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KOLO Anchor Facing Multiple Charges After Arrest

Headshot_PatPat Hambright, anchor for Reno ABC affiliate KOLO, was arrested on multiple charges over the weekend.

The station reports, Hambright faces charges of misdemeanor DUI, felony child abuse or neglect, and misdemeanor failure to decrease speed or use due care.

One of Hambright’s children was in the car at the time of the arrest in Reno.

KOLO 8 management takes such charges seriously.

Hambright is on leave from KOLO 8.

Hambright has worked at KOLO since 2005.

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Former Reno GM Arrested for DUI

Mary-Elizabeth-Sewald__2398017 (1)Mary Beth Sewald, former GM and current director of operations for Reno NBC affiliate KRNV, was arrested for DUI last week.

Reno Police Lieutenant Bill Rulla confirmed with TVSpy, Sewald was arrested on May 28 for DUI and failure to decrease speed.

Up until this writing, no Reno TV station or newspaper has reported the story. It had been reported on a couple of on one national media sites without confirmation, though.

Sewald, who was once GM of KRNV, is listed on her facebook page as the director of operations at the Reno station.

TVSpy asked Sewald and current GM Amie Chapman for comment, but has not heard back.

Sinclair Closes on Purchase of KRNV

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it has closed on the acquisition of the non-license assets of Reno, NV, NBC station KRNV from Intermountain West for $26 million and has entered into an agreement to operate or provide sales services to the station.

In the same press release, Sinclair announced plans to stop airing the 10:00 p.m. news from Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX station KTVU. The station group said it plans on replacing the KTVU news with a local newscast.

A station spokesman told TVSpy when Sinclair bought the Reno FOX affiliate from Cox in February they started paying to air the KTVU newscast because it did so well in the ratings.

Jeff Thompson to Debut on KOLO as Chief Meteorologist

thompson_kolo_304Jeff Thompson will debut as chief meteorologist for KOLO next Monday.

He will replace Chris Larson who told viewers Monday he was leaving the Reno, NV, ABC affiliate to buy his brother’s North Carolina restaurant and bar.

“We are very excited to have Jeff Thompson as the Chief Meteorologist at KOLO 8,” news director Jennifer Hardy said on the station website. “Jeff brings experience and enthusiasm that will help elevate our First Alert brand and make KOLO the station to turn to during severe weather.” Read more

KOLO Apologizes For Calling Gay Marriage a ‘Sin’

Reno ABC-affiliate KOLO has apologized after a promo on Monday evening’s newscast implied that gay marriage is a “sin.”

“Historically, Nevada has made a living off of sin — quickie divorces, prostitution, gambling,” anchor Sarah Johns said as footage of same-sex weddings aired (video above). “What’s one more sin added to the list if it will improve our economy?”

The promotional spot sparked discussion on the KOLO Facebook page. Read more

Dave Beech Out as KOLO News Director

Dave Beech has departed KOLO after three years as the station’s news director.

KOLO vice president and general manager Matt Eldredge confirmed Beech’s exit to TVSpy this week but did not share details about what led to the move.  KOLO has not named an interim news director and there is no word yet on who may replace Beech.

Beech joined the Reno ABC-affiliate in 2008 after serving as ND at KKCO in Grand Junction, CO.

Grieving the Death of JK Metzker, KTVN Resumes Regular Newscasts with Tributes to Sports Director

Reno CBS-affilate KTVN resumed its regular newscasts on Monday after cancelling the local news Sunday following the sudden death of sports director JK Metzker, who died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident.

On Sunday, KTVN ran a message at the top of the 5 o’clock hour from meteorologist Mike Alger, who, calling it the “most difficult broadcast” of his career, announced that Metzker had died earlier that afternoon.

“Honestly, it’s just too hard for any of us here at Channel 2 News to focus on the work that it takes to produce a newscast,” Alger told viewers, saying that KTVN staffers were spending the day and night grieving. Read more

KTVN Sports Director Killed in Hit-and-Run Following University of Nevada Football Game

KTVN sports director JK Metzker died on Sunday afternoon from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident.

Metzker, 41, was crossing the street following a University of Nevada football game Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene, according to KTVN.  Going on witness descriptions of the vehicle, police later arrested a 23-year-old man.  Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the accident and police are awaiting results of blood tests.

“We are grief struck,” KTVN general manager Lawson Fox said.  “JK’s commitment to his family was an example to every father and husband.  His family is a delight.  And JK’s humor and storytelling ability were extraordinary.  He is deeply missed.” Read more

Victim of Reno Air Race Crash Speaks with Local Reporters, Says ‘I Enjoyed It’

A victim of the tragic Reno Air Race crash that left several dead and many more wounded spoke with local reporters this weekend and recalled the seconds before the plane went down and the resulting carnage (KRNV video above).

Ed Larson, a 59-year-old businessman, was a spectator at the air race and suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including a dislocated shoulder and a severed achilles. Read more

Veteran KOLO Reporter Says He Was Fired After Traffic Accident

KOLO reporter John Tyson, a 25-year station veteran who shoots and reports his own stories, claims he was fired Wednesday after the Reno ABC affiliate found out he was involved in a traffic accident.

The Reno-Gazette Journal reports that Tyson was driving in Reno on Wednesday when he hit a bicyclist with his car. Tyson was talking on his cell phone at the time. Nevada has passed legislation banning talking on a cell phone while driving, but the state will not enforce it until October 1.

“When I did report it, Channel 8 dinged me for being on my cell phone,” Tyson told The Gazette-Journal. “My feeling is we’re always on our cell phone. The newsroom calls us or someone else calls us.”

KOLO refused to comment on the claims made by Tyson, who would have completed 25 years working at the station this fall. Tyson, who said he was planning to contact an attorney, has driven more than two million miles while reporting in Nevada. His bio on the station website, which is still up, says, “John Tyson covers rural Nevada like no one else can.”