NCWLIFE Evening News June 10th, 2021

608
video

Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to what’s making news, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, here a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A 73-year-old Chelan resident who’s been in jail for 15 months was sentenced to twice that long yesterday./ A 55-year-old Ephrata man was killed yesterday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 28 between Ephrata and Soap Lake./ Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a Seattle man accused of tying up and beating his girlfriend in a remote Leavenworth cabin, and, An inmate who helped murder an elderly Quincy couple in 1997 could soon be released from prison.  

But first, our top story tonight. . .

Wenatchee police have arrested a suspect in the Saturday shooting that left one person wounded in East Wenatchee.

25-year-old Jorge Reyes was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the 800 block of Cashmere Street, after a brief foot pursuit. East Wenatchee police believe Reyes opened fire Saturday at a home near Ninth Street Northeast and North Baker Avenue.

They say the incident appears to be gang-related. Reyes is now held in the Chelan County jail, facing possible charges of attempted murder. A second suspect, a Wenatchee 16-year-old, was also charged Wednesday with first-degree assault for allegedly taking part in the shooting. East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson says the gunfire appeared to stem from a robbery three days earlier. The investigation is still ongoing.

A 73-year-old Chelan resident who’s been in jail for 15 months was sentenced to twice that long yesterday, after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a woman who passed out on the porch of his home. Richard Allan Swain did not admit to the crime but agreed that he might be found guilty of rape if he stood trial.

Chelan County deputies arrested Swain in March 2020 after a 31-year-old woman became intoxicated, got separated from her friends, and accepted a ride from Swain to his home. They said genetic material found on the victim showed Swain had sexually abused her while she was unconscious. He pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault with sexual motivation.

A 55-year-old Ephrata man was killed yesterday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 28 between Ephrata and Soap Lake.

The Washington State Patrol said Raymond D. Simpson was driving a 1999 Chrysler Sebring westbound shortly after 10 a.m. when it crossed the centerline, traveled through a field and then into a rock pit where it struck a boulder and rolled over on it’s top. Simpson was declared dead at the scene. The State Patrol said an investigation into the accident is ongoing but they believe drugs or alcohol was not a factor.

Prosecutors filed charges yesterday against a Seattle man accused of tying up and beating his girlfriend in a remote Leavenworth cabin.

62-year-old Calisle Simpson Dean is charged with first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree assault.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Dean on Friday after the woman drove herself to the Leavenworth hospital with a broken rib and other injuries. He faces arraignment on June 21st. Dean is one of many descendants of the wealthy Du Pont family, which earned a fortune in the chemical industry. He’s a frequent large donor to Northwest charities.

An inmate who helped murder an elderly Quincy couple in 1997 could soon be released from prison.

Adam Betancourt is now 40 years old, but he was 16 when he and two other teenagers shot and killed Homer and Vada Smithson in their bed. All three were sentenced to life without parole, but changes in sentencing law left Betancourt with an indeterminate sentence.

The state’s sentencing review board now says Betancourt has become a leader in rehabilitative programs while in prison, and is unlikely to commit new crimes. Grant County Prosecutor Garth Dano opposes his release, saying Betancourt should serve 50 years from the time he was originally sentenced. If set free, Betancourt plans to reside in the Spokane area.

Coming up next, With the class of 2021 safely graduated, Wenatchee School Superintendent Paul Gordon has a new, two-year contract extension under his belt./ An Orondo firefighter who pulled a man from a burning car last December was honored Wednesday with a Life Saving Award from the Washington State Patrol, and, The state and Soap Lake Police are warning people to leave baby deer alone after a Soap Lake resident thought they were doing the right thing by picking one up and taking it home on Wednesday, we’ll tell you more about that coming up. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

With the class of 2021 safely graduated, Wenatchee School Superintendent Paul Gordon has a two-year contract extension under his belt. Gordon joined the district in 2019. The Wenatchee School Board voted unanimously this week to keep Gordon’s contract active through June 2024. Starting in July, his salary will be nearly $203,000. . .

An Orondo firefighter who pulled a man from a burning car last December was honored Wednesday with a Life Saving Award from the Washington State Patrol.

On December 9th, a vehicle that later was reported as stolen left Highway 97 and rolled several times outside Orondo. Firefighter Scott Carter witnessed the accident and was first on the scene.

After finding the driver unable to escape the burning vehicle because of jammed doors, Carter broke the passenger window and pulled Jorge Cruz to safety as flames were consuming the car. Cruz was treated for minor injuries at Central Washington Hospital.

The state and Soap Lake Police are warning people to leave baby deer alone after a Soap Lake resident thought they were doing the right thing by picking one up and taking it home Wednesday.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife said in the vast majority of cases bedded fawns have not been abandoned or orphaned and the mother is nearby.

Fish and Wildlife said if the fawn is not returned to the location the mother left them quickly enough the animal has little chance of survival. Does often leave their fawns in odd places for days until it is strong enough to move with her.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, 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. . .

