NCWLIFE Evening News August 31st, 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, Two Wenatchee Valley residents are accused of a strongarm robbery that left one man beaten and robbed of his phone, cash and vehicle paperwork. A child rapist who acted as his own attorney must be resentenced for his crime, but it’s not likely to change his punishment much and a Grandview man pleaded guilty yesterday to his part in a plan to transport cocaine from Yakima County to Wenatchee.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Warden Accident -A suspected drunk driver caused a two vehicle accident southwest of Warden that sent four people to the hospital early Monday morning. The Washington State Patrol says that 23-year old Daniel Garcia of Pasco was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition northbound on Highway 17 when he lost control, over-corrected and struck a 2009 Nissan Murano being driven by 19-year old Luis Solano-Rafael of Mesa. The Expedition ended up on it’s top. The three passengers in the Ford – all from Pasco – were injured, including 20-year old Laura Gutierrez, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and 18-year old Denise Gutierrez-Guzman, who was airlifted to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. The driver and the two passengers in the Nissan were not injured. Garcia – who was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake – faces charges of DUI and vehicular assault.
Strongarm Robbery -Two Wenatchee Valley residents are accused of a strongarm robbery that left one man beaten and robbed of his phone, cash and vehicle paperwork. 34-year-old Lance Matthew Purser of East Wenatchee and 23-year-old Noemi Lara of Wenatchee are charged with robbery, kidnapping and assault. Wenatchee police say on August 21st they brought the victim to Lara’s home on Monitor Avenue, then beat, choked and robbed him. Two more unknown suspects allegedly participated in the crime. Police say they also allegedly rifled the victim’s car and stole vehicle registrations. Both are now held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. They face arraignment tomorrow.
Molester Sentence -A child rapist who acted as his own attorney must be resentenced for his crime, but it’s not likely to change his punishment much. 48-year-old Jeremey Pedersen was sentenced last year to more than 28 years after representing himself before a Chelan County jury. He was convicted of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned down almost all of Pedersen’s arguments to overturn the verdict, but said because a prior drug possession crime contributed to his sentence, a judge must now impose a sentence that doesn’t include that factor. The Washington Supreme Court voided all cases of simple drug possession this year in its State vs. Blake decision.
Cocaine Plea -A Grandview man pleaded guilty yesterday to his part in a plan to transport cocaine from Yakima County to Wenatchee. 28-year-old Leopoldo Alvarez is the second of four men convicted after an investigation by the Columbia River Drug Task Force. Alvarez was arrested after a February traffic stop which found nine ounces of cocaine in a vehicle entering Wenatchee. He pleaded to a count of cocaine possession with intent to deliver, and faces a possible three-year prison term when he’s sentenced tomorrow. A second suspect, 36-year-old Francisco Lopez of Union Gap, is already serving three years for his plea back in July.
TEASE -Coming up next, All evacuation notices were lifted this morning as the Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee neared full containment. Strong winds and low humidity Monday created red flag fire conditions on the Twenty-Five Mile Fire south of Lake Chelan, and, The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation has announced the 2020 winners of The Outstanding Friend of the College award and The Harvey Award. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Rooster Comb Update -All evacuation notices were lifted this morning as the Rooster Comb Fire south of Wenatchee neared full containment. Road and trail closures also were lifted. Kay McKellar, of Chelan County Fire District 1 said the Southeast Washington Incident Management team turned over management of the firefighting effort to local agencies at 1 p.m. A mapping flight of the fire showed it has burned just 88 acres of sage brush and grass since starting late Sunday afternoon, down significantly from the 230-acres estimate of Monday morning. There have been no structures lost in the fire and no injuries. Shortly after breaking out just before 5 p.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of Methow Street, the fire threatened more than 300 homes and led to wide Level 3 Evacuation notices. An aggressive air and ground attack Sunday evening appears to have been successful in stopping the fire in its tracks. Chief Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the fire appears to have started in an area where someone was working.
25 Mile Fire Update -Strong winds and low humidity Monday created red flag fire conditions on the Twenty-Five Mile Fire south of Lake Chelan. The Forest Service said this morning that the Prineville Hot Shots crew successfully attacked areas where the fire crossed containment lines. The fire has burned just over 13
thousand acres since starting August 15th near the Twenty-Five Mile Campground. As of this morning it was listed as 31 percent contained. Fire managers anticipated better weather conditions today for firing efforts and aerial attacks.
WVC Foundation Awards -Two longtime supporters of Wenatchee Valley College were honored by the college’s foundation Monday. Sara Lippert received the 2020 Outstanding Friend of the College award for the more than 20 years she and her late husband Lee have dedicated to the college and Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, including the Lippert Scholarship Endowment which was established after Lee’s death. Tamara Dezellem, a two-term member of the foundation board received the Harvey Award in recognition of her continued support for the college. Also announced Monday was the 2020 Distinguished Alumni award, which went to Jaime Ramirez, a teacher at Cascade Elementary in East Wenatchee.
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. . .
COVID Clinic -Health officials are unanimous: Vaccines are the key to battling the coronavirus pandemic. But since the mass vaccination site at Town Toyota Center shut down July 1st, the availability of the shots has depended largely on where you live. The Chelan-Douglas Health District is coordinating mobile vaccine pop-up events in rural towns throughout the two counties. In tonight’s feature story, we caught up with one outreach last week in Orondo. . .

