NCWLIFE Evening News May 07, 2019

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NCWLIFE Evening News May 07, 2019

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, The National Transportation Safety Board expects to have a preliminary finding next week on the cause of a crash yesterday in Chelan that killed the pilot, and, A direct flight from East Wenatchee to the San Francisco bay area appears to be closer to reality.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two schools were placed on lockdown and residents in northwest Ephrata were told to stay in their homes and lock their doors after a man assaulted a security officer at the courthouse and fled into town.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office used a police dog in the search for Joshua Maher. Maher allegedly assaulted a female Grant County Courthouse security officer at a security checkpoint, then fled into the northwest section of Ephrata.

The officer was believed to have suffered a leg injury and was taken to a local hospital. Ephrata High School and Grant Elementary were on lockdown and other schools took precautionary measures as the manhunt was under way. Anyone who sees Maher is advised to call 9-1-1 and not try to apprehend him themselves.

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to have a preliminary finding next week on the cause of a crash yesterday in Chelan that killed the pilot. The plane, a JA30 Superstol, crashed in an orchard about 6:30 a.m. Fire crews extinguished the fiery wreckage but found the pilot dead.

A direct flight from East Wenatchee to the San Francisco bay area appears to be closer to reality according to an official with the Port of Chelan County. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair sat down with Chelan County Port District Executive Director, Jim Kuntz for an update. . .

Coming up next, Chelan’s renovation work on the Woodin Avenue Bridge will reach a key milestone Wednesday with an all-day paving project. People working to form a 51st state will bring their cause to Wenatchee this weekend, and, A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police officer came to the rescue last week after a surly grouse kept attacking firefighters during training. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

With tourism season bearing down, Chelan’s renovation work on the Woodin Avenue Bridge will reach a key milestone Wednesday with an all-day paving project.

That will mean significant traffic disruptions for much of the day, with the city hoping the asphalt will be cooled enough to drive on by 5 Wednesday evening. It will also mean the closure of the intersection of Woodin and Columbia Street. Work on the almost-4 million dollar bridge project, which includes the new Woodin Avenue Landing Park, began last fall and was expected to be completed this month. It will turn the bridge into a one-way, with widened sidewalks, a bike lane and enhanced streetscapes.

People working to form a 51st state will bring their cause to Wenatchee this Saturday.

Republican state Representative Matt Shea of Spokane Valley will be the featured speaker at the North Central Liberty Rally from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Elks hall grand ballroom at 27 South Chelan. Doors open at 1:30.

The new state, which would be called Liberty, would essentially cut Washington in half and form a new state out of central and eastern Washington. Organizers believe this side of the state has lost its voice in the liberal politics of Western Washington. Last month, Liberty State adopted the AR-15 as its official firearm. In addition to the Wenatchee rally, Liberty State will hold a potluck Tuesday, at 5 p.m. at the Okanogan Grange Hall.

A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police officer came to the rescue last week after a surly grouse kept attacking firefighters during training.

As Officer Chris Moszeter responded to the aggressive grouse call at the Fire Training Academy in North Bend he too found himself under attack.

As told on Facebook QUOTE The grouse came out of nowhere and began pecking and grabbing at his pant leg. The blue grouse was so engrossed in tearing off the pant leg he didn’t notice Officer Moszeter slowly bending down to pick him up until it was too late. UNQUOTE.

The grouse was placed in a cage and relocated far away from the academy. The Fire Training Academy, by the way, is located on Grouse Ridge Road.

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, we continue our celebration of National Nurses Week with the NCWLIFE Magazine. Tonight, Producer Kaitlin Hetterscheidt sits down with Danielle Morrison, a nurse at Central Washington Hospital. . .

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.

Brayden Weatherman tossed a no-hit complete game masterpiece in Cashmere’s 6-0 victory over Cascade in the first round of the District Tournament at Cashmere Monday…

Thanks to Charlie Brown for providing these great images from yesterday’s action as Weatherman was masterful…

Once the final out was recorded, Weatherman was greeted by his entire team in celebration of the no-hitter, including his coach Jeff Carlson…

Facing elimination, the Bulldog’s sophomore left-hander kept the Kodiaks off-balance striking out 11, and walking only 3 Kodiaks in his complete game no-hit performance.

So Cashmere will travel to Ephrata today and await the loser of the District Championship between Okanogan and Chelan.  The Bulldogs and Goats play at 5 for the title with the loser facing Cashmere at 7 in a loser-out game.

The Big-9 District play-in games are also today with Wenatchee hosting West Valley at 5 while Eastmont’s on the road at Eisenhower, also at 5 o’clock.

Also, in Central Washington B league play, it’s Waterville-Mansfield at Manson at 4:30.

We didn’t get any scores, but learned via social media that the Eastmont girls golf team has won the regular season Big-9 Title…

Eastmont finished first at Moses Lake Country Club yesterday to claim its first title since 2007.  Congratulations to the Wildcats!

Coming up today, Chelan, Eastmont, Wenatchee and 20-other teams are competing in the Suncadia Invite.  The boys golf tournament will tee off this morning at 9 o’clock.

Turning to boys soccer, the playoffs continue today…

Cashmere travels to Bridgeport to take on the Mustangs in the District 6 1A semifinals at 4:30.  The other semifinal has Cascade hosting Chelan, also at 4:30.

The District 6 4A semifinals are also today with Wenatchee traveling to Sunnyside.  Eastmont plays at West Valley.  Both games kick off at 6 o’clock.  The winners will play for the District Championship at the high seed’s home field Friday at 6.

This is the final week of the regular season in girls softball…

As Wenatchee hosts Eastmont this afternoon at Walla Walla Point Park at 4 in the first of a doubleheader.  We’ll have the first game on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight at 7 with Joel Norman on the play-by-play.

Also today, Waterville-Mansfield travels to Manson for a single game at 4:30.

The Big-9 wraps up the regular season in tennis today…

Eastmont’s on the road at Davis at 3 o’clock.  Wenatchee celebrates senior day with Sunnyside in town at 3.  The District Championships will be Saturday at West Valley.

Eastmont’s Gus Wavra has been announced as the 2018-19 Columbia Basin Big 9 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a $1000.00 scholarship…

Gus is a 3 sport athlete (Cross Country, Swim and Track) earning multiple letters in each sport, State participant in Cross Country and Swim,  All Conference 1st team Cross Country , All Conference 2nd Team Swim in the 4 * 100 relay (17-18 and 18-19) and Honorable Mention Swim in the 100 Back Stroke (17-18).  He has a 3.918 GPA and in addition to sports he is the Knowledge Bowl President, member of Honor Society, Chamber Choir, and Jazz Choir.  Congratulations to Gus Wavra!

The Yankees treated Felix Hernandez to a rude Bronx welcome as New York bombed him for 7-runs and three home runs in a 7-3 win over the Mariners…

Dee Gordon was the lone bright spot on a dreary day in the Big Apple, going 3-for-4 with a home run in the number 9 spot in the lineup.

Seattle sends Marco Gonzales to the mound today to face the Yankee’s Masahiro Tanaka.  First pitch is at 3:35.

Thanks Eric.

We leave you tonight with video from Lake Chelan Now of a moose that’s been hanging around the Manson area lately, take a look. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on the NCWLIFE Evening News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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.