NCWLIFE Evening News October 15th, 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 state bomb squad was called in after a communications network crew found blasting caps on property owned by Cave B winery near the Gorge Amphitheatre. An accused drug trafficker and ringleader of an identity theft scheme here in the Wenatchee Valley will have his trial in December, and, The Washington State Supreme Court today struck down as unconstitutional a voter-approved initiative that would have made car tabs a flat $30.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
Embezzleburger -A Wenatchee man is charged with first-degree theft and other charges for allegedly embezzling some $10,000 from Bob’s Burgers & Brew in East Wenatchee. Police say 42-year-old Ricardo Vara was a manager in charge of the restaurant’s nightly deposits, and had access to its credit card and checking accounts, as well as the tips left for servers and staff. About $10,000 in deposits allegedly went missing while Vara was in charge of the procedure in 2018, and prosecutors say he misused the restaurant’s credit to make purchases for himself, leading to four charges of identity theft. Vara was due to make his first appearance today in Douglas County Superior Court.
Cave B Blasting Caps -The state bomb squad was called in after a communications network crew found blasting caps on property owned by Cave B winery near the Gorge Amphitheatre. Blasting caps are small explosive devices usually used to detonate larger explosives. The State Patrol said three blasting caps were found about 4 p.m. in an area where the crew had been digging. The area was evacuated while investigators ensured no more of the explosives were present.
Drug Trafficker -An accused drug trafficker and ringleader of an identity theft scheme here in the Wenatchee Valley will have his trial in December. 52-year-old Bruno Paul Ruggeberg faces 15 felony charges including methamphetamine distribution, heroin and fentanyl possession, and five counts of illicitly possessing firearms. Ruggeberg allegedly sold several ounces of meth to a police informant last May, and investigators say a search of the hotel rooms he was using turned up multiple phony ID cards and equipment used to manufacture them. He and three other defendants allegedly charged more than $12,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases. Ruggeberg has prior convictions including drug possession and first-degree kidnapping. His trial is set to begin December 12th.
Car Tabs-The Washington State Supreme Court today struck down as unconstitutional a voter-approved initiative that would have made car tabs a flat $30. The court agreed unanimously that the initiative, approved last November, improperly addressed more than one subject. In addition, the justices said the actual ballot title on Initiative 976 was misleading. I-976 was another of many ballot measures put forward by anti-tax advocate Tim Eyman.
Coming up next, The Chelan-Douglas Health District says 4,500 Covid-19 tests have been administered Since October 9th and there have been 77 positive test results. The Wenatchee School District enrollment drops by an estimated 300 students year over year, and, A dusting of snow this week at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort above Wenatchee is a reminder that ski season is rapidly approaching. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
COVID Rates -The Chelan-Douglas Health District says its community-by-community COVID-19 testing since August has produced only about a 1 percent positive rate. The district began voluntary drive-through tests in Bridgeport and expanded to other NCW communities every week, administering more than 4,500 tests, and finding just 77 new cases of coronavirus. The testing also helped discover and control small clusters of disease, including an outbreak that infected more than 20 people at one agricultural workplace near Leavenworth. While the community test findings are small, the overall rate of new cases in Chelan and Douglas counties is still about 135 per 100,000 people in the population. More community test sites are expected to open in coming weeks.
WSD Enrollment -With the start of some in-person classes right around the corner, the Wenatchee School District says it’s hemorrhaging students. On Wednesday, staff members told the Wenatchee School Board they can expect to see about 300 fewer kids this year than last. And they believe disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame. . .
Mission Ridge Update -A dusting of snow this week at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort above Wenatchee is a reminder that ski season is rapidly approaching. The resort is expecting to be fully operational this season, aiming to start the day after Thanksgiving. But Mission Ridge says this year will be unlike any other with protocols in place to protect employees and guests from COVID-19. The resort spent a lot of the summer and early fall working on its new number 2 chairlift, which is expected to be completed before Christmas. A video from last week shows the first towers for the new lift going up. . .
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Pause for Pets -Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Henry the dog. . .

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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Major League Baseball’s been around 151-years. In all that time, no team has ever accomplished what the Dodgers did in the first inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series last night…
Los Angeles scored a playoff record 11-runs in the first inning en route to a 15-3 route of Atlanta. The Dodgers brought 14-men to the plate while the Braves went through two pitchers. Oh, and by the way, L-A scored 10-of those runs with two outs! The onslaught was highlighted by Max Muncy’s grand slam home run.
It was one of 5-home runs hit in the game by the Dodgers as Joc Pederson went 4-for-6 with 3-RBI’s and Corey Seager finished 3-for-4 with 3-runs and 3-RBI’s.
Atlanta is still up 2-games-to-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 tonight at 5:08 on Fox as Clayton Kershaw goes up against Bryse Wilson.

Houston staved off elimination with a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in the American League Championship Series…
Jose Altuve opened the scoring for the Astros with a solo home run in the 1st inning, his 3rd of the series. He followed it up with an RBI-double in the 3rd. Tampa Bay tied it in the 4th on a 2-run home run by Randy Arozarena. George Springer untied it in the 5th on his first homer of the series and Houston held on for the victory.
Zack Greinke earned the win, going 6-innings and allowing 2-runs on 5-hits with 7-strikeouts and one walk. Houston is going with rookie right-hander Luis Garcia today against Tampa Bay’s John Curtiss, who’s getting his first postseason start. You can watch the action on TBS.

It’s been a while since we had post-season honors coming a Mariner way, but then again, we added Kyle Lewis this year…
The Seattle centerfielder was selected the American League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News. Lewis led the Mariners in hits (54), homers (11), walks (34), on-base percentage (.364) and total bases (90). Kyle was named on 55 of 92 ballots of American League players.
Lewis is the first Mariners player to win a Sporting News rookie award since Rafael Soriano in 2003 when the magazine gave out an award for the rookie pitcher and position player in each league.

The Seahawks created a new award last year to honor the former players for their work off the field in retirement. The first recipient was Jacob Green. He had the honor of announcing Cliff Avril as the second recipient of the Legend of the Year Award…
The Seahawks donated 5-thousand dollars to a charity of Avril’s choice with a matching 5-thousand from American Family Insurance. The money will go to the Cliff Avril Foundation, founded in 2014 to help educate youths about healthy living. Avril says he was inspired after the loss of his grandmother and his mother’s diagnosis with diabetes.

It’s Thursday so that means it’s Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel. Tonight’s game features the Wenatchee Wild and Penticton Vees from a game last November 9th at the Town Toyota Center. Arch Ecker had the play-by-play…
Be sure to watch the entire game tonight starting at 7 here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild.
And here’s a reminder of what we have still to come on the NCWLIFE Channel. The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of the season will air tomorrow night at 7 o’clock. In fact, tune in tomorrow morning to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley when we’ll be joined by Conductor Nikolas Caoile. Then at 9 o’clock tomorrow night it’s the re-airing of an hour-long documentary we did called “Saving RaeAna.”
We’re back to sports on Saturday with Wenatchee and Moses Lake volleyball at 2 o’clock followed by racing action from July at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.
Quincy School Video -As we leave you tonight, dramatic surveillance video at Ancient Lakes Elementary in Quincy shows how quickly and powerfully that microburst of wind hit the school’s gym about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. The Quincy School District has secured the gym repairs begin on the roof, which was part of a remodel in the 1990s. Nobody was injured in the incident.

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.