NCWLIFE Evening News December 30, 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, A structure fire in the Cashmere area this morning destroyed a small shed that was being used as a residential dwelling, and, If you live in Wenatchee, don’t make fireworks part of your New Year’s celebration or you’ll be starting off 2020 by breaking the law.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police say a homeless man openly carried knives and made statements to a Wenatchee security guard that implied a threat. Justin Fajardo, who’s 25, is in jail and cited with unlawful display of weapons. He allegedly approached a security guard outside a Worthen Avenue business park late Friday, carrying two exposed blades, and asked, “How would you feel if I chased you?” The charge is a misdemeanor. Fajardo faces arraignment one week from now.

A structure fire in the Cashmere area this morning destroyed a small shed that was being used as a residential dwelling.

Fire Chief, Phil Mosher says the fire was located on Weather End Drive near the city cemetery. He says neighbors called 911 after spotting the fire at about 6 AM. Mosher says the structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. He said the 20’ x 20’ shed was not occupied at the time the fire started. He says there were no injuries and the cause is under investigation.

If you live in Wenatchee, don’t make fireworks part of your New Year’s celebration or you’ll be starting off 2020 by breaking the law. Wenatchee’s ban on personal fireworks was passed in 2016 and went into effect in June 2017.

It makes it a misdemeanor to light off personal fireworks year-round, including New Year’s Eve. Personal fireworks are allowed in East Wenatchee and Douglas County but only between 6:00 P.M. on New Year’s Eve and 1:00 a.m. on January 1st. The state Fire Marshall also reminds residents that do light fireworks tomorrow night to keep all pets indoors and protected, light only one firework at a time and never try to re-light a firework that fails to light. Also, never light fireworks when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School Board is still seeking applicants to fill two empty seats in the coming year, First responders and citizens from throughout the Northwest gathered in Tacoma today to pay tribute to Pierce County Deputy Cooper Dyson, and, If your Christmas tree is shedding needles around the living room, it might be time to find it a new home.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee School Board is still seeking applicants to fill two empty seats in the coming year. The deadline is coming up on Monday, January 6th. The new members will be selected by the existing three-member board. Applicants must be U.S. citizen voters who live within the district boundaries. Appointments should take place at the January 14th board meeting. The two vacancies were left after one board member resigned and another moved out of the district after winning election.

First responders and citizens from throughout the Northwest gathered in Tacoma today to pay tribute to Pierce County Deputy Cooper Dyson, who died in a vehicle accident in the early morning hours of December 21st.

Dyson was responding to a call for assistance from deputies who were struggling with a domestic violence suspect when his patrol car hit a building. The 25-year-old deputy leaves behind his pregnant wife and their 3-year-old son. The procession for Dyson wound from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to the Tacoma Dome and was attended by, among others, law enforcement officials from North Central Washington.

If your Christmas tree is shedding needles around the living room, it might be time to find it a new home.

From January 4th through 11th, you can drop off your trees for recycling with the Boy Scouts at the Stemilt Organic Center in Wenatchee. In Western Chelan County’s apple maggot quarantine zone, the brush site at Icicle Road and East Leavenworth Road accepts trees January 3rd and 4th. And in the Chelan area, drop your trees off at Don Morse Park for the Chelan Winterfest bonfire January 18th. The Chelan County Public Works Department has details at 667-6415.

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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Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz says he’s open to the idea of establishing a city manager position to replace the executive services director’s job recently vacated by Allison Williams. Allison Williams resigned her position after accepting the City Manager’s job in Moses Lake. Mayor Kuntz appears this week on In Focus with host, Steve Hair. In tonight’s feature story, the Mayor tells NCWLIFE that replacing Williams will be one of his top priorities going into the new year. . .

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.

The Seahawks came an inch away from the NFC West Championship last night…

On 4th and goal from the 6-yard line with time running out, Russell Wilson threw to Jacob Hollister at the one but San Francisco’s Dre Greenlaw tackled him just short of the goal line…

The stop preserved San Francisco’s 26-21 victory and gave the 49ers the #1 seed in the NFC and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.  Seattle gets the #5 seed and will travel to Philadelphia Sunday.

Coach Pete Carroll said he loves the fight in his team, but they just came up short…

Seattle came out sluggish offensively in the first half and trailed 13-nothing at half time.  Russell Wilson finished the game 25-of-40 for 233-yards and two touchdowns.  Travis Homer carried 10-times for 62-yards while catching 5-passes for 30.

