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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.

Iowa Man Accused of Using Local Meteorologist’s Name to Get Dates

A Davenport, IA, man has been caught allegedly using a local meteorologist identity to pick up women online.

Matt Wendt is accused of impersonating KWQC meteorologist Greg Dutra on social media.

According to Gawker, “Matt Wendt’s little plan fell apart when the real Greg Dutra tweeted at his girlfriend on Twitter, and one of Wendt’s prospects started questioning the real Dutra as to why he never mentioned that he was in a relationship.”

The Quad City Times reports Wendt was arrested May 9 and has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor identity theft.

Carjacking Suspect Clears His Name Live on ‘Good Morning Memphis’

A man wanted for stabbing a woman during a carjacking and taking her two kids approached WHBQ reporter Brooke Thomas while she was reporting the story live.

The man, Derric Fifer, told the reporter for the Memphis FOX owned station he didn’t commit the crime. “It’s a mistake they have my name,” Fifer told Thomas. “Somebody gonna get sued because I ain’t do nothing,” he added later.

In a follow up later in the day, Thomas told viewers police converged on the live shot but not before Fifer got away. Police later told Thomas Fifer was no longer a suspect. See that video after the jump. Read more

Man Calls Montana Station, Threatens to Blow Up Federal Courthouses

missoula bomb threat suspectA Montana man is being accused of threatening to blow up federal courthouses in Missoula and Billings, MT, after telling the Missoula, MT, CBS affiliate about his plans.

According to KPAX, Michael Lewis Andrews was arrested Wednesday in Missoula. The FBI said the investigation is still underway and the threat is being taken seriously.

“A man contacted KPAX News three times on Wednesday morning threatening to bomb the courthouses,” said the station. “We notified authorities, who then launched an investigation.”

The station also said Andrews has a “lengthy criminal record in Flathead and Missoula counties beginning in 1986.”

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