Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window.
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Handgun Assault Arrest -A 42-year-old man suspected of pointing a handgun at two different people was arrested after a standoff Christmas afternoon in Manson. Jimmy Madrid was booked into the Chelan County jail on charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a handgun. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies first responded at 9:20 a.m. to disturbance off Highway 97A in Entiat where the suspect had reportedly pointed a handgun at another person. The man had left the area but less than an hour later the sheriff’s office received another report of a man of the same description at Mill Bay Casino in Manson again pointing a handgun. The vehicle identified in both incidents was located just before 1 p.m. outside a home on North Harris Avenue in Manson. The sheriff’s office said with assistance from the Washington State Patrol the home was surrounded and more than two hours later Madrid walked out of van in the back yard and surrendered.
Wenatchee Area Fires -An East Wenatchee man was taken to Central Washington Hospital early this morning with burn injuries suffered in a motor home fire in the 2400 block of Sunset Highway. The identity of the man has not yet been released but Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance said his injuries were minor and the man was in stable condition. Fire district spokeswoman Kay McKellar said the fire was reported about 2:40 a.m. and firefighters from both Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to find the RV fully engulfed. McKellar said the victim told firefighters a space heater caused the fire but the fire district has not yet confirmed that. She said a dog reportedly escaped the blaze but has gone missing. Firefighters from both districts were also called out Sunday night about 6:30, for a workshop fire at a home in the 1500 block of Western Avenue in Wenatchee. That two-alarm fire led to the closure of Western Avenue near Rotary Park for a short time. The fire in the 50-by-50 wood shop was stopped before spreading to the nearby home. McKellar said the shop was destroyed but there were no injuries. The cause of that fire has not yet been determined.
D.V. Doctor -A former Confluence Health cancer physician has pleaded guilty to two charges of violating protective orders granted to his estranged wife during divorce proceedings. 37-year-old Dr. Tyler Buckley was facing felony counts of computer trespass and witness intimidation, plus a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault. Chelan County prosecutors dismissed those more serious charges after Buckley’s plea on December 13th. He received a suspended sentence in District Court, plus a $350 fine and two years of supervised probation. Police said Buckley had shoved and injured his wife and loitered near her workplace in violation of the protective order. In his plea, Buckley admitted only to texting and phoning his wife while he was barred from doing so by a judge’s order. However, Confluence Health said he also used his access as a staff oncology physician to look up his wife’s medical records, in violation of patient privacy and hospital policy. He resigned from Confluence last April.
Cold COVID Clinics -A heads up before we go to break. . .severe cold and icy conditions led some agencies to close or shorten their working hours this week. Among them, Confluence Health’s COVID-19 outreach will operate on special hours. COVID testing at the health system’s Emerson Street building will only be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Thursday, and then from 10 to noon on Friday. Normally, that drive-through station opens about 7:30 a.m. daily. For testing appointments, call the Confluence COVID hotline at 663-8711.
TEASE -Coming up next, Bad parking habits in the tourist-heavy town of Leavenworth earned a rebuke on Christmas Day from the state Department of Transportation. Former East Wenatchee Municipal Judge Chancey Crowell has a new post, this one in Okanogan County and First responders from throughout the area converged on Central Washington Hospital on Christmas Day as a show of support for patients having to spend the holiday away from their families. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.
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Leavenworth Parking -Bad parking habits in the tourist-heavy town of Leavenworth earned a rebuke on Christmas Day from the state Department of Transportation. With downtown parking at a premium, visitors decided to park in a right-hand turn lane along Highway 2. This despite a large warning sign put in place by the city after the problem began earlier in the week. State and local officials warn that such parking jobs are illegal, and run the risk of towing. Leavenworth operates four paid parking lots and three free lots, with metered parking stalls around the downtown area.
New Okanogan Judge -Former East Wenatchee Municipal Judge Chancey Crowell has a new post, this one in Okanogan County. In mid-December, county commissioners approved Crowell as the new District Court judge, replacing former Judge Robert Grim. He was one of three applicants for the new job. Crowell was the city judge in East Wenatchee cases for 12 years, until the mayor and council allowed his contract to lapse at the end of this month. State law requires him to establish residency in Okanogan County.
Hospital Procession-First responders from throughout the area converged on Central Washington Hospital on Christmas Day as a show of support for patients having to spend the holiday away from their families. Called the Skylee Ray Parade of Lights in honor of the stillborn child of a law enforcement officer, the lights-only procession included vehicles from fire and police departments in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, the Washington State Patrol, Ballard Ambulance and tow trucks. Organizers said the silent show of support was not only for people being treated at the hospital but also for those caring for them.
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Jason Lake COVID -The omicron variant of COVID-19 has yet to really take hold in Washington, but, hospital officials say when it does, it could be a major challenge for health systems. Dr. Jason Lake, chief medical officer of Confluence Health, was among hospital health leaders from around the state who participated in a Washington Hospital Association press briefing on Thursday. In tonight’s feature story, he says staffing shortages and a possible increase in the need for COVID testing could hamper the response to an omicron surge. . .
TEASE – 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.
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It was another case of shoulda, woulda, coulda for the Seahawks Sunday as they stumble against the Bears, falling 25-24…
Seattle let a 10-point, 4th quarter lead slip away in the snow at Lumen Field as 3rd string quarterback Nick Foles led Chicago to the victory, scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion with 1:01 left in the game to win.
A dejected Pete Carroll says it was another case of a game the Seahawks should have won got away from them…
Seattle converted just 3-of-10 3rd down opportunities and let the Bears win the time of possession battle 31-minutes to 28-minutes. Carroll says it’s a theme he hates to see bite his team once again…
Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes on the day but complete just 16-of-his-27 throws and suffered two costly sacks. He says Seattle left a “W” out on that field Sunday…
Wilson was sacked on a crucial 3rd down in the 4th quarter that resulted in a missed field goal and was 4-of-7 for 25-yards in three, 4th quarter possessions. The 10th-year Seahawk says he’ll just focus on getting better…
Nick Foles played his first game of the NFL season for Chicago Sunday, leading the Bears from behind to the victory. Coach Carroll says he wasn’t surprised by the play of the former Super Bowl MVP…
Officially eliminated from the playoffs, Seattle has one more home game Sunday against the 2-12-and-1 Detroit Lions at 1:25 on FOX.
The Seattle Kraken spent the holiday week along with the rest of the NHL in a COVID shutdown….
They’ll try to get back on the ice Wednesday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The league shutdown means it will be 11-days between games for the Kraken. Coach Dave Hakstol says that’s why it’s so important to get good work in on the ice when they have the chance…
Seattle only had 15-players skating in Sunday’s practice with several out on the COVID-reserve list. Coach Hakstol says that always plays a part in team chemistry…
If all things remain equal, the Kraken and Flyers will take to the ice at Climate Pledge Arena Wednesday at 7 o’clock. You can watch it on ROOT Sports Northwest.
The Wenatchee Wild will be back at practice this week as they’ll host Prince George at year’s end…
Wenatchee rode a 5-game winning streak into the holiday break. The Spruce Kings will be in town for a 6 o’clock game on Thursday and 7:05 game Friday to ring in the new year.
Silas High School in Tacoma is the site for the T-Town Throwdown Tournament over the next three days…
The Wenatchee boys face Foss this morning at 11 o’clock.
Eastmont is a fill-in team after another dropped out and will play either Federal Way or Newport tomorrow at 3:45. Wenatchee will face either Franklin Pierce or Emerald Ridge tomorrow at 5:30.
Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .
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