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, A 19-year-old Wenatchee man was jailed Friday in the June 5th shooting that injured an East Wenatchee victim, becoming the fourth suspect in what police call a gang-related attempted murder. A Wenatchee man who sexually victimized three children and recorded himself doing so is now headed for a 17-year prison sentence and All Level 1 evacuation notices for Eagle Creek Road north of Leavenworth were lifted this morning as crews wrapped up containment of a small but pesky wildfire.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Ephrata Traffic Fatal -A Quincy man is dead and two others were injured following a three-car accident yesterday afternoon in Ephrata. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara being driven by 79-year old David C. Metzger of Ephrata was attempting to cross State Route 282 southbound at the intersection of the highway and Airport Street when his car was struck by a 1966 Chevrolet Impala being driven westbound on the highway by 22-year old Geovonni E. Garcia of Quincy. Garcia’s Impala was subsequently struck by a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by 19-year old Devon J. White of Soap Lake. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene, Metzger and White were transported to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata with unknown injuries. The State Patrol says that Garcia was not wearing a seatbelt. Metzger faces charges of failing to yield at a stop sign.
4th Shooting Suspect -A 19-year-old Wenatchee man was jailed Friday in the June 5th shooting that injured an East Wenatchee victim, becoming the fourth suspect in what police call a gang-related attempted murder. Gustavo Angel Pina Gaona was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, on suspicion of acting as an accomplice to three counts of second-degree attempted murder. East Wenatchee police say 25-year-old Jorge Reyes, 25, of Wenatchee was the ringleader of the shooting, enlisting at least two other adult suspects and one juvenile. Investigators say Pina Gaona was present at the shooting in the area of Ninth and Baker streets, and after the incident helped hide the firearm allegedly used by Reyes. He has not yet been charged in that crime.
Federal Molester -A Wenatchee man who sexually victimized three children and recorded himself doing so is now headed for a 17-year prison sentence. 32-year-old Jose Antonio Mendoza was sentenced Monday in federal court in Spokane, four months after pleading guilty to two counts of producing child pornography. Wenatchee police arrested Mendoza in January 2020. Federal prosecutors took on the case after investigators found dozens of videos of Mendoza sexually abusing the children while they slept. They also found thousands of other images of child pornography that Mendoza had collected. Once he completes his 210-month prison term, Mendoza must spend the rest of his life on federal probation.
Eagle Creek Fire -All Level 1 evacuation notices for Eagle Creek Road north of Leavenworth were lifted this morning as crews wrapped up containment of a small but pesky wildfire. The fire was first reported just before 2 p.m. burning in brush in the 10-thousand block of Eagle Creek Road State, federal and local firefighters from throughout the region responded and by 6 p.m., crews had built a fire line around the fire. The fire, which burned into steep, rugged terrain, burned an estimated 7 acres of brush and timber.
TEASE -Coming up next, The number of Chelan County residents who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is just below 70 percent as of yesterday./ A last-ditch legal effort failed Monday to overturn Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers, and, The Washington State Patrol says it’s losing 74 commissioned officers and 53 civil servants over Governor Jay Inslee’s requirement that all state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Chelan-Douglas Vax Rates -The number of Chelan County residents who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is just below 70 percent as of yesterday. Statistics from the state and Chelan-Douglas Health District show 69-point-79 percent of Chelan County’s residents are at least partially vaccinated and 63-point-49 percent of the county’s residents are fully vaccinated. In Douglas County, 62-point-44 percent of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 56-point-94 percent are fully vaccinated. Both counties lag well behind the state rate of 78-point-1 percent of residents at least partially vaccinated and 72 percent fully vaccinated.
Mandate Lawsuit -A last-ditch legal effort failed Monday to overturn Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers. A lawsuit by a King County firefighter, with hundreds of other state employees as plaintiffs, was rejected in Thurston County Superior Court. Judge Carol Murphy made the ruling the same day the requirement went into full effect, demanding full vaccination or exemption for all state employees. She explained her ruling in virtual hearing. . .
WSP Vaccine Resignations -The Washington State Patrol says it’s losing 74 commissioned officers and 53 civil servants over Governor Jay Inslee’s requirement that all state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
State Patrol Chief John Baptiste said today, QUOTE, “We will miss every one of them,” UNQUOTE. The agency said the departures amount to about 5.7 percent of its 2,200- member workforce. The personnel losses are spread throughout the state. A Patrol spokesman told NCWLIFE he wasn’t immediately able to provide figures on employees leaving State Patrol District 6, the division that polices Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.
