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California Anchorwoman Paula Lopez Safe at Home After Missing Persons Scare

WKYT(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- Paula Lopez, an anchorwoman for ABC News affiliate KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, Calif., was safe back at her home after a missing persons scare, family members told KEYT.

Lopez's family earlier had called authorities to say the 48-year-old was missing just after 10 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said.

"Her last known location was at her home located near Cathedral Oaks Road and North San Marcos Road," the sheriff's department said in a news release this evening. "No foul play is suspected but her family is concerned about her welfare."

It was not immediately clear why her family reported her missing so quickly after she last was seen.

The report prompted a search that was assisted by K-9 units and a Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit helicopter, the sheriff's department said.

It also prompted a written statement by Mark Danielson, general manager of KEYT, who called Lopez, who anchored the 11 p.m. news, "a beloved member of the KEYT family."

"We have been in touch with her family and know they, as well as local authorities, are doing everything possible to find her safe and sound," the statement said. "It is clearly a difficult time for her family and our own family at KEYT. All of us at KEYT stand ready to assist in any way we can."

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Man Sentenced for Cruise Ship Prank

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A California man will be buoyed to a jail cell for the next two months after he pleaded guilty to drunkenly dropping a cruise ship’s anchor while it was sailing from Mexico to Florida.

Rick Ehlert, 45, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was ordered to spend four months in incarceration -- two in jail and two in home confinement, followed by three years of probation. He will also have to pay a $7,500 fine and attend substance abuse counseling.

Ehlert dropped the stern anchor of the MS Ryndam as it was traveling in international waters in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, 2010. Shortly after dropping anchor, he also deployed a life buoy.

“According to special agents with the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, free release of a cruise ship anchor would be expected to result in damage,” court documents stated.

The documents added that Ehlert’s actions could have damaged the ship’s rudder or punctured it, causing it to sink.

The ship was at a standstill for three hours before employees were able to get back on course.

When the ship docked in Tampa, Ehlert was questioned by FBI and U.S. Coast Guard agents. He admitted he had stepped into an off-limits area and donned work gloves in order to release the anchor. Ehlert told investigators his 50-foot boat had a similar anchor system, so he was familiar with how to operate it.

“Many people have asked me why I dropped the anchor,” Ehlert wrote in a letter of apology to the ship’s captain, according to the Tampa Tribune. “I believe that I was intrigued by the machinery and curious to see if I could operate it. I do remember trying to stop the anchor once it started moving, but it just kept going faster.”

Judge Steven Merryday called the case a “bothersome crime.”

Holland America did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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