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Former WTAE, KDKA newsman Cannon arrested in California

Former television news anchor Don Cannon has been arrested in California on bench warrants issued for failure to serve his sentences for two driving-under-the-influence convictions in Allegheny County.

Cannon, 69, whose real name is Donald James Clark, moved to the West Coast after his October 2008 convictions for driving under the influence in Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park.

Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel sentenced him to three days of house arrest followed by six months of probation for one conviction and 90 days of house arrest and two years of probation for the second, court records show. Cannon was given permission to serve his sentence in California.

"Apparently, he just didn't follow through, from what I've been told," said his attorney, Patrick J. Thomassey, who plans to appear before McDaniel today to discuss the case.

Allegheny County Sheriff William P. Mullen said McDaniel issued the bench warrants for Cannon last month, and deputies contacted police Tuesday in Carlsbad, Calif., where he resides.

Police in Carlsbad told deputies that Cannon had a court appearance that day in California on another DUI arrest. They picked him up at his home.

Cannon, who is in jail awaiting extradition to Pittsburgh, worked at WTAE-TV from 1969-94. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1999 and joined KDKA-TV, where he worked until his two DUI arrests.

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