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Convert the following newspaper stories into VO/SOTs. They must be written using the broadcast styles we have learned in class. Decide where you would put the video, write (TAKE VO) and give it a two-line CG using the format TOP LINE/BOTTOM LINE. Decide which part of the interview will be your SOT, write (TAKE SOT) and write the name of your interviewee using the format TOP LINE/BOTTOM LINE. Include the outcue and TRT. After the SOT, write (CONTINUED VO) and then write your tag.

NOTE: These are actual stories from various TV stations and newspapers. Therefore, they must be re-written to avoid plagiarism. Any evidence of plagiarism (besides just a few words here and there) will result in an automatic zero. The interviews are ok to use word for word because we will be using those as the soundbites.

1. A student at the University of Alabama has been arrested after allegedly making threats against LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

Connor Croll, 19, was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail Sunday, Oct. 13.

According to The Tuscaloosa News, Croll called in a threat to LSU’s Tiger Stadium during the school’s game against the Florida Gators Saturday night. According to the warrant filed by the 19th Judicial District Court in EBR Parish, Croll called the Baton Rouge Police Department’s non-emergency line during the game and said “there is a bomb in the stadium.”

Detectives were able to trace the call back to Croll. They were also able to ping the call to an area near the University of Alabama. Police there were contacted.

University of Alabama Police arrested Croll. UA spokesman Chris Bryant released a statement to The Newson Monday afternoon:

“We are aware of the arrest of a UA freshman over the weekend. Threats and pranks can have serious ramifications and necessitate an appropriate response. The university and UAPD are cooperating fully with the investigation, but we cannot provide any additional details on a pending matter.

UA will follow its student conduct policies and procedures. The LSU community has always been gracious to us, and we regret these events.”

LSU says the school followed protocol in ensuring everyone at the game was safe. A spokesman told WAFB officers swept the stadium once the threat came it, but that no threat was found.

“While LSU cannot discuss specific security measures, it is important for the general public to know that LSU Police and officials, along with federal and local law enforcement agencies on location, have protocol in place to respond immediately and appropriately to real and perceived threats at Tiger Stadium and all campus facilities,” LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says. “In this case, protocol was followed efficiently and effectively to quickly ascertain the source of the threat. That protocol including an immediate sweep of the stadium and a multi-agency investigation, which led to the suspect being identified within minutes and arrested soon thereafter. LSU appreciates the cooperation of all agencies and the University of Alabama and UAPD in this very serious matter. There is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of the public on campus.”

After being arrested and read his rights, Croll reportedly admitted to calling in the bomb threat in an attempt to stop the game because his friend was about to lose a big bet.

Croll waived extradition to Baton Rouge. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Croll was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bond.

2. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, on Day 4 of the search for kidnapping victim Kamille McKinney, specifically addressed those who may be holding the little 3-year-old girl.

“I want to reach out to one individual,’’ Smith said Wednesday at an afternoon press conference. “If you know where Kamille is, if you have her and you’re not sure what to do, I want to talk to you.”

Safe Passage is the way to go. Please bring her to one of our fire stations, the police station, a hospital,’’ the chief said. “If you don’t know what to do or where to go and you’re frightened, we’re here to help you.”

“Our goal is reuniting this 3-year-old baby with her family,’’ the chief continued. “I’m asking now if you know where Kamille is that you contact us, that you please bring her to a safe location, and we’ll follow up from there. We need your help.”

Police say 3-year-old Kamille was abducted about 8:30 p.m. Saturday while attending a birthday party in the Tom Brown Village public housing community. According to other children in the area at the time, a man was handing out candy to children in the area.

At some point, they said, he snatched a barefoot Kamille and put her into a Toyota SUV and drove off.

Since then, a massive search comprised of multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies has been underway. Stallworth and Brown were taken into custody Sunday night at Woodside Condominiums off Roebuck Parkway after residents recognized Stallworth and the Toyota Sequoia convenience store surveillance images released first by Birmingham police, and later in the second Amber Alert issued in Kamille’s abduction.

Two persons of interest have been detained and now arrested on unrelated charges. Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, is charged with seven crimes – possession of child pornography and possession with intent to distribute child pornography. The images were discovered on his phone during the ongoing investigation into Kamille’s abduction. There were no photos of Kamille on his phone.

The woman taken into custody with him Sunday night, 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown, remains held as well after authorities filed a motion Tuesday to revoke her bond in a 2018 case in which Brown is accused of abducting her three children from DHR custody. Brown also uses the name Quentesa Jackson, and she and Stallworth are in a dating relationship.

Smith has repeatedly said he believes others are involved in Kamille’s disappearance, which remained evident in the message he delivered on Wednesday. He said they do not have information yet on the identity of those who may have her.

