NCWLIFE Evening News February 10th, 2021


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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Three burglary suspects were arrested after a high-speed chase early Tuesday morning that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed south of Moses Lake. A Quincy teen was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly trying to break into a home outside Soap Lake, and, Voters in the Wenatchee, Cascade and Manson School Districts went to the polls yesterday in a special election to decide future funding for their schools.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

East Wenatchee police arrested a 30-year-old woman this morning a high-speed chase that began on the George Sellar Bridge and ended in South Wenatchee.

East Wenatchee Assistant Police Chief Erik Hampton said officers spotted a stolen Nissan Ultima at Ninth Street and Valley Mall Parkway with the pursuit beginning on the bridge at 11:13 a.m. The Nissan reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour before an officer performed a low-speed pit maneuver at Simmons and Judkins streets. Hampton said the woman was taken into custody without incident and there were no injuries. He said the owner of the vehicle, which was earlier reported stolen in Wenatchee, was able to drive it away. Rose Alexandra Hernandez was booked into the Chelan County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle and felony eluding charges.

The body of a missing Tonasket woman was found Tuesday in Ferry County with officials saying 77-year-old Alberta Russell likely died from exposure.

A silver missing person alert was issued for Russell on Monday after she left her Tonasket home in a Jeep Wrangler, saying she was going to check on her father’s home. Her father had passed away in the 1990s.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said she had not driven in years. Her cellphone pinged on Sherman Pass later Monday and she was found in the Jeep on a forest service road off Highway 20 east of Republic just before 1 Tuesday afternoon.

Three burglary suspects were arrested after a high-speed chase early Tuesday morning that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed south of Moses Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was doing a focused patrol because of recent burglaries in the area about 3 a.m. when he reported seeing people loading tires into a pickup at Commercial Tire on North Frontage Road East in Moses Lake. The suspects then fled at speeds reaching up to 90 mph with deputies in pursuit.

The sheriff’s office said the suspects were throwing objects from the truck in an attempt to disable pursuing patrol cars before the pickup crashed at Highway 262 East and Road M Southeast. The driver, identified as 46-year-old Christopher B. Howard had to be extricated from the pickup before being transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for unspecified injuries.

The two passengers, 26-year-old Andrew Z. Palmen and 26-year-old Rikki Ann Garcia-Lalk were treated and released at the hospital for their injuries. The suspects face possible charges of felony eluding, possession of stolen property and trespassing.

A Quincy teen was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly trying to break into a home outside Soap Lake.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and officers from Ephrata and Soap Lake responded after the resident of a home in the 400 block of Road 19 Northeast reported someone trying to force open their back door.

A small car seen leaving the area was stopped and a 17-year-old passenger arrested and booked into the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center.

Voters in the Wenatchee, Cascade and Manson School Districts overwhelmingly approved the various levy’s on the ballot in yesterday’s special election.

The renewal of the Wenatchee School Districts E, P & O levy that was first approved four years ago passed with 61.82% of voters voting yes and 38.18% voting no.

Both levys in the Cascade School District saw over 60% approval by voters. The replacement E, P & O levy garnered 60.52% yes votes to 39.48% no votes.

The levy designating funds for improving technology, safety and security upgrades for the Cascade School District saw 62.02% of voters approving and 37.98% of voters rejecting the measure.

Almost 70% of voters in the Manson School district approved the replacement E, P & O levy with 69.48% saying yes and 30.52% saying no. A simple majority was needed for the levy’s to pass. 2,076 ballots spread among the three districts have yet to be tabulated.

Coming up next, The 24-year-old Wenatchee man whose careless firearm handling led to a serious shooting last December in Leavenworth has been arraigned on criminal charges. A Wenatchee man who did not take kindly to police publicizing that they were looking for him last week was taken into custody Tuesday, and, An Omak Colville Tribal member has become the DNR’s tribal relations liaison. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The 24-year-old Wenatchee man whose careless firearm handling led to a serious shooting last December in Leavenworth has been arraigned on criminal charges.

Ricardo Barrales Vergara is charged with illegally carrying a concealed pistol and eluding police for the December 27th incident, plus an earlier charge of methamphetamine possession. A 20-year-old passenger in Vergara’s Honda sedan was struck by a bullet after he left his .38-caliber pistol on top of the car, and spun a doughnut in the Leavenworth DOT parking lot. The gun flew off the car and discharged. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested Vergara about a week later. He remains jailed on $10,000 bond.

A Wenatchee man who did not take kindly to police publicizing that they were looking for him last week was taken into custody yesterday.

Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld said David Ernesto Lopez was arrested on several outstanding warrants in a trailer outside a Wenatchee home.

The department posted a photo of Lopez on its Facebook and Instagram pages last Thursday, asking for the public’s help locating him.

Lopez responded with a series of posts on the Wenatchee Police Department’s Facebook page, telling police to focus on real criminals and calling officers “suckas.” Police say Lopez was wanted on warrants for second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, first-degree negligent driving, obstructing a public servant, driving with a suspended license and violation of a domestic violence no-contact order.

