AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * 4-22 UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – WHERE HAS LNP BEEN ALL THESE YEARS?

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NO ROOM FOR CRITICISM?

     “There is simply no room for criticism of law enforcements[sic] efforts in this case” District Attorney Adams said. 
From today’s press release by the District Attorney’s office (the link is immediately below).
     Isn’t that an interesting comment? There my be “no room for criticism” in this case of an Amish teenager missing for 10 months but there certainly is in other cases! This comment in yesterday:
     Any updates on the homicide of Hipolito Gonzalez? Happened recently and wasn’t posted till weeks later. Someone on here heard about police running after the guy and into a home and he supposedly jumped out the window. Could we know how this information came about? Was it on any of the many cameras that were on that block? Person was charged with simple assault but not arrested yet. Any information or updates??
     Interim Lancaster Police Chief John Bey and the District Attorney’s Office need to answer these questions as soon as possible! The public has a right and need to know. Maybe LNP could demand answers? 
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**   The updated District Attorney’s press release is here.
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WHO IS CORRECT? FOX43!

 

     Left: The headline from Fox43 and on the right, “BREAKING” from LNP on LancasrterOnline.com.
 
     That’s a big difference! Who is correct? Fox43. Shame on you LNP executive editor Tom Murse!
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4-22 UPDATE

   District Attorney Heather Adams will hold a press conference today at 11:oo am regarding the human remains found yesterday and connected to the disappearance of Linda Stoltzfoos last June. You can watch the livestream on LNP or your television station of choice.

BODY FOUND?

    According to the below Facebook page, which seems to be closely connected with the family, they have found the body of Linda Stoltzfoos who has been missing since June of last year. Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.
     
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Today has been a crazy day personally. I’m sorry and please check back tomorrow.

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JUST THE BEGINNING!

     The above comment in from “barryinwinnipeg” yesterday.
 
     Hallelujah!
Please check back later today.

WHO IS RUNNING LANCITY CONNECT? HOW MANY CUSTOMERS ARE THERE?

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3:40 pm – OMG! The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
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WHERE’S THE MONEY, MAW?

     I will put in a new Right-to-Know request for the signed agreement and the city ordinance mentioned in Patrick Hopkins’ letter below will come later today. The city gave MAW 90 days to run LanCity Connect before they paid them over two million dollars to go away and the city took over running LanCity Connect. So where does all of this stand now?
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – THE PRESSROOM IS OWNED BY LNP/STEINMANS!

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    Once again, former County Commissioner and author of the book “Pressed,” Molly Henderson, is running to fill a position on the School Board of Lancaster for two years. She is running unopposed. See the below (click here for the original on the county website) and the Office of Elections said a sample primary ballot should be available to the public by the end of this week.
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BAIL REVOKED

***  Cherrelle Byrd’s bail has been revoked. The District Attorney’s Office requested it and according to her updated docket, Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker revoked her bail.
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**   Someone, presumably the District Attorney’s Office, has requested a bail modification for Cherrelle Byrd who is charged with shooting and killing her ex-husband Richard Williams Friday night in Mountville (see below). As noted here yesterday, her bail was originally set at 10% of $75,000 which is very low for a homicide charge.
     Her docket also now indicates that she has obtained the private legal counsel of Andrew Sullivan Cooper, Esquire.

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MOLLY IS RUNNING!

*   I am going to explain this as carefully as I can. The other day this site stated that former Lancaster County Commissioner Molly Henderson is running for the School Board of Lancaster. She is. Her name will be on the ballot.
     Her name does not appear in any of today’s LNP articles on the primary election presumably because her candidacy is not contested. She is running as both a Democrat and a Republican for a two-year-term to replace a board member who resigned. She has no competition in the primary from either party and so her win is almost guaranteed. 
     According to the Office of Lancaster County Elections today, her category will be separate and apart from the five Democrats running for four-year-terms on the school board.
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

“TOO MANY
BLACKS & HISPANICS”

Please check back later today.

4-18 UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * EAT ICE CREAM ON THE COUCH?

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4-18-UPDATE

     Bail is “not normally denied in homicide charge”. Chauvin, for e.g. Where DO you get you info?!!!
This comment in yesterday and not approved.
     Um… for one thing – Chauvin is in a different state and second – he used to be a cop! Have you been drinking?
    The big murder case that was just in the news – 14-year-old Claire Miller who is currently being charged as an adult – has her bail denied. Look up Raymond Rowe (murder of Christy Mirack) and Carlos Montalvo-Rivera (currently in jail awaiting trial for the arson murder of his wife Olga Sanchez-Reyes) and their bail was/is denied. In a homicide case bail is normally denied or set in the millions (Chauvin’s is one million).
     According to her docket, Cherrelle Byrd’s bail is 10% of $75,000 or $7,500. That is unheard of in a “typical” homicide case. We have not seen her mugshot and I’m wondering if she has facial injuries? 
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      According to the Prothonotary’s Office, they were divorced on September 22, 2017.
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     According to Lancaster County marriage records, Cherrelle Byrd and Richard Williams were married on July 14th, 2012. The picture below is from her Facebook page in March of this year.
       

