Posted on July 28th, 2015 4 comments
EAKIN DISPUTES STEDMAN
Heidi Eakin, District Judge Jayne Duncan’s defense attorney, said by phone today that she supports Shawn Kerr’s motion to intervene in the Writ of Mandamus filed by his attorney Jeffrey A. Conrad on Friday. “He has a stake in it,” she said. “It illuminates what is happening here,” she continued. “It also makes it obvious that the DA’s office failed to talk to Shawn Kerr before instigating their criminal investigation. All of this was done at the discretion of the officer,” she stated.
The officer is Joshua Reager of the Northwest Regional Police Department who issued the three traffic tickets to Shawn Kerr on April 12th. Eakin stated that while the filings by the District Attorney’s office make it appear that Reager contacted them after the second hearing on those tickets had concluded, that is not what actually happened. She said that Reager contacted the DA’s office after he learned that Duncan’s office had agreed to a second hearing but before the hearing actually took place.
A member of the District Attorney’s office then called Judge Duncan and told her she could not hold a second hearing as that would place Kerr in double jeopardy. Duncan did not comply with the DA’s command and proceeded with the second hearing, according to Eakin.
Eakin noted that the District Attorney’s office does not have authority over District Justices and that Duncan was following the common protocol of District Justices throughout Lancaster County by allowing the second hearing when the defendant has good cause for missing the first. Eakin also reiterated that the fill-in Judge for the first hearing, Daniel Garrett, did not complete the paperwork by signing the back of the citations to make his finding of Kerr guilty in absentia legally binding.
It was shortly after the second hearing that Eakin states the DA’s office raided Duncan’s office and took Kerr’s paperwork. She states that she spoke with DA Craig Stedman three times by phone before his office filed the Writ for Mandamus to no avail. It was only after Stedman publicly announced that his office was pursuing a criminal investigation that Eakin felt she had to speak up and issued a statement to the press. Her initial email to the press is reprinted from the Elizabethtown Advocate immediately below.
Eakin noted that this case is being watched carefully by District Judges, not only in Lancaster County, but across the state of Pennsylvania.
Heidi Eakin worked in the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office for 24 years and became the first female First Assistant District Attorney in the county’s history. She left shortly after Craig Stedman was elected DA and has worked as a defense attorney for eight years.
She again expressed her shock and dismay today over the fact that all of this, the criminal investigation and the highly unusual Writ of Mandamus, and the time and money being spent by the DA and the courts, are over three summary traffic tickets.
A note about Shawn Kerr – he was found guilty in absentia in the first hearing on the ticket for tinted windows. In the second hearing, Officer Reager withdrew the charge per his promise to Kerr that he would withdraw it if Kerr removed the window tint – which Kerr did. With the District Attorney’s demand that the outcome of the first hearing stand and be the legal outcome – it means Kerr is once again deemed guilty and responsible for the ticket. Thus his request to intervene in the Writ of Mandamus to have the results of the second hearing stand as the legal outcome of his case with the ticket withdrawn.
A note about Officer Joshua Reager – according to the Elizabethtown Advocate and verified by others, Reager has been fired from two different police forces in the past. There is a meeting scheduled tonight in Mt. Joy for the public to discuss this matter and why Reager remains a police officer.
Below is Heidi Eakin’s initial email as published by the Elizabethtown Advocate on their Facebook page. There will be more tomorrow and a summary of exactly where the criminal and civil cases stand at this point for Judge Duncan.
Posted on July 28th, 2015 No comments
LNP: A FORGONE CONCLUSION!From the LancasterOnline Facebook page.****It hasn’t changed in the over 30 years since I was the editor of the paper version of LIP. It hasn’t changed one bit.The Lancaster Newspapers only tell you what they want you to know. And right now they are totaling blacking out one of the most unusual and crucial stories going on in the Lancaster County Courts in years.Every day there is a new twist or turn in the case involving District Judge Jayne Duncan that began with Shawn Kerr of Elizabethtown receiving three traffic tickets on April 12th of this year.Why is LNP totally ignoring this story? Someone powerful has requested the blackout and LNP is complying. This is posted as a comment on NewsLanc.com (click here):LNP will always make sure that the Power Elite’s interests are a forgone conclusion. That’s the way it always was; the way it is; and the way it always will be.After all….LNP is ……..Always Lancaster!!!That is one of the best descriptions I have ever read. LNP is not a news organization – this is a powerful business that controls Lancaster and everything that goes on in the city and county. And they have been doing it for years.If you ever needed proof, their failure to cover the Judge Duncan story is absolute confirmation of that fact.Please see the remarkable developments immediately below and check back later today.
Posted on July 27th, 2015 19 comments
Shawn Kerr in a photo from his “Shawn’s auto” Facebook page.
This is all simply unbelievable! It is getting so messy, dirty and complicated that keeping track of it all is a full-time endeavor. I’m not sure it’s “double jeopardy” for Shawn Kerr – I think it might be triple jeopardy! And I’m not sure whom his motion might help and whom it might hurt! Oh, this is beyond delicious!
