Evening News November 26, 2018


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, Icy road conditions are blamed in two fatal crashes in Grant County over the Thanksgiving holiday. An early morning accident today sent a Soap Lake man to the hospital, and, A soldier from Leavenworth was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Saturday.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Highway 97 has been reopened following a major fire late yesterday at a large fruit warehouse in the Orondo area. The building, owned by Pine Canyon Growers, was reported on fire around 5:30 p.m. A second alarm was dispatched due to the size of the building and extent of the fire.

Three ladder trucks were placed along the length of the building to douse flames that were over 50 feet above the roof of the building.

Orondo Fire Chief, Jim Oatey says firefighting was hampered due to the extent of the fire when the initial report came in. He says the facility had not operated since before thanksgiving with the fire likely smoldering for hours if not days before it burned through the roof. A large section of that roof collapsed making the fire noticeable to those passing by. The age of the building and multiple additions made firefighting difficult along with an ammonia refrigeration system had over 2,000 pounds of ammonia refrigerant.

Second alarm brought response of firefighters and apparatus from Waterville, East Wenatchee, Wenatchee, Chelan, Manson and Leavenworth Fire Departments. The Douglas County Sheriff conducted evacuations of the neighboring residences. In all 37 firefighters spent five hours battling the fire to contain it with crews remaining on scene overnight. Local fire marshals and the ATF will begin investigating the cause of the fire tomorrow. The estimated loss is $12 million-dollars. There were no

Icy road conditions are blamed in two fatal crashes in Grant County over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The first involved a 73-year old Wenatchee woman who died at the scene of a one-car accident on Roads 5 and T-Northwest. The Grant County Sheriff’s office reports Karen Bock was riding as a passenger in a car driven by 39-year old Carrie Bock. Sheriff Deputies say the car slid off the roadway and flipped over into the irrigation canal. The driver sustained serious injuries and was transported to Confluence Health-Central Washington Hospital. She was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Two other passengers, 19-year-old Quynton Hamilton and a seven-year-old boy both from Wenatchee sustained non-life-threatening injuries and taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center. All occupants were wearing seatbelts, and Deputies say excessive speed is the proximate cause for this collision.

A second one-vehicle fatal collision occurred early Friday about five miles south of I-90. Deputies say Autumn Kynaston was driving a 1999 Lincoln Navigator south on Dodson Road when sometime around 12:30 a.m. she lost control on the icy road and the Lincoln rolled three-and-a-half times, coming to rest in a field. Kynaston, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene. Authorities say excessive speed and alcohol contributed to this collision.

An early morning accident today sent a Soap Lake man to the hospital.

57-year old Mario Bastida was traveling south on State Route 17 around 5:30 this morning when he attempted to make a left turn onto Neppel road and was struck by another car driven by 51-year old Paolo Cumerlato also of Soap Lake. Following the collision both vehicles came to rest5 just north of the SR17-Neppel Road intersection. Bastida was airlifted to Confluence Health in Wenatchee. The cause and possible charges involved in the accident is still under investigation.

The Department of Defense has identified a soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan on Saturday as Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso from Leavenworth. Sgt. Jasso was 25 years old. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a member of the US Army’s Special Ranger Unit and was in Afghanistan’s  Helmand Province when he was killed in action on Nov. 24. He was on his third deployment. According to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Sgt. Jasso died from wounds suffered from “small arms fire” while conducting combat operations. His commanding officer called Sgt. Jasso a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the US Army Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed. More information is available on our website at ncwlife.com

Coming up next, Two men were wounded by gunfire in a reported drive-by shooting in the Moses Lake area Saturday night. A change in school policy has resulted in the removal of a campus Resource Officer’s department-issued rifle from Wenatchee High School. And, After responding to over 1800 wildfires in Washington State this year, the State Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 550 temporary firefighters to serve during the 2019 wildfire season.    I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Two men were wounded by gunfire in a reported drive-by shooting in the Moses Lake area Saturday night. Police say it happened around 10:30 p.m. when several shots were fired from a vehicle at the westbound Interstate-90/Hansen Road intersection.

Officials say two males were shot in the incident and transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A description of the suspect vehicle and/or suspected shooter has not been released by police. If you have any information contact MACC Dispatch at 509-762-1160.

Wenatchee Police Chief, Steve Crown questions a change in school policy that resulted in the removal of a campus Resource Officer’s department-issued rifle from the High School.

Chief Crown’s letter follows up on a June 11th school board discussion where School Resource Officer Jared Reinfeld talked about the change in policy and how it could potentially threaten student and staff safety.  The policy was changed in January resulting in the rifle’s removal from its secure location in a locked safe inside the school’s administration building. During the June 11th meeting Board member, Sunny Hemphill said she was uncomfortable with returning the weapon without public input. . .

But Board member Laura Jaecks countered that she was uncomfortable discussing school security issues in an open public meeting. . .

