NCWLIFE Evening News October 14, 2019


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, The Yakima man wanted after a September 27th campsite theft near Banks Lake is now formally charged with robbery. A former home care nursing assistant can no longer care for vulnerable adults after pleading guilty to theft, and, The body of Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson returned home to Okanogan on Saturday.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Grant County Jail inmate survived an apparent suicide attempt in his cell Friday morning.

Grant County Corrections deputies found the unidentified man hanging in his single-occupancy cell about 10:15 a.m. After life-saving measures by deputies and paramedics he was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital, then by helicopter to a Spokane hospital. Details on his condition were not available today. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the incident is under investigation.

The Yakima man wanted after a September 27th campsite theft near Banks Lake is now formally charged with robbery. Douglas County deputies and prosecutors say 32-year-old Kye M. Shelton helped rob a campsite while its tenant were away, making off with two electrical generators.

When the campers returned, they fought with the robbers and one of the alleged thieves, Joseph Aaron Lacey of Yakima, was run over by a getaway vehicle. One of the two vehicles involved, a red 2009 Toyota Sienna, was registered to Shelton. Police have been seeking him since October 3rd. Other charges against Shelton are theft and second-degree assault.

A former home care nursing assistant can no longer care for vulnerable adults after pleading guilty to theft. 22-year-old Yezica Padilla of Chelan had her license suspended last month by the Department of Health. She was previously employed by an in-home health service in Chelan, where she used a client’s credit card to make a $100 dollar shoe order in February 2018. She pleaded guilty in April to third-degree theft, and served 20 days on electronic home confinement. The state has placed Padilla on a long-term registry of adult caregivers barred from practice.

The body of Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson returned home to Okanogan on Saturday, escorted by firefighters from throughout the state and his own Okanogan County Fire District 3 crew.

55-year-old Johnson died in a Seattle hospital October 2nd from injuries he sustained September First fighting the Spring Coulee Fire.

The procession began in Bothel with first responders paying tribute along the way, including in Wenatchee. A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Johnson at 1 p.m., October 24th at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

Coming up next, Representative Dan Newhouse is leading the charge for a new Indian Health Center in Omak. Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is the second-most affordable skiing destination in the country, according to a vacation website, and, A big, deep pothole on a heavily traveled area highway is a recipe for disaster, we will show you.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Last Friday, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse led a fully bipartisan letter to the Indian Health Center in support of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation’s application for a new Health Center Clinic in Omak.

The project is through the Joint Venture Construction Program. Through the Joint Venture Construction Program, the Colville Tribes would fully fund the construction of a new clinic in Omak. In return, the Indian Health Center would provide staffing and operate the clinic at no cost to the tribe for a period of 20 years. The letter was co-signed by Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Representative Kim Schrier, and Representative Denny Heck.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort is the second-most affordable skiing destination in the country, according to HomeToGo, a vacation rental site.

The annual Ski Price Index ranked 50 top ski destinations in North America based on cost of equipment rental, price of a lift ticket, lunch on the slopes and motel costs. You can get all of that at Mission Ridge for $227 dollars a day, the site reported. The best deal was at Marmot Basin in Alberta, Canada, while the most expensive ski trip is in Beaver Creek Colorado, at $597 dollars a day.

A big, deep pothole on a heavily traveled interstate is a recipe for disaster. But trouble was averted over the weekend when Washington Department of Transportation workers quickly spotted this menacing-looking pothole on the Vantage Bridge on Interstate 90.

Wash-Dot believes they were able to get a repair done before any damage was done to vehicles.

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In tonight’s feature story,Washington State apple grower’s are expressing concerns about continuing trade barriers that threaten overseas fruit exports. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports. . .

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 Seahawks erased a 20-to-6 first-half deficit and came back to beat Cleveland Sunday 32-28…

Chris Carson capped the comeback with a game-winning, 1-yard touchdown run with 3:30 left in the game, giving him 124-yards rushing on the day.  Any chance the Browns had for a win was extinguished on KJ Wright’s interception with 2:20 remaining.  It was the defense’s fourth turnover of the game to go along with a blocked punt.

Seattle Coach Pete Carroll was thrilled with how his team never buckled and came through with the victory…

Russell Wilson was 23-for-33 for 295-yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as he continues to put up MVP-type numbers.  He said the message was clear despite being down early…

Jeron (jer-ON) Brown caught both touchdown passes from Wilson.  Tyler Lockett collected 5-receptions for 75-yards.