Please see below and check back tomorrow.
**** Documents added immediately below.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
KERR WANTS TO INTERVENE
IN WRIT OF MANDAMUS!
*** Shawn Kerr, the man who received the three traffic tickets that began the criminal and civil actions against District Judge Jayne Duncan, has filed a “Motion to Intervene in Writ of Mandamus” through his attorney, Jeffrey Conrad, claiming double jeopardy!** Russ Glass from Court Administration confirmed today that District Judge Jayne Duncan is not hearing any cases where the Commonwealth of PA is a party. He said those cases showing up as assigned to her office are being e-filed and his office is not able to redirect those filings. He said that after the fact, staff is going in and manually redirecting those dockets to a different District Judge’s office.He said the three District Judges filling in for Duncan on those cases – criminal, traffic and non-traffic – are:— Scott Albert – He is picking up the cases from Conoy Township and the Susquehanna Regional Police.— Edward A. Tobin – He is picking up the cases from Warwick and the North West Regional Police.— Robert A. Herman, Jr. – He is picking up the cases from Elizabethtown.Glass clarified that this is not a suspension of Judge Duncan but “a temporary reassignment of cases ordered by President Judge Dennis Reinaker and involves any cases where the Commonwealth of PA is a party.” Glass also stated that he could not recall anything like this ever occurring in the Lancaster County Courts before.
* Russ Glass from Court Administration just returned my call regarding District Judge Jayne Duncan and the cases being assigned to her office. Please check back later for details.
NOT THE END;
BUT A BEGINNING?
Apparently what’s trending in the newspaper business is nothing – literally – a half-page of white space. Unbelievable. You can read the article, “What does a semicolon tattoo mean?” (click here) at your own risk of throwing things around your house when overcome by the stupidity of it all or dying of boredom if you actually try to read the entire article. This is just awful in every possible way.
Please check back later today for some real news.
Posted on July 25th, 2015 16 comments
* Updated 7-26-15 – From September of 2014 on this site (click here):
THE PUBLIC HAS
NO NEED TO KNOW!
From the article, “Former Sunday News Editor David Hennigan dies,” (click here).
Courageous reporting? Seriously? He may have urged it but Roda has never once done it. She is the biggest liar in the world! What an absolute disgrace.
I’m going to rerun the below conversation between “courageous” LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and DA Craig Stedman because it ran on the day John Kirkpatrick “resigned” and there were other items that also overshadowed it. And the very, very scary part of this is that while it may be “made-up” – it is all too true – and very scary.
Barb, this is Criag Stedman.Craig, what’s shaking? Did Peggy forget to write you a check?Oh, no. She’s been more than generous as usual. Barb, I have a favor to ask…Anything, Craig, you know that!This whole mess with District Judge Jayne Duncan – I would really appreciate it if your reporters would back off and not tell the public anything about what is really going on.Whatever you want, Craig, but can you tell me why?Well, I’ve gone out on a limb here and you never know how this out-of-county Judge is going to rule on this. It might make me look bad. I mean, Duncan heads the PA Judicial Conduct Board and it might look as if there’s corruption in the Lancaster court system. We wouldn’t want anyone to think that, Barb!We do everything we can to make Lancaster county and city and the officials look good, Craig – as long as they do what we want. Lancaster County is special and the best place to live on earth – if you’re white. We tell our readers that all the time – well, without the white part. Wink, wink!And Barb, I’ve noticed someone has commented under some of these articles about a parking ticket scandal in Lancaster city. I certainly hope you are not going to investigate that.Our investigative reporters couldn’t investigate an ant, Craig. You don’t have any worries there.Well, that’s wonderful, Barb! And you know this buffoon who’s running to be a District Judge and hasn’t paid his taxes in years? I hope you’ll keep that hush hush as well – it might give the Republican Party here a bad name.We won’t say a word, Craig! You know our motto – the public has no need to know.I am so glad you folks at LNP are devoid of any journalism ethics. It makes my job so much easier. I don’t have to answer to anyone!Glad you’re happy with us, Craig. I have to run – the LNP Board is meeting to discuss how we are going to present our company as a diverse employer so we can get millions in CRIZ money.Good luck with that, Barb! I’ll talk to you again when I need something else covered-up.Okay, Craig. Have a great day!
Posted on July 24th, 2015 6 comments
I will recap all of this tomorrow and have more of what attorney Heidi Eakin told me today. I placed a call to Russ Glass in Court Administration late this afternoon and left a voicemail that has not been returned.
Did Judge Garrett complete all the paperwork required when he found Shawn Kerr guilty in absentia on the three tickets? Even if he did, is it standard practice among District Justices to continue a hearing if the defendant has “cause” for missing a hearing?
