Evening News August 01, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, The Cougar Creek Fire 20 miles northwest of Entiat is now estimated at 803 acres and is 0-percent contained. A local couple are asking for financial help after their property was scorched in the Chelan Hills Fire, and, With the high number of fires so far this year, people may be wondering where they can take their pets after being evacuated from their homes, we will let you know.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A new fire called the Navarre Coulee Fire has closed State Route 971, and the Navarre Coulee Road today. The 50-acre wind-whipped wildfire was also threatening several homes in the area last night. The highway was closed in both directions from U.S. 97-A to Lake Chelan last night. Fire officials say the fire started near a residence at 6300 Navarre Coulee Road.

Navarre Coulee was closed to emergency access only and a Level three evacuation was issued for those homes on the north side of Navarre Coulee between the fire and State Route 97-A. Level 3 evacuations have now been lowered to a Level 2 for homeowners in the Navarre Coulee area. Four outbuildings have burned to the ground along with storage units, a chicken coop, a boat and construction debris.

The Cougar Creek Fire 20 miles northwest of Entiat is now estimated at 803 acres and is 0-percent contained. A Level 1 Fire Advisory was issued for both sides of the Entiat River Road from Mad River Road to the end of the Entiat River Road, to include Mud Creek Road. Ardenvoir is not affected.

A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. The Cougar Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber, snags, and logs in steep inaccessible terrain. An Incident Management Team was ordered to manage firefighting efforts on this difficult to access fire; that team took over management of the fire on Tuesday. Fire officials will hold a community meeting tonight at 6:00 at the Entiat Fire Station #8 in Entiat regarding the Cougar Creek Fire.

Shayla and Josh Horan are asking for financial help after their property was scorched in the Chelan Hills Fire. A fundraising campaign has been set up though PayPal on the website, GoGetFunding.com. The Horan’s bought their property a year ago and have been slowly working on moving things up and creating a home base for themselves and their baby girl. The fire destroyed a travel trailer and some personal items that they had stored there.

Among the items that they lost were their cabin, Josh’s military memorabilia, and hunting/fishing gear were all lost. The Horan’s live in Wenatchee but were in the process of building a cabin on the Chelan Hills Acres Road property.

With the high number of fires these days, people may be wondering where they can take their pets after being evacuated from their homes. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is offering free pet boarding to these pet owners. . .

As a community service, there are people at the humane society who are available at all times of the night to help pet owners.

Coming up next, The man accused in the shooting death of his 68-year old wife last week at the couple’s Rock Island residence pleads not guilty to murder charges, and, A plea deal was reached this week for one of the men accused of killing Quincy resident Jill Sundberg in 2016.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

The man accused in the shooting death of his 68-year old wife last week at the couple’s Rock Island residence pleads not guilty to murder charges. 66-year old Ului Teulilo appeared Tuesday in Douglas County Superior Court in Waterville for an arraignment hearing. He’s charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Domestic Violence in the death of his wife, Peggy Teulilo.

Her body was found July 25th inside the couple’s trailer. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the residence of Riverside Place after being notified that she had not turned up to give someone a ride. Before entering the trailer, the charging documents say the husband was contacted by authorities at his workplace and asked about his wife’s whereabouts and he reportedly told them she should’ve been at work. He returned to the residence and was taken to the Sheriff’s office for an interview where he denied involvement in his wife’s death. The charging documents say the husband was asked what happened to his wife, he said, she was found with, “her brains blown out”. Detectives say he offered that information prior to them telling him that his wife had been shot in the head. He was arrested and remains in custody on 500-thousand dollars bail.

27-year old Julio Albarran Varona was in court on Monday for a ruling on a plea deal offered by the state, which involved the defendant entering a guilty plea to second-degree murder in connection with the December 2016 homicide of Quincy resident Jill Sundberg, with an agreed sentencing recommendation of 220 months, a little over 18 years, in prison.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports the judge did agree to the plea meaning Albarran Varona will be required to testify against all co-defendants in the Sundberg case as part of his plea deal. In Grant County Superior Court on Monday, Janet Sundberg, Jill’s Mother, told Albarran Varona that he was, quote, a sick and horrible human being and was pure evil. Albarran Varona declined to address the court and offered no condolences to Sundberg’s family instead choosing to have his defense lawyer speak on his behalf.

East Wenatchee’s downtown is getting a facelift starting with construction of a new welcoming feature on the site of an old gas station. The Gateway project is located on the Southwest Corner of Valley Mall Parkway. It was recently approved for funding by the City Council and Mayor Steve Lacy joined us earlier this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to discuss the project. . .

The project was delayed after the initial construction bids in April came in over the City Engineer’s cost estimates. The revised costs are still 100-thousand over that estimate but Lacy says the Council voted to proceed with the project at their July 24th meeting.

Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers for its current triplex build project on 931 Methow Street. . .

The Wenatchee High School Interact Club has been raising money for Habitat for Humanity and now over $50,000 is going towards this project. . .

Wenatchee resident Milagro Tello [Tay-O] is currently living in a small two-room apartment with two children and one grandson. She will be moving into one of the units once it is built. She is one of the volunteers helping out with this project. . .

Again, if you want to volunteer, you can call volunteer coordinator Ruth Dagg at 509-860-3368.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Evan Williams and Jordan Rathbone homered while Michael Spellacy (SPELL-uh-see) pitched six innings of shutout ball as the AppleSox beat Port Angeles 7-to-1 last night…

The ‘Sox jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the 1st on Joey Magro’s 2-run single and JT Swartz’s RBI fielder’s choice.  Wenatchee had extended its lead to 4-0 on Nick Seamons’ RBI single in the 2nd before Williams and Rathbone left the yard in the 5th and 7th innings…

Video courtesy the AppleSox Facebook LIVE feed.  On the mound, Spellacy improved to 2-and-1 on the season, going 6-innings and allowing no-runs on 3-hits with 5-strikeouts.

