NCWLIFE Evening News September 14

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson.

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight — a visiting judge accepts Soles’ plea deal in the 1982 cashmere cold case, a road rage related accidents results in one man being air lifted to Central Washington Hospital and we’ll have another piece on the dedication of a stage to Wilf Woods at the Numerica PAC this Friday. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

A high-speed crash this morning in Wenatchee sent one man to the hospital and closed a busy road for over 3 hours. Wenatchee Police Department Sergeant Tim Lykken explains what happened. . .

The 33-year-old driver of the Avenger was also believed to be under the influence of alcohol and a search warrant was executed. His blood was drawn and he was issued a criminal traffic citation for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated and driving while license suspended or revoked.

A visiting Snohomish County judge accepted a woman’s guilty plea in exchange for a guaranteed five-year prison term. According to the Wenatchee World, Dawn Marie Soles, who testified against her former husband in a cold case murder, entered her plea and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 2nd. As part of the plea deal, Soles testified on Sept 1st in the trial of Bernard Swaim, saying that he ordered her to wait in a closed bedroom while he killed her ex-husband Stephen E Smith of Cashmere in 1982. The jury found Swaim not guilty on Sept 6th after two hours of deliberation. Under law, the plea agreement specifies that Soles must be sentenced to five years which is the maximum allowable for the criminal assistance charge.

 –Road rage was the cause of an accident on I-90, 5 miles west of George Tuesday, that resulted in one man being air-lifted to Central Washington Hospital. The accident occurred when a 2006 Jeep Cherokee, driven by 41-year old Michael Blodgett of Poulsbo, became involved in a road rage incident with a 1996 Peterbilt truck, driven by 55-year old Larry Amell of Orting.

The two vehicles both exited I-90 onto exit 143 when the truck stopped in the middle of the road causing the Jeep to lock its brakes. Blodgett then got out of his vehicle and attempted to hit the passenger mirror of the truck when he became lodged between the truck’s trailer and his Jeep as the truck continued to move. Blodgett was then dragged a short distance down the exit before Amell stopped his truck. The official cause of the accident and possible charges are still under investigation.

The Numerica Performing Arts Center will unveil the Wilfred R Woods Stage on Friday, commemorating the legacy of Wilfred Woods. The event will include a ribbon cutting at 7:30 p.m. right before the season kick-off show, m-pact. Executive Director Matt Cadman explains the relationship he had with Wilf and the connection to the PAC…

The dedication was announced by Numerica PAC Board President, Colleen Frei during the Celebration of Life for Woods on March 12.

Coming up, we’ll take a look at new fire recruits in training with Chelan County Fire District 1 in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College, a new real estate snapshot shows higher median home prices  and the Port of Chelan County discusses its Draft Strategic Plan with residents. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

In the quiet boulders and cheat grass on the outskirts of Malaga, there’s a small group of young men who are training to be firefighters.  Al Torres is a Captain with Chelan County Fire District One and leads the Fire Academy:

The cadets are in their second week of thirteen weeks of training and are schedule to graduate just after Thanksgiving.  We’ll have more on their story as the weeks progress.

Pacific Appraisal Associates have released their monthly real estate snapshot for the Wenatchee Valley and the trend once again is higher median home prices.

The single-family median home price for August was $289,900-dollars, that’s up 1-percent from July’s average price of $287,250-dollars and up 8-percent compared to August of 2016. The year-to-date median sales price over the past 5-years has risen 35-percent since August of 2013 when the average price of a house was $214,950-dollars.

The bright spot in the Pacific Appraisal report is that 28 building permits have been requested for much-needed Apartment Units in the area. That compares to zero requests in August of 2016. The monthly real estate snapshot consists of markets in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Rock Island and Orondo.

 –The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County concluded their third special session today in Leavenworth as a chance for Chelan County residents to review and discuss the Port’s Draft Strategic Plan.

At a public meeting last night at Pybus Market, the Port outlined its three major core lines of business which include: economic development, commercial and industrial real estate and Pangborn Memorial Airport. Pangborn continues to be a focal point of the port. The strategic plan calls for modernizing the airport’s facilities and increasing the amount of flights to-and-from the airport and increase destination selections. Alaska Airlines says flights to Wenatchee are currently at 85-percent occupancy. Port commissioners said they get requests for new business almost weekly but in the current Wenatchee real estate market, there isn’t enough property to accommodate those requests. The Port of Chelan County currently owns 75-acres of land and hopes to increase that number over the course of the 8-year strategic plan.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

NCWLIFE CHANNEL SPORTS

On the Prep Schedule for today..

