Posted on August 26th, 2016 4 comments
PROTECT THE PUBLIC!Two items this afternoon:— Following a week when 252 people signed a petition asking the Justice Department to investigate the shooting death of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna and the actions of the District Attorney’s Office, the LNP editorial board decided to write a second editorial praising DA Craig Stedman for his work in halting animal cruelty.As noted on this site last week, Stedman is the subject of a website extremely critical of his handling of animal cruelty cases, “Stedman Walking,” (click here). Has he changed his ways or does he just want some good publicity in what PennLive calls “the summer of citizen crusades against cruelty to animals,” (click here).I don’t know, but LNP’s failure to hold his office accountable for the unsolved murders as well as the white privilege routinely handed out by his office is disgraceful. He is also on the board of the Lancaster Safety Coalition and LNP has inexplicably never questioned why the public never sees photos and videos from those surveillance cameras.LNP’s failure to protect the public is shocking and I will return to that early next week before this site goes on holiday break.
— The final word on Manuel Pagan (aka Yung Zona) for now – as I don’t want to give this street thug and woman beater any more “publicity.” As I noted in the comments the last time Pagan was mentioned on this site, he posted on his Facebook page several months ago that several schools had invited him to speak to their classrooms.This man should not be a role model. Children should not emulate this loser. His culture of drugs, guns and violence should not be applauded and no one should buy his extremely mediocre music. The idea that he would speak in a school literally makes me sick to my stomach. Enough said.**************
PFA COURT** It was a busy day in PFA court on Wednesday. Manuel Pagan was apparently trying to get one against the woman whose teeth he knocked out on August 3rd (see below). The outcome is unknown. Is this some kind of sick strategy to try and get the upper hand?Following Pagan, a hearing for a PFA against former District Judge Kelly Ballentine, who was removed from the bench, was scheduled (OBO stands for “On Behalf Of” and it is believed the person named is a minor). And then five time slots down, Ballentine was trying to get a PFA against the woman who was trying to get one against her!This is believed to be a very messy family situation and if anyone has any information, please contact this site. The outcome of these hearings is unknown. Who is keeping an eye on PFA court?
WARNING: Video has explicit language – not safe for children!
* Well, isn’t this special! Manuel Pagan (aka Yung Zona) has decided to give us some advice. When Pagan was shot on December 30, 2015 and I ran his photo on this site, his Facebook page said he was flipping burgers at McDonalds (click here).
Then Meredith Jorgensen did her piece on WGAL on this up and coming “recording artist” who forgave his shooter and refused to name him. And now he’s pictured with a Lamborghini! Wow! He must have sold a lot of CD’s in Lancaster to afford that Lamborghini! A whole lot!
And if you can stand to listen to the video, notice he refers to a “PFA court hearing.” Yes, it was Pagan who was featured here for knocking out his girlfriend’s teeth on August 3rd.
There will be more on the PFA. So, the question is: How does this no-talent, narcissistic, dangerous and obnoxious man make a living to support his four kids and that Lamborghini? Maybe Meredith could ask him?
ARE HUMANS BETTER OFF?
During that press conference, Stedman said, “Animals in Lancaster County are better off today than they were yesterday.”
From today’s LNP editorial, “Here’s a tip: Keep the fight against animal cruelty going strong,” (click here).
In light of the recent appalling rush to judgement in the death of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna, the twenty unsolved murders in Lancaster city alone (see the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above) and all the unsolved shootings and stabbings, the LNP Editorial Board decided to praise District Attorney Craig Stedman yet again.
It is ridiculous and sickening.
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 25th, 2016 6 comments
NOT CREDIBLE!Diane Enck Gamber knows nothing about this case and yet she is posting away like some kind of expert on Lancaster Online when she simply has a grudge against me and this site. She is one of the least credible posters on Lancaster Online.And “Cindy Miller” is Steven Markle – a sick, convicted stalker and harasser who has been doing it for years. Ron Harper, Jr. put up a website about him years ago – “Stalker Warning” – (click here) and he and his wife are under the tab above on this site, “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE.”Enough about all of that nonsense. I will come back to the LNP story briefly tomorrow and then onto other court news.
** The petition has been mailed and I will follow up with phone calls next week.
I see that Diane Enck Gamber is over on LNP running her insipid mouth off again when she knows absolutely nothing about me or about this case, is not a smart person and is still mad about this entry about her on LIP News (click here for the original):
* A 15-year-old city boy has been charged as an adult with robbery, police reported today.
The opening sentence to the 2010 LNP story, “Teen charged as adult with city robbery,” (click here).
WILL BE HEARD!
As you can imagine, I have a lot to say about this LNP story, but this morning I am printing out the petition and the comments and mailing them to the U.S. Justice Department and I will advise when that is completed.
There are 252 signatures as of 8:00 am! What an amazing response! Thank you everyone for your concern and willingness to speak up!
I will not actively promote the petition from now on but will check on it in several days and if there are any additional signatures they will also be mailed to the Justice Department.
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 24th, 2016 4 comments
A LIVE TEEN
LNP’s big story all day has been about this turtle and reporter Ryan Robinson may have asked more questions than anyone asked about the shooting death of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna. Unbelievable!
* If Reese were to resign today, taxpayers would owe him approximately $19,228 per year, according to a back-of-the-envelope calculation by LNP, using a formula provided by the county officials.
From today’s “insider” story by Christopher Pratt, “Embattled Lancaster County sheriff’s pension may be jeopardized if he is impeached,” (click here).
