NCWLIFE Evening News January 3, 2020

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Jefferson Robbins. Grant Olson will join us later on in the newscast, Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Back in December, a Chelan County jury convicted Andrew Rybak of just one out of three criminal charges, but now, even that charge has been dismissed.  Wenatchee police believe a $2,000-dollar tactical shield went missing after it was used in a raid back in mid-November, and, The Grant County Sheriff’s Office today is paying tribute to the memory of Deputy John Bernard on the 10th anniversary of his death.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

An Auburn tourist vacationing in Leavenworth was jailed on New Year’s Day after his girlfriend interrupted him having sex with another woman. Nariman Yusupov allegedly threw a bottle at his girlfriend in their Leavenworth hotel room and said he was going to kill her. Chelan County sheriff’s deputies arrested Yusupov shortly after midnight, and said he denied the charges. He was held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $10,000 bail.

Back in December, a Chelan County jury convicted Andrew Rybak of just one out of three criminal charges. But now, even that charge has been dismissed. The jury found Rybak guilty of bail jumping for missing a court date, but acquitted him of firearm theft and harassment.

Last week, a judge threw out the jury’s decision, saying prosecutors didn’t provide enough evidence to merit a finding of guilt.

Rybak was one of 10 King County residents who rented a Coles Corner house last Memorial Day weekend. He was arrested and charged after his fellow renters accused him of stealing one of their handguns and threatening to burn the house down.

Wenatchee police believe a $2,000 dollar tactical shield went missing after it was used in a raid back in mid-November.

The loss was first noticed November 27th. Captain Brian Chance says officers looked all over their own buildings and vehicles for the lost equipment, before they concluded it was left at the property where they’d recently served a search warrant. But a check at that property again found no sign of it.

The composite fiber shield is about 34 inches high and 20 inches wide, with a viewport and mounted lights. It weighs 21 pounds. There’s no reward for returning it to the Wenatchee Police Department, but they promise there’ll be no questions asked and no charges filed.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office today is paying tribute to the memory of Deputy John Bernard, on the 10th anniversary of his death. Bernard was the first person to die in the line of duty in the more than 100 year history of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. On January 3rd, 2010 the 52-year-old deputy was involved in a rollover accident on Road 5 Northwest about nine miles south of Ephrata. Bernard was survived by his wife Tami and three sons, Ryan, Brandon and Jeff.

Coming up next, Chelan County salmon habitat projects get an extra boost in grant funding. Five applicants down, but how many more to go before the Wenatchee School Board fills all its seats? And, Richard Paris, the fire chief of the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department for more than 23 years, has retired. I’m Jefferson Robbins and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

More than $1.6 million dollars in grant funding is headed to Chelan County salmon habitat projects.

The new grants from the Washington State Salmon Recovery Board, just announced this week, will go to the county’s Natural Resources Department, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the Colville Tribes, Trout Unlimited, and other groups to pay for salmon-specific projects around the county. They include improving stream flows, preserving land from development, and enhancing habitat around vital creeks.

Five applicants down, but how many more to go before the Wenatchee School Board fills all its seats?

Monday at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for applicants to fill two vacancies in the district’s leadership. One incumbent board member resigned late last year, and a newly elected member moved out of the district and is unable to serve. The three sitting board members will choose their replacements. Candidates must be registered voters living within the district boundaries. All will be interviewed and the two new members selected by the end of next week.

Richard Paris, the fire chief of the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department for more than 23 years, has retired. Paris recently retired from his job at Grand Coulee Dam and said he has plans to do some traveling but will still volunteer as a firefighter and EMT with the department.

He started as a volunteer firefighter in 1980. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Fish will serve as interim chief until Paris’ replacement is named.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up, Grant Olson is sliding into his Buffalo Bills jersey for has 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. . .

