NCWLIFE Evening News June 19, 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, There were 38 people arrested for dealing drugs at the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater this year. We have another update tonight on the dog that was shot and left for dead near Beehive Reservoir in early June, and, It hasn’t yet reached the level of concern seen in Seattle but a task force is being formed to address a growing number of tent camps along the Columbia River in the Wenatchee Valley.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit assisted Homeland Security Investigations with a cross border air smuggling investigation on the Okanogan National Forest near the town of Mazama on Monday.

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley says Sergeant Gene Davis and his K9 partner Gunner assisted with a narcotics search of the area and K9 Gunner located two suitcases full of methamphetamine weighing 186 pounds.  The methamphetamine was located in a heavy brush area in the National Forest. The street value of the seized methamphetamine is estimated to be around one million dollars.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office saysthere were 38 people arrested for dealing drugs at the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater this year. That added up to a total of 97 felony charges. The county said all the arrests were for drug-dealing, not simple possession.

Several law enforcement agencies took part in the counter-drug operation Friday and Saturday in and around the festival site near George. The annual two-day electronic music festival has been troublesome for law enforcement for years.

In addition to arrests, there have been dozens of people treated for drug overdoses at nearby Quincy Valley Medical Center and three people have died since 2013.

This year, detectives seized Molly, LSD, mushrooms, cocaine, steroids, ketamine and thousands of dollars in cash. One handgun also was seized.

A dog found shot three times near Beehive Reservoir was shot by his owner. The man told police he shot the dog in an attempt to euthanize it. No charges for the shooting have yet been filed. The unidentified man said Louie had become vicious and attacked multiple family members in recent months, said Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department.

The pit bull-terrier dog was found June Fifth off Mission Ridge Road. Reinfeld said the owner came forward the next day and because he was an employee of Chelan County the case was turned over to Wenatchee police. The matter will now go to an outside prosecutor for review. Louie, now called Cane, underwent surgery to remove two bullets from his head last week and another surgery this week to remove a bullet from his shoulder.

It hasn’t yet reached the level of concern seen in Seattle but a task force is being formed to address a growing number of tent camps along the Columbia River in the Wenatchee Valley. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports the Chelan Douglas County Health District will put a panel together in response to increasing public safety concerns over drug use and conflicts between transients and Loop Trail users. . .

Coming up next, East Wenatchee city councilmember Chuck Johnson announced his resignation from the council effective at the end of this month. For the past several weeks, state crews have been taking down trees deemed hazardous to drivers along Highway 97 on Blewett Pass, and, Moses Lake Airport has been selected by an Israeli-based company to test fly a new electric-powered commuter aircraft. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Rock Island man has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to taking a joy ride through the Wenatchee Valley Mall in a BMW station wagon last month. Douglas County Superior Court Judge Brian Huber handed down the sentence for 31-year old Francisco Samuel Kehoe.

Kehoe was charged with felony DUI, malicious mischief, possession of methamphetamine and reckless endangerment after he crashed his car through the mall’s glass entry on May 8th and drove slowly through the main walkway before reversing direction and exiting out the building from where he entered. No one was injured.

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, East Wenatchee city councilmember Chuck Johnson announced his resignation from the council effective at the end of this month.

Johnson says he and his wife plan to move to Redmond to be closer to their son and daughter. Johnson served 13 years on the East Wenatchee council, and prior to that 10 years on the Wenatchee city council. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation by East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy at Tuesday’s meeting.

For the past several weeks, state crews have been taking down trees deemed hazardous to drivers along Highway 97 on Blewett Pass.

The U.S. Forest Service has been working with the Washington Department of Transportation on the safety project and now has a stack of logs ready for sale. The logs, at Sno Park, won’t be sold for firewood, the Forest Service says, but will be available for commercial bid June 24th.

Moses Lake Airport has been selected by an Israeli-based company to test fly a new electric-powered commuter aircraft. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Paris Air show where officials with the Port of Moses Lake watched Eviation Aircraft unveil its new all-electric plane called the “Alice”. . .

 “Alice” is a nine-passenger aircraft that is designed for short commuter flights between 100 and 600 miles at a speed of about 230 mph. Airport manager, Rich Mueller says Eviation Aircraft joins Japanese aircraft manufacturer Mitzubishi which currently uses Moses Lake for flight testing of its new regional jet. .

Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay announced at the Paris Air Show that the company is targeting 2022 for service start up pending FAA certification of the Alice aircraft.

