Evening News November 30

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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— Police make an arrest in the burglary at McDougal and Sons, a minor injury accident on Fancher Heights sends one to the hospital and a Wenatchee Police Officer handles a scam call that came in to his desk phone.

But first, we begin tonight:

Chelan County PUD Crews worked through the night to restore power to hundreds of customers on Wenatchee’s North end after a car crashed into a street side transformer box. Police say the driver, identified as 24-year old Hyun Woo of Wenatchee, was Southbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car around 10:45 PM.

 

The vehicle struck the utility box and then hit a light pole. Power was knocked out for businesses on Wenatchee Ave from N. Miller south to about Ninth Street Customers in the mobile home park behind the Red Lion Inn were also without power.

A Peshastin man suspected in a burglary at McDougal and Sons Fruit Packing house in Douglas County was arrested over the weekend. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says 24-year old Maverick L. Delzer was in possession of several items that had been reported stolen from the company’s shipping and receiving building in the Baker Flat area off Highway 2/97.

 

The Sheriff says Delzer was identified as a suspect after a family member who is also a co-worker reported seeing the stolen items in a pickup truck that she identified as the suspect’s vehicle. Delzer was arrested after deputies found the pickup parked at a residence in Peshastin.

She told Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies that her foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator. That was apparently the cause of a minor injury accident that occurred Sunday evening on Fancher Heights Blvd. near East Wenatchee. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal’s news release says the driver said she and two passengers were in the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights when the vehicle hit a curb and rolled over three times ending up on its top in someone’s front yard. Gjesdal went on to report that Deputies found alcohol and a legal amount of marijuana in the car but the driver showed no signs of impairment and was not charged. She was transported to Confluence Hospital for minor injuries.  One passenger, who fled before deputies arrived, returned to the scene and reportedly became belligerent and cursed the investigating Deputy.  The Sheriff said there was no reason to detain him and he left the scene while delivering some parting obscenities. The driver was cited for speed too fast for conditions.

Most of us have experienced some sort of attempted scam and no one seems to be immune to it, not even the Wenatchee Police Department. In a news release yesterday, the WPD says Officer Jared Reinfeld received a series of phone calls Tuesday on his department phone from Kingston, Jamaica telling him he was the winner of 2.5-million dollars. The caller went on to say that all Officer Reinfeld needed to do was send a small percentage of the 2.5-million to Jamaica to receive the full prize. All Officer Reinfeld had to do was simply call back, when Reinfeld asked if he should call from the Police Department phone, the caller strangely hung up. WPD reminds residents that you should never have to pay to receive a prize from a lottery.

Coming up, tree removal work continues in the Cashmere area and we’ll have a wrap on a number of local weekend events for you. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

October jobless numbers for Chelan and Douglas counties was a record-setter. NCWLife’s Steve Hair sat down with Central Washington Labor Economist Don Meseck to discuss the low unemployment numbers. . .

 

Steve will much more with Economist Don Meseck a little later on in our newscast in today’s feature story.

Cashmere area motorists are being made aware of a hazardous tree removal project that started yesterday.

 

The Chelan County PUD is working with the City to remove 18 of 57 Norway spruce tree along Evergreen Drive due to threats to power and fiber optic lines in the area. Chelan PUD Forestry Operations Manager Bill Sanborn says “Many of the 60 to 80 foot tall trees are leaning precariously and need to be removed before a storm brings them down. The work started yesterday and will continue for several days. Evergreen Drive will remain closed to the general public.

Looking for something to do this weekend? NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson has you covered…

 

You can find these events and more on our community calendar at NCWLIFE.com.

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.

