NCWLIFE Evening News January 1, 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, An alleged partner in a series of firearm thefts from Wenatchee and Dryden homes is in custody tonight. The Everett teenager who caused a brushfire near Manson last summer earned a sentence Monday of three days in jail, and, As the new year approached Tuesday evening, complaints about fireworks began pouring into local law enforcement agencies, even in areas where lighting fireworks was legal.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Bridgeport father is barred from contact with his family after allegedly beating four of his children. Alvino Trejo-Rivero, who’s 35, faces possible domestic violence charges after his arrest Tuesday.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say Trejo struck two five-year-old children with a coathanger and placed them in a bath of cold water; then threw two other children, ages 12 and 13, to the ground and kicked one of them. Deputies say Trejo admitted to elements of the abuse. A Douglas County judge has placed no-contact orders between him and the children.

An alleged partner in a series of firearm thefts from Wenatchee and Dryden homes is in custody tonight. Scott Joseph Paul of Moses Lake is accused of stealing seven rifles and a shotgun in multiple burglaries back in October.

Another man, Cameron Darnell of Yakima, was arrested shortly after the burglaries, and remains in the Chelan County jail. Paul has been held in the Grant County jail since his arrest in a separate incident in October. Both men are charged with eight counts of firearm theft, plus related burglary charges.

The Everett teenager who caused a brushfire near Manson last summer earned a sentence Monday of three days in jail.

18-year-old Michael Petrovich Popov must also serve 27 days of community custody for blowing up a rural mailbox with a firework on July 6th, sparking a 14-acre brushfire near Joe Creek Road. He pleaded guilty in Chelan County Superior Court to a count of reckless burning. Popov also must pay almost $21,000 dollars to Chelan County Fire District 5 for the costs of fighting the fire, and $16,400 dollars to the Department of Natural Resources.

As the new year approached Tuesday evening, complaints about fireworks began pouring into local law enforcement agencies, even in areas where lighting fireworks was legal. Overall, RiverCom took 28 calls about fireworks, beginning shortly after 7 p.m. and continuing into the early morning hours.

Leading the way were Douglas County and the city of Wenatchee with nine calls each. Fireworks are illegal in Wenatchee but in Douglas County fireworks were allowed from 6:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 1:00 a.m. New Year’s morning. Chelan County, where fireworks are illegal, had eight complaints. East Wenatchee, where fireworks are legal, had two calls.

Coming up next, NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins takes a look back at the top stories of 2019. Washington snowfall this season is having a hard time keeping up with its historical averages, and, It was attack of the tumbleweeds on Highway 240 near West Richland on New Year’s Eve, or at least it seemed like it. We have the unbelievable photos and video. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

2019 is in the rearview mirror now, and NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins decided to take a look back. Here’s his special report. . .

Washington snowfall this season is having a hard time keeping up with its historical averages.

The U.S. Water and Climate Center says current water reserves held in mountain snowpack is just 53 percent of normal for the Central Columbia Basin. That’s the watershed that includes Chelan County and the Wenatchee Valley.

Snow accumulation is only 31 inches at Stevens Pass, compared to a historical average of 38 inches by this time of winter. The picture is much the same all over the state, and a drought declaration that was put in place last year by Governor Jay Inslee won’t expire until April.

It was attack of the tumbleweeds on Highway 240 near West Richland on New Year’s Eve, or at least it seemed like it.

The highway was closed in both directions about 6:30 p.m. as the tumbleweeds began piling up as high as 15 feet, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Five cars and a semi were trapped in the pile and the Washington Department of Transportation had to bring in snowplows to clear the roadway.

It wasn’t until about 10 hours later that the highway was cleared. One Wednesday morning, DOT crews found yet another abandoned vehicle deep in a pile of tumbleweeds, take a look at this. . .

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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.

There were some entertaining college football games yesterday to ring in the new year…

Minnesota dominated the time of possession in beating Auburn in the Outback Bowl 31-24.  Tyler Johnson had 12 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns.  The Gophers also outgained the Tigers on the ground 215 to 56 yards.

The VRBO Citrus Bowl was a yawner as Alabama beat up Michigan 35-16.  Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes and Jerry Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game as the Crimson Tide roled.

Justin Herbert rushed for three touchdowns, the last a 30-yard burst with 7:41 to play in the 4th quarter, to lead Oregon past Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.  In his final collegiate game playing for the team he worshiped as a kid growing up in Eugene, Herbert used his legs more than his arm to will the Ducks to the win and a 12-and-2 season.

George Pickens caught 12 passes for 175-yards and a touchdown as No. 5 George defeated 8th-ranked Baylor in the All State Sugar Bowl 26-14.  Jake Fromm, the kid who once dawned a University of Washington uniform, led the Bulldogs completing 20-of-30 passes for 250-yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Coming up on the dwindling bowl schedule over the next few days…

Boston College faces Cincinnati today in the Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl at noon on ESPN.  Then at 4, it’s the Taxslayer Gator Bowl featuring Indiana and Tennessee, also on ESPN.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is tomorrow as Ohio takes on Nevada at 12:30 on ESPN.  Saturday kicks off a mix of college and pro games as Southern Mississippi faces Tulane in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl beginning at 8:30 in the morning on ESPN.

The NFL’s Wild Card Weekend kicks off Saturday…

The Buffalo Bills travel to Houston to take on the Texans Saturday at 1:35 on ESPN in the first AFC Wild Card game.  The other AFC Wild Card matchup has New England hosting Tennessee at 5:15 on CBS.

Sunday’s NFC Wild Card games begin at 10:05 in the morning on FOX where New Orleans hosts Minnesota.  Then at 1:40 on NBC, it’s Seattle at Philadelphia.

Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll knows his club is in for a battle when they face the Eagles on Sunday…

Seattle traveled to Philadelphia in week 12 and came away with a 17-9 victory.  Carroll says having already won at Lincoln Financial Field and also winning six games on the road this season bodes well for Seattle in the playoffs…

Seattle Safety Quandre Diggs is back at practice after missing three games to an ankle injury.  He said he modeled his recovery after other athletes with similar injuries…

The forecast for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia is for rains and winds gusting to 25-miles per hour.  Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner says the wind doesn’t matter for either side when there’s a job to be done…

Seattle and Philadelphia will kick off at 1:40 in the afternoon Sunday.  You can watch the game on NBC.

We have Hockey Night tonight on NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll broadcast the Wild’s game against Powell River from December 21st tonight.  Arch Ecker will have the call starting at 7 o’clock. 

Of course, the Wild are back in action after the holiday break tomorrow night at the Town Toyota Center.  Wenatchee will host Victoria for a 7:05 game.  The Wild are currently tied for 4th in the Interior Division of the BCHL at 19-16-3-and-1 with 42 points.  Victoria is in 5th place in the Island Division at 15-and-24 with 30-points.

Thanks Eric.

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.