Good evening, and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to tonight’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window.
Now, A few of the news stories we’re following for you tonight, A pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday in Ephrata while walking in the roadway near Ephrata High School. An escapee from the Chelan County Jail led Wenatchee police on a foot chase Sunday afternoon and The Grant County Courthouse was evacuated for several hours Friday while law enforcement investigated a suspicious package.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
Apple Blossom Shooting -This is the scene today at Living Hope Community Church in Wenatchee. The church was the site of a gunfire incident on Saturday morning that led to one Wenatchee Police officer being wounded by a gunman, and police fatally shooting the suspect. Police say the male suspect fired with a handgun multiple times at the church sanctuary door, and when bicycle officers arrived from the nearby Apple Blossom festival in Memorial Park, he shot one officer in the leg before being killed by police gunfire. The wounded officer was treated and released. The shooting is being probed by the NCW Special Investigations Unit, and more than one Wenatchee police officer has been placed on administrative leave while the inquiry is ongoing. Douglas County Undersheriff Tyler Caille KALE said today investigators aren’t yet ready to publicly name the man killed in the incident. . .
That gunfire broke out about 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Chelan Avenue and Palouse, right on the Apple Blossom Grand Parade route. The parade was still able to go on as scheduled later that morning; we’ll have highlights from this year’s event later in our broadcast.
Ephrata Ped. Fatal -A pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday in Ephrata while walking in the roadway near Ephrata High School. The Washington State Patrol reports that at 9:15 last night, 31-year old Kevin W. Gudde was walking eastbound in the 500 block of Alder Street Northwest on the road when he was struck by an eastbound 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by 23-year old Aaron J. Koski of Moses Lake. Gudde, who’s hometown was not reported, was pronounced dead at the scene. Koski was not injured and is not facing charges.
North Franklin Standoff -An escapee from the Chelan County Jail led Wenatchee police on a foot chase Sunday afternoon that ended when the East Cascades SWAT Team blew open the door of a shed on North Franklin Avenue where the suspect had holed up. After the standoff, which lasted about four hours, 48-year-old Rigoberto Licea-Renya was taken back to the jail on additional charges that include burglary and resisting arrest. Licea-Renya reportedly walked away from a work crew April 27th that was helping set up for the Apple Blossom Festival in Memorial Park. He was in the jail on numerous felony charges that included burglary, two counts of driving with a suspended license, obstructing justice and indecent exposure. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld said about 12:30 p.m. police received a call about a suspicious person in the 200 block of North Franklin Avenue. A vehicle found in the area was registered to Licea-Renya who was spotted shortly after and foot chase ensued that led to a shed outside an unoccupied home near Franklin and 3rd Street. Reinfeld said the SWAT team was called in and set off numerous flash bangs before using a small explosive to blow open the door of the shed. Reinfeld said the suspect immediately surrendered and there were no injuries.
Grant Courthouse Lockdown -The Grant County Courthouse was evacuated for several hours Friday while law enforcement investigated a suspicious package. Bomb technicians from the Washington State Patrol evaluated the package and determined there were no explosives The package was found just after 10:30 a.m. and the courthouse in Ephrata was ordered evacuated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. At 2:15 p.m., the courthouse was declared all clear.
TEASE – When we come back, A 21-year-old Twisp man was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee early Sunday morning after a one-vehicle accident outside Twisp./ Douglas County and the town of Mansfield disagree over who owns a portion of a major road through town./ Work on the West Cashmere Bridge continues to intermittently affect traffic on Highway 2, and, The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust wants your input about Saddle Rock, the hiking landmark that looks down over the Wenatchee Valley. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Twisp Wreck -A 21-year-old Twisp man was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee early Sunday morning after a one-vehicle accident outside Twisp. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said Seth Stevie was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup southbound on Twisp-Carlton Road about 3 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road, overcorrected and the vehicle rolled. He was flown to Wenatchee by Aero Methow with a head injury. Hawley said when deputies called to check on his condition Sunday evening he had already been released.
Douglas Sues Mansfield -Douglas County and the town of Mansfield disagree over who owns a portion of a major road through town. Now, that disagreement has spilled into court. Douglas County filed suit on Friday, asking a Superior Court judge to rule on whether the town or the county is responsible for about 1,700 feet of Airport Way, on the southeast end of Mansfield. The county says a mapping error that dates to 1915 erroneously put the road area outside of Mansfield town limits. Mansfield wants the county to repair and maintain Airport Way, but the county says state law makes that illegal. They say negotiations outside of court to establish responsibility for the road have failed. No hearing date has been set on the matter.
Cashmere Bridge One-Lane -Work on the West Cashmere Bridge continues to intermittently affect traffic on Highway 2. All this week, you can expect a single-lane closure westbound, starting nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Chelan County Public Works office says the closure will continue through Friday morning. It’s necessary while the project contractor removes the right-hand shoulder, to make way for a public transit pick-up and drop-off area. At the same time, crews will also remove formwork that was used to shape and temper the concrete of the overhead bridge.
