Jury Finds Dean Guilty of Unlawful Wounding, Not Guilty of Second Charge
Reporter: Elizabeth Lamb
HARRISONBURG -- The alleged road rage case WHSV has covered for more than a year ended on Wednesday evening.
After four hours of deliberations, a jury found Rudy Dean guilty of unlawful wounding, but not guilty of using a firearm in commission of that crime.
Two hours later, the jury recommended a presentence of nine months. A judge will formalize Dean's sentence in early June. Dean is released until that date.
Dean faced an aggravated malicious wounding charge for shooting Robert Crawford after an alleged road rage incident on January 30, 2012 in Rockingham County. Supporters said he shot the man in self-defense.
Dean testified on Wednesday that he was hit several times with a baton by Crawford, and his attorney showed bruises on Dean's arms in photos. This information didn't come out until a few days after the shooting.
Dean made no mention of being hit with the baton until days after the shooting.
The Commonwealth's attorney said information was inconsistent from witnesses.
Stay clicked to WHSV.com for updates in this case as they become available.
Emergency Dispatcher Honored
Reporter: David Coy
HARRISONBURG -- An emergency dispatcher is being honored for his courageous effort to save an officer's life. When he received the call, he treated it like any other call.
Mark Monger received a phone call in January from a caller reporting a seizure. The man was going into cardiac arrest. That man was Lt. Bill Rice with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office. He gave instructions to the caller to give CPR.
Lt. Rice is alive and well today thanks to Monger. Monger said he was just doing his job.
"It's a good feeling when you can help somebody out who you actually know or know of and it's a good outcome. Just glad he was able to make it through his ordeal and able to be with us today," said Monter.
Lt. Rice said he doesn't remember that day at all. He said he felt like he had the flu prior to the attack.
Hundreds Pack Supervisors Meeting on Budget
Reporter: David Coy
VERONA --The Augusta County Board of Supervisors held an open forum Wednesday on the proposed 2013-2014 budget. The meeting room was filled to capacity. Everyone had one thing in common, they want to see change.
"If we don't get better school funding, we are going to continue to be a stepping stone school system and continue to lose the best and brightest educational staff to other localities," said one parent.
More than 350 people came to the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting to make sure they were seen and heard. All of them agree that the schools need more money.
"The money is there, you have plenty of money," said one person.
Some had plans on how to come up with the needed cash. One man suggests using Capital savings and not raise taxes.
"We have 6 million plus dollars. Give the school system 2 million for 3 years," said a retired teacher.
"Over a three year period that six million dollars would be great but what are we going to do after that three year period?" asked Augusta County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bishop.
Some believe that some things needed in the proposed budget aren't necessary.
"Technology upgrades, replacing computers. Is this really necessary? How good do computers need to be for educational purposes?" said one person.
One parent commented that one school recently received 30 new iPads.
"Unfortunately, because of a lack of infrastructure at our school, only 10 or 11 of those can be run at the same time because of lack of broad band services at the school," said one parent.
The majority of the crowd at the meeting wouldn't mind if taxes would be raised. They all agree that education is an investment to the future. The board hopes to have a final vote about the budget May 1st.