Evening News January 22

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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 three-day Federal Government shutdown ended earlier today as Congress finally came to an agreement on a temporary funding plan—and a popular Moses Lake restaurant that has been a city fixture for over 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

But first, we begin tonight:

Governor Jay Inslee earlier today announced the appointment of Robert B.C. McSeveney to the Chelan County Superior Court. He replaces Judge T.W. “Chip” Small, who is retiring at the end of this month after more than 26 years on the bench.

McSeveney is currently a pro-tem judge in the Chelan and Okanogan County District Courts. For more than 17 years, McSeveney served as a municipal court judge in Kent. Over nine of those years, he also acted as a pro tem judge in King County Superior Court. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Bellevue where he later served as the city’s deputy prosecuting attorney, an assistant city attorney and a public defender. McSeveney received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University. His appointment is effective on February 1st. McSeveney joins Judge Kristin Ferrera, who was appointed in December, as the Superior Court’s newest judges.

A three-day Federal Government shutdown ended earlier today as Congress finally came to an agreement on a temporary funding plan. Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend blaming each other for the stalemate in budget negotiations. 4th District U.S. House Representative Dan Newhouse spoke about the Government shutdown yesterday on the House floor. . .

As far as services are concerned only employees involved in essential services are working today with other’s designated as non-essential receiving furlough notices.

A message posted to The Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forest webpage explains that only emergency information will be updated during the funding lapse. Earlier today the Senate came to an agreement on a plan to end the shutdown and a final vote was expected to pass which will allow workers to be back on the job tomorrow.

A popular Moses Lake restaurant that has been a city fixture for over 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening. The fire at Chico’s Pizza off West Valley Road apparently started in an oven and quickly spread to the attic forcing the evacuation of customers during the busy dinner hour. It was all hands on deck with crews from multiple agencies responding and took firefighters 12 hours to fight the blaze. One firefighter was reportedly injured when he was cut in the hand from broken glass.

A woman who helped steal nearly 400 pieces of mail in Moses Lake will spend more than four years in prison, while a warrant has been issued for her co-defendant after she failed to appear in court.

A Grant County judge sentenced 21-year old Brittany Strong to 55 months for trafficking in stolen property, 12 months for possession of stolen mail, 25 months for possession of stolen property, 25 months for forgery and 364 days, suspended for two years, for vehicle prowl. The sentences will run concurrent, meaning Strong will spend about four and a half years in prison. Strong’s charges stem from three arrests in November. The first arrest occurred after Strong broke into a car and stole a woman’s purse. On. Nov 15th, Strong was arrested after stealing 395 pieces of mail from more than 100 addresses in the Moses Lake area. Steele was also arrested in connection to the mail theft. Six days later, Strong was arrested again, this time for trying to sell stolen watches on Facebook. A bench warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Jessica Steele, charged with possession of stolen mail in connection to her November arrest. Steele failed to appear in court for arraignment Wednesday.

Coming up next, we’ll talk to Stemilt Growers Chief West Mathison about the new Diamond Foundry coming to Wenatchee and Public Works investigates complaints of a tar-like substance on Mission Ridge Road. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

-Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening 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 three-day Federal Government shutdown ended earlier today as Congress finally came to an agreement on a temporary funding plan—and a popular Moses Lake restaurant that has been a city fixture for over 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

But first, we begin tonight:

Governor Jay Inslee earlier today announced the appointment of Robert B.C. McSeveney to the Chelan County Superior Court. He replaces Judge T.W. “Chip” Small, who is retiring at the end of this month after more than 26 years on the bench.

McSeveney is currently a pro-tem judge in the Chelan and Okanogan County District Courts. For more than 17 years, McSeveney served as a municipal court judge in Kent. Over nine of those years, he also acted as a pro tem judge in King County Superior Court. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Bellevue where he later served as the city’s deputy prosecuting attorney, an assistant city attorney and a public defender. McSeveney received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University. His appointment is effective on February 1st. McSeveney joins Judge Kristin Ferrera, who was appointed in December, as the Superior Court’s newest judges.

