NCWLIFE Evening News September 5, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Eric Granstrom filling in for Grant Olson tonight. 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, Two people arrested in Wednesday’s search of an East Wenatchee home now face drug charges, There was a little excitement in Ephrata this morning with a cougar spotting, and a popular trailhead will be closed for maintenance.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

One of two people suspected of robbing Ernie’s Grocery store in Wenatchee last week is now in custody.

Wenatchee police arrested a 16-year-old male at his home late Tuesday night, and booked him on charges including first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and use of a firearm. He allegedly also kept what police called “a significant quantity of LSD wrapped up in over $300 cash,” and faces an additional charge of drug possession with intent to deliver. The robbery at the store in the 500 block of South Miller Street took place just before 10 p.m. Aug. 30, when two masked suspects held the lone clerk at gunpoint. The thieves took money from the cash register before fleeing on foot. Police said a witness saw the juvenile suspect near the store, in the company of a masked person. The other suspect remains at large. Anyone with information should contact police at 888-4256.

Two people arrested in Wednesday’s search of an East Wenatchee home now face drug charges. Investigators say they had to flush one suspect out of the attic using pepper spray and a police dog. That man, 27-year-old Jesus Morales Lozano, was sought on a warrant charging him with possession of meth and cocaine. Another resident at the Eastmont Avenue home, 21-year-old Noemi (no-AMY) Lara, was held on suspicion of drug possession and maintaining a drug property. The Columbia River Drug Task Force says they recovered 53 grams of methamphetamine and just over 20 grams of heroin from the house. East Wenatchee police say it’s been the site of multiple citizen complaints and police calls in recent months.

There was a little excitement in Ephrata this morning after a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a cougar in town. Schools were notified and a search was launched before officials determined the animal had wandered back into the wildlands northwest of town. The deputy reported seeing the cougar in the northwest section of town near F Street Northwest. Grant County Sheriff’s officials said there were no indications the animal was stalking anyone and there were no reports of attacks on animals or people.

Saddle Rock, from the trailhead to the top of Saddle Rock will be closed beginning September 16th while mining waste rocks are removed. The closure of the popular Wenatchee hiking spot is expected to continue through the end of November. Dry Gulch will remain open, as will the trail near the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club. The area is a former mining site now owned by the city of Wenatchee. There are piles of waste rocks that have shown elevated arsenic levels. It is the first phase of the cleanup, with the next phase expected next summer.

Coming up next, how is this year’s fire season? We’ll have those details, also, Wenatchee Rotary will welcome a special guest this month and a toxic algae bloom is shutting down water access to an area near Ellensburg.  I’m Eric Granstrom, filling in for Grant Olson, and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Compared to the past several summers its been a relatively quiet wildfire season in North Central Washington. But we’re not out of the woods yet. . .

The summer of 2019 is a welcome change for Robin DeMario with the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest. Her job as a public information officer for the US Forest Service has certainly been quieter. But she says crews from this area have been actively involved in fighting fires in other parts of the country. . .

In addition, Demario says crews have also been sent to Florida, North Carolina and Georgia to assist with post-hurricane recovery efforts. Here, locally, Demario says the calmer weather conditions have enabled more work to be done to prevent future wildfires

Demario adds that crews are also preparing for the fall prescribed burning season with several areas targeted for treatment from Okanogan to Yakima Counties. . .

While over 11-thousand acres are planned for burning this fall, fewer acres may be completed if conditions are not favorable.

Washington Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will be in Wenatchee later this month to speak at the Wenatchee noon Rotary.

Habib will share his unique life story that includes becoming the first Iranian-American to hold statewide office in Washington at age 35. A former state representative, he also is a three-time cancer survivor who at age 8 lost his site and is fully blind. He serves as acting governor when Governor Jay Inslee is out of state and is president of the Washington State Senate. The September 26th meeting at the Red Lion is open to the public.

Access to the Fio Rito lakes south of Ellensburg has been shut down because of a toxic algae bloom.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife closed access this morning to both the North Fio Rito and South Fio Rito Lakes after the Department of Ecology confirmed the blue-green bloom. It is the third toxic algae bloom confirmed this summer east of the Cascades. Notices to avoid contact with water were earlier issued for both Moses Lake and Hourglass Pond near Spokane. Contact with the toxic algae can be harmful to humans and fatal to pets.

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.

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Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLife’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to Henley the dog. . .

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 Wenatchee AppleSox have announced that Coach Kyle Krustangel has resigned after three seasons at the helm…

Krustangel led the AppleSox to its first post-season berth since 2013 this summer with Wenatchee finishing second in the North Division at 29-and-25, taking Victoria three games in the divisional playoffs.  In three season, Krustangle amassed a record of 84-and-78.

Krustangel cited the grueling calendar year between both coaching the Yakima Valley Yaks of the NWAC and then the AppleSox in the summer as the primary reason behind his decision.

He said, quote, First off, I want to thank all the fans, season-ticket holders and host families,” Krustangel said. “I’d also like to thank team owner Jose Oglesby, general manager Ken Osborne, assistant general manager Allie Schank and every single person that has made my wife, Katie, and I feel at home. It’s been an unbelievable three years to work for an arms-open community. It’s one of the toughest decisions I‘ve ever had to make. Having this job in addition to my Yakima Valley College head-coaching job makes it tough to stay championship-caliber at both places.

AppleSox management has begun a search for their fifth coach in team history.  Dan will sit down with Joel Norman tomorrow to learn more about this late-breaking story.

The Mariners are in Houston to begin a four-game weekend series with the Astros…

Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales gets the start today, with a 14-and-11 record and 4.30 ERA.  He’ll go up against Houston’s Wade Miley, who has had an outstanding season at 13-and-4 with a 3.06 ERA.

The Mariners were officially eliminated from any chance at the playoffs yesterday during their day off following a two game sweep at the hands of the Cubs in Chicago.

Also in the American League West yesterday…

Aaron Judge hit his 20th homer of the season to lead New York past Texas 4-to-1.

Tanner Roark and three relievers shut out the Angels as Oakland beat L-A 4-nothing. 

Coming up tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll take a closer look at local high schools as they prepare for tomorrow night’s opening night in football…

I’ll be hosting an hour-long special looking into the Eastmont Wildcats, Wenatchee Panthers, Cascade Kodiaks and Cashmere Bulldogs with their coaches.  It all starts a 7 here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

And we begin the season anew tomorrow night with LIVE coverage of the Wenatchee Panthers and the Mt. Si Wildcats from Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Be sure to tune in for our pregame at 6:45 and kickoff at 7 with yours truly and Grant Olson.

The Huskies prepare to take on Cal this weekend at Husky Stadium.  For coach Chris Petersen, it’s the Bear’s defense that has him on edge…

Washington hosts Cal Saturday night at 7:30 at Husky Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Cougars host Northern Colorado in an afternoon game at Martin Stadium in Pullman.  Coach Mike Leach says he doesn’t know much about their opposition, other than size…

Washington State and Northern Colorado kick off Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

We’ll hear from Coach Pete Carroll about the Seahawk’s opening day opponent, Cincinnati tomorrow right here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Closing out our newscast tonight we have Megan McPherson with what’s going on around the valley this weekend:

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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 Eric Granstrom, thanks for joining us and have a great night.