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    Posted on January 26th, 2011 Becky 30 comments
       On December 6, 2010, an arsonist killed Olga Sanchez-Reyes and critically injured two of her children. A year-and-a-half before, an arsonist also targeted a property owned by Sanchez-Reyes and her husband. This post will remain at the top of this site until an arrest is made in this horrific murder and also the horrific murder below added in July of this year.
    Click here for “Lancaster police chief vows to find arsonist.”

      On May 16th of this year, 83-year-old Erma Kaylor was brutally stabbed to death in her home at 235 W. Vine Street.  No arrest has been made.

    Click here for “Chief says police will find killer of 83-year-old woman.”

    Click on the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above to see the names of the victims of the eleven unsolved murders since Keith Sadler became the Police Chief on April 23, 2008.


         This permanent box had been up for over a year when on July 29, 2012, I chanced upon Rosaura Torres-Sadler and her book detailing physical abuse by her ex-husband, the current Chief of the Lancaster Police, Keith Sadler (click here).
        The Lancaster Newspapers have not written one word about this  and most citizens in Lancaster are unaware of his past.   “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge” is available from


    Posted on December 18th, 2014 Becky 29 comments


    ** UPDATED – 12-19-14 - In light of today’s absurd and disgusting LNP editorial –  click here for “City police need more support” – I am leaving this at the top this morning.  With all of the unsolved murders and crimes and lawsuits against the Lancaster Police, this is a direct insult to every resident of Lancaster.  This is simply despicable.  The editorial tells you to contact your lawmakers in Harrisburg, but they don’t say why!  This editorial should be telling the police to do their damn jobs!  What is wrong with these people?
    There will be more later today.


    *     I can tell you that in my situation (and from what I can gather from Ms. Zeran’s assault) carrying a firearm would not have prevented the attack; it would have only changed the number of victims. The response I experienced from city police while very friendly and empathetic did not resolve anything or make me feel particularly safer as a city resident. My attack was recorded on Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras, and my stolen bank cards were used in a nearby convenience store with many security cameras and this still did not lead to any arrests.
    This is part of a comment on LOL’s Facebook page under an article involving a recent assault (click here for “Assault on Chestnut Street raises neighborhood fears”).
         How is this possible?  What are the cameras for?  Why don’t the Lancaster Police have photos on their website and Facebook page asking for the public’s help?  How many other people have been attacked by these same criminals?  Who is holding the police accountable?  The citizens help to pay for these cameras!  This is an outrage.  Demand answers from Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler!  LNP should have demanded answers years ago!


            In a city experiencing an unexpected and unexplained scourge of violent crime, it is easy to reduce the violence to simple statistics that carry no meaning beyond them.
         …It’s hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t share Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray’s anger over Mathewson’s death and the violence now plaguing the city.
         It’s a righteous anger that needs to be turned into action.
    From today’s LNP editorial they are also running as one of their top “stories” online, “LNP Editorial: The violence in Lancaster must be stopped,” (click here).
         What a bunch of absolute hooey and lies!  These editors have very short memories.  I guess they forgot they published this in February of this year (click here for “Flurry of shootings in Lancaster city sparks concern among residents”): 
         Since the beginning of 2014, the city has had 10 incidents of shootings or illegal use of a gun.
         The violence in the city has been growing for years because even with 161 “safety coalition” cameras, the police are not solving murder after murder and crime after crime and the perpetrators are reoffending and others are joining in the criminal action in this lawless city.
         It is an outrage and Police Chief Sadler and the detective division need to be investigated now!  Yes, most of that “righteous anger” needs to be directed squarely at the incompetent and uncaring police force and at Mayor Gray who has allowed this to go on for years.
    Please see the permanent box directly above and check back later today.


    Posted on December 17th, 2014 Becky 19 comments


    **    Interesting comments on the LNP article about the Moore arrest. Luther Henry commenting. Isn’t he a retired LPD cop? Looks like he doesn’t believe that Eric Garner’s choke hold death – caught on tape! – was a “true narrative.” Perhaps it’s best old Luther is retired…

         He wrote this:  “Great police work by the Lancaster Police Dept. I hope the community appreciates the hard work that these folks perform day in and day out, whch mainly goes unnoticed, Unless something like the the false narrative out of Ferguson, MO, and NYC stirs up public outrage and hatred for the police nationally. Kudos to the entire Department.”
    This comment in today about Luther Henry’s post on Lancaster Online under LNP’s story, “Teen told police accomplice killed 6th grade teacher, fled with her car,” (click here).
         Luther Henry was the Chief of Police in Lancaster and he was as corrupt, racist and stupid as they come.  I interviewed him for a five part series on rape and justice I did back in the late 1970’s for the paper version of LIP.  That is a whole other story and let’s just say Henry did not come off well!  I don’t think he believed there is such a crime as rape.
         And then came the lynching story right after I moved to Philadelphia.  I still vividly remember speaking with him over the phone in the Philadelphia Tribune office and everyone listening in disbelief as Henry and I had a very heated conversation about the police doing absolutely nothing to solve the crime and the use of the “N” word.
         Luther Henry should have spent years in jail as an accomplice to attempted murder and many other crimes.  There will be more at a later date.



         I don’t believe I’ve ever seen as ridiculous a headline as this!  And the story is a joke as well (click here).



    LANCASTER: Sometime between Dec. 8 and Sunday someone broke into a home in the 100 block of Old Dorwart Street and took various items including jewelry and collectable coins valued at $312.

