NCWLIFE Evening News October 1, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. Grant Olson is out this week — I’m Jefferson Robbins. Today’s top news stories are just, but first, we’ve got time for a quick look outside our weather window…

We sold you a bill of goods with our forecast yesterday calling for overnight temperatures at or near freezing. Instead, we got much more moderate autumn temps, leading into today’s crisp but beautiful outlook. My partner Eric Granstrom will be along later with your full weather coverage.

Now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight:

An auto accident near the Wenatchee Valley Mall leaves one motorist in an awkward position … upside down. Grizzlies are high on the agenda for Chelan County commissioners. And a paving scam rolled through Wenatchee, leaving some homeowners with damaged driveways.

 But first up in news …

A Rock Island man is charged with armed domestic violence after police say he pulled a handgun on his spouse, then refused to come out of his home when deputies arrived.

Robert Allen Mier, 42, was arrested when Douglas County sheriff’s deputies entered the home shortly after midnight Sunday. They used a tactical team because Mier was believed to be armed and a young child was in the house with him.

They confiscated a pistol during their search. Prosecutors charged Mier on Monday with second-degree assault. He’s free on $5,000 dollars bond and under orders not to approach his family members. Mier has no previous felony record.

The Washington State Patrol will once again be out in force this month around Leavenworth, looking for drunk drivers during the annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The annual three-weekend festival, which starts this weekend, is known for its rollicking beer-fueled fun. But Trooper John Bryant warns that taking that fun on the road would be a big mistake. Extra troopers will be patrolling the roads and also responding to citizen reports of erratic driving.

The WSP’s Mobile Impaired Driving Unit will also be on hand. The 37-foot motorhome is equipped with breath test equipment and holding cells. Bryant suggests celebrants who are drinking take one of the free or low-cost shuttles available.

Chelan County Commissioners appear to be hearing a lot of local opposition to federal plans to introduce Grizzly bears into North Cascades National Park. The proposal by US Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service would bring up to 200 bears from Montana and British Columbia into the North Cascades over the next ten years. Commissioners in Chelan and Okanogan Counties are on the record in opposition, claiming the bears pose a public safety threat. Commissioner Bob Bugert says comments received at recent public meetings echo those concerns. . .

Commissioners hosted a meeting in Wenatchee tonight to get more public input. The deadline for submitting comments on the grizzly plan is October 24th

Coming up next:

A paving scam strikes Wenatchee residents, and three households fall victim.

A dog owner accused of brandishing a weapon at a public park makes a plea.

And a red-light runner in East Wenatchee ends up in a most compromising position.

That’s all just ahead. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Stay with us.

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A Wenatchee dog owner who got into hot water for threatening to shoot a fellow dog walker in a public park received a sentence of electronic home monitoring and work release.

Arlo Beetham, 41, pleaded to misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment, and got a 30-day suspended sentence. A further violation could mean jail time and a $5,000 dollar fine.

Beetham was originally charged with felony harassment after the confrontation in Pennsylvania Park, in which he allegedly pointed a pistol and threatened to shoot a man and his two Dobermans. Beetham denied the allegation. He was previously convicted of fourth-degree assault for 2018 incident, in which he attacked a pedestrian, also in the area of Pennsylvania Park.

One person suffered minor injuries after a car flipped on Valley Mall Parkway in East Wenatchee about 10:15 this morning. Officer Joe Hinkle of the East Wenatchee Police Department said the driver of a 2018 Subaru Forrester ran a red light going south on Valley Mall Parkway and was hit by a 2009 Accura entering the intersection off Sixth Street. The Forrester flipped on its top but nobody inside was injured. The driver of the Accura suffered minor injuries, Hinkle said.

In another sign that summer’s gone, Chelan County took down its fire danger signs on Monday, un-officially bringing an end to the 2019 fire season.

The warnings never exceeded “high” fire danger, since North Central Washington was spared large wildfires and choking smoke this summer. Across the state, by the end of August, only 137,000 acres had burned in large wildfires, compared to 398,000 last year. Counties post their fire danger signs each summer to notify visitors of restrictions on campfires, brush burning, and other risky practices.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, Eric Granstom gives us tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come. Stay with us.

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An apparent paving scam rolled through Wenatchee a few weeks ago, and left a real mess on the doorsteps of three unhappy customers. Jefferson Robbins hit the street, and came back with this report.

On Sept. 16, Joni Eller saw paving crews working on her neighbor’s driveway. A company called United Paving, based out of Spokane and Moses Lake, offered her the same kind of work, the same day, for about $2,700.

