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  • * WHO REALLY WROTE IT?

    Posted on September 25th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    —  I have been watching Cosby coverage all afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.  —

    NAME GAMES?

         Why does LNP reporter Tom Knapp have a byline on this story (click here)? Who actually wrote it and what is missing from “his” story?
         And LNP seems to be having trouble with basic bylines to begin with. The story featured on this site yesterday has a byline of Jeff Hawkes on Lancaster Online (see below). But in this morning’s print edition, the exact same story has a byline of Heather Stauffer (also see below). So who actually wrote it and why doesn’t LNP know?    

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – A LOT OF ADVERTISING REVENUE FOR LNP?

    Posted on September 24th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    YOU’RE AT LNP!

                      

              Editor Tom Murse        Reporter Jeff Hawkes

    —  Tom, Jeff here.
    —  What can I do for you, Jeff?
    —  Can I state that the man whose body was found was arrested in a prostitution sting in July? We wrote about it and his picture was in the paper and online.
    —  No, Jeff. We’ve talked about this. The District Attorney’s office has not stated that so we cannot publish it.
    —  But it’s public information, Tom! Anyone can google his name and find it. And a well known and respected citizen did just that and published a link to it under my story! And a picture might jog someone’s memory!
    —  Jeff, you know we have a deal with the DA’s office. We don’t print it until they tell us to! That’s the way LNP works! Forget about good journalism and the whole watchdog thing! You’re at LNP, dammit! We control this town because we control the news the public gets! Never forget that!

    ******

    ****  Someone finally posted the link on Lancaster Online – the man found dead Saturday morning by the New Danville Pike, Ronel Villanueva-Mejias, was arrested in a prostitution sting in July of this year (click here). He also pleaded guilty to drug charges last year.

    Ronel Villanueva-Mejias

    ***  9:34 am –  CBS 21 is live in the courthouse awaiting the arrival of Bill Cosby for his sentencing (click here).

    **   I think this entry from the Columbia Borough Police Department on CrimeWatch is very interesting considering the police shooting death involving domestic violence and a gun in Lancaster last Sunday night (click here):

    *****

    *     Sigh. And then LNP reporter Tom Knapp has to chime in with this:
          You’re right, Stan, it’s a grocery store. But people are happy and excited about something, and these days that’s a good thing to see. Even if it’s something comparatively minor.
          Oh, just shove it, Tom! I’m as happy and excited as can be on this rainy Monday without Wegmans. This week is going to be chock full of very important news! Wow!

    DANCING IN THE AISLES?

    A headline in today’s LNP print edition on page A-3 about yesterday’s opening of Wegmans.

          No, it’s a grocery story. As a commenter stated under the online article (click here): 
         Seriously. Wegmans was their lead front page story both Saturday and Sunday. Enough!
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * A TALK AT THE HAMILTON CLUB…

    Posted on September 23rd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    **   Here comes super serial stalker Steve Markle. He thinks he’s so clever using duckduckgo! Does Cheryl Dum Markle know how much time he spends on my site?
          What insult will he throw at me today? In one comment he called me a “c*nt hag.” How nice. Does he call Cheryl a “c*nt hag?” Does he refer to all females as “c*nt hags?” What a pig!

    *    This is going to be quite a week for women: Bill Cosby is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow and Christine Blasey Ford is tentatively scheduled to testify about her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. What a week!

    WERE BLACKS PERMITTED?

         In the northern Aegean Sea sits a sliver of land where gilded chandeliers hang in sanctuaries and ornate frescos line the walls. It is a land of monks and pilgrims. And it is a locale — perhaps the largest such slice of land in the world — where women are not permitted.
    The opening sentences to today’s LNP article, “Lancaster attorney visits a monastic state where the outside world ceases to exist,” (click here).
         “Women are not permitted?” I’m done with that story! Seriously? 
    Please check back later today.

  • A NEW LIP SERIES…

    Posted on September 21st, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    DOES CHERYL KNOW?

    Cheryl Dum (actual maiden name) Markle from her Instagram account (click here).

         Does Cheryl know that her husband is so obsessed with me that he sends me three or four “love notes” every single day and has for almost seven years? Does she know?
    Please check back later today!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * FRIDAY FUN!

    Posted on September 21st, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    GETTING TO
    THE NITTY-GRITTY

         The latest in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP is below.
         Please note that according to Wikipedia (and confirmed with other legal dictionaries) the meaning of in camera as used in this order is:
         “In camera  is a legal term that means in private. The same meaning is sometimes expressed in the English equivalent: in chambers. Generally, in-camera describes court cases, parts of it, or process where the public and press are not allowed to observe the procedure or process.”