    LANCASTER: Sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. Friday someone broke into a home in the 200 block of East Frederick Street and stole a Playstation 4 video-game system. Loss was $585.

    LANCASTER: Someone broke into a home in the 300 block of North Prince Street between Dec. 10 and 13, ransacked the place, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

    LANCASTER: A handgun, leather holster and six rounds of ammunition were stolen from a home in the 600 block of High Street by someone who broke in between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Loss was $220.


    LANCASTER: A pizza delivery man working in the 200 block of Ruby Street Friday around 8 p.m. was approached by a man who produced a gun and demanded cash. The victim turned over a small amount.

    LANCASTER: A man was returning home after parking his car in the 700 block of First Street around 7 p.m. Saturday, when he was approached by two males — one 17-19 years old and the other 10-12. The two demanded everything the victim had, while the older male pointed a gun at him. They made off with about $200 worth of loot.


    LANCASTER: A caller reported a window on the front of a building in the 300 block of Hand Avenue was shot three times late Saturday night.
    From yesterday’s Police Log (click here).
         How many of these crimes are solved?  How often is an arrest made?  Why aren’t there pictures of the perpetrators being released to the public from the “Safety Coalition” cameras?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 16th, 2014 Becky 39 comments


    * It’s been two days of shock and sadness.  It certainly appears there will be a second arrest – if it has not already been made – in the horrific murder of 32-year-old school teacher Nicole Mathewson in her Lancaster home.  LNP will live stream a police press conference updating the murder investigation that is scheduled for 4:30 pm today (click here). 



         Marcus Anthony Rutter, 16, of the 700 block of East Marion Street, is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery.
    LNP, “16-year-old charged with killing elementary school teacher in the city,” (click here).


    Posted on December 15th, 2014 Becky 21 comments


    The homicide victim has been identified as Nicole Mathewson.  She is pictured here with her boyfriend, Cory Meek, in a Facebook photo from April of this year.


    **  At 9:10 a.m. December 15, 2014 Lancaster City Police were dispatched to a residence in the 700 blk. N. Franklin St. for an unresponsive female. Patrol officers located the victim, a 32-year-old female, inside of the home. The victim had what appeared to be visible traumatic injuries. Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. This incident is being investigated as an apparent Homicide. It was discovered that the victim’s vehicle is missing. 

    Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the following vehicle:

    2005 Mazda 3 sedan, black in color

    PA registration FVN-8421 

    The below photo is a STOCK photo of a similar make / model vehicle: Homicide Car

    If this vehicle is located, or if anyone has any other information, please call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website,, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.     

    From the Police Press Release (click here).


    *   OMG!  LNP has come back with this – “City police chief ‘fired up’ about lack of witness cooperation in spate of city shootings,” (click here).
         The Chief is “fired up?”  He should be fired immediately.  He should have been fired years ago.  Where are the photos of the McDonalds shooter from July, Chief Sadler?  Why didn’t you ask him, LNP “reporter” P. J. Reilly?  This is disgusting! 



    The boarded up window at the McDonalds on Franklin Street after a shooting there on July 3rd of this year.  The shooter has never been arrested and a description and photos of the shooter have never been released to the public.  

         Lancaster police released little new information Sunday about a shooting Saturday night that left two men injured.
         Police on Sunday said the victims and witnesses were not cooperating with the investigation.
    From the LNP article, “Few new details released in McDonald’s shooting,” (click here).
          Now, according to the police, not even the witnesses are “cooperating!”  The folks who went to McDonalds for a Big Mac and fries and saw bullets fly and two men get shot don’t want to talk to the police?  Which police officer told you that, LNP?  Could you do your job and name them?
         Why aren’t they cooperating?  Everyone who was there can’t be involved in the shooting!  Are the relations between the police and the community that strained and lacking in trust that the public fears telling the police what they know?
          That McDonalds has cameras – just the same as they did with the first shooting on July 3rd of this year.  So where are the descriptions and photos of the shooters and their car?  Where the hell are they?  Protect the public and release information and do it now, Lancaster Police!
    Click here for “TURNING A BLIND EYE TO TOTAL POLICE INCOMPETENCE” and please check back later today.


    Posted on December 14th, 2014 Becky 9 comments


    Cassidy* I have a lot to say about today’s Sunday News Perspective section – but it will have to wait until tomorrow (plumbing emergencies – sigh).  Let me just say that editorial page editor, Suzanne Cassidy, has just landed as number one on my top ten worst list of 2014.  How do the Lancaster Newspapers keep finding these lying, disgusting hypocrites?  Amazing – and in the worst possible way!  I guess now we know how she went from being an obscure reporter to being promoted to the editorial page editor and writer!  She has no scruples or ethics!  Just what LNP looks for and wants in their employees!


    Updated: Sunday, December 14 2014, 08:50 AM EST
    Lancaster Police are investigating a shooting near the McDonald’s on Franklin Street in the city. Dispatch says there are at least two victims. Their conditions are unknown. The incident occurred at 9:45 this evening.Lancaster police investigating drive by shooting near McDonalds.    
    CBS-21 (click here) 

    Posted on December 13th, 2014 Becky 4 comments

    Santa Stumble

    He’s climbin in your windows
    He’s snatchin your people up
    Tryna rape em so y’all need to   
    Hide your kids, hide your wife
    Hide your kids, hide your wife
         Yes, tonight is the POL “Santa Stumble,” so beware and hide your kids and wife!  Have mercy!  Be safe out there!

