NCWLIFE Evening News September 25th, 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 Rock Island man who admitted to sexually victimizing a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree child rape. An Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs online for refusal to enforce Washington firearms law received a five-year probation sentence this week, and, Health authorities announced yesterday the Chelan-Douglas region has seen its 23rd death due to COVID-19.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

After a short manhunt Thursday, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old man who allegedly beat up a 73-year-old Moses Lake man, then stole his car, money and guns. The victim suffered head trauma, several broken bones and has been hospitalized, the sheriff’s office said.

The assault took place at the victim’s home west of Moses Lake. Evan J. Keith reportedly abandoned the victim’s car a short distance away from where the assault took place.

After asking for the public’s assistance in locating Keith, he was arrested about 4 p.m. yesterday at a friend’s home in the Winchester area.

A Rock Island man who admitted to sexually victimizing a 14-year-old girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree child rape. 28-year-old Nicolas Robert Clerc confessed to the rape in June after the teen disclosed incident.

When he’s sentenced next month in Chelan County Superior Court, Clerc faces a likely prison term of 26 to 34 months, with a maximum of five years. This is his second conviction for third-degree child rape; at age 20 he served one year for victimizing a 15-year-old in Douglas County.

An Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs online for refusal to enforce Washington firearms law received a five-year probation sentence this week. 24-year-old Jaydin Ledford pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of making threats by interstate communication, after posting on Facebook last year that he would shoot Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Knezovich was among a handful of sheriffs who claimed that I-1639, the state’s voter-approved restrictions on firearms purchases, was unconstitutional. Ledford, who has autism and other disabilities, could have faced up to five years in federal prison.

authorities announced yesterday the Chelan-Douglas region has seen its 23rd death due to COVID-19.

A Chelan County patient was a man in his 40s. The registration of his death comes as the Wenatchee Valley is working to turn a corner in overall coronavirus cases and infection rate. It’s the fifth COVID-19 mortality announced by the two-county Chelan-Douglas Health District this week. 

Coming up next, After the Pearl Hill Fire roared through northern Douglas County, residents there now have to watch out for the next possible catastrophe. The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival announced yesterday the theme “Marching On” for the 102nd Festival, and, Miss Veedol will be flying over the Wenatchee area October 5th to commemorate the anniversary of the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

After the Pearl Hill Fire roared through northern Douglas County, residents there now have to watch out for the next possible catastrophe. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins reports an alphabet soup of government agencies are working to shore up the region against post-fire hazards, including the potential for floods. . .

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival announced yesterday the theme “Marching On” for the 102nd Festival. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson says “2020 was definitely a year we will never forget” and thanked 2020 Director General Lori Reed and her Board of Directors for being so positive the past 6 months.

The 2021 Director General is Brad Bozett. Upcoming dates to remember include the Festival’s fundraising auction Saturday, January 23, 2021 and the Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday February 13th. Next year’s festival will take place from April 22nd to May 2nd.

Miss Veedol will be flying over the Wenatchee area October 5th to commemorate the anniversary of the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean.

That flight originated in Misawa, Japan and ended October 5th, 1931 in East Wenatchee. The Miss Veedol is a replica of the plane flown by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon. The plane normally flies during area festivals but those have been cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic this year. The plane last flew Memorial Day weekend as a tribute to health care and other essential workers.

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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Drone footage taken September 16th by Okanogan County Emergency Management shows the devastating path carved along Highway 97 by the Cold Springs Fire. The footage shows several homes destroyed along the highway and the Monse Bridge Road area while other homes in the Labor Day Weekend fire were spared.

That stretch of fire also jumped the Okanogan River and created a separate path of destruction. The Cold Springs Fire later jumped the Columbia River, sparking the Pearl Hill Fire in Douglas County, the state’s largest fire this year. In tonight’s feature story, here’s a look at the dramatic video which highlights the devastation a fire can cause. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Wenatchee native Heidi Schreck’s critically acclaimed play “What the Constitution Means to Me” will air as a special on Amazon Prime beginning October 16th.

The Tony Award-nominated play was captured on film during its final week on Broadway. It is the story of the Wenatchee High School graduate’s experience as a student competing in a contest sponsored by the American Legion. Schreck was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the play.

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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 weekend.