NCWLIFE Evening News July 29, 2019

NCWLIFE Evening News July 29, 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,  State Troopers say two people were injured Friday afternoon when a semi overturned on Highway 17 about ten miles South of Bridgeport. Three people, including an 8-year old girl, were injured in a car crash Sunday near Cle Elum, and, When three Moses Lake police officers were under attack early Saturday, K9 Chief came to the rescue.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Seattle hiker was airlifted out of the Alpine Wilderness last night after breaking her ankle in a fall. Kent Sisson with the Chelan County Sheriff’s office says 35 year old Kirsten Scott was injured after she slipped and fell while descending Mount Stuart with her brother.

The accident happened around 5 pm at the 89-hundred foot elevation. Sisson says the woman suffered a compound fracture to her ankle. She was hoisted off the mountain by a U.S. Navy helicopter crew and transferred to Central Washington Hospital.

State Troopers say two people were injured Friday afternoon when a semi overturned on Highway 17 about ten miles South of Bridgeport in Douglas County. It happened around 4:15 PM when the 26 year old truck driver drifted off the roadway causing the tractor trailer rig to roll over into a ditch.

Trooper John Bryant said the trailer came apart at the seams. The driver and his passenger, both from British Columbia, were injured. The driver was transported to Three River’s Hospital in Brewster. His 28 year old male passenger had to be extricated from the overturned cab and was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital. The trooper said the driver was in stable condition at the time. He says the cause of the crash was driver inattention. Highway 17 remained shut down until 4:30 Saturday morning.

Three people, including an 8-year old girl, were injured in a car crash Sunday near Cle Elum.

The Washington State Patrol says the accident happened 2 miles east of Cle Elum on I-90 around 5:20 yesterday afternoon when a car driven by a 39-year old Benton City man slowed for traffic and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by a 27-year old Renton man. After the crash the two vehicles came to rest blocking the left lane of I-90.

The vehicle that was hit from behind had 5 passengers in the car including the man’s wife and four children ranging in age from 7 to 12 years old. The Benton City driver, his wife and their 8-year old daughter were injured in the crash and transported to Kittitas Valley Healthcare. The Renton man was charged with following too close and inattention.

When three Moses Lake police officers were under attack early Saturday, K9 Chief came to the rescue.

Moses Lake Police said it all started with a disturbance at a bar that led to a car chase to a home on Ivy Street. Officer Nick Stewart confronted 21-year-old Alejandro Sarraraz outside the home but he resisted arrest, police said.

Several other people came out of the house and as Officer Mitchell Hohman tried to keep them from interfering in the arrest 18-year-old Robert Reasonable reportedly charged Hohman. Hohman and Seargent Kyle McCain wrestled Reasonable to the ground, but another man, 28-year-old Miguel Perez reportedly sucker-punched Hohman in the back of the head. Stewart, seeing the other two officers were outnumbered, let go of Sarraraz to help. But Sarraraz then hit Stewart in the back with a full beer bottle before running off.

At that point, Stewart remotely released K9 Chief from his vehicle.

The dog wasted little time in ending the brawl, biting Perez in the abdomen. Wanting no part of the police dog, the rest of the people from the home quickly backed off. Sarraraz, Reasonable and Perez all face multiple charges stemming from the brawl.

Coming up next, Grant County firefighters put out a wind-fanned brush fire that briefly threatened some homes in the Ephrata area Saturday afternoon. A Palisades rancher has been appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, and, Access to the Thirtymile Trailhead in Okanogan County has been restored after being closed since the spring of 2018. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Grant County firefighters put out a wind-fanned brush fire that briefly threatened some homes in the Ephrata area Saturday afternoon. Crews from multiple rural fire districts responded to the blaze which was burning in mostly dry grass and sage in the area of Road E NW and Road 9.7 NW.

The fire had consumed about 50 acres and was spreading quickly to the east and threatening homes when crews arrived.

Level 3 evacuations were issued for residents north of Road 9 along Road E. but no structures were damaged. Crews contained the blaze to about 148 acres. Officials say the fire’s cause was determined to be a mechanical issue from a passing vehicle.

Palisades rancher Molly Linville has been appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

A graduate of the University of Montana and wildlife biologist, Linville is a member of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association and has been active on fish and wildlife’s Wolf Advisory Group. She operates the 6,000-acre KV Ranch in Douglas County. Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to the nine-member commission to replace Anatone rancher Jay Holzmiller, who Inslee did not ask to serve another term.

