Evening News October 26, 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 fire late Thursday morning completely destroyed a motorhome on State Route 97 north of Orondo.  About 1,000 bales of hay weighing 500 tons have burned in the Jameson Lake fire near Mansfield, and, Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris reports a Waterville woman has died from injuries she received in a car crash earlier this month.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County SWAT team raid on a suspected drug house in Wenatchee yesterday afternoon shut down a portion of Mission Street for a period of time. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports in a news release that the raid on the home, located in the 200 block of North Chelan Avenue, was initiated by the Columbia River Drug Task Force after it received several recent complaints of suspected drug activity there. After cordoning off the area officers arrested two 28 year old men for illegal weapons charges. Three other occupants were also taken into custody. A three-block section of Chelan Avenue was closed for about an hour while nearby businesses were asked to shelter in place until the incident cleared.

A fire late Thursday morning completely destroyed a motorhome on State Route 97 north of Orondo. Fire crews responded to the blaze around 11:45.

State Patrol Trooper John Bryant posted this picture and said the RV contained a propane tank and firearm ammunition, which made it difficult to extinguish the blaze. Traffic was blocked on Highway 97 for a little over an hour with alternating lanes for a time after that. There were no injuries reported in that fire and fire officials are still determining the cause.

About 1,000 bales of hay weighing 500 tons have burned in the Jameson Lake fire near Mansfield, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office reports. Also, three pieces of farm equipment have been lost or severely damaged in the fire, which is described as naturally caused. No structures have been threatened and there have been no injuries.

The remaining stacks of hay will be allowed to burn our naturally, which is expected to result in heavy smoke in the area. The fire is in the 500 block of North Jameson Lake Road and started Thursday night. The property owners are monitoring the fire.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris reports a Waterville woman has died from injuries she received in a car crash earlier this month. Morris says it happened in the 500 block of Road M NW shortly before midnight on October 11th. He says Deputies arrived to find 38-year old Charles T. Besel of Wenatchee and 37-year old Judy M. Hoffman of Waterville outside the vehicle. Both were transported to Central Washington Hospital. Besel was treated and released. Hoffman, who was the driver, died from her injuries. The Sheriff says the accident was alcohol-related.

Coming up next, A California man was injured late this morning in a semi-truck accident on I-90 near Cle Elum causing traffic delays. Chelan County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in September, according to the latest numbers from the state Employment Security Department, and, On the same day the state Supreme Court upheld most of the state’s charter school law, Wenatchee’s planned school, Columbia Prep, announced its founding board of directors. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A California man was injured late this morning in a semi-truck accident on I-90 near Cle Elum.

Washington State Patrol says the accident happened around 10:45 when the eastbound semi lost control, crossed all three lanes of the Highway, struck the Jersey barrier and came to rest blocking two lanes of traffic. The Interstate was fully re-opened around 1:00. The driver of the truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was also charged with speeding.

Chelan County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in September, according to the latest numbers from the state Employment Security Department. At 3.1 percent unemployed, the county dropped a full percentage point from the August rate of 4.1 percent. It’s the lowest rate recorded in the county for several years, rivaled only by the 3.2 percent rate recorded last July. Douglas County was at 3.7 percent unemployed and the state as a whole recorded a 4.4 percent unemployment rate for September.

On the same day the state Supreme Court upheld most of the state’s charter school  law, Wenatchee’s planned school, Columbia Prep, announced its founding board of directors. Columbia Prep, a middle and high school, is expected to open in 2021. Rick Wray will be board chair. Also on the board are Sara Rolfs, Karen Rutherford, Karla Soto Mullins and Matt Lyons. One of its first actions will be a public forum Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans Hall in Wenatchee. Teacher unions and civil rights groups had challenged the charter school law, which was passed in 2016, claiming use of public money to fund such schools violated the state Constitution. But the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, rejected that argument.

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Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

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

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.

Cashmere played great defense and shut down Cascade in a 14-10 win in the Pear Bowl last night, as we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

The win, combined with Omak’s 33-14 win over Okanogan in the Backyard Brawl means a three-way tie for second between Cashmere, Okanogan and Cascade, who all finished the season at 2-and-2 in Caribou Trail League.  That would necessitate a tiebreaker this Saturday, which will be in Chelan.  Cashmere won the toss, so the 1st game at 7 o’clock is Okanogan and Cascade with the winner facing Cashmere to earn the 2nd playoff spot out of the Caribou Trail League.  Also last night, Chelan finished the season with a 23-14 loss to Riverside.

In prep soccer last night…

Moses Lake capped off the regular season Big 9 championship with a 3-nil win over Eastmont in Moses Lake.  The Wildcats will have the #3 seed and play a District Play-In game Saturday at home against Davis at 1 o’clock.

