Evening News February 26

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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, A Moses Lake man who committed armed robbery was an easy capture for police officers yesterday afternoon, and, The mystery tar-like substance that’s been found on numerous vehicles traveling on Mission Ridge Road and Forest Ridge Drive will be the focus of Chelan County crews this week.

But first, we begin tonight:

An avalanche that is blocking both directions of State Route 20 just east of Newhalem is about 300 feet wide and 25-30 feet high. DOT Crews were preparing to clear the highway when the snow subsided. Both directions of SR 20/North Cascades Highway are closed at milepost 123 due to an avalanche. This is just east of the town of Newhalem in Whatcom County. The road was closed overnight, and is not expected to be re-opened until Wednesday. The weekend snow storm caused havoc in the Cascade passes with travel delays caused by numerous accidents and avalanche control operations.

A Moses Lake man who committed armed robbery was an easy capture for police officers yesterday (Sun) afternoon.

Shortly before 4:00 p.m. yesterday, Moses Lake officers responded to the 700 block of Dahlia for a report of a robbery that had just taken place. The victim told officers that he had arrived home and found 28-year-old Todd Gremler inside his residence taking items. Gremler and the victim apparently know each other and live on the same property. Gremler told the victim he was there to recover mail that he believed the victim had stolen from him.

When the victim confronted him and threatened to call police, Gremler allegedly pointed a gun at the victim. Gremler told the victim that he would get his phone back when Gremler got his mail back. Gremler then took several items belonging to the victim, and went back to his residence, located on the same property. Officers arrested Gremler within a few minutes, and subsequently served a search warrant on his home. Officers recovered the firearm used, the victim’s cell phone, as well as tools and fishing gear taken by the suspect. Gremler was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree and Assault 2nd degree. The case is still under investigation, but there is no evidence to date that the victim had any of Gremler’s property.

A Tacoma woman was injured late last week in a one-vehicle accident near Entiat.

Washington State Patrol says 34-year old Vanessa Ingham was traveling south on highway 97A four miles north of Entiat when she attempted to enter a corner, lost control, rotated sideways and went off the highway.

The car then went over railroad tracks and down an embankment landing partially in the Columbia River. Another driver at the scene transported Ingham to Central Washington Hospital following the accident. State Patrol is still investigating both the cause of the crash and if any charges will be filed.

A Washington Cattlemen’s group is howling mad over being left out of grant money to ease conflicts between wolves and cattle. Here’s more on that story. . .

The mystery tar-like substance that’s been found on numerous vehicles traveling on Mission Ridge Road and Forest Ridge Drive will be the focus of Chelan County crews this week.

The roadways, which were chip-sealed in August, will be scraped down to their sub-surface, and the debris will be hauled away. The road then will be sanded to cover any remaining oil. The scraping, which is typically done with a grader, will be completed as the weather allows; scraping the roadway is not possible if it is covered in snow.

Public Works began getting reports from motorists who traveled on Mission Ridge Road in early January that a sticky, tar-like substance was on their vehicles. Forest Ridge Drive residents soon after reported similar problems. Crews have been brooming and sanding the roadway when weather allows. A representative of the company that supplies the oil for the county’s chip sealing was on site recently but was unable to identify the cause of the problem. Motorists in those areas can expect minor travel delays.

Coming up next, Douglas County District Judge Judith McCauley says she’ll retire from the bench effective May 1st, and, we will tell you about the 2018 Apple Citizen of the Year. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Leeon (Leun) Leyde (Liedee) hopes to replace his East Wenatchee Police badge for a Douglas County Sheriff’s badge. Leyde has formally announced his candidacy for the Sheriff’s office. The former Washington State Patrol trooper brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to the job. Leyde sat down with NCWLIFE News Director, Steve Hair to discuss a range of issues including his thoughts on how to deal with school violence . . .

Leyde is the second candidate to announce his candidacy. Douglas County Undersheriff, Kevin Morse is also running as a Republican. You can watch Leyde’s interview in its entirety on our website at ncwlife.com.

In a letter to Douglas County Commissioners last week, Douglas County District Judge Judith McCauley says she’ll retire from the bench effective May 1st.

The 72-year old McCauley has worked for Douglas County for 38-years, 23 years as a District Court Judge and 15 years as the county’s first woman prosecutor. McCauley’s four-year term was due to end on December 31st and her retirement in May allows the County Commissioners time to appoint an interim judge until the November election. Any new judge elected in November would take office immediately under a “short and full term” clause in state elections law. The election winner would then commence a regular four-year term starting January 1st. McCauley is the third judge to retire this year in the Wenatchee Valley following in the footsteps of Chelan Superior Court Judges Alicia Nakata and Chip Small.

Todd Fryhover has been named 2018 Apple Citizen of the Year.  The Apple Blossom Festival’s Royalty Queen Gretta Wiersma and Princesses Jessica Murray and Sophie Costilla along with Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson surprised Todd with the award at a birthday party at his home.

Fryhover is a native of Wenatchee having worked for several leading apple packing companies over the past 30 years. As President of the Washington State Apple Commission Fryhover has overseen the mass marketing of the State’s signature fruit since 2008. He commented on that in an interview on NCWLIFE Channel. .

The Apple Citizen of the Year award began in 1981 to honor the roots of the Festival and the leaders that make this the Apple Capital of the World.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Let’s start our weekend recap of sports with what happened on Friday.  First, the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in high school hoops…

In boys regional basketball action, Kittitas-Thorp had no trouble with Brewster, downing the Bears 78-37.  Brewster will have to play on Day-1 of the State 2B tournament in Spokane against Life Christian Academy Wednesday at 9pm.  Also Friday at Wenatchee High School, Friday Harbor ended Oroville’s season 51-32.

