Popular weatherman, wife charged after domestic incident

Popular local weatherman Bill Evans and his wife were both arrested after an investigation into what police called a domestic incident at their home last month.

According to police reports, Mr. Evans turned himself in for arrest on June 13 and Dana Evans turned herself in a day later. Both face charges stemming from a May 4 incident, the details of which were not released but were designated as a domestic violence incident by the police department,

Mr. Evans, 52, a longtime weatherman for WABC-TV and as well as locally for WGCH-AM radio was charged with disorderly conduct and third degree assault. Ms. Evans, 48, was also charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct. They were both released on promises to appear in court for further action.

In a statement to local media, Mr. Evans attorney, Philip Russell, said that the couple, who have been married 19 years, are going through a “difficult divorce.” Mr. Russell said that the acrimonious divorce led to the charges and questioned the timing.

“Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation,” Mr. Russell said. “Bill cooperated fully with the investigation and is continuing to cooperate with the police.”

Mr. Russell noted that the arrest was not unexpected due to the law.

“Connecticut law requires the police refer all reports of domestic arguments, no matter how minor, to the Superior Court,” Mr. Russell said. “The Greenwich police’s actions [last] Thursday were required by law. We expect that Bill will be exonerated and this case will be quickly forgotten. The Greenwich police have informed us their investigation is continuing and we will see the process through until Bill’s name is cleared.”

Attorney Mark Sherman is representing Ms. Evans in the criminal matter and he told the Post on Tuesday that right now his client is “primarily focused on the safety and welfare of her family.”

“Dana reported the incident after she sought counseling from a local Greenwich domestic violence center,” Mr. Sherman said. “Divorces can get emotional but we’re confident Dana will be cleared of the charges in due time.”

Greenwich police Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray said he could not comment on if there had been any previous incidents where officers were sent to the Evans’ home. Lt. Gray said it is department policy to only comment on present, not past incidents.

A spokesman for WABC-TV said on Tuesday, “We don’t comment on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”

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