NCWLIFE Evening News March 5, 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 garage is damaged in a predawn blaze in Wenatchee. A Moses Lake man apparently had had enough last week when he returned to his home to find it being burglarized for the second time in a week, and, Rae’Ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond February 21st, looked up from her hospital bed Monday and smiled at her mother.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The investigation into the cause of the Blue Bird fruit storage building fire is launched as the fire continues to actively burn. Smoke is still visible from the gutted structure as crews allow the interior to burn itself out. Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief, Phil Mosher says the ten storage units that burned contain boxed fruit and pallets. . . 

Chelan County Fire Marshal, Bob Plumb is leading the investigation and has called in agents with the Federal Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who arrived Monday afternoon. Mosher says both Blue Bird and Peshastin Hi-Up facilities have suspended operations for today due to road access safety issues. The two fruit cooperatives are expected to be back up and running Wednesday.

A garage is damaged in a predawn blaze in Wenatchee. Chelan County Fire District 1 with help from Douglas County Fire District 2 responded around 3:30 this morning.

It was located in a detached garage at a residence in the 300 block of Sunset Street. Officials say smoke was issuing from the structure when crews arrived. They say it was put out with damage limited to the garage interior. The cause is under investigation. No injuries reported.

A Moses Lake man apparently had had enough last week when he returned to his home to find it being burglarized for the second time in a week. Katlyn Lopez, a 31-year-old Army veteran, confronted the burglar, who was armed with a gun taken from the homeowner in the previous burglary, the Columbia Basin Herald reported.

During a tussle with the alleged burglar Lopez managed to call 911. Grant County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home in the 1000 block of Lowry Street to find the two men wrestling in the snow outside the house. Hernandez Santa Cruz was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen weapon. Lopez said QUOTE “I’m just glad the scumbag is in jail.” UNQUOTE.

Rae’Ana Rosenberg, the 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy Rock Island pond February 21st, looked up from her hospital bed Monday and smiled at her mother, Becca Shelton. Becca posted on Facebook it was QUOTE “the best birthday present I ever got.” UNQUOTE.

After showing steady progress in her recovery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rae’Ana experienced lung problems late last week and was put on an ECMO, a machine that helps oxygenate her blood. Becca said she is amazed by her daughter’s strength. QUOTE “I never thought I’d appreciate as much as I do now her determination and stubborn streak.” UNQUOTE.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family with expenses has raised just over $4,700. A Facebook fund-raising page has raised about $1,200.

Coming up next, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to all the state’s county sheriffs Monday trying to clear up what he says are widespread misunderstandings of the Washington’s new gun laws. The Wenatchee Downtown Association presented the annual Best of Downtown awards at the merchant group’s February 27th banquet, and, Former Mayor Jeff Gomes has been selected as Cashmere’s Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCW LIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to all the state’s county sheriffs Monday trying to clear up what he says are widespread misunderstandings of the Washington’s new gun laws.

Ferguson’s letter, which includes answers to frequently asked questions, is in response to several Eastern Washington sheriffs saying they won’t enforce Initiative 1639, approved by voters in November. Ferguson said the new laws are presumed constitutional unless a court rules otherwise.

Among the points highlighted by Ferguson, is that people now must be 21 or older to purchase a semiautomatic rifle but if they already own one they are not in violation. In addition, as of July 1, people can be charged for not securely storing a weapon if an unauthorized person, such as a child, gains access to the gun. But, there are no particular places or ways a weapon must be stored and law enforcement is not being asked to enter homes to check if weapons are being stored securely.

The Wenatchee Downtown Association presented the annual Best of Downtown awards at the merchant group’s February 27th banquet. This year’s Downtown’s Best award goes to Firehouse Pet Shop & Grooming. Downtown’s Best Eating Experience awarded to Iwa Sushi & Grill. Downtown’s Best New Business awarded to Julie Aynn Photography. Downtown’s Best Visual Merchandiser awarded to The Gilded Lily. Downtown’s Best Customer Service awarded to Pickle Papers. Downtown’s Best Professional Business awarded to Speidel Bentsen LLP.The Heart of Downtown Award went to Jeff & Heather Ostenson for their dedication to downtown. The Spirit of Downtown went to Roger Pollock for his years of dedicated service to the Wenatchee Downtown Association.

