NCWLIFE Evening News September 28th, 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, An East Wenatchee man charged with abducting a former girlfriend across county lines pleaded guilty Monday to lesser charges./ Greyhound Bus Lines will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit over its practice of allowing U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents to board its buses in Washington and conduct warrantless immigration sweeps, and, The Nason Fire high above Lake Wenatchee continues to send up the occasional plume of smoke but fire officials say it is now 70 percent contained
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Grant County Assault -A Moses Lake man serving prison time for negligently shooting his girlfriend has had his conviction overturned. 31-year-old Jose Jesus Espinoza Jr. has been in Airway Heights Correction Center since he was convicted in January 2020. Espinoza allegedly told hospital workers that he accidentally fired a handgun and wounded the victim in the back. But he denied the charge to police and at trial, and some of the testimony was contradictory. The state Court of Appeal in Spokane ruled Tuesday that Espinoza’s lawyer didn’t effectively represent him, and threw out his conviction for third-degree assault with a firearm. He remains imprisoned on charges including unlawful firearm possession and witness tampering.
Kidnapping Plea -An East Wenatchee man charged with abducting a former girlfriend across county lines pleaded guilty Monday to lesser charges. 20-year-old Trey Michael Haberlock pleaded instead to second-degree assault and misdemeanor harassment. Back in January, sheriffs deputies said Haberlock struck the woman in the face, threatened her with a knife and forced her to drive him from Wenatchee to Ellensburg. Prosecutors say they’ll ask for a sentence of 12 months in jail plus a year on probation, when Haberlock is sentenced in December.
Ferguson Settlement -Greyhound Bus Lines will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit over its practice of allowing U.S. Customs & Border Protection agents to board its buses in Washington and conduct warrantless immigration sweeps. The bus company failed to warn customers of the sweeps, which will no longer be allowed without a proper warrant. Greyhound admits no wrongdoing in the case, but the money will provide restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested, or deported by immigration agents who boarded buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center.
Nason Fire Update -The Nason Fire high above Lake Wenatchee continues to send up the occasional plume of smoke but fire officials say it is now 70 percent contained and its daily growth remains minimal. The fire was started August 4th by lightning and because of access issues has been difficult for firefighters to access. It has burned just over 12-hundred acres. Fire crews are hoping to begin reopening roads in the area in the next couple weeks and are expect rain forecast for Sunday and Monday to help containment numbers even further.
TEASE -Coming up next, Fall colors are on full display in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Forest Service is expecting big crowds out for a look at the annual splendor./ For the second year in a row, East Wenatchee has cancelled its Wings and Wheels Festival over COVID-19 concerns, and, The Washington Department of Transportation closed Highway 2 near Stevens Pass for several hours last week to winterize the popular route through the Cascades. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Fall Colors-Crowding -Fall colors are on full display in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Forest Service is expecting big crowds out for a look at the annual splendor. Officials are reminding visitors not to block roadways when trailheads are full and to always leave room for emergency vehicles to navigate the roadways.
Wings and Wheels Cancelled -For the second year in a row, East Wenatchee has cancelled its Wings and Wheels Festival over COVID-19 concerns. Normally held the first weekend in October to celebrate the first nonstop trans-Pacific flight by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, the festival also features a car show and cruise as well as many other community activities. City officials said they are using the two-year break in festivals to explore a revamping of the annual event to be more community oriented and tourist friendly.
Hwy. 2 Winter Prep -It’s sometimes inconvenient when a highway closes for a while, but in the case of our mountain passes, it’s always for a good reason. The Washington Department of Transportation closed Highway 2 near Stevens Pass for several hours last week to winterize the popular route through the Cascades. They sent us this footage of what that job looked like. . .
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. . .
Life Changer -Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center instructor Juan Loera has been nominated for a national LifeChanger award. Now in his sixth year of leading the law enforcement and criminal justice program at the Tech Center, Loera is eligible to win one of 18 cash awards of up to $10,000 for his school. Loera brought extensive military and law enforcement experience to the program and many of his students past and present credit him with turning their lives around. In 2019, NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hettersheid featured Loera in an NCWLIFE Magazine. Here are some highlights from that report. . .

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.

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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.