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.
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