Football
Eastmont at Mt. Spokane, postponed to Friday

Soccer
Cascade at Ellensburg, 4pm
Manson at Chelan, 4:30pm
Cashmere at Ephrata, 6pm
Davis at Eastmont, 7pm LIVE on NCWLIFE with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen
Wenatchee at Eisenhower, 7pm

Volleyball
Entiat at Moses Lake Christian, 5:30pm
Omak at Manson, 6:30pm
Waterville at Tonasket, 6:30pm
Eisenhower at Wenatchee, 7pm
Eastmont at Davis, 7pm

The Mariners broke open a scoreless game with a three-run 5th inning behind the power of Mike Zunino’s solo home run and Jean Segura’s 2-run shot as Seattle went on for an 8-1 victory over Texas:

Zunino would add another solo homer in a 5-run 7th inning as he continues to hit the ball well…much to the smiles of his Manager Scott Servais:

Kyle Seager also delivered a 2-run, bases-loaded single in the 7th to keep the inning going.  Mitch Haniger collected a couple hits including a double and Segura also added a single.  On the mound, Mike Leake went 5-and-two-thirds, allowing one run on 5-hits and striking out 5 to earn the victory.

Seattle and Texas wrap up the four-game series today with Felix Hernandez coming off the DL to make his 14th start of the season against the Ranger’s Andrew Cashner.

In the Wild Card race last night…

New York topped Tampa Bay 3-2 to remain 3-games in front.  Baltimore edged Toronto 2-1 and is 4.5 back.  Minnesota got a walk-off homer in the 10th to down San Diego 3-1 and is two games in front of LA, who beat Houston 9-1.  The Mariners, with the win last night, remain 3-and-a-half games out.

Thanks Eric…

 –Our feature story today is from the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office which sheds light on the salmon hatchery issue in our state. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

And now a look at other news around the state…

A high-speed crash this morning in Wenatchee sent one man to the hospital and closed a busy road for over 3 hours. Wenatchee Police Department Sergeant Tim Lykken explains what happened. . .

The driver of the Dodge Avenger has been identified as 21-year old Jonathan Fleming-Goforth, who was issued a citation for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving while his drivers license was suspended or revoked, 1st degree. The driver of the Chevy Impala has not been identified pending additional charges.

A visiting Snohomish County judge accepted a woman’s guilty plea in exchange for a guaranteed five-year prison term. According to the Wenatchee World, Dawn Marie Soles, who testified against her former husband in a cold case murder, entered her plea and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 2nd. As part of the plea deal, Soles testified on Sept 1st in the trial of Bernard Swaim, saying that he ordered her to wait in a closed bedroom while he killed her ex-husband Stephen E Smith of Cashmere in 1982. The jury found Swaim not guilty on Sept 6th after two hours of deliberation. Under law, the plea agreement specifies that Soles must be sentenced to five years which is the maximum allowable for the criminal assistance charge.

 In an effort to bring awareness about suicide and depression, the third annual Be The Light walk will take to the Wenatchee High School track on Friday at 5 p.m. Chelan county has one of the highest suicide rates in the state of Washington, according to the Department of Health. The event is sponsored by Confluence Health and Columbia Valley Community Health

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

 

As we take a look at our satellite loop, an upper level trof of lower pressure moved through our area today bringing us cooler temperatures and a few clouds as well as windy conditions in some spots. Winds will begin to relax overnight and clouds will slowly exit to the east through Friday. Weaker winds and less cloud cover for Friday night will set up the potential for some chilly temperatures in some mountain locations. On Saturday, the Pacific Northwest will be in-between weather systems as a slow moving area of low pressure will be pulling out of Wyoming and Montana during the day which will allow our next strong storm system off the B.C. Coast to move inland. But, our weather looks very pleasant on Saturday with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s with light winds and a good deal of sunshine.

As we move ahead to Sunday, an early fall-like cold front will produce good rains for western Washington up to the Cascade Crest. Jolly Mountain and Norse Peak area fires will have high probabilities of around a quarter to a half inch of rain by Monday morning. Portions of Diamond Creek fire in NW Okanogan County will have a good shot of a tenth of an inch of rain or more. Unfortunately, the east slopes of the Cascades, including the Wenatchee area and the Columbia Basin will likely be shadowed from most of the moisture dropping our chance for rain on Sunday to around 30%. Next week we can expect cool and showery weather as we usher in the first day of fall on Friday.

 

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 weekend.