Evening News February 28

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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, Warden Schools were placed on precautionary lockdown yesterday, and, a Moses Lake motel manager stole a credit card and then ordered pizza…well tell you about it.

But first, we begin tonight:

Protecting our students from gun violence is the hot button issue currently facing this country. At last nights (Tue) Wenatchee School District Board Meeting, former Wenatchee Police Officer and current host of Street Talk and Other Stuff on the NCWLife Channel Mike Magnotti let the school board know they were entitled to his opinion. . .

The Wenatchee School District will hold a listening session concerning gun violence and school safety this Monday, March 5th at Wenatchee High School from 7:00-8:00 p.m. This will be an open discussion regarding gun violence and school safety. Also an update tonight on the messages written on a restroom wall at Wenatchee High School last Wednesday referencing the recent school shooting in Florida and that Wenatchee students shouldn’t attend school on Friday, March 2nd. Superintendent Brian Flones told NCWLife News earlier today that law enforcement still has no suspects in the case and school will go on as planned this Friday.

Warden Schools were placed on Precautionary Lockdown yesterday after people about eight blocks from the schools saw two unknown white males possibly carrying weapons and walking toward the schools. Police responded but did not locate anyone with weapons. Students were all released at the normal time and no threats were confirmed. As a precaution the District cancelled all school sports for the day.

A man has pleaded guilty in connection with a December 16th high-speed pursuit and crash near Moses Lake. NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has more.

And then there’s the story of the missing credit card and a pizza. It happened this week in Moses Lake at the Imperial Motel. It involved this woman, identified as 28 year old Brandi Smithers, who manages the motel. Police say a former customer from Arizona contacted officers and said someone had used his credit card at a pizza restaurant in town and delivered to the Motel. It turns out Smithers had allegedly stolen the man’s credit card information to order a pizza for her and her friends. Police arrested Smithers at the motel. A subsequent search turned up about an ounce of Heroin and some methamphetamine inside the room. Officers say the motel has a history of illegal narcotics activity. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

Coming up next, Plans for developing an Alpine Adventure park in Leavenworth took another step forward yesterday, and, Chelan and Douglas Counties have inked a new contract to house Douglas County inmates at the Regional Justice Center. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Plans for developing an Alpine Adventure park in Leavenworth took another step forward after the property where its proposed to be located was annexed into the City limits. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

Chelan and Douglas Counties have inked a new contract to house Douglas County inmates at the Regional Justice Center. Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the new pact was signed Monday after clearing up some confusion concerning past billing.

Overbay says the two County boards also continue to discuss the possibility of Douglas County’s use of the Chelan County Juvenile Jail. Douglas County currently sends youth offenders to Martin Hall near Medical Lake. But Overbay says Chelan County can offer less costly rates.

Late Monday evening Manson Volunteer Firefighters found themselves on thin ice as they practiced rescues with specialized equipment for frigid situations on the water. Fire Chief Arnold Baker said training started after a fatal incident years ago…

On a related note, Baker celebrates his 20th year as chief of the Manson Fire Department and says he’s as motivated as ever to continue work in the Manson community. For more visit NCWLIFE.com.

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.

Today is the day.  All the nervous anticipation, all the practice, all the work…it all comes to a head today in Day 1 of the WIAA State Basketball Tournament.  There are actually six different tournaments getting underway in three locations.  The 4A and 3A schools are playing the first round in the Tacoma Dome today.  The 2A and 1A teams begin their tournament in the SunDome in Yakima.  And the 2B and 1B teams are at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane.

 

The first of the schools we’re be following is the Brewster Girls…

It was a fast-paced, up and down game for Brewster and Napavine today during the lunch hour at the State 2B Tournament.  Unfortunately, the Bears were not able to keep up with the balanced attack by Napavine as the Tigers won 62-52.  So the Lady Bears season comes to an end.

The Brewster boys will face Life Christian Academy tonight in the Day 1 finale at 9 o’clock.  The Bears sport a record of 20-and-4 while the Eagles are 22-and-4.  The winner of tonight’s game gets a quarterfinal matchup tomorrow night at 9 with #2-ranked and undefeated St. George’s.

