Evening News January 9

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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 one vehicle accident this morning near East Wenatchee blocked traffic for nearly two hours and a second suspect in the shooting of a Pierce County Deputy has been captured.

But first, we begin tonight:

It’s official, Robert E. Lee Elementary school in East Wenatchee will now be known as Lee Elementary. Before a large crowd at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night at Grant Elementary, 4 of the 5 Eastmont School Board members in attendance voted unanimously to rename the school to Lee Elementary. Some District residents requested dropping the name due to its links to the Confederacy and perceived racist connotations.  As a compromise to those that didn’t want the name changed and to those that did, the change to simply Lee Elementary came at the suggestion of school Superintendent Garn Christensen. . .

Also at last night’s meeting, the school board rescinded its request to put the name change on the general ballot in November because it does not have the authority to seek an advisory ballot measure.

A one vehicle accident this morning near East Wenatchee blocked traffic for nearly two hours right before the morning rush hour.

The accident happened at around 5:20, two miles east of East Wenatchee on Highway 28 when a 1992 Buick, driven by 38-year old Daniel C. Wright of East Wenatchee, crossed the centerline, overcorrected and struck a jersey barrier on the opposite side of the highway. Wright was injured in the crash and was transported to Central Washington Hospital. No drugs or alcohol was involved in the accident but Wright was charged with driving over the centerline of the highway.

According to KXLY TV out of Spokane, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office has identified and captured Frank Pawul the second suspect involved in the fatal shooting of Deputy Daniel McCartney in Pierce County.

Here’s a recap of how events unfolded, Sunday night at around 11:30 Deputy McCartney responded to a home invasion call which then turned into pursuit of two suspects followed by gun fire, fatally wounding deputy McCartney. Henry Carden, one of the two suspects was found dead near McCartney, leaving Pawul still at large. During the manhunt, a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted Pawul looking suspicious. When confronted by the Trooper, Pawul gave a fake name but was eventually identified and arrested due to several other outstanding warrants, then later was matched to the description of the second suspect in Deputy McCartney’s shooting. Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer said “It’s been a long night, but it’s a bit of a sigh of relief.”

With three newly elected members, will the Wenatchee School Board approve a 120-million dollar bond to renovate Wenatchee High School?

At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting, Superintendent Brian Flones will give a presentation on what the money will be used for and show renderings of how the school will look after the remodel. The renovation would increase available space by almost 60-thousand square feet and would include a new kitchen and commons area and a remodel on every classroom in the facility. If the bond were passed, Wenatchee taxpayers who own a 250-thousand dollar home would see their property tax increase $292.50 per year or $24.38 per month. If the school board ok’s the bond measure it will be put before voters this April.

Coming up next, Governor Jay Inslee gives his State of the State Address and the Give NCW Campaign reaches another year of record donations. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Earlier today in Olympia in front of a joint session of the Washington State Legislature, Governor Jay Inslee delivered his annual State of the State Address, with a little help from the Wenatchee High School vocal ensemble. . .

The Give NCW campaign reached another record year of donations from the community as final dollars are tallied. The public donated more than 235-thousand dollars through the crowdfunding campaign. . .

What’s coming up for the foundation? Stipe outlines a few upcoming projects and scholarship opportunities. . .

This time of year, snow and ice make traveling and walking difficult. In an effort to be prepared for future snow and freezing rain and to remind area residents about proper snow and ice removal etiquette and code, the City of Wenatchee has put together some basic guidelines…

  • Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks and walking areas within 24 hours of a snow storm. Pile all snow from parking areas and sidewalks into planter strips or onto yards.
  • If sidewalks become slippery with ice, spread sand or de-icer to make it safer for pedestrians.
  • Shovel, blade, or blow snow in a location other than the street, such as the front yard, planter strips, or along the curb. Violation of the Wenatchee City Code chapter 7.24 constitutes a Class IV Civil Infraction with a fine of $52-dollars.

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.

For the 5th time since 2009, Alabama is the college football National Champions after a thrilling, 26-23 overtime win over Georgia last night in Atlanta…

Trailing 13-nothing at half, Alabama coach Nick Saban decided to pull starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and put in true freshman Tua Tagovailoa (TWO-uh TAH-go-vie-LOW-uh).  He threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder in overtime to DeVonta Smith for the game-winner.  The Crimson Tide had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but kicker Andy Pappanastos (papa-NAHS-tohs) missed from 37-yards out.  Georgia scored first in the overtime on a 51-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship.  Tagvailoa took a bad sack on Alabama’s first play in overtime, losing 16-yards out to the 41-yard line.  But on the next play, he looked right and came back left, hitting Smith for the touchdown and national championship.  Saban has now won six major poll championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by Paul Bear Bryant.

On the Prep Schedule for today…

In girls bowling this afternoon, Wenatchee hosts Davis while Eastmont takes on Eisenhower at Eastmont Lanes starting at 2 o’clock.

