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    Posted on July 24th, 2016 Becky 11 comments

     *   Lancaster School Board member Randolph Carney’s post on Facebook from about an hour ago (2:00 pm) regarding the CRIZ is below.
         LNP wants $30 million more in taxpayer’s money This is unacceptable. This is unheard of greed. I have been stating for the last week that LNP is a racist company pretending to be a news organization. Here’s your proof!

    $30 MILLION


         CRIZ has been “a significant driver” and “a key component of the financing approach” for Penn Square Partners’ $30 million plan to expand the Marriott hotel that adjoins the Lancaster County Convention Center, said Mark Fitzgerald, the partnership’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
         Penn Square Partners is composed of affiliates of the real estate development and management firm High Associates and LNP’s parent company.
    From today’s LNP article, “CRIZ 2.0: Big things expected from revamped tax incentive – Hotel Lancaster, Marriott expansions lead the way,” (click here).
         This is beyond belief. I am contacting the Attorney General’s office.

    **   There is a CRIZ Authority Board Meeting in two days and there is no agenda posted (click here):
    CRIZ12      Click on the link above and then scroll down  to the “Meeting Agendas” and click on the link for “July 2016.” The link does not work! There is no agenda posted with two days to go!
         Also, check out the last “Meeting Minutes” posted – it is from October of 2015!
         Where is LNP on this story? Where is Susan Baldrige? This is taxpayer money!

    *  From the Bylaws of the CRIZ Authority:



    Baldrige2                                                   Tom Baldrige

           Susan Baldrige                                                         Thomas Baldrige  


         The final paragraph to Susan Baldrige’s front page story this morning in LNP’s print edition titled, “School board’s trouble shapes discussion here,” and not currently online. The above she says is a quote from Eric Epstein, who Baldrige describes as “a school board member in Dauphin County and a veteran good-government activist.”
            This article is nothing but self-praise! This is really unbelievable. This is chutzpah on a level almost never seen before in Lancaster and that is saying a lot!
         You see, her husband, Thomas Baldrige, is the head board member of the CRIZ Authority which was designed by Mayor Gray to give her employer, LNP, millions of dollars. According to the CRIZ by-laws, Baldrige should not even be on that board. It is a direct conflict of interest and an illegal way to do “business.” This is unconscionable!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 23rd, 2016 Becky 9 comments

    **  What does LNP say on their “insider FAQ’s” page?  This:

    What content will never be placed in the "insider</div section?

    Nonexclusive information that is time sensitive and/or vital to the health and safety of our community, such as articles about traffic, crime, weather, sports scores or other breaking news.
         And they have made this an “insider” story:



     *    It’s hot today – and I am equally hot under the collar and have been making lists about LNP and “transparency” and “justice” and the cameras and the CRIZ, etc. So I need a little humor…
         The Barnstormers are having goat races tonight! Someone call LNP’s Tom Knapp. It looks like not only goats are being abused but young children as well! OMG!
         And a free knit cap! Who could turn that down on a 97 degree day? Are these people nuts?

    Goat races


           “The jury in the case was all white, aside from one black alternate.”
    From PennLive’s coverage of the Ashley Rose Curry trial, “Racially motivated shooting or act of self-defense? Lancaster County jury announces verdict,” (click here).
         LNP, with their constant editorials about “coming together” and “talking about race and justice and violence” – there is another one today – did not even send a reporter to cover this trial. Their editorial board is made up of disgusting, hypocritical liars.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 22nd, 2016 Becky 6 comments

    *    If you want to read the little there is about Curry’s conviction in court, you might as well read Brett Hambright’s report from the DA’s office because Tom Knapp’s LNP piece is taken directly from it (click here). Apparently Tom was too busy with his monkey protest story to go to court.
         LNP’s failure to cover this trial is absolutely despicable.
         Have a great and safe Friday and there will be much more on this tomorrow.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Ashley Rose Curry

    Ashley Rose Curry

     1:44 pm – Brett Hambright of the DA’s office just tweeted, “Ashley Curry GUILTY of all counts in racially-charged shooting in Columbia.”



