NCWLIFE Evening News September 27th, 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, Wenatchee police are trying to locate a person who may have been the victim of an attempted vehicular assault at a car wash on North Mission Street last week. Wenatchee police are looking for a thief who last week lowered himself by a rope into Bagdon’s on South Wenatchee Avenue, then made off with some tools.

Though COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high at Central Washington Hospital, the latest numbers from Confluence Health show a sharp decline this week.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Moses Lake ESD Crime -A Moses Lake man is charged with federal crimes for allegedly filing false unemployment claims and demanding kickbacks while working at the state Employment Security Department. 47-year-old Reyes De La Cruz III was charged in a 20-count indictment. It alleges that after he was hired at ESD in April 2020, he filed unemployment claims using other people’s personal information, and then had the benefits paid to debit cards that were mailed to addresses in Moses Lake where De La Cruz could retrieve them. He allegedly paid himself $130,000 through the scheme, and took money from friends and relatives for setting up benefit payments on their behalf. Police arrested De LA Cruz in Moses Lake on Friday morning. He faces trial in federal court in Tacoma.
Vehicular Assault -Wenatchee police are trying to locate a person who may have been the victim of an attempted vehicular assault at a car wash on North Mission Street last week. Police say they’ve already identified the driver of a white SUV who last Tuesday about 5:30 a.m. apparently drives toward the man before hitting a wall at the car wash. The man is seen stumbling and falling before getting up and eventually running away. Anyone with information on the man is asked to call RiverCom’s non-emergency line at 663-9911.
Bagdons Theft -Wenatchee police are looking for a thief who last week lowered himself by a rope into Bagdon’s on South Wenatchee Avenue, then made off with some tools. Video surveillance shows the man first dropping the rope down from a skylight, then shimmying down into the cabinet and millwork business. The break-in happened last Tuesday morning about 4 a.m. Anyone with information on the burglary or the suspect is asked to contact the Wenatchee Police Department.
Hospitalizations Fall -Though COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high at Central Washington Hospital, the latest numbers from Confluence Health show a sharp decline this week. After more than two weeks of COVID patient numbers that exceeded 50, Confluence today reported 39 COVID-19 patients at the hospital. Of those 39, Confluence says 36 are not fully vaccinated. 10 patients are in the hospital’s intensive care unit, 9 of whom are not fully vaccinated. 11 of those hospitalized are from Chelan County, 8 from Douglas County, 9 from Okanogan County and 7 from Grant County.
TEASE -Coming up next, More than 45 elected officials in eastern Washington are complaining to Governor Jay Inslee about the state’s requirements for COVID-19 vaccination./ The cross-country Amtrak train that would have passed through Wenatchee yesterday derailed in rural Montana on Saturday, killing three people./ Douglas County commissioners tomorrow will order suspended County Treasurer Natalie Marx to take out more insurance to cover federal tax payments she failed to deposit, and, Lincoln Park in Wenatchee won’t have a bicycle pump track this year. . .That project will have to wait until 2022. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Gripes for Inslee -More than 45 elected officials in eastern Washington are complaining to Governor Jay Inslee about the state’s requirements for COVID-19 vaccination. Among the signatories to a letter sent to the Governor last week are all three Chelan County commissioners, all three from Grant County as well as the prosecutor and sheriff, every state legislator from the 13th District, and 12th District Representatives Keith Goehner and Mike Steele. The letter demands a meeting with Inslee to discuss the vaccine requirements for state employees and teachers. They write that, QUOTE, “We all want what is best for our communities and state, but the perception is only one person is making all the decisions.”
Amtrak Derail -The cross-country Amtrak train that would have passed through Wenatchee yesterday derailed in rural Montana on Saturday, killing three people. Authorities say dozens more were injured when the Empire Builder toppled off the tracks near Joplin, Montana, about 4 p.m. local time. Eight of the train’s 10 cars went off the rails near a switch. One hundred forty-one passengers and 16 crewmembers were aboard, headed west toward the train’s final destination in Seattle. Seven people remained in treatment at Montana hospitals on Sunday. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
Douglas Treasurer -Douglas County commissioners tomorrow will order suspended County Treasurer Natalie Marx to take out more insurance to cover federal tax payments she failed to deposit. The commissioners suspended Marx from office late last month over an estimated $93,000 in fines from the IRS for late deposits of county payroll tax. Marx, a former deputy treasurer who was elected to the office in 2018, already holds a $150,000 surety bond, but commissioners say that may not be sufficient, and want her to obtain a quarter-million-dollar bond to cover the county’s losses. That’s expected to take place in a public hearing tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
Bike Park -Lincoln Park in Wenatchee won’t have a bicycle pump track this year. That project will have to wait until 2022. The Wenatchee City Council on Thursday withdrew from a contract with the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, which said it just doesn’t have the volunteers it needs to complete the park before winter. . .
In the same meeting, councilmembers raised the wages of Wenatchee City Police by 4 percent per year over the next two years; agreed to join the city of East Wenatchee to establish a low-barrier shelter for the homeless; and opened up almost nine acres at Wenatchee Avenue and McKittrick to possible future development.
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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .
Kirk Hudson PUD -Kirk Hudson has spent 24 years overseeing the power supply generated by the Chelan County PUD. Come January 1st, he’ll be in charge of the entire agency. The 54-year-old Hudson was named the new general manager of the PUD one week ago. In tonight’’s feature story, he took some time out for an interview with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .

