NCWLIFE Evening News September 24, 2019

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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, Wenatchee police say an armed man displayed a handgun Monday during a minor dispute with a delivery driver. Prosecutors filed charges Monday against an East Wenatchee attorney accused of domestic violence, and, Chelan County Port District commissioners are expected to sign off on plans to purchase the Executive Flight building at Pangborn Airport.    

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Rock Island family is displaced after their home was destroyed by fire Monday night. The blaze was first reported at about 7:25 pm at the residence located on Cambridge Avenue. Douglas County District 2 Fire Marshal, Kurt Blanchard says the single-story wood-frame structure was a total loss. . .

Blanchard says the owner said she had just paid off the mortgage on the home the previous week. Chelan County Fire District 1 also assisted in putting the fire out.

Wenatchee police say an armed man displayed a handgun Monday during a minor dispute with a delivery driver. Thirty-six-year-old James Eugene Potridge allegedly brandished the firearm after the FedEx driver stopped to let Potridge cross on foot on North Wenatchee Avenue about 11:00 a.m.

While making his delivery at Hooked On Toys, the driver says Potridge approached him, showed the weapon, and worked the action. The incident was caught on security video.

Police caught up with Potridge in a nearby parking lot. When searched, he was carrying a loaded .380-caliber pistol that police said he owned legally. He remains jailed on a possible charge of felony harassment.

Prosecutors filed charges Monday against an East Wenatchee attorney accused of breaking his wife’s nose.

Fifty-four-year-old Paul Steven Kube {KOO-bee} was charged with second-degree assault, more than two months after his spouse sought treatment on July 9th at Central Washington Hospital. She allegedly told care workers there

Five years ago, Kube was arrested for contempt of court for violating a judge’s orders in his own divorce case. He’s now a partner at the East Wenatchee law firm of Lacy, Kane and Kube, where outgoing Mayor Steve Lacy is also a partner.

Kube must appear in Douglas county court October 7th. His case will be heard by a visiting judge after Judge Brian Huber recused himself.

Chelan County Port District commissioners are expected to sign off on plans to purchase the Executive Flight building at Pangborn Airport. The port’s executive director, Jim Kuntz says the building will serve as the new headquarters for the recently formed Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority. . .

The building currently serves as home base for the Douglas County Port District. Kuntz says the Port will purchase the building and attached hangar for 4 million dollars.  He says Chelan County’s existing headquarters at Olds Station will be leased out for private business development. Commissioners will meet Wednesday to formalize the property deal.

Coming up next, Grant County International Airport will receive about 10 million dollars in Federal grant money for runway and runway lighting reconstruction. The Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Crime Victims Advocacy has awarded Ephrata significant grant money, and, Leavenworth is being recognized as one of the best locations in the Pacific Northwest to experience autumn. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Grant County International Airport will receive about 10 million dollars in Federal grant money for runway and runway lighting reconstruction.

House Representative, Dan Newhouse announced the 9.9 million dollar grant is based on the airport’s Master Improvement Plan, which was submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Newhouse commented that the airport serves both commercial and military users and serves as a key facility for test flights and air control traffic. He said the grant represents a substantial federal investment that will allow Moses Lake to improve one of the largest airfields in the United States.

The Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Crime Victims Advocacy has awarded more than $7.2 million dollars in grants to 22 organizations throughout the state serving victims and survivors of crime.

The only Northcentral Washington city to receive the grant money is Ephrata and the organization New Hope. There were 77 applicants with final grant amounts ranging from just over 13,000 dollars to 400,000 dollars. New Hope in Ephrata received 392,015 dollars in grant money, which focuses on communities with gaps in services such as housing assistance and victims of hate crimes.  The grants announced this week are for two years. Commerce and The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will issue another round of funding for similar purposes in the spring of 2020.

Leavenworth is being recognized as one of the best locations in the Pacific Northwest to experience autumn. A study conducted by Expedia ranked 21 small towns across the country based on best times for fall foliage, nearby outdoor recreation and number of fall festivals, breweries, wineries and restaurants.

Leavenworth came in 2nd place for the Pacific Northwest sandwiched between Coeur D’Alene as number one and Hood River Oregon as number 3. Winthrop was ranked number 7 on the list compiled by CarRentals.com. The blog site identified the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival and Octoberfest as seasonal events that helped the Bavarian themed town’s high ranking in the study. 

