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, Quincy police are looking for a suspect in a shooting early Sunday morning but are getting little help from the gunshot victim. Grant County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect in an attempted car robbery west of George and a 68-year-old Spokane Valley woman who had been missing since last Thursday was found alive Monday night in her vehicle down an embankment just north of the summit of Blewett Pass.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Jail Death ID -A woman who died Sunday while in custody at the Chelan County jail has been identified. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says 42-year old Blair Austin Nelson was found unresponsive in her cell at the Regional Justice Center about 5:20 p.m. She was declared dead at the scene. Nelson, who’d lived in Wenatchee for about three years, had been booked just after midnight on suspicion of DUI. Wenatchee police said she had a blood alcohol level of about 0.25 percent at the time of her arrest, and had been medically cleared at Central Washington Hospital before being admitted to jail. The cause of Nelson’s death remains under investigation. Hers is the second in-custody death at the jail this year.
Quincy Shooting -Quincy police are looking for a suspect in a shooting early Sunday morning but are getting little help from the gunshot victim. Police responded to a report of shots being fired and a small passenger car leaving the scene about 1:20 a.m. in the 400 block of E Street Northeast. The Quincy Police Department said as the officers were arriving they received a report of a 24-year-old man being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg at Quincy Valley Medical Center. They said the victim provided few details on the shooting before he was transferred to another hospital. In addition to hitting the man, the gunshots also struck at least two houses and five parked vehicles. Police say the investigation continues.
Beverly Burke Car Robbery -Grant County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 37-year-old Basin City man in the theft of a delivery driver’s van and later a flatbed truck near Beverly yesterday afternoon. Deputy Kyle Foreman says the suspect attempted to steal another vehicle while he was being arrested. . .
Missing Woman-Blewett -A 68-year-old Spokane Valley woman who had been missing since last Thursday was found alive Monday night in her vehicle down an embankment just north of the summit of Blewett Pass. Lynell McFarland was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where her condition was not immediately available. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said at about 7:30 p.m. a Washington State Department of Transportation plow truck driver spotted the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse about 40 feet down an embankment. A high-angle rope team was lowered down and was able to extract her from the vehicle. Bryant said she was still conscious. Her family had reported her missing November 18th and a silver alert was issued. Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies launched a search the next day after her cell phone’s last ping showed her north of Ellensburg on Highway 97. Bryant said it appears McFarland hit a patch of ice while driving north on the pass, crossed the southbound lane and went down the embankment.
TEASE -Coming up next, A judge refused to lower bail Monday for a suspect who taunted police on social media while they sought him on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment./ The 20-member medical team from the U.S. Navy deployed to help with the COVID-19 pandemic at Confluence Health has ended its mission there, and, Lincoln Elementary School’s Top 5 read-a-thon readers and Top-5 fundraisers were rewarded with donuts Monday and as an extra bonus an opportunity to ambush the school’s principal. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Cop Taunter -A judge refused to lower bail Monday for a suspect who taunted police on social media while they sought him on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment. 25-year-old David Ernesto Lopez, also called David Rodriguez, had asked to be released on his own recognizance while he awaits a trial scheduled for January. But Chelan County Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt said the $150,000 bail required for Lopez to be released from the Chelan County jail is appropriate to the charges. Last February, when Wenatchee police put out a Facebook post asking for information on Lopez’s whereabouts, he allegedly replied with a comment, telling them to focus on, QUOTE, “the real criminals.” He was arrested five days later.
Navy Confluence -The 20-member medical team from the U.S. Navy deployed to help with the COVID-19 pandemic at Confluence Health has ended its mission there. The team wrapped up its engagement this weekend after about a month working with coronavirus patients and staff at Central Washington Hospital. It was one of two groups deployed to Washington hospitals by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, after a September request for military assistance from Governor Jay Inslee. The purpose was to relieve pressure on hospital staff, who’ve been overworked caring for COVID-positive patients. When the team arrived, about 42 people were hospitalized for COVID in Wenatchee; that number today was 29 patients, including 14 in intensive care.
Principal-Silly String -Lincoln Elementary School’s Top 5 read-a-thon readers and Top-5 fundraisers were rewarded with donuts Monday and as an extra bonus an opportunity to ambush the school’s principal. The Wenatchee School District said principal Tim Sheppard was a good sport after being surprised with multiple blasts of silly string. . .
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Health Board -In tonight’s feature story, a new state law means the Chelan-Douglas Board of Health must reconfigure its membership. The board governs the Chelan-Douglas Health District, which has been crucial in battling the COVID-19 pandemic locally. Right now it’s composed of county and city elected officials … but at a meeting yesterday, the board discussed how to add new members like health providers, community stakeholders, and at least one tribal representative, as required by the state. . .
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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We have one score to pass along on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…
The Eastmont girls bowling team beat Davis 3-1 yesterday at Minda Lanes. The Wildcats won the first game 860-to-703 behind the strength of a 225 by first-year bowler Jordan May. Eastmont won the second game 743-to-695 as Katie Heinz averaged a 176 on the day. The Wildcats won the first baker 164-to-148. The Pirates won the final Baker 143-to-133.
On the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard last night…
Chet Holmgren led five players in double-figures with 19-points as top-ranked Gonzaga remained unbeaten with a 102-54 win over Central Michigan. Nolan Hickman came off the bench to add 16. G-U will face 2nd-ranked UCLA tonight at 7 in the Good Sam’s Club Empire Classic in Las Vegas. It will be broadcast on ESPN.
Washington State raced out to a big lead and held on to beat Winthrop 92-86 in Pullman. Michael Flowers led the way with 20-points while Noah Williams had 19. Coach Kyle Smith says it was a good start, but the Cougs need to keep their foot on the gas…
Washington got 23-points from Terrell Brown, Jr. and 21-points off the bench from PJ Fuller in a 77-74 win over George Mason.
The 113th Boeing Apple Cup is Friday at Husky Stadium…
Washington is finishing a frustrating season without a bowl game and in search of a new head coach after the firing of Jimmy Lake. Interim coach Bob Gregory says the annual rivalry game with the Cougars is always fun…
As far as X’s and O’s, Gregory says he’s expecting Washington State to try to do what other teams have done against Washington so far this season…
Washington State became bowl-eligible with last week’s win over Arizona. Interim coach Jake Dickert says they got off to a good start in practice this week, focusing on ending Washington’s 7-game win streak in the series…
The 113th Apple Cup will kickoff at Husky Stadium Friday at 5 o’clock on FS1.
The Seahawks are off to their worst start since 2011 when Pete Carroll was in his second year coaching the team. Seattle is 3-and-7 after Sunday’s 23-13 loss to Arizona and coach Carroll says Monday began with a player-led meeting…
While the defense has improved throughout the season, Seattle’s offense continues to struggle. The Seahawks rank at or near the bottom in several key categories offensively and coach Carroll was asked if he and Russell Wilson are on the same page moving forward…
Seattle is off until next Monday when it travels to Washington to take on The Football Team on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
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