In his first NFL game in 14-months, Marshawn Lynch electrified the crowd with 12-carries for 34-yards and a touchdown.  Carroll was very proud of how Lynch carried both the ball, and the pressure of the moment…

Seattle, for the second time this season, will head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in Sunday’s Wild Card game.  Kick off at Lincoln Financial Field will be at 1:40 on NBC.

In fact, here’s the entire schedule for the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend.  It starts with the AFC games on Saturday as Buffalo heads to Houston to take on the Texans at 1:35 on ESPN.  That’s followed by Tennessee at New England at 5:15 on CBS.

Then on Sunday, the 10:05am game has New Orleans hosting Minnesota on FOX.  Then the Seahawks and Eagles kick off at 1:40 on NBC.

Checking the Les Schwab College Football Bowl Scoreboard from games of note over the weekend…

On Friday, Washington State just had no answer for Air Force’s triple-option attack as the Falcons beat the Cougars 31-21 in the Cheez-It Bowl.

LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 7-touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers rolled all over Oklahoma 63-28 in the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

The other college football playoff semi-final was much closer, as Clemson scored with under two-minutes remaining to beat Ohio State 29-23.  The Buckeyes got to Clemson’s 23-yard line with 37-seconds to play but were intercepted in the end zone.  To it will be Clemon and LSU for the National Championship in two weeks.

We still have 15-bowl games left on the schedule, after 4 today.  Tomorrow features five bowl games beginning at 9am on ESPN with the Belk Bowl.  Then it’s the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, followed by the Autozone Liberty Bowl, the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl and finally the Valero Alomo Bowl.

New Year’s Day offers four more bowls, beginning with Minnesota and Auburn in the Outback Bowl at 10am.  Michigan takes on Alabama in the VRBO Citrus Bowl, also at 10am.  Then it’s the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual with Oregon taking on Wisconsin at 2.  Finally, the AllState Sugar Bowl features Georgia and Baylor at 5:45 on ESPN.

There are two more bowls on Thursday, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday and the Armed Forces Bowl Saturday.

We head for the finish line Monday with the Lending Tree Bowl and then the following Monday, January 13th with the College Football Championship presented by AT&T featuring Clemson and LSU at 5 o’clock on ESPN.

We had quite a bit of prep basketball over the weekend, so let’s check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

Eastmont stopped Moscow Friday 38-34 at the Avista Tournament.  Wenatchee fell to Lapwai (lap-way) 60-47.  Moses Lake topped Issaquah 65-45.  Cashmere started its run through the Holiday Classic tournament in Oregon with a 60-46 win over Liberty.  Cascade beat Manson 43-25.  Eastside Prep was no match for Chelan, falling 67-to-9.  And Colton beat Waterville-Mansfield 51-41.

Staying on the girls side of the ledger, let’s go to Saturday.  Wenatchee beat Moscow 54-46…

Lapwai beat Eastmont 41-31 in the 4th place game of the Avista Tournament, but the Wildcat’s Megan Chandler was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Cashmere won the semi-final of its tournament in Oregon over Beaverton 56-46.  Nooksack Valley beat Chelan by 8 46-38.  Bellevue Christian stopped Cascade 42-26.

Then on Sunday…

Hailey Van Lith scored 25-points and added 17-reboounds to lead Cashmere to a 48-36 win in the championship of The Holiday Classic over La Salle of Oregon.

Turning to the Les Schwab Boys Basketball Scoreboard from the weekend…

Eastmont topped Moscow 85-72 at the Avista Tournament while Wenatchee beat University 63-53.  Moses Lake edged Issaquah 76-71.  Cashmere topped Cascade Christian in the SunDome Shootout 42-20.  Cascade edged Manson 51-48 and Chelan had no trouble with Wellpinit, winning 88-51.

On Saturday, Wenatchee beat Eastmont 60-45 at Avista…

Eastmont’s Oscar Calvillo and Wenatchee’s Nate Blauman were selected to the All-Tournament team.

Cashmere beat Port Angeles at the SunDome Shootout 54-41.  Chelan topped Eastside Prep 66-48.  Vashon Island beat Cascade by 21 and Muckleshoot Tribal stopped Manson 63-56.

There are two games on the schedule for today…

Eastmont is in Spokane to face Rogers with the boys going first then the girls to follow.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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.