    ******

    *    As reported here earlier, LNP’s digital manager and former “Food Dude,” Dustin Leed, jumped ship to the Reading Eagle as LNP’s paywall came in. Not only that, but he is raiding the LNP newsroom! Yes, he took LNP’s prior social media manager, Andrea Gillhoolley, with him! I wonder if LNP regrets buying him that going away cake?

     

    *****

    THE ELUSIVE ALBATWITCH!

         To help you calm down, I encourage you to watch the video about the crypto-creature that steals apples along the Susquehanna River! When I was a Scout at good old Camp Chiquetan, we actually went on an elbadritch hunt (as it was spelled back then). 
    Part of a comment into this site from barry in winnipeg.
         Thanks, Barry. I immediately felt better and while LNP does have a video about the albatwitch (as it is spelled now), I beat them to it last October! The link to the original is here and the link to the wonderful Columbia Spy story is here!

    Please check back later today.

  • THE ENTIRE LNP EDITORIAL BOARD…

    Posted on September 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    SHOULD RESIGN!

    DESPICABLE LIARS! —

        From today’s LNP editorial, “On domestic violence, a police-involved shooting and our response as a community,” (click here).       

              Oh, I don’t believe you LNP editorial board – why not make the domestic abuser the Chief of Police?

    *********

    Click here for the original of the above from July 29, 2012 and please check back later today.

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – DID MACHO HAVE TO DIE?

    Posted on September 19th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    *    Sunday’s fatal police-involved shooting in southeast Lancaster doesn’t have to be a setback for police-community relations, but an opportunity for the city to continue to work on those relationships, a city spokesman said Wednesday.
    The opening sentence to LNP’s late afternoon article by Lindsey Blest that is now the lead story on their website, “Lancaster mayor’s office addresses community tension after police-involved shooting,” (click here).
         Who is the city spokesman, Lindsey? You quote Chief of Staff Matt Johnson repeatedly throughout the article. Was it him or someone else and why don’t you tell us who said it? This is unacceptable journalism! Identify the “spokesman” that you open your blatantly slanted story with!

    “EXPERIENCED
    AN OCCUPATION!”

         A commenter sent a link to a very strong piece by Kevin Ressler in The Mennonite (the beginning is immediately below and click here for his entire post). Please take the time to read it and it’s not too early to say, “Kevin Ressler for Mayor!”
         Below that is a notice from the City of Lancaster for a meeting for input on the police use of  force (click here for the Facebook event page). It is on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in city hall. Also included is an excellent comment from a city resident.

    [Editor’s note: There is an LNP editorial about MAW and LanCity Connect today (click here) and of course there is Sunday’s article as well. I’m coming to it!]

    ***

    ***************

    POLICE BRUTALITY?

         The girlfriend of Ricardo Avenia (“Macho”) who was shot and killed by police on Sunday took to social media last evening to tell her side.

    And there y’all have it his own wife speak the truth the only one that could #justiceformacho

    Posted by Jessica Nichole on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE?

    Posted on September 18th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!

         “Second, we must talk about the issue of domestic violence in our homes and our neighborhoods. It was the pleas of two children yelling from a window, worrying that their mother would be killed, that brought police to the home on Pershing Avenue.
    Over half of the woman killed in our country every year, are killed by intimate partner violence. This is totally unacceptable,” Sorace [Mayor Danene Sorace] said.

    From today’s LNP story, “Woman held at gunpoint by man shot, killed by Lancaster police filed PFA against him in 2015,” (click here).
         Mayor Sorace has the nerve to say this when she didn’t do or say one thing about former Police Chief Keith Sadler for years? 
        The original and full post of the below screenshot from this site is here. And if anyone on the LNP editorial board; Suzanne Cassidy, Tom Murse or Barbara Hough Roda is even thinking about writing an editorial about domestic violence, I will do my absolute best to expose you as the lying, disgusting hypocrites you really are!
         Also from the above post linked to on this site there is this:
         Rick Gray lied to the public to get into office. He flat-out lied. And he has been lying ever since. He and LNP made a deal: Keep the money flowing into LNP’s pockets and they would use their enormous power as the monopoly source of news in Lancaster County to protect him and never criticize a thing about him or his administration.
    His office failed to properly vet Police Chief Keith Sadler and LNP has lied to the public for years, hiding the fact that his ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her for years.