In the 1-B boys regional Friday, Almira-Coulee-Hartline fell to #1-ranked Sunnyside Christian 55-36.  The Warriors face Taholah in the first round at State Wednesday at 2pm.

In the 1-B girls regional Friday, The Entiat Tigers advanced to the State B Tournament Friday with a convincing 78-17 win over Riverside Christian.  Natalya Paz scored 16 of her game-high 24-points in the third quarter to lead Entiat.  The Tiger’s defense was smothering, forcing the Crusaders into 30-turnovers on the night…

Moving onto Saturday’s play as we open up the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard again…

At the 2B Regional in Yakima, Mabton bounced the Lake Roosevelt girls from the tournament with a 49-38 victory.  At Wenatchee High School, the Brewster girls advanced to State with a 66-50 win over Mossyrock.  Brewster will face Napavine in a first-round, 2-B game Wednesday at 12:15pm.  The Pateros boys were knocked out of the 1B tournament with a 66-48 loss to Naselle.  The 1-B Girls Tournament saw A-C-H fall to Pomeroy 52-42 so Almira-Coulee-Hartline plays on the first day of the State B Tournament in Spokane against Tahola Wednesday at 5:30pm.

Moving onto the 1-A Regional, Cashmere took on Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) in a state seeding game…

Cashmere will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Nooksack Valley and Meridian.

In the 4-A tournament, both Davis and Sunnyside boys lost their regional games over the weekend.  The Pirates will face Curtis in Tacoma Wednesday while Sunnyside takes on Lewis & Clark.  The Moses Lake girls remained undefeated with a 71-66 win over Woodinville Friday.  The Chiefs move onto the State 4A Quarterfinals and will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between University and Bellarmine.

The biggest game of the season for the Wenatchee Wild came on Friday night in Vernon, B.C. where the Wild took on the Venom in a battle for the number two seed in the playoffs.  Wenatchee had a great start, but then cooled off as Vernon came storming back.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network.  Video courtesy of Hockey-TV…

With nothing really to play for on Saturday, the Wild dropped its final game of the regular season at Penticton 5-to-1.

Wenatchee, with the #3 seed, will host the #6 seeded Merritt Centennials in the first-round of the BCHL Playoffs Thursday night at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck will drop at 7:05 in Game 1 Thursday and Game 2 Saturday night.  The best-of-seven series will then shift to Merritt for Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5 March 6th, 7th, and possibly 9th.  If the series goes to games 6 and/or 7, they would be back in Wenatchee March 11th and 12th.

Thanks Eric,

Students in Washington state have launched a social media campaign to address gun violence in schools following the shooting at a South Florida High School. The campaign, Will My School Be Next, focuses on the State Legislature and calls for an effort to address gun violence in schools. Undergrad student Gracie Anderson started the campaign after she felt desensitized to gun violence in schools, and angry with the lack of action. . .

Anderson says the group aims to encourage civic engagement in young people and hopes to gain the attention of lawmakers. . .

For more information on the social media campaign visit will-we-be-next dot com.

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 look at other news around our area…

An avalanche that is blocking both directions of State Route 20 just east of Newhalem is about 300 feet wide and 25-30 feet high. DOT Crews were preparing to clear the highway when the snow subsided. Both directions of SR 20/North Cascades Highway are closed at milepost 123 due to an avalanche. This is just east of the town of Newhalem in Whatcom County. The road was closed overnight, and is not expected to be re-opened until Wednesday. The weekend snow storm caused havoc in the Cascade passes with travel delays caused by numerous accidents and avalanche control operations.

A Moses Lake man who committed armed robbery was an easy capture for police officers yesterday (Sun) afternoon.

Shortly before 4:00 p.m. yesterday, Moses Lake officers responded to the 700 block of Dahlia for a report of a robbery that had just taken place. The victim told officers that he had arrived home and found 28-year-old Todd Gremler inside his residence taking items. Gremler and the victim apparently know each other and live on the same property. Gremler told the victim he was there to recover mail that he believed the victim had stolen from him.

When the victim confronted him and threatened to call police, Gremler allegedly pointed a gun at the victim. Gremler told the victim that he would get his phone back when Gremler got his mail back. Gremler then took several items belonging to the victim, and went back to his residence, located on the same property. Officers arrested Gremler within a few minutes, and subsequently served a search warrant on his home. Officers recovered the firearm used, the victim’s cell phone, as well as tools and fishing gear taken by the suspect. Gremler was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree and Assault 2nd degree. The case is still under investigation, but there is no evidence to date that the victim had any of Gremler’s property.

Satellite imagery indicated an upper level weather trough descending into the region from the Gulf of Alaska this morning but our skies remained sunny throughout the day today and will remain mostly sunny for Tuesday. Afternoon high temperatures were in the low 40’s today and will climb to the mid-40’s by tomorrow. By Wednesday, that upper level trough will swing through Northcentral Washington increasing our chance for rain mixed with snow to 50% with a 60% chance of rain on Wednesday night. A warm southwest flow of moisture will be our weather feature from Thursday through Saturday with a 30% chance of rain and mild afternoon high temperatures mainly in the mid-40’s. By Sunday, a ridge of high pressure develops off the pacific Coast which will bring us clearing skies, light winds and temperatures about where we should be for this time of year into the mid and upper 40’s.

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