NCWLIFE Evening News October 1st, 2020

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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, Chelan County search and rescue crews have joined in the search for an overdue hiker near Snoqualmie Pass, initiated by King County earlier this week. A Cashmere woman who stole bighorn sheep remains from the Department of Fish and Wildlife last year has pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges, and, Surveillance footage taken outside Weeds Café in Cashmere shows a person on a bike stealing seat cushions from chairs outside the restaurant.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two Wenatchee Valley men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of dealing large amounts of drugs out of their Wenatchee apartment.

21-year-old Isaac Anthony Miller and 19-year-old Jose Tamayo-Pantoja were allegedly found with more than 100 fentanyl pills, 50 tablets of Xanax, and a baggy of suspected cocaine when police served a search warrant about 10:45 p.m. at the Hilltop Apartments in South Wenatchee. The Columbia River Drug Task Force says both men admitted to possessing illicit drugs found in the apartment. They were booked into the Chelan County jail, and await charges.

Chelan County search and rescue crews have joined in the search for an overdue hiker near Snoqualmie Pass, initiated by King County earlier this week.

37-year-old Brendon Nepon of Lynnwood was last seen Sunday near the Snow Lake trailhead, close to the Alpental ski area.

Nepon was hiking with his dog, possibly to Gem Lake He has brown hair and brown eyes, is 5-foot-9 and weighs 170 pounds. His mixed-breed dog answers to Seta. If you see Nepon, call 911.

A Cashmere woman who stole bighorn sheep remains from the Department of Fish and Wildlife last year has pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges.

60-year-old Rane Morrison Borgen helped a Wenatchee man, Dennis Leroy Sproul, to steal the skulls of bighorns that were kept in a state storage yard in January 2019.

Later while awaiting trial, Borgen was arrested on charges of meth possession and endangering a child with a controlled substance.

Borgen will be sentenced Oct. 14th, and faces up to 20 months in prison. Sproul pleaded guilty a year ago to possessing stolen property, and was sentenced to eight months in jail.

Surveillance footage taken outside Weeds Café in Cashmere shows a person on a bike stealing seat cushions from chairs outside the restaurant.

Owner Teri Weedman says Wednesday night was the third time cushions have been stolen and videos of all three thefts have been turned over to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. So far, they haven’t had any luck tracking down the thief. Anyone with information on the person in this video is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Coming up next, The resignation of Chelan City Councilman Ray Dobbs takes effect this week and the search is on for a replacement. Les Schwab Tire Centers, with operations throughout North Central Washington, is being purchased by a California investment firm. Effective today, the Tonasket Ranger District is no longer supervised by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and, Wenatchee police Sargent Brian Miller says for weeks a group of dedicated kids have keeping watchful eye on Wenatchee’s Kiwanis Methow Park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The resignation of Chelan City Councilman Ray Dobbs takes effect this week and the search is on for a replacement.

The 5 candidates will be interviewed via Zoom during the Tuesday, October 6th city workshop session which starts at 4:00 p.m. Each candidate will be allowed five minutes to tell about themselves and why they desire to serve on the council.

Current council members will then be allowed to ask questions of the candidates. After a brief recess for executive session, the City Council workshop will then reconvene for discussion before a candidate or candidates are recommended. A vote will then be taken and the appointment will be made official. The new councilman will then be administered the oath of office and participate in the budget workshop the following Tuesday.

Les Schwab Tire Centers, with operations throughout North Central Washington, is being purchased by a California investment firm. The company has been family owned and operated since being founded in 1952 by Leslie Bishop “Les” Schwab in Prineville, Oregon.

Les Schwab has more than 500 stores in 10 states throughout the west, including locations in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Chelan, Quincy and Ephrata. The company said this week it has reached agreement to sell to San Francisco-based Meritage Group.

Les Schwab died in 2007 and his family announced its intention to sell the business last December. Though a sale price was not disclosed, analysts had predicted the business would sell for up to $3 billion.

Effective today, the Tonasket Ranger District is no longer supervised by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service transferred administrative duties for the district to the Colville National Forest, effective with the start of the new fiscal year. The district covers 415,000 acres in northeast Okanogan County. Supervisors say the change will better serve the needs of visitors and locals. No changes in service are expected.

Wenatchee police Sargent Brian Miller says for weeks a group of dedicated kids have keeping watchful eye on Wenatchee’s Kiwanis Methow Park.

The park has been a frequent target for vandals who have sprayed graffiti and done damage to landscaping.

The Wenatchee Police Department says their officers can’t be everywhere at once, so having people young and old ready to report any trouble or damage is greatly appreciated.

