Evening News June 25, 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, A high-speed police pursuit ended with an arrest Thursday night in the Rock Island area. Traffic came to a halt Friday on US Highway 2 in the Monitor area following a two-vehicle crash that resulted in injuries to both drivers, and, Fourth District Congressman, Dan Newhouse remains hopeful that the House can rise above its political differences and adopt an immigration reform bill.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday.  The 32-year old male Seattle resident, identified as Varun Sadavarte, was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.  Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management.  Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded.  The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased.  The body was hoisted from the scene and transported to SAR staging at the fish hatchery in Leavenworth.  The Navy crew returned to the mountain to hoist out the climbing partner of the victim who stated he was not comfortable descending the mountain after witnessing the accident. The climbing partner informed SAR coordinators that his friend had successfully summitted Mount Stuart earlier in the morning and descended to the false summit before noon. Just as they began to descend toward the Cascadian Couloir, the victim lost his footing and slid several hundred feet down a steep slope landing in rocks.  Other climbers in the area eventually scrambled down to the area of the fallen climber advising he was unresponsive.

A high-speed police pursuit ended with an arrest Thursday night in the Rock Island area. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports a deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted an approaching vehicle on Highway 28 that failed to dim his headlights. The Deputy turned around to stop the vehicle but another Westbound vehicle got between the deputy and the suspect vehicle.

At this point the deputy had activated his lights and siren but rather than pull over, the second vehicle sped up. The Deputy decided to pursue the second vehicle for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and the chase was on. The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH. The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island. He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window. 

He was identified as 33-year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere. He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree.  He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident. He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.

Traffic came to a halt Friday on US Highway 2 in the Monitor area following a two-vehicle crash that resulted in injuries to both drivers.

It happened in the two oclock hour when a motorcycle driven by 63 year old Richard Goodfellow of Manson rearended a pickup truck as the two vehicles were yielding the right of way to an emergency vehicle that was approaching from behind. Both Goodfellow and the driver of the pickup, identified as 66 year old Karen Jackson of Yakima, were transferred to Confluence Health for treatment. The roadway was closed for about an hour afterwards.

Fourth District Congressman, Dan Newhouse remains hopeful that the House can rise above its political differences and adopt an immigration reform bill. Republican leaders have put off until this week a compromise GOP immigration bill after the House rejected a conservative version on Friday. Newhouse, a cosponsor of HR 6136 says the bill is an attempt at compromise. . .

Newhouse stressed the needs of the agriculture industry are a priority in any immigration legislation. He says he also supports measures to address the DACA and he said, “Our farmers and ranchers must have access to a legal and reliable workforce in order to provide the world with a safe and abundant supply of food.”

Coming up next, According to fire officials, The Milepost 22 Fire located north of Vantage is now fully after scorching just over 7,600 acres. Pending the investigation into the recent death of 40-year old Ed Bromley, the Chelan PUD has shut down one of the spillway gates at Rock Island Dam. The city of Wenatchee would like to remind all residents of Wenatchee that the ordinance to ban fireworks, established in May of 2017 is still in effect, and, The Cascade School District has control over Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue’s plans to expand its station in Plain.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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According to fire officials, The Milepost 22 Fire located north of Vantage is now fully after scorching just over 7,600 acres.

The fire started on June 21 around 3 oclock in the morning.

A team of 275 firefighters from around the state mobilized to the blaze just two miles north of Vantage as it threatened homes and infrastructure. Crews from the Department of Natural Resources will continue to patrol the fire perimeter, the cause is still under investigation.

Pending the investigation into the recent death of 40-year old Ed Bromley, the Chelan PUD has shut down one of the spillway gates at Rock Island Dam.

Bromley was struck and fatally injured by a piece of steel during crane testing on the dam’s spillway on June 13th. The state Department of Labor and Industries opened an investigation just after the accident and the PUD also is conducting an investigation,

which is being handled by an outside expert, and has notified federal dam regulators about the accident. By law, Labor and Industries have sic calendar months to complete an investigation. Rock Island Dam has 31 spillway gates, 19 generators and is the oldest dam on the Columbia River.

The city of Wenatchee would like to remind all residents of Wenatchee that the ordinance to ban fireworks, established in May of 2017 is still in effect.

With Independence Day a little over a week away, the city says the fireworks ban is in place for the health and safety of the community because of high fire danger. The fireworks ordinance makes it illegal for anyone to possess, sell or discharge fireworks within the city limits, with the exception of those with a fireworks permit or for agricultural use.

The public fireworks display, organized through the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce will continue this year at Walla Walla Point Park. NCWLife will have live coverage of the fireworks show beginning at 9:00 on Wednesday, July 4th.

Also, in a news release earlier today (Mon), The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says the use of fireworks are not allowed in unincorporated Grant County which includes Crescent Bar the Gorge amphitheater and campground Sunland Estates, Marine Heights and Marine View. Incorporated cities in Grant County have laws and regulations specific to their jurisdiction.

The Cascade School District has control over Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue’s plans to expand its station in Plain. The Fire District would like to acquire 5 acres of school-owned property next to Beaver Valley Elementary School for a larger fire station. The School board meets tonight to consider putting the property up for sale. Chief Lamar reported in a recent NCWLIFE interview that the property has been in their sights for a number of years…

Chief Lamar acknowledges there are residents of the area that don’t want a fire station in their backyard but he stresses that the District will work with its neighbors to mitigate any issues. For the full interview with Chief Lamar visit NCWLIFE.com.

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.

