NCWLIFE Evening News December 21, 2018

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Two Western Washington men are in jail tonight after stealing items from three area Walmart’s totaling over 20,000-dollars. A 30-year-old Moses Lake man died after several semis crashed on icy Interstate 90 in Western Montana, and, A Moses Lake company that manufactures carbon fiber has been selected by BMW to produce fiber and other components for its next electric vehicle.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Rock Island woman was arrested after a high-speed pursuit with East Wenatchee police early Thursday evening. Sgt James Marshall says the chase started around 5 pm after reports of a vehicle striking two parked cars in the Safeway store parking lot off Grant Road. . .

Marshall identified the suspect as 30 year old Connie Contreras of Rock Island. She was wanted on multiple warrants including driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are pending. The male passenger was released.

Two Western Washington men are in jail tonight after stealing items from three area Walmart’s totaling over 20,000-dollars. The 27 and 24 year old suspects were arrested yesterday in Omak at Walmart after allegedly stealing over 2,000-dollars’ worth of electronics from the Walmart in Chelan. Sergeant Chris Foreman with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says one of the suspects was a prolific Walmart thief across the state. . .

The driver of the vehicle was charged with 2nd degree burglary and 2nd degree theft while the second suspect was charged with 2nd degree theft. Both men are in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center and could face additional charges from the Wenatchee Police Department and other theft investigations on the west side of the state.

A 30-year-old Moses Lake man died after several semis crashed on icy Interstate 90 in Western Montana. Mineral County Officials say 30-year-old Vilyam Veresko was killed Wednesday after he got out of his wrecked semi and jumped over a guardrail to avoid oncoming traffic.

The accidents, just east of Superior, Montana, also killed a British Columbia truck driver and injured another. A firefighter also was injured when he slipped on ice and fell off a bridge.

A Moses Lake company that manufactures carbon fiber has been selected by BMW to produce fiber and other components for the Germany-based company’s new INext electric vehicle. SGL Carbon made the announcement in a December 18th news release. The company says, in addition to carbon fibers, the agreement also covers a number of different glass and carbon fiber fabrics.

The carbon fibers are going to be manufactured at the Moses Lake plant and then shipped to BMW’s Wackersdor factory site in Germany. The new INext electric car is scheduled for release in 2021. SGL Carbon officials tell the Columbia Basin Herald there shouldn’t be any need to add to its current Moses Lake plant labor force.

Coming up next, On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse paid homage to his collegue and friend, Fredi Simpson. Crews from North Central Washington PUDs have rallied to help restore power in Snohomish County after a Thursday rain and windstorm left thousands of people in the dark, and, Okanogan County Public Health has confirmed 13 cases of whooping cough in the Oroville, Tonasket, and Omak areas. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Last week, Chelan and Douglas County Republicans lost a key leader with the death of Fredi Simpson. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, 4th District Representative Dan Newhouse paid homage to his collegue and friend. . .

Simpson died after a long battle with cancer.

Crews from North Central Washington PUDs have rallied to help restore power in Snohomish County after a Thursday rain and windstorm left thousands of people in the dark.

Chelan, Grant, Douglas and Okanogan PUD crews could be there for days. Grant County spokesperson Christine Pratt said their workers expect to stay until Christmas Day. Complete with trucks and equipment, Chelan County sent two four-person crews, Grant County sent a six-person crew and Okanogan and Douglas PUDs five-person crews each. The state PUDs have a mutual aid agreement for such situations. Benton and Franklin PUD crews from the Tri-Cities area also were dispatched to help.

Okanogan County Public Health has confirmed 13 cases of whooping cough in the Oroville, Tonasket, and Omak areas. The first reported case was just before Thanksgiving. Whooping cough spreads easily by coughing and sneezing.

