Evening News September 20, 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, An East Wenatchee man is in custody after he allegedly threatened another man with a gun at a Wenatchee gas station. A Wenatchee man is awaiting extradition to Ohio tonight where he is a suspect in multiple rape and kidnapping charges, and, Beginning tomorrow, the Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide emphasis patrol on distracted driving.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County Sheriff’s helicopter was used this morning to recover the body of a hunter who reportedly died yesterday in the White Pass area. Sgt. Adam Musgrove says two emergency locator beacons were activated around 11 pm. He says the death appears to have been accidental and health related. . .

The helicopter transported the body to the airstrip at Fish Lake where it was turned over to the coroner who will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The victim’s name was being withheld until his family is notified.

An East Wenatchee man is in custody after he allegedly threatened another man with a gun at a Wenatchee gas station. Detective Brian Chance with the Wenatchee Police Department says 53 year old Abraham Hernandez Roldan Toro reportedly confronted the 44 year old victim at the North Avenue Market gas station over a $2,000 dollar debt.

The victim reportedly told police that he had been threatened many times in the past and had been making an effort to repay Toro. Toro was arrested at his East Wenatchee home where police also seized a small amount of heroin and two firearms. One of the guns was reportedly stolen. He’s suspected of 2nd degree assault, Felony harassment and heroin possession.

A Wenatchee man is awaiting extradition to Ohio tonight where he is a suspect in multiple rape and kidnapping charges. Police in Columbus, Ohio say 40-year old Naja Duran Stokes solicited a prostitute where he later raped, beat and strangled her. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says Stokes was arrested in Wenatchee last Saturday  in the 900 block of Walker Avenue on an unrelated incident. . .

Columbus police say Stokes was identified as a suspect by several rape and kidnapping victims but so far has only been arrested on suspicion of rape and kidnapping in the one case.

Beginning (Fri) tomorrow, the Washington State Patrol will conduct a statewide emphasis patrol on distracted driving.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30% of traffic fatalities and makes up 23% of all serious injury collisions in the state. So far in 2018, the WSP has contacted 18,557 drivers for distracted driving.

In 2017, troopers stopped 17,058 drivers. The penalty for distracted driving is a $136 citation for the first offense. If you are issued another citation within five years, the penalty raises to at least $234. Additionally, each offense is reported to your insurance companies.

Coming up next, In the next few days there will be a detour on the Apple Capital Loop Trail between Fifth Street to the south and Island View to the north. This Saturday is not only the final day of summer and the first day of fall it is also Public Lands Day which means free entry at all State Parks, and, It was rodeo time earlier today at Chelan County Public Works but not the kind of rodeo you might think it is. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

In the next few days there will be a detour on the Apple Capital Loop Trail between Fifth Street to the south and Island View to the north. The reason for the detour is to replace a storm drain pipe that has collapsed and could be a hazard for park users. . .

It is estimated the work will be completed by the end of October. . .

The lower parking lot along Riverside Drive will be used as a construction site staging area and will be closed to public access. For safety, it is advised that everyone obeys all signs, fencing and barricades in the work zone.

This Saturday is not only the final day of summer and the first day of fall it is also Public Lands Day which means free entry at all State Parks. National Public Lands Day is celebrating its 25th year and is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.

National Public Lands Day brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore the country’s public lands. Public Lands encompass national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs, as well as state, county, and city parks that are managed by public agencies.

It was rodeo time earlier today at Chelan County Public Works but not the kind of rodeo you might think it is. Jill FitzSimmons of Chelan County Public Works tells us more. . .

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 Wenatchee Wild enter 2018 as the defending BCHL Champions and coming off their most successful season in franchise history.  The notoriety of last year’s campaign may have resulted in some of their best players not coming back this year because they were noticed by other clubs.  Wild Head Coach and General Manager Bliss Littler says he likes the mix of what he has in this team…

Wenatchee played 58-games in the regular season last year and another 35-games in the playoffs with the final contest being in the semifinals of the RBC Cup May 19th.  Littler says it made for a short off-season but better than the summer before…

The Wild are off to a good start at 4-and-1 and head to Chilliwack this weekend for the BCHL Showcase.

Coming up on the Prep Sports Calendar for today…

Manson hosts Pateros while Cashmere travels to Chelan at 4:30.  Eastmont hosts Sunnyside while Wenatchee’s on the road at Moses Lake at 7 o’clock.

The volleyball schedule is chalked full…

In Caribou Trail League action, Cascade hosts Omak while Cashmere’s at Chelan at 6:30.  On the B floors tonight, Pateros is at Entiat while Manson takes on Waterville-Mansfield at 7.  Eastmont will be on the road at Eisenhower tonight at 7 in Big 9 play and here on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll feature our very first, LIVE, volleyball match with Wenatchee hosting Davis.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam will be courtside with the play-by-play.  The pregame is at 6:50 with the first service set for 7 at Wenatchee High School.

And in the pool this afternoon…

Wenatchee hosts a double-dual with Davis and Eisenhower in town beginning at 4 o’clock.

They call it a “bullpen day”, where a starter from the rotation doesn’t go and they use bullpen guys to get through a game.  Such was the case for the Seattle Mariners yesterday in Houston, and for the second time on this road trip, the “bullpen day” came through with a shutout…

Matt Fest made his first-ever Major League start for Seattle.  He and six relievers held the defending world champions to 5-hits in a 9-0 shutout of the Astros.  Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia each hit solo home runs in the 11-hit outburst.

Manager Scott Servais tipped his cap to Fest and the rest for their job on the mound…

Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s; Mitch Haniger was 2-for-3 with 3-runs; and Jean Segura was 2-for-4 with 2-runs.  Servais can’t help but wonder where that was towards the end of summer…

Seattle took two of three from Houston and won the season-series 9-to-8.  The Mariners are off today and begin a three-game series in Texas tomorrow.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in the American League West…

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in five runs to power the A’s to a 10-0 win over the Angels, which lowered Oakland’s magic number to six.

Tommy Pham hit two home runs and the Rays put up crooked numbers in the second and fourth innings in a 9-3 win over Texas to complete the sweep and keep the Wild Card race interesting.

Tampa Bay is 5-and-a-half games back of Oakland for the final Wild Card spot with 11-games remaining, all against the Blue Jays and Yankees.

Seattle is 7-games back with 10-games left, all against the Rangers and Athletics.

Thanks Eric.

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Neko the Cat. . .

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…

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

 

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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.