NCWLIFE Channel News June 1

NCWLIFE Channel News Director Steve Hair has the latest.


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight – an update on the two deaths near Lake Wenatchee, Firefighters subdued a small wildfire on Tumwater Mountain, a new fine is issued for litter related to tobacco, and a 22-year old Bridgeport man faces jail time after pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter last month. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Out top story, The Chelan County Coroner’s office has released the identity of one of the two bodies discovered two weeks ago in a pickup truck near Lake Wenatchee. Wayne Harris says the identity of 24 year old Sarah Ann Pischke of Humble, Texas was made using dental records.  Pischke was found inside the partially hidden truck on Chiwaukum Creek Road with an adult male. Harris says the State Crime Lab is working on fingerprints to make a positive ID on the male. He says its still a mystery as to how the couple died. He says an autopsy ruled out foul play. He says the female’s family had no explanation for why she was in Washington State and that she had no known connection to Washington State.

Firefighters have subdued a small wildfire that was sparked by Tuesday’s thunderstorm on Tumwater Mountain near Leavenworth. Robin Demario with the US Forest Service says four firefighters who rappelled into the area on Wednesday have completed a line around the quarter acre burn.  Demario says its possible there could be additional fire starts from the recent thunderstorms.  The US Forest Service predicts a normal start to the wildfire season. In July and August longer range projections suggest warmer-and-drier than typical weather coming to the Area.

As conditions continue to dry out across the state, the danger of fires caused by individuals discarding lit tobacco products or other lit material from their vehicles increase. One careless action can quickly turn into a major fire. The resources needed to fight the fires and the losses associated with them, such as homes, structures and even life are extremely expensive and costly to tax payers. The Washington State Patrol will take appropriate enforcement under state law for those who discard a lit tobacco product or other lit material. It is a class 1 civil infraction for a person to discard, in violation of this section, potentially dangerous litter in any amount.

A 22-year-old Bridgeport man faces between 31 and 41 months in jail during sentencing today after pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter last month. Jovany Lopez Maciel also pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in the hit and run accident that killed 50-year-old Brewster teacher Gary Lee Knowlton.  Lopez’s pickup hit Knowlton, who was riding his bicycle, on Apple Acres Road north of Chelan on July 16. Lopez fled the scene and then turned himself in two months later. Lopez was originally charged with vehicular homicide and hit and run before reaching a plea agreement which was approved by Supier Court Judge Alicia Nakata.

One of the largest sporting events of the year kicks off Friday at Wenatchee’s Pioneer Park. The Apple Capital Swim Meet is hosted by the Velocity Swim Club and it brings in hundreds of competitors from around the North West. The three-day event is also a big economic development tool according to Matt Kearney with the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Kearney says the swim meet generates over 200-thousand dollars in sales tax revenue alone.

Ricardo Iñiguez is the Washington State 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. The award is given by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals, a governing board of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). Iñiguez was selected after a statewide open nomination process. Iniguez said he wants to be a role model for all students, but most importantly the Latino population. He said he feels there aren’t many Latino role models in education, specifically in administrative roles. Iñiguez will be honored for his accomplishments at the June 2017 AWSP/WASA Summer Conference in Spokane, and recognized nationally at the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia with the other State Assistant Principals of the Year.

North Central Regional Library will kick off its annual Summer Reading Program this month to encourage children to read while they are out of school for the summer. 30 libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties will offer a full lineup of fun and free activities for children. The goal of the summer program is to encourage reading through the summer months, when kids tend of lose some of the progress they make during the school year. Prizes for reading range from toys for small achievements to book sets, electronics and entertainment passes for logging the most hours. Children can sign up for the reading program at their local branch libraries starting around the second week of June. Last year, NCRL readers collectively tallied more than 92,000 hours of reading during the summer.

In Sports…

Seattle 5, Colorado 0
The return of James Paxton and a revived offensive attack provided another shot in the arm for the Mariners on Wednesday night, as they won their fourth straight game with a 5-0 decision over the Rockies.

After totaling just nine runs in eight previous games, Seattle has outscored its last four foes 26-9, with Danny Valencia’s two-run double and a pair of key hits from Mike Zunino paving the way. The Mariners improved to 25-29 as they kicked off an 11-game homestand at Safeco Field, where they’re now 14-9.

Paxton threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his first game since May 2 due to a strained forearm. The 28-year old southpaw allowed just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts in a 74-pitch outing to improve to 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in seven starts. Seattle Manager Scott Servais echoed all Mariners fans by saying he’s glad to see Paxton back on the mound.

Zunino went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and has doubled in three-straight games. He also has three consecutive multi-hit games for the first time in his career. Servais says that’s all about the work behind the scenes that Zunino’s putting in to get better at the plate.

Yovani Gallardo gets the ball for today’s business man’s special at Safeco Field as the Mariners try to sweep the home-and-home series with Colorado. The Rockies will send Kyle Freeland to the hill. Game time is 12:10.

Also in the American League West Wednesday…
Houston 17, Minnesota 6
Oakland 3, Cleveland 1
Tampa Bay 7, Texas 5 (10-innings)
LA Angels 2, Atlanta 1

Columbus 3, Seattle 0
Justin Meram and Ola Kamara each scored their eighth goal of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the reserve-laden Seattle Sounders 3-0 Wednesday night at Mapfre Stadium. Columbia snapped a two-game losing streak while Seattle had its two game winning streak stopped. The Sounders, now 4-6-4 on the season, host the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field Saturday.

UW vs. Oregon in College Softball World Series
4 o’clock is game time today for the Washington Women’s Softball team in the NCAA College World Series. The 6th seeded Huskies face the 3rd seeded Ducks at Oklahoma City. Washington comes in with a record of 48-12 while Oregon is 52-6. The Dawgs took two of three from the Ducks during the regular season in April. You can watch today’s game live on ESPN2.

Seahawks Make Roster Moves
The Seattle Seahawks made some roster moves after the second day of OTA’s in Redmond. Seattle waived wide receiver Speedy Noil and Running Back Troymaine Pope and signed Free Safety Marcus Cromartie and Strong Safety Jordan Simone. Cromartie comes to the Seahawks after a three year stint in San Francisco. The media will finally get a look at the 2017 Seahawks during OTA’s tomorrow.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).