NCWLIFE Evening News June 7th, 2021

NCWLIFE Evening News June 7th, 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, A Seattle man faces possible charges of kidnapping and assault after allegedly tying up and beating his partner at a Chelan County cabin./ A 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg Saturday in a broad-daylight shooting in East Wenatchee./ Travel on Interstate 90 was disrupted over the weekend by a pair of wrecks and a brush fire, and, a Rock Island man faces trial for manufacturing drugs in a home Grant County drug agents are trying to seize through the courts.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

An Ephrata High School student drowned in a canal Thursday night on the eve of his graduation.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Jesus Contreras, 18, was swept away in the current of an irrigation canal about four miles south of Ephrata.

The sheriff’s office said Contreras was swimming with friends in the canal about 6 p.m. when he slipped beneath the surface and his friends lost sight of him. The sheriff’s department used a drone to find Contreras’ body about 100 yards downstream about 7 p.m.

A Seattle man faces possible charges of kidnapping and assault after allegedly tying up and beating his partner.

62-year-old Calisle (KAL-aisle) Simpson Dean was arrested Friday afternoon by Chelan County sheriff’s deputies, after the woman was treated for a fractured rib and other injuries at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.

The woman told investigators she and Dean were staying at his vacation cabin up Icicle Road when he attacked her, tied her hands with painters tape, and kicked and punched her repeatedly. The victim said the ordeal began about 12:30 a.m. Friday, and went on for hours. Dean was held in jail over the weekend, and scheduled to make his first appearance today in Chelan County Superior Court.

A 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg Saturday in a broad-daylight shooting in East Wenatchee. Police say it appears gang-related. Multiple shots were fired in the altercation near Ninth Street Northeast and North Baker Avenue, reported at 1:28 p.m. East Wenatchee police said the gunfire broke out after one group of individuals had arrived at a home near the intersection to confront another group. The victim, who lives in East Wenatchee, received a wound to the leg and was taken by a private vehicle to Central Washington Hospital immediately after being shot. He was treated and discharged after about three hours. Police Chief Rick Johnson said several search warrants were served over the weekend as part of an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been reported.

A Rock Island man may face trial soon over a drug raid which could also cost him ownership of his house.

Jay Daniel Doty was charged last year with felony possession of DMT, a psychoactive drug that can be made in small laboratories. Grant County drug agents searched his home in 2017 in connection with a Moses Lake case, and allegedly found DMT plus the equipment to make it.

Grant County’s narcotics team then sued to take away Doty’s Hurst Landing home in an asset forefeiture. That case has not been resolved, and Doty’s criminal trial is still pending. A new trial date was due to be set today in Douglas County Superior Court.

Travel on Interstate 90 was disrupted over the weekend by a pair of wrecks and a brush fire. The Washington State Patrol said just before noon Friday afternoon east of Cle Elum, a westbound driver suffered a medical issue and his van crossed the median into the eastbound lanes where it hit a guardrail before crossing the interstate again and striking a pickup in the westbound lanes. The driver of the van was transported to the hospital where he was reported in stable condition. The driver of the pickup was not injured.

The state patrol said about 2 a.m. Saturday, a pickup pulling a flatbed that was not properly secured rolled while traveling eastbound about 13 miles east of Ellensburg. The driver was not injured

Then Sunday afternoon, a brush fire on the shoulder of Interstate 90 forced the closure of an eastbound lane east of the Vantage Bridge near the Wild Horse Monument.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the fire was reported just before 5 p.m. and had grown to about 40 acres by 5:40 when a state Department of Natural Resources helicopter was brought in. The fire was reported under control about 7:40 p.m.

Coming up next, Firefighters had to use hand tools to gain control of a six-acre brush fire south of the Beebe Bridge in Douglas County Sunday afternoon./ Firefighters in Manson had an especially busy day Sunday, responding to three separate blazes./ The Mill Bay RV Park near Manson has been vacant since September, but it’s still a source of ongoing legal controversy, and, A 2019 dash cam video of a suspect crashing into a power pole outside Moses Lake will be featured June 15th on the TV show Body Cam. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Firefighters had to use hand tools to gain control of a six-acre brush fire south of the Beebe Bridge in Douglas County Sunday afternoon. The Orondo Fire Department said the fire about six moles south of the bridge was sparked by target shooting.

