Evening News December 28

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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 Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy is credited with saving the life of a man who became trapped in his burning home Tuesday and Link Transit is about to launch a mobile ticketing application for bus riders beginning in 2018.

But first, we begin tonight:

Two people were arrested after allegedly robbing a coffee stand employee Tuesday afternoon off Highway 2 in the Coles Corners area.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says a barista at the Little Red’s coffee stand said a male wearing a bandana over his face claimed he had a gun and demanded cash from the till. After turning over the money the suspect then drove away from the scene with a female behind the wheel. The Sheriff says the Barista called 911 and soon afterwards a State DOT employee spotted the suspect vehicle driving westbound toward Stevens Pass. Deputies from Chelan and King County caught up with the suspects just West of the summit where they were apprehended and the 220 dollars in stolen cash recovered. The female driver, a 25-year old Langley resident and the male passenger, a 29-year old Everett resident were both taken into custody and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy is credited with saving the life of a man who became trapped in his burning home Tuesday.

Chelan Fire and Rescue reports the home was located in the Union Valley on Wheatland Lane. Multiple fire, law enforcement and EMS responded after the man called 911 to report the fire. Officials say the man was trapped in a back bedroom with his dog and reportedly physically unable to get out of the house.

The two Chelan County Deputies rescued the occupant through a bedroom window as fire units were arriving. Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief, Don Lemon said it could have had a very bad out come if the home occupant had not smelled the smoke as he was getting ready to go to bed.” There were no injuries and the Dog was rescued too. Lemon says the house sustained some damage but he said it was repairable.

Link Transit is about to launch a mobile ticketing application pilot in partnership with Token Transit that gives customers a new and cashless bus fare payment choice. . .

On January 1st, 2018, the app with Link Transit’s fare information will be available to download for free.

 

At a swearing-in ceremony earlier today at City Hall, three Incumbent Wenatchee City Council members, Ruth Esparza, Keith Huffaker and Jim Bailey took the oath of office. Esparza was appointed to the council in November 2014 and was elected to the post in 2015. She received 64-percent of the vote against challenger Adriana Farnsworth. Huffaker was appointed to the City Council in 2012 and was then re-elected in 2013. He garnered almost 55-percent of the vote for his seat on the council against challenger Adam McDonald. Bailey was appointed to the council in 2008 and then re-elected in 2009 and in 2013. He ran unopposed for his seat, winning his third City Council election.

Coming up next, we will continue our look at the top news stories of 2017 tonight profiling the cold case trial of Bernard Swaim. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The trial of Bernard Swaim is another one of the top local stories of 2017. We may never know who was responsible for the 1982 disappearance of Stephen Smith of Peshastin. His body was never found. Chelan County Sheriff’s Detectives believed they cracked the suspected cold-case murder when they arrested Swaim. Prosecutors claimed the evidence, including testimony by Swaim and the victim’s former wife, was sufficient to charge the Sultan man with first degree murder, but a trial jury found otherwise. Here is how NCWLife’s Eric Granstrom reported the story. . .

Each year, the Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Council honors individuals, groups or organizations for their civil and social contributions to our community.

Honorees will be announced and presented with the award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event which will be held on Saturday, January 13th from 10:00 AM  to 3:00 PM at the Museum, located at 129 South Mission in Wenatchee. The awards will be presented at 10:15 AM. This year’s award winners include local residents Marcy Ruth Ostrom, Jesse Coen and Terry Valdez. Awards were also handed out to various non-profit organizations and this year’s winners are the YWCA of Northcentral Washington, Columbia Valley Community Health and the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Once again, the awards will be presented on January 13th at the Wenatchee Museum starting at 10:15 a.m.

A legislative initiative, called I-940, De-Escalate Washington, would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental health training, and would reform the state’s criminal liability standard for the use of deadly force to require officers to act in good faith.

Earlier today in Olympia, the sponsors of I-940 filed signature petitions to the Washington Secretary of State’s Elections Division. To qualify for consideration during the 2018 Legislative session, De-Escalate Washington must submit 259,622 valid signatures. Supporters of the Initiative say they intend to submit over 355-thousand signatures. Once the Secretary of State certifies the signatures, the initiative will be referred to the Washington Legislature for consideration during the 2018 session. If the legislature does not pass I-940, the measure will go onto the November 2018 general election ballot.

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.

Lets start our sports cast off with some Wenatchee Wild,

Tonight is Hockey Night here on the NCWLIFE channel, starting at 7 pm we have call of the wild and clarky’s corner followed by a rebroadcast of the December 16th game where the wild take on salmon Arm.

