WENATCHEE, WA – It’s time for NCWLIFE Evening News with Grant Olson for Monday, August 28, 2017. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— an update on the Jolly Mountain Fire, several road work projects cause delays and the community turns out for the first Run with the Cops event over the weekend. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today.
A 3-car accident early yesterday evening just north of East Wenatchee sent a Wenatchee man to the hospital and an East Wenatchee man facing felony charges. The State Patrol reports that shortly before 4 last night 26-year old Nilton Cruz of East Wenatchee was northbound on Sunset Highway just North of Bob Feil Boats and Motors when his Dodge Ram pickup crossed the center line and collided with a trailer being towed by a semi driven by 46-year old Jose Benitez of Quincy. Cruz’s truck than struck a Dodge Dakota pickup head-on driven by 51-year old Brent Hampton of Wenatchee. Hampton was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, where he was treated and released. Neither Cruz nor Benitez were injured in the accident. Both pickup trucks involved were totaled in the crash and State Patrol says drugs and alcohol were not involved.
Over the weekend helicopters dropped nearly 55,000 gallons of water on the Jolly Mountain Fire and two FireBoss scooper planes dropped an additional 30,000 gallons on the 4,682 acre blaze. Because of safety concerns with steep terrain and standing dead trees, firefighters are building indirect firelines and evaluating opportunities to contain the fire at Sasse Ridge. The two scooper planes are set to continue working from Cle Elum Lake, and officials ask that residents stay away from where the aircraft are working. For up to date evacuation information, check the Facebook Page at Jolly Mountain Fire Info.
Traffic saw minor delays in the Monitor and Peshastin areas today as Chelan County Public Works performed scheduled bridge inspections, reducing traffic to one lane with flaggers. Motorists saw delays up to 20 minutes on the Monitor Bridge and the Peshastin Bridge. Similar delays will occur at the Ardenvoir Bridge tomorrow morning as crews perform similar inspections.
A five-day road closure on a portion Joe Miller Road in the Malaga area last week and into the weekend is now completed and built back up to two lanes. However, at least for most of this week, the road will remain open to only one lane of traffic until the project’s contractor installs a new guardrail. The part of the roadway at milepost 2.20 to 2.24 is still gravel at this time with paving scheduled for Wednesday. While Joe Miller Road is open at the work area, flaggers will control traffic until the project is completed. The portion of the roadway that’s currently under construction was damaged in March of 2016 during a landslide.
Jury selection in the trial of 61-year old Bernard Swaim begins tomorrow. Swaim, who is charged with first degree murder in the death of Stephen E. Smith of Cashmere, was originally scheduled to begin court last week. But, his former wife, Dawn Soles, a co-defendant in the case, has agreed to testify against Swaim as part of a plea agreement. Investigators say two days after her arrest, Soles, who had also been previously married to Smith, admitted that she and Swaim plotted to kill Smith as part of a child-custody dispute. Smith’s body was never found.
Since 2010, the Bucky Award has honored those who work hard to be the voice for the voiceless victims, and two locals were honored on Friday for their hard work in winning a local case involving animal cruelty. The honorees are Sergeant Sandra Larsen of the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Van Winkle of the Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Van Winkle says that while it’s nice to be recognized in this case, it took many people spanning several years to complete the investigation. Bucky award winners are selected by a panel of judges including a retired police chief, a veterinarian, a private investigator and other professionals. In addition to the award, Pasado’s safe haven also donates 25-hundred to 5-thousand dollars to each individual winner to put toward continued animal cruelty training.
It’s back to school week in North Central Washington. The fall term begins tomorrow, August 29th in the Cascade, Cashmere, Entiat, and Chelan School Districts while school starts on Wednesday, the 30th in both the Wenatchee and Eastmont Districts. Law Enforcement officials remind residents to watch for kids this week and say the infraction for passing a school bus with flashing lights is $419 dollars. Stay tuned to NCWLife News at 5,6 and 10 as we talk with local school officials from the Wenatchee School District about the new 4 by 4 block schedule this year.
The Wenatchee Wild entertained the Trail Smoke Eaters over the weekend as training camp continues for both BCHL clubs. The “mini-games” consisted of 2, 2-period games Friday night and another two, two-period games Saturday night. Wenatchee won the opener Friday at “The Rink” 5-2 on goals by recognizable names like Chad Sasaki and AJ Vanderbeck. A new name helped the Wild win the second on a lone goal by Jacob Marti as Wenatchee downed Trail 1-nothing. On Saturday, the Wild earned a 4-nil shutout in the opener and won a see-saw battle in the nightcap 4-2. Wenatchee wraps up their preseason with a pair of home games against the Langley Riverman Friday at 7 and Saturday at 2. Both games in “The Rink” will be the normal, three-period format. The Wild’s season begins on the road September 9th at Merritt. Wenatchee’s home opener is September 16th against the Vernon Vipers.
It didn’t take the Mariners long Sunday to lose ground on the Yankees, AND a Wildcard playoff spot in the process. Seattle committed FIVE first-inning errors as New York plated SIX runs and went on for a 10-1 win. The Mariners have committed 13-errors in the past 6 games, a span in which the team is 3-and-3. Manager Scott Servais said the first inning Sunday was embarrassing. New York took two of three from Seattle after the Mariners won the opener Friday night 2-1 in 11-innings (the Yankees won Saturday 6-3). Servais said this is not how they wanted their trip to the Big Apple to go, but they have no time to dwell on it. The M’s are in Baltimore to face the Orioles today as Marco Gonzalez faces Chris Tillman. First pitch is at 4:05pm.
In the American League Wildcard Race…
Minnesota 7, Toronto 2
Cleveland 12, Kansas City 0
Baltimore 2, Boston 1
Houston 7, LA Angels 5
American League Wildcard Playoff Standings
NY Yankees 70-59 +3.5
Minnesota 67-63 …
LA Angels 66-65 1.5
Seattle 66-65 1.5
Baltimore 65-65 2.0
Kansas City 64-65 2.5
In the American League West Sunday…
As mentioned (Houston 7, LA Angels 5)
Oakland 8, Texas 3
American League West Standings
Houston 79-51 …
LA Angels 66-65 13.5
Seattle 66-65 13.5
Texas 64-66 15.0
Oakland 58-72 21.0
Blair Walsh was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts; Russell Wilson looks to be in mid-season form; and the Seahawks downed the Kansas City Chiefs Friday 26-13 at CenturyLink Field.
Walsh, Seattle’s new kicker after the departure of Steven Hauschka, connected from 41, 36, 21 and 47 yards on the night as Seattle improved to 3-and-oh in the pre-season. Russell Wilson was 13-of-19 for 200 yards and a touchdown and connected on several pretty passes, such as 37-yards to Chris Carson on the second play from scrimmage. Wilson also connected for 39-yards to Jermaine Kearse; Doug Baldwin for 20-yards; and Jimmy Graham for 30-yards right before half. Carson led the rushing attack with 46-yards on 8-carries. Defensively, the Hawks settled down after giving up a long drive by the Chiefs to open the game that led to a field goal. Kansas City only had 69-yards rushing and 168-yards passing on the night. The Seahawks finish up the pre-season Thursday with a game in Oakland against the Raiders. Kickoff is set for 7 o’clock.
As we take a look at our satellite loop, high pressure centered over Northern Nevada will bring a heat wave our direction with widespread temperatures in the 90s to 100 degrees today and Tuesday. Wildfire smoke and haze was present most of the weekend and will stay with us into tonight and tomorrow as we continue to see west to southwest winds. We will cool down just slightly by mid-week and into Friday but will return to unseasonably hot weather once again by this weekend.