Evening News July 30, 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 25-mile Creek Fire near Chelan is now 100-percent contained.  A very active 125-acre wildfire is burning in heavy timber in an inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District. The Chelan Hills Fire that started Friday afternoon has swept over 18-hundred acres of brush, trees and several structures is now 87 percent contained, and, The Lower Cle Elum River Fire that broke out along Interstate 90 forced the highway’s closure until crews from multiple agencies contained it overnight.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A fire burning on U.S. Forest Service land in the Entiat Valley forced the evacuation of hikers and campers. The Cougar Creek Fire was reportedly burning in heavy timber, snags and logs in steep inaccessible terrain about 20 miles North of Entiat in the Mad River area of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. Forest Service crews were notifying trail users to evacuate the area due to the close proximity of the fire. Its estimated to have burned about 400 acres. The Upper Mad River trail system and the Tommy Creek Trail have been closed until further notice.

The 25-mile Creek Fire near Chelan is now 100-percent contained. Level Three evacuations remain in place for some homeowners and campers along Lake Chelan’s South shore near 25-mile Creek. The three-alarm fire that started Sunday afternoon had crews from Chelan, Entiat, Manson and Douglas County along with air support teams who were in the area for the Chelan Hills Fire. According to LakeChelanNow, the fire crossed both sides of Highway 971 (South Lakeshore Drive) near 25 Mile Creek State Park.

Evacuation notices were issued last night for areas from Milepost 9.5 to the west, including Hale Road and Shady Pass, according to Chelan County Emergency Management, which includes 25 Mile State Park. A level three roadblock was in place throughout the night, with no access to the State Park.

The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at Chelan High School last night but fortunately no one needed to take advantage of the shelter. Two garages were destroyed in the fire and some area homes were damaged. Chelan County PUD shut off power between Fields Point and 25 Mile Creek for about 130 customers, with no estimate on restoration.

A very active 125-acre wildfire is burning in heavy timber in an inaccessible area of the Methow Valley Ranger District about 13 miles west of Mazama in Okanogan County.

Smokejumpers, a 20-person crew, a large helicopter dropping water, and an airtanker dropping retardant are currently assigned to the fire. Due to public safety concerns and the behavior of this fast moving fire, six trails have been closed to public access. Forest Service employees are sweeping these trails advising recreationists to leave the area. In addition to the trail closures, Lone Fir Campground and Washington Pass Overlook are also closed. Lightning from thunderstorms over the weekend started 22 wildfires in the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest, most of which are less than a half acre.

The Chelan Hills Fire that started Friday afternoon has swept over 18-hundred acres of brush, trees and several structures is now 87 percent contained thanks to the efforts of 260 firefighters and a squadron of air tankers and helicopters. Managers say they still don’t know what caused the blaze.

There were no injuries but crews on the ground were challenged by difficult terrain and sweltering temperatures. The fire claimed several structures, including at least one home. Crews today are mopping up hotspots within the perimeter. There’s an excessive heat warning in effect through tomorrow. The next 2 days, daytime maximum temperatures are expected to be over 100 degrees with minimum relative humidity in the low teens to single digits.

Here’s some footage of Sunday’s fire suppression efforts in Kittitas County. The Lower Cle Elum River Fire broke out along Interstate 90 forcing the highway’s closure until crews from multiple agencies contained it overnight.

Coming up next, Formal criminal charges are pending in the case of a Rock Island man suspected in his wife’s shooting death. A rabid bat was found last week on a pathway at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee. A bizarre scene on Blewett Pass late last week when a Leavenworth man was tazed and arrested for stacking and throwing logs at passing motorists on Highway 97, and, An elderly Ellensburg couple were killed Friday in a one vehicle accident on I-90. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Formal criminal charges are pending in the case of a Rock Island man suspected in his wife’s shooting death. Douglas County prosecutor, Steve Clem is reportedly reviewing the case against 66- year old Ului Teulilo who was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder and domestic violence. His wife, 68 year old Peggy Teulilo, was found dead in a fifth-wheel travel trailer the couple lived in next to a residence off Riverside Place. The woman died from a gunshot to the head.