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.

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Kennel Kameos is back from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Caterpillar 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.

It was a pretty good season for Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval as far as safety.  Ballard Ambulance, or the most part, was not very active.  That all changed last Saturday during the season-finale when a driver in a Northwest Super Late Model car hit the wall head-on…

Trevor Flora suffered a fractured sternum, a blown vertebra and some other cracked bones and damage to his spine.  He was released from the hospital Tuesday but faces a long road to recovery with a back brace and missing work as a construction worker.

Trevor’s wife, Jerica, set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.  The couple is expecting their 4th child in February, so you can imagine they’re in a tight spot.  If you’d like to help, you can search Trevor Flora on GoFundMe.  They’ve also set up other avenues to help donate through PayPal and VenMo.

Shaquem (shuh-KEEM) Griffin has overcome a lot in his 25-years.  Doctors amputated his left hand when he was four following a birth defect that left it undersized and unusable.  He rose to be a multi-sport athlete and played college football at the University of Central Florida alongside his twin brother Shaquill.  After becoming the feel-good story of the 2018 NFL Draft and joining his brother with the Seahawks, he was cut from the team this season.  He eventually came back and was signed to Seattle’s practice squad.

Shaquem credits his brother Shaquill in helping him bounce back after being cut…

Shaquem was called up from the practice squad for last Sunday’s game as a backup following the season-ending knee injury to Bruce Irvin.  He was called on during the final drive to help stop Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense.  He said he was prepared for whatever came his way…

Bobby Wagner says Griffin played a big role in Seattle making the final stop of the game to preserve a 38-31 victory.  He says Griffin’s story is a good lesson for others facing adversity…

Coach Pete Carroll on Monday said it’s not a matter of feeling sorry for anyone, but a fact that injuries are a part of the game and he needed Griffin to step up…

As of today, Shaquem is still listed on Seattle’s practice squad.  But he’s expected to be called up again Sunday and be ready when the team travels to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

Let’s catch you up to date on Major League Baseball’s Wild Card playoff series…

Ian Anderson and three relievers combined on a 2-hit shutout of Cincinnati today as the Braves won 5-nothing to wrap up the Wild Card series.  Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall hit homers to play add-on in the 8th for Atlanta, who now awaits the winner of Chicago and Miami for Game 1 of the NLDS Tuesday.

During the busiest day in the history of Major League Baseball’s playoff schedule yesterday…

Chicago gave up two runs on a throwing error in the first and then Oakland’s Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered to give the A’s a 5-3 victory Wednesday.  That evens up the best-of-three series at 1-1 with a final game underway today.

Hunter Renfroe’s grand slam home run highlighted a 6-run second inning as Tampa Bay advanced to the Divisional series with an 8-2 win over Toronto Wednesday.  Former Mariner catcher Mike Zunino also hit a two-run shot for the Rays, who face New York in the next round…

New York came back twice in the same game, finally scoring 2-runs on a sacrifice fly by Gary Sanchez and RBI-single by DJ LeMahieu in the top of the 9th to beat Cleveland 10-9.  The win sends the Yankees to the American League Divisional Series against Tamp Bay beginning Monday.

Paul Goldschmidt’s 2-run home run highlighted a 4-run first inning as St. Louis knocked off San Diego 7-4 in game one of their National League Wild Card series.  Game 2 is today on ESPN.

Brent Suter issued two, bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the first inning and the Dodgers cruised to a 4-2 win over Milwaukee in Game 1 of their National League Wild Card series.  Corey Seager came through with an insurance home run in the 7th and Los Angeles pitchers struck out 15 Brewer batters.  Game 2 is tonight at 7:08 on ESPN.

Here’s a look at our sports schedule over the next few days here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins with Hockey Night tonight as the Wenatchee Wild host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a game from last October 26th at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker has the call starting at 7 o’clock tonight.

Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have the call of Eastmont and Davis in a Big-9 football game from last October 11th tomorrow night at 6:30.

Then on Saturday, we have Cashmere and Eastmont girls soccer at 2 o’clock followed by the broadcast of the season finale at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval, featuring the Neal Newberry 125 at 6 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, Rocky Reach Park closed for the year Wednesday to give construction crews more room as they continue a renovation project at the dam’s Discovery Center.

The park and the Rocky Reach Discovery Center are scheduled to have a grand reopening in the spring. The Chelan County PUD said he 18-month, $5.8 million renovation project at the Discovery Center will transform the facility into a more interactive experience for visitors. In addition to big new windows for fish viewing, there will be hands-on displays and expanded and updated exhibits.

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.