Battery Charge Against WSAZ Meteorologist Ambriz Dismissed

CHARLESTON – Misdemeanor charges against a former WSAZ meteorologist who had been accused of assaulting a co-worker at a Charleston bar have been dismissed.

The battery charge against Chelsea Ambriz, 26, was dismissed Jan. 8 in Kanawha Magistrate Court after fellow former WSAZ employee Erica Bivens didn’t show up for the court hearing.

“I’m just very relieved,” Ambriz said shortly after the hearing. “It’s good to know that the judicial system works.”

Ambriz had been charged following an incident at a Charleston bar on Aug. 26 following the annual Girls Night Out charity event. According to the criminal complaint, Bivens suffered a skull fracture and a ruptured eardrum after Ambriz allegedly shoved her down.

The altercation began after Bivens claimed Ambriz was hitting on her husband. Bivens told Charleston police she confronted Ambriz, and they began shoving each other before falling to the floor.

Joseph Spano, Ambriz’s attorney, said he had impartial witnesses who witnessed the fight who would have cleared his client’s name.

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