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 couldn’t hold a lead late last night and fell to the Houston Astros 4-3 at T-Mobile Park…
Houston jumped on starter Chris Flexen for 2-runs in the first inning, but Seattle began its comeback in the second thanks to the newly called-up left-fielder Jose Marmolejos…
Angie Mentink joining Aaron Goldsmith on the call on Root Sports. The game would remain at 2-1 until the 6th when Dylan Moore came through…
Joe Smith would be asked to hold the lead in the 8th, but could not complete the job…
Scott Servais says this was a night were the defense let Seattle down…
Seattle and Houston tee it up again tonight at 7:10 with Yusei Kikuchi facing Lance McCullers, Jr.
Checking the American League West Scoreboard, Jack Mayfield’s grand slam home run capped a 5-run 4th inning for the Angels as L-A topped the Yankees 8-7. Shohei Ohtani also hit his league-leading 42nd home run on the night.
It was a homer or go home night in Texas as the Rangers powered three over the fence in a 4-3 win over Colorado. Trevor Story tried to bring the Rockies back single-handedly with home runs of his own in the 7th and 8th.
The only good news for the Mariners last night is that everyone else in front of them in the Wild Card race also lost yesterday.
Brandon Lowe was 2-for-3 with a home run to lead Tampa Bay to it’s 8th straight win, downing Boston 6-1.
We mentioned the Yankees falling to the Angels. Oakland was idle. The only other game of interest had Toronto topping Baltimore 7-to-3 behind two home runs from Vladimir Guerrero.
New York remains two games in front of Boston in the top two A-L Wild Card playoff spots. Oakland is two games back while Seattle and Toronto are 4-and-a-half games back.

Today is cut-down day across the NFL and the Seahawks were making a trade before the deadline…
Seattle must feel it’s still shaky at cornerback as the regular season nears. They traded a 6th-round draft pick in next year’s draft for cornerback Sidney Jones yesterday. Jones was a star at the University of Washington who has had injury troubles in his three years in the NFL.
This marks the second cornerback the Seahawks have traded for in the past two weeks.
This is my projected list of cuts for the Seahawks…
Notable cuts in my opinion will be running back Travis Homer, center Ethan Pocic and quarterback Sean Mannion. We’ll cover the actual cutdown to the 53-man roster tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

We are preparing for the start of the high school football season this week here on the NCWLIFE Channel…
Be sure to tune in this Friday as the 2021 season kicks off at Wildcat Stadium when the Eastmont Wildcats take on the Central Valley Bears. Grant Olson will have your play-by-play with the pregame beginning at 6:30.
A reminder: the Wenatchee game vs. Skyline has been cancelled due to COVID-exposure in the Panther’s program. They moved their second game of the season at home against Mount Baker to Saturday, September 11th, hoping to get past this episode and have enough players with enough practices to play the game.


Thanks Eric.
Billygoat Sunrise -We leave you tonight with spectacular sunrise video caught by LocalTel’s Billygoat PTZ camera this morning. The shot shows the Methow River joining the Columbia River with the town’s of Brewster and Pateros in the shot as well. Take a look. . .
**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.