NCWLIFE Evening News November 24th, 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 13-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly pulling a knife and threatening an 11-year-old boy Sunday afternoon at Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee. In the Wenatchee Valley, the Chelan-Douglas Health District reported 179 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital has almost doubled in the past week, and, A pickup pulling a trailer lost a load of fencepost-type wood, some of which then struck a car Monday afternoon on Highway 28 at Trinidad Hill.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A suspect surrendered after police deployed gas at a Quincy home this morning following a standoff with police. Quincy police say the standoff followed a high-speed chase about 4 a.m. in which police tried to pull over 28-year-old Jose A. Villela, who was wanted on domestic violence and stalking charges.

Villela reportedly led pursuers to the home in the 500 block of L Street and barricaded himself inside. Believing he was armed, police called in the tactical response team. After getting two family members out of the house, police deployed a CS gas and Villela surrendered shortly after 9 a.m.

The tactical response team is comprised of personnel from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Moses Lake Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Villela was booked into jail on numerous charges related to the domestic violence warrant, the pursuit and a DUI warrant.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly pulling a knife and threatening an 11-year-old boy Sunday afternoon at Eastmont Community Park in East Wenatchee.

East Wenatchee police say the incident started when the 13-year-old was sitting on the park’s pump track, blocking the path of the kids using the track. After being asked to move, there was an argument between the 13-year-old and the 11-year-old during which the older boy pulled a knife, held it out toward the victim and walked toward him, police said. Police say witness accounts of the incident were confirmed by video taken in the park and the 13-year-old was arrested for 2nd degree assault and taken to Chelan County Juvenile Detention.

In the Wenatchee Valley, the Chelan-Douglas Health District reported 179 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

The rate of new infections in the two counties is the highest it’s been at any point during the nine-month pandemic: 836 cases per 100,000 people. Health officials remain very concerned that Thanksgiving get-togethers will spread the infection. They recommend no gatherings with people from outside your home, mask-wearing in public, and maintaining six feet of social distance.

The district is conducting free drive-through COVID testing Friday through Monday at Wenatchee High School. Over the weekend, health workers at that same site tested 1,557 people for the virus.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital has almost doubled in the past week.

Confluence Health reported Monday they are currently treating 19 coronavirus patients at the Wenatchee hospital. A week ago, Confluence reported 10 people hospitalized, six from Chelan and Douglas counties.

This week, there are 12 Chelan-Douglas residents in the hospital with the virus. Three of the current 19 people hospitalized are in the intensive care unit, two on ventilators.

A pickup pulling a trailer lost a load of fencepost-type wood, some of which then struck a car Monday afternoon on Highway 28 at Trinidad Hill.

The occupant of the Toyota Camry and a passenger suffered minor injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol. Traffic on Highway 28 was slowed just after noon in the area west of Quincy but the highway did not need to be closed. 64-year-old Pedro Mendoza of Ephrata was cited for failure to secure a load.

Coming up next, The town of Soap Lake had to close its city hall yesterday after a potential exposure to COVID-19 among its staff there.  A coalition of four Wenatchee Hispanic groups has raised more than $16,000 to support agricultural workers affected by the Pearl Hill and Cold Springs wildfires. Molina Healthcare of Washington distributed $1,000 apiece this month to two NCW food banks, and, The Forest Service has finalized a sustainable recreation strategy for the Entiat Ranger District. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The town of Soap Lake had to close its city hall yesterday after a potential exposure to COVID-19 among its staff there.

The building on Second Street shut down Monday amid Grant County’s ongoing coronavirus explosion, with 225 new cases reported just yesterday and 32 total deaths from the virus. Mayor Alex Kovach says no reopening date has been set. Meanwhile, residents are asked to pay their utility bills online.

A coalition of four Wenatchee Hispanic groups has raised more than $16,000 to support agricultural workers affected by the Pearl Hill and Cold Springs wildfires. The summer fires burned more than 230,000 acres in Okanogan and Douglas counties, and drove many farmworkers out of their group housing. The donations went toward masks, food, clothing, blankets, transportation, hygiene products and cash. In addition, one man who lost his passport during the evacuation was able to apply for and receive a replacement. The four nonprofits are the Immigrant and Latinx Solidarity Group, Parque Padrinos, Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice, and CAFÉ.

Molina Healthcare of Washington distributed $1,000 apiece this month to two NCW food banks. The Community Cupboard of Leavenworth and The Cove food bank of Twisp each received a share of donations from the health provider. It’s part of Molina’s program to distribute $16 million in Washington communities, to help them navigate the pandemic. More than 25 nonprofits in the NCW regional have received donations over the last six months.

The Forest Service has finalized a sustainable recreation strategy for the Entiat Ranger District. That district is 272,000 acres that includes part of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. It’s been challenged by major wildfire damage in the last five years.

The strategic plan calls for short-term actions like replacing signs and updating trail maintenance, and spells out long-term goals like stewardship agreements decommissioning old trails. You can review the full plan by visiting the website for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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. . .

People from both the state and the community worked together recently on a project to protect Cascade High School and all of Leavenworth from wildfires. Those efforts were highlighted in a video by the state Department of Natural Resources. In tonight’s feature story, DNR’s Allison Morrow talks about how it came about. . .

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.

Thanks Dan

Finally tonight, Wenatchee’s newest grocery store is expected to open February 1st.

A WinCo corporate representative said Monday that construction work on the former ShopKo building on North Wenatchee Avenue is on track to be completed in December, meaning the company can then begin equipping the store. The Boise, Idaho-based company is currently in the process of hiring employees for the store, with application materials available at careers-dot-winco-foods-dot-com.

WinCo is an employee-owned warehouse-type grocery store. The Wenatchee store is 89,500-square-feet. The company has spent about 6-million-dollars converting the former ShopKo building.

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.

Carlos Dunlop was acquired from the Bengals a few weeks back to help shore up the Seahawks pass rush, which was ranked dead last in the NFL.  After learning the system, Dunlop’s skills were on full display Thursday night in the Seahawks win over the Cardinals.  Russell Wilson is glad Dunlop is hitting the opposing quarterbacks and not him:

Seattle outgained the Cardinals on the ground 165 yards to 57 with Carlos Hyde doing the heavy lifting.  Hyde carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown.  Russell Wilson says Hyde’s running style suits the Seahawks well:

Yesterday the Seahawks placed tight end Greg Olsen on the injured reserved list and activated Damon “Snacks” Harrison off the practice squad.

 Olsen suffered a plantar-fascia foot injury late in the 28-21 victory Thursday over Arizona and could miss the rest of the regular season.   Olsen signed a one-year deal in February worth up to $7 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. The Seahawks have three other tight ends on the roster in Will Dissly, Jacob Hollister and rookie Colby Parkinson.

 The Seahawks also announced Monday that they will play their next two home games — Dec. 6 against the Giants and Dec. 13 against the Jets — without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Seahawks continue to prepare for their next game this Monday in Philadelphia.

The Rams knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 last night to regain 1st place in the NFC West because the Rams own the tiebreaker.  The Hawks host the Rams on December 27th.