    *******      

    *    A quick note: This is the first sentence of a comment into this site:
         Why would the county coroner’s office run a toxicology test on someone who committed suicide.
         I am responding under the thread, “& RESIGN, DIAMANTONI!” (click here).

    A MINORITY-MAJORITY CITY!

         A frame from one of the videos of the police shooting death of Ricardo Avenia (“Macho”) on Sunday night.

         How did the Lancaster City Police Force come to look like this? Who is responsible?
    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – TWO MEN REPORTEDLY SHOT LAST NIGHT IN CITY

    Posted on September 17th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    —   I have seen at least two GoFundMe pages set up for Ricardo Avenia, who was killed by police last night, and his family. Give with care and try to contact the page administrator to make sure it is valid and approved by the family.

    ***    Kevin M. Ressler, who ran for mayor, on his Facebook page.

     

    **  The latest release from the DA’s office. Stedman stated, “We do not anticipate releasing additional info today.”

    *    There is a GoFundMe page for the victim in last night’s police involved shooting – click here.

    ONE MAN DEAD
    OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

    “The person inside is deceased.” Officer Thomas said in relation to the shooting on Pershing Ave. Here were his statements at 1:30AM, affirming the death of he victim.Follow the hashtag #justiceformacho to see what your community is saying. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay on the scene longer and just arrived home. Follow your local news for updates, and I will share information as it comes. This shooting is currently under investigation as of posting this clip. Love one another.

    Posted by See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA on Monday, September 17, 2018

  • “GIVEN COVER BY LNP”

    Posted on September 16th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    COSTING US MILLIONS!

         The fact that LNP  put “unauthorized” in quotes in their online headline tells you all you need to know about this article (click here). The attachments were not authorized!
         The one comment under the article on Lancaster Online has been there since early this morning and is simply excellent. There will be much more tomorrow.

  • * SAINT OR CRIMINAL?

    Posted on September 15th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    NO KNOWN CURE!

    Tony gets newsy!

    *  Tony Dastra has caught the news bug! Oh, Tony! There is no known cure and it does not go away.
         Yes, he is turning his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page into a news site and doing far more than just live-streaming important city meetings. Lancaster needs every news source it can get so this is wonderful news.
         And he did live-stream Thursday’s meeting about the new design for Lancaster Square. You can watch it here and when they break up into discussion “tables,” Tony live-streams his table which includes former Mayor Art Morris (put the website about the Marriott back up, Art!).
         It’s all very interesting and you can listen to Mayor Sorace state that the Rocky Springs Carousel will not be placed in Lancaster Square because of its association with racism and discrimination.
         Welcome to the news world, Tony!

    *******

    TWO-FACED?

      

         Of all the screenshots of Justin Perry (MR 17 5 40) LNP could have taken from his Facebook videos, they chose the one on the right to accompany their story of his home being searched on Thursday (click here).
         How bizarre! I don’t know what he has around his shoulders or why, but I much prefer the one on the left that I ran which is from the actual live-stream of his home being searched!

    Justin Gearty

         And I most certainly am not taking sides in this bizarre saga and I have reservations about what Perry does – but I do want to know what DA Stedman is up to. They filed heinous charges against Perry in August and withdrew them eight days later. Now they search his house. Stedman needs to produce and put up or stop harassing this man!
         I’ve heard good things about Perry’s attorney, Justin Gearty, and it will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out (click here for Gearty’s website).   

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * & RESIGN, DIAMANTONI!

    Posted on September 14th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

         “I guess I missed putting them on,” he said.
         This was Coroner Stephen Diamantoni’s response to LNP for his failure to disclose payments on financial interest filings required by state law.
         And LNP has not demanded his resignation? Unbelievable.
    There will be more on this and the editorial that begins this post tomorrow.

    EXTERNAL EXAMINATION?

         Strenck, 47, of South Carolina, died in his cell, according to Diamantoni. His death was ruled a suicide after an external examination at the coroner’s office, Diamantoni said.
    From the LNP article, “Coroner rules inmate death at Lancaster County Prison a suicide,” (click here).
    **   “An external examination?” Did Coroner Diamantoni do toxicology testing? Will there be a follow-up by LNP?
         This alleged suicide disappeared from the news after this one article and according to LNP the Lancaster Police, Commissioner Josh Parsons and Prison Warden Cheryl Steberger declined to comment. Why? It’s their job!
         Strenck was charged with a slew of horrific sexual crimes against children and all of those charges had been held over for Common Pleas Court at his preliminary hearing the day before. But the public should know how he was able to allegedly commit suicide and whether drugs were involved. 
         Did Diamantoni do toxicology tests? This is basic journalism, LNP!