    (Click here)

         This is one of LNP’s “top” stories online and on page A-3 of today’s print edition. As of this morning at 7:38 am, according to the Facebook page for this protest, three people are going and nine are interested (click here).
         When there was a “Standing with Black Lives Vigil” on July 8th and over 300 people were going, LNP did not do a story. Nope, not a word prior to the event even though it was taking place literally within feet of their office door.   
         This racist business pretending to be a news organization needs to get ridden out of town.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 21st, 2016 Becky 10 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  This update just in on the Curry trial. Why hasn’t LNP been covering this? Why? There has not been one word in LNP about this! Didn’t they just hire a court reporter? There will be more tomorrow.


         Today’s promised story will come tomorrow.
         As noted in the comments, I realize this is a bicycle theft and I don’t know why the police chose to post this particular theft/crime – but the city police log on June 16th listed 10 bicycles that were stolen (click here).
         This obviously raises the questions of why we have not seen photos like this for over six years from the “Safety Coalition” cameras and why LNP has not asked them why.
         I will follow-up on my email to the 17 Coalition Board members next week and they need to answer that question and they need to do it now – and that includes board member and DA, Craig Stedman, and board member and Mayor Gray’s chief of staff, Pat Brogan. They need to answer to the public now.

    suspect4      Well, well, well. Look at this Lancaster City Police press release that was just posted. Someone has to recognize him! There’s another photo with the release which is reprinted in full below (click here):    
         On Saturday July 16, 2016 at approximately 8:49 am a Trek Navigator bicycle, green in color, was stolen from a residence on the 100 blk. E. Orange St. 
         A surveillance camera captured images of the suspect. The suspect appears to be a black male, 20’s-early 30’s, medium height & build with a receeding hairline. It appears that the suspect has tattoos on both left and right biceps, sticking out just below the sleeve.
          The bicycle has not been recovered.
         Anyone with information on this case or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Lancaster City Police at 717-735-3301 or you can submit a tip through CrimeWatch.
         All suspects accused of a crime are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.

    **  The editorial is here. To repeat the final two sentences:
          But if we’re only talking to people who look and sound like us, who believe in the same things and come from the same places, we can expect nothing to change.
          And we already know what that looks like.
          Yes, of course they already know what that looks like – it looks like their LNP office!


    LNP Editorial2*   The ending of today’s LNP print editorial “Coming Together,” (not currently online).
          This is simply too much hypocrisy to bear from this racist company with no minority reporters that pretends to be in the news business. This is sickening!


                                   rickspin               Dan Nephin
         Pat, where’s Dan?
         He’s right behind you kissing your butt, Mayor!
         Oh, I guess I’ve grown accustomed to it. Dan, listen up! We need to talk about the roof!
         About what, Dick?
         The roof. The Central Market roof. Sit down and listen while I tell you what to write!
    To be continued later today.


    Posted on July 20th, 2016 Becky 16 comments


         The Lancaster Central Market having to beg for a roof is simply beyond unbelievable. As a commenter noted – it is the true treasure of downtown Lancaster – and the whole city. I will come back to this tomorrow.

    Central Market2

    Central Market3


    **   Unbelievably, the Lancaster Central Market posted this on their Facebook page yesterday. How is this possible, Mayor Gray? Why hasn’t LNP reported on this?

         The Lancaster Central Market posted this as a comment below the post:
         Yes – the City of Lancaster owns the building. It is managed by a non-profit trust who has the responsibility of raising the funds for major improvements.

    Central Market


    Murse4*    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under a post for the “insider” story, “Lancaster County residents support local police in wake of Baton Rouge, Dallas shootings.”
         The wife of LNP content editor Tom Murse, Cathy Murse, decided to chime in! Nice! Maybe she can tell us how LNP is making money off this “insider” nonsense!
         Heck, they can afford to send their political reporter, Sam Janesch, who just graduated from college last year, to the Republican National Convention – which is very nice for him – but I’m not sure what good it is doing for LNP and their readers!


          The Ephrata Turkey Hill was robbed this morning at 2:45 am and the Ephrata Police have already put out a surveillance photo. Where are all the photos from Lancaster city? Why doesn’t LNP police reporter Ryan Robinson ask?

    Ephrata TH

     Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 19th, 2016 Becky 1 comment

     *    Samuel Stretton replaced defense attorney Michael Marinaro after he withdrew from the case in February of this year because he represented the shooting victim, Jamie Roland, many years before (click here).
         Stretton, of Chester County, successfully defended Carl Dixon, Jr. who was charged with the attempted murder of a Lancaster City Police Officer and was acquitted by a jury in April of 2013.
         Stretton was busy on July 7th making the below motions and possibly hinting at Curry’s defense.



