NCWLIFE Evening News June 18th, 2020

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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, A Wenatchee man who lost his right to own a firearm and had them restored by a judge three years ago is now accused of threatening another man with a handgun. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a statement criticizing King County for refusing to honor its immigration holds on 34-year-old Jorge Alcantara-Gonzales, a murder suspect who was captured Sunday after a three-week manhunt off Blewett Pass, and, More than week after an estimated 1,300 people marched in Wenatchee seeking an end to police brutality nationwide, the Wenatchee Valley’s two mayors released statements Wednesday about the social movement.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A fire up Nahahum Canyon about three miles outside Cashmere destroyed several outbuildings and burned within feet of a home Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported just after noon and crews battled the blazes until about 4 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire District 6 Chief Phil Mosher said crews from Fire District 6, the Cashmere Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources assisted in keeping the fire from spreading to the home and nearby grassy hillside. . .

A Wenatchee man who lost his right to own a firearm and had them restored by a judge three years ago is now accused of threatening another man with a handgun. 57-year-old Gary Dean Harlow was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault in Douglas County over a road rage incident, in which he allegedly followed another driver to a gas station on June 11, and accused him of cutting off Harlow in traffic on Highway 28 and Grant Road.

East Wenatchee police say Harlow held a handgun in its holster and made numerous verbal threats to kill the victim. He lost his firearms rights over a 2014 reckless endangerment conviction, and had them restored in 2017. Harlow is due to be arraigned June 29th. Police say they’re also asking Chelan County to revoke his concealed weapons permit.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a statement criticizing King County for refusing to honor its immigration holds on 34-year-old Jorge Alcantara-Gonzales, a murder suspect who was captured Sunday after a three-week manhunt off Blewett Pass. Michael Melendez, an acting field officer for ICE in Seattle said QUOTE This is yet another example of a resource that our law enforcement partners could have used to keep a dangerous criminal off the streets UNQUOTE.

Alcantara-Gonzalez is suspected in the killing of 41-year-old Ian Eckles of Kent. In its statement, ICE documented the numerous times dating back to 2017 that Alcantara-Gonzalez was arrested for various crimes, then released from the jail in King Count, despite ICE detainers. In addition, ICE said Alcantara-Gonzalez, a Mexican citizen, was deported three times by Border Patrol agents between 2003 and 2013. He currently is in the Kittitas County Jail, with yet another ICE detainer should he be released at some point.

More than week after an estimated 1,300 people marched in Wenatchee seeking an end to police brutality nationwide, the Wenatchee Valley’s two mayors released statements Wednesday about the social movement.

East Wenatchee Mayor Jerrilea Crawford says, quote, “It would be reckless of me, as your mayor, to think that the status quo is OK. I know there is room for improvement in our valley and my words will mean nothing without action.”

There were no arrests during the event, but Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz wrote, “To those who attended with the intent to intimidate and create conflict, your presence did not reflect the values of the Wenatchee community.”

The June 6th demonstration was monitored by a few dozen bystanders who were visibly armed. Kuntz said Wednesday he would not expand on who he was referring to in his statement. He went on to say, quote, “Instead of choosing to let this event deepen racial, political and economic divides, I encourage our community to connect with each other in constructive collaboration, seeking to better the quality of life for everyone.”

Coming up next, A popular Leavenworth climbing area has been purchased by a conservation non-profit group. The West Cashmere Bridge is slowly being dismantled to make way for construction of a new bridge, Highway 2 overpass and a roundabout, the largest public works project in Chelan County history, and, An influential sleep researcher who had his roots in Wenatchee died on Wednesday. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Popular rock climbing routes in the Icicle Canyon will soon go from private ownership to public stewardship. The nonprofit Access Fund announced this week it’s bought the rock features known as Alphabet Rock and the Icehouse Boulders, just outside Leavenworth.

The purchase from landowner Scot Brower includes 11 acres of sites that have been traversed by climbers for years. The Access Fund says it will transfer the property later this year to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The West Cashmere Bridge is slowly being dismantled to make way for construction of a new bridge, Highway 2 overpass and a roundabout, the largest public works project in Chelan County history.

