Evening News October 23, 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, Several fire districts responded to the second residential structure fire in two days in the Entiat area last night. A travel trailer was damaged in a fire Monday afternoon in the Peshastin Area, and, The Wenatchee teen who fell out of a moving vehicle last week has died.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Douglas County Sheriff Office reports a man was shot twice outside a party in East Wenatchee late Monday night.

The 21-year-old man from Michoacan, Mexico suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while standing in a field talking on his phone in the 5300 block of Fourth Street Southeast. Deputies first became aware of the shooting when they were contacted by Central Washington Hospital staff, where the man had been taken in a private vehicle for treatment. Sheriff Kevin Morris said the unidentified man had been at a social gathering and at some point walked away from the group into an open field to talk on his phone. While in the field, someone believed to be from the same gathering shot a firearm into the field, hitting the man twice. The investigation into the shooting continues, though investigators believe it was an isolated incident and there is no public safety risk.

A high-speed chase early this afternoon in Wenatchee caused a three-vehicle pileup at the intersection of Highway 28 and Highway 2/97 off the Odabashian Bridge. The suspect car reached speeds of almost 100 mph during the chase, which then caused the chain reaction crash. The accident happened around 1:30. No word yet if there were any injuries in that crash.

Several fire districts responded to the second residential structure fire in two days in the Entiat area last night.

The fire broke out at a home on Burkey Street. Crews from 4 Chelan County fire districts with help from Douglas County District 2 responded at about 9:45 pm. Along with smoke damage, the living room and kitchen and all of their contents were destroyed in the blaze. Crews cleared the scene in about two hours.

A travel trailer was damaged in a fire Monday afternoon in the Peshastin Area. Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief, Phil Mosher says it was located at a residence off Main Street. The trailer was not occupied and there were no injuries. The cause was under investigation.

The story we brought you last Thursday night regarding the teen who fell out of a moving vehicle took a sad turn over the weekend.

19-year old Gaige Mora was taken off life support after  hospital officials found suitable organ donors and later died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Mora was hanging out a window while riding in a pickup on Mission Street when he fell out and hit the roadway early last week. The driver of the pickup submitted to a blood and breathe test, which both came back negative. Residents wanting to help the family can donate to a GoFundMe page to help cover medical and funeral costs. Funeral services have not been finalized

Coming up next, Moses Lake Police say they are on the hunt for a woman believed to be responsible for an armed carjacking there late last week. Leavenworth City Council members are set to adopt a recently completed parking study when they meet in regular session tonight, and, For the next three weeks, Chelan PUD will be reconstructing the underground power system along First Creek Road near Chelan.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Moses Lake Police say they are on the hunt for a woman believed to be responsible for an armed carjacking there late last week. Police were called to a gas station in Moses Lake around 10:30 Thursday night by a man who said his car was stolen at gunpoint.

Police are searching for 31-year old Belen R. Villareal wanted for robbery in the first degree and assault in the first degree. The victim told police he knew Villareal and the two began talking near his car when she pulled out a gun and demanded his car keys. She told him she needed the vehicle and would return it to him. The man’s vehicle was later recovered unoccupied in Othello. Villareal is not yet in custody and Moses Lake Police are asking that anyone with information about this crime to please call the Police Department at (509) 764-3887.

Leavenworth City Council members are set to adopt a recently completed parking study when they meet in regular session tonight. According to the City’s website the Bavarian-themed resort town is taking a comprehensive approach to parking as part of the economic development strategy for the community.  Addressing parking challenges has become a major issue as the city deals with new development, tourism and population growth. Duane Goehner with the group, Friends of Leavenworth, have been pushing for more controlled growth. . .

It appears that some of the changes being studied could include timed on-street parking, with the potential for future paid on-street parking. The study was commissioned by the City, Chamber of Commerce and the Chelan County Port District.

For the next three weeks, Chelan PUD will be reconstructing the underground power system along First Creek Road near Chelan. The work, which is required to replace aging equipment and maintain electric service reliability in that area, may cause some traffic disruptions. PUD crews will be working from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During work hours, single-lane, flagger-controlled traffic will be in place. Some temporary road closures also may be needed during working hours. Expect up to one-hour delays for crews to plate the work area and allow vehicles to pass. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. Power outages also may be needed; affected customers will be notified by Chelan PUD prior to any outage.

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After being  shuttered for more  than a decade, the $64.5 million dollar Samuelson Hall on the campus of Central Washington University is open  for  business. With funding from the 2015 state  legislature, the new Samuelson Hall was dedicated at a ceremony Friday in Ellensburg. 13th District Representative Judy Warnick said Central was due to receive help from the State Capital Budget. . .

