We wrote, "Sources say the Anchor, who has a bad boy past, got into a fight at a local bar with a station Reporter. Word is that booze was a factor and both the Reporter and Anchor left the bar before the cops arrived."
FTVLive told you HR was investigating.
The Illinois Times reported yesterday that Vince DeMentri, anchorman for WICS television news, was reportedly involved in a physical altercation at Hooters in Springfield hours after Tuesday’s election.
The altercation reportedly involved DeMentri and Garrett Brnger, another Reporter for the station.
Sources tell FTVLive that DeMentri and Brnger are both gone from the station.
“We don’t discuss personnel issues,” WICS GM Rick Lipps said in a common yet very ironic statement for a TV station.
A 911 call obtained by The State Journal-Register through a Freedom of Information Act request confirmed an altercation at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday at Hooters between two men.
The recording shows that an employee called 911 about a fistfight, and that one of the men was bleeding from the nose. The two men left the restaurant and drove away while Springfield police were en route, one in a black BMW and the other in a black Jeep.
The descriptions matched vehicles driven by DeMentri and Brnger.
Dispatch records show Springfield police stopped the black Jeep at Dirksen Parkway and Ash Street. The driver told the officer he had fallen off a stool.
There are no written police reports about the incident naming DeMentri and Brnger, and the 911 call did not name the two TV personalities.
Deputy Chief Dan Mounce of the Springfield Police Department said reports are only taken if one of the parties involved wants one taken. Mounce declined to comment on the incident.
DeMentri has flamed out in New York, Philadelphia and now the small market of Springfield.
If you ask us, you can stick a fork in his TV career, he's done.