I don’t know what a “back-of-the-envelope calculation” is! Does anyone? Should I ask a math teacher? Is this the same as an “estimate?”
And please note, this is an “insider” story and as noted on this site previously, LNP is being extremely devious with this. They want your email address so they can give it to their advertisers. They are currently seeking an “Email Marketing Designer,” (click here).
If you start receiving emails that you think are related to LNP, please let this site know.
Click here to sign!
There are 218 signatures on the petition as of 7:30 am this morning! Thank you. I will leave the petition up for another several hours and then it will be forwarded to the Department of Justice.
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 23rd, 2016 7 comments
A LOT OF MONEY!TO SIGN THE PETITION CLICK HERE!There are 179 signatures on the petition as of 3:37 pm today. Thank you. I will leave it up until tomorrow at about noon when I will send the petition to the U.S. Department of Justice.I’ve learned a lot in the last two weeks; one item is that I can print the name of a 17-year-old charged as a juvenile. I posted the email I received from George Rosado’s attorney – but not his name. He is Adam Szilagyi of the Goldberg & Beyer law firm.On Sunday morning I replied to his Saturday email with this:I respectfully decline to remove the information regarding your client from my site. Please clarify/state the law you are citing in requesting the removal.He did not reply and I halfway expected to receive a court order on Monday morning – but that did not occur.I certainly will not do this often, but in Rosado’s case he is six months shy of being 18, he has a troubled past and a lot of people believe he should be tried as an adult. He stole a gun and shot and killed a 15-year-old with it!I don’t know why this case was and is being swept under the rug. I do know that you have to have money to hire Goldberg & Beyer. Several months ago when the teen who caused the Manheim Central graduation to be postponed because of threats, Colton Yeager, was represented by Robert Beyer I published on this site that he had “just hired one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Lancaster County,” (click here). I stand by that. They are also powerful and influential. But hiring all of that is not cheap by any means.Szilagyi was profiled in LNP in 2012 by none other than then court reporter Brett Hambright in the article, “Lancaster attorney dabbles in rap and defends those charged with crimes,” (click here). Of course it was Hambright who became District Attorney Craig Stedman’s spokesman and issued the late Friday night press release on the shooting death of Ibram Hanna that he hoped would fall into the weekend news void and never be questioned or discussed again.He was wrong! Thank you again for signing the petition and your comments and let’s get this case investigated and find out what really happened that Friday morning inside 17 West Main Street in Mountville!Justice for Ibram!
Thank you, WGAL and Danielle Woods! Sign the petition – here!
LIP News will be back later today.
Posted on August 22nd, 2016 11 comments
The response to the petition immediately below has been wonderful. Please share the petition on Facebook, Twitter, by email and any other way you can. Thank you so much. Justice for Ibram!
Click here to sign the petition and see the numerous stories below on this site.
** Sign the petition to have the Department of Justice investigate the murder of Ibram Hanna – click here.
* The people of Lancaster County are known for their generosity. It’s why the refugee program is so successful here. There are people here who are willing to help, and who see meeting the practical needs of another human being as an outward expression of faith.
From today’s LNP editorial, “A photo reminds us of Lancaster County’s history of helping children like Omran,” (click here).
Here’s an idea, LNP! Instead of writing these platitudes day after day and doing the exact opposite, why don’t you investigate the murder of Ibram Hanna? Why don’t you do something to help? Why don’t you send a reporter to Mountville and why don’t you question the West Hempfield Township police and the DA’s office? Why don’t you do your job and hold these officials accountable?
Why don’t you do it today!
THE FAMILY DESERVES
ANSWERS AND JUSTICE!
They left Egypt to avoid Christian persecution and worship God without fear of death. To keep their family safe. Only to lose a son in such a violent way. They deserve love, respect, justice and support.
Posted on social media about the family of Ibram Hanna, 15, who was shot to death in Mountville on August 12.
This family needs justice. The West Hempfield Township Police and the District Attorney’s Office need to be investigated for their handling of this murder and this travesty of justice.
George Rosado, a very troubled 17-year-old being raised by his grandmother, with a stolen gun, with several teens in his house, pulls the trigger and shoots Ibram dead between the eyes at approximately 10:30 am in the morning. Before 10:00 pm that night, the DA’s office issues a statement essentially closing the case – stating it was an accident and Rosado will be charged as a juvenile and the public will learn nothing further about this case or his punishment.
That is not going to happen. This is unacceptable. This is the direct antithesis of how American justice is supposed to operate. The Hanna family deserves answers and justice.
Email or call Brett Hambright, the DA’s “media specialist” and tell him to tell District Attorney Craig Stedman to reopen this investigation now or bring in outside help!
There will be much more later today.
Posted on August 21st, 2016 10 comments
TELL EVERYONE YOU CAN!My husband and I have personally reached out to WGAL, Fox43 and LNP for follow-up.Part of a comment into this site this afternoon.That is wonderful! Please contact anyone you possibly can to tell them about this story and encourage them to look into it and report on it. I am spending the afternoon doing that and tomorrow hope to have a list of people you can contact.This case is so important! This is not the way American justice is supposed to work. And when something breaks, it has to be fixed.This site has seen incredible traffic for the last two days coming from Facebook links. Thank you and please keep it up and check back tomorrow to see how we can work to fix this miscarriage of justice and obtain justice for Ibram and his family and friends.— PennLive (firstname.lastname@example.org),— CBS-21 (email@example.com)— ABC-27 (firstname.lastname@example.org)— Fox 43 (news@Fox43.com)— WGAL (News Tip Line: 800-TIP-WGAL (800-847-9425)
NEW INVESTIGATION NEEDED!I received the below email yesterday at 12:05 pm. I have redacted the lawyer’s name and his law firm. At this time, I respectfully decline to remove any information from this site related to their client.Please check back later today.
