Evening News January 10


Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top 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 Bridgeport  Boys basketball coach remains in critical condition after rescuing a boy from a burning house and a Grant County Firefighter died Monday after sustaining serious injuries in an industrial accident.

But first, we begin tonight:

Over a five-day span, in three separate incidents, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office arrested and jailed three suspects wanted for various warrants.

The first incident was on Friday, January 5th at 9:43 AM. A Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Rock Island spotted a vehicle at BJ’s truck stop. A vehicle license check revealed that an associated person in the car had warrants. As the vehicle left the parking lot, the Deputy stopped it and contacted the driver, 28-year old Jason Blomquist of Wenatchee.  He was driving on a suspended license and had a felony DOC warrant. He was arrested and booked without incident.

Then later in the day on Friday at around 3:00 PM, a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol spotted a suspicious male in the Mansfield School Parking lot. The Deputy recognized the individual and knew he had previous arrests. He ran the subject’s name and found he too had a warrant for his arrest. The subject, identified as 40-year old Lester Haney of Mansfield, was arrested and booked without incident.

The final arrest came last Friday at 4:40 AM as a Douglas County Deputy on routine patrol in Bridgeport stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The passenger in the car matched a person known to have warrants. The Deputy confirmed the warrants and attempted to take the person into custody. The suspect then tried to shed his coat saying it belonged to someone else. He struggled with the Deputy who then handcuffed him. In the coat pocket the deputy found a baggy filled with a substance he suspected to be methamphetamine. The suspect, 34- year old Olegario Duran of Bridgeport, was arrested and booked for possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor warrant. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says, along with a national database of wanted criminals at their disposal, it also takes heads-up police work to apprehend a suspect with a warrant. . .

The Bridgeport head boys basketball coach and former nationally ranked decathlete remains in serious condition today after rescuing a 9-year old boy from a burning house in Bridgeport last Friday morning.

Crews from Douglas-Okanogan Fire District 15 responded to the blaze at around 6:20 on the 400 block of Highway 173 in Bridgeport where they found the two-story home already engulfed in flames. Fire officials say Tara Martin, a special education teacher at Bridgeport Middle School, was the first to smell smoke and hear wind noises in the house before waking her boyfriend, Pat McFadden, head basketball coach at Bridgeport High School.

McFadden then raced to the bedroom of Martin’s 9-year old son, ran through intense heat and flames and took the boy outside. McFadden, Martin and the boy were all transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Martin was released from the hospital while McFadden and the boy were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. McFadden is in serious condition and the 9-year old boy is in satisfactory condition. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says McFadden is a hero. . .

The home and two cars were completely destroyed in the fire and fire officials say the cause is still undetermined. For those looking to help, an account at Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union has been setup to benefit McFadden Martin and her son.

A Grant County Firefighter died Monday after sustaining serious injuries in an industrial accident. According to a Facebook post by the fire district, 39-year-old Battalion Chief Dan Dishon was injured at his part time job at Moses Lake Industries on Dec. 27, and was in critical condition after being flown from Samaritan Hospital to Harborview where he died. Details on the incident have not been released. Dishon volunteered in Grant County for 15 years, bringing his skills in firefighting and fabrication to the team.

A popular site on the Columbia River off Highway 97 is closed for the winter season because of abuse from area-motorists. Beebe Springs Natural area will close Jan. 11th until March 15th after motorists passing by on the busy highway are leaving more than the state Department of Fish and Wildlife bargained for. During the winter months the vault toilet is locked because of limited maintenance abilities during freezing temperatures, while the park remains open. Regional Lands Operation Manager Rich Finger said some highway travelers are using the grounds as a rest stop, creating their own solutions when they find the toilets are unavailable. Finger said between the sanitation issues, trash and general public health and safety issues the agency is forced to close the wildlife area until Spring. Fish and Wildlife says they are looking for a long-term, financially sustainable solution for Beebe Springs, but until then the seasonal closure will remain.

