Our top story tonight -- Grant County PUD Commissioner Randy Allred died on Friday after a long illness. The 62-year-old Allred had told PUD members his health was in decline. Interim General Manager Tony Webb said, "Randy was a great man and will  be deeply missed by the Grant PUD family. He believed in giving more to his community than he took and his many years of service were evidence."

Allred was given credit for his years of work with the PUD. He was instrumental in relicensing the Priest Rapids dam, bond refinancing and helping accomplish some major capital upgrades at the PUD. Webb said the PUD will miss his leadership and that the impact he had on the utility will not be forgotten. Allred served as commissioner since 2003.

DAVID NICKELS was set to be sentenced for the murder of Ephrata's SAGE MUNRO this morning. The sentencing was delayed and reset. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.

A burglary victim watched two men load stolen guns into a truck and she followed them until they were arrested.  Earlier in the day, the woman and her husband reported having five shotguns, six rifles, two pistols and two scopes stolen from their home.

SHAWN LOU-SHEN-KO, a 31-uear-old Moses Lake man, and BRANDON DE-LAW-DER, a 23-year-old Moses Lake man, were arrested. In the back of the pickup, reportedly driven by LOU-SHEN-KO and  DE-LAW-DER, a .22 rifle was found and identified as belonging to the victim's son.

LOU-SHEN-KO reportedly told police how DE-LAW-DER threw several firearms out of the truck while they were driving on Road 9 Northeast. Seven stolen firearms were later recovered by deputies. LOU-SHEN-KO was charged with seven counts of possession of a stolen firearm and seven counts of unlawfully possession a firearm. He is a convicted felon, according to court records. His bail was set at $15,000. DE-LAW-DER was charged with seven counts of possession of stolen firearms and possession of stolen property in the third degree. His bail was set at $10,000.

Ephrata is making room for the police and helping to make them safer. Here with the story is BILL STEVENSON.

The Department of Ecology is extending the comment period for the proposed air quality permit to build the new Vantage Data Center on 63 acres of land northeast of Quincy. This new comment period is needed because the data center made changes to the proposed project that resulted in a slight increase in emissions.

The due date for comments is now Jan. 11.  The draft permit would allow the company to install 17 backup diesel generators for use during power failures to support the facility's data servers and places conditions on the operation to protect public health. The 17 new generators would be in addition to 141 generators already permitted at five other Quincy-area data centers.

Comments can be submitted to BETH MORT, care of the Department of Ecology, at 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA99205-1295, or by email to BETH-DOT-MORT-(AT)-ECY-DOT-WA-DOT-GOV

The Central Basin Traffic Safety Task Force recognized several law enforcement officers from Grant and Adams counties during a ceremony at the Moses Lake Civic Center. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER with video from ROBERT RYDER.

Moses Lake officials are asking residents to take part in redefining the city's "vision for the future" as part of a comprehensive plan update.

The comprehensive plan serves as a land use and development guide that assists the city with policy decisions and achieving a long term vision.

Residents are invited to take a short online survey by visiting www.CityofML.com.  People can also attend a workshop on Monday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Civic Center auditorium, located at 401 Balsam Street. The workshop is intended to be an "interactive learning event,"  including a review of concerns and objectives identified by the community.

For more information, visit www.cityofml.com, or contact the community development department at 509-764-3751.

The Eastern Washington University football team's season came to end on Saturday in the Semi-Finals of the Division 1 Championship.The Eagles hosted Sam Houston State and trailed 35 to 0 at half time. The Eagles rallied in the second half scoring 42 points while giving up only 10.Eastern lost by a final score 45 to 42.Eagle fans took some consolation in Freshman QB Vernon Adams who threw for 364 yards and 6 TD passes in the second half.

Turning to the NFL, the Seahawks found themselves in Toronto, Canada on Sunday.Let's take a look at some highlights from up north.

My money is on the Hawks to win their last two and take the NFC West.

Let's take quick look at some other highlights from over the weekend.

Our SPOTLIGHT story tonight is about smashing candy in the Christmas spirit. Here with the story is RYAN LANCASTER.

In Northwest news -- As our country tries to come to terms with the massacre of children in Connecticut, we find more attacks on children in our own state.

Police say a Bellingham man -- with a history of mental illness -- punched a baby in the head so hard the child needed hospitalization. The Bellingham Herald reports that 28-year-old DANIEL JOSHUA BRAVO was arrested Sunday after the baby's father and two witnesses chased him down and held him until officers arrived.

The baby and the family were in a restaurant having lunch when BRAVO came in. The mother was cradling the baby in her arms when BRAVO sprinted at them from behind and punched the baby in the head while he was still running.  The suspect used so much force -- the baby almost fell from the mother's arms, but she caught her child just in time. BRAVO was booked into jail for assault in the second degree. He has a  well-documented history of mental illness, hallucinations and drug use.

If you were driving to Seattle or Spokane this weekend -- our final  story won't be much for news. The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast. It knocked out power and created blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.

Winds knocked a tree onto a home in Lakewood -- near a sleeping  2-year-old, but it missed the baby's crib. Winds also were blamed for  sinking two boats on Lake Washington and KOMO radio reported the fire department helped two people who were sleeping on one of the boats.

Heavy snow fell in the mountains. Accumulations from the storm that  started Sunday are likely to total 2 to 3 feet by Tuesday morning in the Cascades. Snow was already on the ground Monday in parts of the Columbia Basin with much of it melting with rain and warmer temperatures.

 

 

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