District Judge Jayne Duncan chairs the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. District Attorney Craig Stedman has embarked on a criminal investigation and a civil proceeding against her over three summary traffic tickets. This is simply astonishing. What is going on and where is LNP’s coverage? Why are they purposely not covering the developments in this crucial case?
There was a post this morning before the “breaking news” and it is so far down at this point that the link to “THEY PLAN TO EXPAND?” is here. I will also be coming back to this story very shortly.
Two crucial issues I discussed with Heidi Eakin (pictured left), the attorney for District Judge Jayne Duncan, are covered immediately below. There is more coming and please be patient as I try to present this in any easy to read format.
Attorney Heidi Eakin said Judge Reinaker has not changed his order and her client, District Judge Jayne Duncan, is not handling any criminal, traffic or non-traffic cases. “She is not handling them,” Eakin stated.
This was in response to my question as to why those dockets are showing up under Judge Duncan’s office. “It’s a mess,” Eakin said. “The information is not being put out there correctly. There is confusion and there are visiting judges.”
She again reiterated that Judge Duncan is not hearing the cases and referred me to Russ Glass in Court Administration who is handling the reassignment of her cases, stating the information is not being put out correctly and to everyone who needs to know.
At the core of the investigation into District Judge Jayne Duncan are the three traffic tickets for Shawn Kerr and whether fill-in Judge Daniel Garrett properly completed the paperwork on those tickets.
Heidi Eakin, the attorney for District Judge Jayne Duncan said today by phone that the paperwork was not completed because Judge Garrett did not sign the back of the citations. Questioned about the notation and initials along the left-hand side of the ticket, she confirmed those were Judge Garrett’s initials but stated, “He did not sign the back of the citations.”
*** 12:40 pm – I just finished a phone call with attorney Heidi Eakin who is representing District Judge Jayne Duncan. There’s a lot of information coming.
** From attorney Eakin’s filing requesting a stay on the civil case against District Judge Jayne Duncan pending the outcome of the criminal case against her.
* From attorney Eakin’s filing (see below):
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
On July 22, District Judge Jayne Duncan, through her attorney Heidi Eakin, requested the court put a stay on the civil proceedings in her case until the Commonwealth has concluded their criminal case.
Posted on July 24th, 2015 3 comments
THE PUBLIC IS
PAYING EVEN MORE?
Recently, the city debuted the first free public wireless hotspot in Binns Park.
Other public hotspots will be added, but Katzenmoyer [Charlotte Katzenmoyer, the city’s public works director] didn’t have a timeline.
Overall, she said, the project is on schedule, but it had slowed a bit because the city is adding Lancaster Community Safety Coalition cameras onto the system.
That will save the coalition money in terms of maintaining their own network and allow them to expand, she said.
From the LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Lancaster city’s municipal broadband plan highlighted in report on Internet access,” (click here).
So, now the public will be paying even more towards these cameras that we never see images from and they plan to expand? And “reporter” Nephin just tucks this in at the end of his story?
These cameras and their operation are one of the biggest frauds in the city of Lancaster. The coalition needs to be investigated now!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 9 comments*** In April, the woman applied for and received a $10,000 loan from a local branch of a bank, police said. Police are withholding the name of the bank.LNP Reporter Cindy Stauffer in her article, “Have you seen this woman? Police say she stole $10,000 from local bank by forging loan application,” (click here).Why are police withholding the name of the bank and why would LNP allow that? Is the bank embarrassed? I’d like to know how to walk into a bank with “appropriate I.D.” and get a $10,000 loan! 😉This is just completely ridiculous. If the police find and charge this woman, the name of the bank will have to be made public. Why are the Manheim Township police protecting the bank and why didn’t Stauffer ask them and report their answer to the public?
NO ONE IS WATCHING!
Gil Smart mentions and provides a link to the below Chris Rock video, “How not to get your ass kicked by the police” in his blog post, “Attention cops: You are being watched,” (click here).
Not in Lancaster, they aren’t Smart, and they haven’t been watched for years! And as it so happens, it’s your job to watch the police so why don’t you get on it and do it! Why doesn’t the public ever see video from the “Safety Coalition” cameras? Why don’t you examine the lawsuits against the Lancaster City Police and your paper running mugshots of people who have obviously been beaten? Why don’t you investigate the hiring by the Lancaster City Police and why they only hire white, non-city residents? That will get you started. Oh, and investigate the seventeen unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray (click here).
And you are going to say this:
2. That said, Bland wasn’t exactly cooperative:
Chris Rock had a hilarious sketch a bunch of years back on “How not to get your ass kicked by the police.” Among his suggestions: “Be polite.”
How about this Chris Rock suggestion:
If you have to give a friend a ride, get a white friend. A white friend can be the difference between getting a ticket and a bullet in the ass.
Do your job, Smart!
* “A national report released Thursday morning says Lancaster County roads are among the worst in the country,” WGAL-TV (click here).
LNP reporter Brett Hambright in a top “story” this morning on Lancaster Online (click here).
There are simply no words for this level of stupidity passing as news. None.
