NCWLIFE Evening News May 16, 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 prominent Wenatchee area attorney accused of crashing his car into a condominium and then fleeing the scene could face additional charges. Douglas County PUD puts a halt to new data center development with a moratorium on new permits for electrical service, and, we will have highlights of the 27th annual  Police Officer Appreciation Week luncheon.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood watch for our area from 2:00 this afternoon through late tonight. The flood watch area includes the Okanogan Valley, the Waterville Plateau and the Wenatchee Valley. A flood watch means conditions are favorable for lowland and small stream flooding. Showers and thunderstorms will produce locally heavy rain late this afternoon and tonight.

A few storms may be capable of producing flash flooding. Widespread rain amounts of a half inch to an inch are forecast but higher amounts are expected under thunderstorms. Rapid rises on creek and streams is also likely where heavy rain falls. Mud or rockslides are also possible in steep terrain especially near recent burn scars. Heavy rain at times will continue into Friday morning with just showers expected by Friday afternoon. We will have more on this very wet weather pattern coming up later in our weather segment.

A prominent Wenatchee area attorney accused of crashing his car into a condominium and then fleeing the scene could face additional charges. Wenatchee City prosecutor, Danielle Marchant (Pronounced: MAR-chent) says Peter Fraley is currently charged with hit and run unattended but additional charges are pending at a May 21st hearing in Chelan County District Court. Fraley was cited after he informed police of the accident the day after the April 26th accident. His attorney, John Brangwin said Fraley left the McKittrick Street accident scene because he thought he had hit a tree instead of the dwelling. Brangwin has filed a notice of appearance and not-guilty plea on behalf of Fraley.

Douglas County PUD puts a halt to new data center development with a moratorium on new permits for electrical service. Utility spokeswoman, Megan Vibbert says the moratorium will allow the district to review its rate policies to address the increased load demand. . .

Douglas County has seen a significant increase in large warehouse data center development, particularly along Grant Road in the area of Pangborn Airport. Chelan County PUD has already put into place new rate policies for so-called large load customers.

The highlight of National Police Officer Appreciation Week is the annual law enforcement appreciation luncheon hosted by the Wenatchee Sunrise Lions Club.

This year’s 27th annual event at the convention center brought together members of the Chelan and Douglas County Sheriff’s offices, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee Police Departments, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

The luncheon is held each year to pay homage to officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and to honor those who currently serve and protect. The program also includes the presentation of the Officer of the Year awards from each agency.

This year’s honorees are State Trooper, Darren Wilkes, Wenatchee Police officer, Kevin Battis, Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy, Ernie Senseney, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy, Gordon Mitchell, East Wenatchee Police Officer, Joshua Virnig, Fish and Wildlife officer, Eric Oswald, and Chelan County Corrections officer, Deputy David Hisey.  

Coming up next, Royal Devaney will be retiring at the end of his term after serving as Mayor in Waterville since 1992. The fourth annual Armed Forces Day will be celebrated this Saturday at Wenatchee avlley College, and, Today begins four days of wine and jazz throughout the Lake Chelan area with the Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

It’s been over two decades since the town Waterville elected a new Mayor.

Royal Devaney will be retiring at the end of his term after serving the small farming community since 1992. As of Wednesday three candidates had filed for the position. JD Greening, Loyd Smith and Charles Driver. The office of mayor is a non-partisan position that carries a four-year term. . .

Waterville was established as the Douglas County seat in 1887. The most recent survey places the population at 1,140. The town also holds the long-standing claim as the highest incorporated town in Washington State with an elevation of 2,622 feet above sea level.

In other local civic elections, it appears there will be contested mayor races in East Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan with at least two candidates filing papers for the November 6th election. Go to ncwlife-dot-com for a link to the current candidate filings in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties.

The Wenatchee Valley College Veteran Knights/Student Veterans of America club will be conducting a food drive this Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the 4th Annual Armed Forces Day event at Wenatchee Valley College. The entire event will be held in the courtyard around the fountain.