 

On the Prep Schedule for today…

 

In boys basketball
Chelan at Tonasket, 7:30pm
Ephrata at Cascade, 7:30pm
Manson at Omak, 7:30pm

On the girls side…

 

Chelan at Tonasket, 5:45pm
Ephrata at Cascade, 6pm
Manson at Omak, 6pm

On the rest of the prep schedule for today…

 

Boys Swimming and Diving
Big 9 Pentathlon has Eastmont and Wenatchee at Moses Lake with Eisenhower & Davis at 4pm

Wrestling
Cascade at Cle Elum Jamboree at 6pm

Girls Bowling
Eastmont at Eisenhower at Nob Lanes, 3:30pm
Wenatchee at Davis at Minda Lanes, 3:30pm

The Wenatchee Wild began a three-game road trip last night in Vernon…

 

Sam Morton and AJ Vanderbeck came through once again as the Wild picked up a big road victory 2-to-1.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network, footage courtesy of Hockey-TV…

 

Wenatchee continues its road trip in BC at Salmon Arm Friday and West Kelowna Saturday.

Speaking of the Wenatchee Wild and Vernon…

 

Their game from November 22nd is our featured game tonight during Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel.  It all begins with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 followed by hockey action at about 7:15.

In college basketball last night…

 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had no trouble dispatching Incarnate Word 103 to 68 as Rui Hachimura had 18 points while Zach Norvell, Junior chipped in 17.

Finally, the Seattle Sounders host the Houston Dynamo tonight at 7:30 in the Western Conference Finals Leg 2.  You can watch the action on ESPN.

 

Thanks Eric…

The labor market for Chelan and Douglas Counties is healthier than last year at this time. The latest jobless numbers released by the Washington State Employment Security Department shows significant growth in two major labor categories. Central Washington Regional Labor Economist Don Meseck discussed the data in an interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

 

Meseck compiles the monthly jobless numbers for seven counties in Central Washington.

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…

Chelan County PUD Crews worked through the night to restore power to hundreds of customers on Wenatchee’s North end after a car crashed into a street side transformer box. Police say the driver, identified as 24-year old Hyun Woo of Wenatchee, was Southbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car around 10:45 PM.

 

The vehicle struck the utility box and then hit a light pole. Power was knocked out for businesses on Wenatchee Ave from N. Miller south to about Ninth Street Customers in the mobile home park behind the Red Lion Inn were also without power.

A Peshastin man suspected in a burglary at McDougal and Sons Fruit Packing house in Douglas County was arrested over the weekend. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says 24-year old Maverick L. Delzer was in possession of several items that had been reported stolen from the company’s shipping and receiving building in the Baker Flat area off Highway 2/97.

 

The Sheriff says Delzer was identified as a suspect after a family member who is also a co-worker reported seeing the stolen items in a pickup truck that she identified as the suspect’s vehicle. Delzer was arrested after deputies found the pickup parked at a residence in Peshastin.

She told Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies that her foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator. That was apparently the cause of a minor injury accident that occurred Sunday evening on Fancher Heights Blvd. near East Wenatchee. Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal’s news release says the driver said she and two passengers were in the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights when the vehicle hit a curb and rolled over three times ending up on its top in someone’s front yard. Gjesdal went on to report that Deputies found alcohol and a legal amount of marijuana in the car but the driver showed no signs of impairment and was not charged. She was transported to Confluence Hospital for minor injuries. One passenger, who fled before deputies arrived, returned to the scene and reportedly became belligerent and cursed the investigating Deputy.  The Sheriff said there was no reason to detain him and he left the scene while delivering some parting obscenities. The driver was cited for speed too fast for conditions.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Our brief, dry weather respite came to an end today as an occluded front tracked through the Inland Northwest. The storm actually packed a little bigger punch than originally thought with moderate to heavy rain at times reported around the area. For Friday, most of Northcentral Washington should see dry weather as a weak area of high pressure builds in. However, another area of low pressure is expected to move into the Pacific Northwest by mid-morning on Saturday which will bring mountain snow and valley rain during the day and transition to snow showers in the overnight period for the mountains and the Spokane area. We have a 50% chance for showers on Saturday and a 20% chance Saturday night. Snow amounts with this system range from just a dusting in the valleys, up to 3 inches for the northern portions of the Columbia Basin and 8-10 inches in the higher elevations of the Cascades. Sunday through most of next week, an area of high pressure off the California coast will bring a ridge pattern into the Northwest. This will bring us a period of dry, cool and sunny weather with high temperatures next week only in the mid to upper 30’s.

 

Closing out the news tonight… ‘Tis the season to watch out for holiday decoration tragedies…

 

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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, 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.