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Former TV3 Reporter Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail

The news hit close to home as TV3, an ABC-affiliate in Winchester, VA owned by Gray Television, reported this week that Ryan O’Connor, a former reporter with the station, had been sentenced to four years in jail for the possession of child pornography and propositioning a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl online.

O’Connor, 25, was arrested in September 2009 and charged with four counts of child pornography, one count of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of using a computer related to those crimes. In February, he pleaded guilty as part of an agreement that would cap his maximum jail time at 10 years.

O’Connor has been sentenced to four years in prison, according to TV3, plus ten years of supervised probation.

Shortly after his arrest in 2009, TV3 terminated his employment. Read more

Weathercaster Heidi Jones Considers Plea Deal

Troubled weathercaster Heidi Jones is reportedly nearing a plea deal in her case, as she faces charges of filing a false police report about a would-be assailant in Central Park.

We’re involved in active discussions for a possible resolution of this case,” Jones’s lawyer told a Manhattan criminal judge on Wednesday, according to the Daily News.

Jones and her lawyer did not speak to reporters as they excited the courthouse Wednesday morning. She is due back in court on May 4th.

According to court documents, Jones admitted to police last December that she had fabricated a story about a man attempting to assault her while she was out jogging.

Although WABC has remained silent about the matter, Jones’ Bio no longer appears on the station’s website and last month the station posted a job opening for a full-time weather anchor.

WMBB Anchor Arrested After Refusing to Pay Bar Tab [Update: Charges Dropped]

WMBB weekend anchor Kevin Character was arrested early Tuesday morning after an embarrassing scene at a bar in Miramar Beach, FL.

Character was out drinking with friends when the group got into a dispute with Rum Runners staff over their $171.48 bar tab.  According to The Walton Sun, Character and his friends refused to pay the bill saying that some of the drinks were not theirs.  After some back-and-forth, they attempted to pay the bill only to have their credit cards declined.

At that point, Character began to make a scene and police arrived.  He reportedly cursed at the officers, telling them, “I’m going to have your jobs… this is going to be on the news tomorrow.”

He was charged with disorderly intoxication in a public place, resisting an officer without violence, and felony obstructing justice. No word yet if WMBB, an ABC-affiliate in Panama City, will take disciplinary action.

>Update: All charges were eventually dropped.  Following the arrest, Character was put on a probationary period at WMBB.  He later personally decided to leave the station.

Heidi Jones May Be on Her Way Out as WABC Searches for a New Weather Anchor

According to a recent job posting, WABC is “looking for a full-time Weather Anchor.” Which raises the question: is Heidi Jones, the embattled weather anchor who is facing charges of lying to New York City police, on her way out?

Jones, who’s been with WABC since 2005, was the station’s weekend weather anchor before taking leave in December after police filed charges against her.

Jones’s bio still remains on WABC’s website and the station had no comment on the matter when TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY contacted them this week.

It’s important to note that the job posting mentions the morning news team while Jones typically covered the evening newscasts. If the station isn’t looking for a straight-up replacement for Jones, it could certainly use the new weather anchor to eventually take over the role that Jones has held. Read more

Pleading Guilty to Lewd Act, Veteran Meteorologist Joe Lizura Departs KUSI

Veteran meteorologist Joe Lizura, who recently went missing from his post at San Diego’s KUSI, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of committing a lewd act in public.

Eyewitnesses told San Diego police last October that they saw Lizura fondling himself in the window of an office building.

Lizura has contended that he was merely adjusting the blinds but says that he elected to enter the guilty plea to avoid a drawn-out “he said-they said argument.”

Lizura entered the guilty plea on January 31st and has left independent station KUSI, although he is adamant that these two actions are unrelated.

Lizura issued this statement to San Diego ABC-affiliate KGTV:

This is an incident that’s over and it’s in the past from last October where someone said they saw something that I would never do, but I elected to plead to a misdemeanor and a $200 fine rather than get into a drawn out he said-they said argument. I’ve always maintained a stellar reputation in this town.

