NCWLIFE Evening News October 29, 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 chase in Moses Lake this morning ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to about 160 Grant PUD customers. An East Wenatchee lawyer charged with spousal assault is now serving 51 days in jail for a five-year-old DUI arrest, and, A Wenatchee man who killed two kittens during a domestic violence incident was sentenced Monday to seven months in jail.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A barn was destroyed and 40 chickens killed when a wind-fueled brush fire scorched  over 15 acres in the Rock Island area last night. The two-alarm fire was first reported around 6 pm. Sheriff Kevin Morris says it started near South Wells Street and Eighth Street Southeast, above Pear Lane. He says low-level evacuations were ordered for several homes in the area. . .

The Sheriff says a brush fire this late in the season is unusual. He says he was amazed at how fast it spread in the strong windy conditions. . .

An investigation continues into the fire’s cause. There was speculation early on that the fire may have been caused by agricultural burning but the Sheriff says that has not been confirmed.

A police chase in Moses Lake this morning ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a power pole, knocking out power to about 160 Grant PUD customers. Moses Lake police said one of their officers attempted to pull the driver over about 8:15 a.m. for outstanding warrants.

That led to a pursuit that ended at the intersection of Patton and Westover Boulevards when the car hit the power pole, completely knocking it over. Live wires landed on the officer’s car but he was not injured. The three occupants of the car that hit the pole suffered minor injuries. Grant County PUD spent most of the day replacing the pole and restoring power to the Larson housing community.

An East Wenatchee lawyer charged with spousal assault is now serving 51 days in jail for a five-year-old DUI arrest. Probation authorities say 54-year-old Paul Kube violated a deferred prosecution agreement for a DUI he committed in 2014, by consuming alcohol at least twice. He checked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on October 16th, and he’s due to be released November 24th. Kube is also charged with domestic violence in Douglas County for allegedly breaking his wife’s nose. He served several years as president of the Chelan County nonprofit association that provides defense attorneys when indigent clients are charged with a crime, before resigning in September.

Just a warning: Our next story contains a description of animal cruelty that may be disturbing to some viewers. . .A Wenatchee man who killed two kittens during a domestic violence incident was sentenced Monday to seven months in jail. Police say Markos Avilez Espinoza, who’s 29, stepped on one of the six-week-old kittens and kicked the other against a wall September 4th, during a violent outburst toward a family member. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree animal cruelty, and Chelan County Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine in addition to his jail time. Espinoza has been in custody since the incident. He must also undergo anger management classes, and is barred from possessing pets for the rest of his life.

Coming up next,  About 240 PUD customers in the downtown Wenatchee area were without power for a little less than an hour early this afternoon. People enjoying Oktoberfest in Leavenworth this year seem to have gotten the message that driving drunk afterward is a bad idea, and, East Peters Street in Wenatchee was closed all morning due to a hazardous tree that was leaning over the road from last night’s wind storm.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

About 240 PUD customers in the downtown Wenatchee area were without power for a little less than an hour early this afternoon.

The outage, shortly after 1 p.m., led to intersections without signal lights, including at Wenatchee Avenue and Ninth Street. In such cases, the intersection becomes a four-way stop. The Chelan County PUD said a breaker carrying power out of a substation opened and when crews checked it and closed it, it stayed closed, restoring power. The outage stretched from the areas of Fifth and Ninth streets from Piere to Emerson and north to the intersection of Mission and Miller.

People enjoying Oktoberfest in Leavenworth this year seem to have gotten the message that driving drunk afterward is a bad idea. Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said over the three weekends of the festival there were eight people in the Leavenworth area arrested for drunken driving, about half as many as last year. Four of the arrests were by the State Patrol and four by Chelan County deputies. The first weekend there weren’t any arrests, then four the second weekend and four more last weekend, the festival’s final weekend. Bryant said it continues a pattern of fewer arrests each year. The state again this year had drunken driving emphasis patrols in the area.