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 8 comments
From today’s print edition of LNP.
* Can someone, anyone, tell me who cares?
HOW MANY CAMERAS?
The police have released the above photograph of a suspect in a shooting that occurred in the 1st block of Conestoga Street on June 22nd. Also above is an inset from the Lancaster Safety Coalition camera map with a blue arrow inserted pointing to the location of the shooting. The police did not state where the photo is from. Why not? How many more photos do they have?
Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.
Posted on July 21st, 2015 12 comments
*** [Editor’s note: The Discovery channel must be showing their dreadful piece on the Roseboro murder because this site is being slammed from literally around the world. Please be patient.]
Crime Stoppers (click here).
On Sunday June 22, 2014 at approximately 11:54 pm Officers from the Lancaster City Police, Platoon B, responded to the 1st blk. Conestoga St. for a report of a shooting that had just occurred. Officers found that an adult male resident of Lancaster had been walking along Conestoga St. when he was shot from behind. The victim was shot one time in the posterior. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of the gun shot wound.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect pictured above was the person that shot the victim. The identity of the shooter remains unknown. The suspect is described as a heavy set male (possibly White, unknown if Hispanic), last seen wearing a dark knit cap, dark colored long sleeved shirt, light colored pants and white sneakers. The suspect fled on foot, last seen east on Conestoga St. toward S. Queen St.
Anyone with information on this shooting or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Det. Whiteford as (717) 735-1780 email@example.com or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
A THING FOR
LNP (click here).
* No, I don’t think this burglar has a “thing” for Dunkin Donuts – I think he or she has a thing for cash and maybe a drug habit! Who is telling these reporters to get “cute” with their stories? What the hell is going on?
IS THE CHILD ALIVE?
This has been running on Lancaster Online as a top story since yesterday afternoon (click here). Is the child alive or dead? LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer’s last sentence is:
Police said the toddler was alive when transported.
Then it is a “near drowning” – it is not a drowning unless this child has subsequently died! This is awful journalism.
And these are from yesterday’s Lancaster City Police Log (click here):
1ST BLOCK W LEMON ST
OCCURRED 7/19/215 BETWEEN 0200 AND 0400 HRS.
Victim (a male, 38 years of age) was at listed location with other individuals when he was approached by a Hispanic man 30-40 years of who began a physical altercation. Victim was stabbed and sustained a broken nose as a result of the assault. Ongoing investigation.
200 BLK E FULTON STREET
OCCURRED 7/19/15 0528 HRS
Victim reported finding bullet holes in his front window and in residence. Four shell casing were location in parking lot at listed location.
In addition, there are three auto thefts and the theft of a mountain bike! How many of these crimes will the Lancaster Police solve?
Posted on July 20th, 2015 12 comments
** Rednek, one of the best commenters ever, has questioned whether this can possibly be true. I fully understand. As proof, I present this screen shot from Lancaster Online’s “Contact Us” list (click here).
& BREAKING NEWS ON KNAPP!
I’m actually hoping this is a real person and a real interest and that they stick around. Finding the other comment sites in Lancaster abusive and totally racist, I always appreciate that you moderate your site, Becky, and hope this place always stays fairly civil. I enjoy the sarcasm and the dry wit and irony that your regulars employ, but you’ve managed to weed out the worst of the online trolls making it a pretty decent (and fairly safe) place to share our opinions. Thank you for that.
This comment in from Anonymous2 today.Thank you Anonymous2! I too hope “Interested” will stick around. I’m sorry if you were offended by “rich bitches,” but if you truly were then you need to stay off the internet. And please note “Harry Dyke” who posted today under LNP reporter Dan Nephin’s “Moses” story on Lancaster Online. Apparently “Harry” doesn’t have an available image and he can’t read either!I’m going to come to Nephin’s story and the breaking news that former dog and cat reporter, Tom Knapp, is now listed as their “General Assignment and Breaking News Reporter” later today and tomorrow as time allows. I kid you not. Have mercy!
COMPARISON TO LOL?
Please pardon my intrusion. I have been a long time reader of your sight [sic]. I commented recently on one of your posts in regards to the visceral reaction to LNP. Now, I understand your issues with said publication. I may not agree but I get it. What bothered me was the “rich bitches” comment was posted but when I simply asked why people employ such vitriol my comment has not been added. I am not looking to torpedo your site but was merely interested why people feel they can make such wide casting aspersions yet not take into account the possibility of another potential rationale.
This email in yesterday from “Interested.”
Hmmm. Such heavy stuff for a Monday morning. Yikes! Well, I will answer that and your initial comment later today. Are you John Kirkpatrick III?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 19th, 2015 13 comments
* The “People of Lancaster” submitted this photo to LNP’s live twitter feed of “Slide the City!” LOL!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
LIP News will not be covering “Slide the City” today!