    & SHELF IT, LNP!

    Mensch & Elf                   Bush and Baby Jesus

            Today, we’re issuing a goodwill challenge.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “Hunting #LNPgoodwill: We could use some cheer,” (click here).
         Well, isn’t that special?  The company that refuses to hire anyone of color (doesn’t that sound like I made it up – I didn’t!) could use some cheer!  Ho, Hum! Give it a rest, you racist bastards!  Spoiled white people problems!  And not the Baby Jesus again?  What, if I may ask, makes the Baby Jesus different from any other doll?  Am I missing something?
         And please stop with the Elf on a Shelf nonsense on your Facebook page.  It’s weird and it’s all been done (too often) before.  Why not feature a Mensch on a Bench?  He’s not creepy like the Elf and LNP!
         And in serious news, where is this robber’s picture – click here for “Victim follows robber until he pulls out gun to get away in Lancaster city?”  Is this a joke?  Why do all the mini markets have cameras?  To identify robbers so the police can arrest them so they can’t rob or possibly shoot anyone else!  I know this may come as startling information to the Lancaster Police and the police reporters at LNP –  but it’s true and you are welcome for the tip!  Now, put his picture out there so he can be arrested before he does this again!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 Becky 7 comments



    Editorial Board

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 10th, 2014 Becky 21 comments


         I wanted to say this about Palmer Brown and the racism at LNP: I “unfriended” him on Facebook about a year ago because I knew this day would come.  Years ago – and I mean it has to be eight or nine years ago now – I brought up the fact that the Lancaster Newspapers had no minorities on their editorial staff on their old “Talkback” forum which Brown moderated.  Kate Harrison, one of the all time top posters on that forum, asked him if it was “intentional” on LNP’s part.  Brown did not respond.  That was a solid, unspoken “yes” from Brown who normally answered anything he was asked.
         So, we were Facebook friends as he went to the York papers and then to WGAL.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s brilliant in the digital world and social media.  His personal Facebook page was a source of constant amusement and humor.  And then I noticed that he left WGAL and went back to LNP when they began their huge “social media” focus.  And I unfriended him because I knew it was inevitable this day would come.
         Because when you work for a corrupt company, you have to become corrupt as well to stay.  If you knew a company you worked for was actually lying to their customers and stealing their money, any decent, honest person would do everything possible to leave that company as quickly as possible. 
         The Lancaster Newspapers are as corrupt and unethical a company as you can find.  And every employee who works there knows it – all they have to do is look around at their co-workers and it hits them in the face everyday.
        I am still shaking from the injustice that happened in a Lancaster County courtroom this past Friday and has been covered-up by the Lancaster Newspapers.  Thomas Greene’s mother (see the stories below), LaToya Hunter-Harvey, said to me in a phone conversation regarding the judge and the prosecutor after the sentencing, “They will all have to answer to God for this.” 
         I simply cannot imagine her pain. I don’t know how she can internalize this gross injustice.  And Ferguson has shown us that many have reached their breaking point and will no longer tolerate the kind of injustices Ms. Hunter-Harvey has seen take place within Lancaster’s courthouse, and the injustices that occur there everyday are endorsed and condoned by the Lancaster Newspapers.
    Please check back tomorrow.   

    * Another afternoon of emails and phone calls.


     Palmer    Palmer Brown, is that you behind the “” posts on their Facebook page?  Wow!  Have you really sunk this low?  This is nothing but lies and utter and disgusting nonsense – see the post from a family member under the same “boot camp” thread immediately below on this site.  I guess everyone has a price for their soul.


    Please check back later today.

  • **** – *** 12-9-14 – ** SECOND UPDATE – COMPLAINT FILED – * UPDATED 12-8-14- “THIS NEEDS TO BE SHARED”

    Posted on December 7th, 2014 Becky 26 comments

    **** First let’s start with the fact that the officers son actually had a REAL GUN. Next let’s be honest – they never apologized to my mother or my son after they bound him with zip ties (kidnapping attempt). Next let’s add in that the assistant district attorney Clark Madden NEVER once notified my mother or son of ANY of the hearings that were held. They had every right to be present. Then we will add that the officers son has been in and outta trouble with the law constantly. The other, the family had money. It’s all just bull! The supposed “boot camp” did not allow robbery criminals – how did these two jerks manage to be entered??
    Posted on the Lancaster Online Facebook page under the “Boot Camp” story by someone stating they are the female victim’s daughter.

    *** UPDATED 12-9-14- Taking another morning to make calls and send emails. 


    ** I have put in a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office and am awaiting a return call.  I have contacted many media outlets and I am working on contacting many more.  LNP has now responded with this absurd and sickening article, “Quehanna Boot Camp houses nearly two dozen Lancaster County offenders,” (click here). 
         There are so many things I could tear apart in this ridiculous story, but for today I’m just going to say – ask Thomas J. Greene and his mother, father and grandfather what they think about this sentence. Greene is doing a revised sentence of 8-1/2 to 20 years in state prison, reduced within the last month by Judge Margaret Miller from her original sentence of 16 to 35 years, for a similar, less violent home invasion (click here).
    Please check back tomorrow.

    * UPDATED 12-8-14 – As the commenter noted, “This needs to be shared” and I am spending my morning doing just that.  Please share this story with everyone you know and check back this afternoon.


