all contributed to the planning process. More public planning workshops are scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd. The Chelan County Natural Resources Department plans to issue an agenda for those meetings.

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Facing more than 1,000 new COVID-19 diagnoses per day and a 400 percent increase in hospitalizations for the disease, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new executive orders Sunday that will prohibit public and social gatherings, including extended family feasts like Thanksgiving, through at least December 14th. The orders forbid indoor social gatherings with people from outside one’s household, unless they meet rigid restrictions. They also close indoor service at all restaurants and bars, gyms and fitness centers, bowling lanes, movie theaters and museums, and limit the number of people who can gather for religious services. In tonight’s feature story, in a press conference yesterday, Inslee said it’s the only sure way to make sure health systems aren’t overloaded by the pandemic. . .

Schools are not required to cancel in-person classes, under the governor’s order, youth and adult sports can no longer be conducted indoors. All the new restrictions take effect tonight at midnight, except the closure of indoor dining in restaurants; that restriction starts on Wednesday.

The Seahawks turned in another lackluster performance Sunday in Los Angeles, falling to the Rams 23-17…

For the second week in a row, Russell Wilson was a large part of why Seattle struggled, committing two interceptions and a fumble and finishing with a quarterback rating of just 57.

The Seahawks scored on its first possession of the game, but was held to three field goals the rest of the way.  Russell Wilson has accounted for 7-turnovers in the last two games, both losses for Seattle.  Carroll was asked if he’s concerned about the trend…

Wilson finished 22-for-37 for 248 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  He admitted the first pick was a bad mistake and that he just needs to be better…

The Rams rolled up over 400-yards of offense, 257 of which in the first half.  Jamal Adams, who played the game with a shoulder injury, says the defense has to continue improving…

Seattle has a quick turnaround this week as they’re scheduled to host Arizona at CenturyLink Field on Thursday Night Football at 5:20 on FOX.

Sunday’s loss for Seattle also resulted in it losing control of the NFC West as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Kyler Murray’s hale marry with 2-seconds remaining found DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone from 43-yards out as Arizona beat Buffalo 32-30 in a wild one in the desert.

San Francisco knocked Drew Brees out with a rib injury but the Saints were still able to beat the 49ers in New Orleans 27-13.

The wins by the Rams and Cardinals created a 3-way tie atop of the NFC West with three teams at 6-and-3.  Because Arizona is 2-and-oh in conference play, they have the lead with L-A 2nd and Seattle 3rd.

The Washington Huskies finally got to play football Saturday night and held on to beat Oregon State 27-21…

Dylan Morris got the start at quarterback and played well enough in his debut on a windy and rainy night at Husky Stadium.  Sean McGrew and Kamari Pleasant did the job on the ground, combining for 150-yards rushing and two touchdowns. 

Coach Jimmy Lake waited until Saturday to announce Morris as his starter and said he was happy with the freshman’s performance…

The Huskies are scheduled to host Arizona this Saturday at 5 o’clock at Husky Stadium.  The game will be broadcast on FOX.

Washington State forced three Oregon turnovers in the first half and led 19-14 at the break, but the Ducks outscored the Cougars 29-10 in the second half for a 43-29 victory…

Tyler Shough (shuck) led the 11th-ranked Ducks with 312-yards passing and 4-touchdowns.  CJ Verdell also contributed 118-yards rushing and a score.

WSU coach Nick Rolovich said he felt they should have won that football game…

Jayden de Laura was 25-for-39 for 321-yards and two touchdowns for Washington State.  The Cougars are scheduled to travel to Stanford this Saturday for an 8pm kickoff on FS1.

Checking the rest of the Pac-12 from Saturday on our Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Colorado held off a furious 4th quarter comeback by Stanford and beat the Cardinal 35-32.  Jerek Broussard rushed for 121-yards while quarterback Sam Noyer threw for 255-yards and 2-touchdowns to lead the Buffaloes.

Oregon leads the North at 2-and-oh while Washington is 1-and-oh.  WSU is 1-and-1.  Cal still hasn’t played a game.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, Eastmont Parks and Recreation said last week it’s officially completed its new futsal field at Eastmont Community Park.

The project, fueled by local donations and a grant from the U.S. Soccer foundation, is a multipurpose athletic field that’s been in the works since 2018. Futsal is essentially soccer with fewer players, using a smaller ball on a smaller field. Organizers say it should be a great addition to the park, particularly for child athletes.

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.