NCWLIFE Evening News July 17, 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, We will have an update on the drug bust and injured ATF agents in a Moses Lake drug bust yesterday. A Cheney woman was killed yesterday in a one-vehicle accident on I-90 near Kittitas, and, Wolves and wildfires have become the two top-of-mind-awareness issues for residents of Northeast Washington and a group of state lawmakers met last week to tour those areas most impacted by both.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Thanks to eye witnesses, 5 Moses Lake teens were arrested early Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a home.

Moses Lake Police say at around 4:50 a.m., residents in the 1200 block of Lakeside Drive noticed several young males breaking into a home. The witnesses were able to give police a description of the suspects as well as their vehicle. When officers arrived and stopped the suspects’ car, five juveniles exited the vehicle and ran from officers.

The 2011 Acura had also been reported stolen from the 5600 block of Crystal Springs Road earlier in the night. The vehicle was later searched and items stolen from the Lakeside Drive home were recovered. The five suspects included three 14 year olds, a 15 year old and a 16 year old. All of the teens were booked into the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center.

The two federal agents injured in a Moses Lake drug raid Tuesday were treated and released at a local hospital.

The agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were hit by shrapnel, or debris, during a shootout while raiding a home in the 2400 block of Road E 5-Northeast in Mae Valley. The Moses Lake suspect later turned his gun on himself and was taken to a hospital in Spokane where his condition has not been released.

It was one of a series of drug raids in Central Washington Tuesday morning. More than 300 federal agents served 19 warrants in Grant, Yakima and Adams counties. They reported seizing significant amounts of meth, cocaine and heroin, in addition to weapons and cash.

In addition to the ATF, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Border Patrol and local agencies participated in the raids.

A Cheney woman was killed yesterday in a one-vehicle accident on I-90 near Kittitas.

Washington State Patrol says 55-year old Virginia Baker was traveling east on I-90 seven miles east of Kittitas around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning when the Dodge Durango she was driving left the roadway, traveled through DOT fencing and then went down an embankment coming to rest on its wheels. Its unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash and the cause of the fatal accident is still under investigation.

Wolves and wildfires have become the two top-of-mind-awareness issues for residents of Northeast Washington and a group of state lawmakers met last week to tour those areas most impacted by both. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Coming up next, Construction is underway for the new Law and Justice Facility located in East Wenatchee. The August primary election is now underway in Washington State and the Vote-by-mail ballots have been issued in Chelan and Douglas Counties, and, The goats that took over the Wenatchee foothills last week have been very productive in their efforts to reduce fuels in the area to help prevent wildfires. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Construction is underway for the new Law and Justice Facility located in East Wenatchee. Here with more details on the construction and timeline is NCWLife’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

The August primary election is now underway in Washington State. Vote-by-mail ballots have been issued in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

In the city of Chelan Mayor Mike Cooney is challenged by Stan Morse and Bob Goedde. Entiat Mayor John Alt will faceoff against Sarah Tulla, Marie Stenberg and Michael Buckingham. Voters in Wenatchee will choose between Lyle Markhart, Jorge Chacon and Linda Herald for the at-large council position. In the Peshastin Water District Ronald Pflugrath, Shane Sandberg and Lauri Malmquist are vying for the top two votes.

In Douglas County the race for mayor of Waterville has attracted four candidates to replace Royal Devaney. Lloyd Smith, JD Greening, Charles Driver and Jill Daling Thompson. All three positions on the Eastmont School Board are contested but only the at-large Director #5 position features three candidates. Meaghan Vibbert, Peter Smith and Lyle McClune are competing for the position vacated by Steve Piccirillo. The two top finishers will advance to the Fall election. Postage-free ballots must be returned to the elections office by August 6th.

The goats that took over the Wenatchee foothills last week have been very productive in their efforts to reduce fuels in the area to help prevent wildfires. Chelan County District 1 Chief Brian Brett tells NCWLife the pilot project could not have gone any better than expected for county officials. . .

Brett says the next step for the county is to evaluate the impact of the goats and then assess further plans for bringing them back in the future. . .  

Brett finished by saying the ‘eating machines’ have been very well perceived by homeowners in the area with no negative comments being heard about the goats.

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Where were you fifty years ago this week during the Apollo 11 moon launch? While many of us were glued to the TV set in the comfort of home watching Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the lunar surface, US Army vets Duane Broadus and John Wolf were fighting in Vietnam. . .

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 ran its winning streak to 6-games last night with a 13-1 blowout victory at Kelowna…

Kodie Kolden finished a triple away from the cycle and Hunter Montgomery hit a grand slam to deliver the Sox’ sixth consecutive victory.

For the sixth consecutive game, the AppleSox struck first by scoring in the first inning. Kolden led off the game with a home run on a 2-2 pitch, then Ryan Altenberger singled and scored on an RBI double by Dalton Harum to make it 2-0, AppleSox. The Sox have now scored 16 runs in the first inning over the course of their six-game winning streak.

In the second, Dylan McPhillips and Kolden both walked and then scored on a 2-RBI double by Altenberger, who then scored on an RBI double by Johnny Sage.

The Sox went to work again in the fourth. Brett Gillis singled and Kolden doubled him in to make it 6-0, AppleSox. Altenberger was it by a pitch before Sage plated Kolden with a single. Harum walked to load the bases and then Blake Klassen drove in Altenberger with a single. Montgomery launched his fourth home run of the season to clear the bases and make it 12-0, AppleSox.

