NCWLIFE Evening News September 30, 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 coming, but first, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window…

I show you this to prepare you for tomorrow. Tuesday’s forecast holds a freeze warning in store, with temperatures dropping to just above the magic 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the Wenatchee Valley. It’ll get as low as 27 in Plain and the Twisp River Valley, and a flat 20 degrees in the northeast. Eric Granstrom will be along later with your full weather coverage.

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

This wintry weather blast contributed to a fatal accident Sunday night on Blewett Pass, and the number of weather-related crashes is stacking up. A Rock Island man faces enhanced murder charges when he goes to trial next week in the death of his wife. And Leavenworth’s Autumn Leaf Parade drums its way through the drizzle to start this year’s festival season.

But first, we begin tonight on Blewett Pass …

where one person is dead and two others injured in a two-car collision, that halted traffic  last night on the Kittitas County side of US 97. State Troopers say it happened a little after 7pm near Swauk Campground.

24-year-old Jacob McDonald of Ellensburg died at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, after he lost control of his GMC Canyon pickup about 24 miles north of his hometown. His vehicle struck a car driven by 43-year-old Jeremy Long of Pasco. Long and his passenger were treated for injuries. Trooper John Bryant says McDonald was driving too fast for the snowy road conditions. He warns motorists to slow down after troopers respond to several traffic accidents in a 12-hour period on the same icy stretch of roadway. . .

Last night’s crash shut down US 97 at Blewett Pass for about two hours during the investigation.


Douglas County Prosecutors have upgraded their charges against murder suspect Ului Teulilo [Two-LEE-Low], just one week before he’s scheduled to go to trial in the case of his wife’s death.

Peggy Teulilo was found bludgeoned to death in the couple’s Rock Island trailer home in July 2018. She had recently voiced fears to friends and authorities that her husband meant to harm her.

Ului Teulilo was originally charged with second-degree murder. Today, prosecutors arraigned him on counts including first-degree murder with premeditation, saying he planned his wife’s killing. He has pleaded not guilty, and asked that his trial be held before a judge with no jury. That trial is scheduled to commence in Waterville on October 8th.

A Wenatchee parent who’s already served time for domestic violence is accused of threatening to kill a teenage family member

56-year-old Michael John Carpenter was arrested by East Wenatchee police last week for an alleged threat of violence that was reported by authorities at the victim’s school. Carpenter was previously jailed for six months in 2017 for a domestic assault that left a 14-year-old girl with a concussion. He now faces possible charges of assault and intimidation in Douglas County court.

Coming up next: A man missing for nearly two months has been found dead after venturing into a Grant County lake. A head-on DUI crash injures two men near Moses Lake. And the Forest Service hopes visitors to its public lands have time to answer a few questions. That’s all coming up. I’m Jefferson Robbins, and you’re watching NCWLIFE Evening News.

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The body of a missing 36-year-old Othello man was recovered last week from Canal Lake in south Grant County. Searchers had been looking for Arthur Valentino Madrigal since he disappeared about seven weeks ago at nearby Heart Lake. His body was found Wednesday.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said they are awaiting the results of an autopsy as the investigation into the death continues. Madrigal had gone to Heart Lake on August 3rd, about six miles southwest of Warden, with a 20-year-old woman who reported him missing.

Starting Tuesday, Forest Service crews will be stopping people going into and out of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest for a quick chat.

The Forest Service is trying to figure out who is using the forest, what they’re using it for, and how long they’re staying. Though there will be orange traffic cones in the roads and the crews will be wearing bright orange vests, participating in the surveys is strictly voluntary.

The USFS says it will be a year-long project, with interviews lasting about 10 minutes. About a third of those surveyed will be asked to fill out a confidential survey on how much money they spent on their national forest visit.

Need a job? The US Census Bureau is now recruiting for temporary 2020 Census takers in Chelan County.

The job pays $14.20 an hour. Census takers go house to house to count people in person who have not self-responded to the decennial census questionnaire.  Officials say this operation requires more field workers than any other operation for the national population count which occurs every 10 years. The census influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year. Applications can be made online at

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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For the 55th year, Leavenworth celebrated the turning of the fall leaves with its annual Autumn Leaf Festival over the weekend. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson reports.

