NCWLIFE Evening News October 29th, 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, Soap Lake police have released video of a slow-speed chase last week that eventually resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old Ephrata man. COVID-19 numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties were up again in the health district’s weekly thermographic that was released today, and, Massive get-out-the-vote efforts this year appear to be paying off, at least here in North Central Washington.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Investigators are still piecing together the details, but a man has been arrested for carjacking a vehicle at gunpoint Wednesday morning near Moses Lake and leading deputies on a crash-filled chase. Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said at least three other vehicles were hit or forced off the road during the pursuit just after 8 a.m.

Foreman said a man’s vehicle was carjacked at a home in the Mae Valley area before a pursuit that led to the suspect’s arrest about 10 miles away on Road 6 Northwest.

Nobody was injured and the suspect was arrested without incident. Foreman said he was still awaiting details on the circumstances that led to the carjacking.

Soap Lake police have released video of a slow-speed chase last week that eventually resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old Ephrata man on charges of theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. Kevin Gudde is accused of stealing the vehicle about 8:30 a.m. October 21st in the 23-thousand block of Road B Northeast. Soap Lake Sergeant Spencer Nulph joined Grant County Sheriff’s deputies in the pursuit, which started on Road A Northeast, then headed onto Road 19 Northeast toward Highway 17.

Speeds barely reached 20 miles per hour and covered only about a mile before deputies laid down spike strips that slowly deflated the stolen vehicle’s tires. The pursuit ended and the arrest was made at Road 19’s intersection with Highway 17.

COVID-19 numbers in Chelan and Douglas counties were up again in the health district’s weekly thermographic that was released today.

The number of new cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days for the two counties stands at 178.2,

compared to 168.2 a week ago. The Chelan-Douglas Health District’s goal is no more than 25 new cases over the previous two-week period.

Chelan County reported 14 new positive coronavirus tests today and Douglas County 8. There are currently three Chelan County residents hospitalized with the virus and none from Douglas County.

Massive get-out-the-vote efforts this year appear to be paying off, at least in North Central Washington.  Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore says by Wednesday morning, 53 percent of voters had already turned in their ballots ahead of next Tuesday’s election.

In Douglas County, Auditor Thad Duvall said about 50 percent of ballots had been returned by Wednesday morning. Both elections officials said they expect up to 90 percent participation by election day. Moore said those sorts of numbers are unprecedented. . .

Coming up next, A pilot escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when his experimental plane went down in a field south of Ephrata. As younger students in Wenatchee prepare to return to classrooms next week, the school district said there are important things parents need to be doing every day to make that return successful, and, There’s still time to vote, both in Tuesday’s General Election and also on a name for the Washington Department of Transportation’s newest tow plow. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A pilot escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when his experimental plane went down in a field south of Ephrata. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said several motorists witnessed the Kitt 3 fixed-wing plane piloted by Jordan J. Baker of Moses Lake attempting to land on a private property access road after experiencing engine problems. The sheriff’s office said when the airplane landed, the main landing gear separated, causing the plane to skid off the access road into a field. In addition to the sheriff’s office, Soap Lake police, the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife, Grant County Fire District 13 and Ephrata firefighters responded.

As younger students in Wenatchee prepare to return to classrooms next week, the school district said there are important things parents need to be doing every day to make that return successful. Wenatchee School District Communications Director Diana Haglund said three steps are required every day. . .

There’s still time to vote, both in Tuesday’s General Election and also on a name for the Washington Department of Transportation’s newest tow plow.

Wash-Dot East earlier asked for suggested names for the plow and now is letting people pick from the finalists its Twitter page. Among the candidates are Plow King, an obvious reference to The Simpsons, Sammy the Slow Slayer, The Last Snowbender and R2-Plow-2.

Two years ago, a naming contest resulted in WASH-DOT’s first tow plow being called Plowie McPlow Plow. The state says a single tow plow can clear snow from roadways as fast as three regular plows.

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Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Goose 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.

The Seahawks have added an edge pass-rusher to its defense by trading B.J. Finney and a 7th round draft pick to Cincinnati for Carlos Dunlop…

Dunlop was a 2-time Pro Bowler for the Bengals and has a proven track record of pressuring quarterbacks.  Coach Pete Carroll says the team is always on the lookout for players who can come in and help…

Defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says Dunlop should definitely be able to help with Seattle’s pass rush…

Dunlop will have to pass a physical and go through COVID protocols before being able to join the Seahawks.  Coach Carroll says that should make him available to play when Seattle travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills next week.

The Wenatchee School District Board of Directors voted unanimously this week to change the name of the high school swimming pool after a longtime coach who passed away from cancer…

James Elwyn was the Wenatchee High swim coach for 16-years and was beloved by everyone who swam for him.  Tragically, Elwyn passed away after a brief battle with cancer last June.  In his honor, the school board voted Monday to rename the facility at Wenatchee High the James Elwyn Aquatic Center.

Elwyn led the Panthers into state prominence during his tenure.  He coached the WHS boys’ team to six top-ten finishes and the girls’ team to eleven top-ten finishes at State.  While his overall coaching record of 198-wins, 23-losses and 1-tie is impressive, it was his lasting impact of compassion, care and getting the most out of kids that meant the difference.

The James Elwyn Aquatic Center will be officially dedicated at a later date when COVID restrictions allow.

Dedication.  That’s something former Wenatchee Valley College coach, educator and athletic director Sandy Cooprider knows all about.  He says it was the dedication of so many in the community that helped make his dream of a sports complex on campus become a reality.

As construction got underway to build what is now Paul Thomas, Sr. Baseball Stadium, North Rotary Softball Field, and Mike Hollis Soccer Field, Cooprider worried he’d bitten off more than he could chew…

During the two-year process of building the complex, Cooprider was also busy inside finishing a weight room and racquetball courts.  Paul Thomas, Sr. was a major financial contributor to the courts.  Cooprider says Thomas happened to see the progress on the sports complex and his love of baseball kicked in…

The first baseball game at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium was played in the spring of 1995.  Cooprider says, to his knowledge, this is the only project on a community college in the northwest to be completely funded and backed by private contributions and volunteer labor.

After 44-years on the job, Sandy Cooprider has developed an approach to work and life that’s worth sharing.  We’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Hockey Night kicks off our week of sports tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight’s game features the Wenatchee Wild and Penticton Vees from December 4th of last year.  The puck drops tonight at 7 o’clock here on NCWLIFE.

Our Big-9 football game tomorrow night has the Eastmont Wildcats hosting the Moses Lake Chiefs at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, it’s Moses Lake at Eastmont girls soccer at 2 followed by Les Schwab Night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval at 6.

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.