    Larsen4     Curry4   Stretton

    From left to right – First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen, Ashley Rose Curry, Defense Attorney Samuel Stretton.

    From Brett Hambright in the District Attorney’s Office – “Jury Picked to Hear Trial over Racially-Charged Shooting at Columbia Parking Lot,” (click here).



    **** And is this news or an ad for LNP
    Posted under the LNP article, “ Columbia Borough to keep public notices, legal ads in LNP,” (click here).
         It is both an ad and a warning. Since the Manheim Township School Board talked about moving their legal ads – others are looking to save money as well. LNP went after Columbia with big guns:
         “It is critical for good government that the public, as a whole, see these notices,” Amy B. Ginensky, a senior partner at the Pepper Hamilton law firm, wrote to the borough. The firm represents LNP Media Group Inc., publisher of LNP and
         LNP must be paying her some big bucks (click here). And their correspondent reporter says this:
         In Columbia alone, LNP has 2,498 Sunday print paid subscribers and 1,703 daily print paid subscribers.
         Columbia has a population of 10,382 – so the Sunday subscribers represent only 25% of the population and the daily 20%. My guess is that more people than that have access to the internet.
    This comment is also posted under the article:

           LNP may have the widest PAID circulation readership but Engle Publishing has the widest circulation. The law on this is tricky making LNP the only realistic legal option. Many municipalities feel the cost of advertising in LNP is too high. They would save a lot of money if they could advertise elsewhere.
          I don’t think LNP can hold onto all of the legal advertising in the county much longer.



    ***  On 18 July 2016 a tip was received that Cameron was going to be in a vehicle in the SW area of Lancaster City. Officers and Detectives from Lancaster City Bureau of Police acted on that tip and established surveillance in the area specified in the tip.
    From the Lancaster City Police Press Release on the arrest of Jonathan Joseph Cameron for the Sunday stabbing of a 21-year-old man who is in critical condition (click here).
         The police solved a stabbing with the public’s help. Where are the videos from the “Safety Coalition” for all the other murders, shootings, stabbings, robberies and burglaries in the city? Where are they?

    **   Uh, oh! What is LNP going to do now?



    *    On Friday, the SPCA board of directors — besides Martin, the board includes Patrick Hopkins, Joseph James, John Shoff and Dr. John Hall — issued a statement supporting the executive director.
    From the LNP story by Tom Knapp, “Protesters call for SPCA director’s resignation as ailing puppy Libre learns he can walk, bark,” (click here).
         Suddenly, the SPCA has a board of directors! And did you note the name – Patrick Hopkins – Mayor Gray’s business administrator!  That’s the end for LNP! You won’t see any editorials demanding SPCA director Susan Martin step down.
         Oh, no! LNP doesn’t say a bad word about Mayor Gray or anyone in his administration because they have an agreement and want Gray to funnel as much money as possible to their Marriott Hotel and convention center.
         An outside agency needs to examine the relationship between Gray and LNP and any promises regarding money and anything else that have been made between the two to see if they cross criminal lines.



    Melania     “Dammit, Melania! I said write a speech not recite a speech.” ~ Donald Trump
    On my Facebook feed this morning.

          Oh, Melania! Did LNP’s Dan Nephin help you with that speech?
    CNN – “Melania Trump’s speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama’s,” (click here).
    Please check back later today!


    Posted on July 18th, 2016 Becky 7 comments

    ** Doing some research this afternoon. Back tomorrow and back to the stabbing!


      *   How much does LNP reporter Dan Nephin know about Islam and Fethullah Gulen? I doubt he knows very much! In his story today, “Manheim Township man calls Gulen ‘scapegoat’ in Turkish coup attempt,” (click here), all knowing Dan says this:
         Gulen’s philosophy blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.
         Wow, Dan, it’s impressive that you know so much but don’t you think you should give your former employer, the Associated Press, some credit for that?
         From their story three days ago (click here):
         Trained as an imam, or prayer leader, Fethullah Gulen gained notice in Turkey some 50 years ago, promoting a philosophy that blended a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.
         Nephin is a disgrace as a reporter!


