NCWLIFE Evening News July 15th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Chelan firefighters managed to keep a small fire from becoming a big problem this morning./ Authorities say there were no direct witnesses to the shooting that left two Wenatchee brothers dead on Saturday, but the case appears to be a murder-suicide, and, Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says scam callers appearing to represent his agency have been trying to trick people into giving up personal information.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The Red Apple Fire burning north of Wenatchee is now a FEMA-recognized emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency today authorized funds to help with the cost of suppressing the wildfire, which has reached 11,000 acres in size.

Fire agencies say the blaze was 10 percent contained as of this morning, and hundreds of homes in Sunnyslope and adjacent neighborhoods remain under evacuation notices.

This video, taken from our Burch Mountain SkyFi camera, shows the fire encroaching Wednesday just before an aerial water drop helped cut off its path. A subsequent water drop just an hour later helped maintain the firebreak. Fire crews have been dipping water from both the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers to douse the blaze. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies and related agencies served a search warrant Wednesday on a property near Monitor, where the fire is believed to have gotten its start.

The investigation continues into the cause. The Red Cross has established a shelter at the Wenatchee Seventh-Day Adventist Church for anyone forced to flee their homes.

Chelan firefighters managed to keep a small fire from becoming a big problem this morning.

Just before 9 a.m., Chelan Fire and Rescue was called out to suppress a quarter-acre brush fire on Hidden Lane. The fire was slow-moving and quickly extinguished.

It’s believed to have been caused by a spark from a concrete-chipping operation being run by the property owner. Firefighters said it’s an important reminder to take every precaution to prevent an accidental fire.

Authorities say there were no direct witnesses to the shooting that left two Wenatchee brothers dead on Saturday, but the case appears to be a murder-suicide.

One witness who spent that afternoon with 32-year-old Austin Lee Jones and 36-year-old Jacob K.S. Jones told police the brothers were intoxicated and quarreling, and one of the two men had spoken about suicide. Police say their friend saw one of the Jones brothers carrying a combination .22-caliber rifle-shotgun, but the witness then left the residence in the 500 block of Methow Street to go to the store. When he returned about 5:50 p.m., both men were dead from gunshot wounds. The case remains under investigation.

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris says scam callers appearing to represent his agency have been trying to trick people into giving up personal information. Morris says in two separate incidents, the callers spoofed their phone number to make it appear they were calling from the sheriff’s office, and told victims they had failed to appear in court, and needed to turn over sensitive info.

Morris says his office doesn’t make such phone calls, and victims should report any suspicious calls to their local police. As a reminder, Morris says their office will not contact anyone by phone making these types of notifications and/or requests. Also, be aware of all the various types of telephone scams which are currently in circulation and do not disclose your personal information to anyone you do not know. Please continue to report all scam related incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies

 Coming up next, The state of Washington declared a drought emergency Wednesday, saying the available water supply is projected to be below 75 percent of average./ COVID-19 infections in the Chelan and Douglas county region took an uptick in the last week, and, For the 18th year, Serve Wenatchee Valley and Columbia Valley Community Health will be providing free clothes, shoes and backpacks for up to 1,000 area students. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The state of Washington declared a drought emergency Wednesday, saying the available water supply is projected to be below 75 percent of average in all but a handful of areas.

Heat and high wildfire danger are likely to persist for months. Governor Jay Inslee and fellow state officials held a press conference on the matter yesterday. . .

COVID-19 infections in the Chelan and Douglas county region took an uptick in the last week. The two-county health district reports 86 new cases between July 6th and 12th, creating a case rate of almost 91 per 100,000 members of the population. That’s up from 60 per 100,000 a week ago.

Four people are currently hospitalized for coronavirus treatment. About 51 percent of people 12 and up in Chelan County are now fully vaccinated against the virus; in Douglas County, that figure is 44.6 percent. Health officials continue to encourage vaccination for all eligible people, and masking and social distancing to help prevent the spread.

For the 18th year, Serve Wenatchee Valley and Columbia Valley Community Health will be providing free clothes, shoes and backpacks for up to 1,000 area students. The back-to-school event returns to the Town Toyota Center August 14th from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration with Serve Wenatchee Valley is required. To register, donate or volunteer go to Serve-Wenatchee-Valley-Dot-Org. This promotional video explains how the program works. . .

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Lark the cat . . .

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.

