NCWLIFE Evening News July 30th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight. . . A 34-year-old man from Springdale, Washington was killed yesterday afternoon when he attempted to cross a street against the light in Omak./ A Snohomish County woman wanted on 11 different warrants is now jailed in Wenatchee, after allegedly passing a stolen check and impersonating another woman to receive the money, and, The public health officers of five central Washington counties are warning against the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Wenatchee House Fire -A fire in South Wenatchee on Thursday caused extensive damage to two homes and displaced three families. The fire in the 11-hundred block of Kittitas Street was reported shortly before 5 p.m. and quickly went to two-alarm, bringing in Douglas County Fire District 2, in addition to Chelan County Fire District 1. Kay McKellar, public information officer for both districts, said the fires were knocked down by about 6:50 p.m. and the roof had collapsed on one of the homes. The fire later went to three-alarm, bringing in more outside assistance. The cause of the fire is under investigation. McKellar said one firefighter was treated and released at Central Washington Hospital for a heat-related issue. She said the Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
Omak Fatal -A 34-year-old man from Springdale, Washington was killed yesterday afternoon when he attempted to cross a street against the light in Omak. The Washington State Patrol reports that around 3:30PM, Robert L Johnson was hit by a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder being driven northbound on Highway 97 by 27-year-old Tyler J Lemon of Oroville while Johnson tried to cross the highway at the intersection of Dayton Street with the do not cross signal lit. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, the State Patrol says drugs or alcohol were not a factor.
ID Thief -A Snohomish County woman wanted on 11 different warrants is now jailed in Wenatchee, after allegedly passing a stolen check and impersonating another woman to receive the money. 32-year-old Brittney Annette Lewis of Everett allegedly used a check stolen in a Wenatchee vehicle prowl last month. Police say they identified her from interviews and store security videos from local businesses. Lewis has previously served prison time, and police say she appears to have been carrying out identity thefts and fraudulent transactions throughout Washington over the past few months. She remains in the Chelan County jail on $5,000 bond.
COVID Warning -The public health officers of five central Washington counties are warning against the rise of the COVID-19 delta variant. The Chelan-Douglas Health District, plus the health agencies of Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas counties, released a joint statement Thursday urging vaccinations, masking, social distancing and hygiene whenever possible. The delta mutation of the coronavirus is more infectious than other strains, and more people are being hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. Confluence Health reported 24 hospitalizations this week, and the state Department of Health says 94 percent of COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths since February have been among the unvaccinated. Lifeline Ambulance is still offering free COVID testing at an East Wenatchee site, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Coming up next, Air quality in Winthrop and Twisp returned to hazardous this morning as the nearby Cub Creek and Cedar Creek fires continued pour heavy smoke into the area./ The state Court of Appeals has grown frustrated with a Grant County judge who for four years has refused to revise a convicted woman’s sentence./ A veteran producer of theater, festivals and concerts has been hired as the new executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee, and, A pair of the most expensive aerial firefighting planes ever made showed up at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee on Thursday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Cedar and Cub Fires -Air quality in Winthrop and Twisp returned to hazardous this morning as the nearby Cub Creek and Cedar Creek fires continued pour heavy smoke into the area. At 6 a.m. today air quality in Winthrop was measured at 361 and at 308 in Twisp. Anything above 300 is considered hazardous. The Cedar Creek Fire south of Winthrop had burned more than 41,000 acres as of this morning and was 11 percent contained. The team fighting the fire said the priority remains protecting structures, many of which have been threatened in the Mazama area. The Cub Creek Fire to the north was at almost 55,000 acres and was 24 percent contained as of this morning.
Appeals Court vs Judge -The state Court of Appeals has grown frustrated with a Grant County judge who for four years has refused to revise a convicted woman’s sentence. The appellate court now says Superior Court Judge John Knodell must be removed from the case for ignoring their orders. The case involves a Grant County woman Knodell sentenced in 2014 to more than 19 years for a single burglary, in which 10 firearms were stolen. In two previous appeals, the appellate court and the Washington Supreme Court said the prison term was excessive, and Knodell was ordered to resentence her. Both times, Knodell expressed frustration with the order, saying the law did not allow him to change the punishment. In its latest ruling Thursday, the Court of Appeals says the sentence must now be considered by a Grant County judge other than the 68-year-old Knodell. He has been a Superior Court judge since 2008, and was Grant County’s chief prosecutor for 18 years.
New PAC Director -A veteran producer of theater, festivals and concerts has been hired as the new executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. J. Woody Lotts of Lake Forest Park has served as a tour manager for Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre and as a producer for the Driftwood Players Theatre and Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds. The PAC has been led for more than a year by interm director Alex Haley.
Super Scooper Planes -A pair of the most expensive aerial firefighting planes ever made showed up at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee on Thursday. The $30-million-dollar Super Scooper planes can scoop and drop 1,400 gallons of water and can fly up to six hours before refueling. The planes are currently working the Cedar Creek Fire near Mazama.
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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Hawkins Tow Hero -12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins is being honored by an unexpected constituency: The tow truck drivers of Washington. IN tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has the story. . .

