WPLG-Channel star crime reporter John Turchin is no longer at the ABC affiliate, and the circumstances of his exit while still under contract has the TV news biz buzzing.
Turchin, 58, came to WPLG after the show he was on for 15 years, John Walsh’s nationally syndicated America’s Most Wanted, shut down in 2012.
Since then, Turchin has been running all over South Florida to cover breaking news and crime. But in December, while Turchin was on vacation, he fell awkwardly after losing consciousness while on blood-pressure medication.
According to a source at WPLG, Turchin broke his right ankle. After several surgeries and months of rehab, Turchin was hoping to get back on the air when he was told there was no room left for him.
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Turchin declined comment on the details of his exit.
“I love the industry,” he said, “and I’d love to return to it. I devoted a career in covering law enforcement.”
The station source, who asked not to be named in this story, said Turchin received a letter from HR in mid-March telling him his services were no longer required.
The letter came about the time he went from short-term disability with pay, a three-month break, to long-term. He did, however, tell station managers that he could be back by June or July.
“John feels hurt the station refused to keep a place for him,” the source said. “He is pretty bitter. He was still in a walker at the time they canned him.
“All he asked for is to be able to work more inside and less on the streets. They refused to accommodate him.”
WPLG News Director Bill Pohovey declined comment because, he said, “the matter involves confidential and personal information that includes health.”
TRUMP ORDERED TO PAY
Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Jorge Cueto has ordered the Donald Trump-controlled company that owns the Trump National Doral Miami golf club to pay a paint supply company $34,863.92 by June 28 or face the forced sale in auction of the world-famous property.
Trump bought the property in 2012 for $150 million. But, according to records, Cueto has already filed the paperwork for a 9 a.m. foreclosure sale to the highest bidder June 28 at the main courthouse in downtown Miami.
Trump’s spokesman didn’t return a call for comment.
The billionaire GOP presidential frontrunner has been the target of dozens of liens from contractors hired for a major overhaul of Trump National.
But, so far, only The Paint Spot, a paint supplier, actually acted on a lien with an attempt to foreclose.
According to court records, The Paint Spot claims it’s been owed the money since 2014.
At least, The Paint Spot knocked $76 from the total bill, according to records, for erroneously billing Trump for a step ladder.
After years of ruthless competition for who would service unfortunate motorists who receive tickets in South Florida, the Ticket Clinic gobbled up its frennemy Ticket Titan last month.
Stephen Lustig, the attorney who started Titan, says he got closer to Clinic’s Mark Gold over the past few months and, he jokes, found out he wasn’t such a bad guy after all.
Lustig sold Gold his four storefronts, including the famous one at Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
So, what’s Lustig going to do now? He’s concentrating on a new ticket-fighting practice based online