NCWLIFE Evening News August 5, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News August 5, 2019

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, An Olympia man climber was rescued from the south aspect of Dragontail Peak Sunday morning. Crews have been busy this weekend battling a large lightning-caused wildfire on Colville Reservation lands near Lake Roosevelt, and, A woman pepper-sprayed a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputy while resisting arrest Friday night.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A 26-year-old Bridgeport man drowned Sunday night at Rufus Woods Lake. Manuel De Jesus Galarza-Martinez had been swimming with friends when he went underwater and failed to resurface.

His friends dove in and pulled him to shore but life-saving efforts by Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were unsuccessful. Crews from Bridgeport Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District 3 and Bridgeport Ambulance responded along with sheriff’s deputies.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnet reports a climber was rescued from the south aspect of Dragontail Peak Sunday morning. The man identified as 25 year old Hezekiel Hinshaw of Olympia had hiked and free climbed to an area on the mountain to a point where he couldn’t go up or down without help. RIVERCOM dispatch received the initial 911 call from Hinshaw at 7:52pm Saturday night.

Hinshaw said he had hiked up the mountain and became, quote, “Stuck on cliffs”. Hinshaw did not have a rope or other climbing gear. He told dispatchers he had left his other gear at his camp at Colchuck Lake. He remained in place until a team of four rescuers reached his location the following morning. They were able to lower him down from the ledge using ropes. He was then escorted back to his campsite before 4 pm Sunday. Hinshaw told the rescue team coordinators he mistakenly got off course while descending the mountain and came to a steep cliff area where he could not figure a safe route out.

Crews have been busy this weekend battling a large lightning-caused wildfire on Colville Reservation lands near Lake Roosevelt.

The Williams Flats Fire started Friday afternoon after a band of early morning lightning storms moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation. The fire is now estimated at over 10,400 acres of mostly grass and timber. The fire is now 20 percent contained and no structures damaged. Smoke from the fire was visible throughout the Wenatchee Valley yesterday.

The fire is burning in a remote area within a designated wildlife game reserve. Roads have been closed to this area plus other roads which could access the fire area. Steep slopes, limited access and primitive roads conditions are hampering containment efforts.

One home was placed under level three evacuation. 266 firefighters are deployed. Colville Tribal Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officers are asking boaters to stay clear of the firefighting efforts at Lake Roosevelt Recreational Area.

39-year-old Jill Stitt of Davenport was arrested Friday evening after spraying a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the face with pepper spray after resisting arrest. Deputy Mark Hegberg was sprayed after pulling over a vehicle whose owner had a warrant along with a suspended license in the 100 Block of Chelan Avenue. Jason Reinfeld of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office explains. . .

Stitt was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on second degree assault along with other charges that were coming after a search of the vehicle.

Coming up next, A Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy is cleared in the shooting death of a man who shot and killed another deputy after a vehicle pursuit. A contractor began work this morning installing curve warning signs on Stemilt Loop Road, and, Efforts to build a pump track in East Wenatchee have taken a step forward. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy is cleared in the shooting death of a man who shot and killed another deputy after a vehicle pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s office news release Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Zempel declined charging Deputy Jason Goeman for his actions the night of March 19th, 2019 when Del Toro murdered Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounded Officer Benito Chavez.

Sheriff Gene Dana reports following a vehicle pursuit, which ended in a trailer park, Deputy Thompson moved to take the driver of the vehicle into custody. The driver, later identified as Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, immediately exited his vehicle and shot Deputy Thompson and Officer Benito Chavez. Deputy Goeman returned fire, stopping Del Toro. Sheriff Gene Dana commended Deputy Goeman for his “courageous and instant response.”

An internal investigation was conducted into both Deputies actions with respect to the pursuit and use of force. The findings of that inquiry are that the deputies acted in accordance with Sheriff’s office policy. The Ellensburg Daily Record reported that the internal Sheriff’s probe revealed that earlier in the day of March 19, the suspect had threatened to shoot a female acquaintance and her child prior to leaving in her vehicle. Based on witness statements the suspect stated he was on his way to another residence to shoot a second female acquaintance.

A contractor began work this morning installing curve warning signs on Stemilt Loop Road.

The project started at the intersection of Joe Miller and Blair Slacks roads and will work its way along Stemilt Loop Road toward Wenatchee Heights Road. The project is expected to last around 3 weeks and travelers can expect single-lane closures that will be about a quarter of a mile long. Flaggers will be directing traffic. The 271,500-dollar project is being paid for with state grant money.

Also, beginning tomorrow, crews will be working on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s public water access site at Roses Park. The work is part of ongoing improvements to the site that includes replacing the old toilet with a new one, and cutting a trail to provide more shoreline fishing opportunities. The boat ramp will be closed from Tuesday through this Thursday.

Efforts to build a pump track in East Wenatchee have taken a step forward. The Eastmont Metropolitan Park District and the Central Washington Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance have reached an agreement to build the pump track in Eastmont Community Park.

