Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bristol Palin on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ provokes Wisconsin man to shoot TV

November 18, 2010


Bristol Palin performs during the celebrity dance competition series, “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday in Los Angeles in this publicity image released by ABC. Her dance on the show enraged a Wisconsin man to the point where he shot his TV.

Bristol Palin performs during the celebrity dance competition series, “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday in Los Angeles in this publicity image released by ABC. Her dance on the show enraged a Wisconsin man to the point where he shot his TV.

— A rural Wisconsin man apparently enraged by Bristol Palin’s “Dancing with the Stars” routine blasted his television with a shotgun, leading to an all-night standoff with a SWAT team, investigators said.

Steven Cowan, 67, was arrested Tuesday morning after officers coaxed him out of his house in Vermont, a farming community near Madison. Cowan, who is accused of threatening his wife with the gun after destroying the television, appeared in a Madison courtroom Wednesday on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $1,500.

Cowan’s attorney at the hearing, Jonas Bednarek, declined to comment.

Cowan’s wife, Janice Cowan, told investigators that her husband suffers from bipolar disorder and had threatened her life in the past.

According to court documents, Janice Cowan said her husband came home Monday from the bar and had a beer with dinner before they settled down to watch “Dancing with the Stars.”

When Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of tea party favorite Sarah Palin, began her routine, Cowan jumped up and began swearing, saying something like “The (expletive) politics.” His wife said he was upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on TV even though he felt she didn’t have talent.

Janice Cowan told investigators her husband left the living room and reappeared 20 minutes later with his shotgun, “raging” with his face bright red, and blasted the TV. She said he then pointed the gun at her and told her to go fetch his pistols, and threatened to kill himself if she brought anyone back. According to the criminal complaint, Steven Cowan’s daughter recently took away his handguns for safekeeping. It did not elaborate.

“He scared the bejebees out of me,” she told detectives.

Janice Cowan fled the home and went to an attorney’s office, where she phoned police.

She told officers that about 15 years ago her husband had threatened her with a machete when he couldn’t find some ammunition and has threatened to shoot one of their cows.

She added he was under stress because of financial reasons, saying a doctor helping him with his mental health problems had suggested he temporarily turn over control of properties he rents out to the family’s attorney. Calls on Wednesday to a number listed as the Cowans’ could not be connected.

The Internet has been abuzz in recent days about how Bristol Palin, who has consistently landed at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, has been able to remain on the ABC show. Some have suggested that voters — particularly supporters of her mother — have been voting in blocs and manipulating the system.

Both Palins have denied any organized vote-getting tactics. Bristol Palin says voters support her despite lackluster performances because she started the show with no dancing experience.


lounger 7 years, 6 months ago

You see, this is a prime example of why the Palin's should GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paula Kissinger 7 years, 6 months ago

Bi Polar disorder + alcohol = irrational behavior. I didn't see anywhere mentioned that he was taking any medication for his "disorder". The wife does not sound terribly bright either to have remained in a situation where this human time bomb has exhibited such behavior in the past. Displaced anger is very common in the mentally ill. He claims to be upset that Sarah Palin's daughter has done well on the tv show but it is Sarah that he resents. Hope he can get some better medical/mental health care and that his family can have some peace. My sympathies to the tv...the innocent victim.

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

Alcohol does not mix well with bi-polar meds or any meds for mental illness.

friendlyjhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Bi-polar and alcohol and medications.....just the snack to have when watching DWTS.

shadowlady 7 years, 6 months ago

While I think Bristol is not the greatest dancer they have, but it takes a lot of guts to be able to get out there and do that. Especially when she seems self concious. And does seem to have a sweetness about her and she has come a long way. Way to go Bristol

trinity 7 years, 6 months ago

don't forget the charming, ladylike, christian manner in which she and her sister addressed somebody that expressed dislike for 'em on facebook!

RoeDapple 7 years, 6 months ago

Damn! I thought somebody would blame Bush by now!

Kontum1972 7 years, 6 months ago

its all about rating.....not her somewhat dancing experience,.... OBTW wasnt spreading her wings what got her in trouble in the first place....?

Tom McCune 7 years, 6 months ago

There is actually a married/straight man in Wisconsin who really watches DWTS? I thought is was just for the chicks. Gay men have too much class to watch that thing....

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