          Would this alternative to prison for such a violent crime be afforded to teens of color, or those not from a suburban, upper middle class high school. It would be interesting to see some stats on this. This is the type of criminal justice action that leads to segments of the community feeling alienated, disaffected and discriminated. We’ve seen the consequences of this type of systemic stratification by race, ethnicity and class recently in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. This needs to be shared.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Cop’s son and friend face 9-month stint in ‘motivational boot camp’ for raid of West Hempfield home,” (click here).
        Exactly.  And any decent news organization in this country would be writing about that – but not LNP.  An LNP reporter less than a month ago wrote another story about a then 17-year-old African-American teen being re-sentenced for a similar, less violent home invasion, to 8-1/2 to 20 years from his original sentence of 16-35 years.  But does LNP mention that or compare the sentences?
         There is righteous outrage in the many comments under the article about the special privilege these kids received – both because of race and one being a cop’s son – and LNP ignores it.  And on top of that, it would appear that the victims did not agree to the sentence – a requirement for the boot camp when a Judge overrides their eligibility requirements.
         Has LNP demanded answers from Judge Joseph Madenspacher, District Attorney Craig Stedman or Clarke Madden, the prosecutor from the State Attorney General’s office who was brought in supposedly to prevent exactly this from happening?  Why haven’t they demanded answers?
     Suzanne Cassidy     This is shocking and simply proves that LNP has not changed one bit.  Their new editorial editor, Suzanne Cassidy, can write all the goody two-shoes editorials she wants – but she’s lying and she knows it and the public knows it.   
         Run this racist, elitist company out of town.

    Posted on December 6th, 2014 Becky 15 comments

    * Please click here for the sentences in another, less violent, home invasion.  Thomas Greene was just re-sentenced on November 10th of this year to 8-1/2 to 20 years in prison, down from his original 16-35 year sentence.  I spoke to his mother this morning.


    Madenspacher1                Stedman1                Clarke Madden

    Judge Joseph Madenspacher, District Attorney Craig Stedman and Deputy Attorney General Clarke Madden.

         These three men need to resign their positions on Monday morning for the gross miscarriage of justice they perpetrated in the Lancaster County Courthouse Friday morning (see immediately below).  Oh, and Mr. Madden, I will hear from you?  No, your office will hear from me first thing Monday morning!


    Posted on December 5th, 2014 Becky 17 comments

    * I am so filled with shock and disgust after this morning’s sentencing that I need a night to try to cool down.  This is just unbelievable and sickening and has shaken me to my core.



    LANCASTER, PA:  Devin Gardill and Luke Karpathios were both sentenced separately this morning by Judge Joseph Madenspacher to two to five years in state prison for their violent home invasion in March of this year.  However, Madenspacher “skirted” the eligibility requirements (the robbery charge they both pleaded guilty to should have excluded them) and made them eligible for “Motivational Boot Camp.”  If they complete that six-month program, they can ask that their sentences be reduced.  So essentially, they have been sentenced to six months in Boot Camp.


    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 4th, 2014 Becky 7 comments


         I received a call from the State Attorney General’s office this morning about 11:00 am in response to my very early call and Renee told me the ARD program would not be a factor in tomorrow’s sentencing of Devin Gardill and Luke Karpathios.
         Last evening I saw the ARD entries on their dockets and emailed a knowledgeable friend to ask if by some possibility these two could be in the program.  I awoke to an answer that was not a “no.”  I could not imagine a reason a reference to it would even appear on their dockets.
          With the latest grand jury decision ringing in my ears and District Attorney Craig Stedman’s gross misconduct in his handling of the of G. Scott Davis case, Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, I really put nothing past his office or the Judges in Lancaster County.  And that also includes the very recent re-sentencing of Thomas Green for a very similar, yet less violent, home invasion to 8-1/2 to 20 years from his original sentence of 16 to 35 years.
         A lawyer confirmed to me this morning that the ARD program was not in place and I posted the update immediately on this site.  So tomorrow we will find out the sentences that are imposed by Judge Madenspacher on these two young men who have not spent a moment in jail to date and were allowed to continue with their lives and finish high school during the last nine months since their terrible crimes.
         I have not forgotten the “Amish Mafia” stalking case and I received several emails regarding it (thank you).  I can find no previous charges of any kind for John Geiman, the alleged stalker charged with serious crimes.  So I will keep this on a back burner and report if any developments occur.  To the commenter (not posted for other reasons) who suggested it would behoove me to remove the victim’s names – I’m not going to remove them.  They are a matter of public record and just because LNP is not publishing them does not mean that this site will not publish them. 
         There are legitimate  and valid reasons the press chooses for the most part not to print the name of juveniles or the victims of sexual assaults.  Those do not apply here, and plus the private investigator has splashed his videos everywhere and Geiman’s lawyer, Steven Breit, very publicly alleged to LNP (and other media sources) that a broken affair was the motive behind the alleged crimes.    

    ** Just an addition to say the legal source (thank you) said these two pleaded guilty to very serious, violent crimes and stated in his opinion, “They are going to jail.”  I just want to point out that these two have not yet spent a single hour in jail.  They have been free on $50,000 unsecured bail, continued to attend public school and reportedly both graduated in June. 

