NCWLIFE Evening News October 24, 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 police raid in search of narcotics at a Mansfield home led to a brief lockdown Wednesday at the nearby Mansfield School. A new round of fliers promoting bigotry has surfaced in the neighborhood around Wenatchee Valley College. The mother of Rae’Ana Rosenburg, the child rescued from an icy Rock Island pond last winter, is now wanted for her alleged part in a chaotic campsite robbery, and, Early morning customers at Les Schwab in East Wenatchee got a shock today when a car crashed into the front window of the store.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Omak man was arrested early Tuesday morning after an Okanogan County deputy reported finding a large quantity of illegal drugs in the car he was driving.

Sheriff’s Deputy Gisberth Gonzalez said he saw 42-year-old Kristopher Graber speeding on Robinson Canyon Road north of Omak and as he attempted to stop the vehicle Graber reportedly tried to switch places with a passenger and drove the car into a ditch.

Graber was wanted on several warrants and had small bills totaling more than $1,500 in cash on him. A border patrol K-9 unit was called in and alerted on the vehicle’s trunk.

After obtaining a search warrant, Gonzalez reported finding an illegal gun, 142 grams of methamphetamine, 7.7 grams of heroin, scales and packaging material. Graber is being held in the Okanogan County Jail on numerous charges.

A police raid in search of narcotics at a Mansfield home led to a brief lockdown Wednesday at the nearby Mansfield School. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and the Columbia River Drug Task Force searched the home in the 200 block of Douglas Street about 8 a.m.

The resident, Alberto Lopez Flores, showed police where he kept a .357 handgun and about $6,000 in cash. The handgun turned out to be stolen, and Lopez can’t possess firearms because of his prior felonies. Police haven’t said whether any illegal drugs were found, but Lopez was taken to jail for the firearm offense.

A new round of fliers promoting bigotry has surfaced in the neighborhood around Wenatchee Valley College. Like another incident in September, these fliers were bagged and distributed in residential yards along Ninth Street on October 15th, listing websites that reinforce a racist agenda. The college says it’s aware of the propaganda campaign, and it’s monitoring the situation.

The mother of Rae’Ana Rosenburg, the child rescued from an icy Rock Island pond last winter, is now wanted for her alleged part in a chaotic campsite robbery near Banks Lake and now she’s charged with endangering the safety of her own children. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has more on this story. . .

Early morning customers at Les Schwab in East Wenatchee got a shock today when a car crashed into the front window of the store.  East Wenatchee Police Officer Leeon Leyde (lie-dee) tells NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom what happened. . .

Thankfully, no one was hurt. Les Schwab store manager Kirk Moser tells us they’ll remain open while determining the total damage and making repairs. He said staff and customers inside the store were shocked by the crash and sound of breaking glass, but everyone’s OK.

Coming up next, A celebration of life will be held Sunday at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort for David Oltman, the Wenatchee man who died last week in a plane crash in Alaska. Congressman Dan Newhouse says he remains steadfast in his opposition to plans to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades, and, A power pole fire caused by a squirrel, knocked out electricity this morning for about 300 Douglas County PUD customers in the East Wenatchee area.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A celebration of life will be held Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort for David Oltman, the Wenatchee man who died last week in a plane crash in Alaska. Oltman worked five years on the ski patrol at Mission Ridge.

The family invites anyone who knew and loved David to attend. In addition, Mission Ridge will dedicate its first run of the ski season to Oltman. He is survived by his wife Erin and children Reece and Evan.

Oltman was in Alaska as part of his business, BKR Construction. On October 17th he was on a Peninsula Airways flight with 42 people aboard that went off the runway while landing in the remote fishing community of Unalaska. None of the other passengers were killed but 10 were injured.

Congressman Dan Newhouse says he remains steadfast in his opposition to plans to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades. Today is the deadline to submit public comments on the draft environmental Impact Study of the plans.

Newhouse says he’s hopeful that comments heard at last week’s public meeting in Omak sends a strong message that the bears are not welcome. The 4th District House Representative estimated over 700 people turned out. . .

