NCWLIFE Evening News June 26, 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, A suspect led Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase early Tuesday morning. East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says the police department is in the process of making some changes in response to recommendations made in a highly-critical outside review of the agency, and, Chelan County Commissioner Doug England questions a recent series of reports by the Wenatchee World concerning conditions at the regional jail.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One person was killed and another airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after a three-vehicle crash on Blewett Pass this morning.

The wreck, about three miles south of the summit, involved a car and a commercial vehicle according to the Washington State Patrol. Traffic was halted in both directions for several hours after the 10:00 a.m. accident. The pass re-opened around 2:30. Both the person killed and the seriously injured person were riding in the car. Details on the cause of the crash and the identities of the victims have not yet been released.

A suspect led Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase early Tuesday morning that ended shortly after the suspect’s Mercedes crashed into an unoccupied car in East Wenatchee.

Arrested was 22-year old Joey Shoo-Garcia of East Wenatchee. The incident started about 1:00 a.m. on Fancher Field Road when the deputy tried to stop the Mercedes for expired tabs.

But Shoo-Garcia reportedly failed to stop and led the deputy on a pursuit into town that reached up to 80 miles per hour. He eventually crashed into a parked car in the 1500 block of Baker Avenue. The sheriff’s office said Shoo-Garcia then attempted to flee on foot but was later located and arrested.

East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy says the police department is in the process of making some changes in response to recommendations made in a highly-critical outside review of the agency.

The so-called LEMAP report was compiled by an independent panel of leading law enforcement officials at the City’s request following grievances by the police officers union concerning claims of mismanagement by Chief Randy Harrison and Assistant Chief Ray Coble. The review identified outdated record keeping, lack of top down communication, inadequate training programs and general low officer morale as issues in need of improvement.

Lacy responded in an interview with the Wenatchee World that QUOTE, the, “administration is drafting a plan to follow some, but not all, of the recommendations.” UNQUOTE. He said the plans were expected to be completed within a week or so. The Mayor said he does not intend to fire anyone based on the report’s findings. Meanwhile, David Simmons with the Teamsters Local No. 760 told the World that the report confirms much of what the officers identified in a vote of no confidence against the Chief and Coble.

Chelan County Commissioner Doug England questions a recent series of reports by the Wenatchee World concerning conditions at the regional jail. The World was given a tour of the facility resulting in a three-part series of reports that described a deteriorating facility that poses a danger to inmates as well as corrections officers. Commissioner England takes exception to the reports as well as a subsequent newspaper editorial that criticized the County for ignoring jail safety issues. . .

England noted that more upgrades including additional surveillance camera are on the way in response to concerns raised several months ago by the Union that represents the jail corrections staff.

Coming up next, Legal fireworks go on sale this Friday all across the state but not all cities and counties have the same rules when it comes to lighting them off. The new Quincy Public Market is now open, we will give you a peek, and, If you live in the tiny town of Wauconda in Okanogan County you saw something Tuesday that’s very unusual for this time of year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Legal fireworks go on sale this Friday all across the state. But, as NCWLIFE’s Kyle Montgomery tells us, not all county and city jurisdictions have the same rules and regulations concerning fireworks. . .

The new Quincy Public Market is now open. However, a handful of vendors and businesses within the market have not been fully set up or opened.

Market owner Janet Jones says they expect everybody to be set up by the end of next week and officially have the whole market open to the public. The concept for the market comes from an adopted market-style that has become popular in places such as Los Angeles and Munich and is similar to Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market. The market will feature a brewery, wine tasting, produce section, coffee shop, bakery, and restaurant when all vendors are officially set up and open for business.

If you live in the tiny town of Wauconda in Okanogan County you can expect to get a lot of winter snow. But snow in late June is a different story and it caught a lot of people by surprise Tuesday. The Washington State Department of Transportation had to dispatch its Tonasket crew to plow what it described as a couple inches of wintry mix Tuesday morning on State Route 20. Wauconda sits at thirty-five-hundred feet in elevation.

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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In tonight’s feature story, Confluence Health is holding an informational meeting tomorrow night regarding the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and education. On this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program here on the NCWLIFE Channel, Doctor Jennifer Jorgensen told host Dan Kuntz that with today’s technology, a colonoscopy isn’t the only tool available to check for colon cancer. . .

