NCWLIFE Evening News November 17th, 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, Brewster police are investigating two church fires early Sunday morning, with one already determined to be arson. The driver suspected in a crash that killed a teenage passenger Saturday in Bridgeport is now formally charged in her death, and, The Chelan-Douglas Health District has scheduled free drive-through COVID-19 testing this week in Wenatchee and Cashmere.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

police are searching for a driver who hit a 57-year-old woman while she was crossing 5th Street at Emerson Avenue in Wenatchee about 5 p.m. Monday. The woman was transported to Central Washington Hospital with an apparent broken ankle and other injuries.

Wenatchee Police Sergeant Tim Lykken said the vehicle fled after hitting the woman, who was in the crosswalk on the east side of the street.

The victim’s son said on Facebook that in addition to a broken ankle his mother suffered fractures in her back and a broken rib. Lykken said police would be releasing information later on the suspected vehicle.

Brewster police are investigating two church fires early Sunday morning, with one already determined to be arson. Police Chief Marcos Ruiz was releasing little information but said investigators believe a fire at Sacred Heart Catholic Church about 2 or 3 Sunday morning was intentionally set.

Reverend Pedro Bautista Peraza said damage to the Catholic church was minimal after someone broke a window and dropped some sort of fire device inside. He said only the window, a piece of carpet and a chair were damaged.

The damage was far more extensive across the street at New Testament Baptist Church. New Testament Pastor Corey Higdon told parishioners Sunday the church would find a way to carry on. . . 

The driver suspected in a crash that killed a teenage passenger Saturday in Bridgeport is now formally charged in her death.

Douglas County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Christopher Joe Williams with vehicular homicide and driving without a license, after the wreck that killed 17-year-old Tessa L. Johnson.

Sheriff’s deputies say Williams crashed a 2011 Honda Accord just after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of 17th Street. Johnson was later was pronounced dead at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Williams remains held in the Okanogan County Jail on half a million dollars bond.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District has scheduled free drive-through COVID-19 testing this week in Wenatchee and Cashmere.

Testing is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Cashmere High School. The health district said though farmworkers are specifically targeted the general community also can participate.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, the health district will hold drive-through testing at the Wenatchee High School parking lot for students returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday. That testing will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. That testing is also open to the general public.

Coming up next, In a bit of good news amidst the second pandemic shutdown, NCW Libraries are keeping their doors open. He can’t meet you in person, but 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins still wants to hear from you, we’ll tell you how, and, The North Cascades Highway shut down Friday due to heavy snow, and yesterday, the state Transportation Department said that’s it for the winter. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

In a bit of good news amidst the second pandemic shutdown, NCW Libraries are keeping their doors open. Library directors say all branch locations in all five counties will continue to admit the public, with mask requirements and social distancing.

However, with people encouraged to stay home to prevent COVID-19, online reservations and curbside pickup of library materials are still recommended. The bookmobile program will also continue to visit local schools and community centers.

He can’t meet you in person, but 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins still wants to hear from you. The senator’s fourth annual Listening Tour of the district will take place virtually, December 10th, by phone or through Zoom videoconferencing.

Participants can expect an overview of the upcoming2021 legislative session, and a Q&A. Individuals or groups interested in meeting with Hawkins should contact his office to schedule their virtual appointment.

North Cascades Highway shut down Friday due to heavy snow, and yesterday, the state Transportation Department said that’s it for the winter.

The pass on State Route 20 shuts down every year when snow closes in. This year’s closure is earlier than last year’s December 11th date. The route is now impassable between milepost 134 at the Ross Dam Trailhead, and milepost 178 at Early Winters Campground.

 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. . .

surge of COVID-19 is definitely being felt in the Wenatchee Valley. In Monday’s meeting of the Chelan Douglas Board of Health, chief health officer Dr. Malcolm Butler said five more local deaths are being investigated as possible coronavirus mortalities. What’s more, 14 percent of all COVID-19 cases seen in the valley since the pandemic began have been detected in just the last two weeks. In tonight’s feature story, here’s what Butler had to say. . .

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 Seahawks don’t have much time to dwell on Sunday’s 23-17 loss to Los Angeles.  It’s a quick turnaround week to prepare for Arizona on Thursday night.  In Monday’s press conference, coach Pete Carroll says after watching Sunday’s film, he realizes just how many chances Seattle had in that game…

Seattle has lost two games in a row during which Russell Wilson has committed seven turnovers.  Carroll has denied that his quarterback might be pressing because of a lack of running game and defensive weaknesses.  But on Monday, he said he found one example of Russ trying to do too much…

Tacoma News Tribune reporter Gregg Bell had a good exchange with coach Carroll on how Wilson and the Seahawk’s offense have changed without having Chris Carson in the backfield…

Seattle hopes to have its running game in tact in time for Thursday night’s matchup with Arizona.  The Cardinals won the first meeting between the two teams in overtime in the desert.  Kickoff Thursday night is at 5:20 on FOX and the NFL Network.

Jimmy Lake has had a couple days to break down Washington’s win over Oregon State Saturday in its season opener.  He met with the media via Zoom Monday morning and said he was very pleased with his team’s energy…

Washington is scheduled to host Arizona Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 5 o’clock between the oh-and-1 Wildcats and the 1-and-oh Huskies.

Washington State coach Nick Rolovich say she club was still feeling the sting of losing to Oregon Saturday as they began preparations for Stanford this week.  He says it took he and his coaching staff to get them back on track…

The Cougars will be on the road to Palo Alto, California this Saturday to face the oh-and-2 Cardinal.  Kickoff is set for 8 o’clock at Stanford Stadium on FS1.

Our schedule continues to change this week here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We are scheduled to host a LIVE press conference with the Chelan-Douglas Health District and local elected officials Thursday at 6 o’clock.  Then Hockey Night will commence with Wenatchee and Powell River in a game from last December 21st.

Friday night features some culture as the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s second concert will air here on the NCWLIFE Channel at 7 o’clock.

Then we’re back to sports on Saturday with Big-9 wrestling action between Moses Lake and Wenatchee from last January.  That’s at 2 o’clock then at 6 it’s the rebroadcast of the final race of the season at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval as we bring you the Neal Newberry 125 presented by Pepsi.

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.