NCWLIFE Evening News October 5th, 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, A motorcyclist and his passenger were thrown from their vehicle and injured after colliding with a stopped passenger car Friday north of Orondo. Two people suffered minor injuries when the Honda they were in collided with another vehicle Sunday afternoon on Highway 97 near the Big Y, and, A commercial truck rolled onto its side Friday afternoon, spilling roofing materials onto Highway 282 outside Ephrata.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Moses Lake teen was arrested Sunday night for drunken driving and several other charges after nearly hitting a police officer’s vehicle while blowing through a red light at 90 miles an hour.

Moses Lake Police said about 10:30 p.m. the 16-year-old male sped through the light at the intersection of Highway 17 and Nelson Road, just missing a Moses Lake police officer’s car.

Police said he then attempted to flee at more than 100 miles per hour before turning onto Grape Drive, which is a dead end. Police said the teen then ran off on foot, leaving his girlfriend and her baby behind in the vehicle.

K-9 Rex then gave chase, quickly catching and biting the suspect. In addition to DUI, he faces charges of felony eluding, obstructing and no valid operator’s license. The owner of the car declined to pursue charges that he had taken the vehicle without permission.

A motorcyclist and his passenger were thrown from their vehicle and injured after colliding with a stopped passenger car Friday north of Orondo.

72-year-old Gary D. Spence, and 71-year-old passenger Roberta S. Harris were taken to Central Washington Hospital after the accident about 4 p.m., on Highway 97 north of the Highway 2 interchange. The Washington State Patrol said Spence’s Honda motorcycle struck the rear of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt while southbound at milepost 123.

The Cobalt was stopped and waiting to make a left turn at the time. None of the four occupants was injured. Spence was taken to the hospital by ambulance, Harris by airlift. Both are from Cashmere.

Two people suffered minor injuries when the Honda they were in collided with another vehicle Sunday afternoon on Highway 97 near the Big Y.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeremy Weber said the Honda was on the northbound shoulder of the highway about 1:15 p.m. when it pulled out, apparently to do a U-turn, and was struck by a GMC. The Honda was knocked into a ditch while the GMC ended up on its side. Two unidentified people in the Honda were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Weber said the accident blocked the highway for about an hour. The driver of the Honda was cited for causing the accident.

A commercial truck rolled onto its side Friday afternoon, spilling roofing materials onto Highway 282 outside Ephrata. The driver, 55-year-old Levi Turcotte of Soap Lake was not injured but the highway was blocked in both directions for just under an hour.

The Washington State Patrol said Turcotte was driving westbound about 2:45 p.m. when his truck left the roadway to the right. He then over-corrected and the truck rolled into its driver’s side as the roofing materials spilled onto the roadway. Turcotte was cited for driving while suspended and wheels off roadway.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee social worker is accused of stalking a former client with whom he had an inappropriate relationship. A Christian youth camp near Lake Wenatchee has placed its director on leave after his arrest last week on suspicion of voyeurism and domestic assault. Grant County reported its 21st COVID-19 death Friday, a Moses Lake man in his 80s. Grant County Health District has confirmed 21 total COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic’s outbreak, and, The Wenatchee School District and Chelan-Douglas Health District plan a series of communitywide testing efforts this week, aimed at starting some in-person classes by the middle of this month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Wenatchee social worker is accused of stalking a former client with whom he had an inappropriate relationship.

The Washington Department of Health has charged 50-year-old Mark Nicholas Hoffman with professional and sexual misconduct. According to court filings, Hoffman counseled the client for three years before initiating a sexual relationship.

When the relationship ended, the client said Hoffman continued to send her messages and packages against her will. A Chelan County judge granted her a restraining order last year, but it was later overturned on appeal. The state will now consider whether to revoke or suspend Hoffman’s license as a clinical social worker.

A Christian youth camp near Lake Wenatchee has placed its director on leave after his arrest last week on suspicion of voyeurism and domestic assault.

45-year-old David Saugen of Plain has led Tall Timber Ranch since 2015. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested him Wednesday while investigating the case, in which Saugen allegedly recorded video or images of a teen showering in his home September 20th, and shoved a family member who confronted him about it. A statement from Tall Timber Ranch says Saugen discussed the allegations with the board two days before his arrest, and was placed on immediate administrative leave.

The allegations do not involve Saugen’s work at the camp, and the board says he’ll no longer be permitted to communicate with camp staff or visit camp property without supervision. Tall Timber Ranch is affiliated with the Northwest Coast Presbyterian Church, and hosts Bible-based retreats for children and young adults. Saugen remained in the Chelan County jail Tuesday on $25,000 bond.

