Former Baltimore Sun police reporter Dick Irwin died Wednesday. He was 76 and had complications from diabetes.
Irwin retired in 2010. Peter Hermann, now a reporter at The Washington Post, marked the occasion with a piece about Irwin's popular police blotter feature, "which treated the theft of a tomato plant with as much reverence and importance as bank heist." Irwin "might have been one of the last full-time night police reporters in the industry," Hermann wrote. In Irwin's 44-year career, he worked for The (Baltimore) News American, The Evening Sun, and The Baltimore Sun. He also, Hermann wrote, "patrolled the streets of North Baltimore for a year as a city police officer." (more...)