         A man was stabbed last evening very close to the Lancaster County Courthouse (click here).
         LNP police reporter Ryan Robinson tells us the following:
    .    Police did not report if his wounds are life-threatening.
         That is not a good sign. The police almost always say they are non-life-threatening unless the person is dead.
         And he also says:
         Officers located several witnesses and determined the victim and suspect know each other, Fry said. The assault does not appear to have been a random act.
         Stabbings are rarely random acts but it’s wonderful that they have several witnesses!
        City police are following up on numerous leads, including reviewing surveillance video footage from the area of the assault.
         This is great! Not only are there “several witnesses” but the police have “numerous leads.” Excellent! And yes, there are “Safety Coalition” cameras all over the area.
         This should be a slam dunk!
         Now, let’s arrest this stabber before he can stab someone else! Will there be an arrest today? Will they release video of the stabber so citizens can protect themselves and assist in his arrest?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 17th, 2016 Becky 3 comments


    New York Times1

    New York Times2

    New York Times(Click here)

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


          According to this website, Tremayne Sherard Jones died on July 1st. Jones was the subject of a number of articles on this site regarding Akeem Washington and his conviction for attempting to solicit the murder of several Lancaster City Police Officers (click here for “LIGHTNING SPEED & A MINIMAL SENTENCE”).
         Washington has two appeals before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. I am trying to verify his death or find out if Jones might be faking his own death. You read that correctly. More details to follow as they become available.

    Tremayne Jones6



         Finally someone is stepping forward!
    Posted under the LNP story, “Lancaster group focused on preventing police violence,” (click here).
         Yes, this is excellent! LNP investigative reporter Susan Baldrige quotes Yvette Wood in the article. The East Lampeter Township police never found and charged the two young men who racially harassed her and her family (click here for – “Racial incidents in East Lampeter Township shake African-American family”).
          Maybe Baldrige could check with the police and find out what they did to try and find these men. My guess is they did absolutely nothing.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on July 15th, 2016 Becky 6 comments


    Murry17Tweeted by LNP reporter Kara Newhouse during the Manheim Township School Board meeting last night. LNP made her story about the meeting, “Democrat Nikki Rivera and Republican Jon Sensenig appointed to Manheim Township school board,” an “insider” story so I am not linking to it.

    Bill Murry

    Bill Murry

         I am not condoning Manheim Township Board President Bill Murry’s behavior. But LNP certainly doesn’t scare this man! They have done just about everything possible to force him to resign and he waves them away like a fly. In its own way it’s refreshing because LNP controls almost everyone in the city and county – with the exception of the Manheim Township School Board and especially Murry!

    LNP Editorial1
         And LNP got on their high horse with this editorial today. LNP should be doing far more to protect the citizens in the county by holding the police and the Lancaster “Safety Coalition” and their 161 (or 169) cameras accountable. It is indisputable and an absolute disgrace. That will come tomorrow.


    **   I spoke with Savilla Stoltzfus’ attorney, Craig Penglase, by phone today at 12:45 pm (he returned my call).
          Justine McDaniel
     of the Philadelphia Inquirer (click here for her story on the bail reduction), continues to not mention that it is 10% of the bail amounts. Penglase said that while she is not incorrect – by not mentioning the 10% she is not being complete.
          He confirmed that with Stoltzfus’ revised bail of 10% of $250,000 she needs $25,000 cash to be released on bail. Asked about a bail bondsman, he said that would cost two to three thousand non-refundable dollars and she does not have that kind of money.
          He did state that he will continue to request a bail reduction and he may make a reduction request every thirty days.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  Savilla Stoltzfus’ bail amount was reduced this morning by a Bucks County Judge from 10% of $1 Million to $10% of $250,000 or $25,000 bail.



          A warrant has been issued in one of last week’s stabbings (click here), leaving three stabbings and two shootings unsolved in a week of violent crime in Lancaster.
         Richard Brenton, a Penn Manor school teacher, is scheduled to be fired this Monday according to LNP for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in a police sting on May 26th (click here).
         In what seemed to be a surprise, Patricia J. Halgash, 43, was found guilty by a jury for driving drunk and killing a woman and injuring her son in an auto accident (click here).
         Libre, the puppy, is still the top news with the latest – “Rally planned Sunday outside Lancaster SPCA, protesters want shelter’s director removed,” (click here).
         And there is the absolute horror in France. The world has changed.
    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – * START SOLVING CRIMES!

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 Becky 1 comment


    (Click here) 

    ***  There is something disturbing if you look closely at the large LNP photo by Dan Marschka that accompanies this story. Do you see him/her?


