Evening News January 12

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight—yesterday’s winter storm numerous accidents across Northcentral Washington and we will have an update on the fatal accident yesterday near Soap Lake.

But first, we begin tonight:

The U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested a wanted felon in connection to a December 9 pursuit and crash that injured a Moses Lake woman. On Wednesday night deputies made the arrest after he barricaded himself inside a Soap Lake area home.

U.S. Marshals, sheriff’s deputies and officers tracked 29-year-old Nicholas Romero Rivera to the home where he refused to come outside. Based on Rivera’s criminal history, deputies called in the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team to assist. Rivera was eventually talked out of the home by negotiators before the Tactical Response Team arrived, and was taken into custody without incident. Upon searching the home, detectives with the Narcotics Enforcement Team seized an AR-22 rifle. Rivera was wanted on charges of vehicular assault, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and attempting to elude related to the Dec. 9 incident that injured a 22-year old female passenger, leaving her with critical injuries.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said Rivera’s decisions leading up to this arrest caused serious injuries to a young woman and now he can faces the charges, adding that the capture was the result of great teamwork by all agencies involved. Rivera is lodged in the Grant County Jail with bail set at $100-thousand dollars.

Washington State patrol is urging drivers to slow down and be safe and don’t take unnecessary trips.

Yesterday was an extremely busy day for Washington State Patrol Troopers in North Central Washington. In the morning between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., troopers responded to 35 collisions or weather related accidents and that number kept growing as the day went on and the weather deteriorated. By the end of the day, North Central Washington troopers had responded to 90 accidents throughout the area. Half of those were on Interstate 90, east of Snoqualmie pass where the road was closed on three separate occasions. There was thick fog on I-82 South of Ellensburg causing an accident between two semi-trucks. Between those three locations, Washington State Patrol covered over 1,500 square miles of land. Of those 90 accidents most of them were caused by driving too fast for conditions.

We have more information for you tonight on the fatal car accident near Soap Lake yesterday. The victim has been identified as 78-year old Harold Chadwick of Coulee City. His 74-year old wife Connie was a passenger in the car and remains in Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.

Chadwick lost control of his car on Highway 17, eleven miles North of Soap Lake, spun completely around, went off an embankment and rolled into Alkali Lake resting on its top. The cause of that accident was driving too fast on yesterday’s snow-covered, slushy roads.

We received a message from NCWLIFE viewer that two Eastmont School buses collided on Fancher Heights Thursday afternoon.

The Fancher resident who wished to remain anonymous says the accident occurred on Canyon Hills on the corner of Wheatridge and Harvestory Loop at about 4 o’clock.  There apparently were kids on at least one of the buses at the time, but no confirmation as of yet.

Coming up next, the year-end Wenatchee area real estate snapshot has been released, we’ll give you the details of that report and a town hall meeting is set for next week in Chelan to tackle the need for affordable housing. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Supply is low and the price remains high. The year-end Wenatchee area real estate snapshot saw a 7% increase in the median sales price for a residential single family home over a year ago.

According to Pacific Appraisal and Associates, the Wenatchee area market, which consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island, finished the year with the Median Sales Price at $290-thousand dollars, up 7% over 2016’s median price at $269,900-dollars.

Total sales for 2017 were down from 1121 in 2016 to 1041 in 2017, a 7% decrease and the number of new listings dropped from 1322 in 2016 to 1231 in 2017.

The good news is the number of single family building permits is up from 225 in 2016 to 242 in 2017.

Residents in the Chelan area are invited to a town hall meeting on Tuesday slated to address the need for affordable housing. Mayor Mike Cooney sat down with Dan Kuntz to talk more about the effort to find solutions for a growing issue…

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend here’s Megan McPherson with a look at what’s on tap around the Wenatchee Valley. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

After yesterday’s snows wiped out the entire sports schedule, it looks like we’re back to “normal” today in North Central Washington.  Let’s take a look at the weekend prep schedule, starting with girls basketball…

Only a couple games on the slate tonight with Wenatchee hosting Moses Lake at 5:45pm and we’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Ian Dunn and Mark Miller on the call from Wenatchee High School.  Also, Cashmere hosts Okanogan tonight at 5:45 as well.

Coming up Saturday in girls basketball…
Sunnyside at Eastmont, 5:45pm
Wenatchee at Eisenhower, 5:45pm
Chelan at Brewster, 6pm
Cascade at Cle Elum, 6pm
Manson at Bridgeport, 6pm
Liberty Bell at Waterville-Mansfield, 6pm

Turning to boys basketball this weekend…

Okanogan and Cashmere tip at 7:15.  Eastmont’s on the road at Davis at 7:30 while Wenatchee hosts Moses Lake, also at 7:30 and that’s LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel as well.

