NCWLIFE Evening News May 4th, 2021

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A fire destroyed a garage and a vehicle early Monday morning in Carlton but firefighters were able to stop it from spreading to a nearby home./ An 83-year-old pilot escaped with minor injuries after his plane flipped onto its top Monday morning on a private air strip near Royal City./ A long-time restaurateur has taken over ownership of Larry’s Drive-In in East Wenatchee, and, Kids at Kenroy Elementary School in East Wenatchee got an unscheduled day off today after a water main burst.  

But first, our top story tonight. . .

The former director of the Tall Timber Ranch Bible camp near Lake Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday to charges of felony voyeurism and domestic assault.

45-year-old David Mark Saugen of Plain now faces a possible sentence of time served. Saugen admitted making a recording of a teenager showering in his home last September, and shoved and injured a family member who caught him in the act. He spent 96 days in jail after his arrest.

He was fired by the board of Tall Timber Ranch, where he had worked as director since 2015. Saugen remains free without bond until his sentencing May 26th. Chelan County prosecutors say they won’t ask for any more jail time, but under state law, Saugen must now register as a sex offender.

A fire destroyed a garage and a vehicle early Monday morning in Carlton but firefighters were able to stop it from spreading to a nearby home.

The fire was reported at 2:30 a.m. off Ray Campbell Road. Okanogan County Fire District 6 said when the first Carlton firefighter arrived on scene flames were within five feet of the home.

Firefighters were on scene for several hours removing the garage roof that had fallen over the fire when the garage collapsed. The garage, vehicle and all the contents of the garage were destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

An 83-year-old pilot escaped with minor injuries after his plane flipped onto its top Monday morning on a private air strip near Royal City.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Dwain Forester was attempting a 180-degree turn in the 1960 Cessna 175B when he said a gust of wind caused the plane to flip. He was the only occupant of the plane in the 10:55 a.m. accident about nine miles northwest of Royal City.

A long-time restaurateur has taken over ownership of Larry’s Drive-In in East Wenatchee. Mark Mecham Senior began operating the popular restaurant Monday. Mecham is one of the founders of Visconti’s Italian Restaurant and has owned restaurants in Nevada and Oregon.

He purchased Larry’s from Henry William Graves, who last month pleaded guilty to a sexually motivated assault on a teen-aged girl. Graves had owned the business since 2018. Mecham retired in 2015 but said he’s bored and ready to get back into the business. He said little will change at Larry’s under his ownership, from the menu to the employees but he is likely to add milkshakes and chili to the offerings.

Kids at Kenroy Elementary School in East Wenatchee got an unscheduled day off today after a water main burst at the school Monday.

The Eastmont School District said crews are working to repair what they’re calling a significant leak on the east side of the school and will notify parents if additional days are needed to complete the work. Students will not be shifted to remote learning during the closure.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee Foothills are attracting bigger-than-usual crowds this spring and that has led to illegal parking and other problems./ Governor Inslee signed Senator Brad Hawkins bill on hydrogen fuel vehicles, and, About a third of Chelan county’s Latina population has at least one COVID vaccination on record. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee Foothills are attracting bigger-than-usual crowds this spring and that has led to illegal parking and other problems.

With wildflowers in full bloom and people looking to get out, cars have been quickly filling parking lots that serve the trail system. Chelan County Sheriff Captain Jason Reinfeld said over the weekend deputies were called out five times to deal with illegally parked vehicles along residential streets and issued several, citations.

Olivia Schilling, stewardship and trails coordinator for the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, said the Sage Hills area off Fifth Street has been especially problematic. She said the influx of trail users has been both locals and people from the west side of the state. She said social media postings of the hillside flowers have led to even more people hitting the hills.

Senator Brad Hawkins’ tax incentive to own a hydrogen-powered car is now law. Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5000 yesterday, approving the eight-year pilot program that exempts half of the state sales tax on a hydrogen vehicle purchase.

