NCWLIFE Evening News September 18

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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 the Jolly Mountain Fire, a driver flees the scene of an injury accident near Pateros and officials seek help in identifying a man from the train trestle fire in Cashmere. Later on, we’ll have The Jolly Mountain Fire currently stands at 36,808 acres. Because of yesterday’s cool, wet weather, fire crews made continued progress in containing the fire and protecting structures.

 

The weather also has allowed crews to remove much of the equipment from around homes and public roads. Saturday was also the last night shift that will be working the fire because objectives have been met. Today, crews continued patrolling for hotspots and conducted mop-up to increase fireline security, especially along North Fork Teanaway Road and the Salmon la Sac area. Backhaul of fire equipment will also continue along the fire’s contained perimeter. Today, the Pacific Northwest firefighting Team 2 transferred command to a local Type 3 team and the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center reduced the evacuation level from level 3 down to a level 2.

Jay Seabeck went on a media tour of the Jolly Mountain Fire late last week, and spoke with the crews about methods to restore the forest as they mop up the fire. . .

Charges are pending in connection with a hit and run injury accident Sunday afternoon in Pateros. State Troopers say three people were injured in the two-vehicle accident on Hwy 97. State Troopers report it happened around 2:25 PM when a car driven by 23 year old Luis Ruiz Pureco of Brewster rear ended a pick-up truck driven by 51 year old J. Rincon Lopez of Okanogan. The collision caused the second vehicle to roll over several times injuring both occupants. Troopers say Pureco checked on the driver of the pick-up truck and then fled the scene.

Investigators are asking the public’s help in attempting to identify a young male seen at the scene of the rail trestle fire in Cashmere on Tuesday, September 5. The male has blue colored hair, was wearing an orange or red shirt, blue jeans, and was walking a small dog. Anyone with information on the male’s identity is asked to call the BNSF Railway Resource Operations Communications Center at 800-832-5452 (reference case #1767002985).

Coming up, the community sheds light on suicide and depression in teens and adults. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

The Chelan County Coroner confirms the cause of death of Chelan County Regional Justice Center inmate Jeremy J. Lavender is suicide due to asphyxiation. Lavender was found dead in his jail cell last Tuesday afternoon. According to an email from Coroner Wayne Harries, an autopsy was performed Friday by Dr. Gina Fino on the 31-year-old inmate. Harris reported in an email that the autopsy ruled out any injuries on his body except the ligature marks around his neck which he described as consistent with hanging.  The Coroner ruled the manner of death as suicide. Blood samples were sent to the Washington State Patrol toxicology lab for testing and results are expected in six to eight weeks. Lavender was originally arrested September 3rd for theft and possession of a controlled substance in Chelan.

The Wenatchee High School track was filled with students, community members and families on Friday afternoon for the third annual Be The Light Walk, raising awareness for suicide and depression. No matter the reason for their attendance, organizer Dave Riggs said the event intends to unite the community…

 

The event coincides with Suicide Awareness Month, a proclamation Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz made during the September 13th city council meeting.

As we told you on Friday, Chelan County has one of the highest suicide rates in Washington. According to Doctor Julie Rickard, Director of the Northcentral Washington Suicide Coalition, there was a goal behind Mayor Frank Kuntz proclaiming September as suicide prevention month. . .

 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 8th leading cause of death in Washington.      

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 football scoreboard…

 

Wenatchee 38, Mt. Boucherie 7 (Edwin Alvarado rushed for 128-yards and 3-TD’s)

 

Mt. Spokane 35, Eastmont 7 (Eastmont allowed 315-yds rushing and four touchdowns on the ground) Lynden Christian 42, Cashmere 23 (The Bulldogs were outgained on the ground 277 to 146) Cascade 42, Heppner, OR 12 (Jose Mendoza led the Kodiaks, throwing for 155yds and 3 TD’s) Chelan 25, Bellevue Christian 6 Entiat 70, Wellpinit 0 Bridgeport 31, Waterville-Mansfield 6

On the Les Schwab prep soccer scoreboard from Saturday…

 

Eastmont 2, North Central 1 (Carissa Miller and Emma Simpson score for the Wildcats) Cashmere 15, Tonasket 0 (Grace Erdman with 5 goals!) Cascade 8, Connell 0 (Ashley Parton a goal and 3 assists) Cle Elum 8, Chelan 0 (played at Cashmere because of smoke in Cle Elum) Davenport 6, Manson 0

The Wenatchee Wild celebrated its home opener Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.