A three-day Federal Government shutdown ended earlier today as Congress finally came to an agreement on a temporary funding plan. Republicans and Democrats spent the weekend blaming each other for the stalemate in budget negotiations. 4th District U.S. House Representative Dan Newhouse spoke about the Government shutdown yesterday on the House floor. . .

As far as services are concerned only employees involved in essential services are working today with other’s designated as non-essential receiving furlough notices.

A message posted to The Wenatchee and Okanogan National Forest webpage explains that only emergency information will be updated during the funding lapse. Earlier today the Senate came to an agreement on a plan to end the shutdown and a final vote was expected to pass which will allow workers to be back on the job tomorrow.

A popular Moses Lake restaurant that has been a city fixture for over 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening. The fire at Chico’s Pizza off West Valley Road apparently started in an oven and quickly spread to the attic forcing the evacuation of customers during the busy dinner hour. It was all hands on deck with crews from multiple agencies responding and took firefighters 12 hours to fight the blaze. One firefighter was reportedly injured when he was cut in the hand from broken glass.

A woman who helped steal nearly 400 pieces of mail in Moses Lake will spend more than four years in prison, while a warrant has been issued for her co-defendant after she failed to appear in court.

A Grant County judge sentenced 21-year old Brittany Strong to 55 months for trafficking in stolen property, 12 months for possession of stolen mail, 25 months for possession of stolen property, 25 months for forgery and 364 days, suspended for two years, for vehicle prowl. The sentences will run concurrent, meaning Strong will spend about four and a half years in prison. Strong’s charges stem from three arrests in November. The first arrest occurred after Strong broke into a car and stole a woman’s purse. On. Nov 15th, Strong was arrested after stealing 395 pieces of mail from more than 100 addresses in the Moses Lake area. Steele was also arrested in connection to the mail theft. Six days later, Strong was arrested again, this time for trying to sell stolen watches on Facebook. A bench warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Jessica Steele, charged with possession of stolen mail in connection to her November arrest. Steele failed to appear in court for arraignment Wednesday.

Coming up next, we’ll talk to Stemilt Growers Chief West Mathison about the new Diamond Foundry coming to Wenatchee and Public Works investigates complaints of a tar-like substance on Mission Ridge Road. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard going back to Friday…

Anthony Lisson scored 22-points, including six three pointers, as Eastmont edged Wenatchee 48-47 Friday in boys basketball.  Ian Dunn and Mark Miller had the call on KOHO Radio with our video on the NCWLIFE Channel…

In other action Friday night…

In Omak, the Pioneers bounced back from an earlier loss to Cashmere by downing the Bulldogs 62-51.

On the girl’s side Friday…

Alli Halberg scored 28-points and had 17-rebounds to lead Wenatchee past Eastmont 59-51.  Hailey Van Lith is only a sophomore, but already eclipsed 1,000 points in her career for Cashmere scoring 44 Friday in an 85-42 win over Omak.

Turing to Saturday on the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

Eastmont made it two wins in a row by downing Eisenhower 79-67 as Anthony Lisson scored 20-points and Isaac Wellborn chipped in 19-points and 13-rebounds for the Wildcats.  Wenatchee erased a second half deficit to pull out a 44-34 road win at West Valley as Darius Carlson led with 13-points.  Cashmere had no trouble in its non-league game against Granite Falls, winning 61-32.  Cascade won it’s make-up game with Bridgeport 73-53.  Tonasket toppled Waterville-Mansfield 68-67. And Lake Roosevelt downed Manson 46-40.

On the girl’s floor Saturday night…

Eastmont rebounded from its Friday night loss to Wenatchee with a 74-39 victory at Eisenhower.  Wenatchee’s Alli Halberg had a triple-double (26-points, 15-rebounds, 10-assists) as the Panthers defeated West Valley 54-48.  Hailey Van Lith led three players with double figures with 37-points as Cashmere defeated Montesano 74-30.  Cascade won for the third time this season by downing Bridgeport 47-35.  Entiat won on the road at Concrete 57-12.  Tonasket topped Waterville-Mansfield 41-35.

