Evening News March 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, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office made a huge drug discovery last week in an impounded car, and, A Judge has sentenced a former East Wenatchee Water District Commissioner to over 4 years in prison for molesting an 8 year old boy.

But first, we begin tonight:

Wenatchee and Eastmont High School students took to the streets of Wenatchee Saturday with their message of hope for safer schools. The March for Your Life event brought out over 500 enthusiastic supporters for a pre-march rally in the parking lot of the old Hastings Book Store. . .

The march was well attended and well-behaved. There were no counter-demonstrations as the march procession ended at Memorial Park. The event was one of hundreds held around the country in memory of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo on their Facebook page over the weekend. The Sheriff reports a Deputy impounded a vehicle in the Wenatchee area on March 21st. During a search of the vehicle they found 18-pounds of Methamphetamine inside. The investigation continues.

A Judge has sentenced a former East Wenatchee Water District Commissioner to over 4 years in prison for molesting an 8 year old boy. Michael McCourt’s was in Douglas County Superior Court last week where visiting judge David Estudillo sentenced him to 51 months in prison. McCourt had agreed to a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to child molestation after originally being charged with child rape.  McCourt also admitted to committing additional child sex crimes dating back to the 1980’s. His sentence also requires he register as a sex offender and remain under court monitoring the rest of his life. McCourt lost his bid for reelection to the water district. He also loses his position as Commissioner of the Douglas County Sewer District because of the felony conviction.

Washington State Patrol says three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Mattawa early Sunday morning.

The accident happened when a 2012 Kia ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 243 and Road 26 two miles south of Mattawa. The Kia struck a 2015 Chrysler driven by a Desert Aire resident. Following the collision, both vehicles came to rest blocking the intersection. Both drivers and a passenger in the Chrysler were injured in the crash and transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. The driver of the Kia was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way and vehicular assault. State Patrol says either drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident and the investigation continues.

Coming up next, Congressman Dan Newhouse criticizes support to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades, and, Pybus Market played host Saturday to an event that put the spotlight on volunteerism and the multitude of charitable organizations in the Wenatchee area. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

Congressman Dan Newhouse has issued a statement criticizing remarks made by US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in support of reintroducing grizzly bears to the North Cascades. Zinke spoke on Friday in Sedro Wooley declaring his support for the plan.

He said, “I’ve dealt with grizzly bears all my life.” And added “I’m in support of the great bear and I’m also in support of doing it right. Federal officials looking to restore the grizzly bear population released a draft plan last year with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture grizzly bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land in and around North Cascades National Park.

Congressman Newhouse said he was disappointed that Secretary Zinke did not first speak with him first. He said he’s heard from his constituents in Central Washington that reintroducing grizzly bears was a bad idea and that the federal government should listen to and respect the local community. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service worked on drafting the environmental impact statement for several years. After being published for public opinion, it was met with mixed reaction. Recently his department stopped the EIS but it’s unclear why. Zinke did tell reporters that he expects a decision on the environmental impact statement by the end of the year.

Pybus Market played host Saturday to an event that put the spotlight on volunteerism and the multitude of charitable organizations in the Wenatchee area that are in need of volunteer help. NCWLife’s Megan McPherson was there and filed this report. . .

The Port of Chelan County announced late last week that part of the one-point-two million dollar renovation of the annex at Pybus Market will include a business incubator designed to target technology start-up businesses.

The Port will lease 1950-square feet of the second floor of the new annex to house office and meeting spaces. The Port says the incubator will help reduce costs and assess risks associated with starting a new business. The renovation of the rebuilt annex space at Pybus Market began in early February and is expected to be completed as early as this July.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story tonight. That and much

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The Wenatchee Wild have moved on to the next round of the BCHL playoffs after defeating in Game 6 Saturday in the Town Toyota Center 4-3 in overtime.  It marked the second-consecutive night the two teams played extra, as the Wild won at Vernon Friday in double-overtime 3-2.  Things didn’t look good early for the home team Saturday as Vernon got out to a quick lead.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

After losing the first two games of the series, Wenatchee came back to win four straight…

To advance to the Interior Division Finals.  The Wild await tonight’s Game 7 winner between Penticton and Trail to know their next opponent.  Following tonight’s game in the Peach City, they’ll finalize dates, times and locations for Wenatchee’s next, best-of-seven playoff series.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from the weekend…

In baseball, Jared Rubash threw a 7-inning perfect game for the Wenatchee Panthers Friday in a 11-0 win over Davis.  Wenatchee came back to score 7-runs in the 7th inning of the nightcap to also win it, 10-7.  Eastmont split with Eisenhower and Cashmere downed Orting.  On Saturday, Cashmere swept Chelan and the Cascade at Omak doubleheader was rained out.

In softball play Friday…

Eastmont swept Eisenhower 17-14 and 24-14 while Wenatchee swept Davis 17-1 and 16-0.  Games that were scheduled for Saturday were rained out and will have to be made up at a later date.

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in boys soccer…

Cascade blanked Prosser 1-nil.  Wenatchee traveled to Eisenhower and shut out the Cadets 4-nil.  And Eastmont hosted Davis and took a 4-3 overtime win.  Saturday, Royal shut out Cashmere 4-nil.  Chelan and Granger were postponed.

