NCWLIFE Evening News February 22nd, 2021

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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, Police arrested an 18-year-old East Wenatchee resident Friday morning on suspicion of possessing child pornography./ The Manson and Chelan areas were dealing with toppled trees and multiple power outages this morning after being hit by high winds overnight and into the morning, and, A Soap Lake reserve police officer was arrested Thursday in Franklin County on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and resisting arrest after a Soap Lake police vehicle was found in a ditch.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Police are saying a Sunday morning burglary at a Wenatchee computer shop may be related to a similar break-in at a computer business in East Wenatchee in January.

Brandon Mingo, owner of Geekwerks, says someone broke into his business twice early Sunday morning, the first time just before 2 a.m. and the second time just before 3 a.m.  and made off with a variety of laptops, tablets and other electronic equipment and devices. He said the burglar entered the business in a way that was similar to a January 27th break-in at iRepair-IT in January when burglars are shown cutting the glass on the door to make entry. Thousands of dollars in merchandise was also taken in that incident. Wenatchee Police Captain Edgar Reinfeld said on the surface the two cases look very similar.

Police arrested an 18-year-old East Wenatchee resident Friday morning on suspicion of possessing child pornography. East Wenatchee police arrested Tevyn Lee Valeson, acting on a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Police Chief Rick Johnson says his officers served a search warrant on Valeson’s home and seized his electronic devices. After his arrest, Valeson allegedly admitted to taking and possessing explicit photos of minors, as well as sexually molesting at least two victims in the last three years. He faces a possible 15 criminal counts. Police say Valeson was previously arrested on child pornography charges in 2018, when he was a juvenile.

The Manson and Chelan areas were dealing with toppled trees and multiple power outages this morning after being hit by high winds overnight and into the morning.

The Chelan County PUD had restored power to most customers by 8 a.m. but was still dealing with smaller outages into mid-morning. Manson Firefighters reported earlier Monday morning they responded to an electrical hazard near downtown Manson when a roof was blown off a structure and into a power line. There were no injuries and PUD crews responded to repair the line. The Chelan County Public Works Department reported a few trees down in the Manson area under the combination of wet soil and strong winds.

In addition to the downed trees and power problems, Manson firefighters also responded to a cattail or reed fire between Dry Lake and Roses Lake this morning. They reported that the fire as unreachable but not posing a threat to structures. Fire crews believe the fire will burn itself out.

Soap Lake reserve police officer was arrested Thursday in Franklin County on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and resisting arrest after a Soap Lake police vehicle was found in a ditch.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Shane Jones was arrested after the police car was found in a ditch off Highway 395 with its emergency lights on. Jones reportedly attempted to fight deputies and to release a retired police K9 that was in the vehicle. Earlier, Jones is accused of rear-ending a vehicle on Highway 17 near its intersection with Highway 395, about 15 miles away from where he was arrested.

The Soap Lake Police Department says Jones has been terminated for unauthorized use of a police vehicle. Soap Lake police say the reserve officer had a take-home department vehicle but was not on official business. Soap Lake Police Chief Ryan Cox issued a statement saying he is QUOTE, deeply troubled by this now-former reserve officer’s behavior, Unquote.

Coming up next, With the region now in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan, entertainment options are returning to North Central Washington./ The state Department of Agriculture might expand its apple maggot quarantine zone in Okanogan County, and, A procession through Cle Elum on Saturday paid tribute to Washington State Patrol Trooper Steve Houle who died February 8th in an avalanche. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

With the region now in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan, entertainment options are returning to North Central Washington.

Eastmont Lanes opened its doors again at 3 this afternoon, with capacity limits for its restaurant, bar, arcade and bowling alley. Reservations are being taken online for one hour of bowling with a maximum of two people per lane.

In addition, Sun Basin Theatres announced its Gateway and Liberty movie theaters in Wenatchee will reopen Friday under state guidelines.

The state Department of Agriculture might expand its apple maggot quarantine zone in Okanogan County.

Right now, only the western portion of the county lies inside the zone, where transport of fruit and tree material has to be restricted.

But bug traps in the pest-free area of Okanogan County last year detected maggot activity, meaning the borders of the zone are likely to expand. WSDA and pest control agencies are holding a public Zoom meeting on March 3rd to discuss the matter and to get public input. There is no expansion planned for the quarantine zone in neighboring Chelan County.

A procession through Cle Elum on Saturday paid tribute to Washington State Patrol Trooper Steve Houle who died February 8th in an avalanche.

The 51-year-old Houle was a 28-year veteran of the State Patrol, with most of his career spent in Kittitas County. Houle died in the French Cabin Creek area when he and a friend were buried in snow while snow biking.

The friend was able to dig himself out that afternoon but it wasn’t until later that night that rescue crews found Houle’s body.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

An estimated $2.2 billion dollars is enroute to Washington businesses and residents affected by the COVID pandemic.

In tonight’s feature story, on Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the relief package into law, to distribute emergency funding approved by Congress in December. It includes $716 million dollars for schools, $365 million dollars in rental assistance, and $290 million for small business grants. . .

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.

Washington State won a thriller in triple overtime over Stanford Saturday 85-76…

Noah Williams followed his career-high 34 earlier in the week against Cal to pour in 40 against the Cardinal, including the game-tying shot to send it into the first extra session.

Coach Kyle Smith says he is certainly happy to have a guy like Williams on his team…

Washington State improved to 7-and-10 in the Pac-12 with the win, 14-and-10 overall.

Also on Saturday, Quade Green scored 17 points, Jamal Bey added 10 of his 15 in the second half, and Washington held off California 62-51 on Saturday night in a matchup of teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings.

Drew Timme scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, Jalen Suggs added 17 points and the top-ranked Bulldogs won their 26th straight game with a 106-69 romp over San Diego on Saturday night.

Highlights provide by Gonzaga Athletics…

Turning to women’s action on Sunday…

Dana Evans was held to just 13-points while Hailey Van Lith had 5 as 3rd-ranked Louisville was upset for the second time in two weeks, falling to unranked Florida State 68-59.  The Cardinals host just 15-percent from beyond the arc, losing its second game of the season.

Charlisse Leger-Walker led Washington State with 22-points as the Cougars knocked off Utah 68-55 Sunday.  Coach Kamie Ethridge says she’s feeling better about the way her ladies are playing lately…

WSU is now 8-and-10 in Pac-12 play.

Despite 17-points off the bench from Tameiya Sadler, Washington fell short to Colorado Sunday 55-50.  The Huskies were held to single-digits in three of the four quarters.

And, despite it only being a few days into training camp in Peoria, Arizona, the Mariners have already announced their starting pitcher for opening day in April.  Former Wenatchee AppleSox Marco Gonzales has been selected for this third season-opening start. 

Manager Scott Servais says it’s a credit to Marco’s work ethic…

Position players are now in camp as Seattle prepares for its first Cactus League game coming up Saturday against San Diego.

Thanks Eric.

As we leave you tonight, no surprise that high winds today forced Mission Ridge Ski Area to halt its operations for the day, but only after a successful weekend running its brand-new express chairlift. The Wenatchee Express Chair 2 lift went into operation last Wednesday, and over the next several days it ferried hundreds of skiers to the top so they could enjoy the ride back down again. The European lift features 117 chairs plus an automatic carpet to get skiers on and off safely. Operators say it takes about six and a half minutes to go from the base to the peak.

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Now let’s check in with Eric Granstrom once again, this time, for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Eric. . .

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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.