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HLN’s Nancy Grace Looks Into Jodi Huisentruit Disappearance

Tonight’s episode of “Nancy Grace Mysteries” on HLN features the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, a former anchor at KIMT in Mason City, Iowa who went missing in 1995 (watch a preview below).

Huisentruit, who was declared legally dead in 2001, did not show up at work the day of her disappearance in 1995. When a producer for the station reached her by phone at 4 a.m., Huisentruit said she had overslept and was on her way to work. She never arrived at the station. Near her car, which was found in the parking lot of her apartment building, police found evidence of a struggle.

Convicted Sex Offender Confronts WAVE Reporter While Leaving Jail

A convicted sex offender leaving jail confronted WAVE reporter Scott Adkins Tuesday. The man, Bryan Patrick Scott, was arrested for failure to comply with sex offender registration, attending a volleyball game at a local school last month dressed as a Ghostbuster.

In response to a question from Adkins about why he was at the school, Scott grabbed Adkins’ microphone and said, “You’re being advised to get out of my face.” Watch:

Boston FOX Viewers Help Police Nab ‘Most Wanted Sex Offenders’


Days after airing a report on WFXT, viewers of the Boston FOX owned station have helped Massachusetts State Police track down seven of the ten most wanted sex offenders in Massachusetts.

WFXT crime reporter Bob Ward aired the list of men on “New England’s Unsolved” during the WFXT 10:00 p.m. Sunday newscast. By Wednesday, seven of the men were in custody.

 Click here to see the station’s story on its website. You can also see the names of the men still at-large.

Rep. Trey Radel, Former WINK Anchor, Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Posession

trey radelRep. Trey Radel (R-FL), a former anchor at WINK, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession this morning, USA Today reports:

“I’ve hit a bottom,” Radel said, as he appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court. The freshman congressman, who represents a solidly Republican district in southwest Florida, said he’ll enter an in-patient rehab program in his home state.

Radel was caught buying drugs in what a senior Drug Enforcement Administration official described as a sting operation that was part of an investigation by several federal agencies into a drug ring in the nation’s capital. A drug dealer who told law enforcement officials that one of his customers was a member of Congress helped set up a buy on Oct. 29 and Radel bought the cocaine, the official said.

“I’m profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida,” Radel said in a statement released Tuesday. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

Rep. Trey Radel, Former WINK Anchor, Arrested for Cocaine Possession

trey radelRepresentative Trey Radel (R-FL), a former WINK anchor, was arrested for possession of cocaine in Washington, D.C., Politico reports. Radel was charged with misdemeanor possession in Superior Court today and is scheduled to appear again tomorrow.

Radel was the evening anchor at the Fort Myers CBS affiliate from 2007 to 2010. When he signed off from the station, he said his true passion was politics He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

Radel is married to Amy Wegmann, a former anchor at rival WFTX.

Jacksonville Meteorologist Tim Deegan Arrested For DUI

tim deegan mugshotWJXX-WTLV chief meteorologist Tim Deegan was arrested and charged with DUI Saturday night, according to the Jacksonville duopoly.

The stations report Deegan was arrested by the Jacksonville Beach Police and booked shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was released on his own recognizance Sunday morning.

“As a matter of policy, First Coast News does not comment on matters of a legal or personnel nature involving our employees,” president and general manager Eric S. Land said in a statement.

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.

“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”

Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.

Police Find Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run with Columbus Reporter

steve-car_27120Columbus police have found the car they believe was involved in last night’s hit-and-run incident that left WSYX reporter Steve Levine with a broken leg.

The Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate said police were looking for Teresa Peters, a woman Levine was interviewing as part of a hidden camera investigation.

>UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: WSYX reports the woman suspected of hitting Levine with her car is now in custody.

According to the station, “Steve confronted the woman as she got into her car.  The woman started backing up even though the driver’s door was still open.  Steve’s leg was pinned under the car.  The driver took off.”

The station said the blue Honda Peters allegedly used in the hit-and-run was found close to where the hit-and-run happened.

Peters, who is still at large, faces charges of felonious assault. Levine’s leg was broken in three places. He is expected to be OK.

KGWC General Manager Arrested for DUI After Accident Involving Former GM at Rival Station

K2TVGMPolice arrested Mark Nalbone, the general manager at KTWO KGWC in Casper, Wy., for DUI following a station fundraiser this weekend.

According to a report on rival KCWY, Nalbone was picked up after a three-car crash that involved former KCWY general manager Peggy Porter.

Nalbone said he drank two glasses of wine at the ABC affiliate’s “Dancing with the Stars of Casper” fundraiser, according to KCWY anchor Zach Pagano‘s report Monday:

Officers report Nalbone’s breath smelling of alcohol and his eyes bloodshot and glassy. Police gave Nalbone a field sobriety test at the scene of the crash then tested his blood alcohol content, which clocked in at .14, almost twice the legal limit.

Porter, who was the general manager at NBC affiliate KCWY for ten years before leaving in August, was treated at the Wyoming Medical Center and later released. According to KCWY, she says “she suffered from whiplash and is still sore.”

>Update: a KTWO-AM report identifies Nalbone as the general manager of CBS affiliate KGWC and a consultant for ABC affiliate KTWO and Fox affiliate KFNB. A station source in Casper tells TVSpy, “He is allegedly only a ‘consultant’ to [KTWO], but he runs it along with the Fox, CW, and CBS operations.”

Albuquerque Police Make Arrests in KOAT Chopper Shooting

koat chopperAlbuquerque police have arrested two men for shooting at the KOAT helicopter and satellite truck. Joshua Sullivan, 23, and Robert Rand, 24, “plotted and executed a plan to shoot up Sky 7 last week,” according to the Albuquerque ABC affiliate.

A KOAT photographer was able to get video of the suspects’ car as they fled the scene after the shooting. Last week, police apprehended a shoplifting suspect in the same car, finding shotgun shells that matched those found at KOAT. The men have admitted to both shootings, according to the station’s report on the arrest.

“The community support for Sky 7 and trying to find who did this has been great. Now, I just hope the DA’s office can effectively and quickly prosecute these guys,” KOAT general manager Mary Lynn Roper said. [h/t NewsBlues]

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