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, A Quincy man who blocked the George Sellar Bridge in a DUI crash last week has now been charged with armed domestic violence. A 13-time repeat offender from Moses Lake has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. An outbreak of avian influenza first seen in backyard chicken flocks May 4th has now been detected in Okanogan County and A Pro-choice rally Saturday in downtown Wenatchee drew hundreds of protesters.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Rock Island Crash -A Rock Island man was injured this morning in a crash on Highway 28 near Batterman Road. State troopers say 32-year-old Matthew T. Brittingham failed to yield to oncoming traffic as he turned off Batterman to enter the highway’s eastbound lane. His 2012 Volkswagen Jetta was struck by an oncoming Honda Pilot driven by a Quincy man. Neither that driver nor his passenger was injured, but Brittingham was taken by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The Washington State Patrol says he will be cited for the collision.
Abuse Arrest -A Quincy man who blocked the George Sellar Bridge in a DUI crash last week has now been charged with armed domestic violence. 38-year-old Miguel A. Quintanilla (KEEN-tah-KNEE-yah) is charged in Douglas County with first, second and fourth-degree assault, as well as felony harassment. East Wenatchee police say Quintanilla was arrested last Tuesday after the collision on the bridge. While they investigated the crash, his partner disclosed multiple instances of domestic violence, including an attack last month in which he allegedly used a piece of broken glass as a weapon. Quintanilla has been held since the car crash in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
Moses Lake Felon -A 13-time repeat offender from Moses Lake has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison. 35-year-old Jeremy Gilbert pleaded guilty last year to possessing about 100 grams of methamphetamine. He was arrested in 2020 after ramming a Grant County sheriff’s deputy’s car and initiating a high-speed chase through Moses Lake. Police say he was carrying methamphetamine plus a loaded firearm in his car, despite previous felony convictions. After making bail from that incident, he was again arrested four months later after another pursuit, this time carrying 80 grams of meth. Senior U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson imposed the 15-year sentence. She said Peterson’s repeated offenses demonstrated a need for lengthy prison time to protect the Moses Lake community.
Infected Flocks -An outbreak of avian influenza first seen in backyard chicken flocks May 4th has now been detected in Okanogan County. The state Department of Agriculture says the H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed Thursday to have infected an Okanogan County flock, as well as one in Whatcom County. They’re the latest confirmed cases since the initial detection in Pacific County a week and a half ago, bringing the total known infections to eight flocks in six counties. The highly pathogenic H5N1 flu is spread by wild birds. It does not harm humans, but can cause sudden illness and death in domesticated birds. Amber Itle, Washington state veterinarian, says when birds in a flock get infected, state health codes require the entire flock to be euthanized. . .
Itle says if you manage a backyard bird flock, you can best protect them by penning them under covered shelter, giving them a clean source of drinking water, and keeping birds of different species separate from each other.
Pro-Choice Rally -Scores of people turned out Saturday evening for a pro-choice rally in Wenatchee’s Memorial Park. The event, called “Bans Off Our Bodies,” was one of many nationwide, organized in response to a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would effectively overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. Rally organizers said Roe must be defended to make sure individual states cannot diminish the reproductive rights of women.
TEASE – When we come back, Excavation work must stop in a critical area of Number One Canyon, we’ll tell you why./ About 19 refugees from Russia’s continuing war on Ukraine will soon be resettled in Soap Lake, and, The city of Chelan is close to completing infrastructure and paving work on two downtown alleys, replacing sewer, water, and stormwater utilities. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
Welcome back, and in other news. . .
No. 1 Canyon Dig -Excavation work must stop in a critical area of Number One Canyon. Chelan County commissioners issued a stop-work order last week when landowner Tyler Chamber began moving earth on 60 acres above Number One Canyon Road, without necessary permits. The area is protected by the county’s critical areas ordinance, and has a history of mudslides and flooding potential. This morning, neighbors told Chelan County commissioners they’re afraid the development might increase the danger of erosion and fire. . .
County prosecutor Robert Sealby is expected to advise commissioners this week on legal remedies to address the situation
Refugee Settlement -About 19 refugees from Russia’s continuing war on Ukraine will soon be resettled in Soap Lake. Chelan County commissioners approved a contract today with the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council to help find housing for families fleeing the war. About 19 individuals who’ve so far stayed with host families in the Wenatchee Valley will receive help toward permanent housing in Soap Lake, where there’s a thriving Ukrainian community, through a state Department of Commerce grant. County commissions say the total number of refugee families arriving in the area by summer could be up to 50.
