Charges against East Wenatchee attorney include national park assault


FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — A Wenatchee Valley attorney already facing DUI and domestic violence charges in Douglas County also must face a federal criminal charge in California.

Rangers arrested Paul Kube, a partner in the East Wenatchee law firm of Lacy, Kane & Kube, on Sept. 5 in Yosemite National Park, after witnesses allegedly saw him punch his wife in the face while the two were staying in a park campsite. Park rangers who investigated said Kube was visibly drunk, and his wife had a bruise under her eye.

Domestic assault in a national park is a federal offense. Rangers cited Kube for the assault, intoxication and disorderly conduct, which could carry up to a five-year prison sentence. He denied the allegations upon his arrest, and he’s expected to plead not guilty later this month before a federal judge.

Court records show Kube spent five days jailed in Fresno before his wife put up $25,000 bond for his release. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone ordered him to wear an ankle monitor when he returned home to East Wenatchee.

Kube was already facing multiple legal problems at home. In late September, Douglas County prosecutors charged him with second-degree assault for a July incident in which he allegedly broke his wife’s nose. And in early October, a Douglas County judge ordered him to jail for drinking alcohol multiple times despite a 2014 court agreement that kept a DUI off his record.

Any conviction, on either the local or federal assault case, could lead to suspension of Kube’s law license and possible disbarment.

Steve Lacy, a senior partner at Kube’s law firm, said Tuesday Kube has continued to practice law on work release, and would remain in practice there as long as he’s not convicted of a crime. Kube is scheduled for release from jail Nov. 24.

“I’m not a fan of throwing people under a bus based on allegations,” said Lacy, the outgoing mayor of East Wenatchee who’ll leave office later this year. “I believe very strongly in the fact that people are innocent until proven guilty. … There are no consequences for Mr. Kube that would be generated by me until I was convinced that he actually did these alleged crimes, or that he was proven guilty in a court of law of having committed these crimes.”