NCWLIFE Evening News September 4, 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 19-year old hiker from Spokane fell to his death in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness over the weekend. A 12-year-old Wenatchee middle school boy was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to shoot up his school, and, Late-season fires continue to plague Okanogan County firefighters.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An East Wenatchee home was the subject of a drug task force search Wednesday morning, involving multiple agencies and yielding at least two arrests. The Columbia River Drug Task Force descended on the house in the 300 block of Eastmont Avenue about 10:00 a.m. East Wenatchee Police Sgt. James Marshall says it’s been the site of multiple citizen complaints and police calls in recent months. . .

About eight officers from Wenatchee Valley departments were initially involved, but more arrived as police found eight to nine people inside the residence. Two people were arrested on unrelated warrants; Marshall said the investigation is continuing.

A 19-year old hiker from Spokane fell to his death in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness over the weekend. Sean Mortensen’s body was located Sunday after he had been reported overdue from a day hike in the area of Three Queens.

Kittitas County Sheriff’s office reports Mortensen had hiked into Spectacle Lake with his brother and another friend over the Labor Day weekend. On the morning of the 30th Sean advised his brother that he was going to take a day hike towards Three Queens, which is located to the northeast of Spectacle Lake. He said he would be gone for about 2 hours. When Sean had not returned by approximately 5PM Sean’s brother and friend began to search the area and were unable to locate Sean.

The next morning the brother hiked out to the trail head to get help after Sean failed to return. A search was launched but the remoteness of the area and the extremely rugged terrain required the use of a US Navy helicopter. Search efforts were suspended overnight but the victim’s body was located the next day at the base of a 150-foot slope.

A 12-year-old Wenatchee middle school boy was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to shoot up his school. Other Orchard Middle students who were playing a multi-player online game with the boy reported the threats, said Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department. When contacted by police, the boy said he was making a joke, Reinfeld said. But police do not take such things lightly, he said. The student was arrested on one count each of threat to bomb or injure property, both felonies.

Late-season fires continue to plague Okanogan County firefighters.

The latest was a field fire Tuesday afternoon that started after a combine caught fire off Highway 20 in the Big Valley area.

Okanogan County Fire District 6 said traffic on the highway was tied up for about an hour before the fire was controlled. The fire district received assistance from the Department of Natural Resources and the Forest Service. The field’s owner also was able to help with a disc line.

Coming up next, A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Christian Johnson, the firefighter injured battling the Spring Coulee Fire in Okanogan County on Sunday. Wenatchee School District will beef up its campus security this year with the addition of a second school resource officer, and, Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be in Cashmere September 16th to help celebrate two grand openings at the Cashmere Mill District Business Park. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Christian Johnson, the firefighter injured battling the Spring Coulee Fire in Okanogan County on Sunday.

The Okanogan County Fire District 3 assistant chief suffered second and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body and is in a medically induced coma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. According to the GoFundMe page, doctors are trying to stabilize him so they can perform skin graft surgery and he is facing two to three months in the intensive care unit. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served about a year and a half in Iraq and has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. Johnson reportedly had left his brush truck on the north side of the fire when flames overtook him after coming over a hill.

Wenatchee School District will beef up its campus security this year with the addition of a second school resource officer. A Contract with the City of Wenatchee to hire another officer was approved by the school board at their meeting last week. The City and school district will share the cost equally.

Superintendent Paul Gordon says it’s the best move for the District and that the addition of a second School Resource Officer (SRO) will allow for greater coverage of the middle and elementary schools as well as increased parent engagement and student relationship building. Board member Laura Jaecks said in today’s world, its better to be safe than sorry. . .

The contract was approved by a unanimous vote.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be in Cashmere September 16th to help celebrate two grand openings at the Cashmere Mill District Business Park.

The noon ribbon-cutting ceremony will recognize the first tenants of the business park, Blue Spirits Distillery and Hurst International.

Blue Spirits Distillery will occupy 6,800 square feet and Hurst, a fruit label printer and label equipment manufacturing business, about 6,500 square feet.

The two buildings at the business park on a former mill site have a combined 32,000 square feet of space.

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,Chelan County PUD appears poised to invest millions of dollars over the next five years on upgrades to its hydroelectric dams. The list of projects identified in the utility’s strategic plan also includes improving reliability to customers’ homes and update customer service technology. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair tells us more. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Dan Kuntz in for Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Thanks 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). 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.