* DO WE CARE ABOUT THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN?

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—  Thunderstorms are coming. Take care and be safe.  —

$400,000 CASH BAIL

*    District Judge Joshua R. Keller set David Ellerbee’s bail at $400,000 cash (see below and click here for the police press release on Ellerbee). So Davis’ bail is $2,000 and Ellerbee’s is $400,000? Why the huge disparity? Does anyone ever question these District Judges?

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$2,000 BAIL?

     His bail is 10% of $20,000 or $2,000 (click here for the LNP article).  This is an outrage. Will anyone question District Judge Nancy Hamill? Who watches these District Judges?
Please check back later today.

* CLARIFICATION ** – * WONDERFUL NEWS!

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SO SAD

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***  JoAnn Hentz just posted this on the Democratic Facebook page under the Greg Paulson post:

CLARIFICATION!

     Clarification/correction – the write-in votes have not yet been counted according to Voter Registration and the Board of Elections in a phone call this morning. Democratic Chair JoAnn Hentz just also confirmed that to me on the phone. She was not aware that it was posted on their Facebook page that Greg Paulson had gotten enough write-in votes to be on November’s ballot (which I reposted this morning). Again – they have not been counted. I apologize for the confusion.
     Hentz did indicate that committee people who were at the polls feel confident that he did get enough write-in votes – but again – it is not official and the write-in vote count will be posted by the county on Friday.

LANCASTER’S MOST WANTED!

**   I first saw this story show up on Fox-43’s Facebook page yesterday. I knew this would be huge! They were followed shortly by ABC-27 and WGAL and then CBS-21 and finally, LNP!
      Does the cat have a collar or is it a marking on its coat? Does the cat have a tipped ear meaning it was trapped, neutered and released?
       Will there be a follow-up to this story?
      Could we pay this much attention to the people who were shot in Lancaster in the last month and arrest the shooters?

THOSE RASCALS!

From today’s LNP editorial, “As thunderstorm season arrives, and our weather grows more severe, please take weather warnings seriously,” (click here).

*    The LNP editorial board does it again (see the May 20th post on this site).
      I bet in Berks and Dauphin Counties (insert whatever county you want here), neighbors don’t help neighbors! Those rascals! But when you cross that county line into Lancaster, you suddenly have unique and special values and jump right in to help your neighbors and volunteer! It’s a miracle!

PAULSON GOT THE VOTES!

      Wonderful news! Greg Paulson will be on November’s ballot for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas!
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – WRITE HIM IN!

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7 PEOPLE SHOT

     There have been four shootings in less than a month (click here for the LNP story shown at left). Tony Torrellas is dead. A second man was in critical condition the last we heard from the police. Five other people have been injured. No arrests have been made. Enough!
     Would someone demand answers from the Lancaster Police and District Attorney Craig Stedman? When is LNP going to do their job and hold them accountable and protect the public?

GREG PAULSON

     Democrats: Write in “Greg Paulson” for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas when you vote today. He only needs 250 write-in votes to get on November’s ballot!

     District Attorney Craig Stedman is not fit to be a judge. Write in Greg Paulson.
The LNP article shown above is here and please check back later today.

* & DISTRICT JUDGES IN LANCASTER COUNTY

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“UNIQUE VALUES”

    From today’s LNP editorial on gambling (click here).

*    Would someone ask the LNP editorial board what those unique Lancaster County values are? Ask them to make a specific list! It is unbelievably egotistical, ridiculous and stupid!
     I’ve written about this before – and so has LNP editor Tom Murse (click here for the original). Tell them to stop, Tom!

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ARE THEY AT THAT POINT?

      From the last article LNP wrote about the homicide of Tony Torrellas on April 29th, “Coroner makes ruling in Lancaster man’s shooting death; DA’s office, police investigate,” (click here).

     Has the DA’s office completed their “assessment of all circumstances and existing law?” Isn’t this their job every single day? What is taking so long? It’s been over three weeks! Will anyone demand answers?
     There will be more later today.     If you followed yesterday’s post and comments, Lancaster Stands Up held a forum with the candidates for District Judge in the city’s Northeast (click here). You can view your sample ballot for tomorrow’s primary (click here).
Please check back later today.

* AND SPEND THEY DID!

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WATSON GOES LOW!

*    Please see the comment into this site under this post. Wow!

NICE WAY TO
GET A RAISE!