Tomorrow night our Wenatchee wild take on Penticton for the start of a two game series this weekend. As is usual with the wild, there will be a special event for fans following Saturday’s game. Fans are invited to stay after to attend an auction to get their hands on a Washington Amateur Hockey Association specialty jersey. The jerseys were custom made by Wenatchee Wild Kids! The wild are 23-9 on the season and are sitting in 2nd place in the interior division of the BCHL, trailing the Vernon vipers by two games. 

Moving on the Seahawks

The Seahawks have a tough division game against the Arizona Cardinals on New Year ’s Eve. Not only is it a must win for the Seahawks but they also need for Carolina to beat the falcons for them to control that last wildcard spot. Something to watch for on Sunday will be New Orleans against Tampa Bay, which will impact the panthers on if they elect to sit their starters after halftime. And if the panthers sit starters it would give Atlanta an advantage and boding poorly for the Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks kick off at 1:25 PM from Century Link Field on Sunday.

The Holiday bowl is finally here. The Washington state cougars will be taking on the Michigan State Spartans in San Diego, both teams come in to the game with the same records at 9-3. This is the third straight holiday bowl appearance for the cougars under head coach mike leach. Leach spoke at a press conference yesterday about the teams upcoming game against the Spartans.

Leach was also asked questions that weren’t exactly sports related, such as if he would like to have a pet raccoon…

“Cougars Kick off from San Diego at 6:00 pm on FS1.”

 Moving to local high school basketball

Chelan’s Quinn Stamps led all scorers with 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Mountain Goats beat Life Christian Academy 55-53 in a game at Chelan.” Stamps’ points came on 5 field goals, 2 three pointers and 4 of 4 free throws during the game.  Connor Wilson also hit some big shots for the Goats chipping in 11pts.

 Bert Mendivil ( men-di-vil) took it to the rim in the closing seconds and made his lay in as time expired. Mendivil Finished with 12 points.

Chelan plays Adna tomorrow at 7:30 for the Chelan Holiday Hoop Tournament championship at the Community Gym.

That concludes our sports cast for December 28th!

 Thanks Gabe…

 

In today’s feature story, former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro takes us to Chelan and one of his favorite places, the unique St. Andrews Episcopal Church, built entirely by logs back in 1897. . .

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…

Two people were arrested after allegedly robbing a coffee stand employee Tuesday afternoon off Highway 2 in the Coles Corners area.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says a barista at the Little Red’s coffee stand said a male wearing a bandana over his face claimed he had a gun and demanded cash from the till. After turning over the money the suspect then drove away from the scene with a female behind the wheel. The Sheriff says the Barista called 911 and soon afterwards a State DOT employee spotted the suspect vehicle driving westbound toward Stevens Pass. Deputies from Chelan and King County caught up with the suspects just West of the summit where they were apprehended and the 220 dollars in stolen cash recovered. The female driver, a 25-year old Langley resident and the male passenger, a 29-year old Everett resident were both taken into custody and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree.

A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy is credited with saving the life of a man who became trapped in his burning home Tuesday.

Chelan Fire and Rescue reports the home was located in the Union Valley on Wheatland Lane. Multiple fire, law enforcement and EMS responded after the man called 911 to report the fire. Officials say the man was trapped in a back bedroom with his dog and reportedly physically unable to get out of the house.

The two Chelan County Deputies rescued the occupant through a bedroom window as fire units were arriving. Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief, Don Lemon said it could have had a very bad out come if the home occupant had not smelled the smoke as he was getting ready to go to bed.” There were no injuries and the Dog was rescued too. Lemon says the house sustained some damage but he said it was repairable.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Taking a look at the big weather picture first we see a large area of low pressure positioned near the Gulf of Alaska. To the east off the California coastline is a low amplitude ridge of high pressure. Between these two features is the jet stream ushering a substantial plume of moisture toward the BC and Pacific Northwest coast. A series of waves will move along this jet stream tapping into the abundant Pacific moisture resulting in widespread rain and snow for the Inland Northwest. The forecast trend for this first event has been to reduce the amount of snow…especially along the I-90 corridor and in the Wenatchee Valley. Today and tonight we will see more of a rain/snow mix with not much accumulating snow. Friday through Saturday Night, the second, stronger storm will move into the region. The precipitable water amount off the Pacific will increase Friday over Northcentral Washington before sagging south Friday night. In the Wenatchee Valley, we could see 1-3 inches of new snow on the ground by Saturday morning. Saturday through Thursday of next week high pressure will arrive which will deliver a drier and colder weather pattern for the start of the new year.

Finally tonight, every family has a unique Christmas tradition, and for Youtuber Ryan Chelski, rock climbing is the thing to go out and do. Here he is in Leavenworth free climbing what is known as the Hesitator, and it’s not a task to be taken lightly. . .

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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.