Evening News May 31

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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, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal has decided to retire 6 months early. Wenatchee and Leavenworth restauranteur, Shon Smith is among five candidates hoping to succeed Chelan County District Two Commissioner, Keith Goehner, and, our weekly update on all there is to do around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Because of recently imposed tariff’s and a possible trade war with China, Northwest Fruit Growers are very nervous. The recent trade tensions prompted the Chinese airline that transports Northwest cherries to China to cancel all flights for this season. But, after recent talks, the fruit now appears to be moving again. In an interview with NCWLife News this morning, B-J Thurlby, President of the Northwest Cherry Growers and Washington State Fruit Commission says the recent new tariff’s just adds to an already highly tariffed product. . .

Last year, Northwest states shipped 3-million boxes of cherries to China, which is about 13-percent of the total crop. Northwest growers expect to harvest about 22-million boxes of cherries this year, down from totals last year.

 Douglas County Commissioners will be tasked with appointing a new interim sheriff to replace Harvey Gjesdal after the Sheriff announced yesterday he’s decided to retire at the end of June instead of serving out the remainder of his term in office. The Sheriff notified the media of his intentions to retire earlier than he planned. He told the Wenatchee World that planning for his next venture after retirement is sapping his strength and he said he didn’t feel that his constituents deserved better. State law does not allow  the job to be passed down to undersheriff Kevin Morris because he’s filed as a candidate for the position against Deputy Leon Leyde. Both are Republicans so that means that the County Republican Central Committee will make a recommendation to the County Commissioners who then make the appointment of an interim sheriff to serve until the end of the election.

Wenatchee and Leavenworth restauranteur, Shon Smith is among five candidates hoping to succeed Chelan County District Two Commissioner, Keith Goehner. The Cashmere native owns The Wok About Grill and says running a successful business since 1997 with 63 employees qualifies him as a good leader and money manager . . .

Smith says he enters the campaign with no preconceived agenda or objectives . . .

Smith identified the marijuana industry, agriculture, tourism and housing as issues he sees as priorities going forward. Smith’s entire interview will be available on demand at our website at ncwlife.com.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this first weekend in June. . .

Coming up next, Two men were treated this morning for stab wounds following an altercation in a South Wenatchee neighborhood and one them has now been arrested. A Soap Lake man faces charges of vehicular assault following an injury traffic accident in Grant County this morning. The family of a missing Cashmere man is asking for your help to find their missing son, and, we will have our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Two men were treated this morning for stab wounds following an altercation in a South Wenatchee neighborhood. Chelan County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy, Jason Reinfeld says it happened in the predawn hours at a home located in the 100 block of Boodry Street. . .

An update to that story now. . .Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the two men involved were a 61-year old man and 21-year old Alexander Alhammadi, both of Wenatchee.

Both men suffered wounds, the 61-year old to the stomach and Alhammadi to his hand. The only weapon found at the scene was a sword. Both men initially claimed to be victims but after further investigation it was determined that Alhammadi stabbed the 61-year old in the stomach with the sword. It is unknown how Alhammadi sustained the injury to his hand. After being released medically, he was booked into Chen County Regional Justice Center for Assault 1st Degree.  Chelan County detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and investigate both scenes.

A Soap Lake man faces charges of vehicular assault following an injury traffic accident in Grant County this morning. A State Patrol report says 40-year old Benjamin M. Haase was impaired when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped in a construction zone on Highway 17, about a mile South of Rocky Ford Creek. The second vehicle was shoved into a third vehicle as a result of the impact causing injuries to both drivers. They are identified as 52-year old Richard D Brinkley of Yelm and 31-year old Aaron K Barnes of Soap Lake. Both were transported to Samaritan Hospital for treatment. Haase has been cited for driving under the influence and possible criminal charges are also pending.

The family of a missing Cashmere man is asking for your help. 19-year old Sheldon Shelby House has been missing since he left the house last week. His family says House has been having difficulty dealing with a recent breakup of a serious relationship. House is 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a black and red sweater. His family says the last they heard he was spotted around the Thousand Trails area near Lake Wenatchee. If anyone has information regarding the missing teen, please call Rivercom at 509-663-9911 or House’s stepfather, Russ Gray at 509-237-8790.

Time now for our weekly pet of the week feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Aztec the dog. . .

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.

