Andrew Z to appear at hearingWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio host Andrew Zepeda will appear in court this week for a hearing regarding a possible violation of his intervention in lieu of conviction.
The hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. July 29 before Judge Alan R. Mayberry at the Wood County Court of Common Pleas in Bowling Green.
The petition submitted by the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office states Zepeda violated the conditions of his intervention in lieu of conviction, which stipulates Zepeda “shall not frequent any establishment serving alcoholic beverages or associate with those who are consuming alcoholic beverages.”
According to the petition, Zepeda was seen at Fat Fish Blue/Funny Bone on June 23 by a Perrysburg Police Division detective. Zepeda also appeared on video surveillance of the restaurant July 2.
The prosecution also states Zepeda took part in the filming of a music video at Quimby’s at the Park in May and appears in the video “drinking what appeared to be champagne.”
Zepeda told Toledo Free Press the drinks were nonalcoholic and Quimby’s was closed at the time. Zepeda’s attorney Beau Harvey could not be reached for comment.
On Feb. 4, Zepeda pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with a break-in at his business, Andrew Z’s Sportz Pizzeria, at Levis Commons in Perrysburg and entered an intervention program for alcohol abuse, which he completed in May.
All charges will be cleared from his record if he successfully completes his two-year supervision, but if he violates any conditions, he will face the charges again.
Subpoenas to appear at the hearing were issued for the managers of Quimby’s at the Park and Fat Fish Blue/Funny Bone.
Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson said Zepeda can choose to waive the hearing, meaning he admits to the violations, or ask that a hearing be held.
If the judge determines Zepeda violated the conditions of the program, the judge may elect to allow Zepeda to continue in the intervention in lieu program despite the violation or he may accept Zepeda’s guilty pleas entered on the three charges.
If the judge accepts Zepeda’s guilty pleas, the judge has all the sentencing options available at Zepeda’s original sentencing, including incarceration. The sentencing could be done that day or the judge could set a separate sentencing date.
The music video, which shows Zepeda among large groups of people dancing and drinking in a club setting, features the song “One More Drink,” by local artist Yvonne Ramos. A link to the video was posted to Zepeda’s website, andrewzonline.com, as recently as mid-July.
Ramos said Zepeda was at Quimby’s for about 20 minutes in the morning of the all-day shoot and asked for ice water.
In November, Zepeda was charged with theft, complicity to breaking and entering, and failure to remit sales tax in connection with an October break-in at his business, Andrew Z’s Sportz Pizzeria, at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
Other stipulations of Zepeda’s probation include that he undergo random drug and alcohol testing, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, obtain lawful employment, and have no contact with David Wright or his uncle Paul Zepeda, the two others charged in connection with the break-in.
Zepeda debuted his new weekday morning radio show “Andrew Z in the Morning: The People’s Show,” on July 18 on Cumulus station 100.7 The Vibe.
Zepeda was formerly the host of one of the region’s top-rated morning shows, “Andrew Z in the Morning” on 92.5 KISS FM. His noncompete agreement with Clear Channel was up July 1.