Evening News December 7, 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, If you’re planning a trip to Leavenworth for the second weekend of the annual Christmas Lighting Festival, there are some things you should probably know, we will tell you. The final phase in the hiring of a new Wenatchee School District superintendent will include a community forum, and, Local toy drive volunteers were out at a middle school today to accept student’s donations.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An investigation into a report of a man trying to pass a forged check at a Wenatchee bank in October, led to the arrest Thursday of a suspect in numerous mail thefts and frauds, Wenatchee police said. 56-year old Frank R. Lara was arrested at his home in East Wenatchee, where police said they found evidence of forgery, counterfeiting, mail theft and other fraud. Also found was a .44 Magnum revolver. Numerous law enforcement agencies participated in the arrest and the items found are being examined for further charges in other jurisdictions. Wenatchee police advise people to closely monitor their mail deliveries, especially this time of year when gifts, checks, cash and gift cards are often delivered.

If you’re planning a trip to Leavenworth for the second weekend of the annual Christmas Lighting Festival, there are some things you should probably know. First, this is expected to be the busiest weekend of the three-weekend festival. So, expect lots of drivers to be sharing that journey with you. Second, the state Department of Transportation has created some graphics to let you know the when to expect the heaviest traffic flows.

That traffic could add up to an hour or more to your trip, so you best leave early if traveling during those times.Basically, any time from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday is expected to be packed with stop-and-go vehicles from the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 97 to Leavenworth. Even from 10 to 11 a.m. you can expect minor delays, according to DOT.

Leaving town and heading east on Saturday you’ll again hit stop-and-go traffic from 5 to 8 p.m. If you stick around until 10 p.m., you should find smooth sailing out of town.

Sunday should be much less stressful for travelers, with only minor delays expected from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The heaviest traffic leaving town Sunday is expected at 5 p.m., but even then only minor delays. In Leavenworth itself, changes have freed up the flow of traffic, for the most part, officials report. Traffic signals are turned off and a private firm is providing traffic control to get people through as quickly as possible.

The final phase in the hiring of a new Wenatchee School District superintendent will include a community forum, where predetermined questions will be asked of the finalists. The school board this week, on the advice of its hiring consultant, also decided to create a committee of 15 to 20 stakeholders who will meet with finalists for two hours and review feedback during the selection process. The group will include teachers, students, parents and community members. They will be picked by lottery from a list of interested people.

The board hopes to hire a new superintendent by mid-March. Current Superintendent Brian Flones is retiring next August after 19 years running the district.

Local toy drive volunteers were out at a middle school today to accept student’s donation…

The Toy Drive will be out at Hooked On Toys tomorrow for another collection event from 10 am to 1 pm.

Coming up next, Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett talked about school security issues in a recent panel discussion on TVW. Campus security is back on the agenda at Monday’s Wenatchee School Board meeting, and, Sheriff Brian Burnett has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Chelan County Sheriff, Brian Burnett talked about school security issues in a recent panel discussion on TVW. Burnett appeared on the program, “Inside Olympia” as a member of a School Mass Shooting Working Group which was created to make recommendations to the Legislature on issues related to school security. In its final report, that was issued this week, additional school resource officers which Burnett supports. . .

Burnett was joined on the program by Vanessa Hernandez with the American Civil Liberties Union who opposes school resource officers. . .

The work group recommendations also included creating a multi-stage threat assessment process and extreme risk protection orders. Recommendations also call for more “accessible and effective mental health services.” The program can be viewed on-line at TVW.ORG.

Campus security is back on the agenda at Monday’s Wenatchee School Board meeting. Board members are set to take action on a request by Police Chief, Steve Crown, to return the high school resource officer’s rifle to its locked safe inside the school building.

Crown’s request was heard at a school board work session last month. Superintendent, Brian Flones says he had ordered the gun removed as an, “administrative action based upon school board concerns.” Board member, Sunny Hemphill shared her concerns about the weapon at that work session meeting last month . . .

The board is slated to discuss the issue again at their Tuesday regular meeting and Flones says action will be taken.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The commission develops and implements training standards and programs for personnel in law enforcement and related fields. Those standards also involve physical, mental and moral fitness for recruiting criminal justice employees. Burnett was appointed to the six-year term by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. He is one of two sheriffs on the commission, joining police chiefs, officers, correctional system workers, prosecutors and others in the criminal justice system. Burnett said he is honored to be appointed and he hopes his time on the commission will be beneficial to both the state and county.

