NCWLIFE Evening News December 26, 2019

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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, An East Wenatchee man serving five years for domestic assault must be resentenced in Douglas County. Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier is one of several lawmakers being targeted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their votes on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and, The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that it’s a driver’s duty to continuously signal their intent to turn beforehand.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

First he admitted the crime, then he said he wanted a trial.

Now the Everett man who caused a wildfire near Manson says he’ll enter a guilty plea. 18-year-old Michael Petrovich Popov is charged with felony first-degree arson. Attorneys now say he’ll plead next week to a lesser charge of reckless burning. Popov allegedly admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he used an explosive mortar to blow up a mailbox July 6 on Upper Joe Creek Road. That explosion led to a 14-acre brushfire. Prosecutors want Popov to reimburse local fire districts more than $37,000 dollars for the costs of fighting the fire.

An East Wenatchee man serving five years for domestic assault must be resentenced in Douglas County.

The state Court of Appeals says lawyers miscalculated the term Elias Vargas would have to spend in prison when a jury convicted him of first-degree assault, harassment and witness tampering. Vargas choked and threatened his partner in 2018 while she was pregnant. He was ordered to spend 61 months in prison, but his new sentence is likely to be a lesser range of 43 to 57 months.

Eighth District Congresswoman Kim Schrier is one of several lawmakers being targeted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their votes on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. Among other things, HR 3 would allow the government to negotiate with prescription drug makers on the prices of some of their higher priced medications.

The House passed the bill December 12th with all Democrats voting in favor and all but two Republicans opposed. In targeting Schrier, the U.S. Chamber claims government price controls would stifle life-saving research while costing Washington state more than 10,000 jobs and threaten more than 700,000 jobs nationwide. After its passage, Schrier, a doctor, said it would provide vital relief to people who depend on prescription drugs. . .

The bill is almost certain to die in the Senate and the Trump administration has vowed to veto HR 3.

Well, it’s official, you absolutely must use your turn signal when turning a corner or changing lanes. The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that it’s a driver’s duty to continuously signal their intent to turn beforehand. The case arose from a Kennewick DUI case, in which a driver who didn’t signal in a turn lane got pulled over, and blew a 0.26 percent on his breath test. Lower courts said he did not have to signal, and dismissed the DUI charge. The Supreme Court ruling means his case goes back to Benton County courts … and the rest of us have to keep those signals blinking.

Coming up next, Outgoing Wenatchee City Executive Services Director, Allison Williams reflects on her 21 years of service in a recent interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. The Wenatchee School District will enter the new year with two empty seats on its five-member school board, and, Grant County sheriff’s deputies caught a repeat offender on Christmas Eve, I’ll give you a hint, he’s green. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Outgoing Wenatchee City Executive Services Director, Allison Williams reflects on her 21 years of service in a recent interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. Williams is relocating to Moses Lake where she’s accepted the job of City Administrator.

Looking back on her tenure at Wenatchee City Hall Williams remembers her involvement in promoting the development of the Town Toyota Center as one of the darkest periods in her career. In 2013 she and others involved in the arena’s 42-million-dollar bond sale were accused of misleading investors by the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission. Williams says the memory of that event still haunts her today. . .

The SEC’s settlement also named the developer Global Entertainment and its then-president and CEO Richard Kozuback, the underwriter Piper Jaffray & Co. and its lead investment banker Jane Towery. All the respondents neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings.

The Wenatchee School District will enter the new year with two empty seats on its five-member school board. Thus far, four people have applied to fill those vacancies with a deadline of January 6th for people to apply. Superintendent Paul Gordon sat down with Wake Up Wenatchee Valley’s Dan Kuntz recently and said the importance of filling those positions cannot be over-stated. . .

Grant County sheriff’s deputies caught a repeat offender on Christmas Eve.

The sheriff’s office posted a humorous video on Tuesday of canine deputy Hawk and his handlers taking down the Grinch as he tried to steal Christmas from a residential home. The purloined presents were recovered, and we assume the perpetrator’s heart won’t be growing too many sizes while he serves his jail time.

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. . .

Time now for our weekly Kennel Kameos feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Bright Eyes the cat. . .

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.

To all those who are close to him, they’ll say Marshawn Lynch is very happy to be back with the Seahawks.  But the 12-year NFL veteran is still shy around the media.  So it’s not surprising that his first press conference after signing to help the Seahawks through the playoffs was all of 14-seconds…

That’s it.  But Lynch is one who’s actions speak louder than words.  He’ll let others do the talking while he just goes out and plays.  Linebacker Bobby Wagner is happy to see Beast Mode back…

Also happy to see Marshawn Lynch back in a Seahawks uniform is head coach Pete Carroll…

Lynch and former Seahawk Robert Turbin were signed Tuesday to help fill in the gaps left with injuries to running backs Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise.

Seattle will need all the help it could get when San Francisco comes to town Sunday for the regular season finale.  The NFC West is on the line as well as the potential for the #1 seed in the playoffs.  Kick off is at 5:20 on NBC.

The Cougars are in Phoenix preparing for tomorrow’s Cheez-It Bowl against Air Force.  Washington State Coach Mike Leach says having a little extra time has helped his defense prepare for the triple-option attack offense…

Washington State and Air Force will kick off tomorrow night at 7:15.  You can watch the game on ESPN.

A few of our area high school basketball teams are back in action tonight after the holiday break…

In girls basketball tonight, Wenatchee faces Lewiston in the first round of the Avista Tournament in Clarkston at 6 o’clock.  The Waterville-Mansfield girls are in the Palouse to face Garfield-Palouse at 6:30.

Eastmont and Wenatchee boys are also in Clarkston for the Avista Tournament.  The Wildcats will face Walla Walla this afternoon at 4:30.  Wenatchee takes on Lewiston tonight at 7:30.

And we have Hockey Night tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel…

Tonight’s game features the Wild and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks from the Town Toyota Center back on December 13th.  Arch Ecker has the call starting at 7 here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild, the NCWLIFE Channel.

Thanks Eric.

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.