Evening News January 2

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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 wanted Bridgeport man is being returned from Los Angeles following his arrest there last week and good news to report tonight regarding the economy in Chelan and Douglas Counties.

But first, we begin tonight:

A Brewster man is facing serious charges following a high speed chase around the Wenatchee Valley this morning. The incident happened around 8:30 on Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee and ended at a residence in Wenatchee. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains how the chase unfolded. . .

28-year Hedgar Hernandez of Brewster is being held at the Chelan County Jail on charges of malicious mischief, hit and run and residential burglary. East Wenatchee Police will also be adding charges for crimes committed there. Hernandez was also wanted on misdemeanor warrants.

A 27-year old man and a 23-year old woman celebrated the New Year in the Okanogan County Jail following a high speed chase on Sunday. The incident occurred around 5:00 P.M. Sunday when a Mercedes, driven by 27-year old Casey Nicholson of Tonasket, was fleeing Okanogan County Deputies at a high rate of speed. During the pursuit, Nicholson turned off State Route 155 onto Omak Mountain Road where he passed an uninvolved vehicle on the right shoulder of the road, lost control of his car, hit a road sign and finally came to rest in a snowbank off the roadway. Along with Nicholson, also arrested was his 23-year old passenger, Cassandra Orlando of Spokane. The pair were charged with resisting arrest, felony eluding and obstruction. Nicholson was also charged with drug paraphernalia. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdsal says a wanted Bridgeport man is being returned from Los Angeles following his arrest there in late December. Officers flew to LA recently to pick up 25-year old Armondo Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport from the Los Angeles County Jail. He was flown back and booked at the Okanogan County Jail without any incident.  Morales-Cervantes had been arrested at the Bridgeport School on October 19th for making threats to kill and for bringing a firearm onto the school grounds. He had been released and a subsequent arrest warrant had been issued. Morales-Cervantes had been on the lam for about four months before being picked up by LAPD officers on a nationwide non-extraditable warrant.

Following the house fire at 301 River Park Avenue last Friday morning, family members have organized a Go-Fund-Me page. The home is a single-family dwelling and while all five family members escaped the fire safely, they lost all of their possessions in the fire. Two family pets, a turtle and a hamster were lost in the blaze. Family member Aaron Ballhorn said the family escaped with just the clothes on their backs and any assistance at this point would be very helpful. No word yet on the cause of that blaze but fire officials say there were a number of ignition sources in the residence including a space-heater, several power strips and an incense burner. If you would like to donate to the family, visit the Go-Fund-Me page.

Good news to report tonight regarding the economy in Chelan and Douglas Counties.  According to a recently released report by the Washington State Employment Security Department, economic data shows that the unemployment rate in Chelan and Douglas counties dropped substantially from 5.9-percent in November of 2016 to 4.6-percent in November 2017. In fact, the current unemployment rate for Chelan and Douglas counties is the lowest reading for the month of November since electronic records were implemented in 1990, 27-years ago. The report is part of the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area, which analyzes seasonally adjusted non-farm employment and civilian labor force figures for Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Coming up next, Wenatchee Valley College receives over a half million dollars in funding and a stage 1 burn ban has been lifted for parts of Northcentral Washington. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

 

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved $525,250-dollars in funding to support WVC for 2018. The funding will benefit students, programs, faculty and staff on the Wenatchee campus. As part of that funding, the foundation is providing more than $207-thousand dollars for scholarships for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Funding also includes $20,000 in scholarship and veteran work-study support; $60,000 for computer lab upgrades; $72,150 for radiologic technology equipment; $10,000 for the Knight’s Care fund to help students facing financial crisis; $60,000 to fund the welding program and $6,500 for the Paul Thomas baseball field expansion. Additionally, $50-thousand dollars was awarded to fund a monument sign which will be placed on Fifth Street to identify the college entrance.

The New Year has rolled in with more fog and winds than predicted, allowing the Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties today. Over the weekend, the levels of particulate matter in the air were mixing better than had been forecast, which improved air quality. The burn ban originally began on New Year’s day. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning is prohibited, including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of uncertified wood stoves, fireplaces, inserts, and other uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat.

