NCWLIFE Evening News, February 17, 2020


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, A Spokane man who represented himself at his child rape trial was convicted Friday, on his 47th birthday. Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a pair of rollover accidents over the weekend, and, A worker at an Orondo fruit warehouse allegedly attacked a co-worker last week over a mis-placed cart.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A man who described himself as a former gang member, says he was shot at while driving home Sunday night in Quincy.

The Quincy Police Department said officers responded about 7:50 p.m. to several reports of shots being fired from a white Chevrolet pickup at another vehicle it was chasing.

Police found shell casings on 3rd Avenue Southwest, then in the 600 block of F Street Southwest. They later were contacted by the victim who had several bullet holes in his vehicle but was not injured.

He said he believes he was targeted because he was an active gang member years ago. Quincy Police are looking for the owner of the white pickup and asking that anyone with information contact them.

A Spokane man who represented himself at his child rape trial was convicted Friday, on his 47th birthday. Jeremey Douglas Pedersen spent last week on trial in Chelan County questioning witnesses, including the 13-year-old girl he victimized. Wenatchee police said Pederson twice sexually abused the child around 2011 or 2012, when she was seven years old. After three days of testimony, the jury convicted Pederson Friday afternoon on a count of first-degree child rape, but acquitted him of a related charge of child molestation. He’s scheduled for sentencing March 26th before Judge Lesley Allan, when he could face at least nine years in prison.

Chelan County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a pair of rollover accidents over the weekend.

First on Friday night, the vehicle of a man who experienced a medical issue on Waters Edge Lane in Manson left the road, rolled over and struck a home. The unidentified man had to be extricated from the car before being taken to the hospital where was treated for minor injuries. There were no other injuries.

Then on Sunday night, the Sheriff’s Office says a drunk driver rolled their vehicle at about milepost 11 on the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. The driver was taken to Central Washington Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office said a breath sample showed a blood alcohol level of .357, more than four times the legal limit for drunk driving.

A worker at an Orondo fruit warehouse allegedly attacked a coworker last week over a misplaced cart.

Miguel Ortiz is charged with second-degree assault after Douglas County deputies said he punched his fellow worker in the face multiple times February 10th. The fight allegedly began when Ortiz moved a cart the other worker had been using to transport materials around the packing shed, and refused to return it. The victim suffered fractures to his facial bones and received six stitches. Ortiz, who’s 26, faces arraignment in Superior Court early next month.

Coming up next, The Methow Valley has rallied around a longtime resident detained by immigration agents. A change in land ownership and an eviction lawsuit has one Upper Valley employer caught in the middle, and, Wenatchee residents are being given the chance to turn the tables and give a report card to their schools. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

The Methow Valley has rallied around a longtime resident detained by immigration agents. Francisco Morales, known as Frank to his friends, was arrested February 5th by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as he drove his daughter to her Winthrop preschool.

Now a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $42,000 dollars for Frank’s legal defense, and a federal court says he must be allowed to stay in the country temporarily while he appeals his deportation. Morales’ family brought him to the United States from Mexico when he was 12.

He’s lived in the Methow Valley for more than a decade, and recently applied for a visa. Supporters have visited him where’s he is detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, and have held numerous fundraisers for his family.

A change in land ownership and an eviction lawsuit has one Upper Valley employer caught in the middle. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins has this report. . .

Wenatchee residents are being given the chance to turn the tables and give a report card to their schools.

A Wenatchee School District survey launched last Thursday will run through March 1st. The district is asking staff, students, parents and the public to fill out the surveys at Wenatchee-schools-dot-org, or go to school offices where there are kiosks and paper copies. The questionnaire is designed to collect information on where the district is doing well, ideas for the future, obstacles to success. At the end of the survey, participants are asked to assign a letter grade to the district as a whole or for a particular school.

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Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Shilo Burgess voices her concerns about the future of the region’s economy. In tonight’s feature story, Burgess appeared on a recent segment of In- Focus with Host Steve Hair in which she shared her assessment of how the area’s business community is adapting to new challenges including a rising minimum wage. . .

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.

What a weekend in Sports!  The Wenatchee Wild’s winning streak is now seven.  The Cashmere girls and boys basketball teams won District Titles.  And Hailey Van Lith stands alone…which is where we’ll start.

Cashmere senior Hailey Van Lith went into Saturday’s District Championship game against Omak needing 42-points to break the state record in girls basketball for points in a career.  Hailey got it done…

Hailey Van Lith now has 2,886-points in her career and likely has four more games to add to that accomplishment.  Congratulations Hailey, from all of us here at the NCWLIFE Channel.

There were some other games over the weekend.  Moses Lake finished the regular season with a 76-20 win over Wenatchee.  On Saturday in the Central Washington 2-B District Tournament, Brewster beat Liberty Bell 60-53 and Waterville-Mansfield topped Lake Roosevelt 57-36.

In the other game at Eastmont High School Saturday, Okanogan ended Chelan’s season 38-29.

Here’s the schedule this week for the Big-9 girls with their District Play-In games tomorrow as Davis plays at Eisenhower at 5:30 and Wenatchee plays at West Valley at 7.  The District Championship is Friday with Moses Lake hosting Sunnyside at 6.  The winners of tomorrow’s games will play at the highest remaining seed Friday at 6 o’clock.  The winner of that game will face the loser of Sunnyside and Moses Lake Saturday at 6 for a last chance to Regionals.

