NCWLIFE Evening News September 24th, 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 Wenatchee man faces felony stalking charges after allegedly cornering a woman inside her home and assaulting her. An Okanogan County dental assistant and nursing worker has lost her state licensing for unprofessional conduct, and, A state agency is warning wildfire victims about questionable contractors offering to repair or rebuild homes and buildings.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A motorist believed to be under the influence crashed into an electrical junction Wednesday night, and left about 1,000 East Wenatchee residents in the dark.

Levi Lou Lange, age, 29, allegedly drove a GMC pickup off the shoulder on Jarvis Avenue about 9:48 p.m. and struck a power box. The collision cut power to nearby homes until the Douglas County PUD could restore the outage about an hour later. East Wenatchee police say Lange will be cited for DUI.

A Wenatchee man faces felony stalking charges after allegedly cornering a woman inside her home and assaulting her.

Police say the victim had a valid restraining order against 39-year-old Douglas Lowell Atchison, but he repeatedly called and searched for her before arriving at her home last Friday. Atchison allegedly used ethnic slurs and threatened the life of a Hispanic Wenatchee police officer while being taken to jail, and tried to headbutt another officer as well. As a result, police say they’ll seek additional charges of felony harassment and third-degree assault. Atchison has previously been convicted of charges including drug offenses and a drive-by shooting in 2001.

An Okanogan County dental assistant and nursing worker has lost her state licensing for unprofessional conduct. The Department of Health says it charged Aprile Lashell Patterson in July with unprofessional conduct for alleged sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult. She was not criminally charged, but the state said Thursday it had revoked Patterson’s licenses to practice as a dental assistant, certified nursing assistant, and home care aide. She was also placed on a long-term registry barring her from future employment in those fields.

A state agency is warning wildfire victims about questionable contractors offering to repair or rebuild homes and buildings.

The Washington Emergency Management Division says there have been reports of people who are not professionals going to wildfire-damaged areas offering their help. The agency advises victims to make sure a contractor is licensed with the state.

You can find out if the contractor is licensed, how long they’ve been in business and the amount of insurance coverage and bonding they have at the Department of Labor and Industries website at LNI-dot-wa-dot-gov. Emergency Management says it’s a red flag when contractors ask to be paid in cash or have a check made out to someone other than their business.

Coming up next, Not surprisingly, the Wenatchee area unemployment rate rose from 4.6 percent in August 2019 to 8.3 percent this August. . .we will have the numbers. Fifty-five people tested positive for COVID-19 at communitywide testing last week in Moses Lake and Quincy, and, The city of Leavenworth took the first steps in its new paid parking program Wednesday as crews began installing sensors at three of the city’s parking lots. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Not surprisingly, the Wenatchee area unemployment rate rose from 4.6 percent in August 2019 to 8.3 percent this August. Also, the local economy lost 2,300 nonfarm jobs between August 2019 (47,300 jobs) and August 2020 (45,000 jobs), a 4.9-percent downturn. 

If there is a “silver lining” to this dark economic cloud, it is that year-over-year job loss rates (in the Wenatchee MSA and statewide) have decelerated for the past four consecutive months (May through August 2020).

Fifty-five people tested positive for COVID-19 at communitywide testing last week in Moses Lake and Quincy.

The Grant County Health District said it is still sorting through the data but out of 502 people tested in Quincy there were 30 cases, or 6 percent positive. In Moses Lake, out of 262 people tested there were 25 cases, or 25 percent positive.

Grant County has seen a surge in positive tests in recent weeks but the health district said Wednesday the number of new cases has begun to flatten out somewhat.

Meanwhile, in Chelan and Douglas Counties, the number of positive COVID cases continues to drop. For the week ending September 23rd the two-county number of positive cases over a two-week period was at 162 per 100,000. According to Governor Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Safe Plan, that number needs to be 25 per 100,000 to move up in the phased restart plan. 

The city of Leavenworth took the first steps in its new paid parking program Wednesday as crews began installing sensors at three of the city’s parking lots.

The sensors will help the city monitor and enforce the flow of parking. That work is expected to take 10 days and will likely cause parking disruptions. Next up will be the installation of kiosks and parking meters in the downtown core and the creation of a residential parking program. The city has not yet announced when its metered and monitored parking program will begin.

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Last night we told you about how crews working on the Wenatchee Heights road improvement project are recycling the old roadway for use on the new road. Chelan County Public Works produced a video yesterday showing exactly how they’re doing that. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

To say it’s been a challenging year is the understatement of the century.  COVID-19 provided particular challenges for entertainment venues such as Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval.

The local quarter-mile asphalt track was all set to celebrate its 50th year in the Wenatchee Valley.  Then COVID hit.  General manager Jeremy Anders said it was a tough pill to swallow.  Then he hatched an idea to ask NCWLIFE to televise what limiting racing they could have…

The season-finale is set for Saturday at WVSO with the Neal Newberry 150, presented by Pepsi for the Northwest Super Late Models; the Tommy Wentz Classic for the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars; the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods; and the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.  We’ll begin our coverage LIVE on Facebook at 5:30 and then racing LIVE on TV at 6 o’clock.

Be sure to tune in Friday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley for our entire interview with Jeremy Anders as we ramp up for the final weekend of racing at WVSO during a very strange year.

The Mariners kept its slim playoff hopes alive by winning the home finale of a truncated Major League Baseball season over Houston last night 3-to-2…

Nick Margevicius (mar-GAV-itch-es) earned the victory, pitching 6-innings of 3-hit, shutout ball with four strikeouts and 3-walks.  Yoshihisa Hirano had a scary ninth, but held on for the save.

Manager Scott Servais was happy to see his guys gut out a quality win…

Margevicius says it was a great way for him to end his season, personally, and something to build on for next year…

Seattle ended the home part of their schedule 14-and-9 and will finish with four games at Oakland, beginning tomorrow night at 6:40 when Yusei Kikuchi goes up against Chris Bassitt.

Also in the American League West last night…

Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton and Anthony Bemboom all homered in a 4-run second inning and the Angels dropped San Diego 5-to-2.  Los Angeles is a half-game in front of Seattle and trails Houston by 2-and-a-half games for the final playoff spot in the American League West.  The Mariners are three-games back.

Wyatt Mathisen and Tim Locastro each homered in Arizona’s 6-run 6th as the Diamondbacks beat Texas 7-3.

Ramon Laureano’s 2-run homer in the top of the 9th led Oakland past the L-A Dodgers 6-4.

The Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at CenturyLink Field in the 3rd week of the NFL Season.  Coach Pete Carroll says his defense will have its hands full with a talent-laden Cowboy offense…

Dak Prescott’s quarterback rating is over 100 while running back Ezekiel Elliott is average over 4-yards per carry.  Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner says you have to respect both when defending the Cowboys…

Seattle and Dallas kick off Sunday afternoon at 1:25 on FOX.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight a positive story. . .the Numerica Performing Arts center says the 20th annual Festival of Trees in Wenatchee will indeed go on this year, with some minor adjustments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be from November 30th to December 6th as the PAC also celebrates its 20th anniversary. The fund-raising festival will feature specially decorated trees and wreaths throughout the PAC, with the grand trees on display on the stage surrounded by a winter wonderland.

People planning to attend will need to book small-group visiting times online. Bidding for trees will be online, as will the gala dinner. The PAC says details about tickets, registration for the gala and tree viewing will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.