Chelan County Fire is losing four firefighters with a combined 123-years of firefighting experience this week. Chelan County Fire Chief Mike Burnett tells us Deputy Chief Glen Widener is retiring after 37-years; Captain Tyke Gaskell is hanging it up after 32-years; Engineer Dan Bass is retiring after 28-years; and Glenn Smith is moving on after 26-years as a firefighter. Burnett told NCWLIFE News the department is deep into the process of finding their replacements. . .

Burnett says they’ll have a private send-off for the four retiring firefighters next week to thank them for their service to both the City of Wenatchee and Chelan County Fire Departments.

Grant County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Edo is now equipped with body armor thanks to a recent private donation. Edo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a 950-dollar donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, Washington and embroidered with the sentiment, “Born to Love, trained to serve and loyal always”. Each vest has a value between $17-hundred and $23-hundred dollars, a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. burning devices are allowed.

Well, despite all the revelers ringing in the New Year with fireworks Sunday night and into Monday morning, there were no reports of damage.

This Cashmere family obviously enjoyed quite a firework display Sunday night. Rivercom Dispatch, the 9-1-1 agency locally, received twenty calls Sunday night and into Monday morning of fireworks-related complaints.  Chelan County Fire District 1 was called out to a reported brush fire Sunday night shortly after 10 o’clock in the Sunnyslope area, but Chief Mike Burnett says it was just fireworks and no fire.

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 college football National Championship semifinals were one for the ages, and a blowout

It began with a thrilling, double overtime game in the Rose Bowl…After blocking a field goal attempt by Oklahoma in the 2nd overtime, Georgia’s Sony Michel (Sunny Michelle) scored on a 27-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 54-48 win.  Georgia overcame a 31-17 halftime deficit to force the game into overtime.  The two teams combined for 1,058-yards of offense.

In the Sugar Bowl, Alabama held defending National Champion Clemson to just two field goals and two turnovers including a pick-six, winning 24-6 to advance to face Georgia in the title game next Monday in Atlanta.

Earlier in the weekend, Washington ended its season on a losing note, falling the in the Fiesta Bowl to Penn State 35-28 despite a valiant comeback attempt after trailing 28-7 in the second quarter.  The Pac-12, by the way, was just 1-and-7 in post-season bowl games, Utah the only conference team with a victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl (30-14 over West Virginia).

The Seahawks completed a disappointing season Sunday with a 26-24 loss to Arizona at CenturyLink Field…

Blair Walsh missed a 48-yard field goal with 37-seconds remaining to possibly give Seattle the comeback win.  Seattle trailed 20-to-7 at half after managing only 24-net yards of offense in the first two frames.  The Hawks were dismal offensively, converting just 1-of-12 3rd downs.  Seattle also suffered from untimely and plain dumb penalties, being whistled 8-times for 100-yards.

Today, Coach Pete Carroll met with reporters for an end of season review.  He led off by echoing fan’s disappointment about not getting to the playoffs and having to make difficult decisions…

Carroll stressed the team’s commitment to sticking to their formula of what’s been successful in the past…

As it turned out, the Seahawks would have missed the playoffs even if they’d won Sunday because Atlanta beat Carolina 22-10 to earn the final NFC playoff spot.  Seattle finishes the season 9-and-7, second in the NFC West…

The Rams rested most of their starters Sunday and lost to San Francisco 34-13.  So here’s how the post-season tournament looks for the NFL…

Philadelphia and Minnesota are the #1 and #2 seeds and will get a bye this weekend while Atlanta travels to LA to take on the Rams Saturday at 5:15pm on NBC.  Carolina, the #5 seed will travel to #4 New Orleans Sunday at 1:40 on FOX.  On the AFC side, New England and Pittsburg are one-two and get byes.  Tennessee, the #5 seed, travels to #4 Kansas City Saturday at 1:25 on ESPN.  #6 Buffalo goes to #3 Jacksonville Sunday morning at 10:05 on CBS.

