NCWLIFE Evening News October 26, 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, A convicted burglar who spent almost two and a half years in prison-based drug rehab is suspected of stealing firearms from homes in Wenatchee and Dryden. An 80-year-old man who sexually abused a child 20 years ago earned a sentence Friday of 10 years in prison, and, winds of up to 60 mph caused lots of damage in the Leavenworth Friday.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Traffic was backed up outside Orondo late this morning after a two-vehicle collision. The Washington State Patrol says a 2018 Toyota RAV4 ran into the back of a 2007 Ford Edge as both vehicles were northbound on Highway 2/97. The RAV4 then rolled several times. There were no serious injuries. Both lanes of the highway were reopened shortly after 1:00 p.m.

A 38-year old Carlton man was killed yesterday afternoon in a 2-car accident on State Route 153 about 20 miles north of Pateros. The Washington State Patrol reports that Clayton M. Thornton was driving northbound at milepost 20 shortly after 3:00 when his Ford Explorer lost control on a curve, crossed the center line and struck a southbound vehicle.  Thornton was declared dead at the scene. The two occupants of the southbound vehicle were not seriously injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A convicted burglar who spent almost two and a half years in prison-based drug rehab is suspected of stealing firearms from homes in Wenatchee and Dryden.

Chelan County sheriff’s detectives say 28-year-old Cameron Michael Darnell and a partner broke into a home on North Dryden Road October 9th and stole seven rifles and a shotgun. He’s also charged in a burglary and theft of a pistol from a Wenatchee home, where he was allegedly caught on videotape breaking in through a pet door. Moses Lake police arrested Darnell October 16th during an attempted theft at the local Walmart. He was also wanted for questioning in multiple thefts and burglaries in Yakima, Douglas County, Union Gap and other areas.

An 80-year-old man who sexually abused a child 20 years ago earned a sentence Friday of 10 years in prison. A jury convicted Michael Sutcliffe Detering of Manson of child rape and molestation, committed in 1999. Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan imposed the 10-year sentence, acknowledging it could mean Detering spends the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 15 years.

High winds that buffeted the Upper Wenatchee Valley created some hazards for the town of Leavenworth on Friday. Power was knocked out to parts of downtown after the winds hit about 1:00 p.m.

Multiple homeowners reported damage, including a falling tree that collapsed a residential roof on Commercial Street. Blackbird Island Park was briefly closed to foot traffic due to the risk of falling trees. It took about 12 hours to restore electricity to all customers. There were no reports of injuries.

Coming up next, Rocky Reach Dam has accidentally discharged more than 300 gallons of hydraulic oil into the Columbia River since June. If you saw flames and heavy smoke in the Manson area Saturday, there was no need for concern, and, Some NCW firefighters are headed to California to battle the deadly blazes burning there. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Rocky Reach Dam has accidentally discharged more than 300 gallons of hydraulic oil into the Columbia River since June. The Chelan County PUD reported the spills to the state Department of Ecology. Oil leaks like these have led environmental groups to threaten lawsuits against the agency.

In March, the PUD reached a settlement with the watchdog group Columbia Riverkeeper to step up its monitoring and permitting of hydraulic discharges. The utility district shut down one turbine for repairs after it spilled more than 200 gallons during the summer.

If you saw flames and heavy smoke in the Manson area Saturday, there was no need for concern. The Manson Fire Department set fire to a derelict structure on Klate Road for a little firefighting practice. The department says the training went well.

Speaking of firefighters, some NCW firefighters are headed to California to battle the deadly blazes burning there. Washington’s Emergency Management division pulled together seven task forces of firefighters from 31 different fire agencies, Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett said a total of nine local personnel are ready to head where they’re needed. . .

The need in California is great, more than 66,000 acres have burned in Sonoma County, and the Getty Fire outside Los Angeles has destroyed multiple homes and forced evacuations.

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Saturday was Make a Difference Day in the Wenatchee Valley and hundreds of volunteers were out working on dozens of projects. In tonight’s feature story, here are some photos of just a small snippet of the good work done Saturday. . .

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.

Since the Nationals clubbed the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series in Houston 12-to-3, Washington has managed just 3-runs over the last 3-games.  And in the process, Houston has taken a 3-games-to-2 lead following Sunday’s 7-1 victory…

Yordan Alvarez broke a scoreless tie in the 2nd with a two run homer to center field off Washington starter Joe Ross.  Ross was a last-minute replacement for Max Scherzer, who couldn’t go because of a sore neck.

Carlos Correa created further separation in the 4th on a two run homer to put the Astros up 4-0.  That would be plenty for Houston starter Gerrit Cole, who struck out nine over 7-innings to earn the victory.

