NCWLIFE Evening News June 12, 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, Power was out for several hours this morning for hundreds of people in East Wenatchee. A faulty refrigerator may be the cause of a fire that destroyed three trailer houses in the small town of Wheeler yesterday, and, unseasonably hot weather makes it deadly in minutes for pets left in hot vehicles, advice on what to do coming up.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An autopsy yesterday was unable to determine the identity of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car in Okanogan County last week.

Shortly after responding to a report of the burning car on Frosty Creek Road on June third, deputies located 37-year-old Lance Bowers outside the Aeneas Valley General Store, about two miles away. After Bowers allegedly displayed a gun, a sergeant and deputy fired at Bowers, injuring him.

Bowers was treated at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee before being  jailed. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said charges in the death may come soon. . .

In addition to that case, Okanogan County officials continue their investigation into a killing Monday in Malott. 34-year-old Jose Mejia is accused of stabbing his mother to death before being arrested.

Power was out for several hours this morning for hundreds of people in East Wenatchee.

The outage began about 6 a.m., leaving 940 customers of the Douglas County PUD without power.

It wasn’t until almost 10 that the PUD began restoring power, though 380 customers north of 19th Street did not get service back until about 11. The PUD says they’re still looking for the cause of the outage, saying it is still QUOTE A bit of a mystery UNQUOTE. Crews did find a dead squirrel, but it does not appear to have caused the problem.

A faulty refrigerator may be the cause of a fire that destroyed three trailer houses in the small town of Wheeler, just east of Moses Lake on Tuesday.

Grant County Fire District 5, along with the Moses Lake Fire Department, responded about 1:45 p.m. to Fifth Street Southeast to a reported structure fire at the Cougar Campers RV Park. There were no injuries in the blaze and people displaced have been offered assistance by the Red Cross.

Our weather is heating up, and that means the temperature inside your car is about 20 degrees higher than outside making it deadly for household pets who may be along for the ride and are left inside. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson visited the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society for some advice on what to do with your pets when it’s hot outside. . .

Coming up next, Embattled Moses Lake City Manager John Williams has tendered his resignation. The POW/MIA flag will be returned to the flagpole outside the Wenatchee office of the State Department of Social and Health Services, we will tell you why it was removed, and, A blueprint for managing recreation in the Stemilt Basin and Squilchuck areas of Chelan County is close to being finalized by the board of Commissioners. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Embattled Moses Lake City Manager John Williams has tendered his resignation. A news release issued by the City said Willams formally stepped down on Tuesday. The news release said he was leaving to “pursue other opportunities”. Williams and his retired deputy manager Gil Alvarado have been the subjects of an ongoing investigation involving employee allegations of sexual misconduct, workplace discrimination and abuse of power. Williams has been employed by the City of Moses Lake since 2015. He had been placed on administrative leave since the beginning of the month (June). City Attorney, Katherine Kenison said the investigation will continue in order to respond to civil claims filed by several former and current female employees. The news release went on to say, “John enjoyed working with the community and city staff in Moses Lake and wishes everyone the best.” “The City thanks John for his service.”

The POW/MIA flag will be returned to the flag pole outside the Wenatchee office of the State Department of Social and Health Services. The flag that normally flies below the American and Washington State flags was temporarily replaced last week with the rainbow banner in recognition of Pride month. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports the change was greeted with outrage by Mark Harle who is a volunteer with Chelan County’s Veteran Services. . .

blueprint for managing recreation in the Stemilt Basin and Squilchuck areas of Chelan County is close to being finalized by the board of Commissioners.

The proposed plans that encompass over 17-thousand acres near Mission Ridge and Squilchuck State Park are currently under review following a public hearing last week. Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the document covers all aspects of recreational activities and how they are to be regulated. He says one element of the plan that deals with motorized activities has become a contentious issue that he says needs further examination. . .

The current plan would establish a 3-thousand acre non-motorized winter recreation area in which snowmobiles would not be allowed. Commissioner Doug England says the area’s growth and increasing popularity as an outdoor sports mecca requires better management strategies. . .

