NCWLIFE Evening News August 27, 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, A suspect tried to escape police Monday afternoon by jumping into Moses Lake with her dog, and, The state Department of Ecology says Lake Chelan is crystal clear again after crews cleaned up oil and gas that spilled last Friday when a car went into the lake.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

For the second time in less than a week, a recreational vehicle burst into flames in Central Washington, this time on Interstate 90.

Traffic was stopped in both directions about 7 Monday evening while firefighters responded to the fire about seven miles west of Ellensburg. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said the recreational vehicle was being hauled eastbound by a semi. The westbound lanes were quickly reopened but eastbound traffic was stopped for more than an hour.

One driver, apparently tired of waiting, tried to force his way through the backup by splitting the lanes and driving on the shoulder, Bryant said. That person was arrested for drunken driving. Last Friday, another motorhome caught on fire near the summit of Blewett Pass.

A suspect tried to escape police Monday afternoon by jumping into Moses Lake with her dog. The chase began when Moses Lake Police were investigating a theft report in the 800 block of Stratford Road. They found Kaylee Wortham in the backseat of her car in a nearby parking lot with two dogs. When asked to step out of the car, Wortham reportedly crawled into the front seat and sped off.

She stopped at Broadway and Highway 17, where she grabbed one of the dogs and jumped into the lake. The dog quickly swam to shore while fire crews from Grant County were able to eventually fish Wortham from the lake. She was charged with eluding police and violating parole but was not implicated in the initial theft report.

The state Department of Ecology says Lake Chelan is crystal clear again after crews cleaned up oil and gas that spilled last Friday when a car went into the lake.

Absorbents and a boom were removed from the lake Monday afternoon as cleanup work was completed.

58-year-old Lisa Gladwell of Chelan was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after driving her 2007 Chevy Trailblazer into the lake Friday evening off Highway 150. Seven quarts of oil and about five gallons of gas leaked into the water.

Coming up next, Lincoln Elementary School students received a special welcome as they began the new school year this morning. For the first time, Wenatchee High School is implementing a new policy that requires cell phones be kept either in the student’s backpack or in a storage container during class, and, It will be a different kind of emphasis patrol statewide Labor Day Weekend, this time targeting stand up paddle boarders. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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Lincoln Elementary School students received a special welcome as they began the new school year this morning. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports that teachers and staff came to school this morning wearing T-shirts with the message, “I will be your Friend”. . .

As we mentioned, the new school year is underway in the Wenatchee School District and for the first time, the school is implementing a new policy that requires cell phones be kept either in the student’s backpack or in a storage container during class, rather than in a back pocket or in the desk.

Wenatchee High School Principal Eric Anderson says the new policy eliminates the temptation and the distraction that goes along with cell phone use. He says in the past, every time a student’s phone received a notification, that created a distraction for that individual student. Many students then feel compelled to look at and to respond to the notification.

The intent is to support students in their academic success, remove major temptation and distraction and promote face-to-face interaction and connection. Students will be allowed access to their phones between classes and at lunch time.

It will be a different kind of emphasis patrol statewide Labor Day Weekend, this time targeting stand up paddle boarders. The Chelan and Okanogan County Sheriff’s Offices are reminding paddle boarders that by state law everyone 12 and younger must be wearing a life jacket and everyone older than that must carry an approved life jacket.

Paddle boards are also required to have a white navigation light in low visibility, such as dusk to dawn, and a sounding device like a horn, whistle or bell. Each violation carries a separate $99 fine.

Four stand up paddle boarders have died this year in Washington state, all in Western Washington, according to the Washington State Parks Boating Program. None were wearing life jackets.

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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.

The West Coast League is out with its All-League selections and nine members of the Wenatchee AppleSox were listed…

Pitcher Jake Saum was the only Wenatchee player to make the All-WCL First Team.  Second-Team selections for the AppleSox were catcher Hunter Montgomery; shortstop Kody Darcy; and outfielder Ryan Altenberger.  All-West Coast League Honorable Mentions went to the Wenatchee’s Blake Klassen, Kodie Kolden, Seth Kuykendall and Cole McKenzie.

Corvallis slugger Briley Knight was chosen the West Coast League’s MVP.  The Knight’s Tevite Gerber was picked the Pitcher of the Year.  And Coach of the Year honors went to Brooke Night of the Corvallis Knights, his 6th time receiving that award.

Keeping with the baseball theme…a four-run second inning helped the Yankees top the Mariners 5-4 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Mike Ford hit a 3-run homer in the second inning and then a solo shot in the 4th off Tommy Milone to lead New York.  Milone dropped to 3-and-8 on the season with the loss, allowing all 5-runs on 8-hits with one strikeout and 2-walks.

Dylan Moore tried to answer for Seattle with a three-run home run, his second long-ball in as many nights.  But the Mariners could only muster 4-hits against five Yankee pitchers and struck out 14-times.  The win went to J.A. Happ, who went 5-innings, allowing 3-runs on 2-hits and 7-strikeouts.

The two teams meet again tonight at 7:10 with Masahiro Tanaka facing the Mariner’s Yusei Kikuchi.

Also in the American League West Monday…

Marcus Simien had a 3-run home run and collected SEVEN RBI’s as Oakland pounded Kansas City 19-to-4.  The A’s had 22-hits in the game, four of which home runs and scored in every inning but the first.

We continue our fall football preview on the NCWLIFE Channel now with the Cascade Kodiaks and Coach Dom Coffin.  Coach Coffin will have his quarterback returning for a second year behind center and says he’s expecting big things from Cole Warnaca (WARN-uh-kuh) this season…

Coach Coffin says the goals for his team this season start with their rivals down the Wenatchee River…

Meanwhile, Cashmere’s Bryan Bremer is entering his second year as head coach and trying to work at creating a culture of his own making after following in the footsteps of the legend, Phil Zukowski…

The High School football season begins a week from Friday.  We’ll have more in our football preview tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel including Bremer and Coffin’s predictions for the Caribou Trail League.

Finally tonight, Wenatchee’s John Barta, who is often seen along the Columbia River with his camera, captured another great photo, this time of an osprey delivering a meal at the Orondo Street boat launch in Wenatchee.

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.