A former Omak resident and member of the Colville Confederated Tribes is the new liaison between indigenous groups and the state Department of Natural Resources.

Glenda Breiler joined the agency February 4th as director of tribal relations. She was previously director of the Evergreen Longhouse at The Evergreen State College, and deputy director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association. Breiler was raised in Omak on the Colville reservation. She’s an enrolled member of the Okanogan Band of the Colville Tribes.

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A video recently released by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction highlights Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s vision for dual-language instruction in Washington’s schools. In tonight’s feature story, he uses Wenatchee’s Lewis and Clark Elementary as one of the examples of their success. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Russell Wilson is in the news following Sunday’s Super Bowl, and not for just being named the NFL’s Man of the Year…

Wilson appeared on the Dan Patrick show and was asked if he’s available for a possible trade with another team…

The discussion about Wilson questioning his future in Seattle has been the rage on sports talk shows throughout the country since this quote Tuesday.  The team, meanwhile, reportedly admits they have received inquiries about whether Wilson is available.  The answer was simply, NO.

One of the imperatives in off-season as the Seahawks introduce a new offensive coordinator is to do better to protect Wilson.  The topic of sacks also came up during his interview with Dan Patrick…

Moving forward, Wilson admits he wants to be part of personnel decisions with the Seahawks as they look to improve for next season.

On the NHL Scoreboard last night…

Patrick Hornqvist’s second period goal was the difference as the Panthers topped the Red Wings 2-to-1.

Tyson Barrie’s second goal of the season helped the Oilers get by the Senators in Ottawa 3-2.

Steven Stamkos and Mathieu Joseph each scored twice in Tampa Bay’s 6-1 win in Nashville.

For the second night in a row, Chicago and Dallas went to overtime.  And for the second night in a row, the Blackhawks got the win as Pios (pewse) Suter got the game-winner.

The Golden Knights registered its 8th win of the season, defending the home ice over Anaheim 5-4.

San Jose skated away with a shootout win over the Kings 4-3.

Elias Lindholm scored the only goal in the 3rd period and that was enough for the Flames to edge the Jets in Calgary 3-2.

It’s a very light schedule on the ice tonight with just two games as the Rangers host Boston in New York at 4 o’clock and Toronto skates at Montreal at 4:30.

Looking ahead at the college basketball schedule for the rest of the week, first on the men’s side…

Washington hosts No. 20 USC tomorrow night in Seattle at 7 o’clock.  The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington State hosts UCLA in Pullman at 8 o’clock on FS-1.

No. 1 Gonzaga hits the floor in San Francisco Saturday at 3 o’clock on ESPN-2.  Washington takes on UCLA at 4:30 on the Pac-12 Network and then Washington State has a 5 o’clock tip time with the Trojans on ESPN-U.

A very busy women’s schedule gets underway tomorrow as Hailey Van Lith’s Louisville Cardinals host Georgia Tech at 4 our time.  No. 17 Gonzaga hosts San Francisco at 5 o’clock.

On Friday, Pac-12 play features Washington at Arizona State at 4 o’clock while Washington State visits No. 10 Arizona at 6 on the Pac-12 Network.

Gonzaga’s back in the kennel Saturday for a 2 o’clock matchup in West Coast Conference play against Santa Clara.

Then on Sunday, No. 3 Louisville plays at Syracuse at 10 o’clock on ESPN-2 if you want to watch Hailey play on national TV.  Washington plays at Arizona at 11 on the Pac-12 Network.  Washington State is scheduled at Arizona State Sunday morning at 11:30.

And here’s what we have on-tap here on the NCWLIFE Channel over the next few days sports-wise…

Hockey Night tomorrow night goes back to late December of 2019 when the Wenatchee Wild hosted the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Town Toyota Center.  The puck drops at 7 with Arch Ecker on the play-by-play.

Girls Big-9 basketball takes center-court Friday night as Wenatchee hosts Eastmont in a game from last February 1st.  Eric and Grant will be courtside with your play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock.

On Saturday, we begin with Big-9 wrestling between Eisenhower and Wenatchee from January 23rd of last year at 2 o’clock.  Eric has the call mat-side at Eastmont High School.  Then at 7 Saturday night, it’s Eastmont and Wenatchee boys basketball back at Wenatchee High School.  Again, Eric and Grant have the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, Chelan County will hold a virtual open house Thursday to explain the Knowles Road improvement project and take questions.

The county says the Sunnyslope road serves an area that is expected to double in growth in the next 20 years and the current roadway is too narrow, lacks pedestrian and bike facilities and has drainage issues that need addressing.

The 2-point-5-million-dollar project is expected to begin in spring or summer of 2022 and take up to 10 weeks in two phases. The open house will be on Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m. Details on how to participate are on the Chelan County Public Works website

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.