NCWLIFE Evening News, March 6, 2020

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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, Firefighting crews from Chelan and Manson battled a fire at an unoccupied home near Manson this morning. A 25-year-old man accused of assaulting a Link Transit security guard, and later punching a jail officer, had his charges dismissed this week because he’s too mentally impaired to stand trial, and, The Eastmont School District found itself backpedaling Thursday after announcing one of its high school students was being tested for the coronavirus.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Three people were injured, one of whom had to be airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, after a two car accident just after 1:00 Thursday afternoon on Highway 28 east of Soap Lake. The Washington State Patrol says 71-year-old Robert Bird of Electric City pulled his 2005 Chrysler Town and Country off Stratford Road onto the highway and collided with a 2018 Chevy Silverado being driven by Seth Williams of Ellensburg.

Bird was airlifted to Wenatchee with his injuries while his passenger, 69-year-old Sharon Bird, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. An unidentified passenger in the Silverado was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. The highway was blocked for almost three hours by the wreck. Robert Bird will be cited for failing to yield the right of way.

Firefighting crews from Chelan and Manson battled a fire at an unoccupied home near Manson this morning, with flames consuming most of the house before it was contained. Chelan Fire and Rescue reports the fire started in the attic and quickly traveled to a couple lower rooms. The firefighting effort was hindered by fire burning in hidden spaces in the home created by additions to the structure over the years since it was built in 1918. Nobody was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A 25-year-old man accused of assaulting a Link Transit security guard, and later punching a jail officer, had his charges dismissed this week because he’s too mentally impaired to stand trial.

Connor Robert Trevino, from Chelan, allegedly attacked a security worker at Columbia Station in Wenatchee on November 29th. Three weeks later, while in the Chelan County jail on a charge of third-degree assault, police said he punched a corrections officer who came to move him to his cell. On Wednesday, Judge Travis Brandt agreed to dismiss the charges in both cases, because psychologists say Trevino cannot assist in his own defense. He now faces a civil commitment action that would confine him to Eastern State Hospital. The criminal charges could be re-filed once he’s found competent.

The Eastmont School District found itself backpedaling Thursday after announcing one of its high school students was being tested for the coronavirus and that student’s mother was a teacher at an elementary school in the district.

That announcement saying the student and teacher had been quarantined at home went out at 3:45 yesterday afternoon but just after 8 last night Superintendent Garn Christensen said they QUOTE, determined there was a miscommunication, UNQUOTE. Christensen said the high school student was screened and recommended to stay home due to other health issues and neither the student nor the teacher was quarantined.

Coming up next, A plan to rent rooms in an East Wenatchee home to recently released inmates will not be allowed by the city. For the first time in many months, the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee Valley has actually gone down, and we will take a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend.  I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A plan to rent rooms in an East Wenatchee home to recently released inmates will not be allowed by the city. Neighbors of the home at 208 South Houston Avenue had vigorously opposed opening the home to the state’s ‘Earned Release Date Housing Voucher program’. At the city council’s meeting this week Community Development Director Lori Barnett said the home does not meet zoning or city code standards for a lodging facility. . .

Connie Lamkin, who leases the home, has vowed to challenge the city’s ruling before the hearing examiner.

For the first time in many months, the median sales price of a home in the Wenatchee Valley has actually gone down.

That’s the latest report for February from Pacific Appraisal Associates in Wenatchee. The February median home price in the Wenatchee market was 326,750-dollars, down 3-percent from the same time in 2019 where the median price was 331,250-dollars. However, the average sales price did go up 3-percent compared to last year. Closed home sales are way up compared to 2019. There were 142 closed sales last month compared to 110 in February 2019, a 29-percent increase. Active home listings saw a 5% decline from last month and a 11% decline compared to February 2019 with 99 this year and 111 last year.

Let’s check in with NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson now for a look at what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

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Hailey Van Lith is on a career path headed for stardom. But the Cashmere 18-year old is still just a girl from North Central Washington. In tonight’s feature story, Eric Granstrom has more on Hailey and her life in his final episode of “The Chase”. . .

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.

The Cashmere girls are in the semifinals of the State 1A Tournament in Yakima after a convincing 68-31 win over Annie Wright last night…

The only time the Bulldogs trailed in the game was in the first few minutes as the Gators claimed a 4-0 lead.  That’s when Cashmere went on a 17-to-4 run to end the quarter.  The Bulldogs extended the lead to 22 at half, outscoring Annie Wright 22-11 in the 2nd quarter.

Cashmere Coach Brent Darnell said he had specific things he asked the girls to focus on and they delivered…

The Cashmere defense held the Gator’s Julianna Walker to just 8-points through three quarters, something Grace Hammond was happy to accomplish…

Hammond collected three, first-half three-pointers en route to 13-points.  Riley Johnson connected on three three-pointers of her own in the second half and also finished with 13.  Hailey Van Lith led the way with 23-points, getting a chance to sit out most of the 4th quarter.  Darnell says it was important to rest his starters…

Cashmere will face La Salle in the semifinals tonight at 7:15, which we’ll carry LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.  Coach Darnell says they’re very familiar with the Lightning…

Peyton Brown contributed 6-points and pulled down 8-rebounds and was awarded the Sportsmanship Medal…

It will be Cashmere and La Salle in the semifinals tonight at 7:15.

The Cashmere Boys will have to come back through the consolation bracket after falling to La Salle in the quarterfinals Thursday 48-38…

The Lightning were able to convert Cashmere turnovers into 12-points and presented a defense that Coach Levi Heyen says they weren’t ready for…

Cashmere shot just 34-percent from the field and were only 4-of-26 from beyond the arch.  The game was played on the multi-use floor in the Sun Dome that has both the NBA 3-point line and the high school arch.  Coach Heyen said it may have played a factor…

Cashmere will face Meridian in the consolation bracket this morning at 10:30.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.