In boys lacrosse Saturday at the Apple Bowl…

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder scored early and often in a 15-3 win over visiting Hermiston.  Mason Dalbeck, Gray Kolde (COLD-ee), and Robey (ROBE-ee) Jorgensen each had 3 goals for Wenatchee as the Thunder improved to 2-and-1 on the season, 2-and-oh in league play.  They’ll host Chiawana Saturday at 1 o’clock here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Speaking of the TV station you’re watching, here’s what we have on tap on the sports broadcast schedule this week…

It begins tomorrow night at the Apple Bowl where Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in boys soccer.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen have the call beginning at 7 o’clock.  We’ll feature Wenatchee’s Game 4 with Vernon Thursday during Hockey Night at 7.  Then on Friday, it’s Wenatchee and Sunnyside baseball from Recreation Park.  We’ll pick up the broadcast of the second game of the doubleheader around 5:30.  Then, as we mentioned, Chiawana and Wenatchee lacrosse Saturday at 1 followed by Game 5 between Wenatchee and Vernon in the BCHL Playoffs Saturday night at 7.

The Final Four is set in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and there’s still a Cinderella story in the making…

#11 seed Loyola Chicago made it to the Final Four in San Antonio by downing #9 Kansas State Saturday 78-62.  They’ll face #3 seed Michigan Saturday at 3:09pm on TBS after the Wolverines punched their ticket Saturday with a 58-54 win over Florida State.  The other semifinal features two #1’s as Villanova will battle Kansas.  ‘Nova advanced with Sunday’s 71-59 win over #3 Texas Tech.  The Jayhawks moved forward with yesterday’s 85-81 win over #2 seed Duke.  Villanova and Kansas will tip it up Saturday at 5:49 on TBS.

The Mariners wrapped up Spring Training at the Peoria Sports Complex Sunday with an 11-7 win over San Diego…

Seattle slapped six doubles in the game as Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double and 2-run home run.  James Paxton put in his last work of the spring, going 5-innings, allowing 2-earned runs on 6-hits while striking out 6.  Seattle has today off before traveling to Scottsdale tomorrow to face Colorado at 12:10.  Opening day at Safeco Field is set for Thursday against Cleveland with Felix Hernandez getting the nod for his 10th consecutive opening day start.

Thanks Eric,

The Northwest Mariachi Festival was held on Friday at the Town Toyota Center. Our local High School Mariachi Band led by director Ramon Rivera opened the concert. . .

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

And now a recap of some our top stories. . .

Wenatchee and Eastmont High School students took to the streets of Wenatchee Saturday with their message of hope for safer schools. The March for Your Life event brought out over 500 enthusiastic supporters for a pre-march rally in the parking lot of the old Hastings Book Store. . .

The march was well attended and well-behaved. There were no counter-demonstrations as the march procession ended at Memorial Park. The event was one of hundreds held around the country in memory of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo on their Facebook page over the weekend. The Sheriff reports a Deputy impounded a vehicle in the Wenatchee area on March 21st. During a search of the vehicle they found 18-pounds of Methamphetamine inside. The investigation continues.

A Judge has sentenced a former East Wenatchee Water District Commissioner to over 4 years in prison for molesting an 8 year old boy. Michael McCourt’s was in Douglas County Superior Court last week where visiting judge David Estudillo sentenced him to 51 months in prison. McCourt had agreed to a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to child molestation after originally being charged with child rape.  McCourt also admitted to committing additional child sex crimes dating back to the 1980’s. His sentence also requires he register as a sex offender and remain under court monitoring the rest of his life. McCourt lost his bid for reelection to the water district. He also loses his position as Commissioner of the Douglas County Sewer District because of the felony conviction.

Washington State Patrol says three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Mattawa early Sunday morning.

The accident happened when a 2012 Kia ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 243 and Road 26 two miles south of Mattawa. The Kia struck a 2015 Chrysler driven by a Desert Aire resident. Following the collision, both vehicles came to rest blocking the intersection. Both drivers and a passenger in the Chrysler were injured in the crash and transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. The driver of the Kia was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way and vehicular assault. State Patrol says either drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident and the investigation continues.

A warm front passed through the region today which brought scattered rain showers to parts of our area. But, snow amounts by tonight will reach to around the 12-inch range in the Cascades including both Steven’s and Snoqualmie Passes. This could create some travel issues over both passes tonight and tomorrow morning. The rain shadow effect of the Cascades will limit precipitation amounts in Northcentral Washington and the Central Columbia Basin. We have a 20% chance of moisture today diminishing to isolated showers by tonight. As this weather system passes on Tuesday, we will see some windy conditions develop with steady speeds around 10-20 mph gusting up to 25 mph. On Wednesday, the Northwest flow will persist over Northcentral Washington however, the air mass will become increasingly drier as the jet stream sags into Eastern Washington and loses ties to the deeper offshore moisture fetch. Dry and generally sunny weather is expected for a majority of Central and Northern Washington for Wednesday with lingering breezes and highs in the upper 50’s. Our warm temperatures will continue on Thursday into the weekend with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures into the lower 60’s.

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.