    *******

    LIFE & DEATH DECISIONS!

    Diamantoni

         The Lancaster County coroner, a practicing physician, accepted thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies but failed to disclose the payments on financial interest filings as required by state law, an LNP investigation found.
    The opening sentence to LNP’s, “County Coroner fails to disclose thousands in pharmaceutical company payments,” (click here).   
    *    LNP wrote front page editorials calling for William Murry to resign because they alleged that he and the Manheim Township School Board broke the Sunshine Law. The board, including Murry, are unpaid and volunteer their time.
         Coroner Diamantoni is a highly paid and extremely important public official and he broke the law and will hopefully be charged. Why isn’t LNP demanding that he resign?

    *******

    HALF-ASSED JOURNALISM! – 2

         This is from Sunday’s LNP editorial titled online, “Meeting over magisterial district court proposal shows the need for civility in our public discourse,” (click here).

         Oh, there is so much to say about this horsesh*t – and I will – but on the most childish level it reminds me of when then Manheim Township School Board President William Murry used the word “half-assed” and mature LNP reporters and Suzanne Cassidy, the opinion editor, lost it (see below).
         And speaking of Murry and LNP’s front page editorials demanding he resign, why isn’t LNP demanding that Coroner Stephen Diamantoni resign?
         The below is from February of 2016 (click here for the original) and please check back later today.

  • *AMBER MARTIN INVESTIGATES!

    Posted on September 13th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

          Screenshots from the live-feed of Justin Perry’s home being searched this morning. What were the police looking for? What did they find?

      

             

     

    HOUSE SEARCHED

       

    Justin Perry; the police at Perry’s house this morning.

    *** BREAKING NEWS *** Several police departments and the District Attorney’s office searched Justin Perry’s house this morning (MR 17 5 40) and you can watch the livestream on his Facebook page. He is the man who catches child predators on Facebook and was responsible for the arrest of Thomas Wise who is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly trying to meet a 15-year-old girl (actually Perry) in Binn’s Park. The police had a warrant. Perry was not arrested this morning but the police took several items.

    *****

    “ANYONE CAN SAY
    THEY HAVE A BREAKFAST”

      

         …He and his wife have paid the 1.1 percent excise tax, which Zimmerman’s chief of staff Priscilla Eberly said amounted to $31.95. And she said they don’t have to pay the second one because they provided breakfast for their rentals.     …
         …But county Treasurer Amber Martin said she hasn’t yet made any final determinations.
         She said her office received the Zimmermans’ application in late August and is still in the process of verifying the information — such as how many times it was rented and whether it did actually include breakfast in the rental rate.
         “Anyone can say they have a breakfast,” Martin said, emphasizing that checking records is standard procedure for all Airbnb and similar applications.
    From today’s LNP article, “State Rep. David Zimmerman pays some back taxes on Airbnb rental, waiting for final county call,” (click here).
        It’s wonderful to see that the Zimmermans paid their $31.95 in LNP’s big investigative story! And now we have treasurer Amber Martin investigating breakfasts! Oh, this is so rich in irony and stupidity it’s unbelievable!
         Hey, LNP reporter Sam Janesch, have you found her bond in the name of Amber Green? That’s the name she was elected under and there should be a bond in that name! Maybe you could investigate that?
         And maybe LNP should investigate the over $5 million dollars the city spent on MAW Communications that has brought the city absolutely nothing instead of worrying about breakfast and $31.95!
    —  Click here for, “Lancaster County treasurer without insurance for millions in tax dollars.”
    —  Click here for, “Dozens of local officials fail to disclose their financial interests,” which includes Amber Martin!
    Please check back later today.    

  • * THE MAYOR’S VOICE WAS LOST!

    Posted on September 12th, 2018 Becky No comments

    AFTERNOON UPDATE –  Tony Dastra has put up the mayor’s report with audio from last night’s city council meeting and Mayor Sorace does not mention MAW or LanCity Connect.at all (click here).
         There will be much more tomorrow including more of “DANENE & TOM TALK!”

    *****

    WHERE’S THE OVER
    $5 MILLION DOLLARS
    THE CITY GAVE MAW, LNP?

    From former mayor Art Morris’ website which he has since taken down. Actually, the city gave LNP over $9 million for the tower because LNP came back and asked for even more of your money!