 

     As reported here the morning after and five days later by LNP, one of the first things city council did at their Tuesday meeting was cancel their second meetings in July and August (click here for the LNP story). It didn’t even require a vote! Will their salaries change or will they stay the same? I’m guessing they just declared a raise for themselves! Nice work if you can get it!
     And council can spend. Also as reported here, they voted to hire the $700 an hour attorney!  I will be putting in right to know requests to see how much the city ultimately pays this attorney and the outcome of all of this.
     I have also fallen behind on checking with the city to see if MAW is repaying their $1.5 million dollar loan – let’s not forget MAW put in an invoice to the city for $1.26 million in December of 2018 – and I will file a Right to Know request on Monday.
     All of this is just unbelievable! Enjoy this glorious Sunday and dream of giving yourself a raise – say to $700 an hour!

5-18-19 UDATE – AFTERNOON UPDATE – * HAVE THEY TOLD THEIR PARTNERS?

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5-18-19 UPDATE

Tony Torrellas

     Tony Torrellas was shot multiple times and killed in the city on Saturday, April 27th. All the public knows is that the shooter stayed on the scene and has not been arrested or charged. 
      It is unknown if Torrellas was armed – although his family says he was not. The identity of the shooter is not known or whether the police allowed him to keep the gun.   
      His family and friends and the public need answers! It is unacceptable that Mayor Sorace, the Lancaster City Police and the District Attorney’s Office have not provided any further information three weeks later.
     On Monday I will publish the email addresses of the Mayor and the city council members and encourage you to write them so the public can demand the answers they deserve.

THREE SHOOTINGS
IN THREE WEEKS

NO ARRESTS

     Another shooting. That’s three in three weeks.  In the first one Tony Torrellas was shot multiple times and killed. The shooter stayed on the scene and has not been charged and the police have released no further information.
     On Monday a man was shot and the shooter stayed on the scene. He has not been charged and the police have released no further information.
     And now a shooting today where the shooter(s) did not stay on the scene.
     Could someone demand answers from the police and DA?

*    It’s not often I get to put up really good news – but I just discovered how the city was able to livestream Tuesday’s city council meeting (see below). How wonderful of Tony Dastra to loan them his equipment and he doesn’t get enough credit for the year he did the livestreaming on his own and at his own expense. Hopefully the city will buy the same equipment and get their act together so the livestreaming goes smoothly from now on. And thank you, Tony!

SPOTLIGHT ON LNP!

     Why is LNP suddenly going after District Atttorney Craig Stedman for his civil forfeiture records and Coroner Stephen Diamantoni for his autopsy and toxicology reports? Because they have to look like a “real” news organization.
      But when is LNP going to demand answers about MAW, the unsolved murders, the murder of Tony Torrellas and Diamantoni’s violation of the Pennsylvania Ethics Act? Have they advised their partners in Spotlight PA of their unethical ownership of the Marriott Hotel and their incredibly slanted coverage as a result?
Click here to read the article shown above on Spotlight PA and please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS, DA STEDMAN & LNP?

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TELL STEDMAN TO DO HIS JOB!

     Two posts made by a friend of Tony Torrellas today on his Facebook page are below. There is a killer on the loose and his only possible defense is self-defense. What are the facts in this case, DA Stedman? His family and friends and the public have a right and a need to know.

*    Upon arrival, Officers made contact with an adult male that had laid down on the sidewalk and put his arms out to his sides. That male had placed a handgun on the ground in view of Officers but away from his person. The firearm was secured and the male was checked for any additional weapons. That male was later transported to the Police station to speak with investigators.
From the police press release on Monday’s shooting (click here).
      Apparently shooting someone and staying on the scene is becoming the way to avoid charges in Lancaster County. Could we have an update on Monday’s shooting?

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER?

     It has been almost three weeks since Tony Torrellas was shot multiple times and killed on April 27th in the city. The above quotes are from the last story LNP did on this homicide on April 29th, “Coroner makes ruling in Lancaster shooting death; DA’s office, police investigate,” (click here).
     Where is the follow-up? Does anyone hold the police and the District Attorney accountable in Lancaster County?
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – CANCEL SECOND MEETINGS IN JULY & AUGUST

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WHO KNEW?    

     Since when are the individuals on the LNP editorial board experts on “smart growth?” Who knew they know so much? Oh, there is something else going on here. That will be coming in the next few days.