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 18th, 2015 11 comments
* Per a comment into this site, the above “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab has been revised to reflect the 17 unsolved murders in Lancaster city under Mayor J. Richard Gray with 12 of those under Police Chief Keith Sadler.
WHO ALLOWS THIS?
This is what the Lancaster City Police Department is doing today (click here). Your tax dollars hard at work!
Posted on July 17th, 2015 2 comments
SAME SHIRT AND HAT?
Posted on the Ephrata Review Facebook page under the above photo of the armed robber who robbed the Ephrata National Bank yesterday.
Has the public identified the man who robbed the Ephrata National Bank yesterday at about 2:25 pm? The police released a photo within hours of the armed robbery. If she’s seen him with the shirt and the hat – what are the odds? And yes, there’s an Austin Michael Moyer who will turn 21 on July 26th who has had some scrapes with the law and has five dockets. I hope the poster or someone at the Ephrata Review has called the police!
Posted on July 17th, 2015 15 comments
* CLEAN IT UP!
* Ms. Janci, I realize you just graduated from Temple and are new here – but you work for a newspaper now! Clean it the hell up and sound professional! What a disgrace!
& A BLUEPRINT!
Yesterday’s LNP masthead:
Today’s LNP masthead:
Carol Evans Petersen, a former LNP columnist who left shortly after Kirkpatrick arrived, posted this under the bizarre article, “John Kirkpatrick steps down as president of LNP,” (click here).
Petersen wrote a brilliant column when she announced she was leaving titled, “Here’s a blueprint for local news coverage,” (click here).
Why haven’t they followed her blueprint?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 16th, 2015 23 comments**** According to the police scanner, the Ephrata National Bank was robbed this afternoon about 2:30 pm. The robber was described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches in height, wearing a plaid shirt and a bandana over his face. He displayed a black handgun. He fled on foot. I don’t know why this is not on Lancaster Online! Maybe because of Kirkpatrick leaving?************************Click here to read the LNP story.Wow! Just wow! Kirkpatrick sent several comments into this site under two different stories: “A CIRCUS PARADE OF ELEPHANTS!” (click here) and “STEINMANS: ABOVE ETHICAL STANDARDS!” (click here).
I’m going to review his comments now. And, John, we here at LIP News would love to know your plans if you care to write in again. We’ll be nice!*************** Fasnacht, 22, didn’t serve any prison time on the charges, having posted $5,000 bail when East Cocalico Township police charged him last year, court records show.LNP court reporter Brett Hambright in the story, “Akron swimmer gets probation for exposing himself to girls at private pool,” (click here).No, Brett, court records do not show that! They show it was 10% of $5,000!* Jacobs was arraigned and released on $100,000 bail.The last sentence in LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s story in print and online, “Lititz man faces multiple child pornography charges,” (click here).Then why does Jacobs’ docket look this? How sloppy and careless can these reporters and editors be?
CRAIG & BARB CHAT!Barb, this is Craig Stedman.Craig, what’s shaking? Did Peggy forget to write you a check?Oh, no. She’s been more than generous as usual. Barb, I have a favor to ask…Anything, Craig, you know that!This whole mess with District Judge Jayne Duncan – I would really appreciate it if your reporters would back off and not tell the public anything about what is really going on.Whatever you want, Craig, but can you tell me why?Well, I’ve gone out on a limb here and you never know how this out-of-county Judge is going to rule on this. It might make me look bad. I mean, Duncan heads the PA Judicial Conduct Board and it might look as if there’s corruption in the Lancaster court system. We wouldn’t want anyone to think that, Barb!We do everything we can to make Lancaster county and city and the officials look good, Craig – as long as they do what we want. Lancaster County is special and the best place to live on earth – if you’re white. We tell our readers that all the time – well, without the white part. Wink, wink!And Barb, I’ve noticed someone has commented under some of these articles about a parking ticket scandal in Lancaster city. I certainly hope you are not going to investigate that.Our investigative reporters couldn’t investigate an ant, Craig. You don’t have any worries there.Well, that’s wonderful, Barb! And you know this buffoon who’s running to be a District Judge and hasn’t paid his taxes in years? I hope you’ll keep that hush hush as well – it might give the Republican Party here a bad name.We won’t say a word, Craig! You know our motto – the public has no need to know.I am so glad you folks at LNP are devoid of any journalism ethics. It makes my job so much easier. I don’t have to answer to anyone!Glad you’re happy with us, Craig. I have to run – the LNP Board is meeting to discuss how we are going to present our company as a diverse employer so we can get millions in CRIZ money.Good luck with that, Barb! I’ll talk to you again when I need something else covered-up.Okay, Craig. Have a great day!Please check back later today.
Posted on July 15th, 2015 10 comments
WHY HAVEN’T THEY ASKED?
This is the very beginning of an exchange between LNP “reporter” Tom Knapp and several posters on the LOL Facebook page under his story in this morning’s first post:
So why haven’t you, very smart guy Knapp, or any reporter or editor at LNP asked why there are never any photos “available” from the Lancaster City Police? Why? There are one hundred and sixty one “safety cameras” and the public never, ever sees a picture. This has been going on for years! Why haven’t you asked? It’s your job to ask and report the answer!