    *    In remarks immediately before the vote, Councilwoman Danene Sorace called the deal a “fair gamble” for the city.
    From the October 12, 2016 LNP article, “Lancaster City Council approves $30M Marriott hotel expansion,” (click here).
         Less than three months after Sorace took the lead with council to give LNP millions of dollars for their Marriott expansion, she announced her run for mayor and was guaranteed that LNP would support her and give her nothing but good press from there on! And LNP has made good on that deal. The notion that LNP is your “community newspaper” and your “watchdog” is  obviously totally incorrect and sadly absurd and has been for years. 

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    DID SHE UPDATE MAW?

    Posted this morning by Tony Dastra on his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.

         At the end of last night’s city council meeting, as Mayor Sorace was giving her report, the sound was lost. Apparently it will be posted on the city’s website later today. It is unknown if she gave a much needed update on MAW and LanCity Connect.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE’S THE $5 MILLION, CHARLOTTE? – 2

    Posted on September 11th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    THE POWER OF THE PRESS!

    — DANENE & TOM TALK —

        

    —  Tom, Mayor Danene Sorace here! How are things?
    —  Crazy as ever here, Danene! We have surveys up so our readers can pick their favorite kind of apple and their favorite ice cream place. The news just never stops!
    —  I’m surprised you have any readers left after you put up the paywall, Tom, your newspaper is so awful! That’s good for me though and no offense meant, of course.
    —  That’s why we have surveys, Danene. We think and hope people will pay us $9.99 a month so they can tell us their favorite apple and ice cream place. Of course, that’s if MAW hasn’t shut down their internet service. How can I help you today?
    —  It’s about MAW, Tom. I just wanted to thank you for totally ignoring this disaster! The public will never know that we threw over $5 million dollars of their money down the drain. I really, really appreciate it, Tom!
    —  That’s the power of the press, Danene! We promised we’d take care of you – just like we did with the Dick and his cronies for 12 long years. You have no idea how hard we had to work to make that man look good!
    To Be Continued…

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    LIAR OR INCOMPETENT?

    Katzenmoyer

         I posted the below on Friday (click here for the original)!  Guess what? It turned out to be fiction! Charlotte Katzenmoyer had to issue a correction (see yesterday afternoon’s “BREAKING NEWS” immediately below).
         Did Charlotte lie or did she check her desk or did PP&L give her a call? This level of incompetence and arrogance in city hall has cost the taxpayers over $5 million dollars and they have absolutely nothing to show for it.
    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

    Posted on September 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         Charlotte Katzenmoyer just posted the below on the “Northeast Neighbors United” Facebook page. MAW is breaking a court order!Unbelievable.

    CONTACT DA STEDMAN!

    *    Call or email the District Attorney’s office and request an immediate investigation! 

          bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; 717-295-2041     

        
         Last week DA Craig Stedman arrested and charged Jeffrey B. Lyons with stealing $1 million from his employer, Worley & Obetz.  Frank Wiczkowski, president of MAW Communications, has stolen $4.7 million dollars from the public.
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    INVESTIGATE THIS FRAUD!

          Will LNP ever investigate and report the truth???
         Is this a prosecutable fraud offense for the DA’s office to investigate???
         Where did the money go?????
         Questions, questions, questions….will LNP provide any answers???
    Part of a comment in under the post immediately below.
         People are now suddenly losing their LanCity Connect internet coverage and still no coverage by LNP! Unbelievable.
         The below is from January 26th of this year and it has just gotten worse (click here for the original)! When is this fraud going to be investigated?
    Please check back later today.

    *****

  • 9-9-18 UPDATE – HOW LANCASTER SPENT OVER $5 MILLION AND GOT…

    Posted on September 8th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    IT’S NOT RISKY!

    UPDATE 9-9-18
    *
          The loan terms will allow the city to take over the fiber network outright should MAW default, Hopkins [Patrick Hopkins, Director of Administrative Services] said. It could then hire another firm to manage it.
         Lancaster also would have liens on MAW’s other assets and LanCity Connect revenues and potentially could recover other MAW revenues in the event the company folded while still owing the city money.
    From the LNP article, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” (click here).

