NCWLIFE Channel News June 14

Steve Hair has the latest for Wednesday, June 14, 2017


A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- a murder trial is delayed in the Cashmere Cold Case, a popular Douglas County Bistro is robbed overnight, Rep. Reichert reacts to the shooting in Virginia at a Congressional baseball game and a local girl raises a massive amount of funds for the Children’s Hospital.  Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

A murder trial has been delayed for a man charged in the death of a Cashmere man 30 years ago. 60 year old Bernard Swaim appeared in Chelan County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon. He and his wife 57 year old Dawn Soles are charged with first degree murder in the death of Stephen Smith who disappeared in 1982. Swaim’s trial was slated to start next week but Judge Leslie Allen granted a Defense request for a continuance despite Swaim’s objections. Swaim became a person of interest after detectives received information from the victim’s family members. Soles had been married to Smith but divorced in 1982. Soles then married Swaim. Chelan Court documents say Soles and Swaim drove to Cashmere and conspired to get Smith intoxicated then killed him. Swaim and Soles remain in custody. Bail was set at one million dollars for Swaim and a half-million dollars for Soles.

A popular Douglas County bistro is closed after three suspected robbers broke into the business overnight. Lisa Bee’s is located in the Baker Flat area. Owners reported in a Facebook post that three men wearing masks and gloves were observed on a surveillance camera inside the building.

Congressman Dave Reichert reacts to tuesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia where Representative, Steve Skalize and three other people were wounded. Reichert shared his concerns of the shooting and how it could result in increased security for members of Congress. Congressman Skalize was reportedly being treated for a bullet wound to his hip. A Congressional aid and two police officers were also injured. It happened during a GOP baseball practice. The suspected shooter was shot and killed.

14-year-old Makenna Schwab recently teamed up with actor Chris Pratt to raise money for children’s hospital. People donated money for a chance to hang out with the star of Jurassic World 2 in Hawaii. Needless to say, the campaign exceeded all expectations.

Firefighters should rest a little easier today as the windy conditions that fueled two grass fires this week have subsided. State Route 28 near Rock Island was closed for nearly an hour Tuesday afternoon as crews battled a brush fire in Douglas County. The call came out around 3:30 p.m. of a quickly moving blaze at the intersection of Rock Island Road and SR-28. Soon thereafter Rock Island Road and SR-28 (Sunset Highway) was closed in both directions as 30+ mile per hour winds blew smoke and ash easterly towards Rock Island. Crews from Douglas and Chelan County joined together to contain the blaze after it came perilously close to at least one home. They were finally able to get it under control in a couple of hours.

A group of WW II veterans were treated to a ride on a vintage B-25 bomber this week at Pangborn Airport. They were invited by the Commerative Air Force Arizona Base, the non-profit group who restored the historic aircraft. The bomber, “Maid in the Shade” flew in to the Wenatchee Valley on Monday in advance of this weekend’s Aviation Day event at the airport. The fully restored B-25 J Mitchell aircraft flew 15 combat missions. It was named after General Billy Mitchell and was considered one of the best weapons and possibly the most versatile aircraft of World War Two. The plane will be on display Friday thru Sunday between 2 and 6 pm. $10 will get you a ride. $20 for a family of four.

Washington State Fish and wildlife is being criticized for not immediately responding to a Grey wolf attack in Ferry County. State Representative Joel Kretz says the incident involves two recent livestock deaths. He says the first carcass was discovered earlier in the week by a range rider who in turn reported it to the State wolf program officials . . .Kretz says the rider was instructed to cover the carcass with a tarp until officers responded the next morning. Kretz says the calf’s death has since been confirmed as a wolf kill. The remains of a second dead calf were also found in the same vicinity as the first animal. It too has been determined to be a wolf kill. Grey Wolves are a protected species in Washington State with several packs with the northeastern part of the State with the highest population.

In Sports…

Yakima 6, Wenatchee 3
Yakima broke open a tie game with a four-run sixth en route to a 6-3 win over Wenatchee at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field Tuesday night.  The Pippens took advantage of two errors, walks and a wild pitch to post four runs in the frame as Yakima salvaged the final game of the four-game series. Meanwhile on the mound, Yakima’s Gabe Taylor pitched a complete game, 9-hit, 3-run gem for the victory. The lone bright spot for Wenatchee continued to be Evan Johnson. The University of Northern Colorado senior from Snoqualmie went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and 2-runs scored. Johnson is hitting .383 on the young season and leads the league with 14-RBI’s. The ‘Sox travel to Bend tonight to begin a three-game series with the Elks.

Also in the WCL last night…
Bellingham swept a doubleheader at Gresham 5-3 and 4-0.
Cowlitz 6, Kelowna 4
Corvallis 17, Bend 6
Victoria 7, Port Angeles 3

North Division Standings
Bellingham   7-5 …
Victoria        7-5 …
Wenatchee   6-6 1
Kelowna       5-5 1
Walla Walla  4-5 1.5
Port Angeles 5-7 2

Minnesota 20, Seattle 7
You’d think the Vikings missed an extra point, downing the Seahawks 20-to-7. But no, it’s June and NOT football season and it was the Twins obliterating the Mariners by that count Tuesday at Target Field. The Twins set a franchise record with 28-hits while the 42-combined hits between the two teams was a record at Target Field. Eddie Rosario paced the offensive onslaught for Minnesota with three home runs. The Twins hit 5 long balls in the contest and only one player in the lineup didn’t get a hit. Manager Scott Servais said this is a game you have to flush if you’re his ball club.  Jerrod Dyson went 2-for-4 for Seattle with a solo home run in the 2nd. Christian Bergman was lit up to take the loss, allowing 9-runs on 10-hits in 2 and 2/3rds innings. Servais said he threw a lot of balls that were right out over the plate. Sam Gaviglio takes the ball for Seattle tonight against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana. First pitch is set for 5:10pm.

Also in the American League West last night…
Miami 8, Oakland 1
Texas 4, Houston 2
LA Angels 3, NY Yankees 2 (11-innings)

American League West Standings
Houston     44-22 …
LA Angels   34-34 11.0
Texas         32-32 11.0
Seattle       32-34 12.0
Oakland     27-37 16.0

Seattle 2, Portland 1
Aaron Kovar scored in the third minute and Zach Mathers added a second-half penalty kick, pacing the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers at Starfire Soccer Complex Tuesday in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. The win sends the Sounders through to the Open Cup quarterfinals.

Atlanta 91, Seattle 86 (OT)
The Seattle Storm came from 9-points down with four minutes to play to push its game with Atlanta into overtime last night but come up short 91-86. Jewell Lloyd led Seattle with 27-points as the Storm dropped to 5-and-5 in WNBA play on the season.

And in Weather…

After a dry but cool Wednesday for North Central Washington we transition to a brief period of rain on Thursday as a low pressure system skirts the area tomorrow and tomorrow night. The low pressure will begin to exit the region on Friday – that will allow a dome of high pressure to build and strengthen, bring with it sunshine and mild temperatures.

The clouds will increase overnight tonight with a low of around 55.

We have a good chance of rain on Thursday, especially between noon and 4 tomorrow. The forecast high Thursday of 69 is about 10 degrees cooler than normal.

The rain is expected to taper off Thursday night with a low of 56.

As Friday progresses the sun will return and we should hit 72 or so Friday afternoon.

For Father’s Day weekend – sunshine and lots of it. As the high pressure builds the afternoon high temperatures will climb from 78 on Saturday to near 90 by Monday and Tuesday. The summer solstice arrives @ 9:24 Tuesday evening.

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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).