Coming up next, we’ll tell you about an event coming up in Chelan that helps local youth overcome adversity and with snow in the forecast we’ll talk about snowmobile etiquette and tips to keep you safe. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The Seattle Times and other media outlets are reporting the Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.  The news was first reported by Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com Tuesday night.  Bevell had been Seattle’s offensive coordinator since the 2011 season, when he took over for Jeremy Bates, who was fired following the 2010 season — Pete Carroll’s first year with Seattle.  The Seahawks ranked 15th in the NFL in total offense in 2017 at 330.4 yards per game, but had increasing issues scoring and moving the ball as the season progressed, held to just a combined 285 in a pair of late-season games against the Rams and Dallas.  The Times story said, “The Seahawks did not confirm the news on Tuesday night but a source told the Times earlier Tuesday that the team was still evaluating coaching positions in the wake of a 9-7 season that saw Seattle miss the playoffs for the first time since 201 with a source confirming to the Times that Bevell had been let go and that more moves could be coming.”

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys basketball Tuesday…

Wenatchee snapped a four-game losing streak with a 56-50 win over Lewiston, Idaho.  Cashmere improved to 3-2 in Caribou Trail League play with a 55-36 win over Cascade.  Pateros held on to beat Entiat 52-48.  Brewster improved to 9-0 in Central Washington B League play with a 72-32 win over Waterville-Mansfield and Manson topped Tonasket 51-49.

On the girls side yesterday…

Cashmere defended its home floor with a 66-22 win over Cascade.  The Bulldogs jumped out to a 46-6 lead at half, forcing Cascade into 12 turnovers.  Halie Van Lith led all scorers with 23-points.  She also had 9-rebounds, 5-steals and 4-assists.  Entiat continued to cruise with a 55-12 win over Pateros.  And Waterville-Mansfield travelled to Brewster and handed the Bears their first league loss with a 41-38 victory.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Tuesday in girls bowling…

Eastmont and Wenatchee continued their winning ways by downing Eisenhower and Davis respectively by scores of 4-to-0.  The Wenatchee Panthers bowling team continued their recent hot streak by beating Davis by 731 pins to sweep the Pirates. The win moves the team to 9-1 in league and 12-1 overall.  Top scores were from junior Emilee Groth (187, 200), sophomore Jaiden Thompson (192, 184), and senior Taylor Bitterman (225). Other notable scores from those bowling JV were freshman Hannah Johnson (204) and freshman Kylah Hankins (216).  The team is in action against West Valley today at Eastmont Lanes.

The Eastmont win kept the Wildcats undefeated a 12-0 overall, 11-0 in Big 9 play.  Alicia Hastings rolled a 203 despite being sick and Becca Maines had a 212.  Eastmont will host Ellensburg today at Eastmont Lanes.  Both matches start at 2 o’clock.

In high school wrestling, Eastmont fell on the road at West Valley 34-32 while Sunnyside clobbered Wenatchee 77-9.

If you’re up for a different type of event, Apple City Roller Derby is hosting the 4th Annual Bavarian Bruisefest this weekend in Leavenworth…

12 women’s roller derby teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest will converge for two days of bracket tournament play, culminating in a full length championship bout Sunday.  The first whistle blows at the Fest Hall in Leavenworth Saturday morning at 9am with 30-minute games all weekend.  The Championship bout starts at 6:30 on Sunday.  Our own Apple City Roller Derby’s first bout is Saturday morning at 10:45 against Lilac.  There are teams that will be in town from Spokane, Ellensburg, the Columbia Gorge, Bellingham and British Columbia.  Upper Valley MEND will be selling beer from Icicle Brewing Company along with some bites to eat during the tournament.

That’s the Bavarian Bruisefest Four, Saturday and Sunday at the Fest Hall in Leavenworth.  We’ll have more from our embedded reporter Kaitlin Hettersheidt tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel.


Our Feature story tonight is on the Seattle Mariners Caravan visit to Pybus Public Market last night, Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

We experienced a quiet weather day today with mostly sunny skies, light wind and warm temperatures with some highs climbing into the lower and even mid-40’s. But, the short stretch of nice weather won’t last long as a strong weather system moves in by late tonight and persists into Thursday. This system will produce heavy mountain and valley accumulations of snow especially across the northern third of Washington. This system will result in widespread precipitation forming overnight with primarily snow north of Highway 2 and rain or a rain/snow mix in the Wenatchee Valley and lower Columbia Basin. A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect tonight at 10:00 and last until 10:00 p.m. Thursday night. We could see 2-4 inches of snow in the Wenatchee Valley early tomorrow changing over to rain by afternoon. Gusty winds are also expected in most of the Columbia Basin behind this system. Cooler and drier weather will then arrive for the weekend and persist through early Monday before the next round of moisture moves in by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week


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