CBS21 fires news director

2013-07-22T21:57:00Z CBS21 fires news directorBy Joseph Cress, The Sentinel The Sentinel
July 22, 2013 9:57 pm  • 

HARRISBURG — David Baer, charged June 27 with patronizing prostitutes, apparently has been fired from his job as news director for CBS 21.

A source close to the station confirmed Monday that Baer has been dismissed. When The Sentinel contacted the TV station newsroom and asked to speak to Baer, a woman answering the phone said, “He no longer works here.”

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the corporation that owns CBS 21, posted an ad for a news director on its website on July 8.

Swatara Township Police June 27 arrested three people during a prostitution sting operation at a local hotel.

Baer, 63, of Harrisburg, was charged with patronizing prostitutes, court records show. Marlene McEwan, 42, of New York, and Monique Korte, 31, of Mt. Carmel, were also arrested and charged with prostitution, township police said.

A check online of the docket shows that the charge filed against Baer is still awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Kenneth A. Lenker.

Preliminary hearings scheduled Aug. 2 and 23 have been continued. Baer is represented by attorney Casey Grey Shore, of Harrisburg, who was unavailable for comment Monday night.

Township detectives along with agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an enforcement detail targeting prostitution activity in township hotels.

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  1. RakeThatMuck
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    RakeThatMuck - July 25, 2013 2:00 pm
    Hypocrisy alive and well at Sinclair Broadcast Group: After President/CEO David Deniston Smith got busted for getting caught with a prostitute in a company Mercedes, Sinclair issued a statement saying his arrest "was unrelated to company business." Smith kept his job. And he's still there.

  2. RakeThatMuck
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    RakeThatMuck - July 25, 2013 12:32 pm
    How 'bout a story on the double standard at Sinclair Broadcast Group? After President/CEO David Deniston Smith got busted for exactly the same thing, Sinclair issued a statement saying his arrest "was unrelated to company business" and Smith kept his job. P.S. He's still there.

  3. MerryA
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    MerryA - July 23, 2013 4:16 pm
    This "news" is nearly a month old and of interest to no one. But then, I suppose if you had the skills, you'd work for a real news organization.
  4. CarlisleGirl
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    CarlisleGirl - July 23, 2013 3:41 pm
    Is this an opening for a return of Kirk Wilson?
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