NCWLIFE Evening News June 8th, 2021


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,

But first, our top story tonight. . .

A former employee at the Grant County PUD may face charges after allegedly taking home tactical equipment that belonged to the district.

The Washington State Auditor’s Office says a former security supervisor, who left the PUD in 2018, took with him a ballistic helmet, targeting laser and night vision goggles. He turned the gear over to Ephrata police last year after an investigation began. The equipment was valued at more than $13,000. The state auditor says the Grant PUD failed to complete its inventory process for two consecutive years, which might have uncovered the loss. The case was turned over to the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney. No charges have yet been filed.

The Seattle man accused of tying up and beating his girlfriend in a remote Leavenworth cabin was released from jail Monday after paying a $75,000 bail.

Calisle [CAL-aisle] Simpson Dean has not been charged, but Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say he assaulted and kept the woman tied up with masking tape and a cloth apron for about three and a half hours on Friday.

She later fled the cabin off Icicle Road and was treated for a broken rib and other injuries. NCWLIFE has learned that the 62-year old Dean is a descendant of the wealthy Du Pont family. He owns homes and commercial properties in Seattle and Colorado, and administers a $2 million family charitable fund. Prosecutors have until the end of the day Wednesday to decide whether to file charges.

Local prosecutors have withdrawn charges against a Wenatchee man accused of receiving a 33-pound shipment of methamphetamine, because federal charges are forthcoming. 50-year-old Francisco Sedano allegedly arranged to take delivery of a meth shipment sent to Wenatchee from California back in March. State and federal police agencies say they intercepted the delivery near Klamath Falls, and arranged to deliver a dummy shipment instead. They say Sedano accepted the delivery at his home, and was arrested on the spot. Chelan County prosecutors initially pressed charges of drug possession and conspiracy, but now say because Sedano is likely to be charged in U.S. District Court, they’ve set aside their case. He was released from the Chelan County jail June 2nd.

If you’re in the market for a home in the Wenatchee Valley, get that checkbook out. . .the latest real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee area in May showed a 20-percent rise in the median sales of a home compared to last year.

The price last month was 420,000-dollars, that’s compared to 349,000 just a year ago. Active home listings were also way down compared to last year with 36 last month compared to 129 in May of 2020.

On a positive note, total home sales in May were up significantly compared to last year with 91 sales this year and 66 sold last year, a 38-percent increase. The Wenatchee real estate market consists of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island.

Coming up next, COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered Thursday in Bridgeport./ In what is being called an historic day, the Wenatchee Police Department promoted four of its officers last week./ At a time when many local businesses are reporting difficulty finding workers, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee Downtown Association are teaming up to offer a community job fair this month, and, A 2019 dash cam video of a suspect crashing into a power pole outside Moses Lake will be featured June 15th on the TV show Body Cam. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered Thursday in Bridgeport as part of the Chelan-Douglas Health District’s efforts to offer access to the vaccine in outlying areas of the two counties.

The clinic will be at Fireman Park from 2 to 6 p.m. and will offer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to anyone 18 or older.

Last week in nearby Brewster Okanogan Public Health offered vaccines and tests to all agricultural workers arriving in the county. The health district said more than 2,250 agricultural workers have been fully vaccinated thus far.

In what is being called an historic day, the Wenatchee Police Department promoted four of its officers last week.

Corporals Cory Bernaiche and Guy Bryant were both promoted to sergeant.

And Officers Mark Ward and Ron Wilson were both promoted to corporal. All four of the newly promoted officers have been assigned to supervisory positions in the Patrol Division.

At a time when many local businesses are reporting difficulty finding workers, the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee Downtown Association are teaming up to offer a community job fair this month.

Dozens of employers are expected at the Wenatchee Convention Center June 23rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community members, students and recent graduates are invited to meet with the prospective employers. The Chelan-Douglas Health District also will be on site offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 one-dose vaccine to anyone 18 and older.

A 2019 dash cam video of a suspect crashing into a power pole outside Moses Lake will be featured June 15th on the TV show Body Cam.  The show will air on the Investigation Discovery Chanel from 9 to 10 p.m.

On October 29th, 2019, a Moses Lake Police officer was attempting to pull over 32-year-old James Milner of Moses Lake when he led them on a pursuit on Patton Boulevard where the speeding suspect lost control and hit the power pole. None of the occupants of Milner’s vehicle were injured but a live power line came down on the officer’s vehicle and he had to wait in the car for a PUD crew to cut the power.