As counsel for the juvenile who has been petitioned in the matter related to the passing of Ibrahm [sic] Hanna, I would request that you remove any mention of my client’s name, address, and family information. Said information related to my client has not been released to the press and no court has ruled on whether any hearings will be open to the public. Out of respect for the law and my client’s right to privacy, please remove said information from your site and refrain from posting similar information in the future.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
Posted on August 20th, 2016 37 comments
* Doing some research this afternoon. Will be back tomorrow.
This comment just came in under a post below and I am moving it to the front page. Thank you very much for writing and I would like to talk to you further. This is simply unbelievable.
I am the mother of one of Ibrams close friends. To this date- the police have not contacted a single one of this boys friends to “investigate” this murder. His family has not been asked a single question about their son. Explain to me how this is an adequate investigation?! I’m appalled by the attitude his family has received from West Hempfield Police. I called in with a tip about someone’s possible involvement and this person having possession of more guns on Thursday and was told to “call back tomorrow and speak to a detective” a few min later the officer called back and told me to come in and write a statement. I had already contacted Ibrams older brother and was on my way to meet him at the police station. Why are we chasing down the police to do their jobs?
There is a serious problem here. Just Bc they have the shooter in custody doesn’t mean this is a closed case. There is a big difference between involuntary manslaughter and murder. All of Ibrams friends believe this was a robbery, not an accident. George has a reputation for being a violent person. The boys Ibram regularly hung around requested that he NOT bring George with him Bc he was creepy. There’s more to this story and west Hempfield is ready to close their investigation Bc they have the “shooter” in custody. So, they’re taking the shooters word on what happened? What a joke. We need justice for Ibram! The community needs to pull together and demand a proper investigation take place.
Posted on August 20th, 2016 No comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
DA WILL ONLY HANDLE
ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES!
District Attorney Craig Stedman has just announced that his office will no longer handle any crimes except for animal cruelty. Stedman’s media spokesman, Brett Hambright, said in a press release that since the DA announced the email tip-line yesterday, they have received over 5,000 emails.
Hambright quoted Stedman as follows:
“These animal abuse stories really get the public riled up. So I want to keep the people happy and show them how much I suddenly care about animals and since we only have so many detectives, all of our time will be used for these tips. Why, Anna Miller just tipped us that her neighbor’s dog has been outside in 96 degree heat for half-an-hour now. We’re on it! And Emily Stoltzfus emailed and said her neighbor’s cat just had kittens and she doesn’t think they are feeding the mom enough food. We’re on it! And of course, they want us to clean up the New Holland Sales Stables and all the puppy mills and that will take quite a bit of work. So do not expect to see us addressing any other crimes in Lancaster County for at least the next six months. Thank you. #Librestrong
Posted on August 19th, 2016 8 comments
STEDMAN LIES AGAIN!
District Attorney Craig Stedman lied to the public. He lied about how many teens were present when Ibram Hanna was shot dead last Friday morning in Mountville and he lied about what they were doing with the gun.
The investigation into the death of a 15-year-old with a stolen gun with multiple people present took less than 11 hours total. He lied about only being able to charge 17-year-old George Rosado as a juvenile but counted on that to keep any further questions from being asked about the case. And, of course, LNP asked nothing!
This is an outrage and obviously totally unacceptable from a District Attorney! Ibram Hanna and his family and friends deserve far, far better than this!
This will be continued tomorrow.
** This is who Vanessa Gomez is (from the Miller Lyden Law Firm website – click here):
* Why is LNP collecting email addresses through their “insider” stories? This might be a clue. They have an ad up for an “Email Marketing Designer,” (click here)! Watch out! – these people are liars!
BUNCH OF KIDS PLAYING
A STUPID & DEADLY GAME
Posted on “Must See Pics & Vids” Facebook page under a link to my story, “RUSSIAN ROULETTE,” on August 17th at 7:40 pm.
This certainly supports my account of the shooting death of Ibram Hanna in Mountville last Friday. Who is Vanessa Gomez and can she be believed?
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 18th, 2016 6 commentsThis will be continued tomorrow. At 2:49 pm today, the following email was sent to Brett Hambright, the media specialist for DA Craig Stedman and the person who wrote the press release regarding the shooting linked to below:Brett:In your press release of August 12 you state the following:The two boys were friends and were looking at the gun prior to the shot being fired.Why did you imply these two boys were the only ones present and why did you describe their activity as “looking at the gun?”Thank you,Becky HolzingerEditor, lipnews.com
At 9:57 pm on Friday, August 12, a friend on Facebook sent me a link to the ABC-27 story, “Police: West Hempfield teen shot, killed by friend,” (click here). The ABC story has a time date of 9:52 pm.
The police received the 911 call at 10:45 am that morning. So, in less than 11 hours, the police had interviewed everyone who was present (please see “RUSSIAN ROULETTE” below on this site – there were at least several teens there when this happened), had interviewed the shooter in depth, his grandmother and neighbors, had talked with the victim’s family and had determined Rosado had stolen the gun from a car, had presumably talked with the owner of the car, had contacted First Assistant DA Christopher Larsen for approval of the charges, and Brett Hambright, working a lot of overtime in the DA’s office, put out a press release picked up by ABC-27 and turned into a story by them by 9:52 pm.
