Evening News December 26

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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—Chelan County has a new Superior Court Judge and the Okanogan man shot by his wife last week has died from his injuries.

But first, we begin tonight:

2017’s list of top local stories includes the fatal police officer shooting in front of the Albertson’s Grocery store in Wenatchee. Officer Albert Gonzalez shot Mathew Folden when Folden charged at him with a knife. Officer Gonzalez had responded after RiverCom dispatchers received 911 calls that described Folden as acting erratically and screaming at people in the parking lot. Gonzalez was eventually cleared of wrongdoing. He’s now returned to service and according to Captain Edgar Reinfeld was recently recognized for his service . . .

Following the shooting, friends of Folden continue to raise money for the wife and child the Wenatchee man left behind. His friends continue to support Folden’s wife and child through fundraisers. They also continue to maintain that the shooting was unnecessary.

New rules for Marijuana growers in Chelan County also made it onto NCWLIFE’s 2017 top stories list. Commissioners approved the new regulations in response to complaints from neighboring property owners who objected to the skunky odors and bright lights generated by the large pot plantations. . .

 

Growers viewed the new restrictions as oppressive and unfair. Chelan grower, Tom Hickey was one of the more vociferous in his criticism of the Commissioners’ actions.

The new rules are now in place in Chelan and Douglas Counties but it remains to be seen how they are enforced and how the growers intend to pursue a court challenge.

Late last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Kristin Ferrera to the Chelan County Superior Court. Ferrera replaces Judge Alicia Nakata, who is retiring. Ferrera is currently a partner at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, in Wenatchee. Prior to working in private practice, she served as a law clerk with the Tulalip Tribes Office of the Reservation Attorney. Inslee said Ferrera has an in-depth understanding of the issues that affect Central Washington and demonstrates a real commitment to community service. Ferrera serves on the board of Campaign for Equal Justice and participates in the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services. She has served on the Chelan-Douglas County Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees and was named Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star for four years.

Coming up next, how will small business owners be effected by the new sick and family leave law, well tell you and an Okanogan man who was shot by his wife last week died Saturday from a head wound. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Small business owners in the Wenatchee area will probably face additional costs in connection with new labor laws set to go into effect in January. The new sick and family leave law requires employers provide workers with one hour of time off for every 40 hours worked. It applies for temporary, part-time and full-time workers. Wenatchee attorney, Gil Sparks is a labor law expert who says small businesses will likely be impacted more than larger scale employers…

Sparks will be offering more information on the new labor laws at a Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce event on November 20th.

An Okanogan man who was shot by his wife last week died Saturday from a head wound.

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 allegedly hot him with a .357 caliber revolver. 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 murder.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaize at the Town Toyota Center. The show features a variety of acts and performers, that according to organizers who appeared on today’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Program with Dan Kuntz . . . 

Contact the Town Toyota Center box office for more ticket information.

In partnership with Chelan County Public Works, Wenatchee Boy Scout Troop 7 is taking care of the disposal of your Christmas tree. Coming up on Saturday, January 6th, drop off your Christmas tree at the Chelan County shop in Wenatchee located at 210 Easy St., between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Scouts will be collecting the trees for recycling. A 5-dollar donation is suggested and donations will go to Troop 7 to support its programs. Trees also can be dropped off for recycling at the Dryden Transfer Station at 9073 Highway 2, or at the Entiat brush yard, located off Highway 97A behind the fire interpretive center. When dropping off your tree, make sure it is free of all tinsel and decorations. For more information, call Chelan County Public Works at 667-6341

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.

Going back to last Friday to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the final day of the NCW Basketball Showcase…

The Moses Lake boys had no trouble dispatching Bethel 65-36.  Then, Eisenhower took overtime to edge Lynnwood in boys basketball 72-68.  The University boys and girls teams knocked off Rogers, 69-49 in girls play and 73-57 on the boys side.

Then, it was non-league play between Wenatchee and Eastmont.  Skyler Walton had a breakout game for the Panthers in the girls game, scoring 25-points with 6-rebounds and a steal as Wenatchee downed Eastmont 62-48.  Alli Hallberg chipped in a double-double with 19-points and 10-rebounds as Wenatchee improved to 3-5 while Eastmont fell to 4-4.

