NCWLIFE Evening News July 22, 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, A Cashmere man was declared dead at the scene following a traffic accident on Stine Hill Road Saturday afternoon. The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says an Ellensburg man and his horse were rescued Saturday after falling down a steep ravine in the Blewett Pass area, and, Four people were injured in a 3-car crash involving nine people, including a one year old, Saturday night near Mattawa.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police responded to a murder-suicide early Sunday evening.

Fifty-four-year-old Edgar L. Rodrigue shot his 41-year-old wife, Michael Diana Rodrigue, before turning the gun on himself, Wenatchee police said. The bodies were found at a home on Highland Drive. Police responded to the home around 5:30 p.m. The weapon believed to have been used in the incident was recovered during the service of a search warrant.

A Cashmere man was declared dead at the scene following a traffic accident on Stine Hill Road Saturday afternoon. Andy Zimmerman with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office says it happened around 3:40 PM.

He reports 29 year old Jose Arroyo Mejia was Eastbound when his car went off the road and collided with a rock embankment. Zimmerman says the driver was going to fast and failed to negotiate a curve near the intersection with Pine Flats Loop Road. Nearby residents reported hearing a loud explosion. Callers to 911 also reported seeing pieces of the Subaru Impreza on the ground with the driver possibly trapped inside. There were no passengers. The roadway was blocked for about three hours during the investigation.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office says an Ellensburg man and his horse were rescued Saturday after falling down a steep ravine in the Blewett Pass area.

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy’s along with Kittitas County Search and Rescue responded to the North Fork of the Teanaway River in the area of Stafford Creek located about 20 miles northeast of Cle Elum for the report of an overdue person that had been horseback riding in the area. 58-year old Paul Mauer from Ellensburg had been dropped off on the morning of the 18th at the Stafford Creek trailhead with the intent of taking a day ride. When Mauer had not returned by 9:00 p.m., his friend called law enforcement and reported him as overdue.

Search and Rescue teams searched extensively throughout the day on the 19th and located Mauer in the area of Cascade Creek approximately ½ mile from the Ingalls Creek trail. When Mauer was located he was about 300 feet below the trail in a ravine with his horse. Due to the adverse terrain large amount of down timber and approaching darkness Kittitas County Search and Rescue along with personnel from Kittitas County Fire District 7 were able to reach Mauer on Saturday the 20th and extricate him from the area. Neither Mauer nor his horse suffered any injury and both are home safe.

Four people were injured in a 3-car crash involving nine people, including a one year old, Saturday night near Mattawa.

The Washington State Patrol says the chain-reaction accident happened around 6:00 p.m. Saturday about 6 miles north of Mattawa on state route 243 when two of the three vehicles involved slowed down because of a separate accident and were struck from behind by a truck driven by a 35-year old Kennewick man. The four injured people in the crash ranged in age from 13 to 35 and all were transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. State Patrol says drugs nor alcohol was involved in the crash and the Kennewick man was charged with following too close. 

Coming up next, Grant County firefighters were busy over the weekend fighting four separate wildfires. The Chelan County Planning Commission will hold a vacation rentals public hearing this week, and, The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was impressed enough to take some video of a very odd sight yesterday on Moses Lake we will show you. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Firefighters were able to quickly gain control over a brush fire Saturday that forced the closure of Highway 26 near Beverly Burke in Grant County.

The fire burned about 65 acres and briefly forced the evacuation of two homes. It was one of several fires in Grant and Kittitas counties over the weekend.

A fire at the landfill near Ephrata overnight Saturday was quickly contained.

And a fire Saturday along Interstate 90 near the Thorp Fruit Stand threatened several structures and traffic on the interstate was backed up as drivers watched, the State Patrol reported. Level 3 evacuations were ordered for a few homes before the fire was contained.

In addition, Interstate 82, about seven miles south of Ellensburg was partially blocked Saturday afternoon by a brushfire on the hillside that was quickly contained.

The Chelan County Planning Commission will hold a vacation rentals public hearing from 7-9 p.m. this coming Wednesday at the Confluence Technology Center.

Chelan County Commissioners and staff will be discussing the next steps in moving forward with the management of short term vacation rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO and other online rental options. Currently there are no County regulations on short-term rentals in unincorporated areas which has allowed homeowners to take advantage of renting out properties to guests for price ranges of 20 to 1000 dollars.

