Covering crime in Marion

Posted on February 1, 2012


Those who follow Marion news have seen quite a few crime and safety beat stories in the last 11 days. For those of you who may not follow it as closely, let me recap:

Jan. 22 – Marion residents fed up & Block watches help shorthanded police

Jan. 23 – Marion police officer loses weapon

Jan. 24 – Shots fired on Blaine Avenue

Jan. 25 – (It was a Wednesday — I was off Tuesday)

Jan. 26 – Arson suspects still in custody

Jan. 27 – Lost police gun found; returned ; Dunham’s robbers lift rifles

Jan. 28 – Marion Township lends hand with county dispatch ; Police seize more synthetic marijuana ; Crash kills one and injures 2 on Fairground Road ; Arrest made in case of stolen rifles ; Fire damages house on York Street ; York Street fire ruled suspicious

Jan. 29 – What is Castle Doctrine?

Jan. 30 – Man injured after train hits vehicle ; Passenger dies from injuries after Jan. 21 crash

Jan. 31 – Police seek Subway armed robbery suspect

Feb. 1 – Prospect woman killed in Dunbar Road crash


*Whew*…I’m tired from just linking all of that. Good rule of thumb — if it involves a fire, crash or crime, I am usually the person who writes it, even if it says “Marion Star staff report”. Of course, that’s only if I’m at work.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me in the last week how I let all this go and come home at night. I’d love to say that I leave work at work, but I don’t think that’s true of any journalist. The only real thing I can say is that I try to distance myself from it somewhat without completely hardening myself to it. I think it is the only way to be successful on this beat.

Now, my question for tonight: What crime, courts or safety stories would you like to see covered in The Marion Star? Any topics that come to mind? Anything I’m missing?