There is no time on Hambright’s press release but he managed to get up a picture of the definition of involuntary manslaughter and write this (click here):
The 17-year-old boy will be prosecuted in the juvenile court system. Under the Juvenile Act, a person charged with involuntary manslaughter can not be charged and prosecuted as an adult.
As if the law only provided for that and there was no other way he could be charged as an adult and the case was closed.
The public would never know anything else and this kid would be provided with confidentiality about everything that went on with his case because he is being tried as a juvenile.
That is some pretty impressive police work. That is amazing police work. And that is amazing speed by the DA’s office! And then someone scrubbed shooter George Rosado off the internet. And if this site had not posted the victim’s name, you might have never heard of this case again. Scrubbed clean.
Something is clearly not right.
BY WHOM YOU KNOW!Ibram HannaFor several hours yesterday, this site misspelled “Rosado” in the article immediately below, ending the name with an “a” when it should have been an “o.” I apologize. The name of the shooter is George Rosado.I knew the name before the friend of Ibram Hanna sent it into this site in a comment. How? Because the people of Mountville wanted to talk about it. They wanted to tell their stories and they wanted to tell everything they knew.And that is a very good thing. That is a wonderful thing. It is so important for our freedom in this country and holding public officials accountable. And as long as I obtained the name “legally,” i.e. not from a court or law enforcement official who is not legally allowed to provide any details of a juvenile case, I have the right to print it. That is also a very good thing and LNP should send all of their reporters back to journalism school.Rosado is 17-years-old, and for some reason, District Attorney Craig Stedman decided not to charge him as an adult. And his being tried as a juvenile means that the public will know absolutely nothing further about what happens in court with this young man and his punishment. To date, only the people who read this site will even know his name.Why would the District Attorney try this 17-year-old as a juvenile and not as an adult? Justice should not be determined by whom you know.Please check back later today.
Posted on August 17th, 2016 11 comments
Ibram HannaGeorge Rosado, 17, reportedly shot 15-year-old Ibram Hanna directly between the eyes in his home at 17 W. Main Street in Mountville Friday morning.As relayed to a third party, there were a number of teens in the house at the time and they were playing Russian Roulette with the gun Rosado stole from a car. The other teens fled after Rosado pulled the trigger and killed Hanna and Rosado called his grandmother at work and she called 911.Neighbors report that the police were called often to the house and there were frequently a large number of kids there smoking marijuana and drinking. He had the house to himself during the day while his grandmother was working.A friend of Hanna’s pointed out that the press keeps referring to them as “friends.” He says the two didn’t start hanging out together until two days before Hanna was killed.I don’t have a picture of Rosado because someone who is very, very good has erased every trace of him from the internet. I don’t know if the DA’s office did it or advised the family to do it but there is not a social media account or a hint that he ever existed on the web.Rosado was being raised by his grandmother in the house in Mountville. His mother, Kelly Lynn Stover, 23 at the time, was killed in a horrific car accident on July 4, 2004 and Rosado, who was five, was seriously injured. They were returning from a day at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland with friends when their van was struck head on by then 18-year-old James John Russell, Jr. Three people in the van were killed and five others were injured. Russell was charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.The identity and involvement of Rosado’s father in his life is not known.Some neighbors questioned Rosado’s mental capabilities. Because the internet has been wiped clean, his school and other activities are not known.District Attorney Craig Stedman needs to tell the public why this 17-year-old, who will turn 18 in six months, is not being tried as an adult. And he needs to tell the public more about the gun and how Rosado stole it from a car. This needs to be yet another terrible lesson for children and teens that you don’t play with guns – ever.A friend of Hanna sent this comment into this site yesterday:My lil bro Ibram was shot, the boy’s name is George Rosado, they need to get it out that they were not friends, Ibram just met him 2 days prior to the incident, an then he is only getting charged as a juvenile which is unfair. He stole a gun an then took a life with it, he deserves to be in jail for a long time. R.I.P to my lil bro Ibram.
& WHO KILLED
There are very disturbing details emerging of what happened in the below Mountville home where a 17-year-old shot 15-year-old Ibram Hanna dead on Friday. That will come later today.
How could Manuel Pagan (aka “Yung Zona”) do this to a woman on August 3rd and walk out of a courtroom on August 15th free as a bird? Where was the District Attorney’s Office? Where was DA Craig Stedman’s Domestic Violence Unit?
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 16th, 2016 No comments
OR SOMETHING HE SAID?
Just some fun this afternoon and a very smart cat!
Please check back tomorrow for the continuation of today’s stories which are in the post immediately below.
Posted on August 16th, 2016 3 comments
** Posted by me on “Yung Zona’s” Facebook page in response to “Cindy Miller’s” comment from yesterday. Cindy Miller is Steven Markle of Leola, a convicted stalker and harasser and apparently probation taught him nothing because it’s the only thing he’s done with his life for 15 years. See the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above and click here for Ron Harper’s “Stalker Warning” website about them. Also see yesterday’s post below on this site for more information.
* The editorial quoted below is now online – here.
— Someone reminded me that Stedman did not always care about animals – click here for the classic website, “Stedman Walking.”
— “Short was more than a distraught dad. He was a towering narcissist whose final act was mass murder.”
The Philly Daily News has an excellent column this morning, “Why are families still being murdered by their dads?” (click here).