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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

     Cherrelle Byrd’s docket indicates she had her preliminary arraignment this morning before District Judge Nancy G. Hamill. Unless this is an error, there must be extenuating circumstances because her docket indicates her bail is 10% of $75,000. Bail is normally denied in homicide cases.
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**   The police press release (click here):

       Man Dies of Gunshot Wound Friday in Mountville 

     An incident Friday in Mountville resulted in the death of a man who was shot inside his home. Police were contacted Friday evening to respond to the 400 block of Hillside Drive for a dispute between 2 adults. The caller advised a verbal altercation was, or had taken place and one person had been shot. 
     West Hempfield Township police arrived at the scene and found Richard Williams, who had sustained a single gunshot wound. Williams died later at Lancaster General Hospital. 
     The homicide investigation is in relation to a domestic incident and there is no threat to the public. 
     Cherrelle Byrd has been charged with Criminal Homicide.  The investigation continues. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is assisting West Hempfield Township police.
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CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE

*     Cherrelle Byrd, 34, has been charged with homicide after shooting her boyfriend, Richard Williams, in their home in Mountville last night (click here for the WGAL story).
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THINGS WHITE PEOPLE
DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT

       The below is going around on social media:

* WHO STOLE THE MONEY? – 7

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— Have a happy and safe Friday! —
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*     Claire MIller, 14, waived her preliminary hearing this afternoon for the murder of her 19-year-old disabled sister Helen. Her case now moves to the Court of Common Pleas with her formal arraignment scheduled for May 14th.

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TEN MONTHS & COUNTING!

(Click here)
 
     LNP finally follows-up on the missing $150,000 from the drug task force! I have said repeatedly that I am going to concentrate on this and then something equally important always comes up. But next week I will concentrate on this and hopefully I will have help.
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – * WHO WANTS A COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT?

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MOLLY IS RUNNING
FOR SCHOOL BOARD!

       
    Former County Commissioner and the author of “Pressed,” a book about LNP and their con center/Marriott Hotel, Molly Henderson is running as a Democrat for the School Board of Lancaster (she is pictured above at left).
     In an interesting and disturbing twist today, Mayor Danene Sorace posted that she has taken a “No Backroom Deals Pledge” (click here). That is just ridiculous. You should keep an eye on your husband and your Chief of Staff, Danene!
     I wonder how Molly and Danene get along? There will be much more on Sorace’s “Pledge” coming and also her relationship with LNP! What a liar!
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*     Following Saturday Night Live’s success with the Titanic, LNP executive editor Tom Murse decided the Titanic will sell papers! LOL!
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LNP WANTS A
COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT!

(REAL BAD!)

    A county health department will solve every woe in Lancaster County according to the LNP “editorial board.” Yup, they will hire only the best and top physicians and staff who will be dedicated and spend their days helping the disabled, those with Covid and the vaccine effort, they will take care of the lead problem with children and Lyme disease and the Chickenpox and they will do all these of things immediately and perfectly.
     Lancaster County will have no wants as long as there is a county health department! And LNP executive editor Tom Murse is no longer going to have a reporter cover Lancaster City Council Meetings. Nope. Who needs to know how they will finance the construction of two new fire stations? Who needs to know how the police department is trying to improve? Maybe the county health department can take care of all that and gun violence too! 
     Oh, and maybe a county health department can give LNP more money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls downtown Marriott Hotel! Wow!
Please check back later today.

** – * I PAY TO READ – DO NOT BLOCK ME!

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PRELIMINARY HEARING
THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH

Miller

     I have made it clear how I feel about the LNP series on “famous” murders and the current article on the murder of Laurie Show is sad, repetitive and ridiculous. 
     This coming Friday, Claire Miller, 14, is scheduled to have her preliminary hearing before District Judge David P. Miller for the charge of murdering her 19-year-old sister Helen. The woman who answered the phone in the judge’s office this afternoon said the hearing is still scheduled and it will be held in the county courthouse in courtroom A at 1:30 pm.
This will become a “famous” Lancaster County murder case. She will turn 15-years-old on May 18th.

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Campbell

**   Stephen Campbell, the Director of Public Works, needs to take a chill pill regarding personal delivery devices (PDD). For the third meeting in a row, this man talked and talked and talked about them. If the city has to approve every company that wants to use them it will be a paperwork nightmare. 
     And Tony Dastra raised an interesting point – if local restaurants choose to use them people could avoid the additional cost of a delivery service like Door Dash.
     The world is changing. Drone delivery and personal delivery devices will happen. Get a grip, Campbell.