A sheriff’s deputy discovered the body after responding to a report that she had failed to pick someone up for a ride. The couple reportedly had a history of domestic problems. According to court documents the victim reportedly made at least two prior reports that the husband threatened to kill her. Ului is in custody at the Okanogan County Jail. His bail is set at 500-thousand dollars. The suspect has denied involvement in his wife’s death and reportedly told detectives the last time he saw her was around 3:30 AM when he left for work.

A rabid bat was found last week on a pathway at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee. Animal Control delivered the rabid bat to Chelan-Douglas Health District who turned it over to the Washington State Lab for testing. It is unknown if anyone (or any pets) came in touch or were exposed to the diseased bat. Touching a rabid bat, may expose a person or pet to rabies. Chelan-Douglas Health District asks that you contact your local health jurisdiction if you or someone you know (or any pets), came in contact with the bat. For any Chelan-Douglas residents, please call 509-886-6400 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone who touches or has contact with a rabid bat is at risk of getting rabies and should seek medical evaluation immediately.

A bizarre scene on Blewett Pass late last week when a Leavenworth man was tazed and arrested for stacking and throwing logs at passing motorists on Highway 97. Thursday afternoon, the driver of a Toyota Prius was driving north on Blewett Pass when she saw 31-year old Stuart A. Campbell stacking logs in the northbound lane of Highway 97.

As she attempted to drive around the pile of logs, Campbell allegedly threw a log at her car, breaking the windshield and damaging the passenger side. Campbell also allegedly threatened to kill the Prius driver as well as a passer-by who tried to help her. Chelan County Deputies arrived and were forced to taze Campbell in order to restrain him. He has was booked into Chelan County Regional Justice Center on second degree assault, second degree malicious mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and threats to kill.

An elderly Ellensburg couple were killed Friday in a one vehicle accident on I-90. Washington State Patrol says 75-year old Delores Anthony was traveling east on I-90 two miles west of Cle Elum when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway and rolled coming to rest on its side down a 75-foot embankment. Anthony died in the accident as did her 80-year old husband Leonard Anthony, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

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.

AJ Atherton and two relievers held Wenatchee to a 5-hit shutout as Bend salvaged the final game of a three-game series at Vince Genna Stadium Sunday 8-nothing…

The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for Wenatchee after the AppleSox took the first two games of the series, 9-0 Friday and 11-8 Saturday.

Chris Diehl delivered the big blow for the Elks, a 3-run home run in a 4-run 4th inning of AppleSox starter Hunter Boyd.  The loss dropped Boyd to 4-and-2 on the season.

Isaac Barrera did what he could from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a double.  It was the 5th time the ‘Sox were shut out this season, but they have still won three series in a row.

Wenatchee returns home tomorrow to host Port Angeles in the first of three games at 7:05.  It’s also the 1st of the final 6-home games of the season for the AppleSox.

Also in the West Coast League Sunday, as we open the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Ron Brown was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3-RBi to lead Port Angeles past Walla Walla 7-to-4.  Tyler Oldenberg earned the victory for the mound for the Lefties, going 7-innings and allowing 1-run on 5-hits with 8-strikeouts.

Nick Dicarlo’s 2-run triple in the top of the 11th lead Yakima Valley to a win over Cowlitz on the road.

Zak Taylor was 4-for-4 with 3-runs and an RBI while Briley Knight drove in 4-runs on 2-hits as Corvallis won on the road at Kelowna 9-to-5.

Carson Breshears’ RBI-single in the bottom of the 9th tied it and Sam Novitske followed with an RBI single to walk off the win as Portland came from behind to beat Bellingham 6-5.

Chris Fougner hit a 3-run home run and drove in six for the Victoria Mavericks as they scored 17-runs on 18-hits to beat the Victoria HarbourCats in a non-league game 17-7.

On the West Coast League Schedule tonight…

Team Cuba at Victoria at 6:35pm is the only game on the schedule.

