Evening News July 02, 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, Grant County firefighters were successful overnight corralling a brush fire that was fanned out of control Sunday afternoon. Douglas County Firefighters responded Saturday evening to a structure fire in East Wenatchee. Fireworks can be legally purchased, but that doesn’t mean that you can legally set them off. Douglas County fire marshal Kurt Blanchard talks about the dangers of all fireworks, even the safe and sane ones, and, Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal closes out a 30 year law enforcement career by issuing his final incident report; a stabbing in Orondo.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wildland firefighters from several agencies continue to battle a wind-driven blaze in the Entiat area. The fire started around 3:30 pm Sunday on the West side of the Entiat River about 17 miles up from US 97-A on Entiat River Road near Stormy Creek. The fire is under the management of a joint command comprised of Local, State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service.

As of noon today, the fire had spread to about 80 acres of brush and scattered timber. Level 2 evacuations were issued for 12 homes in the Riverwood Development (Coyote Falls and Kelsey Lane). Those levels have now been lowered to Level 1. Level 1 evacuation notices are also in place for about 50 to 60 homes on both sides of Entiat River Road from Milepost 20 (Tyee Ranch) to Potato Creek Rd.

Grant County firefighters were successful overnight corralling a brush fire that was fanned out of control Sunday afternoon. The fire burned in excess of 100 acres of mostly grass and brush in the Ancient Lakes area. Crews from multiple Grant County Fire Districts with aid from Bureau of Land Management brought the fire under control with no reports of structure damage or injuries. Level One evacuations were lifted for several homes in the area.

Douglas County Firefighters responded Saturday evening to a structure fire in East Wenatchee. The ability to have multiple firefighters initially on scene, Chelan County Fire District 1 and Wenatchee Valley Firefighters, Local 453 aided in a quick handle on this fire. No word yet on the cause of that blaze.

Fireworks can be legally purchased, but that doesn’t mean that you can legally set them off. NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz talked with Douglas County fire marshall Kurt Blanchard about the dangers of all fireworks, even the safe and sane ones.

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal closes out a 30 year law enforcement career by issuing his final incident report; a stabbing in Orondo. The Sheriff officially retired at Midnight Saturday, and turned over the reins temporarily to Undersheriff Kevin Morris who was appointed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Undersheriff Morris will serve as acting Sheriff pending the appointment of a Sheriff by the Douglas County Commissioners. The Douglas County Commissioners are expected to make a selection to fill the remainder of Sheriff Gjesdal’s unexpired term by resolution on Monday, July 9th. Morris is a candidate for the Sheriff’s Office along with East Wenatchee Police Officer, Leeon Leyde. Sheriff Gjesdal reports in his news release that a man is in custody as a suspect in a stabbing at an Orondo labor camp.

The Sheriff says it happened On June 23rd when the suspect got in a fight with a group of men at a worker’s cabin off Nollmeyer Road . The 20 year old victim was stabbed in the pelvis after he tried to stop the fight. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment. 31 year old Ismael Gonzalez-Diaz of Orondo was arrested without incident according to the Sheriff.

Coming up next, About 200 sign waving demonstrators and their supporters gathered at Memorial Park in downtown Wenatchee Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against the Trump Administration. The United States District Court Eastern District of Washington granted preliminary approval of $26-million dollars in common funds to benefit affected homeowners by Wells Fargo Bank. A recent multi-agency law enforcement operation results in the arrests of 62 violent offenders in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties, and, An Ephrata man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Soap Lake Friday night. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

About 200 sign waving demonstrators and their supporters gathered at Memorial Park in downtown Wenatchee Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against the Trump Administration. NCWLife’s Steve Hair was there and has more. . .

In a press release late last week, the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers Danielson Sonn and Aylward announced the United States District Court Eastern District of Washington granted preliminary approval of a class-wide settlement, providing $26-million dollars in common funds to benefit affected homeowners by Wells Fargo Bank.

Over four thousand Eastern Washington homeowners were locked out of their homes by Wells Fargo Bank, prior to completion of a foreclosure. This case is one of several cases involving Washington homeowners who have had their locks changed by lenders and mortgage servicers prior to foreclosure. The Washington Supreme Court issued its decision and holding that the pre-foreclosure lock changes violated long-standing Washington law.

A recent multi-agency law enforcement operation results in the arrests of 62 violent offenders in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. The 10-day coordinated effort called Operation Hopscotch, involved the U.S. Marshalls Office, U.S. Border Patrol, and county law enforcement seized approximately 180 grams of methamphetamine and 2-thousand dollars in counterfeit currency. Operation Hopscotch also led to the apprehension of fugitives based on arrest warrants issued from California and Idaho, as well as the arrests of offenders located in Arizona and Texas.