The District 6 1-A Tournament wraps up tomorrow at 5 at Eastmont High School with a loser-out game between Okanogan and Omak.  The winner advances to regionals along with the Cashmere girls with the next round of games coming up February 28th or 29th.

Here’s what the District 5/6 2-A Tournament looks like as they shift to the Sun Dome in Yakima.  Selah plays Toppenish while Grandview takes on Prosser tomorrow at 7.  The winners will face off Wednesday at 7.  East Valley and Ellensburg will play the District Championship Saturday at 7:30.

The District 6 2-B Tournament shifts to the Lake Chelan Community Gym tomorrow.  Liberty Bell and Oroville will play for 3rd and 4th at 3:30.  Waterville-Mansfield and Brewster will play for the District Championship at 6:30.

As far as the District 6 1-B Tournament, it moves to Eastmont Junior High on Thursday for the girls as Wilson Creek faces Riverside Christian at 5.  Pateros and Moses Lake Christian play for the District Title at 8pm.  The winner of Wilson Creek and Riverside Christian will play the loser of Pateros and Moses Lake Christian Saturday at 2:30.

Turning to boys playoff basketball Saturday, the Cashmere boys followed suit, winning the District 6 1-A Championship over Okanogan.  It was quite a night for Sam Phillips…

Prior to that, Omak ended Chelan’s season 71-64.

Back to Friday in the District 6 2-B Tournament, Brewster handled Liberty Bell 85-37 while Lake Roosevelt beat Oroville 69-52.

Coming up on the Big-9 boys schedule this week, Wenatchee will host Moses Lake tomorrow night at 6 o’clock in a District Play-In game.  We’ll have it on the NCWLIFE Channel with Grant Olson on the play-by-play.  It will be LIVE on our Facebook stream and then on TV beginning at 6:30. In the other Big-9 Play-In game, Davis hosts Sunnyside at 6 o’clock.

Eastmont will play at West Valley Thursday at 6 for the District Championship.  Meanwhile, the Wenatchee/Moses Lake winner will face the Sunnyside/Davis winner at 6.  The loser of the District Championship will host the winner of Thursday’s other game Saturday at 6 o’clock for a last-chance-at-state.

The District 6 1-A Tournament concludes for the boys tomorrow at Eastmont High School when Omak faces Okanogan at 7:30 in a loser-out game.  The winner of Omak and Okanogan as well as Cashmere await the results of Wednesday’s Northeast A District Tournament.

The Omak/Okanogan winner will travel to the loser of Deer Park and Freeman Saturday at 5 o’clock.  The Newport/Medical Lake winner will play at Cashmere Saturday at 6:30.

For the boys District 5/6 2-A Tournament, tomorrow’s games in the Sun Dome has Ephrata facing Prosser and 5 while East Valley takes on Ellensburg.  The winners of those two games will play one-another Wednesday at 5.  Salah plays Toppenish for the District Championship Saturday at 5 o’clock.In the Central Washington District Tournament tomorrow, Liberty Bell plays at Oroville for 3rd and 4th tomorrow at 5.  Brewster plays at Lake Roosevelt for the District Championship tomorrow at 8pm.

The Central Washington 1-B Tournament will be held at Eastmont Junior High Thursday when Entiat plays Pateros in a semifinal at 3:30.  The other semifinal pits Moses Lake Christian and Riverside Christian at 6:30.  The winner of those games will play at 1 o’clock Saturday in the District Championship.

33 boys and 4 girls from North Central Washington punched their tickets to the State Wrestling Tournament at Regionals over the weekend…

At the Region Two 4-A Tournament at Skyline, Sunnyside took the team title while Moses Lake was 2nd and Wenatchee 4th.  Between Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Eastmont, three regional titles were won and 19 wrestlers will be advancing to Mat Classic XXXII in Tacoma this weekend. 

The Chief’s Maximus Zamora won the regional title at 145-pounds while teammate Cruz Vasquez topped the podium at 160.  Eastmont’s Max Prazer won the championship at 195-pounds.

Seven wrestlers will represent Quincy and Ephrata at Mat Classic after making it through Regionals last weekend.  Ephrata’s Mac Lair won the regional title at 195-pounds.  Toppenish won the team title with Selah second.  Quincy finished 8th and Ephrata 9th.

Seven wrestlers from local schools in the Caribou Trail League made it through the Region IV 1-A Tournament at Deer Park High School.  Chelan’s Angel Mendoza is a regional champion at 195-pounds while Cascade’s Hunter Reinhart took the title at 285-pounds.  Cashmere has three wrestlers headed to Mat Classic while Chelan has three and Cascade one.

Four girls will represent the region at Mat Classic in Tacoma this weekend following the Region IV Tournament at Othello.  Quincy’s Shannon Workinger followed her District Title with a Regional Championship at 155-pounds.  Wenatchee’s Kelsey Ibarra and Bella Andreini head to State along with Moses Lake’s Bianca Johnson.

The Wenatchee Wild improved from 5th to 3rd in the Interior Division of the BCHL in three days last weekend…

Wenatchee beat Vernon 5-2 Friday night at the Town Toyota Center.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

Wenatchee then entertained Chilliwack on Fan Appreciate Night Saturday.  And, with a packed house, the Wild came out on top 4-to-2.  Again, Arch Ecker on the call…

But the Wild had no time to really celebrate as they had to board the bus and head for Salmon Arm Sunday.  Yet again, Wenatchee was up for the challenge, scoring four first-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory.  Arch Ecker on the call and the video courtesy of Hockey TV…

Wenatchee wraps up the regular season at Penticton this Friday and Saturday.

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 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). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.