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*    In the report of the mayor last night and her push for a county health department, Mayor Sorace said Lancaster County has more Chickenpox and Lyme disease than the rest of the state. How does she know this? Is it because of the Amish? Is it true? 
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SHAME ON LNP!

     The above is what I woke up to. I have to google how to disable my ad blocker if I decide I want to. And LNP’s lead article this morning is at left. This is unbelievable. So much happened at last night’s city council meeting, and they have this one topic that fits LNP’s agenda and was pre-written by a correspondent! Shame on LNP!
     From last night’s meeting – Tony Dastra wants to be on the Traffic Commission. Good! Put him on the Traffic Commission. And Patrick Hopkins answered his question from last week about how much the city paid Wacker Brewing Company to get out of a ridiculous lease. And there were very important reports from interim police chief John Bey and also the Gateway Mental Health program and their work with county police departments. 
     Someone else wrote the Mayor’s report on a county health department and I intend to find out who she plagiarized.
Click here to watch the video of last night’s meeting and please check back later today.

UPDATED – * DOES WACHINSKI NEED EDUCATING?

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COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

    Lancaster city council meets virtually tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. The (long) agenda is below and you can watch the livestream of the meeting on the city’s YouTube channel (click here).
     According to the agenda, interim Police Chief John Bey will give a “Police Bureau Progress Report.” What is that all about?
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*    Dauphin County District Judge David O’Leary is going to have a busy May 6th this year (he is pictured at left). Lancaster attorney Nick Wachinski, who this site reported had 18 warrants for his arrest out of O’Leary’s office last week, has pleaded not-guilty to the parking tickets and  summary trials on the tickets are all scheduled for May 6th at 1:00 pm. It should be a very interesting day in court.
     We will look at Wachinski’s tickets in Lancaster County shortly.
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WHO NEEDS SCHOOLING?   

    According to the “Minor Judiciary Education Board” website, Lancaster attorney Nicholas Wachinsky (pictured below) is a Board Member (click here). Wachinsky had over 20 warrants for his arrest for unpaid parking tickets and he is now embroiled in a legal controversy because he is the solicitor for both the Lancaster Constables Association and the competing company Constable Peace Keeping Detail LLC (click here).
     Should this man be involved with the education of District Judges?
    There will be an update on the warrants and Right-to-Know requests coming later today.
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WHAT IS UNDER…

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THE EAST KING
STREET FIRE STATION?

     I am switching up today, because the story to the left is now the lead story on Lancaster Online (click here).  Also, this is a new post because something odd happened when I tried to add this to this morning’s post (the joys of a website)!
     Remember at last week’s city council committee meeting when city Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins said they need a contingency fund for the new East King Street fire station because they don’t know what is under it (click here). 
     Hey Patrick, call Ground Penetrating Radar Systems (click here for their website). If they can do it for Bube’s Brewery they can do it for Lancaster City!
     How ridiculous and pathetic that people believe this man!
    I am sending Right-to-Know requests today regarding the situation with the constables and their one and the same lawyer for both organizations and the county and will update you tomorrow.

4-12 UPDATE – * PROFITING FROM THE PANDEMIC!

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4-12 UPDATE

WHO WILL INVESTIGATE?

     Will Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams investigate Constable Michael Chance (pictured below), Attorney Nicholas Wachinski and the politicians involved in granting no-bid contracts or will she turn the investigation over to the state Attorney General’s office?
      This comment in under this post:
     How could Attorney Nick Wachinski be representing two groups competing for the same contract, Constable Assoc and Constable Chances private company.
     1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
* Except as provided in paragraph (b), a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest. A concurrent conflict of interest exists if the representation of one client will be directly adverse to another client;
* Mandatory Withdrawal – A lawyer ordinarily must decline or withdraw from representation if the client demands that the lawyer engage in conduct that is illegal or violates the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.

Please read the other excellent comments under this post and check back later today.

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HOW RICH IS CHANCE?

 

     Is Constable Michael Chance the highest paid elected official in Lancaster County? How much money is he raking in? I will be putting in Right-to-Know requests.
     According to county records, he owns the building at 602 West King Street which was formerly the Blue Star Hotel and is now Rieker Bottle Works. 
     The business, Reiker Bottle Works, is owned by his business partner and possible romantic interest, Paula Saxinger (click here for the LNP article shown above right).
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

CROOKED CONSTABLES
AND NO-BID CONTRACTS

(Click here)
 
     This story broke on this site yesterday in the comments under ‘WHERE IS LNP?” below, And look, there’s attorney Nicholas Wachinsky again! He had over 20 warrants for his arrest (click here). Why didn’t the constables arrest him? Has he paid those parking tickets?
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – GEORGIA ON MY MIND!