Grant County reported its 21st COVID-19 death Friday, a Moses Lake man in his 80s. Grant County Health District has confirmed 21 total COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic’s outbreak.

The health district said the man had underlying health conditions that put him at higher risk from the virus.

Grant County has three additional people who died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 but the health district is awaiting death certificates to verify their cause of death. Currently, there are 14 Grant County residents hospitalized with the virus.

The Wenatchee School District and Chelan-Douglas Health District plan a series of communitywide testing efforts this week, aimed at starting some in-person classes by the middle of this month. The school district says it’s preparing to bring preschool through second-grade students back to campuses for hybrid instruction, with additional grades phased in, as long as COVID-19 transmission rates make it safe to do so. The health district plans to conduct a voluntary COVID-19 testing program, from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Wenatchee High School.

Superintendent Paul Gordon says, quote, “The more people who get tested, the better data we will have to determine the infection rate in our community.” Transmission rates right now show a downward trajectory, and educators hope that means they can announce a limited classroom start date on October 12th.

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 cybercrime and particularly ransomware become a bigger concern for businesses and institutions, Wenatchee Valley College is taking steps to defend itself. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins spoke with the WVC administrators in charge of cybersecurity. They told him you can never be too careful.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.

Russell Wilson passed for two touchdowns and Chris Carson ran for two others as the Seahawks hung on to beat the Miami Dolphins 31-23 Sunday…

Wilson completed 24-of-34 passes for 360-yards and scoring throws to David Moore and Travis Homer.  Carson had 80-yards on 16-carries with two-scores as Seattle improved to 4-and-oh on the season.  Coach Pete Carroll was happy to travel 2,731-miles and earn a victory…

Seattle intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick twice in the game, the final with just over 4-minutes left in the game by Shaquill (shuh-KEEL) Griffin…

KJ Wright combined on 8-tackles, forced a fumble and had three passes defended.  He said it feels great to finish the first quarter of the season undefeated for the first time since 2013…

DK Metcalf led the team in receiving yards Sunday, catching four balls for 106-yards.  He said he was impressed by the work of Chris Carson, coming off a knee sprain a week ago…

Game time temperature in Miami was 86-degrees and the humidity 71-percent.  It made for a long day in the sun, but quarterback Russell Wilson was happy it paid off…

Seattle improved to 4-and-oh with the win and will next host the 1-and-3 Vikings Sunday night on national television on NBC at 5:20.

Checking the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the NFC West on Sunday…

Teddy Bridgewater threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Caroline past Arizona 31-21.

Cooper Kupp caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jerod Goff late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal in the Rams 17-9 win over the Giants.

San Francisco went to its 3rd-string quarterback, C.J. Beathard (BETH-erd), and nearly pulled off the comeback but fell short to Philadelphia 25-20. 

The Seahawks are out in front of the NFC West at 4-and-oh.  Los Angeles is 3-and-1 while the Cardinals and 49ers are 2-and-2.

The baseball playoffs resume today with the American League Divisional Series…

Dodger Stadium was the site for the Astros and A’s as Houston and Oakland do battle on TBS.

Petco Park in San Diego is the site for the other ALDS between the Yankees and Rays.  New York started Gerrit Cole while Tampa Bay is going with Blake Snell.  That game is underway also on TBS.

The National League Divisional Series get underway tomorrow in Houston and Arlington.

The Seattle Storm is a game away from winning its fourth WNBA Title…

Seattle beat Las Vegas 104-91 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals Sunday.  Breanna Stewart led the way with 22-points while Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard each had 21. 

The Storm will try to add to its trophy case of Gold Balls from 2004, 2010 and 2018 tomorrow at 4 o’clock on ESPN.

And, Team NCWLIFE survived the Wenatchee Wild Golf Classic Friday at Desert Canyon Golf Resort.  We believe a photo surfaced over the interweb of the crew from the weekend…

Yes!  There it is!  The team of Granstrom, Kuntz, Kuntz and Olson actually played pretty well with a 10-under, and that’s WITHOUT CHEATING OR SPENDING 100-DOLLARS ON CORN-HOLE!  Proceeds benefited Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, some celebrity names have stepped up to contribute to North Central Washington’s efforts to battle wildfire and recover from it.

The Gary Sinise Foundation, created by the popular actor to aid veterans and first responders, last week donated more than 550 care packages for volunteer firefighters throughout Okanogan County.

The foundation and American Airlines partnered in the gift, which will be distributed by Douglas-Okanogan Fire District 15 in Brewster.

Next, Metallica gave big through their charitable foundation, All Within My Hands, offering a $25,000 fire relief grant to the Community Foundation of NCW here in Wenatchee.

That will go toward the NCW Fire Relief Fund, operated by the local foundation for about the last five years.

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.