Wenatchee and Port Angeles go at it again tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field at 7:05.

To the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the West Coast League last night…

Cole Hamilton was 2-for-5 and scored 3-times as Corvallis jumped all over Bend 12-to-3 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.  Zak Taylor also drove in two runs while scoring twice as the Knights won for the 30th time this season.

The Bells did it again!  Zach Needham hit a 2-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to lead Bellingham to a 4-2 win over Cowlitz at Joe Martin Field.

Taylor Wright’s RBI-double in the top of the 8th broke a 2-all tie and pushed Kelowna to a 34-2 road win at Walla Walla.

Tyler Lasch walks off with an RBI-single in the bottom of the 9th as Yakima Valley comes all the way back from a 7-run deficit to beat Victoria 10-9 at County Stadium.

Daniel Edson’s 3-run home run highlighted a 5-run 6th inning as Portland won a non-league game at Gresham 7-to-2.

On tap in the West Coast League tonight…

Bend plays again at Corvallis at 6.  Yakima Valley hosts Victoria at 6:35.  That’s the same start time for Kelowna at Walla Walla and Bellingham hosting Cowlitz.  And in a non-league game, Portland plays at Gresham again at 6:35.

Evan Gattis hit a tie-breaking, 2-run home run in the 6th and Josh Reddick added a 2-run shot in the 9th as Houston snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 5-2 win at Seattle…

The game was a 1-1 tie through 5 and a pitcher’s duel between Mike Leake and Charlie Morton.  Leake had allowed just one run on 5-hits through 5, but gave up a lead-off double to Alex Bregman before Gattis homered to left.  Charlie Morton got the win for Houston, going six innings and allowing 2-runs on 6-hits with 8-strikeouts.

Manager Scott Servais was pleased with the pitching of his starter…

Servais was referring to the two, newest additions to the Seattle lineup, relief pitchers Sam Tuivailala (too-ee-vai-lah-lah) and Zach Duke.

The M’s and Stros wrap up the three-game series today at 1:10 when Wade LeBlanc goes up against Dallas Keuchel.

The Mariners made one more move prior to yesterday’s trade deadline.  General Manager Jerry Dipoto acquired veteran center fielder Cameron Maybin from the Florida Marlins for a minor league infielder and cash.  Maybin was an off-season, free-agent signing for the Marlins and has hit .251 this year with 3 home runs and 20-RBi’s.  Dan Altavilla was moved from the 10-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room on Seattle’s roster.

Also in the American League West last night…

Tampa Bay brought 12-men to the plate in a 7-run 4th inning and went on to beat Los Angeles 10-6 at Tropicana Field.

Zack Godley threw 7-innings of 2-hit, shutout ball while fanning 10 as Arizona blanked Texas 6-nothing.

And Khris Davis was 3-for-5 with a home run and 2-RBI to lead Oakland to a 6-2 win over Toronto.  The A’s now trail Seattle by just one game in the Wild Card race.

The Seahawks are hoping to assemble the parts for a speed defense this season behind new defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Junior.  He was asked yesterday about the play so far of rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin…

Seattle hosts Indianapolis in the first pre-season game in just 8 days at CenturyLink Field.

 

Thanks Eric.

Opening night is Thursday at the Wenatchee Performing Arts Theater for The Full Monty.

The popular movie musical has been adapted for the stage featuring a cast of local actors under the direction of Jamie Dunegon. In tonight’s feature story, Dunegon previewed the show on a recent episode of NCWLIFE’s Street Talk and Other Stuff with Host, Mike Magnotti. . .

The show debuts Thursday evening at the Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are available at the box office or online at NumericaPAC.org, or by phone at 509-663-ARTS.

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

A new fire called the Navarre Coulee Fire has closed State Route 971, and the Navarre Coulee Road today. The 50-acre wind-whipped wildfire was also threatening several homes in the area last night. The highway was closed in both directions from U.S. 97-A to Lake Chelan.

Navarre Coulee was closed to emergency access only and a Level three evacuation was issued for those homes on the north side of Navarre Coulee between the fire and State Route 97-A. Four outbuildings have burned to the ground along with storage units, a chicken coop, a boat and construction debris.

A man accused in the shooting death of his 68 year old wife last week at the couple’s Rock Island residence pleads not guilty to murder charges. 66 year old Ului Teulilo appeared Tuesday in Douglas County Superior Court in Waterville for an arraignment hearing. He’s charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Domestic Violence in the death of his wife, Peggy Teulilo.

Her body was found July 25th inside the couple’s trailer. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the residence of Riverside Place after being notified that she had not turned up to give someone a ride. Before entering the trailer, the charging documents say the husband was contacted by authorities at his workplace and asked about his wife’s whereabouts and he reportedly told them she should’ve been at work. He returned to the residence and was taken to the Sheriff’s office for an interview where he denied involvement in his wife’s death. The charging documents say the husband was asked what happened to his wife, he said, she was found with, “her brains blown out”. Detectives say he offered that information prior to them telling him that his wife had been shot in the head. He was arrested and remains in custody on 500-thousand dollars bail.

We close out the newscast tonight with the latest police lip sync video. Credit goes out to the Hillsboro, Oregon Police Department for their rendition of a popular love song. . .

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