Evening News July 9, 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, An autopsy planned for later this week will determine the cause of death of a young Cashmere man who’s body was discovered along the Wenatchee Riverbank Friday afternoon. Four people were injured in Chelan last Thursday night when an out-of-control SUV struck a group of people in a Lakeside patio area. A two-vehicle accident Friday night in Grant County has claimed the life of a 19-year old Quincy man, and, Another rabid bat was found in a downtown Wenatchee parking lot prompting a public risk warning by the Chelan Douglas Health District.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Pangborn Memorial Airport is one step closer to offering daily non-stop flights to San Francisco after receiving a 750-thousand dollar grant from the Federal Government Friday afternoon. That money will be combined with over 400-thousand dollars in locally raised funds to help entice a commercial airline to bring the service to the Wenatchee area. The Port District’s Director of business development, Craig Larsen, says that’s the next step. . .

The community contributions are combined with a Federal Grant into a pool of funds from which the airline can draw if—and only if—revenue does not cover expenses during the first two years. If service is successful, remaining community funding will be returned to community investors at the end of the two year period. Larsen says the Airport has been experiencing an increase in the number of commercial passenger boardings as Horizon Air increased its daily summer schedule to four daily flights to SeaTac Airport.

An autopsy planned for later this week will determine the cause of death of a young Cashmere man who’s body was discovered along the Wenatchee Riverbank Friday afternoon.

Chelan County Coroner, Wayne Harris positively identified the body of 19 year old Sheldon S. House , Jr. of Cashmere who went missing in May and had been the subject of a search. In a news release issued Friday afternoon Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the body was recovered after a rafter reported the body’s sighting to RiverCom near the 4700 block of Old Monitor Road.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived in the area and located the deceased body in the river 15-20 feet from shore snagged on submerged logs.   The body was recovered and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner.

Four people were injured in Chelan last Thursday night when an out-of-control SUV struck a group of people in a Lakeside patio area off Woodin Avenue before hurtling off an embankment and flipping over into a neighboring parking lot.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s office issued a news release describing what happened. Officials say the cause of the accident could be medically-related. Sheriff Brian Burnett says Witnesses at the scene said the driver of a white SUV turned into the driveway at West Woodin Avenue and drove at a high rate of speed through the patio area of the business and struck 3 pedestrians who were in the patio area.

The vehicle continued to accelerate driving over the embankment, across the top of an unoccupied parked vehicle, flipping and coming to rest upside down against a parked vehicle.  Two of the three vehicles were totaled to include the causing vehicle. Early indications are a medical condition may have been a contributing factor, the investigation is ongoing.

A two-vehicle accident Friday night in Grant County has claimed the life of a 19-year old Quincy man.

Jose DeLaTorre Jr. was traveling east on Road 9 Northwest when he failed to yield and collided with a one ton Ford pickup who was headed south on Road S Northwest. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says DeLaTorre Jr. was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, where he died due to his injuries. The driver of the truck declined medical treatment. Two passengers were also in DeLaTorre Jr.’s car at the time of the accident and were transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

A 24-year old Quincy woman was killed early Saturday morning after being run off the road by her ex-boyfriend.

Just after midnight, Washington State Patrol says 24-year old Jessica Cuali called 911 to report she was being followed by her ex-boyfriend, 26-year old Carlos Carranza of Wenatchee, just outside Quincy on State Route 28. Carranza then struck Cuali’s SUV from behind resulting in a rollover collision into an irrigation ditch. Cuali died at the scene. Carranza then fled at a high rate of speed. Quincy Police observed the vehicle traveling westbound into Quincy and after a short pursuit, Carranza lost control of his car, drove into a ditch, fled and was able to escape.

He was later found at a residence on Boodry Street in Wenatchee and arrested without incident. Carranza was booked into the Grant County Jail and charged with murder in the second degree.

A rabid bat was found in a downtown Wenatchee parking lot prompting a public risk warning by the Chelan Douglas Health District. The District issued a news release Friday reporting the discovery of the diseased bat in the Morris Building parking lot at 23 S Wenatchee Avenue. Wenatchee Valley Animal Control delivered it to the Health District who turned it over to the Washington State Lab for testing. Its reported that the Morris building parking lot and its stairwell is often used by employees of the Morris building.

It is unknown if anyone, or any pet, came in touch with the rabid bat. Touching the rabid bat, without gloves, 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 of their pets, touched this bat. Please contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has come in contact with a bat.

Coming up next, An update on the Little Camas Fire burning near Cashmere, a Wenatchee construction project is now underway which could snarl evening city traffic, and, construction has begun on a new roundabout on Western and Springwater.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Fire crews make progress as milder weather conditions help containment efforts on the Little Camas Fire in Chelan County.

Managers say the fire is now 35-percent contained as 334 firefighters from the US Forest Service and DNR overcome steep rocky terrain in the mountains about six miles Southwest of Cashmere.