TEASE – 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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

The Mariners remain 2-games out of the Wild Card Playoff Race after taking two of three from the Angels over the weekend, including a 5-1 win Sunday…
Shohei Ohtani and Marco Gonzales were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first six innings with Los Angeles leading 1-nothing. That was until Jarred Kelenic provided a spark in the 7th…
Seattle took the lead in the 8th on Mitch Haniger’s RBI single and Jake Fraley added on with a 3-run double. Diego Castillo would get the final out in the 9th to help Seattle finish the 10-game road trip 8-and-2. They return home tonight to host Oakland in the first of three games at 7:10.
Seattle remains two games back in the Wild Card Race even though there was a shuffle above them. The Yankees completed a weekend sweep of the Red Sox Sunday with a 6-3 win. That put New York in the first Wild Card playoff spot and Boston in the second spot. Toronto beat the Twins 5-1 to remain a game out. Oakland topped Houston 4-3 to remain in the hunt, three games back.

The Seahawks laid a big second-half egg in Minnesota Sunday as the Vikings scored 23-unanswered points to beat Seattle 30-to-17…
The Seahawks led 17-7 early in the second quarter when the Vikings got its offense into high gear, scoring two touchdowns to take a 21-17 lead at half. Coach Pete Carroll says Seattle just didn’t make stops and is not playing consistently over four quarters…
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Seattle takes its 1-and-2 record on the road to face 2-and-1 San Francisco Sunday at 1:05 on FOX.

The Huskies pulled out an overtime win Saturday night against Cal…
Washington’s Cameron Williams and Jackson Sirmon combined to force California’s Damien Moore to fumble at the 1-yard line in overtime, and the Huskies escaped with a 31-24 win over the Golden Bears.
Utah scored 14-unanswered points in the 4th quarter to come back at beat Washington State 24-13.
Eric Barriere threw for four touchdowns and Dennis Merritt rushed for three others as Eastern Washington blew out Southern Utah 50-to-21.
Central Washington’s offense was held to just three field goals all day as Angelo State topped the Wildcats 14-9.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval wrapped up a successful season Saturday with the Neal Newberry 125…
The feature for the Super Late Models went to Lake Oswego’s Gracin Raz. Moxee’s Randy Marshall, Jr. took second with Garrett Evans third.
The Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car season wrapped up with East Wenatchee’s Cameron Doyle taking the checkered flag. Moses Lake’s Ron Stewart was 2nd and Wenatchee’s Luke Schall third.
Chad Holaday polished off another track championship with a first-place finish in the Holaday Custom Muffler B-Mods main event. East Wenatchee’s Donovan Stevens was second and Ephrata’s Bart Hector, Jr. third.
The Plumb Perfect Roadrunners had some visitors from out of town as Marysville’s Keegan Creager grabbed the checkered flag. East Wenatchee’s Kyle Spaulding was second with Yakima’s Max Cook third.

In prep girls soccer Saturday, Eastmont hosted Wenatchee in the final stage of three-straight-days of the two schools meeting each other in athletics…
Wenatchee swept Eastmont in volleyball Thursday. Eastmont beat Wenatchee in football Friday. And Saturday was a similar result as Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen called the low-scoring affair…
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Eastmont remained undefeated with the win. In other action Saturday, Cashmere beat Okanogan 7-1. Quincy edged Lakeside Nine Mile Falls 4-3. And Bridgeport topped Brewster 2-1.
We’ll have more soccer coverage tomorrow night when Wenatchee hosts Davis at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Sebastian and Matt will have the coverage beginning at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Of course, we were there for the 17th Bridge of Sportsmanship Friday night as Eastmont hosted Wenatchee in football…
The Panthers held a 3-nothing lead late into the third quarter before the Wildcats finally found the end zone and it was all Eastmont from there. Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…
In other Big-9 play Friday, Moses Lake clobbered Eisenhower 56-to-7. Davis stopped East Valley 21-6. And Sunnyside beat West Valley in a barn-burner 41-35.
In Caribou Trail League action Friday, Cascade had its game at Granite Falls cancelled. Okanogan took care of Cashmere 49-15. Toppenish topped Quincy 21-13.
In B-League football Friday, Soap Lake bobbed Bridgeport 60-24. Brewster’s game at Ki-Be was cancelled. Manson shut out Priest River 14-nothing. And Liberty Bell beat Waterville-Mansfield 41-24.

And, not to be forgotten, the Seattle Kraken took to the ice for the first time in franchise history last night in Spokane for an exhibition game against Vancouver…
It was more playoff-atmosphere than preseason as fans packed Spokane’s Veterans Memorial Arena. The Canucks got off to an early 2-nothing lead but Seattle scored three goals in the second period to take the lead. The Kraken went on for the 5-3 win and mark it down, Riley Sheahan scored the first goal in Seattle Kraken history.
The Three Rink Rush continues Friday in Everett when Seattle faces Edmonton. The regular season gets underway October 12th in Las Vegas. The Kraken will open Climate Pledge Arena October 23rd against Vancouver.


Thanks Eric.
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