Evening News July 24, 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 spokesman Kyle Foreman told NCWLife News earlier today that both the Buckshot and L Road Fires in Grant County may have been human-caused. Douglas County Fire Crews put out a small brush fire on Pear Lane in Rock Island yesterday afternoon. Three people were injured overnight in a one-car crash near the Beebe Bridge in Douglas County, and, A 20-year-old man received minor injuries during a drive-by shooting Friday night in Moses Lake.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A September trial has been slated for an East Wenatchee woman accused in the death of her 2-year old son. 35-year old Elaine Hurd appeared in Douglas County Superior Court Monday for her arraignment after she was arrested on July 11th. Hurd is charged with second degree manslaughter and 4th degree criminal mistreatment in connection with the death of Rustin Atkerson in August of last year. The toddler died from a head injury at the Mother’s boyfriend’s house but Hurd allegedly failed to seek medical treatment for him.

Grant County spokesman Kyle Foreman told NCWLife News earlier today that both the Buckshot and L Road Fires in Grant County may have been human-caused. Both fires started late last week. The Buckshot Fire is 90-percent contained and is estimated at 1000-acres burning near Desert Aire while the L Road Fire is 75-percent contained and has scorched 29-thousand acres near Vernita Bridge. Foreman says both fires are being investigated as suspicious in nature and the investigation into the exact cause of both fires continues.

Douglas County Fire Crews put out a small brush fire on Pear Lane in Rock Island yesterday afternoon. Firefighters kept the fire to less then a quarter acre. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. The dry landscape tells it all as the temperatures continue to climb toward the triple digits this week.

Three people were injured overnight in a one-car crash near the Beebe Bridge in Douglas County. Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey says it happened just prior to 3 a.m. on U.S. 97 when a passenger vehicle was found laying upside down in the northbound ditch with severe damage. There were three occupants of the car, the driver, identified as Isela Diaz-Lorenzano and three children. The driver and one of the children were treated at the scene and transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital. State Trooper, Brian Moore says Diaz-Lorenzano lost control of the vehicle after she fell asleep at the wheel.

A 20-year-old man received minor injuries during a drive-by shooting Friday night in Moses Lake. Deputies and Moses Lake police were called around 10:15 p.m. for the shooting in the 1100 block of Arlington Drive in the Larson Housing Community. The victim was transported to Samaritan Hospital where he was treated and released. Investigators believe the victim was the intended target. Deputies are awaiting search warrants for two impounded vehicles they believe are involved in the case. Due to the current investigation, no other information can be released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160.

Coming up next, Chelan County PUD Commissioners are closer to a final plan for restructuring electrical rates for the growing cryptocurrency industry. Chelan County Commissioners have agreed to help the Port District with funds to complete construction of two new industrial buildings in Cashmere. Steve King, director of economic development for the city of Wenatchee, explains what the city has planned for their portion of the old Federal Building, and, the Kellogg Company has recalled all packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal  because the products have the potential presence of Salmonella. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Chelan County PUD Commissioners are closer to a final plan for restructuring electrical rates for the growing cryptocurrency industry. The discussion at yesterday’s board meeting focused on electrical transmission and distribution challenges related to requests for power to serve large energy loads and how they would be factored in to a new rate class for bitcoin mining operations. General Manager Steve Wright said the volatility of the bitcoin market requires a cautious approach. . .

Under the proposed cryptocurrency rate, customers would pay the cost of power purchased from the wholesale market. Cryptocurrency customers also would pay upfront charges to cover the cost of potential infrastructure investment. Lindsey Mohns, Customer Utilities business manager, said there is transmission and distribution capability in parts of Chelan County, particularly in the Malaga, Wenatchee and Olds Station areas, but that in no case currently is there availability of more than 4 megawatts of power capacity at any of the existing substations. Commissioner Steve McKenna commented after the presentation saying it makes sense to develop a new rate – using standard methodology where rates follow costs . . .

Commissioners have set an August 6th date for a final public hearing on the new proposed High Density Load rates. You can find more information on line at the Chelan County PUD Website.

Chelan County Commissioners have agreed to help the Port District with funds to complete construction of two new industrial buildings in Cashmere. The Port had requested a .09 percent share of the funds the County receives from the state for economically distressed counties. Commissioner Kevin Overbay explains . . .

Commissioner Keith Goehner says the mill site property has great economic development potential for the City of Cashmere and the County as a whole . . .

The 32 and a half acre Cashmere Mill Property was used primarily for lumber milling from the 1940s until late 1970s. Various commercial and light industrial businesses occupied the property in the 1980s and 1990s.

When LocalTel Communications purchased the federal building in Wenatchee for $3.9 million last year, one of the bidders they competed against was the City of Wenatchee.

Though they dropped out early in the bidding process, the city never lost interest in the 104,000-square-foot building and earlier this year reached an agreement with LocalTel to purchase much of the space inside for a new city hall. Steve King, director of economic development for the city, explained to NCW Life what the city has planned for the building.

A heads up tonight for you folks that enjoy breakfast cereal in the morning. . .Kellogg Company has recalled all 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal  because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella.

Please check your pantries! Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund.

