NCWLIFE Evening News August 24th, 2020

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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, The 19-year-old woman who tagged Methow Park with gang graffiti and stabbed another woman in a gang-related incident earned jail time last week. At the end of October, Lake Chelan Hospitals & Clinics will no longer offer primary care physician services, and, It turns out hiding in a trash can is not a good strategy for eluding a determined police dog.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Palmer Fire burning 7 miles southwest of Oroville is now 27% contained after consuming 17,880 acres of grass, brush and timber.  Firefighters were able to conduct successful backburning operations over the weekend despite winds on Saturday that approached 50 mph.

The town of Loomis – south of Palmer Lake – was placed under a level 2 evacuation notice after the fire made a run to the southwest on Saturday but airplanes were able to drop retardant and water to slow the advance. A dry cold front is expected to move through the fire area early tonight which may help the fire burn back towards areas already burned over the last 5 days.

There are now 517 personnel working on the fire. There will be a virtual public meeting hosted by the Okanogan County Emergency Management team on their Facebook page Tuesday night at 6 o’clock.

The 19-year-old woman who tagged Methow Park with gang graffiti and stabbed another woman in a gang-related incident earned 12 months in jail last week.

Taylor Nichole Henderson pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the May 3rd stabbing, and to malicious mischief for defacing the park bathrooms and other property back in February. She has no prior adult convictions.

Police say Henderson and Justino Omar Brito were caught on video tagging the park bathrooms with gang graffiti. Brito was sentenced in June to nine months in jail.

At the end of October, Lake Chelan Hospitals & Clinics will no longer offer primary care physician services. The hospital said announced Friday that it was a difficult decision. About 1,500 Chelan-area residents currently see primary care physicians at the clinics.

Wenatchee-based Columbia Valley Community Health is in the process of expanding the number of providers at its Chelan facility, so current clinic patients won’t necessarily need to go out of town to find new primary care services. The hospital also announced that by the end of the year it will have greatly expanded walk-in clinic services at a new facility downtown.

It turns out hiding in a trash can is not a good strategy for eluding a determined police dog. K-9 Hawk of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office pursued Lamare Shadeen Wynn after the wanted felon ran from a traffic stop in the Larson Community of Moses Lake Sunday morning.

Wynn apparently jumped into a trash can but Hawk was not fooled. Wynn had to be treated for wounds from the encounter before being booked into the Grant County Jail.

Coming up next, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has banned target shooting statewide to help prevent wildfires. A suspect reportedly rammed a Grant County deputy’s patrol car, then led deputies on a high-speed chase through Moses Lake Saturday morning, and, One of the stars of the Discovery Channel reality show “Alaskan Bush People” says his family’s home in Okanogan County has been destroyed in the Palmer Fire. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has banned target shooting statewide to help prevent wildfires. The announcement on Friday came less than a week after the state Department of Natural Resources restricted target shooting on its own lands.

Shooting creates a greater risk in hot, dry conditions as bullets cause sparks or break into fragments in dry grass. Fire danger in most of eastern Washington is rated as “high” or “extremely high.” The ban doesn’t apply to legal hunting, but it’s likely to remain in place on Fish and Wildlife’s 1 million acres of managed land until wildfire risks decline.

A suspect reportedly rammed a Grant County deputy’s patrol car, then led deputies on a high-speed chase through Moses Lake Saturday morning.

The sheriff’s office said Jeremy J. Gilbert, 33, was asleep in his car about 8:30 a.m. on Eagle Drive when deputies responded to a report of a vehicle blocking a driveway. When deputies woke him up, they said Gilbert started the car and rammed a patrol car several times before racing off.

A deputy performed a PIT maneuver, forcing Gilbert’s car to spin out on Broadway Avenue near Gibby Road. After Gilbert refused to get out of the car, Moses Lake police broke out the driver’s-side window and he was pulled from the vehicle. Gilbert was treated for minor injuries then booked onto the Grant County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police, felon in possession of a firearm, second-degree malicious mischief and second-degree assault.