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     Time caught up with me as I try to get some Spring things done. And I’ll admit I’ve been listening to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” for most of the afternoon. 
     Please read all the very interesting comments that came in today under the post immediately below and thank you very much to the commenters.
Please check back tomorrow as I think there may be some real excitement!
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WHAT THE DEVIL?

     Seen on Facebook! 
Please check back later today.

WHERE IS LNP?

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IS PORRECA DISABLED?

     What is going on? How is Porreca permanently and totally disabled? How could she work at Agape Care, Home Care if she is disabled? Where is LNP? 
Please check back later today.

4-8-UPDATE – UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** BRITTANY PORRECA IS WORKING?

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     This is really scary. Please read the comments under this post. No one is holding the city administration accountable. No one. LNP gives them a total pass and has for years. 
     There will be more tomorrow.
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IT NEVER HURTS…

     Remember the above (click here for the original)? Well Tony Dastra followed up with Hopkins to find out how the city resolved this mess of their own making. I got a phone call that I had to take during the three hour meeting, but I came in at the end of this and I will try to publish a transcript.
      Tony asked Hopkins if they took back the warehouse by eminent domain. Hopkins said, “no.” He then asked if it had gone to court. Hopkins said, “no.” Then Tony asked Hopkins how much the city paid Wacker to get out of the lease. Hopkins said he couldn’t remember (lol!). And Tony finished up with (LNP reporters please take note) that he would like to know and if Hopkins could please look it up and let him know at the next meeting. Good job, Tony! And if he doesn’t tell the public I will put in a Right-to-Know request.
     And Wacker is doing well! Click here for the March LNP story, “Wacker’s Roadhouse opens in Willow Street; new taproom for historic Lancaster brewery.” Will they give Lancaster residents a free beer? It never hurts to ask!
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TEST #3

     I got your attention now, didn’t I? Yes, test #3 involves beer and the Wacker Brewing Company! Will there be a free beer for everyone? Stay tuned…
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TEST #2

       Now this is not really a test but it is a comment. Hopkins told city council on Monday that in addition to the $1,200,000 they need for construction of the fire stations that they also need a “contingency fund” for the East King Street fire station. Why? Hopkins said there have been 5 or 6 fire stations built at that location and (gasp and cue the creepy music) no one knows what is below the station! I think Hopkins’ calculator might be below the station – but seriously, five or six? That is extremely doubtful and it’s probably more like three. And you mean there are no records or blueprints from the previous constructions? Maybe they should check out the Historical Society. They can x-ray every inch of a human body but they don’t know what is under the East King Street fire station? It is simply absurd! How does this man keep his job?
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TEST #1

        At Monday’s city council committee meeting, Tony Dastra asked one of the candidates for the Planning Commission, “How much does a dollar cost?” 
      Let’s find out if Patrick Hopkins knows! 
     So once again, Hopkins showed the above slide and said the city needs $1.3 million dollars more for the construction of the two fire stations – the one on West King and the one on East King Street. Now Hopkins said the city has a note – otherwise known as a loan – taken in 2019 for $9,040,000, The rate on the loan is 2.82% interest for the first ten years and then a variable rate for the next ten years with a cap of 5%. Now someone told Hopkins that they can now get a loan with a rate of $2.63% interest for the first ten years and with the same variable rate for the next ten years again with a cap of 5%.
     Now, get your calculators and let me know if this will save $1.3 million dollars and how could they possibly know the ultimate savings/cost with a variable rate for ten years? 
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4-8- UPDATE   

     Coming later today: Three tests to see if city Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins has a clue and can do basic math! Get your pencils and erasers ready. 
     I was going to lead into this with a “cute” story about my taking economics in college and how it caused such a panic that I almost didn’t recover. But LNP’s editorial today dampened all my joy (more on that later) and I’m going straight to the testing and I plan to end up with Brittany Porreca and how she can work as an administrative assistant if she is permanently and totally disabled! Oh, and where is LNP?
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The below post on the “Agape Care, Home Care” Facebook page came down fast and is no longer there. I am doing some research this afternoon. Please check back tomorrow.
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

WHY DIDN’T THE POLICE
PUT HER ON DESK DUTY?

From the “Agape Care, Home Care” Facebook page.
 
     City council just voted to give Brittany Porreca a disability retirement pension because she had a “permanent and total disability” while working for the Lancaster City Police Department (click here). 
     Why didn’t the police put her on desk duty? How can she be employed?
Please check back later today for this developing story.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – * GO BACK TO IN-PERSON MEETINGS ASAP!

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WHO KILLED
OLGA SANCHEZ-REYES?