The food drive is in support for the Knight’s Kupboard, which is a food pantry for students and their families who need a little assistance throughout the month. If you would like to donate, bring non-perishable items to the campus and enjoy Armed Forces Day featuring a free barbecue sponsored by the Alley Café and Costco, a bouncy house and other children’s activities.

Today begins four days of wine and jazz throughout the Lake Chelan area with the Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival. Presented by the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, the festival features wine and music at 11-venues, featuring 15-artists and 25-shows between today and Sunday. . .

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

The Mariners hope to continue a mini-winning streak when they host Minnesota in the first of a four-game series tonight at Safeco Field…

Seattle is coming off a sweep of the Oakland A’s Monday and Tuesday.  And, after a day off yesterday for some charity golf, they’re back at it with the American League Central leading Twins in town.

Minnesota and former Mariner Nelson Cruz are 27-and-15 and lead the A-L Central by 4-and-a-half games over the Cleveland Indians.

Seattle is a game under .500 at 22-and-23 and trail the red-hot Houston Astros by 7-and-a-half games in the American League West.

On the mound tonight for the Twins is Michael Pineda, who is 2-and-3 with a 7.56 ERA.  Seattle will send Erik Swanson to the hill, who is 1-and-4 with a 6.35 earned run average.  First pitch tonight is at 7:10.

The Eastmont Lady Cats golf team finished second at the District Championships yesterday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course…

Eastmont was led by Emilee Wentworth, who shot 82.  Which was good enough for second place to medalist Cassie Kim of Davis.

Interestingly, Kim will be taking International Baccalaureate exams at the time the State Golf Tournament is going on, so she can’t play.  As a result, Davis doesn’t have enough players to participate as a team in the State Tournament.  So the one Big-9 seed to state, by default, goes to the second-place team, Eastmont.

The Wildcats finished at 422 to Davis’ 414, but because of the wrinkle due to Kim’s absence, Eastmont goes to state.  Wenatchee finished fourth at 474.

Coming up on the Prep Schedule today…

It’s District Track and Field Championships today.  First, the District 6 4-A Championships gets underway this afternoon at 4 o’clock at Eastmont High School.  Day two of that meet is at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.

The District 6 1-A Championships takes place in Cashmere this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its WIAA/Wendy’s Athlete of the Week winners for Week…

Wenatchee senior tennis player Luke Andrewjeski topped the list.  Andrewjeski captured a district title by beating his opponent from Davis HS 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.  His team also won the team title.

Also selected as a WIAA Athlete of the Week was Cashmere’s Brayden Weatherman.  The sophomore pitched a 7-inning complete game no-hitter in Cashmere’s first round district tournament victory (6-0) over rival Cascade (Leavenworth).  He struck out 11 batters, and walked just three, as he needed 92 pitches to complete the no-hitter.  As a hitter, Weatherman was 3 for 6 with a stolen base in two district tournament games.

The All Big-9 Boys Soccer Teams have been announced…

Making the 1st Team are Eastmont’s Jorge Cabrera; Nate Balauro; Sebastian Aviles; and Jeremy Gregerson.  Also named to the 1st team for Wenatchee are Jose Camarillo & Carlos Viramontes.  The Players of the Year are Moses Lake’s Eric Shaporda (Forward); Wenatchee’s Jose Camarillo (Forward); and West Valley’s Luke Powers (Defender).

The All-Caribou Trail League Soccer Teams have also been announced…

Selected to the 1st Team is Cascade’s Raul Mata; Arturo Avila; Daniel Sandoval; Julian Alvarez; and Ricardo Barragan.  On the first team for Cashmere are Evan Bakken; Ty Schoening; Jose Lanuza; and Brian Damian.  Also selected to the 1st team is Chelan’s Alexander Marron.  The Player of the Year is Cascade’s Raul Mata.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, we check in with NCWLIFE”s Megan McPherson to find out what’s going on around the valley this weekend. . .

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.