   

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***   Part of a comment into this site under this post is below (thank you)! It is so important to remember all of this: It was first presented to the public as costing $500,000 and 2/3 of the city would have inexpensive, high speed internet. Please make sure to read the comments under this post and thank you so much to the commenter.
The project was initially presented to the public via a LNP article on February 25, 2015 in which the city provided that the total public cost would be $500,000 and reach 2/3 of the city by the end of 2015. Initial rollout was obviously slower than advertised and at the end of 2015 the city was quoted as saying rollout to residents and businesses would be complete by the end of 2016. Rollout finally seems to have began in earnest in the spring of 2017. At some point during this delay the cost of the project skyrocketed, with no justification provided by city officials. As reported by LNP on March 1st 2017 the city had spent $1.7 million dollars on MAW and requested from approval from City Council for an additional 3 million dollars in loans to MAW. When seeking this funding approval, the City was adamant that there was little to no risk.
During the rollout (summer 2017) a series of serious mis-steps were reported that demonstrated MAW’s inability to handle this project including poor quality work, inability to maintain project schedules, and questionable IT practices.

**   LNP has quickly moved the below story off their homepage (click here). This was reported on this site several days ago. When is LNP going to hold these city officials accountable for this disaster? And what a misleading headline. The city is stating that MAW committed misconduct and wants the judge to confirm it!

*    The city council forum is here and the livestream of last night’s city council meeting is here.

LNP LIVESTREAM FAIL;
CITY COUNCIL SUCCESS!

      In a bizarre twist last evening, LNP had a livestream fail and city council, after an initial brief hiccup, had  livestream  success! And what did city council do last night – they announced their vacation! You read that correctly! And yes, they all voted “aye” for the $700 an hour lawyer. Vote these fools out!
It’s a busy day – please check back later today.

UPDATE *** – ** – * LNP: BREAKING EVERY CODE OF JOURNALISM ETHICS!

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     It is going to be a busy evening. The forum for the city council candidates at 6:00 pm on Lancaster Online and then the city council meeting tonight at 7:30 pm (I am not even going to ask about the livestream of the city council meeting – we will see if the city staff are up to this big challenge)!

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***   From the article linked to below. I wonder if he will get the car and the money now that he caused a mistrial?

**   Unbelievable (click here)!

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*   “This is like plopping a small city in the middle of farmland,” said Mary Haverstick, cofounder of the local citizens’ group Respect Farmland. “That’s the problem with this design.”
From the Philadelphia Inquirer article pictured to the left (click here).
      This is a total change of topic but LNP has been running article after article about Oregon Village and I’m surprised that they have not run this excellent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about it. What’s up with that, LNP? This is important!
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WILL THEY GIVE
LNP EVEN MORE MONEY?

     LNP’s Barbara Hough Huesken will moderate the forum. Candidates will answer questions about city issues and the approach they’d take if elected. 
From the LNP article shown above (click here).
     It’s going to be a full night of city council news as the current city council members meet tonight at 7:30 pm with a full agenda including hiring a $700 an hour attorney. And what questions will Huesken ask the candidates in her one hour forum that begins at 6:00 pm? I have some suggestions…
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO IS VETTING THESE CANDIDATES?

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SHE HAS SOME
EXPLAINING TO DO!

     I placed a call to court administration today to see if Felicius Bucyukundi’s trial had begun (see the post below this one). She said it is now on the trial list for August. I placed a call to Bucyukundi’s attorney late this afternoon to confirm but that has not been returned. I will confirm tomorrow.
     To today’s story: the following documents are below (the official documents spell the last name with an “a” – McCalabb; while her check and the name change spell it with an “e” – McCalebb:
1.  The Private Criminal Complaint against her filed by an elementary school teacher for a bad check.
2.   A copy of the returned check marked not sufficient funds.
3.   A copy of the warrant.
4   A signed notice that she is resuming her prior surname of Watson following her divorce.
     There will be more tomorrow.

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***  Her home is owned under the name Sharon Watson-Frias. Who is “Frias?”

**   In April of 2012, DCFS Trust, Through Its Servicing Agent, TD Auto Finance, LLC, Pittsburgh took Sharon Watson to court in Dauphin County for $10,713. The case was dropped because according to the docket, she filed for bankruptcy (see below and click here for the full docket).

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*   This email in with attachments which will be coming:
     Sharon Watson is running for MDJ in northeast Lancaster on a platform of “honesty, integrity, fairness, and ethics” but she has none of these. Sharon Watson currently has an open arrest warrant in Dauphin County.
      In 2001 Sharon Watson (whose name was Sharon McCalebb at the time, as she was married to Toryanlonda McCalebb) knowingly wrote bad checks across Dauphin county. She was caught by her kid’s elementary school (check attached), who filed a formal complaint with the District Justice (complaint attached). After dodging the summons a warrant was issued for her arrest (warrant attached). She then divorced her husband and went back to using her maiden name (name change approval also attached.) Sharon Watson never addressed these issues and the warrant is still active. The only reason she hasn’t been caught is because she changed her name.

