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, One man has been charged and another is suspected in an assault late Wednesday, allegedly over a drug debt. A Chelan man accused of sexually abusing a child as young as 6 years old pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday and The Chelan County Coroner’s office is asking for help identifying a man whose body was found in the Columbia River last Fourth of July.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Palisades Fatal -An East Wenatchee woman was struck and killed last night on Highway 28 near the Palisades Road intersection while helping an injured deer off the highway. The Washington State Patrol says that at 6PM last night, 28-year old Taylor Fukuzawa was in the eastbound lane of the highway attempting to help the deer when she was struck by a 2021 International box truck that was unable to stop in time to avoid striking her. Fukuzawa was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, 58-year old Paul L Hesselgesser of Selah, was not injured. The State Patrol says drugs or alcohol was not a factor. Traffic on Highway 28 was stopped for three and a half hours. The State Patrol said there are no charges against Hesselgesser.
Pistol Whipping -One man has been charged and another is suspected in an assault late Wednesday, allegedly over a drug debt. East Wenatchee police arrested 33-year-old Colton Dewayne Allen in the incident. He’s charged with second-degree assault for allegedly pistol-whipping the victim at an apartment in the 800 block of North Baker Avenue. A second man, 31-year-old Louis M.G. Wallin, is also sought by police. The male victim allegedly told police he had previously been involved in a drug agreement that went wrong, and believed the attack was retaliation. Allen is currently jailed on $75,000 bond, and faces arraignment January 24th.
Molester Plea -A Chelan man accused of sexually abusing a child as young as 6 years old pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday. 65-year-old Lorenzo Davila Velasco entered a plea in Chelan County court to third-degree child molestation. Prosecutors say he carried out the abuse while the child was between the ages of 6 and 12. Davila is due to be sentenced on February 23rd. He faces a possible prison term of 366 days, which is greater than the standard range of just six months to a year.
Body ID Help -The Chelan County Coroner’s office is asking for help identifying a man whose body was found in the Columbia River last Fourth of July. Coroner Wayne Harris said based on the condition of the body it was difficult to identify the man or determine how long he had been in the water. Harris said an autopsy determined the man had died of drowning and there were no injuries to the body. The man had no teeth and getting fingerprints proved impossible. Harris said it’s “highly likely” the man was homeless and possibly living along the river. Working with a forensic anthropologist, Harris was able to establish that it was a white man about 5-foot-9-inches tall, probably around 64 years old. The man’s cranium was sent to a forensic artist who used reconstruction methods to help create drawings of what the man may have looked like.
TEASE -Coming up next, The emergence of the omicron variant has led to COVID-19 infection rates in Chelan and Douglas counties that are more than twice as high as they’ve ever been. A large boulder tumbled onto Sleepy Hollow Road outside Wenatchee Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of the road and Mule deer can run, but they can’t hide, when the Department of Fish and Wildlife comes for them later this month. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Thermographic-The emergence of the omicron variant has led to COVID-19 infection rates in Chelan and Douglas counties that are more than twice as high as they’ve ever been. The Chelan-Douglas Health District’s Thermographic this week shows a rate of 2,224 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. Prior to the omicron variant, the two counties had only topped 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents twice. But hospitalization numbers aren’t nearly as high as at other times during the pandemic. Confluence Health reported Thursday that 26 people are being treated for COVID-19 at Central Washington Hospital, with four of those patients in the intensive care unit. In the past two years the COVID-19 hospitalization number at CWH has topped 50 several times.
Sleepy Hollow Closure -A large boulder tumbled onto Sleepy Hollow Road outside Wenatchee Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of the road. The rock came down between East Richards Road and Sleepy Hollow Heights Road between Wenatchee and Monitor. The county said a contractor worked today to break the boulder into smaller pieces that can be removed. For now, people are being advised to stay away from the area.
Deer vs. Helicopters -Mule deer can run, but they can’t hide, when the Department of Fish and Wildlife comes for them later this month. The agency plans to capture deer by helicopter in Chelan and Klickitat counties, to tag them with tracking collars. Contractors hired by Fish and Wildlife will aim to catch, collar, and release about 20 female mule deer in each county. It’s part of an ongoing study of the animals’ habitat and migration patterns. After four years, the collars are programmed to drop off automatically, to be retrieved by wildlife agents.
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Guard to Hospitals -Central Washington Hospital is one of four around the state that will receive help with the COVID-19 pandemic from the National Guard, no later than January 24th. In tonight’s feature story, Governor Jay Inslee announced yesterday he’s ordering support units to aid the hospital here, as well as medical centers in Everett, Yakima and Spokane. . . Washington has seen a 75 percent increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the first weeks of 2022. Inslee and National Guard director Bret Daugherty said about 100 Guard members will give non-medical assistance in those four hospitals during a one-month deployment.
School Lunch makers -As we leave you you on this Friday night, many school employees have had to go the extra mile during the pandemic, but when you add the pandemic to a blizzard to a sudden power outage, you get scenes like this: Wenatchee School District administrators making lunch for kids. On Thursday, district office staff had to jump in to help make sack lunches at Washington Elementary School. A power outage at that building on Thursday morning, meaning hot lunch prep couldn’t go forward in the school school’s kitchen … So Assistant Director of Learning & Teaching Kory Kalahar, Executive Director of Business & Finance Janette Jeffris, and language trainers Kathy Anderson and Terri Govia worked the sandwich assembly line. The district says it’s just one example of staffers going the extra mile to ensure classrooms can be kept open in times of crisis
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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