NCWLIFE Evening News September 23, 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 Quincy man led Soap Lake Police on a 20-mile chase Sunday afternoon, reaching speeds up to 120 miles per hour, and, East Wenatchee’s fire district 2 can hire five new firefighters thanks to a new $1 million dollar FEMA grant.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A pet dog was killed in a predawn fire today in the Monitor area. Chief Phil Mosher with Chelan County Fire District 6 says his crews were called out around 4:30 this morning to reports of a structure fire in the 37-hundred block of Bridge Street. . .

Mosher says both the trailer and neighboring structure were destroyed. He says the man who lived in the 5th wheeler escaped unhurt but the man’s pet dog perished in the fire. The cause is under investigation.

A Quincy man led Soap Lake Police on a 20-mile chase Sunday afternoon, reaching speeds up to 120 miles per hour.

59-year-old Robert Sharp reportedly failed to stop for a traffic signal in Soap Lake and took off through parking lots and city streets after an officer attempted to pull him over. He left town on Road 20 Northeast before driving onto dirt roads in excess of 80 miles per hour.

When he reached the city of Wilson Creek he spun out at a corner and crashed into a power pole before taking off on foot.

He was quickly caught by an officer and arrested on numerous charges, including driving under the influence of methamphetamines and driving with a suspended license. There also was a felony warrant for his arrest. A passenger in his vehicle was questioned and released.

East Wenatchee’s fire district 2 can hire five new firefighters thanks to a new $1 million dollar FEMA grant.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency bestowed its SAFER grant on Douglas County Fire District 2, which protects the East Wenatchee metro area, Pangborn Airport and Rock Island. The grant pays a share of wages and benefits for new firefighters over three years.

Fire Chief Dave Baker says the district also plans to buy two new fire engines and a ladder truck, and expects to start construction soon on a new north end fire station.

Coming up next, Four separate bridge inspections around Chelan County this week could slow travel. A road construction project is also coming up in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, and, The Wenatchee School Board wants to hear from the public about the future of its school facilities. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Four separate bridge inspections around Chelan County this week could slow travel.

Chelan Public Works says the inspections will begin Tuesday on the Sleepy Hollow Bridge on Sleepy Hollow Road from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Two inspections will take place on Entiat River Road on Wednesday, the Cowen-Entiat Bridge from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the New Griffith Bridge from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 P.M.

Then on Thursday, crews will be inspecting the Chelan Falls 2 Bridge from 10:00 a.m. to noon. While inspections are underway, traffic will be reduced to one lane on the impacted bridges, with flaggers directing traffic. Minor traffic delays are expected. Travelers are asked to find alternate routes during the bridge inspections.

A road construction project is also coming up in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The project is in the Round Mountain area, about 15 miles northwest of Leavenworth.

A temporary road closure will be in place on Butcher Creek Road from October 7th through October 11th while repairs are made to a road culvert that sustained damaged from a flood event in 2018. The road will be closed at milepost 1.3. While road work is occurring no access will be available to trails #1529 and #1583, located just east of Round Mountain. The closure will not affect access to private residences below the work area.

The Wenatchee School Board wants to hear from the public about the future of its school facilities.

The board has scheduled public meetings October 9th from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. at Wenatchee High School and October 28th from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at Pybus Public Market. Called Community Conversations, the meetings are part of an effort to engage the public in addressing school district issues. Different topics are addressed quarterly at these meetings.

Among the district’s facilities issues is what to do about the crowded and aging high school. A 120-million-dollar bond measure to modernize and expand the high school failed in April, 2018.

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A Leavenworth couple’s plans for redeveloping the old Peshastin lumber mill property appear to be moving forward. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair has 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.

The Seahawks got punched in the mouth by the Saints Sunday and Coach Pete Carroll got hit in the nose by his own team in a 33-27 loss…

New Orleans returned the first punt of the game for a 53-yard touchdown and then scored on a fumble return of 33-yards to post a 14-7 lead.  The Saints added scores on its final drive of the first half and opening drive of the second half to take a commanding 27-7 lead.

Coach Pete Carroll was hit in the nose by a football in pre-game warmups, saying afterwards it was just one of those days…

Russell Wilson finished 32-for-50 for 406-yards and two touchdowns.  He also rushed for 51-yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.  Seattle takes its 2-and-1 record into Arizona Sunday to face the 0-2-1 Cardinals.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard from Saturday…

UCLA overcame a 32-point deficit and Anthony Gordon’s record-setting NINE touchdown passes to beat Washington State 67-63.  The two teams combined for over 13-hundred yards of offense.

