Evening News January 23

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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— About 30 Douglas County PUD customers were knocked off the power grid overnight—and jurors were seated yesterday as the trial of former East Wenatchee Utilities Commissioner Mike McCourt got underway.

But first, we begin tonight:

Wenatchee Police are searching for two suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery on the City’s Southside overnight. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the two men forced their way into a Methow Street home and assaulted one of the occupants. .

Captain Reinfeld says the two suspects are still at-large. They were dressed in all black clothing with both men wearing white hockey-style masks. He says the victim’s home appears to have been targeted but no motive has been determined.

About 30 Douglas County PUD customers were knocked off the power grid overnight after a vehicle damaged a power pole in the Fancher Heights area near East Wenatchee. Meghan Vibbert with the PUD says the outage was first reported around 1:30 this morning. Power was restored to the majority of customers by 6 am. No information is immediately available about the traffic accident that caused the outage.

Jurors were seated yesterday as the trial of former East Wenatchee Utilities Commissioner and Douglas County Sewer District Commissioner Mike McCourt got underway.

The 77-year old McCourt was charged in 2016 with the rape of a then 8-year old boy who says McCourt sexually abused him throughout the summer of 2015. After an investigation by East Wenatchee police detectives, additional charges were filed against McCourt for alleged abuse of four children in the late 90’s. Two of those four alleged victims are also expected to testify in the trial. Jurors will also hear testimony from police, doctors and family members in the trial that’s expected to run through the week.

As we reported yesterday, the Chelan County Superior Court has a new judge. Governor Jay Inslee announced on Monday the appointment of Robert B.C. McSeveney to replace Judge T.W. Chip Small, who is retiring at the end of this month after more than 26 years on the bench. McSeveney says he’s honored by the appointment and is ready to get started. . .

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. His appointment is effective February 2018.

Coming up next, we’ll take a closer look at the Wenatchee School District’s 120-million dollar bond proposal—and new tax laws mean changes for area businesses. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

The Wenatchee School District is putting a one hundred and twenty million dollar bond before voters this April to pay for the renovation and expansion of Wenatchee High School. Upgrades to the aging building would include a new commons area, updated classrooms with windows, a new music room and more according to Superintendent Brian Flones who spoke more on the bond with Capitol Bond Committee member John McQuaig on this morning’s Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz. . .

Flones broke down how the bond, if approved, would affect district residents property tax rates. . .

For more information on the district bond and the full version of this morning’s interview visit NCWLIFE.com’s OnDemand programs.

The coming of the New Year means changes for businesses large and small in the State of Washington.  Certified Public Accountant “Pete” Luchini (lew-KEE-nee) of Cordell, Neher and Company says many of the new laws kicked in January 1st. . .

Luchini says the Family Leave Law won’t start until 2019. . .

Luchini says the new laws will definitely have an impact on small business owners. . .

Luchini recommends business owners stay in touch with their accountants and/or bookkeepers on the new laws.  Tax Tips with Cordell, Neher and Company is coming in February during “Let’s Learn” with Eric Granstrom here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Chelan County Commissioners say they’re pleased with the outcome of the Hirst Water debate. They say the Legislature’s actions are consistent with water policies already established in Chelan County. . .

The Commissioners discussed the Hirst water fix in detail. Stay tuned for more in our feature report later in the newscast for more details.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Good evening, I’m Jay Seabeck, filling in for Eric Granstrom, as he is covering the Girls Highschool bowling District Championships, well hear from him later on.

Let’s start things off by looking at our Sports Broadcast schedule this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It begins tonight with wrestling as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in a match from back in December where Eric Granstrom teamed up with his Dad, Dave, on a very special broadcast…

That starts at 7 tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Then Thursday is Hockey Night beginning at 7 with the Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner followed by the Wild’s overtime thriller against Victoria from last Friday.  On Friday night, Eastmont hosts West Valley in Big 9 basketball with the girls LIVE at 5:30 followed by the boys with Eric and Grant Olson here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

OK, let’s see what’s happening around the area today in prep sports…

The District 6 girls bowling championships were earlier this afternoon at Eastmont Lanes. Eastmont played host to Wenatchee, Eisenhower and Moses Lake, as the Wildcats attempted to repeat as District Champions, Eric Granstrom has the report from Eastmont Lanes.

