NCWLIFE Evening News November 18, 2019


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

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, A rollover accident Saturday injured five people from Spokane as they were headed east on Highway 174 near Smith Lake Road. The Leavenworth man who drew a gun on a FedEx driver in September was sentenced to 45 days in jail plus a year’s probation, and, The man who fired gunshots at the CEO of Gebbers Farms three years ago is headed to prison.   

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Wenatchee resident allegedly stalked and attacked another man with a baseball bat, because he was jealous over his relationship with a woman. Jess Jerome Cunning, who’s 35, was jailed after the assault late Friday.

Cunning allegedly met the victim at a tavern earlier that night, followed him to the woman’s home in the 500 block of Sunset Avenue, and slashed the tires of his car. When the victim left the residence later that night, police say, Cunning chased him, struck him with a bat and tried to stab him. He then fled the scene and was arrested at his home. The victim suffered a head injury and multiple cuts and bruises. Cunning faces possible charges including first-degree assault.

A rollover accident Saturday injured five people from Spokane as they were headed east on Highway 174 near Smith Lake Road. State Patrol trooper said driver Jared Pillow was distracted, and rolled the family’s Ford Thunderbird off the right-hand side of the roadway. Two adults and three teenagers were treated at Coulee Medical Center. The motorist will be cited for negligent driving.

The Leavenworth man who drew a gun on a FedEx driver in September was sentenced to 45 days in jail plus a year’s probation. James Potridge pleaded guilty to a count of third-degree assault, and was sentenced as a first-time offender. The case began Sepember 23rd when Potridge brandished his gun at a FedEx driver, saying he thought the driver had threatened him. Potridge, who’s 36, must also surrender his concealed pistol license and complete an anger-management program.

man who fired gunshots at the CEO of Gebbers Farms three years ago is headed to prison. Mark Reynolds Worth, now 49, opened fire on Cass Gebbers with a handgun from his moving vehicle outside Brewster in September 2016. The bullets shattered the windshield of Gebbers’ truck, but did not strike him.

An Okanogan County jury in August found Worth guilty of attempted murder, and on Friday, Judge Henry Rawson sentenced him to 25 years. Worth is a former Pateros real estate broker who’s been held in jail since the attack. He allegedly stalked and harassed a female relative of Cass Gebbers two years prior to the shooting. Gebbers Farms is one of the largest orcharding and cattle operations in the United States.

Coming up next, An East Wenatchee man had to be tased early Sunday morning after brandishing a sword following a high speed chase.  The city of George still doesn’t know who its mayor will be in 2020, and, The body of a missing Colville pilot was found Saturday in Sullivan Lake in Pend O’Oreille County. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A driver with a number of bladed implements defied police efforts to remove him from his car for more than an hour early Sunday. 35-year-old Brian S. Hamilton of East Wenatchee faces possible charges of assault, violating a no-contact order and driving on a suspended license.

He allegedly gunned his car toward a responding Douglas County sheriff’s deputy who was on foot on 24th Street Northeast, then parked, and refused to exit the car for about 90 minutes. Deputies said Hamilton “slung a sword over his shoulder” at one point, but later agreed to put the sword down and stepped out of the car. Police said they used a Taser when Hamilton refused to be handcuffed and began struggling with officers.

The city of George still doesn’t know who its mayor will be in 2020. Incumbent Mayor Gerene Nelson is tied 28-28 with Don Entzel. Interestingly, there was one write-in vote for mayor. Grant County has an estimated 20 votes left to count but that’s for the entire county and it’s uncertain if any of those votes are in George.

Nelson was first elected in 2015. November 6 election day results showed Entzel leading her by one vote, 22-21, but subsequent counts tied things up. State law says if the race remains tied after the final count or recount the winner will be decided by a coin flip.

The body of a missing Colville pilot was found Saturday in Sullivan Lake in Pend O’Oreille County. 67-year-old Terry Coleman had been missing since Monday when he flew out of the Colville airport for what was supposed to be a one-hour flight before returning to Colville.

A massive six-day search for Coleman ended Saturday when his body was found by a resident in Sullivan Lake. The Cessna 182 Skyline he was flying is believed to be submerged in the lake.

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. . .

In tonight’s feature story, we bring you the college commitment announcement of the incredible student-athlete from Cashmere, Hailey VanLith. . .

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.

We have a state champion in our midst, but we’ll get to that in a moment.  First, let’s head back to Friday and a State 4A playoff game for Wenatchee…

Wenatchee finishes the season 7-and-4.  Kennedy Catholic improved to 11-and-oh on the season.

Next up was Eastmont and Camas on the Papermaker’s home field in a suburb of Vancouver, Washington …

So Eastmont ends its season 9-and-2.

Cashmere’s season came to an end Friday as La Salle came out on top 35-to-10.  Omak advances by narrowly defeating Colville 38-27, they’ll travel to Royal Saturday at 2 o’clock.

Brewster’s season is over in the State 2B playoffs after a 60-to-7 loss at Onalaska Friday.  Lake Roosevelt edged Friday Harbor Saturday and face Kalama this Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Entiat advanced to the quarterfinals of the State 1B Tournament by virtue of a forfeit by Cusick Saturday.  Almira-Coulee-Hartline advanced with a 66-nothing win against Bridgeport.  Quincy’s new football stadium is the site for the next round Saturday as Entiat faces Lyle/Wishram at 1 followed by A-C-H and Lummi at 4.

The Cascade girls soccer team is in the Final Four of the State 1A Soccer Tournament…

The Kodiaks edged Freeman Saturday 3-2 to advance to face Lakeside (9-Mile Falls) in the Final Four Friday at 4pm.

Chelan is a State Champion in volleyball after a grueling championship match Saturday…

The Goats lost the first two sets 25-27, 16-25 and won the next three 25-22, 25-21 and 17-15 to take the State Title from King’s.  Congratulations to the ladies from Chelan!

The Almira-Coulee-Hartline girls took 3rd at the State 1B Tournament after downing Odessa 3-nil.

Wenatchee swimmers were 4th and Eastmont 13th at the Girls State Swim and Dive Championships over the weekend…

The Panther’s Rae Ann Dressel took 2nd in the 50-freestyle and 3rd in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the Les Schwab College Football Scoreboard Saturday…

Anthony Gordon passed for 520-yards and 5-touchdowns in Washington State’s 49-22 win over Stanford.  The Cougars improved to 5-and-5 with the win.

Eastern Washington built a 28-14 halftime lead and hung on for life to edge Cal Poly 42-41 Saturday.  Eric Berriere combined for 340-yards rushing and passing in the game.

Central Washington quarterback Christian Moore threw for 234-yards and 4-touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Simon Fraser 51-14.

The Wenatchee Wild dropped two heartbreakers over the weekend north of the border…

The Penticton Vees got the better of the Wild Saturday in overtime 2-1.  Then, Sunday’s game at Salmon Arm also went into overtime with the Silverbacks claiming a 3-2 win.

Wenatchee continues on the road this week with a game at Salmon Arm Thursday and then West Kelowna Friday and Merritt Saturday.

As you saw earlier in our feature, Hailey Van Lith has chosen Louisville where she’d like to go play basketball in college.  Van Lith said she had a chance to play around the Louisville players and coaches last summer and that sealed the deal…

We’ll have more with Hailey Van Lith coming up tomorrow on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was recorded this morning about 15 miles north-northeast of Coulee City. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network confirmed the quake hit at 8:48 a.m. at a depth of just under a mile.

Several residents of the area reported briefly feeling the quake but the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said there apparently was no damage and no 911 calls were received.

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 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 night.