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No Charges for Man Accused of Sending Threatening Tweet to Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedCharges have been dropped against a Florida man facing criminal charges for a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo.

Martin Pierro was facing charges of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure for his tweet. He told supporters on “We Support Martin Pierro” facebook page he had spoken with his lawyer, “She informed me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was nothing short of ecstatic, I thanked her profu…sely and told her to make sure she billed me for the little bit of time it took her to call me (what was I thinking? – LOL).”

Pierro ran into trouble after responding to a tweet by the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate’s anchor promoting an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you … find out where … tonight at 11.”

Discepolo didn’t think it was funny even after assurances by Pierro he was joking. Check out the tweet after the jump. Read more

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Man Facing Criminal Charges for Sending Threatening Tweet to Palm Beach Anchor

pierro_discepolo_croppedAccording the The Palm Beach Post, a Lake Worth, FL, man is facing criminal charges over a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo in October.

Martin Thomas Pierro, whose twitter handle is @Cosmic Times, was arrested Friday after he allegedly responded to a tweet by Discepolo about an upcoming story by writing, “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”

@Cosmic Times then told Discepolo, “Oh come on that’s an old school broadcasters joke. I was just poking fun at your ‘teases’ for the nightly news,” after the anchor tweeted back, “Not something to joke about…not cool.”

Pierro told The Post by phone, “It was just a joke. Really. Now I’m facing criminal charges.” Read more

South Florida Anchors Join in Holiday Fun

The South Florida Sun Sentinel recruited celebrities including local news anchors from around South Florida to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” in a video mash-up.

Included in on the holiday fun were Adam Kuperstein and Jackie Nespral from NBC owned WTVJ, Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens from Miami FOX affiliate WSVN along with John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes from CBS affiliate WPEC in West Palm Beach.

The video also featured players from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NBA’s Miami Heat and even fight promoter Don King. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Emily Pantelides To Leave WPEC

A little more than a month after being moved to the WPEC weekend morning anchor desk from weekday mornings, Emily Pantelides has announced she will be leaving the station.

Gossip Extra first reported the news, getting ‘no comments’ from both Pantelides and station management,

“I’m contractually obligated not to comment,” the pint-sized personality (Pantelides) said when asked about her imminent departure.

News director Cathy Younkin emailed a comment this am: “Nothing is confirmed. So there’s no comment.” Read more

On the Move, 10/2/12

John Discepolo joins WPEC in West Palm Beach as the weeknight evening anchor. He comes from KOMO in Seattle.

Jennifer Zeppelin signs on to KTUL in Tulsa as the market’s first female chief meteorologist. Previously, Zeppelin worked at KCNC in Denver.

Meteorologist Andrew Kozak also joins KTUL, where he will handle weather reports on the weekday morning newscast. Kozak, who has been freelancing at KTUL for several months, previously worked at rival KOKI. Read more

West Palm Beach’s WPEC Shakes Up Anchor Lineup

There are changes in store at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC following the hire of John Discepolo.

Discepolo will be paired with Liz Quirantes for the evening newscasts. Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby, the station’s current evening anchors, will move to mornings, according to Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet.

Boyd and Roby displace Emily Pantelides and Juan Carlos Fanjul on the morning newscast. Pantelides will move to the weekend morning anchor desk, and Fanjul will move to weekend evenings, Lambiet reports.

Weekend evening anchor Ben Becker will anchor the weekday 7 p.m. newscast solo.

John Discepolo Set to Join WPEC in West Palm Beach

John Discepolo begins next week as the primary anchor at WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

“This is an incredible opportunity that came my way, and one that I could not pass up,” Discepolo told TVSpy.

Discepolo comes from KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where he has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter since 2010. Prior to his time in Seattle, Discepolo also worked at WCBS and WNYW in New York and KDFW in Dallas.

At WPEC, Discepolo will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Liz Quirantes. His first broadcast will be September 24. Read more

Veteran Investigative Reporter Michelle Esteban Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KOMO

Michelle Esteban, a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMO for over a decade, has been promoted to weekend anchor at the Seattle ABC-affiliate.

A longtime member of KOMO’s investigative team, Esteban began anchoring the station’s weekend morning newscasts at the beginning of the year, and recently moved to the weekend 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“It feels like I’m Cinderella and the slipper fits perfectly,” Esteban said about the move.  “KOMO is a great station with a long history.  It’s a privilege to be here, to be partnered with a super talented co-anchor, John Discepolo, and an ever-supportive crew.” Read more