Evening News March 12


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 Brewster man suspected of raping a 12-year old girl is in custody, and, an Easty Wenatchee woman is in jail today after scuffling with Sheriff’s Deputies.

But first, we begin tonight:

**Lincoln School Shooting Arrest** -A man who was arrested last Thursday for allegedly shooting at Lincoln Elementary school students with an air-soft pellet rifle is back in jail this morning for domestic assault. Captain Edgar Reinfeld with the Wenatchee Police Department says the man had just bailed out of jail following his arrest last week. Reinfeld says the man, identified as 18- year old Victor Morgan had reportedly walked onto the Lincoln school campus around 5:25 in the afternoon and started firing the plastic pellets at students who were attending after-school programs. . .
[VIDEO: Story- Lincoln Arrest] (:14)
Reinfeld says it appears none of the students were struck by the pellets. Lincoln School officials ordered the campus locked down until Morgan was apprehended. Captain Reinfeld says Morgan was arrested again Sunday after he reportedly assaulted his mother. Details are pending in that case.

**Child Rape Arrest** -A Brewster man suspected of raping a 12-year old girl is in custody following his arrest last Thursday. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal says the 19 year old suspect is alleged to have sexually assaulted the girl at a Bridgeport home. The suspect is in custody on 100-thousand dollars bail.
**Drug Arrest** -Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal also reports the arrest of an East Wenatchee woman following a scuffle with a sheriff’s deputy Saturday afternoon. The Sheriff says the deputy made contact with the woman who was smoking marijuana with a man in a parked car near Rock Island. The Deputy told the occupants that it was illegal to use marijuana in public.  The Sheriff says the woman refused to cooperate with the Deputy when he approached the vehicle and gave him a false name when he asked her for her ID. It was learned that the woman, identified as 23 year old Alex Zufall, was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The Deputy reported the woman became combative and struck him several times as he tried to place her into custody. The Deputy also discovered a white crystalline substance he suspected to be methamphetamine and items which appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s purse.  There were no injuries in the altercation and the suspect was transported to the Chelan County Jail without further incident.

**Student Walk-Out (Preview)** -This Wednesday, High School students from Wenatchee, Eastmont and Cascade School Districts in Leavenworth as well as students from Wenatchee Valley College will participate in the National School Walkout to honor the 17 people who were killed in the February 14th shooting in Parkland, Florida. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. Students at Wenatchee High School will march to the school track where there will be 18 speakers, all sharing a story of one of the victims killed in Florida. After the presentations are finished, students who are willing to risk an un-excused absence will march down Miller and Orondo Streets to the Chelan County Courthouse for a community rally. NCWLife News will be at both events on Wednesday and will bring you complete coverage on the NCWLife Evening News.

**TEASE** -Coming up next, a new 103-room hotel at Olds Station is in the works, and, New home listings and building permits are both up substantially in the Wenatchee real estate market. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…
**I-940 (WUWV)** -We told you last Friday that the state legislature passed House Bill 3003 to address police use of deadly force and de-escalation training which Governor Jay Inslee has already signed into law. Wenatchee Police Chief Steve Crown says the bill contains many components and took some time to negotiate the proper wording. . .
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Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says getting the bill passed took a giant collaboration between many private, police and government officials, something you don’t normally see in Olympia. . .
[Video: Story-I-940 2] (1:05)
Besides de-escalation and mental health training, law enforcement will also be required to conduct a completely independent investigation when the use of deadly force is involved in an incident.

**New Wenatchee Hotel Development** – Wenatchee Developers Steven and Tanya Tramp announced today that their company, Princess Properties has officially entered the development stage of Wenatchee’s newest hotel. They have proposed a mid-tier, 103 room, four story hotel next door to their current Wenatchee hotel, Comfort Suites at Olds Station. The franchise name has yet to be announced. Groundbreaking could be scheduled as early as next month with work to be completed within 10 months of groundbreaking.

**Real Estate Snapshot** -New home listings and building permits are both up substantially in the latest real estate snapshot provided by Pacific Appraisal and Associates for February. So far in 2018, there have been 170 new home listings, which is a 14% increase over the same time period last year where there were 149 new listings. Single-family home year-to-date sales have also increased 26% over 2017. Building permits are up significantly. 26 single-family dwelling permits were issued through February, which is a 117% increase over the 12 permits issued in the same time period in 2017. Unfortunately, the average and median home sales price has also gone up. The average sales price last month was $346,976-dollars compared to $281,741 in 2017, a 23% increase. The median sales price in the Wenatchee market for February was $306, 375-dollars compared to $275,000-dollars in 2017, which is an increase of 11%. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

**Keith Vradenburg Retires** -The town of Entiat has a new mayor after Keith Vradenburg announced at last week’s City Council meeting that he is stepping down. Vradenburg is undergoing open heart surgery this week and is retiring from the Mayor’s office after serving for 10 years at City Hall. The 75-year-old retired Entiat High School teacher and coach also served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. City Councilman John Alt has been appointed to replace Vradenburg. The City is accepting application from anyone interested in filling that position.

**TEASE** -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.


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**FEATURE** -The Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center honored one of its very own, Bill Starkey with a tribute concert. Starkey has volunteered with the museum for 41 years and has overseen the care of original Liberty Theater Pipe Organ. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson attended the tribute earlier today. . .
[VIDEO: Bill Starkey Tribute Concert] (1:13)

**Firefighter Stairclimb** -Firefighters from all over the Northwest participated in The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle yesterday. Its an annual benefit with money raised directly supporting cancer research throughThe Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, and the tallest in Seattle. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,356 steps to reach the observation deck overlooking the city. Here’s part of the crew that came over from Wenatchee. Chelan County Fire District One, Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan Fire and Rescue were among the hundreds of firefighters who helped raise over 2.4 million dollars for cancer research.

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**WX** – The ridge of high pressure currently over Northcentral Washington slowly shifted east today but not before we enjoyed another beautiful weather day with sunshine and highs in the upper 50’s. By tonight, a deep area of low pressure will move into the Eastern Pacific increasing our cloudiness throughout the late afternoon and into tonight. The weather front will move into the region early Tuesday morning and slowly move through the forecast area through Wednesday morning. A strong Southerly flow will tap into pretty deep Pacific moisture and will result in all locations in our forecast area receiving about 18-24 hours of light to moderate precipitation. We have a 50% chance of rain on Tuesday and a 90% chance on Tuesday night with just some scattered showers left over on Wednesday morning. Temperatures will cool off 5-10 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, which brings them back to seasonal averages. Our normal high temperature for March 12th is 52 degrees. The large weather trough and upper level low will push south down the west coast and into California by Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday and right through the upcoming weekend, a weak area of high pressure will move into the Pacific Northwest bringing back dry, sunny and warmer weather with high temperatures in the mid-50’s.

**Here’s a look at your forecast**
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**CLOSE** – 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.