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.

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After a year off because of COVID, NCWLIFE’s Dan Kuntz is back at the Apple Blossom food court searching out the best that Memorial Park has to offer. In tonight’s feature story, he grabs an Apple Blossom favorite, the Piroshky, as only Dan can. . .

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.

The Wenatchee AppleSox return home to face the Walla Walla Sweets in the first of three games tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium…

Wenatchee began league play over the weekend, taking one out of three against Portland.  The Sweets are 2-and-1, winning its WCL-opening series against Cowlitz.

Head coach Ian Sanderson says there are still some players yet to arrive due to the college playoffs but likes what he sees on his roster…

Sanderson and Joel Norman took a break Monday to speak to us here on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley (which you’ll see the entire conversation later this morning).

Sanderson was hired following the 2019 season but COVID scrapped last year.  He says it allowed him to start from scratch to develop his current roster…

Sanderson says his philosophy is to take advantage of team speed and depend on a big stable of arms to pitch Wenatchee into the win column…

 “Voice” of the AppleSox Joel Norman says the early part of the season will be spent on players getting to know each other and focus internally first…

Tune in later this morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley for the entire interview with coach Sanderson, Norman and your truly here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

As far as the West Coast League scoreboard on Monday, only one game to pass along.  Corvallis beat Port Angeles in an offensive skirmish (by a field goal) 13-to-10.

Coming up around the league tonight, it’s Bellingham hosting Yakima Valley.  The Knights and Lefties meet again in Port Angeles.  Portland travels to Ridgefield.  And Bend hosts Cowlitz.

The Mariners are in Detroit to begin a 3-game series with the Tigers later today…

First pitch is slated for 4:10 at Comerica Park where Marco Gonzales will make his second start after coming back from injury.  He’ll go up against Detroit’s Matthew Boyd.  You can watch the game on Root Sports Northwest.

The Angels and Royals played in one of just three games on the Major League schedule Monday with L-A coming out on top 8-to-3.  The Halos brought eight men to the plate in a 4-run first inning, ruining the Major League debut of Jackson Kower for Kansas City.  His ERA after lasting just two outs?  54.00.  Ouch!

Cashmere started off a busy week in boys basketball with a 58-54 win at Quincy last night…

Ty Schoening led the way with 25-points while Sam Phillips had 13 and Nate Phillips 10 for the Bulldogs.  Also in boys action last night, Manson edged Moses Lake Christian 46-40 and Bridgeport got 19-points from sophomore Cristian Lopez and 14 from senior Jesus Torres in downing Waterville-Mansfield 60-to-49.

The Ephrata JV takes on Cascade Christian Academy to kick off a busy schedule today at 6 o’clock.  The 7:30 games have Eastmont at Sunnyside; Wenatchee visits Moses Lake; Cascade hosts Cashmere; Omak’s at Brewster; Manon welcomes Liberty Bell; Tonasket travels to Oroville; and Moses Lake Christian entertains Pateros.

The Cashmere girls had no trouble dispatching Quincy last night 64-26…

Manson stopped Soap Lake 57-41.  Cascade Christian Academy topped Entiat 28-19.  And Waterville-Mansfield beat Bridgeport 79-55.

Coming up today, the 6 o’clock tip times have Cashmere at Cascade; Brewster hosting Omak; Liberty Bell’s at Manson; Tonasket travels to Oroville; and Moses Lake Christian hosts Pateros.  At 7:30, it’s Eastmont hosting Sunnyside; Moses Lake visits Wenatchee; and Waterville-Mansfield travels to Entiat.

Eastmont and Wenatchee bowlers picked up big wins at Eastmont Lanes yesterday…

The Wildcats beat Moses Lake 3-nothing with a pin-count margin of 210-pins.  High rollers on the day for Eastmont were Colby Hull with a 201 and Katie Heinz with a 179.

Wenatchee had another impressive outing, this time in a 3-game sweep of Selah by a pin-count margin of 647.  Kylan Hankins led the way with a 214 while Mackenzie Munro rolled a 190 as the Panthers remained undefeated.

Thanks Eric.

Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz for a look at what’s coming up Monday 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 weekend.