Evening News December 18

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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—Wenatchee police continue to search for the driver of a car involved in a hit and run accident and a one-vehicle crash involving a wanted felon in Moses Lake leaves a woman in critical condition.

But first, we begin tonight:

An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a new route hurtled off an I-5 overpass this morning near Tacoma spilling some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least six people and injuring many more.

Amtrak officials say seventy-eight passengers, five crew members and one technician were aboard when the train derailed about 40 miles south of Seattle before 8 a.m. The train had 12 passenger cars and 2 engines, all but one derailed. Five vehicles and two semi-trucks were struck by the falling train cars, which caused injuries but no fatalities on I-5. 50 patients were taken to 4 area hospitals in both Pierce and Thurston counties.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer said two of the train cars are too unstable to count those dead inside and the death toll will rise once they are able to be counted. The train was making the inaugural run on the new route as part of a $180.7 million dollar project designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic. Governor Jay Inslee responded to the accident earlier today. . .

Preliminary signs indicate the Amtrak train may have struck something on the track before derailing.

Police continue their search for the driver of a car that was involved in an injury hit-and-run crash Friday evening on Wenatchee’s Southside. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says a pedestrian was injured while in the crosswalk at the intersection of Mission and Ferry Street. . .

Captain Reinfeld has put out a call for witnesses to come forward with information that would help in the investigation. He advises people to call RiverCom Dispatch 663-9911 with information.

Two people were hospitalized Saturday – one in critical condition – in a one vehicle crash in Moses Lake.

It happened around 4 a.m. when deputies noticed a BMW driven by 29-year-old Nicholas Romero Rivera of Moses Lake. Rivera had been sought as a suspect in an unrelated vehicle assault case. The BMW ran a stop sign and sped away from the Deputy who gave up the pursuit. A short time later, Moses Lake police saw the vehicle a few miles north of town. The BMW again took off at a high rate of speed and Moses Lake police tried to stop the vehicle.

Moses Lake police pursued the vehicle for a short time until Romero Rivera recklessly fled the area. The suspect lost control of the car it went airborne and then slid out of control until it tripped and rolled multiple times. Romero Rivera was treated for his non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, 22-year old Celena Perez was last reported in critical condition at a Spokane Hospital. Charges were pending. Rivera has been on the run since December 13th when he fled police during a stop in Moses Lake.

After an extensive search of the Snohomish area and exhausting all initial leads, The Snohomish Police Department has turned over the investigation of a missing 63-year-old Snohomish man to the Major Crimes Unit. Detectives have developed new information to release and are seeking tips from the community.

Henry Groeneveld was last seen on December 11 after telling family members he was “going to the water.”  The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue helicopter flew along the rivers and searched by air, while the Marine Unit deployed boats to search by water. Search and Rescue dogs also searched the area. There has been no confirmed sightings of Groeneveld since Monday. Authorities say he could be anywhere along Highway 2. Groeneveld is 5’7”, 150 lbs with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red knit cap, brown pullover shirt and blue U.S. Postal Service pants. Please call 911 if you have any information on Groeneveld’s whereabouts.

Coming up next, a close call Saturday night in Chelan as crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a popular lakeside lodge and theft of packages off house porches shifts into high gear. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

A close call Saturday evening in Chelan as crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a popular lakeside lodge.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District 7 say the fire at the Grandview Resort damaged four rooms. When crews arrived they found active fire in two rooms, one in the area of the bath tub and another reported from the ceiling area of the unit below. No fire sprinklers were activated due to the fire being in the void spaces, and not in the living space of the rooms. Fire Chief Tim Lemon said a strong initial response and aggressive firefighting prevented a potentially disastrous fire.

Because of improved weather conditions, The Washington State Department of Ecology has lifted the Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County. The burn ban was originally scheduled to expire tomorrow. Methow Valley residents in Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama may now resume any outdoor burning. The Stage 1 burn ban was lifted Friday in the Wenatchee Valley.

Thieves continue to target those who shop on-line.  NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom has more on the story. . .

Are you recently retired, a stay-at-home Mom or Dad or maybe just looking for a little extra money? If the answer is yes, the Eastmont School District Transportation Department may have the perfect part-time job. . .

Once again, for more information got to www.eastmont206.org.

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 boys basketball…
Wenatchee came from 14-points behind at halftime to beat West Valley 49-46.
Eastmont used a 24-point third quarter to erase a 3-point halftime deficit to beat Eisenhower 68-66
Omak 66, Chelan 52
Bridgeport 63, Waterville-Mansfield 60
Brewster 62, Manson 37
Yakama Tribal 65, Entiat 40

In girls basketball Friday…

Despite Alli Hallberg passing the 1,000 career point mark, Wenatchee fell to West Valley 50-37
Eastmont had three players in double figures as the Wildcats beat Eisenhower 60-35
Waterville-Mansfield 39, Bridgeport 22
Brewster 60, Manson 28
Entiat 58, Yakama Tribal 40

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

Just three boys basketball scores to pass along…Davis beat Wenatchee 56-44; West Valley rebounded with a 58-49 win over Eastmont and Zillah had no trouble with Chelan, winning 80-47.

