Evening News December 17, 2018

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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, Power was out for several hours for more than 100 customers in East Wenatchee today. Washington state’s tree fruit industry has been hit hard by continuing trade disputes, and, Tonight we wrap up our look at a series of anti-bullying films created by area students from Cashmere, Entiat and Wenatchee.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Wenatchee police credit alert citizens for helping them arrest a suspected mail thief and two accomplices on Saturday. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened around mid-morning when a citizen phoned in a tip reporting an SUV occupied by three people who were stealing packages off porches in the center part of Wenatchee. As Officers responded to the scene of the first theft another citizen called to report someone from a vehicle with the same description had just stolen a package off of their front porch.  Immediately after that, a third citizen called to report a package being thrown from a window of a vehicle with the same description. The package was recovered and the address matched the first reported theft in the string of three calls.  Inside the opened package was mail from several different locations in the city. Police were able to track down the suspect vehicle to a Methow Street residence where the three suspects were located and arrested. Reinfeld says officers also recovered several items from the vehicle and from a detached garage that were identified as stolen. He says all of the property items will be returned to their owners. Reinfeld says the  case may not have been solved without the help of community members who reported these crimes as they happened.

Power was out for several hours for more than 100 customers in East Wenatchee today, then intentionally taken down for about 200 more as repairs were made. The outage began about 10:45 a.m. west of Cascade Avenue from 23rd Street stretching north past Goldcrest Street. Douglas County PUD crews found a downed power line early in the afternoon and had to cut power to more customers to make the repairs. Power was restored at 2:15 this afternoon.

Washington state’s tree fruit industry has been hit hard by continuing trade disputes with the State’s top three export markets, China, Mexico and India. A smaller apple crop and escalating tariffs have combined to eat in to growers’ returns to the point that total exports are down 28 percent. Numbers released by the Northwest Horticultural Council reveal that tariffs on apples alone are expected to result in losses totaling about 129-million dollars. India plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on apples this week. Sales there are down 83 percent. Cherry growers experienced 96 million dollars in losses with Pears losing around 2 million dollars in sales. Mark Powers with the Hort Council said, quote, “Its not a situation we want to be in as an industry”, un-quote.

Tonight we wrap up our look at a series of anti-bullying films created by area students from Cashmere, Entiat and Wenatchee. With the help of New York filmmaker Mike Feurstein, the videos are part of the don’t wait to unmake a bully project. Tonight, our final film comes from the students at Cashmere High School. . .

Coming up next, So far, no one has expressed interest in filling the vacant position on the Wenatchee School Board. Leavenworth is one of the magical Christmassy towns featured tonight on Christmas Across America on the Hallmark Channel, and, No one was safe from Ugly Sweater Saturday at Pybus Market as Worx Gym hosted a thematic run/walk to benefit the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

So far, no one has expressed interest in filling the vacant position on the Wenatchee School Board. Deadline for applications is January 2nd.

The board is looking to replace Dr. Walter S. Newman, who resigned in November after serving on the board since 2007. Anyone interested can submit an application on the district’s website, wenatcheeschools.org, by going to the district offices at 235 Sunset Avenue or by calling 663-8161.

Assuming they have applicants by then, the board will interview candidates at a January 4th open meeting and name the appointee January 8th. The person selected will serve until November 2019. District Communications Director Diana Haglund said it is still early in the process and she expects applicants to come forward.

Leavenworth is one of the magical Christmassy towns featured tonight on Christmas Across America on the Hallmark channel.

Airing at 7:00 p.m. on LocalTel channel 60, the show is hosted by Candace Cameron Bure. If fear of heavy traffic kept you away from Leavenworth’s Christmas lighting celebrations this year, this is your chance to take a look from the comfort of your own home.

No one was safe from Ugly Sweater Saturday at Pybus Market as Worx Gym hosted a thematic run/walk to benefit the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom was there and captured the sounds and sights of Ugly Sweaters on men, women, children, and even DOGS?!

Over 11-hundred dollars was raised and two, huge bags of toys were donated by those who participated in the Ugly Sweater 5K. Thanks to Worx and all those who took part!

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, Edwin T. Pratt was a civil rights leader in Seattle who was gunned down on his front porch in 1969. Former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro takes us on a tour of the park named in his honor. . .

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 Wild hosted Salmon Arm Friday during Teddy Bear Toss night at the Town Toyota Center.  Not only did the fans gathered get a chance to toss their stuffed animals in the first period, they also went home happy with the Wild pulling off the 4-3 overtime victory…

Brandon Koch (cook) scored the game’s first goal 11-minutes into the first period that brought a shower of stuffed animals onto the ice.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

 

The Wild got goals from Koch (cook), Stratton, Fillion (filly-ON), and Matt Gosiewski (go-CHEF-ski) for the win.  With the victory, Wenatchee moved into first in the Interior Division all alone with 46-points, one ahead of Penticton and two in front of Merritt.  The Wild travel to Trail Wednesday before returning home to face Vernon Friday and Saturday.

Friday night was reserved for high school basketball here on the NCWLIFE Channel as the Wenatchee Panthers hosted the Davis Pirates.