The county is considering imposing regulations for vacation rentals which include changes such as limiting number of guests and short-term rentals, requiring a local property representative who can address problems in a 30-minute period, and creating a fine system for violation of operations. The meeting will be run as a public hearing, so no public testimony will be heard or allowed.

Mick Hansen and his family took a patriotic spin around Moses Lake on Sunday. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was impressed enough to take some video of the odd sight. Hansen, a Moses Lake resident, has previously toured the lake with a Loch Ness Monster and a giant whale. All three of his creations are in preparation for a Labor Day Weekend boat parade.

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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 had their 7-game winning streak snapped on Friday in Bellingham, falling to the Bells 7-to-5.  Then, they lost again Saturday 4-2.  Sunday was a different story, however, as we hear from the “Voice” of the Wenatchee AppleSox, Joel Norman…

Altenberger now has three home runs on the season.  Kodie Kolden went 2-for-5 in the game with a run and RBI.  And on the mound, Gavin Gorrell improved to 3-and-2 on the season with the victory, going 5-and-two-thirds innings and allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 2-strikeouts and 3-walks.

Joel tells us he’ll be down in Bend for tonight’s home run derby as well as tomorrow’s All-Star game, so we’ll be getting reports on how the boys do.

Also in the West Coast League Sunday as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Yakima Valley pounded out 22-hits in its 12-4 win over Victoria.  The Pippins were led by Kyle Dean, who went 3-for-5 with 4-RBI’s as Yakima Valley salvaged the final game of the weekend series.

Port Angeles scored 4 in the 1st and 3 in the third and held on for an 8-6 win over Kelowna.  Matthew Christian hit his 9th homer of the summer for the Lefties and was 3-for-4 with 4-RBI’s.

Michael Dixon’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th scored Nick Yovetich and Corvallis came back to beat Walla Walla 3-2.  The win completed a three-game sweep by the Knights of the Sweets in the weekend series.

Cowlitz completed a three-game weekend sweep of Bend with Sunday’s 4-3 win.  The Black Bears are now 18-and-21 on the season, trying to keep pace with Corvallis and Portland in the Southern Division second-half standings.

Kyle Velazquez was 4-for-5 with 5-RBI’s to lead Portland to a 12-3 win over Ridgefield.  The Pickles improved to 7-and-1 in the second-half of the season.

Let’s check the standings in the North Division after a rough weekend for the AppleSox…

Victoria is back in first place at 9-and-4.  The AppleSox are a half-game back at 8-and-4.  Yakima Valley is 7-and-6, 2-games back.  Port Angeles sits in 4th place at 6-and-6.  Bellingham is 3-and-8 while Kelowna is 3-and-9.

Yusei Kikuchi lost yet again for the Mariner Sunday in a 9-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels…

Kikuchi gave up another two home runs as the Angels hit four on the day as he went 5-innings, allowing 7-runs on 9-hits with 3-strikeouts and 1-walk.  Kikuchi’s ERA is 5.37 on the season now.

Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 at the bottom of the lineup for Seattle as the Mariners stranded 12 runners on the base paths.

The Mariners welcome Texas into town tonight for the first of three games with Adrian Sampson will go up against Marco Gonzales.

Also in the American League West on Sunday…

Michael Brantley hit two home runs and drove in 3-RBI’s to lead Houston to a 5-3 win over Texas.

Max Kepler’s walk-off single to score Ehire Adrianza completed a 2-run 9th and win for Minnesota over Oakland 7-6.

It was a wild weekend of racing at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval with hot temperatures and hot cars…

Redmond’s Randy Dubois grabbed the checkered flag in the Granite Evergreen Super Sprints Main Event.  The Northwest Mini Stock Tour A Feature went to Thomas Stanford out of Sammamish.  Kamloops, B.C.’s Jim White won the West Coast Vintage Racers main.  And the Economy Midget finale went to Shoreline’s Hannah Lindquist.

Last but certainly not least, Edgar Martinez was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame over the weekend.  He thanks his coaches, fellow players and the fans for helping him get to the Hall after an incredible 18-year career, all in a Seattle uniform…

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 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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with guest-host Eric Granstrom. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.