And it begins with the District 6 girls bowling championships at Eastmont Lanes today at 12:30 where Eastmont hosts Wenatchee, Eisenhower and Moses Lake as the Wildcats try to repeat as District champions.

On the mats tonight…

Omak is the sight for a double-dual between the Pioneers, Cascade, Cashmere and Okanogan at 6 o’clock.  Eastmont is at Eisenhower at 7.  Wenatchee wrestles at West Valley, also starting at 7.

In high school hoops tonight…

First, in girl’s play, Chelan’s at Okanogan and Cascade hosts Omak at 5:45.  Then at 6 it’s Cascade Christian at Moses Lake Christian.  Bridgeport travels to Waterville-Mansfield.  And Manson’s on the road at Brewster.

The boys schedule looks the same…

Cascade and Chelan have 7:15 start times while all the rest play at 7:30

Washington State University announced Patrick Chun as its new Athletic Director Monday.  The Seattle Times reports that Chun becomes the 14th athletic director for the university after Bill Moos left for Nebraska in October.  According to the Times, Chun is the first Asian-American athletic director to lead a Power 5 school.  The school officially introduced Patrick Chun as the new Athletic Director earlier today in a press conference.  They had planned to do so last Wednesday but held off after the news of Tyler Hilinski’s death.

The Seahawks had another player added to Sunday’s Pro Bowl roster.  Defensive end Michael Bennett was added Monday as an injury replacement for Minnesota’s Everson Griffen.  Of the six Seahawks either selected or added to the Pro Bowl, only three are expected to play.  Bobby Wagner pulled out because of his continuing issues with a hamstring and Jimmy Graham will not play.  There was no official word on Graham’s withdrawal other than suspicion he doesn’t want to get injured since he could become an unrestricted free agent in March.  Expect to play are Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and now Bennett.  The Pro Bowl is at Noon Sunday on ESPN.

Thanks Eric…

It appears that the State Legislature used Chelan County as its model for new guidelines on water conservation. Lawmakers last week came to agreement on a solution to fix the highly controversial Supreme Court Hirst Ruling. The Commissioners discussed the issue in an interview with NCWLife News Director, Steve Hair. . .

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…

Wenatchee Police are searching for two suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery on the City’s Southside overnight. Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the two men forced their way into a Methow Street home and assaulted one of the occupants. .

Captain Reinfeld says the two suspects are still at-large. They were dressed in all black clothing with both men wearing white hockey-style masks. He says the victim’s home appears to have been targeted but no motive has been determined.

About 30 Douglas County PUD customers were knocked off the power grid overnight after a vehicle damaged a power pole in the Fancher Heights area near East Wenatchee. Meghan Vibbert with the PUD says the outage was first reported around 1:30 this morning. Power was restored to the majority of customers by 6 am. No information is immediately available about the traffic accident that caused the outage.

There were some anxious moments overnight for residents of Southeast Alaska after a 7.9 earthquake triggered a tsunami advisory. The quake struck at around 1:30 this morning and was epi-centered about 175 miles Southeast of Kodiak Island. A tsunami watch was issued shortly after that but it’s since been cancelled. There were no reports of any damage or injuries from the quake.

This morning’s satellite weather loop indicates a strong upper level low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska. This low pressure is driving a very moist conveyer belt of precipitation into the Washington and Oregon coast, which will spread over the forecast area today leading to a prolonged period of precipitation tonight and into Wednesday. Current Winter Storm Warnings for the mountains and the Winter Weather Advisories for the Wenatchee Valley, Waterville Plateau and Okanogan area still look good…with the best potential for further changes being upgrading the western advisories to possible warnings. There is also high confidence of an early turn-over to rain today after initial light snow this morning in the deep basin from the Moses Lake area to the Palouse. By later in the day, expect initial light rain or rain/snow mix this afternoon turning to all snow around 5 or 6 pm tonight and continuing well into the evening. The other potential surprise area will be the western basin Wenatchee area Waterville Plateau and Okanogan Valley where current forecast snow amounts may overachieve into warning levels by early afternoon. We will continue to see a very active weather pattern through the week and into the upcoming weekend with the capability of picking a quick 1-2 inches of snow at times throughout the forecast period. We have a 100% chance of mainly snow today and a 100% chance of a rain/snow mix tonight.

We leave you tonight with video from the Washington State Department of Transportation providing a time-lapse look at the construction of the lower roadway in the SR99 Tunnel in Seattle. . .

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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 and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.