NCWLIFE Evening News December 23rd, 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, A few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A Wenatchee man is charged with drug possession with intent after allegedly carrying more than 1,500 fentanyl pills and a supply of heroin. A Malaga man has admitted to sexual conduct with a dog, and pleaded guilty yesterday to animal cruelty and A 49-year-old Moses Lake man will serve 35 years in prison for opening fire on four ATF agents in 2019.
But first, our top story tonight. . .
M. Lake Child Rape -A 25-year-old Moses Lake man was arrested Wednesday for rape of a child after DNA evidence determined he was the father of an 11-year-old girl’s baby. Richard Jensen Junior was booked into the Grant County Jail on two counts of first-degree rape of a child. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Foreman said Child Protective Services notified the sheriff’s office October 22nd of a pregnant 11-year-old girl. Foreman said the girl told detectives Jensen was the father and when he was interviewed he reportedly admitted to sexual contact with the girl. Once the baby was born DNA samples were collected and sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab which established Jensen was the father. On Wednesday, detectives arrested Jensen without incident.
Fentanyl Charge -A Wenatchee man is charged with drug possession with intent after allegedly carrying more than 1,500 fentanyl pills and a supply of heroin. Wenatchee police arrested 39-year-old Justin Michael Embry in a traffic stop December 9th. A search of his vehicle allegedly found 1,586 fentanyl pills, plus about 19 grams of heroin. Fentanyl is a powerful and addictive pain reliever. The large amounts allegedly involved led Chelan County prosecutors to charge Embry with two counts of possession with intent to distribute. He faces trial in March.
Animal Cruelty -A Malaga man has admitted to sexual conduct with a dog, and pleaded guilty yesterday to animal cruelty. 61-year-old Porfirio Uriostegui [Ur-OSS-teg-wee] entered a plea in Chelan County court to a single count of the crime; he was originally charged with two counts in April after Wenatchee Valley Animal Control allegedly found video of him committing the act. Animal control officers seized nine dogs from his property during the investigation. In exchange for his plea, Uriostegui faces a possible sentence of two months in jail, and a court order prohibiting from owning or caring for any animal for the rest of his life. He’s scheduled for sentencing January 12th.
Fed.-Gunfire -A 49-year-old Moses Lake man will serve 35 years in prison for opening fire on four ATF agents in 2019. Patrick Elliott Pearson was convicted of assault, drug conspiracy and related charges for the incident, in which he fired several rounds from a shotgun while federal agents served a warrant at his home in Mae Valley. Pearson also wounded himself in an apparent suicide attempt before his capture. Authorities seized more than 15 ounces of heroin in the raid. Pearson and a partner operated a heroin and methamphetamine ring that peddled drugs throughout Grant County
TEASE -Coming up next, Link Transit has a bigger budget and big plans for expanding its routes going into the New Year, we’ll tell you about it. We’ll catch up with the Brave Warrior Project in Wenatchee which works to eliminate barriers for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and, we will bring you the sounds of the season from Leavenworth. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .
Link Budget -Link Transit has a bigger budget and big plans for expanding its routes going into the New Year. The Wenatchee Valley public bus agency approved a $21.7 million dollar budget last week that amounts to a 12 percent increase, thanks in part to strong sales tax revenues. Next year, Link will begin the expansions recommended in its comprehensive plan, including more frequent service between Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, express service between Leavenworth and Wenatchee, and more destinations along its routes. Link executives say ridership declined during the pandemic, but has started to bounce back, and expanded routes will help keep pace with the area’s growing population.
Brave Warrior -Since 2017, the Brave Warrior Project in Wenatchee has worked to eliminate barriers for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. The Brave Warrior Project operates out the former press room of the Wenatchee World on Mission Street but Executive Director Erica Moshe told Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz the program has been embraced by the entire community. . .
Leavenworth Christmas Song -As we go to break, several musicians from Leavenworth – also known at Christmas Town U.S.A. this time of year – joined in to create the song Merry Christmas from Leavenworth. With music and lyrics by Eric Link this video of the performance was produced by Jamie Howell of Howell at the Moon Productions. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!. . .
TEASE -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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Paws For Pets -Each week, NCWLIFE’s Rachael Mandelis introduces us to a new pet available for adoption at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. This week, meet Crystal the Dog. . .