I’ll come back to this and more of his Facebook exchange and the blatant racism at LNP tomorrow.
“MAY WE PLEASE SEE…”* Carol Evans Petersen, a former LNP columnist, posted the below comments under the LNP story, “Shots fired, car struck in Lancaster city,” (click here).
THAT WAS EASY!
Well, it sure might be Angel Anthony Nash, 21, with four criminal dockets and the below pictures on an old “My Space” page! That was easy!
But this story blew up in the comments on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page – and for several good reasons. Click here for, “Do you know this man? He allegedly shoved a bunch of food down his pants at a local Wawa,” and check back later today.
Posted on July 14th, 2015 10 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
AUGUST 17TH HEARING
The hearing for District Judge Jayne Duncan is now scheduled for August 17th before Montgomery County Senior Judge Arthur R. Tilson per Judge Dennis Reinaker’s order below.
WHERE IS YOUR
Is James R. Haines, Jr. still running to be a district judge? The question, LNP reporter Brett Hambright, is not whether his 32 “withdrawn” parking tickets will sway your vote – the question is how is this man even possibly on the ballot and what’s being done about it?
Click here for Hambright’s May 17th article, “3 seek nomination in busy southwestern Lancaster city district court.”
Do your job, LNP! This is an outrage. This is unbelievable. Where is your investigation into the “withdrawn” tickets and his federal and state tax liens? How can this man remain on the ballot?
Today’s LNP front page, print edition headline.
Ridiculous! Enough is enough! Could you move on to some real news now, LNP?
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 13th, 2015 13 comments* Yikes! I’ve run out of time again. I did want to mention that for several years there was a permanent box at the top of this site regarding two of the unsolved murders and Rosaura Torres-Sadler’s book, “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge,” about her ex-husband, Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler (see her video one story down).A first-timer to this site thought it was a deterrent for readers as you had to know to page below it for the latest news – and you only have eight seconds to grab a reader’s attention. I took their advice and finally took it down and the response was immediate and rather astonishing.Anyway, that post is now one of the tabs at the top of this site although it’s in a rough format and I will clean it up shortly. I’m also working on updating some of the other tabs at the top that are woefully out-of-date.But I didn’t want anyone to think I’d forgotten and I will never forget that Sunday I found a comment by Rosa beneath a Lancaster Online YouTube video and followed it to a site with her book and I picked up the phone and asked if her ex-husband was Police Chief Keith Sadler. There are some things you never forget. That is one of them.
*** BREAKING NEWS *** A golf cart was not stolen! Click here.
DID A REPORTER
REALLY WRITE THIS?
From Lancaster Online (click here).
You work for a newspaper, Tom Knapp! LNP’s website is not your personal Facebook page where you post things that are “too good not to share” and this is not your Twitter account where you can make stupid jokes and get away with it.
This is a news site and you are a “reporter!” Do your damn job! Knapp ends with: “We can’t wait to hear how this one turns out.”
You know what I can’t wait to hear? What is going on with District Judge Jayne Duncan. This woman chairs the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board! What does the Board do? From their website (click here):
The Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania investigates allegations of ethical misconduct against Pennsylvania judges. If necessary, the Board prepares and brings cases against judges who are accused of unethical actions.
Duncan is under a “criminal investigation” and has been suspended from handling criminal cases including traffic and non-traffic cases. This is an outrageous situation. The public needs to be fully informed and a decision made quickly. Is she still receiving full pay? Last week her office handled four civil suits and eight landlord-tenant cases. Why is the public continuing to pay her if she can only do a fraction of her job? Why is she permitted to handle these cases?
And you know what else I’d like to hear? I’d like to know why Patrick Fatta, who pleaded guilty last week to indecent assault of a minor and four felony counts of possessing child pornography, is still free on $20,000 unsecured bail awaiting his sentencing. This is another absolute outrage.
I’ll be writing about these items later today while Knapp struggles with finding out if a golf cart really was stolen or not.
Posted on July 12th, 2015 7 comments
KEITH R. SADLER
“Even the Mayor of Lancaster asked why was I not vetted. I’m not trying to be your chief. I’m not trying to be anything in your county. I just wanted accountability.”
— Rosaura Torres-Sadler
Posted on July 11th, 2015 9 comments
* LNP: TOTALLY INCORRECT!Adding to the confusion in this situation, is this LNP headline that has been incorrect for days (click here).“In lieu of” means “instead of,” LNP! Your headline is completely wrong! Read the first sentence and reporter Brett Hambright states there is a criminal investigation. Someone at LNP was probably going for “in light of,” but this is really a terrible, misleading and incorrect headline that should have been corrected days ago.
TIMELINE ON JUDGE DUNCAN
The timeline for District Judge Jayne Duncan’s partial suspension and DA Craig Stedman’s demand that she correct three traffic ticket dockets.
