NCWLIFE Evening News October 9th, 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 former youth soccer coach for Eastmont High School is charged with child rape for an alleged sexual relationship with one of his student players. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 39-year-old Soap Lake man’s body was found in a canal near Ephrata yesterday afternoon, and, A Yakima man faces charges of attempted rape and assault after allegedly attacking a bus driver in Ellensburg Wednesday night.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A sad update tonight on a story we brought you last night. . .a Moses Lake man is dead and a woman is hospitalized after they were attacked by their own dog yesterday morning. Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sherriff’s office gives us the details. . .

A former youth soccer coach for Eastmont High School is charged with child rape for an alleged sexual relationship with one of his student players. Douglas County prosecutors on Thursday filed four counts against Cristian Barboza of Wenatchee, alleging he had a sexual relationship with a student he coached at Eastmont between 2005 and 2007.

Barboza, who’s now 38, coached at the school for five years during that period. The alleged victim came forward last year. Douglas County sheriff’s detectives say they arranged last week for the victim to exchange text messages with Barboza, during which he admitted to sexual conduct when the student was 14 years old.

Deputies arrested Barboza on Tuesday. He was released yesterday on $7,500 bond, and faces arraignment later this month.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 39-year-old Soap Lake man’s body was found in a canal near Ephrata Thursday afternoon. The body of Benjamin Buckles was found in a canal along Road J Northwest, just west of state Highway 28. Kyle Foreman of the sheriff’s office said Friday they have not yet established how Buckles died.

A Yakima man faces charges of attempted rape and assault after allegedly attacking a bus driver in Ellensburg Wednesday night.

Ellensburg police said Ronnie Lee Meyers was the only passenger when the female driver stopped the Central

Transit bus about 7:05 p.m. in the 900 block of West 5th Avenue. Police say a passerby saw Meyers attacking the driver and honked her horn to distract the man.

The driver then was able to flee the bus and was driven to safety by the passerby. Officers found Myers still inside the bus. The Ellensburg Police Department said it wants to QUOTE, thank the witness for her courageous efforts in intervening and stopping the assault. UNQUOTE.

Coming up next, The Chelan-Douglas Health District reports an additional death from COVID-19. The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area saw an increase in cases per 100,000 in the last week. Lake Chelan’s fire district is being audited because of breathing equipment it purchased through a FEMA grant, and, If the first weekend of October was any indication, getting out to see the leaves changing colors is going to be wildly popular this year.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) reports an additional death from COVID-19.  This brings the total number of deaths in Chelan County to 18, and seven (7) in Douglas County.  The Chelan County resident was a female in her 50s. The Health District’s total COVID-19 deaths is now 25.

The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in our area saw an increase in cases per 100,000 in the last week.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District reported yesterday that in the weekly count that ended Wednesday, the count went from 114.4 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 to 136.8 cases per 100,000. That somewhat offsets the gains from 2 weeks ago when our area had 162 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000. That rate is important, because until the Wenatchee Valley reaches just 25 cases per 100,000, important sectors of the economy, like businesses and schools, won’t be deemed safe to reopen for large public gatherings.

Lake Chelan’s fire district should have kept better track of breathing equipment it purchased through a FEMA grant. That’s the finding of a recent state audit, which says Chelan Fire & Rescue bought 97 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus for itself and its partner agencies, out of a $800,000 federal grant in 2019. The auditor says the district failed to meet federal record-keeping requirements, to track the equipment after it was bought and distributed. Chelan Fire & Rescue says it’s adopted new procedures and inventory control measures to prevent such problems in the future.

If the first weekend of October was any indication, getting out to see the leaves changing colors is going to be wildly popular this year.

Maybe too popular, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Service says. This was especially true on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, where a Forest Service count last weekend showed more than 1,500 people at the Rainy Pass Picnic area and 732 vehicles at the Pacific Crest Trail north trailhead.

The Forest Service says parking will be extremely difficult at all its trailheads and not parking in designated areas will get you a ticket. Also, visitors should not be walking on the highway or roads and drivers should be extra alert for pedestrians.

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. . .

Young people are likely to be a driving force in next month’s elections, and right here in North Central Washington, they’re taking the lead and asking tough questions of their candidates. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins caught up with the organizers of NCW Young Voters, a group that’s using social media to bring local political debates straight to your iPhone.

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 Dodgers advanced to its 4th NLCS in 5-years with a 12-3 win over San Diego and sweep of the Padres…

Joc Pederson’s 2-run single highlighted a 5-run 3rd inning as Los Angeles left little doubt that it would move on past the National League Divisional Series.  Will Smith went 5-for-6 in the game with 3-RBI’s while Cody Bellinger also drove in 3-runs as the Dodgers remain unbeaten in the postseason this year.

Los Angeles will face Atlanta in the National League Conference Championship after the Braves swept the Marlins with Thursday’s 7-nothing win.  Dansby Swanson continued with a hot bat, going 2-for-3 with a run and 2-RBI’s.  He hit .400 in the series.  Kyle Wright worked six-inning of 3-hit, shutout ball on the mound for the win.  Game 1 of the NLCS will be Monday on FOX.  The time has yet to be determined.

There will be a Game 5 between the Yankees and Rays after New York stayed alive with a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay Thursday.  New York starter Jordan Montgomery pitched 4-innings of 1-run ball.  Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman shut the door from there to force a Game 5.  Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres did the damage at the plate with each hitting home runs.  The decisive Game 5 is on TBS.

Houston awaits the winner of the Yankees and Rays in the American League Championship Series after the Astros beat Oakland Thursday 11-to-6.  Carlos Correa’s 3-run home run in a 5-run 4th inning spelled the difference for Houston.  The Astros reached the ALCS for the 4th-consecutive season.  Game 1 of the ALCS will be Sunday on TBS.

The Seahawks continue preparations for their week 5 opponent Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town…

Seattle is off to a 4-and-oh start while the Vikings have struggled at 1-and-3.  The Seahawks defense will have its hands full with the NFL’s leading rusher in Dalvin Cook.  The Minnesota running back has 424-yards and six touchdowns.

Linebacker Bobby Wagner says Cook is hard to bring down…

Cook leads the league with broken tackles at 21.  Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the Vikings use Cook in many ways to take advantage of his talent…

The biggest reason Seattle’s off to a 4-and-oh start has been the play of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense.  Wilson says he thinks it’s the best he’s seen in his 9-years in Seattle…

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says the biggest thing he’s seeing from the play of Russell Wilson is his ability to see the field…

Seattle and Minnesota kick off on Sunday Night Football on NBC from CenturyLink Field at 5:20.

Here’s what we have on the NCWLIFE Sports Schedule this weekend…

It begins tonight with high school football when the Wenatchee Panthers take on the Davis Pirates.  Grant and Eric have your play-by-play starting at 6:30 tonight.

Wenatchee and Eastmont meet in Big-9 girls soccer Saturday afternoon at 2.  Then at 7, it’s our first-ever broadcast of racing at WVSO from this June.

Sunday is WILD with a double-feature of Wenatchee Wild games.  First at 2 it’s Wenatchee and Merritt.  Then at 7 it’s the Wild and Penticton Vee’s.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, when the new season of the reality TV show Real Wives of Orange County premiers next Wednesday it will have a new cast member, who happens to be a 1993 Wenatchee High School graduate. Elizabeth Lyn Vargas joins the drama-filled show, which is the original of the Housewives franchise. . . 

Vargas grew up in Monitor and now lives in Newport Beach, California. Her brother, Wenatchee resident Andrew Vargas, said he also had a chance to be a part of the show. . .

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.