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Rob Morrison, Interviewed at a Bar, Maintains Innocence

In the wake of his resignation from WCBS, Rob Morrison maintains his innocence in the strangulation charges he faces stemming from a domestic dispute with his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison. The New York Post caught up with Morrison Wednesday at a bar in Stamford, Conn.:

As he sat with The Post yesterday, the handsome, longtime local newsman blamed Ashley, a “CBS Money” anchor, for allegedly striking the first blow during an argument early Sunday morning after they watched “Mystic Pizza.”

He said Ashley, a petite, 115-pound blonde, bashed him in the face with a remote control — giving him a bloody nose and lip.

The 180-pound former Marine suggested she has abused him for years, and he denied choking her with both hands on the couch, as she told cops. When asked about the noticeable red marks on her neck indicated in the police report, he said, “What marks?”

Morrison denied ever threatening to harm their 7-year-old son, Jack, even though in a police report Ashley’s brother said Morrison warned that “he would shoot their son in front of her and then shoot her” if she ever left him.

Morrison, who drank three beers during the interview, declined comment on reports he has attended AA meetings.

Our sister site FishbowlNY talks to attorney Paul Callan, who represented former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones last year, about Morrison’s future in the television business.

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Former WABC Weathercaster Heidi Jones Sentenced to 350 Hours of Community Service

Heidi Jones, the former WABC weathercaster who pleaded guilty to faking claims she was assaulted in Central Park, was sentenced today to 350 hours of community service in New York City.

The New York Daily News reports that Jones said in court she will “work extremely hard to pay back the city and the department through community service.”

“I just want to take a moment to express my sincere and profound apology to all who were involved — most importantly to the police department,” Jones said.

In December 2010, Jones — then a weathercaster at ABC owned-and-operated WABC in New York City — told police she was attacked by a Hispanic man while jogging in Central Park. She later admitted the claim was fabricated.

Heidi Jones Pleads Guilty To Faking Assault Claim

Heidi Jones, a former weathercaster for WABC, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday to faking claims she was assaulted in Central Park in 2010.

Following her guilty plea, Jones will likely be ordered to perform 350 hours of community service, as well as sentenced to probation, according to the New York Daily News. She has already been ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling.

Paul Callan, Jones’ attorney, spoke to reporters outside the courthouse while Jones and her mother stood by silently. Callan expressed “deepest regrets and apologies for any inconvenience that was caused” on behalf of the former WABC weathercaster. Read more

Heidi Jones Says She Confessed Because She Thought It Would Save Her Job at WABC

In new court filings, former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones asserts that she confessed to police because she thought that it would save her job.

According to the Daily News, Jones now claims that police duped her into falsely confessing that she lied about an assault in Central Park. Jones’s lawyer charges that the cops promised her that if she signed a statement, WABC would never find out about the incident.

“[She was] advised that if she would just sign a confession incorporating the specific words and ideas of the lead detective, he would make sure that the ‘confession’ would never be seen by anyone other than his ‘bosses’ at [the] NYPD, and possibly the District Attorney’s Office,” Jones’s attorney wrote.

Attorney For Heidi Jones Files Motion to Dismiss Trial of Former WABC Weathercaster

An attorney for former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones has filed a motion with the state of New York asking for a dismissal of her trial on a technicality — that too much time has elapsed since her arraignment. Jones is charged with lying to police about an attempted sexual assault.

The motion filed claims that in the case of the misdemeanor charges Jones faces in New York, the state was required to bring the case to trial within 90 days. Jones was arraigned on January 5, and Callan is claiming that the state “is now 107 days tardy and the indictment must be dismissed.”

“Our motion states that prosecutors mistakenly charged the wrong crime and could never have been ready for trial,” Paul Callan, Jones’s attorney, said. “The case must be dismissed under New York’s strict Speedy Trial Law.”

