Fire Dept. Wants Felony Charges Against WFLZ For Turkey Stunt
July 13, 2010 at 4:22 AM (PT)
A DECEMBER 18th stunt by CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WFLZ/TAMPA's MJ Morning Show in which an attempt to cook a frozen turkey in a van resulted in the vehicle catching fire (NET NEWS 12/18/2009) has led to the FLORIDA state fire marshal recommending criminal felony charges and the TAMPA Fire Dept. complaining about a hang-up that has delayed charges from the county's State Attorney's Office.
CBS affiliate WTSP-TV reports that TAMPA Fire Capt. BILL WADE wants HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY State Attorney MARK OBER to file charges based on the state fire marshal's eight-page report from JANUARY recommending felony charges for arson and the resultant injury to a firefighter, and that WADE said the TAMPA Fire Marshal has been to OBER's office several times with no answer as to why the case has stalled.
WTSP notes that on the aircheck of the incident, a station staffer asked MJ (TODD SCHNITT), whose wife is a former Assistant State Attorney in HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, whether he could be charged with arson.