Tampa News anchor Russell Rhodes was arrested on Friday night by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.
Fox 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay News anchor Russell Rhodes was arrested after he was allegedly seen driving recklessly by the deputy. Russell Rhodes got out with his belt undone and his pants unbuttoned, though they were still up and appeared to be intoxicated, the Tampa Bay website reported.
Russell Rhodes allegedly tried to resist arrest the report claims. The deputy had to force Russell Rhodes to the ground. He received injuries to his face while being taken down by the deputy. Russell Rhodes was taken to the hospital in Tampa for the injuries to his face. Russell Rhodes mugshot shows his injuries to his face. The Hillsborough County Sherrif’s department booking report shows he was released on $500 bond. He was charged with obstructing or opposing a officer without violence.
Russell Rhodes is not the first news anchor arrested to make the national spotlight.
Larry Mendte , a Philadelphia CBS KYW-TV news anchor was given three years probation and six months of house arrest for hacking a fellow anchor’s email. Larry Mendte admittedly hacked Alycia Lane’s email a few hundred times. He admitted that he was jealous of Alycia Lane on the day he entered his plea. You can read more on Larry Mendte here
Alycia Lane also got into trouble a few times herself. She was charged with punching a female New York city police officer in the face. Alycia Lane was fired from KYW-TV after her arrest. Alycia Lane also caused quite a scandal when she emailed bikini pictures of herself to NFL anchor Rich Eisen. The photos were first seen by Rich Eissen’s wife, who reportedly was less than pleased with Alycia.
In February 2008, Suzanne Pagella Wangler, a popular news anchor, committed suicide at her mother’s home after being charged with embezzlement. Suzanne Pagella Wangler’s life seemed to spin out of control after her divorce. Many of Suzanne Pagella’s fans were devastated by her suicide. Suzanne Pagella Wangler had been a long time news anchor in Detroit and then she moved to WLAJ-TV in Lansing, Michigan