WENATCHEE- Here’s the latest news for North Central Washington from the NCWLIFE Channel with Steve Hair.
A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- officials recover the bodies of two pilots who’s aircraft crashed Saturday, a Manson man is arrested in connection with murder, and with the Independence Day celebrations, fire agencies want you to take extra precaution when using fireworks. Later on, we’ll have sports, our feature story comes from the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal has released the names of the two men who were killed Saturday in the crash of their ultra-light aircraft. The Sheriff says the bodies of 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point Oregon were recovered Sunday evening.
The two men took off from Chelan Airport Saturday morning. They were reportedly headed for Northern Douglas County or Okanogan County when their Northwing Ultra-light crashed on Windsor Hill about a mile South of Wells Dam. The Sheriff says the effort to recover the bodies was delayed due to the extremely treacherous terrain. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
A Manson man is in custody on suspicion of murdering his mother. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says deputies responded Friday to a death investigation at a home on Hansen Avenue and when they arrived found the the body of the resident, 56 year old Maria Ocampo. A man identified as, 25 year old Rafael Ocampo was also at the home. The Sheriff says the man was arrested and booked into jail for 1st degree murder and violating a no contact order. An autopsy was to be conducted Wednesday t determine the cause of death.
Unless you live in the City of East Wenatchee fireworks of any kind are illegal in Douglas or Chelan Counties. The ban includes the safe and sane variety that are currently on sale in East Wenatchee. Fire officials caution residents that even a sparkler can set off a brush fire. The ban on fireworks also extends into State and US Forest Service lands.
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office today continued a search for the body of Alvin E. Hymer, 74, of Methow, who drowned in the Methow River on Saturday.
Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a press release that Hymer was with his wife and their two dogs, about 14 miles upriver from the Columbia River, when the dogs went into the water. The dogs got caught in an eddy and Hymer went into the river to help the dogs. Hymer lost his balance and was swept downstream. Sheriff Frank Rogers says several rescue crews including the Chelan County Sheriff’s helicopter were unable to locate the victim. Rogers described Hymer as a well-respected member of the community and that the search will continue until the victim’s body is recovered.
A government shutdown was averted as the State Legislature finally approved a new two-year spending plan. . .but at what cost. The operating budget including education funding appears to meet the State Supreme Court mandate for funding schools but 12th District House Representative Cary Condotta says it also digs deeper into taxpayers’ pockets.
The budget includes new taxes on bottled water, a new fuel tax, A new sales tax on internet sales from out of state vendors, also a property tax increase.
The stage is being set for Tomorrows 4th of July fireworks display in Wenatchee. Workers have been setting up the display on the island at the swimming lagoon at Walla Walla Point Park. NCWLIFE News got a behind the scenes look at how the show is put together with the show’s chief pyrotechnician, Kaylee Boggs.
The fireworks display culminates a full day of activities starting at the Pybus Market with the Hero’s Breakfast and the Cherry Pit Spitting contest.
In NCWLIFE Channel Sports:
The Wenatchee AppleSox had a well needed off day yesterday following their perfect six game home stand. The AppleSox most recently swept the Port Angeles Lefties in three games, and ran away with a win in both games against a non-conference opponent, the River City Athletics. The AppleSox finished off the first half of the summer with a 14-10 record. They will play their first game of the second half of season play tomorrow night in Cowlitz as they begin a three game series against the Black Bears.
Even though the AppleSox had an off day, NCL play was still in full swing Sunday night.
BELLINGHAM 5 – WALLA WALLA 3 (Zach Pettaway pitched five innings for the Bells allowing only 2 runs, with 4 strikeouts and walking only one)
CORVALLIS 7 – GRESHAM 6 (Corvallis’ Matt Kelly went 4-for-5 with three runs and one RBI, the Greywolves scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth but failed to steal the game from the Knights)
BEND 6 – PORT ANGELES 4 (The Elks’ James Acuna pitched 6.1 innings, allowing only 2 runs with 6 strikeouts)
YAKIMA 14 – KELOWNA 13 (Yakima scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth to run away with the last minute win over the Falcons.
WCL NORTH SCOREBOARD
Kelowna Falcons 16-10 Walla Walla Sweets 14-10 Bellingham Bells 14-10 Wenatchee AppleSox 14-10 Victoria Harbourcats 15-13 Port Angeles Lefties 10-19
– The Seattle Mariners finished off their three-game series against the Angels with a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. Second baseman Robinson Cano slugged a three-run homer in the eighth to seal the series win for the Mariners. Starting Pitcher James Paxton allowed only one run in 6 and a third innings. Seattle is now 41-42 overall and third in the American League West. Seattle will now return home for a seven-game home stand, starting with a three game series against the Royals.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST SCORES
ASTROS 8 – YANKEES 1WHITE SOX 6 – RANGERS 5BRAVES 4 – ATHLETICS 3
AL WEST STANDINGS
ASTROS 56-27ANGELS 43-43MARINERS 41-42RANGERS 40-42ATHLETICS 35-47
WHATS ON TAP FOR THIS WEEK
RIVER RUN The seventh annual River Run on the Fourth 5K and 10K will be held this Tuesday in conjunction with the Wenatchee Independence Day Celebration. The start and finish line will be at Pybus Public Market.
APPLE CAPITAL STARLIGHT SWIM MEET The Apple Capital Starlight Swim Meet begins this Friday and will take place all weekend at the Wenatchee City Pool.