NCWLIFE Channel News June 23

Steve Hair has the latest from the NCWLIFE Channel Newsroom for Friday, June 23, 2017

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A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight- The homeless teen who stabbed a Portland woman is sentenced in Superior Court, a fatal fire engulfs a Moses Lake home and a man escapes a house fire off of Sunset Highway. Later on, we’ll have sports with Eric Granstrom and your weather forecast with Dan Kuntz.

Cameron Hodges, the 17-year-old homeless teen who stabbed a Portland woman back on December 26th has been sentenced in Chelan County Superior Court. Hodges was living near Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail where he attacked the 29-year-old woman. In statements after the attack, he said he did it so he could go to jail – for the rest of his life.

Grant County Fire District 5 was called just past 7:30 on Thursday morning to 1500 block of Fairway Drive Northeast near the Moses Lake Golf Course. Firefighters found the home fully engulfed and one person dead. We talked with Kyle Foreman, information officer at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

An East Wenatchee man escaped unhurt this morning when his house caught on fire. Crews responded to the structure fire in the predawn hours. It was located in the 27 hundred block of Sunset Highway. Captain Shawn Clark with Douglas County District 2 says the occupant was awakened by a smoke alarm with firefighters arriving soon afterwards. Clark says investigators are currently searching for the cause. He says it appears to have started in the back of the home. He said there’s a fair amount of damage in the back of the house where the fire is believed to have started.

The 12th annual Deputy Saul Gallegos Memorial Run is slated for Saturday in Manson. The event commemorates the Gallego’s death in 2003. He was shot and killed after stopping a man suspected of driving on a suspended license on U.S. 150, in Manson. The run starts at 8:30 with registration starting at 8 am. Afterwards there’s a brunch hosted by the group, Concerns of Police Survivors, (COPS).

Good news for those of you who’ve been barred access to the Upper Entiat Valley Road. The US Forest Service announces its being reopened this weekend following completion of work to repair sections that were damaged by storms and mudslides. The road will be reopened at Sliver Falls allowing access for day-use–only activities at North Fork and Spruce Grove campgrounds. Some sites at Cottonwood campground have reopened. Officials with the Entiat Ranger District caution visitors to the area that there remain some areas with fallen trees and other hazards to avoid.

Serve Wenatchee Valley has a new executive director to succeed the group’s founder, Pastor Bob Shepard. Thom Nees recently served as Pastor of Mission Dei Church and as the Executive Director of Hand in Hand Immigration Services in Wenatchee. Serve Wenatchee Valley’s board chairman, Steve Bishop says Nees has some big shoes to fill Nees takes over the reins of the group August 1st.

In Sports…

Gresham 15, Wenatchee 2
Mike Townsend’s debut on the mound for the Wenatchee AppleSox was a disaster last night. The UCLA freshman 13-runs on 11-hits in just an inning and 2/3rds as Gresham pounded Wenatchee 15-to-2.

Granted, only 6 of the runs were earned as the AppleSox defense committed three errors in the first two innings. Cody Simmons was the lone bright spot for Wenatchee offensively, going 2-for-2 at the plate as the ‘Sox were held to four hits in the contest. Wenatchee and Gresham wrap up the 3-game series with the rubber match tonight at 6:35. Wenatchee gets a rare weekend off before returning to action next Tuesday, hosting Port Angeles in the first of three games at Paul Thomas, Sr. Field.

Also in the West Coast League last night…
Corvallis 14, Victoria 4
Port Angeles 13, Bend 8
Bellingham 7, Kelowna 5

North Division Standings
Kelowna        11-7 …
Bellingham    11-7 …
Walla Walla     8-7 1.5
Wenatchee    10-10 2
Victoria           9-10 2.5
Port Angeles    8-11 3.5

Tri City at Wenatchee

The Wenatchee Valley Rams will try to get their second win of the season when they host Tri City tomorrow at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. Wenatchee is 1-and-4 on the season while the Rage come in leading Division II of the Western Washington Football Alliance at 4-and-oh. Kickoff is set for 6 o’clock.

Also this weekend…

Eastmont Youth Baseball Classic Tournament
The Eastmont Youth Baseball Association is hosting the Baseball Classic Tournament this weekend at the Eastmont Community Fourplex. This tournament is for 9U and 10U teams from throughout the northwest beginning today and running through Sunday.

WVC High School Girls Soccer Tournament
Wenatchee Valley College’s soccer program is hosting a High School Girls Soccer Tournament at Mike Hollis Field today and tomorrow. This 3rd annual event includes a coaching clinic and college recruiting clinic.

Apple Valley Baseball Invitational
The Apple Valley Baseball Royals host an American Legion invitational tournament for 16U teams at Recreation Park today through Sunday. Teams participating include the Eastmont Reds, Lakeside Recovery, Kennewick, Columbia Reach, City Baseball, Diamond Sports Gators and others.

Humbabes & Outlaws Men’s Softball Tournament
20 teams from throughout the state of Washington will be in the Wenatchee Valley for this weekend’s Hummbabes and Outlaws Men’s Softball Tournament. It runs Saturday and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park.

Granduro/Runduro at Mission Ridge
The Annual Granduro/Runduro bike and run event is happening tomorrow at Mission Ridge. The bike races feature 12, 24 and 40 mile rides while the run races include a 6-mile and 12-mile course.

NCW Alliance FC Soccer
The NCW Alliance FC Women’s Soccer team hosts the Olympic Force Sunday at the Apple Bowl. Kickoff is set for 5 o’clock.

Seattle 9, Detroit 6
Robinson Cano had a grand slam home run and a two run dinger to drive in 6 of Seattle’s 9 runs in a 9-6 win over Detroit last night at Safeco Field.  The Victory was Seattle’s 5th straight and completed the four-game sweep of the Tigers. The offensive output helped Andrew Moore win his Major League debut. The right hander from Springfield, Oregon was impressive in his first-ever big league start, going 7-innings, allowing 3-runs on 6-hits while striking out four and no walks. Manager Scott Servais had a feeling the 23-year old could handle it. Cano’s two home runs were the first time he’s gone “yard” since June 6th. Servais said it was nice to see his star rise and shine.  Seattle finally got a game above .500 with the win and now host the best team in baseball as the Houston Astros come to town for the first of a three-game series tonight at 7:10. Mariners fans are excited because it marks the return of Felix Hernandez. He’ll face the Astro’s Joe Musgrove. “King” Felix has been on the shelf for two months with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Also in the American League West last night…
Texas 11, Toronto 4
Houston 12, Oakland 9
LA Angels 10, NY Yankees 5

American League West Standings
Houston     50-24 …
Seattle       38-37 12.5
LA Angels   38-38 13.0
Texas         36-36 13.0
Oakland     31-42 18.5

In NCWLIFE Channel Weather…

Get ready for warm weather – followed by hot weather – followed by warm weather.

Afternoon highs on Saturday will likely reach the mid 90’s and highs in the upper 90’s will arrive Sunday and Monday before a return to cooler, more average temperatures by the middle of next week.

For tonight, clear skies with lows in the mid 50’s.

Sunshine – and lots of it – is expected through at least Thursday of next week with breezy conditions possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

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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).