NCWLIFE Evening News June 11, 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, An Ephrata man was booked into Grant County Jail last night on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit and run. Orondo Fire and Chelan Fire responded with Mansfield Fire to a structure fire up McNeil Canyon with the reporting party hearing explosions and seeing smoke, and, About 300 acres of grassland and sage brush burned and a storage building was destroyed Monday in a fire about 10 miles southeast of Soap Lake.
But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man suspected of stabbing his mother to death was arrested Monday afternoon in Malott after a confrontation with deputies in the Okanogan River. 34-year old Jose Mejia reportedly tried to take a deputy’s gun during the river struggle. His 64-year-old mother, Juana Ferreria Demejia, died at the scene. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the first report of the stabbing came at 2:44 p.m. in the area of Old Highway 97 and Central Street. Deputies and an ambulance responded but by the time they arrived the suspect had fled on foot. Witnesses pointed deputies to the area where Majia had fled and he was quickly found in the river, where a struggle ensued. Mejia had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of hand injury before being jailed.

An Ephrata man was booked into Grant County Jail last night on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit and run. The State Patrol reports that 35-year old Jose A. Rodriguez was driving an SUV westbound on State Route 282 about 10:45 last night near the Ephrata Airport when his vehicle struck 45 year-old Shawn M. McMorran of Moses Lake who was walking his dirt bike across the highway. Rodriguez then apparently fled the scene before he was located and arrested. McMorran was transported to Samaritain Hospital before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His condition is unknown. The State Patrol reports that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Just before 5:00 p.m. Monday, Orondo Fire and Chelan Fire responded mutual aid with Mansfield Fire to the report of a structure fire up McNeil Canyon with the reporting party hearing explosions and seeing smoke. On arrival, a large fire consisting of two vehicles, building materials and personal property that had spread into a grass fire moving up a hillside was found. The three departments engaged the fire by first containing the spread of the grass fire, then protecting two mobile homes and undamaged vehicles and extinguishing the remainder of the fire. One person was treated at the scene. The fire is believed to have started due to a malfunctioning vehicle that spread to vegitation and then through the location.

About 300 acres of grassland and sage brush burned and a storage building was destroyed Monday in a fire about 10 miles southeast of Soap Lake. Grant County Fire District Chief Kirk Shepperd said the fire was ignited by sparks from a grinder being used on galvanized pipe. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. at Eastside Drive and Road D-Point-Seven. Crews from four different departments had the fire under control by 2:00 in the afternoon. Shepperd said the storage building belonged to the man who had been using the grinder.
Coming up next, The number of homeless people in Chelan and Douglas counties is down compared to last year. State Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said the labor force in Chelan and Douglas Counties rose dramatically in the time period 2007 to 2017, and, Chelan County Commissioners say they are getting closer to setting new rules for vacation rentals. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.


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The number of homeless people in Chelan and Douglas counties is down compared to last year. The Wenatchee World reports that this year’s point-in-time count showed 412 homeless in the two county area, down 15-percent compared to last year. The count was performed by teams of volunteers across the state in January. However, while the number of local sheltered and unsheltered homeless both went down, the number of people experiencing chronic, long-term homelessness went up to 36 from 21 in 2018. The count also showed a decrease in the statewide homeless population; 21,621 this year compared to 22,304 people last year.

In a recent report to a Wenatchee Valley College Advisory Committee, State Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said the labor force in Chelan and Douglas Counties rose dramatically in the time period 2007 to 2017. Total covered employment in Chelan County over the ten-year period rose just over 11-percent at 4,473 new workers. Between 2016 and 2017, there were 650 more workers, a 1-point-5 percent upturn. Meanwhile in Douglas County, those numbers are even higher. Between 2007 and 2017, total covered employment rose from 10,645 jobs to 12,653, an 18-point-9 percent upturn.

Chelan County Commissioners say they are getting closer to setting new rules for vacation rentals. According to Doug England the number of homes being listed on websites such as VRBO and AIRBNB is exploding in the Chelan and Leavenworth areas. . .

Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the Malaga area is also becoming a popular vacation rental location. . .

England says work will continue with a set of rules expected to be put up for Planning Commission review later this fall. . .

The new rules are being drafted in response to conflicts between vacation home renters and full time residents over issues such as noise and parking.
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Facing a moderate to severe tussock moth outbreak this summer, local USDA Forest Service staff are planning to treat high-use recreation areas in the Methow Valley, Lake Wenatchee, and Blewett Pass areas with a natural bio control to minimize public safety issues and sustain public access. Here is a look at the Tussock Moth and how it spreads. . .

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Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top stories. . .
A man suspected of stabbing his mother to death was arrested Monday afternoon in Malott after a confrontation with deputies in the Okanogan River. 34-year old Jose Mejia reportedly tried to take a deputy’s gun during the river struggle. His 64-year-old mother, Juana Ferreria Demejia, died at the scene. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the first report of the stabbing came at 2:44 p.m. in the area of Old Highway 97 and Central Street. Deputies and an ambulance responded but by the time they arrived the suspect had fled on foot. Witnesses pointed deputies to the area where Majia had fled and he was quickly found in the river, where a struggle ensued. Mejia had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of hand injury before being jailed.

An Ephrata man was booked into Grant County Jail last night on suspicion of vehicular assault and felony hit and run. The State Patrol reports that 35-year old Jose A. Rodriguez was driving an SUV westbound on State Route 282 about 10:45 last night near the Ephrata Airport when his vehicle struck 45 year-old Shawn M. McMorran of Moses Lake who was walking his dirt bike across the highway. Rodriguez then apparently fled the scene before he was located and arrested. McMorran was transported to Samaritain Hospital before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His condition is unknown. The State Patrol reports that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident.

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.