The Entiat Girls are also playing the late game tonight in Spokane at 9 o’clock against Mt. Rainier Lutheran…

The Tigers are 21-and-2 and are ranked 9th in the State’s final RPI.  The Hawks are 21-and-4 and finished ranked just ahead of Entiat at 8th.  Senior Natalya Paz (Pause) says she thinks her team is ready for the challenge…

Paz says that she and the rest of her team carry their entire community with them to Spokane, which equals a lot of pride…

Entiat and Mt. Rainier Lutheran, tonight at 9 o’clock.

The Cashmere girls, meanwhile, leave today around 1 o’clock to Yakima for the State 1-A Tournament…

They’ll get settled into their hotel, have a workout, get some dinner and then head over to the SunDome to watch Nooksack Valley and Meridian.  Cashmere will face the winner of that game tomorrow night at 9pm in the quarterfinals.  While the Bulldogs have a lot of confidence as they take on the best teams in the state, their Coach, Brent Darnell, says they’ll also need to get some bounces go their way to hoist the gold ball come Saturday night…

Tomorrow, we’ll focus in on Cashmere’s amazingly talented sophomore guard Hailey VanLith.  She’s averaged 33-points a game, has all the top colleges in the country recruiting her, and is the driving force behind her team’s success.  More on her from her coach, her teammates as well as Hailey herself…tomorrow.

The Mariners lost both split-squad games in Cactus League play yesterday in Arizona…

Seattle lost at Kansas City 14-to-9 despite a good day at the plate for Taylor Motter.  He went 2-for-3 with two doubles and 2-RBI.  Seattle hosted San Diego in Peoria with Jean Segura having a nice day at the plate…

Seattle will be in Goodyear, Arizona today to take on the Cleveland Indians.  Ariel Miranda will make his spring training debut.  The first pitch is at 12:05.

Thanks Eric,

Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner is attending the annual conference of the National Association of Counties this week in Washington D.C. The event is a chance for counties to discuss issues of mutual concern including marijuana which is now legal in nine States. Commissioner Doug England and Kevin Overbay say many of the same issues they are dealing with are shared by other county commissioners across the country. . .

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 of tonight’s top stories. . .

Warden Schools were placed on Precautionary Lockdown yesterday after people about eight blocks from the schools saw two unknown white males possibly carrying weapons and walking toward the schools. Police responded but did not locate anyone with weapons. Students were all released at the normal time and no threats were confirmed. As a precaution the District cancelled all school sports for the day.

Chelan and Douglas Counties have inked a new contract to house Douglas County inmates at the Regional Justice Center. Commissioner Kevin Overbay says the new pact was signed Monday after clearing up some confusion concerning past billing.

Overbay says the two County boards also continue to discuss the possibility of Douglas County’s use of the Chelan County Juvenile Jail. Douglas County currently sends youth offenders to Martin Hall near Medical Lake. But Overbay says Chelan County can offer less costly rates.

Plans for developing an Alpine Adventure park in Leavenworth took another step forward after the property where its proposed to be located was annexed into the City limits. NCWLife’s Steve Hair reports. . .

A big weather change is expected today into Friday as satellite imagery is showing a strong and deep Gulf of Alaska trough digging aggressively eastward just off the British Columbia coast. The associated area of low pressure is pushing a large wave of moisture ahead of it. We have a 50% chance of rain showers developing this afternoon, which goes up to a 100% chance of rain mixed with snow showers tonight. This weather system is called a closed low, which means it is cut off from other weather features. This pattern usually sets up a long period of moist southerly flow into the forecast area. With that in mind, we will also see an 80% chance of rain and snow on Thursday and a 60% chance of a wintry mix on Friday. Mainly rain is expected for the Wenatchee Valley over this forecast period but we may have accumulating skiffs of snow at times. We do have a winter weather advisory for some locations in our area from 4:00 this afternoon until 10:00 Thursday morning. Most of the real snow will be in the mountains where up to a foot of snow is possible and into eastern Washington where Spokane could pick up 2-6 inches of new snow. Our weather quiets down on Saturday and into the weekend as high- pressure builds in bringing mostly sunny skies and light wind with highs this weekend and early next week in the mid to upper 40’s.

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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 tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.