Evening News June 11

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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,

A two-vehicle accident along Highway 2 in the Monitor area resulted in the death of a local man yesterday. Douglas County Republican Central Committee leaders will meet later this month to make their recommendation for an interim Sheriff to succeed Harvey Gjesdal, and, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said his department solved a case of bullying and harassment at Okanogan Middle School. . .but there’s a twist.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It is with great sadness tonight that we report the death of 18-year old Anthony Wilson. Anthony Wilson was the Eastmont High School student involved in one of two crashes last Thursday morning. Wilson was the rider of the motorcycle from that June 7th collision in the Colockum Road area. He was airlifted to CWH after suffering a massive head wound.

Meanwhile Eastmont Senior Class President Richmond Rodriguez continues to show signs of improvement as he continues his recovery in Central Washington Hospital’s Itensive Care Unit. Rodriguez was involved in a separate crash that same morning on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. He suffered a broken neck, a broken shoulder and several facial fractures and lacerations. Rodriguez was riding in the back of a pickup when it went off the road and struck a tree, ejecting him. He remains in critical condition. Both teens were traveling home from a traditional Eastmont Senior campout in the Colockum. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says neither drugs or alcohol were found to be a factor in either crash.

A two-vehicle accident along Highway 2 in the Monitor area resulted in the death of a local man yesterday. It happened in the noon hour when 81 year old Max A. Gaston of Monitor ran the red light at the Monitor intersection attempting to turn on to Main Street. He was struck by an Eastbound SUV driven by 30 year old Joaquin Arroyo Garabay of Wenatchee. Gaston was transported to Confluence Hospital where he died from his injuries. Garibay was also injured and was also being treated at the same hospital.

Douglas County Republican Central Committee leaders will meet later this month to make their recommendation for an interim Sheriff to succeed Harvey Gjesdal. Gjesdal has decided to retire at the end of this month which requires that an interim Sheriff be appointed to serve out the remainder of Gjesdal’s term. Central Committee Chairman David Andrews is calling a formal meeting of the Douglas County Republican Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) to nominate candidates for the Sheriff vacancy.

 

Prospective candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest and résumé to dcrccemail@gmail.com. The meeting of the PCOs will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in East Wenatchee on Saturday June 23 at 8:30 A.M. In November voters will decide between the two formal candidates, Undersheriff, Kevin Morris and East Wenatchee Police Officer, Leon Leyde to be their next full-time Sheriff.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Academy graduated 40 new troopers last week. Several are joining detachments in Okanogan and Grant Counties. Okanogan Detachment 2 will be welcoming 3 brand new troopers Trooper Travis A. Mason, who is originally from Mt. Vernon, Trooper Dexter M. Beard, who is originally from Sumas and Trooper Alec J. Baker from Spokane WA. The Basin detachment in Moses Lake welcomes Trooper Dean E. Atkinson who is originally from Walla Walla.  Basin Detachment 4 will be welcoming Trooper Cody M. Fath who is originally from Puyallup and Trooper Adrian L. Jones from Spokane WA.

In a press release on Friday, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said his department solved a case of bullying and harassment at Okanogan Middle School. . .but there’s a twist.

In late March, the student reported to school officials that an anonymous harassing note was placed in the student’s notebook while the notebook was left unattended in a classroom. School officials then reviewed hand-writing samples from all sixth grade students.

An Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Detective requested the original anonymous note, which was then sent to the Washington State Patrol crime lab for analysis. Two months later on May 16th, Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office received the WSP Crime Lab Report which indicated in part that the student that received the anonymous note probably did write the note. Detectives then interviewed the student last week who ultimately admitted to personally writing the note. The student indicated that the night before they wrote the note that the student got into an argument with a sibling that made the student feel bad. A Juvenile Offense Referral Form was submitted to Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office regarding the student for the offense of False Reporting.

Coming up next, A 28-year old Monroe woman was killed last (Sun) night in a one-vehicle rollover on I-90 about 3 miles west of Cle Elum. Chelan County PUD reports an old scam is making the rounds again, and, Beginning today and lasting for several days, the Chelan County PUD will be conducting high-tech aerial surveys of area transmission lines.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A 28-year old Monroe woman was killed last (Sun) night in a one-vehicle rollover on I-90 about 3 miles west of Cle Elum.

State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says the woman was driving erratically east on I-90 around 11:00 p.m. when she veered to the left, hit a median, overcorrected and rolled. Trooper Moore says the woman was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her car before being struck by a Toyota Prius. The woman died at the scene.

Chelan County PUD reports an old scam is making the rounds again. This time they say scam phone calls have targeted Spanish speaking customers. The caller claims that immediate payment by GreenDot card is required or power will be disconnected. Don’t fall for it. The PUD has produced a short public service video to warn customers of the scam . . .

When in doubt, hang up and call the PUD. Call (509) 663-8121 during business hours, or (877) 783-8123, nights and weekends.

Beginning today and lasting for several days, the Chelan County PUD will be conducting high-tech aerial surveys of area transmission lines.

The helicopter flights will cover lines in the upper Wenatchee Valley between Cashmere and Lake Wenatchee followed by flights over Lake Chelan to Manson. Crews on the flights will take pictures and gather information to help PUD engineers maintain reliable electric service to the county. The aerial surveys could take up to two weeks to complete and the helicopters will fly twice along each transmission line.

