Evening News June 22, 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, Forest Service firefighters responded to three small lightning-caused wildfires burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Wenatchee police have put out a warning about a possible scam involving telephone calls from someone identifying themselves as Deputy Jeremy Page with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, and, We love where we live, we love who we love is the theme for this year’s Wenatchee Pride event this Saturday at the Pybus Public Market.
But first, we begin tonight. . .
It’s been three years since the Sleepy Hollow Fire ripped a devastating path through the Wenatchee Community destroying 30 foothill homes and several warehouse buildings. But, the man who stands accused of setting the fire is still awaiting trial. 39-year old Jeremy J. Kendall is scheduled to be arraigned in Chelan County Superior Court on Monday after Judge Robert McSeveney ruled that the defendant is mentally competent to stand trial. Kendall has been undergoing treatment at Eastern State Hospital over the past two years after he confessed to Sheriff’s deputies that he started the fire. At that time he said the department of health was transmitting voices into his head and controlling his body. He’s currently being held in custody in Wenatchee.
Forest Service firefighters responded to three small lightning-caused wildfires burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and also assisting Washington State Department of Natural Resources fire crews on fires burning on state managed lands in Northcentral Washington. The 10-acre Tommy Creek fire is burning approximately 30 miles Northwest of Entiat. Today, around 30-35 firefighters, with helicopter support, have been working on this fire. The fire is burning in timber, down logs, and brush. The other two fires are much smaller and burning near Cle Elum and Naches.
Wenatchee police have put out a warning about a possible scam involving telephone calls from someone identifying themselves as Deputy Jeremy Page with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office does not employ a deputy by this name. The call is coming from a “spoofed” phone number that belongs to Napa Auto Parts in Yakima (509.388.2812). So far, the subject has not asked for any information or money, and there has not been any indication of intimidation. If you receive a similar call please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911.
We love where we live, we love who we love is the theme for this year’s Wenatchee Pride event this Saturday at the Pybus Public Market. On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Katharine Grove told host NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz it’s the perfect opportunity for people to learn about the myths and misconceptions about the LGBTQ community. . .
The Wenatchee Pride Festival runs from 11 to 4 at the recently remodeled event center at Pybus, it’s free to attend and open to everyone.
Coming up next, The Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Wenatchee Valley College, has been accepted into Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. The Chelan PUD warns the public that increased marmot populations are causing damage to area parks and neighboring orchards. The Washington State Patrol is now using drone technology as a tool for investigating traffic accidents and other incidents, and, Beginning today through this weekend, the Washington State Patrol will be conducting, Slow Down, Move Over emphasis patrols statewide. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
Dr. Chio Flores, Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Wenatchee Valley College, has been accepted into Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM). IEM is an immersive, two-week program that helps higher education leaders learn how to lead change, articulate vision, and foster and support organizational change. Flores said she is looking forward to adding to her professional toolkit, exploring ways to better lead and champion change, and offering her perspective to the IEM 2018 cohort.
The Chelan PUD warns the public that increased marmot populations are causing damage to area parks and neighboring orchards and, they are a risk to humans. Marmot activities at Chelan PUD Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park and Riverfront Park in Wenatchee and in the past at the Rocky Reach Hydro project are nothing new. These common rodents have wreaked havoc on flower plantings, as well as causing fish habitat damage and riverbank destabilization along the rocky banks of the Columbia and Chelan Rivers. Chelan PUD is asking for the public’s help. . .PLEASE, Don’t feed the marmots. While these critters may look cute, they can carry diseases such as Sylvatic plague, spread by marmot fleas that can come into contact with domestic pets and humans. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is another disease spread by marmots from infected ticks.
The Washington State Patrol is now using drone technology as a tool for investigating traffic accidents and other incidents. This video shows a Criminal Investigation Division Detective using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to map, document & process the collision scene on State Route 28 in the Moses Lake area where a distracted driver rear ended an unmarked State Patrol car in a construction zone. This technology allows for faster processing of scene.
Beginning today through this weekend, the Washington State Patrol will be conducting, Slow Down, Move Over emphasis patrols statewide. The purpose of the patrols is to help both troopers and citizens get home safe by bringing awareness to the state’s move over law. The move over law requires vehicles approaching an emergency or work zone to slow down and if safe, to move over or change lanes. In the last three years, 86 patrol cars were hit and 32 troopers were injured. The state patrol contacted more than 38-hundred drivers in 2017 for move over violations. A citation also comes with a $214 dollar fine that cannot be waived or reduced.
Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on around the Wenatchee Valley this weekend. . .
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.

Isaak Guitierrez’s 2-run single highlighted a 5-run 3rd and Walla Walla played add-on from there, downing the AppleSox last night 10-4…
Wenatchee continued to have issues fielding, committing 3-errors in the game as Connor McCord took the loss. Four of his six runs allowed were earned as lasted just 4-innings to fall to 0-2 on the season. Jacob Prater was 1-for-1 at the plate with 3-runs and two walks.