An Ephrata man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Soap Lake Friday night. Washington State Patrol reports 42-year Leland Ostrem was traveling east on State Route 28 near the Soap Lake City limits around 7:30 when he lost control of his Harley Davidson and rolled. Both driver and motorcycle came to rest blocking westbound lanes on Highway 28. Ostrem was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. State Patrol says speed was the cause of the accident and Ostrem was charged with the offense.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom with a look at results of last night’s Applesox game, the west coast standings, how the Mariner game turned out last night and the currenty American League West standings. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

James Paxton brought his “Eh” game on his bobblehead day Sunday at Safeco Field and the Mariners brought their brooms, completing a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 1-0 victory that moved them within a half-game of first place in the American League West.

Pitching on Canada Day, while the Mariners passed out replicas of the British Columbia native with an eagle sitting on his shoulder  Paxton allowed just two hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings, racking up his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season.

Paxton was feeling it as well, allowing only one runner past first base in his 110-pitch gem.

The big lefty has been a huge part of Seattle’s surprising success as the Mariners have gone 35-17 since his no-hitter on May 8 in Toronto, the second-best mark in the Majors in that span, and just fractions of a percentage point behind the top record of Houston (33-16).

With the Astros losing a third straight game at Tampa Bay, Seattle pulled just one-half game back in the division race at 54-31 and secured its first series sweep of the Royals since 2014.

The Mariners have won seven straight for the first time since September 2016 and they went the cliffhanger route again, improving their MLB-leading record in one-run games to 26-11. It was Seattle’s fifth 1-0 win of the season, just one shy of their single-season record of six in 2012.

Paxton needed to be on top of his game to outduel Royals rookie right-hander Brad Keller (2-3, 2.09), who allowed six hits and one run in going the distance. The Mariners bunched three of their hits off the 22-year-old in the second inning to push across their lone run on Ben Gamel‘s RBI single.

Edwin Diaz replaced Paxton in the ninth and struck out the side for his MLB-leading 32nd save.

Diaz became the second pitcher in MLB history to record at least 30 saves and 70 strikeouts before the All-Star Game, joining Eric Gagne of the Dodgers, who had 31 saves and 76 strikeouts at the break in his Cy Young season in 2003. The Mariners are now 40-0 in games where Diaz enters with a lead, and he’s 20-for-22 in one-run save situations with a 0.81 ERA, 40 strikeouts and five walks in 22 1/3 innings.

After an off-day Monday, Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 3.38 ERA) opens a three-game series with the Angels on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. PT against lefty Andrew Heaney (4-5, 3.95). Seattle is 8-3 in games started by LeBlanc this year, including a 5-3 win against the Angels on June 11 at Safeco, in which he allowed two runs in five innings. That’s the only time the 33-year-old has faced the Halos in his 10-year career.

After taking Sunday off the Wenatchee AppleSox return to action tonight as they welcome the Yakima Valley Pippins to town for a 3-game set at Paul Thomas Senior Field.  Tonight also marks the beginning of the second half of West Coast League play so everyone starts over again with 0-0 league records.  The Sox finished the 1st. half of the season at 8-12, last place in the WCL North Division.  The Bellingham Bells won the first half title and a spot in the playoffs with a 17-6 record, 3 and one-half games better than the Kelowna Falcons.

From all indications it looks like its going to be bounty of fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables this season judging from what we saw and sampled at Saturday’s Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market at the Pybus Public Market. The NCWLIFE camera’s were there and we captured some of the activity. . .

We’ll be back with your cool, dry and windy  weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Wildland firefighters from several agencies continue to battle a wind-driven blaze in the Entiat area. The fire started around 3:30 pm on the West side of the Entiat River about 17 miles up from US 97-A on Entiat River Road near Stormy Creek. The fire is under the management of a joint command comprised of Local, State Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forest Service.

As of noon today, the fire had spread to about 80 acres of brush and scattered timber. Level 2 evacuations were issued for 12 homes in the Riverwood Development (Coyote Falls and Kelsey Lane). Those levels have now been lowered to Level 1. Level 1 evacuation notices are also in place for about 50 to 60 homes on both sides of Entiat River Road from Milepost 20 (Tyee Ranch) to Potato Creek Rd.

Grant County firefighters were successful overnight corralling a brush fire that was fanned out of control Sunday afternoon. The fire burned in excess of 100 acres of mostly grass and brush in the Ancient Lakes area. Crews from multiple Grant County Fire Districts with aid from Bureau of Land Management brought the fire under control with no reports of structure damage or injuries. Level One evacuations were lifted for several homes in the area.

Douglas County Firefighters responded Saturday evening to a structure fire in East Wenatchee. The ability to have multiple firefighters initially on scene, Chelan County Fire District 1 and Wenatchee Valley Firefighters, Local 453 aided in a quick handle on this fire. No word yet on the cause of that blaze.

 

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