NCWLIFE Evening News April 19, 2022


Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I am Grant Olson. Before we get into tonight’s main stories, let’s take a look outside our weather window.
Now, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The man whose body was found last July 4 in the Columbia River has been identified as a 76-year-old homeless man. Authorities have still been unable to identify a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning on Highway 28 outside of East Wenatchee and a pickup truck caught fire after he hit an elk on Interstate 90 Sunday night.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Shooting & Pursuit -After a shooting yesterday on Methow Street that left one victim seriously injured, two suspects led police in pursuit in East Wenatchee. One allegedly broke into a house and stole clothes and a bicycle to avoid arrest, while the other waded into the Columbia River and had to be helped back to shore by law enforcement officers. arrest. Court documents identify the two suspects as Benito Eduardo Licea (Lee-SAY-yah), 23, and Andrew Francis Morrow, 25, both of Wenatchee. The victim, a 21-year-old man, was found shot in the driver’s seat of a red Honda Accord in the 800 block of Methow Street at approximately 2:58 p.m. Wenatchee Police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld said said this at the scene. . .
According to the police, the victim suffered head injuries during the attack. Directors at Central Washington Hospital did not respond to a request from NCWLIFE for the man’s condition. Licea had previously been convicted of burglary in Snohomish County in 2020 and sentenced to 21 months in prison. Morrow was sentenced that year to 15 months in prison for assault while driving a vehicle in Chelan County. Both are now in the Chelan County Jail as the investigation continues.
Body in River ID -The man whose body was found July 4 in the Columbia River has been identified as 76-year-old homeless Robert A. Jones. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris had released sketches of the man made by a forensic artist in January. Harris said he sent the sketches to the Chelan County PUD Security Department and some of their officers recognized Jones based on multiple contacts with him on PUD property. Harris said that based on the name they provided him, he obtained Jones’ medical records. On April 8, an anthropologist positively identified Jones, who was known to have lived in his car. Harris said he then contacted genealogy researchers and was able to locate Jones’ sister in Colorado.
Pedestrian Update -Officials have still not been able to identify a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning on Highway 28 outside of East Wenatchee. The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses to the collision on Highway 28 and South Tyee Avenue or anyone with information about the man who was killed. Thomas A. O’Connell, 28, of Leavenworth, was arrested about 50 minutes after the hit-and-run when State Patrol said his 2003 BMW had become disabled six miles away on Cascade Avenue near the Odabashian Bridge. O’Connell was arrested for hit and run. The unidentified pedestrian died at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Brian Mulvaney at 509-682-8141.
Elk truck fire -A pickup truck caught fire after hitting an elk on Interstate 90 Sunday night. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said the 2001 GMC pickup was traveling east near Cle Elum just after 9 p.m. when it struck and killed the elk. No one in the van was injured, but by the time firefighters arrived the van was destroyed. Bryant said the elk was recovered.
TO TEASE —Upon our return, Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday reviewed the results of an investigation into the impact of Wenatchee’s proposed Confluence Parkway project. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler apologizes for his damaging language. The fishing season will open Saturday, but not for some of the lakes in the Wenatchee Heights area, and mushroom harvesting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will go on sale May 2. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
PUD Walk – Chelan County PUD commissioners reviewed the results of an investigation Monday into the impact of Wenatchee’s proposed Confluence Parkway project, which would add a bridge over the Wenatchee River and require a reconfiguration of the Apple Capital Loop trail. The PUD survey received nearly 1,000 responses. PUD Board Chairman Steve McKenna said noise from the boardwalk as it runs alongside the Horan Nature Area and Confluence State Park appears to be the biggest concern. . .
Insurance Commissioner -Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler apologizes for the offensive language he used in the presence of his staff. Employees and former employees of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner say the six-term Democrat behaved abusively towards people working for him and used slurs to describe people of Chinese, Italian and Mexican, as well as transgender people. In a series of public statements, Kreidler apologized for his behavior and said he was undergoing sensitivity training. He SAID QUOTE, “It pains me to think that the careless words I’ve used in the past – even if infrequent – could have hurt someone.”
Delayed lake fishing -Fishing season will open Saturday, but not for some of the lakes in the Wenatchee Heights area. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday that due to recent snowstorms, roads leading to Clear and Lily Lakes and Beehive Reservoir are impassable for hatchery trucks. When the lakes will be stocked will depend on the weather. Other lakes in the area, including H&H Reservoir, Springhill Reservoir and Upper Wheeler Reservoir, are expected to be stocked in May or June. Finally, Beehive Reservoir will be one of the lakes in the state that will hold Trout Derby fish this year. Anyone with a valid fishing license who catches a tagged fish can win a prize.
Mushroom permit -Mushroom harvesting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will go on sale May 2. Up to five gallons of morels may be harvested for personal use without a permit, but individuals must obtain and carry a copy of the Forest Service’s free Accessory Use Mushrooms Fact Sheet. The sheets can be printed from the Forest Service website or picked up at a Forest Service office. Naches District Ranger Aaron Stockton said he expects to see large numbers of people harvesting mushrooms from burnt land during the 2021 fire season. Commercial fishers must purchase either a 2 days at $30, a 30-day permit at $80 or a seasonal permit at $100 valid from May 2 to July 31.
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health district -COVID-19 cases in the United States are seeing a slight increase, thanks to the BA.2 variant of the disease. But how does the Wenatchee Valley measure up in the fight against the pandemic? In tonight’s report, Dr. James Wallace of the Chelan-Douglas Health District reports that the two-county area is doing well with its immunization rates and that health officials are trying to stay vigilant for future outbreaks. . .

