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

Latest awards from MDDC Press Association

I’ve been in South Carolina now for about five months. I left The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md. to join the ranks at the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C. and I couldn’t be happier here. That said, I am pleased to feel as if I made a true impact at my last newspaper. I learned Friday that … Continue reading

Fighting crime with… iPads?

This week I’ve had a number of conversations with officers in the Spartanburg Police Department about the possibility of having the department use iPads or similar tablet devices. For years now, each patrol cruiser has been stocked with what’s called a Toughbook. They’re heavy, durable laptops and can’t be taken out of the cruisers. They … 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

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

Regaining sight of the story behind the story

My last post prior to this one was a mere four months ago in February and I realized that four months is far too long. Being entangled in the essence of my job, writing each day and telling the stories of others, I’ve forgotten to tell my own story and offer my own perspectives. And so, at … Continue reading

EMTs and police officers to be awarded for their service

Southern Maryland Hospital will honor thirteen EMTs, paramedics and police officers from the surrounding counties tomorrow night during the 2nd Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner. The event will be held in Clinton and will cover all of the departments in Region V of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. This includes Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Charles, and … Continue reading