Sanders St. Project -The city of Chelan is close to completing infrastructure and paving work on two downtown alleys, replacing sewer, water, and stormwater utilities. Paving will finish this week in the 100 block area between Johnson and Woodin avenue, where crews have finished paving over the newly-installed sewer, storm and water mains. In the 200 block, workers have installed a new watermain and electrical conduit, but still have to tie the new services into existing connections. All customers in the area should have new water service later this week.
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Roundabout Artist -In tonight’s feature story, highway 2 at Easy Street will soon be home to Wenatchee’s latest roundabout. The traffic circles are designed to minimize the frequency and seriousness of collisions at busy intersections. The city of Wenatchee put forward five possible art concepts to adorn the center of the roundabout. Last week, the city council selected sculptor C.J. Rench, for the art concept called “Valley of Fruition.” City executive Dave Erickson said the final design won’t look exactly like the original concept. . .
NCWLIFE Channel Sports
Quite the drama in Flushing, New York yesterday as the Mariners hung on to beat the Mets 8-7…
Julio Rodríguez went 4-for-4 with a home run and Cal Raleigh came through with a dinger as Seattle handed New York its first series loss of the season…
Seattle now heads for Toronto to take on the Blue Jays in the first of three games at 4:07 this afternoon.
Eastmont and Wenatchee’s baseball seasons came to an end over the weekend while Moses Lake took the District Championship…
The Chiefs won the title with a 6-3 win over West Valley on Friday to advance to State. Wenatchee ended Eastmont’s season at Rec. Park with a 6-1 decision. The Panthers then fell to West Valley Saturday in a last-chance-at-State 15-to-1.
Ephrata advanced to the State 2A Tournament with a pair of wins Friday. The Tigers topped Othello 6-1 and then faced Selah after Ellensburg beat the Vikings for the District Championship 8-5. Ephrata edged Selah 3-2 to advance to State.
Quincy advanced to the State 1A Tournament Saturday with a 6-2 win over Cashmere.
Brewster is the District 6 2B Champion after beating Liberty Bell Saturday at Rec. Park 5-1. Okanogan won the other game in Wenatchee over Tonasket 11-3 to advance to the 2B State Tournament.
Riverside Christian was able to outlast Waterville-Mansfield Friday 11-10 in Peshastin to advance to the State 1B Tournament.
Eastmont’s softball team is the Big-9 regular season champions after a sweep on Friday…
The Wildcats swept Davis on the road 20-nothing and 14-1 to share the crown with Moses Lake, however Eastmont had the head-to-head advantage against the Chiefs so they’ll host the district tournament.
Wenatchee ended its regular season with a 10-0 and 16-8 win over Eisenhower. They’ll host a District Play-In game with the Cadets tomorrow at 4 o’clock.
At the District 6 2B Softball Tournament Saturday, Lake Roosevelt blanked Brewster in the semifinals 12-0 while Okanogan topped Tonasket 18-4.
Eastmont advanced to the State 4A Soccer Tournament Saturday with a narrow win over Sunnyside…
The Wildcats edged the Grizzlies 3-2 to keep their season alive.
At the District 6 A-B Tournament in Quincy, Bridgeport ended Okanogan’s season 5-4. Manson topped Brewster 4-2. And Quincy is the District Champion after a 1-nil decision over Cascade.
The first round of the State 4A Soccer Tournament is tomorrow where Wenatchee hosts Tahoma at 6 o’clock in the Apple Bowl. Eastmont is on the road at Bellarmine Prep Friday at 6pm
Bridgeport will have a play-in game for the State A-B Tournament. The time and location has yet to be determined. Manson travels to Vashon Island Wednesday at 5:45. Quincy will hosts the winner of the play-in between Riverside and Seattle Academy Friday. Cascade will host the winner of the play-in between Manson and Vashon Island Friday in the Apple Bowl.
Mother Nature once again played a hand in the cards dealt racers and fans at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night…
Just two laps into the first main event of the night, the skies opened up and the rains fell, postponing racing for nearly an hour. Once the track dried, it was game-on for the four classifications assembled to drive fast and turn left…
Once again, Bart Hector, Jr. was first in the Outlaw Figure-8 Oval Challenge with Zack Larson second and Ricky Dietz third.
Arlington’s McKenna Cox grabbed the checkered flag in the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks Main Event. Stanwood’s Chris Wiseman was second with Lake Steven’s Haylie Wilkinson third.
Shane Mitchell won his second-straight main event in the Rockstar Energy B-Mods. Chad Holaday was second and Glenn Knutson third.
Jay Evans drove the “Moo Cow” to the win in the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners while Sean Wallace was second and Terry Cook third.
It’s Military Appreciation Night this Saturday at WVSO with the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models, Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners, Angel Bail Bonds Bandoleros and the INEX Legends scheduled to race.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake-Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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