NCWLIFE Evening News September 23rd, 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, Three people were hospitalized and an East Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after a collision on Highway 28 near Nile Street late Tuesday afternoon. A 29-year-old Moses Lake man had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries he suffered a rollover accident late Monday night on Interstate 90 east of Kittitas and Wenatchee lawyer and two-time Chelan County judicial candidate Charles R. Steinberg died Tuesday after collapsing at his Wenatchee home.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Dryden Double Fatal -Two Peshastin residents were killed late Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 2 near the Big Y intersection. The Washington State Patrol said just after 3 p.m. 60-year-old Katherine McDuffie drove her 1979 Chevrolet Camaro north off Deadman Hill Road onto the highway and into the path of an eastbound 2005 GMC Sierra. McDuffie died at the scene and a passenger in her vehicle, 59-year-old Mark E. Anderson, later died at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The driver of the GMC, 47-year-old Phillip Butterbaugh of Wenatchee was not injured. Troopers were able to direct highway traffic around the accident scene.
Nile Street Accident-Three people were hospitalized and an East Wenatchee man faces multiple charges after a collision on Highway 28 near Nile Street late Tuesday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol said 61-year-old Roland Morris pulled his 2008 Ford Taurus onto the highway off Nile Street just before 5 p.m. and collided with a westbound 2019 Honda Odyssey being driven by 88-year-old Kenneth Uptain of Othello. Trooper John Bryant said Morris, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, faces possible charges of vehicular assault, drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and failure to have an interlock device on his vehicle, said Trooper John Bryant. Uptain and his passenger, 86-year-old Beverly Uptain, also were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Roland Uptain suffered a possible broken wrist and Beverly Uptain, also of Othello, possible broken ribs.
I-90 Rollover -A 29-year-old Moses Lake man had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries he suffered a rollover accident late Monday night on Interstate 90 east of Kittitas. The Washington State Patrol said Christopher Beard was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed in a 2002 Ford Focus when he swerved across the lanes and into a rock wall, then rolled several times before the Ford came to rest on its wheels on the right shoulder. The State Patrol said the car’s engine came ended up about 20 feet away from the vehicle. Beard faces a charge of driving with a suspended license in the 10:15 p.m. accident.
Steinburg Dies -Sad news to report tonight, Wenatchee lawyer and two-time Chelan County judicial candidate Charles R. Steinberg died Tuesday after collapsing at his Wenatchee home, a few weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 55. Steinberg practiced law in Wenatchee for 27 years. He ran for Superior Court judge in 2012 and 2018, but was not elected. Friends said he had dealt with severe COVID-19 symptoms for the prior two weeks before his death from an apparent cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife and his adult daughter.
TEASE -Coming up next, A rape trial that’s been pending since 2018 ended Wednesday with acquittal on one charge, and a hung jury on another./ That rape trial had to be heard by two different judges after the first judge, Kristin Ferrera, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 13th, and, The State Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of a Malaga cannabis grower and finds Chelan County’s 2015 moratorium on marijuana production should not have prevented it from operating. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Cashmere Rape Trial -A rape trial that’s been pending since 2018 ended Wednesday with acquittal on one charge, and a hung jury on another. The Chelan County jury found Blake Badgley of Cashmere not guilty of third-degree rape, but said it could not reach a decision on the more serious charge of rape in the second degree. Badgley, now 23, was accused of having sex with the alleged victim in June 2018, while she was intoxicated and unable to consent. His attorney, Brandon Redal, said the facts and witness testimony didn’t support the charges. The Chelan County Prosecutor’s office now must decide whether to pursue a second trial. Badgley must return to court for a status hearing on October 20th.
Judge COVID -That rape trial had to be heard by two different judges after the first judge, Kristin Ferrera, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on September 13th. Ferrera tested positive after overseeing jury selection; Judge Robert Jourdan presided over the testimony and verdict. It’s the second time Ferrera has tested positive for COVID-19; the first was in May 2020. She told NCWLIFE yesterday the virus left her quite ill last week. She has since recovered and returned to work in Chelan County Superior Court.
Thermographic -The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Chelan and Douglas counties fell for the third-straight week in this week’s health’s district’s report. The rate of new cases was reported today at 865 per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks. That’s down from 984 new cases per 100,000 residents reported last week. Though still high, the new case numbers have been falling after almost two months of increasing cases. Hospitalizations remain high, with 55 COVID-19 patients currently being treated at Central Washington Hospital, with 13 of those patients in the intensive care unit.
Supreme Court Cannabis -A narrow decision by the state Supreme Court finds that Chelan County’s moratorium on cannabis growers in 2015 should not have been used to keep a Malaga farm from operating. Seven Hills Farms won a 5-4 ruling today, with the majority of justices finding that the county’s moratorium did not affect the zoning laws under which Seven Hills was already established. The county closed the business in 2017, one year after outlawing most cannabis production under revised zoning laws. But the Supreme Court says Seven Hills should have been grandfathered as an existing property use. Chelan County courts must now reconsider the matter.
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.

