NCWLIFE Evening News March 18, 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 road rage incident on Highway 2 near Cashmere landed a 25-year-old Bellingham man in jail last week, and, A Navy fighter jet had to make an emergency landing at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A one-vehicle fatal crash closed down SR 28 in the Quincy area early Sunday morning. State troopers identified the victim as 24 year old Angel Munoz-Sandoval of Tabasco, Mexico.

Troopers say the driver lost control of his car about 5 miles east of Quincy. The car ran off the highway and rolled over several times before ending up on the Westbound shoulder. The driver was ejected and declared dead at the scene. The cause is under investigation. Highway 28 was shut down for several hours during Sunday’s predawn hours.

A road rage incident on Highway 2 near Cashmere landed 25-year-old Tucker Matthewson of Bellingham man in jail last week. Matthewson is accused of pointing a gun at two women in another vehicle. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol said it’s unclear what led to the incident. . .

Matthewson was charged with second-degree assault.

A Navy fighter jet had to make an emergency landing at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake last week after one of its crew members suffered hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen. Port Facilities Director Rich Mueller said the EA-18G Growler remains at the airport.

Coming up next, Governor Jay Inslee has made his choice on who will replace Judge John Hotchkiss on the Douglas County Superior Court bench. Sunday and Monday were bump-stock buyback days at the Wenatchee headquarters of the Washington State Patrol, and, U.S. Highway 2 near Leavenworth was closed for over 3 hours Sunday because of a snow slide. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Brian C. Huber has been chosen by Governor Jay Inslee to replace retiring Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss.

Huber has more than two decades of legal experience. He is currently a partner at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward in Wenatchee where he focuses on issues from agricultural law and civil litigation to employment, real estate and tribal law. In addition to his civil litigation practice, Huber also serves as a court-appointed arbitrator in civil disputes.

A longtime resident of East Wenatchee, Huber has long been involved in the area’s Appleatchee Riders Association, a non-profit equestrian center that supports 4-H clubs, high school equestrian teams and other horse-related activities. Judge Hotchkiss retires on March 31st.

Sunday and Monday were bump-stock buyback days at the Wenatchee headquarters of the Washington State Patrol. For $150, people could bring in their bump stocks, devices used to make semi-automatic rifles fire more rapidly. As of March 26th, they will be illegal throughout the United States. Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol Told NCWLIFE’s Cal FitzSimmons business hasn’t exactly been brisk. . .

U.S. Highway 2 near Leavenworth was closed for over 3 hours Sunday because of a snow slide. The slide occurred 5 miles west of town near a Forest Service Road at milepost 93. Snow from the slide covered both lanes of the highway.

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,Wednesday is the first official day of Spring but a lot of folks are getting a jump start on their spring cleaning. Its definitely a busy time of the year for car wash businesses as motorists line up to clean off the winter road grime. This was the scene at the Jet Pro autowash on North Wenatchee Avenue.

The bright sunshine and warmer temperatures also brings more visitors to Wenatchee’s riverfront parks. NCWLife’s Steve Hair caught up with two of those folks enjoying the change in weather. . .

Another sure sign of spring is when the parking lot at the North Wenatchee SavMart store is transformed into a garden center. Steve Hair was there too as they were off-loading trees and shrubs. . .

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 Wenatchee Wild head for the southern tip of Vancouver Island tied a game-apiece in their second-

That after a split in the first two games over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center.  In Game 1 Friday night, the Capitals won a see-saw battle 3-2.

In Game 2 Saturday night, Matt Gosiewski scored two first period goals to stake the Wild to a 2-nil lead heading into the first intermission and electrifying the over 2,000 fans at the Town Toyota Center.

But Cowichan Valley would not go softly into the night as the Caps roared back to tie it with two, second period goals. 

We’ll pick up the highlights with the scored tied in the second.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee will play at Cowichan Valley in Games 3 and 4 tomorrow and Wednesday.  Game 5 is back in Wenatchee Friday.  If necessary, Game 6 would be back south of Victoria Sunday and Game 7 at the Town Toyota Center a week from tomorrow.

They say defense wins championships.  Such was the case over the weekend for the Wenatchee Valley College Lady Knights basketball team as they picked up their fourth NWAACC title in school history…

W-V-C beat Umpquah 74-70, holding the Riverhawk’s starters scoreless in the first half.  Lady Knight’s all-time leading scorer Ashlynn Burgess was named the Tournament MVP.  Chasity Spady sank the final four free throws for Wenatchee Valley to seal the deal and was named the Tournament’s Most Inspirational Player.

Opening up the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys soccer over the weekend…

In one of three games played at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl Saturday, Cascade shot down Prosser in a non-league game 7-to-1.

In the nightcap, seen LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel, Eastmont erased a two-goal deficit with two, late goals to tie Sunnyside.  The game remained tied at 2-2 through two, five minute overtimes, so it came down to a shootout.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The Wildcats improved to 3-and-oh on the season, 1-and-oh in Big 9 play with the victory.

Local teams had to travel to Western Washington to be able to play baseball over the weekend…

Wenatchee shut out Sumner Friday 2-0, then fell to Richland Saturday 9-to-6.  The Bombers then fell to the Eastmont Wildcats 6-1 before Eastmont lost to Sumner 4-1. 

Cashmere was also at Orting High School to face Naches Valley, falling in the doubleheader to the Rangers 8-4 and 13-3.

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Fast Pitch Softball Scoreboard…

Eastmont swept Curtis 16-9 and 13-12 for its first wins for the season.

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder boys lacrosse team went 1-and-1 over the weekend…

Wenatchee had no trouble with Hermiston Friday night in the Apple Bowl, winning 18-to-4.  Jake Rhyner led the way with 5 goals.  Also score 3-each were Triston Ploch; Jake Strahm; and John Walker.

The Thunder traveled to the West Side Saturday and fell to Juanita 14-to-2.

Gary Payton Pritchard led all scorers with 20-points as Oregon blew out Washington for the Pac-12 Tournament Title Saturday in Vegas 68-48…

The lone highlight for the Huskies was Matisse Thybulle surpassing Gary Payton for the all-time steals record in the Pac-12 with his 322nd in the second half.

So for Washington, it would be a waiting game to see if they’d receive an at-large big on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament…

We’d first learn that Gonzaga, Duke, Virginia and North Carolina would receive Number 1 seeds.  Then, the brackets would be announced.  Gonzaga is in the West and will play Thursday at 4:30 against the winner of the play-in between Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View.  Washington is a 9-seed in the Midwest Region and will face Utah State in the first-round Friday at 3:50.  Oregon is a 12-seed in the South and will play Wisconsin Friday at 1:30.  Arizona State has a chance to earn a spot in the round of 64 with a play-in game Wednesday at 6pm against St. John’s.

The Mariners swept two games in the Tokyo Dome over the weekend against the Yumiuri Giants, including 6-5 yesterday…

Ichiro thrilled the capacity crowd early in the game, displaying the cannon of an arm he still possesses…

Mitch Hanniger’s 2-run home run tied it in the 7th.  Backup catcher David Freitas broke a the tie in the 8th

Back in Arizona, the Mariners have a split-squad game with the Chicago Cubs tomorrow before opening the season Wednesday and Thursday in Tokyo with Oakland. 

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

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.