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Former television meteorologist jailed on felony domestic violence charge

A well-known former meteorologist is behind bars in Jefferson County, charged with a felony crime.

Mark Prater, who in April left his job as chief meteorologist for CBS 42, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday just after 3 p.m. According to jail records, Prater is charged with second-degree domestic violence/stalking.

His bond is set at $100,000. Prater remained in jail Thursday morning.

Trussville police Lt. Phil Dillon said the warrant against Prater was issued on Dec. 4. Trussville and Moody police, along with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Prater at his Moody home.

A protection from abuse request was filed against Prater also on Dec. 4. According to that document, the woman said Prater over several days in late November threatened to take her daughter away by going through her father. He also is accused of showing up at the woman’s house at which time she called the police. He left a note at her door.

On Dec. 4, according to the PFA request, Prater called her 17 times and sent her 37 emails that morning. A judge granted the PFA and set a January hearing on the matter.

Under Alabama law, a person commits the crime of second-degree domestic violence in the second degree if the person commits second-degree assault, intimidating a witness, burglary, stalking or criminal mischief where the victim is a current or former spouse, parent, child, any person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a present or former household member, or a person who has or had a dating or engagement relationship with the defendant.

Second-degree domestic violence is a Class B felony, except the defendant, if convicted, must serve a minimum of six months in jail or prison without probation, parole, good time credits, or any

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