NCWLIFE Evening News March 7, 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 Moses Lake man who was out of jail awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges was arrested again this week. The State Senate has passed Senator Brad Hawkins’ bill to create a ‘community forest’ pilot project in the Lake Wenatchee area,     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Another driver is cited for driving too fast for the icy road conditions causing a two-vehicle injury collision near Entiat.

State Troopers say it happened around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. It was snowing when 46-year old Roberto Montes of Chelan skidded over the centerline driving an SUV Northbound on Hwy 97-A about a mile north of Entiat.

Montes’ vehicle was struck broadside by a Southbound pick-up driven by 46-year old Thomas Collins of Cashmere. Montez was transported to Confluence Health for treatment. Collins was injured but not transported. The roadway was blocked for about an hour.

A Moses Lake man who was out of jail awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges was arrested again this week for allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover detectives with the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Christopher Cooper, 38, was arrested by Washington State Patrol troopers during a traffic stop in Moses Lake on Tuesday. Cooper also was arrested in 2015 after firing a shot during a dispute with a man who was renting his trailer.

26-year-old Rafael Ocampo was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his mother at her Manson apartment in 2017.

After his arrest, Ocampo admitted he stabbed 56-year-old Maria Santos Ocampo Marquez with a knife and scissors before beating her to death June 29, 2017.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Chelan County Superior Court, saying he was hallucinating at the time of the murder. Ocampo’s father was killed in a Manson orchard in 2015 by Benito Sedano, who killed two others before taking his own life.

The State Senate has passed Senator Brad Hawkins’ bill to create a ‘community forest’ pilot project in the Lake Wenatchee area.

Hawkins’ proposal would establish a community forest pilot project established by the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. Nason Ridge would be one of a few community forest projects that the pilot project would fund through the state’s capital budget. The legislation would help keep Nason Ridge accessible to the public.

Hawkins says, “This is a good opportunity for forested lands like those at Nason Ridge to be publicly accessible and remain working lands where trees can be harvested responsibly and revenue can be generated and put back into management of the forest.” The bill is supported by the Chelan County commissioners, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and state advocacy groups.

Coming up next, The Washington State Department of Transportation says its latest weapon in keeping Snoqualmie Pass clear has been a big success this Winter. We will preview the upcoming KPQ Home Expo which begins tomorrow at Town Toyota Center, and, Megan McPherson will be along to let us know what else is happening around the area this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Washington State Department of Transportation says its latest weapon in keeping Snoqualmie Pass clear has been a big success.

In November, Wash-DOT began using a 12- ton push truck to help stuck vehicles get traction, or to the side of the road. The state says 80 percent of closures on Snoqualmie Pass are because of unprepared motorists spinning out, crashing or struggling up the pass. The truck is housed at DOT’s Hyak maintenance facility.

For the 43rd year, it’s time once again for the annual KPQ Home Expo presented by LocalTel. Preparations were in full swing today for the show, which features over 100 vendors from all across the northwest and Canada. The Expo starts Friday at noon and runs through the weekend at Town Toyota Center In Wenatchee. Michaella Collins of Cherry Creek Media joined host Dan Kuntz on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and said the Home Expo will feature something for all ages. . .

The Expo runs from noon to 7:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. NCWLIFE will also have a booth at the show so make sure you stop by and say hi.

Time now for NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the other events going on this weekend. . .

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Today, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Calvin the dog. . .

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.

Wenatchee and West Kelowna are all tied at 2-games apiece in their BCHL playoff series after the Warriors topped the Wild 2-to-1 in overtime last night at Royal LePage Place Arena…

It was a night highlighted by both goaltenders, with Cal Sandquist and Connor Hopkins playing outstanding in the pipes.  Sandquist turned aside 31-of-33 shots while Hopkins was just a touch better for the Warrios, stopping 39-of-40 shots on goal.

Wenatchee jumped out on top for the first time in the series on a nifty goal by Lucas Sowder at the 16:12 mark of the 1st period.  It remain 1-zero until 5:24 of the 3rd when Parm Dhaliwal (dolly-wall) finally broke through for West Kelowna.

The two squads would play over half of an overtime period before it would be decided, again by Dhaliwal.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network with video highlights courtesy of Hockey TV…

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series will be Friday night at 7 o’clock, again at Royal LePage Place.  Then Game 6 will be back in Wenatchee at the Town Toyota Center Sunday night at 8 o’clock.  The late start time is to allow arena staff to change over from the weekend’s KPQ Home Expo presented by LocalTel.  A Game 7, if necessary, would be Monday night at 7.

Oakland scored two runs in each of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings last night and went on for a 7-4 win over Seattle in Cactus League play…

David Canha walked three times and cranked a 2-run home run to pace the Athletics.  Meanwhile, Domingo Santana went deep again for Seattle, his 4th of the spring…

Braden Bishop also found the berm at the Peoria Sports Complex with a big 3-run shot in the 4th

Bishop is a former Husky trying to make Seattle’s roster.  He’s playing with a heavy heart as his mother is battling early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Seattle travels to Goodyear, Arizona tonight for a game against Cincinnati.  Yusei Kikuchi will make his third start of the spring for the Mariners.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard in men’s college basketball last night…

Noah Dickerson scored seven of his 22 points in overtime, David Crisp added a key 3-pointer with 48 seconds left in the extra session, and Washington held off Oregon State 81-76 on Wednesday night for its 15th conference victory.

Paul White scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds and Oregon defeated Washington State 72-61 on Wednesday night.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,The 100th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival begins in 48-days.  And it now has a Junior Royalty. The trio of 5th grade girls from the Wenatchee Valley were announced at their schools today. They are: Queen Teagan Collier who is in Mrs. Sutton’s class at Washington Elementary School and is the daughter of Mary Ireland and Justin Collier. Princess Hannah Roche is the daughter of Steve and Laura Roche and is in Mrs. Roche’s class at Washington Elementary School. Princess Emma Colyar is the daughter of Steve and Katie Colyar and is in Mr. Preuss’ class at John Newberry Elementary School. The Junior Royalty were selected from 12 finalists in a field narrowed from 71 essays. The young ladies will ride in the Keyes Fibre Youth Parade as well as carry the lead banner during the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade.

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.