IS SHE QUALIFIED
TO BE A DISTRICT JUDGE?

      I received some disturbing information about Sharon Watson’s past. Does the Democratic party know? Should the public know? Is she qualified to be a District Judge? Who is vetting these candidates?
Please check back later today.

* OFFICER WHO TOOK INITIAL REPORT CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

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*   Thie below comment was posted on Lancaster Online under their story about the rape charges and was originally published here under “DOES F&M REALLY CARE?” (click here).

RAPE TRIAL
TO START MONDAY

Felicius Bucyukundi

     According to his docket, former F&M student Felicius Bucyukundi is scheduled to go on trial this Monday before Judge David Ashworth for rape and multiple other charges. He is represented by private attorney Edwin George Pfursich IV of the law firm of Cody & Pfursich.
     There are several very “odd” components of this case:
—  It took the police almost a year to bring the charges.
—  The Lancaster city police press release states:
      On 17 November 2017, Off. Bronstetter took a report of a rape that occurred at Franklin & Marshall College.
     Officer Damon Bronstetter has been fired and is himself charged with two counts of simple assault and one charge of cruelty to animals. He is scheduled to have a status conference in his case on May 23rd before Judge Ashworth. Will he testify in Bucyukundi’s trial?
     Click here for “*** BREAKING NEWS *** – RAPE CHARGES FILED” on this site for more information on this case.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – THE MAYTAG MODE?

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ENCODE THIS!

 I apologize for the delayed response, I’ve been out sick the past two days.
As we discussed on the phone on April 25, we have been having problems with our encoder and I am still working on resolving the issue. Until it is fixed, we will be recording and posting video as opposed to livestreaming.
      This email was received from Amber Strazzo yesterday morning (and it is posted below). But somehow, someone managed to livestream last night’s “Climate Action Plan” to the city’s YouTube channel (click here).
      We learned from LNP that during Monday night’s city council committee meeting Mayor Sorace discussed hiring a $700 an hour attorney (see yesterday’s post). The video of Monday’s meeting still has not been posted to their YouTube channel.
     This is not acceptable! The city can throw millions of dollars into the trash with MAW Communications and talk about hiring a $700 an hour attorney but they can’t resolve the issue with their encoder?
      This coming Tuesday, council is scheduled to vote on the $700 an hour attorney to do research that could be done by a city employee at the Historical Society. The list of council members and their email addresses are here.
     Write them and tell them:
—  1. The video of Monday’s committee meeting needs to be posted as soon as possible and certainly before Tuesday’s vote.
—  2. Tuesday’s meeting and all future meetings need to be livestreamed. If the city can’t handle it, contract it out!
     There will be more briefly tomorrow. LIP News will not publish on Sunday but will be back on Monday.

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RESIGN, MURSE!

**   This is simply unbelievable. See LNP and Caucus Editor Tom Murse’s very recent retweet below. Apparently this week’s issue of the Caucus features:
     Christopher Ali, an expert on rural broadband talks about the difficulty of delivering high speed internet to vast swaths of Pennsylvania and the US.
     How about the difficulty and cost of bringing it to Lancaster City, Tom? You have kept the residents of Lancaster in the dark for years about the millions of dollars that city officials have thrown down the drain on MAW and LanCity connect! You have protected and refused to hold the city officials accountable for this waste of millions of dollars of the public’s money because of your Marriott Hotel. You are an absolute disgrace to journalism, Murse, and you should resign!

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*     Not only has Frank ripped off the city of Lancaster for millions, he has ripped off the Prince Law Offices P.C. See below – some of those invoices in the $1,263,536.12 bill MAW submitted to the city were to pay the Prince Law Offices for their defense of MAW against PP&L! Oh, Frank, I wouldn’t mess with the Prince Law Offices. Your gig is up!

“NEGLIGENCE OR
WILLFUL MISCONDUCT”

     We offer a high quality service, a service that you can turn your back on, that’s going to work. We don’t just jump into anything. We figure out how we can make the appropriate economies without ever sacrificing engineering.