     I am switching up this afternoon because this current LNP series on old and solved murders has me so angry because there are so many unsolved murders in Lancaster County (click here for LNP’s “Here’s a list of unsolved homicides in Lancaster County since 1992;” click here for the LNP story today at left above and here for the CBS 21 video and article when Carlos Movtalvo-Rivera was arrested 10 years after the horrific arson murder of his wife, Olga Sanchez-Reyes). 
     According to the court calendar (see below), he is scheduled to go on trial on June 21st and they have set aside eight days for his trial. There is so much wrong with this case and the police did not lift a finger to solve a previous arson at a property the two owned. The police did not lift a finger to solve that first arson and I can prove it. And how do the police get away with that? Because LNP has never held the police accountable. Never.
     LIP News will cover the trial.

FOX GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE?

Left: From The Caucus website (click here) and on the right from Newslanc.com,”Is LNP’s Caucus a fox guarding the hen house?” (click here).
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     …“The state’s death figures from nursing homes — at times inconsistent and incomplete during the pandemic — are also at issue,” Brad Bumsted, bureau chief with The Caucus, an LNP Media Group watchdog publication, reported in Monday’s edition.
From today’s LNP editorial, “Nursing home residents and their loved ones deserve a nonpartisan review of state’s pandemic decisions,” (click here).
     LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, the Caucus is no longer publishing and hasn’t been for months. How long are you going to continue this lie? And as for it being a “watchdog publication,” please read the NewsLanc.com article linked to above.
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A MARATHON SESSION!

Smith-Wade-El

     It was a three hour marathon session of the city council committee meeting last night – but they started late because president Ismail Smith-Wade-El was fourteen minutes late to the meeting and Pete Soto had to begin it. And Smith-Wade-El and Amanda Bakay “disappeared” for long periods of time. I don’t know much about Zoom but their “boxes” were gone and the public had no idea what they were doing. It is not acceptable and as soon as all are vaccinated they need to return to in-person council meetings. 

         Reminder – these council members are paid and they make more than “food money!”  

Garcia-Molina

     Councilman Xavier Garcia-Molina questioned whether it was legal to refuse public comments and Mayor Sorace said because of the length of the agenda she hoped that Tony Dastra did not question every candidate for the planning commission (the agenda is below).  Well, Dastra, a former Independent candidate for Mayor, had a public comment about every single topic and someone needs to tell Garcia-Molina that it is not legal to restrict comments (click here for the very recent ACLU article that begins, “PHILADELPHIA – Two community groups filed suit today against the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia, saying that the board’s new policy limiting public comment at meetings violates the state Sunshine Act”).

Tony Dastra

     And Mayor Sorace does not want to be on the Traffic Commission and she couched it as being able to put more members of the public on the commission. Dastra was not amused.     And they discussed money – millions of dollars in public money and Garcia-Molina stated at one point that he had no experience at being a council person but he thought he was doing a good job. Oh, my! 

     Will LNP cover this meeting? They have yet to report on the March 23rd meeting. What an absolute disgrace.
Click here for the video of last night’s meeting and see below for the agenda  and check back later today.
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WHERE ARE YOUR ETHICS, SUZANNE?

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LYING BY OMISSION!

From left: Suzanne Cassidy, Kara Newhouse and Susan Baldrige from the LNP article, “LNP coverage of Manheim Twp. school board earns Pa. NewsMedia Association’s top award,” (click here).
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     “You can hire all the people you want to look at public health … but you’re not going to be able to get the data from which to work to better people’s health, in times of emergency (and) times of nonemergency, unless we have a community health department,” noted Susan Baldrige, executive director at Partnership for Public Health, a nonprofit that plays a role in research, advocacy and education, but does not do the work that a county health department would.
From today’s LNP editorial, “On the race to vaccinate, and why it’s a race we must win — and why (again) Lancaster County needs a health department,” (click here).
     OMG! Apparently LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy “forgot” that Susan Baldrige used to be an “investigative reporter” for LNP. There is no excuse for her not to mention this! Absolutely none! Oh, and Susan Baldrige is still in court because then Manheim Township School Board President William Murry is suing her and LNP for defamation. Unbelievable!

HAPPY EASTER & PASSOVER

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LIP WILL BE BACK ON TUESDAY

LIP News will resume daily publishing on Tuesday, April 6th with a report on Monday’s city council committee meeting! Have a great Easter and Passover!

4-3 UPDATE – * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * TAKE A CHILL PILL, SUZANNE!

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APRIL 3 UPDATE

18 WARRANTS IN DAUPHIN COUNTY

     The below email in last evening. It is reprinted below for clarity. The mobile phone number has been redacted. I spoke with the office of Dauphin County District Judge David O’Leary yesterday. The man who answered the phone stated that Wachinski has 18 warrants for his arrest.  He said correspondence was being sent to 333 Ludwell Drive in Lancaster, PA. According to county records, that address is owned by Wachinski.
Please check back later today.
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Ms. Holzinger
 
I have been made aware of your recent post about me.  Firstly, you are not authorized to use my images whatsoever.  I am not a public official subject to certain relaxed rules related to the use of my photos and accordingly, you are in violation of the law.
 