In his letter to the board, Chief Crown said the issue was discussed at a recent High School Parent Advisory Group meeting. During that meeting the school resource officer explained that one of the critical factors during a school shooting is the time it takes to address the threat. Officer Reinfeld says if he needs to leave the building to retrieve a rifle during a violent event, those extra seconds could cost lives. Crown has offered to meet with the school board in the future to discuss the matter further.

After responding to over 1800 wildfires in Washington State this year, the State Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 550 temporary firefighters to serve during the 2019 wildfire season with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department. First-time applicants should be able to fill positions from approximately mid-June to mid-September, though some temporary positions will be filled by returning firefighters as soon as April. With growing frequency, seasonal firefighters may also have the opportunity to work longer seasons – into October – when they are able and conditions dictate. DNR provides hired firefighters with all required safety clothing, equipment and training they need. Those interested can visit DNR’s website at www.dnr.wa.gov/employment.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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In tonight’s feature story, we continue providing anti-bullying videos made by various students from Wenatchee, Cashmere and Entiat. With the assistance of New York Filmaker Mike Feurstein, the videos are part of the Unmake a Bully Project. Tonight, an anti-bullying film from the students at Cashmere Middle School. . .

And that is a look at your local weather, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Seahawks earned a much-needed win on the road at Carolina Sunday with a last-second field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to edge the Panthers 30-27…

Carolina had a chance to take the lead with under 2-minutes to go on a 52-yard field goal, but Graham Gano missed.  3-plays later, Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett on a 47-yard pass play to the Panther’s 10-yard line.  Seattle ran the clock down to 4-seconds and put Janikowski out for the game-winner from 31-yards.

Wilson finished the game 22-for-31 for 339-yards and two touchdowns.  Lockett caught 5 balls for 107-yards and a score as the Seahawks improved to 6-and-5 with the win to keep its playoff hopes alive.  Seattle returns home Sunday to host the 49ers at 1:25 on FOX.

The Wenatchee Wild hosted the West Kelowna Warriors in two games at the Town Toyota Center and swept both 6-3 and 4-2…

On Friday, the visitors jumped out to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period and it didn’t look good for the home team.  But AJ Hodges and PJ fletcher made sure Wild fans would leave happy, scoring goals in the 2nd to tie it and then pitching a 3-0 shutout in the 3rd to win it.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Saturday would again be another similar theme where West Kelowna would jump out to an early lead, but the Wild and Matt Gosiewski (go-CHEF-ski) would reel them back in.

Back to the highlights with Arch Ecker…


The wins helped Wenatchee leapfrog into 3rd place in the BCHL’s Interior Division, just 5-points back of first-place Penticton, whom they’ll host Wednesday night at 6 before hitting the road for games Friday at Salmon Arm and Saturday in Vernon.

The State 1B semifinals were held under blue skies at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl Saturday…

In game one, Almira-Coulee-Hartline’s Parker Roberts takes it in from 7-yards out for the score.  Then, it’s Naselle’s Jimmy Strange going around the left end, making a move and getting into the end zone.  But the Comets would be no match for the Warriors as A-C-H wins it 82-28.  The Warriors head back to Tacoma to try to repeat as State 1B Champions.  But whom would they face?

The Quilcene Rangers took on the Odessa Tigers in the other semifinal with Odessa’s Marcus King taking the pitch right, then cuts back left and takes it 36-yards for the opening score.  The Rangers would keep it close early as Holden Elkins finds Ben Bruner on the 50-yard touchdown pass.  But King would take the ensuing kickoff back 91-yards for an Odessa touchdown and the Tigers would leave no doubt who the number one ranked team in State 1-B football is.

Odessa would go on for the 62-6 victory and will face Almira-Coulee-Hartline for the 1B title in the Tacoma Dome Saturday at 4 o’clock…

In fact, all the Gridiron Classic Finals are now set with Kalama and Napavine playing for the 2B title Friday at 4.  That will be followed at 7:30 by the 3A championship between O’Dea and Eastside Catholic.

On Saturday, Newport faces Colville for the 1A title at 10am.  That’s followed at 1 by Lynden and Hockinson for the 2A championship.  Then at 7:30 Saturday night, it’s the 4A title matchup between Lake Stevens and Union.

Here’s what we have on-tap for the NCWLIFE Channel this week in sports…

It begins with Hockey Night on Thursday as we’ll bring you last Friday’s Wenatchee vs. West Kelowna game at the Town Toyota Center at 7 o’clock.  We’ll have our first basketball game of the year LIVE Friday night at 7:30 as the Eastmont boys hosts a non-league game against Cashmere.  Then on Saturday, we’ll bring you the Eastmont at Wenatchee girls bowling match at 2 o’clock followed by a repeat of the Eastmont vs. Puyallup playoff football game at 7.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, we leave you with video that comes to us from Russia, where a man there proves, dogs might not be man’s best friend after all. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.