Evening News November 20

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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— Chelan County Commissioners find the budget burdened with public defender costs, a teen causes a significant power outage in Wenatchee Sunday morning and Congressman Dan Newhouse disputes claims on the House tax reform bill. But first, we begin tonight:

Wenatchee’s Lighthouse Christian Ministries hosted the sixth annual Night in a Box event Friday evening with several community leaders camping out in cardboard boxes to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless. Among them, Bart Tilly who Dan spoke with in the parking lot of Encouraging Words Bookstore on South Wenatchee Avenue. .

Joining Tilly at Friday’s event were Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown, Local attorney, Andy Kottkamp, Pastors, Kaye Kolde and Brian Brossoit and Darci Christoferson with the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown was among the community leaders who spent his Friday night sleeping in a cardboard box as part of the Night in a Box. The event is used to raise awareness and to show the many services, programs and shelters available for those without a roof over their heads. . . . But it also begs the question, Is the Wenatchee Valley becoming a magnet for the homeless?

Chief Crown says the City is looking to add more homeless shelters in addition to those already operating. He says what’s needed now are what he described as “low-barrier” facilities that offer help without some of the restrictions required at other shelters such as the Gospel House or Hospitality House shelters.

About 900 Chelan County PUD customers were knocked off the grid early Sunday morning when a car struck a power pole. The accident at the intersection of Washington and Western Streets happened around 3:30 in the morning. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says it was caused by a 16 year old boy who was driving under the influence of drugs when he collided with the power pole. . .

Captain Reinfeld says the boy was not injured but will face multiple charges.

Congressman, Dan Newhouse disputes claims that the House tax reform bill mostly benefits the wealthy. Prior to voting for the measure Newhouse addressed the critics. . .

The House passed the measure last week and a Senate committee approved a different version hours later. If the full Senate passes a bill, the two will need to be reconciled. As the differences get hammered out, almost anything is possible.

Coming up, we’ll have your real estate snapshot for the Valley, Moses Lake Police catch two prolific mail thieves and State Fish and Wildlife officials investigate the poaching of an adult moose in the Lake Wenatchee area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

Wenatchee’s inventory of homes for sale continues to decline as prices continue to climb. The real estate snapshot report for October issued by Pacific Appraisal and Associates says the average sale price rose to 315-thousand dollars from 295-thousand in 2016. The report also says there are currently 158 homes listed for sale in the Wenatchee Market, a decrease of 7% from the previous month and a 4% decrease from 2016. Meanwhile, there were a reported 94 sales in October; and 303 over the last 90 days. Year to date there have been 873 sales, a decrease of 7% over this time last year.

Two Moses Lake women were arrested Thursday in connection with what police described as prolific mail theft. Moses Lake Police responded to a report of women stealing mail in the area off Peninsula Street. They quickly located two female suspects in the area driving a car that matched the description given by the caller. When stopped, the passenger in the car began stuffing mail under her car seat. The two women, 29-year old Jessica Steele and 21 year- old Brittany Strong, were arrested and their vehicle was impounded and searched. Officers located 395 pieces of stolen mail from 118 separate addresses in the Moses Lake area, both inside and outside of the city limits. Police also seized heroin paraphernalia from the vehicle.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating the poaching of an adult moose near Meadow Creek in the Lake Wenatchee area. The carcass was found in a clearing only about 50 yards from the road. Officers are examining evidence from the scene and reviewing security footage from roads in the area. Only a small number of moose exist near Lake Wenatchee and there is no established hunting season for them. Fish and Wildlife are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Wenatchee District office at 509-662-0452 and ask to speak with Officer Tucker. Those who provide information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Killing a moose out of season carries a maximum penalty of 5-thousand dollars and up to one year in jail, or both.

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The Cascade Kodiaks took on King’s for the State 1A Championship Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Cascade’s Ashley Parton would finally tally the game’s first goal in the 62nd minute. Hope of it standing up, however, would not hold. Let’s go to the highlights courtesy the National Federation of High School Network…

So the game would go to overtime, tied at 1. Through two overtimes, it remained tied at 1 and would go to a penalty kick shootout. Both teams made 4 of 5 in the first shootout, so it would go to a sudden death shootout. Finally, in the 9th round, the match would be decided…

So King’s wins the title, Cascade finishes second. Congratulations to the Kodiaks on an incredible season!

