NCWLIFE Evening News January 25th, 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, A 20-year-old man from Plain is charged with third-degree rape, nine months after meeting the alleged victim on Tinder. The Chelan-Douglas Health District has adjusted its COVID-19 numbers, and, The state announced Friday that all Washington regions will remain in Phase 1 for at least another week under the state’s Healthy Washington reopening plan.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say a 19-year old East Wenatchee man abducted his former girlfriend from the Wenatchee area late Thursday, transporting her against her will to Ellensburg and repeatedly assaulting her during the ordeal.

Deputies arrested Trey Michael Haberlock on Saturday morning, on suspicion of first-degree assault, kidnapping, robbery and harassment. The victim said Haberlock held her at knifepoint in his vehicle, struck and threatened her repeatedly, and drove her to Kittitas County and back.

The woman reported the crime early Saturday morning, saying Haberlock released her after returning to Wenatchee. He was due to make his first appearance today in Chelan County Superior Court. He remains held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. Deputies say they’re still investigating the case.

A 20-year-old man from Plain is charged with third-degree rape, nine months after meeting the alleged victim on Tinder. Isaiah Lacson allegedly assaulted the woman during an overnight encounter at her home in Douglas County on April 10th. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies investigated the case for six months before submitting the case to prosecutors, who filed charges in Superior Court on Friday. Lacson would face a likely six- to 12-month jail sentence if convicted.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District has adjusted its COVID-19 numbers to show that Chelan County has had 5 fewer deaths than previously reported and Douglas County has 5 more deaths than the district had been reporting.

Chelan County is now listed as having 34 coronavirus deaths and Douglas County 15. The change was made on the district’s website last week without comment.

Health district epidemiologist Joyous Van Meter said the district would have had an explanation on the district’s website for the shifting of the deaths but there were technical difficulties. There now is a note that simply says the death numbers have changed.

The state announced Friday that all Washington regions will remain in Phase 1 for at least another week under the state’s Healthy Washington reopening plan.

The state Department of Health announces each Friday whether any of the seven regions has met all four requirements for reopening some businesses and activities. And for the second week since Gov. Jay Inslee announced the new COVID-19 plan none of the regions qualified.

The North Central region, which includes Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties, once again met two of the four criteria. The North Central region decreased 1 percent in the two-week rate of cases when a decrease of 10 percent is needed and the region had a testing positivity rate of 14 percent when less than 10 percent is required.

Coming up next, The state this morning launched a website for people to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 variant discovered last month in the United Kingdom has now been detected in Washington, and, Moses Lake police K-9 Rex chased down and detained a burglary suspect who had buried himself in brush along the lake late Sunday night.   I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The state this morning launched a website for people to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but warned it may take some time before they will be ready to vaccinate large numbers of people.

Four mass vaccination sites have been set up statewide that include the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, which will begin administering the vaccine Tuesday by appointment only.

The state said initially a limited number of appointments will be taken. They hope to soon be vaccinating 500 people a day at the Town Toyota Center with that number growing as more of the vaccine becomes available. People are being warned not to show up at the Town Toyota Center without an appointment.

The COVID-19 variant discovered last month in the United Kingdom has now been detected in Washington. The state Department of Health announced Saturday that cases of the variant were identified in two Snohomish County residents.

The UK strain spreads more easily and quickly than other variants, and the CDC predicts it will become the dominant strain in the U.S. within a few months. Health officials say that means Washington residents must double down on preventive efforts like public masking, social distancing and hand-washing, while vaccination programs ramp up.

Moses Lake police K-9 Rex chased down and detained a burglary suspect who had buried himself in brush along the lake late Sunday night.

22-year-old Brian Smith was booked into the Grant County Jail after being treated for minor dog-inflicted injuries at the hospital.

Moses Lake police say they responded to a report of someone breaking into a storage unit facility in the 1600 block of West Broadway but the suspect had fled by the time they arrived.

K-9 Rex led officers through a hole the suspect had cut in the property’s fence and about a half mile further to the lakeshore where Rex found Smith buried in brush.

Police say despite repeated warnings Smith refused to surrender, so the police dog held him until officers could maneuver through the brush. Smith faces burglary charges with additional charges possible.

 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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, with new COVID-19 variants on the horizon and mass vaccination efforts gaining steam, it’s important to know how well the vaccines work. In a video posted last week by Confluence Health, infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Johnson says while vaccination is more likely to prevent you from getting sick from the virus, it may not keep the virus itself from spreading. And that means masks and social distancing aren’t going away anytime soon. . .

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.

For the first time in NFL history, the city hosting the Super Bowl has its team as one of the competitors…

Tampa Bay and Kansas City will battle in Super Bowl VL in Tampa Bay in two weeks after each claimed conference championships yesterday…

In the opener, the Buccaneers won its 3rd consecutive road game in the playoffs, knocking off the Packers in Green Bay 31-26.