BUT IT’S OKAY
From today’s LNP editorial, “Sheriff should resign,” (not currently online)
Suzanne Cassidy Tom Murse Barbara Hough Roda
LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, content editor Tom Murse and executive editor Barbara Hough Roda are hypocrites and liars of the absolute worst kind.
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 15th, 2016 21 comments
I am in shock. The justice system in Lancaster County failed today. Totally and completely failed.
LNP ran this today, “Editorial: A disturbing animal cruelty trend in Lancaster County” (click here), in which they praised District Attorney Craig Stedman to the heavens once again:
We applaud Stedman…
We also commend Stedman…
Stedman needs to worry about domestic violence and human’s lives and safety before he worries about puppies and horses! The below preliminary hearing is shocking and a disgrace and a complete failure on the part of the District Attorney’s Office to protect human beings!
** The simple assault charge against Manuel Pagan was dismissed at his preliminary hearing this morning before District Judge John C. Winters. Judge Winters said by phone this afternoon that he dismissed the charge “because the Commonwealth provided no evidence” and the victim was not there.
* This very disturbing photo was posted on Yung Zona’s (Manuel Pagan) Facebook page (see the post immediately below on this site). He did beat up a woman – I cannot absolutely confirm this is her – but according to social media he knocked out several of her teeth.
Why he is only charged with simple assault is unknown at this time.
THE PUBLIC HAS
A RIGHT TO KNOW!
Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story, “Officials identify 15-year-old victim in fatal Mountville shooting; friend facing charges,” (click here).
You are wrong, Roger!
From the PA News Media Association, “News Reporting Concerning Juveniles,” (click here):
However, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that reporters’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights outweigh a states interests in protections relating to the rehabilitation of juveniles. This means that if a reporter lawfully obtains the names of juveniles involved in crimes, the reporter may publish the names of the juveniles.
If this site learns the name of the 17-year-old, I will publish it. Don’t expect LNP to do it, however. They wouldn’t even print the victim’s name until the DA’s office confirmed it even though there was a “Gofundme” account set up for Ibram Hanna.
This site went up with his picture, his name and the Gofundme account before 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning. It took LNP and police reporter Jennifer Todd until 9:00 p.m. last night to have “officials identify” the victim to publish the same information.
That is disgraceful and it is not journalism!
The Gofundme account has reached their $5,000 dollar goal but donations are still flooding in (click here). What a terrible tragedy!
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 14th, 2016 5 comments
YOU HAD YOUR
Posted on Manuel Pagan and Yung Zona’s Facebook pages.
One of the stories I received the most “flak” about on this site over the last several years (and I think WGAL took me off their breaking news email list because of it – seriously) was “THERE IS NO EXCUSE, WGAL – & MEREDITH JORGENSEN!” (see below).
It was about Manuel Pagan, also known as Yung Zona, a supposed up and coming “recording artist,” who was shot and “forgave” his shooter and never identified him – and Jorgensen never asked! They left a shooter on the street!
I’ve kept an eye on him ever since because you know trouble is looming just around the corner. Today I checked and trouble has arrived. He was charged with simple assault from an incident on August 3rd and his bail is set at $250,000 cash. That’s high bail but he has priors and was out of jail on bail when this happened. I am not going to link to the song – but it seems he thinks a woman did him wrong. And he may have done that woman wrong in return.
If anyone knows any details, please contact this site.
Click here for the below story that ran on this site in January of 2016.
* Again, due to the limitations of this site, one item has to go on top of the other. A lot of questions remain in the case of the tragic shooting death of Ibram Hanna in Mountville on Friday morning by an unnamed 17-year-old and I will come back to that.
But today, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy has this to say in her piece, “The LNP Opinion pages aim for balance in a politically polarized climate,” (not worth the read but click here if you must):
There are a lot of things she apparently wasn’t taught in journalism school and those will come later.
But within that realm, this morning, pages A3 and A4 of the Sunday print edition are completely filled with LNP’s very own event – Live on Vine – and last night sports editor Chris Otto was having none of it. He has by far the best Twitter account of anyone at LNP and he was tweeting away:
A gofundme account has been set up for the funeral of Ibram Hanna, the 15-year-old who was shot and killed in Mountville Friday morning.
Posted on August 13th, 2016 6 comments
** Hempfield School District tweet. The article is here.
I am simply in shock that so little information has come out on this.
* Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under their story, “Mountville teen charged with involuntary manslaughter in friend’s shooting death,” (click here). All of the press reports are taken directly from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office press release (click here).
BOYS BEING BOYS?
Fox 43 – “17-year-old boy charged in deadly shooting of 15-year-old friend in Mountville,” (click here).
First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen has a lot of explaining to do!
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 12th, 2016 6 comments
To the person who sent in a comment with a threat to a Lancaster City police officer, the comment has been forwarded to the Lancaster City Police Department along with your IP address. This site does not tolerate threats against anyone.
The other topics mentioned this morning will come tomorrow.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
State Senate candidate and former Lancaster County Commissioner, Scott Martin, was granted a divorce today from Heather D. Martin by Judge David R. Workman.
Martin has never been open with the public about his prior divorce from Heather Martin in June of 2005 and their secret remarriage on September 29, 2006.
He has not addressed this divorce on his website or Facebook page. He just repeatedly posts pictures of his two sons with no mention of their mother.
GLARING WHITE PRIVILEGE!
** Do you remember this LNP headline from May of this year (click here)?:
“Surge in violent burglaries means harsher penalties are needed, district attorney tells state House committee”
But then there is this from this very recent LNP story, “16-year-old boy charged in string of burglaries in Grandview Heights neighborhood,” (click here):
Lt. Tom Rudzinski said the teen admitted to committing the burglaries. He will be charged with six counts of burglary, three counts of attempted burglary, four counts of theft and seven counts of criminal mischief. The teen was released to his parents at the direction of juvenile authorities.
