NCWLIFE Evening News July 19th, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is away tonight; I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ve got a lot of news to cover tonight, but before we get to that, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

The weekend worked out to be a really great one, both for just working outside in the yard and for working the front lines of a major wildfire. As we’ll hear in a moment, lower temperatures and higher relative humidity was a big help to crews dealing with the Red Apple Fire. But the hotter temperatures are back as we go into the workweek, approaching 100 again today and not much cooler as we proceed through the week. Dan Kuntz will be along a bit later with your full weather forecast.

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight: An East Wenatchee man faces a possible charge of arson for a fireworks explosion that set a Wenatchee apartment complex ablaze. Containment looks good for the Red Apple Fire, even as more wildland blazes erupt in Okanogan County. And the man accused of killing Paulina Mosqueda of Waterville now faces new charges in her murder.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A 20-year-old East Wenatchee man faces first-degree arson charges after allegedly throwing fireworks from a vehicle that ignited an apartment fire in South Wenatchee late Sunday evening. The fire heavily damaged 12 South Wenatchee apartment units and displaced the residents, but the fire department said everyone was evacuated safely. Devin Rushing was booked into the Chelan County Jail early Monday morning on charges that also include possession of a weapon, after police reported finding brass knuckles in his possession. Wenatchee Police Sergeant Nathan Hahn said police received a call just after 11 p.m. about a brush fire outside the Aspen Heights Condominium complex on Antles Avenue. Hahn said video surveillance footage from a nearby apartment complex showed fireworks being thrown from a white Toyota Tundra as it was leaving the area. Police arrested Rushing just after 3:40 a.m. Hahn said they also questioned and released two juvenile females, and are still seeking two other people for questioning. Kay McKellar of Chelan County Fire District 1 said the fire began in nearby brush and juniper trees and spread to all three floors of the apartment complex, but primarily the third floor and attic. Ffirefighters were able to clear the scene just after 2:30 a.m. The Red Cross was called in to assist with the displaced residents.

Containment on the Red Apple Fire reached 83 percent over the weekend. Fire crews took big strides to control the blaze that’s scorched about 12,288 acres from Burch Mountain to Swakane Canyon. A 60-acre burnout helped firm up fire lines and protect the vulnerable Warner Canyon and Coyote Ridge areas. Level 3 evacuation notices were removed today for all neighborhoods. No homes have been lost and no one injured. However, today Chelan County commissioners raised the county’s official fire danger rating to EXTREME. Fire Marshal Bob Plumb says conditions for wildfire may remain catastrophically dangerous until at least September.

The Wenatchee Valley was far from alone in coping with wildfire this weekend. The Cub Creek Fire broke out Friday, five miles north of Winthrop in Okanogan County. It quickly grew to more than 8,000 acres, and forced Level 3 evacuations along Chewuch and Cub Creek Road. The new fire added to concerns over the nearby Cedar Creek Fire, caused by lightning on July 8th and burning almost 6,000 acres near Mazama. The North Cascades Highway remains closed while crews try to get a handle on that blaze. The Chuweah Creek Fire on the Colville reservation has now burned more than 35,000 acres, and forced hundreds to abandon their homes near Nespelem.

The man suspected of killing Paulina Mosqueda-Rodriguez last year is now charged with first- and second-degree murder in her death. Chelan County prosecutors amended the first-degree charge against Julius James Ceballos to include both counts on Thursday. The first-degree charge accuses the 21-year-old Ceballos of planning the murder of Mosqueda, the 18-year-old Waterville woman whose body was found in the Horse Lake Preserve five months after she disappeared. The second-degree charge allows a jury to convict Ceballos of killing Mosqueda in the course of an assault, if prosecutors cannot prove he intended to cause her death. Detectives say the investigation remains open. Anyone with information on the death of Paulina Mosqueda should call 667-6845 to leave a message.

Coming up next, one of the Northwest’s most endangered fish is now threatened by chemicals from automotive tires. And a drug bust in Moses Lake nets an impressive amount of methamphetamine. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Washington researchers have found chemical runoff from our tires are killing Coho salmon in record numbers. That finding, published by scientists from the University of Washington and Washington State University, became the subject of a Congressional hearing last week in a House Natural Resources investigative subcommittee. WSU’s Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, a specialist in the toxins that affect water resources, told the panel a chemical additive in automotive tires, called 6PPD-quinone, is suffocating Coho in the streams where they spawn.

Moses Lake police say almost a pound-and-a-half of methamphetamine was seized when a search warrant was served on a home on Kristine Street earlier this month, Police say the July 7 raid by the department’s street crimes unit and U.S. Marshal’s Office followed the earlier arrest of 33-year-old Guillermo Valdez on a felony warrant. While searching his residence police say in addition to the meth they also seized an ounce of heroin and 65 suspected counterfeit fentanyl pills. Valdez was taken into custody by the Marshal’s Office and faces drug charges in Grant County Superior Court.

The Northwest Tech Alliance, formerly known as GWATA, is accepting nominations until July 28th for its annual innovator awards. The award-winners will be announced at the Tech Alliance’s annual luncheon September 29th. Nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year, Newcomer in Technology, STEM Champion of the Year, STEM College Student Innovator and Future Technology Leader of the Year can be submitted at GWATA-Dot-Org. Any resident student or business in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan, Adams and Ferry counties is eligible to be nominated for an innovator award.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore looks at the potential turnout for the August 3rd election. And Dan Kuntz is here with 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. . .

