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Bad-Ass Pregnant Bounty Hunter!
The “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star gets real with momlogic.
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“Baby” Lyssa Chapman, 22, is pregnant with her second child … and bounty hunting with her dad on their reality show, “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” She sat down with momlogic to talk about catching criminals while carrying a child, being a teen mother, and even “Jon and Kate Plus 8.”
momlogic: Congrats on your pregnancy! How far along are you?
Lyssa: I’m 32 weeks pregnant as of Monday. August 17 is the due date, and I’m having a girl. I also have a 7-year-old daughter and my husband has a 4-year-old daughter, who is also mine. So we’re going to have three little girls running around!
ML: How intense is it for you to bounty hunt when you are pregnant?
Lyssa: It’s pretty crazy! It’s such a high-stress job. You get so emotionally involved in it, you kind of forget you’re pregnant because you get so focused on what you’re doing. But I look at the video of my last bounty, where I’m so pregnant, and even I am like, “Wow!” It doesn’t even seem real to me!
ML: Do you get scared during the bounties, being pregnant?
Lyssa: No more than I usually do. I get afraid a lot during the bounties — when Dad’s talking about it before we go out, he’ll say something like, “This guy was arrested with a gun.” I’m like, “Ohmigosh, don’t you think you should leave me home on this one?” [laughs] But he says, “No, you’ll be fine!” I’m just trying to be safe while trying to be useful at the same time. I don’t want to put the people who are trying to protect me in harm’s way.
ML: Has your dad been more protective of you while you’re pregnant?
Lyssa: No, not really. Beth always says, “There’s Duane and then there’s Dog.” I agree with that. I say, “Dad, I’m pregnant,” and he says, “I don’t care — just do it!” Dog doesn’t take my pregnancy into account. He’ll say: “You’ll be good bait … go in there!”
ML: Can you tell us about your first pregnancy?
Lyssa: While living with my biological mother, I was abused. I got pregnant. I was 14 years old, and he was 24. I thought I was in love. He knew a lot better than I what he was doing — I didn’t. He went to jail for sexual abuse of a minor. It was an odd situation, but I got my daughter out of it.
ML: How was it for you, being such a young mother?
Lyssa: It’s all I’ve ever really known my whole life. I got pregnant soon after I turned 14, and I had her the day after my 15th birthday. I never got to sleep in, go to prom, finish high school — I was so young that being a parent was just it for me — that’s all I knew. When this happens to you, I think you can either try to continue on with your childhood and let your parents raise the kid, or give it up, or you can become a parent. I chose to become a parent.
ML: Do you think things like “Juno,” MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” and Jamie Lynn Spears glamorize teen pregnancy?
Lyssa: I think they definitely glamorize it and make it seem easier. I gave up on my dad when I was 11 years old, and my mother was living out her childhood when I had my baby, so I really had no one. I babysat the town kids to make ends meet. I had a daughter to support at 15, and it was hard. If you have endless amounts of money at your disposal, maybe it’s easier, but for me it was very difficult to be a teen mom.
I mean, look at Sarah Palin saying abstinence is the way, then her daughter is holding her baby on the cover of People. It sends such a mixed message. I really want to teach my children to respect their bodies. Even though I got my daughter out of it, if I had to do it all over again, I would have kept my legs shut, finished high school, and done things the right way, in the right order.
People would look at me in the grocery store and stare. They’d say, “Ohmigosh, is that your little sister?” or “What is such a young girl doing with a little baby?” It was shaming.
I don’t think it was until I was 18 that I could understand what happened. I’m still understanding every day what has happened.
ML: How has this pregnancy been different?
Lyssa: Pregnancy this time around is a totally different experience. I did not mentally understand what I was going through the first time. I hid my pregnancy until I was six months back then. I stayed bundled up in sweaters, and I was living in Alaska, so that was easy to do. This time, I have a husband who I love who is sharing this with me. The pregnancy seems so much longer this time since I had hidden mine before!
ML: What’s it like being on a reality show now?
Lyssa: It’s like having your home videos aired! When we’re out and about, people want a picture with my dad and want to shake his hand. But he’s always been famous in his own mind!
ML: What do you think about the Jon and Kate breakup?
Lyssa: It’s so sad. Everyone was really hoping they could pull through this. Kate really seemed like she loved Jon to me. But it’s another couple who’s gone down doing a reality show, and it’s very sad. People say they broke up because they had cameras on them 24/7, but what people forget is that you’ve known the people holding the cameras for so long that you just kind of get used to them. You just go about your day, and it’s almost like they’re not even there. They’re like flies on the wall after a while. I really don’t think the cameras are what broke them up. My dad and Beth are on a reality show, and they seem to do fine!
ML: Tell us about your relationship with your stepmom, Beth.
