Evening News December 11

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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—a Bridgeport couple was arrested after a weekend car-chase, there’s a change of leadership coming to Chelan County Fire District One and a former Chelan County Port District Commissioner has died.

But first, we begin tonight:

A Motorhome, Fifth Wheeler and vehicle were destroyed Sunday in a late afternoon fire in the East Wenatchee area.

 

Crews From Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded around 3 pm to the blaze located near a residence on S. Nevada Street. Captain Shawn Clark with Douglas County Two describes the scene . .

 

No details yet on the cause or if there were any injuries.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal credits Bridgeport Deputies with using remarkable restraint early Sunday morning when dealing with two suspects in a stolen vehicle. It happened when a Deputy pursued a recklessly driven vehicle into the Douglas County PUD parking lot. When the Patrol vehicle pulled up behind the vehicle it was put into reverse and rammed the Deputy’s car then sped off. The chase continued until the suspect car had a flat tire and forced off the road. The female suspect, 24 year old Yvon Lopez-Flores of Bridgeport, resisted arrest but is now in custody. A 20-year old passenger identified as Christopher Rodriguez also of Bridgeport was arrested on a warrant.

A 55-year-old Soap Lake man was hospitalized after being injured Friday evening by a pipe bomb he was building inside his

Deputies learned the man had been building and handling a pipe bomb inside his home on the 100 block of Adrian Avenue Northwest when it detonated. The man was later flown to a Spokane hospital for treatment. Deputies and the Spokane bomb squad gathered evidence and ensured

no other explosive devices were inside the home. The investigation continues.

There’s a change of leadership coming to Chelan County Fire District One. It was announced on Friday that Douglas County Fire District 2 Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal, Brian Brett has been selected to replace Mike Burnett.

 

Burnett is retiring from the Department in 2019 and Brett will succeed him starting in July. Brett will serve as Deputy Chief until then. Burnett told the Wenatchee World that he planned to continue in firefighting as a member of the Pacific Northwest Type 3 Incident Management Team. Brett’s position in Douglas County is being filled by Curt Blanchard.

Former Chelan County Port District Commissioner Jim Knapp has died. Knapp died on November 29 at the age of 80. He served for 29 years as a Port Commissioner and during that time he helped oversee the development of the Confluence Technology Center. His civic and community involvement included work with the Wenatchee Music Theater and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Knapp’s family plans to have a celebration of his life in the Spring.

Coming up next, the Eastmont School Board is scheduled to consider a name change for Robert E. Lee Elementary School tonight and we’ll give you an update on the Les Schwab Toy Drive.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

The Eastmont School Board is scheduled to consider a name change for Robert E Lee Elementary School when it meets later today. Some District residents have requested dropping the name due to its links to the Confederacy and perceived racist connotations. Superintendant, Garn Christianson will reportedly recommend changing the name of the school to Lee Elementary. Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30 at Kenroy Elementary School.

 

 

The grant was awarded by Career Connect, a Washington statewide public-private partnership founded by Governor Jay Inslee that supports career connected learning in order to prepare the workforce with the 21st century skills that employers need. The Career Connect NCW partnership includes organizations in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Adams counties. The Chelan-Douglas county segment will receive 400-thousand dollars and includes Wenatchee School District, Skill Source, Work Source, Wenatchee Valley College, the Apple STEM Network and Chelan County PUD as the business champion.

Douglas County Deputy Prosecutor, Gordon Edgar is looking to advance to the top job next year.

 

Edgar has filed as a candidate for the position of County Prosecutor with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Edgar, who’s full name is Walter Gordon Edgar, is a graduate of Brigham Young University and he received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He was a former deputy prosecutor with Chelan County prior to his current position with the Douglas County Prosecutor’s office. The County’s current prosecutor, Steve Clem, has not announced if he plans to run for reelection.

NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom spent part of his weekend covering the Les Schwab Toy Drive. Sunday’s activities included building bicycles. Here’s the story. . .

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 Scoreboard from Friday…

 

In girls basketball, the NCWLIFE Channel cameras were rolling as Eastmont and Wenatchee met in the Litterbox Game at Eastmont High School.  Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call as Wenatchee’s Alli Hallberg led the panthers but Emily DeFour (DEW-FOUR) was dominant inside for the Wildcats…

 

DeFour finished with 17-points for Eastmont while Hallberg scored a game-high 24 for Wenatchee.  The Wildcats snapped a 9-game Panther winning streak in the series with the win.

Also on Friday in Girls basketball…

 

Okanogan topped Chelan 37-29 and, Cashmere fell on the road to Zillah 69-68 despite 34-points from Hailey Val Lith.

Turning to the Les Schwab boys basketball scoreboard Friday…

 

The Wenatchee Panther’s Darius Carlson started strong, scoring Wenatchee first 8-points, as the Panthers cruised to a 67-42 victory over Eastmont.  Grant Olson had the call with Eric Granstrom on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Also on Friday…

 

Zillah beat Cashmere 64-52; Okanogan chewed up Chelan 73-58; and Tonasket topped Manson 58-43.

