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Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

With the local media swirling like vultures for the latest morsel in the case against resigned WCBS anchor Rob Morrison, FishbowlNY turns to attorney Paul Callan, who represented former WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones during her scandal last year.

She eventually was fired for falsifying a sexual assault. We spoke to Callan yesterday, hours before Morrison announced his resignation.

Morrison was arrested Sunday on a felonious charge of choking his wife, Ashley Morrison during a fight at their home early Sunday morning. A judge ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from his wife.

“There have been indications that his wife wants to drop the charges, so ultimately this will be a decision by the Connecticut prosecutor as to whether to try to informally resolve the case with a dismissal,” Callan tells FishbowlNY.

That doesn’t automatically mean Morrison will be cleared.

“Prosecutors can serve a subpoena on her. They can force her to testify under oath,” Callan says. “Sometimes the wife is placed in a difficult position as she tries to deny the charge.”

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Former WABC/Channel Weather Anchor Heidi Jones Sentenced to Community Service

Heidi Jones has now learned her fate.

The WABC/Channel 7 forecaster who lost her job after lying to police about being attacked, is facing 350 hours of community service.

“I just want to take a moment to express my sincere and profound apology to all who were involved — most importantly to the police department,” Jones said in court.

In December 2010, Jones told police a Hispanic man attacked her while jogging in CentralPark.

Our sister site TVSpy has more details on Jones’ sentencing.

Heidi Jones Pleads Guilty to Fake Assault, Gets Community Service

In a final, sad chapter for Heidi Jones, the former WABC/Channel 7 weather anchor pleaded guilty yesterday to falsifying a claim of assault in 2010. 

The Daily News says Jones was ordered to perform 350 hours of community service, and was sentenced to probation.  The 350 hours, prosecutors say, represent the time police investigated her phony claims.

The one-time rising weather forecaster, who also did some work for ABC’s Good Morning America, has also been ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling.

Our sister site TVSpy has more on the story, including comments from her attorney.

Former WABC/Channel Weather Anchor Heidi Jones Pleads Not Guilty

Heidi Jones, the former WABC/Channel 7 weather forecaster, pleaded not guilty today to charges stemming from lying to police about an attempted assault last year.

Jones’ lawyer, Paul Callan says he is working on getting the case thrown out.

“Under New York law, the D.A. must be ready for trial within 90 days of arraignment,” Callan tells FishbowlNY. “Heidi was originally arraigned on January 5, 2011 and the prosecution has never been ready for trial.”

Sister site TVSpy has more on Jones’ situation.

Former WABC Weather Personality Heidi Jones Indicted on Fake Sex Claim

The on again, off again saga of one-time WABC/Channel 7 weather forecaster Heidi Jones took a dramatic turn Friday.

The Daily News reports Jones was indicted by a grand jury for falsifying a sexual attack claim in Central Park.

Prosecutors, though, rarely seek indictments for lower crimes.

Paul Callan, Jones’ lawyer, tells FishbowlNY, “ I most assuredly know what the decision to indict Heidi Jones means: It means that there appears to be a double standard for the prosecution of misdemeanors in New York County…
The double standard is an unconstitutional disgrace. I will move to
dismiss the indictment immediately.”

Callan told the Daily News that the case was presented to the grand jury without his knowledge.

Last fall, Jones, whose star was on the rise at ABC (filling-in with weather reports at Good Morning America), claimed she was attacked. Thereafter, Jones did an about face–saying it wasn’t true. She admitted that her initial report to police was made up due to stress.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on June 29.

Police Accused of Questioning Former WABC-TV Weather Anchor Heidi Jones Inappropriately

The legal troubles of former WABC-TV weathercaster Heidi Jones may have taken a turn in her favor. Our sister site TVSpy reports that police officers who took her false claims may have inappropriately questioned her.

In January, Jones was charged with two misdemeanors–punishable by up to one year in prison–for allegedly faking the story of a sexual assault in Central Park last September.

TVSpy has the latest developments.

WABC-TV Hires Chicago Meteorologist Amy Freeze for Weekend Mornings

WABC-TV/Channel 7 has turned the corner from the ugly situation involving Heidi Jones.

The station has hired Amy Freeze, yes Freeze, as their new weekend morning meteorologist.

Freeze, 36, had been the former chief meteorologist at the Fox affiliate in Chicago. 

TimeOutChicago.com reports that Freeze was bounced out of her job unceremoniously on February 20 after four years, as her contract wasn’t renewed. 

Now in New York, though, WABC news director Kenny Plotnik tells FishbowlNY that Freeze will be an asset to the station. 

“She brings a wealth of knowledge that will mix in very well with our three people, in terms of understanding the weather, explaining it to our audience, and strong forecasting.”

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Possible Plea Deal for Former WABC-TV Weathercaster Heidi Jones

For several months, we’ve been telling you about the legal situation involving former WABC/Channel 7 weekend weather anchor Heidi Jones. At the heart of the matter are charges that Jones faces for falsifying a police report. In court documents, Jones admitted to police last December that her story about being accosted while jogging in Central Park was fake.

Our sister site TVSpy has the latest details on the Jones saga that includes a possible plea deal.

Embroiled in Legal Issues, WABC Appears Ready to End Ties With Weather Anchor Heidi Jones

Heidi Jones, the weekend weather anchor at WABC/Channel 7, has likely given her last forecast at the station.

You’ll recall Jones, 37, was arrested last month after allegedly falsifying a rape story to police.

Jones has been suspended indefinitely since the story first broke in December.

Fast forward to today. There is a job listing showing WABC is seeking a weekend morning weather anchor.  

A WABC spokesman had no comment, but FishbowlNY has learned that the station is looking to fill the position once held by Jones.

For now, though, Jones, with WABC since 2005, is still employed by Channel 7. Her bio and picture remain a part of the Eyewitness News team page.

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