NCWLIFE Evening News September 21st, 2020


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, Two NCW men have been arrested in separate investigations of child sexual abuse. Four more deaths in the Wenatchee Valley are now attributed to COVID-19, however, The number of positive COVID-19 tests continues to decline in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 33-year-old Moses Lake man was killed Sunday morning after his vehicle rolled into an irrigation canal about five miles southeast of Ephrata.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Mendoza was driving north on W20 Canal Road when he tried to turn around but a rear tire slid over an embankment and the 2004 Mazda 6 rolled onto its top in the water-filled canal. The sheriff’s office said it appears he couldn’t escape the vehicle and he was he found dead at the scene at about 6:30 a.m.

Mendoza was not wearing a seat belt which could mean he unlocked it himself after the accident, the sheriff’s office said. The canal is at the east end of Road 8 Northwest. The Grant County coroner will be conducting an autopsy.

Two NCW men have been arrested in separate investigations of child sexual abuse. Tyler Clark McAllister of Manson and Jaime Serrato of Wenatchee were both arrested Thursday on suspicion of child molestation and incest. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say McAllister, who’s 43 years old, is suspected of abusing a five-year-old child. In Serrato’s case, the alleged victim is a teenager and disclosed claims of sexual abuse dating back to age six. Chelan County prosecutors have until Tuesday to file formal charges.

Four more deaths in the Wenatchee Valley are now attributed to COVID-19. The virus has claimed a total of 22 people total in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

The valley’s health district says the latest patients to succumb to the coronavirus were three men, in their 50s, 60s and 70s; and one woman in her 80s. Right now, eight people are hospitalized in Wenatchee for coronavirus treatment. Health officials continue to recommend public masking and social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

On the positive side. . .The number of positive COVID-19 tests continues to decline in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District has been tracking the number of cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days and in Friday’s report that number fell to just over 200. Gov. Jay Inslee has set a goal of 25 new cases per 100,000 population over a two-week period and the two-county area has been steadily moving in that direction. For much of July and August, that number in Chelan/Douglas was 400 or higher per 100,000 population.

The improvement is even more dramatic in Okanogan County. The once hard-hit county is currently below Inslee’s threshold at 18.7 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. The Omak School District said Sunday they are reviewing a return to in-class instruction.

Coming up next, An update tonight on what the current situation is with area wildfires. There’s a new way for East Wenatchee resident to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Two civic groups are hosting a virtual voter education event Wednesday evening, in partnership with NCW Libraries, and, Wenatchee entrepreneur and community benefactor Carl Campbell died last Thursday at age of 98, more on his life coming up. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

North Central Washington’s two largest wildfires are now mostly contained, but Friday night’s lightning storms across the region caused some new fire starts that crews had to address. The U.S. Forest Service reported ten small lightning-caused fires Saturday and Sunday in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, but said all were remote and their growth appeared limited by rainfall and cool weather. The Cold Springs and Pearl Hill fires, in Okanogan and Douglas counties, are both now more than 90 percent contained after burning more than 400,000 acres and 104 homes.

There’s a new way for East Wenatchee resident to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. City Hall now offers a secure kiosk where medications can be deposited for safe destruction. The use of such kiosks helps keep prescription drugs out of the hands of unprescribed users, and out of landfills and wastewater.

Although city hall is closed during the pandemic, the public may still dispose of medications by contacting the Police Records Department Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Two civic groups are hosting a virtual voter education event Wednesday evening, in partnership with NCW Libraries. Young Professionals of NCW and the NCW Young Voters league are the key hosts for the Zoom session, which starts at 7 p.m. Topics include ways to channel passion into action, and the role that young people can play at all levels in the political sphere. You can register to participate through NCW Libraries website.

Before we go to break, some sad news tonight. . .Wenatchee entrepreneur and community benefactor Carl Campbell died last Thursday at age of 98. Campbell was known as much for giving back to the community as he was for the empire of retirement and assisted living facilities he built across the country.

Campbell, who had a lifelong passion for aviation, also founded Executive Flight, a medical and charter air service that operated at Pangborn Memorial Airport for three decades. In 2016, he announced his retirement and the sale of his senior facilities, which once included more than 180 properties in 21 states.

Those included Colonial Vista in Wenatchee, where he had his offices and lived. He was a big donor to numerous organizations, including the Central Washington Hospital Foundation. He sold the former Executive Flight building to the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority for its headquarters. Port Director Jim Kuntz and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Campbell at the facility in February. . .