The Seahawks took care of business in the desert yesterday, downing the Arizona Cardinals 27-to-10…

Chris Carson rushed for over 100-yards and Russell Wilson threw for 240-yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks improved to 3-and-1 on the season. 

Seattle will host the LA Rams on Thursday Night Football on FOX at 5:20pm.

The Seahawks announced today that the late Paul Allen will be the 12th inductee into Seattle’s Ring of Honor.  Of course, 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.  

Allen’s sister, Jody will help with the induction ceremony prior to Thursday night’s game and will raise the 12 flag before kickoff.

Allen will join Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Brown, Pete Gross, Curt Warner, Jacob Green, Kenny Easley, Dave Kreig, Chuck Knox, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones in the Ring of Honor.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard from Saturday…

Salvon Ahmed (suh-VON AUCK-MED) rushed for 153-yards including an 87-yard touchdown run while the Washington defense picked off three USC passes as the Huskies beat the Trojans 28-14.

Tyler Huntley threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as #17 Utah beat Washington State 38-13.  Cougar Coach Mike Leach was not shy about sharing his thoughts after the game…

Also Saturday, Eastern Washington beat North Dakota 35-20 while Central Washington fell to Western Oregon 36-26.

Sliding back to Friday and checking the Les Schwab Prep Football Scoreboard…

Eastmont scored nearly every way possible in a 58-nothing blowout of West Valley of Spokane.  Grant Olson and Steve Sandman had the call on the NCWLIFE Channel…

So Eastmont improves to 4-and-oh with the win.  Also in Big-9 play Friday, Davis beat Moses Lake 36-21.

In the Caribou Trail League Friday, Cheney handed Cashmere its first loss of the season 22-15.  Cascade topped Kings 23-14.  And Chelan beat Granger 48-14.

In Central Washington Athletic Conference play, Ellensburg edged Ephrata 18-7 and Quincy fell to Othello 23-to-6.

And in the B’s Friday, Entiat beat up Liberty Bell 72-20.  Soap Lake stopped Waterville-Mansfield 47-to-6. And Lake Roosevelt shut out Manson 28-nothing.

Coming up this Friday, the NCWLIFE Channel crew will be in Cashmere to broadcast the Bulldogs and the Omak Pioneers.  Join Eric Granstrom and Steve Sandman for the call with the pre-game at 6:45, kickoff at 7.

On the Les Schwab Prep Soccer Scoreboard from Saturday…

Cascade beat Olympic 2-1 Friday before falling to Lakeside Saturday 2-nil in the Cascade Classic.  Also Saturday, Eastmont stunned Sunnyside 7-2 while Wenatchee shut out Moses Lake 2-nil.  Lake Roosevelt doubled up Manson 4-2.  Quincy beat up Toppenish 8-nil and Ephrata was a winner, downing Prosser 6-1.

The weekend didn’t go so well for the Wenatchee Wild…

Wenatchee began a two-game swing through B.C. with a tilt at Chilliwack Friday.  Bookend goals from Brian Adams and Dallas Farrell to start and end the game came around 6 goals by the home team in the Chief’s 6-2 victory.

Then on Saturday, Wenatchee got on the board first with a goal by Adams just before the 1st intermission.  Merritt came out and scored 15-seconds into the second frame and the game would remain tied through regulation at 1.  The Centennials would win it 2:33 into the overtime, 2-1 the final.

Wenatchee heads for the Okanagan Events Centre this Friday and Saturday for the BCHL Showcase Festival with games against Salmon Arm and Penticton.

Kyle Seager hit a 2-run home run and the Mariners won their season-finale over Oakland 3-1 Sunday at T-Mobile Park…

Austin Nola went 2-for-3 at the plate with 2-runs and a double as Seattle finished the season 68-and-94.  It marks the 16th-straight season the Mariners have not made the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the A’s are headed for a Wild Card playoff Wednesday at home against Tampa Bay.  The National League Wild Card game is tomorrow pitting Milwaukee at Washington.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, the town of Okanogan celebrates an anniversary.

It was on this date in 1907 that voters approved the city’s incorporation. The City became the official seat of Okanogan County in 1914 when it was moved from Conconully. Earlier in 1907, the new town had just changed its name from Pogue. In its earliest days, it had been called Alma. Happy birthday to the town of Okanogan, 112 years young, and thanks to and the University of Washington Special Collections for the window into our past

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 Tuesday 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.