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Tomorrow night at 7:00 here on the NCWLIFE Channel we will air a very special program called Saving Rae’Ana. She’s the little girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond back in February and was underwater for almost 20 minutes. Saving Rae’Ana will tell the story of the events that unfolded that day and throughout the 6-year olds recovery. NCWLIFE Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt and News Director Cal FitzSimmons talked to Dan Kuntz about Thursday night’s special. . .

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.

A big challenge facing BJ Kunts in her new job as Assistant Director of the WIAA is dwindling resources for member schools.  Kuntz says she may not have the answer but is forever hopeful for the future…

Kuntz found out about landing her new job a week ago and the phone’s been ringing off the hook ever since…

Kuntz is leaving her Alma matter where she’s worked since 1996 as a teacher and volleyball coach, and most-recently as the Dean of Students.  She says leaving is not easy…

We’ll have more on our discussion with BJ Kuntz on her goals for the WIAA tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Ryan Long was brilliant Tuesday, striking out 9 Lefties over seven, scoreless innings as Wenatchee beat Port Angeles 7-3…

Long, a six-six, 180-pound sophomore at Pamona-Pitzer College, hit the first batter of the game but then settled down to strike out at least one hitter over each of his seven innings.

Offensively, Cole McKenzie knocked the ball around the park with three hits in five plate appearances and score three times.  Quinn Ayers and Hunter Montgomery also collected two hits in the Wenatchee 13-hit night.

It was Wenatchee’s first road win of the season as the AppleSox improved to 5-and-8 while the Lefties fell to 6-and-7.  Game two of the three-game set is tonight at 6:35 with Henrik Reintersen going up against Dwayne Angebrandt.

Also in the West Coast League last night as we look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Dusty Garcia was 2-for-4 including a 2-run home run to lead Ridgefield to a 12-4 win at Cowlitz.  The Raptors collected 19-hits in the game with three-each by Aaron Zavala and Grayson Sterling.

Andy Atwood was 3-for-5 with 5-RBI’s to lead Corvallis to a 14-5 win over Bellingham.  The Knights also got three hits apiece from Jake Harvey and Brooks Lee.

Patrick Caulifield’s 3-run home run in the 5th inning was the difference as Walla Walla topped Portland 3-2.  Ty Hueckman combined with five Sweet pitchers to strike out 11 Pickles and hold Portland to 2-runs on 6-hits.

Nick Nygard and Gage Walla combined on a 5-hit shutout of Yakima Valley in Kelowna’s 3-nothing victory Tuesday.  The Falcons managed only 4-hits in the game but scored in each of the final three innings for the win.

Victoria feasted on Bend pitching with 21-hits in a 17-7 win at Royal Athletic Park.  Frankie Niemann led the attack, going 5-for-5 with 2-runs and 4-RBI’s as the HarbourCats improved to 8-and-5.

Here’s what the current standings look like in the WCL North…

Bellingham and Victoria are now tied for first place at 8-and-5.  Yakima Valley is 3rd at 6-and-6 while Port Angeles is 4th at 6-and-7.  Then you have the AppleSox, 3-games out of first place and Kelowna, last at 3-and-8.

Whit Merrifield hit a 3-run home run in the 4th and a 2-run bomb in the 8th with 6-RBI’s to lead Kansas City past Seattle 9-nothing…

Meanwhile on the mound, Homer Bailey pitched 7-and-two-thirds innings of no-runs, 5-hits and 6-strikeouts to earn the victory.  Seattle was held to just six hits in the game.

Yusei Kikuchi continued his struggles, going five innings and allowing 6-runs on 9-hits including two home runs.  His record is now 3-and-5 on the season.

The two teams play the rubber match of the three-game set this afternoon at 3:40 when Marco Gonzales goes to the mound against the Royal’s Brad Keller.

Checking the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Tyler Skaggs worked 7-and-one-third innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball to lead the Angels past Toronto 3-1.  Cole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin each hit solo homers for Los Angeles, as the Halos improved to 37-and-37 on the season.

Cincinnati scored three runs in the first inning off Justin Verlander and held on to beat Houston 3-2.  All three Reds runs were solo homers off Verlander, whose record fell to 9-and-3 on the season.

Jake Bauers was 3-for-5 with a home run to lead Cleveland past Texas 10-3.

Ramon Laureano went 4-for-5 including a 3-run home run as Oakland exploded for 16-runs on 15-hits in its 16-2 pounding of Baltimore.  Laureano’s was one of the Athletics’ 6 home runs on the day.

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.