It was a busy weekend for the 334 firefighters who’ve made the Chelan County Fairgrounds their temporary home since the blaze was first reported Thursday afternoon. The fire is burning in mostly logging slash, brush and timber stands on Weyerhauser land in the Sand Creek and Mission Creek drainages. The area burned has been downsized to about 330 acres due to better mapping. No stuctures are threatened. The Camas Meadows Bible Camp and a few homes located about 2 miles from the fire are under level One evacuation advisories. Monday’s weather will nearly be a repeat of Sunday with temps bumping up a few degrees and RHs getting closer to 20%. During the evening and overnight hours, a dry cold front is expected to pass over the fire bringing on westerly 18-25 mph gusts persisting through Tuesday late afternoon. These same winds proved challenging for control efforts on the eastern flank a few days ago. More hot and dry conditions are expected later in the week.

A new Wenatchee construction project now underway could snarl evening city traffic. The city of Wenatchee is removing and replacing around 550-feet of 42-inch diameter storm drain pipe on Miller Street between Mission and Wenatchee Avenue. The work is being done in advance of the pending pavement restoration project to be built by the State Department of Transportation which will run through the summer. Work will occur during evening hours between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. A lane closure will divert the two lanes of traffic in northbound Miller into southbound Miller. There will be one lane of traffic open in each direction on Miller between Mission and Wenatchee Avenue. Northbound Wenatchee Avenue will also be closed to thru traffic between 9th street and Miller with a complete closure of Wenatchee Avenue at Miller.  Local access will be maintained. That project should be completed by the end of the month.

Hurst Construction of Wenatchee also began construction of a mini roundabout at the intersection of Western and Springwater earlier today (Mon). Working hours will generally be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The intersection will only close for one week of the six week project and will remain open for a majority of the roundabout construction.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Curtis Bafus turned in his third quality start of the season, but the Wenatchee AppleSox (11-15) fell to the Walla Walla Sweets, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

Bafus (3-3) allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings and struck out three, but suffered the loss.  

The Sweets scored singular runs in the first and third innings to pick up the series victory and take four of the six meeting with the AppleSox in the season series.

Defensively, the Sox made several impressive defensive plays to thwart further Walla Walla scoring chances. In the fifth inning, with a runner at second, Sox leftfielder Johnny Sage fielded a single to left and threw out the runner at home to end the inning.

The next inning, with runners at the corners the Sweets attempted a suicide squeeze, but popped up the bunt in foul territory. Third baseman Jake Taylor lunged to his left to catch the ball and flipped to shortstop Kody Darcy, who was covering third, to record an inning-ending double play.

In the eighth inning, the Sox had an excellent chance to break up the shutout. They loaded up the bases with no outs, but could not plate any of the runners.

The Sox wrapped up their first half with Sunday’s game and begin second-half play on Tuesday against the first-half North Division Champions, the Bellingham Bells. It will be the first of six consecutive games played against the Bells. The first three will take place at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium in Wenatchee.

Do you know how many wildfires are caused by humans in Washington state? With Summer festivities in full swing Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz wants you to remember these wildfire prevention tips. . .

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…

An autopsy planned for later this week will determine the cause of death of a young Cashmere man who’s body was discovered along the Wenatchee Riverbank Friday afternoon.

Chelan County Coroner, Wayne Harris positively identified the body of 19 year old Sheldon S. House , Jr. of Cashmere who went missing in May and had been the subject of a search. In a news release issued Friday afternoon Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the body was recovered after a rafter reported the body’s sighting to RiverCom near the 4700 block of Old Monitor Road.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived in the area and located the deceased body in the river 15-20 feet from shore snagged on submerged logs.   The body was recovered and turned over to the Chelan County Coroner.

A two-vehicle accident Friday night in Grant County has claimed the life of a 19-year old Quincy man.

Jose DeLaTorre Jr. was traveling east on Road 9 Northwest when he failed to yield and collided with a one ton Ford pickup who was headed south on Road S Northwest. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says DeLaTorre Jr. was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, where he died due to his injuries. The driver of the truck declined medical treatment. Two passengers were also in DeLaTorre Jr.’s car at the time of the accident and were transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

A 24-year old Quincy woman was killed early Saturday morning after being run off the road by her ex-boyfriend.

Just after midnight, Washington State Patrol says 24-year old Jessica Cuali called 911 to report she was being followed by her ex-boyfriend, 26-year old Carlos Carranza of Wenatchee, just outside Quincy on State Route 28. Carranza then struck Cuali’s SUV from behind resulting in a rollover collision into an irrigation ditch. Cuali died at the scene. Carranza then fled at a high rate of speed. Quincy Police observed the vehicle traveling westbound into Quincy and after a short pursuit, Carranza lost control of his car, drove into a ditch, fled and was able to escape.

He was later found at a residence on Boodry Street in Wenatchee and arrested without incident. Carranza was booked into the Grant County Jail and charged with murder in the second degree.

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.