NCWLIFE Evening News December 9, 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, The man killed in a fatal rollover accident Friday on Highway 155 about eight miles north of Nespelem has been identified. Thanks to a bill passed by the Washington Legislature this year, there are big changes coming to how you must secure kids in your vehicle, and, Local law enforcement officials say Mexican cartels are becoming more sophisticated in their trafficking of narcotics which is fueling an upsurge in addiction here at home.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County jury acquitted a King County man last week of stealing a gun and threatening his fellow vacationers at a rental house near Leavenworth. Andrew Mark Rybak was one of 10 people who rented a Coles Corner house last Memorial Day weekend.

While there, his fellow renters accused him of stealing one of their handguns and threatening to burn the house down. Another renter briefly held Rybak at gunpoint in the confrontation.

He was found not guilty Thursday of firearm theft and harassment, but convicted on a charge of bail jumping for missing a court date. That loneconviction could carry a one to three-month jail sentence.

The man killed in a fatal rollover accident Friday on Highway 155 about eight miles north of Nespelem has been identified as 43-year-old Joseph Gutierrez of Tonasket.

A Colville tribal police officer came on the one-vehicle accident about 9:40 a.m. The Washington State Patrol said the 2001 Land Rover Gutierrez was driving northbound left the roadway for an unknown reason, and traveled about 75 yards before striking some rocks. It then rolled twice before coming to rest on its wheels on the highway facing west. Traffic on the highway was rerouted for several hours while the accident was investigated.

Thanks to a bill passed by the Washington Legislature this year, there are big changes coming to how you must secure kids in your vehicle.

Beginning January 1st, children ages 2 and younger must ride in a rear-facing car seat and children 2 to 4 years old must be in a car seat with a harness.

The part of the new law that has gotten the most attention is a requirement that all kids over age 4 must ride in a booster seat until they are at least 4-feet-9-inches tall. That’ll mean booster seats for many middle school-age students and even some high-schoolers. Currently, only children under age 8 are required to use a car seat or booster seat. There also is a provision that all children ages 13 years and younger must ride in the back seat. Washington’s new laws will be among the strictest in the nation.

Local law enforcement officials say Mexican cartels are becoming more sophisticated in their trafficking of narcotics which is fueling an upsurge in addiction. In a recent interview with NCWLIFE Special Correspondent, Steve Hair, Chelan and Douglas County Sheriffs, Brian Burnett and Kevin Morris explain how that poses challenges for the Columbia River Drug Task Force . . .

The two sheriffs appeared together recently at the NCWLIFE studios to discuss the current state of narcotics related crime and Douglas County’s recent decision to rejoin the Columbia River Drug Task Force.

Coming up next, In a report released late last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released graduation rates from 2019 and the numbers reflect an all-time high. 12th District state Senator Brad Hawkins has received the 2019 Legislative Champion award from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association, and, Bystanders who rushed to the rescue of two Soap Lake resident whose house caught fire were honored by the city last week. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

In a report released late last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released graduation rates from 2019 and the numbers reflect an all-time high.

The 4-year graduation rate remains at 80.9%. This rate reflects the percentage of students who started the ninth grade at the same time and graduated four years later. The 5, 6, and 7-year rates have all increased with the 5-year rate climbing by 1.2 percentage points since last year. Several student groups saw an increase in the 4-year graduation rate from last year. When reviewing progress by race and ethnicity, Native American students and students who are two or more races experienced the largest gains, with their rates growing by 1.2 and 0.6 percentage points, respectively.

12th District state Senator Brad Hawkins has received the 2019 Legislative Champion award from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association. The award is given to lawmakers who pursue legislation beneficial to public utility districts. Hawkins was honored at the association’s gathering in Vancouver Thursday night.

Presenting the award was Randy Smith, a Chelan PUD commissioner who is president of the association, and the association’s executive director George Caan.

Bystanders who rushed to the rescue of two Soap Lake resident whose house caught fire were honored by the city last week.

Gaton Garnes, a Soap Lake public works employee, and three Selland Construction employees, Alex Rodriguez, Ricky Rodriguez and Michael Parkhill all helped in the effort by rushing into the burning house to evacuate the residents, and reactivating water lines that had been shut off for upgrades. Mayor Raymond Gravelle recognized the men’s efforts in a City Hall ceremony on Wednesday.

