It is the question I'm inevitably asked when we write a story about someone's arrest. "How come you only told one side of the story?" offered Walter Logan Jr. a written apology. Oh, and something else. A check for $1.6 million. When she announced the charges, Ferman went on TV and called the situation "particularly despicable" and "really very low." Logan called it something else, the start of a "five-year nightmare" in his bid to clear his name. It has not been an especially good month for Ferman, who just a few weeks back admitted her office botched the testing in the high-profile case against former Montco Republican Party Chairman Robert Kerns. She tossed that case, which has since been picked up by the state attorney general's office. We go to these press conferences and routinely record what prosecutors and police chiefs say as gospel. That's not always the case. all charges that had been filed against Chester High boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray had been dismissed. Police had charged him with assault after an alleged domestic incident. The alleged victim failed to show up to testify at his preliminary hearing, and the judge dismissed the case. Yarbray had denied the charges at the time they were filed. It would have been easy for me to bury the story inside the paper. It also would have been incredibly unfair. I know this may come as a surprise to some readers, but I think long and hard about just these types of situations. When a person is acquitted or otherwise cleared of charges, I inevitably think back to how we handled the story when the charges were filed. In Yarbray's case, because of the fact that he was the high-profile coach of one of the most successful basketball programs in Pennsylvania, it was our lead on Page One. This morning, Yarbray is back on Page One, this time with a headline noting that the case had been tossed. We're not going to stop reporting when charges are filed. We will continue to quote district attorneys and police chiefs when they talk about arrests. But we remain cognizant of the fact that these are only allegations, and if circumstances change, it is incumbent upon us to note those changes. Even when it wakes us at 3 a.m. in a cold sweat.