NCWLIFE Evening News October 22nd, 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, Information on a pair of recent drug raids in Grant County was released Wednesday with five people in two towns facing a variety of drug and weapons charges. A Peshastin man suspected for more than 20 years of sexually abusing children in his care has finally entered a guilty plea, and, The Chelan County PUD is looking at whether and how to shut off parts of its power grid during major wind and fire events.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One man was injured Wednesday when a gas stove in his travel trailer exploded, at an RV park near Rock Island. The explosion was reported about 4:55 p.m. at Marine RV Park just off Highway 28. Responding firefighters found a man with severe blistering to his face and hand. He was taken for treatment to Central Washington Hospital. There was no further spread of the fire to neighboring vehicles.

Information on a pair of recent drug raids in Grant County was released Wednesday with five people in two towns facing a variety of drug and weapons charges.

First on September 23rd, the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Team, or I-Net, served a search warrant on a home in Warden where they reported finding methamphetamine, a marijuana manufacturing operation, heroin and a stolen firearm. Arrested were 27-year-old Derek J. Duplichan, 28-year-old Joshua A. Jenkins and 36-year-old Nancy M. Montejano.

Then on October 15th, I-Net raided a home in the Larson Housing Community in Moses Lake where 56-year-old Jamie S. Urbach and 63-year-old Dennis Richard Johnson were both arrested on meth charges. Urbach faces charges of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession to distribute within 1,000 feet of a designated school bus stop. Johnson was arrested for possession of meth.

A Peshastin man suspected for more than 20 years of sexually abusing children in his care has finally entered a guilty plea. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins was in court today. He says Theron Jay Heideman is looking at a possible sentence of 16 years in prison. . .

The Chelan County PUD is looking at whether and how to shut off parts of its power grid during major wind and fire events. That’s just one tool for dealing with ongoing fire risks to NCW communities and infrastructure. PUD staff said Monday they’ve been strategically fortifying the electrical grid against wildfire, including putting in steel poles and using fire-retardant paint. The utility has also adopted higher standards for tree-trimming and line inspection, and it’s considering moving some power lines underground in a few areas that are identified as rural, isolated, and at high risk of fires.

Coming up next, Drive-thru COVID-19 testing managed by the Chelan-Douglas Health District in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee has been cancelled for tomorrow in anticipation of the forecasted winter-like weather. East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson and Officer Miguel Valdez stopped by Eastmont High School on Tuesday to show off the police department’s newest vehicle, and, East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson and Officer Miguel Valdez stopped by Eastmont High School on Tuesday to show off the police department’s newest vehicle.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing managed by the Chelan-Douglas Health District in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee has been cancelled for tomorrow in anticipation of the forecasted winter-like weather.

Testing was planned at Wenatchee High School and New Song Community Church. Testing will be available Friday at Confluence Health, 615 N. Emerson Ave., for those people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Free drive-thru testing will resume next week as scheduled at Wenatchee High School from 1 to 6 p.m. from October 27th-30th. As of yet, there is no testing scheduled at New Song Community Church for next week.

East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson and Officer Miguel Valdez stopped by Eastmont High School on Tuesday to show off the police department’s newest vehicle.

The cruiser is a 2020 Ford Utility Hybrid and features a large scenic photo of East Wenatchee, as well as the Eastmont Wildcat logo.

After a water main burst in Ellensburg last week, Water Street lived up to its name. Just after 4 a.m. October 12th, the broken main water line in the 200 block of West Second Avenue sent a river down Water Street, creating what police temporarily called Lake Kittitas.

During the cleanup, a bone was found that had Ellensburg police wondering if it was human. Police said today that testing determined it was not.

But city Street Department crews also found a very old bottle that has police wondering what it one day held. Snake oil, magic potion and just-in-time-for Halloween witches’ brew were three possibilities floated by police.

If you think you might know, the Ellensburg Police Department welcomes you to join the speculators on their Facebook page.

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.

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As election night approaches, NCWLIFE and its news partners teamed up last night to host a forum for candidates in for Chelan County commissioner, and 12th District state legislator. Local journalists from NCWLIFE, KPQ Radio and the Wenatchee World quizzed the candidates. Here’s what county commissioner hopefuls Dale England and Tiffany Gering had to say about policing and social services:

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.

Going into last night’s Game 2 of the World Series, Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe (as in OWE, that hurt!) was hitting just .107 in the postseason.  He was 6-for-56 and struggling.  Manager Kevin Cash was even questioned about leaving him in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.  Cash simply said, “I’m going with my guy.”

Going with his guy certainly paid off last night as Lowe smashed home runs in the 1st and 5th innings, driving in three runs and helping Tampa Bay even the Series at 1-game apiece by downing the Dodgers 6-to-4.

Lowe says it felt great to get the bat on the ball for a change…

Lowe’s offensive onslaught backed up a solid game on the mound by Blake Snell.  The left-hander threw 4-and-2/3rds innings of 2-run ball with 9-strikeouts.  Snell says they had a good plan going into the game…

Manuel Margot collected a couple of hits while Joey Wendle drove in three runs for Tampa Bay.  Manager Kevin Cash was proud of his guys all the way around…

Both teams will have a day off to think about Game 3, which will be tomorrow night at 5:08 on FOX as Walker Buehler goes for Los Angeles against Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Seahawks are going after wide receiver Antonio Brown.  The troubled veteran was reinstated by the NFL Wednesday and worked out with Russell Wilson in the off-season.  Coach Pete Carroll was asked if Seattle is interested in acquiring Brown…

Meanwhile, the Seahawks are preparing for their first division game of the season Sunday in Arizona.  Carroll says Seattle’s defense will have its hands full with a ton of talent in the Cardinal’s offense…

The NFL announced this morning that Seattle’s game at Arizona has been flexed into the Sunday Night game on NBC.  Kickoff will now be at 5:20 instead of 1:05.  Flexed out of the Sunday night game were the Raiders and Buccaneers. By the way, 12-hundred fans will be allowed at State Farm Stadium to watch Sunday’s game.

The Wenatchee Wild are in Idaho for the first of two days of scrimmages…

After two weeks of practice here in Wenatchee, the Wild are in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to scrimmage at the Frontier Ice Arena.  They had hoped to have the scrimmage broadcast on Hockey TV but they had technical difficulties…

We will have Wenatchee Wild hockey on TV tonight with Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Tonight’s game is from November 30th of last year between the Wild and Langley Rivermen.

Big-9 football takes center stage tomorrow night at 6:30 as Wenatchee hosts Sunnyside.  Then on Saturday, tune in at 2 o’clock for Wenatchee and West Valley Girls Soccer.  That’s followed at 6 by racing from Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from last July.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, it was a rather delicate job, but Department of Natural Resources workers were able to rescue a skunk with a bottle stuck on its head on Loup Loup State Forest Road in Okanogan County. DNR reported today that they were able to remove the jar with both human and skunk unharmed. DNR said the incident is a timely reminder about not dumping garbage on public land.

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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.