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Well-known WSAZ-TV news reporter fired by station after arrest;


Longtime WSAZ NewsChannel 3 reporter Randy Yohe who has for several years covered the Portsmouth - Ironton area, is no longer employed by that station.  

“I was let go (Wednesday),” Yohe told the Portsmouth Daily Times on Thursday. Yohe, 59, was arrested around 12:30 Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and possession of marijuana. The DUI charge was subsequently changed to aggravated reckless driving.  

According to WSAZ, Yohe was reported to have run a stop sign at Marion Pike and Third Street in Coal Grove and weaved from a marked lane of traffic. Police said they found a small amount of marijuana in his car. In addition to the marijuana, they reportedly also found a piece of drug paraphernalia and an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Yohe reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .121. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

WSAZ reported all the offenses are misdemeanors and Yohe paid fines totaling $2,020. “It was a seriously bad decision,” Yohe told the Times. “It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me - and it will be the last. I’m embarrassed, humiliated and deeply sorry.”  

Yohe is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 30. He has a right to change his plea on the charges on that date.  

WSAZ had described Yohe as a “former WSAZ reporter,” implying he was no longer employed at that station. On Thursday, Yohe verified to the Times he was let go on Wednesday. “I apologize to the station, my wife and those who follow my work,” Yohe said. Yohe was like a fixture in the area when community events were going on, appearing frequently to cover things like River Days, the Polar Plunge, and major crime news conferences. Yohe indicated to the Times he was in the process of applying for another job on Thursday.


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0 #7 Reality Check 2012-10-27 01:56
Most of us have skeletons in our closets and every now and then they make their way out....and with that, we judge and crucify the person as if though they are the worst that society has to offer. It's truly amazing how people get so much enjoyment out of someone else's misery. Was what he did wrong? (driving drunk) of course it was. The marijuana? Who cares? I'd much rather see one of my children smoke a joint than swallow, snort, or shoot prescription painkillers.I prefer neither, but you get my point. Poor Randy....he was probably the most generic reporter in the history of WSAZ next to Brooks what's-his-name , but I truly hope he can pick up the pieces of his shattered reputation, but it's very unlikely if he plans on remaining in the tri-state because people will still be judging him a decade from now. After all...we are perfect and all
0 #6 i know 2012-10-26 22:54
Would you be so understanding if he had kill a loved one of your? I think not.
0 #5 Understands 2012-10-26 20:04
He is only human you guys and with that nothing is perfect.
0 #4 warqueen 2012-10-26 18:26
Randy Yohe was fired by WSAZ on Wednesday.
0 #3 Bernard 2012-10-26 13:42
WSAZ always reports thing like this all the time, especially if the person is in the news. Nothing has ever been reported, so WSAZ will have a hard time reporting things like this on other people......... .SHAME ON THEM.
0 #2 i know 2012-10-26 01:58
I don't think .121 is low, this man could've killed you or a loved one.
0 #1 Viewer 2012-10-26 00:22
This is so shocking, I can't believe it! Especially after all the news he has seen to do this! Shame.

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