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Pause for Pets -Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, we meet Junie B. the cat. . .

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.

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The Mariners are playing their best baseball of the season at just the right time. Seattle put together another stellar night of pitching, timely hitting and good defense to beat Oakland 4-to-1 for its 4th-straight win last night…
It all started on the mound with Chris Flexen, who allowed just 1-run on 3-hits over 7-innings…
Seattle got an early lead thanks to the 35th home run of the season by Kyle Seager, and his 100th RBI…
Ty France would not be outdone as hit went deep later in the game to provide a little more cushion…
Diego Castillo pitched a perfect 8th to give way to Drew Steckenrider in the 9th to finish off the 4-1 victory…
Seattle will go for the sweep today at 12:37 when Yusei Kikuchi faces Chris Bassitt.
Even though the Mariners moved up to second place in the American League West and passed Oakland in the Wild Card Race, they were eliminated from winning the division title by Houston’s 9-5 win over the Angels. The Astros scored 4-runs in the top of the 12th to get the victory in Anaheim.
The Yankees broke a 3-3 tie on Gleybor Torres’s RBI-double in the 8th and went on to score three more in the frame to beat Texas 7-to-3.
As we check the Wild Card Race in the American League, there was another shake up. Tampa Bay secured a playoff spot with its 7-1 win over Toronto. Meanwhile, Boston beat up on former Mariner Taijuan Walker and the Mets 12-to-5.
So, the Red Sox stay a game-and-a-half in front for the first Wild Card playoff spot. New York moves into the second spot. Toronto falls a half-game back. And the Mariners leapfrog Oakland and are 2-and-a-half games back with 7-left to play.

The NFL has made an emphasis on taunting this season, asking officials to throw more flags. Through two weeks, 11-unsportsmanlike penalties have been called across the league with three being against the Seahawks and two against wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.
Coach Pete Carroll says D.K. is learning how to be aggressive without going too far…
Seattle takes its 1-and-1 record into Minnesota this Sunday to face the oh-and-two Vikings. Despite its record, Carroll says quarterback Kirk Cousins may be playing the best ball of his career…
Seattle and Minnesota kick off at 1:25 Sunday on FOX.

Week four of the high school football season gets underway today in our area…
Entiat travels to Pateros to battle the Billygoats tonight at 6 o’clock.
Then at 7, Chelan hosts a non-league game against Tonasket at Sargent Field.

It’s a busy day on the pitch in girls soccer…
Ephrata travels to Ellensburg at 4 o’clock while Quincy hosts East Valley of Yakima. Omak visits Cascade at 4:30 while Brewster plays at Lake Roosevelt and Manson travels to Okanogan. Cashmere hosts Chelan tonight at 6:30.
On the volleyball courts tonight, Entiat hosts Riverside Christian at 5:30 while Pateros visits Easton. The 6:30 games have Okanogan at Brewster; Manson hosts Tonasket; and Waterville-Mansfield visits Soap Lake. Ephrata is on the road at Othello while Bridgeport hosts Moses Lake Christian at 7.
Of course, the game we’re going to broadcast LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel tonight is Eastmont at Wenatchee. Both programs are coming off big wins on Tuesday after the Panthers knocked off West Valley and the Wildcats came away with a 3-2 win at Sunnyside. Eric Granstrom will be courtside to call the action beginning with the pregame tonight at 6:45.

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.