Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:
And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Grant County man was sentenced this week to 23 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and trafficking charges./ One of two men charged in a Wenatchee strong-arm robbery two years ago must now serve another five years in prison./ A 65-year-old woman was treated for apparent minor injuries after an Okanogan County Deputy ran into the back of her vehicle, and, Slidewaters, the popular Lake Chelan water park that sued Governor Jay Inslee over his COVID-19 restrictions, has lost its appeal in federal court.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
The Batterman Road Fire is now about 50 percent contained, and firefighters say it could be all sewn up by the weekend. The 14,000-acre wildfire in Douglas County barely grew yesterday, despite strong winds.
No homes have been lost and no injuries reported. This morning, all evacuation levels were rest to Level 1, the lowest state of alert. In a briefing last night, deputy incident commander Bob Schindelar said some resources and crews have already been reassigned to higher-priority fires across the West. . .
A Grant County man was sentenced this week to 23 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and trafficking charges.
30-year-old Carlos Salgado Velasquez of Warden admitted to making explicit video recordings of four minor victims whom he solicited and paid for sex. He pleaded guilty in April in U.S. District Court in Spokane to one count of producing child pornography and one of child sex trafficking.
One of two men charged in a Wenatchee strong-arm robbery two years ago must now serve another five years in prison. 25-year-old Cameron Roth Ripper pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and intimidating a witness in Chelan County court.
Yesterday, Judge Kristin Ferrera sentenced him to a total of 93 months, including time already spent in jail since his arrest. Police say Ripper and his older brother, Brendyn Cain Ripper, attacked a man with a tire iron in 2019 and stole his backpack. From jail, Cameron Ripper then tried to convince a witness to withdraw their statement. Brendyn Ripper remains in local jail, awaiting trial on separate charges of second-degree murder and assault.
A 65-year-old woman was treated for apparent minor injuries after an Okanogan County Deputy ran into the back of her vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Omak.
Washington State Patrol says 30-year-old Deputy Eric Orr was southbound about 3:45 p.m. on Highway 215 near 2nd Avenue when he became distracted and struck a 2014 Chevy Traverse being driven Deborah Moore of Okanogan. The state patrol said Moore had slowed near the intersection and Orr’s Ford cruiser struck her from behind.
Trooper John Bryant said Moore complained of a sore back and neck and was transported to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak. She was not listed as a patient at the hospital Thursday morning. Bryant said Orr was not cited and their report will be turned over to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office to determine if Orr will face any disciplinary action.
Slidewaters, the popular Lake Chelan water park that sued Governor Jay Inslee over his COVID-19 restrictions, has lost its appeal in federal court.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says Inslee had the authority to restrict and even close businesses as needed during the public health emergency. Slidewaters continued to operate despite the shutdown order, and was ultimately fined almost $10,000 by the state. The park owners, represented by the Freedom Foundation, argued Inslee’s actions closing the park in response to the pandemic in 2020 were unconstitutional. That argument was rejected in U.S. District Court in Spokane last summer.
Coming up next, Prosecutors want an East Wenatchee man to serve 20 days in jail and pay almost $53,000 in restitution to a woman who was attacked by his dogs./ Electricity users in Okanogan County had to briefly limit their power consumption Wednesday due to outages./ Collisions between wildlife and vehicles are a recurring problem in the Wenatchee Valley and across the state, and, Firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement from throughout the Wenatchee Valley paid tribute Wednesday to former Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Dave Matthews. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Prosecutors want an East Wenatchee man to serve 20 days in jail and pay almost $53,000 in restitution to a woman who was attacked by his dogs. 64-year-old Timothy Dale Houston pleaded guilty June 29th to four counts of owning a dangerous dog. The charge is a gross misdemeanor. In January 2020, Houston’s four dogs attacked a woman jogging on Number Two Canyon Road outside Wenatchee, after Houston turned them loose and fell asleep in his parked car.
The woman required stitches for multiple bite wounds, including facial injuries. Wenatchee Valley Animal Control seized and destroyed all four dogs. Houston initially faced a felony charge, but in spring 2021 he agreed to plead to lesser charges in Chelan County District Court. Under the plea agreement, county prosecutors recommend Judge Kyle Mott sentence Houston to jail time, a $350 fine, and restitution of $53,000 to cover the full cost of her medical treatment. Houston must be sentenced Aug. 31st.
