A crime reporter’s year in review

Note: This was a post I first published for my Gross on Patrol crime blog at GoUpstate.com. So long, 2014. Another year has come to a close, marking my first full year as the Herald-Journal’s crime and public safety reporter. My days here have flown by. I can’t tell you how easy it is to forget all that I’ve … Continue reading

A look back at fire deaths

Fire fatalities burned an eye-opening statistic into Spartanburg County last year. As we enter 2015, a look back at 2014 reveals that the county significantly led the state with the highest number of people killed in fires. Fourteen people died in fires in 2014. There were just two in 2013 and another two in 2012. Not … Continue reading

‘Gross on Patrol’ crime blog offers more detail

A space to provide expanded coverage of breaking news and crime-related articles is now up and running. I’ve created a “Gross on Patrol” blog through GoUpstate.com. The crime blog is an extension of my reporter’s notebooks. As you know, a short article in a daily newspaper might not always leave the reader satisfied. My hope … Continue reading

WaPo blogger notes ‘grammar of police shootings’

I stumbled on this blog entry through a tweet from AMU/APU criminal justice professor Mark Bond. The title reads, “The curious grammar of police shootings.” I come to find out the post goes into detail about one of the all-too-common sightings I encounter as a cops reporter, a beat that thrives on rummaging through police … Continue reading

Reporting through 80 pounds of protection

I’l admit, strapping on the bomb suit put me in a Hollywoodesque mindset.I imagined I was starring in the Oscar-nominated The Hurt Locker as I approached the scene of a controlled explosive to ensure the blast detonated. Strips and pieces of cardboard were everywhere. A small blast mark had imprinted in the parking lot space. All clear. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

Blotter round-up

In just one short week at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal we’ve had several serious and some quirky criminal cases — yet my colleagues all say “it’s been a slow week.” On Christmas Day, a man reportedly stabbed another man twice, once in the chest and once in the stomach. Police said the motive stemmed from an … Continue reading

NYT’s Brian Stelter heads to CNN

The front page of today’s media industry was all about one man. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter will soon leave the paper to become a senior media correspondent for CNN and host of the network’s “Reliable Sources.” That career move was announced today. “Reliable Sources” is a weekly program that focuses on media … Continue reading

A grim look at motorcycle crashes

Here’s one worth sharing. I recently dove into motorcycle (and motor scooter) statistics after reporting on one of the more visual and sobering fatal crashes I’ve covered in a long time. A 75-year-old man’s life abruptly ended as he was riding his scooter up a state road and was struck by an SUV turning onto … Continue reading

Recent clips: Ethiopian adoption, credit card fraud and school safety

I meet interesting people everyday. Every so often I find a reason to write about them. Sometimes a person’s story can be just that — a heart-throbbing personal life tale about a situation or circumstance while others’ stories can be the magnifying glass to a broad issue with serious implications. I thought I’d share a … Continue reading

A newfound free moment to break up the day

As you may have noticed, either through my new “about” page or change in tweets, I’ve started the next chapter in my journalism career – life as a Night Cops Reporter for the Frederick News-Post. There are many differences from my previous post at The Gazette and my role here, but one quick one I’ll … Continue reading