The bike alliance is currently trying to raise $65,000 to build the track between the playground and basketball courts at the park. Pump tracks allow bike riders to travel through the course without peddling. Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters also can use the track. A pump track also has been proposed for Don Morse Park in Chelan. Leavenworth’s pump track in Enchantment Park opened in 2016.

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. . .

For tonight’s feature story, the annual National Night Out event is taking place tomorrow night in East Wenatchee as a community-building campaign to promote positive partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille and Assistant Chief at East Wenatchee Police Ray Coble stopped by Wake Up Wenatchee Valley last week to talk more about a few exciting additions to the community event:

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 Wenatchee AppleSox swept the Yakima Valley Pippins over the weekend at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  The finale came Sunday afternoon in an 8-4 triumph.  Joel Norman has the details…

Kodie Kolden’s 2-run single highlighted a 4-run second inning for Wenatchee as it grabbed a lead it would never relinquish.  Kolden, Blake Klassen, Torin Montgomery and Kody Darcy each had two-hit nights.  Trent Sellers earned his 3rd victory on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 4-runs on 4-hits with 4-strikeouts.

As Joel mentioned, Wenatchee begins its final home series of the regular season tomorrow when Ridgefield pays it’s first-ever visit to Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.

We had the NCWLIFE cameras out Saturday night for game 2 of the series.  On this particular victory, Blake Klassen was the hitting star, going 2-fo-4 with a big two-run double in the 5th that put the AppleSox up for good…

Harum finished 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBI’s.  Seth Kuykendall earned the victory on the mound, going 5-innings and allowing 3-runs on 8-hits with 3-strikeouts and one walk.

And, of course, you don’t have a sweep if you don’t win the first one, which is exactly what Wenatchee did on Friday with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th for Hunter Montgomery…

Joel Norman on the call and the video courtesy of the AppleSox Facebook page…

As Wenatchee picks up the 4-3 victory, their third walk-off win of the season.  Johnny Sage, in his final game in an AppleSox uniform, went 2-for-4 with a run.

With Wenatchee sweeping Yakima, all eyes turned to Bellingham where the Bells were hosting Victoria…

A defensive error in the top of the 10th allowed the HarbourCats to score the go-ahead run and win 6-5 Sunday.  Victoria took two of three games at Joe Martin Field, so both the AppleSox and HarbourCats emerge from the weekend tied atop the North Division’s second-half standings at 15-and-6.

Dayton Provost’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Bend a walk-off, 10-9 win over Kelowna.  The run capped an incredible comeback for the Elks, who scored 3 in the 8th and 4 in the 9th to force extra innings.

Port Angeles was also a 10-inning, walk-off winner Sunday against Portland 6-to-5 as Brad Altomarie’s RBI-single capped a 2-run rally for the Lefties.  The Pickles had taken the lead in the top of the 10th on Thomas Rudinsky’s solo home run, but it was not to be.

Sunday was a day of walk-of wins as Cowlitz salvaged the final game of its weekend series with Corvallis by downing the Knights 9-8 in 10-innings on Andres Sosa’s RBI single.  Josh Marchese had an incredible day for the Black Bears, hitting a grand slam home run in the 5th and a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings.

Walla Walla’s Bryce Vitt hit a 3-run double to tie it and Emmanuel Dean’s RBI-single won it in a 9-8 walk-off for the Sweets over Ridgefield.  It looked as though the Raptors would win it after scoring 3-runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7-4 lead.

Let’s get you up to date on the latest standings in the W-C-L North…

As we mentioned, Wenatchee and Victoria are tied for first at 15-and-6.  Port Angeles is 3-games back at 12-and-9.  And, with the AppleSox sweep of Yakima Valley, the Pippins are out of playoff contention.

As far as the overall picture, Victoria helped the AppleSox here by taking two of three from Bellingham.  The Bells now trail Wenatchee by 3-and-a-half games. 

So, the AppleSox magic number to clinch its first playoff berth since 2013 is 3.  Any combinations of 3 Wenatchee wins over its final 6-games or 3-Bellingham losses of its final six games would put the ‘Sox in the playoffs.

The Mariners managed just 7-hits all weekend in Houston as Seattle was swept by the Astros following Sunday’s 3-1 loss…

After being no-hit Saturday, Seattle managed just 3-hits off Justin Verlander yesterday as the veteran improved to 15-and-4 on the season.  The only run was a solo home run by Kyle Seager in the 7th.

The Mariners have today off before hosting San Diego tomorrow night at T-Mobile Park at 7:10.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Shan Bieber tossed a complete game for Cleveland to earn his 11th win of the season as the Indians beat the Angels 6-to-2.  Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 for the Tribe with a home run and 3-RBI’s.

Willie Calhoun’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a 4-run 7th inning as Texas came back to beat Detroit 9-4.

Dustin Garneau was 2-for-3 with 2-RBI’s in Oakland’s 4-2 win over St. Louis.

Thanks Eric.

Now that were finally seeing hot summertime temperatures here in our region, it’s time to find a good way to cool down.  As we leave you tonight, we get some help from a K-9 who’s got exactly the right idea for the dog days of summer. . .

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