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

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

Mentoring a summer intern

For the next couple of months, I have the pleasure of serving as a mentor for one of our summer interns at the Herald-Journal. Andrew Moore is a junior print journalism student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I have a cumbersome checklist for him to tackle while he is with us and the internship … Continue reading