Assault Charges Dropped in Case Involving WTKR Reporter

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Virginian-Pilot

A TV reporter and two people associated with a controversial employment agency she was reporting on have dropped assault charges against each other stemming from a scuffle outside court.

Barbara Ciara, veteran anchor and reporter for WTKR NewsChannel 3, and James M. O’Leary Jr. and Crystal L. Harrison of Virginia Employment Services had accused each other after Ciara’s attempts to interview O’Leary following an Aug. 19 hearing turned into pushing and shouting. (Video here)

Tom Baldwin, clerk of the General District Court, said today that all of the charges were dismissed by mutual agreement.

Previously, Ciara had written in a court complaint that O’Leary had hit and shoved her, and that Harrison had “slammed the door on my head.” More…