Coming up Saturday…
Chelan at Brewster, 7:30pm
Cascade at Cle Elum, 7:30pm
Manson at Bridgeport, 7:30pm
Liberty Bell at Waterville-Mansfield, 7:30pm
Sunnyside at Eastmont, 7:30pm
Wenatchee at Eisenhower, 7:30pm

In other prep action this weekend…

Eastmont hosts West Valley, Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Eisenhower and Davis in an 11-Dive meet at the YMCA pool across from the high school today at Noon today.

In wrestling this weekend, Eastmont’s at a tournament in Ellensburg.  The Wenatchee wrestlers head to the prestigious tournament at Marysville-Pillchuck tomorrow.  Chelan’s at the Rainier Invite and Cashmere and Cascade travel to Tonasket.

The Wenatchee Wild are trying to snap a rare, three-game losing streak tonight in the first of two weekend games against the West Kelowna Warriors…

On last night’s Call of the Wild, Coach and General Manager Bliss Littler told Arch Ecker Wenatchee, in the past year and a half, have a 42-3-2 record at the Town Toyota Center.  And with the coming schedule, he hopes his team can take advantage of home ice…

We’ll visit with Arch Ecker a little later on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about the series and a cool promotion tomorrow night.

If you’re up for a different type of event, Apple City Roller Derby is hosting the 4th Annual Bavarian Bruisefest this weekend in Leavenworth.  With 12 teams hitting the track, the tournament is the biggest it’s ever been according to local Apple City Roller Derby Coach Madeline Praye, also known as Your Kidd Sista…

ACRD will face off against Spokane’s Lilac City at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, followed by bouts from teams around the region through Sunday night. Upper Valley MEND will head up concessions including beer from Icicle Brewing Company. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets dot com or at the door of the Festhalle in Leavenworth.

The NFL’s version of the elite eight play this weekend in the Divisional round of the playoffs…

Tomorrow, it begins with Philadelphia hosting Atlanta at 1:35 on NBC.  That’s followed by Tennessee at New England at 5:15 on CBS.  Sunday, Jacksonville plays at Pittsburgh on CBS beginning at 10:05 followed by New Orleans at Minnesota at 1:40pm on FOX.

 

Thanks Eric…

Bitcoin is the world’s hottest commodity but did you know that Wenatchee is home to one of the country’s largest bitcoin mines? CNBC did a live story yesterday at Salcido Enterprises where the CNBC reporter, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, called Wenatchee, “the epicenter of bitcoin mining in the United States. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of some our top stories…

We have more information for you tonight on the fatal car accident near Soap Lake yesterday. The victim has been identified as 78-year old Harold Chadwick of Coulee City. His 74-year old wife Connie was a passenger in the car and remains in Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.

Chadwick lost control of his car on Highway 17, eleven miles North of Soap Lake, spun completely around, went off an embankment and rolled into Alkali Lake resting on its top. The cause of that accident was driving too fast on yesterday’s snow-covered, slushy roads.

We received a message from NCWLIFE viewer that two Eastmont School buses collided on Fancher Heights Thursday afternoon.

The Fancher resident who wished to remain anonymous says the accident occurred on Canyon Hills on the corner of Wheatridge and Harvestory Loop at about 4 o’clock.  There apparently were kids on at least one of the buses at the time, but no confirmation as of yet.

Supply is low and the price remains high. The year-end Wenatchee area real estate snapshot saw a 7% increase in the median sales price for a residential single family home over a year ago.

According to Pacific Appraisal and Associates, the Wenatchee area market, which consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island, finished the year with the Median Sales Price at $290-thousand dollars, up 7% over 2016’s median price at $269,900-dollars.

Total sales for 2017 were down from 1121 in 2016 to 1041 in 2017, a 7% decrease and the number of new listings dropped from 1322 in 2016 to 1231 in 2017.

The good news is the number of single family building permits is up from 225 in 2016 to 242 in 2017.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

Some moisture still remains over parts of the Inland Northwest today following the large winter weather system that moved through our area yesterday. We can expect cloudy skies, light wind and mild temperatures today through Sunday with high temperatures near 40. The latter half of the holiday weekend on Monday and into late next week, another fairly large weather system will inundate the Pacific Northwest bringing us mainly rain showers with high temperatures expected to remain above normal into the upper 30’s. Chance of precipitation Monday through Thursday of next week range from 40-60%.

The snow came just in time for recess at area schools in the Wenatchee Valley yesterday, check out the teamwork these students showed on the playground at Rock Island Elementary. . .

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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 Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and Steve Hair will be back with a look at the day’s news. Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.