Evening News June 18

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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 helicopter pilot was not injured when the chopper crashed while fanning a cherry orchard in the Orondo area Sunday morning. Threatening skies greeted participants in Saturday evening’s Run With The Cops event in East Wenatchee, and, take your foot off the gas pedal because area law enforcement will participate in extra patrols focusing on speed laws beginning tomorrow.

But first, we begin tonight. . .An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal hit and run crash in Manson early Sunday morning. The Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, around 2:49 in the morning an injured man was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd.

Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 3 am. Deputies located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. They were able to match the debris with a suspect vehicle which was located later Sunday afternoon. Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man.  He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.  Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.

A helicopter pilot was not injured when the chopper crashed while fanning a cherry orchard in the Orondo area Sunday morning. Chief Jim Oatey with the Orondo Fire Department says it happened in the area of Cascade Foothills about 4 miles south of the Beebe Bridge.

Emergency crews arrived to find the chopper heavily damaged but sitting upright in the orchard. The pilot said she struck high voltage power lines causing damage to the helicopter bringing it to the ground. The high-tension power lines were broken and down on the ground. The helicopter was on location controlling moisture on cherry trees to prevent cherry damage from overnight rains. There were no injuries, but there was property damage to the helicopter, electrical wires, orchard trees and trellis as well as a widespread power outage.Threatening skies greeted participants in Saturday evening’s Run With The Cops event in East Wenatchee. But, the thunderstorm didn’t dampen the energy of the runners. The five-K run benefits local Special Olympics athletes who will be competing in the upcoming Summer games in Seattle.

It was a good turnout with law enforcement officers, family and community members to support a great cause. Beginning tomorrow, June 19th and running through July 8th, the Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department, Omak Police Department, Okanogan Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas Sheriff’s Office will participate in extra patrols focusing on speed laws through a grant funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Officer Graves of the Wenatchee Police Department tells us more. . .

The objectives of the patrols are to enforce speeding laws by discouraging speeding, and to educate the public on the risks of driving above posted speed, or too fast for conditions. These account for more than a third of all deadly crashes in Washington.Coming up next, By this time next year a new affordable housing project will be under construction in Wenatchee. Coming soon to a Wenatchee intersection near you, another roundabout, and, a pasta dinner this weekend in Manson is going to the dogs. . .and cats.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…By this time next year a new affordable housing project will be under construction in Wenatchee. Catholic Family Charities is spearheading the development as part of the Wenatchee Supportive Housing Community project on the Southside of town on the site of the old Vue Dale Drive-in Theater. The project recently received a major funding boost from Chelan County. Brian Ketchum with the Church’s Yakima Diocese commented. . .

Catholic Charities will set aside 50 percent of the apartments for homeless families with children.

The County’s share of the funding comes from a percentage of the revenue collected from recording fees as approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

Coming soon to a Wenatchee intersection near you, another roundabout. City crews will begin work soon on a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Springwater and Western. Similar to the roundabout at Western Avenue and Cherry Street in Wenatchee, city planners say the new traffic feature will ease the amount of traffic on Western and will make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street. At their regular meeting last week, the city council awarded a 413-thousand dollar contract to Hurst Construction for the project, around 23-percent higher than city engineers estimates. But, a 230-thousand dollar federal grant will pay for the rest of the projectwhich is set to begin on July 9th and finish by the end of August.A pasta dinner this weekend in Manson is going to the dogs. . .and cats. The 3rd annual Spaghetti and No Balls fundraiser dinner will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Blueberry Hills Farm in Manson. Join Wenatchee Valley Humane Society as it celebrates the 3,645 community pets spayed or neutered last year, including shelter animals, community cats, barn buddies, and animals of income-qualified pet owners through the humane society’s low cost programs.

Dinner features salad, garlic bread, two types of pasta, four different sauces, Blueberry Hill’s famous pie and ice cream from Whidbey Island Ice Cream. Wine will also be provided by Benson Vinyard’s Estate Winery in Chelan and will be provided by donation. Tickets to the event are $35-dollars and are extremely limited. They can be purchased online at www.wenatcheehumane.org/spayghetti/ or in person at the shelter. Proceeds from the event benefit WVHS’s Spay and Neuter fund.

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.

Troy Stainbrook and the Wenatchee AppleSox allowed four runs in the top of the 9th inning and blew a 2-run lead to fall to Kelowna Sunday 7-5 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field…

The top of the 9th spoiled a great bottom of the 8th for the home team, as Wenatchee had scored 3-runs in the frame to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.  John Sage had helped the AppleSox at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s.

On Saturday, Wenatchee used a 3-run 6th inning to back starting pitcher Michael Spellacy’s 6-innings of good work to down Kelowna 6-to-2.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the series tonight at 7:05 as the AppleSox send Hunter Boyd up against the Falcon’s James Brooks.

Elsewhere in the West Coast League Sunday…

Jason Dicochea’s 3-run home run highlighted a 4-run 9th as Port Angeles came from behind and beat the HarbourCats in Victoria 8-7.