 

After a scoreless first period, Vernon came out swinging in the second, scoring two goals before the Wild could answer.  Arch Ecker had the call…

 

Jasper Weatherby scored Wenatchee’s only goal on the night as former Wild goalie Anthony Yamnitsky turned aside 36-of-37 shots to help Vernon to the 5-1 win.  The Wild are now 2-and-1 and will travel to Nanaimo Saturday before hosting Langley this Sunday at the Town Toyota Center.

Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard…

 

Eastern Washington 56, Fordham 21 Central Washington 17, Azusa Pacific 16 (Gavin Todd hits a 45-yard field goal with 1-second left) WSU 56, OSU (Luke Falk 6TD passes, Cougars 3-and-oh for the first time since 2005) UW 48, Fresno State 16 (Jake Browning 4TD’s passing; Dante Pettis 3TD’s rec., 1TD punt return)

The Seahawks sputtered their way to a 12-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at CenturyLink Field:

 

Coach Pete Carroll was happy to get the win but dismayed about what he called uncharacteristic play by his team:

 

Seattle will take its 1-and-1 record on the road this Sunday to Tennessee to play the 1-and-1 Titans.

Houston hit four home runs en route to a 7-1 win to clinch the American League West Sunday over the Mariners:

 

Justin Verlander was again masterful over Seattle, going 7-innings, allowing a solo home run by Ben Gamel (GAM-uhl) and striking out ten.  Seattle has a travel day today before returning home to host Texas tomorrow at Safeco Field.

So after being swept in three games, here’s what the American League Wild Card Race looks like as we head back to the Les Schwab Scoreboard:

 

Baltimore beat New York 6-4 but the Yankees still own a 4-game lead over Minnesota after the Twins trounced Toronto 13-7.  Texas doubled-up on Los Angeles 4-2, but the Angels still trail the final Wild Card spot by two games.  Seattle is 4-and-a-half games out while Texas and Kansas City are 5-games out.

Over 300 kids took part in Saturday’s Youth Hunting and Fishing Day put on by the Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association.  Eric Granstrom was there pulling double duty as a volunteer and reporter for NCWLIFE:

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 recap of our top story…

Charges are pending in connection with a hit and run injury accident Sunday afternoon in Pateros. State Troopers say three people were injured in the two-vehicle accident on Hwy 97. State Troopers report it happened around 2:25 PM when a car driven by 23 year old Luis Ruiz Pureco of Brewster rear ended a pick-up truck driven by 51 year old J. Rincon Lopez of Okanogan. The collision caused the second vehicle to roll over several times injuring both occupants. Troopers say Pureco checked on the driver of the pick-up truck and then fled the scene.

Investigators are asking the public’s help in attempting to identify a young male seen at the scene of the rail trestle fire in Cashmere on Tuesday, September 5. The male has blue colored hair, was wearing an orange or red shirt, blue jeans, and was walking a small dog. Anyone with information on the male’s identity is asked to call the BNSF Railway Resource Operations Communications Center at 800-832-5452 (reference case #1767002985).

The Chelan County Coroner confirms the cause of death of Chelan County Regional Justice Center inmate Jeremy J. Lavender is suicide due to asphyxiation. Lavender was found dead in his jail cell last Tuesday afternoon. According to an email from Coroner Wayne Harries, an autopsy was performed Friday by Dr. Gina Fino on the 31-year-old inmate. Harris reported in an email that the autopsy ruled out any injuries on his body except the ligature marks around his neck which he described as consistent with hanging.  The Coroner ruled the manner of death as suicide. Blood samples were sent to the Washington State Patrol toxicology lab for testing and results are expected in six to eight weeks. Lavender was originally arrested September 3rd for theft and possession of a controlled substance in Chelan.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

Taking a look at our satellite picture, a cold front pushed through our area this morning. The front moved into Montana this afternoon leaving behind a few scattered showers along the way. The atmosphere will continue to destabilize throughout tonight as a large upper level disturbance slides down from the Gulf of Alaska.  Showers will begin develop tonight and continue into Tuesday. Chance of precipitation here in the Wenatchee area is 40% tonight and 50% tomorrow. Temperatures will also feel drastically cooler than what we are used to with high temperatures today, tomorrow and Wednesday only expected to be in the upper-50s to mid-60s. Snow levels by late in the week will drop to around 5-thousand feet with lingering scattered showers through Thursday. High pressure will move in on Friday night bringing us warming temperatures and sunny skies for the weekend.

Freeman high school continues to mourn for the loss of a student during last week’s shooting.  A local alumni, who’s also a wheat farmer, took to his fields to make a truly special memorial. This video comes to us from KXLY t.v. in Spokane. . .

 

The Washington State Cougars also payed homage to Freeman High school by placing a bone sticker on their helmets. This photo taken by the Spokesman Review, shows Star Quarterback Luke Faulk wearing the sticker during the game.

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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 weekend.