Now Houston returns home with all the momentum for Game 6 Tuesday at 5:07 on FOX.  It will be a rematch of Game 2 starters with Stephen Strasberg going for the Nationals and Justin Verlander starting for Houston.

Seattle raced out to a 24-nothing lead at halftime and held on for a 27-20 win at Atlanta Sunday…

The Seahawks offense scored on 4-of-5 possessions in the first half as Russell Wilson found DK Metcalf on two touchdown passes while Chris Carson ran for another.  But the script flipped in the second half, with backup quarterback Matt Schaub throwing for 460-yards and leading the Falcons to scores on four of its five possessions.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll was happy to come out of there with a win, but admits the second half was not the greatest…

Seattle improved to 6-and-2 with the win and returns home to face the 2-and-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard…

Oregon’s Camden Lewis kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired to life the #11 Ducks to a 37-35 win over Washington State Saturday.  The game-winner came after the Cougars scored on a 5-yard, 4th-down touchdown pass from Anthony Gordon to Brandon Arconado with a minute remaining.  WSU had no answer for Oregon running back CJ Verdell, who rushed for a career-high 257-yards and three touchdowns.

Marcus Knight ran for 131-yards and three touchdowns to lead Montana past Eastern Washington 34-17. 

Michael Roots rushed for 221-yards and three touchdowns while Christan Moore threw for four others as Central Washington demolished Simon Fraser 62-to-10.

Turning back to Friday and the big matchup between Wenatchee and Sunnyside in Big-9 Football…

The Wenatchee defense turned in 7-sacks and shut out Sunnyside in a 28-nothing win at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Nate Blauman again rushed for over 100-yards and scored.  Camden Sirmon threw two touchdown passes.  And JJ Jelsing had an 80-yard punt return touchdown as the Panthers remained unbeaten in Big-9 play.

Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also Friday, Eastmont bounced back from its only loss of the season with a 56-27 win at Eisenhower.  And Moses Lake remained winless with a 21-17 loss to Southridge.

In the Caribou Trail League, Cashmere won a non-leaguer against College Place 43-19.  Okanogan crushed Cascade 42-7.  And Omak remained unbeaten with a 42-17 win over Chelan.

In the Central Washington Athletic Conference Friday, East Valley beat Ephrata 26-14.  Quincy fell to Ellensburg 44-to-8.  Selah, Pullman, Prosser and Zillah were all winners.

And in B league football Friday, Waterville-Mansfield got its first win of the season, downing Pateros 14-12.  Liberty Bell beat Bridgeport 36-28.  Wilbur-Creston won big over Soap Lake.  Odessa ran rough-shod over Almira-Coulee-Hartline 92-to-6.  Manson fell to Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 25-21.  Lake Roosevelt topped Tonasket 37-6.  And Oroville shut out Kettle Falls 41-nothing.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Girls Soccer Scoreboard from the weekend…

Moses Lake clobbered Sunnyside 7-nil.  Eastmont blanked Davis 3-nil.  And Manson edged Oroville 2-to-1.

On the volleyball courts, Chelan hosted a double-dual with Lakeside (9-Mile Falls), Freeman and Cascade Saturday.  The Goats swept both Freeman and Lakeside while the visitors swept three each from the Kodiaks.  Also Saturday, Manson edged Waterville-Mansfield 3-games-to-1.

Finally, the Wenatchee Wild gave up 12-goals in two games in a sweep at the hands of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks last weekend…

Salmon Arm came out and scored 4-goals in the 1st period Friday and went on for an 8-5 victory.  The Wild scored four goals of its own to make it a 2-goal margin heading into the final frame but could get no closer.  Scoring goals for Wenatchee were Brian Adams, Luke Ormsby, Hunter Hastings, Nick Cafarelli and Brett Chorske.

On Saturday, Wenatchee scored first on Luke Ormsby’s 7th goal of the season.  But Salmon Arm tied it before the first intermission and then added two more goals in the second.  Coalson Wolford added another in the 3rd for the visitors before Trevor Griebel tallied the final goal of the game.

The Wild heads to Trail Wednesday before hosting Merritt on Friday and Saturday.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, for the first time, people can go online to get a permit to cut a Christmas tree in the National Forest. Starting Friday, it no longer will be necessary to go to a Forest Service office to buy your permit.

All you’ll need to do is print out your permit once you’ve bought it online. The permits are $5 each, with a maximum tree size of 15 feet. You can go to forest-dot-fs-dot-usa-dot-gov to purchase a permit.

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 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.