Man charged with attacking West Virginia TV reporter

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Clay County man faces charges of attacking a Charleston television reporter with a camera tripod.

State police tell media outlets that 54-year-old Howard Jeffery Lilly of Glen is charged with felony destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding.

WCHS-TV reporter Bob Aaron tells media outlets that he had set up his camera and tripod on a public road when the incident occurred Monday. He says he was checking on a tip about neglected animals.

The 67-year-old Aaron suffered a deep tissue bruise to his left leg and a lacerated finger. He was treated at a Charleston hospital and released.

Lilly is being held at the Central Regional Jail on $5,000 bond. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

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