NCWLIFE Evening News July 31, 2019

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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, NCWLIFE has obtained police body cam video of a brawl between Moses Lake police officers and people at a home early Saturday morning. A large sinkhole on South Wenatchee Avenue that developed after a heavy rainstorm in late June is proving problematic for Chelan County road crews, and, Campfire restrictions go in effect August 1st as the threat of wildfire intensifies on National forest lands.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The driver of a white SUV took Wenatchee and then East Wenatchee police for a ride this morning in a high speed chase through the valley. The chase began in Wenatchee around 10:00 this morning and finally ended when the vehicle crashed into a brick wall barrier outside Bob’s Burgers and Brew on Grant Road in East Wenatchee. Nobody was injured in the chase and the driver was taken into custody without incident. Details are still sketchy surrounding the incident and we will have more on the chase tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Evening News.

NCWLIFE has obtained police body cam video of a brawl between Moses Lake officers and people at an Ivy Street home early Saturday morning. Here is a look at how events unfolded. . .

A large sinkhole on South Wenatchee Avenue that developed after a heavy rainstorm in late June is proving problematic for Chelan County road crews.

A small section of the street will remain closed indefinitely between Boodry and Beuzer streets while the county weighs its options for repairing it.

The damage from the sinkhole, which is about 10 feet in diameter, extends to the storm water conveyance system beneath it, which is beyond repair. With earlier plans to replace storm water pipe in the area still in the design stage, the county is trying to determine if there is a short-term fix they can implement.

Campfire restrictions go in effect August 1st as the threat of wildfire intensifies on National forest lands. The US Forest Service says visitors from Naches to the Methow Valley will be required to limit campfires to developed campgrounds. The Level One restrictions prohibit campfires outside of designated recreation sites and some wilderness areas starting tomorrow (Thu).

Coming up next, A new center has opened in Wenatchee that will help families with special needs and chronically ill children get access to the care, programs and support they need. Today was the final day on the job for Chelan County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon, and, Construction work continues at Stevens Pass Ski Resort for a major chairlift replacement project. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A new center has opened in Wenatchee that will help families with special needs and chronically ill children get access to the care, programs and support they need. Here with more on the new center is NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery. . .

Today was the final day on the job for Chelan County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon.

Lemon is leaving after 10 years to become the fire chief of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.

Deputy Chief Mark Donnell will take over as interim fire chief, with the expectation he will be named permanent chief on January first.

Construction work continues at Stevens Pass Ski Resort for a major chairlift replacement project. You may have noticed the Black Hawk helicopter doing some heavy lifting work.

Using a one-yard bucket and numerous cement trucks, 100 yards of cement was poured to provide  bases for the 24 new steel towers being installed in coming weeks. The Black Hawk also removed numerous old steel towers, weighing about 5000 lbs each, and will be back to install the new towers next month. The 35 million dollar project is the largest investment in the history of Stevens Pass. Both the Brooks and Daisy chairlifts are being replaced with bigger, more modern quad lifts for the 2019-20 season to increase lift capacity and serve under-utilized terrain.

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, we’re previewing a musical premiering tomorrow at the Numerica PAC. It’s Hands on a Hardbody, a production featured in this year’s annual Hot August Nights series. Mike Magnotti, who is in the cast of the production, talks more with Jaime Donegan and Don Fox about bringing the musical to life. . .

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.

Even though Wenatchee didn’t play last night, they lost ground in their plight for the playoffs…

The team the AppleSox are chasing in the West Coast League’s North Division, Victoria, beat Cowlitz last night 12-to-3 as Nick Plaia hit a two-run homer and had 4-RBI’s.  That pushes the HarbourCats point-zero-zero-one percentage points in front of Wenatchee in the division’s second half race (0.688 to 0.667).

The AppleSox lead over Bellingham in the overall standings for the second and final playoff spot in the division is down to one-and-a-half games after the Bells knocked off Ridgefield last night 10-9.  Bellingham plated 7-runs in the second inning, highlighted by Derek Marshall’s 3-run home run.

So, taking a look at the overalls standings, there you have Wenatchee at 24-and-21 while Bellingham is 21-and-21.  Port Angeles is still alive at 19-and-23…

As we go back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard, the Lefties’ Dwayne Angebrandt pitched 6-innings of scoreless baseball to lift Port Angeles over Kelowna 4-3. 

In Corvallis, Zach Needham’s 2-run home run highlighted a 3-run 4th inning and Bend made it hold up in a 3-2 victory over the Knights.

Portland brought 10-men to the plate in a 4-run 4th inning and went on for a 5-4 win over Walla Walla.  Seven of the nine in the lineup got a hit for the Pickles, who bounced back from being swept in Wenatchee.

And in non-league play, Highline erupted for 5-runs in the 6th inning to beat Yakima Valley 6-to-1.  The Pippins have lost 3-straight…

And since we’re talking about the Pippins, we’ll have Wenatchee’s game versus Yakima Valley Saturday LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Our pre-game begins at 6:15 with the first pitch at 6:35.  Be sure to join Eric Granstrom and our cast of thousands for all the action, Saturday here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

OK, back to the West Coast League North Division standings…

Victoria and Wenatchee are at the top, but the HarbourCats have a slim edge, a mere one-thousandth of a point in the winning percentage, to lead.  Port Angeles is lurking 2-games back.  Yakima Valley is 4-and-a-half games out.  Then you have Kelowna and Bellingham.

The AppleSox take their final step out of league play with a game tonight against Cascade Collegiate…

These two teams met to open the season back in June with Wenatchee coming out on top 10-1.  In fact, the AppleSox are 4-and-oh in non-league games this year and have averaged 12-runs per game in those contests.

The Cascade Collegiate showcase team is oh-for-three against West Coast League teams, having fallen to Wenatchee, Yakima Valley and Walla Walla.

First pitch tonight is at 6:35.

Kyle Seager was a double shy of the cycle and the Mariners won their 6th straight game by downing Texas 8-5 last night…

Seager’s 2-run triple in the 7th broke a 5-5 tie.  He also hit his 9th home run of the season in the top of the 2nd.  Austin Nola upped his batting average to .333 with three hits while Daniel Vogelbach drove in a run on two hits.

The teams wrap up the quick series tonight at 5:05 with Mike Minor going for the Rangers.  Seattle has not announced its starter.

Also in the American League West last night…

Justin Verlander and two relievers combined on a 2-hit shutout of Cleveland as Houston won 2-nothing.  In picking up his 14th win over the season, Verlander struck out 13.

Matt Thaiss was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run to lead the L-A Angels past Detroit 6-to-1.  Shohei Ohtani was also 3-for-4 for the Halos with a run and an RBI.

Oakland walked off against Milwaukee on Matt Olson’s home run in the bottom of the 10th as the A’s won 3-2.

Day 5 of Seahawks Training Camp Tuesday was the first day in full pads.  Rookie free safety Ugo Amadi says he can’t help be energized by the big turnout of Twelves each day in practice…

Selected with Seattle’s 321st pick in the draft out of the University of Oregon, Amadi says he’s doing all he can to get up to speed on the Seahawks’ defense…

Seattle hosts the Denver Broncos a week from tomorrow in their first preseason game at CenturyLink Field. 

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with video provided by the NCW Economic Development District featuring the city of Rock Island, it’s titled, “looking to the future”. . .

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). 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.