NCWLIFE Evening News October 16th, 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, An East Wenatchee man allegedly fled from Wenatchee police this week, and crashed his car after they tried to stop him for warrants. Douglas County tax bills may rise after a reassessment of T-Mobile property, and, They say you can’t fight city hall but apparently you can run into it. . .we will tell you about it.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
COVID Thermographic -For the second consecutive week, the number of COVID-19 cases increased in our area. The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported yesterday that in the weekly count that ended Wednesday, the rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 rose from 136 to 163. Over the course of the last month, the weekly count has gone from 162 to 114 to 136 and now to 163. The goal of COVID-19 cases in the two-county area remains 25 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period, although Governor Inslee moved Chelan and Douglas counties into phase 2 on Tuesday and some school districts in our area have either begun hybrid classes in schools or have announced plans to do so.
Police Chase -An East Wenatchee man allegedly fled from Wenatchee police this week, and crashed his car after they tried to stop him for warrants. Louis G. Wallin was sought by the Department of Corrections when police spotted him driving in the 300 block of Malaga Avenue on Wednesday. He allegedly drove away at high speed, and eventually jumped out of his car while it was still rolling, allowing it to crash into a parked car near Douglas and Idaho street. Wallin now faces likely charges of eluding, obstructing, hit and run, reckless endangerment, and methamphetamine possession.
DC Tax Bills -A paperwork error by a large telecommunications company may mean a major drop in Douglas County’s property value, and a corresponding tax increase for landowners. That’s the warning from state legislators and the Department of Revenue, after the telecom over-reported the value of its major datacenter outside East Wenatchee. The error meant Douglas County declared a far higher property value than it was entitled to, which kept other property tax bills in the county artificially low. Now State Senator Brad Hawkins, who was briefed on the tax shift, says it could mean an extra $400 a year in taxes on a half-million-dollar home in the county, starting in 2021. Douglas County Assessor Jim Ruud and a Department of Revenue spokesperson say there’s no way to know the true impact until property values are formally calculated in mid-November. Neither Ruud nor the state agency would identify the telecom company. Hawkins said he fears the change in taxation could present some real hardships for property taxpayers next year, including families.
City Hall Hit -They say you can’t fight city hall but apparently you can run into it. A semi clipped the Cashmere City Hall building early Thursday afternoon, damaging the awning. City Clerk-Treasurer Kay Jones said the damage was minor. The collision ripped off the corner of the awning a bit and some facia will need to be replaced, she said. It is not known yet if the semi driver was cited in the accident.
Coming up next, Wenatchee will start some in-class instruction for preschool through second grade students on Monday, November 2nd. The state Department of Ecology is offering free asbestos assessments to people who had structures damaged or destroyed in the region’s wildfires this year. The first parking meters appear on Leavenworth downtown streets, and, A police officer who formerly served as chief marshal of Coulee City and a patrol officer in Soap Lake is accused of workers compensation fraud for her job as a pinup model. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Wenatchee School Classes -Wenatchee will start some in-class instruction for preschool through second grade students on Monday, November 2nd. After communitywide COVID-19 testing showed about a 1 percent positive rate in Wenatchee, the district said they consulted with the Chelan-Douglas Health District and decided to start returning students to the classrooms. If COVID-19 rates remain low to moderate, the district said it will look at returning grades 3 to 5 in three weeks with other grades to follow. The classes will operate under a hybrid model, with some daily in-person instruction and some online. Half the students in a class will be on-site in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.
Wildfires Asbestos -The state Department of Ecology is offering free asbestos assessments to people who had structures damaged or destroyed in the region’s wildfires this year. Ecology says many of the homes and buildings damaged by the fires are old enough to have asbestos concerns. The state will pay for a licensed and certified consultant to provide a limited assessment of the structure and advise on the best way to manage the fire debris. Property owners need to contact their local emergency management agency or the Department of Ecology for a form they’ll need to fill out prior to the assessment.
Parking Meters -Residents in Leavenworth woke up this week to the sight of their first public parking meters, installed along downtown streets. The city has been moving toward metered street parking for a few years, ever since a parking study recommended the idea. Right now, parking on Front Street and other downtown areas is first-come, first served. The meters are not yet active, and there’s no precise date for when they might start requiring fees. When they do, they’ll accept payment through bank cards, and visitors will be able to find available parking spaces using a mobile app.
Coulee City Pinup Cop -A police officer who formerly served as chief marshal of Coulee City and a patrol officer in Soap Lake is accused of workers compensation fraud for her job as a pinup model. 47-year-old Brenda Lynn Cavoretto of Gold Bar was Coulee City’s chief of police until 2012, when she was injured on the job. She then joined the Soap Lake force, but left in 2013 due to work-related disability. But the Department of Labor and Industries says Cavoretto has continued to work as a pinup model and fundraising organizer, despite filing claims for disability payments. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Monday on two charges of making false or misleading statements to collect more than $67,000 in benefits.
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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Malcolm Butler Speaks -In the first of what the Chelan-Douglas Health District says will be weekly video updates, Health Officer Doctor Malcolm Butler on Thursday talked about the results of communitywide COVID-19 testing in the two counties over the past several weeks. He said that sort of large-scale testing is not likely to continue. . .
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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It may not have been as dramatic as Babe Ruth calling his shot in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series between the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, but Houston’s Carlos Correa called his walk-off home run last night against Tampa Bay…
Correa stepped up with one out in the bottom of the 9th in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series with the game tied at 3-3. He says he told his manager, Dusty Baker, before going to the plate that he was going to hit a walk-off home run. Sure enough, he belted a 1-1 pitch off Rays reliever Nick Anderson over the centerfield wall and saved Houston’s season.
Baker says he said a little prayer as Correa headed for the plate…
Correa says he went into the batting cage during the game to work on his swing and knew he’d come up with something big as the game wore on…
Correa’s home run was one of five hit in the game between the two teams. George Springer started the game off with a homer for Houston before Correa ended it. Brandon Lowe, Randy Arozarena and Ji-Man Choi hit homers for Tampa Bay.
The two teams play Game 6 today at 3:07pm on TBS and will feature Framber Valdez versus Blake Snell.

