NCWLIFE Evening News July 23, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News July 23, 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, An update tonight on the murder-suicide that happened in Wenatchee over the weekend. Sheriff’s deputies were able to catch a burglary suspect near Moses Lake, thanks to a homeowner’s video surveillance system, and, the Wenatchee Police Department says graffiti is on the rise all across the city.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

WinCo Foods is looking at putting one of its discount grocery stores in the former Shopko building on North Wenatchee Avenue.

The Boise, Idaho-based company took the first steps toward that by submitting a pre-application meeting request form with the city Monday.

The company wants to meet with the city to discuss building permits it will need for the remodel, as well as landscaping and any other approvals it needs on the seven-acre site.

WinCo has 107 employee-owned stores in 10 states. It opened a Moses Lake store in 2017. The stores feature low-cost groceries, with many items coming in bulk.

Wenatchee Police Detectives continued their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting in the 600 Block of Highland Drive this past Sunday.

Detectives were able to complete several more witness interviews and conducted a subsequent search of the residence for additional evidence.  Based on the investigation, detectives believe this incident was a homicide/suicide, which left 54 year old Edgar L. Rodrigue, and 41 year old Michael Diana Rodrigue, both dead. Through witness interviews detectives learned that Edgar and Michael had been separated for the last two months. On the day of the shooting, Michael came to the residence and there was some sort of verbal altercation that turned violent.  During the altercation, Edgar armed himself with a .40 caliber Glock handgun and shot his wife at least twice, killing her. Edgar then turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There is no indication of a domestic violence history between the two. 

Sheriff’s deputies were able to catch a burglary suspect near Moses Lake, thanks to a homeowner’s video surveillance system.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Samuel Peppinger of Moses Lake faces charges of vehicle prowl, criminal trespass and burglary. The burglary happened over the weekend in the Upper Basin Homes area. The Sheriff’s Office says after the video was posted on Facebook, it didn’t take long for someone to identify the suspect and for an arrest to be made.

Several homes and properties were vandalized with graffiti this past weekend in Wenatchee.

The Wenatchee Police Department located several gang related graffiti in the area from First to Third Street between Buchanan and Emerson Street, with at least 17 acts of graffiti being found. Sergeant Brian Miller of the Wenatchee Police Department tells NCWLIFE the graffiti likely came from one of the Surenos gangs based on the markings, although there was not a specific target or motive.

Miller also advised residents in the area how they can be better equipped to handle potential graffiti tagging.

Residents are also being advised to cover up the graffiti as soon as possible so rival gangs or members don’t tag over the graffiti causing more problems. If you have any video footage or information about the graffiti, please report it to the Wenatchee Police Department.

Coming up next, Crews quickly contained a small brush fire in the Rock Island area this morning. Highway 2 between Cashmere and Leavenworth has been a slow-go this week as the state works to repair a washout near Peshastin, and, Many of us in the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding area woke up this morning to thunder, lightning and heavy downpours of rain as a quick moving weather system moved through the area, we have some amazing video. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Crews quickly contained a small brush fire in the Rock Island area this morning. It started around 7:30 a.m. Douglas County District 2 Fire Marshal, Kurt Blanchard says it was located along the side of the road on SR 28 between Hurst Landing and Rock Island Road. . .

Blanchard says the fire was put out in about an hour. He says it was ignited by a discarded cigarette. No structures were threatened.

Highway 2 between Cashmere and Leavenworth has been a slow-go this week as the state works to repair a washout near Peshastin. The work is expected to wrap up on Wednesday.

Washington Department of Transportation spokesperson Loren Loebsack says the hillside washout happened about a month ago and workers have been trying to get it repaired around heavy travel days. Monday, however, had big backups, so much so that work was halted early. Loebsack said normally the crews will work from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Many of us in the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding area woke up this morning to thunder, lightning and heavy downpours of rain as a quick moving weather system moved through the area. Small, remote fires have been reported near Lake Wenatchee, also between Monitor and Cashmere and near Burch Mountain. At around noon, the U.S. Forest Service said it had actively responded to 11 reports of smoke in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima Counties from more than 520 lightning strikes recorded this morning in Central Washington.