The US Forest Service and the National Park Service have proposed transporting up to 25 bears over the next ten years into the North Cascades from Montana and British Columbia. Proponents claim the North Cascades wilderness has always served as prime Grizzly habitat. But Newhouse questions if that’s the case, what’s stopping them from entering naturally. . .

Biologists estimate that fewer than 10 grizzly bears currently inhabit the area. The last verified grizzly sighting in the Washington’s Cascades was in 1996.

A power pole fire caused by a squirrel, knocked out electricity this morning for about 300 Douglas County PUD customers in the East Wenatchee area. PUD officials say it started around 7:45 a.m. and affected customers north of 23rd Street along Empire Avenue. PUD Spokesperson Meghan Vibbert says power was restored around 11:30.  

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Chico the cat. . .

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.

Kurt Suzuki’s solo home run in the top of the 7th broke a 2-2 tie and led to a 6-run inning as Washington hammered Houston 12-3 in Game 2 of the World Series last night…

Suzuki’s homer came off Houston starter Justin Verlander, who took the loss and is winless in six World Series starts in his career.

Washington brought 10-men to the plate in the 7th inning, scoring 6-runs on four hits.  The Nationals played add-on from there on Adam Eaton’s 2-run homer in the 8th and Michael Taylor’s solo home run in the 9th.

Up two games to none, the series now shifts to Washington Friday at 5:08 where Zach Greinke will face Anibal Sanchez.

Bliss Littler was given a great birthday present by his team last night as the Wenatchee Wild trounced the West Kelowna Warriors 6-nothing…

Luke Ormsby scored 43-seconds into the game and that set the tone for the rest of the night.  Trevor Griebel (gruh-BELL) lit the lamp just before the end of the first period to give Wenatchee a 2-0 lead.  Before the night was over, Nick Cafarelli, Brian Adams and Quinn Emerson got in on the scoring barrage.

Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…video courtesy of Hockey TV…

It’s the second-consecutive shutout for the Wild as they prepare to host Salmon Arm Friday at Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck drops each night at 7:05.

Coming up on the prep schedule for today…

In prep girls soccer, Cashmere travels to Chelan at 4.  Bridgeport hosts Tonasket at 4:30. Brewster visits Manson while Quincy’s at Toppenish and Prosser hosts Ephrata at 6.  And at 7, Wenatchee hosts West Valley at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Our NCWLIFE crew will be there to record it for playback Saturday afternoon at 1.

A busy volleyball schedule begins at 6:30 with Manson at Brewster; Soap Lake hosts Bridgeport; Oroville’s at Waterville-Mansfield; and Chelan welcomes Cashmere.  Following at 7 its Selah at Ephrata; Quincy hosts East Valley of Yakima; Davis is at Eastmont; and Wenatchee travels to West Valley.

Eastmont and Wenatchee swimmers will join the rest of the Big-9 for a league swim and dive meet at Moses Lake today at 4 o’clock.

And there’s one cross country meet today in the CWAC where Ephrata and Ellensburg will run against Quincy at Colockum Ridge Golf Course at 5 o’clock.

The Eastmont Wildcats suffered its first loss of the season last Friday, a 29-28 heartbreaker to Sunnyside.  Understandably, Eastmont Coach Michael Don says his kids took it hard…

Don says the loss was a good lesson for his players that life in football will prepare you for real life later…

Eastmont travels to Yakima Friday to face Eisenhower at Zaepfel Stadium at 7 o’clock.

Meanwhile, the team whom Eastmont lost to is coming to Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl Friday to face Wenatchee.  The Panthers had its playoffs hopes damaged last year with a 14-10 loss at Sunnyside and coach Scott Devereaux says a win Friday would feel nice…

Senior linebacker Ty Waterman expects Sunnyside to be tough as always…

We’ll have all the action of Sunnyside and Wenatchee with our pregame at 6:45 and kickoff at 7.  Eric will have more of a preview coming up tonight during the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Thanks Eric.

A long line of emergency vehicles made its way through Okanogan today as part of the memorial services for fallen firefighter Christian Johnson. The procession wound its way to the fairgrounds, where this afternoon a huge crowd attended a celebration of life for the assistant chief of Okanogan County Fire District 3. Johnson died of injuries he sustained September 1st fighting the Spring Coulee Fire.

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

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.