NCWLIFE Evening News September 17th, 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, The Upper Valley woman struck and by a train Wednesday near Chumstick Highway has been identified. Four more people in North Central Washington have died after contracting COVID-19, and, A Wenatchee man is suspected of holding a woman against her will during an extended assault early Sunday morning.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two people were injured, one seriously, in a three-vehicle accident on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway this morning. Jason Reinfeild of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said at about 6:45 a.m. a 1994 GMC SUV being driven by a 21-year-old Wenatchee man crossed the center line of the highway and narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a pickup before colliding head-on with a 2017 BMW SUV, said.

The driver of the GMC was transported to Central Washington Hospital with what Reinfeld described as significant injuries. The driver of the BMW, a 51-year-old Malaga woman, also was hospitalized. The Chevrolet pickup, being driven by a 47-year-old Malaga man, was sideswiped by the GMC after avoiding the head-on collision and ended up rolling. Reinfeld said the accident near Milepost 1 closed the highway in both directions for almost an hour. The accident is under investigation.

The Upper Valley woman struck and by a train Wednesday near Chumstick Highway has been identified.

Carmen J. Twombly of Leavenworth was 27 years old. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said Twombly was apparently walking south on the BNSF rail line that runs parallel to the highway when she was struck about 4:35 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says the fatal incident remains under investigation.

more people in North Central Washington have died after contracting COVID-19.

Three of those deaths were in Okanogan County. Okanogan County Public Health said all three people were in their 60s and had some type of chronic health issues. The number of new cases in Okanogan County has been on the decline, with no new positive tests reported Tuesday.

A Mattawa woman in her 70s has become Grant County’s 18 death attributed to COVID-19. The Grant County Health District said the woman had medical issues that put her at higher risk from the coronavirus.

The county has seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with 14 confirmed new cases reported Tuesday.

A Wenatchee man is suspected of holding a woman against her will during an extended assault early Sunday morning.

Shawn Eugene Everett, who’s 35, was arrested by Wenatchee police for allegedly choking and beating the woman and refusing to let her leave her apartment. She said the assault went on for about three hours until she was able to alert a neighbor. Everett also allegedly struck the woman’s dog when it intruded during the incident.

Police arrested him the next day. He faces likely charges of assault, kidnapping, harassment, and animal cruelty.

Coming up next, Containment on Douglas County’s Pearl Hill Fire is approaching 100 percent, and in Okanogan County, the Cold Springs Fire is 80 percent contained. The city of East Wenatchee will symbolically stand with Washington farmworkers affected by COVID-19. State lands in Eastern Washington that have been closed since last week because of wildfire danger will reopen Friday, and, The M&R Supermarket in Bridgeport received a glowing review on social media Tuesday from an out-of-town visitor who was not your normal tourist-type.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Containment on Douglas County’s Pearl Hill Fire is approaching 100 percent, and in Okanogan County, the Cold Springs Fire is 80 percent contained. The two related fires scorched 413,000 acres and dozens of homes across the two counties, including the town of Bridgeport.

Among the assets lost were hundreds of electrical poles. The Douglas County PUD says it’s close to restoring full power to all its customers in the affected area.

The Department of Social and Health Services also dispatched mobile offices to Bridgeport and Omak today to enroll fire victims in its emergency cash assistance program.

The city of East Wenatchee will symbolically stand with Washington farmworkers affected by COVID-19. Mayor Jerrilea Crawford issued a proclamation this week expressing support for agricultural laborers who’ve been disproportionately harmed by the disease while bringing in this year’s harvests. Councilmember Sasha Sleiman helped draft the proclamation, and read from it at Wednesday’s city council meeting. . .

State lands in Eastern Washington that have been closed since last week because of wildfire danger will reopen Friday. State Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz said improved weather conditions led to the decision not to extend the closure.

