NCWLIFE Evening News October 30, 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, An East Wenatchee motorist who crashed his car on Walla Walla Avenue is charged with vehicular assault for injuries to his passenger. A Wenatchee Valley woman who allegedly caused a three-car crash in Spokane is now charged with vehicular assault, and, A student who handed out marijuana-laced brownies at Leavenworth’s high school must serve 25 days on a jail work crew.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A brushfire initially estimated at 10 acres late Tuesday morning in south Douglas County grew to to three-alarm status shortly after 4:00 p.m.

The Milepost 20 Fire reached an estimated 800 acres, burning above Highway 28 near the border with Grant County. Two BLM helicopters poured water on the blaze, and fire crews from both counties got it contained by 9 p.m. This fire came on the heels of Monday’s Webb Place Fire, which burned 15 acres near Rock Island and destroyed a barn.

An East Wenatchee motorist who crashed his car on Walla Walla Avenue is charged with vehicular assault for injuries to his passenger. Police say 27-year old Cody Dean Simmons wrecked his 1992 Honda Accord September 15th in the 1300 block of Walla Walla Avenue, crashing into an oncoming semi. Simmons and his passenger were both injured. Police said Simmons showed signs of intoxication and smelled of alcohol at the accident scene. He was due to be arraigned Today (Wed.) in Chelan County Superior Court.

A Wenatchee Valley woman who allegedly caused a three-car crash in Spokane is now charged with vehicular assault.

21-year old Jessica Hailey Fisk faces three counts of vehicular assault for the April 1st wreck, in which she crashed her Dodge Challenger into a Toyota minivan near Whitworth University. The minivan driver was injured and hospitalized, along with two children onboard. Spokane prosecutors filed the charges against Fisk earlier this month. She’s currently jailed in Chelan County, charged in a local investigation of identity theft.

A student who handed out marijuana-laced brownies at Leavenworth’s high school must serve 25 days on a jail work crew. Carter Allen Ross, who was 18 at the time, was arrested after bringing the brownies to Cascade High School last May, and passing them out to three other students.

Two of the students were briefly hospitalized, and at least one did not know the treats had marijuana in them. Prosecutors initially charged Ross with delivery of a controlled substance, but he pleaded to the lesser charge of felony marijuana possession. Once he’s done with work crew, Ross will spend 12 months on probation.

Coming up next, Ballots mailed out for the November 5th election are being returned at a snail’s pace. Wenatchee Valley College officially broke ground on the Wells Hall building replacement project. An informational open house was held today regarding a new East Wenatchee round about, and, A Chelan County bridge project near the Stevens Pass summit that was delayed by an early October snowstorm has been mostly completed. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Ballots mailed out for the November 5th election are being returned at a snail’s pace according to Chelan County Auditor, Skip Moore. As of Wednesday morning only 15 and a half percent of the ballots had been mailed back in.

Moore says that’s possibly due to the large number of ballot measures and advisory votes in this fall’s election. . . 

There are 46,210 registered voters in Chelan County. So far only 7,195 ballots have been returned. Moore had predicted a 50 percent voter turnout.

In Douglas County 20 percent of the ballots have been returned as of this (Wed) morning. Auditor Thad Duvall says the rate of return will have to increase this weekend in order to rise to the 45 percent turnout he predicted. The ballot deadline is next Tuesday, November 5th.

Wenatchee Valley College officially broke ground on the Wells Hall building replacement project. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports . . .

State transportation department officials today held an open house today to provide information on two major road projects planned for next year on the eastside. The improvements are being made to the intersection of State Route 28 and 35th Street and the nearby Cascade Avenue intersection with US 2/97.

The project adds a roundabout at the intersection of SR 28 and 35th Street to eliminate left-hand turn conflicts and reduce the likelihood and severity of collisions in the intersection. The work also supports Douglas County’s recent extension of 35th Street to Empire Avenue and helps improve access for additional traffic expected from the proposed Wenatchi Landing development.

The project also eliminates the northbound turn from Cascade Avenue onto US 2/97, replacing it with a turn-around. When the work is complete, travelers will no longer be able to turn right from Cascade Avenue onto US 2/97. The revision is supposed to reduce traffic conflicts caused by travelers attempting to cross several lanes of traffic immediately after entering the highway in order to reach the northbound US 2/97 lanes to the left. The southbound exit from the highway onto Cascade Avenue will remain in place. Construction is scheduled to start next spring.

A Chelan County bridge project near the Stevens Pass summit that was delayed by an early October snowstorm has been mostly completed, with the new bridge now open.

A contractor for Chelan County faced weather challenges on the project, which began in July. The new bridge replaces two damaged culverts on Yodelin Creek.

Aging culverts are being replaced throughout the state in an effort to protect fish runs. The contractor is doing finishing work on the Stevens Road bridge this week.

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. . .