Secondly, your post insinuates a purposeful avoidance of responsibility and does not take into account any other factors what so ever, including the possibility of improper service of the required court notices.  Because your publication does not take into account any of these other factors, you are not reporting a fully truthful story and may be subject to other potential legal action.
 
I demand that you immediately cease the use of my photograph.  In an effort to avoid other action, please remove the post of this story.  I truly believe this to be a misunderstanding and that your “sources” have an agenda of their own.  Please feel free to contact me upon receipt of this email.  Thank you. 
 
Nicholas J. Wachinski, Esquire
[Redacted] (Mobile)
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*    Nicholas Wachinski can’t pay his parking tickets but he certainly can donate to Republican candidates (see below and click here for all his donations on transparencyusa.org). Will the politicians return his money? This is absolutely outrageous. Does this lawyer think he is above the law?
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***

REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
WANTED IN FOUR COUNTIES

Nicholas J. Wachinski (Facebook)
 
     LIP News has learned that Lancaster Attorney and Republican Committee Member, Nicholas J. Wachinski, has over 20 warrants for his arrest in four counties. They are the result of parking tickets which Wachinski has ignored. 
     He has a warrant in Chester County. That was verified today by the woman who answered the phone in now Senior District Judge William Kraut’s office. She said their office sent him a first class summons and a certified letter and they have received no response. They have a warrant for his arrest.
     There are also 18 warrants for him in Dauphin County, two in York County and one in Lancaster County.
Please check back for this developing story.
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DOES ANYONE
KNOW THE ANSWER?

  Today’s serious question before this site goes on Easter vacation:
     Why is LNP not covering Lancaster City Police Officer Brittany Porreca and her being permanently and totally disabled while on the job? Does anyone know the answer? We know that LNP “protects” Mayor Sorace because she led the vote to give them millions of public dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. But why are they treating this as if it did not happen?
   Three days after the city council meeting where they held an executive session to discuss her disability pension application and added it to the agenda and voted to approve it, LNP finally ran a story about the meeting by Herb Landau, the former executive director of the Lancaster Public Library (click here and he is pictured at left). So, is Mr. Landau deaf or did LNP tell him not to report it or what? Why is all of this missing from his coverage?
     Does anyone know or have any ideas?
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A FLY IN THE OINTMENT!

 

From today’s LNP editorial, “Continue funding for local programs that combat spotted lanternfly threat,” (click here).
 
       Heavens! Calm down, LNP opinion editor, Suzanne Cassidy. We know it’s hard to be the perfect person day after day and having to lie about being a “community newspaper” and a “watchdog.” The stress is clearly getting to you. Take a chill pill!
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – WHO HOLDS THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE?

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TWO WEEKS LATE!

From the LNP re-write of the police press release below (click here).
 
     So, two weeks later and the police are looking for information and LNP doesn’t question it at all. How is interim police chief John Bey doing? Awful, judging by this!
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WHY THE DELAY?

     Becky here is what I was talking about on Manor St. Look how long it took just to make the paper! They are trying to hide or cover up something. I heard (Note: I didn’t witness anything) the guy was running from Police they chased him and he ran in a house the chased him all the way till he jumped out a 3rd story window.
This comment in last night.
     Yes, this happened on March 18th and the police did not issue a press release until March 31st (click here for the above release). This is unsatisfactory! But the police get away with it because LNP hasn’t held them accountable for years. Instead, they run a series on solved murders and ignore an officer who is allegedly permanently and totally disabled following a work related, unknown incident. Unbelievable!
Please check back later today.

* AND NOT A WORD FROM LNP!

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—  To be continued tomorrow.  —

OH, REALLY?   

*   As I noted in the comments this morning, sports reporter John Walk did a very nice piece on Ethan Vaughn (click here). What he doesn’t tell you is that he came to LNP’s attention because Vaughn was recognized by city council at their March 9th meeting (see the agenda below).
     Vaughn spoke at the meeting and he asked if any media covered the meetings. Council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El told him LNP covers the meetings. Oh, really?
     And why, oh why, didn’t Smith-Wade-El tell Vaughn that LIP News covers city council meetings?