    Martin7**   Ninety days have passed since Scott Martin, PA State Senate candidate, filed his divorce complaint against Heather D. Martin and on July 12th he filed his Affidavit of Consent requesting the court grant the divorce (click here). The Martins secretly divorced in 2005 and then remarried on September 29, 2006.



    GANGS *   Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the story, “3 with ties to Bloods and Crips charged with burglary of Elizabethtown-area gun shop,” (click here).
         Exactly! So are there gangs or not? How hard a question is that?


          The print front page headline to the story with a very different online headline – “An uncomfortable conversation: People gather to discuss violence by and against police,” (click here).
         This is ridiculous! Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler need to diversify the Lancaster City Police Department and start solving violent crimes against mostly young, minority youths. Then there can be “healing talks.”
         There were two shootings and four stabbings in the last week and not a single arrest has been made! This is absolutely disgusting. Why isn’t LNP demanding answers?
    Please see immediately below for the breakdown of the Lancaster City Police Department and LNP and check back later today.


    Posted on July 13th, 2016 Becky 8 comments


         My internet has been extremely slow all day, so today’s promised story will come tomorrow and several quick comments on this article today:
        Sadler [Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler], Gray said, has participated in forums with the local chapter of the NAACP and he and officers regularly visit churches and community events and neighborhood gatherings.
    From today’s LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Mayor Gray talks about Lancaster’s efforts to avoid racial bias, excessive force by police” (click here).
         Gray and Sadler have been saying this exact same thing over and over again for years and yet, the force has not added a Latino or African-American officer to the department in years. In years! Why don’t you look it up and get back to the public, Dan, and tell us the last time a Latino or African American was added to the city police force!
         Your newspaper, Dan, said this in an editorial in September of 2014 (click here):
         Sadler said police here are trying to recruit more minority police officers.

         Of his 144-member force, 10 are African-Americans, and 11 are Latinos.
         He said police have gone into churches, started a Police Athletic League, and soon will restart a police cadet program.
         But Sadler has not recruited any since September of 2014 and for several years prior to that. And the unbelievable part is that the number of minorities on the force should be at least 50% – or 72 to reflect the community – not 21 officers!
         And just a month before, in August of 2014, LNP said this in yet another editorial, “Editorial: A police force should reflect its diverse community,” (click here):
         Lancaster city’s 144-person police force consists of 7 percent Hispanic police officers, or 10 officers, and 6 percent African-American officers, or 9 officers. That’s in a city that, according to the 2010 Census, is 13 percent African-American and 35 percent Hispanic.
         The numbers don’t even match from one month to the next! Which is it? This is outrageous and Gray and Sadler need to be called on the carpet. Someone is lying and no efforts are being made to increase these numbers or it would have been done!
         There will be much more on this to come and I will research the last time a minority was added to the force.
         And how is LNP doing on their employees reflecting their readership? Three out of 89 listed editorial employees or barely over 3%? That is absolutely disgusting and illegal and there will also be more on this to come.



        From page A3 of today’s print LNP. Brandon Seals is one of the 20 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray (click here). He was killed five years ago today.
         The unsolved violent crimes that were perpetrated in the city in the last week will come later today.



    Posted on July 12th, 2016 Becky 2 comments


          All traces of the two shootings and four stabbings in Lancaster (with no arrests made) have been erased from Lancaster Online’s home page.
          But Libre, the puppy, is still there and according to LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s Twitter account at about 3:30 pm, the SPCA is holding a press conference this afternoon on why no charges were pressed against the breeder or the breeder’s vet.
         Wouldn’t it be nice if the Lancaster City Police Department was held this accountable? Unbelievable!