Big 9 wrestling has Wenatchee on the road at Sunnyside while Eastmont’s at West Valley, both at 7.

In girls basketball tonight…

Cascade is at Cashmere at 5:45pm.  Entiat travels to Pateros for a 6 o’clock tip time.  It’s also a 6pm start for Waterville-Mansfield at Brewster and Manson hosting Tonasket.

On the boys side tonight…

Wenatchee hosts Lewiston, Idaho at 5:45pm.  Cashmere plays host to Cascade at 7:15.  The Entiat boys are in Pateros at 7:30.  It’s Waterville-Mansfield at Brewster and Tonasket at Manson, also at 7:30pm.

The season may have prematurely ended for the Seattle Seahawks, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but the end-of-year-awards are being handed out…

The team votes for its own MVP’s, so here’s the list.
Offensive MVP – Russell Wilson (34 TD’s passing was most in NFL, leading rusher on team w/586yds)
Defensive MVP – Bobby Wagner (133 tackles-97 solo, 13 tackles for loss, 2 int., 1.5 sacks, fumb ret TD)
Special Teams MVP – Neiko Thorpe (team-high 10 special teams tackles)
Comeback Player of the Year – Earl Thomas (88 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions…1 ret. for TD)
Most Improved Player – Paul Richardson (44 receptions, 703yds, 6 TD’s)
Rookie of the Year – Shaquill Griffin (59 tackles, 15 passes defended, 1 int. and 1 sack)

Now that Washington State’s defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch, has left to become co-defensive coordinator on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, the Cougars were needing a replacement.  And, apparently they found one.

Former Minnesota head coach Tracey Clayes has been hired as WSU’s new defensive coordinator.  Claeys led the Golden Gophers to a 9-4 record in his only full season as head coach in 2016, but was fired shortly after the season ended in the wake of a standoff between the football program and the school’s administration.  Minnesota players threatened to boycott the team’s game against Washington State in the Holiday Bowl after 10 players were suspended for their connection with an alleged sexual assault.  The Gophers beat the Cougars in that game 17-12.  Afterwards, Claeys lamented taking to Twitter in support of his player’s threat to boycott, which eventually cost him his job.

Meanwhile, the Washington Huskies could end up with a quarterback who was on the sidelines for last night’s national championship…

Former Lake Stevens star Jason Eason, who was heavily recruited to play at Washington while in high school, is expected to transfer from Georgia to the U-W.  The 2015 Gatorade national player of the year, Eason opened this season as Georgia’s starting quarterback but suffered a sprained knee in the season opener.  True freshman Jake Fromm stepped in and took the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship, a thrilling overtime victory in the Rose Bowl over Oklahoma and last night’s national championship game against Alabama.  The 6-foot-5 Eason would have to sit out the 2018 season but would still have two years of eligibility if he transfers and becomes a Husky.

 

Thanks Eric…

On Monday in Seattle, re-elected Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González and newly elected Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda invited Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi to perform at their inauguration ceremony. In our feature story tonight, here is a look at their performance yesterday. . .

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…

A one vehicle accident this morning near East Wenatchee blocked traffic for nearly two hours right before the morning rush hour.

The accident happened at around 5:20, two miles east of East Wenatchee on Highway 28 when a 1992 Buick, driven by 38-year old Daniel C. Wright of East Wenatchee, crossed the centerline, overcorrected and struck a jersey barrier on the opposite side of the highway. Wright was injured in the crash and was transported to Central Washington Hospital. No drugs or alcohol was involved in the accident but Wright was charged with driving over the centerline of the highway.

With three newly elected members, will the Wenatchee School Board approve a 120-million dollar bond to renovate Wenatchee High School?

At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting, Superintendent Brian Flones will give a presentation on what the money will be used for and show renderings of how the school will look after the remodel. The renovation would increase available space by almost 60-thousand square feet and would include a new kitchen and commons area and a remodel on every classroom in the facility. If the bond were passed, Wenatchee taxpayers who own a 250-thousand dollar home would see their property tax increase $292.50 per year or $24.38 per month. If the school board ok’s the bond measure it will be put before voters this April.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

After a foggy start to our Tuesday, we did see peaks at the sun today with high temperatures mainly in the mid to upper 30’s. The region will see a brief dry respite in the weather during the day on Wednesday before a much stronger system arrives by Wednesday night. We have a 30% chance of late-day showers tomorrow, which goes up to an 80% chance of a rain/snow mix tomorrow night. By Thursday, this system will potentially produce heavy mountain snow and valley accumulations of both snow and rain across the northern third of Washington and the northern half of the Idaho Panhandle. We have a 100% chance of snow early on Thursday changing over to rain by afternoon. We could see new snow accumulations of 1-2 inches in the Wenatchee Valley on Thursday. Gusty winds are also expected in some Columbia Basin locations behind this system. Cooler and drier weather will then arrive for the weekend and persist through early Monday with highs in the middle 30’s.

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 I will be in for Steve Hair with the news. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.