Seattle’s defense had 3-interceptions and a forced fumble recovery to go along with a blocked punt.  But that all happened after Cleveland ran up and down the field at will in its first three possessions.  That’s when Bobby Wagner pulled everyone aside with a strong message…

The only bad news from the game is that tight end Wil Dissly went down with an Achilles injury and could be out for the season.

Seattle improved to 6-and-1 with the win and next host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at 1:25 at CenturyLink Field.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard from Saturday…

True freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels scored from 17-yards out with 34-seconds left to give #18 Arizona State a come-from-behind 38-34 win over Washington State.

Jacob Eason threw for 243-yards and two touchdowns and Salvon Ahmed ran for three scores as Washington rallied in the second half to beat Arizona 51-27.

Eric Barriere threw for 445-yards and five touchdowns to lead Eastern Washington past Northern Colorado 54-to-21.

Christian Moore threw for 423-yards and five touchdowns as Central Washington got back on the winning track, downing Azusa Pacific 44-to-6.

Staying on the football field, let’s go back to Friday and check the Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard…

The Eastmont Wildcats did all the scoring that would need to be done in the first half in downing Davis 42-to-16.  Five different players scored six rushing touchdowns in the first half for Eastmont while the defense recorded seven first-half sacks.

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the play-by-play here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Eastmont improved to 6-and-oh with the win.

In Yakima, the Wenatchee Panthers escaped West Valley with a 15-10 win over the Rams.  Tied at 10 late, Wenatchee got a 37-yard field goal to take the lead and capped the win with a safety to improve to 3-and-oh in Big-9 play, 5-and-1 on the season.

Eisenhower won the battle of winless teams, downing Moses Lake Friday 24-7.

In the Caribou Trail League Friday, Cashmere won the 66th Battle for the Bronze Show, downing Chelan 28-18.  Omak took over control of the CTL with a 25-7 win over Cascade.  And Okanogan beat Freeman 48-7.

In the CWAC, Ephrata won the Battle of the Basin, shutting out Quincy 38-nothing.  Prosser, Othello and Toppenish were also winners.

In Central Washington B league play, Manson topped Kettle Falls 51-26.  Brewster beat Oroville 32-20.  Chewelah edged Lake Roosevelt 21-18.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline kept rolling with a 68-16 win over Waterville-Mansfield.  And Bridgeport won a thriller over Pateros 42-40.

In other prep sports scores from the weekend…

Wenatchee edged Sunnyside 1-nil.  Eastmont earned a 2-nil win over West Valley.  Cascade clobbered Oma, 13-to-nothing.  Cashmere posted a 4-3 win over Moses Lake.  Ellensburg shut out Quincy 4-nil.  And Ephrata fell to Grandview 2-nil.

And in girls volleyball, Eastmont was swept by Selah 25-20, 9 and 26-24.  Liberty Bell swept three games from Waterville-Mansfield.

The Wenatchee Wild earned a split of its weekend series with West Kelowna…

The Wild got third-period goals from Luke Ormsby and Harrison Scott, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors won 5-to-2.

Then Saturday, the two teams would skate to a 3-all tie at the end of regulation.  That’s when Hunter Hastings scored 3-minutes into overtime to give Wenatchee the 4-3 win.  Also scoring goals for Wenatchee Saturday were Tyler Young, Drew Bavaro and Luke Ormsby.

The Wild will be on the road for three this weekend, playing at Alberni Valley Friday, Cowichan Valley Saturday and Victoria on Sunday.

And in the baseball playoffs…

Houston evened its American League Championship Series with the Yankees on Carlos Correa’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday as the Astros won it 3-to-2.  George Springer added a solo shot for Houston.

Aaron Judge accounted for all of New York’s offense with a 2-run home run off Justin Verlander in the 4th.

With the series tied at 1-1, it shifts to New York for Game 3 tomorrow at 1:08 on FS1.

Washington is up 2-zip in its National League Championship Series with St. Louis after beating the Cardinals Saturday 3-1.  Max Scherzer was dominant, going 7-innings and allowing no-runs on 1-hit with 11-strikeouts for the victory.

They’ll play Game 3 this afternoon in Washington at 4:38 on TBS.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top news story. . .

Finally tonight, 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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.