Former Mayor Jeff Gomes has been selected as Cashmere’s Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Gomes will be honored along with other honorees including Business of the Year, Jerry’s Auto Supply, at the Chamber’s annual banquet. Gomes is being recognized for his public service and community involvement. Gomes served as Cashmere’s fire chief prior to becoming mayor for 6 and a half years.

The Chamber has also picked the Cashmere Public Library to receive the first-ever Best Community Service award. The banquet is slated for April 19th at the Chelan County Expo Center. Tickets are available at the Chamber office.

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, Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center will be a very busy place with various events happening from now through the Summer. Jennifer Bushong, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Town Toyota Center, was a recent guest on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley where she talked about some of those events coming to the TTC. . .

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 will spend the next several days toiling at West Kelowna’s Royal LePage Place ice arena, trying to win its best-of-seven BCHL playoff series against the Warriors…

After winning a crazy Game 1 last Saturday 5-4, the Wild stubbed its collective toe Sunday, falling 5-1.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Royal LePage Place is a 15-hundred seat arena that wasn’t too kind to Wenatchee during the regular season.  The Wild went 1-and-2 on the road at West Kelowna and a win tonight would be the first at this facility in 171-days.

Arch Ecker will again have the call, which you can hear locally on 560AM KPQ or watch on Hockey TV dot com for a nominal prescription fee.

Parents of athletes are already aware, but YOU might not be…SPRING sports season is here! 

Yeah, you wouldn’t know it by the snow and bitter cold temperatures, but the local high schools have been practicing, mostly indoors, for the past two weeks with games SCHEDULED to begin this week.  Of course, everything is subject to change. 

Cashmere has already cancelled baseball games slated for Saturday.  Several other baseball and softball jamborees that were scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled or postponed.

And since Wenatchee’s Apple Bowl is the only field free of snow in the area, it’s going to see heavy use over the next week.  Eastmont’s home soccer match against Central Valley will be played Friday at 3 in the Apple Bowl, prior to Wenatchee’s scheduled game with Mead at 7.  Then on Saturday, Wenatchee plays Central Valley at 11 with Eastmont following against mead at 3.  Then at 5:30 Saturday, Wenatchee Valley lacrosse hosts Skyline in its first game of the season.

While those who were in the post season for winter sports are just beginning practice for spring sports, Cashmere’s Hailey Van Lith will not.  The all-star basketball player is focusing only on basketball.  But first, she says she’ll take a break to recover…

Meanwhile, teammate Grace Erdmann is strapping on her track shoes and can’t wait to make another run at State Basketball next year…

Speaking of schedules, the NCWLIFE Channel’s Spring Sports Broadcast Schedule is out…

We’d hoped to begin this week, but have pushed back our broadcast schedule to next week, hoping for warmer weather for both our gear and our crews. 

So it begins next Tuesday with Wenatchee hosting Quincy in boys soccer at 7pm.  Then, we’ll be at Walla Walla Point Park (hopefully) for girls softball between Wenatchee and Cascade.  We’re back with soccer next Friday as Eastmont hosts Sunnyside at 7.  Then a week from Saturday will be our first baseball game (hopefully) as Eastmont hosts Sumner at Dan White Field.  Again, due to weather and field conditions, everything is subject to change.  You can go to our website to see our entire Spring Broadcast Schedule as we plan to bring you 24 events on NCWLIFE.

Our broadcast crew, besides Eric Granstrom, will include Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen doing soccer, and the Voice of the Wenatchee AppleSox Joel Norman, joining us to do some baseball and softball.

The Mariners continue Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona…

After knocking off Arizona Sunday 7-to-3, Seattle had the day off yesterday.  They’ll get back at it today against the team they share their training facility with, San Diego.  Mike Leake was getting the start on the mound.  Seattle is just a week-and-a-half from traveling to Japan for a couple exhibition games against San Francisco before opening the season against Oakland in Tokyo March 20th and 21st.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, terrifying dash cam video shows the moment  a wall of snow came barreling down in an avalanche on Shaune Golemon as he was driving with his family on I-70 near Breckenridge, Colorado. The snow engulfed his vehicle and pushed it across the road. Check out this scary video. . .

Luckily, nobody was hurt. (Video courtesy of Shaune Golemon) 

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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.