     We call it being in Maytag mode. It’s the old image of the Maytag repairman sitting there bored, waiting for something to break: That’s us. We do our homework and make sure that when we install something, we can make it work and walk away knowing it’s properly engineered.

From the May 24th, 2017 LNP article by Tim Stuhldreher, “Meet Frank Wiczkowski, founder of MAW Communications, the company behind LanCity Connect,” (click here).

     The above LNP article came two months after this site published, “SPECIAL REPORT FROM LIPNEWS – MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK,” (click here).
     On December 4th, 2018, MAW submitted a series of invoices to the City of Lancaster totaling $1,263,536.12. On April 5th of this year, the City of Lancaster filed a cross-claim against MAW Communications, Inc. and Frank T. Wiczkowski, President in the Lehigh County Court and asked the court to enter a declaratory judgement that MAW has “engaged in negligence or willful misconduct.”
     And no one could figure out that this man is a liar, a fraud and a con man except for a reporter who spent two hours on the internet one morning and found lie after lie after lie and was literally in shock that anyone would hire this company let alone loan them $1.5 million dollars?
Please check back later today.    

**** – *** – ** – * TWO BREAKING NEWS STORIES THIS MORNING

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—  There will be more on both of these items tomorrow.  —

****  From the FCC case website linked to below. This is the end of a letter by the city’s attorney to MAW’s attorney regarding their invoices to the city in the amount of $1.26 million dollars.

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***   LNP took the $700 an hour attorney story off their homepage early this morning. But on their Facebook page the comments came pouring in:

    

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**  The goal is “to understand how we got to where we are today … so we can think about how to move forward in a fair way” with the township, Sorace told City Council at its committee meeting Monday.
From the LNP story on the $700 an hour lawyer linked to below.
     So, all of this was discussed at Monday’s city council committee meeting which is still not available for the public to view (see yesterday’s post)!

*    The below is the headline in today’s print edition about the $700 dollar an hour lawyer. The headline is not correct. The city has not hired him. Their own article states it has to be approved by city council! And if those city council members approve this absolute waste of money at their Tuesday city council meeting – every one of them needs to be voted out!
     And that brings me to the latest on the livestream of those meetings and why LNP is going after Stedman and the Coroner but not doing a thing about an out of control mayor and her spending, MAW and Lancaster Square to name a few.
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*** BREAKING NEWS – 1 ***

MAW BILLS CITY $1.26 MILLION

CITY CROSS-SUES!

       The City has filed a cross-claim on April 9, against MAW in the Lehigh County Court case. The City has requested that the court enter a judgement that MAW has engaged in “negligence or willful misconduct.” This judgement will allow the City to deny payment for a $1.26 million invoice submitted by MAW at the very end of 2018 as well as provide relief/release from other portions of their previous contract.
      The document has been posted to the FCC case website (click here) and see below the second breaking news for a page from the document.

*** BREAKING NEWS – 2 ***

$700 DOLLARS AND HOUR!

     This is simply outrageous (click here for the LNP article). A friend said this:
     The “how it happened” answer is at the Historical Society, I know it in my heart.  I bet they even have original agreements or copies of the deal from way back when.
     Go to the Historical Society and save $700 an hour!
Please see below and check back later today for these developing stories.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – “ALL ARE WHITE”

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WAITING FOR AN ANSWER! 

     The below email was sent to Amber Strazzo and the city council members today. Tomorrow, I will make phone calls.

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A JURY OF ONE’S PEERS?

From the LNP article, “Trial begins for Wilberto Melendez, accused of 2017 homicide in Lancaster, witness intimidation,” (click here).

     It’s a first!  LNP reports on the racial makeup of a jury. The bad news: All the jurors are white. How is this possible? LIP News has been reporting on the all white juries in Lancaster County for years. When will this be investigated? When will something be done about this?
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – * I WAS FOOLED – AGAIN!

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HIPPA, A LIGHTBULB
AND NOT SATISFACTORY!

      While the county has joined LNP in seeking District Attorney Craig Stedman’s civil asset forfeiture records, they are actively fighting PennLive and LNP’s request for the coroner’s autopsy and toxicology reports. Today they filed an “Answer to Amended Complaint in Mandamus and New Matter” with the court. The new matter they argue is that the release of the records would violate the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). 
      The “New Matter” portion of their answer is below and you can read the entire filing here.
      All of this leads me to a conclusion on why LNP is suddenly demanding information and taking on Stedman and the Coroner after years of kissing their butts. That will be coming.
      An email was sent to Amber Strazzo (again!) early this afternoon asking about the lack of a livestream for last night’s meeting. I have not heard back and I will follow up with her and the city council members tomorrow. I will also add why posting the video a day or two after the actual meeting is not satisfactory!                                                       *****

*     As for the live streaming non-event, after the fifth time the horse refuses to leave the corral, maybe it’s time to realize your horse died and it’s a good idea to dismount, or is that too hard a concept for the City of Lancaster? It’s pretty sad when they “redact” the whole meeting…again!
      This was a dead-on comment from barryinwinnipeg when the city failed with the last city council meeting. How many excuses are they going to come up with today?

