NCWLIFE Evening News June 2nd, 2021


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Okanogan County health authorities say people who seek out illicit painkillers may accidentally consume the powerful narcotic fentanyl./ What looked like an explosive device that was dropped off at a shipping store caused a hubbub in East Wenatchee last night, and, Problems on North Central Washington highways over the Memorial Day Weekend returned to pre-COVID-19 levels this year.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Firefighters were still on the scene this morning of a late Tuesday fire in South Wenatchee that destroyed a two-story manufactured home and garage.

Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Kay McKellar said a garage fire on Ridgeview Loop was reported just after 10 p.m. with crews from Chelan 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2 responding to find the fire had spread to the home.

The two occupants were able to escape unharmed and are being assisted by the Red Cross. Both the garage and home were destroyed. McKellar said after the fire spread to the attic it became especially challenging for firefighters who stayed on scene through the early morning hours.

Okanogan County health authorities say people who seek out illicit painkillers may accidentally consume the powerful narcotic fentanyl. The health department says unprescribed pills labeled as oxycontin or oxycodone have turned up containing fentanyl as their main ingredient.

In the last two weeks, several people seeking treatment tested positive for fentanyl, but believed they had been using oxycontin in pills known as “Mexis,” “M30s,” or “Blues.” Law enforcement says it’s common for fentanyl to be mislabeled as oxy on the black market.

What looked like an explosive device that was dropped off at a shipping store caused a hubbub in East Wenatchee last night. Police Chief Rick Johnson says someone packaged up an inert hand grenade and tried to send it through the UPS Store on Valley Mall Parkway.

Store managers became suspicious, and called police when they discovered the object about 6:40 p.m. Police closed off the 600 block of Valley Mall Parkway for about three hours until bomb technicians from the Yakima Training Center could arrive. Johnson said the grenade proved to be no threat, and there appears to have been no crime committed by the person who tried to send it.

Problems on North Central Washington highways over the Memorial Day Weekend returned to pre-COVID-19 levels this year.

The Washington State Patrol reported Tuesday that troopers arrested 27 people for DUI over the long weekend in District 6 and responded to 45 collisions.

District 6 encompasses Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Kittitas counties. It’s the most DUI arrests in the past five years for the holiday weekend, and up significantly from nine arrests in 2020, when the state was in its most restrictive phase of the COVID-19 lockdown. The 45 collisions also were a five year high with only 17 accidents over the Memorial Day Weekend last year.

The worst of the wrecks was a Monday morning collision between an SUV and a farm vehicle on Road 4 Northeast outside Moses Lake. The collision sent 68-year-old Virgil Redwine, the driver of the farm vehicle, to Central Washington Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the SUV, 37-year-old Rachel Bylin of Enumclaw, was hospitalized with lesser injuries. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Bylin failed to stop at a stop sign at Road E Northeast.

And a suspected drunk driver had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries after a three-vehicle wreck Saturday evening on Highway 173 near Rocky Butte. The State Patrol said 27-year-old Alex Martinezoros of Omak crossed the center line on the highway in his Volkswagen Passat and first hit a GMC Yukon, then a Ford Explorer before he was thrown from the Passat, which then caught on fire. A 40-year-old Bridgeport woman in the Yukon and a 12-year-old Bridgeport girl in the Explorer both were transported with unspecified injuries to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Martinezoros faces charges of DUI, reckless driving and speeding.

Coming up next, A Yakima woman has now been charged with vehicular homicide in a Blewett Pass collision that killed her 11-year-old son and two other people last August./ Work on the new Chelan County PUD Service Center at Olds Station has continued after being put on hold, we’ll tell you why, and, The time for outdoor burning has now passed in rural Chelan County areas. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Yakima woman has now been charged with vehicular homicide in a Blewett Pass collision that killed her 11-year-old son and two other people last August.

Chelan County prosecutors filed three felony counts last month against 44-year-old Marjorie Andrea Acevedo, who was summoned for her first court appearance today.

State troopers say Acevedo was passing a line of northbound vehicles just below the crest of Blewett when her Toyota Sequoia struck an oncoming Chevy S10 pickup in the southbound lane. Her son Jonathan and two occupants of the S10 were pronounced dead at the scene. Acevedo suffered multiple broken bones.

Construction crews at the Chelan County PUD’s new $139-million-dollar service center in Olds Station are back on full schedules after some of the work was delayed for almost two months by the discovery of a native artifact.

PUD Shared Services Director Dan Frazier said back on March 4th crews excavating the site found the unidentified artifact. He said a state archeologist as well as the Yakama and Colville Indian tribes were notified of the find. The PUD then was asked to do additional archeological work and shut down ground work on the facility. It wasn’t until May 11th that the PUD was given the go-ahead to resume the ground work. The type of artifact found is not being disclosed.

Frazier said it’s unclear how much the delay has set back the construction work. Ground was broken on the new service center last August with work originally expected to be completed in late 2022.

The time for outdoor burning has now passed in rural Chelan County areas. County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday declaring a moderate fire danger for two of the county’s three zones, dubbed the Chelan and Valley zones.