“What we’re doing is appealing to a certain segment of people who may have information to her whereabouts,’’ Smith said.

The chief said they also don’t have any specific place Kamille might be and said they have considered the possibility that she is being moved around to different locations. “We haven’t closed the door on Birmingham or anywhere else yet,’’ he said.

“We believe that you know where she is and we believe that someone has her,’’ Smith said. “Please bring this to a safe end and place her back into the arms of her family and law enforcement.”

Anyone with information on Kamille’s disappearance is asked to call Crime Stoppers 205-254-7777 or *HP or 911.

3. Mayor Jason Reeves filed the paperwork Tuesday to begin his campaign for re-election as the mayor of the City of Troy. Reeves, a Troy native, served on the City Council before his election as the city’s top executive in 2012.

“Serving as Mayor has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Reeves said. “I truly love this town and it has been amazing to see the growth that we have experienced in the past 8 years. I believe there is so much more that can be done to see our city reach its full potential and I hope that the people of Troy will re-elect me so that I can continue to serve and to work hard every day to try to make Troy an even better place to work and to raise a family.”

In the seven years that Reeves has served as Mayor, Troy has been the site of several major economic development projects which have brought hundreds of jobs to the area, along with the expansion of several local companies. Under Reeves, unemployment rates have dropped to their lowest numbers in years.

“We have experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade and, especially over the last four years, we have several exciting things on the horizon,” Reeves explained. “This area has a great team of elected officials as well as business and economic development people who work together to recruit really great companies to our area from a variety of different sectors. That results in an increase in our tax base and in better jobs for our citizens.”

Reeves is also excited about the growth of Troy’s downtown area. There have been a number of new retail stores and restaurants that have opened in and around downtown in recent years that have transformed the Court Square area.

“It really is remarkable to walk around downtown and see how alive it has become. It is a stark contrast from the downtown of 20 years ago,” Reeves said.

Jason Reeves and his wife, Elly, are both Troy natives. They have four children.

The election for mayor will be held on August 25, 2020.

4. The Brundidge City Council voted Tuesday night to apply for a $400,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Program grant to purchase and install playground equipment at Galloway and Ramage parks. The funds could also be used to construct concession facilities and restrooms.

Ashton Hutchison, community and economic development director for South Center Alabama Development Commission, said the grant is a 50/50 matching grant and the city’s match would be $200,000.

Theresa Trawick, Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library director, and Molly Casey, library board chair, presented a proposal for plans to host Imagi-Con in the city on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Trawick said a similar event was held recently in Dothan and was very successful.

The Imagi-Con would be much like a block party and be held at different venues throughout the city, Trawick said. “This idea for the Imagi-Con has been suggested by young people in our community and they are excited about the possibility. This will be a family-friendly benefit.”

Trawick said the Imagi-con is an innovative idea for a small town.

Ideas that are being considered for the Imagi-Con include Cosplay, which is the act of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game.

“We are also considering table-top gaming such as Dungeons & Dragons, You-Gi-Oh, Magic and Harry Potter,” Trawick said. “An Artist and Author Alley, martial arts and wrestling, Henna tattoos, panels, food demonstration and, for children, a magician, face painting and balloon art are also in the plans.

The Imagi-Con would also include vendors with costumes, food, trinkets, movies, documentaries and Fanatics, music and more.

Trawick said to be successful, the Imagi-Con would require the support of the council and the community and asked for the council’s support.

“The young people are pushing this old lady with this,” Trawick said with a smile. “But I always try to bend with the wind. We can’t get away from change and change can be good. Imagi-Con will take a lot of planning and a lot of work but I think it will be good for Brundidge and I would rather try and fail than not try at all,” she said.

Mayor Isabell Boyd expressed her support of the project proposed by the staff of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library.

Boyd proclaimed the week of November 3, 2019 through November 9, 2019 Cultural Arts Week in Brundidge.

“During that week, the city will celebrate the importance of cultural arts as an essential element of community with events dedicated to promoting and showcasing the various cultural arts sectors,” Boyd said. “Our cultural arts sector not only provides direct and indirect benefits to the city, but also plays a decisive and critical role in community development, our quality of life and the understanding of our way of life.”

Boyd said Brundidge is fortunate to have a diverse and variety of businesses, educators and artists dedicated to a variety of arts that educate, encourage and advance the arts in Brundidge.

Upcoming events in Brundidge include the Pike County Homecoming parade at 2 p.m. Friday and the Homecoming game with Opp at 7 p.m. The citywide Trick or Treat for children will be on the grounds of the historic Bass House at 5 p.m. on Halloween.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

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