    * A knowledge legal source just told me that these two have not been accepted into the ARD program.  They will be sentenced tomorrow.  It will be very interesting to see their sentences as this site has been covering the sentences in another very similar home invasion.  More later today.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


    Karpathios                                               Gardill

              Luke Karpathios                                                      Devin Gardill

         It appears that one of the largest miscarriages of justice in years will occur in the Lancaster County Courthouse tomorrow.
         Luke Karpathios, the son of a prominent Lancaster businessman, and Devin Gardill, the son of a West Hempfield police officer, are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Joseph Moadenspacher Friday morning.  They both pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including robbery and burglary, and a slew of other charges this September for their armed, violent home invasion on March 2nd of this year (click here). 
         Both of them have this entry on their criminal docket:
         Order – Status, GP/ARD Scheduled
         It would appear they have been accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program.  They are not eligible.
          From a Philadelphia law firm’s website (click here):
         First-time offenders charged with certain assault, white collar crimes such as embezzlement and theft, or DUI or DWI may qualify for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. People charged with other crimes do not qualify. ARD can help first-time offenders avoid the criminal justice system, and the program diverts these offenders into a program designed to rehabilitate offenders who are unlikely to commit another crime. The program helps first-time offenders:
    • Avoid jail time
    • Spend less time in court
    • Have a shorter driver’s license suspension period and avoid the mandatory one-year suspension
    • Spend less time doing community service
    • Avoid a conviction and keep your criminal record clean

         If you complete the ARD program successfully, you qualify for a record expungement, meaning that your criminal record will be cleared of the arrest, charges, and completion of the ARD program.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 Becky 25 comments

    ** Taking a break this afternoon.  Back tomorrow.


    * UPDATED 12-3-2014 -  This is part of an email I received (thank you).  To get up-to-date on this story, you need to read the comments under this post as I realized soon after publishing this story that I missed the obvious and P.I. Hall and Lawyer Steven Breit have to be working together:
    So let’s say the power couple needs to salvage their reputation after the wife fooled around, and to distract from the fact that she is an adulteress and he a cuckold.  The logical thing would be to make her into the stalking victim of a crazed lunatic.  If you wanted to destroy a guy you’d do no better than the Laurel & Hardy team of Hall & Breit – Hall to smear him with stalker photos fed to the media and Breit to pretend to represent the stalker when he’s really just mugging for the cameras and blabbing out stuff that helps the opposition and hurts his client.
          I would really be interested in knowing whether the most damning details (dousing gasoline but not lighting it, peeing on the car) are legit.
          Plus, if this guy is so dangerous as to attempt to burn a family’s house with them in it (as the reports imply), why would they let him free on bail?
          Something weird is going on here.


    BreitSean L. Hall

         His attorney Breit may not be too BRIGHT. Why on earth would your own attorney disclose this information? It certainly doesn’t make us sympathetic to your client, it doesn’t excuse or explain his behavior, and it doesn’t increase his legal standing on the charges. We get it, affairs happen, they never end well, but stalking and trying the burn their house down? I don’t think so. Double dose of dumbness. Compounded by a clueless attorney. I’d love to know his thoughts for disclosing this to the newspaper.
    Posted on the Lancaster Online Facebook page under the article, “Attorney: Alleged stalker of family was having an affair with the wife,” (click here).
         If you’ve read the comments under this morning’s post, you know this story has been brewing here all day.  And, of course, we don’t know if there really was an affair – although one of the victim’s Facebook friends posted “it happened” as an answer to another poster who questioned it.  The comment has since been taken down by the poster or a moderator but I would drop Melissa Herr from your friend’s list just as fast as you can. 
         But all of the other points this poster made are solid and dead-on.  So why did Steven Breit, who has always been a low-life, creepy lawyer besides being the legal consultant to and occasional “actor” in the Amish Mafia TV program, open his big mouth?
        Folks, it looks like we have a real life Amish Mafia war between Breit and the P.I. who nailed the stalker, Sean L. Hall.  He is featured in the bizarre YouTube video below which is also posted on his website.  And he is stating he was hired by big, real-life Amish Elders to investigate the series!  And one of his major assignments is to look into Esther Schmucker, who has been represented by Breit in the past.
         The victims, Michael J. and Amanda M. Minney, 1732 Temple Avenue, are a Lancaster power couple.  They are related to and know people in high places.  So, on top of the “Mafia” conflict, Breit probably figured he’d come out swinging and get some media attention as nothing can really make his client’s case look worse than it already does and the victims have powerful people standing behind them.
         The question in all of this is the stalker himself – John Geiman.  How does he know this couple, why did he do this and how did he come to hire Breit?  Absolutely nothing can “excuse” his alleged criminal actions and unless Breit personally witnessed a sexual encounter between Geiman and the victim, Breit is only mouthing what his client allegedly told him and he and reporter Brett Hambright should have made that absolutely clear.  And if Geiman committed all these awful acts, he should spend years in jail.
         But is Geiman a pawn in a war between Breit and Hall and how did all of that come about?  This is simply wild and hold onto your seats – this may become a true Amish Mafia affair and war!
    [Editor’s note:  I thought long and hard about publishing the victim’s names – but Protection From Abuse orders are public and in the coming days – at Geiman’s preliminary hearing and future court proceedings – their names will constantly be on the public record.  LNP states they are currently keeping them private – we will see how long that lasts.]



    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 Becky 18 comments


    wrecking ball

         Have you noticed LNP now has “Sponsored Content” – click here for “9 clever ways to hide your Elf on a Shelf.”  What the heck is this? An ad disguised as an article?  What the heck is it?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 1st, 2014 Becky 4 comments

    *** BREAKIING NEWS *** The Lancaster Police have just issued a warrant in Friday’s murder for Wilberto Melendez a/k/a Willie Banks – click here.  Please call the police if you have any information or know his whereabouts!