This means no outdoor burning of vegetation unless you’re in a designated campfire area, and take precautions like having water and a shovel on hand. The restrictions do not apply in the small northernmost Methow zone of the county.

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8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier spent part of her Memorial Day weekend touring the Wenatchee Valley. The pediatrician and second-term Democrat is based in Sammamish, but her district stretches all the way to the Columbia. She dropped by our Wenatchee studio yesterday to discuss her latest bill to help suppress wildfires with NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins. . .

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.

You’ll forgive the Wenatchee AppleSox for showing a little rust after not playing summer collegiate baseball for 656-days.  It certainly showed on both sides of the diamond last night as the Northwest Star Academy beat

The two teams combined for 16-errors, 7-hit batsman, and 24 men left on base.  Joel Norman had the call on Sunny FM…

The lone bright spot for Wenatchee offensively was centerfielder Enzo Apodaca out of Gonzaga.  He went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot and scored a run.

The two teams will meet again tonight at 6:35 at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium.

The only other game in the West Coast League last night saw the Port Angeles Lefties hold on for a 9-6 win over the Highline Bears, despite giving up 5-runs in the top of the 9th inning.

Highline and Port Angeles have an 11:05 start time this morning.  Ridgefield hosts Cowlitz in their opener tonight at 6:35.  And in Portland, the Pickles host the Portland Gherkins in a game at 7:05.

It’s never a good sign if you tune into your favorite baseball team in the top of the 9th inning and see a position player on the mound.  Such was the case for the Mariners last night in a 12-6 loss to Oakland…

Utility infielder Jack Mayfield was used to get the final out for Seattle in a game that saw the A’s score 10-runs over the final three innings.

One of the few bright spots for the Mariners as their 5-game winning streak came to an end was Tom Murphy’s at-bat in the bottom of the 8th

Marco Gonzales made his first start in over a month after being out with an injured pitching forearm.  He lasted 4-innings, allowing 1-run on 2-hits with 6-strikeouts and a walk.  Despite the way the game ended, manager Scott Servais was happy to see Marco back on the bump…

Seattle and Oakland will play the rubber match of the 3-game set tonight at 7:10 with Chris Flexin facing Sean Manaea.

Kyle Tucker continues to hit well for Houston as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 5-1. 

Ryan McMahon scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to give Colorado a 3-2 walk-off win over Texas.

Anthony Rendon’s 3-run double highlighted a 5-run 4th inning for Los Angeles as the Angels beat San Francisco 8-1.  Rendon finished with 5-RBI’s in the game.

Oakland’s lead in the West remains a half-game over Houston.  Seattle slipped to 3-and-a-half games out of first place with the loss.

The Wenatchee girls played their best half of basketball this season last night and trailed Eisenhower by just 5 at the break.  The Cadets outscored the Panthers 30-to-14 in the second half, however, and posted the 58-37 win…

Eisenhower was led by the overpowering play of junior wing Kiana (kee-AWE-nuh) Yesiki (YES! ih-key) with 27-points.  Wenatchee’s Kristina Bauman led the Panthers with 10.

Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

In other girls play last night, Davis downed Eastmont 59-26.  Moses Lake’s Anna Olsen drained 4, 3-pointers for 16-points to lead the Chiefs past West Valley 71-26.  Ephrata whipped Quincy 61-31.  Okanogan crushed Cascade 60-12.  Cashmere cleared Chelan 49-27.  Lesly Moreno scored 14 while Karla Torres had 12 as Bridgeport beat Entiat 61-53.  Lake Roosevelt toppled Tonasket 58-43.  It was Liberty Bell over Oroville 58-25 and Waterville-Mansfield notched a 53-42 win over Pateros.

Eastmont’s Spencer Heimbigner scored nine of his 22-points in the second quarter to lead the Wildcats to a 63-57 win over Davis in boys basketball last night…

Garrett Long had a season-high 29-points in Wenatchee’s 64-34 win at Eisenhower.  West Valley topped Moses Lake 57-39.  Quincy edged Ephrata 62-51.  Okanogan clocked Cascade 80-65.  Cashmere got by Chelan 65-56. 

Christian Lopez had 12-points and 8-rebounds to lead Bridgeport to a 49-38 win over Entiat. Lake Roosevelt took care of Tonasket 62-49.  Oroville rung Liberty Bell 64-57.  Almira-Coulee/Hartline notched a 64-41 win over Moses Lake Christian.  And Pateros popped Waterville-Mansfield 63-43.

Wenatchee had a league-high 770-points in its 3rd game in girls bowling Tuesday, sweeping 3 from Sunnyside with a final pin count of 2,108 to 1,435…

Kylah Hankins led the way for the Panthers with a team-high 233.  Kayla Musgrove turned in a 226 and Mackenzie Munro rolled a 204 as Wenatchee remained undefeated on the season.

And in NWAACC basketball last night, Wenatchee Valley split with Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco last night…

The Lady Knights were led by the 19-points of Grace Erdmann in a 59-34 victory.  WVC improved to 8-and-3 with the win.

And, despite 27-points from Jaylen Scott, the men fell for only the second time this season, losing to CBC 82-76.

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. . .

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