Peggy Gallek joined the Fox 8 News team in September 2012 as an I-Team Reporter.
In October 2014, I got married!! I now live in Summit County with my husband and two cats, Cupcake and Felix.
Before coming to Cleveland, Peggy
was a reporter at WKBN in Youngstown and began working as a newspaper reporter with the Hubbard News, a weekly publication, in 1989.
In 1990, Peggy started with the Vindicator in Youngstown. She worked there until 2005 when she went to broadcast, at WYTV 33. In 2007, the station was bought by WKBN and Peggy worked for both WYTV, WKBN.
Peggy has won several state awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
HUDSON, Ohio – The FOX 8 I-TEAM has uncovered a mystery in the Summit County town of Hudson that could go back decades after work crews found bones. Friday, crews digging a sanitary sewer line discovered the bones. The work was being done on private property off of Boston Mills Road. Hudson police were called and they are now working to determine if the bones are human or from an animal. Detectives will be back in the area […]
AURORA, Ohio — An Aurora police officer, who pleaded guilty last week in Florida to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a road rage incident, has been fired. According to a disciplinary letter, Officer Joseph La Perna was fired Thursday. Aurora Law Director Dean DePiero said LaPerna was fired following a disciplinary hearing held earlier this week. Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard told FOX 8 that LaPerna had been placed on an unpaid administrative leave immediately after the March incident. […]
FAIRLAWN – Wallaby seems to smile as she uses her back paws to get her wheelchair device to roll down the driveway and follow her owner. “She does pretty good with it,” said Brian Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth adopted Wallaby and Roo from a shelter about two years ago. “They were puppy mill dogs so they were born with severe front leg deformities due to inbreeding,” Holligsworth said. The two are sisters, and they can get around pretty good but have trouble […]
EUCLID, Ohio– A woman is facing a felony cruelty to animal charge after police say she threw a cat over a balcony during a domestic dispute. Euclid Lt. Mitch Houser said police responded to the dispute between roommates at an apartment complex off of Lake Shore Boulevard Sunday around 11 p.m. Melissa Thornton, 24, was arrested for a felony charge of cruelty to animals. “Thornton was arguing with her roommate and it turned into a physical scuffle,” Houser told FOX […]
SANDUSKY, Ohio– A retired Sandusky police officer thought crime-fighting was in his past, but on Wednesday morning he realized he was wrong. “It was 5:45 and I was walking to my car, with a coffee in my hand, and not really paying attention,” said Mike Schock. “All of a sudden I saw someone sitting in the driver’s seat of my car.” Schock didn’t reach for a weapon; instead, he grabbed his key fob. He locked all the doors and called […]
BOARDMAN, Ohio– An 18-year-old Boardman man is facing federal charges of making threats against law enforcement. An investigation showed he made online statements supporting mass shootings and lived in a house with more than two dozen guns and thousand of rounds of ammunition. Justin Olsen was arrested by Boardman police last week and is being held in the Mahoning County Jail. He is due back in U.S. District Court in Youngstown Friday for a detention hearing. According to a Boardman […]
CLEVELAND – A 7-year-old girl is home recovering after being shot in the back during a neighborhood back-to-school party Saturday night. Her mother, who asked not to be identified, said the shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Miles Avenue. “We weren’t going to go, but the kids saw it on the way home from the grocery store,” the mother told the FOX 8 I-Team Monday. “There were games for kids and free food. There were lots of kids there. […]
AURORA, Ohio — A disciplinary hearing is scheduled for next week for the Aurora police officer who pleaded guilty in Florida to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a road rage incident. Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard told FOX 8 that Officer Joseph LaPerna had been placed on unpaid administrative in March, immediately after the incident. Byard said the disciplinary hearing could not be held until the criminal case was completed. LaPerna pleaded guilty to the charge in a Florida […]
CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I-Team has now obtained recordings of a Cleveland police officer explaining to Cuyahoga County sheriff deputies why he fired his gun at a 21-year-old, who had repeatedly punched him. “First time he spit at me, he verbalized I would have to kill him,” Cleveland Sgt. Dean Graziolli told investigators earlier this year. Graziolli gave a statement to detectives who were investigating the January 2018 police-involved shooting that left 21-year-old Thomas Yatsko dead. The shooting happened […]
CLEVELAND – The FOX 8 I-TEAM is giving you the first look at what led up to the deadly shooting of an unarmed man by an off-duty Cleveland police officer. It happened last year outside the Corner Alley on the city’s east side. The I-TEAM obtained security video, police body camera video and witness statements through a public records request. A special prosecutor released the recordings since a grand jury recently reviewed the case and cleared the officer. The incident […]
EUCLID, Ohio — A police officer caught on video in 2017 punching a suspect is now facing three misdemeanor charges in connection with that case. A special prosecutor, attorney Dominic Vitantonio, was appointed in June to review the case of Euclid Officer Michael Amiott and filed the charges Tuesday. The charges state Amiott used “unreasonable and/or excessive force” against Richard Hubbard during the August 2017 arrest. Amiott faces two counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of interfering with civil […]
GARFIELD HEIGHTS – A judge has suspended a 10-day jail sentence for a 79-year-old Garfield Heights woman. Nancy Segula was previously sentenced for contempt of court charges for continuing to feed stray cats outside of her home. A suspended sentence is a legal term for a judge’s delaying of a defendant’s serving of a sentence after they have been found guilty, in order to allow the defendant to perform a period of probation. Animal advocates and the Garfield Heights Animal […]