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 casual fisherman who has spent any time on Lake Chelan will tell you there seems to be an increase in population of Chinook Salmon.  The bi-catch, meaning catching a species of fish such as Chinook while targeting a different fish, such as Kokanee, has increased over the past two years.

Travis Maitland is the local biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  He says Lake Chelan Chinook have adopted a run from the lower end of the lake feeding and growing, to running up-lake to spawn in the Stehekin River in the fall…

Not only are there more Chinook in Chelan, but if you’re lucky enough to catch one, you’re in for a treat when you eat it…

So how do you catch Chinook in Chelan?  We’ll talk more about that tomorrow on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Wenatchee’s six-game winning streak came to a crashing end last night with a 14-5 loss at Victoria…

The HarbourCats jumped on AppleSox starter Gavin Gorrell, scoring four runs before the fans at Royal Athletic Park could get their seats warm.  Victoria scored on two, bases-loaded walks and a two run single by Nate Pacota in the first frame, chasing Gorrell from the ballgame just two outs in.

Wenatchee tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, scoring on back-to-back RBI singles by Quinn Ayers and Jason Harayda and a sacrifice fly by Kodie Kolden.  But the ‘Cats came right back with a four spot of their own in the bottom of the 4th, highlighted by Griffin Paxton’s 2-run triple.

The AppleSox were led at the plate by Johnny Sage, who went 3-for-5 with 2-runs.  However any thought of a comeback was squelched in the 7th on a pinch-hit, grand slam home run by the HarbourCat’s Nick Adams.

The two teams will go at it again tonight at 6:35 with Ryan Long getting the start for Wenatchee against Victoria’s Jack Neely.

Also in the West Coast League on Tuesday…

Corvallis took advantage of two Ridgefield errors to score 5, first-inning runs and held on for the 7-3 victory.  The Knights were led by Matthew Gretler, who was 2-for-4 with 2-runs and an RBI.

Colin Suter threw eight innings of 3-hit, scoreless ball with six strikeouts to lead Portland past Kelowna 4-0.  John Jensen was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Pickles with a run.

Bend scored 3-runs to break a 1-1 tie in the 6th and went on to beat Walla Walla 4-2.  Wryland McKnight tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory of the season.

Yakima Valley was rained out at Port Angeles so they’ll try to make it up today with two, 7-inning games starting with the first at 5 o’clock.

And in non-league play, Derek Marshall hit a walk-off, two-run double as Bellingham came back to beat Highline 6-4.

Here are the latest standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Bellingham’s lead is now just a half-game after Victoria’s win over Wenatchee.  The AppleSox are tied with Yakima Valley for 3rd, 4-games back.  Port Angeles remains in 5th and Kelowna 6th.

Former AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzales threw 5-innings of 3-run ball and struck out four and helped his own cause with a sacrifice bunt in Seattle’s 8-3 win at Milwaukee…

The big inning for the Mariners came in the 3rd with an RBI-triple by J.P. Crawford; an RBI-double by Domingo Santana; and two-run home run by Daniel Vogelbach.

Seattle has yet to announce a starter for today’s game while the Brewers will go with Adrian Houser at 5:10.

Also in the American League West Tuesday…

Ronald Guzman was 2-for-3 with a home run and 2-RBI’s to lead Texas past Detroit 5-3.  Jesse Chavez was also stellar on the mound, allowing 1-run on 5-hits in 6-and-a-third with 7-strikeouts.

Yuli Gurriel was 2-for-3 with a 2-run home run and Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 with a solo shot and 3-runs in Houston’s 5-1 win over Pittsburgh.  Garritt Cole pitched 6-innings of one-run ball to earn his 7th victory on the mound.

Chad Pinder and Marcus Simien homered in a 6-run 5th inning as Oakland topped St. Louis 7-3. 

Luis Rengifo’s (wren-HE-fo) second-inning, 3-run home run was the difference as Los Angeles beat Cincinnati 5-1.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

One person was killed and another airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after a two-vehicle crash on Blewett Pass this morning.

The wreck, about three miles south of the summit, involved a car and a commercial vehicle according to the Washington State Patrol. Traffic was halted in both directions for several hours after the 10:00 a.m. accident. Both the person killed and the seriously injured person were riding in the car. Details on the cause of the crash and the identities of the victims have not yet been released.

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.