When you see bizarrely dressed kids roaming the streets holding bulging bags you know it’s Halloween. Or at least you hope it is. In tonight’s feature story, tomorrow is indeed Halloween and there are plenty of trick-or-treating options in the Wenatchee Valley. Here’s NCWLIFE’s Megan MePherson with the details. . .

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.

There will be a Game 7 of the World Series after Washington beat Houston 7-to-2 last night in Game 6…

This game had a little of everything, including tempers flaring, an ejection, a controversial call, and guys hitting home runs and carrying their bats to first base.  In the end, the series is tied at a game apiece with a winner-take-all Game 7 tonight at 5:08.

It began with Alex Bregman’s solo home run in the bottom of the 1st inning when he carried his bat to first base, seemingly showing up Washington starter Stephen Strasberg.  Later in the 5th, Juan Soto homered to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead and, following suit, carried his bat to first base showing off Justin Verlander.

Then in the 7th, the game was delayed after a play at first base in which Washington’s Trea Turner was ruled out because of batter interference.  The umpires went to the headsets, even though the play is not reviewable.  They stuck with their decision, which caused Nationals Manager Dave Martinez to melt down.  Even though Anthony Rendon hit a 2-run homer an out later to give Washington a 5-2 lead, Martinez still charged the umpire during the 7th inning stretch and was ejected.

Rendon added another two-run double in the 9th to give him 5-RBI’s in the game.  Strasberg worked into the 9th to earn the win, his second during the World Series.  Verlander took the loss and fell to oh-and-6 in World Series starts.

Game 7 features Max Scherzer against Zack Greinke, two former Cy Young Award winners.  You can watch the game on FOX.

We featured a little soccer in the hamlet of Cashmere last night here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

With temperatures plummeting into the low 20’s, the Bulldogs erased a 1-nil halftime deficit to beat Cascade 6-3 to claim the regular season Caribou Trail League Championship.  The two teams will play for the District title Saturday in the Apple Bowl at 6 o’clock.

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen had the call last night, here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Also in girls soccer last night it was the first round of the CWAC District Tournament.  Ephrata advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win over East Valley of Yakima.  The Tigers will face Ellensburg Thursday at 5.  Quincy’s season came to an end, falling to Othello 4-1.  The Huskies advance to face Selah Thursday at 5 in the semifinals.

In other action, Davis pulled the upset and beat Moses Lake 3-2 last night.  Wenatchee blanked Eisenhower 3-nil.  The Panthers finish the regular season 9-and-3.  Eastmont is 9-and-2, while Moses Lake is 8-and-3 with the Wildcats hosting the Chiefs Saturday LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel at 1 o’clock. 

An Eastmont win would give the Wildcats the Big-9 League title outright.  A Moses Lake win would put three teams in a tiebreaker scenario involving a convoluted point system, in which Eastmont would be the #1 seed to District, Wenatchee the #2 seed and Moses Lake #3.

Also last night, Tonasket topped Manson 7-nil.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Volley Scoreboard…

Wenatchee beat Eisenhower 3-games-to-1 to finish the Big-9 schedule 10-and-2 and firmly in second place.  The Panthers will travel to West Valley for the District Championship next Saturday at Noon.

Moses Lake swept Davis 25-20, 20 and 22 and will host Eastmont tonight at 7.  The Wildcats will host the Pirates next Tuesday in a District Play-In game.  The Chiefs will either host Eisenhower or play at Ike in the Play-In game Tuesday pending the outcome of tonight’s match with Eastmont and the Cadet’s match with Sunnyside Thursday.

In Caribou Trail League play last night, Omak swept Cascade 3-0 while Chelan swept Okanogan 3-0.

The CWAC may need a three-way tiebreaker game Thursday after Ephrata, Prosser and Quincy all tied at 6-and-3 for 3rd in the league.  Ephrata swept East Valley of Yakima last night while Quincy swept three games from Othello in the last games of the regular season.  Eric will have it figured out for you tonight during the NCWLIFE Evening News.

And, in the Caribou Trail League district cross country meet yesterday at Walla Walla Point Park…

The Cashmere girls are district champs with Chelan second and Cascade 3rd.  Okanogan’s Lexi LaDoux won the girl’s race while Cashmere’s Sydney Smith was second.  The Cascade boys are district champions with Cashmere second and Chelan 3rd.  Cashmere’s Rob McManus won the boys race with Cascade’s Landon Davies second.

Thanks Eric.

Before we let you go, on last night’s NCWLIFE Evening News, we brought you the story of a car chase yesterday in Moses Lake that ended when the suspect’s car crashed into a power pole.

Tonight, dramatic Moses Lake Police Department video of that incident. It all happened at around 8:15 yesterday morning when Moses Lake police said one of their officers attempted to pull the driver over 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 fortunately 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 about 160 customers at the Larson housing community. Amazing video. . .

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.