Mason Morenco’s 2-run home run in the top of the 8th completed a comeback from five runs down as the Wenatchee AppleSox defeated the Port Angeles Lefties Sunday 8-7…

Wenatchee found itself down 5-runs after 5-innings, but started the comeback in the 6th, scoring four to trail by one.  Then, Morenco stepped up in the 8th with Joey Magro aboard and launched his second homer of the season over the left field wall.  On the mound, Curtis Bafus pitched six relief innings to earn his second victory of the season.

After taking two of three from the Lefties over the weekend (winning Friday 9-7 in 10-innings and losing Saturday 13-8), the AppleSox have a well-deserved day off today before hosting Bend in the first of three games tomorrow night at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field at 7:05.

Also in the West Coast League Sunday…

Matt James hit a solo home run in the top of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie and give Bellingham a 4-3 win over Victoria at Royal Athletic Park.

Walla Walla brought 9-men to the plate in a 4-run 5th inning and made it hold up in a 5-3 win over Portland Sunday.

Bend scored 12-runs on 18-hits including home runs by Michael Warkentin, Ian Nowack, and Collin Runge in the Elk’s 12-5 win over Corvallis.

Ryan Fish’s RBI single in the bottom of the 9th scored Taylor Wright at the Kelowna Falcons came back to beat Yakima Valley 8-7.

The only game on tap today in the West Coast League has Victoria at Walla Walla tonight at 6:35.

Four local high school soccer players were selected by the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association to the All State 4A Team…

Eastmont’s Johan (YOE-hawn) Espinoza is a 1st Team selection.  Wenatchee’s Luis Navarette (loo-ESE NAV-ur-RETT-ay) and Eastmont’s Flavio (FLAHV-ee-oh) Espinoza are 2nd Team selections.  Eastmont’s Manny Lopez is an Honorable Mention.

The Wenatchee Rams improved to 6-and-oh over the weekend in Western Washington Football Alliance play…

Wenatchee traveled to Spokane and knocked off the Wolfpack 41-to-6.  The Rams will host the South Sound Nighthawks this Saturday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.

The Mariners rough road trip continued Sunday with a fifth loss in six games…

Boston shut out Seattle 5-nothing as Chris Sale improved to 7-and-4, going 7-innings, allowing no-runs on 4-hits and striking out 13.  Marco Gonzalez took the loss for the Mariners, allowing 5-runs on 7-hits in 6-innings.

Manager Scott Servais said he had a feeling early on that it was going to be a low-scoring game…

Sunday’s loss put Seattle’s record and 1-and-5 on the current 10-game road trip as they had for Baltimore today.  Servais said he still believes his club is right there and has a chance against the Orioles…

Felix Hernandez will be on the mound today against the O’s Andrew Cashner.  First pitch is at 4:05.

With the Mariner’s loss Sunday, Seattle trails Houston by 4-and-a-half games in the American League West as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Yuli Gurriel’s grand slam home run highlighted an 8-run second inning as Houston beat Kansas City 11-3.

Chicago scored 5 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th on three home runs as the White Sox took out Oakland 10-3.

Jose Berrios (BURR-EE-OSE) struck out 12 over 7-innings of shutout ball as Minnesota blanked Texas 2-0.

Kendry Morales hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning as Toronto edged the Angels in Anaheim 7-6.

 

Thanks Eric.

For the second year in a row, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened a season to fish sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.  In tonight’s feature story, NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom traveled with “Fishing Magician” Dave Graybill and Guide Austin Moser to Kettle Falls to learn more about the fishery. . .

You can see more of Eric’s trip on our NCWLIFE Magazine this week as well as on our website at NCWLIFE dot 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…

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a climber fell several hundred feet while descending Mount Stuart just before noon Sunday.  The 32-year old male Seattle resident, identified as Varun Sadavarte, was eventually pronounced dead at the scene. A 911 cellular call to the KITTCOM dispatch center was received from the subject’s climbing partner at 11:47am reporting the fall. That call was relayed to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident location was determined to be on the southeast aspect of Mount Stuart just below the false summit – east of the true summit.  Due to the high elevation (8,900 ft), search and rescue coordinators requested a hoist capable helicopter via State Emergency Management.  Naval Airbase Whidbey Island accepted the mission and a Navy Blackhawk helicopter crew responded.  The aircraft was over the scene by 2:40pm, and it was confirmed that the climber was deceased.

A high-speed police pursuit ended with an arrest Thursday night in the Rock Island area. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports a deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted an approaching vehicle on Highway 28 that failed to dim his headlights. The Deputy turned around to stop the vehicle but another Westbound vehicle got between the deputy and the suspect vehicle.

At this point the deputy had activated his lights and siren but rather than pull over, the second vehicle sped up. The Deputy decided to pursue the second vehicle for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and the chase was on. The Pathfinder continued to accelerate running through stop signs and reaching speeds up to 80 MPH. The driver finally pulled over on Parkway Drive in Rock Island. He shut off the car and placed his hands out the window.

He was identified as 33-year old Joshua J. Clark of Cashmere. He was found to have a DOC warrant for Escape from Community Custody and felony warrants out of Chelan County for Possessing Methamphetamine and Heroine with Intent to Deliver and Escape 1st degree.  He was arrested and booked at the Chelan County Jail without further incident. He was also booked for the additional Douglas County charges of Felony Eluding and driving with a suspended license.

Have you heard about the new boarding procedures at Pangborn Airport? Mooooove out of the way, these are some grumpy travelers. . .

According to airport officials the cows did not have the new TSA approved Identification.

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