Landen Bourassa pitched 8-stellar innings of 1-run ball and struck out 7 to lead Corvallis to a 6-1over Cowlitz at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Sunday.

Cody Pasic’s 2-run double capped a 3-run 2nd inning and Bellingham held on to beat Portland at Joe Martin Field 3-2.

Jack Filby went 3-for-4 with 3-runs and Ryan Johnston went 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s as Walla Walla pounded out 14-hits in a 12-6 win over Bend at Boleske Stadium.

And in the only non-league game Sunday, Yakima Valley defended its home turf, downing the Northwest Honkers 4-1.

Besides Wenatchee and Kelowna on the schedule tonight in the West Coast League, Corvallis hosts Gresham in a non-league game; and Bend hosts Victoria.

Boston scored 5-runs on 3-home runs Sunday at Safeco Field to down the Mariners 9-to-3 in front of a sold-out crowd…

Seattle’s Mike Leake got knocked around for 5-runs on 8-hits in 6-innings to take the loss and fall to 7-and-4.  Edwardo Rodriguez worked 6-innings for Boston, allowing 2-runs on 6-hits and strikint out 9 to improve to 9-and-1.  Dee Gordon was 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot while Nelson Cruz hit his team-leading 17th home run in the 4th.

Manager Scott Servais said his starter struggled with his curveball while their starter just kept shutting Seattle’s offense down…

The Mariners finished the homestand 5-and-2 and remain a game and a half behind the red-hot Astros in the American League West.  Servais said he understands what this means to his team and Seattle fans in general…

Seattle begins a very tough road trip tomorrow in New York against the Yankees.  It’s the 1st of 10-games on the road with three in New York, 3 in Boston and 4 games at Baltimore.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard and the American League West…

Houston won its 11th straight Sunday by score 3 in the 8th and a run in the 9th to come from behind to beat Kansas City 7-4.

Jose Trevino’s 2-run single proved to be a walk-off as Texas scored 4-runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Colorado 13-12.

Jonathan Lucroy’s walk-off, RBI single gave Oakland a 6-5, 11-inning win over the Angels.

So, the red-hot Astros lead the Mariners by a game-and-a-half in the American League West.  Los Angeles finds themselves 9-and-a-half games back.  Oakland crept closer to the Angels at 36-and-36, 11.5 games out of first place.

Washington lost a heartbreaker in its first game at the College World Series Saturday, 1-0 to Mississippi State in the bottom of the 9th

Oregon State also lost its first game Saturday by a score of 8-6 to North Carolina, so that sets up an all-Pac-12 elimination bracket game today at 11am between the Huskies and Beavers.  You can watch the game on ESPN.  That will be followed by a winner’s bracket game between the Tarheels and Bulldogs at 3pm.

The Wenatchee Rams had its toughest game of the season Saturday at the Apple Bowl with the Portland Raiders in town…

And Wenatchee came out on top 26-20 to improve to 5-and-oh on the season in Western Washington Football Alliance play.  The Rams will be on the road this Saturday to take on the Spokane Wolfpack.

Thanks Eric.

Bluegrass fans from all over the west converged on the Chelan County Expo Center at the fairgrounds in Cashmere over the weekend for the 15th annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson was there and introduces us to the weekend headliners, Flatt Lonesome. . .

Flatt Lonesome was recently nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.

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 arrest has been made in connection with a fatal hit and run crash in Manson early Sunday morning. The Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on June 17th, around 2:49 in the morning an injured man was reported laying in the roadway in the 500 block of Manson Blvd.

Aid crews arrived and it was determined the male was deceased at approximately 3 am. Deputies located vehicle debris on the roadway in the vicinity and it appeared the male had been struck by a vehicle. They were able to match the debris with a suspect vehicle which was located later Sunday afternoon. Detectives interviewed the driver, a 21 year old Manson man.  He was later booked into CCRJC for Hit and Run Resulting in Death.  Although an arrest has been made, detectives are still investigating this incident.

A helicopter pilot was not injured when the chopper crashed while fanning a cherry orchard in the Orondo area Sunday morning. Chief Jim Oatey with the Orondo Fire Department says it happened in the area of Cascade Foothills about 4 miles south of the Beebe Bridge.

Emergency crews arrived to find the chopper heavily damaged but sitting upright in the orchard. The pilot said she struck high voltage power lines causing damage to the helicopter bringing it to the ground. The high-tension power lines were broken and down on the ground. The helicopter was on location controlling moisture on cherry trees to prevent cherry damage from overnight rains. There were no injuries, but there was property damage to the helicopter, electrical wires, orchard trees and trellis as well as a widespread power outage.

By this time next year a new affordable housing project will be under construction in Wenatchee. Catholic Family Charities is spearheading the development as part of the Wenatchee Supportive Housing Community project on the Southside of town on the site of the old Vue Dale Drive-in Theater. The project recently received a major funding boost from Chelan County. Brian Ketchum with the Church’s Yakima Diocese commented. . .

Catholic Charities will set aside 50 percent of the apartments for homeless families with children.

The County’s share of the funding comes from a percentage of the revenue collected from recording fees as approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

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.