Former Pioneer editor sued by Maryland newspaper shooter

BIG RAPIDS — A former editor of the Big Rapids Pioneer was one of two people named in a 2012 lawsuit by Jarrod Ramos, the man charged in Thursday’s shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, which left five people dead and two injured.


Tom Marquardt, who graduated from Central Michigan University and served as a reporter and editor for the Pioneer in the early 1970s, was named in the lawsuit by Ramos, after Capital Gazette reporter Eric Harley wrote an article about Ramos’ harassment of a woman, according to multiple media outlets.

Marquardt was the editor and publisher of the Capital Gazette at the time.

According to the Associated Press, Ramos held a long grudge with the paper about the story, and routinely harassed the newspaper’s writers in scores of profanity-laced tweets. One said he’d enjoy seeing the paper stop publishing, but “it would be nicer” to see two journalists “cease breathing.”

USA UK News reported Ramos’ tweet, “I’ll enjoy seeing @capgaznews cease publication, but it would be nicer to see Hartley and Marquardt cease breathing.”

Marquardt retired as editor of the Capital Gazette in 2012.

Marquardt still writes for a publication called More About Wine, co-authoring a weekly column about wine with Patrick Darr. The articles previously appeared in the Pioneer.


Posted by Brandon Fountain

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