Electricity users in Okanogan County had to briefly limit their power consumption Wednesday due to outages. A powerline failure and lightning strikes in the area led the County PUD to ask for limited electrical use starting about 2 p.m. About five hours passed before the damaged line was back in service. The PUD says the voluntary limitation helped keep the overall power system online, without a need for blackouts during the repair.
Collisions between wildlife and vehicles are a recurring problem in the Wenatchee Valley and across the state. Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz talked with Washington State Department of Transportation public information officer Lauren Loebsack and biologist Matt Wisen about what to do if you hit a deer or other animal. . .
Firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement from throughout the Wenatchee Valley paid tribute Wednesday to former Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Dave Matthews who died June 27th at age 73.
Matthews worked for Fire District 1 from 1970 to 2003, rising in the ranks to chief before his retirement. A service was held at Grace City Church in Wenatchee before a processional to the cemetery. Prior to becoming a firefighter, Matthews served in the U.S. Marines.
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The Wenatchee AppleSox took down Port Angeles 5-1 last night at Civic Field to end their 7- game losing streak in league games. Wenatchee scored first with back-to-back RBI singles from Dakota Duffalo and Adam Grob in the top of the third. After the Lefties scored in the bottom of the third, Wenatchee kept their 2-1 lead going strong past the seventh. Wenatchee would break through to add some insurance because of one man.
John Newman Jr. tattooed a hanger and flew it out past the left field wall for his second home run this summer. After a double steal attempt brought home Tino Bethancourt, the Sox had all they would need to finish the game.
Rising Oregon sophomore Logan Mercado had his best outing yet. Mercado walked just two and struck out eight Lefties. His replacement Skylar Hales continued to trend up with three shutout innings where he gave up one walk, one hit and struck out four. Then, Sox closer Chase Grillo came into the ninth to strike out two of the four he faced to give the Sox the victory.
Newman’s homer helped him finish with his second two-hitter this summer. Right fielder Michael O’Hara returned from a four-game injury absence to pick up his fifth game with multiple hits in his first 12 contests as a Sox. Finally, Dakota Duffalo quietly racked up two hits. This was Duffalo’s third straight game with two hits and his eighth multi-hit game overall.
The win moves Wenatchee out of the fifth spot in the North and pushed Port Angeles back behind them by half a game. Wenatchee is just one game behind Walla Walla for that first half wild card spot out of the North.
Wenatchee will focus on taking the series tonight in Port Angeles. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
Aaron Judge capped New York’s early offensive outburst against Seattle All-Star Yusei Kikuchi with his 20th home run of the season, and the Yankees held on for a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.
For the second straight game, the Yankees scored a flurry of runs in the first two innings, but this time had to withstand Seattle’s late rally.
Judge’s two-run homer was clubbed into the second deck of the left field seats and gave New York a 5-1 lead. Luke Voit had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and Gleyber Torres followed with a two-run single as the Yankees scored three in the first inning for the second straight game.
Kikuchi struggled badly in his first start since becoming an All-Star for the first time.
Kikuchi allowed a season-high five runs and eight hits and settled down later in his outing to retire the final seven batters and get through five innings.
Domingo German was originally slated to start for the Yankees, but underwent an emergency root canal on Wednesday morning and was scratched from starting. Nick Nelson started and failed to make it out of the first inning thanks to three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch that plated a run for Seattle.
Seattle LHP Hector Santiago is expected to have his appeal of a 10-game suspension for using a grip-enhancing foreign substance heard on Thursday, manager Scott Servais said.
Santiago became the first player disciplined under Major League Baseball’s crackdown on grip-enhancing foreign substances when he was given a 10-game suspension. The suspension was issued after umpires ejected Santiago on June 26 against the Chicago White Sox.
Santiago has appeared in two games since appealing the suspension.
Justus Sheffield was placed on the 10-day injured list and RHP Erik Swanson was reinstated from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Yankees go for the series sweep this afternoon with left hander Jordan Montgomery slated to pitch while the Mariners go with righty Logan Gilbert. First pitch is 1:10.
Now let’s check in once again with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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