Time now for our weekly Pause for Pets feature from the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Tonight, NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson introduces us to Burt the cat. . .

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.

Jake Fraley came up with a game-saving catch in the 9th and the go-ahead single in the 11th as the Mariners beat the Tigers in Detroit 9-6…

The game was tied at 3 with one on and one out in the bottom of the 9th against Seattle reliever Drew Steckendrider.  That’s when Detroit’s Isaac Paredes crushed a ball to left that looked to all like a walk-off home run.  Not so fast says Jake Fraley…

After each team scored a run in the 10th, Fraley came through with the go-ahead knock in the 11th to help Seattle open the floodgates…

The Mariners would go on for the 9-6 win.  Manager Scott Servais said it was a great team win, but credit goes to the bearded one…

Not to be left out, Kyle Seager had a 3-run home run to tie the game in the 6th

On a not-so-bright note today, the Mariners fell in the final game of the 3-game series to Detroit 8-3.  Despite two home runs from Mitch Haniger, Seattle dropped its 33rd game of the season.  Justus Sheffield gave up two home runs in his four innings to see his record fall to 5-and-5 on the season.  Seattle heads for Cleveland tomorrow to take on the Indians at 4:10.

Taking a look at the rest of the American League West yesterday,  Brock Holt’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th helped the Rangers walk-off against San Francisco 4-3.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea and three relievers combined on a 2-hit shutout as the A’s beat Arizona 4-nothing. 

Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run to lead Houston past Boston 8-to-3. 

Kean Wong’s 2-run double highlighted a 3-run 6th as the Angels beat the Royals 6-1. 

The American League West standings remain just where they were yesterday…just add one in the win column for everybody in the division.

Adam Grob’s (grobe) 1st-inning, 2-run home run didn’t hold up for the AppleSox last night as Walla Walla rallied for the 9-2 win…

Grob finished with two hits while University of Ohio’s Rece Stapp also came through with a couple hits in the loss.  Our friend Joel Norman had the call on Sunny FM…

Utah’s Gavin Gorrell took the loss to fall to oh-and-2 on the season.  The ‘Sox and Sweets rubber match tonight will also feature our own Eric Granstrom tossing out the first pitch.  Eric will also join Joel Norman for a few innings on the broadcast on Sunny FM.

Around the rest of the West Coast League, they were able to get the makeup in for the rain-out the day before in Bend with Cowlitz winning the 5-inning affair 2-1.  Game 2 was rained out so they’ll try to get both games in today with the first at 3:35 at Vince Genna Stadium.

Jacob Weiss’s 3-run home run in a 4-run 4th inning helped Corvallis beat Port Angeles 4-3.  The Lefties had the bases loaded in the 9th and scored one run before Braden Boisvert was able to strike out the final batter for the Knights.

Noah Guyette was 2-for-3 with a double and scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch in the 8th as Portland edged Ridgefield 5-4.

Michael Carpentier, Jr. had a 2-run home run and drove in 3 to lead Yakima Valley over Bellingham 6-to-2.  Dylan Bishop pitched six strong innings on the mound with five strikeouts to get the win for the Pippins.

On the schedule today, Yakima Valley and Bellingham meet again at 6:35.  That’s also the same start time for Portland at Ridgefield and the second game of the doubleheader in Bend between the Elks and Bears.

We’ll give the ladies a chance to go first today on the prep scoreboard…

Ephrata rocked Royal last night in girls hoops 51-37.  Bridgeport had no trouble with Entiat, winning 67-27.

Coming up tonight, Manson and Tonasket start things off at 5:30.  Cashmere hosts Omak at 6.  Also at 6, it’s Brewster at Chelan; Liberty Bell hosting Bridgeport; and Cascade Christian visits Pateros.  The big tilt tonight in girls basketball is at Sunnyside where the 5-and-oh Grizzlies take on the 5-and-oh Moses Lake Chiefs at 7:30.

In boys basketball last night, Ephrata topped Royal 68-53.  And Bridgeport coach John McDougal tells us that the Mustangs defeated Entiat 64-53.  Junior Yair Diaz led four players in double-figures with 19 for Bridgeport.

On the boy’s schedule tonight, Manson tips at Tonasket at 7.  The 7:30 games have Moses Lake at Sunnyside; Cashmere hosting Omak; Brewster’s in Chelan; Bridgeport travels to Liberty Bell; and Pateros entertains Cascade Christian Academy.

Eastmont and Wenatchee had much different days in girls bowling yesterday…

The Wildcats picked up a 3-0 sweep of Davis at Minda Lanes 1960-to-1676.  Maddyn Eaton rolled a team-high 201 while Brittni Hasting had a 199 and Katie Heinz a 181.

Wenatchee, meanwhile, lost for the first time this season.  After winning the first game 655-to-628, the lanes were not friendly to the Panthers as West Valley won the final two games to claim the victory.  Kylah Hankins rolled a team-high score of 178 while Kayla Musgrove had a 177.

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.