The Forest Service says firefighters will closely monitor public lands near communities as well as in back-country and Wilderness areas as some fires from lightning strikes may not become visible for several days.

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.

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Grant Road in East Wenatchee is scheduled for asphalt replacement in September. But, as NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports, preserving the roadway from future damage is of concern to County Commissioners. . . 

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.

12 participants representing each team in the West Coast League took part in the Home Run Derby last night at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon…

Second to the left is Wenatchee’s derby participant, Ryan Altenberger.  The 5’10 165-pound junior from Xavier University was one of the smallest competitors in last night’s contest, taking place during the All-Star break in the W-C-L…

Thanks to the AppleSox Facebook page for the video of one of two Altenberger home runs.  The finals would come down to the host team’s Gabe Gonzalez and Port Angeles slugger Matthew Christian…

So there you have it, Matthew Christian is the second-consecutive Leftie to win the home run derby.  Ron Brown did it last year, launching one after another into Puget Sound in Port Angeles.

Altenberger, Cole McKenzie, Jake Saum and Sam Wyatt will all take part in tonight’s West Coast League All-Star game in Bend.  You can watch it on the Elks’ Facebook page.

Ryan Altenberger has been selected as the Moss Adams Player of the Week in the West Coast League…

Altenberger went 7-for-19 while scoring 9 runs with 9 RBIs this last week for Wenatchee. He has helped lead the AppleSox to an 8-4 record to begin the second-half of the season. The Illinois native is hitting .297 in 34 games so far this summer. The junior-to-be had a .259 batting average in 45 games this past spring for Xavier.

The West Coast League Pitcher of the Week is Kelowna’s Matt Voelzke.  He only allowed one hit and had 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work this last week. The Kelowna hurler is 2-0 with a 1.39 ERA in eight appearances this season. A talented two-way player for the Falcons, he has also appeared in 20 games this summer as an infielder.

Marco Gonzales shook off a couple rough innings to start and settled in for 7-frames to lead the Mariners past Texas 7-3 last night at T-Mobile Park…

The former AppleSox bounced back from a rough outing in Anaheim a week ago to improve to 11-and-8 on the season.  Gonzales allowed 2-runs on 7-hits with 4-strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

Rookie Austin Nola continues to swing a hot bat as he connected on a 3-run home run to put Seattle up for good in the 2nd inning.  He finished 2-for-3 with 3-RBI’s.  Kyle Seager also hit a solo home run in the 8th.

Seattle and Texas go at it again tonight at 7:10 with Tommy Milone facing the Rangers.  Texas has not announced a starter for tonight’s game.

Also in the American League West last night…

Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz each homered in a 7-run 3rd inning as Houston blasted Oakland 11-to-1.  Gerrit Cole was the beneficiary on the mound, earning his 11th win, going 7-innings and allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 11 strikeouts.

As the Seahawks prepare for Training Camp to officially get underway Thursday, they learned yesterday they’ll be without the services of a starting defensive tackle…

Seattle defensive tackle Jarran Reed has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The violation stems from a 2017 domestic violence case in which Reed was accused of assault. Reed was not charged or arrested. However, the NFL’s personal conduct policy allows the league to punish players regardless of legal outcomes.

The Seahawks said in a statement that they have “followed league and law enforcement protocol since the alleged incident in April of 2017.”

In a statement posted to Twitter, Reed wrote that he “totally” disagrees with the NFL’s ruling but takes responsibility for the situation.

Thanks Eric.

The 2-point-seven million dollar renovation of Wenatchee’s Kiwanis Methow Park is progressing smoothly, the city’s project manager says. Contractor KRCI of East Wenatchee is building stone walls and doing concrete work this week. Project Manager Charlotte Mitchell says when completed in October, the park will have several new amenities. . .

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.