Access to the Thirtymile Trailhead in Okanogan County has been restored after being closed since the spring of 2018 because of damage to a Forest Service road caused by water runoff.

The closure has limited access to the Thirtymile Fire memorial site, which honors four firefighters killed in 2001. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest service credited the efforts of an unidentified local volunteer in getting access to the area restored.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE Magazine Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt gives us a peek into this week’s episode profiling two local artists. First up, Robert Wilson, the father of Rainn Wilson who plays Dwight on the TV series The Office. Robert is a contemporary painter with a studio right here in Wenatchee. . .

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.

A six-run 8th inning broke an 8-all tie and the Wenatchee AppleSox beat the Portland Pickles 14-8 Sunday at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.  “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has more…

Wenatchee’s Johnny Sage was 3-for-6 with 4-RBI’s while Ryan Altenberger and Dalton Harum each contributed home runs.

The victory on the mound went to Trent Sellers, who pitched 3-and-a-third innings of relief with 2-runs on 5-hits, 5-strikeouts and 1-walk.

As Joel said, the Sox and Pickles wrap up the three-game series tonight at 6:35.

Wenatchee won Saturday’s series opener with Portland during our third broadcast of AppleSox baseball on the NCWLIFE Channel.  The game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the 6th with Connor Kiffer (KIFE-er) at the plate…

The AppleSox weren’t done, however, as Johnny Sage was up next with the bases still loaded…

AppleSox Coach Kyle Krustangel made a quadruple move in the 8th inning, taking Brett Gillis from 3rd base and having him relieve Cameron Sommer; putting Ryan Altenberger in right field; moving Blake Klassen from right field to first base; and sliding Connor Kiffer from first over to third.  Gillis worked the final four outs for his second save and his coach couldn’t be happier…

Wenatchee is statistically tied for first place with Victoria in the second-half North Division standings.  The HarbourCats have already secured a playoff spot with its first-half victory. The AppleSox either need to win the second half to get into the playoffs, or finish with the highest overall winning percent on the season among division teams…

Wenatchee’s wins this weekend pushed the AppleSox to 23-and-21, two games better than Bellingham at 20-and-20, and four-games in front of both Yakima Valley and Port Angeles.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard from Sunday action across the West Coast League…

Collin Burns was 4-for-5 with 2-runs as Bellingham beat Port Angeles 7-4.

Cesar Lopez was 4-for-5 with a double and 2-RBI’s to lead Walla Walla past Cowlitz 12-2.

Nick Yovetich had two doubles, went 3-for-5 with a run and 2-RBI’s as Corvallis came from behind to beat Bend 11-to-5.

Justin Boyd was 4-for-4 with 2-doubles, 4-runs and 2-RBI’s to lead Ridgefield to a 15-1 win over Yakima Valley.  The Raptors had 20-hits in the game and scored in ever inning but the second and 9th.

And Victoria lost a non-league Sunday to the Burnaby Bulldogs 11-to-4.

J.P. Crawford’s RBI-single to score Dylan Moore in the bottom of the 10th gave Seattle a walk-off, 3-2 win over Detroit to complete the four-game sweep…

Domingo Santana set up the sweep by tying the game in the bottom of the 8th with a two-out, solo home run, his 20th of the season.  Roenis Elias worked the 10th for the win to improve to 4-and-2 on the season.

Seattle has the day off today and begin a brief, two-game set in Texas tomorrow with Mike Leake facing Ariel Jurado at 5:05.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Jose Altuve was 3-for-5 with a 3-run home run as Houston topped St. Louis 6-2.  George Springer and Yordan Alvarez also went deep for the Astros in their 68th win of the season.

Los Angeles walked off on Matt Thaiss’ second homer of the game as the Angels beat Baltimore 5-4.

Oakland literally walked-off against Texas with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th as the A’s beat the Rangers 6-5.  Oakland went into the 9th trailing by one, but Matt Olson’s RBI single tied it at 5 before Khris Davis earned the game-winning RBI on the bases-loaded walk.

The big news out of Seahawks training camp over the weekend was the contract extension to keep Bobby Wagner in a Seattle uniform…

Wagner and the Seahawks agreed on a 3-year, 54-million dollar contract extension on the second day of camp.  Seattle is preparing to take on the Denver Broncos next Thursday at CenturyLink Field.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center shared this piece of Wenatchee history on their Facebook page. This is the Wenatchee delegation to the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The photo taken September 3rd, 1901. We find their signage particularly interesting. It says, “Where dollars grow on trees”. 

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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 host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.