TAKE A DEEP DIVE, SORACE!

    Okay, so call me crazy. Last evening, in preparation for the livestream of the city council committee meeting scheduled for 6:00 pm, I had my notepad and pens ready. I rebooted my computer and pulled up the city’s YouTube channel and their Facebook page. I had my cell phone as backup next to me.
     I had resigned myself to the knowledge that I would be too busy listening and watching that I would not be able to see the beginning of the CBS Nightly News to see if Jeff Glor would be the anchor. I had resigned myself to missing David Muir’s coverage of the birth of Baby Sussex.
      Six o’clock came and nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not a notification, not a livestream, not a word from the city.

     This is unacceptable! Maybe Mayor Sorace should take a deep dive into why her office is incapable of livestreaming meetings they publicly stated they would.
Please check back later today.

UPDATE – SHE “GAVE” THE DA TWO VEHICLES!

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     I am still trying to figure out the dates in all of this. Edwin Mowrer was arrested by Lebanon County police on September 16, 2016 for serious drug crimes – two counts of drug delivery resulting in death and other charges. He was found guilty by a Lebanon County jury  on January 24, 2018 and sentenced on June 27, 2018. He currently has an appeal before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
     His wife, Ivy Denise Mowrer, has no criminal record in Pennsylvania. So why did she sign over two vehicles and cash to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office on April 15, 2016? I am still trying to find out.

SHE HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORD

HER HUSBAND WAS
CHARGED IN LEBANON COUNTY

     Why did Ivy Denise Mowrer sign over her 2006 Honda Civic, her 2005 Cadillac Escalade and $1,067 in cash to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office?
Please check back later today.

* AND WHAT ABOUT THE JUDGES?

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*    Today’s front page LNP article about civil forfeiture in Berks County focuses on a car that was seized (it is now online – click here). In Lancaster County, Nichole Melton was one of the very few who tried to fight the forfeiture to get her car back (see her statement below the judge’s order). According to her son’s docket, a hearing was held on October 12th, 2016 before President Judge Dennis Reinaker. The next day he issued the following order:

ORDER (NO FEE)
AND NOW,THIS 13TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2016, PURSUANT TO A FORFEITURE HEARING, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT ALL CLAIMS OF RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST OF NICHOLE MELTON IN ONE (1) 2010 NISSAN MAXIMA, HAVING A VEHICLE IDENTIRICATION NUMBER OF #1N4AA5AP6AC860520; AND CONTENTS OF THE VEHICLE ARE HEREBY DECLARED TO BE TERMINATED, REVOKED AND RENDERED NULL AND VOID.  SAID VEHICLE AND THE CONTENTS OF THE VEHICLE ARE HEREBY DECLARED TO BE FORFEITED TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PURSUANT TO SECTION 6801 (A) OF THE JUDICIAL CODE, 42 PA.C.S.A. 6801 (A)  FOR USE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES, IS ORDERED TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY TRANSFERS OF TITLE AND/OR REGISTRATION AS REQUESTED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA.

BY THE COURT: DENNIS E. REINAKER, PRESIDENT JUDGE

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THEY’RE GRABBING CASH
IN LANCASTER COUNTY TOO!

   

The lead story in today’s LNP print edition (not currently online) and Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Ondechek and Judge David Ashworth from CrimeWatch when she won an award in 2015 (click here).

     Why is this article centered almost entirely on civil asset forfeiture in Berks County and their District Attorney? Why isn’t LNP looking at Lancaster County where they are in a court battle for District Attorney Craig Stedman’s records?
     Go to the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s office and put in “Cheryl Ondechek.”  There are 240 “Petitions for Forfeiture,” filed by Ondechek with all but three in the years 2015 to the present.
     Talk about a cash grab! And while these list an amount of cash the DA’s office wants, many of these also involve cars, cell phones, TVs and other property they are seizing.
     And where is a discussion about the Judges who sign off on these petitions? Since Ondechek and Judge David Ashworth both work in the drug court, Ashworth signs most of the orders for the petitions she signs and usually on the exact same day.
      I will work on adding up just the cash value of the money she has seized in the 240 petitions she has filed. And where is that money really going?