Lyssa: Beth has been in my life since I was 2 years old. We don’t use the word “stepmom.” I also have a daughter who is not biologically mine, but we don’t use that word with her, either. Blood is not something that affects love!
Beth is a great role model. The other day, I asked her advice. That morning, I had gotten the kids ready, had run my daughter to camp, came back home and cleaned up, made a meal for my husband, and then had to go film at noon. By the time 12 rolled around, I was totally exhausted. I looked at Beth and said, “How do you do this?” She just looked at me and said, “Oh, I’m Supermom!” I seriously get advice from her day to day. She gives me little time-saving tips, like throwing something in the Crock-Pot for a quick dinner or putting my hair in curlers so I can get something else done while I do my hair … she teaches me to use my time wisely.
ML: Can you talk more about why you don’t use the term “stepmom”?
Lyssa: We just don’t use the term. You see the cards on Mother’s Day that say “stepmom,” and it’s kind of insulting. I see Beth as my mom, plain and simple. When I started dating my husband, Bo, I kind of put this block in front of his baby daughter, Serene, because I am not her mom. But I realized, “You cannot do this … you cannot get into this relationship with this man and have this wall up.” So I look at her as my daughter. Maybe I didn’t give birth to her, but I do everything else!
ML: Where is Serene’s biological mom?
Lyssa: She sporadically pops in and out. She lives on another island in Hawaii, about a twenty-minute plane ride away. The last time she visited us was in September. I welcome her to come and visit, but she knows you can’t be a half-mom. Our door is always open to her. I thank her for going through the labor and carrying my daughter for nine months. She has three other daughters of her own. She and Bo broke up when Serene was 3 months, and Bo took the baby with him and said, “This is my baby!”
When I first started dating Bo, he was trying to feed her baby food and she wouldn’t eat it. She was only three months! I said, “Honey, she doesn’t need food, she just needs milk. Give that baby to me!” I took over!
ML: How was it dating a guy with a new baby?
Lyssa: It was intense! He had this new baby, and he did construction on the show. At the time, I wasn’t on the show a lot so I was babysitting my dad’s two young children, my sister’s son, and my daughter. I had these 4 kids I carted around and had them all hold hands at the grocery store. Bo thought I was Superwoman, and was instantly in love!
More including videos at http://www.momlogic.com/2009/06/lyssa_chapman_dog_the_bounty_hunter.php
Winners’ Camp wins big with $10,000 donation
by AuthorHawkins Biggins | Posted on DateJune 22, 2009
On May 5th, 2009 Delorese Gregoire was invited as a guest panelist on “The Recovery Project” part of the Town Hall Meeting in Honolulu sponsored by A&E Oceanic TimeWarner Cable. Libby O’Connell, senior vice president of corporate outreach for A&E stunned Gregoire by presenting her with a check for $10,000 to help fund Winners’ Camp. Gregoire exclaimed, “It was a total surprise to get this money, there was no indication prior to the show. I was totally floored, I let out a yelp!”
In what Gregoire described as ‘divine intervention,’ on live television she announced that she would spend the money on a special camp for teenagers whose parents are on drugs. She could not imagine what life would be like for a typical teenager going through typical teenage anxieties and angst and trying to deal with a parent using drugs. Gregoire noted how unstable their lives are, “They never know what they might be going home to. I want to help them by giving them tools to cope and learn how to ‘dodge the bullet’ of emotional turmoil.” The biggest challenge facing these kids, Gregoire noted, is how to avoid going down the same road as their parents. Teaching them to live in the principle of “get smart, don’t start” is a natural for Gregoire.
This specially designed program given by Winners’ Camp will be the perfect venue for providing teens with the tools to make positive choices in their lives. Winners’ Camp was founded in 1985 by Gregoire, as an organization to give teens the tools they need to make positive choices in their lives. Gregoire’s own story has been an inspiration for us all, and she continues to be a powerful role model for the teens in her program and the community. Growing up bouncing from foster home to foster home, Gregoire had a vision to help teens from all walks of life make the transition from childhood to adulthood successfully in order to live up to their full potential. Winners’ Camp teaches powerful lifelong lessons using helpful slogans like; “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” and the five R’s of life “Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Restraint and Resilience.”
The Recovery Project was hosted by Duane Lee Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and his wife Beth Chapman. Gregoire mentioned, “I was very impressed with the Chapmans and what they are doing in Hawaii to prevent drug use and to aid in recovery for addicts.” The check Gregoire received was given on behalf of Duane & Beth Chapman in loving memory of their daughter Barbara Katie Chapman.
