Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to tonight’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window.
Now, A few of the news stories we’re following for you tonight, The man whose body was found last Fourth of July in the Columbia River has been identified as a 76-year-old homeless man. Officials still have been unable to identify a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning on Highway 28 outside East Wenatchee and A pickup burst into flames after striking 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 wounded, two suspects led police on a chase into East Wenatchee. One of them allegedly broke into a house and stole clothing and bicycle to avoid arrest, while the other waded into the Columbia River, and had to be helped to shore by arresting officers. Court documents identify the two suspects as 23-year-old Benito Eduardo Licea (Lee-SAY-yah), and 25-year-old Andrew Francis Morrow, both of Wenatchee. The 21-year-old male victim was found shot in the driver’s seat of a red Honda Accord in the 800 block of Methow Street, about 2:58 p.m.. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld had this to say at the scene. . .
Police said the victim suffered a head wound in the attack. Directors at Central Washington Hospital did not respond to a request from NCWLIFE to learn the man’s medical condition. Licea was previously convicted of burglary in Snohomish County in 2020, and sentenced to 21 months in prison. Morrow was sentenced that year to 15 months prison time for a vehicular assault 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 last Fourth of July in the Columbia River has been identified as 76-year-old homeless man 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 based on the name they provided him he obtained medical records for Jones. On April 8th, 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 still have been unable to identify a pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning on Highway 28 outside 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. 28-year-old Thomas A. O’Connell of Leavenworth was arrested about 50 minutes after the hit-and-run when the State Patrol says his 2003 BMW became disabled six miles away on Cascade Avenue near the Odabashian Bridge. O’Connell was arrested for felony 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 burst into flames after striking 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. Nobody in the pickup was injured but by the time firefighters arrived the pickup was destroyed. Bryant said the elk was salvaged.
TEASE – When we come back, Chelan County PUD Commissioners reviewed the results of a survey Monday on the impact of Wenatchee’s proposed Confluence Parkway project. State insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler apologizes for prejudicial language. Fishing season will open Saturday but not for some of the Wenatchee Heights-area lakes, and, Mushroom harvesting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest go on sale May 2nd. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
PUD Parkway -Chelan County PUD Commissioners reviewed the results of a survey Monday on the impact of Wenatchee’s proposed Confluence Parkway project, which would add a bridge over the Wenatchee River and require some reconfiguration of the Apple Capital Loop Trail. The PUD survey received almost 1,000 responses. PUD board President Steve McKenna said noise from the parkway as it runs adjacent to the Horan Natural Area and Confluence State Park appears to be the biggest concern. . .
Insurance Commissioner -Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is apologizing for offensive language he’s used in the presence of his staff. Employees and former workers in the Office of the Insurance Commissioner say the six-term Democrat has behaved abusively to people working for him, and that he’s used slurs to describe people of Chinese, Italian and Mexican descent, as well as people who are transgender. In a set of public statements, Kreidler apologized for his behavior, and said he’s undertaking sensitivity training. He said QUOTE, “It pains me deeply to think that the careless words I have used in the past — even if infrequent — could have hurt someone.”
Lake Fishing Delayed -Fishing season will open Saturday but not for some of the Wenatchee Heights-area lakes. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday that because of recent snowstorms, roads to Clear and Lily lakes and Beehive Reservoir are impassible to 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 scheduled to be stocked in May or June. Eventually, Beehive Reservoir will be one of the lakes in the state that will have Trout Derby fish in it this year. Anyone with a valid fishing license who catches a tagged fish can win a prize.
Mushroom Permits -Mushroom harvesting permits for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest go on sale May 2nd. Up to five gallons of the morel mushrooms can be harvested for personal use without a permit but individuals must obtain and carry a copy of the Forest Service’s Free Incidental Use Mushroom Information Sheet. The sheets can be printed off the Forest Service website or picked up at a Forest Service office. Naches District Ranger Aaron Stockton said they’re expecting to see a large number of people harvesting mushrooms on land burned during the 2021 fire season. Commercial harvesters must purchase either a $30-dollar, 2-day permit, an $80-dollar, 30-day permit or a $100-dollar seasonal permit good May 2nd through July 31st.
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, please stay with us.
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Health District -COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are seeing a slight rise, 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 feature story, Dr. James Wallace with the Chelan-Douglas Health District reports the two-county area is doing well with its rates of vaccination, and health officials are trying to stay vigilant for future outbreaks. . .
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
It was a unique day in Seattle Kraken history Monday…
Rap artist Macklemore and former Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch were announced as new minority owners of the NHL franchise in Seattle. So what did they do? Put Beast Mode on a Zamboni!!!
Possibly inspired by their new ownership, Seattle raced out to an early lead and went on for a 4-2 win over Ottawa last night. Matty Beniers scored his second goal and has three points in all three of his NHL games so far…
Coach Dave Hakstol says when Seattle takes care of the puck, good things happen…
The Kraken will try to win three-straight for the first time in franchise history tomorrow night against Colorado at 7 o’clock at Climate Pledge Arena. The game will be broadcast 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-and-7 and are coming in on a 3-game losing streak after dropping 3-of-4 to the Angels. Seattle is 5-and-5 after taking two of three from Houston and will send Robbie Ray to the mound to face John Gray.
First pitch is at 6:40 and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest.
The prep baseball schedule for today in North Central Washington is a busy one…
It begins with Waterville-Mansfield hosting Ephrata at 4:30 while Cascade visits Quincy; Cashmere hosts Omak; Brewster travels to Liberty Bell; and Pateros hosts Moses Lake Christian. At 5 it’s Okanogan at Lake Roosevelt; West Valley hosts Eastmont; and Moses Lake visits Wenatchee at Rec. Park.
In makeup softball action Monday, Liberty Bell swept a doubleheader from Bridgeport 16-1 and 26-3. Oroville shut out Pateros 15-nothing.
Lake Roosevelt hosts Almira-Coulee/Hartline in a doubleheader today starting at 3 o’clock. Quincy hosts Cascade for a twin bill at 3:30. At 4, it’s Tonasket at Soap Lake; Eastmont hosts 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 played to a 1-all tie.
There are three games starting at 4:30 today with Manson at Okanogan; Tonasket takes on Brewster; and Bridgeport travels to Oroville. Tonight at 6 it’s Ephrata at East Valley of Yakima and Chelan traveling to Quincy. Then at 7 it’s Moses Lake at Eastmont and Wenatchee hosts 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 call the action starting at 7 o’clock here on your LOCAL TV station.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.