Former Seahawk Richard Sherman was expected to go before a judge today in King County after spending a day in jail following his arrest early Wednesday morning…

The 33-year old free agent cornerback was arrested for allegedly threatening his wife and family members and trying to break down the door of his in-law’s house in Redmond. 

Sherman is also under investigation for driving while intoxicated, hitting a barricade in a closed construction site and driving off. 

He reportedly became combative with police and was taken down by a K-9 unit.  After receiving medical treatment for his bite wounds, Sherman was booked into the King County Correctional Facility.

KIRO radio and TV in Seattle obtained the 9-1-1 call and aired it.  The caller identified herself as Ashley Sherman, Richard’s wife, and said he was drunk and belligerent and threatening to kill himself.

Sherman faces possible charges of burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, DUI and hit-and-run.  He’s expected in court today.

The Wenatchee AppleSox snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 5-nothing win over the Bellingham Bells last night at Joe Martin Field…

Logan Mercado was the story of the night, tossing seven shutout innings to get Wenatchee into the win column.  We get more on last night’s win with the radio “Voice” of the AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Mercado improved to 2-and-1 on the season with the win and lowered his ERA to 3.47.  Zach Toglia (TOY-la) finished the night 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s while Enzo Apodaca (AP-oh-DOCK-uh) had the 2-run homer.

Taking a look at the West Coast League Scoreboard from last night, Ridgefield’s Coby Morales hit a 3-run home run and John Peck a 2-run shot as the Raptors topped Port Angeles 9-2.

Alex Giroux and five relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout as Portland beat Walla Walla 4-nothing.  Leo Mosby led the way at the plate for the pickles, going 3-for-4 with 2-RBI’s.

Nick Vogt was 3-for-4 with a run to lead Corvallis to a 9-1, 7-inning win over the Driveline Entitlers.  Jacob Weiss’ RBI-triple highlighted a 5-run 3rd inning for the Knights.

Austin Plante was 2-for-4 with 2-runs and 2-RBi’s to lead Yakima Valley over Highline 10-to-2.  Chaz Myers’ 3-run double highlighted a 4-run 2nd inning for the Pippins.

Matt Dallas was 2-for-3 with 2-runs in Bend’s 7-6 win over Medford. 

And in Corvallis’ second game of the day, the Knights fell on the road at Cowlitz 4-to-1.  Mickey Thompson pitched 7-dominant innings on the mound for the Bears, allowing no-runs on 3-hits.

Coming up tonight, Wenatchee finishes its series at Bellingham at 6:35.  Also, it’s Port Angeles at Ridgefield; Corvallis hosts Cowlitz; Highline at Yakima Valley; and Portland hosts Walla Walla again at 7:05.

The Mariners begin the second half of the Major League season in Anaheim Friday against the Angels…

Chris Flexen will take to the mound against Andrew Heaney.  Seattle is 48-and-43 and in 3rd place in the American League West, a couple games in front of Los Angeles.  First pitch on Root Sports will be at 6:38pm.

The rest of the A-L West also gets back underway tomorrow with Texas facing Toronto in Buffalo.  The White Sox host the Astros.  And Cleveland starts a weekend series at Oakland.  Houston leads the division, 3-and-a-half games in front of the A’s.

Unfortunately for those who love to fish sockeye on the Upper Columbia, the sun will set on the season’s fishery this Sunday.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife says the catch quota for recreational anglers has been decreased from 10-thousand-900 to 75-hundred due to a downgrade in the anticipated return.

The Columbia River from the I-182 bridge in Richland to Chief Joseph Dam in Bridgeport will close at the end of the day Sunday, July 18th.  Anglers have until then to harvest two sockeye per person.  The adult Chinook fishery from the Tri-Cities to Wells Dam and in the Brewster Pool remains open.  In addition, the area from Wells Dam to Brewster opens tomorrow for summer Chinook.

Seattle’s new expansion NHL hockey team will play an exhibition game in Spokane this fall…

The franchise announced late last week that the game September 26th in Spokane will be part of a three-city tour of Washington this preseason.  The Kraken will face the Vancouver Canucks at the Spokane Arena in late September.  The Kraken will then play the Edmonton Oilers October 1st at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett followed by the Calgary Flames October 2nd at ShoWare Center in Kent.

Seattle’s new hockey team is calling the games the “3-Rink Rush for Youth Hockey.”  They hope to raise awareness of hockey across the state as well as help raise money to support youth hockey.

Thanks Eric.

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.