NCWLIFE Evening News November 4, 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 five-year old girl died Sunday when fire destroyed her family’s Royal City mobile home. Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 60-year-old Dallas, Texas man was killed in a climbing accident while descending Aasgard Pass about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth, and, multiple fire agencies responded to a garage fire that lit up the sky over Badger Mountain over the weekend.       

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Waterville man is accused of placing white powder into his ballot return envelope, which led to an emergency response and a two-day shutdown at the Douglas County Courthouse. On Thursday, deputies arrested 66-year-old Howard Allen Lane. When the powder was discovered October 24th, election staffers left the ballots and their separated envelopes in place before evacuating the courthouse. Sheriff Kevin Morris said it took quite a bit of detective work to track down a suspect. . .

Howard Lane was still in jail Monday, but Morris said right now, he doesn’t face felony charges, because the powder found in the ballot was not toxic. Instead, deputies are asking for a gross misdemeanor charge of “prohibited acts in a voting center.” That law covers almost any intentional act that would disrupt voting or elections. Morris said Lane denied any involvement in the scare.

five-year old girl died Sunday when fire destroyed her family’s Royal City mobile home. Grant County Sheriff’s office issued a news release reporting the fire’s location in the Royal Coachman Mobile Home Park.

Officials say responders were called out around 3 a.m. Sunday. They say the victim apparently became trapped or otherwise unable to escape. The home’s other occupants were able to get out of the home. Due to close proximity of the trailers within the park, two additional trailers burned and a third was damaged. Royal City Police are conducting the fire investigation. The girl’s body is in the care of Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct an autopsy.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 60-year-old Dallas, Texas man was killed in a climbing accident while descending Aasgard Pass about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth. The Sheriff identified the victim as Robert Jake Colburn. RiverCom Dispatch received a 911 call from Colburn’s son at about 11:00 p.m. Thursday reporting his dad had not returned to camp after climbing the mountain. Colburn was last seen around 3:00 pm as he was descending Aasgard on his way back to camp.

A team of Chelan County Mountain Rescuer team members were transported to the area by the sheriff’s helicopter. They located Colburn on the pass at about the 7,300-elevation level. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue personnel reported that it appeared Colburn had slipped and fallen several hundred feet. The victim was hoisted from the scene and transported to the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery. Also assisting in the rescue were members of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue.

This is the garage fire that lit up the sky on Badger Mountain Saturday night. Officials say crews responding to the blaze were challenged by its remote location and the long winding dirt road that led to it. It was first reported just before 9:00 p.m. Saturday. Fire Spokesman, Jim Oatey says in a news release that the owner reported he had been working in the newly built garage, went home and returned to find it fully involved in fire.

Oatey says the cause of the fire is under investigation with initial suspicion pointing toward a wood stove that was being used to heat the building at the time of the fire. Oatey described the location in the 200 block of Miracle Road as very remote with access on top of Badger Mountain, then down several miles of gravel county road and then several miles unimproved private roadway requiring 4-wheel drive access. Crews responded from Orondo Fire, Waterville Fire, East Wenatchee Fire, Waterville EMS, Ballard Ambulance and the Douglas County Sheriff Department with 18 emergency responders on-scene. 

Coming up next, A Fire gutted an Ephrata barn last night killing 2000 chickens. A burglary suspect led Grant County Sheriff’s deputies on a 20-minute chase through north Moses Lake early Friday morning, and, There are lots of things you can do with leftover Halloween candy, but some Wenatchee students recently took it to a different level, we will tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A Fire gutted an Ephrata barn last night killing 2000 chickens. Grant County Fire District 13 shared these images of the blaze located at a large outbuilding near Neva Lake Road and Railroad Avenue.

Officials say firefighters observed the structure on fire around 8:35 PM as they were returning home from a vehicle versus pedestrian accident on Dodson Road.

County and Ephrata City crews put the fire out within 20 minutes. Officials say firefighters were able to save a few chickens but nearly 2000 died in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

A burglary suspect led Grant County Sheriff’s deputies on a 20-minute chase through north Moses Lake early Friday morning that ended with the suspect surrendering to K9 Chewbacca.

It started with a 911 call from a woman about 2:00 a.m. who said a burglar had broken into her trailer on Maple Drive Northeast. The woman said the man had left in a Blue Sienna minivan. A deputy spotted the van and was joined in the pursuit by Moses Lake police.

Spike strips were deployed that disabled the vehicle, at which point a passenger in the van broke out a window and fled, the sheriff’s office said. The driver, 43-year-old Kevin Beemish of Moses Lake was told to surrender or be bitten by Chewbacca.

He surrendered and now faces numerous charges. His passenger is still being sought. Beemish was also arrested in September after another police pursuit. That one ended in a wreck and a serious head injury for Beemish, who has a long record of crimes and police pursuits.

