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Sportscaster Al Keck arrested in domestic battery

While being booked into Pinellas County Jail, Keck complained of chest pain and was taken to Northside Hospital.

By JACOB H. FRIES
Published May 3, 2005


LARGO - ABC Action News sports director Al Keck, 50, was arrested early Tuesday after his wife accused him of pushing her into a cement column at their Largo home, authorities said.

Cheryl Keck, 46, sustained scrapes to her right arm and right knee, but was not taken to a hospital, said Sgt. Jim Bordner, a sheriff's spokesman.

"He and his wife have been having some marital difficulties for a little while," Bordner said.

While being booked into Pinellas County Jail on a charge of domestic battery, Al Keck complained of chest pain and was taken to Northside Hospital, Bordner said. He was being held there without bail and his condition was unknown.

Cheryl Keck called her husband at the television station Monday evening and told him that one of their children had been injured, Bordner said. When Keck returned home, his wife revealed that she had lied so that the two of them could speak in person, the sergeant said.

Then at 9:50 p.m., apparently angry by his wife's ruse, Al Keck pushed her against a column, Cheryl Keck told deputies, according to Bordner.

Al Keck then returned to the station in time for the 11 p.m. broadcast while his wife called authorities, Bordner said. Deputies contacted the sportscaster at the station and during a meeting with investigators, he denied pushing his wife, Bordner said.

Phone messages left at the Keck residence Tuesday were not returned.

"We're aware of the situation and we'll be looking into it," said Bill Carey, the station's general manager. "For now, it's a family matter and private."

Keck joined WFTS-Ch. 28 in 2001 when WTSP-Ch. 10, Keck's home for more than 12 years, decided not to renew his contract.