NCWLIFE Evening News November 18th, 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: A large wedding near Ritzville turned into a super-spreader event, sending COVID-19 home with several Grant County guests. Wenatchee schools aren’t yet ready to invite more students back into classrooms. And Wenatchee police track down the pickup truck that allegedly ran over a woman crossing the street.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man wanted for two armed robberies in Moses Lake Tuesday was apprehended in Ephrata last night after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers. Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was at the scene of the arrest last evening.

41-year-old Grant County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Wentworth was the officer hit in the foot during the shooting. Authorities say Wentworth was not seriously hurt, and returned home from the hospital early this morning.

A large wedding held 11 days ago near Ritzville has led to COVID-19 infections among guests and in the larger community of two different counties.

Health officials say the wedding, held in a potato storage building on November 7th, had more than 300 guests and has led to 40 cases in Grant County alone. At the time, health restrictions in Washington prohibited wedding receptions larger than 30 people. The Grant County Health District says that wedding has now been linked to COVID infections in a long-term care facility and a school district. Anyone who attended the wedding, or had contact with wedding guests, is urged to get tested and self-quarantine through at least this Saturday.

Confluence Health said Tuesday it currently is treating 10 people for COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital. Three of its COVID-19 patients are on ventilators in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Of those hospitalized with the virus, four are from Chelan County and two from Douglas County. Three are from Grant County and one from Adams County. Grant County reported Tuesday it has 18 county residents hospitalized with the virus.

Confluence said it tested 666 people on Monday along and 113 of those tests were positive. That’s a 14.5 percent positivity rate.

Because of the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the community, the Wenatchee School District has delayed the return of third-through-fifth graders to classroom.

Pre-through-second-graders are already spending a half day in classrooms and half the day learning online, unless parents opted for all-online instruction for their child. The school district had hoped to have that hybrid model in place for third-through-fifth graders after the Thanksgiving holiday, but now says they have no specific date in mind for the return of those students.

Coming up next, a man accused of partnering in a string of local burglaries has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 26-month sentence; and Douglas County sets up food resources for those who lack resources while in quarantine. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Wenatchee police have located a pickup they suspect was involved in a hit-and-run Monday in Wenatchee but have not yet made an arrest. About 5 p.m. a woman was hit by a vehicle as she was in the crosswalk at 5th Street and Emerson Avenue. She was hospitalized with a broken ankle and rib injuries. Police on Tuesday released a photo of the pickup they believe was involved. They say the driver fled the scene after hitting the woman. They’re still seeking other information. If you have info that might help, call RiverCom at 663-9911.

A burglary suspect faces more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to his part in a series of break-ins. 42-year-old Scott Joseph Paul of Moses Lake entered a plea Monday to two counts of first-degree burglary in Chelan County Superior Court. Police say he partnered with Cameron Michael Darnell, who still awaits trial, to break into two properties in Wenatchee and Dryden, and make off with goods including firearms. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a 26-month sentence for Paul’s guilty plea; Darnell is due for trial in January.

Serve Wenatchee Valley is managing food distribution for Douglas County residents who must isolate due to coronavirus. The aid group has been contracted by the county to bring food to residents who do not have secure access to food during quarantine. Qualifying coronavirus patients will be referred to the program by their medical provider. Douglas County has funding to provide food for 400 families of four per month.

 You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, local business leaders speak out on the latest coronavirus restrictions, plus Dan Kuntz with the weather. That and sports still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

**Lockdown resistance** – After the coronavirus surged and Gov. Jay Inslee put new and heavier restrictions in place on Sunday, local business representatives voiced their displeasure. The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce saysthe new rules put too much burden on businesses, while the record number of new COVID-19 cases are occurring in private homes. On Monday, the Chelan Douglas Board of Health also expressed sympathy with businesses, and did not act on community requests to reestablish its own local state of emergency.

Now with this evening’s weather outlook we turn to Dan Kuntz. Dan?

The WIAA Executive Board has voted to delay a start to any high school sports until February…

The decision comes in light of surging COVID-19 cases around the state, putting in jeopardy the ability to begin the WIAA Season 2 December 28th.  Instead, the season will start February 1st and each season will be shortened to seven weeks.

Season 2 is the traditional winter sports.  Season 3 consists of the traditional fall sports and will now begin March 15th (8th for football) and end on May 1st.  Season 4, the traditional spring sports, will now begin April 26 and conclude June 12th.

As will all things effected by COVID, everything has been written in pencil.

The Seahawks have had a short turnaround week to prepare for Arizona on Thursday Night Football tomorrow night at CenturyLink Field…

Seattle has lost two straight coming into this week’s game and turnovers have been a big factor.  Russell Wilson has committed 7-turnovers total in those two losses and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says No. 3 knows he needs to be better…

In Wilson’s 9-years as Seattle’s starter, he’s never lost three-games in a row.  He says he’s not about to start and still believes in the greatness of his team’s potential…

After a 5-and-oh start, the Seahawks are 1-and-3 since.  Part of the problem has been protecting Wilson.  He’s been sacked 30-times this season (4th in the NFL) and has been hit another 75-times.  Wilson says part of the problem has been injuries to the offensive line…

Meanwhile, Seattle’s defense has been able to ratchet up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  The Seahawks have 13-sacks over the past three games and defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says they continue developing a recipe for success…

Bobby Wagner says there’s still a belief in the locker room that Seattle has the talent and potential to be a great team, they just need to stay the course…

Seattle and Arizona kickoff tomorrow night at 5:20 on FOX and the NFL Network.

Washington State coach Nick Rolovich is expecting to have his hands full when the Cougars travel to Stanford Saturday…

Despite getting off to an oh-and-2 start, the Cardinal average over 400-yards per game.  Rolovich says they’re not your typical Stanford team you’ve seen in the past…

Washington State and Stanford are scheduled to kick off in Palo Alto Saturday night at 8 o’clock on FS1.

We’ll have more on the Huskies and Wildcats tomorrow morning as Washington hosts Arizona Saturday at Husky Stadium.

Finally from us, On Thursday night, NCWLIFE will be broadcasting live a town hall event involving local health professionals and elected leaders discussing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The broadcast is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. and can be watched on LocalTel Channel 12, Charter Channel 19 or over the air. It also will be streamed on NCWLIFE’s Facebook page, among other social media sites.**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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great night.