Jones has been charged with lying to police about an attempted sexual assault. She claimed she narrowly escaped an assailant in New York City’s Central Park, but later admitted she lied. She pleaded not guilty last month. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers has set August 18 as his decision date.

Former WABC Weathercaster Heidi Jones Pleads Not Guilty While Her Lawyer Seeks Dismissal

Former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that she lied to police about an attempted assault in Central Park last year, according to the Daily News.

Meanwhile, Jones’s lawyer is working to have the case thrown out.

“We are going to seek dismissal of the indictment on the grounds she’s been denied a speedy trial,” said lawyer Paul Callan, pointing out that prosecutors failed to bring the case to trial within the established 90-day window following Jones’s first court appearance on January 5th.

The case took an unexpected turn earlier this month when prosecutors moved towards an indictment in the case, pushing a trial further into the future.

Heidi Jones Case Takes Unexpected Turn

The strange case of former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones, who has been charged with lying to police about an attempted sexual assault, took an unusual turn last week as prosecutors moved towards an indictment in the case.

According to the Daily News, the case was presented to a grand jury who returned an indictment, something rarely done for lower level crimes.

Jones’s attorney tells FishbowlNY that he is surprised that such aggressive measures have been taken in the case and says that he is seeking to have the indictment thrown out. “I most assuredly know what the decision to indict Heidi Jones means: It means that there appears to be a double standard for the prosecution of misdemeanors in New York County,” Jones’s attorney Paul Callan said. “The double standard is an unconstitutional disgrace. I will move to dismiss the indictment immediately.”

Jones, who admitted in December that she had repeatedly lied to police about narrowly escaping an assailant in Central Park, is set to be arraigned on the indictment on June 29th.

Police Accused of Inappropriately Questioning Former WABC Weathercaster Heidi Jones

Former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones may escape charges of making false claims to police after it was revealed in court today that officers may not have appropriately handled their questioning of her.

After telling police that she was assaulted by a man in Central Park last fall, Jones eventually admitted that she had made the whole thing up. At the time, though, the police failed to read Jones her rights.

Speaking outside the courthouse, defense lawyer Paul Callan told reporters that police questioned Jones for hours without giving her a Miranda warning, according to the Daily News.

The prosecution is arguing that officers were not required to read Jones her rights since the questioning was part of an ongoing criminal investigation that she initiated. The judge has called for further hearings to discuss the matter.

Spurned by Chicago’s WFLD, Amy Freeze Set to Join New York’s WABC

Amy Freeze, who was recently squeezed out as chief meteorologist of Chicago’s WFLD, is set to join New York’s WABC as a weekend weathercaster, effectively replacing the embattled Heidi Jones.

WABC is expected to announce the move this week, according to sources.

WFLD decided not to renew Freeze’s contract in February as the Fox O&O added meteorologist Bill Bellis from Phoenix’s KNXV and Tammie Souza returned to the station after a stint in Tampa.

After leaving WFLD, Freeze said that she was “disappointed” by the station’s “unexpected” decision not renew her deal, saying that she would have liked to stay in Chicago.

As Chicago media reporter Robert Feder points out, though: “Vindication doesn’t get much sweeter than getting hired by the No. 1 station in the No. 1 market.” Read more

Weathercaster Heidi Jones Considers Plea Deal

Troubled weathercaster Heidi Jones is reportedly nearing a plea deal in her case, as she faces charges of filing a false police report about a would-be assailant in Central Park.

We’re involved in active discussions for a possible resolution of this case,” Jones’s lawyer told a Manhattan criminal judge on Wednesday, according to the Daily News.

Jones and her lawyer did not speak to reporters as they excited the courthouse Wednesday morning. She is due back in court on May 4th.

According to court documents, Jones admitted to police last December that she had fabricated a story about a man attempting to assault her while she was out jogging.

Although WABC has remained silent about the matter, Jones’ Bio no longer appears on the station’s website and last month the station posted a job opening for a full-time weather anchor.

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