The Wenatchee Wild won a high-scoring, back and forth affair Friday over Victoria in overtime…

AJ Vanderbeck scored his fourth goal of the game 3:45 into overtime to lift Wenatchee to a 6-5 win over the Grizzlies.  Victoria came out of the gate firing and led 3-1 before Vanderbeck scored his first goal of the night at the 7:02 mark of the second period.  His second goal came in the 3rd and tied the game at 4-4 before scoring 5-minutes later in what looked to be the game-winner.  But the Grizzlies countered, scoring with just a minute-21 left in the contest to send it into overtime.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

You’ll forgive Arch, he was a little excited and decided to give Vanderbeck an extra goal on the night.  But hey, four is good enough!!

On Saturday, the Wild picked up their fourth win in a row by blasting Nanaimo 10-to-3.  Jasper Weatherby had 3 assists as 9 different Wenatchee players got into the scoring book, including two goals by Daniel Chladek.  Wenatchee hosts Merritt this Friday and Saturday as the Wild stand just a point behind Penticton and Vernon in the Interior Division Standings of the BCHL.

And in the NFL, Tom Brady did it again…

Brady and the New England Patriots erased a 14-3 deficit and scored a come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville 24-20 to win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl.  Danny Amendola caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 2:48 remaining as the Patriots head back to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time.  It’s Brady and coach Bill Belichick’s eighth conference championship.

For all the drama in the AFC Championship, the NFC Championship lacked any as Philadelphia blew out Minnesota 38-7.  Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and 352-yards with a quarterback rating of 141.1.  The Eagles have a chance to win their first NFL title since 1960.  Super Bowl 52 is in Minneapolis February fourth.

 

Thanks Eric…

Fundraising could be a challenge for United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties this year because of the new Federal tax law that eliminates the deduction for charitable contributions. United Way’s interim Manager, Sarah Urdahl and this year’s fundraising co-chair, Jerrilea Crawford discussed this year’s campaign on a recent Wake Up Wenatchee Valley program with host, Dan Kuntz . . .

Urdahl was appointed interim manager while the group searches for a new full-time manager to replace Alan Walker who resigned last year. The United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties helps over 30 member non-profit agencies in the area.

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 our top stories…

Governor Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Robert B.C. McSeveney to the Chelan County Superior Court. He replaces Judge T.W. “Chip” Small, who is retiring at the end of this month after more than 26 years on the bench. McSeveney is currently a pro-tem judge in the Chelan and Okanogan County District Courts. For more than 17 years, McSeveney served as a municipal court judge in Kent. Over nine of those years, he also acted as a pro tem judge in King County Superior Court. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Bellevue where he later served as the city’s deputy prosecuting attorney, an assistant city attorney and a public defender. McSeveney received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University. His appointment is effective on February 1st. McSeveney joins Judge Kristin Ferrera, who was appointed in December, as the Superior Court’s newest judges.

A popular Moses Lake restaurant that has been a city fixture for over 60 years was destroyed in a fire Saturday evening. The fire at Chico’s Pizza off West Valley Road apparently started in an oven and quickly spread to the attic forcing the evacuation of customers during the busy dinner hour. It was all hands on deck with crews from multiple agencies responding and took firefighters 12 hours to fight the blaze. One firefighter was reportedly injured when he was cut in the hand from broken glass.

After relatively quiet weather over the weekend, a very active weather pattern is expected tonight and continue through the week. First, a wet and mild weather system will impact the Northwestern U.S. bringing the potential for heavy snows, a mix of lowland snow and rain, and breezy winds at times. We will see the potential for heavy snow Tuesday into Wednesday especially across the Northern Mountains where up to a foot of new snow is possible. We have a 60% chance of snow tonight and a 90% chance on Tuesday and Tuesday night. On Wednesday, most of the precipitation in Northcentral Washington will be in the form of rain. There is a slight chance of showers Wednesday night through Friday before another round of stormy weather moves in on Friday night bringing rain and snow showers through the upcoming weekend.

After a year of testing with its own employees, Amazon opened its grocery store to the public today that lets you browse, grab and walk out — skipping the checkout line, but not the bill. . .here’s what it looks like. . .

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