As for KUSI, I simply left to run my own company that makes television shows of which I’ve written more than 30 episodes, it’s always been my second love. Read more

Randi Goldklank’s Attorney Calls Public Striptease Arrest a ‘Misunderstanding’

The attorney for Randi Goldklank is calling her client’s recent arrest for disorderly conduct a “misunderstanding.”

Goldklank, who has been dismissed from her sales manager post at West Palm Beach’s WPEC, was arrested three weeks ago following a striptease in a trendy Delray Beach restaurant.  The police report said that Goldklank was “touching herself, removing her top and dancing on a pole like a stripper.”  The manager of the restaurant called 9-1-1 after Goldklank refused to leave.

“There was a verbal misunderstanding between things that were said and things that were done by Ms. Goldklank and others in the establishment,” Goldklank’s attorney told the Boston Herald.

Her attorney also asserts that Goldklank was sober when the incident occurred.

This is not Goldklank’s first run-in with the law.  She left her previous job, as vice president and general manager of Boston’s WHDH and WLVI, amid allegations of unruly behavior on an airplane.

Former Spokane Anchor Winds Up on the News After Driving Her SUV Into a Creek

Debra Gilbert Wilde, a former Spokane anchor, became the subject of news over the weekend when she drove her SUV into a creek and had to be rescued by a police dive team.

Wilde, who worked for KHQ and KXLY from 1980 to 2007, somehow lost control of her vehicle on Sunday afternoon, driving the Jeep Cherokee over a guardrail, down a 20-foot embankment and then 60 yards into the frigid water of Latah Creek, near Spokane.

Firefighters reached Wilde first and secured the vehicle from moving further downstream. The water rescue team eventually removed Wilde from the car and swam her back to safety.

Wilde, 60, received treatment for hypothermia at a nearby hospital and was eventually arrested for a DWI.

Police Report: Chicago Sportscaster Danced in Street After Being Pulled Over

Strange details have emerged from Mike Adamle‘s DUI arrest earlier this month.

According to a police report obtained by TribLocal, the Chicago sportscaster danced in the streets after being pulled over by Evanston police and at one point even did a head stand.

Adamle, who “vigorously disputes” that he was under the influence when police pulled him over a couple of hours after he appeared on WMAQ‘s “Sports Sunday Live” show, is due in court on February 14.

Adamle’s blood alcohol level was under the legal limit that night even though he failed the field sobriety test. Police also suspected Adamle of being under the influence of something other than alcohol.  According to TribLocal:

The report states that Adamle exhibited “erratic behavior” while in lock up, grinding his teeth, rubbing his nose, and acting “extremely jittery,” according to the report. Read more

Randi Goldklank Dismissed by WPEC Following Public Striptease

Randi Goldklank, who was arrested on Sunday following a drunken striptease in a restaurant, has lost her job as general sales manager at WPEC in West Palm Beach, FL.

A spokesperson for Freedom Broadcasting, WPEC’s parent company, confirmed to Broadcasting & Cable that Goldklank was no longer with the CBS-affiliate.

Police were called to a trendy Delray Beach restaurant on Sunday night after Goldklank had refused requests to leave.  According to police reports, Goldklank had been “touching herself, removing her top and dancing on a pole like a stripper.”

Goldklank, 43, left her former job, as vice president and general manager of Boston’s WHDH and WLVI, amid allegations of unruly behavior on an airplane.

WPEC Sales Manager Randi Goldklank Arrested for Stripping in a Restaurant

Randi Goldklank, who left her post as vice president and general manager of Boston’s WHDH in 2008 after a drunken altercation on an airplane, has landed herself in more trouble.

Now a general sales manager with WPEC in West Palm Beach, FL, Goldklank was arrested on Sunday night for disorderly conduct.

The police report, obtained by Page2Live, describes an unruly Goldklank dancing like a stripper in the middle of a trendy Delray Beach restaurant.

The manager of the restaurant called 9-1-1 after Goldklank refused to leave.

The police report says Goldklank  was “touching herself, removing her top and dancing on a pole like a stripper.”

After police removed her from the restaurant, Goldklank reportedly told officers that they’d wind up “on the news” for arresting her.

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