In California, a County Board of Supervisors Wrestles with Security

County supervisor calls for security review after numerous threats to board, employees

Then board chairman Eric Hasseltine recalls that the man charged down the aisle toward the supervisors waving what appeared to be a tree branch and jumped over the railing in front of the dais.

A county department chief and a Richmond Independent reporter tackled the guy and held him until deputies arrived.

"Now, what could be more ignoble than to be saved from bodily harm by a reporter?" says Hasseltine, renowned for his disputes with the Fourth Estate.

He's kidding. Maybe.

(c) 2005 Associated Press