    Hopkins

        

    Let’s examine this in detail:

      There is no “fiber network” to “take over” and the little that was installed is being taken down under court order.
    —   How much revenue is LanCity Connect bringing in that the city can put a lien against? The last we heard they had about 100 business and personal customers (and some of those are being disconnected by PP&L). If they purchased the highest tier – “$124.64 a month after fees,” rounding to $125 that’s $12,500 a month and $150,000 a year. Of course they still have to pay a customer service person and an accounting person and apparently still pay Favyan Asia who states he is the “lead network engineer” at MAW Communications. That’s not going to recover the $1.5 million dollar loan!
      What are MAW’s other assets the city can take? We know they own a building in Reading assessed at $89,000. We don’t know what other assets they have but I will put in a Right to Know request for the list because certainly the city would not have loaned them $1.5 million without a list of assets!
    —  What other revenue does MAW have coming in that the city can take to pay back the $1.5 million dollar loan? We don’t know (it has been suggested that Lancaster is their only “customer”) but I will put in a Right to Know request for their revenue sources and amounts since certainly the city would not have loaned them $1.5 million dollars without having reviewed many years of their financial statements and knowing their actual revenue stream down to the penny!

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    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! – 2

         The below is an excellent, well-researched review of MAW Communications and LanCity Connect’s history by city resident Billy Weisser. He posted this on the “Northeast Neighbors United” Facebook page. Everyone should read it! Everyone.
          LNP’s complete silence on this over $5 million waste of taxpayer’s dollars is appalling, shameful and inexcusable.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * WHERE’S THE $5 MILLION, CHARLOTTE?

    Posted on September 7th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    AN UNMITIGATED DISASTER!

         Do not mess with a visiting Franklin & Marshall assistant professor. Alexander King suddenly lost his LanCity Connect internet connection last week and has to scramble to find a new provider.
          He posted the below on the “Northeast Neighbors United” Facebook page after Public Works Director for the city, Charlotte Katzenmoyer, posted several nonsensical and accusatory comments one of which begins today’s post.
         His reference to “Weisser” is to Billy Weisser who also has extensive comments under the post. He has researched MAW and PP&L and has addressed city council twice with his concerns (the transcripts of his comments are on this site). He is extremely knowledgeable and well spoken and probably knows more about LanCity Connect than Katzenmoyer does!
         Where is the over $5 million dollars the citizens of the city paid MAW for their promised high speed, low cost internet service?
    To be continued…

    WHAT ABOUT THE MARRIOTT?

         John Meeder, developer of the Hotel Lancaster downtown, said his team is aware of the city’s solicitation and is preparing to respond.
         “Hopefully, we can help,” he said.
    From the LNP article pictured left (click here).

    *    What about the LNP owned Marriott Hotel? Why aren’t they mentioned and offering help? The public paid to build their hotel and now they’re paying for part of the expansion, but LNP can’t help the city out? Isn’t $106 a night enough for LNP?
          Run this corrupt, greedy and phony news organization out of town!

    FACT OR FICTION?

         Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Director of Public Works, posting on the “Northeast Neighbors United” Facebook page about the sudden cut-off of LanCity Connect customers from their internet connection.

          So, Katzenmoyer knows this for a “fact.” How? MAW has been lying to the city and the public for years! What does the court and PP&L have to say about this?
          Where’s the over $5 million dollars the city has spent on MAW to provide high speed, low cost internet coverage, Charlotte? Where’s the money? Have they defaulted on their $1.5 million dollar loan?

    Call for an immediate investigation! Please check back later today.

  • “TURNED UPSIDE DOWN” – 9-6-18 AFTERNOON UPDATE

    Posted on September 6th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    UNEXPECTED LEGAL MATTERS

          A certain “GoFundMe” account has been making national news for several days now. But an emailer today alerted me to a different GoFundMe account for Elena Rowe and her daughter.
         Elena came from the Ukraine to marry Raymond Rowe (pictured above), who was suddenly arrested and charged in late June with the rape and murder of Christy Mirack in 1992. He remains in jail with no bail and facing the death penalty.
         The below is from her GoFundMe account (click here) which has raised $2,446 of the $15,000 goal by this afternoon.
    [I will return to MAW and LanCity Connect tomorrow.]
        