The debate over voter-approved 30-dollar car tabs is expected to widen the rift between urban and rural Washington when lawmakers convene in Olympia in two weeks. The State legislature convenes its short 60-day session on January 13th. 12th District House Representative, Keith Goehner says it will be a challenge for lawmakers to find common ground. Goehner outlined his concerns in a recent interview with NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, I will have a look at tonight’s sports report as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

The Philadelphia Eagles reached the playoffs by winning its final four games of the regular season, including knocking off division opponents to win the NFC East.  Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner says they’re a much different team than what Seattle saw in a week twelve 17-9 win…

Philadelphia has been decimated by injuries this season, yet still finished with a 9-and-7 record.  Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll says the credit goes to Eagles Coach Doug Pederson…

Seattle has proven in its 11-and-5 season that running the football is crucial for its success.  There are huge worries about that recipe going out the window with injuries to all three of Seattle’s top running backs.  But Coach Pete Carroll has been pleasantly surprised by rookie running back Travis Homer…

During last Sunday’s narrow loss to San Francisco, it was noted that Marshawn Lynch took the time to give the Miami rookie encouragement.  Carroll says that’s evidence of Marshawn’s evolution with his return to the NFL…

Seattle and Philadelphia will be the last game of the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend, kicking off Sunday at 1:40 on NBC.

Here’s a reminder of the rest of the schedule for Wild Card Weekend.  It begins with Grant’s Buffalo Bills in Houston taking on the Texans tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 on ESPN.  That’s followed by the Titans in New England battling the Patriots at 5:15 on CBS.

Then, prior to the Seahawks and Eagles Sunday, it’s the Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings at 10:05am on FOX.

Area high school teams get to play their first games of the new decade tonight and tomorrow across the region…

It begins tonight on the girl’s side when Moses Lake hosts University at 5.  Then at 5:45, it’s Eastmont at Pasco; Wenatchee’s on the road at Ferris; Ephrata hosts Quincy in the Battle of the Basin; Cascade’s up at Okanogan; and Chelan hosts Cashmere.  Finally, at 6 o’clock the Manson girls play at Oroville while Waterville-Mansfield is in Tonasket.

On the boy’s courts tonight, it’s Moses Lake at Rogers at 6:45.  Quincy plays at Ephrata at 7:15 while Okanogan hosts Cascade.  Then at 7:30 it’s Eastmont at Pasco; Chelan hosting Cashmere; Manson at Oroville; and Waterville-Mansfield in Tonasket.

Coming up tomorrow, the Entiat girls play at Selkirk at 3 o’clock.  Quincy plays at Othello at 3:15.  The Moses Lake girls are at Kings at 4.  Grandview hosts Ephrata at 5.  And the Waterville-Mansfield girls host Oroville at 6.

The Entiat and Selkirk boys game starts at 4:30.  Moses Lake plays at Lewiston at 5 while Grandview hosts Ephrata and Quincy’s at Othello.  Finally, at 7:30, Oroville plays at Waterville-Mansfield.

Wenatchee wrestlers are in the Spokane area for the next two days…

The Panthers are along with 9-other teams wrestling at University High School today at 4 and tomorrow morning at 10.

The Quincy boys will be wrestling along with 7 other teams at a tournament in Cheney beginning tomorrow morning at 10.

Cascade is west of the mountains along with 8 other teams in Castle Rock for the Rocket Invitational beginning at 10am.

There’s also a double-dual tomorrow morning in Chelan where the Goats host Omak, Cashmere and Okanogan at 10am.

In girl’s wrestling, Cascade, Cashmere and Eastmont and 36 other teams will take part in one of the biggest tournaments for girls on the west coast.  It’s the Women’s Woolley Tournament starting tomorrow morning at 10 at Sedro-Woolley High School.

The Wenatchee Wild ring in the New Year tonight at the Town Toyota Center with a game against Victoria…

The puck drops at 7:05 during “Roaring 20’s Night”.  This is the last time you’ll have a chance to see the Wild at home for two weeks.  Wenatchee plays at Vernon Sunday and will be on the road next weekend before finally returning home January 17th.

Thanks Grant.

Finally tonight, a coyote apparently decided the best way to ring in the new year was with a roll or two in the snow at the Interstate 90 wildlife crossing on Snoqualmie Pass. A Washington Department of Transportation camera recorded the playful animal in action on New Year’s Eve. He definitely had a more energetic New Year’s celebration than I did. .

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 Jefferson Robbins, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.