In the boys game, Wenatchee continued its dominance this season over Eastmont, downing the Wildcats 55-35.

By the way, at the end of the third quarter of that girls game between Eastmont and Wenatchee, there was the shot of the year.  Skyler Walton gets a loose ball and, as the buzzer sounds, flings the ball towards the hoop while being fouled and flying off the entire court, makes it.  Let’s watch as it was broadcast LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Ian Dunn and Mark Miller on the call…

Great shot and great camera work to both Michael Price and Jessica Medina to capture it.

On the NCWLIFE Channel Sports Schedule this week…

Tonight, we feature the wild, West Valley-Wenatchee boys basketball game from December 15th.  Tune in at 7 o’clock for that.  On Thursday, our Hockey Night features Salmon Arm and the Wenatchee Wild from December 16th and then on Friday, it’s more hockey as Chilliwack takes on Wenatchee.

The Seahawks kept its post-season alive with a 21-12 win at Dallas Sunday…

The win came despite Seattle managing to be the first team since 1966 to have more penalty yards (142) than total net offensive yards (136).  Russell Wilson hit Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin on second half touchdown passes to compliment a pick-six by Justin Coleman. 

Coach Pete Carroll was happy with the way his team bounced back from a dismal performance against the Rams the week before…

Russell Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for 93 yards.  His net passing yards with three sacks was 60.  Wilson said the team just tried to erase the memory of the Ram’s game and focus on the Cowboys…

The recipe for Seattle to advance to the playoffs is simple:  beat Arizona Sunday and have Carolina beat Atlanta.  If those two things happen, the Seahawk would earn a Wild Card Playoff spot and be the #6 team qualifying for the playoffs.

Here’s what happened with the rest of the NFC West Sunday…

The Rams solidified themselves as NFC West Champs with a 27-23 win over Tennessee.  Arizona shut out the New York Giants 23-nothing and San Francisco won its fourth straight with a 44-33 victory over Jacksonville.

 

Thanks Eric…

Cory Faulkner was once a regular Wenatchee High School student, now he’s forging ahead with a career of fitness and technology. During his time at Eastern Washington University, Faulkner began working on a fitness app for your smart phones. The app is called “Perfict” and its stock just went public last week, our feature video today will help tell the journey of a Wenatchee kid who’s now making a big splash in the technology world.

Perfict goes Live in February, but investors can get access to limited edition shirts and other goodies. Stay tuned in January on the NCWLIFE Magazine, when Jay Seabeck gets Cory in the studio to talk about the new apps release.

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…

Late last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Kristin Ferrera to the Chelan County Superior Court. Ferrera replaces Judge Alicia Nakata, who is retiring. Ferrera is currently a partner at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, in Wenatchee. Prior to working in private practice, she served as a law clerk with the Tulalip Tribes Office of the Reservation Attorney. Inslee said Ferrera has an in-depth understanding of the issues that affect Central Washington and demonstrates a real commitment to community service. Ferrera serves on the board of Campaign for Equal Justice and participates in the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services. She has served on the Chelan-Douglas County Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees and was named Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star for four years.

An Okanogan man who was shot by his wife last week died Saturday from a head wound.

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 allegedly hot him with a .357 caliber revolver. 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 murder.

In partnership with Chelan County Public Works, Wenatchee Boy Scout Troop 7 is taking care of the disposal of your Christmas tree. Coming up on Saturday, January 6th, drop off your Christmas tree at the Chelan County shop in Wenatchee located at 210 Easy St., between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Scouts will be collecting the trees for recycling. A 5-dollar donation is suggested and donations will go to Troop 7 to support its programs. Trees also can be dropped off for recycling at the Dryden Transfer Station at 9073 Highway 2, or at the Entiat brush yard, located off Highway 97A behind the fire interpretive center. When dropping off your tree, make sure it is free of all tinsel and decorations. For more information

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to wish everyone Happy Holidays by producing this beautiful Christmas video of our amazing valley. . .

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 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.