“They came over and started working on my driveway as it was getting dark,” Eller says. “I was surprised they were starting in the dark, but I also understood that they had done a lot of roadwork, so I assumed that they were used to working in the dark.”

An hour and a half later, Joni had a poorly chip-sealed driveway, and a bill for $4,400, payable right then. Two of her neighbors, who asked for their shared drive to be chip-sealed, paid a total of $8,300. The work was poor, tar ran off into the gutters, and suddenly the contractors were gone.

“By the time I could come out and look at the finished product the next morning, they’d already cashed my check at the bank,” Joni says. “I have no recourse.”

We tried to reach out to United Paving and its contractor, Charles Gallagher, but the phone number on its paperwork is disconnected. No company by that name is listed in records with the Washington Secretary of State and the Department of Revenue.

Now Joni and her neighbors are stuck with the shoddy work, until their driveways can be torn down and repaved — which may not happen before winter.

Jefferson Robbins, NCWLIFE

We have a very busy prep schedule for this Tuesday, so let’s take a look…

First, on the soccer pitch today, Chelan hosts Okanogan at 4.  Manson travels to Brewster at 4:30. At six in the CWAC its Quincy at Wapato while Ephrata’s in Toppenish.  The Cascade Kodiaks host the Cashmere Bulldogs in Caribou Trail League play at 6:30. Then at 7, it’s Wenatchee at West Valley. Moses Lake hosts Sunnyside.

And here on the NCWLIFE Channel, its Eastmont hosting Davis at Wildcat Stadium.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have the play-by-play with the pregame starting at 6:45.

On a packed volleyball schedule today, Entiat takes on Wilson Creek at 5:30.  Then at 6:30, Manson’s at Tonasket.  Waterville-Mansfield hosts Brewster.  Cashmere’s at Cascade.  And Chelan hosts Okanogan.  Finally at 7, it’s Prosser at Quincy.  Ephrata travels to Othello.  Eastmont is on the road at Davis.  Wenatchee hosts West Valley.  And Moses Lake is at Sunnyside.

The Moses Lake girls swimming and diving team will host a double-dual today with West Valley and Sunnyside starting at 4 o’clock.

And in the lone cross country meet today, Chelan hosts Omak and Cashmere in a CTL run this afternoon at 3:30.

The NCWLIFE Sports Broadcast Schedule this week looks like this…

As we mentioned, we’ll have girls Big-9 soccer on tonight as Eastmont hosts Davis.  Then on Friday, we’ll head up the valley to Cashmere to bring you their football game with Omak…

This should be a great game.  The Pioneers are off to a 4-and-oh start while the Bulldogs are 3-and-1 coming off their first loss of the season to Cheney.  Eric Granstrom and Steve Sandman will have the play-by-play beginning with the pregame at 6:45. Kickoff is at 7 from Cashmere’s Football Stadium.

The Seahawks announced Monday that the late Paul Allen will be the 12th inductee into Seattle’s Ring of Honor…

Allen led the charge to buy the team in 1997 and save the Seahawks in Seattle, including building a new stadium to replace the Kingdome. 

Coach Pete Carroll is really looking forward to not only the game against the Rams Thursday, but the ceremony to honor the man who brought him to Seattle…

Carroll was hired by Allen in 2010 after an incredible run as the coach of the USC Trojans.  He said he wouldn’t have come to Seattle had it not been the words of Paul Allen and the team’s president at the time…

Russell Wilson is 9th in the NFL in passing yards; 2nd in quarterback rating; and 8th in completions through four games.  Coach Carroll says he couldn’t be happier about the play of his quarterback…

Seattle is 1-0 in conference play after its win over Arizona last weekend.  They’ll go for a second-consecutive win against the Rams Thursday night in front of a national television audience.  By the way, the Seahawks are 8-and-1 on Thursday nights since Carroll took over as head coach.

Thanks Eric.

I mentioned earlier the cold forecast was not as advertised down here in the valleys, but that late-September snow that fell on Washington’s passes over the weekend hit Sherman Pass the hardest. The scenic byway between Republic and Colville in the Colville National Forest received about 14 inches of snow. That’s double the 7 inches Stevens Pass received. Washington State Department of Transportation crews were still working today to clear snow, and remove between 100 and 150 trees that fell across the highway. There were alternating lane closures today as the tree removal work continued on Washington’s highest-elevation pass.

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 And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, with host Dan Kuntz. Filling in for Grant Olson, I’m Jefferson Robbins. We’ll see you here tomorrow night.