                            Wilberto Melendez aka: Willie Banks


         Interesting story about the stalker who was caught by a private investigator in today’s LNP. What was interesting to me was how the LNP published a number of the photos that the PI took, all the way up to tossing the perv into the police car.
         Lancaster taxpayers could save a hell of a lot of money by dumping those cameras, firing the do nothing detectives, and just hiring this PI to do the investigating for them. Guy has a better track record that the multimillion dollar camera system that peers on the peeing homeless.
    This was the first comment in under this morning’s post and refers to this LNP article – “CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Photos of alleged stalker outside family’s home.” (click here).
         Yes, that’s how bad things have gotten and you said it far better than I could.  This is so shocking that no crimes are being solved and it’s happening right under people’s noses and they remain unaware because the Lancaster Newspapers purposely ignore it. 
         Today, LNP reporter Dan Nephin announced, “Lancaster city Black Friday shooting ruled homicide following autopsy,” (click here).  That comes as news to absolutely no one and there is not one word of follow-up from Police Chief Sadler or First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen about identifying and arresting his killer (see “STATING THE BLATANTLY OBVIOUS!” two stories down). 
     Steve Weaver    And regarding this morning’s story on this site, the Lancaster City Police Foundation needs to update their site immediately (click here).  The last information is from 2011. That is unbelievable and unacceptable.  I will look up all the Board Members, but as noted on this site, M. Steven Weaver, the Director of Human Resources and Administration at LNP, is listed as a Board Member (click here). 
         As also noted here, LNP was looking to hire a number of reporters and editors under their “CAREERS @ LNP” link at the very upper top-right of their website (and why these positions are not being posted on recognized sites for job openings in the journalism industry is another story for another day).
         In fact, on November 20th, both LNP staffers Tom Knapp and Dustin Leed took to twitter to make them known with Leed tweeting this with a link to the Steinman job site:
         Looking for writing gig? @LancasterOnline has full-time positions open. Including 4 reporter, 2 editor positions.  
         Almost all of those positions are now gone from the listing – so be assured, LNP, we’ll be watching closely as those new names and faces begin to show up!

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 Becky 23 comments

    TOM & PETE:
    “WE’RE SO COOL!”

    Santa Stumble                             TOM KNAPP1

         Rep. Bryan Cutler can be found at a law firm poring over the details of a legal document.
    The opening sentence in today’s print edition front-page story by LNP “political reporter” Karen Shuey titled, “Legislators have jobs on the side.” 
         This article was online many days ago so I have to find it and I will link to it this afternoon – but Shuey changed her lead sentence to “poring over.”  Please!  What a cliché and a total bunch of nonsense!  Talk about spin!  Someone should actually pour a bucket of water over Cutler’s head to try to knock some sense into this knucklehead!
         Of course, I first reported he worked for the law firm Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP when I infamously wrote that LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s (not affectionately known here as “Tom Nap”) divorce attorney also works there (click here).
         And speaking of Nap, he has two major stories today on Page A-3!  Wow!  The first is about the Santa Stumble – dear Lord, yes it’s that time of year – and we all knew it was coming because Pete Ruggieri posted this on his “People of Lancaster” (POL) Facebook page yesterday morning:
         Article about the Santa Stumble on LNP old school tomorrow, online sometime later today. Thanks Tom K.
        And Tom was so excited about his brilliant piece that when it went online he went over to POL and proudly posted a link there to show us just how cool he really is (click here for the article)!  The only thing missing from his story – well actually there’s a heck of a lot missing – is any mention whatsoever of the POL page itself!  What a hoot – and I have a theory!
         And Nap’s second, “cleverly connected” article is: “Trotting toward recovery: city police horse Liam is healing after surgery,” (click here).  You see, Ruggieri tries to legitimize the Santa Stumble by stating it’s actually not a drunken party but a fund raiser for the Police Mounted and K-9 Units.  And Nap, according to your story, Liam can barely trot and this poor horse needs to be put out to pasture – now!
         There is also very serious news – unsolved murders, multiple shootings and another Turkey Hill robbed last night.  Does Police Chief Keith Sadler understand that he runs a police department or does he think he’s really just playing a role in a Keystone Cops movie?  This man should have been fired years ago.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 30th, 2014 Becky 5 comments


        City police Chief Keith Sadler said officers have been getting “some cooperation” from the party-goers and other potential witnesses
          “The suspect has to be wondering about that,” Sadler said on Saturday. “If there was a house full of people, that’s a house full of witnesses.”

         Yes, so you should have him behind bars by now, Chief Sadler!  This is beyond absurd and disgusting.  “The suspect has to be wondering about that,” Chief Sadler?  No, the suspect has to be wondering why he hasn’t been arrested or at the very least seen his name and description being blasted all over the media!  But I bet he’s grateful you are giving him time to get out of town.
         This can’t even be called police work!  And this piece by LNP reporter Brett Hambright belongs in The Onion. 

    City ShootingsLancaster man likely shot by another party-goer, police chief says

    The headline to LNP’s update on Friday’s murder by reporter Brett Hambright (click here).  The list of “City Shootings” is in today’s print edition.