Tom Brady hit Scotty Miller on a 39-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half and then found tight end Cameron Brate on an 8-yard scoring strike to start the second half that spelled the difference in the ballgame.  Brady also threw three, second-half interceptions but the Packers could only score 7-points off those turnovers.

Tampa Bay’s defense pestered Aaron Rodgers all day, sacking him 5-times.  Green Bay chose to kick a field goal on 4th and goal from the 8-yard line with 2:05 left in the game rather than go for it.  The Buccaneers never gave the ball back and Tom Brady heads to his 10th Super Bowl in his career.

In the nightcap, Buffalo raced out to a 9-nothing lead in the first quarter but it was all Kansas City from there as the Chiefs won the AFC Championship 38-24.

Patrick Mahomes shook off a concussion from the week before and threw for 325-yards and 3-touchdowns.  His favorite target was Travis Kelce (kel-see), who had 13-receptions for 118-yards and 2-scores.  Tyreek Hill ran all over the yard, collecting 9-passes for 172-yards.

Josh Allen was the majority of the offense for the Bills, throwing for 287-yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another 88-yards on the night.  He was also sacked 4-times for negative 53-yards and threw an interception.

The Chiefs have the chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since the Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004.  Super Bowl 55 will kick off at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, February 7th at 3:30 on CBS.

Turning to the Les Schwab men’s college basketball scoreboard from the weekend…

Washington State blew an 18-point first-half lead and fell to Colorado 70-to-59 Saturday.  Isaac Bonton scored nine of his 21-points in the first 8-minutes as the Cougars jumped out to a 23-5 lead.  The Buffaloes came storming back and handed W-S-U its 5th consecutive loss.

Drew Timme scored 22-points and freshman Jalen Suggs came close to a triple-double as Gonzaga smothered Pacific 95-49 Saturday night.  Suggs finished with 9-points, 11-rebounds and 8-assists as the Bulldogs improved to 15-and-oh on the season, 6-and-oh in West Coast Conference play.

On Sunday, Washington won back-to-back games for the first time this season, scoring the final 8-points of the game to rally to beat Utah 83-79.  Jamal Bey scored a career-high 28-points while Erik Stevenson chipped in 18 as the Huskies improved to 2-and-7 in Pac-12 play.

On the Les Schwab women’s college basketball scoreboard…

Charlisse Leger-Walker (ledger) scored 24-points in a losing cause as Washington State fell to No. 13 Oregon Friday 58-50.  The Cougs jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Ducks methodically came back to tie it at the end of the third and outscored Washington State 20-to-12 in the 4th.

Washington continued to struggle with COVID-19 in its program and had to postpone its Friday game against Oregon State.

BYU had to postpone its game against Gonzaga Saturday because of COVID in its program as well.

The 20th ranked Bulldogs were able to get a game in Sunday, traveling to Portland and picking up a 79-61 win over the Pilots.  Kayleigh Truong led three players in double-figures with 17-points.

Also on Sunday, Washington finally had enough players out of COVID protocol to be able to play at No. 13 Oregon.  The Ducks came out on top 69-52.

Charlisse Leger-Walker’s jumper with 37-seconds left in double-overtime was enough to push Washington State past Oregon State 77-75 Sunday.  Leger-Walker finished with 22-points while her sister Krystal led the team with 24. 

Checking in on Hailey Van Lith’s Louisville Cardinals…

The No. 1 had a tough game against unranked Wake Forest Sunday, holding on for a 65-63 victory.  Hailey struggled with 5-points and 5-turnovers.  Reigning ACC Player of the Year Dana Evans was incredible, scoring a game-high 25-points to help Louisville remain unbeaten at 14-and-oh.

It was a busy Sunday on the ice in the NHL as we check the Les Schwab Scoreboard…

The Blackhawks whacked the Red Wings 6-2.  The Sabres won in a shootout over the Capitals 4-3.  Toronto edged Calgary 3-2.  Vegas shutout Arizona 1-nil.  New Jersey blanked the Islanders 2-nothing.  Pittsburgh got by the Rangers 3-2.  Anaheim ducked Colorado 3-1.  The Kings doubled-up the Blues 6-3.  San Jose topped Minnesota 5-3.  The Stars nipped the Predators in Dallas 3-2.  And Edmonton traveled to Winnipeg and posted a 4-3 win.

And there’s just one game on the schedule for today with the Ottowa Senators facing the Canucks in Vancouver.  The puck will drop there at 7 o’clock.

Thanks Eric.

A happy ending now as we leave you tonight, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society helps lots of dogs and cats find their forever homes, but few of them go viral.

A sad-faced 5-year-old cat named Donovan got his moment on Thursday when the animal service put his image up on Facebook. In less than a day, Donovan’s likeness was shared more than 3,000 times, and by Friday, he was adopted into a happy new home. There are lots of other pets just like Donovan, so the Humane Society reminds you to keep an eye on their Facebook page, and call to arrange a visit, 662-9577.

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.