Brewster was also a tough-luck loser in a shootout with St. George’s Friday in the 1B/2B State semifinals. But then bounced back with a 2-nil win over Adna Saturday to take third place.
Also on Saturday, in the State 1A football quarterfinals, Okanogan and Royal met at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. A big crowd was on hand looking forward to an exciting, back and forth contest. But the Knights would not play along with those wishes, scoring on the first play from scrimmage on a 65-yard touchdown run by Alonso Hernandez. It was all Royal from there as our NCWLIFE cameras bring you the highlights…

Royal will face Newport in the semi-finals Saturday at 1 o’clock in Moses Lake. In other scores from East side teams this weekend…

Almira-Coulee-Hartline had no trouble advancing to the State 1B semifinals with a 62-36 win over Naselle. They’ll play at Civic Stadium in Bellingham Saturday at 1 o’clock against Lummi. Meanwhile, the Richland Bombers advanced to the State 4A semifinals with a 28-21 win against Gonzaga Prep. The Bombers will basically have a home game Saturday at 1 o’clock at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco against Central Valley.
The Wenatchee Wild went 2-and-1 over the weekend north of the border…

The Wild started the weekend off with a convincing 5-1 win over Coquitlam behind two goals each by Murphy Stratton and Jasper Weatherby. Then it was on to the George Preston Arena for a 4-2 come-from-behind win over Langley. Finally, Wenatchee finished its third game in three days at Surrey. The Wild jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first only to see the Eagles tie it with a goal in the second and another in the third. So, it would go to overtime…

The Wild celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting Vernon Wednesday at 6:30, Chilliwack Friday at 7 and Salmon Arm Saturday at 7.
Central Washington University will face Texas A&M Commerce Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division II football playoffs…

That after A&M beat Winona State 21-6 Saturday. Saturday’s round of 16 game at Ellensburg will kick off at Noon. Also Saturday, Eastern Washington blew out Portland State 59-33 but will miss the post-season. Washington needed a last second drive and 38-yard field goal as time expired by Tristan Vizcaino to come from behind and beat Utah 33-30 in Seattle.
The Seahawks take on Atlanta tonight on Monday Night Football to wrap up week 11 of the NFL…

Seattle got some help Sunday with Minnesota knocking off the Rams 24-7 and the Cardinals fell to Houston 31-21..

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation aims to share the value of education and broadening horizons in the Wenatchee Valley. The new executive director of the foundation shares how the community can support its local college students. . .

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…
About 900 Chelan County PUD customers were knocked off the grid early Sunday morning when a car struck a power pole. The accident at the intersection of Washington and Western Streets happened around 3:30 in the morning. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says it was caused by a 16-year old boy who was driving under the influence of drugs when he collided with the power pole. Reinfeld says the boy was not injured but will face multiple charges.

Two Moses Lake women were arrested Thursday in connection with what police described as prolific mail theft. Moses Lake Police responded to a report of women stealing mail in the area off Peninsula Street. They quickly located two female suspects in the area driving a car that matched the description given by the caller. When stopped, the passenger in the car began stuffing mail under her car seat. The two women, 29 year old Jessica Steele and 21 year old Brittany Strong, were arrested and their vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was served on it. Officers located 395 pieces of stolen mail from 118 separate addresses in the Moses Lake area, both inside and outside of the city limits. Police also seized heroin paraphernalia from the vehicle.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife are investigating the poaching of an adult moose near Meadow Creek in the Lake Wenatchee area. The carcass was found in a clearing only about 50 yards from the road. Officers are examining evidence from the scene and reviewing security footage from roads in the area. Only a small number of moose exist near Lake Wenatchee and there is no established hunting season for them. Fish and Wildlife are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Wenatchee District office at 509-662-0452 and ask to speak with Officer Tucker. Those who provide information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Killing a moose out of season carries a maximum penalty of a 5-thousand dollar fine, one year in jail or both.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Boeing recently unveiled its newest airplane, the 737-Max. The new airliner has all the latest technology and as it takes off, hold on to your seat. . .

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, 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.