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, a flier promoting links to white nationalist websites has put the Wenatchee Valley College campus on edge, just weeks before the start of classes on Monday. NCWLIFE’s Jefferson Robbins tells us more. . .

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.

On the prep soccer schedule for today…

Cashmere travels to Overlake at 4.  Chelan hosts Brewster and Bridgeport is at Manson at 4:30. At six, it’s Selan at Quincy and Ephrata hosts Othello.  Then at 7, Moses Lake takes on Eisenhower while Eastmont plays Wenatchee at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl. 

We’ll have the Battle of the Bridge LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel beginning with the pregame with Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen at 6:45.

On the volleyball courts tonight, Waterville-Mansfield travels to Almira/Coulee at 6.  Manson hosts Brewster and La Salle is at Cascade at 6:30.  At 7 it’s Cashmere at Quincy; East Valley is in Ephrata; and Wenatchee hosts Eastmont.

The Battle of the Bridge really gets started at 4 o’clock this afternoon prior to soccer and volleyball between Wenatchee and Eastmont in the pool.  That’s when the Panthers host the Wildcats.

On the cross country schedule today, Okanogan plays host to Cascade, Cashmere, Lake Roosevelt, Omak, Tonasket and Wilson Creek this afternoon at 4:30.

Following soccer tonight, we’re teeing up a couple football games this week here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

First, Thursday Night Lights will feature the Eisenhower Cadets and Wenatchee Panthers at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl.  Join Grant Olson and Eric Granstrom for the play-by-play with the pregame at 6:45.  The Cadets are 1-and-2 while the Panthers are 2-and-1.

Then on Friday, it’s 3-and-oh Eastmont hosting 3-and-oh West Valley of Spokane at Wildcat Stadium.  Grant will be joined by Steve Sandman for the play-by-play with the pregame at 6:45.

The WIAA has announced three sites for state high school football championships this season, all in Pierce County, but NOT in the Tacoma Dome…

Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma will host the Class 1B and 4A championships.

Sparks Stadium in Puyallup will host the 3A and 2A title games.

And the Harry E Lang Stadium in Lakewood will host the 1A and 2B Championships.  The games will all be played on Saturday, December 7th with the first games kicking off at Noon and second games at 4pm. 

The WIAA executive board voted in June not to renew its contract with the Tacoma Dome as the host site for six football state championships, citing fan experience and rising cost of using the Dome as primary reasons behind the decision.

The three stadiums in the Tacoma area are all within 13-miles of each other, with a ticket purchased at one site good for all three so fans can take in multiple games.

The Seahawks are looking to rebound following Sunday’s 33-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints.  Coach Pete Carroll says after reviewing the film that it was a case of mistakes, missed opportunities and a really good team on the other side of the ball…

Carroll says Seattle will have to clean things up when they face Arizona’s rookie quarterback Kyler Murray this Sunday…

Seattle kicks off with the Cardinals Sunday at 1:05.

The Mariners begin the final six games of the season at home tonight against the Houston Astros…

Houston comes in after just clinching their third-consecutive American League West Title.  Seattle will start rookie Justin Dunn, who is still looking for his first big-league win. 

The Stros will counter with Gerrit Cole, who is 18-and-5 with 302 strikeouts on the season and a 2.61 ERA.  He’s just 11-strikeouts away from tying the club record set by J.R. Richard in 1978.

First pitch at T-Mobile Park is at 7:10.

As we look at the chase for the Wild Card playoff spots in the American League…

The lead for Oakland is a game-and-a-half in front of Tampa Bay for the 1st Wild Card playoff spot.  The Rays lead the Indians by a half-game for the final spot.

Oakland hosts the Angels in the first of two games tonight and then finishes with four games in Seattle so the Mariners could play the spoiler.

The Rays host the Yankees in the first of two tonight and then finish with three games at Toronto.  Cleveland has the White Sox in town for the next three nights and then finishes, strangely enough, with three interleague games against the Washington Nationals at Jacobs Field.  The Nats lead the National League Wild Card race by a half-game over Milwaukee.

Thanks Eric.

Finally tonight,a suspect in Moses Lake had to learn twice about the wisdom of messing with a police dog. 30-year-old Timothy Riggins of Moses Lake ran from officers last Friday as they were responding to a domestic violence call. Officer Brad Zook was nearby with K9 Rex, who quickly caught up with Riggins and took him down on a stack of sheetrock. But that wasn’t the end of the encounter. Riggins also had a warrant out for his arrest. Here’s a look at the dramatic video of Rex in action. . .

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). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.