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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

A New Twist for the Wheel of Justice

Knowing that Channel 9 newshound Chic Poppe is all over the place, it's not surprising that this happened: Poppe says he helped police capture Leetae Williams, one of the fugitives on Channel 12's weekly "Wheel of Justice" segments.

Poppe says he was driving down Hamilton Avenue in Northside after 6 a.m. Thursday, after hearing a police call about a naked woman (an assult victim) running through Northside. He says he observed a suspicious man darting back and forth across the street, and hiding between houses. Poppe says he called 911, and then hung up when he saw two police cruisers coming up Hamilton Avenue. He says he pointed out the suspicious man to to police, and helped officers arrest Williams.

"I was the one who caught the guy. I was the one who saw him first," says Poppe, a Channel 9 photographer and 33-year news veteran.

But Poppe wasn't mentioned in Channel 12's story Thursday -- because he wasn't mentioned in the Cincinnati Police report on the arrest. Deb Dixon interviewed arresting officer Tom Haas.
Dixon says Haas mentioned that Poppe was at the scene, but "he didn' give him credit" for the arrest.

"If Chic says he helped in the arrest, I think that's very cool. We're all in this together. The police said he was there, but he's always there. I love Chic Poppe. He's everywhere."

Dixon says Poppe doesn't qualify for the Wheel of Justice reward money for several reasons. He didn't know that Williams was one of the Wheel of Justice fugitives, and he called 911 instead of CrimeStoppers to report the suspicous man.

"It's just a coincidence that the guy lurking around was on the Wheel of Justice. He didn't know who he was. I'm convinced the police would have found him," she says.


at 6/01/2007 11:16 AM Blogger mark said...

that is hilarious. i'm sure it's true. on a side note, the wheel of justice is obnoxious.

at 6/01/2007 12:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

reply to Mark. You are correct. This is a hoot!!. If Chic worked for channel 12, I am sure the money would be his. Local tv news. What a scream!!

at 6/01/2007 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the Poppe character on Seinfeld.

at 6/01/2007 1:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can he say that he was the one who caught the guy? Chic, you are a great guy and a hard worker, but you are also egocentric.

at 6/01/2007 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me get this straight, you can only get the money from the wheel if you are one of his "friends" or "relatives" willing to "Rat him out", and the wheel people would prefer you put your safety at potential risk by dropping your dime to THEM, meaning the person MIGHT still get away before someone follows up on the report, rather than calling 9-1-1 and getting the scumbag off the street. I gues Chic should have asked the officers to hold on a second while he made another phone call.....

Dave B. (save Jericho!)

at 9/21/2007 12:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, you may have spotted the guy and you may have helped the officers but its just like someone breaking into your house and you call the cops and the person gets caught. You don't get credit or a reward then do you? So why should this be any different. No offense to you, I'm sure you are a great guy but the officers are the ones risking their lives. Tom Haas is a great guy, im sure anyone else who knows him knows that. If he said you were there that is giving you credit, maybe not all the credit you wanted but it is. Don't blame him or anyone else because you didn't get what you want.

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