Column: When newsrooms are depleted, key questions go unanswered

John Schrag served as publisher of the Forest Grove News Times from 2005-16. He is now director of editorial projects for Pamplin Media Group.

In the wee morning hours of Oct. 31, long before the ghouls, goblins and zombies made their rounds through western Washington County, Mirella Castaneda had an even scarier visitor.

At about 12:50 a.m., Steven Teets, drunk and angry, set his bleary sights on her Forest Grove home. He kicked her Ram pickup in the driveway, setting off an alarm. He then pounded on a flag hanging against her garage and rushed Castaneda when he saw her peeking out her front door. After kicking and banging on the door for about seven minutes, terrifying her and her family, he finally left.