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The second weekend of the 2019 Les Schwab Community Toy Drive is in the books. In tonight’s feature story, NCWLIFE’s Eric Granstrom tells us they are off to a good start but what’s really needed this year and is often overlooked are gifts for the older children in need. . .

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.

Los Angeles dominated Seattle in a 28-12 win on Sunday Night Football last night…

After the Seahawks settled for a field goal on its first possession of the game, the Rams reeled off 21-unanswered points to lead 21-3 at half. 

Quandre Diggs intercepted a Jarred Goff pass and returned it 55-yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.  Diggs had another interception in the 3rd and the Seahawks blocked a field goal attempt.  But the offense had no answers for the Rams defense.

Russell Wilson had one of his worst game, completing 22-of-36 passes for 245-yards and an interception with a passer rating of 69.8.  He was also sacked 5-times.  He was asked if it was a matter of not matching the Ram’s intensity…

After watching film last night, Pete Carroll was none to happy about how his team performed, especially on offense…

The hurt of the loss was compounded by a knee injury to Rashaad Penny, who according to Carroll will miss the rest of the season…

Seattle had a chance to take over the #1 seed in the NFC with a win, but now sit as a Wild Card team.  Next up is a trip to Carolina to take on the 5-and-8 Panthers.

The College Football Bowl Selections are set, and Washington and Washington State have two weeks to prepare…

The Huskies will face Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl a week from Saturday, December 21st at 4:30pm.  The Cougars will take on Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl Friday, December 27th at 7:15pm.

The College Football Playoff has #1 LSU taking on #4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl December 28th at 1pm on ESPN.  That will be followed by #2 Ohio State and #3 Clemson at 5 o’clock in the Fiesta Bowl.

The High School Football season concluded Saturday in the Tacoma-area with 6 State Championship games…

Odessa is the 1B Champion after an 80-26 win over Naselle.  Onalaska claimed the 2B title with a 48-30 win over Kalama.  In the best game of the tournament, Royal edged Lynden Christian 26-22 for the 1A championship.  Tumwater stopped Steilacoom for the 2A title 48-34.  Eastside Catholic topped O’Dea 20-12 for the 3A title.  And the 4A Championship went to Camas after its 35-14 beating of Bothell.

Opening up the Les Schwab Scoreboard in high school basketball from Saturday, first on the girl’s side…

Southridge beat Wenatchee by 10, 46-36.  Toppenish edged Ephrata 52-50.  East Valley eased past Quincy 65-25.  Cashmere beat the defending State Champs La Salle 57-27.  Entiat was no match for Wellpinit, falling 67-29.  Waterville-Mansfield picked up a 65-47 win over Brewster.  And it was Lake Roosevelt topping Manson 61-34.

On the boy’s courts Saturday night, Wenatchee handled Southridge 82-50.  Toppenish topped Ephrata 64-59.  East Valley won by 20 over Quincy.  Wellpinit shut down Entiat 75-52.  Lake Roosevelt beat Manson 77-45.  And in a mismatch, Brewster topped Waterville-Mansfield 103-27.

Going back to Friday night in girls basketball, Mead topped Eastmont 63-34.  Prosser edge Ephrata 63-57.  And Selah was 25-better than Quincy 66-41.

And on the Les Schwab Boys Basketball Scoreboard Friday, Eastmont fell to Mead 72-69.  Chiawana beat Wenatchee 80-73.  Ephrata popped Prosser 67-41.  And Selah downed Quincy 65-23.

The Wenatchee Wild went oh-and-2 on a weekend road trip under Interim Head Coach Chris Clark…

Wenatchee was playing its first games on the road without Coach Bliss Littler, who stepped down last week for health reasons.  On Saturday, Brett Chorske score the first of four goals for the Wild, but it wasn’t enough as Vernon came out on top 6-4.  Also scoring for Wenatchee in the loss was Brian Adams, Drew Bavaro and Hunter Hastings.

Then it was off to Coquitlam Sunday for a meeting with the Express.  Again, Wenatchee got off to a good start, with goals by Sam Morton and Bavaro to lead 2-1 at the first intermission.  But it was all Coquitlam from there as the Express scored 3-unanswered goals to win 4-2.

Wenatchee continues its road trip Wednesday in Trail at 7 o’clock before returning home Friday to host Salmon Arm.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up tomorrow morning on Waker 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.