Commissioners stress that the plan will only apply to those lands that are under County control. Overbay says State and Federal land managers have indicated they will use the County’s plan as a future policy blueprint.

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Entiat has cleared the last regulatory hurdle needed to develop its long-planned riverfront marina. Entiat Mayor John Alt said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave its approval for the development.

The marina is envisioned to have 65 slips, with possibly a hotel, restaurants and small retail development. Alt told NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz it’s been a long process but the city is now ready to move forward. . .

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.

The Port Angeles Lefties left no doubt that they could hit the ball Tuesday, as they blasted the Wenatchee AppleSox 16-to-9…

Of its 15-hits, Port Angeles had seven extra-base hits, including 5 doubles and 2 triples.  The Lefties scored 2 in the first on a 2-run double by Evan Hurn.  They added 5-more runs in the 2nd, including a 2-run triple by Justin Fugitt…

Wenatchee countered with 2 in the 4th and another 4 in the 7th.  But gave a 4-spot right back in the top of the 8th.  “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman has more on last night’s game…

The two teams play again tonight at 6:35 with Carter Loewen getting the start for Port Angeles while Henrik Reinertsen will go for the AppleSox.

Here’s the Les Schwab West Coast League Scoreboard from last night…

Bellingham trailed Cowlitz 5-3 until an 8-run explosion by the Bells in the bottom of the 7th.  Bellingham went on for the 12-5 win as Troy Viola went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run.

Ridgefield’s Michael Spellacy combined with three relievers to hold Portland to one run on 7-hits with 10-strikeouts as the Raptors won 3-1.  Jack Bauer and Jonny Weaver each contributed 3-hits in Ridgfield’s 5th win over their inaugural season.

Taking a look at the West Coast League North Division standings…

Port Angeles’ win last night over Wenatchee helped the Lefties to within a half-game of 1st place Yakima Valley.  Bellingham is 3rd, followed by Victoria, Kelowna and the AppleSox.

The Seattle bullpen couldn’t hang on as Minnesota scored three runs in the 8th inning to beat the Mariners 6-5 Tuesday at Target Field…

Seattle led 5-3 heading into the 8th when Brandon Brennan took over for Mike Leake, who was very good through 7-innings.  Brennan couldn’t even get an out before losing the lead, and the game.  The Twins scored a run on Jorge Palanco’s double; Marwin Gonzalez’s single; and a wild pitch off reliever Austin Adams.

It spoiled a night when Edwin Encarnacion hit his American League leading 21st home run of the season.  Domingo Santana also went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2-runs.

The two teams play again tonight at 5:10 with former AppleSox Tommy Milone getting the start against the Twin’s Jose Barrios.

Also in the American League West last night as we open up the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

A 3-run 6th inning was highlighted by Hunter Pence’s 2-run home run as Texas beat Boston for the 2nd-straight night, this time 9-to-5.

Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit back-to-back homers in a 3-run 6th inning for Oakland as the A’s topped the Rays 4-to-3.

Yordan Alverez’s 2-run home run capped a 4-run 5th and the Astros hung on to beat Milwaukee 10-to-8.

Shohei Ohtani and Juston Bour hit home runs in a 5-run first inning and the Angels went on for a 5-3 win over the Dodgers.

So, EVERYONE in the American League West posted wins on Tuesday EXCEPT the Mariners.

Alex Morgan scored FIVE goals as the US embarrassed Thailand yesterday 13-nil at the Women’s World Cup in France…

The U-S also outshout Thailand 40-to-2 in its win in Group F play.  The win earned the United States team 3-points in pool play and will next face Chile Sunday. 

By the way, if you’re wondering, five goals in a game is called a glut.  2 is a brace.  3 is a hat-trick.  4 is a haul.  Five is a glut.  Six is a double hat-trick and 7 is a haul trick.

The Seahawks continue mini-camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  Coach Pete Carroll met with the press following the first day of camp yesterday…

The Hawks will wrap up the mini-camp tomorrow and then turn the players loose until training camp begins in late July.

Thanks Eric.

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.