         Please help support our dear, sweet family members who are going through an unbelievable and traumatic time. 
         Due to legal matters, Elena’s husband is no longer capable of providing financially for his wife Elena and daughter Sofika.
         Elena and Ray were married 5 years ago and from the beginning of the relationship he was nothing more than a perfect gentleman and provider for Elena and her young daughter, Sofika. 
          He provided both emotional and financial  care for both of “his girls.” 
         He treated Elena, a hard working, devoted and supportive wife like a queen, and her daughter, Sofika, as if she were his very own. 
         He was self employed and Elena helped out running the business end of his successful business.
         The very unexpected legal matters have left Elena and Sofika’s world completely turned upside down.  
         There was no way for them to see this coming and they are in need of support to pay bills until Elena can obtain her driver’s license (driving is a bit of a fear for her) so that she can obtain a job to provide for herself and Sofika financially. 
          All of you who know Elena, know that she is a hard worker who would do anything to help anyone in need of anything. 
         So let’s wrap Elena and Sofika in our loving and supportive arms as we help them navigate this most trying time. 
         Your sensitivity towards Elena and Sofika during this time is very much appreciated. They are in a position they did not ask the be in and your prayers, kind thoughts and support are most helpful at this time.
     
  • 9-6-18 UPDATE – AFTERNOON UPDATE – HOW LANCASTER SPENT OVER $5 MILLION AND GOT…

    Posted on September 5th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    UPDATE 9-6-18 – I am going to leave this up as the top story this morning because this is so important. LNP is blatantly ignoring the gross mismanagement and loss of over $5 million dollars of the taxpayer’s money.

    GET OUT!

    From December 12, 2017 on this site (click here for the original and more on MAW).

         The very few people who actually had internet service through LanCity Connect are now suddenly losing their internet connection. Without warning, they have been left with no internet service and can’t get any answers from LanCity Connect.
         Besides the city giving and loaning MAW Communications $4.7 million dollars, they have also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees to “defend” MAW. And MAW has defaulted on their $1.5 million dollar loan and the city is left absolutely empty handed after they promised the public this exact scenario could not happen.
         Why isn’t District Attorney Craig Stedman investigating this huge theft of the taxpayer’s money? Why isn’t LNP covering this outrage and demanding answers? The taxpayers were promised high speed, low cost internet and they have gotten absolutely nothing for their over $5 million dollars!
         Tomorrow there will be a list of people to contact and demand an investigation and prosecution of those responsible.
         As for LNP, who received money from MAW and won’t hold Mayor Sorace or any city officials accountable for this because they gave LNP $9 million for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott extension – they need to resign – today! They are an absolute disgrace to journalism and everything it is supposed to stand for and if any of LNP’s collusion in this is criminal – they should be prosecuted and go to jail as well.      

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

          A tweet from Brad Bumstead, the “Bureau Chief” of LNP’s publication The Caucus, which is described as “casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting.”

          Guess what, Brad? This happened in Lancaster and LNP has been silent about this illegal, fraudulent and unbelievable theft and waste of over $5 million dollars of taxpayer’s money!

     

    Please check back later today.

  • WE PAY THE DA TO PROTECT US!

    Posted on September 4th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    DNA REDUX!

    ANSWER, STEDMAN!

    Roxanne Myers, left, and Juanita Chevalier

         I mailed the below letter to the Pennsylvania Attorney General this morning with copies as indicated to the FBI and DA Craig Stedman. I will follow up with phone calls shortly and also mail the letter to various media outlets.
         The fact that I have to go to this length to get an answer to a simple but extremely important question that should have been answered years ago is astonishing and so very disturbing. The fact that LNP has not asked the question let alone demanded an answer just reinforces how laughable they are at holding public officials accountable. It is truly scary.
         I do not understand how the DA, the police and LNP can withhold this vital information from the grieving families and the public who have an absolute right to know. It is not acceptable. Stedman should resign!

  • 9-4-18 UPDATE – ** – * BREAKING NEWS – OVER $5 MILLION TO MAW & NO INTERNET!

    Posted on September 3rd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    UPDATE 9-4-18 I remember being in the Philadelphia Tribune office and city editor Jim Davis calling my friend Ruth Cooper in Lancaster to verify a story I’d written about the Lancaster Lynching. There was so much fear. I remember Ruth shouting over the phone, “The police are killing black people up here!”
         There was a time when the Lancaster City Police were killing blacks, Hispanics and gays in Lancaster. And it wasn’t that long ago and it’s a story that needs to be told.

         The below is the actual article that ran in the September 2001 special edition of LIP!

    **   From March 2012 on this site (click here for the original):

    *******

    THE POLICE DIDN’T
    LIFT A FINGER TO SOLVE IT!