7-Day Forecast
Weather Discussion

An area of low pressure in southern Alberta will bring snowy weather to mainly the Cascades and eastern Washington today with a Gulf of Alaska low providing snow for the rest of us on Christmas Eve. Arctic air will slide down from Canada on Sunday brining frigid temperatures to our area through next week. Northcentral Washington weather today will be mostly cloudy, a bit breezy at times with afternoon highs in the low to mid-30’s. As mentioned, a cold upper level trough will set up along the coast of Washington and Oregon Friday and linger into the weekend. Cloudy skies for our Christmas Eve with a 50% chance of morning snow giving way to mostly cloudy skies by afternoon with high temperatures in the low 30’s. On Christmas Day Saturday, the upper level trough offshore begins to push onshore bringing snow to the Cascades and parts of central and eastern Washington. Weather for Christmas Day will be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow and seasonal temperatures with highs in the low 30’s. Along with cooler temperatures, Sunday could be a bit snowy as well with a 50% chance and highs in the upper 20’s. The trough exits Monday, allowing very cold arctic air to push down from the north so now is the time to prepare for these very cold temperatures that start Monday and continue through at least New Year’s Day. Weather forecast Monday through Wednesday, partly to mostly cloudy and unseasonably cold with afternoon highs each day only in the mid to upper teens with overnight lows in the single digits.

TEASE – 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.

NCWLIFE Channel Sports

We’ll start off with a look at the Les Schwab Men’s College Basketball Scoreboard…
25th-ranked Texas Tech manhandled Eastern Washington 78-46. In fact, the Red Raiders scored more in the first half (50) than the Eagles scored in the entire game. Eastern was led by the 10-points of Rylan Bergersen.
An unfortunate theme is emerging in the early season for the Washington State men’s basketball team. And that’s giving up leads in the second half. Such was the case again last night as WSU squandered a 5-point halftime lead and fell to Boise State 58-52.
Coach Kyle Smith says it’s tough to win when his team went 5-and-a-half minutes to start the second half without scoring…
Tyrell Roberts came off the bench to lead WSU with 16-points while Adrej Jakimovski had 11-points and 12-rebounds.
Washington State has lost five of its last eight games after a 5-and-oh start. Smith was asked how he gets his team out of its rut…
The Cougars are off until next Wednesday when they’ll host Washington.
On the women’s schedule today, Eastern Washington hosts Portland State in Big Sky play at 6 o’clock on ESPN-plus.

There were very few games on the prep schedule yesterday, but let’s check the scoreboard…
First, at the GESA Winter Shootout, Wenatchee got 12-points each from Camden Loidhamer and Trent Goodell to down Prosser 39-35.
The Entiat boys had a rough go of it against the Coyotes as Kittitas topped the Tigers 60-to-20.
Lynnea and Iliana Moran combined for 52-points to lead Hanford over Prosser 73-46 on the girl’s side of the GESA Winter Shootout.
In other girls play, Kittitas eased past Entiat 50-to-22.
There are a couple games on tap today in Quincy where the Jackrabbits will host the Royal Knights in a girl-boy doubleheader. The ladies tip at 1:30 with the boys to follow at 3.

As the Seahawks have a shortened week to recoup from Tuesday’s loss to the Rams and as they prepare for Chicago, Pete Carroll finds himself in unfamiliar territory…
His team will finish under .500 for only the second time in his 12-seasons in Seattle. Much speculation has been made in the national media about his future leading the Seahawks. He was asked Wednesday if he’s worried about losing his job…
The perplexing thing for Carroll and his staff is that they basically have the same team that went 12-and-4 last season and won the division. He says it basically comes down to 3rd down…
Seattle hosts the 4-and-10 Chicago Bears Sunday at Lumen Field at 1:05 on FOX.

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). We are lucky enough to have Christmas Eve off so there will be no Evening News tomorrow, we’ll be back on Monday. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us, have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!