I guarantee if this were a black or Hispanic 16-year-old who admitted to breaking into six city homes, they would be charged as an adult and be in Lancaster County Prison on a minimum of $50,000 cash bail.
DA Stedman, who has very often been quoted as saying there should be stricter penalties for burglaries, needs to explain to the public why this 16-year-old is not charged as an adult and why in heaven’s name he was released to his parents!
WHAT’S UP, PATRICK?
Patrick Hopkins’ Twitter Account
* We, the Lancaster County SPCA board of directors, are unanimous in our support of Executive Director, Susan Martin’s decision not to press charges in the case involving the Boston terrier afflicted with demodectic mange.
From the Lancaster County SPCA – Statement from the Board of Directors – Issue Date: July 15, 2016 (click here).
The Board of Directors includes Patrick Hopkins, Mayor Gray’s business administrator!
District Attorney Craig Stedman strongly implied during his press conference that they have much more information on Martin that they will expose during a possible court hearing to suspend her appointment (click here).
Why isn’t the press knocking on Hopkins’ door to ask, “What’s up with that, Patrick?” Of course, LNP never says anything bad about Gray or any of his staff – after all, he wrote the CRIZ for them!
LIBRE, WHITE PRIVILEGE
GUNS, COPS & MORE!
Marquell Rentas (left) and Trenton Nace had their preliminary hearings continued to August 25th.
DA Craig Stedman puts on a literal dog and pony show about Libre, the puppy, while the alleged Grandview Heights burglar is released to his parents. Is it a case of white privilege?
LNP reporter Dan Nephin writes about Mayor Gray’s stupid gun law and is Lancaster’s newest cop really a clean pup?
Marquell Rentas and Trenton Nace, the accused Columbia police shooters, had their preliminary hearings moved from today to August 25th at 10:00 am in front of District Judge Miles K. Baxter. Their hearings have been moved to the Lancaster County Courthouse, courtroom #5, to accommodate the press and large crowd expected to attend.
Rentas’ docket indicates he is represented by Public Defender Elizabeth Rehner Donnelly and Nace is represented by court appointed public defender Heather Lynn Adams of Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC. Both cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Travis Scott Anderson.
It’s a busy day! Please check back later.
Posted on August 11th, 2016 4 comments
* Catching up on some things this afternoon. Back tomorrow.
LNP: NO ETHICS!
What sets me apart from my peers in looking for job opportunities and working through job opportunities is my strong sense of ethics as well as the dedication and reliability that is unmatched by the general populace of my peers.
From LNP’s new reporter, Konstantine Fekos, in his video below.
If you have any ethics, run as fast and as far away from the Lancaster Newspapers as you possibly can. Seriously!
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 10th, 2016 5 comments
NO MINORITY HIRE IN YEARS!
A Justice Department investigation found that the Baltimore Police Department engages in unconstitutional practices that led to disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests of African-Americans, and excessive use of force against juveniles and people with mental health disabilities.
From the CNN report – “Baltimore police have racial bias, Justice Department reports,” (click here).
On the same day that this Justice Department report was all over the news, the Lancaster City Police Department announced their new hire:
This is unbelievable! Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler just lie! Where is City Council; where is SACA and the NAACP; where are the Black Ministers; where are community leaders and the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission?
There will be more tomorrow.
** Well, look at this from the Lancaster City Police Department! Now, where are photos from the 161 Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras?
From the police press release (click here to read it in its entirely, view more photos and whom to call if you recognize him):
On Tuesday August 9, 2016 at approximately 2150 hrs. a robbery occurred at the Turkey Hill store, 460 S. Duke St. Lancaster, PA
The suspect, pictured above, entered the store and demanded cash from the register. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported as a result of the robbery. The suspect kept one hand in his pocket as to infer the presence of a weapon.
* Also, the city decided to add Lancaster Safety Coalition’s camera network all at once, instead of in phases.
The last sentence in LNP reporter Dan Nephin’s story, “Lancaster city announces preregistration for municipal broadband network; pricing set,” (click here).
& IMPEACH HIM! WGAL-TV (click here)
Yes, that’s what photos will do (see the post immediately below on this site). It’s not rocket science! Where are the photos from the Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras in Lancaster? Where are they? Why doesn’t LNP tell us? There will be much more later today.
Don’t worry, Sheriff. If you have to resign, there’s a high-level management position at Fox News that just opened up. You’d be a perfect fit.
Posted under the PennLive story, “Deputy accused sheriff of sexual harassment in complaint to county commissioners: report,” (click here).
Unbelievable! Impeach him and get him out of office!
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 9th, 2016 2 comments
EXCEPT THE CITY!
There are three stories currently on the homepage of Lancaster Online involving crimes and surveillance photos of the perpetrators – none of them are from the Lancaster City Police Department:
The photographs in two of the crimes are so good the police in those departments must know who they are/have made arrests by now.
The Grandview Heights burglar:
The Turkey Hill robber:
Where are pictures from the 161 (or 169) Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras that are all over Lancaster city and paid for with taxpayer’s money? Where are they and why doesn’t LNP tell us?
There will be much more tomorrow.
Posted on August 8th, 2016 8 comments*** The below was faxed into the Pennsylvania News Media Association early this afternoon.
