NCWLIFE Evening News March 30th, 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 apparent argument over living arrangements Saturday night in Moses Lake led to a stabbing that landed one man in the hospital and the other in jail./ Police and federal agents say they intercepted a shipment of 33 pounds of methamphetamine headed for Wenatchee, then used it to bust a local dealer who was waiting to receive it, and, A Wenatchee man who pleaded guilty in February to multiple counts of child sexual abuse received a six-year prison term.    

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A passerby was able to alert a family of three in time for them to escape a fire at their home early Tuesday morning in Wenatchee.

Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Brian Brett said about 12:30 a.m. a passerby noticed the fire in the attic of the home in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and pounded on the door to alert the occupants.

The family’s two dogs also escaped safely. The family has found temporary housing and is being assisted by the Red Cross. Brett said the older home has had several additions over the years and seven layers of roofing, which made it a challenge for firefighters but they were able to get it extinguished in about 45 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

An apparent argument over living arrangements Saturday night in Moses Lake led to a stabbing that landed one man in the hospital and the other in jail.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office 36-year-old Robert O. Pouncey of Moses Lake was arrested on suspicious of second-degree assault. Moses Lake Police were called to a reported stabbing about 9 p.m. in the Larson Community and found an 18-year-old man with a stab wound to the neck near Canon Drive and Mitchell Avenue. The victim was treated at Samaritan hospital.

Police and federal agents say they intercepted a shipment of 33 pounds of methamphetamine headed for Wenatchee, then used it to bust a local dealer who was waiting to receive it. 50-year-old Francisco Sedano was arrested Friday.

Detectives with the Columbia River Drug Task Force say the case began when Oregon State Police stopped a vehicle near Klamath Falls containing meth packaged in one-pound bundles. The driver allegedly told them Sedano promised him $4,000 to transport the cargo from Redding, California to Sedano’s home on Beuzer Street in Wenatchee. Instead, Task Force detectives and Homeland Security agents arranged to deliver a dummy package, and took Sedano into custody. Judge Kristin Ferrera ordered him held in jail Monday on half a million dollars bond. He faces possible charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy.

A Wenatchee man who pleaded guilty in February to multiple counts of child sexual abuse received a six-year prison term.

The sentence for 43-year-old Jaime Serrato is an exceptional one, above the five-year standard sentence. Serrato pleaded to three counts of incest, committed against a minor beginning about 2010, when the child was six years old. Chelan County Superior Court Judge

Lesley Allan imposed the sentence. On release from prison, Serrato faces three years of supervision.

Coming up next, The Wenatchee School District will send K-5students back to in-person classes./ A legal nonprofit wants COVID-19 vaccines made available to everyone in Washington prisons, and, The pedestrian bridge on the Apple Capital Loop Trail will be closed for much of the day tomorrow for a maintenance project. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Wenatchee School Board voted narrowly last night to allow its students in kindergarten through 5th grade to reenter classrooms full-time starting April 19th for the rest of the year, while 6th through 12th grades remain in a mix of in-person and remote learning. The vote was 3-2, adopting recommendations made by Superintendent Paul Gordon. Gordon warned the board that the schools are already strained by staff shortages, and an ongoing increase in COVID-19 infections in the community could force the district to change direction in a hurry. . .

A legal nonprofit wants COVID-19 vaccines made available to everyone in Washington prisons.

Columbia Legal Services filed a class action suit in Thurston County this morning on behalf of DOC inmates, who are more than eight times more likely to contract coronavirus than the state’s general population.

All incarcerated people are eligible for vaccinations starting tomorrow under Washington’s pandemic response plan, but the lawsuit wants DOC to go farther, creating a vaccine education and distribution plan for inmates, and separating incarcerated people from correctional staff who refuse to be vaccinated. Almost 6,200 DOC prisoners have contracted the virus since the pandemic began a year ago; 14 inmates have died, as have two DOC staff members.

The pedestrian bridge on the Apple Capital Loop Trail will be closed for much of the day tomorrow 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.

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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The People’s Choice Award winners were announced Monday in the Virtual STEM Showcase with six area students from grades kindergarten through 12th selected as winners by voters.

A pair of sisters, one a kindergartener and the other in first grade at Eastmont Virtual Academy, were among the winners. The STEM Showcase was hosted by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance and the Apple STEM Network. In tonight’s feature story, here’s a sample of the winning projects as chosen by the public. . .

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.

Half the field for the NCAA Men’s Final Four is set…

Houston survived a furious comeback by Oregon State to advance 67-61 and Baylor beat back Arkansas 81-72.

The rest of the Final Four will be set today when Gonzaga faces USC followed by UCLA and Michigan on TBS.

A literal “big” question facing the Bulldogs in today’s game is how Drew Timme will size up against the Trojan brothers Evan and Isaiah Mobley.  Coach Mark Few says it’s not that Gonzaga hasn’t played some talented bigs already this season…

The Mobley brothers have shown versatility through the NCAA Tournament, sharing the load with teammates while averaging 16-points a game.  Coach Few says that shows a well-rounded upbringing, similar to Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs…

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert says life in the bubble has been a nice insulator against outside distractions you’d have during a “normal” NCAA Tournament…

Much has been made of USC’s defense, which has held three opponents to an average of 58-points per game in the tournament so far.  Kispert says he and his teammates look forward to the challenge…

UConn and Arizona have punched their tickets to the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament…

Paige Bueckers scored 28-points to lead the Huskies past the Bears 69-67.  Arizona had little trouble with Indiana, posting a 66-53 victory.

The other two Final Four entrants are being determined today with Texas facing South Carolina followed by Hailey Van Lith’s Louisville Cardinals taking on Stanford.

The Cardinal are averaging 83-points a game so far in the tournament and coach Jeff Walz (walls) says he knows his team is in for a challenge tonight…

While the focus is on basketball, an article came out in Sports Illustrated Monday addressing the potential earnings by college athletes if they could control their name, image and likeness (NIL).  Hailey Van Lith topped the list.  Based on various factors, it’s estimated Hailey could cash in nearly 1-million dollars a year, while still in college.  Much of it is based on her nearly 700-thousand followers on social media.  Her coach, Jeff Walz, even asked Hailey to share…

Louisville and Stanford meet tonight on ESPN.

We have soccer tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will be at Lee Bofto field at the Apple Bowl for the call of Wenatchee and Cashmere in girls soccer.  The pregame begins at 6:50 with kickoff set for 7 o’clock.

The Mariners and Reds played to a 5-5 tie in the final Cactus League game of the season Monday…

Evan White was 2-for-2 with a run and 2-RBI’s while Sam Haggerty was also 2-for-2 with 2-runs batted in.  On the mound, Chris Flexin looked good in three innings, allowing no runs on 2-hits with 3-strikeouts.

Seattle packs up and heads for Seattle Thursday to open the regular season against the San Francisco Giants.  The 7:10 start will feature Marco Gonzales on the mound for the Mariners against the Giant’s Kevin Gausman.  Seattle finished the preseason 11-11-and-6.

Thanks Eric.

Saying they like big plows and they cannot lie, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the winning name Monday for its third tow plow. Sir Plows-A-Lot, a reference to Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, edged out Towbi-Wan-PlowNobi and Bow Chicka Wow Plow as the winner in the online voting.

Sir Plows-A-Lot joins the Big Leplowski and Plowie McPlow Plow in the WASH-DOT tow plow fleet.

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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.