NCWLIFE Evening News November 3rd, 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, The Grant County Sheriff’s Office released details Monday of a gunpoint carjacking last week in Moses Lake that ended with the arrest of two men. A man was accidentally shot in the upper leg by a friend who was showing him his gun this morning at Motor Mart in South Wenatchee, and, The Chelan County PUD said Monday that its finances remain strong as the PUD board began preparing its 55-million-dollar 2021 budget.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man was shot in the upper torso and four men were arrested in a gang-related shooting Monday afternoon in Moses Lake. Sergeant Kyle McCain of the Moses Lake Police Department said the man who was shot refused treatment at Samaritan Hospital though the bullet apparently just missed his lung.

McCain said two groups had met up at McCosh Park about 3:30 p.m. to have a physical fight when one person fired twice at the other group.

The groups then ran in opposite directions but one group went down an alleyway that brought them in the path of the other group near Lakeside Drive and A Street. About seven more gunshots were fired, one of which hit the man. McCain said police were able to quickly locate and arrest four suspects who were members of a well-known gang in the area.

All four face charges of first-degree assault and two face an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. McCain said the man who was shot was not a gang member but is in a relationship with a woman from a gang.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office released details Monday of a gunpoint carjacking last week in Moses Lake that ended with the arrest of two men.

The carjacking victim said two men in a red Dodge Charger approached him about 7:20 last Wednesday morning in the 12-thousand block of Road 6 Northwest and as the driver pointed a gun at him the other man drove away in his 2002 Honda.

Numerous law enforcement officers searched the area before spotting the stolen Honda on North Frontage Road near Road E Northeast. As Moses Lake police and Washington State Patrol troopers pursued for several miles, the fleeing car forced several other vehicles off the road.

The Honda eventually collided with a Grant County deputy’s SUV near Roads 3 and E Northeast in Mae Valley. Arrested was 35-year-old Martin Juarez. Meanwhile, police say they found the Charger partially hidden at a home on Dusty Street in Moses Lake and arrested 41-year-old Elizar Ramos.

Juaraz faces charges of first-degree robbery, attempting to elude police, resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He also was wanted on felony warrants. Ramos faces a first-degree robbery charge. About 30 law enforcement officers were involved in the pursuit and search, with no injuries to either the officers or suspects.

A man was accidentally shot in the upper leg by a friend who was showing him his gun this morning at Motor Mart in South Wenatchee. Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department said the shooting is a reminder of the caution needed in handling firearms. . .

The Chelan County PUD said Monday that its finances remain strong as the PUD board began preparing its 55-million-dollar 2021 budget.

The PUD said revenues are expected to be flat and expenses up 1 percent next year. The PUD’s focus will again be on reducing debt in addition to 195-million in capital projects.

Those projects include work at dams, the construction of the PUD’s new Olds Station headquarters and the remodel of the Discovery Center at Rocky Reach Dam. The PUD will also be investing in its switch to an advanced metering system.

Coming up next, It’s been a while, but Wenatchee police are reminding drivers that students are back in schools, and school zone speed limits are being enforced. An online-only auction of surplus equipment and vehicles will be held next week with everything from semis and semi-trailers, to tractors and trucks up for bid, and, The votes are in and the state’s newest tow plow now has a new name, we will tell you what it is. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It’s been a while, but Wenatchee police are reminding drivers that students are back in schools, and school zone speed limits are being enforced.

Flashing lights in a school zone means the speed limit is 20 miles per hour. The fine for a speeding in a school zone can range from $126 and up, depending on the speed.

An online-only auction of surplus equipment and vehicles will be held next week with everything from semis and semi trailers, to tractors and trucks up for bid.

Many of the items at the November 12th auction are surplus from local agencies, including the Chelan County PUD. The auction is being held by Yarbro Auctioneers of Moses Lake with the bidding beginning at 9 a.m.

PUD equipment specialist Michael Shrader, said such online auctions are attracting bidders from throughout the country.

The catalogue of items for sale is available on the yarbro-dot-com website and pre-auction in-person viewing will be held all next week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yarbro facility.

The votes are in and the state’s newest tow plow will be called The Big Leplowski. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Monday that the takeoff on the movie “The Big Lebowski” had edged out Sir Plows-A-Lot in online voting. WASH-DOT East began accepting nominees for the tow plow’s name last week, narrowing it down to four finalists.

Two years ago, a similar competition resulted in the name Plowie McPlow Plow for the state’s first tow plow. A tow plow uses hydraulics to swing out to the side of a plow truck, doubling the width of plowing.

WASH-DOT East says they’ll soon be installing a custom license plate frame on The Big Leplowski, just like they did for Plowie McPlow Plow.

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. . .

Hundreds of the Wenatchee School District’s youngest students returned to their classrooms Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools last spring. In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee School District was out at elementary schools documenting what returning to school looks like in this time of COVID-19. . .

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.

Seahawks defensive end Damontre Moore has been suspended six games without pay for violating of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances…

According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, the league made the announcement Monday following Seattle’s 37-27 win over San Francisco.  A game in which Moore played 22-snaps on defense and 14-plays on special teams.

The 27-year old Moore had a sack, a forced fumble and eight tackles in 7-games with Seattle this season.  He would be eligible to play again in week 15 against Washington.

Moore was previously suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy when he was with Dallas.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Seattle will release tight end Luke Willson today…

Willson is one of five tight ends on the 53-man roster after the call-up of rookie Colby Parkinson two weeks ago.  In order to make room on the roster for recently-acquired defensive end Carlos Dunlap and activating defensive end Rasheem Green off the injury list, the Seahawks will have to make room.

Pete Carroll met with the media Monday, prior to the league’s announcement that Moore had been suspended.  On the topic of defensive ends, he says he was particularly pleased with the play of Alton Robinson…

The ranks have gotten so thin defensively that Seattle converted Stephen (stef-ON) Sullivan from an offensive tight end to a defensive end.  Carroll says he played exactly how he thought he would on Sunday…

Seattle is hoping to have Carlos Dunlap available for Sunday’s game in Buffalo.  Dunlap came over in a trade with Cincinnati during the bye week. 

Another player the Seahawks hope to have back on Sunday is strong safety Jamal Adams.  He’s missed four games with a groin injury and coach Carroll says they are bringing him back slowly…

Seattle will play at Buffalo Sunday with a 10am kickoff on FOX.

We all miss high school sports, especially our Friday nights filled with football.  This fall, we’ve been bringing you re-runs of last year’s season as Wenatchee and Eastmont battled for the Big-9 title.

Be sure to tune in this Friday for our rebroadcast of a game from exactly a year ago as our crew gathered on a cold, November night in East Wenatchee…

The Bridge of Sportsmanship rebroadcast is coming your way Friday night at 6:30 here on NCWLIFE Channel.

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.