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May 26, 2019

Warner Wolf says charges were dropped following his arrest for removing ‘Plantation’ from sign

March 12, 2019
Warner Wolf’s mug shot from his arrest in February. (Collier County Sherriff)

Score it a victory for Warner Wolf.

The longtime sportscaster, 81, says charges against him have been dismissed following his arrest last month for removing the word “Plantation” from a sign at his private community.

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Wolf, who lives at the Classics Plantation Estates in Florida, said Tuesday during an appearance on the “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” radio show that he had long urged board members to make a change — to no avail.

“I told the board for two years to get rid of that word ‘plantation,’ ” Wolf said on the 710-WOR show. “We don’t live on a plantation.”

Officials said Wolf removed the letters spelling out “Plantation” from a sign in front of the Naples, Fla., neighborhood on Nov. 30. He turned himself in to authorities last month. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office noted in its report that Wolf had been a vocal critic of the name.

Wolf was charged with criminal mischief over $1,000 — a felony due to the dollar amount. He allegedly caused more than $1,100 in damage.

Wolf said Tuesday that were likely multiple factors that led to the charges being dropped.

“The prosecutor, we think, she must have thought the intent certainly was not criminal,” Wolf said. “I had no past criminal record, and maybe the age factor entered the situation.”

A request for comment was not immediately returned Tuesday by the Office of the State Attorney in Florida.

Wolf was released from custody last month on a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.

He said on the radio program that the word “Plantation” has not been put back on the sign.

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