It’s the latest hydrogen-related bill Hawkins has sponsored in the Legislature. Another bill approved by Inslee allows utilities like the Douglas County PUD to produce and sell industrial hydrogen using their excess electrical capacity.

More than one-third of Chelan county’s eligible LatinX population has at least one COVID vaccination on record. That’s revealed in new data released by the Washington Department of Health, which now tracks race and ethnicity data of those receiving the vaccines.

About 7,200 Hispanic residents in Chelan County have so far taken at least one shot, out of about 19,300 who are 16 or older. The state says that’s roughly on par with the total rate of vaccines administered so far to the statewide Hispanic population. However, Hispanic people are underrepresented in the vaccinated population in nearly all counties.

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. . .

Slidewaters in Chelan will open Memorial Day Weekend after a year of turmoil that included being fined by the state for briefly operating last summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In tonight’s feature story, owner Robert Bordner talked with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz about both the status of a lawsuit the water park has filed challenging Governor Jay Inslee’s shutdown orders that has made its way to the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the water park’s latest attraction called Lakeside Surf, which opened last weekend. . .

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.

Baltimore provided a filibuster to Seattle’s pitch-by-committee effort last night, scoring 5-runs in the 8th inning to beat the Mariners 5-3…

Due to several injuries with Seattle’s starters, the Mariners had to use its bullpen to share the load Monday.  Five pitchers held the Orioles in check through seven innings, allowing just 4-hits and striking out 7.  Then came the forgetting 8th

Most of the damage was done off of reliever Anthony Misiewicz (mih-SHEV-itz), who saw his record fall to 2-and-1 with the loss.

Seattle only managed three hits in the game, but two of them were home runs by Tom Murphy and Mitch Haniger…

Manager Scott Servais was pleased overall with the performance of his pitching staff but would certainly like to see more offense…

Seattle and Baltimore play again tonight at 7:10 with Justin Dunn facing Jorge López.

Checking the American League West scoreboard from Monday, Texas’ comeback bid falls short in the 9th after a 2-run homer by Joey Gallo, the Rangers fall to the Twins 6-5.

Manuel Margot hit a two-run homer and drove in 3 to lead Tampa Bay past the Angels 7-3.  Shohei Ohtani was 2-for-4 for Los Angeles, hitting a double and his 9th homer of the season.

Stephen Piscotti and Ramón Laureano each hit 2-run home runs in Oakland’s 5-4 win over Toronto.

Seattle is now tied with idle Houston in second place in the A-L West, 2-games behind Oakland.  The Angels are 3-and-a-half games back while Texas sits in last place, 5-games out.

We have a great baseball game on tap today here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

The 7-and-2 Eastmont Wildcats host the 7-and-2 Ephrata Tigers at Dan White Field.  The two teams met in Ephrata a week ago and Lucas Banning threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout in a 4-nothing Eastmont win.

Joel Norman will have your play-by-play live on Facebook at 4:30 today.  It will air on TV tonight at 7 o’clock.

Also on tap today, Wenatchee hosts Cashmere; Moses Lake travels to Brewster; Cascade hosts Wahluke; Chelan visits Omak; Quincy hosts Lake Roosevelt; Liberty Bell is on the road at Pateros; and Okanogan takes on Tonasket, all at 4:30.

On the softball diamonds today, the 4 o’clock games have Eastmont at Moses Lake; Cascade is in Royal; Quincy travels to Wahluke; Waterville-Mansfield hosts Brewster; and Oroville visits Almira-Coulee/Hartline.  At 4:30, it’s Cashmere at Chelan; Omak hosts Liberty Bell and Pateros plays at Tonasket.

In boys soccer today, the early games have Omak at Quincy; Brewster hosts Liberty Bell; Tonasket travels to Okanogan; and Bridgeport hosts Oroville.  The 7pm games have Eastmont at Cascade; Cashmere hosting Wenatchee; Wahluke is in Moses Lake; and Manson takes on Ephrata.

Wenatchee Valley College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are home today with the women taking on Spokane at 5:30.  The men host the Sasquatch at 7:30. 

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.