I have been editor of the Sun Journal since 1997. I have a loving wife of 35 years, two adult sons and two cats.
The Uniform Crime Report information is actually collected and reported by the FBI. Here's what's reported, according to Wikipedia:
"Each month, law enforcement agencies report the number of known index crimes in their jurisdiction to the FBI. This mainly includes crimes reported to the police by the general public, but may also include crimes that police officers discover, and known through other sources. Law enforcement agencies also report the number of crime cases cleared."
Remember, the statistics are per 100,000 population, which equalizes data for large and small states. There are some large states that have relatively low reported crime rates and small states which have high rates.
Thanks for your questions and comments.
I'm told that a day-side reporter started the story, Chris Williams, and a night reporter, Andrew Cullen, finished it. We don't usually put bylines on shorter stories like this. Sun Journal employees and family members get the same treatment in criminal matters as anyone else.
Thanks for the page number, Bob.