Don’t forget, Saturday is also the District 6 1-A tournament at the Apple Bowl with Chelan facing Okanogan in a loser-out game at 4 followed by the District Championship between Cashmere and Cascade at 6.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard last night…

Eastmont took over 2nd place in the Big 9 standings with a 3-0 win at Davis, while Wenatchee lost at home to West Valley 3-0.  The three-game win over the Wildcats improves its record to 8-and-3 while the Panthers drop to 7-and-4.  Each has one match remaining with Wenatchee at Eisenhower Tuesday and Eastmont home vs. Moses Lake next Thursday.

In the District 5/6 2B tournament yesterday, Brewster advanced in straight games over White Swan while Manson dropped to the loser’s bracket with a 3-nil loss to Kittitas.

The Fall State Academic Champions have been announced by the WIAA…

The Eastmont Boys Cross Country team is the 4A champions with a combined GPA of 3.947.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline repeats as academic champs in 1B football with a GPA of 3.591.  And the Wenatchee girls swimming team is the 4A Champs in that category with a combined GPA of 3.897.  Congratulations to your accomplishments in the class room and on the field, track and in the pool.

Turning our attention to tonight in high school football…

The game featured here on the NCWLIFE Channel will be Wenatchee and Walla Walla.  It’s the Panther’s homecoming game and next-to-last contest of the regular season.  While the Blue Devils have struggled in the Mid Valley this year, they have some talented players.  Wenatchee’s Dalton Thomas is going to have to cover one of the best receivers in the league, who is 6-feet, 7-inches tall…

Defensive backs coach Jacob Zier (zeer) is fully aware that next week’s game with Eastmont could be for the district title, but he and the coaching staff have try to keep the team focused on this week…

Eric and Grant will have the pre-game tonight at 6:45 when we’ll hear more from Coach Zier and Dalton Thomas prior to tonight’s 7 o’clock kickoff.

Eastmont will try to take another step towards its first Big 9 football title since 2012 tonight when it travels to Moses Lake.  The Chiefs are struggling at 1-and-3 in the conference this season after winning it the past two years.  Moses Lake has also changed quarterbacks from Dominic Signorelli to Logan Sperline.  Wildcat Coach Michael Don says they’ve had to prepare for either scenario…

Eastmont and Moses Lake kick off at 7pm.

Here’s the rest of the prep football schedule for tonight…

Manson plays at Liberty Bell.  Entiat hosts Bridgeport.  And Waterville-Mansfield travels to Almira-Coulee-Hartline.

On the college football slate this weekend…

Eastern hosts Idaho on the Red Carpet tomorrow at 12:05.  #15 Washington travels to the Bay Area to face the Cal Bears at 3:30 on FS1.  The 14th Ranked Washington State Cougars will be at #24 Stanford tomorrow at 4 o’clock on the Pac-12 Network.  And, Central Washington is in California taking on Humboldt State Saturday night at 6 o’clock.

The Wenatchee Wild have a couple of home games this weekend at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee will try to extend its 2-game winning streak against the Cowichan Valley Capitals tonight at 7 o’clock.  Then tomorrow at 7, it’s a rematch of last year’s BCHL championship when the Prince George Spruce Kings come to town.

Also, on a programming note, you can watch some hockey this weekend on the NCWLIFE Channel.  We’ll feature last year’s game with the Wild and Alberni Valley Sunday at 2 and then Wenatchee and West Kelowna at 7.

Then, next week begins our Thursday Night Hockey nights on the NCWLIFE Channel as we’ll bring you Wenatchee and Nanaimo from earlier this month when the Wild dropped their new banners and had the ring ceremony for last year’s championship.

The Seahawks are in Detroit Sunday…

Seattle is coming off the bye week with a 3-and-3 record and trail the LA Rams in the NFC West while Detroit is also 3-and-3 and giving chase to Minnesota and Green Bay in the NFC North.  Sunday’s kickoff on FOX is at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

Recapping tonight’s top stories…

A Chelan County SWAT team raid on a suspected drug house in Wenatchee yesterday afternoon shut down a portion of Mission Street for a period of time. Sheriff Brian Burnett reports in a news release that the raid on the home, located in the 200 block of North Chelan Avenue, was initiated by the Columbia River Drug Task Force after it received several recent complaints of suspected drug activity there. After cordoning off the area officers arrested two 28 year old men for illegal weapons charges. Three other occupants were also taken into custody. A three-block section of Chelan Avenue was closed for about an hour while nearby businesses were asked to shelter in place until the incident cleared.

A fire late Thursday morning completely destroyed a motorhome on State Route 97 north of Orondo. Fire crews responded to the blaze around 11:45.

State Patrol Trooper John Bryant posted this picture and said the RV contained a propane tank and firearm ammunition, which made it difficult to extinguish the blaze. Traffic was blocked on Highway 97 for a little over an hour with alternating lanes for a time after that. There were no injuries reported in that fire and fire officials are still determining the cause.

A California man was injured late this morning in a semi-truck accident on I-90 near Cle Elum.

Washington State Patrol says the accident happened around 10:45 when the eastbound semi lost control, crossed all three lanes of the Highway, struck the Jersey barrier and came to rest blocking two lanes of traffic. The Interstate was fully re-opened around 1:00. The driver of the truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was also charged with speeding.

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.