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

The Washington Huskies have advanced to the College World Series in Omaha for the first time in program history after a wild one in the Super Regional with Cal State Fullerton Sunday…

The back-and-forth game saw the Huskies survive a 3-run top of the 9th to tie it in the bottom of the 9th.  Then, they survived a home run in the top of the 10th to tie it.  Then again, survived a run in the top of the 11th inning to come back and take advantage of 2-errors in the bottom of the 11th to score twice and win.  Sunday’s was the third game in the best-of-three series after Washington won Friday, CSU won Saturday to force a Game 3.

The Huskies join Oregon State, North Carolina and Mississippi State at the College World Series.  The other four entrants to Omaha will be determined today.

The Wenatchee AppleSox had a lot of down time to get to know the greater Portland area over the weekend…

As all three games with the Portland Pickles were rained out.  They’ll make up two of the games today for sure with a planned doubleheader beginning with the first game at 1 o’clock.  We haven’t heard word if they’ll try to get three games in or not, but we do know both the games scheduled for today will be 7-inning contests.

The rest of the West Coast League’s North Division were able to play Sunday…

As Bellingham beat Port Angeles 10-6 to salvage the final game of that series.  Cowlitz edged Kelowna 9-8 and Yakima Valley beat Bend 9-2.  So Wenatchee, still at 2-and-1 in WCL play, sits in second place, a game behind Port Angeles and Yakima Valley, who are 6-and-3.  Bellingham is statistically tied with Wenatchee at 5-4.  Victoria is a game-and-a-half back at 3-3 while Kelowna is 2-and-4, 2-and-a-half games out.

Kyle Seager broke a 3-3 tie with a 2-run home run in the top of the 7th and the Mariners hung on to beat Tampa Bay 5-4 at Tropicana Field Sunday…

Nelson Cruz started the scoring in the 2nd with a lead-off home run.  Mike Zunino tied it in the 6th with a two-run shot to left.  Edwin Diaz came on in the 9th and allowed 2-hits before Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at home to end the game.  Manager Scott Servais that’s not how you dial it up, but it worked just the same…

It was Diaz’s 23rd save of the season to back the win for starter James Paxton.  “Big Maple” earned his 6th victory on the mound, going 7-innings and allowing 3-runs on 5-hits with 10-strikeouts.  Servais said he almost went to the bullpen, but Paxton was able to turn it around…

The Mariners hit three home runs on the day, including Seager’s 2-run shot that put Seattle in front to stay.  Servais said Kyle has a knack for hitting long balls off left-handers…

The Mariners return home tonight to host the L-A Angels at Safeco Field at 7:10 with Wade LeBlanc facing Andrew Heaney.

The Angels come into Seattle tonight in third place in the American League West at 37-and-29…

That after falling to the Twins Sunday 7-5.  Houston continued its hot streak by downing Texas 8-7.  The Astros are tied with Seattle atop the A-L West, despite Seattle finishing its road trip 4-and-2.  The Stros have reeled off 5-straight wins.  Also Sunday, Oakland edged Kansas City 3-2.  The A’s are 34-and-32, 7-and-a-half games out of 1st.  Texas is the cellar-dweller at 27-and-41.

 

We heard from Brenda Mandellis that her son Cameron and double’s partner Lucas Tilly won the Cusick Cup Championship over the weekend at the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club.

 

Thanks Eric.

Seniors at Eastmont and Wenatchee School Districts celebrated their hard work during the commencement ceremonies Friday night. Stacked with several music presentations, attendees at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl got a unique presentation from the faculty speaker Brian Higgins. . .

Keep an eye on our website for the full broadcast of each district’s graduation ceremonies at NCWLIFE.com.

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…

It is with great sadness tonight that we report the death of 18-year old Anthony Wilson. Anthony Wilson was the Eastmont High School student involved in one of two crashes last Thursday morning. Wilson was the rider of the motorcycle from that June 7th collision in the Colockum Road area. He was airlifted to CWH after suffering a massive head wound.

Meanwhile Eastmont Senior Class President Richmond Rodriguez continues to show signs of improvement as he continues his recovery in Central Washington Hospital’s Itensive Care Unit. Rodriguez was involved in a separate crash that same morning on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. He suffered a broken neck, a broken shoulder and several facial fractures and lacerations. Rodriguez was riding in the back of a pickup when it went off the road and struck a tree, ejecting him. He remains in critical condition. Both teens were traveling home from a traditional Eastmont Senior campout in the Colockum. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says neither drugs or alcohol were found to be a factor in either crash.

A two-vehicle accident along Highway 2 in the Monitor area resulted in the death of a local man yesterday. It happened in the noon hour when 81 year old Max A Gaston of Monitor ran the red light at the Monitor intersection attempting to turn on to Main Street. He was struck by an Eastbound SUV driven by 30 year old Joaquin Arroyo Garabay of Wenatchee. Gaston was transported to Confluence Hospital where he died from his injuries. Garibay was also injured and was also being treated at the same hospital.

Beginning today and lasting for several days, the Chelan County PUD will be conducting high-tech aerial surveys of area transmission lines.

The helicopter flights will cover lines in the upper Wenatchee Valley between Cashmere and Lake Wenatchee followed by flights over Lake Chelan to Manson. Crews on the flights will take pictures and gather information to help PUD engineers maintain reliable electric service to the county. The aerial surveys could take up to two weeks to complete and the helicopters will fly twice along each transmission line.

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.