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Former WCBS Anchor Headed to Court Over Phone Calls

rob morrison wcbsA judge has cleared the way for former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison  to go to trial over allegations he harassed his estranged wife with more than 120 phone calls in one weekend, reports the New York Post.

While relaxing the protective order that Morrison’s wife, Ashley, a former “Moneywatch’’ anchor, has against her hubby, a Connecticut judge said Tuesday that Morrison will still have to stand trial over the alleged phone harassment.

Morrison has said he bombarded Ashley with the stream of calls over Memorial Day weekend only to try to talk to their young son, in accordance with their custody agreement.

Morrison was forced from his job in 2013 after his arrest on charges of choking his wife.

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WUSA News Crew Robbed While Looking for ‘Sketchy Neighborhoods’

WUSA_08-08-2014_23.04.09WUSA was doing a story about an app that alerts people to sketchy neighborhoods.

Reporter Mola Lenghi, photographer James Hash and an intern were talking to residents of a northwest DC neighborhood when thieves broke into their vehicle and stole some gear.

Among the many stolen articles was the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti.

Bisciotti’s cell phone was in her purse, and that ended up being a lucky break for the crew. Using the “Find my iPhone’ application the crew was able to track the phone. After filing a police report the crew tracked the phone to dumpsters in another D.C. neighborhood.

The crew was able to recover some of the stolen items from the dumpsters. The entire crew returned to WUSA9′s broadcast house unharmed.

You can see the video after the jump. Read more

KMOV News Crew Forced to Flee for Safety During Ferguson Riots


A KMOV news van was vandalized during last night’s looting and rioting in Ferguson, MO.

The rioting and looting broke out after a prayer vigil for an unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed during an altercation with Ferguson police.

The St. Louis CBS affiliate posted a picture of the van to its facebook page. The van’s driver side and rear windows were broken. The station said the crew was forced to flee for its safety, but was unharmed.

Brian Schellman, with the St. Louis County Police Department, said close to 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry mobs began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area.

KMOV reports 32 people have been arrested and 2 police officers were injured during the riot.

Sacramento Anchor and Fiance Arrested in Separate Incidents

KTXL anchor Sabrina Rodriguez is free on $10,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly helping an accomplice steal $2,500 worth of merchandise from a Coach outlet store in Folsom, CA, in 2013.

The Sacramento FOX affiliate said in a statement, “The Sacramento County District Attorney has filed charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime against FOX40 Anchor Sabrina Rodriguez.” The station added, “Ms. Rodriguez maintains that she is innocent of these charges and has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”

Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR also reports Nicholas Gray, Rodriguez’ fiance was recently arrested on arson and drug charges in an unrelated incidnet. Read more

KPIX Crew Hit by Thieves a Second Time

KPIX crimeThe KPIX crew that was beaten and robbed while the two were still on-air in 2012 was hit once again by thieves in Oakland, reports SFGate.

Anne Makovec, a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station, and photographer Gregg Welk were conducting interviews on a street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland around 11:00 a.m. this morning, with a security guard in tow, when their news van was broken into.

Reports say the thieves got away with a laptop, and “personal belongings.”

TVSpy has asked KPIX about it. We’ll update when we hear back. You can watch video of 2012′s camera heist after the jump. Read more

Crooks Rack Up Big Bill After Stealing Fresno FOX Affiliate’s Gas Card

Fresno police are trying to figure out who stole a station credit card from Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH and used it to pay for over $1,400 in gas.

According to the station, the thieves used the gas card at the same station several times.

Surveillance video from several gas stations show at the time the stolen credit card was used, a group of people were at the gas station filling up several cars.

Jim Moore, KMPH Fox 26 Chief Engineer says, “$1,400 is a lot of money. When you look at what it takes to operate a vehicle for a year. It’s money that could have gone into maintenance, camera repair, and other productive ways.”

KMPH Fox 26 did file a police report and plans to turn over the surveillance evidence, including the license plates of the cars in the video to financial crime detectives.

WVVA Reporter Shot at While Rolling on a Story

WVVA reporter Annie Moore was getting some b-roll near an apartment building where a dead body had been found over the weekend when a car drove by and took a shot at her. It was all caught on tape.

The Bluefield, WV, NBC affiliate reports Moore was not injured, though she said she felt the bullet whizz by her head.

You can see the suspect’s vehicle drive by in the video. Police are looking for an older model Ford pickup with a silver tool box in the back.

Man Arrested for Beating WCHS Reporter with Tripod

aaron wchs tripod attackA Clay County, WV, man has been arrested for allegedly beating WCHS reporter Bob Aaron while Aaron was shooting a story about possible animal abuse.

According to the Charleston-Huntington ABC affiliate, Howard Lilly is being held on $25,000 bond after being charged with destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding for allegedly grabbing Aaron’s tripod and hitting him with it.

“He came up off of his property onto the roadway,” Aaron said. “And before we could have much of a conversation further about it he came at me grabbed the tripod and starting hitting me with it. He broke the camera lens and gave me a couple of pretty good shots before we left.”

Bob sustained injuries to his leg and finger. His tripod was taken by the attacker and his camera was destroyed. Bob went to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but his injuries did not appear to be serious. Read more

Two WHO Reporters Arrested for DUI

sonya heitshusen mug shotTwo WHO reporters– Sonya Heitshusen and Erik Wheater — were arrested for driving while intoxicated over the weekend, the Des Moines Register reports.

Wheater was arrested Friday after police pulled him over because his car did not have a front license plate. He was “unsteady on his feet and fumbled looking for his license, registration and insurance,” according to the Register. A preliminary test found him to have a .125 percent blood alcohol level, according to the Register.

Heitshusen, who is a reporter and anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast, was arrested Saturday for OWI and driving on the wrong side of the street. She was taken to the county jail after she refused a breath test, the Register reports.

It was a first-time offense for both. According to a search of TVEyes, the station has not yet reported on the arrests.

WDAY Reporter Kay Cooley Arrested For DUI

kay cooleyWDAY reporter Kay Cooley was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports:

The trooper pulled Cooley over as the result of a citizen’s driving complaint, [Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse] Grabow said. A preliminary breath test showed Cooley had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.

Cooley was booked into the Becker County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, which is a misdemeanor.

WDAY-TV News Director Jeff Nelson declined to comment on Tuesday. He said Cooley is still employed at the TV station.

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