EXCLUSIVE — Ex-WPTV Weatherman Rob Lopicola Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison, to be Served After Florida Kiddie Sex Sentence!

EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois -- Former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in April in connection to a telemarketing scam, was just sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison and two years probation. Lopicola, 44, faced up to 37 months! It's yet another Gossip Extra exclusive you won't see on WPTV: To stay informed, click here to subscribe to our daily alerts! But before he … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Is CASEY ANTHONY Going To Tell All on NBC?

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NEW YORK CITY -- Casey Anthony, who's kept mum since being acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, could be about to spill the beans to NBC! Anthony, who lives in West Palm Beach as Gossip Extra first reported last month, was photographed arriving at JFK in New York with NBC network producer Don Wood Thursday. And New York papers claim today Anthony headed to the Peacock Network's headquarters at 30 Rock to meet … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — WPTV’s Katie LaGrone, WPBF Anchor Paul LaGrone Under Child Neglect Investigation!

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WEST PALM BEACH -- WPTV-Channel 5 investigative reporter Katie LaGrone and her husband, WPBF-Channel 25 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. Because such investigations are confidential, details are still scant. But Gossip Extra has confirmed that West Palm Beach cops … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — WPTV Newsroom Cameraman Arrested in TV Van With Crackhead in Passenger’s Seat!

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WEST PALM BEACH -- A WPTV-Channel 5 studio cameraman 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 who allegedly carried drug paraphernalia and heroin, and rode shotgun in the TV truck, was also arrested. It's yet another story that WPTV, for some reason, isn't reporting! According to police records, WPB PD … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — No New Celebrity Apprentice: Show Preempted for Donald Trump’s Presidential Dream!

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PALM BEACH – Local favorite, real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump says the country is in trouble and instead of grooming celebrity apprentices, he’s seriously considering a presidential bid. Again. How seriously? Even more seriously than last time. And much more seriously than the time before that! “I am more serious about this than I’ve ever been before,” the Donald said in an interview with The Washington Post. And he just … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — WPTV News Boss Mike Garber, Gone so Soon!

WEST PALM BEACH -- WPTV-Channel 5 news boss Mike Garber has accepted a job in Dallas, just two years after he took over the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast station's newsroom! Garber was credited for instilling a new morale at the NBC affiliate, and keeping Channel 5 in its perennial No. 1 spot despite the abysmal network programming. According to the media website Mediabistro.com, Garber is headed to the CBS affiliate in Dallas, where he … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — WPTV Anchor Shannon Cake Steps Down From Nightly News, Goes Part-Time!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Shannon Cake, the bookish yet sexy anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news on WPTV-Channel 5 and 10 p.m. on WFLX-Fox 29, says she's stepping down from the Fox newscast after asking her bosses to work part-time. Cake, who's been at the NBC affiliate for 18 years, tells Gossip Extra exclusively that pressing family matters took precedent over her heavy work load. "It's something that we worked on for months," said Cake, who's also an … [Read more...]

PHOTOS — Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting in a Bikini . . . And a Rose Tattoo on The Butt!

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MIAMI BEACH -- NBC hit sitcom star Minnie Driver is rocking a serious bikini body at 44, even if we could do without the rose tattoo on her . . . butt! About a Boy's Minnie, a Brit actress who was first noticed in the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, has been spotted on the beach and poolside at a South Beach hotel this week. She's been particularly unhappy that fans made fun of her bikini (below) on Twitter, and she instantly quit the … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — New Year, New Turnover at WPTV!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Pull out your lineup card: WPTV-Channel 5 is going to feature some fresh college grads in the new year -- again. It's on a recruiting spree after a new exodus of talent just rocked the NBC affiliate -- this, at a time when it's still reeling from the Rob Lopicola scandal. The Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast's highest-rated station has lost five on-air personalities over the past two months. The latest: Morning … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — WPTV Fired Rob Lopicola Over Nude Photos!

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WEST PALM BEACH -- The reason for the mysterious departure of weatherman Rob Lopicola from WPTV-Channel 5 in 2006 was finally made public today in his sentencing. A prosecutor in the child-sex case against the 44-year-old ex-TV weatherman explained to the court that Lopicola was fired after emailing nude photos of himself to someone he wanted to have sex with! Somehow, the photo ended up with WPTV managers, who then quietly fired the … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Pedophile Weatherman Rob Lopicola Sentencing Set!

WEST PALM BEACH -- Rob Lopicola, the former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman who was convicted last month of having sex with teen boys, will be sentenced by Judge Barry Cohen Dec. 6 in a 9 a.m. hearing, Gossip Extra has learned. Lopicola, 43, was found guilty by a jury after two hours of deliberation Oct. 24. He was accused of meeting two boys, one 15 and the other 17, on craigslist and having sex with them in separate occasions in 2010 and … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Rob Lopicola Trial: Weatherman Told Underage Sex Victim to Call Him “Daddy!”

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WEST PALM BEACH -- The sex-with-minors trial of former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola started in earnest today with opening statements and four hours of testimony by one of the underage boys that Lopicola allegedly had sex with. Wearing a dark suit and glasses that make him look older than his 43 years, Lopicola listened emotionless as an 18-year-old Boca Raton boy he befriended three years ago recounted how the former TV star picked him … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS — Ex-WPTV Weatherman Rob Lopicola’s Trial Starts This Morning

WEST PALM BEACH -- Jury selection is set to begin this morning for the sex-with-underage-boys of former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola. Lopicola, 43, is accused of having sex with boys he met online who were 15 and 17 respectively at the time of the alleged crimes, in 2010 and 2011. He is charged with unlawful sexual activity of a minor, lewd and lascivious conduct, lewd and lascivious battery and child exploitation, all felonies. Once … [Read more...]