Evening News August 13, 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, Saturday’s blustery winds pushed a large brush wildfire toward homes in the Coulee Dam area over the weekend. Lightning also sparked a new series of wildfires in Okanogan County over the weekend. A Kent man was killed Sunday morning when he crashed his pick-up truck on US 97 Blewett Pass Highway, and, A Pateros woman died from injuries she received Friday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Okanogan County.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The winds have subsided but the firefight continues in the Upper Entiat valley on the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire escaped containment lines during Saturday’s windstorm crossing over the Entiat River and threatening homes in the Potato Creek and Ardenvoir areas. This is a video shot by a local resident along Entiat Valley Road where Level 3 evacuations were ordered.

Firefighting strike teams were in full structure-protection mode jumping from one spot fire to another. No homes were damaged but the threat continues as the fire exploded in size to over 26 thousand acres.

The fire is 5-percent contained. Due to the movement of the fire to the East Chelan County Emergency Management has issued Level One evacuation advisories for residents on Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road (from Hwy 97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd); Johnson Creek Road and First Creek Road.

Saturday’s blustery winds also pushed a large brush fire toward homes in the Coulee Dam area. State fire assistance was mobilized in support of local firefighters working to contain the Grass Valley Fire. The fire has burned has over 45-thousand acres of mostly brush, grass and wheatland.

The fire triggered Level three evacuations in the Coulee Dam area. Those have now been lowered. Grand Coulee north of the canal is now Level 2. Coulee Dam is now Level 2. Grand Coulee south of the canal is now Level 1. Electric City is now Level 1. No structures were lost. One firefighter was injured with battling the blaze in the Mansfield area. He was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for treatment of burns. His condition is not known.

Lightning sparked a new series of wildfires in Okanogan County over the weekend. Of the 20 new fires identified there are currently nine that remain active (several have burned together or merged). Six are currently in patrol status as of this morning. All fires in patrol status are less than ½ an acre.

In other news, A Kent man was killed Sunday morning when he crashed his pick-up truck on US 97 Blewett Pass Highway. State Troopers say 22 year old Jesus Aquilar-Castro lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment near Mile Post 167 about 18 miles South of Dryden. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause remains under investigation.

A Pateros woman died from injuries she received Friday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Okanogan County. A Report by the Washington State Patrol says 34-year old Amanda Carlson was Northbound on Highway 153 when she lost control of her Ford Taurus. It crashed off and embankment about 4 miles West of Pateros. Carlson died from her injuries at 3 Rivers Hospital in Brewster.

Coming up next, A September 27th trial date has been set for a Rock Island Man accused in the beating death of his wife last month. The Manson man accused of murdering his mother was in Chelan County Superior Court this morning, and, Friday night at the Omak Stampede went from bad to worse for two Spokane men. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A September 27th trial date has been set for a Rock Island Man accused in the beating death of his wife last month. 68-year old Ului Teolilo was arraigned today before Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

The Manson man accused of murdering his mother was in Chelan County Superior Court this morning.

Defense lawyers requested further evaluation of 25-year old Rafael Ocampo in court today and his trial scheduled for September 10th has been stricken.  Ocampo is charged with first degree murder in the death of his mother, 56-year old Maria Ocampo last summer. The mother was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with her son. Rafael Ocampo told detectives his mother had tried to stab him first but he overpowered her and turned the knife on her. Ocampo will next appear in Superior Court on August 27th for a status conference.

Friday night at the Omak Stampede went from bad to worse for two Spokane men. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a news release that around 10:00 p.m. after the Stampede Race, several law enforcement officers were at their command post waiting for traffic to clear out when a suburban backed into a patrol car.

After the collision, several Deputies and Tribal Police contacted the two men in the vehicle. One of the occupants had two valid warrants and was arrested on the warrants. As the investigation continued, they located cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. The driver of the vehicle attempted to eat some of the crack cocaine and an ambulance was called but the driver refused treatment. The driver and passenger were both arrested, a search warrant was done on the vehicle and additional drugs and two pistols were found in the vehicle, both men arrested are convicted felons and cannot possess firearms.

Arrested at the scene were 41-year old Roland N. Winfrey of Spokane, he was the driver of the vehicle and was charged with Illegal Possession of Firearm in the 1st Degree, Possession of Cocaine and for Possession of Heroin. Winfrey also has eleven prior felony convictions and is a Convicted Felon.

Also arrested was Daryl Givens, 59 of Spokane, who was the passenger. He was arrested on two separate warrants, Illegal Possession of Firearm in the 1St Degree, Possession of Cocaine and for Possession of Heroin. Givens also has seven prior felony convictions and is a Convicted Felon.

