NCWLIFE Evening News September 13



Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top 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 update on wildfires throughout the region including new evacuation levels, a 19-year-old Manson man is accused of rape and we’ll talk car tabs with anti-tax activist Tim Eyman. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

An Okanogan man was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday afternoon at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Captain Jim West of the Wenatchee Police Department tells us about the sequence of events. . . 


The deceased man has been identified as 31-year old Jeremy Lavender of Okanogan. Captain West says Lavender was originally arrested at the WalMart in Chelan back on September 3rd for theft and possession of a controlled substance. A special investigation unit consisting of detectives from area police agencies and the Washington State Patrol is investigating the death.


Lawmakers spent a total of 193 days in Olympia this year with three special sessions. Because of the extra time spent in our Capital city, Per diem expenses for legislators really added up, Dan Kuntz has the story. . .


The huge plume of smoke that inundated the Wenatchee area late yesterday afternoon was in part the result of strong northerly winds and smoke from the now 115-thousand acre Diamond Creek Fire near Mazama.


The fire is burning within the Pasayten Wilderness and because of low humidity, warm temperatures and strong wind, grew by 5-thousand acres yesterday. Terry Anderson, Public Information Officer with the Diamond Creek Fire, says because of continued strong north winds and the fires location, a level 2 evacuation notice has now been issued for the Lost River and Pat Creek areas south to the town of Mazama. . .


The Diamond Creek Fire perimeter is now 30-percent contained.


The Jolly Mountain Fire near Cle Elum is now just under 34-thusand acres as gusty winds caused some moderate fire growth yesterday. Ric Isaacson, Public information Officer with the Diamond Creek Fire, says crews are working around the clock to build containment lines to prevent the fire from spreading. . .


Governor Jay Inslee visited the Jolly Mountain fire lines yesterday to get an update and also attended a public meeting and the Roslyn City Council meeting.

A Manson man remains jailed at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on second-degree rape charges after allegedly having sex with an unconscious woman over the weekend. According to the Wenatchee World, 19-year-old Carlos Mendoza admitted to having sex with a woman who said she was highly intoxicated. The woman told police she did not recall having sex with Mendoza, and did not consent. The woman reported the assault after a friend saw Mendoza leave her room. According to the affidavit obtained by the World, Mendoza told deputies the victim was not unconscious during sex and that she never said “no.”

Coming up, we talk car tabs with anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, we check in with local mayors on the state of East Wenatchee and Wenatchee and the Numerica Performing Arts Center will dedicate a stage in honor of Wilfred Woods. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.


Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is hoping a third time is a charm. Earlier this Summer Eyman launched a new initiative to get rid of vehicle weight fees, vehicle fees imposed by cities and more importantly to him, bringing back the 30-dollar flat fee car tabs. . .


Transit supporters immediately criticized Eyman’s new initiative and say they need solutions to address congestion in the Seattle area and say although transit is expensive it’s also vitally important.

Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz along with East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy recently joined Dan Kuntz on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley for a state of their city report. Both Mayor’s say infrastructure in their cities has drastically improved. . .


Both Mayor’s also say that the cooperation between Wenatchee and East Wenatchee has never been better.

The Numerica Performing Arts Center will unveil the Wilfred R. Woods Stage on Friday, commemorating the legacy of Wilfred Woods. The event will include a ribbon cutting at 7:30 p.m. right before the Art Center’s season kick-off show called m-pact. Executive Director Matt Cadman explains the story behind the dedication…


The stage dedication was announced during the Celebration of Life for Woods back on March 12th.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.



On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…


Eastmont travelled to Moses Lake and lost its season opener after a couple smoke-outs 4-nil to the Chiefs.  Next up is a home game tomorrow against Davis at 7 o’clock.  We’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen on the call.

Wenatchee’s game at West Valley was postponed due to smoky conditions in Yakima.

Chelan blanked Brewster 3-nil
Entiat topped Manson 3-nil
Eastmont dropped a hard-fought match at Moses Lake 3-games-to-2
And at Wenatchee High, the Panthers came storming back after dropping the first two games to state powerhouse West Valley to win the second two and force a 5th and deciding game.  Eric Granstrom and LeAnne Branam had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…


West Valley’s consecutive league match win streak improves to 25-in-a-row with the victory.  Wenatchee drops to one and one on the season.


The Youth Hunting and Fishing Day is coming up Saturday at the NCW Gun Club in East Wenatchee.  Keith Boyd, vice president of the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Club, says kids will have a chance to actually shoot a weapon!


Of course, there will be plenty of adult supervision and each youth that participates will get tons of free stuff and be entered to win ever more prizes.  It starts Saturday at 10am and runs until 3.


