West Virginia TV Meteorologist Accused of Fracturing Colleague’s Skull in Fight

Forecaster Chelsea Ambriz and anchor Erica Bivens work for Charleston station WSAZ

Last Updated: September 1, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

A West Virginia TV news meteorologist has been charged with misdemeanor battery after a physical altercation with another anchor at the same station, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

According to the Gazette-Mail, anchor Erica Bivens of Charleston, W.V., local station WSAZ accused on-air weather forecaster Chelsea Ambriz of shoving her to the ground. Bivens said she suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture during the altercation.

The fight started at a local bar after Bivens accused Ambriz of hitting on her husband, according to a police report obtained by local station FTV Live. Ambriz, the report said, then “became irate and began to shove” Bivens, causing them both to fall to the ground near the bar.

According to FTV Live, Ambriz has since told friends she has been suspended by the station. Ad Week reported that neither woman has been on the air since the incident occurred nearly a week ago.

A representative for the station told TheWrap that it is aware of the matter and is conducting an internal investigation, but that it has no further comment at this time.

The local police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.