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Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at WBBH Crew

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun at a WBBH crew. Jeremiah Edward Mayo, 23, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, according to the Fort Myers NBC affiliate.

Reporter Meghan Smith and photojournalist Walter Pendergrass were in Lehigh Acres covering a burglary when the incident occurred, WBBH reports:

Around 2 p.m., the crew saw a small blue car drive slowly by the driveway. Smith said she waved to both occupants of the car. The car then stopped and Mayo, the passenger, got out and came up to the vehicle Smith and Pendergrass were in. He pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at them.

Smith and Pendergrass saw the gun and tried to back out of the driveway. Mayo continued to approach the car, pointing the gun at them. They pointed to a press license plate in the vehicle and yelled to Mayo that they were with NBC2, but Mayo said he didn’t care, that no one was talking and that they should leave – all the while keeping the gun pointed at them.

He kept the gun pointed at them as they drove off. The crew was able to flag down a deputy and report the incident.

After Mayo’s arrest, a judge ordered him to surrender all firearms and have no contact with Smith or Pendergrass, according to WBBH. [h/t NewsBlues]

Jennifer Trammell Says Goodbye to WBBH

Weekend anchor Jennifer Trammell is signing off from Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH, according to the Naples Daily News.

Trammell will join NewsBank, a Naples-based information provider, as part of their video division. She joined WBBH in 2011 from WGBA in Green Bay.

“In TV it’s all about bumping up to the next market,” Trammell told the Daily News. “I want to be settled for a while.”

Charles Henrich, Jr. Named VP-GM at WFTX

Charles Henrich, Jr. is the new vice president and general manager at WFTX, Journal Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate in Fort Myers.

Since 2008, Henrich has been the vice president of operations for Newport Television. He oversaw Newport stations in six markets: Jacksonville, Memphis, Mobile, Rochester, Syracuse and Tulsa. The move is a return to Journal Broadcast Group for Henrich, who was general sales manager at KTNV in Las Vegas from 2003-05.

Henrich replaces Chris Protzman, who was promoted to senior vice president at Journal Broadcast Group.

“As a past Journal Broadcast Group employee, his unique understanding of the high value we place on serving our viewers along with his energy and passion make it especially exciting to have him back in the Journal family and leading the FOX 4 group,” Protzman said in a statement.

 

Reporter John Rupolo ‘No Longer Employed by WFTX’ After Arrest

The Cape Coral Police Department arrested WFTX reporter John Rupolo Friday morning for violating a domestic violence order of protection.

“Mr. Rupolo is no longer employed by WFTX and we have no further comment regarding this issue,” the Southwest Florida Fox affiliate said in a statement.

47-year-old Rupolo, who joined WFTX in 2010, posted a $15,000 bail on the misdemeanor charge of contempt of court. He’s set to go back before a judge next month. His bio has been stripped from the station’s website.

>Update: Rupolo provided the following statement to TVSpy: Read more

Former WINK Anchor Trey Radel Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK in Fort Myers, has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Radel will represent the 19th congressional district of Florida, stepping into a seat vacated when Connie Mack announced he would seek a Senate seat. Radel beat Democrat Jim Roach in the election.

Radel stepped away from WINK in 2010, saying at the time that his passion was politics and that he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to be a conservative radio host before announcing his candidacy for the House.

Radel’s wife, Amy Wegmann, is a former anchor at rival WFTX, the Fox affiliate in Fort Myers. See WINK’s report on Radel’s victory here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).

Jeremiah Jacobsen Joins KARE Morning Newscast

Multimedia journalist Jeremiah Jacobsen is joining the morning newscast at KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

Jacobsen joins KARE after five years at WINK in Fort Myers, where he was most recently the weekend anchor and political reporter. The Minnesota native will begin at his new job on December 3.

Jacobsen will be working overnight to produce and edit the morning newscast. He will be anchoring the 4:30 a.m. newscast and will lead breaking news coverage during the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours.

Kelli Stegeman Joining WFTX as Weekend Anchor

Kelli Stegeman will be joining FOX affiliate WFTX as weekend anchor and reporter.

Stegeman comes to Fort Myers,FL from Topeka, KS where she was anchor reporter and producer for Kansas News First, the NBC (KSNT), FOX (KTMJ) and ABC (KTKA) triopoly.

“We are excited to have someone with Kelli’s energy and enthusiasm joining the Fox 4 news team,”  said WFTX news director Eric Maze.  ”She’s not only a terrific anchor, she is a solid reporter who is looking forward to getting answers for viewers.”

[Florida News Center]

Miriam Zamorano Joins WFTX as Morning Anchor

Miriam Zamorano will join WFTX, the Fort Myers FOX affiliate, as news anchor for the station’s morning show, “FOX 4 Rising”.

The move for Zamorano, who was a reporter, anchor and traffic reporter at Fort Myer’s WINK before heading to KABB in San Antonio, coincides with the birth of her first child.

“I am so excited to join the Fox 4 Rising team and look forward to bringing Southwest Florida viewers what they need to get their day started right,” Zamorano said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “I want to tell about what is going on in the world, but more importantly, I want our viewers to know about the news that is relevant to them. We’re going to be informational, but we’re also going to have fun.”

The station also announced Amy Wegmann, who left the station to support her husbands run for Congress, will fill-in for Carley Wegner on “Fox 4 Morning Blend” while Wegner is on medical leave.

[Florida News Center][news-press.com]

Dog Bites Reporter, Reporter Bites Back

As a reporter, you know that if you’re sent to a home to talk to the family of a man who’s just been arrested for murder, and they have a dog, there’s a good chance that dog is not going to be happy to see you walking up the driveway.

So it went yesterday for WFTX, Ft. Myers/Naples reporter John Rupolo as he tried to interview the family of Scott Vincent Sica, now in custody for the murder of a North Carolina police officer in 1996.

Law enforcement caught up with Sica who had been living with family in Cape Coral.

“We went to Sica’s home trying to talk to relatives and that’s when I met the family dog,” Rupolo said in his report. The dog nipped at the reporter. He’ll be just fine. The reporter, that is. We suspect the dog’s still pretty shaken up.

Corey Lazar Leaving KAGS for Fort Myers

Corey Lazar will join WINK as a reporter in two weeks, TVSpy has confirmed with the station.

Lazar comes to the Fort Myers CBS affiliate from NBC affiliate KAGS in College Station, TX.  After the jump you can take a look at his reel, which is posted to YouTube.

Lazar, whose first day at WINK is October 16, initially posted the news to his Facebook page saying, “It’s official!  I’m moving to Fort Myers, Florida in 2 weeks to work at WINK-TV!”

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