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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
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.
“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
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.
A lesson for media professionals everywhere: always check your to/from fields. In response to an inquiry from KOVR this week, an Air Canada spokesperson accidentally sent the Sacramento CBS O&O a response dismissing their inquiry as just “local news.”
While reporting a story about how the airline lost a customer’s dog earlier this week, the Sacramento CBS O&O reached out to Air Canada to inquire “what procedures might not have been followed, and what they’re doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet,” reporter Maria Medina said.
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In a message apparently intended for a co-worker, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick responded to KOVR: “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.”
The station aired the email as part of its report last night. Watch after the jump. Read more
News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.
“Before I head back home, I want to thank you. Over these last three years, I have come to love Houston and all of you,” Lee wrote on Facebook. “Ever since I first started at KPRC, you have welcomed me and embraced me.”
“Tom Bell is a veteran of more than 20 years in the local news industry and has an outstanding reputation as a leader who does an outstanding job of inspiring his colleagues to produce quality newscasts,” KOVR-KMAX VP-GM Kevin Walsh said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Northern California and confident that he will do a terrific job of leading our news team to exciting new heights.”
“We’re happy to have a California native with Audrey’s experience join our morning team. She will bring a great deal of energy to our morning news,” KOVR news director Cameryn Beck said in a statement. “Combined with meteorologist Laura Skirde, I believe we will give viewers a fresh new reason to wake up with CBS13.”
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