Please check back later today.
— ADA James M. Reeder files a “Petition for a Writ of Mandamus” against District Judge Jayne Duncan ordering her to make changes on the dockets of three traffic tickets issued to Shawn Kerr.
(Writ of Mandamus – “A writ or order that is issued from a court of
superior jurisdiction that commands an inferior tribunal, corporation,
municipal corporation, or individual to perform, or refrain from
performing, a particular act, the performance or omission of which is
required by law as an obligation” (click here).
— The Sheriff’s office reports it was delivered to Duncan’s office on June 23 at 2:55 pm.
— President Judge Dennis Reinaker issues an order to Duncan telling her to correct the three dockets of Shawn Kerr.
— ADA Reeder files the following saying the Commonwealth has been contacted by Duncan’s attorney who has requested a hearing on the petition:
COMMONWEALTH’S PETITION TO VACATE THE WRIT OF MANDAMUS,
RENEW THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS, AND SCHEDULE A
HEARING IN REGARD TO THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF
— Judge Reinaker issues the following order in response:
AND NOW, THIS 25TH DAY OF JUNE, 2015, UPON CONSIDERATION OF
THE COMMONWEALTH’S PETITION, THE FOLLOWING IS HEREBY
ORDERED AND DECREED:
1. THE COURT’S ORDER OF JUNE 23, 2015, GRANTING A WRIT OF
MANDAMUS, IS HEREBY VACATED.
2. IN REGARD TO THE COMMONWEALTH’S REQUEST FOR A WRIT OF
MANDAMUS, THE PARTIES SHALL APPEAR BEFORE THE COURT ON
THE 7TH DAY OF JULY, 2015, AT 2:00 P.M. IN COURTROOM NUMBER
8 OF THE LANCASTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE, AT WHICH TIME THE
PARTIES MAY PRESENT TESTIMONY AND ARGUMENT IN REGARD TO
THE COMMONWEALTH’S PETITION FOR A WRIT OF MANDAMUS.
— Judge Reinaker temporarily suspends Duncan from handling any criminal, traffic or non-traffic cases.
— Duncan’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, files a motion for continuance of the hearing stating that she will not be available on July 7th and Duncan will be out of state.
— Judge Reinaker issues the following order:
AND NOW, THIS 6TH DAY OF JULY, 2015, THE MOTION FOR
CONTINUANCE IS GRANTED. CASE CONTINUED UNTIL AN OUT-OF-
COUNTY JUDGE IS ASSIGNED.
Posted on July 10th, 2015 No comments
** What a mess! Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.
* “The police officer whose report to the district attorney’s office started an investigation into Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan has been fired from two police jobs despite the efforts of labor unions on his behalf.”
From the Elizabethtown Advocate (click here).
The below document was just entered into the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s site in the case of District Judge Jayne Duncan and is signed by Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker.
Posted on July 9th, 2015 16 comments
*** The woman who answered my call in the Clerk of Courts office this afternoon confirmed that Patrick Fatta pleaded guilty yesterday to all the charges against him. I’ll come back to this tomorrow.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***LIP News has learned that former Lancaster city detective James V. Fatta, pictured left and the brother of Patrick Fatta, who was scheduled to plead guilty to multiple child pornography and molestation charges yesterday, may have been forced to retire from the force this January.The below charges were filed against him on September 18th of 2014 by County Detective Larry R. Martin before District Judge David P. Miller on behalf of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office:His docket indicates there was a summary trial on the charge on January 23, 2015 and states that Fatta was not present but the charge was “withdrawn.” The docket also lists his attorney as Barry Gene Goldman and it is not known if he was present.This is highly unusual and disturbing and has never been in the news!************* These are the cases that have been filed in District Judge Jayne Duncan’s office from July 7th through today at 9:45 am. The second docket down is a traffic docket (meter violation), which has been transferred to District Judge Robert A. Herman, Jr.Herman is one of three Judges taking Duncan’s criminal, traffic and non-traffic cases while she is suspended from handling them. For the same time period, Herman has had 58 cases filed in his office.What the next step is regarding Duncan and her status and when and if there is a hearing scheduled is not known at this time. A call was placed to her attorney, Heidi Eakin, at her office this morning. She was not available and a message was left on her voicemail.
* Also note the top left of the page with the “Downtown Block Party.” That is LNP’s own event! It is “free” advertising for themselves. They have become an entertainment medium – not a news organization. Oh, and you can’t take “selfie sticks” if you go (click here)!
LNP GOES DARK!
The top half of today’s LNP print edition front page.
Seriously, LNP? This is what you think will sell newspapers? A silly pun and a black photograph? News sells newspapers! And there is no news to be found.
Their entire staff must be at the Women’s Open or on vacation. There is no one covering the courts or the police. This is simply unbelievable.
