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Reporter Jailed After Parking Spot Dispute

November 20, 2000|Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Fox Network news anchor was arrested and accused of hitting another journalist with his car in an apparent dispute over a parking space.

Witnesses told police that Shepard Smith, who hosts "The Fox Report," ran his car into Maureen Walsh, a journalist for a local cable network, when she tried to save a rare open parking spot for co-workers at the Capitol complex where the media are covering the Florida presidential vote recount.

Walsh was treated at a hospital for bruises on her legs and released.

Smith, 36, was charged with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle and released on $10,000 bail.

A Fox spokesman in New York, Robert Zimmerman, declined to comment.

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