Evening News December 22

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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— an Okanogan man remains in critical condition after his wife shot him in the head on Wednesday and State Troopers say a red light runner caused a two-car injury accident that snarled traffic along Highway 2 in the Monitor area yesterday.

But first, we begin tonight:

Wenatchee Police say arrests have been made in two cases involving local Grinches who tried to steal Christmas. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the suspects were caught in the act of stealing gift parcels and mail that had been delivered to area homes. . .

Police continue to put out the word to residents to be vigilant and don’t leave mail or packages when they are dropped off in front of your home. They also encourage people call RiverCom Dispatch if you see anything suspicious.

An Okanogan man remains in critical condition after his wife shot him in the head on Wednesday. According to the Okanogan County Sheriff the incident occurred early Wednesday morning.

A friend at the home during the incident told investigators the couple, Sharon A. Allard and Daniel Allard were arguing upstairs while he was downstairs. According to the report Sharon called Daniel upstairs to fix the TV, and then hot him. The friend called 911 first, and then Sharon called a few minutes later to report the shooting herself. According to the Sheriff’s Office neither appear to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the incident occurred, and Sharon is being held at the Okanogan County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder. Daniel was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for surgery.

State Troopers say a red light runner caused a two-car injury accident that snarled traffic along Highway 2 in the Monitor area yesterday. It happened around mid-morning at the Easy Street intersection.

Troopers say 20-year old Ruby Pina-Corona of Cashmere was westbound on Highway 2 when she ran through the red light striking another vehicle that was making a left turn from Easy Street onto the highway.

The 2018 GMC pick-up was driven by 63-year old Suzanne Lillibridge of Leavenworth. Pina-Corona also had her 1 and 2-year old children in the car with her at the time of the accident but she was the only person injured in the crash. Pina-Corona was charged with failing to stop at a red light and is being treated at Central Washington Hospital.

Coming up next, Echo Ridge ski area opens this weekend in Chelan and we’ll show you dramatic video of happens when a Christmas tree fails to get watered. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

More than 30 miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing will open in Chelan this weekend as the Echo Ridge Nordic Ski Area begins its season this Saturday. Ski area personnel worked to establish a good snow base this week and skiers are reporting good corduroy conditions on trails, with ridge top views bringing more skiers from around the region in increasing numbers each year. Passes are required for both skiing and snowshoe trail use, which can be purchased at the Chelan Ranger District. The Ski area is located 10 miles north of the city of Chelan and for up to date grooming information check lake-chelan-nordic-dot-org.

Millions of Americans will be traveling on roads and highways this weekend for the Christmas Holiday including many residents here in Northcentral Washington. With more snow in the forecast on Sunday, the National Weather Service is reminding folks to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

First, give yourself extra time to get to your destination. 23% of non-recurrent delays on highways across the country is due to snow, ice and fog. Next, slow down, travel speeds should be reduced by 40-60% when snow is falling. The Weather Service also reminds travelers to make sure all windows and mirrors are cleared of snow and ice to maintain visibility in rough weather conditions. Also, before leaving home, check the latest weather forecast and plan accordingly.

A new study finds that 77% of U.S. homes will have a Christmas tree, which is about 99-million homes.

By this time in the Holiday Season most of us have had our Christmas trees up and decorated for several weeks now. If you have a real, live tree, how often are you watering it? More than 200 home fires each year start because of a dry Christmas tree. The American Christmas Tree Association recently released a dramatic video to demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered tree versus a dry Christmas tree. . .

It’s recommended that the water be checked at least every other day and never let the water get lower than one inch above the bottom of the highest cut mark on the tree.

Winter weather not only makes driving and other activities more difficult, heavy snow also makes it difficult for firefighters to find and access neighborhood fire hydrants in case of a fire.

The Manson Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents to keep fire hydrants clear and accessible at all times by removing snow around the hydrants. Remove any snow and ice and clear a wide enough perimeter (usually about 3 feet) around the hydrant for firefighters to work and easily connect necessary hoses and clear a path from the hydrant to the street for easy accessibility for firefighters. By following these tips, it will help firefighter’s access water more quickly, allowing for faster fire knock down and potentially preventing property damage and loss.

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.

The Town Toyota Center was a busy place for high school basketball Thursday as we turn to our Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

In the first game, it was Eisenhower downing Bethel 75-63.  Then Moses Lake held serve for the Big Nine, downing Lynnwood 68-59. 

Next up was Wenatchee and University in girls play, as seen LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Alli Hallberg and Demary Sugg combined for 16 of Wenatchee’s 20 points in the third quarter to draw within three after falling behind by as many as 10 in the first half.  The Panthers continued to chip at the lead, cutting it to 1 in the closing moments, but it wasn’t to be as U-Hi held on for the 47-45 victory.  Eric Granstrom, Ian Dunn and Mark Miller had the combined call on NCWLIFE…

Hallberg finished with a game-high 27-points for Wenatchee in the loss.