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AN EXECUTIVE SESSION
 ADDED TO THE AGENDA
& COUNCIL VOTED

(Click here to watch the video of the February 23rd city council meeting pictured above)
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     At 22:44 into the above meeting, Patrick Hopkins interrupts council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El and says, “Ah, Mr. President, if I could jump in here and just provide the reminder that we need to have the disability pension motion reviewed and voted on.”
     To which Smith-Wade-El responds, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I totally neglected to add that to the agenda.”
     Then in less that four minutes time we learn that council held an executive session before the meeting to discuss the disability pension, it was added to the agenda and council voted on the motion with seven “ayes.” 
     And LNP has not said one word about this.  A police officer, Brittany Porreca, allegedly sustained a permanent and total disability while working and this resulted in a four minute public presentation and vote at council. And LNP has not said a word.
Please check back later today.

UPDATED – 3-30 UPDATE – ** – * AFTERNOON UPDATE – DISABILITY RETIREMENT PENSION

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WATCHDOG?

 

     I am doing some research this afternoon but the above left is LNP writing about themselves in the editorial, “Beware partisan websites masquerading as news sites. Newspapers such as LNP | LancasterOnline are far more reliable,” (click here).
     So, where the hell is watchdog LNP? Gasp – don’t tell me LNP lied again! There will be much more tomorrow.
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3-30 UPDATE 

     Former police officer Brittany Porreca was apparently unhurt in January of 2020 when she was pictured twice on the police Facebook page with the horse Charlie on the day he was put down (see below).
Click here for the LNP article “Lancaster city police horse Charlie dies” and check back later today.
   
**   Click here for, “Ten things you should know about The Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act.”
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*     Providing for the payment of the salary, medical and hospital expenses of certain employees of State and local government who are injured or contract certain diseases in the performance of their duty; and providing that absence during such injury shall not reduce any usual sick leave period. 
The beginning of the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act which Brittany Porreca was receiving prior to her disability retirement pension (click here for the whole Act).
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PERMANENT AND
TOTAL DISABILITY”

     What happened to former Lancaster City Police Officer Brittany Porreca? Something extremely serious occurred. Is the police department working to ensure that this does not happen to any other officer? 
     Please note #8 in the signed agreement below – “Non-disparagement.”

Former Mayor J. Richard Gray swearing in officer Brittany Porreca on January 13th, 2015.

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WHAT HAPPENED
TO THIS FORMER OFFICER?

     The city’s response to my Right-to-Know request will come later today.
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* CANNOT SEPARATE THE CON CENTER FROM LNP’S MARRIOTT HOTEL!

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NO COMMENTS!

  You also will notice the removal of comments from our site. Our Opinion section serves as a platform for community members to discuss and debate shared concerns and solutions. This dialogue is vital to the health of our community. We encourage you to participate in the discussion created by our “letters to the editor” section. You can submit a letter to the editor by clicking here, and you can read letters submitted to us by clicking here. You also can join the conversation on our social media platforms. 
From the LNP article, “Changes coming to LancasterOnline; here’s what to expect,” (click here).
     This question came up in the comments and here is where they state the removal of comments from their site. I said in the comments that this was authored by executive editor Tom Murse. The article states it was written by “staff” and I apologize for the error.
     What do I think of their new site? Blah. The only thing I like is the link to their e-newspaper at the top left.
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WHERE IS YOUR DISCLOSURE?

 

   Left: From the LNP editorial, “Beware partisan websites masquerading as news sites. Newspapers such as LNP | LancasterOnline are far more reliable,” (click here) and on the right is a LNP article from today (click here).
 
         LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy is a liar.
     I am having trouble connecting to the internet so check the comments where I can post and please be patient.

** – * & THEY NEED THAT $6,000?

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**     This comment just in under yesterday’s post:
     I saw the coroners office out and about last week and has anyone else realized that they now carry guns? Gotta make sure the people they deal with don’t turn into zombies!!
     Is this true? Are they carrying guns?
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JUSTICE DELAYED!

*   Remember Andrew and Lisa Makrides (pictured below). They were arrested on October 30th of 2020 and charged with hosting multiple underage drinking parties in Manheim Township. They were finally scheduled to have their preliminary hearings yesterday before District Judge David P. Miller. I called his office today for an update and the woman who answered the phone said they were continued again at a defense attorney’s request. She stated no new date has been scheduled.
     I realize we are in a pandemic but this has been five months with no preliminary hearing. This has to be fixed!

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AMISH TEEN FEARED KILLED

     

     A front page headline in today’s LNP print edition and District Attorney Heather Adams (click here to read the article).
 
     DA Heather Adams better find that missing $150,000 before she “eyes” the death penalty! You do realize, DA Adams, that if you lied or made a mistake that you have not corrected, that when it becomes public information you will no longer be the District Attorney? I will focus on an answer to that all next week.
     And did the city save $6,000 a month by bringing attorney Barry Handwerger “in-house” (see yesterday’s post)? No. Apparently the law firm of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert didn’t want to lose that $6,000!
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?

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A WHOLE LOT OF LEGAL HELP!

