Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LOCAL WEATHERMAN ATTACKED AFTER FORECASTING MORE COLD AND SNOW

LOCAL WEATHERMAN "BIG" BURLE BRADSTREET PAID THE PRICE SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER FORECASTING THREE MORE DAYS IN THE DEEP FREEZE FOR THE BRIDGEPORT AREA

BRIDGEPORT


Burle Bradstreet after confronting
a mob of weather protesters and
his wife.
"Big" Burle Bradstreet, local weatherman on radio station KOLD -20FM left work Sunday evening and walked into what other weather forecasters are calling a perfect storm.  While walking to his car a van pulled up and 6 to 8 attackers got out and confronted him, demanding warmer weather.  When he said he couldn't do that, they began pelting him with snow balls and chunks of ice.  He managed to flee down an alley and get away, but this wasn't the end to his torment.  As he raced home on foot, he entered his house through the back door and because of his battered face his wife thought he was an intruder. She began hitting him about the face with a wooden club until she realized her mistake and dialed 911.

Bradstreet, was treated and spent the night at Bridgeport General Hospital where he sipped lemonade through swollen lips.  By noon Monday the swelling in his eyes had gone down enough that he could once again see. His wife was there as was CHANNEL 1 NEWS, who was able to get this exclusive story.  "This is ironic," Bradstreet said.  "This kind of thing happened to me two years ago when I worked in Phoenix at KHOT 110 FM and had forecast a  heat wave.  Listeners came after me throwing sand in my eyes and pelting me with grapefruit.  I am seriously thinking of switching occupations."  When asked what field he would feel safe in he replied, "Alligator wrestling, at least I'd know what to expect."  His wife said she'd support that decision.

Police are looking for Bradstreet's attackers, while  radio station KOLD -20FM is putting up a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. "These attacks must stop!" said radio station manager, Yoletta Fartay.  "We only report the weather, not make it up,
and people need to realize that."   CHANNEL 1 NEWS will follow this story until warmer weather.

Raz Dazzle, reporting for Dave Taylor.



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