Saddle Rock Survey -The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust wants your input about Saddle Rock, the hiking landmark that looks down over the Wenatchee Valley. The agency has been running an online survey in English and Spanish since late March, to gather thoughts about recreational use of Saddle Rock, including a proposed expansion of the hiking area. That survey wraps up on May 15th, less than a week from today. Those who log in and give their input could win a $100 gift card to a local business. You can take the survey at the Web addresses you see on your screen.
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Parades -As is tradition, the 2022 Apple Blossom Festival culminated Friday and Saturday with its signature parades. First on Friday was the annual Classy Chassis parade in East Wenatchee, then Sunday the Apple Blossom Grant Parade in Wenatchee. In tonight’s feature story and in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights captured by our NCWLIFE cameras from both of those parades. . .
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The Mariners celebrated Mother’s Day by snapping a 6-game losing streak with a 10th-inning, walk-off win over Tampa Bay…
Abraham Toro tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with a home run and Ty France got the walk-off, RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th to give Seattle a 2-1 victory.
The early part of the game belonged to rookie George Kirby, making his Major League debut. He was incredible, going six-innings and allowing no-runs on 4-hits with 7-strikeouts, all Mariner records in a debut game…
The late-game heroics were great, but manager Scott Servais says watching Kirby on the mound was something special…
The Mariners turn around and play the first of a 3-game, interleague series tonight with Philadelphia in town at 6:40 on ROOT Sports Northwest.
Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Baseball Scoreboard from the weekend…
Eastmont swept a doubleheader from Eisenhower to wrap up the regular season, winning 10-nothing and 3-2. Moses Lake took two from Sunnyside 10-0 and 11-1. Liberty Bell beat Manson 12-2 and 20-3.
On Saturday, Ephrata dropped its opener in the CWAC District Tournament 4-nothing to Ellensburg, but bounced back for a 10-nothing win over East Valley.
In other action Saturday, Okanogan swept Tonasket 3-1 and 7-6. Lake Roosevelt took two from Oroville 12-0 and 14-4. Waterville-Mansfield beat Moses Lake Christian 27-7.
The Big-9 District Play-In games are tomorrow as Eastmont plays at Davis while Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower at 5 o’clock. The winners will advance to face one another in the district Tournament Friday while Moses Lake will travel to West Valley Friday at 5 o’clock.
There’s a District Play-In game today for Bridgeport and Manson in Brewster at 4 o’clock. The winner will face Okanogan in the District Tournament tomorrow at 4:30. The other playoff game tomorrow has Tonasket at Lake Roosevelt.
The CTL District Tournament starts tomorrow in Ephrata with Omak facing Cashmere at 4:30 followed by Quincy and Chelan at 6:30.
The CWAC District Tournament resumes at Yakima County Stadium Friday with Ephrata facing Othello at 1 o’clock followed by Ellensburg and Selah at 4.
Moses Lake at Eastmont were both winners on Friday in Big-9 Fastpitch Softball…
The Chiefs swept Sunnyside 21-0 and 25-5. Eastmont took down Eisenhower 16-1 and 13-0. In B-league play, Okanogan swept Tonasket 14-1 and 22-7.
On Saturday, Othello swept Ephrata 10-1 and 8-2. Cashmere took both games from Omak 15-12 and 17-3. Lake Roosevelt won both againg Oroville 13-3 and 18-0. Tonasket tripped Liberty Bell 4-0.
In District 6-7-9 playoffs at Kettle Falls Saturday, Curlew edged Pateros 13-9. Wilbur-Creston crushed Waterville-Mansfield 39-4. Mary Walker downed Pateros 27-3. And Inchelium topped the Shockers 20-1.
The District 6 2-B Playoffs begin tomorrow with Oroville at Brewster while Tonasket hosts Liberty Bell at 4:30. Lake Roosevelt awaits the winner of Oroville and Brewster Saturday at 11 while Okanogan awaits the winner of Liberty Bell and Tonasket.
Wenatchee finished the regular season in Big-9 soccer with a win Friday night…
The Panthers beat Sunnyside 3-nil at the Apple Bowl on Senior Night Friday. Eisenhower edged Moses Lake 1-nil in the other game.
On Saturday, Chelan edged Oroville 3-2 while Cashmere blanked Liberty Bell 2-nil.
The Big-9 District Play-In games are tomorrow night as Moses Lake travels to Sunnyside and Eisenhower hosts Davis. Both those game start at 6 o’clock with the winners facing off Thursday at 7.
We will have the rematch of Wenatchee and Eastmont Thursday in the District Championship here on the NCWLIFE Channel. The Panthers and Wildcats are set to face off at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl at 7 o’clock.
The District 6 1A/B Playoffs in boys soccer are set for Wednesday with Cashmere hosting Brewster at 4:30 while Chelan visits Okanogan. Two games are set for the Apple Bowl Wednesday night with Quincy facing Bridgeport at 6, followed by Manson and Cascade at 8.
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 email@example.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.