NCWLIFE Evening News December 24, 2019

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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, An Omak couple convicted last year of defrauding an elderly dementia patient will get a new trial. Uncertainty over Initiative 976, the $30 car tab measure passed by voters in November, led the State Department of Licensing to delay sending December renewal notices by five to six weeks, and, Dropping glass in your curbside bin is a no-no in Leavenworth, but a local nonprofit group aims to find new uses for old bottles.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A one-vehicle rollover accident just south of Oroville claimed the life of a 9-year old girl yesterday afternoon.

The Washington State Patrol reports that a car being driven by 19-year old Rebecca Schatzel of Oroville was travelling northbound on US 97 near milepost 330 shortly after 1:30 Monday afternoon when the car failed to negotiate a curve, struck a ditch and rolled over.

Schatzel and her passenger, 9-year old Sarah Schatzel, were transported to North Valley Hospital in Tonasket where Sarah Schatzel was pronounced dead.  Both were wearing seatbelts; authorities believe neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor.

An Omak couple convicted last year of defrauding an elderly dementia patient will get a new trial. Kenneth and Therisa Knapp were convicted of first-degree theft from Kenneth’s mother, after they cut off her contact with other family members and allegedly drained her assets for their own use. But Okanogan County prosecutors used bank records for evidence without calling a bank custodian to testify to their authenticity, as required by state law. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the case must be retried in Okanogan County court. Kenneth Knapp was originally sentenced to six months in jail; Therisa served 45 days.

Uncertainty over Initiative 976, the $30 car tab measure passed by voters in November, led the State Department of Licensing to delay sending December renewal notices by five to six weeks. That means many of the more than 500,000 notices statewide won’t arrive until after the tabs have actually expired.

Normally, December notices are sent in early November but at that point DOL wasn’t sure about the fate of I-976 and didn’t want the send out notices with the incorrect amount owed, a state spokeswoman said. The measure was to go into effect on December 5th but on December 3rd, the state Supreme Court put I-976 on hold while challenges to its legality work their way through the court system. The state says notices for January renewals were sent out on time. The Seattle Times quoted a State Patrol official as saying troopers have been advised to use discretion with motorists who have tabs that expired in December.

Dropping glass in your curbside bin is a no-no in Leavenworth, but a local nonprofit group aims to find new uses for old bottles. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins explains. . .

Coming up next, Link Transit has some new and better tools to help bus riders get around. Wenatchee’s YMCA announced this week it’s opened a new teen-only center, with games, equipment, dedicated staff and activities planned weekly, and, Stemilt Growers, the region’s largest fruit company, played Santa this past weekend to scores of children in foster care and low-income households.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Link Transit has some new and better tools to help bus riders get around.

The Wenatchee Valley mass transit agency says smartphone users can now grab the MySTOP mobile app to plan their trip, locate their bus, and even figure out how long it’ll take for the service to arrive. Link also plans to use the information gathered through the app and its GPS system to help make routing and scheduling decisions in the future.

Wenatchee’s YMCA announced this week it’s opened a new teen-only center, with games, equipment, dedicated staff and activities planned weekly. The new hangout spot at 217 Orondo Avenue is open 3:30 to 8pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free to all teens; no Y membership is required.

Stemilt Growers, the region’s largest fruit company, played Santa this past weekend to scores of children in foster care and low-income households. Stemilt and its employees partnered with Hansen Fruit to provide gifts to 170 kids in the Wenatchee Valley and Yakima communities. The toys and gifts filled Stemilt’s largest conference room, as you can see here, until they could be distributed. 

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In tonight’s feature story, for the past four years customers of Firehouse Pet Shop have purchased toys and treats for the cats and dogs at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society during the holiday season. Today Firehouse Pet Shop delivered the treats to the animals. Take a look. . . 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.

For many Seahawks fans, an early Christmas present arrived yesterday.  Marshawn Lynch has signed to play the rest of this season in Seattle…

Lynch was an unrestricted free agent after retiring from the Oakland Raiders last year.  He never submitted his retirement paperwork to the NFL.

In addition, Seattle signed former Seahawk running back Robert Turbin, who last played in Indianapolis in 2018.  The two signings became necessary when Seattle lost both Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise to season-ending injuries Sunday.

Lynch made a visit to Seattle’s training facility last month following the season-ending knee injury to running back Rashaad Penny.  He reportedly told Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll that he’d been working out and that he’d be ready if they need him for a playoff run.

If nothing else, the signing of “Beast Mode” has fired up a nervous fanbase about Sunday’s battle for the NFC West Title with San Francisco.  The game will kick off at CenturyLink Field beginning at 5:20 on NBC.

Green Bay came from behind to beat Minnesota last night on Monday Night Football 23-to-10…

Here’s what the NFC playoff picture looks like right now.  San Francisco would be the #1 seed, followed by Green Bay, New Orleans and the Eagles.  Seattle would be #5 and the Vikings #6.  Dallas still has a shot at winning the NFC East.

Here are the scenarios for the Seahawks heading into the final week of the season.  Seattle could still leapfrog into the #1 seed if they beat the 49ers and both the Packers and Saints lose.  Of course, that would be the preferred route since Seattle would get a bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

If Seattle wins, the Packers lose and Saints win, the Seahawks would get the #2 seed in the NFC, which means a first-round bye and a home playoff game in two weeks.

If Seattle, Green Bay and New Orleans all win, the Hawks would be the #3 seed, which means a 1st-round home playoff game against the Vikings.

If Seattle loses to San Francisco Sunday, they’d be the #5 seed, which would mean a first-round playoff game on the road against either Philadelphia or Dallas.

Believe it or not, 9 college bowl games are in the books and we have 30 to go…

There’s one today at 5 on ESPN featuring Hawaii and BYU in the SOFi Hawaii Bowl.  The two on the day after Christmas featuring Louisiana Tech and Miami in Walk-On’s Independence Bowl at 1 on ESPN.  That’s followed by the Quick Lane Bowl with Pittsburgh and Eastern Michigan at 5 o’clock.

Then there are 5 bowl games on Friday starting at 9 o’clock in the morning and going until after 10 Friday night.  The last game is of interest for our viewers, featuring Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl against Air Force.  It kicks off at 7:15 on ESPN.

Coming up this week on the NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule…

It begins tonight with Wrestling from January 22nd as Eastmont hosts Wenatchee.  Thursday night is Hockey Night and features the Wild and Salmon Arm from December 13th.

Friday is back to basketball as the Wenatchee boys host Davis from a game last February 16th at Wenatchee High School.  Then on Saturday, we’ll bring you last Wednesday’s bowling match between Wenatchee and Eastmont from Eastmont Lanes at 1.  We’ll cap off Saturday night at 7 with Eastmont and Wenatchee girls basketball from January 4th.

Thanks Eric.

Finally on this Christmas Eve, NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz went to Pybus Public Market this morning to talk with last-minute Christmas shoppers. Well…at least that was the idea. . .

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz, er I mean Santa Claus, for a look at what’s coming up on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley Thursday morning, Santa. . .

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