NCWLIFE Evening News May 08, 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 partially submerged sailboat on Lake Chelan initiated a fuel spill response yesterday (Tue) afternoon because of leaking diesel fuel. The pilot killed in a Monday morning plane crash near the Chelan Airport has been identified, and, will there be a fourth daily flight added between Pangborn and Seatac Airport’s, we will let you know.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The manhunt continues tonight for Joshua Maher, the man accused of attacking a security officer at the Grant County Courthouse on Tuesday. Two schools in Ephrata were locked down for about three hours and a K9 brought in to aid in the search but the 34-year-old remains at large. The incident began when Maher approached a security checkpoint at the courthouse and refused to remove his hands from his pockets, according to Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Maher then engaged in a physical confrontation with a female officer that spilled outside. Another security officer tried unsuccessfully to Tase Maher before he fled into town. The officer suffered a broken kneecap and finger in the altercation. Foreman said Maher is well known by local law enforcement and has been jailed multiple times for various offenses. If you see Maher, Ephrata police advise that you dial 9-1-1 and not confront him yourself.

A partially submerged sailboat on Lake Chelan initiated a fuel spill response yesterday (Tue) afternoon because of leaking diesel fuel. Emergency management personnel from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office were notified by State Department of Ecology just after 4:00pm concerning a 29-foot sailboat, which was approximately 60% submerged along the south shore of the lake just down lake of the 25 Mile Creek USFS dock. By 9:30 p.m., the vessel had been surrounded by boom and absorbent material to mitigate the diesel flow out into the lake by a DOE Spill Response Team. The spill was cleaned up fairly quickly. An attempt to locate the owner of the vessel at several different locations in Chelan was unsuccessful as of Tuesday evening. The investigation concerning what caused the large sailboat to sink is ongoing.

The pilot killed in a Monday morning plane crash near the Chelan Airport has been identified as 68-year-old Kenneth W. VanAssche of Chelan Falls. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said VanAssche died of asphyxia and burns.

The plane burst into flames after crashing nose-down in an orchard near the airport about 6:30 a.m. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. VanAssche was flying what’s referred to as an amateur-built JA30 Superstol, a NTSB spokesman said.

If you’ve ever experienced a long layover at Seatac airport waiting for the last Horizon Air flight to East Wenatchee, you know the frustration. Alaska Airlines has rejected Pangborn Airport officials repeated requests to add a fourth flight to its daily commuter service to Seattle. But Chelan County Port Executive Director, Jim Kuntz says the airline has agreed to extend its four-flight schedule during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. . .

Kuntz added that Pangborn experienced a 7 percent increase in commercial passenger boardings last year.

Coming up next, It appears that the Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts are nearing an agreement on a plan to establish a combined regional port authority. Wenatchee school board President Sunny Hemphill now has a challenger in the upcoming fall election, and, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society unveils its new kitten nursery. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It appears that the Chelan and Douglas County Port Districts are nearing an agreement on a plan to establish a combined regional port authority. A task force of community leaders and elected officials have been reviewing the proposed consolidation and were told this week that it could result in a savings of over $500,000 dollars in annual operating costs.

Under the plan the two ports would remain intact but would operate under one budget and one executive director to oversee a shared staff.  A final decision on the so-called “functional consolidation” could be forthcoming soon. Public hearings are to be scheduled in the near future prior to a vote by the two existing boards of commissioners. Officials say they are targeting a January 1st 2020 date for the consolidation to take effect if approved.

Wenatchee school board member Sunny Hemphill now has a challenger in the upcoming fall election. Hemphill has announced she intends to run for a second term.

Martin Barron announced last month his intentions to file as a candidate but did not indicate the position he was seeking. This week Barron announced he will file for Hemphill’s position 3 seat. Barron is retired after serving as chief financial officer for Pipkin Construction for 19 years. In a prepared statement he says his financial and economic background will serve him well. He says, QUOTE, “board decisions must drive forward the educational process for students to achieve excellence while being responsible to the taxpayers”, UNQUOTE. The candidate filing period is next week. There are three seats up for election this year.

Springtime brings sunshine, flowers, and longer days. For the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS), spring also brings an influx of kittens in their care. Because of the increase in new fur babies, NCWLIFE”s Megan McPherson tells us about the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society’s new kitten nursery. .

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 introduces us to an NCW Nurse of the Year honoree, Billye Tollackson at the Chelan County Jail. . .

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 used a 5-run second inning to open up a lead it would not relinquish in downing West Valley 9-5 to advance in the district baseball playoffs Tuesday…

The big inning included two RBI singles and three bases-loaded walks, something coach Jeff Zender was pleased to see…

Gavin Woodring worked six and two-thirds innings on the mound to earn the victory.  He said he felt good about his outing and was thankful to his teammates…

Coach Zender says he likes that they played Tuesday to stay fresh for the next round on Friday…

With the 9-5 win, Wenatchee advances to the District Semifinals and will play at Davis Friday at 5 o’clock.

In the other play-in game, Eastmont traveled to Eisenhower and picked up a 4-1 victory.  That means a date with Moses Lake in the District Semifinals at Larson Field Friday at 5.

At the District 1A tournament in Ephrata, Chelan edged Okanogan 1-0 for the Championship.  Then, Okanogan ended Cashmere’s season with a 6-2 victory to advance to the crossover games with the Northeast A League.

And in Manson, the Trojans took care of the Waterville-Mansfield Shockers by a final of 7-to-2.

Eastmont used a big first inning and went on to beat Wenatchee 11-6 in softball yesterday.  Joel Norman had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

There you see it, Eastmont with the big win 11-6.  Also yesterday, it was Waterville-Mansfield downing Manson 16-to-3.

On the Les Schwab Prep Soccer Playoff Scoreboard…

Cashmere edged Bridgeport 2-1 to advance to the District 6 1-A Championship.  The Bulldogs will face Cascade after the Kodiaks dispatched Chelan 7-nil.

In the District 6 4-A Tournament, Wenatchee’s season came to an end, falling to Sunnyside 2-1.  Eastmont advanced to the District Championship against Sunnyside with a 2-1 win over West Valley.

In prep tennis yesterday…

Wenatchee swept Sunnyside 7-0 for the boys and 7-0 for the girls.  And Davis swept Eastmont, 5-2 on the boy’s side, 6-1 for the girls.

Most of our area high school seniors have signed their letters of intent to the colleges of their choice, but a ceremony honoring those choices will take place tonight at Wenatchee High School…

The so-called College Commitment Ceremony for Wenatchee High School will kick off at 6 o’clock in the Main Gym.

The Mariner bullpen couldn’t hold a lead for Marco Gonzales as the Yankees scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4 last night…

Gio Urshela hit a 2-run home run off Anthony Swarzack in the 9th to tie it at 4-4, then DJ LeMahieu hit a walk-off, RBI single off Roenis Elias for the 5-4 win.

Gonzales went six innings, allowing 1-run on 3-hits with 3-strikeouts for a no-decision.

The two teams go at it again today at 3:35 with Yusei Kikuchi taking the hill for the Mariners against the Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga.

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.