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 AppleSox overcame 4 fielding errors with a season-high 7 extra base hits and down the Yakima Valley Pippins 8-3 last night in West Coast League play…

Connor McCord was 2-for-6 with a home run and 2-RBI’s while Joey Magro was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.  Nick Seamons also went yard for the Sox as Wenatchee improved to 5-and-8 on the second half of the season, 16-and-23 overall.

On the mound, Alex Gomez earned his first victory of the season, allowing 3-runs on 5-hits with 4-strikeouts.

Wenatchee returns home tonight for the first of three against the Cowlitz Black Bears and 7:05 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.

Let’s head to the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the West Coast League last night…

Brady Heid’s grand slam home run highlighted a 5-run 6th inning as Port Angeles hung on to beat Victoria 9-7.  Heid drove in 5 of the Lefties 9 runs on the night.

Jordan Hovey was 2-for-3, scored three times and drove in 2 runs to lead Walla Walla to an 11-3 win over Cowlitz.  The Black Bears come into Wenatchee having lost 2 of 3 against the Sweets.

Matt McLain stepped up in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, the bases were loaded, and his Bellingham Bells trailed Bend by a score of 4-to-3.  He hit a 1-oh pitch over the wall off Elks reliever Coen Wynne and was mobbed at home plate as Bellingham walked off in front of a very happy crowd at Joe Martin Field.  It was the Bells 27th win of the season.

Austin Feist’s RBI single in the top of the 9th was the difference for Corvallis as the Knights beat Portland 6-5.  Chandler Anderson was also 4-for-4 on the night for Corvallis, scored twice and drove in 2 runs and was just a triple shy of the cycle.

On the West Coast League schedule for tonight…

Kelowna is at Corvallis at 6:30.  Victoria hosts Walla Walla, Port Angeles is at Bellingham and Bend hosts Portland, all at 6:35.  And the AppleSox host Cowlitz tonight at 7:05.

The Mariners head back into interleague play today as San Francisco comes to town…

The Giants are 51 and 50 on the season and trail the Dodgers in the National League West by 5-and-a-half games.  Seattle is 60 and 40 and continue to trail Houston by 5-games in the American League West.  Tonight’s game features Andrew Suarez on the mound for San Fran, who is 3-and-6 with a 3.94ERA.  James Paxton is back on the hill for Seattle with an 8-and-4 record and 3.70 ERA.  First pitch tonight is at 7:10.

There was some action in the American League West last as we head back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Jonathan Lucroy hit a second inning grand slam to start a landslide 15-3 win over the Rangers.  Stephen Piscotti, Matt Chapman and Khris Davis also homered for the A’s, who are 12-and-5 so far for the month of July.

Jose Abreu was 2-for-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s to lead the Chicago White Sox past the LA Angels 5-3.

The Seahawks begin training camp tomorrow at the V-Mac in Renton…

There have been many changes in the off-season, including the departure of Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham as well as the retirement of Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril.  There was also the demotion of Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator, the firing of Tom Cable as offensive line coach and co-head coach and the hiring of Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Solari.

Pete Carroll has said one of the big reasons to being Schottenheimer in as offensive coordinator is to challenge Russell Wilson.  Carroll says despite Wilson’s accomplishments in the first six years of his NFL career, he thinks Schottenheimer can challenge him to be even better.

Also, for the first time since 2014, the Seahawks have a chance to return most of their starters on offensive line, including tackles Duane Brown and Germain Ifedi, guard Ethan Pocic and center Justin Britt.  And from the looks of offseason workouts, the other guard could be former first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker, who the Seahawks signed in free agency.

There’s also expected to be quite a battle at running back, wide receiver, tight end and on the defensive line.  We’ll be watching training camp very closely, beginning with the first workout tomorrow morning at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

In tonight’s feature story, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic and a benefit concert next week. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson 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…

A September trial has been slated for an East Wenatchee woman accused in the death of her 2-year old son. 35-year old Elaine Hurd appeared in Douglas County Superior Court Monday for her arraignment after she was arrested on July 11th. Hurd is charged with second degree manslaughter and 4th degree criminal mistreatment in connection with the death of Rustin Atkerson in August of last year. The toddler died from a head injury at the Mother’s boyfriend’s house but Hurd allegedly failed to seek medical treatment for him.

Grant County spokesman Kyle Foreman told NCWLife News earlier today that both the Buckshot and L Road Fires in Grant County may have been human-caused. Both fires started late last week.

The Buckshot Fire is 90-percent contained and is estimated at 1000-acres burning near Desert Aire while the L Road Fire is 75-percent contained and has scorched 29-thousand acres near Vernita Bridge. Foreman says both fires are being investigated as suspicious in nature and the investigation into the exact cause of both fires continues.

Three people were injured overnight in a one-car crash near the Beebe Bridge in Douglas County. Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey says it happened just prior to 3 a.m. on U.S. 97 when a passenger vehicle was found laying upside down in the northbound ditch with severe damage. There were three occupants of the car, the driver, identified as Isela Diaz-Lorenzano and three children. The driver and one of the children were treated at the scene and transported to Lake Chelan Community Hospital. State Trooper, Brian Moore says Diaz-Lorenzano lost control of the vehicle after she fell asleep at the wheel.

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.