In the opener, the Davis girls grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it in a 57-44 victory.  Missy Bennett did what she could to help bring Wenatchee back into it with two three pointers in the 4th quarter, but the Panthers could get no closer than nine down the stretch.  Lochlyn Hoberg (LOCK-lin HOE-berg) led all scorers with 17-points for Davis…

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard Friday, West Valley topped Eastmont 44-26.  It was Omak over Cascade 49-35.  Chelan bruised Brewster 52-31.  Liberty Bell mauled Manson 53-14.  And Waterville-Mansfield stopped Soap Lake 60-35.

The Wenatchee boys basketball team erased an 8-point first half deficit and outscored Davis 24-15 in the fourth quarter to earn a 63-60 victory Friday.  The Panthers had four players score in double figures, led by Garrett Long with 15, JJ Jelsing with 13, Evan Smith with 12 and Darius Carlson with 11.

Eric Granstrom had the call…

Also on the Les Schwab Prep Boys Basketball Scoreboard Friday night…

West Valley defended its home floor with a 60-38 win over Eastmont.  Chelan got 23-points from Connor Wilson in a 69-60 non-conference win over Brewster, the first time the Goats have defeated the Bears since 2011.

Omak had no trouble with Cascade 72-27 and Liberty Bell edged Manson 47-46.

Eastmont hosted Moses Lake in a Big 9 showdown Saturday on the NCWLIFE Channel.  In the girls game, an early lead for the Wildcats would disappear quickly as the Chiefs built an 11-point lead at halftime and go on for a 23-point win 56-33.

Also Saturday on the Les Schwab Prep Girls Basketball Scoreboard, Sunnyside defended its home court with an 82-49 win over Wenatchee.

In the nightcap Saturday at Eastmont, the Wildcats and Moses Lake Chiefs locked into a back-and-forth classic with neither team able to take charge.  It would be turnovers down the stretch for Eastmont that would prove costly as Moses Lake earned the victory 70-to-65.  The Chiefs were led by the 30-points from Evan McLean and 20 from Kyle Karstetter.  Eastmont’s Isaac Wellborn finished with 20-points while Trey Haberlock chipped in 13.

Grant Olson had the exciting call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

 

Also on Saturday, Wenatchee won its second-consecutive Big 9 game by going on the road and downing Sunnyside 54-38.

Coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins with more basketball tomorrow night with Eastmont hosting Pasco with the girls first at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:30.  Hockey Night Thursday features last Friday’s Teddy Bear Toss night with the Wild hosting Salmon Arm.  Then we’ll wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule Friday with Rogers and Eastmont at 5:30.

Eastern Washington will play for the FCS One Double-A Championship after a 50-to-19 win over Maine Saturday in Cheney…

Eric Berriere set a school record by throwing seven touchdown passes, completing 21-of-30 passes for 352-yards.  The 12-and-2 Eagles advance to face 14-and-oh North Dakota State January 5th in the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.  North Dakota State is the defending FCS I-AA Champion and has won six of the last seven titles.

The Seahawks laid an egg in Santa Clara Sunday, falling in overtime to the 49ers 26-23…

Seattle was penalized 14 times for 148-yards in the game, including several crucial penalties that negated big plays on offense.  Robbie Gould’s 36-yard field goal in overtime was the game-winner as San Francisco won for only the 4th time this season.

Russell Wilson had a good day, completing 23-of-31 passes for 237-yards and two touchdowns to Doug Baldwin.  Chris Carson carried the ball 22-times for 119-yards and a score as Seattle dropped to 8-and-6.

The Seahawks will host Kansas City on Sunday Night Football in Seattle this weekend with a kick off at 5:20.  The Hawks can still wrap up a playoff spot with a win.

Thanks Eric.

Recapping our top story tonight, Wenatchee police credit alert citizens for helping them arrest a suspected mail thief and two accomplices on Saturday. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says it happened around mid-morning when a citizen phoned in a tip reporting an SUV occupied by three people who were stealing packages off porches in the center part of Wenatchee. As Officers responded to the scene of the first theft another citizen called to report someone from a vehicle with the same description had just stolen a package off of their front porch.  Immediately after that, a third citizen called to report a package being thrown from a window of a vehicle with the same description. The package was recovered and the address matched the first reported theft in the string of three calls.  Inside the opened package was mail from several different locations in the city.

Police were able to track down the suspect vehicle to a Methow Street residence where the three suspects were located and arrested. Reinfeld says officers also recovered several items from the vehicle and from a detached garage that were identified as stolen. He says all of the property items will be returned to their owners. Reinfeld says the  case may not have been solved without the help of community members who reported these crimes as they happened.

As we leave you tonight, don’t forget, Leavenworth is one of the magical Christmassy towns featured tonight on Christmas Across America on the Hallmark channel.

Airing at 7 p.m. on LocalTel channel 60, the show is hosted by Candace Cameron Bure. If fear of heavy traffic kept you away from Leavenworth’s Christmas lighting celebrations this year, this is your chance to take a look from the comfort of your own home.

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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, 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.