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.

The Wenatchee Valley Rams are one step closer to a championship…AGAIN…

The Rams hosted the Spokane Wolfpack last Saturday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl in the Western Washington Football Alliance League semifinals.  And there was little doubt the home team had plans of playing another day.  Wenatchee Valley’s offense went up and down the field while the defense pitched yet another shutout as the Rams won 52-to-nothing.  The Rams will take on the Tri-City Rage in the championship game this Saturday at Renton Stadium with kickoff at 5 o’clock.

Just about the time it looked like the Mariners were going to face into the mid-summer heat, they come back and sweep the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros in the 4-game series…

The finale at Minute Maid Park Sunday was a 4-3, 10-inning decision that brought Seattle within 4-games of the division leader, and just a game-and-a-half back of Oakland for the final Wild Card spot in the American League.  But it wasn’t easy.

The Mariners squandered a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th as the Astros plated three runs to take the lead.  Then, with two outs in the top of the 9th, Ryon Healy smacked a solo home run to left field to tie it.

In the top of the 10th, Dee Gordon led off with a pinch-hit single.  Then, as Gordon broke for second base, Mitch Haniger slashed a double down the left field line that scored Gordon with what proved to be the game-winning run.  And, even though Edwin Diaz had saved three games in a row, came on in the bottom of the 10th to earn his 46th save.

Manager Scott Servais said it was a rare opportunity on the road…

Seattle now heads to Oakland for the first of three against the A’s as Marco Gonzales faces Sean Manaea (mun-AY-uh) at 7:05.

To the Les Schwab Scoreboard to see what else happened in the American League West on Sunday…

Jed Lowrie’s 2-run home run highlighted a 4-run 4th inning as Oakland held on to beat the Angels 8-7.  The Athletics took two of three from Los Angeles in the weekend series.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run to back CC Sabathia’s 6-innings of 1-hit, scoreless ball to help New York beat Texas 7-2.  The Yankees took three of four in the weekend series.

So there you see the standings, Houston’s lead in the West has shrunk to 2-and-a-half games over Oakland and just four over the Mariners.

The Seattle Seahawks continue training camp in Renton, preparing for their upcoming game against the Chargers.  Now that they have one game in the books, it’s time for the rookies to show what they’ve learned.  Such is the case for rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin…

Head Coach Pete Carroll says Griffin has a lot of room for improvement, but he liked the basic fundamentals that he saw…

Seattle plays in Carson, California, just outside of Los Angeles, Saturday night against the Chargers with kickoff set for 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

August 2018 is looking, and smelling, a lot like September of 2012. We are referring to the air quality in North Central Washington. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz has more. . .

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…

The winds have subsided but the firefight continues in the Upper Entiat valley on the Cougar Creek Fire. The fire escaped containment lines during Saturday’s windstorm crossing over the Entiat River and threatening homes in the Potato Creek and Ardenvoir areas. This is a video shot by a local resident along Entiat Valley Road where Level 3 evacuations were ordered.

Firefighting strike teams were in full structure-protection mode jumping from one spot fire to another. No homes were damaged but the threat continues as the fire exploded in size to over 26 thousand acres.

The fire is 5-percent contained. Due to the movement of the fire to the East Chelan County Emergency Management has issued Level One evacuation advisories for residents on Oklahoma Gulch Road, Navarre Coulee Road (from Hwy 97-ALT to South Lakeshore Rd); Johnson Creek Road and First Creek Road.

Saturday’s blustery winds also pushed a large brush fire toward homes in the Coulee Dam area. State fire assistance was mobilized in support of local firefighters working to contain the Grass Valley Fire. The fire has burned has over 45-thousand acres of mostly brush, grass and wheatland.

The fire triggered Level three evacuations in the Coulee Dam area. Those have now been lowered. Grand Coulee north of the canal is now Level 2. Coulee Dam is now Level 2. Grand Coulee south of the canal is now Level 1. Electric City is now Level 1. No structures were lost. One firefighter was injured with battling the blaze in the Mansfield area. He was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle for treatment of burns. His condition is not known.

With all the forest fires burning here in the west, it’s often difficult to find any positive stories. But, as we leave you tonight, we head to Helena, California, about 30-miles northwest of Redding, to find a very unique hot shot crew, made up of singing-Samoans. . .

According to HawaiiNewsNow, the firefighters were singing a Samoan Christian praise song called “Thanks unto God.”

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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 news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.