The Caribou Trail League’s All-Conference Baseball selections are heavy with Cashmere Bulldogs…

Cashmere’s Tyler Chipman, Garrett Tarver, Hudson White and Daniel Wright are all first-team selections.  Also making the 1st team are Chelan’s Connor Wilson, Colt Corrigan and Quinn Stamps.  2nd team selections are the Bulldog’s Jarec Kunsman and Brooks Elliott with the Goat’s had three make the team in Drake Bird, Breckin Sporseen, and Gage Estes.  Cashmere’s Kross Knoll is the Caribou Trail League Player of the Year and Bulldog Coach Jeff Carlson is Coach of the Year.

Next up is the All Conference Softball selections starting with the Columbia Basin Big Nine…

Eastmont’s Rylee Cox and Kaitlyn Duncan were first team selections.  Also landing on the 1st team for Wenatchee were Missy Bennet, Riley Philips, Kristen Sanford and Kailey Sanford.  Wildcats making the second team all conference were Kenzie Young and Emilee Craddock.  A couple Panthers on the second squad are Olivia Ramirez and Mikayla Michael.  Moses Lake’s Gina Skinner is the league MVP.  Wenatchee’s Kristen Sanford is the Offensive Player of the Year.  The Chief’s Savanna Ashley is the Defensive Player of the Year while their coach, Mike Hofheins, is the Big 9 Coach of the Year.

Now to the softball honors for the Caribou Trail League…

1st Team All Conference honors go to Cascade’s Kaija Lovelady and Truh Merriman along with Chelan’s Ahsley Oswald and Lexi Gleasman.  Selected to the 2nd team for the Lady Goats were Sierra Shivley and Taylor Boykin.  And making the 2nd team for the Kodiaks are Andrea Sorensen and Colby West.  Cascade’s Sarah Paulson is the Player of the Year while Okanogan’s Darin Radke is the Coach of the Year.  The Sportsmanship Award goes to the Omak Pioneers.

For the second consecutive night, Seattle’s bullpen failed as Texas scored four runs in the 7th and won 7-6 at Safeco Field last night…

Ryan Cook, Mark Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN-skee) and Juan Nicasio allowed three walks and four runs on three hits in the 7th to squander a 5-3 lead.  Nelson Cruz scored Ben Gamel (GAM-ehl) in the 9th but Seattle could get no closer as it lost for the second-straight night.  Six Mariner pitchers allowed a total of 7-walks last night and Manager Scott Servais says that’s going to bite you in the end…

Starter James Paxton had an off night, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits in five innings with four walks.  Servais said, even still, he left with the lead and hoped he could use different guys in the bullpen to wrap up the win…

As a team, Seattle hit eight doubles in the game but only hit 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.  Servais says he’s happy with the improved offense but that they need to cash in on opportunities…

Seattle and Texas wrap up the 4-game series tonight at 7:10 with Mike Minor facing Wade LeBlanc.

The Yankees beat Houston 5-3 in the battle of the two best teams in baseball right now.  Detroit topped the Angels 6-1.  And Nathan Eovaldi (ee-VAHL-dee) threw six, no-hit innings against Oakland as the Rays beat the A’s 6-0.  So with everyone losing, the Mariners didn’t lose any ground in the standings.

 

Thanks Eric.

The Wenatchee Downtown Association in conjunction with the Port Of Chelan County hosted the bi-annual downtown possibilities tour on Wednesday. NCWLife’s Dan Kuntz tagged along and filed this report. .

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…

Two men were treated this morning for stab wounds following an altercation in a South Wenatchee neighborhood. Chelan County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy, Jason Reinfeld says it happened in the predawn hours at a home located in the 100 block of Boodry Street. . .

An update to that story now. . .Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that the two men involved were a 61-year old man and 21-year old Alexander Alhammadi, both of Wenatchee.

Both men suffered wounds, the 61-year old to the stomach and Alhammadi to his hand. The only weapon found at the scene was a sword. Both men initially claimed to be victims but after further investigation it was determined that Alhammadi stabbed the 61-year old in the stomach with the sword. It is unknown how Alhammadi sustained the injury to his hand. After being released medically, he was booked into Chen County Regional Justice Center for Assault 1st Degree.  Chelan County detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and investigate both scenes.

A Soap Lake man faces charges of vehicular assault following an injury traffic accident in Grant County this morning. A State Patrol report says 40-year old Benjamin M. Haase was impaired when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped in a construction zone on Highway 17, about a mile South of Rocky Ford Creek. The second vehicle was shoved into a third vehicle as a result of the impact causing injuries to both drivers. They are identified as 52-year old Richard D. Brinkley of Yelm and 31-year old Aaron K. Barnes of Soap Lake. Both were transported to Samaritan Hospital for treatment. Haase has been cited for driving under the influence and possible criminal charges are also pending.

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.