* WHY IS THIS MAN A STATE SENATOR?

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—  Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. 

MARINARO’S RESPONSE

*     This email in from Attorney Michael Marinaro regarding LNP’s lawsuit against his firm and his plan to countersue (see yesterday’s post and thank you!):

Dear Becky,

Just a follow up to our discussion yesterday regarding LNP:

1.  The contracts presented by LNP were ambiguous and reasonably subject to more than one interpretation. The contracts were unclear as to duration. All contracts were vague and unclear.

2.  LNP has failed to record several payments by the Marinaro Law Firm.

3.  It is of utmost importance in any contract that both parties are on the same page and acting in good faith. It is averred that LNP made false, misleading statements, regarding circulation numbers of its newspaper and digital consumers. Marinaro Law shall sue from LNP’s fraudulent misrepresentation, based on “fake” statistics stated to the Marinaro Law Firm.

4.  Furthermore, paragraph 15 of the civil complaint filed by LNP is completely false. Marinaro Law has on numerous occasions disputed the amount owed.

Sincerely,

Michael Marinaro

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PROTEST MARTIN!

(Click here)

     LNP goes after State Senator Scott Martin in their editorial this morning and no one deserves it more! What an absolute disgrace! Vote Martin out of office!
Please check back later today.

*** BREAKING NEWS *** * WILL LNP DEMAND ANSWERS?

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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

MARINARO WILL COUNTERSUE!

     Attorney Michael Marinaro said by phone at 3:30 pm this afternoon that he will be countersuing LNP for approximately the same amount of money they are suing him for. He said their binding agreement with LNP was not honored by LNP.  
     He said a lot more and as it is my deadline, please check back tomorrow for all the details.

LNP SUES MARINARO

     Attorney Michael Marinaro of the Marinaro Law Firm is one of LNP’s most recognized advertisers. His picture and law firm appear on LNP’s digital “Most Wanted” list every week and his ads appear in other multiple places throughout LNP both in print and digitally.
     LNP filed a lawsuit against him yesterday in Lancaster County Common Pleas Court stating he owes them $11,737.47 (click here). A phone call was placed to Marinaro early this afternoon but he was not in the office.    
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*    Two quick updates today:
—  The Manheim Township Police Department is busy taking down comments about the feral cats situation on their Facebook page (see yesterday’s post). There were as many as eight at one point last night (although only two were visible) and this morning there are none!
—  A settlement was reached on March 26th in Katie Bacon’s shocking sexual harassment lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors (click here for the lawsuit on this site). I don’t know how much she got but I hope she got a ton of money and I hope Lancaster County Motors has fired several employees and learned a very important lesson they should have learned years ago!

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WHO KILLED TONY TORRELLAS? – 2

      A GoFundMe account has been set up for the funeral expenses of Tony Torrellas who was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Lancaster (click here).
      His family is desperately awaiting answers to why his killer has not been arrested and identified. Will LNP demand answers from District Attorney Craig Stedman?
Please check back later today.

UPDATE – WONDERFUL NEWS!

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—   I will come back to more serious news tomorrow and I apologize for the sudden switch-up today. I was simply caught off guard and completely surprised by the Manheim Township Police stating feeding feral cats is currently illegal in their township. This causes such a stir and outrage when it is suggested in other townships and cities.
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***  Oh, this is going to have cat lovers incensed! They just had a huge effort to do this in my neighborhood. From the Manheim Township CrimeWatch entry linked to below:

**    This is totally off-topic but caught me by surprise. The Manheim Township Police Department posted today that it is illegal to feed or otherwise care for feral cats (click here to read the full CrimeWatch report with a link to the law).

 

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APPEAL MUST GO FORWARD!

*    The latest in DA Stedman v. Carter Walker and LNP is below:

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ONLY 250 WRITE IN VOTES!

(Click here)

     A democrat has stepped up to the plate to run against DA Stedman to be a Lancaster County Judge. This is wonderful news!
     There will be much more later today on DA Stedman and his civil forfeiture records and the Saturday morning murder of Tony Torrellas. Stedman should not be a judge.
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO KILLED TONY TORRELLAS?

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WHERE ARE THE
ANSWERS, DA STEDMAN?