The AppleSox begin a three-game weekend series tonight at Port Angeles against the Lefties at 6:35.
Also in West Coast League action last night, as we turn to the Les Schwab Scoreboard…
Trey Morgan hit a grand slam home run in the 3rd and added a 3-run shot in the 4th as Port Angeles salvaged the final of its series with Corvallis 12-to-4.
Jake Moberg was 3-for-4 with 3-runs and Cole Profek scorched a 3-run home run in Yakima Valley’s 15-hit, 13-run performance over Kelowna 13-5.
Nick Nistrini and two relievers threw a four-hit shutout of Cowlitz in a 5-nothing win for Bellingham. Offensively, Matt James led the way for the Bells, going 3-for-5 with a home run and 2-RBI’s.
Five Portland Pitchers held Gresham to 1-run on 2-hits as the Pickles picked off the Grey Wolves 12-1 in a non-league game.
Coming up tonight besides Wenatchee at Port Angeles, Bellingham heads north to Victoria; Bend hosts Corvallis; Portland heads east to Walla Walla; and Kelowna hosts Yakima Valley. In non-league action, Gresham is at Cowlitz.
James Paxton allowed two, first inning, two run home runs and the Yankees held on to beat Seattle 4-3 and complete a three game sweep yesterday in New York…
The Mariners brought the tying run to the plate 13-times in the ballgame, but couldn’t get it done in losing their 4th in a row. Kyle Seager provided some pop on offense, slugging a two-run home run on a 2-for-4 day. Paxton took the loss, only his 2nd of the season, going just 5-innings, allowing 4-runs on 7-hits with 9 strikeouts. Manager Scott Servais said it was a case of Paxton not having his great stuff early…
Seattle will try to get back on the winning track today with the first of three games in Boston. Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the Mariners against the Red Sox’ Steven Wright at 4:10.
Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard again in the American League West…
Luis Valbuena’s 2-run home run helped power the Angels past Toronto 8-5 as L-A won its 40th game of the season.
Oakland and Chicago were rained out.
So in the west, Houston is 3-and-a-half up on Seattle and 9-and-a-half in front of the Angels. Broadening the scope with the Mariner’s 4-game losing streak, Seattle still leads the hunt for the Wild Card spot in the American League. And, Mariner fans can take heart, Seattle has a better record than any team in the National League. At least there’s that!
Coming up this weekend on the sports schedule…
There was the U-17 tournament last weekend, and now the Apple Valley Packers host the U-16 Invite this weekend. It all begins today and runs through Sunday at Recreation Park.
Walla Walla Point Park is the site for the two-day Hummbabes Men’s Softball Tournament tomorrow and Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, the NCW Alliance FC women’s soccer team hosts WA Premier Sunday at 2 o’clock at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.
There are a couple bike rides up in Chelan this weekend. First, it’s the Chelan Century Challenge…a 105-mile ride beginning tomorrow morning at 7. Then at 9am at Don Morse Park, it’s the Chelan Cycle de Vine as riders circle the Chelan Valley and enjoy wines and a cycling tour.

Thanks Eric.
Blossom Creek Memory Center in Wenatchee had a unique way to bring awareness to the issue of Alzheimers with a fundraiser yesterday. And, as he tends to do, NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom made a big splash at the event. . .
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’s been three years since the Sleepy Hollow Fire ripped a devastating path through the Wenatchee Community destroying 30 foothill homes and several warehouse buildings. But, the man who stands accused of setting the fire is still awaiting trial. 39-year old Jeremy J. Kendall is scheduled to be arraigned in Chelan County Superior Court on Monday after Judge Robert McSeveney ruled that the defendant is mentally competent to stand trial. Kendall has been undergoing treatment at Eastern State Hospital over the past two years after he confessed to Sheriff’s deputies that he started the fire. At that time he said the department of health was transmitting voices into his head and controlling his body. He’s currently being held in custody in Wenatchee.
Forest Service firefighters responded to three small lightning-caused wildfires burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and also assisting Washington State Department of Natural Resources fire crews on fires burning on state managed lands in Northcentral Washington. The 10-acre Tommy Creek fire is burning approximately 30 miles Northwest of Entiat. Today, around 30-35 firefighters, with helicopter support, have been working on this fire. The fire is burning in timber, down logs, and brush. The other two fires are much smaller and burning near Cle Elum and Naches.
We love where we live, we love who we love is the theme for this year’s Wenatchee Pride event this Saturday at the Pybus Public Market. On a recent visit to Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Katharine Grove told host NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz it’s the perfect opportunity for people to learn about the myths and misconceptions about the LGBTQ community. . .
The Wenatchee Pride Festival runs from 11 to 4 at the recently remodeled event center at Pybus, it’s free to attend and open to everyone.
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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.