Former KHTV Anchor Arrested

by Nate Hinkel  on Thursday, May. 18, 2006 12:00 am  

The long and winding tale of former KTHV-TV, Channel 11 weekend anchor Win Noble came to a dramatic head with his arrest on Thursday for third-degree domestic battery.

According to Little Rock police reports, Noble, 29, and his girlfriend, Heather Gillham, 25, were in a verbal dispute Wednesday night outside a west Little Rock restaurant that ultimately concluded in Noble pulling Gillham out of his car and throwing her to the ground.

According to KTHV, Gillham told police this happened repeatedly, the last of which came when she reached back in the vehicle to grab her purse. Gillham then said Noble slightly hit her with the vehicle, which prompted her to jump on the hood of the car, grasping the driver's side windshield wiper, before being thrown from the car as Noble sped away to flee the scene.

Gillham suffered injuries to her face, arms, chest, back and legs, but declined medical assistance, according to KTHV. A witness reportedly verified Gillham's claims.

Noble was arrested at his home early this morning but denied striking Gillham.

Noble was arraigned in Little Rock Municipal Court this morning anad was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

"There's pretty much the story there," said Mark Raines, news director at KTHV, who added that Noble has not appeared on the station's newscasts since April 16.

Noble was taken off the air by KTHV after questionable content was found on his personal Web log and an alleged altercation outside of another Little Rock restaurant last month. Both cases are said to have breached clauses in Noble's contract with the station that calls for talent to represent the station well in public.

Until this incident, KTHV has not said directly whether Noble was employed by the station or not.

Raines said Noble's official termination "was before" this incident, but declined to comment further.

"I can't go into that with you because it's part of his personnel records," he said.

KTHV has been rotating its current staff of anchors on the weekends and intends to keep doing so until a replacement is found.

"We're still rotating several anchors through the anchor chair on the weekends, but we'll get a replacement in their soon, though," said Raines.

Noble, who was hired at KTHV in October 2004, was issued a "no contact" order by the judge, which means he is to have no communication with the alleged victim pending the outcome of his case.

Noble is due next in court on June 19.

 

 

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