Posts Tagged ‘wptv’

Were the LaGrones investigated in retaliation…?

(edited from – Nearly three weeks after WPTV investigative reporter Katie LaGrone ran a story looking into questionable shootings by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, she and her husband, WPBF anchor Paul LaGrone, have become the subject of an investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

While this may seem like a coincidence, some are beginning to wonder if the LaGrones are now a target of the Sheriff’s office.

LaGrone’s story, which aired on April 23, was one in a series on WPTV called Line of Fire, looking into how the PBSO investigates shootings involving its own deputies….Cont….


05 2015

Paul & Katie LaGrone investigated for child neglect…

(edited from – WPTV investigative reporter Katie LaGrone and her husband, WPBF anchorman Paul LaGrone, are being investigated by the state’s Department of Children and Families after neighbors reported that one of the couple’s two children was routinely left alone to roam their streets.

Gossip Extra has confirmed that West Palm Beach cops were called to the LaGrone’s home  twice on May 7, at noon and 2 p.m. The second time, the officer brought a DCF case worker with him.

A neighbor of the LaGrones who asked to remain anonymous said someone tipped off DCF that the LaGrones allegedly leave their child unattended. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2015

WPTV camera operator takes station vehicle…

(edited from – WPTV studio cameraman Tracy Matthews was arrested and charged with stealing the WPTV-owned SUV he was driving when police responded to a disturbance at a drug-rehab facility Sunday in West Palm Beach.

A second man, Rafael Novas, who allegedly carried drug paraphernalia and heroin, and rode shotgun in the TV truck, was also arrested.

Cops called News Director Dan Wilson to check on Matthews. Wilson told them Matthews’ job was inside the newsroom, and he was not allowed to drive company vehicles. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2015

Rob Lopicola expected to plead guilty to fraud…

(edited from – Former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola was scheduled to plead guilty to federal fraud charges today in a federal court.

Lopicola, who was facing 20 years in a prison if he went to trial, is still expected to tell a judge that he conspired with others to defraud hundreds of owners of vacation timeshares to the tune of $14.5 million!

The former hurricane specialist is accused of making calls to timeshare owners for a telemarketing scam based in West Palm Beach and Illinois. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2015

WPTV wins Feb 2015, station profiled…

(edited from – In the West Palm Beach market, WPTV wins the morning news time period from 4:30 to 7am, beating the combined ratings of the other local newscasts in the market.

When TVNewsCheck asked Christine Baron, WPTV’s creative services director, why she thinks the station had such a strong performance, she says the station has the most resources out gathering news content the most in the studio to further the stories in the morning.

“The WPTV morning news crew is the largest in the market,” she says, “and we’re a digital-first newsroom. We’re the only local station with two meteorologists in that time period. We have the only chopper in the market. We have a traffic team when you combo the chopper and traffic anchor.” Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2015