I will update this site as the courts open to find out if Patrick Fatta entered guilty pleas yesterday to child pornography and molestation charges and when he will be sentenced (see two stories down on this site); what is going on with District Judge Duncan and the investigation/suspension of her office and discussion about the release of the names of the officers involved in the deadly shooting in May.
The level of reporting at LNP has fallen so low that there is this exchange on reporter Tom Knapp’s LNP Facebook page:
“Pretty sure?” Seriously? And he’s a reporter? And he’s the one who “covered/rewrote” the police press release in this “article?”
It’s called “probable cause,” Tom: “Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution,” (click here).
Simply unbelievable! “Pretty sure!”
Please check back later today.
Posted on July 8th, 2015 3 comments
THE LIGHTER SIDE!
I ran out of time today and will come back to serious topics tomorrow. This clip first showed up on my Facebook page several days ago and I have been delighted with it ever since. And it’s making the rounds and should go national any day now. This woman is great!
Posted on July 8th, 2015 11 comments
& OFFICERS’ SAFETY!Patrick FattaPatrick Fatta is scheduled to plead guilty today at 1:30 pm before Judge Joseph Madenspacher on two separate sets of charges – click here for LNP’s, “Ex-diving coach charged with child porn also sexually assaulted pre-teen, police say.”Fatta is the brother of long time Lancaster City detective James Fatta who retired from the police department in January. Fatta has been free on $10,000 unsecured bail since his original arrest on four felony counts of owning child pornography. His bail amount remained the same when the child molestation charges were filed.There will be more on this later today.The issue with District Judge Jayne Duncan needs to be resolved and the public needs to be kept informed (see the stories below on this site). This all boils down to one crucial question: Did fill-in Senior District Judge Daniel Garrett file the correct paperwork on the three traffic tickets for Shawn Kerr or not?If he did, then Duncan holding a second hearing on the same tickets is unjustifiable. If Garrett did not file the correct paperwork, what should the remedy have been? Citizen’s are not entitled to two hearings on the same set of tickets.This is the beginning of a Letter to the Editor in today’s print edition of LNP by Les Neri, President of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police (click here).Oh, for heaven’s sake! Give it a rest already! Seriously! And there is another side to this whole issue that has never been brought up and I will raise it later today.Please check back later today.
Posted on July 6th, 2015 27 comments
DOCKET STILL MISSING!
* UPDATED 7-7-15 – As an aside to this story and DA Craig Stedman’s concern over docket accuracy, I checked this morning and Thomas Greene’s docket is still missing – click here for “THE MYSTERIOUS MISSING DOCKET!” I will put in a Right-to-Know request with the DA’s office to find out why his docket is not available to the public through the PA court website.
***** This case is very serious. What paperwork did Judge Garrett fail to file and was Judge Duncan aware that he had already found Shawn Kerr guilty on all three tickets? If she was, then her conduct in holding a “new” hearing is outrageous and unjustifiable. It’s a shame Kerr overslept – but if you snooze, you lose!
**** According to a PennLive update, the hearing for District Judge Jayne Duncan scheduled for tomorrow with President Judge Dennis Reinaker has been continued per her attorney’s request as Duncan “will be out of state.”
*** This note attached to one of Shawn Kerr’s tickets may explain part of this terrible mess/two hearings and was included in the DA’s petition. According to the note, Kerr came in late on 5-15-15 – his hearing was scheduled for 9:45 am. On the left of the ticket written alongside the ticket it says “5-15-15 Found Guilty in Absentia” with initials that might be “DGG.” But then someone apparently also wrote “Reschedule” on the note.
** There is something very wrong here. Please note the copies of the docket below submitted by the District Attorney’s office in their petition (I apologize for the poor quality but the copies provided by the DA are of low quality and the docket’s on the court portal have been changed to delete many of these items).
This is for Shawn Kerr’s ticket #363 – unsafe equipment. According to the DA’s Petition, Senior MDJ Daniel Garrett held his hearing on May 15th and Kerr failed to show and he was found guilty. At the second hearing on June 15th before MDJ Jayne Duncan, Kerr was present and this charge was withdrawn.
* “‘She is not suspended,’ attorney for Lancaster judge says, refuting claims,” PennLive (click here).
This is getting nasty! But she has been suspended for criminal and traffic matters so why are traffic dockets still showing up under her office? See proof of those dockets below on this site.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
As of 6:43 am this morning, a traffic docket with a filing date of today, was entered under District Judge Jayne Duncan’s office. On June 25th, Duncan was temporarily removed from her office by President Judge Dennis Reinaker who ordered that her work will be handled by three other District Judges.
Why is this docket entered to her office and who is inputting them into the court system’s website?
It’s going to be a busy day. LNP has not updated their story since before noon on Friday. They have not published one word of the information available on this site. Please see the stories immediately below and check back for developments.
And Mayor Gray and Police Chief Keith Sadler have disgusting “guest editorials” in today’s LNP print edition. Click here for Gray’s and here for Sadler’s.
Please check back later today.