NCWLIFE Evening News August 14, 2019

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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, East Wenatchee police seek your help in finding the driver of an off-road vehicle suspected in a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon. A 45-year-old Peshastin man escaped serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle left Highway 2 and ended up partially in the Wenatchee River, and, It was a case of a Pokemon-Go law enforcement stop Tuesday night on Highway 518 near Tukwila.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Surveillance video of an August 8th assault on a Wenatchee convenience store clerk has been released by Wenatchee police. A warning, some of the video is disturbing. . .

East Wenatchee police seek your help in finding the driver of an off-road vehicle suspected in a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon. Sgt Joe Hinkle says he was on routine patrol when he observed a quad runner on 3rd Street near Rock Island Road. He says he attempted to stop the driver when he noticed he was not wearing required eye protection. He says the suspect failed to stop and then sped off and the chase was on . . .

Sgt. Hinkle says the male suspect was last seen wearing a grey shirt with blue jeans and a silver and green-colored helmet. He says the suspect vehicle was the type used on sand dunes with large “nobby tires”. If you have information to share, call the East Wenatchee Police Department.

A 45-year-old Peshastin man escaped serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle left Highway 2 and ended up partially in the Wenatchee River.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said it appeared to be a case of a driver not paying attention to what he was doing. By the time troopers arrived at the accident, which happened near Peshastin about 4 in the afternoon, Jose Luis Lopez-Martinez was free of the car, Bryant said and added that the vehicle was quickly removed from the river.

It was a case of a Pokemon-Go law enforcement stop Tuesday night on Highway 518 near Tukwila.

When Sergeant Kyle Smith of the Washington State Patrol investigated a car pulled to the shoulder of the highway he found a man playing the virtual game on eight phones.

Players of the GPS-based game try to find and capture various Pokemons. Smith gave the man a warning about being on the side of the road for a non-emergency and the driver agreed to put the phones in the backseat before driving off.

Coming up next, East Wenatchee’s newly appointed City Council member says he plans to use his real estate and affordable housing background to help the city going forward. The final outcome in the Waterville mayor’s primary election could come down to a recount, and Starting tomorrow, travelers will face delays crossing over U.S. 2 Stevens Pass due to summertime avalanche prep work. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

East Wenatchee’s newly appointed City Council member says he plans to use his real estate and affordable housing background to help the city going forward.

Rob Tidd is selected to the position recently vacated by Chuck Johnson. The seat comes up for election in 2021. He was chosen over Marl Kane who is also running as a candidate to replace Tim Detering. Detering is running for Mayor in the November election. Tidd is employed by the Corporation for Better Housing as a project manager. He will be sworn into office August 20th.

The final outcome in the Waterville mayor’s primary election could come down to a recount. Jill Daling Thompson appears to be the top vote getter but the race for the second spot in the November election is still too close to call with Loyd Smith leading Charles Driver by one vote. Douglas County Auditor, Thad Duvall explains. . .

Duvall says the Waterville mayor’s race is the only contest that could conceivably change as a result of the remaining vote tabulation. The primary results will be certified on August 24th.

Starting tomorrow, travelers will face delays crossing over U.S. 2 Stevens Pass due to summertime avalanche prep work. DOT contractors are building a berm to deflect snow slides away from the highway near Tunnel Creek, west of the summit. Most of the work is above the roadway but intermittent daytime closures of up to 30 minutes may be needed for rock blasting. During the closures eastbound traffic will be stopped just east of the junction with Old Cascade Highway; westbound traffic will be stopped at the summit. The work is expected to be completed next month.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt gives us a look at the Grant County Fair, which kicked off yesterday in Moses Lake. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting were the right recipe for Wenatchee last night as they took Game 1 of the Division Playoff Series from Victoria 5-to-1…

Jake Saum was stellar on the mound, going 7-innings of shutout baseball with just 4-hits and 10-strikeouts.  He says he felt confident going into game 1…

Wenatchee gave all the run support Saum would need early on with a run in the first on a bases-loaded, RBI walk in the 1st by Brett Gillis.  They scored again on a sacrifice fly, RBI by Jermaine Ducham (dew-SHAM) in the third to score Joshua Simon.

The ‘Sox added more insurance in the 4th with two aboard for Tanner Smith…

Victoria scored its only run with two outs in the 9th on an RBI-double by Harrison Spohn.  Reliever Brett Gillis was able to coax the final out, much to the delight of the home crowd…

Wenatchee Coach Kyle Krustangel was all-smiles after the win to put the AppleSox up 1-0 in the best-of-three series, especially the way starter Jake Saum pitched…

Wenatchee now heads to Victoria for Game 2 tonight at 6:35.  The AppleSox will start Western Oregon junior Seth Kuykendall, who was 2-and-2 this summer with a 2.17 ERA.  The HarbourCats will counter with leftie Reagan MacDonald, who was 1-and-1 with a 4.03 ERA.

You can hear the games locally with our friend Joel Norman on the play-by-play on Sunny FM.  Game 3, if necessary, would be Thursday night at 6:35.

Corvallis took a 1-oh series lead over Walla Walla with a 6-3 win at Borleske Stadium last night.  Jake Holcroft led the way for the Knights, going 3-for-5 with 2-runs and 2-RBI’s.  Tevita Gerber struck out 8 over 6-and-two-thirds innings to get the victory on the mound, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits.

The south divisional playoff now moves to Corvallis with tonight for Game 2 at 6:35.  Game 3, if necessary would be Thursday at 6:35.

Kyle Seager became the 11th Mariner in team history to hit three home runs in a game as Seattle beat Detroit 11-to-6…

Seager also drove in 6-runs in the process.  Catcher Tom Murphy also hit two home runs as the Mariners took the first game of the three-game set.

Game two is this afternoon at 4:10 at Comerica Park as Marco Gonzales will face Edwin Jackson.

On the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard from Tuesday…

George Springer and Jose Altuve hit home runs in Houston’s 6-2 win in Chicago in a rain-out, make-up from Monday.

The White Sox came back and won the nightcap 4-to-1 as Ivan Nova pitched a complete game, 4-hitter.

Toronto scored all its runs on home runs as the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 3-nothing.

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-4 with an RBI for San Francisco as the Giants won the Battle of the Bay over Oakland 3-2.

Josh Bell belted his 31st home run, a two run shot, and had 3-RBI’s in Pittsburgh’s 10-7 win over the Angels.  David Fletcher was 4-for-4 with 3-runs in a losing effort for Los Angeles.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, along with the help of the Wenatchee Symphony Orchestra, Grammy-winning performer Weird Al Yankovic brought his unique blend of music to the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee last night.

Yankovic says the current, Strings Attatched Tour, is his most elaborate and extravagant tour ever. Yankovic has produced 13 studio albums dating back to 1983. Up next at Town Toyota Center is the classic rock group REO Speedwagon featuring Great White on Tuesday, August 27th and tickets are still available.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.