There are lots of things you can do with leftover Halloween candy, but some Wenatchee students recently took it to a different level. They performed surgery on a piece of Starburst candy.

As part of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber’s Careers After School program, 30 middle and high school students were given an inside look at the surgical procedures at Confluence Health. That included a chance to try unwrapping a Starburst with the di Vinci surgical robot, take a look. . .

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, when a mated pair of bald eagles made history in a Wenatchee park, one East Wenatchee woman was there to document it. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains. . .

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.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, ballots continue to trickle in for tomorrow’s general election. In Chelan County 22 percent of the ballots mailed out have been returned but auditor, Skip Moore says the pace is picking up. Moore has predicted half of the County’s registered voters will cast ballots. Douglas County elections officials report similar numbers. Ballots have to be returned tomorrow before 8:00 p.m. or postmarked by November 5th in order to count. NCWLIFE will provide the election night results on our website and Facebook page.

**Now lets 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.

The Seahawks won a nail-biter yesterday against Tampa Bay 30-to-24 on Russell Wilson’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hollister in overtime…

Wilson threw for 378-yards and five touchdowns, two to Hollister, two to Tyler Lockett and another to DK Metcalf.  Seattle next travels to the Bay area to take on the undefeated San Francisco 49ers a week from tonight.

The Huskies put up a valiant effort Saturday but fell to number 9 Utah 33-28 in Pac-12 football…

Washington dropped to 5-and-4 with the loss.

Eric Barriere threw for three touchdowns and rushed for three more as Eastern Washington dispatched Northern Arizona 66-38.

Michael Roots rushed for 196-yards and a touchdown to lead Central Washington to a 27-24 road win at Azusa Pacific.

The Wenatchee Wild got back on the winning track over the weekend at the Town Toyota Center, sweeping two from the Merritt Centennials…

On Friday, captain Nick Cafarelli got the Wild on the board first in a 5-2 victory.  Drake Usher, Harrison Scott , Brian Adams and Hunter Hastings also scored for Wenatchee.

Hastings came up with two more goals Saturday in Wenatchee’s 6-4 win.  Also adding to the mix were Trevor Griebel, Tyler Young, Quinn Emerson and Brett Chorske.

Wenatchee continues its homestand with Penticton in town this Friday and Saturday.

Soccer took center stage at a couple venues Saturday in the valley…

First, it was a battle for the regular season Big-9 title between Moses Lake and Eastmont.  The Wildcats staked an early lead, but the Chiefs came storming back to force two overtimes before it was settled.

Eric Granstrom, Matt Wisen and Neil Oyston had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont will host Wenatchee Wednesday at 6 for the District Championship, which we’ll have here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also Saturday, Cashmere and Cascade locked into a classic battle for the District 6 1-A Championship with the Kodiaks coming out on top 5-4 in a shootout.  Chelan’s season came to an end, falling to Okanogan 4-nil.  Now Cashmere will host Okanogan tomorrow at 5 o’clock for a chance to advance to the crossover games.

After a sluggish first quarter, Eastmont turned on the jets and beat Moses Lake Friday 66-21…

Austin Popoff rushed for three touchdowns and Carson Everhart threw for three others as Eastmont picked up the win.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee, without running back Nate Blauman due to back spasms, fell to Walla Walla 28-21.  Sunnyside beat Davis 28-6 and West Valley topped Ike 57-12.

That’s sets up a HUGE game for the Bridge of Sportsmanship Thursday at Eastmont.  A Wenatchee win would give the Panthers the Big-9 Title and #1 seed to State.  An Eastmont win would force a mini-playoff Saturday in Moses Lake between Wenatchee, Eastmont and Sunnyside.

We’ll be LIVE with our pregame show at 6:30 Thursday with Eric and Grant.  Kickoff is at 7.  Presale tickets are available right now at the athletic offices at either high school.

Cascade edged Cashmere 33-28 in the Pear Bowl Friday night in Peshastin.  Omak beat Okanogan in the Back Yard Brawl 41-13 so Cashmere still heads to State with the #2 seed out of the Caribou Trail League.  The Pioneers are league champs.  And Chelan fell to Riverside 28-21.

In the Central Washington Athletic Conference, Ephrata and Quincy ended their seasons with wins Friday.  Othello and Toppenish advanced Saturday while Prosser beat Ellensburg for the District Title 32-24.

And in the B’s, Lake Roosevelt beat Brewster.  Tonasket topped Oroville.  Manson managed Mabton.  Entiat walloped Waterville-Mansfield.  Sunnyside Christian popped Pateros.  And Bridgeport beat Soap Lake.

Thanks Eric.

Now lets 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.