Have you ever watched those shiny, happy folks on your local morning newscasts and wondered what’s really going on between them? Affairs, perhaps, or at least some enmity? Well, I certainly have, but then again, I’m kind of geared to ask such questions. That’s why the unfolding story of the morning team at WXOW in La Crosse, WI is interesting, to me.
It’s not even clear that morning meteorologist Zach Brown actually did anything criminal. But he damn sure is being accused of doing something creepy, to the degree that his AM broadcasting partner, Amy Dupont, has reportedly filed a restraining order against the weather dude. From La Crosse talk radio station WIZM:
Channel 19 morning news anchor Amy Dupont has been receiving nasty emails for about a year now. Never threatening, but harassing, with comments derogatory about her, and her on-air work. After putting up with the nasty comments for awhile, she searched the name of the person who signed them. And the name was that of a registered sex offender. That was when Dupont got the police involved. They subpoenaed the IP address of the computer from where the mean-spirited emails originated. And they discovered the source of those emails was not a registered sex offender, but in fact came from an internet address registered to her partner on WXOW’s morning news program, Zach Brown.
It’s almost like the e-mails were ‘coming from inside THE HOUSE.’
WIZM reports that there will be a hearing on June 23 over Dupont seeking a restraining order against Brown. The radio station also reported that WXOW’s website no longer contained any trace of Brown having worked there, but that’s not exactly true, at least at the moment. Brown did, however, have a Twitter account that has apparently been deleted. His last tweet was on June 11, and directed at Al Roker – he apparently had some questions about surgery Roker had some 7 years ago (is that when Roker had gastric bypass?).
It may be that because the e-mails didn’t contain directly threatening text that Brown won’t face any kind criminal charges. Still – if he really did send the messages in question and deliberately chose the name of a registered sex offender to do it, how freaking creepy is that?
Next time you tilt back your morning cup as you’re watching your own local newsfolks bantering playfully on the flatscreen in the breakfast nook, ask yourself which one of those smiley people seems most likely to one day just lose it. Or don’t. I don’t actually wish my method of waking each day on anyone.