East Peters Street in Wenatchee was closed all morning due to a hazardous tree that was leaning over the road. Peters Street was closed from Burch Mountain Road to Ohme Garden Road. The road fully re-opened around noon.

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, a pilot program is slated to start this winter to help bring a warm place to sleep for homeless individuals in the Wenatchee Valley. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt tells us more. . .

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 Houston Astros are back home at Minute Maid Park with two chances to win their second World Series title…

Game 6 of the Fall Classic is tonight as Justin Verlander takes on Stephen Strasberg.  Verlander is oh-and-six in World Series starts and would love to turn that around tonight.  Houston leads the best-of-seven series 3-games-to-2 after taking three in a row at Nationals Park. 

If Washington can pull off the win tonight and force a Game 7, it would be the only time in World Series history that the visiting team won each of the first six games.  Through five games, this World Series marks only the third time that the road team has won each game.  It happened in 1996 between the Yankees and Braves and in 2006 between the White Sox and Cubs.

The Seahawks are back home preparing to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at CenturyLink Field…

Seattle finished the first half of the NFL season 6-and-2 with Sunday’s 27-20 win over Atlanta.  Coach Pete Carroll met with reporters Monday and confirmed that center Justin Britt suffered an ACL injury on his knee and will need “a major repair.”

Carroll was asked about the status of newly-signed defensive back Quandre Diggs, who came over in a trade from Detroit, and tight end Ed Dickson, who’s coming off a knee injury…

Carroll was asked to assess his team after a 6-and-2 first half of the season.  He says he’s seen glimpses of what COULD be, but they’re not there yet…

After hosting Tampa Bay this Sunday, Seattle plays on Monday Night Football at San Francisco November 11th before getting to the bye week.

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up on the NCWLIFE Sports schedule this week…

It begins tonight in Cashmere where the Bulldogs host Cascade in a Caribou Trail League girls soccer classic.  Cashmere is 7-and-oh in league play, 11-3-and-1 overall.  The Kodiaks are 6-and-1 in the CTL and 9-and-5 overall.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have the call at 6:30 tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thursday Night Hockey features last Wednesday’s birthday night game between the Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors as the home team celebrated Coach Bliss Littler’s birthday.

We’ll be at Wildcat Stadium for Moses Lake and Eastmont football Friday at 7.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson will have your play-by-play.

Then Saturday, the Eastmont girls soccer team hosts Moses Lake in the final game of the regular season.  The Wildcats could clinch the Big-9 title with a win.  Join Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen for the action beginning at 1 o’clock.

Speaking of soccer, let’s check out the rest of the schedule for today…

Manson plays at Tonasket while Okanogan hosts Chelan at 4.  The C-WAC District Tournament gets underway today with East Valley of Yakima playing at Ephrata while Quincy’s at Othello at 5 o’clock.  As we mentioned, Cashmere hosts Cascade LIVE on NCWLIFE Channel at 6:30.  Then at 7, it’s Davis at Moses Lake and Wenatchee at Eisenhower as the Chiefs and Panthers battle for second place in the Big-9.

On the volleyball courts tonight, Entiat hosts Easton at 5:30.  Cascade is on the road at Omak while Okanogan hosts Chelan at 6:30.  Then at 7 it’s Ephrata at East Valley of Yakima; Quincy’s at Othello; Davis hosts Moses Lake; and Wenatchee celebrates senior night with its final game at home against Eisenhower.

Finally, the Caribou Trail League District Cross Country Championships will be held today at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee.  The gun will sound at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a visitor from Republic says the tourist town of Leavenworth owes him for damages to his car. James West filed a legal claim with the city on Friday, after the windstorm that day brought down a tree branch on his 2011 Dodge Nitro while it sat at Waterfront Park. The claim doesn’t ask for a specific amount of money, but West says the city should have known the trees in its public park posed a danger in high wind. The city says no, Waterfront Park is a woody public area where tree limbs often fall, and the city took steps to close the area on Friday when the winds got out of hand.

**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.