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.

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In tonight’s feature story, gaining support from local businesses and wineries, two Manson High School students are setting up to tackle a growing issue in their community—recycling glass. . .

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.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

In boys basketball, Entiat edged Cascade Christian 42-39 and on the girl’s side, the Tigers cruised to a 62-21 victory.

The Wenatchee Panthers traveled to Yakima and narrowly defeated West Valley 3-1 with a total pin count of 1,937 to 1,860.  High scorers were Hannah Johnson with a 213; Emilee Groth with a 180; and Kylah Hankins with a 177 and 173.

Both Wenatchee and Eastmont are in Tacoma today and tomorrow for the Tower Classic.

Coming up on the prep schedule for today in girls basketball…

Cashmere is in Omak; Chelan hosts Okanogan; Mead is at Eastmont; and Wenatchee hosts Ferris, which we’ll have LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight at 5:30 with a 5:45 tip time.  In B basketball tonight, Manson hosts Bridgeport while Cascade’s at Waterville-Mansfield at 6.  Entiat plays at Mt. Vernon Christian at 6:30.

On the boy’s slate for tonight…

Wenatchee plays at Ferris at 5:45.  It’s a 7:15 start for Cashmere at Omak and Chelan hosting Okanogan.  Mead and Eastmont will get underway at 7:30, as will Bridgeport at Manson and Cascade at Waterville-Mansfield.  Entiat has a late start tonight at 8 against Mt. Vernon Christian.

Coming up tomorrow…

First in girls basketball, Entiat is at La Conner at Noon.  Wenatchee hosts Mead at 1:45.  Eastmont’s on the road at Eisenhower at 5:45 while Chelan hosts La Salle.  The Cashmere girls will have the late start at 7:15 against Granger.

The Saturday schedule for boys basketball looks like this…

Entiat and La Conner tip it up at 1:30.  Wenatchee and Mead start at 3:30.  The Cashmere boys host Granger before the girls game at 5:45.  And it’s a 7:30 start time for La Salle at Chelan and Eastmont at Eisenhower.

On the wrestling mats this weekend…

The Wenatchee girls are at Foss High School for the Judy Emry Invite beginning Saturday at 8am.  The Eastmont girls are at the Warden Invite beginning tomorrow morning at 10.  On the boy’s side, Eastmont travels to Central Valley in Spokane for the Inland Empire starting today at 3 and then tomorrow morning at 10.  Wenatchee makes its way to South Kitsap for the Olympic Duals at 9am Saturday.  Chelan and Cashmere are at the Connell Invite at 10 tomorrow.  And Cascade travels to Granger for its tournament, also beginning at 10am.

It is Pink at the Rink night tonight at the Town Toyota Center…

Presented by Confluence Health, tonight’s game is a fundraiser for Wellness Place as well as Relay for Life.  There will be opportunities to help each organization through Chuck a Puck and 50/50 raffles.  In addition, fans can bid on special Pink at the Rink jerseys in the silent auction during the game or in the live auction afterwards.

The game features the Wenatchee Wild and the Penticton Vees…

It’s a home-and-home weekend as the two slug it out for first place in the BCHL’s Interior Division.  Penticton is three points in front of Wenatchee in the standings.  The puck will drop tonight at 7:05 followed by a game tomorrow at 6:05 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

 

The Wenatchee AppleSox rolled out their 20th anniversary logo yesterday as the summer collegiate team celebrates two decades of baseball in the Wenatchee Valley.  The ‘Sox played in the Pacific International League in its first 5 seasons and then joined the West Coast League when it began in 2005.  Take heart baseball fans, you only have 179-days until opening day for the AppleSox against Victoria on June 4th.

If you get ESPN3, you can watch the Eastern Eagles in the quarterfinals of the FCS one double-a playoffs tomorrow on the Red Inferno in Cheney.  Eastern hosts UC Davis for a chance to get to the division two semifinals.

The Seahawks are off until Monday when they’ll host the Minnesota Vikings.  This game has playoff implications all over it as they battle for the division lead in the NFC North while the Seahawks fight for a Wild Card spot.  Pete Carroll says Minnesota provides all kinds of challenges for his ball club…

The Seahawks and Vikings kick off at 5:15 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, here is NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson to fill us in on some of the events going on this weekend. . .

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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.