         What would a real reporter ask the police chief?  What would a real reporter report?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 29th, 2014 Becky No comments


    Keith Schweigert      OK, Eagles. I don’t want to put any pressure on you, but my whole Thanksgiving is riding on the outcome of today’s game. #BeatDallas  
    LNP sports reporter Keith Schweigert on his Twitter account Thursday.
         He had no need to worry and I’m running out of time on my first day back, so I’m going to switch it up and tell you I found an LNP reporter I actually like – and wouldn’t you know it – it’s a sports reporter! 
         I don’t even look at the sports section – ever – but I noticed during the last Eagles game that Keith Schweigert had a great twitter feed on Lancaster Online (over on the right-hand side on their home-page there’s a twitter feed for all the reporters – but Schweigert dominates it during Eagles games).
         So I purposely paid attention during the Thanksgiving Day game.  He began with this:
         The only thing Gene Simmons is terrorizing these days is a buffet table. #MacysParade
          Oh, and then he gave his own delicious buffet of running commentary, insults, jabs, dead-on reporting on the plays and shared my total dislike of Pitbull.  It was brilliant!  These are some of the many highlights:
    —-  Best hit the Cowboys have thrown today. Of course it was a cheap shot.
    —-  That’s the Tony Romo I remember! Welcome back, Captain Badpick!
    —-  If Jerry Jones’ face was capable of making an expression, I’ll bet he’d look pretty ticked right now.
    —-  Yeah, Troy. I’d say that if Dallas falls behind by 27, they’re in trouble. Thanks for the analysis.
    —-  The Cowboys lead the league in sideline tantrums.
    —-  BREAKING via Erin Andrews: Dez Bryant is still a loudmouthed jerk.
    —-  Man, the acoustics in Jerry’s stadium are fantastic. You can really hear the Cowboys fans sitting on their hands.
    —-  Troy just will not let this time of possession thing go. The Cowboys defense looks like it’s about to die.
    —-  Wow. Pitbull is just awful.
    —-  Finally something Eagles and Cowboys fans can agree on: Pitbull is terrible.
    —-  Why is it that every time the camera cuts to the sideline someone on the Cowboys is crying to his coach about something?
    —-  Nice throw, Romo. Bring out the punt team.
    —-  Mercy is for the weak, Chip. FINISH THEM!
         And finish them in fine form Chip did!  I haven’t had such a good time in a long time!
         Tomorrow – back to serious news!

    Posted on November 29th, 2014 Becky 3 comments


    front page

     From the front-page of today’s paper.-

     Remo Torres                 Lowden

    Jeremy Torres, 32, killed yesterday                      WANTED
     on S. Prince Street.                                          Robert Lowden

         Robert Lowden is charged with aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm from last week’s shooting on S. Prince Street. He is described as 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.
         Police ask anyone with information regarding Lowden’s whereabouts to contact them at 735-3300. Tipsters also may call Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or anonymously text LANCS plus your message to 847411 (TIP411).

    Black Lives Matter     Click here for today’s “One dead in Lancaster city shooting on South Prince Street; victim identified.”

         It’s been a busy three days – Mayor Gray sneaks in a proposed tax increase with the help of LNP; Representative Bryan Cutler moonlights (you read it here first); LNP “investigative reporter” Gil Smart totally loses it and Black Lives Matter!  
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 25th, 2014 Becky 9 comments


    Name                          Age            Sentence           Judge 

    Kyle Allenworth          17                4-10                Wright 

    Bradley Isaacs            18                5-15                Wright 

    Dylan March                20                5-1/2-20         Knisely 

    Joshua Maldonado      18                8-1/2-20         Reinaker 

    Thomas Greene           17                16-35              Miller 

       The above shows the names, their ages at the time of the crime, the sentence they received for pleading guilty to the exact same four charges and the Judge who sentenced them, for the five perpetrators of a home invasion in April of 2009.   
         The first three are white, Maldonado is Hispanic and Greene is African-American. 
         Bradley Isaacs brought the three guns, reportedly a shotgun, handgun and a pellet gun, and the car and was owed the drug debt.  It has been stated that Greene was the “instigator” and led the others into the house.  Greene and his family absolutely deny that and state that he and his friend, Dylan March, were at the local Wawa and got pulled into the crime when Isaacs pulled in.  Greene had the pellet gun and his family says he stayed in the car when the others left and was literally called into the house on his cell phone.
         He, and his family state he did not threaten to shoot the baby or rape her mother, as ADA Christopher Larsen repeatedly stated in court at his re-sentencing this past November 10th. 
         Judge Margaret Miller was told by the Superior Court to change her sentence – that it was hugely disproportionate with the other co-defendants and the sentences they received.
         So Judge Miller stated in court that Greene had the second lowest prior record score of all the co-defendants and was one of two juveniles at the time of the crime.  But what does she do – she just arbitrarily decided to go with the next highest sentence – the Hispanic teen who received 8-1/2 to 20 years.
         Isaacs, who supplied the three guns and the car, received 5-15 years.  Kyle Allensworth, the other juvenile along with Greene, received 4-10 years and was released from prison last April.  Dylan March, Greene’s friend, received 5-1/2-20 years. 
         Judge Miller did say that Maldonado also had a gun so she was making her new sentence in proportion to Maldonado’s.  Greene had the pellet gun and it is not clear who had the shotgun – but it had to be one of the other three who received the four and five year sentences.
         Greene’s original sentence was racially motivated and so was his re-sentencing.  This happens every day in that courthouse – but this case just exposes it in the most dramatic and telling way possible.
         Judge Miller’s lack of empathy and her unexplained and ludicrous decision to just pick the next highest sentence for Greene is simply an outrage. 
         This story is far from over – and please note that LNP court reporter Brett Hambright did not report any of this in his story linked to immediately below.
          LIP News will return this Saturday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