On the girl’s side Saturday…

Davis 56, Wenatchee 44
West Valley 58, Eastmont 49
Zillah 67, Chelan 23

The Wenatchee Wild had a great weekend against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Town Toyota Center…

Wenatchee earned a 4-0 shutout of Salmon Arm Friday behind two goals from Lucas Sowder and one each from Josh Arnold and August Von Ungern Sternberger.  Seth Eisele (EYES-lee) was a stone wall in goal, stopping all 25 shots he faced.

On Saturday, AJ Vanderbeck scored 23-seconds into the contest and the onslaught was on as Wenatchee beat the Silverbacks 10-2.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

The Wild head into the Christmas break second in the Interior Division with 49 points at 23-9-2-and-1.  Wenatchee hosts Penticton December 29th and 30th at the Town Toyota Center.

The Seattle Seahawks suffered their worst loss in Pete Carroll’s 8-years coaching the team Sunday, falling to the Los Angeles Rams 42-7…

Todd Gurley rushed for 148 of his 152 yards in the first half as the Rams built a 37-0 halftime lead.  Gurley rushed for three touchdowns and scored another on a reception as the Rams basically wrapped up the NFC West Title for the first time since 2003.  While everything was going right for LA, nothing seemed to go right for Seattle, who netted a total of 149-yards of offense.  Pete Carroll said it was a good, old-fashioned butt whippin’ by the Rams…

Russell Wilson completed just 14-of-30 passes for 142-yards and was sacked 7 times.

Los Angeles improved to 10-5 with the win while the Seahawks dropped to 8-6 with the loss.  Also Sunday, San Francisco surprised Tennessee with a 25-23 win and Washington topped Arizona 20-to-15.

So here’s the scenario for Seattle to make the playoffs…

Philadelphia and Minnesota have clinched their divisions and are in.  The Rams are basically in with two games to go.  New Orleans and Carolina both already have 10 wins and are solid.  Atlanta plays tonight against Tampa Bay, so Seattle fans need to cheer on their fellow expansion team from 1976 to beat the Falcons tonight.  So the Seahawks will need to win out at Dallas Sunday and at home against the Cardinals New Years Eve.  After tonight, Atlanta plays at New Orleans before hosting Carolina…they’ll need to lose one of those two games as well.  If that plays out, Seattle would also need Detroit to stumble in one of its two remaining games at Cincinnati or at home against Green Bay.

 

Thanks Eric…

The toys have been collected, sorted and wrapped. Now it’s time for the toys to arrive at their final destination. Sue Baker from Chelan-Douglas CASA told host Dan Kuntz on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley that she’s not at all surprised at the success of the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive. . .

Baker says there are currently a record 197 children in the CASA program who will receive toys this year thanks to the generosity of the community.

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…

Police continue their search for the driver of a car that was involved in an injury hit-and-run crash Friday evening on Wenatchee’s Southside. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says a pedestrian was injured while in the crosswalk at the intersection of Mission and Ferry Street. Captain Reinfeld has put out a call for witnesses to come forward with information that would help in the investigation. He advises people to call RiverCom Dispatch 663-9911 with information.

A close call Saturday evening in Chelan as crews responded to a two-alarm fire at a popular lakeside lodge.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District 7 say the fire at the Grandview Resort damaged four rooms. When crews arrived they found active fire in two rooms, one in the area of the bath tub and another reported from the ceiling area of the unit below. No fire sprinklers were activated due to the fire being in the void spaces, and not in the living space of the rooms. Fire Chief Tim Lemon said a strong initial response and aggressive firefighting prevented a potentially disastrous fire.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A very active, stormy weather pattern will rough up the region through the next 48 hours ushering in heavy amounts of rain and snow throughout the state this week. First, a milder and breezy weather system will affect the region today with snow showers continuing in the mountains and just mostly cloudy skies for Northcentral Washington.  A low pressure system will then track through tonight and Tuesday with a likelihood of heavy mountain snows and mix of rain and snow in the lower elevations. Stevens Pass could see upwards of 10-15 inches of snow by Tuesday night and is now under a winter storm warning. We have an 80% chance of rain in the Wenatchee Valley tonight and a 90% chance on Tuesday where we could see around a tenth to a quarter of an inch of precipitation. Temperatures through Wednesday will remain seasonal in the mid 30’s to around 40 degrees. But, a transition occurs Wednesday as the air mass becomes cold and dry along a front barreling down from Canada. Our high temperatures late this week and into the weekend will drop to the mid 20’s for highs on Saturday to only 23 degrees on Christmas Eve Sunday.

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 Monday 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 weekend.