—  Why was Tony Torrellas at 539 S. Queen Street very early Saturday   morning?
—  Was Tony Torrellas armed?
—  Why was Tony Torrellas shot multiple times if it was in self-defense?
—  Who killed Tony Torrellas?
—  Was the killer of Tony Torrellas released with or without the gun? —  Is the public in danger?
    When will the public and his family get answers to these questions and more, DA Stedman?

NAME GAMES?

     A funny thing happened on the internet last night. Nataly Montes, who was identified by this site as the woman who lives in the home at 539 S. Queen Street where Tony Torrellas was shot multiple times and killed early Saturday morning and is the mother of his son, went from being Nataly Montes on Facebook…

to being Kim Johnson!

     What in the world is going on?
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHO IS THE SHOOTER?

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LARSEN MAKES THE MOVE!

     Former First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen made the move to the Georgelis Law Firm and he was interviewed by Fox-43 this morning about April being Alcohol Awareness Month (click here). The piece is mostly an ad for personal injury attorneys and the Georgelis Law Firm.
     This site reported two days ago on Larsen filing for divorce (click here for “A MESSY AFFAIR”) and thank you to the emailer for the heads-up.
     The latest on the murder of Tony Torrellas early Saturday morning is below (the LNP article is here). That is an unsatisfactory answer, DA spokesperson Brett Hambright, and there will be much more tomorrow. Maybe it’s because they don’t have Larsen to consult with about “all circumstances and existing law?” Just ridiculous – that is their job and they are supposed to being doing just that every day! They need to inform the public now!

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The victim, Tony Torrellas, from his Facebook page.

     The front steps of 539 S. Queen Street where Torrellas was found.

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

POLICE ACADEMY  &
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT?

     LIP News has learned that the man who was shot and killed early Saturday morning, Tony Torrellas, was at the home of Nataly Montes, the mother of his son and a woman with connections (see below).
     Who shot and killed Tony Torrellas and why was the killer released within hours? Is preferential treatment being given to Montes and the killer?
     Please check back later today for this developing story.

 

WHY WAS THE SHOOTER RELEASED?

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CONFUSION ABOUNDS!

   

     Lancaster Online has the above story on the left as one of their lead five stories today and the update on the right was far below all day and now has just been moved as a top story but the old story is still there too (click here to read the updated story). Someone at LNP needs to get their act together!
     And when will the police and the DA’s office explain the release of a man who shot and killed another man? He stayed on the scene, according to police, so do they have the gun? Is it owned legally? When they released the alleged shooter did they release him with the gun or without the gun? When are they going to release his name?
     The public needs answers!

*** BREAKING NEWS *** A MESSY AFFAIR!

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LARSEN FILES FOR DIVORCE

     First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen filed for a divorce from his wife Deborah on April 15th of this month. Click here for “WARNING – EXPLICIT MATERIAL!” on this site which strongly hinted at problems in their marriage.
     It has been a scandal filled year for Larsen and there will be more to come later this week.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – IS A LANCASTER SCANDAL COMING NEXT?

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LNP – DIRECTLY INVOLVED!

     In remarks immediately before the vote, Councilwoman Danene Sorace called the deal a “fair gamble” for the city.
From the October 12, 2016 LNP article, “Lancaster City Council approves $30M Marriott hotel expansion,” (click here).
     Less than three months later, Sorace announced she was running as a candidate for mayor. The Marriott, of course, is owned by LNP and they were the recipient of Sorace’s “fair gamble” and millions of dollars of public money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls hotel. And since then, LNP has only ever reported or editorialized about her in the most glowing of terms.
      LNP has not once reported since the plans for Lancaster Square were publicly announced that her husband’s company where he is a vice-president (and they were the largest contributors to her campaign), Benchmark Construction, was given the over $20 million dollar contract to build the new parking garage and library without the city going through a competitive bid process. 
     LNP has not once pointed out this blatant and direct conflict of interest that the public has a right and need to know and in the process they are breaking every code of journalism ethics in this country. LNP is supposed to be the local media “watchdog” that protects you from this kind of corruption – not be an integral player in it!
     Click here for “UNBELIEVABLE CORRUPTION” on this site and there will be more, including MAW, tomorrow.    
      

PAY TO PLAY!

         

Mayor Danene Sorace said, “It is disheartening when a public servant betrays public trust.
From the LNP article pictured above (click here) and Eron Lloyd (right).

      That has to be one of the most hypocritical, ironic and absurd things Mayor Sorace has said to date.
Please check back later today.