One of the stars of the Discover Channel reality show “Alaskan Bush People” says his family’s home in Okanogan County has been destroyed in the Palmer Fire. Bear Brown posted on his private Instagram account this week that the family had “suffered a devastating loss,” The New York Daily News reported.

Fire officials have reported about 30 structures lost in the 17,000-acre fire since it started Tuesday afternoon. The family apparently lost their home early in the fire. There has not been a breakdown on which kinds of structures have been destroyed.

The reality TV family moved from Alaska to the 435-acre North Star Ranch in Okanogan County in 2017. “Alaskan Bush People” has aired 10 seasons since premiering in 2014. TV Insider reported the show’s production crew was present when the fire began.

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.

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The Wenatchee Rotary Foundation has announced its latest scholarship recipients and in turn received videos of thanks from some of the winners. Three students received the new Carol Norton WSU scholarships; 8 current college students received continuing scholarships; and 4 others received 2020 Rotary Scholarships from the foundation. In tonight’s feature story, here are three of the winners explaining how much the financial support means to them. . .

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.

70-cars and trucks converged on Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday night for a huge night of racing on Johnson Electric Night.  30-of the cars were in the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car challenge, the largest field of its kind in the northwest this season.

Eric Granstrom and Greg Rentz had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

To recap the night of racing once again…

Jared Ingram finished first in the Plumb Perfect Roadrunner main event, followed by Brandon Knouf (kuh-nuf) and Alberto Navarette (NAV-uh-RET-ay).

The checkered flag fell for Monroe’s Nick Larson in the Northwest Focus Midget main event.  Buckley’s Rebel Jackson, Jr. took second while Burien’s Marty Rosler battled for third.

Wenatchee’s Chad Holaday was once again a winner in the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mod main event.  Rocky Crocker was second, followed by Moses Lake’s David Macken third.

The Northwest Pro4 Truck’s main event was also their Bill Sauls Memorial Championship and Puyallup’s Jason Majors etched his name on the trophy for the 5th time.  Ephrata’s Jeff Hector was 2nd followed by Tacoma’s Pete Brady 3rd.

And it was Kennewick’s BJ Tidrick taking the win in the 50-lap Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Car Challenge followed by East Wenatchee’s Seth Frazier and Terry Osborn.

We apologize for our technical difficulties in bringing you the race LIVE on NCWLIFE Saturday night.  We did air it last night and will re-air it again this Saturday at 6 o’clock.  WVSO’s next race is September 12th and we hope to have our equipment back up and running by then to bring it to you LIVE here on NCWLIFE Channel.

The Seahawk’s mock game Saturday at CenturyLink Field was shortened by a scary moment when defensive end Branden Jackson was knocked unconscious…

Jackson was strapped to a backboard and taken to a nearby hospital.  He was released after being evaluated Saturday night and returned to the team facility Sunday.

The Mariners completed a 3-game sweep of Texas Sunday at T-Mobile Park with a 4-1 victory…

Justin Dunn and three relievers held the Rangers to 3-hits on the day.  Meanwhile, Seattle got home runs from Kyle Lewis, Austin Nola and the first-career home run by Sam Haggerty.

In off-the-field news, Seattle sent struggling designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to Toronto for cash.  The 2019 All-Star representative was hitting just point zero nine four in 18-games this season.

The Mariners have the day off today before beginning a series in San Diego tomorrow at 6:10.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, NCW Libraries is now offering STEM and craft take-home kits as part of its curbside pickup services at libraries in Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties.

The library system says the kits for children can be picked up from a table in front of each of the libraries from 1 to 4 p.m. while supplies last.

In addition, the libraries offer nature backpacks for pickup starting Wednesday, each of them featuring a Washington Parks Discover Pass that provides free access to state wildlands. If you’re in one of those three counties, call your local library for details.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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