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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The coach of the Tri-Cities' minor-league football team has been arrested on allegations he is wanted by Florida authorities for possessing stolen property.
Tri-Cities Fever coach Tony Wells was arrested early Sunday morning by Kennewick police for investigation of being a fugitive from justice. Officers had been called to the home of Wells' girlfriend, who had reported a burglary in progress. That turned out to be false; it was just Wells retrieving some items from the home.
But Wells' wanted status was discovered when officers ran a warrants check on him.
Police Sergeant Scott Child says Wells also has an outstanding warrant out of Kentucky for fraud. Prosecutors have until Thursday morning to file a felony charge of fugitive from justice or release him from jail.
Wells was hired by the Fever last November for its inaugural season in the arena-football-2 league, which is a development program for the Arena Football League.
Fever general manager Randy Schillinger declined immediate comment.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)