NCWLIFE Evening News March 29th, 2021

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

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, An East Wenatchee man is charged for a second time with child pornography and weapons violations./ The strong winds that whipped through central and eastern Washington yesterday kicked up several big dust storms, including one that shut down Interstate 90 between Moses Lake and Ritzville for several hours, and, Animal Care and Control is trying to locate two dogs they say killed several chickens Friday near Leavenworth.

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A 37 year-old Monroe man faces charges of DUI and vehicular assault after a two car accident near East Wenatchee hospitalized both drivers early Saturday morning. 

The Washington State Patrol reports that at about 1:43 AM a Ford van being driven by Bryan J. Thompson ran a red light at the intersection of Sunset Highway and Highway 2 in East Wenatchee and struck a Toyota Rav 4 being driven by 27 year-old Daniela Avila of Orondo. 

Avila was thrown from her vehicle in the crash.  Both drivers were transported to Central Washington Hospital with serious injuries.

An East Wenatchee man is charged for a second time with child pornography and weapons violations, in a case involving local police and the FBI that’s been almost four years in the making.

53-year-old Ferencz [Frank] Gabor Verebi allegedly kept multiple explicit images and videos of children on his personal electronic devices. FBI agents first began to suspect Verebi in 2017, and asked the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to follow up. Deputies say when they searched Verebi’s home in 2019, they also found an illegal sawed-off shotgun. Verebi was initially charged in 2019, but local prosecutors withdrew the case until investigators could complete a forensic examination of all his electronic devices. The new charges were filed last Wednesday.

The strong winds that whipped through central and eastern Washington yesterday kicked up several big dust storms, including one that shut down Interstate 90 between Moses Lake and Ritzville for several hours.

I-90 was closed between 3 and 9 p.m. after the Washington State Department of Transportation reported near-zero visibility on the interstate.

Another dust storm on Interstate 182 near the Tri-Cities led to a seven-vehicle crash just before 5 Sunday evening. The Washington State Patrol said there were only minor injuries in the wrecks.

Animal Care and Control is trying to locate two dogs they say killed several chickens Friday near Leavenworth.

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The owner of the chickens told Animal Control that a brown and black shepherd-type dog and a black shepherd-type dog came onto their property in the 19-thousand block of Beaver Valley Road just before 4 p.m. and attacked the chickens in their yard. The dogs then reportedly fled north. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Animal Care and Control at 662-9577, option 1.

Coming up next, Appointment times are shifting at the Wenatchee mass vaccination center, as eligibility expands for more people to receive their COVID-19 shots./ The Forest Service has announced plans for prescribed burns in Chelan County this spring totaling more than 4,600 acres./ The small Okanogan County town of Twisp plans to seek $1.5 million to aid its plans for a new civic building and emergency communications center, and, The Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village has a new director. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Appointment times are shifting at the Wenatchee mass vaccination center, as eligibility expands for more people to receive their COVID-19 shots.

Starting today, the Town Toyota Center site will offer vaccines from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. That’s a change from previous appointment times, which have been offered during regular weekday business hours. Farmworkers and grocery employees are eligible now; restaurant staff, construction workers and manufacturers become eligible Wednesday. The change in hours should allow more of those workers to find a convenient appointment time. On Fridays, the mass vaccination site will continue to offer shots from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Forest Service has announced plans for prescribed burns in Chelan County this spring totaling more than 4,600 acres in 11 locations. In Okanogan County more than 2,400 acres of prescribed burns are planned in seven areas.

The burns are planned for April and May and are likely to produce noticeable smoke with the goal of reducing fire risks in the forests this. The largest of the prescribed burns in Chelan County will be at Forest Johnson, three miles northeast of Ardenvoir, where 1,254 acres will be burned. The Forest Service also plans to burn 900 acres in the Mission area, about four miles west of Wenatchee. The precise dates of the burns are dependent on weather conditions.

The small Okanogan County town of Twisp plans to seek $1.5 million to aid its plans for a new civic building and emergency communications center.

City officials say the Rural Development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is needed after construction bids for the project came in at $750,000 to $1.6 million higher than the $2.8 million cost estimate. Project designer Architects West is already working to modify its plans to help reduce costs. The building is meant to replace the existing town hall, which will be demolished.

The Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village has a new director. Cashmere native Nicky Crossland Clennon has a background in archaeology, and her interest in the science began when she visited the museum at a young age.

