NCWLIFE Evening News December 26, 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, The woman killed in a Christmas Eve house fire near Lake Wenatchee has been identified. An Oregon couple is in custody after allegedly going on a shopping spree spending thousands of dollars using fake credit and gift cards, and, The public has weighed in on the proposed Leavenworth Adventure Park, and most are saying they don’t like it.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

It was no holiday for firefighters in East Wenatchee as two residential structure fires kept crews busy over the past 24 hours. Douglas County Fire District Two firefighters were called out this morning to a mobile home on fire located at a trailer park off Kentucky Avenue. A neighbor, Victor Dominguez spotted it and called 911. . .

Assistant Fire Chief, Cam Phillips says the fire caused extensive damage to the rear of the structure. . . .

Crews were also called out Christmas night when flames damaged a home off DeGage Street.

The home was located near the Douglas County Two fire station and crews were able to access it quickly. Damage was restricted to the fireplace and chimney. There were no reports of injuries.

The woman killed in a Christmas Eve house fire near Lake Wenatchee has been identified as 71-year-old Christine Humphreys. The fire, in the 22-thousand block of Alpine Drive, remains under investigation. Humphreys’ husband and son were able to escape the fire, which was reported about 9:20 Monday morning.

An Oregon couple is in custody after allegedly going on a shopping spree spending thousands of dollars using fake credit and gift cards.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says 47-year old Kristin L. Burton of Cannon Beach and 51-year old boyfriend Dion Gonzales of Portland were arrested after an investigation revealed the two had used stolen credit card numbers and then manufactured fake cards with their names on them.

Rogers says the suspects also used fake gift cards to make thousands of dollars worth of purchases throughout Okanogan and surrounding counties including the Wenatchee area. The Sheriff’s Office has seized high dollar items (tags still attached) and is seeking information from the public where the items may have been purchased. Some of the items appear to have been purchased in Winthrop, Twisp and from pawn shops. We know the two had traveled from Oregon and were in the Chelan and Wenatchee area as well as areas over in western Washington. If anyone has information, contact the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office at 422-7232.

The public has weighed in on the proposed Leavenworth Adventure Park, and most are saying they don’t like it. Dozens of comments were submitted to the city by its December 19th deadline, the majority saying the development will be too noisy and make driving and parking in the city even more difficult.

The Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce was one of a handful of supporters of the park. It is the second go-round for the adventure park and for public comments. Developers withdrew their original application in September, then resubmitted a revised plan in November.

The proposed park, on a hill at Icicle Road and Highway 2, will now go before hearings examiner Andy Kottkamp for a public hearing and a ruling. That public hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Coming up next, Over the next three days, we will follow NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt on a ride along with the Wenatchee Police Department, Part 1 next, and, Workers were seen this morning posting closure notices on the front door of the main office of the U.S. Forest Service in Wenatchee. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Over the next three days, we will follow NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt on a ride along with Wenatchee Police Officer Albert Gonzalez as he works his night shift patrolling for DUIs in downtown Wenatchee. . .

Tomorrow night we’ll bring you part two of this three-part series of a DUI ride along with the Wenatchee Police Department. For more on this ride along tune in to the NCW Magazine with Kaitlin Hetterscheidt airing this week on the NCWLIFE Channel and NCWLIFE.com.

Workers were seen this morning posting closure notices on the front door of the main office of the U.S. Forest Service in Wenatchee. The partial government shutdown extends to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Emergency services and law enforcement will still be operating through the shutdown.

The Farm Service Agency and NRCS offices are open through Friday but they ask that you call to make an appointment. Meanwhile other Federal services will continue including the US Postal Service, Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

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.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News…

In tonight’s feature story, comprised of a select number of elementary and middle school students, Eastmont Bonga Marimba is led by music teacher Vinny Lee, who started the band after finding inspiration at a school conference and gaining support from a locally-funded grant. . .

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.

Pete Carroll became the winningest coach in franchise history earlier this season, and now he is on his way to becoming the longest-tenured coach in Seahawks history as well.

Carroll, the first coach to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory, signed a multi-year contract extension Monday, ensuring his future in Seattle through the 2021 season, which would be Carroll’s 12th season in Seattle, surpassing the 10 seasons Mike Holmgren spent as the team’s head coach.

Already this season Carroll, who has an 88-54-1 regular-season record and a 9-5 postseason record, passed Holmgren as the team’s all-time winningest coach, and following Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in nine seasons since he and general manager John Schneider were hired by Paul Allen following the 2009 season.

Meanwhile, the team continues its preparation for the Seahawk’s regular season finale Sunday against Arizona.  Coach Carroll says there is no change in the practice schedule even though Christmas was yesterday…

Seattle leads the league in the turnover margin at plus 14, two better than Houston and Chicago.  Coach Carroll says protecting the ball is what it’s all about…

Defensive end Frank Clark has emerged as one of the league-leaders in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.  Clark has 12 sacks and 41 combined tackles.  Coach Carroll is very pleased to see and hear Clark’s progression…

Here’s a little sample to wet your whistle for Sunday…

The Seahawks host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at 1:25pm on FOX.

Coming up the rest of this week in sports on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It starts tomorrow night with Hockey Night, featuring last Friday’s game between Wenatchee and Vernon at 7 o’clock.  On Friday, we’ll replay the Eastmont and Pasco girls basketball game from a couple weeks ago.  Then we’ll feature a Wild Weekend of Hockey Saturday and Sunday…

First, on Saturday it’s the Wild and Merritt at 2 o’clock.  Then at 7 Saturday it’s Wenatchee and Trail from a game in October.  Sunday’s doubleheader features Wenatchee at Cowichan Valley at 2 followed by the Wild and Prince George at 7 here on your exclusive home of Wenatchee Wild Hockey, NCWLIFE Channel.

If you missed it last week, only one local player made the Associated Press All-State football team…

Eastmont Junior Wesley McIlwaine made it as a first team defensive back.  McIlwaine helped lead Eastmont to its first Big 9 League title since 2012 as the Wildcats finished 9-and-3 overall, losing to Puyallup in the 1st round of the State 4A playoffs.

Thanks Eric.

The ongoing effort revitalize Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee now includes the opportunity to buy a paver engraved with your name. The pavers will be on a wall in the park’s central plaza. The size of the paver depends on the donation, beginning for as little as $50. The Trust For Public Land is trying to raise $100,000 for park improvements in the low-income neighborhood. If successful, an anonymous donor will match that $100,000. You can find an order form for a paver at support.tpl.org/MethowPark

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.