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Parents and school districts would love to restart in-person classes, but to do so, the rate of new COVID-19 cases must be 75 per 100,000 people or lower. Currently the number in the Wenatchee Valley is about 200, nowhere near that goal. In an online forum last week, Chelan-Douglas Health District’s new director said safe school reopening depends on expanded testing and what kind of viral spread it finds in the community.

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.

L.J. Collier stopped Cam Newton at the one-yard line on the final play of the game and the Seahawks held on to beat the New England Patriots 35-30 at CenturyLink Field last night…

Newton engineered a 9-play, 74-yard drive to get his team to Seattle’s one with 3-seconds remaining.  He’d already rushed for two touchdowns in the game from that position and Collier said the defense was ready…

Strong safety Jamal Adams had another big game with 10-combined tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss.  He was quick to give credit to Collier for making the final play…

The final second heroics took the spotlight away from a huge game by Russell Wilson.  He threw touchdown passes to five different receivers and now has 9-TD passes in just two games.  He says its been fun so far…

The game was played at CenturyLink Field without fans because of COVID-19.  Coach Pete Carroll said it was great to get the win but he’d rather have fans there to enjoy it…

Wilson’s quarterback rating was 132.1 has he threw five touchdown passes to D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, David Moore, Chris Carson and Freddie Swain.  Carson led the ground game with 72-yards on 17-carries as Seattle improved to 2-and-oh.  Next up with be another home game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at 1:25 on Fox.

The Seahawks did suffer some injuries in last night’s game, the most serious to defensive end Bruce Irvin.  It appears he tore his ACL.  He had an MRI and further testing today and the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, fears he tore his ACL.  And on Twitter this afternoon, Irvin posted quote, I guess I am human after all, end quote.

In addition, safety Marquise Blair left the game in the second-quarter with a knee injury.  Coach Pete Carroll considered it fairly serious after the game. 

Left tackle Duane Brown left the game briefly in the first quarter after being rolled up on by a teammate.  He was able to come back and finish the game, however.

Here’s a look at the rest of the NFC West on the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Raheem Mostert rushed for 92-yards and a touchdown and Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes as San Francisco improved to 1-and-1 with a 31-13 in against the Jets in New York.

Jared Goff connected with Tyler Higbee on three touchdown passes to lead the Rams past Philadelphia 37-19.  Los Angeles is also 2-and-oh on the season.

Kyler Murray continues to impress at quarterback for Arizona as he rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another in amassing 353-yards of offense to lead the Cardinals to a 30-to-15 win over Washington.  Arizona is also 2-and-oh on the season.

San Diego scored three runs in the top of the 11th and beat Seattle 7-to-4 Sunday as the Padres took two of three from the Mariners…

Seattle came back to tie the game in the 8th on Dylan Moore’s two-run home run.  And after the two teams traded runs in the 10th, San Diego scored three in the 11th on Mitch Moreland’s RBI-double, Jurickson Profar’s RBI-single, and on an error by second baseman Dylan Moore.

The Mariners return to Seattle to wrap up the home part of the schedule against the Astros over the next three nights.  Tonight’s game starts at 6:10 with Marco Gonzales going up against Lance McCullers, Jr.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

The A’s magic number remains at one after Oakland lost and Houston won Sunday.  The Giants thwarted plans for a celebration in Oakland as Francisco drubbed the Athletics 14-to-2.

Meanwhile in Houston, George Springer was 3-for-4 with a home run to lead the Astros past Arizona 3-2.

The Rangers hit five home runs as Texas powered past the Angels 7-to-2.

The season wraps up at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday with a big night of racing…

It’s the Neal Newberry 125 for Northwest Super Late Models, presented by Pepsi.  It’s also the Tommy Wentz Classic for the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars.  Also racing will be the Holaday Custom Muffler B-Mods and the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.

Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz will have the call Saturday night starting at 6 LIVE here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Cashmere-based Crunch Pak is jumping into the meal-replacement market with the launch of Lunch Kitz in October.

The snack tray will feature Crunch-Pak’s signature sliced apples, an artisan cracker, string cheese and Italian salami and will cost from 2-dollars and 99 cents to 3-dollars and 49 cents in supermarkets.

The first packages will feature Woody from Toy Store. The company said Lunch Kitz needed to meet Disney’s strict nutritional guidelines and are an excellent source of vitamin C.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.