The state closed the lands September 8th, then extended the closure last Friday. The Department of Natural Resources said hunters who lost access to the lands and are concerned about their tags should contact the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The M&R Supermarket in Bridgeport received a glowing review on social media Tuesday from an out-of-town visitor who was not your normal tourist-type. Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 22, said the market fired up the barbecue on the sidewalk outside the business Sunday night and fed their entire strike team, which has been in the county for the past week fighting the Pearl Hill Fire.

Hots said local volunteer firefighters and employees of the Sheriff’s Office also showed up for some of the special carne asada tacos. Hots described both the meal and the Bridgeport community as QUOTE, amazing.

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State health officials began reporting their progress this week on tracing contacts between COVID-19 patients and the people exposed to them. Contact tracing is a key tool in the battle against coronavirus, and the Washington Department of Health tracks all the cases in Chelan and Douglas counties. But in a conference call Wednesday, health officials said sometimes COVID-19 subjects aren’t willing to cooperate. . .

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.

San Francisco lit up Seattle starter Ljay Newsome for five runs in three innings and the Giants went on for a 9-3 win last night…

The game was moved to the Bay Area because of poor air quality in Seattle.  The Giants plated a run in each of the first two innings before Brandon Belt’s two-run home run and Evan Longoria’s solo shot in the third to chase Newsome.

Manager Scott Servais suggested the problem for the rookie right-hander was the lack of work in the last few weeks…

Kyle Lewis collected two base hits for Seattle as the Mariners lost its second straight.  The Mariner’s pitching staff has allowed 23-runs over the past 23-innings.

They’ll try to right the ship with a day-game today in San Francisco as Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-ish-is) goes up against Tyler Anderson at 1:10.

Also in the American League last night as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Oakland’s magic number to clinch the A-L West is five after a 3-1 win over Colorado.  Jake Lamb, who was claimed from Arizona last week after Matt Chapman went down with season-ending surgery, contributed two hits and an RBI.  Lamb is now 5-for-11 with 2-doubles, a home run and two RBI’s in his first 3-games with the A’s.

Kyle Gibson pitched a complete game shutout for the Rangers as Texas topped Houston 1-nothing.  Gibson threw 114-pitches with 9-strikeouts in allowing just 4-hits.  Texas’ lone run came in the top of the 9th on Joey Gallo’s ground-rule double to score Leody Taveras.

Kole Calhoun and David Peralta each homered in a 3-run 7th for Arizona as the Diamondback beat the Angels 9-6 in Los Angeles. 

On Sunday, the Seahawks will face Cam Newton for the 9th time in his career, but the first time with a new team.  Newton led the Patriots to an opening-week, 21-11 win over the New York Jets where he rushed 15-times for 75-yards and complete 15-passes for 155-yards.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says you have to prepare for everything when facing Newton…

Historically, the Seahawks have had success against Newton, winning 7 of the 9 games in which he’s played.  Defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. says no matter what’s happened in the past, you have to be ready for the kind of challenge Newton presents…

Over the years, Bobby Wagner has sacked Newton once in 9-games and intercepted one of his passes.  Wagner says with Cam joining a new team, you have to come into the game with a new approach…

Cam Newton, Bill Belicheck and the New England Patriots will be in Seattle for Sunday Night Football.  Kickoff on NBC will be at 5:20.

Coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports schedule starting tonight…

The Wenatchee Wild host West Kelowna on Hockey Night tonight at 7 o’clock at the Town Toyota Center.

Eastmont takes on the West Valley Rams in Big-9 football tomorrow night at 6:30.

We’ll air the Cascade vs. Cashmere girls soccer game from a frigid night in Cashmere last October Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  And then Saturday night at 6, we’ll re-air the Jerry Berschauer Memorial 100 from Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval from last weekend.

Thanks Eric.

The Washington State Department of Transportation wasn’t sure what to think about this guy drumming up a storm along Highway 2 west of Leavenworth.

On Wednesday, WASH-DOT posted the photo and said it was an amazing sight but still not a good idea.

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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.