Turning the page to Saturday on the Les Schwab Prep scoreboard…

 

Ferris whipped on up Wenatchee 78-31; Eastmont edged Mead 62-59; Cashmere caught La Salle by 10 66-56; Entiat shellacked Chelan 62-26; and Manson mauled Waterville-Mansfield 48-30.

On the girls slate Saturday…

 

Wenatchee rebounded from the Eastmont loss to down Ferris 59-44; Entiat clobbered Chelan 57-17; the

Eastmont won the Tower Classic in girls bowling over the weekend in Tacoma while Wenatchee took 5th.

The Eastmont boys finished 3rd at the Inland Empire Tournament while Flora Morrow was a champion for the Eastmont girls at the Warden Invite.

And in Boys Swimming and Diving, Wenatchee finished first at the Walla Walla Invite Saturday.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-1 north of the border over the weekend…

 

Despite falling behind early, Wenatchee scored 5 unanswered goals Friday in a 7-4 win over Merritt.  Things looked good early Saturday at Prince George as the Wild scored 3, first-period goals.  But the Spruce Kings came all the way back to win it 4-3.  Wenatchee hosts Salmon Arm this Friday and Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.

The Seahawks lost an ugly one in Jacksonville Sunday to the Jaguars 30-24…

 

Jacksonville rolled up 156-yards rushing and scored 21 third quarter points to build a 27-10 lead.  Seattle came back on touchdown passes of 61 yards from Russell Wilson to Paul Richardson in the fourth quarter, followed by a 74-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Tyler Lockett with 3:42 remaining.  The game ended with some ugly exchanges that included a flag on Michael Bennett and ejection of Quinton Jefferson, who on his way out of the stadium was pelted with beer and Gatorade and he decided to try to take on some

The Rams lost to Philadelphia 43-35 so L-A is 9-and-4 while the Seahawks are 8-and-5 and will host the Rams this Sunday.  Also Sunday, San Francisco and Arizona picked up wins.

 

Thanks Eric…

The Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show wrapped up its weekend run on Saturday night with a sold-out performance at the Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth.  Dan Kuntz was there and has the story. . .

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.

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

A Motorhome, Fifth Wheeler and vehicle were destroyed Sunday in a late afternoon fire in the East Wenatchee area.

 

Crews From Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded around 3 pm to the blaze located near a residence on S. Nevada Street. Captain Shawn Clark with Douglas County Two describes the scene . .

 

No details yet on the cause or if there were any injuries.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal credits Bridgeport Deputies with using remarkable restraint early Sunday morning when dealing with two suspects in a stolen vehicle. It happened when a Deputy pursued a recklessly driven vehicle into the Douglas County PUD parking lot. When the Patrol vehicle pulled up behind the vehicle it was put into reverse and rammed the Deputy’s car then sped off. The chase continued until the suspect car had a flat tire and forced off the road. The female suspect, 24 year old Yvon Lopez-Flores of Bridgeport, resisted arrest but is now in custody. A 20 year old passenger identified as Christopher Rodriguez also of Bridgeport was arrested on a warrant.

There’s a change of leadership coming to Chelan County Fire District One. It was announced on Friday that Douglas County Fire District 2 Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal, Brian Brett has been selected to replace Mike Burnett.

 

Burnett is retiring from the Department in 2019 and Brett will succeed him starting in July. Brett will serve as Deputy Chief until then. Burnett told the Wenatchee World that he planned to continue in firefighting as a member of the Pacific Northwest Type 3 Incident Management Team. Brett’s position in Douglas County is being filled by Curt Blanchard.

Clovis Point Intermediate School was the venue for this weekend’s regional LEGO’s Robotics Tournament. The annual event pits students from around NCW in a judged competition with the winners advancing to the State Finals. The Wenatchee Valley Museum, in partnership with Apple STEM, FIRST Washington, GWATA, the Rutherford Family and the Eastmont School District co-hosted the inaugural event.

 

Ahead of the tournament, student teams develop their individual robot based on the Lego EV3 Mindstorms system. The robots are designed and programmed to address specific challenges issued by FIRST Lego League national contest organizers.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A strong area of high pressure will stay in place through Thursday, which will continue to bring Northcentral Washington low clouds and patchy fog as our main weather driver. The mountains will remain mild, mostly clear and dry through the week with some icy spots over area passes. Our satellite loop is showing the blocking high pressure keeping the massive area of low pressure at bay, at least for now. The large ridge of high pressure finally breaks down on Thursday ushering in a wintry mix of precipitation late Thursday night where we could see freezing rain into Friday morning. By the weekend, our chance for a rain-snow mix goes up to 60% on Saturday and a 40% chance for snow Saturday night. We also have a 50% chance of mainly rain on Sunday with above normal temperatures expected beginning Friday and climbing into the lower 40’s by the end of the weekend.

The community of Bridgeport said goodbye last week to a longtime Sheriff’s Deputy. A celebration was held at the Bridgeport City Council chambers for Deputy Gary Cooper. Cooper’s hanging up his badge after serving for 32 years. We wanted to close out this evening’s newscast by sharing Deputy Cooper’s final radio call . . .

 

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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). Also, make sure you tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.