PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Erik Estrada urges funding for Va. cops

Erik Estrada urges funding for Va. cops

RICHMOND, Va. -- Erik Estrada played a police officer on television, and now he's asking the Virginia legislature to support investigators who use the Internet to catch sexual predators.

Estrada is best known as ''Ponch'' on the 1970s motorcycle cop show ''CHiPs.'' He's also a certified member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

He appeared at the state Capitol on Wednesday to urge passage of a bill that would add $10 to every criminal conviction to generate at least $1.8 million a year. The money would help fund the state's two task forces that focus on Internet crimes against children.

Burt Reynolds has bypass

JUPITER, Fla. -- Burt Reynolds' manager said the actor was released from a Florida hospital after a planned heart bypass operation.

Erik Kritzer said in a statement Wednesday that Reynolds had been scheduled for the operation for over a month.

Kritzer said Reynolds went into the hospital on Monday and was discharged Tuesday.

Kritzer said the star of ''Smokey and the Bandit,'' ''Deliverance'' and ''Boogie Nights'' told him that he has ''a great motor with brand new pipes'' and is ''feeling great.''

Reynolds is 74.

Keyshia Cole has baby boy

NEW YORK -- Singer Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson have announced the birth of their son.

Cole publicist Tresa Sanders said in a statement that Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr. was born Tuesday evening. He weighs 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Sanders said ''mother and baby are doing great'' and Cole would especially like to thank her fans.

The 28-year-old Cole is a Grammy Award-nominated R&B performer who has starred in her own BET reality show.