Handwerger

     Please see the below and click here for the LNP story, “Lancaster is bringing its city solicitor in-house, potentially saving nearly $6,000 per month.” Do you think the city saved “nearly $6,000 per month” by bringing Barry Handwerger in-house? I will put in a Right-to-Know request for his annual salary since he has been a city employee per Patrick Hopkin’s letter below. Wow! The city needs a lot of legal help!

     There will be more to follow.
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 The answer to the below is coming later today…
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*    The below comment in this morning:

     The state is requiring me to renew my license and need to get a photo for this. I am not vaccine eligible however the state is making me travel to license Center to congregate around other people Takeoff my mask to have a picture taken , seems like the risk is not worth reward and may catch Covid just to get a new picture idea. Why doesn’t any of this makes sense?
     I just renewed my license and did not have to take a new photo. I sent the renewal amount and received a letter that said because of Covid, I did not need to get a new photo and they would send me my renewal shortly using my “old” photo. And they did and I have my new license. I had not read this anywhere and was surprised but pleased!
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HE CALLED A COMMISSIONER
THE ANGEL OF DEATH”   

      Former LNP Executive Editor Ernie Schreiber is using Covid-19 to try to redeem himself and his reputation The below is from his Facebook page. Will it work?

Please check back later today. 

AFTERNOON UPDATE – A CLUELESS MAYOR!

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 AND IT’S NOT NEWS!

    Posted on LNP’s Facebook page under their cheesesteak story (click here).
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     You, sir, are correct and that is one nasty looking pizza steak. And it’s an embarrassment and a shame that LNP ran this as their top story all day until Josh Parsons exploded on them!
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     I don’t care if you like Josh Parsons or agree or disagree with his politics – he gave an incredible performance today. He actually looked like he was totally in charge and absolutely enjoying himself the whole time. He gave the LNP reporters asking the questions a very hard time and called them out on multiple items.
    And I agree with him about one thing – LNP’s coverage of a county health department has been relentless and one-sided. They are using it to try to “show” that they are working on behalf of the public – not for Peggy Steinman’s pocketbook as per their usual.
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—  He accused LNP of trying to “trick people” regarding a county health department! LOL!
—  Oh, Parsons is slick! He’s insulted LNP numerous times. LOL!
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**  I realize the focus of this will be Covid, but will LNP also ask him about the missing $150,000 from the District Attorney’s office and what is being done about it (click here)? 
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**    Speaking of Willow Valley, at the last city council meeting their representative said their companies are 501(c)(3) corporations which means they are tax exempt. But Mayor Sorace specifically stated they will pay city and school taxes. So which is it? The public needs to know!
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*     I don’t understand why anyone thinks the mayor makes sense. At the last council meeting she announced the city was hiring the CNA Corporation (at $82,000 according to LNP) to review the police department and make them more racially sensitive. At the same meeting, interim police chief John Bey announced a bad cop was promoted and two weeks later the police announced their hiring of a white male from California! Um…do you see a problem, Mayor Sorace?
          Watch out! On top of Willow Valley and their ballroom and pool and fitness center for wealthy seniors, she announced last night that April and May will be affordable housing months! What consultant will the city hire?
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DRONE ON?

 

        Mayor Sorace droned on at last night’s city council meeting. Oops! I mean there was a discussion about drones in city parks (hint: not allowed!). You read that correctly!
Please check back later today.

AFTERNOON UPDATE – * 3-23 UPDATE – WHERE IS THAT $150,000?

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COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT!

     City council meets tonight beginning at 6:30 pm. The agenda is below and you can watch the livestream of the virtual meeting on the city’s YouTube channel (click here).

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     Very briefly, I still don’t know why LNP is running these old, solved murders (click here).  But Marian Baker’s murder is famous and the LNP article fails to mention that part of the reason it is so famous is that Richard Gehman wrote a brilliant book about the crime titled, “A Murder in Paradise.” There are now a lot of books and movies with that title but Gehman was the first. The ending of the book still brings tears to my eyes. It is a lesson in how to write.

 

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3-23-2021 UPDATE

        How is this possible? What news organization in this country would allow this to go unanswered? What news outlet would not hold the police and DA’s office accountable and demand answers? Unbelievable!

— To be continued tomorrow.  —
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SOLVE THE MURDERS!

     From today’s LNP editorial, “This week’s good things: A treasure hunt, a cozy cabin and crime-solving,” (click here).
 
       What exactly are the Lancaster county police departments and the District Attorney’s office doing with DNA to solve all the unsolved murders? As a commenter to this site said, if they recovered the $150,000 allegedly stolen from the DA’s office, they could send DNA to Parabon in many of these cases! And why aren’t they consulting with Eric Schubert (click here for the LNP story)?
Please check back later today.