The best way adults can protect infants and young kids from whooping cough is to make sure they’re up to date on their own whooping cough vaccine. Pregnant women are also at risk, talk to your healthcare provider about how to get your whooping cough shot.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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In tonight’s feature story, what started out five years ago as a few Christmas lights outside a home in the Sunnyslope area has grown into perhaps the most popular holiday lighting destination in the Wenathcee Valley. Nick Nelson spent most of the year planning and building his display at 3418 Knowles Road and this year he unveiled a musically synchronized show featuring almost 40,000 lights. Enjoy this amazing display. . .

NCWLIFE will broadcast a special half-hour show on Nelson and his light show Monday, Christmas Eve, at noon and 5:30 p.m.

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

There was only one high school basketball score reported last night…

And that was from Chelan Coach Jeff Pearl, who reports the Chelan Mountain Goats traveled to Warden and picked up a 66-55 victory.  Coach Pearl said, “It was a physical game that required us to keep our composure throughout.  We got off to a great start, but we got ourselves into some foul trouble.  We stuck it out and finished the game with some great defensive rebounding.”  Chelan was led by Connor Wilson’s 18-points.  Cade Christopherson scored 12 and Quinn Stamps chipped in 11.

Also last night, the Cashmere Bulldogs won a non-league game pitting a 1-A school versus a 4-A school, downing the West Valley Rams in Yakima 69-52.

Coming up tonight in high school girls basketball…

Eastmont hosts Rogers of Spokane in a non-league game at Eastmont High School and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with the pregame around 5:30 with Eric Granstrom.

Also on the schedule tonight, it’s Cascade at Okanogan at 5:45.  Manson travels to Tonasket and Oroville hosts Waterville-Mansfield at 6.  It’s also day one of the Crunch Pak Classic at Cashmere High School…

The first game features Snohomish and W.F. West at 6 followed by Cashmere and Mt. Spokane at 7:30.

In boys basketball tonight…

Cascade plays at Okanogan at 7:15.  It’s a 7:30 tip-time for Manson at Tonasket and Waterville-Mansfield at Oroville.  Also tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel, we’ll have Rogers of Spokane and the Eastmont boys starting at about 7:30.

On the wrestling mats this weekend…

Wenatchee is in Pasco for the Best of the West Tournament today and tomorrow.  Chelan is at the Oroville Invite starting tomorrow morning at 10.

With the holidays upon us, the prep schedule over the weekend is pretty light…

The Eastmont boys and girls are in Kennewick to take on the Lions tomorrow night.  Earlier in the day, it’s the final games of the Crunch Pak Classic…

Mt. Spokane faces Snohomish at 4, followed by Cashmere and W.F. West at 5:30.

The Wenatchee Wild host the Vernon Vipers at the Town Toyota Center tonight and tomorrow night…

Wenatchee is trying to bounce back from having its 9-game winning streak snapped at Trail Wednesday.  In the process, the Wild slipped back to second in the BCHL’s Interior Division as Penticton picked up two points Wednesday to leapfrog into first.  Voice of the Wenatchee Wild, Arch Ecker, joined us last week to talk about this weekend’s promotions…

 

The puck drops at 7:05 tonight with Ugly Sweater Night and 7:05 tomorrow with White Out Night.

The Seahawks have a shot at wrapping up a Wild Card playoff spot this weekend…

The Kansas City Chiefs are in town for Sunday Night Football. Tyler Lockett is a single catch away from breaking his career-high with 52-receptions on the season.  He says he’s benefitted from having a veteran around like Doug Baldwin to learn how to take advantages of the opportunities given…

Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth will have the broadcast on NBC at 5:20.

Thanks Eric.

If there’s be a partial shutdown of the Federal government at midnight, how would that impact us in North Central Washington. The dispute over US border wall funding could force a government shutdown at midnight tonight if an agreement isn’t reached.  If that happens, it would be similar to when it occurred in 2015.

US Forest Service and National Park Lands will be accessible but you may have to be like a bear, if you have to use the restroom. Seriously, officials with the National Park Service have announced that any services requiring staffing, such as restrooms, visitor centers or forest roads that need plowing will be closed.

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. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.