The Wenatchee Wild extended its winning streak to four games with a two-game sweep of Penticton at the Town Toyota Center over the weekend…

On Friday, Wenatchee fell behind early but got the equalizer by AJ Vanderbeck midway through the period to go to the break tied at one.  Vanderbeck scored 3:25 into the second and outscored the Vees 4-1 to take a commanding 5-2 lead heading to the third and went on for the 6-3 victory.  On Saturday, Vanderbeck got the scoring going in the second only to have Penticton tie it heading into the second break.  The Wild’s Nathan Iannone (EYE-un-OWN-ee) scored 4:55 into the third to give Wenatchee a 2-1 lead and Lucas Sowder scored an empty netter in the final minute to give the Wild the 3-1 win.  Arch Ecker had Saturday’s call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

The game ended poorly with fights and 11 penalties in the final 54-seconds of play.  The Wild will skate at Trail tomorrow as they continue to chase Vernon in the BCHL’s Interior Division, trailing the Vipers by 4-points as the New Year begins.

We get right back into high school sports tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We have a non-league basketball doubleheader on tonight as Eastmont hosts North Central.  The girls tip it up at 5:45 with the boys to follow at 7:30.  Join Eric Granstrom and Grant Olson for the play-by-play.  Hockey Night is Thursday when we’ll feature the Wild’s game with Penticton from last Friday.  Then on Friday, it’s back into the Big 9 for Eastmont as they host Moses Lake.  We’ll take the air at 5:30.

Speaking of prep sports, the schools are back in session with a limited schedule today…

The Eastmont girls host Sunnyside in bowling this afternoon at 2 at Eastmont Lanes.  And, besides the Eastmont twin bill tonight, Manson plays host to Liberty Bell in a girl-boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm.

Thanks Eric…

In a 2014 Washington state collision report, distracted drivers crash every 12 minutes and distracted driving was a factor in 123 fatal collisions while a full one-quarter of all crashes in our state involved a cell phone in use just prior to the accident. The new distracted driving law is now in full effect, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more. . .

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…

A Brewster man is facing serious charges following a high speed chase around the Wenatchee Valley this morning. The incident happened around 8:30 on Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee and ended at a residence in Wenatchee. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department explains how the chase unfolded. . .

28-year Hedgar Hernandez of Brewster is being held at the Chelan County Jail on charges of malicious mischief, hit and run and residential burglary. East Wenatchee Police will also be adding charges for crimes committed there. Hernandez was also wanted on misdemeanor warrants.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdsal says a wanted Bridgeport man is being returned from Los Angeles following his arrest there in late December. Officers flew to LA recently to pick up 25-year old Armondo Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport from the Los Angeles County Jail. He was flown back and booked at the Okanogan County Jail without any incident.  Morales-Cervantes had been arrested at the Bridgeport School on October 19th for making threats to kill and for bringing a firearm onto the school grounds. He had been released and a subsequent arrest warrant had been issued. Morales-Cervantes had been on the lam for about four months before being picked up by LAPD officers on a nationwide non-extraditable warrant.

Following the house fire at 301 River Park Avenue last Friday morning, family members have organized a Go-Fund-Me page. The home is a single-family dwelling and while all five family members escaped the fire safely, they lost all of their possessions in the fire. Two family pets, a turtle and a hamster were lost in the blaze. Family member Aaron Ballhorn said the family escaped with just the clothes on their backs and any assistance at this point would be very helpful. No word yet on the cause of that blaze but fire officials say there were a number of ignition sources in the residence including a space-heater, several power strips and an incense burner. If you would like to donate to the family, visit the Go-Fund-Me page.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Low hanging, widespread stratus clouds are now in place across the majority of Northcentral Washington today under a strong weather inversion. The ridge of high pressure will bend down late today, and more tonight as a weak wave pushes through the ridge. Not a lot of lift is associated with this wave but there could be some areas of light snow or localized freezing rain coming out of the stratus clouds especially tonight along I-90 from the Columbia River east to the Spokane area. Any accumulations would be light, but any freezing precipitation will cause slippery driving conditions. On Wednesday, the ridge of high pressure will amplify once again bringing quiet, dry and cloudy weather conditions. But, by Thursday, the ridge will move east as a weather disturbance moves up the backside of the ridge into the Pacific Northwest. Friday and Saturday a trough will also move through the area bringing a chance of rain, freezing rain and snow to Northcentral Washington. Chance of precipitation Thursday night through Saturday is 30-40%.

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.