Crews responded about 2:20 p.m. to find a one-acre fire spreading up the hillsides off the Columbia River. A second alarm brought firefighters from throughout Douglas and Chelan counties who were unable to reach the fire with the hoses on their trucks. The hand crews were able to direct the fire into rocky areas and limit it to six acres.

in Manson had an especially busy day Sunday, responding to three separate blazes. In addition to providing support to the hillside brush fire south of the Beebe Bridge, they also had to deal with a fire at Mill Bay Resort involving large logs.

The logs were part of the resort sign in Manson that somehow caught on fire. A mini excavator was used to remove the logs and break them apart before they were extinguished.

Manson firefighters also responded Sunday afternoon to a one-acre brush and grass fire in the area of Boyd Loop Road and Winesap Avenue outside Manson.

The Mill Bay RV Park near Manson has been vacant since September, but it’s still a source of ongoing legal controversy.

Last month, a federal judge ruled the longtime occupants owed $1.4 million in damages to the Colville Confederated Tribes and the U.S. government, for illegally occupying land held by tribal members. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson said a lease expiration in 2009 meant the RV park should have shut down. Instead, more memberships were sold and the park community operated until summer 2020.

Peterson says the RV Park members now must pay damages for trespassing. The Mill Bay members are asking for a review by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A 2019 dash cam video of a suspect crashing into a power pole outside Moses Lake will be featured June 15th on the TV show Body Cam.  The show will air on the Investigation Discovery Chanel from 9 to 10 p.m.

On October 29th, 2019, a Moses Lake Police officer was attempting to pull over 32-year-old James Milner of Moses Lake when he led them on a pursuit on Patton Boulevard where the speeding suspect lost control and hit the power pole. None of the occupants of Milner’s vehicle were injured but a live power line came down on the officer’s vehicle and he had to wait in the car for a PUD crew to cut the power.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story, back in May, efforts in Congress failed to create an investigative commission on the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. Now congressional Democrats are wondering what’s next. 8th District Representative Kim Schrier was in our studios last week. She voted for the investigation bill, which passed the House but failed in the Senate. . .

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 Mariners split a four-game series with the Angels over the weekend, earning a 9-5 victory Sunday…

Donovan Walton provided a spark as the 9th man in the batting order for Seattle that helped Logan Gilbert earn his first victory on the mound as a professional.  Walton’s big hit came with the game tied at 1 in the top of the 3rd

It took until his 5th start in the Majors, but the run support helped Logan Gilbert notch his first win by going 5-innings and giving up just 1-run on 2-hits with 7-strikeouts…

Despite a wild 9th inning that saw both teams combine for 8-runs, Seattle hung on for the victory.  Manager Scott Servais was happy for Gilbert to get the win…

Seattle has the day off today before beginning a 3-game series in Detroit tomorrow afternoon.

Taking a look at the rest of the American League West on Sunday, Jose Altuve and Chas McCormick hit home runs in Houston’s 6-3 win over Toronto at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York.  The Blue Jays still don’t have a home field in Toronto because of COVID-19.

Tampa Bay erased a 1-run deficit with three in the 8th and scored another 4 in the 9th for good measure in a 7-1 win over Texas.  Yandy Diaz had a home run and drove in three for the Rays.

Germán Márquez and two relievers held Oakland to 1-run on 8-hits and struck out eleven A’s batters in Colorado’s 3-1 win.

Oakland still leads the West by a game over Houston.  Seattle remains 5-games back in 3rd place.