The highlights for the Wenatchee boys came in the first quarter of its game with University as Cass Riggan and Layne Knipfer were able to connect from outside in a back-and-forth frame. Riggan scored 5 of his team-high 13-points in the first quarter while Knipfer drained a three pointer as the game saw four lead changes in the first quarter along with three ties.  But it was all University after that as Boston Tacke (TAK-EE) scored a game-high 15-points as the Titans outscored Wenatchee 13-4 in the fourth quarter to win it 56-39.

Our cameras were also on hand as the Eastmont girls took on Rogers in the fifth game of the day at the Town Toyota Center.  And it looked like the Wildcats were up for the challenge, leading by as many as 12 in the second half.  But the Rams kept chipping away at the Wildcat’s lead, outscoring Eastmont 23-13 in the fourth quarter behind the game-high 30-points from sophomore Raigan Barrett.  It would come down to the final seconds in regulation, as Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Emma Simpson led three Eastmont players in double-figures with 16.

In the nightcap, the Eastmont boys fought valiantly but didn’t have enough answers down the stretch, falling to Rogers 69-67.  The Rams were led by the 21 points of James Baker and 20 from Nikita Apanasevich (AP-uh-NA-suh-VICH).  Wildcat sophomore Isaac Wellborn had a breakout game, scoring 21-points to go along with 9-rebounds, 2 assists and a couple blocked shots.  Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom had the call as the back-and-forth game came down to the wire…

So here you have the scores from yesterday one more time…

And now onto the schedule for the final day of the NCW Basketball Showcase…

It all starts at 11 this morning and goes until about 10:30 tonight.  We’ll be courtside to bring you LIVE coverage of Wenatchee and Eastmont with the girls at 7 and the boys at 9 as Ian Dunn and Mark Miller provide your play-by-play on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Also coming up this weekend, it’s the next to the last go around for the NFL season with Seattle facing a must-win road game at Dallas…

The Seahawks and Cowboys have a 1:25 kickoff Sunday on FOX.  That’s the same time as Arizona and New York on FOX.  Early in the day, Tennessee hosts the Rams at 10am on FOX while San Francisco hosts Jacksonville at 1:05 on CBS.

 

Thanks Eric…

NCWLIFE’s year in review next week features the top news stories for 2017. Here’s a sampling of the some of the stories we covered this year and it begins with North Central Washington’s newest cash crop . . .

Join us next week as we reflect on 2017’s top news stories on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley and on NCWLIFE Evening News.

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…

An Okanogan man remains in critical condition after his wife shot him in the head on Wednesday. According to the Okanogan County Sheriff the incident occurred early Wednesday morning.

A friend at the home during the incident told investigators the couple, Sharon A. Allard and Daniel Allard were arguing upstairs while he was downstairs. According to the report Sharon called Daniel upstairs to fix the TV, and then hot him. The friend called 911 first, and then Sharon called a few minutes later to report the shooting herself. According to the Sheriff’s Office neither appear to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the incident occurred, and Sharon is being held at the Okanogan County Jail on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder. Daniel was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for surgery.

State Troopers say a red light runner caused a two-car injury accident that snarled traffic along Highway 2 in the Monitor area yesterday. It happened around mid-morning at the Easy Street intersection.

Troopers say 20-year old Ruby Pina-Corona of Cashmere was westbound on Highway 2 when she ran through the red light striking another vehicle that was making a left turn from Easy Street onto the highway.

The 2018 GMC pick-up was driven by 63-year old Suzanne Lillibridge of Leavenworth. Pina-Corona also had her 1 and 2-year old children in the car with her at the time of the accident but she was the only person injured in the crash. Pina-Corona was charged with failing to stop at a red light and is being treated at Central Washington Hospital.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A cold front dropping down from the north is brought light to locally moderate snow to our area today. Holiday travelers be very careful on state highways and especially mountain passes over the next 24 hours with snow packed and icy conditions expected. This weather system will move out of the state by tonight and then a bit of a break during the day on Saturday with mostly sunny skies and cool temperatures. Another area of low pressure out in the Pacific will then move our way Saturday night and will stay with us on Christmas Eve bringing more light to moderate snow to Northcentral Washington. Our chance for snow on Sunday is around 50%. Quiet weather conditions are expected for Christmas day on Monday. Most of next week will remain colder than average with the potential for snow once again beginning on Wednesday and lasting into Thursday.

Closing out our newscast tonight, we bring you a video from the Christmas village of Leavenworth, at least that’s what ABC News called it after they took a drive through downtown last night. Here’s what they saw. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

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 Tuesday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and from all of us at the NCWLife Channel, have a very Merry Christmas!