Ben Gamel (GAM-ihl) and Kyle Seager each hit 3-run home runs and the Mariners down Texas 10-3 last night in Arlington:


Both Gamel and Robinson Cano finished 3-for-5 on the night to help former AppleSox pitcher Marco Gonzalez notch his first win as a Mariner.  Manager Scott Servais said it was nice to see the offense early to get a team win:


Gonzalez went 5-innings, allowing 3-runs on 8-hits and striking out 6.  The win helped keep Seattle 3-and-a-half games back of the second Wild Card spot.  Game three today at 5:05 will feature Mike Leake against Martin Perez.


On the Les Schwab Wild Card Scoreboard last night…


Kansas City edged Chicago 4-3 to remain 3-games back.  Toronto topped Baltimore 3-2 while Tampa Bay nipped New York 2-to-1.  Minnesota became the first team in Major League history to hit a home run in each of the first seven innings of a game as they bombed San Diego 16-nothing.  Houston topped the Angels 1-nothing so Los Angeles falls to 2-games back.  Texas’ loss to Seattle drops the Rangers 3-games out while Seattle stays with the Orioles at 3-and-a-half game back.

By the way, how about those Cleveland Indians?!  The Tribe topped Detroit last night 2-zip for their American League Record-tying 20th consecutive victory.  That ties them with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for most consecutive wins.  The Major League record is held by the 1935 Chicago Cubs at 21-consecutive wins.  Cleveland hosts Detroit in a day game today at 9:10 to try to tie the record.


Thanks Eric…

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that the DACA Program is being terminated, the Wenatchee Community Center and the Washington Dream Coalition hosted a community forum to help answer DACA recipients and their families’ questions. Vanessa Gutierrez, directing attorney with the NorthWest Immigrants Rights Project, explains…

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.


And now a look at other news around the state…

A shooting at Freeman High School in Spokane County this morning has sent three teenagers to the hospital and left one student dead. Police have the shooter in custody and are continuing to investigate the incident. Representatives from Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane spoke with the press during a briefing earlier this afternoon to speak on the condition of the three victims. . .


Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the community of Rockford, located just South of Spokane. First responders were quickly on scene from several jurisdictions in the area. Again, officials have confirmed the shooter is in custody but further details have not been released.

The Search for Cameron Smith continues. Police have identified two suspects in the kidnapping of Cameron Smith, an employee for Lucid Cannabis Company in Cheney, Washington who was abducted at gun point Sunday afternoon in Cheney. On Tuesday, Cheney Police identified the suspects as 36-year old Donovan Culps and his 18-year old niece Violetta Culps, both from the White Swan area in Yakima County. The suspects were identified after video surveillance captured by the Lucid Cannabis Company was given to police, which showed Culps illegally attempting to buy marijuana without proof of identification. His niece Violetta then showed her ID but was turned away by Smith because she was underage. Witness reports said that later Smith was eating lunch in his car when Culps returned, firing multiple gunshots into Smiths car and then abducting him in Smith’s SUV. According to the Yakima Herald, Donovan Culps had previous offenses in Yakima County for residential burglary, second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful wildlife trafficking and second-degree unlawful big-game hunting. Culps had also been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and escape through U.S. District Court. Police reported that Smith’s SUV was found yesterday in Airway Heights near Spokane but neither Smith nor Culps were located.


And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.


An upper level trough of low pressure and associated cold front is currently pivoting across southern BC. The pressure gradient between high and low pressure will strengthen across the northern half of the forecast area resulting in windy conditions throughout most of Northcentral Washington. Thursday twill be a repeat of sorts to today with winds picking up through the morning along with cooler temperatures. That trend, along with much cooler temperatures, will also be our weather scenario through Friday and into the weekend where some overnight low temperatures will drop down into the upper 30’s. Sunday will be our real weather-maker as a large upper low drops out of the Gulf of Alaska and moves into the Pacific Northwest coast. For the Inland Northwest, we`ll notice the clouds stream into our area on Sunday and then eventually a 50%-60% chance of rain region wide Sunday night. The upper low settles over Washington Monday rotating clouds and periods of light rain around the area. Monday is going to feel more like mid-October rather than mid-September. For the remainder of next week we will see below normal temperatures with a decent chance for rain showers. So, pretty much a win-win situation for our weather…much needed rain and disappearing smoke.

**Here’s a look at your forecast**:

As we leave you tonight, the Wenatchee Wild’s home hockey opener is this Saturday! I think it’s safe to say we are in good hands with Seth Eisele and Jacob Acton in goal, especially when compared to this guy. . .


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