Last week and this week, crews have been cutting through concrete decks to make panels that weigh thousands of pounds. Those panels are then are lifted away as a containment system below the bridge catches any loose debris. When work is completed on the deck, crews will then start removing the concrete entrance to the north. The bridge trusses are expected to be removed in September using a massive crane after a work trestle is built above the bridge. The existing bridge was built in 1929 and was deemed unsafe. The new 25.5-million-dollar bridge, overpass and roundabout are expected to be completed in winter 2021.

An influential sleep researcher who had his roots in Wenatchee died on Wednesday. Dr. William C. Dement, who illustrated the relationship

between dreaming and rapid eye movement in the 1950s, was born right here in 1928.

He broke new ground in the study of narcolepsy, sleep disorders, and sleep apnea, and discovered the five stages of sleep using EEG monitors to record patients’ brain activity.

He spent his academic and research career at Stanford University, and wrote several influential books on the field of sleep. William Dement was 90 years old.

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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The Washington National Guard has become a key member of the firefighting teams that are dispatched to wildland fires throughout the state each year. In tonight’s feature story, guard helicopter crews were out recently practicing water drops near Ellensburg as part of their recertification. The crews can drop 660 gallons with every bucket, here’s a look. . .

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.

Just when we thought fences were mended in baseball between management and players, we realize there’s still major wholes in that fence…

Word came out Wednesday afternoon that Major League Baseball and its players were agreeable to a new proposal of a 60-game schedule with players receiving full, pro-rated salaries.  This followed four hours of face-to-face discussions between MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark.  Now Clark came out last night and said the players want more games.

Today, the players union counter-proposed a 70-game season and expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021…

In a statement announcing the proposal, Tony Clark said, quote, we believe this offer represents the basis for an agreement on resumption of play, end quote.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that among the details in the proposal are:  a 70-game season from July 19 through September 30; full prorated pay; spring training to begin June 26-28; expanded playoffs to 16 teams in 2020 and 2021; and a universal designated hitter for this and next season.

Now the ball is squarely back in Rob Manfred’s court.  We’ll see what ownership and he decide.

As Major League Baseball attempts to heal an image tarnished in a squabble over money, minority players are stepping into the Black Lives Matter discussion.  On opening day in 2019, of the 882-players on Major League rosters, only 68 were African American.  The Mariners have 10…

Friday is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free.

In honor of that and the social unrest in our country right now, the Mariners Friday will debut “Black Voices in Baseball” a virtual panel.  The hour-long program will include Dee Gordon, J.P. Crawford, Shed Long, Kyle Lewis and moderated by Dave Sims.  Sims is one of only two black play-by-play announcers in Major League Baseball.

African American players also lent their time to a video message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this week…

Seattle’s “Black Voices in Baseball” will be available on the Mariner’s YouTube channel tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.

The University of Washington just received a large injection of talent via a graduate transfer moving to Seattle…

Kevin Thomson, the Big Sky Player of the Year last year for Sacramento State, has decided to make a graduate transfer and play his final year of eligibility this fall at Washington.

The 6-2, 200-pound dual threat quarterback threw for 3,216 yards and 27-touchdowns in 12-games last season while rushing for 619-yards and 12 touchdowns.

The graduate from Auburn-Riverside High School originally signed with UNLV in 2014 and transferred the following season to Sacramento State.  Now, he’s coming closer to home.

Strangely, the team Thomson would have been playing for this season, visits Husky Stadium September 12th.  Now he’ll be on the opposite sideline.

Mike Leach is returning to Pullman…in 2031…

Well, its conceivable at least.  Washington State University announced two nonconference games against Mississippi State Wednesday, potentially reuniting Leach and his former program.

The Cougars and Bulldogs would play in Starkville, Mississippi on August 31, 2030, and then in Pullman on August 30, 2031.  Provided Leach is still coaching at MSU, it would pit the third-winningest coach in program history against his former club.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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 night.