Freddie Freeman’s RBI-double started a 6-run, 6th inning onslaught and Atlanta beat Los Angeles 10-to-4 in Game 4 of the NLCS last night…
With the game tied at 1 and Clayton Kershaw pitching well for the Dodgers, Atlanta began the 6th with a single by Ronald Acuna, who moved to second on a throwing error. Freeman’s double scored Acuna and then Marcell Ozuna followed with an RBI-single. Kershaw was lifted, but the damage was done. The Braves went on to score 4-more runs in the inning to hand Kershaw the loss.
Dodger manager Dave Roberts was asked if he should have removed Kershaw earlier in the game…
Atlanta’s 22-year old rookie right-hander Bryce Wilson was dominant over 6-innings, allowing 1-run on 1-hit with 5-strikeouts and 1-walk. Marcell Ozuna finished the game 4-for-5 with 3-runs, 4-RBI’s and two home runs.
The Braves go for the series win tonight in Game 5 at 6:08 on FS1 when A.J. Minter goes up against the Dodger’s Dustin May.
The Indianapolis Colts are the latest NFL team be affected after positive tests for COVID-19 this week…
According to ESPN, member of the Colts organization tested positive this week and so the organization closed its practice facility. Today it was determined that the tests were false positives. The Colt’s game with Cincinnati Sunday is still on schedule.
The Atlanta Falcons closed their facility Thursday following a second positive test for COVID-19. It was reopened today.
The Tennessee Titans played Tuesday following a 16-day laoff because of an outbreak, and the New England Patriots have twice had their original Week 5 matchup against Denver postponed following four positive tests.
College football has also been affected by COVID-19 as Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive this week. He says he is asymptomatic and hopes to coach against Georgia on Saturday.

Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up this weekend here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
It begins tonight with some non-sports items including the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the season at 7 o’clock followed by the documentary “Saving RaeAna” at 9.
Then this weekend we have Wenatchee and Moses Lake Volleyball from last October at 2 o’clock on Saturday. That will be followed by racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from July 11th and North Valley Mechanical Night.
Then on Sunday, we have a Wenatchee Wild doubleheader. First at 2 o’clock it’s the Wild and Prince George Spruce Kings. That’s followed by the Wild and Nanaimo Clippers at 7. It’s all right here on NCWLIFE Channel, your LOCAL TV station.

Thanks Eric.
Salmon Blessing -As we leave you on this Friday night, among the Wenatchi Indians and other Columbia River tribes, the return of salmon to the Columbia traditionally carries a blessing. Tomorrow, Wenatchi elder Randy Lewis performs that blessing virtually, in a program organized by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Before the blessing, expect a series of video to demonstrate how to build your own traditional fire pit. The event takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday via Zoom, and you must be a museum member to participate. You can register through the museum’s website, or its Facebook page.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.