Ballots went out last week for the August 3rd primary election, where school boards and city council positions are up for grabs. Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore has held the top office for election management since 2009, and was chief deputy auditor for years before that. Moore told NCWLIFE last week with all the intensity surrounding school board races in particular, a 50 percent voter turnout is not out of the question.

Now it’s time for this evening’s weather forecast, with our very own Dan Kuntz.

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 completed a three-game sweep of the Cascade Collegiate All-Stars Sunday by a score of 10-to-1…

Jacob Wyeth came through for Wenatchee with a three-run home run and a double.  Tino Bethancourt was 2-for-3 with 2-runs and 2-RBi’s while Cameron Liss was dominant on the mound.  The Washington State Cougar improved his record to 2-and-oh by going 5-innings and allowing no-runs on 3-hits with 8-strikeouts.

Going back to Saturday, Skylar Hales and three other pitchers combined on a 6-hit shutout as the AppleSox beat Cascade Collegiate 9-nothing.  Garrett Cutting was 2-for-2 with a run while Luc Stuka hit a 2-run home run.

And the weekend sweep began on Friday night, when Wenatchee came back from a 5-1 deficit to win 7-to-6 with some late-inning heroics.  The rally began in the bottom of the 5th of the shortened, 7-inning game with Wenatchee trailing 6-to-2.  Eric Granstrom and his Dad, Dave, had the call on NCWLIFE…

Wenatchee has the day off today before getting back into league play tomorrow night at Walla Walla.

In other West Coast League play Sunday, Ridgefield’s top three batters in the order collected 9-base hits and scored 6-runs as the Raptors beat Highline 9-to-2.

Riley Way was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Corvallis to a 3-2 win over Portland.  Brock Townsend earned the victory on the mound, going 6-innings of 1-run ball with three strikeouts.

Former AppleSox Seth Kuykendall continues to pitch well for Yakima Valley.  He went 7-innings Sunday, allowing 1-run on 3-hits with 5-strikeouts as the Pippins beat Cowlitz on the road 2-to-1.  Willie Lajoie’s 2-run home run in the top of the 1st proved to be the difference.

Bryce Matthews and Carson Crawford hit back-to-back solo home runs in the 8th to lead Port Angeles to a 4-3 win over Walla Walla.

Emilio Corona hit a solo home run and Luis Aviles a three-run shot as Bellingham beat Bend 11-6.  Corona ended up 3-for-5 at the plate with 3-runs and an RBI.

Taking a look at the second-half standings in the West Coast League, Wenatchee trails Walla Walla by two games for the final playoff spot.  Port Angeles is a half-game back while Bellingham is a game back.

Ridgefield is leading the South at 5-and-1 while Corvallis is already locked into the playoffs with the first-half win.

The entire league has the day off today.  Coming up tomorrow, as we mentioned, Wenatchee plays at Walla Walla.  Bend is at Yakima Valley.  Port Angeles welcomes Ridgefield.  Portland is at Cowlitz.  And Bellingham takes on the Northwest Star Academy.

The Mariners wrapped up a series win against the Angels Sunday with a 7-4 victory…

Ty France and Luis Torrens hit home runs to help support Logan Gilbert earn his 4th victory.  Seattle held a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd when Torrens went deep…

France would help add to the lead in the 5th on a 3-run shot to the boulders…

Gilbert went 5-and-a-third innings to earn the win, allowing 2-runs on 4-hits with a career-high 9-strikeouts.  Manager Scott Servais was all smiles after the win…

Seattle has the day off today before traveling to Colorado Tuesday.

In other American League West action Sunday, Toronto swept a doubleheader from Texas 5-0 and 10-0. 

Carlos Rodón and two relievers combined on a 1-hit shutout of Houston in the White Sox 4-0 win.  Rodón struck out 10 in 7-innings to earn his 8th win of the season.

Bradley Zimmer was 3-for-5 with a home run and 3-RBI’s to lead Cleveland over Oakland 4-to-2.

Seattle has crept within 6-games in the American League West standings and are just 2-and-a-half back in the Wild Card race behind Tampa Bay and Oakland.

Big crowds and fast action were the ticket at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval Saturday during the Thunder in the Valley event…

Kuna, Idaho’s Casey Tillman won the battle of the sprint cars with the Granite, Speed Tour and NSRA cars in town.  Redmond’s Randy Dubois was second followed by Nampa, Idaho’s Cory Lockwood in 3rd.

The checkered flag flew for Colville’s Chris Ochs in the West Coast Vintage Racer’s main event.  Kelowna’s Bill Lawrence was 2nd followed by Spokane’s Shawn Priest.

A familiar name topped the podium once again in the Economy Midgets as Graham’s Nick Larson claimed another win at WVSO.  Buckley’s Rebel Jackson, Jr. was 2nd and Fife’s Randy Schaaf 3rd.

The B-Mod main featured locals in the Holaday’s Custom Muffler cars versus the Speedtour cars and Meridian, Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel grabbed the checkered flag.  Wenatchee’s Gary Shales was second followed by Ephrata’s Bart Hector, Jr.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval is off until August 7th for Mr. Dizzy Night.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.