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Poulsbo jeweler to appear on Dateline NBC Friday

Dateline cameraman Glenn Aust (left) and Richard Koven prepare to shoot footage for a Dateline NBC segment, which airs tonight, on the true-crime book “A Twisted Faith.” - Courtesy Photo
Dateline cameraman Glenn Aust (left) and Richard Koven prepare to shoot footage for a Dateline NBC segment, which airs tonight, on the true-crime book “A Twisted Faith.”
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POULSBO – A small-town jeweler is being thrust into a big-time spotlight tonight.

Dahlquist Fine Jewelry in Poulsbo Village will be the jeweler seen ‘round the world when its role in a dark mystery that brought down a church will be highlighted at 9 p.m. tonight on Dateline NBC.

The segment will highlight Olalla author Gregg Olsen’s “A Twisted Faith,” a true-crime story based in Kitsap County.

“The shots that they took in the store were just product and there might be a few glimpses of my hand,” Richard Koven, current owner of Dahlquist’s Fine Jewelry, said.

The story begins with a 1997 house fire in East Bremerton. Investigators ruled that Bainbridge Island youth minister Nick Hacheney’s wife, Dawn Hacheney, died in the fire. The book unravels a web of adultery, murder and faith, with events occurring throughout Kitsap County.

Dahlquist’s was central to the story as Nick Hacheney and one of his mistresses, Sandy Glass — who later testified in his murder trial — purchased custom-made bands before his wife, Dawn, died.

Using the book as a resource, the Dateline NBC episode explores the relationships within the former Christ Community Church in Bainbridge, where Nick Hacheney served as youth pastor, as well as bringing to light Dawn Hacheney’s own character.

“We tell succinctly the story of what happened and we have some very moving interviews with Dawn’s mother (Diana Tienhaara). She really opened up to us. I know that she did the interview with us because she wanted to make sure to talk about her daughter and who her daughter was,” Susan Leibowitz, a Dateline NBC producer, said.

It was important for Leibowitz to show the victim as a real person.

“Hopefully it’ll be a just tribute to her, but it’s also about the story of what happened. She still died in a horrible way and deserves some attention,” Leibowitz said.

Dateline NBC came to Poulsbo on March 31 to film about 20 seconds of footage inside the jewelry store. Even though the shop will only be shown briefly, it’s amazing what people can pick up on in only a few seconds, Leibowitz said.

“We just needed a shot of Dahlquist because they had both gone there to order rings,” Leibowitz said.

Though Sandy Dahlquist’s own memory of the ring purchase is murky, the records she produced to prosecutors may have landed Nick Hacheney in prison.

“I wouldn’t recognize either of these people if I fell over them,” said Dahlquist, the former owner of the jewelry store. “He bought a ring for her and she bought a ring for him. Interestingly enough, their payments were all cash. Everything goes through our computer. It shows how much they paid, who waited on them and the dates, up until the final payment which was on a credit card.”

Dahlquist was able to provide the courts with records and invoices showing payments on the rings Glass and Nick Hacheney purchased. She also produced a credit card slip with Nick Hacheney’s signature. When called upon to testify at the murder trial, she said the dates and times on the invoices could not have been changed.

“A couple of the jurors stopped in our store (after the trial) and they commented about the trial and they said, ‘It was your testimony that you couldn’t change the dates in your computer that tipped the scales.’ That tied them right then and there that the two of them were together and the dates they were together,” said Dahlquist, who gave up ownership of the store in 2004.

The trial itself didn’t interrupt her life greatly.

“I happened to be the owner of the store and the keeper of the records and I ended up (at court) testifying because of that. (The trial) took me out of the store to drive down to Port Orchard to testify and drive back. If I had known them or if I had waited on them, I might have felt differently,” Dahlquist said.

In the wake of the filming at Dahlquist, Koven began to see that the national glimpse of their store might bring in some good and bad publicity.

“It was kind of exciting to know that we’re going to be in this national television broadcast, but there was a part of me when I went home that night that was a little bit troubled because it’s revolving around a really tragic event and domestic violence has been an issue that I’ve seen on a personal level,” said Koven, who contacted the Herald regarding Dateline’s visit.

In memory of Dawn Hacheney, Koven donated $500 to Eli’s Place, a local Poulsbo haven for victims of domestic violence.

“They say that there’s no such thing as bad press but at the same time I didn’t want to feel like I was capitalizing on such a tragic event,” Koven said. “I just felt it was the right thing to do.”

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