    *    In the print edition of the LIP special edition of September 2001, “LANCASTER LYNCHING – Twenty Years Later,” I have an article titled, “WHO MURDERED RICHARD MARTINEZ?” 
         There is a picture of John Dingle and Richard Martinez and it reads:
         Who murdered Richard Martinez in the Lancaster County Central Park on December 14, 1980? It remains unsolved.
         Rumors have swirled around this and the subsequent death of his friend, John Dingle, known as Ephie, for years in the minority community. The following is a portion of a letter from the parents of the two, Jennetta B. Dingle and Florence Wagner Martinez, that was printed by the New Era shortly after Ephie’s death.

         “It is a shameful action on the part of the Lancaster City Police to excuse themselves from finding the murderer of Martinez by implying that Ephie had anything to do with his death. It is inexcusable for the police to have commented on Ephie’s death at all in connection with the death of Martinez.”

    Click here for today’s LNP story, “Sister: In 1980, Richard ‘Ricky’ Martinez was killed because he was gay.”      

    *******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    NO INTERNET!

         People are now losing their internet coverage. The below was posted on the “Northeast Neighbors United” Facebook page. This is simply unbelievable! Can you imagine not having internet service? He will “not be billed!” How about the owner of MAW goes to jail?

  • ENJOY!

    Posted on September 1st, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LIP News will return on Tuesday, September 4th.

  • * THE VITAL WORK OF POLICING

    Posted on August 31st, 2018 Becky 4 comments

         The Lancaster City Police certainly excel at stringing up crime tape! Have a safe and happy Friday!

    *    What is going on?

    THE PUBLIC HAS
    A RIGHT TO KNOW!

    From Wednesday’s LNP editorial (click here).

         Is LNP going to demand answers? Are they going to demand to know this officer’s name, the length of her suspension and what type of training she is receiving? Will they do their job and demand answers?

  • AFTERNOON UDPATE – & CHAPMAN HAS PAID A HUGE PRICE!

    Posted on August 30th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    UNACCEPTABLE!

         I just want to state again how really awful and misleading this reporting by Tom Knapp is. He should have absolutely stated that Graham was not in the courtroom and not involved in the case and that he made an entirely separate phone call to Graham after the hearing for his opinion.
         This is not acceptable journalism by any standard!

    THE PUBLIC PAID
    A HUGE PRICE TO
    PROSECUTE CHAPMAN!

         What LNP reporter Tom Knapp did not tell us in his coverage of Jeffrey Chapman’s court appearance for shooting a feral cat is why (click here)? If he or his attorney offered an explanation of what caused him on a Sunday in January to pull out a gun and shoot the cat it is not in Knapp’s coverage.
         Are feral cats a huge problem? Yes. Do I believe people should go around shooting feral cats? No. Do I believe there might be extenuating circumstances that might make it a “gray area” of the law (see yesterday’s post)? Yes – if he believed the cat was rabid; if the cat was attacking livestock – chickens or rabbits – he keeps on his property then there would be “justification” for him shooting the cat. We don’t know why Chapman shot the cat.
         What we do know is the DA’s office spent a lot of our money to prosecute him. Like most Common Pleas Court criminal dockets there are hearings and continuances and conferences and these all involve highly paid judges and prosecutors.
         And what do I think of the sentence Judge Margaret Miller imposed? Ridiculous. Two years of probation? Why? That costs the public even more money to pay the probation officer.
         He is 28, has no prior record and there is no evidence of him killing any other animals. It is highly doubtful that he will become a serial killer as some commenters suggested. Let him pay the $650 fine and be done with it. Community service? What’s the point unless it’s at a shelter or rescue group?
         This has already cost Chapman a huge amount. His picture was all over LNP and other media for days and he paid for a private attorney and probably missed several days of work.
         And then there is this from Knapp’s article:
         Miller [Judge Margaret Miller] asked Chapman if he considered trapping the cat humanely and taking it to a veterinarian for care.
         Besides the fact that as commenters noted it is not easy to trap a cat, what kind of care? Having the vet euthanize it or having the vet neuter the cat and giving it back?
         If the judge meant for the vet to euthanize it – it seems to me a needle and a clean gun shot are about the same. And if the judge truly meant “care,” that’s a large bill and then what is he then supposed to do with the cat? The vet will not take it. A shelter will not take it. It is feral – it is wild – it can bite and claw and hurt you badly! No shelter will take it – and if they do they may charge you and then they will put the cat down – it is not adoptable! It is feral.
          I know this. I have been through this! There are no easy answers – but there is one rule that I posted here when this story first broke: Do not feed feral cats. Period.
         I’ll come back to this briefly and then move on before going on Labor Day vacation.