The 5th Annual Sunburn Classic 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held over the weekend in downtown Wenatchee on the Avenue between Orondo and Kittitas Streets.  Teams from all over the northwest battled near 100-degree temperatures besides the competition for the bragging rights.  Here are the results…

Rugrat Nation Co-Ed 2nd & 3rd Grade – Hero Squad of Star, Idaho
3rd & 4th Grade Boys – Valley Basin Ballers of East Wenatchee
5th & 6th Grade Girls – The Ball Squad of East Wenatchee
5th & 6th Grade Boys – Lil mex allstars of Othello
7th & 8th Grade Girls – LAMA of Othello
7th & 8th Grade Boys – EHE of Moses Lake
9th & 10th Grade Boys Rec – Manson
9th & 10th Grade Boys Competitive – Walla Walla Elite

High School Boys Rec – ISO of East Wenatchee
Adult Men Rec – Lace Up of Beverly, WA
Adult Men Elite Money – Sunburn’s Finest of Mansfield, WA
Adult Men Elite – 3 Peat of Moses Lake

The Mariners gave Marco Gonzalez 7, 1st inning runs, and he made it hold up in Sunday’s 8-5 win over the Angels…

Dee Gordon, Denard Span and Ben Gamel each had 3-hit days while Mike Zunino went 2-for-5 and drove in 3-runs.

Gonzalez earned his 12th win of the season, going 6-innings and allowing 2-runs on 7-hits while fanning 7.  The win salvaged the final game of the weekend series in Anaheim, but didn’t cost Seattle in the big picture because the rest of the A-L West didn’t do so well over the weekend either.

Seattle returns home to host Houston in the first of three games tonight as James Paxton comes off the D-L to face the Astro’s Gerrit Cole at 7:10.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard for the rest of the American League West Sunday…

Mike Minor struck out 8 over six innings and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Houston by a score of 4-to-3 Sunday.  The loss came despite Houston’s pitching staff striking out a record 19 in the contest.

Tom Murphy hit a 2-run home run and Ryan McMahon hit two doubles and collected an RBI as Colorado edged Oakland 3-2 to complete the three-game sweep of the A’s.

As a result, Seattle actually gained ground a little in the standings, now trailing Houston by 4-games and holding a 2-game advantage over Oakland for the 2nd Wild Card spot in the American League.

Thanks Eric.

So many times we cover a story about a brush fire and resulting evacuations but rarely get a glimpse into what it’s like to be there. In our feature story tonight, we visit with Marc Straub, whose home was literally in the center of the Chelan Hills Fire Friday afternoon.  Straub says he received word of the fire from his wife. . .

Straub tells NCWLIFE that one of his neighbors lost their home in the fire and there were several outbuildings that burned. We’ll hear more of his story coming up tomorrow on the NCWLIFE evening news.

We’ll be back with more news and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

Confluence Health has notified some patients who may have been affected by a recent data breach. Hospital officials report on May 29th they learned that an unauthorized person may have gained access to an employee’s email account on March 30th and May 28th, 2018.  A subsequent investigation determined that some patient information may have been included in the email account, including name and treatment information. No financial information was contained in the email account.

Hospital officials say they have no indication that any patient information has been misused. However, out of an abundance of caution, they’re notifying affected patients. To help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we have taken numerous measures to heighten security around our email system and increased monitoring of our network for suspicious activity.

Formal criminal charges are pending in the case of a Rock Island man suspected in his wife’s shooting death. Douglas County prosecutor, Steve Clem is reportedly reviewing the case against 66- year old Ului Teulilo who was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder and domestic violence. His wife, 68 year old Peggy Teulilo, was found dead in a fifth-wheel travel trailer the couple lived in next to a residence off Riverside Place. The woman died from a gunshot to the head.

A sheriff’s deputy discovered the body after responding to a report that she had failed to pick someone up for a ride. The couple reportedly had a history of domestic problems. According to court documents the victim reportedly made at least two prior reports that the husband threatened to kill her. Ului is in custody at the Okanogan County Jail. His bail is set at 500-thousand dollars. The suspect has denied involvement in his wife’s death and reportedly told detectives the last time he saw her was around 3:30 AM when he left for work.

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.