With the money from the donation, Gregoire plans on holding a camp and a one-year follow up support meeting for teens with drug abuse in their families. Gregoire says “Our focus is on working with teenagers moving toward success – it is not our practice to do camps with teens with this kind of adversity in their lives, but I’d like to do something meaningful with this money and I know I can do it.” The camp will provide these teenagers with vital information and skills to help them deal with their home environment and show them how to choose a different future. The camp will offer a platform for them to build an “ohana” with teens who face similar situations, giving them an opportunity to have a network of friends facing similar challenges in their lives from the camp along with great peer mentors from the Winners’ Camp staff. Gregoire, always in touch with the latest technology teens are utilizing, is also considering the idea of creating a My Space page for the teens to “talk story” and get extra support outside of Winners’ Camp.
After being held on different locations on Oahu and Kauai, in 2000, Winners’ Camp was given a permit site on Kamehame Ridge by the Kamehameha Schools Princess Pauahi Bishop Estate. The site is called Hawaii Leadership Academy to emphasize the renewed focus on educational and academic training. The next Winners’ Camp which is open to the public will be from July 19-25th. Winners Camp is a leadership retreat for teenagers. “The Winners’ Camp mission is to provide cutting-edge leadership training for teens, their families and teachers; and to awaken teenagers to their highest personal and community potential.” Instead of sending your child to a summer fun camp, Gregoire encourages people to give their kids an opportunity to learn the valuable tools that she teaches teens to make a difference in their own lives, families, at school and in the world. For more information on how to sign your teen up for Winners’ Camp, or how to donate to this inspirational program, please visit the website at: http://www.winnerscamp.com or at 808-306-8008.
After watching the first two parts of the three parter, we have to give a proper nod to Beth and how tough she is. When she pulled up next to the girl, Elizabeth, at the gas station, she hopped out of her car straightaway and ordered Elizabeth out, giving Elizabeth’s car door a jolly good kick and not bothered that the men hadn’t yet arrived. Beth demonstrates over and over that she is not to be trifled with. She will walk through the most grim apartments to find informants, and she will sift through a minging pile of trash as well in order to perform her “garbology”. She and Mary Ellen are a force that, when combined, we dare say are tougher than the men on the show. Those two could clean out the pub on a Saturday night LOL. Hats off to Beth, she throws her heart and soul into her work.
In the wake of all of the hype surrounding the 3 part series of DTBH episodes currently airing on A&E, we have decided to conduct a brief review to determine if the series is living up to expectations. The series starts with a straightforward premise: arrest Marco Padilla. When the initial attempt is unsuccessful, the Chapmans begin digging into Padilla’s family and friends, and the hunt spirals into a quagmire of identity theft and other fugitives who may or may not have useful information. Each lead the Chapmans obtain opens up multiple avenues of investigation, and their search ends up expanding in difficulty beyond any hunt previously aired.
What makes this series unique is how complicated the search becomes and how much the Chapmans’ entire skill set is tested. There is much more action in this series than in most of the previous episodes. In addition, there is increased participation from local law enforcement, the legal system, and local media. Prior to this series, the show was becoming stagnant. Each hunt was predictable and the show was repetitive. This series is much more involved and detailed, and helps inject new life into DTBH. We are aware that as of today, Marco Padilla remains at large. Interestingly, this does not seem to detract from the series. It is still intriguing to follow the Chapmans working a more difficult hunt than their usual fare. We look forward to seeing the concluding episode on Wednesday.
We have received many questions about Tim. We have been told that he is busy dealing with a divorce and watching his children. We are starting to believe this may be only part of the story.
The crew is short of members, relying on more and more on Bobby Brown. Now Lyssa is gone also waiting for the birth of her second child. They tried Travis, but he only lasted one show. Running out of family now.
We find it odd Tim is not mentioned at all. We will look into this. Perhaps A&E could release a statement.
We here at ALL Dog miss Tim. We think it would be in the best interests of the show to have him return, at least for the Hawaii shows.
Hammertime: MC Hammer can’t touch Raven-Symoné
Posted on 16 June 2009 by Robert Seidman
Please don’t hurt me, Hammer, but…The premiere of MC Hammer’s reality show, Hammertime on A&E averaged a very modest 1.123 million on Sunday night at 10pm. I hate to say it was edged out by a rerun of Cold Case at 1am on a Tuesday morning. But it was.
And despite the fact that it didn’t have a million dollars worth of Google Adsense ads promoting it, a years old That’s So Raven repeat at 11:30 on a Wednesday had (just) over 2 million viewers.
Too legit to quit? Not with these numbers. It wasn’t even among the 15 most-watched shows on A&E. Of course the most-watched show on A&E was Dog The Bounty Hunter (1.9 million), with Intervention (1.84 million) and Obsessed (1.81 million) and of course, CSI Miami reruns doing well. But Hammer was also beaten by a repeat of Criminal Minds (1.518 million), Crime 360, The First 48, Gene Simmons a repeat of Independence Day more CSI Miami reruns and Tattoo Highway.
People apparently confused “can’t touch this” with “don’t touch this.”