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Board of Health -In tonight’s feature story, the Chelan-Douglas Health District has become one of the Wenatchee Valley’s most-watched public agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it does much more than monitor the virus … everything from septic-system approval to restaurant inspections to recording birth certificates. Starting next year, the district will expand its hours for the public. The move was approved at a Chelan-Douglas Board of Health meeting yesterday. . .
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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Baseballs were leaving Fenway Park at a regular pace for the Red Sox last night in Boston’s 12-3 win over Houston in Game 3 of the ALCS…
Boston brought 11-men to the plate in a 6-run second inning and had scored two runs already when Kyle Schwarber stepped into the box…
Schwarber’s grand slam was the third of the series for the Red Sox and the first of four home runs on the night for Boston.
The two teams meet again in Game-4 of the American League Championship series at 5:08 on FS1. Game-3 of the National League Championship series is this afternoon at 2:08 in Los Angeles where Atlanta leads the Dodgers 2-games-to-none. You can see that game on TBS.
The Seattle Kraken missed on some early opportunities and paid the price in Philadelphia last night against the Flyers…
The home club raced out to a 3-oh lead after the first period and were up 5-nothing before Seattle found the back of the net. Carson Sousy (SEUSS-ee) scored the Kraken’s lone goal and coach Dave Hakstol says that’s just not enough…
The Kraken are in New Jersey to face the Devils today at 4 o’clock on Root Sports.
Staying on the ice but closer to home, the Wenatchee Wild are off to an oh-and-2 start to the young BCHL season…
They’ll be in Chilliwack tomorrow for the first of two days at the BCHL Showcase. They’ll drop the puck against Prince George at 1 o’clock.
Interim radio “voice” of the Wild, Sean Zears, says Wenatchee fans don’t need to panic…
Zears joined Dan this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley via Skype. He says the next two days for the Wild and the rest of the BCHL are about showing what you can do…
After tomorrow’s game against Prince George, Wenatchee will face Powell River Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.
A frightening moment during Seattle’s game at Pittsburgh Sunday night was an apparent neck injury to defensive end Darrel Taylor. The game was halted for nearly 20-minutes so medical personnel could get Taylor loaded onto a back board in case of a spinal injury.
Amazingly, he was on the team plane after being cleared at a nearby hospital and coach Pete Carroll says there’s even a chance he could be playing again this week…
Seattle will host New Orleans Monday night at Lumen Field.
Checking the Les Schwab scoreboard, there was one volleyball match last night…
Cashmere hosted Waterville-Mansfield and came away with a 3-1 victory…
We’ll have volleyball on TV tonight as the Eastmont Wildcats take on the Wenatchee Panthers. Of course, the last time the two teams met there was some controversy after the match with Wenatchee fans rushing the floor…
The incident resulted in a decision by Wenatchee High’s administration to bar students from attending the next night’s football game, but was later rescinded. Eric Granstrom will be courtside tonight with the pregame at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.
Here’s what the rest of the volleyball schedule looks like tonight as Cascade Christian travels to Easton at 5:30. Cascade hosts Quincy at 6:30 while Oroville visits Brewster; Manson hosts Lake Roosevelt; Entiat plays at Pateros; and Liberty Bell welcomes Okanogan. The other 7 o’clock games have Ephrata hosting Othello while Chelan travels to Omak.
On the girls soccer pitch today…
Chelan visits Omak at 4. Okanogan hosts Bridgeport at 4:30. At 6, it’s Quincy at Cascade while Pateros hosts Manson. Wenatchee and Eastmont face off the in Apple Bowl at 7 while Moses Lake has a non-league game against Ephrata.
We will be in Cashmere at the end of the week to broadcast some Caribou Trail League football…
Eric and Grant will have the call as the Cashmere Bulldogs host the Omak Pioneers. Our pregame gets things started at 6:30.
Taser Training -As we leave you tonight, the Wenatchee Police Department says it may not look like a lot of fun, but getting shocked by a Taser is a key element of training for its new officers. Officer Wil Lohman, fresh from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, got his turn yesterday. . .
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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.