Jacob Eason tossed three touchdown passes as #22 Washington had no trouble on the road against BYU winning 45-19.

Idaho jumped out to a 28-nothing halftime lead and rolled up 223-yards rushing in the game to beat Eastern Washington 35-27.

Cannon Raconneli threw for 237-yards and a touchdown and ran for another to lead Central Washington past Western New Mexico 36-27.

Turning back the page to last Friday and the Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard…

Starting things off in the Big-9, Wenatchee demolished Mount Boucherie 61-nothing.  You had a feeling it would be that kind of game on the opening kickoff…

After a close first half, Eastmont opened it up in the second half, downing Ellensburg 42-13. And Moses Lake is off to an oh-and-3 start after falling to Post Falls, Idaho 48-27.

In the Caribou Trail League Friday, Mount Baker rolled over Cascade 42-to-2 to hand the Kodiaks their first loss.  Cashmere defended the home field with a 55-21 win over Wapato.  And Chelan walloped South Whidbey 41-to-6.

Quincy was a winner Friday in Central Washington Athletic Conference play 26-6 over Grandview.  And Prosser shut out Ephrata 30-nothing.

And in Central Washington B League Football Friday, Manson gunned down Liberty Christian 50-to-30. Entiat beat up Bridgeport 62-24.  And Wilbur-Creston shut out Waterville-Mansfield 44-nothing.

There was also some prep soccer action on Saturday…

Wenatchee beat Davis 4-nil.  Eastmont took care of Lewis and Clark 4-nil.  Moses Lake edged West Valley 4-3.  And Quincy and Wahluke played to a 0-0 tie.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard, Connell beat Cascade 3-games-to-1.  Kiona-Benton topped the Kodiaks 3-2.  Meanwhile, Chelan beat both Connell and Ki-Be 3-zip.  Waterville-Mansfield was also a winner Saturday, defeating Oroville 3-games-to-non.

The Wenatchee Wild improved to 5-0-0-and-1 over the weekend with a sweep of Trail and Merritt at the Town Toyota Center…

Brian Adams scored two goals and Brett Chorske added another as Wenatchee topped Trail Friday 3-to-1.  Then on Saturday, Wenatchee got two goals from Nick Cafarelli and one each from Dallas Farrell, Trevor Griebel and Brian Adams in a 5-2 victory.

The Wild will spend the next two weeks on the road beginning Friday in Chilliwack and Saturday in Merritt.  The next home game will be October 11th against West Kelowna.

Another season is in the books at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval…

Garrett Evans won the Neal Newberry 125 Thunder Car main event.  Spokane’s Frank Varner picked up the checkered flag in the Thunder Cars main event.  First in the Roadrunners finale was RT Greiner out of East Wenatchee.  And Okanogan’s Evan Goetz was first in the Bandoleros.

Marco Gonzales only gave up 3-hits, but one was a home run by Chris Davis in the bottom of the 7th that was the difference as Baltimore beat Seattle 2-1 Sunday…

Gonzales dropped to 16-and-12 on the season with the loss, going 7-innings and allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 4-strikeouts and two walks.  Shed Long and Tim Lopes each had two hits for the Mariners.

After losing two of three to the Orioles, Seattle returns home to host the first of the final six games of the season against Houston Tuesday at 7:10.

Also in the American League West Sunday…

Houston clinched the American League West Title Sunday with a 13-5 blowout of the Angels.  George Springer hit three home runs and drove in 4-RBI’s to back Justin Verlander in his 20th win.  The Astros come to Seattle with a 102-and-54 record.

Willie Calhoun homered twice to lead Texas past Oakland 8-3.  The A’s lead in the American League Wild Card race is two games over both Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Finally, just a look ahead at the Sports Broadcast Schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tomorrow night at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl when Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in Big-9 girls soccer.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have your play-by-play at 7 o’clock.  Then on Thursday, Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom will bring you Wenatchee and Eisenhower football from Lee Bofto Field.  Finally on Friday, it’s Eastmont hosting West Valley of Spokane from Wildcat Stadium when Grant will be joined by Steve Sandman for the play-by-play.

Thanks Eric.

After 31 years of service, Grant County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Collin Hyer signed off for the final time Friday. It was an emotional moment for he and his coworkers. . .

Congratulations to Sergeant Hyer and enjoy your retirement.

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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 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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.