NCWLIFE Evening News October 6th, 2021

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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 collision involving a passenger van and a car injured 6 people, one seriously, early yesterday morning 4 miles east of Royal City. Two Cascade Medical Center “non-healthcare” workers were fired after posting TikToks that spread COVID disinformation and A Pateros attorney who also spent time as a contestant on “The Apprentice” must pay about $10,000 for violating attorney-client privilege.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Royal City Standoff -The county’s tactical response team was brought in to end a three-hour standoff with a domestic violence suspect Tuesday afternoon in Royal City. Royal City Police responded to a call at a mobile home near downtown where a man was reportedly threatening someone with a knife but they were unable to get the suspect to leave the home. The tactical response team comprised of specialists from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Moses Lake and Quincy police departments also were unable to get the suspect to come out. So, using flash bangs, the team stormed the home and took the unidentified man into custody without incident.
Royal City Collision -Also in Royal City, a collision involving a passenger van and an auto injured 6 people, one seriously, early yesterday morning 4 miles east of Royal City. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 2015 Chevrolet Express van carrying the driver and 9 passengers was attempting to turn left from Highway 26 onto Dodson Road when the van struck the drivers side of a 2005 Ford Focus being driven by 37-year old Juan Ramirez Maldonado of Othello. Maldonado was airlifted to Kadlec Hospital in Richland with critical injuries. The driver of the van, 51-year old Jose Castrejon Barragan of Moses Lake, and 4 passengers in the van were transported to area hospitals. Barragan faces charges of failing to yield the right of way. Both vehicles were totaled in the wreck.
Hospital TikTokers -Two employees at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth have been fired, after spreading COVID-19 misinformation and other inappropriate content on TikTok. Cascade wouldn’t name the two former employees, who were involved in creating multiple TikTok videos shot in and around the hospital. Other TikTok users reviewed their posts and identified them as a 33-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, neither of whom were involved in direct medical care. The posts spread disinformation about COVID-19, the vaccines, and mask use, as well as racist and anti-Semitic content. Cascade says the employees, QUOTE, “violated multiple elements of our social media policy,” and were fired after being found out in mid-June. Spokesman Clint Strand says no sensitive patient information was disclosed in the videos.
Attorney Fined -A Pateros attorney who also spent time as a contestant on “The Apprentice” must pay about $10,000 for violating attorney-client privilege. A Chelan County judge ruled in 2020, and the state Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday, that 46-year-old attorney Alex Thomason filed 600 pages of irrelevant and confidential documents as part of a complicated estate lawsuit. The courts fined Thomason $10,000 in sanctions, saying he improperly filed copies of private receipts and financial records he had kept after representing one of the parties in a prior divorce. A Chelan County judge ruled the filing violated Thomason’s duties as a lawyer, and was intended as harassment. Thomason, a Pateros native, was a contestant on the third season of “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump in 2005. At the time he was a deputy prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. For the last nine years he has had his own practice in Pateros.
TEASE -Coming up next, Locals react to the possible redrawing of the legislative 12th District./ The Association of Washington Business brought its statewide Manufacturing Week tour to the Wenatchee Valley today./ Chelan County’s Moderate Risk Household Waste Facility has won a Smart Project Award from Governor Jay Inslee, and, Live music is coming to the courtyard at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on Friday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Redistricting -The chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party let her voice be known Tuesday on the possible shape of the 12th District. But she wasn’t alone. Scores of people commented as the Washington Redistricting Commission held online public testimony on the four proposed maps that could shape voting districts in the state for the next ten years. . .
Business Group in Town -The Association of Washington Business brought its statewide Manufacturing Week tour to the Wenatchee Valley today. The association made stops at Wenatchee Valley College, Liberty Orchards in Cashmere and Rocky Reach Dam, where AWB President Kris Johnson talked with NCWLIFE about the message they’re sharing. . .
Waste Station Award -Chelan County’s Moderate Risk Household Waste Facility has won a Smart Project Award from Governor Jay Inslee. The dropoff center, opened in 2019, was honored for its part in the county’s overall solid waste program, as well as the city, county and regional partnerships that made it possible. The facility takes household waste products like oil, fuels, pesticides and batteries, and either repurposes them or disposes of them safely. It’s open for drop-offs from Chelan County residents every Thursday through Saturday.
PAC Courtyard Concert -Live music is coming to the courtyard at the Numerica Performing Arts Center on Friday, with a share of the proceeds from the concert benefiting the local Vets Serving Vets organization. The Canadian band The Junebugs will be performing beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, with 25 percent of sales going to Vets Serving Vets. The Junebugs are described as a high-energy pop and rock group. Tickets can be purchased at the Numerica Performing Arts Center website.
TEASE -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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Cantwell Whistleblower -Washington Senator Maria Cantwell was among the Senators Tuesday who questioned Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. In tonight’s feature story, Haugen, a former data scientist for the social media giant, says Facebook’s own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest, but the company hides those facts from its users and the public. . .

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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

For the second time this season, Wenatchee’s football program will lose a game to COVID-19…
NCWLIFE Channel was informed prior to last night’s soccer game that Wenatchee’s game Friday at Davis has been cancelled because 5-players in the Panther program have tested positive for COVID.
Wenatchee had its first game of the season cancelled because of COVID within the program back in early September.
Wenatchee’s not alone. West Valley’s football team had its first two games cancelled because of COVID and Moses Lake’s volleyball team had to cancel last night’s match and the next three.

A game that WAS played last night that came out to the delight of the home team was Sunnyside at Wenatchee soccer…
Halle Stegeman scored three of her four goals in the first 14-minutes as the Panthers rolled over the Grizzlies 9-nil. Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Also in prep girls soccer last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard, Grandview shut out Ephrata 3-nil. Quincy quieted Omak 4-1. Cascade caught Chelan 4-3. It was Okanogan over Liberty Bell 3-nil. Brewster passed Pateros 4-2. And Tonasket took care of Bridgeport 6-nothing.

On the volleyball courts last night…
Wenatchee maintained its first-place position in the Big-9 with a road win at Sunnyside, 25-15, 20 and 14. We mentioned Moses Lake’s trouble with COVID so its match with Eisenhower was cancelled last night. Omak shut out Quincy 3-0. Liberty Bell bounced Oroville 3-zip. Cascade Christian won a thriller against Entiat 3-sets-to-2. Manson swept Brewster and Waterville-Mansfield posted a 3-nothing win over Pateros.

So far this season, even though their record is 2-and-2, the Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFL in the Red Zone. Seattle was 4-for-4 last week against San Francisco and offensive coordinator Shane Waldron says that has everything to do with the quarterback…
Russell Wilson sees Seattle’s success in the Red Zone as being a commitment to get the ball in the end zone, no matter how they do it…
Seattle will host Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football tomorrow night at 5:20 on FOX.

The Red Sox will move on to the American League Divisional Series after beating the Yankees last night 6-2…
Boston got great starting pitching from Nathan Eovaldi while Alex Verdugo drove in 3-runs in order to advance past the Wild Card game.
Xander Bogaerts steaked an early lead for the Red Sox in the first inning off Gerrit Cole…
Boston was on cruise control from there as they sent the Yankees packing with the 6-2 victory…
Boston will face Tampa Bay in the ALDS beginning Thursday.
The National League Wild Card will be settled tonight at Chavez Ravine when the Dodgers host the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright will get the start for St. Louis while Los Angeles will hand the ball to Max Scherzer. First pitch is at 5:10 on TBS.


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.