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A Herald general assignment reporter was arrested in Minton Hall early Thursday morning for fourth degree assault.

When officials arrived on the scene, Michael J. Collins admitted to hitting the victim, was arrested and then lodged in Warren County Regional Jail, according to the police report.

Collins entered the room of the victim with Richard Gregor, who is a Talisman staffer, playing music from “Rocky,” and hit the victim in the face with a closed fist, according to the report. The two left after, and Gregor was not charged.

In a statement, Collins apologized to those he said had worried or hurt. 

While I regret my shortsighted and irresponsible actions, I am confident that this will be an anomaly in my time at WKU,” Collins wrote. 

Managing Editor Laurel Deppen can be reached laurel.deppen774@topper.wku.edu. Follow her on Twitter @laurel_deppen.

Laurel Deppen is the editor in chief of the College Heights Herald. She was previously a reporter, section editor and managing editor. She has interned at TechRepublic, the Louisville Courier Journal and the Charlotte Observer.