The renovated Samuelson building is an integrated  computer science technology center housing the  departments of Computer Science, Sociology,  Mathematics, and Information Technology and  Administrative Management. For more on this and other news happening at Central Washington University, go to their website at c-w-u dot e-d-u.

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.

It all comes down to this week as many fall sports seasons reach their final games across North Central Washington.  And for many leagues, the final few games will determine playoff seeding and regular season titles…

Such is the case in high school soccer.  In what will be a preview of Saturday’s Caribou Trail League District Championship, Cascade hosts Cashmere tonight at 6:30 in Leavenworth.  Tonight’s game will determine the outright regular season champ as the Kodiaks are 7-and-oh in league while the Bulldogs are 6-and-1.  Win or lose, they’ll play a rematch Saturday at 6 in the Apple Bowl.

Wenatchee plays its regular season finale tonight in the Apple Bowl with Eisenhower in town.  It’s senior night for the Panthers, and homecoming week, and we’ll broadcast tonight’s game with Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen on the call.  Wenatchee’s currently in 3rd place in the Big 9 with 2nd place Moses Lake playing at Davis.  1st place Eastmont has the night off and will play at Moses Lake Thursday to end the season.  The top two teams advance to next week’s district playoffs while the 3rd through 6th place teams have to compete in District Play-In games this Saturday.

Chelan also concludes the regular season today at home against Okanogan while Manson wraps up the B schedule with senior day against Tonasket.

On the prep volleyball schedule tonight…

Cascade Christian is at Moses Lake Christian while Entiat travels to Easton at 5:30.  Waterville-Mansfield hosts Manson; Cashmere’s at Cascade; and Chelan takes on Okanogan at 6:30.  Then at 7, it’s Eastmont hosting Sunnyside while Wenatchee’s at Moses Lake.  The Panthers and Wildcats are tied for 2nd in the Big 9 race with two games remaining.

Here’s what we have in store for you on the NCWLIFE Channel this week…

As we mentioned, it begins tonight with Big 9 soccer on senior night for the Wenatchee Panthers as they host Eisenhower at 7 o’clock.  On Thursday, we’re re-airing that marathon volleyball match between Eastmont and Wenatchee at 7 o’clock.  And on Friday, it’s homecoming for the Wenatchee Panthers as they host Walla Walla.  Eric and Grant Olson will have the pre-game starting at 6:45 here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawks are back at practice after the bye week, trying to move forward after the death of team owner, Paul Allen.  Head Coach Pete Carroll says he’s provided the message to the team that nothing will change…

The Seahawks are 3-and-3 on the season and will be in Detroit Sunday to face the Lions.  Carroll says it was great to see linebacker KJ Wright and tight end Ed Dickson back in practice Monday…

Wright is back after recovering from a knee injury.  In his absence, the Seahawks had to be creative defensively, including moving Bartavius Mingo to a linebacker position off the line.  Coach Carroll says he’s exciting to get KJ back but also impressed with what his absence created…

Detroit is also 3-and-3 in a very tight NFC North.  The Seahawks trail the red-hot Rams in the NFC West with L-A the only NFL team undefeated at 7-and-oh.  Sunday’s kickoff in Detroit is at 10am on FOX.

Finally, baseball takes center stage tonight with the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox…

It’s the first time the two teams have met in the World Series since 1916 when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and known as the Robins.  This Fall Classic also features the longest distance ever between the two competing cities (2,588 miles between Boston and L-A).

Game 1 features 3-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers and 7-time All Start Chris Sale for the Red Sox.  First pitch on FOX is at 5:09pm.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Independent candidate Dr. Ann Diamond has raised far more money for her campaign for the District 12 House seat than her opponent, Republican Keith Goehner. Figures from the state Public Disclosure Commission show Diamond, a political newcomer, has raised just over $127,000 to Goehner’s $67,500. As of this week’s filing, however, she had only outspent Goehner $66,662 to $53,934. The two are vying to replace Rep. Cary Condotta, who is not seeking re-election.

The bulk of Diamond’s total came from individual donations, which totaled $121,529. Businesses donated $9,975 to Diamond’s campaign. Diamond does not show any donations from political action committees, or PACs, but does show almost $48,000 in independent expenditures in favor of her campaign by a group called Washington Independents PAC. Independent expenditures are made by third parties without the candidate’s approval or collaboration. Washington Independents PAC was formed last year by Chris Vance, former Republican state party chair, and Brian Baird, a former Democratic congressman from Southwest Washington.

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.