It looks like stations in the California Capitol are talking about rain and a plane crash in the Sierras in the first five minutes of their newscasts.
A photojournalist for Sacramento CBS owned station KOVR captured a police takedown former NFL coach and commentator John Madden might describe with a “BOOM!”
The suspect, Michael Kennedy, allegedly ran from a police officer at nearby light rail station, hopped a fence and and grabbed a bike to make his getaway.
According to KOVR, the cop who made the flying tackle suffered a wound to his face while Kennedy was booked for outstanding warrants, fleeing from police, burglary and felony assault on a police officer. Check out the raw footage after the jump. Read more
The Sacramento Bee writes, “On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.”
KXTV said she died Saturday after being taken off life support. She was 47. Read more
A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, William Gardner III, made a phone call to Sacramento CBS O&O KOVR during a police standoff in Las Vegas. The station played clips from the Gardner’s conversation with reporter Derek Shore on Monday’s evening newscast (video above).
The conversation, which Shore described as “very tense between both of us,” lasted for about an hour. A police negotiator was on the line for a “significant portion” of the call, according to KOVR. Gardener allowed Shore to speak to two people in the apartment with him, neither of whom said they were being held against their will.
The standoff ended when Gardner surrendered at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Several local stations around the US are asking viewers to pitch in to help the victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Vietnam.
>In Philadelphia, CBS owned station KYW has partnered with its CW sister station WPSG, KYW newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, CBS Sports Radio 610, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT along with CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor under the name “Operation Brotherly Love” in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross.
All the stations along with CBSPhilly.com and several CBS Outdoor digital boards will be asking viewers and listeners to donate either online at www.CBSPhilly.com/relief or by calling 1-800-GIVE-122 (1-800-448-3122).
>In Sacramento, CA, NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA teamed up with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $480,000 on Tuesday by doing live cut-ins throughout the day.
“I am proud to live in a community that is so generous and giving,” Elliott Troshinsky, president and general manager of KCRA-KQCA, said in a statement. “Northern Californians opened their wallets and showed their generosity by helping us raise nearly $500,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. We truly want to thank all of our viewers for their generosity.” Read more
“The devastation in the Philippines is overwhelming. Hour by hour, our viewers are seeing the tragic pictures of that battered region and they want to help,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon in a statement. “We are happy to provide a way for our viewers to help the typhoon victims. There is such incredible generosity in our community.”
The stations are hosting live cut-ins throughout the day today asking viewers for donations. The cut-ins started at 6:00 a.m. and will run until 7:00 p.m. As of the Noon news, the effort had raised $208,474.
You can donate by calling 1-800-513-3333 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. During the drive only cash donations will be accepted, no relief goods or supplies at this time.
“Ron has a fascinating background along with a warm and engaging style. He’s a familiar face to our viewers and we’re excited to bring his depth of experience to morning news,” KOVR general manager Kevin Walsh said in a statement.
Jones is a former Army sergeant who has worked at stations in Roanoke and San Francisco. He joined KOVR in 2004 as a general assignment reporter. He has been anchoring the station’s weekend newscasts for the past eight years.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the morning anchor desk with Audrey and Laura,” Jones said. “I look forward to getting answers for our viewers each morning as they start their day.”
More from KOVR after the jump. Read more
“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”
Air Canada has released a statement saying “inappropriate comments were made” about a customer’s lost dog in an accidental email to KOVR last week.
The airline was questioned by KOVR reporter Maria Medina after Larry, a greyhound, was lost while in the airline’s care last week. In an email apparently intended for a colleague, an Air Canada spokesperson wrote: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”
“Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” the airline said in a statement Friday. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.”
As for the spokesman: “I guess I’m the poster child now for Be Careful With Email,” he told the Toronto Star.