** The event fulfills a second mission of LNP’s: being a champion for the residents and businesses of Lancaster County.LNP content editor Tom Murse in yesterday’s column, “Live on Vine isn’t just a music festival. It’s a celebration of Lancaster” (click here and also see the post immediately below this one on this site).What a disgusting liar! There are no other words for someone who is willing to deceive and steal from the residents of Lancaster County this way!
* Well, look at the below (and click here for it online). Ralph Martin needs to resign immediately. Steinman Communications is breaking every code of journalism ethics in this country. He must resign as Chairman immediately!
And look who is right below him – Sara Glines, the wife of Martin’s predecessor, John Kirkpatrick III, who suddenly “resigned” from LNP!
According to a woman at the PA News Media Association this morning, Glines will replace Martin in November at their annual convention which is why the word “Elect” is after her name.
I also told the woman that I will be faxing them a letter today stating that Steinman Communications needs to be removed from their Association immediately!
LNP: ROBBING THE PUBLIC!
In laboriously making our way through the recently enacted Pennsylvania Bill #1198, Session of 2015, an “Act relating tax reform and State taxation by codifying and enumerating certain subjects of taxation …”, we encountered a convoluted paragraph that at first defied our comprehension (and apparently that of others.)
It appears to allow Penn Square Partners, Dale High’s and Lancaster Newspapers partnership, to take a credit for the current estimated $500,000 a year in Marriott hotel room sales taxes in addition to the credit that, without this special carve out, it would be entitled to for its proposed addition to the hotel.
The $500,000 in gifted credit would cost the taxpayers $10,000,000 over a 20 year mortgage, $12,500,000 over the course of a 25 year loan, $15 million if the financing is for thirty years.
From NewsLanc.com, “Does new CRIZ Bill provide Lancaster Marriott Hotel with $10 million gift?” (click here).
Robert Field of NewsLanc states in the article he sent a certified letter to Mark Fitzgerald, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Penn Square Partners, asking the question. LNP and reporter Tim Stuhldreher decided to answer the question in print and online!
The print edition
The online edition – click here to read.
This is absolutely ludicrous! This must be stopped now! LNP needs to be run out of town, now!
Please check back later today.
Posted on August 7th, 2016 11 comments
* And, of course, there was there was their “Lancaster’s Got Talent” competition just this past Friday (click here) and their Friday concert series in their own studio! What in the world?
NEWS OR ENTERTAINMENT?
Tom Murse, content editor for LNP in his column today, “Live on Vine isn’t just a music festival. It’s a celebration of Lancaster,” (click here).
Tom never really answers the question but he gives us these two reasons:
— Informing and entertaining
— Showcasing Lancaster
Those are really lousy reasons, Tom! Are you a news organization or an entertainment venue? And all this column really is is a blatant advertisement for LNP’s own “Live on Vine!”
And I noticed this the other day on their Facebook page. Look to the far right – it doesn’t say “News/Media Website,” it says “Professional Service.” Professional service?
After pretending to be a news organization for countless years, it looks like LNP is admitting the fact that they are becoming an entertainment venue and little else.
There will be more on this coming next week. I am having writer’s block on the Sterling Staton story. Sometimes outrage overtakes sensibility and I need to rein myself in. It will be coming.
Posted on August 5th, 2016 6 comments
** I ran out of time today. The conclusion (for now) of the Sterling Staton story will come tomorrow. Have a great Friday!
* NewsLanc.com has begun a series on the CRIZ – “Does new CRIZ Bill provide Lancaster Marriott Hotel with $10 million gift? ” (click here). The Marriott is owned by LNP (Lancaster Newspapers) and High Industries and this is exactly what I am talking about in the below post. The state attorney general needs to investigate the relationship between Mayor Gray and LNP!
Brian Edward McLaughlin, the attorney for Philadelphia police officer Sterling Staton, asked me how Lancaster police officer Todd Dickinson got back on the force after being fired by a unanimous vote of city council. I told him I did not know. I knew he was fired and then one day I saw his name back in the paper as a police officer again.
And then I told him about Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler. I don’t think he believed me. How could he? How do you explain how a mayor makes and keeps a man as his police chief when his ex-wife of twenty years has written a book stating he beat her for all those years?
How do you explain that most of the public does not know – because the local news media has not told them. How do you explain that the local paper has not told the public because they are a corrupt and greedy company and want to keep the mayor happy so he writes legislation to give them money?
How do you explain what dreadful human beings these people really are who are pretending to be members of the press?
The rest of the Sterling Staton story will come later today.
Posted on August 4th, 2016 3 comments
TUMULTUOUS BEHAVIOR?So what was the nature of Philadelphia police officer Sterling Staton’s offense that he was charged with disorderly conduct by Lancaster police officer Todd Dickinson, who was fired by a unanimous vote of city council in July of 2007, who was quietly returned to the force, who has been the defendant in a number of lawsuits and then shot Kenneth L. White on February 11, 2015?Apparently the officers went back and chatted with their superiors and issued the below citation at least a day after the incident and after the below video ran on this site the morning after the graduation celebration when I stated Staton and his family were alleging racist and rude behavior by the Lancaster city police.The citation may be hard to read so this is what it says (the spelling of tumultuous has been corrected):Def did create public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, engaged in fighting, tumultuous behavior, and created a physically offensive condition which served no purpose.To Wit: Def. who is a Philadelphia police officer, felt is necessary to take a child’s squirt gun, igniting a large scale fight. Def initially refused to provide identification, was moderately intoxicated, and was armed at the time of the incident. Def repeatedly used profanity in front of dozens of children. 9 marked police cars responded due to three 911 calls regarding the fight.Staton’s attorney, Brian Edward McLaughlin of Philadelphia, said by phone yesterday that the video “speaks for itself.” There is a 14 minute video and only 38 seconds of it has been run on this site. The portion on this site shows that he did not refuse to provide identification but rather immediately identified himself and pulled out his police badge, only to be treated rudely by Lancaster Officer Michael E. Deitz.He did not repeatedly use profanity in front of dozens of children and neither his stature nor speech show any indication that he was intoxicated. He was off-duty and did have his gun.There was a fight. Staton did not start it or participate in it. Of all the 40 or so people there, Staton is the only one who received a citation.And this is a 27-year officer with no blemishes on his record who has to go back to his department in Philadelphia and explain to his superiors why he received the troubling hodgepodge citation from the Lancaster city police department.He did take a water gun from a seven-year-old girl and return it to her mother.To be continued.