Clennon will replace Lexie Palmer-Gapper, who’s stepping down as director after four years to relocate to New Zealand. Barring any further interruptions from the coronavirus pandemic, the Museum plans to reopens for the season after June 1st.

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.

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More than 800,000 children in Washington get access to healthcare through the state’s Medicaid program, AppleHealth. But Medicaid’s reimbursement to providers isn’t always timely. In tonight’s feature story, 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier wants to make Medicaid payment rates match those of Medicare. She discussed her bill to do so in a recent Health Subcommittee hearing.

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.

Hailey Van Lith and her Louisville Cardinals are headed to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament after a 60-42 win over Oregon last night…

Sunday was a much different scenario than the Cardinal’s two previous games in the tournament where they fell behind early.  Senior guard Dana Evans matched a career-high with 29-points says they focused on coming out strong early…

Hailey scored 8-points and had 7-rebounds and helped pester the Ducks with her defense.  Coach Jeff Walz says it was defense that made the difference…

Louisville now faces No. 1 Stanford Tuesday at 6 o’clock on ESPN to try to reach the Final Four for the fourth time in school history.

Gonzaga continues to show why it was ranked No. 1 in the country all season long.  The Bulldogs breezed into the Elite Eight with an 83-65 win over Creighton…

Drew Timme led four players in double-figures with 22-points while Andrew Nembhard had 17-points and 8-assists. 

Gonzaga held Creighton to 5-of-23 shooting beyond the arc and coach Mark Few says he knew that would be a difference in the ballgame…

Amazingly, this is only Gonzaga’s 3rd appearance in the Elite Eight.  They’ll face USC Tuesday at 4:15 in an attempt to make the Final Four for the second time in program history.  The game will be broadcast on TBS.

Wenatchee and Eastmont volleyball teams learned first-hand how good Chelan is Saturday at Wenatchee High School.  The Goats mowed through the Panthers and Wildcats, each 3-sets-to-none in maintaining its perfect record at 12-and-oh.

Then, it was time to renew the rivalry when Wenatchee took on Eastmont in the final match of the evening.  Eric Granstrom had the call here LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel…

There you see it, Eastmont dropped to 8-and-3 with the loss while Wenatchee improved to 7-and-3 with the win.

In other action Saturday, Waterville-Mansfield picked up another couple wins with 3-0 sweeps of Cascade and Lake Roosevelt.  The Kodiaks ended its season on a positive note with a 3-2 win over the Raiders.  And Okanogan swept three from Omak.

At Royal, Quincy picked up a 3-0 win over Wahluke and 3-1 win over the Knights.  Royal took care of Wahluke in straight sets.  And at Tonasket High, the Tigers blanked Bridgeport and Oroville.  The Mustangs wrapped up the season with a 3-0 loss to the Hornets.

The Wenatchee Panthers hosted the Moses Lake Chiefs earlier in the day Saturday in girls soccer.  After 12-minutes of scoreless play, Yareli Sanchez-Blanco broke things open for the Panthers.  Eric Granstrom and Matt Wisen had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Wenatchee won its 7th straight and have now won six in a row by shutout.  They’ll host Cashmere tomorrow night at 7 and we’ll have it LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Megan Chandler had 3-goals and Jayden Brown 2 in Eastmont’s 6-0 win over Ephrata.  Cashmere beat Cascade 5-1.  Chelan topped Tonasket 3-2.  Pateros blanked Manson 2-0.  And Brewster beat Liberty Bell 3-1.

Eastmont’s defense scored on two, pick-6’s and the Wildcats celebrated senior night with a 30-to-nothing win over Ephrata Friday.  Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom had the call here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

In other action Friday, Moses Lake beat Wenatchee 24-14.  It was Cashmere over Omak 21-7.  Cascade walloped Warden 35-14.  Chelan clobbered Quincy 54-nothing.  Brewster bounced Oroville 66-14.  Manson mauled Tonasket 24-0.  And Entiat beat Bridgeport 36-28.  On Saturday, Okanogan took care of Lake Roosevelt 27-7 and Liberty Bell shutout Waterville-Mansfield 36-0.

Thanks Eric.

A reminder before we leave you tonight, the pedestrian bridge on the Apple Capital Loop Trail will be closed for much of the day next Wednesday for a maintenance project.

Chelan County PUD says the closure will be from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The bridge spans the Columbia River, connecting the loop trail at Worthen Street in Wenatchee and 9th Street in East Wenatchee. The PUD says there is no detour route and signs will be up notifying trail users of the closure.

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 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.