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Ex-Tribune Co. CEO arrested on DUI charge in Ohio

October 14, 2011

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio—A veteran media executive and former Tribune Co. CEO has been charged with drunken driving in southwest Ohio.

Middletown police say Randy Michaels was arrested early Friday after an officer spotted his vehicle in a muddy construction area near Interstate 75. A police report says he smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests.

Police charged him under his given name, Benjamin Homel, with driving under the influence and driving into a closed street. A court appearance is set for Oct. 21.

The 59-year-old Michaels resigned last year as Tribune CEO after complaints about raunchy behavior under his watch. He helped launch Merlin Media, a multimedia company, in June.

Cincinnati attorney Steve Adams says he entered a not guilty plea on Michaels' behalf but needs to talk with his client before commenting further.

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