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Known for Slurred Newscast, Anchor Annie Stensrud Charged with DWI

Annie Stensrud, the KEYC anchor who became a viral sensation after slurring her way through a newscast in early December, has been formally charged with drunk driving, following her arrest on December 21st.

Stensrud is facing one gross misdemeanor charge of Driving While Impaired as well as two misdemeanor DWI charges, according to KEYC.

The Mankato Free Press reports that a urine test administered just over an hour after Stensrud was arrested registered a blood-alcohol level of .31, nearly four times the legal limit.

Stensrud, who has not appeared on KEYC since the slurred newscast, was arrested just before noon on the 21st after police received an anonymous tip that a woman was driving drunk through Mankato. Read more

Melissa Holmes Leaving WIVB But Staying in Her Hometown

Melissa Holmes is leaving WIVB to join market rival WGRZ.

“This new year is certainly bringing a new beginning for me,” Holmes wrote on her Facebook wall this afternoon.  “After six years at News 4, I’m officially announcing my final day on the air will be Friday. I’m sad to leave my incredible co-workers, and am grateful WIVB gave me the opportunity to work in my hometown!”

Holmes was coy about her next move on Facebook, saying only “I’m not leaving Buffalo… ;-) ,” but TVSpy has learned that Holmes is set to join NBC-affiliate WGRZ.  She currently works as an anchor-reporter for CBS-affiliate WIVB.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

VIDEO: KGW Cameras Catch Staffers Juggling On Live Newscast

Well, here’s one way to pass the time between newscasts: two KGW staffers were caught on a recent newscast juggling in the background of meteorologist Rod Hill‘s weather report (watch above).

“Hey, this is supposed to be my time, right?” Hill joked. “Just because I can’t juggle, nobody pays attention to me.”

Here’s Video of WCCO’s Chinatown Dog Meat Story

WCCO has attempted to scrub any evidence of its notorious Chinatown dog meat story from the internet.  Well, we’ve got the video and here it is (above).

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Man Found Dead in Bathtub with KARK Meteorologist Brett Cummins

Meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with KARK since 2001, was questioned by police on Monday after he was found asleep in a bathtub along with a dead man wearing a dog collar.

Christopher Barbour, a resident of the house where Cummins was found with the dead body, told police that he witnessed Cummins and the man–a friend of his named Dexter Paul Williams–drinking and snorting illegal narcotics on Sunday night. Barbour, Cummins, and Williams spent time together in a jacuzzi bathtub before Barbour left the pair alone and went to sleep on a couch in the living room.

When Barbour awoke the next morning, he heard snoring coming from the bathroom and entered to find Cummins asleep in the bathtub–now empty of water–with Williams’s body slumped behind him.  When Cummins eventually awoke, he discovered that Williams was not breathing and his face was discolored. Read more

Heidi Jones Says She Confessed Because She Thought It Would Save Her Job at WABC

In new court filings, former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones asserts that she confessed to police because she thought that it would save her job.

According to the Daily News, Jones now claims that police duped her into falsely confessing that she lied about an assault in Central Park. Jones’s lawyer charges that the cops promised her that if she signed a statement, WABC would never find out about the incident.

“[She was] advised that if she would just sign a confession incorporating the specific words and ideas of the lead detective, he would make sure that the ‘confession’ would never be seen by anyone other than his ‘bosses’ at [the] NYPD, and possibly the District Attorney’s Office,” Jones’s attorney wrote.

Chris Hansen Caught in Mistress Love Triangle?

It appears like “To Catch a Predator” star Chris Hansen has been preying on more than just WPTV reporter Kristyn Caddell.

According to a new report from the National Enquirer, the married father of two also had a fling with Kathleen Collins, a stripper and aspiring country singer.

Collins was reportedly “floored” when she saw the Enquirer coverage of Hansen’s alleged affair with Caddell. Read more

WTAE Cameraman Set to Stand Trial for Groping Woman During Bogus Interview

WTAE photographer Lenni Todd has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly groping a 21-year-old woman after he tricked her into filming a bogus interview.

According to the Observer-Reporter, Todd decided to wave a preliminary hearing on Monday in an effort to avoid anticipated media coverage, moving the case closer to a trial.

In June, Todd, 58, reportedly conned his way into the woman’s home by telling her that he was shooting video for Animal Planet.  According to court documents, Todd showed up to her house in a vehicle emblazoned with the WTAE logo and used equipment that bore the station’s name. While setting up for the bogus interview, Todd allegedly touched the woman’s breasts and groped her buttocks.

While he wasn’t on duty at the time, Todd told police that he was running late for his 10:30 a.m. shift at WTAE. Read more

WPRI Admits to Airing Staged Video of Local Golf Tournament

WPRI, the CBS affiliate in Bristol, RI, has admitted to staging footage of a local golf tournament and airing it without acknowledgment on their nightly news broadcast.

WPRI reporter Sara Hogan was on hand two weeks ago when amateur golfers Samantha Morrell and Ali Prazak competed in the Ocean State Women’s Golf Association Championship. Hogan approached Morrell and Prazak after the awards ceremony and was overheard by Eric Rueb, a reporter for The Standard-Times, asking the two golfers to grab their clubs and return to the 18th hole to “create some television magic.”

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