NCWLIFE Evening News August 9, 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, The Williams Flats Fire burning near Lake Roosevelt on the Colville Indian Reservation has now grown to 40,000 acres. After a rough couple of days fighting the Devore Creek Fire near Stehekin, firefighters got something of a break today with cooler temperatures and rain. A quick response by firefighters yesterday prevented the spread of a small brush fire in the Nason Ridge Road area near Lake Wenatchee, and, A Thursday afternoon brush fire in the East Wenatchee area was determined to be human caused.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man suspected of assaulting a convenience store clerk early Thursday afternoon in South Wenatchee was held at gunpoint by another man in the store’s parking lot until police arrived.

The bystander has been identified as Jesse Altizer. The suspect, 38-year-old Jaime Garcia-Aparicio of Wenatchee, was taken to the hospital with injuries suffered in the scuffle. He faces numerous charges.

The Williams Flats Fire burning near Lake Roosevelt on the Colville Indian Reservation has now grown to 40,000 acres and is 25-percent contained.

The fire started last Friday from a lightning strike and is burning south of Silver Creek Road within the designated game reserve. The fire is moving east and has crossed Brody Creek Road and Redford Canyon.

Steep slopes, limited access and primitive roads conditions are hampering containment efforts. Colville Tribal Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officers are asking boaters to stay clear of the firefighting efforts at Lake Roosevelt Recreational Area.

After a rough couple of days fighting the Devore Creek Fire near Stehekin, firefighters got something of a break today with cooler temperatures and rain. The lightning-caused fire more than doubled in size late Wednesday to more than 450 acres as hot temperatures and wind gusts aided its growth. It remains about three miles from Stehekin. The entire Stehekin valley was under a Level 1 evacuation notice Thursday.

A quick response by firefighters yesterday prevented the spread of a small brush fire in the Nason Ridge Road area near Lake Wenatchee. It was reported at about 4:40 pm in the 18-thousand block of Nason Ridge Road.

According to officials with Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue the initial call came out as a brush fire. Crews arrived to find a large tree that took out some powerlines igniting the tree into flames. The fire was put out with the help of a couple DNR engines and U.S. Forest Service engines that were in the area.

A Thursday afternoon brush fire in the East Wenatchee area was human caused according to an official with Douglas County Fire District Two. The fire started around 4:35 PM in the 31-hundred block of 35th Street NE near the Eastmont Avenue Extension.  Fire Marshal, Kurt Blanchard says it started in some arbor vitae threatening some neighboring homes. He says a small boat and RV caught fire . . .

Units from Chelan County Fire District One also responded to help douse the blaze. It was contained to less than an acre. There were no injuries.

Coming up next, An East Wenatchee police officer was charged with theft after allegedly trying to steal a woman’s wallet at Mill Bay Casino in Manson late last month. A Moses Lake woman was arrested earlier this week with more than 15 ounces of heroin valued at around $42,000 dollars, and, New home sales and active listings in the Wenatchee market in July were up sharply. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

An East Wenatchee police officer was charged with theft after allegedly trying to steal a woman’s wallet at Mill Bay Casino in Manson on July 26th.

Officer Josh Virnig was cited after Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies positively identified him on video trying to steal the woman’s wallet before exiting the casino. According to a report by Sgt. Adam Musgrove of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, a woman and her mother reported that Virnig took her wallet out her purse while she wasn’t looking.

The incident started when Musgrove responded to a trespassing call at the casino where a male was refusing to leave. That man, Joey Johanson, had to be forcibly removed from the casino by Musgrove. Casino security then told Musgrove that another man who was with Johanson had attempted to steal a wallet earlier in the night and showed him and fellow deputy’s surveillance footage of the attempted theft. Musgrove wrote after viewing surveillance video that the woman and her mother spotted the theft and grabbed the wallet from Virnig before he made his way out of the casino and they called security.

After seeing the video, Musgrove located Virnig in his RV at Don Morse Park in Chelan where Virnig reportedly, “had strong smells of intoxication coming from his breath.” Virnig did not deny taking the wallet and claimed the victim was in Johanson’s group and he took the wallet as a way of “playing around.”

Musgrove then told Virnig that Johanson claimed to have not known the victim and he then cited him. Prosecutors have filed a motion asking that the charge against Virnig be dismissed, only because they are exploring additional charges according to Chelan County Prosecutor Doug Shae. Virnig is due to appear in Chelan County District Court next Wednesday.

A Moses Lake woman was arrested earlier this week with more than 15 ounces of heroin valued at around $42,000 dollars. The Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Moses Lake Police Street Crimes Unit raided a home in the Mae Valley area Tuesday and arrested 48-year-old Jona R. Zeigler. She is the sister of Patrick Pearson who shot himself during a drug raid in Moses Lake last month in which two federal officers were injured. He survived the shooting.

New home sales and active listings in the Wenatchee market in July were up sharply.

The latest report from Pacific Appraisal Associates shows 107 homes were sold in July, a 24-percent increase in sales compared to July of 2018 when 86 homes were sold. Active home listings in July compared to June of this year was up 23-percent and up 3-percent compared to July 2018.

Year to date building permits were also up compared to last year. There were 174 single family permits in July compared to 153 in July 2018. Permits for apartment complexes also was up with 204 issued this past July compared to 144 in 2018. Once again the median sales price for a home in the Wenatchee market was up compared to last year. The price in July of this year was $343,450 dollars compared to $325,000 dollars in July of 2018. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

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Time now to take a look at some of the events taking place around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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 Seahawks chalked a game in the win column last night in Seattle over Denver.  NCWLIFE Sports Director Eric Granstrom has the details…

The Seahawks will return to practice at the VMAC in Renton to prepare for their next game at Minnesota Sunday, August 18th.

The winning streak for the AppleSox was snapped by Ridgefield in a big way last night with the visiting Raptors winning 16-to-3…

The game was tied at 3 heading into the top of the 8th inning.  That’s when the wheels fell off the apple cart for the AppleSox as Ridgefield brought 14-men to the plate, scoring 9-runs.  The visitors also scored another 4 in the 9th to gain the large victory.

Wenatchee travels to Corvallis tonight for the first of the final three games of the regular season at 6:35.

Also in the West Coast League Thursday night…

Mitch Lines and three relievers combined on a 4-hit shutout as Victoria beat Port Angeles 9-nothing.

Andy Atwood’s 2-run single in the 5th inning was the difference as Corvallis edged Bellingham 2-1.

Seth Beckstead was 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a 3-run 1st inning for Cowlitz as the Black Bears topped Yakima Valley 3-1.

Zach Neeham had a 2-run home run for the Elks as Bend won a seesaw battle with Portland 9-7.

Checking the Division standings as we head down the stretch…

Victoria now has a full-game lead on Wenatchee in the second-half standings at 18-and-6 while the AppleSox dropped to 17-and-7…

In the South Division, Corvallis continues to run away with it all at 18-and-6.  Portland and Cowlitz are both tied for second at 13-and-11.

Taking a look at the Weekend Sports Schedule…

The Eastern Regionals Men’s Softball Tournament is happening at Walla Walla Point Park tomorrow and Sunday.

It seems awfully early to talk about Christmas, but the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive is getting a jump on things during Les Schwab night at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval tomorrow.  Folks will be out gathering your donation as WVSO brings you the Twin 51 Lap double main events.  Gates open at 4:30 with racing to follow.

The Pattern Speed Horse Association is hosting its State Games Finals at Appleatchee.  It began yesterday and runs all the way through Sunday.

Thanks Eric.

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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.