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.

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The rest of the pieces to Jerry Dipoto’s plans for the Mariners took shape yesterday with a trade for Tampa Bay closer Diego Castillo…
The entire ballclub was shaken to its core earlier this week when Dipoto traded Kendall Graveman to the Astros in exchange for infielder Abraham Toro and reliever Joe Smith.
He says it was all part of what he sees as a well-conceived plan…
In exchange, the Rays get Seattle reliever JT Chargois (shar-GWAH) and 3rd base prospect Austin Shenton.
Castillo will meet up with the team in Texas for the first of a 10-game road trip for the Mariners. Seattle has yet to announce who will start tonight’s game while the Rangers will go with Kolby Allard. First pitch at Globe Life Field is 5:05 and can be seen on Root Sports.
In the only game in the American League West Thursday, Oakland’s Freddie Montas had 10-strikeouts over 7-innings of 3-hit, shutout ball as the A’s beat the Angels 4-nothing.
Seattle heads to Texas trailing Oakland by 2-and-a-half games in the Wild Card race.

Bend completed a 3-game sweep of the AppleSox last night with an 8-4 win…
Adam Grob (grobe) put Wenatchee on the board first with his 3rd homer of the West Coast League season. But just as the last two games, it was all Bend from there as the Elks plated a run in the 2nd, 2-in the 3rd and 4 in the 5th to post a 7-1 lead.
The ‘Sox added a run in the 7th only to give it back up in the 8th and trailed 8-2 in the 9th before scoring two runs with two outs and loading the bases. Aiden Selfridge struck out to end the rally and Wenatchee’s losing streak reached 4-games.
Wenatchee returns home for the first of two games against the Northwest Star Academy. We’ll have tonight’s game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with the pregame at 6:30.
Corvallis won by walk-off in the bottom of the 9th for the second night in a row as the Knights scored a run to tie it on Nate Nankil’s RBI-double and then won it on a bases-loaded wild pitch to sweep Walla Walla 6-5.
Cowlitz scored 2-runs in the 9th on a bases loaded walk and hit batsman to beat Yakima Valley 3-1. James Bradwell and two other pitchers combined to hold the Pippins to 1-run on 3-hits for the Bears.
Coleman Schmidt’s 3-run home run in the top of the 5th inning was the difference for Port Angeles as the Lefties avoided a sweep in Portland, winning 3-2.
Besides Wenatchee and the Northwest Skyhawks tonight, the West Coast League schedule includes Corvallis visiting Bellingham; Cowlitz hosting Port Angeles; Walla Walla travels to Ridgefield; Bend is in Portland; and Yakima Valley entertains Highline.

Day 2 of Seahawks Training Camp presented by Safeway saw the return of Rashaad Penny to practice…
Penny was sidelined for most of the past two seasons with injury, including a torn ACL which required surgery. He says it feels great to be back out with his teammates…
Penny says he’s lighter than when he played in college and Pete Carroll says he looks better than he ever has since being drafted in 2018…
Seattle was the only team in the NFL not to have a COVID positive test last season. Coach Carroll says they’ve used that success to apply towards this season as well…
Veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner says he sees both sides of the vaccine debate but in the end, it’s a private decision…
Seattle’s first preseason game is in 15-days against the Raiders in Las Vegas.


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. . .
*CLOSE* -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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.