    thomas greene
    —-  Brad Isaacs supplied the guns and ride.  Dylan March threatened the mother and baby.  Read all the articles – those who judge don’t matter, Lancaster County will get caught up for this one.
    —-  Miller had no choice but to revise the sentence. Believe me she didn’t do it out of the kindness of her heart. She was told to fix this. I am not one to pull the race card but the sentence is racially motivated. The original sentence of 16-35 years should have never been given when his co-conspirators were given 4 years all except one who has a Hispanic last name.
         Posted on Lancaster Online by Thomas Greene’s mother and aunt under the story by LNP court reporter Brett Hambright, “Judge cuts teenage armed robber’s sentence in half — 4 years later,” (click here).
         And what did Judge Margaret Miller do?  She changed her sentence to match the sentence of the one who has a Hispanic last name – for no legitimate reason or purpose. 
         The blatant racism and injustice in the county is shocking – and it has been condoned and hushed-up by the Lancaster Newspapers for years.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 24th, 2014 Becky 10 comments


          This is the response to my Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster regarding the Civil Service Board which oversees the hiring of firefighters and police officers in Lancaster (click here for Mayor Gray’s announcement in November that he was appointing Richard Simms to the Board).  The graph with the names is cropped as that was the only thing on an otherwise totally blank piece of paper.  This, of course, raises many, many more questions and I am working on them.
         This site will publish through tomorrow afternoon and then go on Thanksgiving break until Saturday – so please check back tomorrow!Righ-to-Know



    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 Becky 19 comments


    matt taylo1r
          Stuff like this that makes me think I can’t possibly call myself a liberal any longer.
         Gil Smart in his Sunday News column today, “Identity politics crowds out science, all because of a shirt,” (click here).
         What an inflated ego!  I could care less what you call yourself and I don’t think many other people care either – maybe, just maybe, your wife cares!  You can always hope she does.
         USA Today has a better column on this than you, Gil, and it’s by Conrad Jeong and he’s a sophomore at Duke University (click here)!
         Why don’t you learn how to write and then write something relevant to Lancaster, Gil?  What a total waste of (newspaper) space!


    Posted on November 22nd, 2014 Becky 13 comments
            ** WGAL has second shooting story online – click here.
        One perp about 15, scouring area looking for perps.  bunch of heroin cooking sites back in woods near where he was shot  they are looking –  behind Sterling Place  
        This just in via email (thank you): 
        609 Euclid male shot just came over scanner – 2 black tried to rob him, shot, they took off through Hershey Heritage (apt complex) vic on phone, cops just arrived, vic has injury to arm   One wearing red hoodie, one wearing black hoodie


         The shooting that occurred this morning was in a Lancaster Newspaper owned building.  The address, thirty-two West King Street, as reported by LNP (click here), is one of the buildings that had the upper floors  recently converted by the Lancaster Newspapers into housing for students of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and are known as the “Steinman Lofts” (click here).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 21st, 2014 Becky 3 comments



          The Crow

    (Graphic courtesy of Ron Harper, Jr. from “Stalker Warning”)

         There has been some major drama on this site today – please see the comments under “I’M SORRY, IRAN!” below.  This is the second time this convicted stalker and harasser has tried to shut this site down. This time you’ve committed a federal offense!
         You have been using Tor Servers (click here for Wikipedia) for months to send in your multiple, daily, hate-filled threats.  I bet you thought you were so damn smart!  LOL!  You really should have gotten a job instead of sitting on my site 16 hours a day for two years! No worries now though, the Feds will give you three hots and a cot!
         Click on the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab at the top of this site and  thank you Scott and my webhost for your help!

    [Editor’s note: Where’s Marvelous Marv when you need him – “You can’t make this kind of stuff up!”]


    Posted on November 21st, 2014 Becky 24 comments



         I received a response from the City of Lancaster to my request for the three members of the Civil Service Board and it made me sit up and say “What?  Are you kidding me?”  And, of course, it requires more work on my  part to figure out what the heck is going on –  and you won’t believe it so I am getting it scanned so I can post the original for all to see. 
         I guess that’s why no local  media covered Richard Simms’ retirement party except for this site.  Mayor Gray didn’t want to get caught in his big, fat lie! 
         And one of “Unlucky Chucky’s” questions in yesterday was this:
         Garden Court, don’t know a whole lot on it, but I’ve never heard of security. Does any public housing in Lanc have guards??
         It was in response to my post on November 15th (click here):
         I received a letter in the mail yesterday (thank you) regarding Garden Court Apartments and a security guard being shot.  Does anyone know if they have security guards and if one was shot on October 19th?
         The envelope is pictured above (why not send an email?).  And while the envelope looks like a third-grader wrote it, the letter inside was neatly typed and the spelling and grammar were basically perfect but there was no contact information.  Hmmm… could someone have been trying to set me up?
         And the oddest and scariest thing happened yesterday.  After, ah, posting the picture of Kim Kardashian’s derriere on this site (I really do apologize but I thought it worked so well with the other content), this happened:
    IP:  [permanently blocked]   
    • 63107 hits before blocked
    • 29660 blocked hits
    • Permanently blocked
          A computer in Iran was set on the log-in to this site and was hitting it more than once a second for hours trying to break in.  Well, I guess I won’t be answering my doorbell today! 
    Please check back later.