The Wenatchee AppleSox went 1-and-2 over the weekend in Portland to begin West Coast League play, including Sunday’s 11-1 defeat at the hands of the Pickles…

Bradley McVay and five relievers held Wenatchee to one run on 4-hits and struck out 10.  The lone bright spot for Wenatchee came off the bat of catcher Ben Leid in the top of the 3rd

The opposite-field home run caused some confusion for both Leid and the umpires, who had to confer before deciding the ball had cleared the fence and was a solo home run.

The AppleSox have the day off today before returning home to host the Walla Walla Sweets in the first of three games tomorrow at 6:35. After three with Walla Walla, Wenatchee hosts Bellingham for three this weekend.  By the way, our own Eric Granstrom will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch prior to Thursday’s game against the Sweets.

In other West Coast League play Sunday, Jaden Sheppard’s two-run single in the bottom of the 8th was the difference for Cowlitz as the Bears came from behind to beat Walla Walla 5-4.

Kody Darcy hit two home runs and drove in 4 to lead Ridgefield to a 13-nothing win over Bend.  The Raptors swept all three games from the Elks over the weekend.

Garett Lake’s 2-run home run highlighted a 3-run 10th inning as Port Angeles overcame Bellingham 10-7.  The Bells led the game at one point 7-nothing before the Lefties began their comeback in the 6th.

Chase Graves’ bases-loaded triple helped lead Yakima Valley to a 10-1 win over Corvallis.  Kenny Johnson earned the win on the mound, going 6-innings and allowing no runs on 3-hits with 6-strikeouts.

The only game on the schedule in the West Coast League today has Port Angeles hosting Corvallis at 6:35 tonight.

Taking a look at the boys basketball scoreboard from over the weekend…

Chelan beat Quincy Friday 87-53 and turned around to beat Omak Saturday 71-50.  Lake Roosevelt’s games over the weekend were cancelled.  And in Big-9 play Saturday, Davis beat Moses Lake 82-65.

On the schedule tonight, Cashmere travels to Quincy while Manson hosts Moses Lake Christian at 7:30.  Waterville-Mansfield hosts Bridgeport tonight at 8.

In girl’s play Friday, Cascade Christian Academy beat Wenatchee’s JV 42-to-12.  Chelan got by Quincy 49-27.  Lake Roosevelt and Omak’s game Friday was cancelled.  So too was the Raider’s game against Brewster Saturday.  Chelan edged Omak Saturday 46-42.

On the girls schedule today, Cashmere plays at Quincy at 6.  Also at 6 it’s Manson hosting Soap Lake and Cascade Christian Academy at Entiat.  The Bridgeport and Waterville-Mansfield girls tip it up at 6:30.

Eastmont Lanes will be a busy place this afternoon in girls bowling…

Eastmont entertains Moses Lake while Wenatchee takes on Selah.  It all gets underway at 3:30.

Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval celebrated the graduates from the Class of 2021 Saturday night with five classes or racing…

Wenatchee’s Luke Schall grabbed the checkered flag in the main event of the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars.  East Wenatchee’s Cameron Doyle was second followed by Union Gap’s Jim Zorrozua.

Chad Holaday continued his dominance in the Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods with a victory.  Ephrata’s Bart Hector, Junior was second followed by Patrick Mullins of Naches in third.

It was a night for out-of-towners in the three other classes, beginning with the Plumb Perfect Roadrunners.  Arlington’s Dawson Cox won the main event with Jackson Beckel of Snohomish taking second.  East Wenatchee’s Kyle Spaulding was 3rd.

Then, in the Northwest Pro 4 Trucks main event, Stanwood’s Chris Whisman finished first followed by Everett’s Terry Warren and Belfair’s Jeremy Pratt.

Finally, in the WMRA Midget main event, the checked flag fell for Spanaway’s Tony Seidelman.  Nik Larson of Graham was second followed by Olympia’s Garrett McLees third.

The next race at the Super Oval will be June 19th to celebrate Father’s Day Night.  Racing will include the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models, Mountain Dew Jr. Late Models, Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Thunder Cars, Holaday’s Custom Muffler B-Mods, Bandoleros and Northwest Vintage Modifieds.

Thanks Eric.

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