The Sox scored their final run in the seventh inning when Kolden singled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Harum three batters later.

Sam Wyatt worked 6-innings for the victory on the mound, allowing no runs on 5-hits with 7-strikeouts.  Wenatchee will try to extend the streak tonight at 6:35 with Ryan Long on the mound.  Kelowna has not announced its starter.

Four members of the Wenatchee AppleSox will represent the organization next Tuesday at the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game in Bend, Oregon.

Ryan Altenberger, a junior out of Xavier University, is hitting .280 with eight extra-base hits, tied for third-most on the Applesox roster.

Jake Saum is an incoming freshman at UCLA.  He’s 3-and-oh on the mound for Wenatchee with a 2.70 ERA in five games, three of which starts.

Sam Wyatt is a senior at University of Northern Colorado.  He’s 2-and-2 on the mound with a 2.73 ERA.  Wyatt’s 36-strikeouts leads the AppleSox.    

Cole McKenzie, a senior at Purdue, is hitting .370 to lead the AppleSox.  He also is tops on the team in hits with 40, stolen bases with 11, doubles with 9, extra-base hits with 10 and hit by pitches with 9.

This is the second consecutive year that the AppleSox have had four All-Stars selected. Altenbrger will also participate in the home run derby the night before at 6:30.

Let’s open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard and see what else happened in the West Coast League last night…

James Sashin and three other pitchers combined on a four-hitter against Port Angeles as Cowlitz won 4-to-1. 

Tyler Frazier tossed 7-innings of 2-hit, shutout ball with 8-strikeouts to lead Yakima Valley over Bend 1-nothing.  The Pippen’s lone run came on an RBI-single by Nick DiCarlo in the 5th inning.

Harrison Spohn hit a solo home run and Nick Adams had a 2-run home run to highlight a 6-run fourth inning as Victoria topped Walla Walla 7-to-1.  Calvin Turchin earned the victory on the mound, going 6-innings while allowing one run on 7-hits.

Kyle Manzardo was 3-for-4 with 3-RBI’s to lead Portland past Bellingham 5-to-1.  KC Hunt and three relievers held the Bells to 1-run on 4-hits with 9-strikeouts.

And in a non-league game, Brody Barnum was 4-for-4 as Ridgefield topped the Highline Bears 3-2.  The Raptors scored what proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the 7th on a solo home run by Justin Boyd.

Here’s the latest standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Wenatchee is in first place at 5-and-2, statistically tied with Victoria, who is 6-and-3.  Yakima Valley moves up to third at 4-and-4.  Port Angeles falls to fourth at 3-and-4.  Bellingham is in 5th at 1-and-5 with Kelowna right behind the Bells at 1-and-6.

Marco Gonzales and the Mariners were peeved by a missed call and then fell apart in a 9-2 loss at Oakland last night…

Gonzales and the rest of Seattle’s bench felt he had struck out Marcus Simien in the bottom of the 5th on a 3-2 pitch.  But home plate umpire Brian O’Nora called it ball four.  Gonzales was demonstratively upset, and then gave up back-to-back home runs to Matt Chapman and Matt Olson.  The game turned from a 2-1 contest to a 5-1 Oakland lead.

After the game, Gonzales said, quote, It’s pretty sickening to have a game in the fifth inning, one-run ballgame, 3-2 count, two outs, it feels like that’s taken away from me. I couldn’t have made a better pitch. The former AppleSox pitcher went on to say, quote, never in my career have I supported showing up umpires. They have a tough job. But that was absolutely awful. I’m sick about it. Changed the entire game. One-run ballgame. It’s going to be a tough one to swallow, end quote.

Chapman was a one-man wrecking crew for Oakland, finishing with five RBI’s on the night.  Seattle’s only offense came on two, solo home runs by Omar Narvaez.

So the losing streak reached 6 with today’s loss at Oakland…

Erik Swanson gave up a two run home run in the second and Tommy Milone gave up three home runs, including two to Mark Canha in Seattle’s 10-2 loss today.  The Athletics ended up hitting 6 home runs with two each by Canha and Jurickson Profar.

Malex Smith and Tim Beckham each had two hits for Seattle, who have the day off tomorrow before hosting the Angels in the first of a three-game weekend series on Friday.  Mike Leake will start for Seattle.  Los Angeles has yet to announce their Friday starter.

Also in the American League West last night…

Ketel Marte’s 5th inning, RBI-single broke at 2-2 tie and Arizona went on to beat Texas 9-to-2.

Los Angeles scored 6-runs in the first inning and cruised to a 7-2 win over Houston.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

Thanks to eye witnesses, 5 Moses Lake teens were arrested early Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a home.

Moses Lake Police say at around 4:50 a.m., residents in the 1200 block of Lakeside Drive noticed several young males breaking into a home. The witnesses were able to give police a description of the suspects as well as their vehicle. When officers arrived and stopped the suspects’ car, five juveniles exited the vehicle and ran from officers.

The 2011 Acura had also been reported stolen from the 5600 block of Crystal Springs Road earlier in the night. The vehicle was later searched and items stolen from the Lakeside Drive home were recovered. The five suspects included three 14 year olds, a 15 year old and a 16 year old. All of the teens were booked into the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center.

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.