Posts Tagged ‘wptv’

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

The Scripps axe swings at WFTS…

The Internet has been a-buzz this week, as rumors circulate about massive lay-offs coming for Scripps owned stations. Well today is the day. is reporting that Scripps stations out west have indeed started to lay off workers at its stations in San Diego, Denver and Phoenix.

However, sources tell Florida News Center that the West Coast stations were not the only ones impacted today. The Scripps axe came down at Tampa’s WFTS this morning. The station’s Chief Engineer, a manager and several producers were let go. Some of those let go were offered other positions at the station and/or at other Scripps stations.

Insiders tell us while just a handful of people were officially let go, many more engineers and production staff are being forced to reapply for their jobs. Now staff are bracing for a second round of lay-offs, after all of these re-applications are being reviewed. Read the rest of this entry →

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03 2015