TO TEASE – And that’s a preview of your local weather forecast, coming next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after that.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

It was a unique day in Seattle Kraken history on Monday…
Rap artist Macklemore and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch have been announced as the new minority owners of the NHL franchise in Seattle. So what did they do? Put beast mode on a Zamboni!!!
Perhaps inspired by their new owner, Seattle took an early lead and took a 4-2 win over Ottawa last night. Matty Beniers scored his second goal and has three points in his three NHL games so far…
Coach Dave Hakstol says when Seattle handles the puck, good things happen…
The Kraken will look to win three straight for the first time in franchise history tomorrow night against Colorado at 7 p.m. at Climate Pledge Arena. The game will air on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The Mariners are back in action tonight at T-Mobile Park against Texas…
The Rangers are off to a slow start at 2&7 and go on a 3-game losing streak after losing 3 of 4 to the Angels. Seattle is 5-and-5 after taking two of Houston’s three and will send Robbie Ray to the mound to face John Gray.
The first pitch is at 6:40 a.m. and will air on ROOT Sports Northwest.

The baseball prep schedule for today in North Central Washington is packed…
It starts with Waterville-Mansfield hosting Ephrata at 4:30 p.m. while Cascade visits Quincy; Cashmere hosts Omak; Brewster goes to Liberty Bell; and Pateros welcomes Moses Lake Christian. At 5 o’clock it’s Okanogan at Lake Roosevelt; West Valley welcomes Eastmont; and Moses Lake visits Wenatchee at Rec. Park.
In make-up softball action on Monday, Liberty Bell swept a doubleheader from Bridgeport 16-1, 26-3. Oroville shut out Pateros 15-nothing.
Lake Roosevelt hosts Almira-Coulee/Hartline in a doubleheader today starting at 3 a.m. Quincy hosts Cascade for a double bill at 3:30. At 4 o’clock, it’s Tonasket at Soap Lake; Eastmont welcomes West Valley; and Omak visits Cashmere.
On the Les Schwab Prep Soccer scoreboard from Monday, Cashmere beat Omak 5-1. Liberty Bell bounced Pateros 3-1. Bridgeport and Manson went 1-all.
There are three games starting at 4:30 p.m. today with Manson at Okanogan; Tonasket takes on Brewster; and Bridgeport goes to Oroville. Tonight at 6pm it’s Ephrata in East Valley of Yakima and Chelan traveling to Quincy. Then at 7am it’s Moses Lake in Eastmont and Wenatchee welcomes Eisenhower.
Speaking of Eastmont and Moses Lake, we’ll have that game here LIVE on the NCWLIFE channel from Wildcat Stadium. Sebastian Moraga and Neil Oysten will be calling the action starting at 7 a.m. here on your LOCAL TV station.

Thanks Eric.
Now, let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a preview of what’s happening tomorrow morning on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. To learn more about these stories and other news from North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or on our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see any news happening, we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at [email protected], or call us at 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thank you for joining us and have a great evening.

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