* A reminder that the NAACP will be holding a community meeting this evening at 6 p.m. at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 222 S. Fifth St. in Columbia.
IS NOT SAFE
IN LANCASTER!Lancaster Police officer Todd Dickinson with his hand on Sterling Staton’s back in Longs Park on May 29th of this year.“The last couple of days in Lancaster County are some of the darkest days we’ve had in our justice system, for our police officers, that I can recall.”A statement by Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman that was widely quoted by the press including in this LNP story, ” ‘Senseless, chilling’: Two Columbia teens charged with trying to kill police officers; bail $2 million each (click here).What Stedman did not tell you was that Wednesday a week ago, on July 27th, six Lancaster City police officers sat in District Judge Mary Mongiovi Sponaugle’s courtroom in a summary trial against a Philadelphia police officer with 27 years on the force, Sterling Staton, for disorderly conduct.You thought the police were a brotherhood? You thought they made up the “thin blue line?” You thought they always had each other’s backs?Not in Lancaster! Even a black police officer from Philadelphia is not safe in Lancaster!The full story of how a graduation celebration in Longs Park and a water gun landed Staton in a courtroom is coming later today. This was a dark day indeed in Lancaster County’s justice system!**
Posted on August 3rd, 2016 13 comments
* The horse story is very reminiscent of “I’M GOING TO THE BISHOP!” from July of 2012 on this site (click here):
“IT WAS VERY
HARD TO WATCH”
There is a possible case of horse abuse (by an Amish man) and the public is so riled up that the Ephrata Police held a press conference about it today (see immediately below). People on Facebook are furious and the number of comments various places are staggering.
This is getting far more outrage than yesterday’s preliminary hearing for Lee Kaplan and Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus. I was watching CBS-3 last evening when Alexandria Hoff covered it (click here). She was clearly upset. She said when the daughter took the stand, “It was very hard to watch.” She also said:
On the stand, the victim described getting to know Kaplan and the sexual relationship that began after her parents gifted her to him as part of a business deal. She took the stand wearing a long floral dress, was very thin, very scared and appeared to be younger than 18-years-old.
I appreciate the public’s concern for the horse. But we really need to keep our priorities in order! Animal abuse is terrible; child abuse is simply horrific and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances!
Posted on the CBS-21 Facebook page under their story, “Police: Horse at center of possible abuse case euthanized,” (click here).
Please, think before you type! We can’t just shoot people in the head! This situation was brought up on this site in the comments in the post immediately below this one.
— Pat, where’s Dan?
— He’s right behind you kissing your butt, Mayor!
— My, I have grown accustomed to it! Dan, listen up! I was a lawyer for over 40 years! Do you know that? Have you told your readers that?
— Yes, Dick, like 500 times.
— I am smarter than everyone. Do you understand that, Dan?
— You’re smarter than me, Dick!
— You got that right, Dan! Now listen up – this whole park honoring Nelson Polite thing has gotten out of control. I want you to tell your readers that shelving this was not a response to criticism or our dismal failure to fully investigate the situation. No one criticizes me, Dan!
— Got it, Dick!
— I’ve never had to cancel a press conference before in my life! How dare anyone question me? I am the mayor of this damn town! I am invincible!
— Well, you couldn’t do it without our help, Dick! We never question you on crime, or the cameras, or the unsolved murders, or the Central Market begging for a new roof or the $1 million land bank shake down or …
— Dan, we have an agreement! I get LNP anything they want – like the CRIZ money for that stupid Marriott expansion and you give me only good press. Do you understand?
— Yes, Dick!
— Mayor, your therapist is on the line.
— Pat, make an appointment as soon as you can. No one has ever questioned me before. I’m falling apart! I’m having a breakdown. Oh, and tell her to send the bill for my session to LNP.
— Yes, Dick.
Click here for, “Mayor shelves plan for park honoring Nelson Polite in city’s Southeast – Gray says decision to rethink the project not a response to criticism.”
*** Someone was so annoyed by the “insider” nonsense on the Sheriff Reese story that they cut and pasted the whole article onto Lancaster Online’s Facebook page! What will LNP do now?** The below response to my Right to Know request to the City of Lancaster was received this morning.****** This is a current case in the courts against Reese. It is unknown if this is related to his leave. I will try to obtain more details.
WHO’S THE SHERIFF?
LNP has made this terribly important story an “insider” story. The article doesn’t say much except for this:
Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese is on leave for an “indefinite period of time,” related to a personnel investigation, county officials said Tuesday.
This is huge! What is going on?
Please check back later today.