    *   There are “Safety Coalition” cameras on every corner where the fight and stabbings occurred at East King and North Duke Streets:

    E King & N Duke

    WHERE ARE THE ARRESTS? Police log1 (Click here)

          These violent crimes were in the Lancaster City Policy Log for July 11th that I linked to with the drug story yesterday afternoon (click here).
           How many shooters and stabbers have been left on Lancaster City streets in the last week? Will the police make any arrests?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 11th, 2016 Becky 5 comments


    OCCURRED 7/9/2016 2050 HRS
    Rashin Thomas Raison, 35, of the 200 block Greenland Drive, Lancaster PA was a subject to a vehicle stop for an equipment violation. Raison was found to have a suspended license. Raison was found to be in possession of a corner tie bag of marijuana.  Raison was arrested and charged with  Driving Under Suspension and Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana. 
         This was in today’s police log (click here) – and since the subject of traffic stops and profiling is in the news – I decided to look him up! I wonder what his equipment violation was? The police knew exactly who they were stopping. As you can see below, he’s been arrested often and the traffic violation filed on June 2nd was for driving while his operating privilege was suspended or revoked.
         So the police knew exactly who they were stopping and were hoping to get lucky and find some drugs on him. And I honestly don’t know the legal lines on this. What was his equipment violation and if there was not a legitimate one – can the police just stop this man whenever they want to? How did they find the “corner tie bag of marijuana?” Did he agree to a search?
         And he was arrested? I have not found the docket for this arrest, but driving without a license is a summary offense as is having a small amount of marijuana for personal use.
         The cops want this guy and they want to lock him up for good. I will keep track of this one.


     *   The police press release on the stabbing – E. Mifflin Street is one block down from E. King on the camera map below – (click here):
         At 6:13 a.m., July 11, 2016, Lancaster City Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of the 400 blk. of E. King St. Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his torso. He was transported to a local hospital. The injuries are not life threatening. Follow up investigation indicates this stabbing occurred in a parking lot in the 500 blk. of E. Mifflin St. Detectives responded and remain at the scene collecting evidence and searching for witnesses. No suspect information at this time. 
         Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website,, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.


            A man was stabbed this morning and found on the steps of 442 E. King Street about 6:00 am according to LNP (click here). There is a Lancaster Safety Coalition camera on both corners (see an inset of their camera map below with an inserted blue arrow depicting where the man was found).

    400 E. King Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 10th, 2016 Becky No comments


    Darryl Morton         Judy Cora

         I will give you an example of the “Black Lives Matter” movement stripped from a Lancaster crime story – the very disturbing deaths of Darryl Morton and his girlfriend, Aida “Judy” Cora. It took Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni six months to determine they died from carbon monoxide. Six months.
         There are still so many open questions about this case and family members who are far from satisfied with the answers the coroner and District Attorney Craig Stedman have given them.
         Why did it take the coroner six months to reach an easily detectable conclusion? Why did he and Stedman treat the family with so little consideration and respect? I believe it’s because they were black.
         I don’t believe Coroner Diamantoni and DA Stedman thought their case was as “important” as if they’d been a white couple. I believe it received less attention because their lives were not deemed to be as “important” as white lives. I truly believe Diamantoni and Stedman thought the public would not care. There really is no other explanation for this travesty of justice.

     Click here for the LNP story, “Finally, some answers but still many questions in unusual deaths of Lancaster Twp. couple.” Cindy Stuaffer who wrote the story but is no longer with LNP, told a friend that this was one of the worst cases she has ever seen.


    Posted on July 9th, 2016 Becky No comments

     *   I’m in shock. The only thing I know about Cassidy [opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy] is that she did write on a lot of “women’s issues” – like today’s front-page piece on college rape. But to write that editorial and to have a guest columnist write about domestic violence knowing full well that the Lancaster Police Chief’s ex-wife has written a book alleging he beat her for years and LNP has never once mentioned the fact is beyond all comprehension.  It is a direct blow to the face of every man and woman living in Lancaster County and inconceivable to any real journalist.
         She just showed her true colors and it’s just more of the same unbelievable crap and lies from LNP. It is total deception and it is absolutely disgusting!

    From LIP News on September 14, 2014, “A TERRIBLE, LYING START…” (click here).

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


    Cassidy              Barbara

                    Suzanne Cassidy                                Barbara Hough Roda
                   LNP Opinion Editor                             LNP Executive Editor

         What are the odds that the racist Lancaster Newspaper’s top two women both have Asian American daughters? Unbelievable! 
    Please check back late today.


    Posted on July 8th, 2016 Becky 1 comment





    ****  THIS WILL BE A PEACEFUL EVENT!!! Any violence or disruption of the peace WILL NOT be tolerated!
    From the Facebook page for tonight’s vigil in Penn Square beginning at 6:00 pm (click here).
         LIP News hopes to post some pictures later this evening and tomorrow.

     *** Mayor Gray can put a sock in it!
          And, of course, LNP just ran the Mayor’s statement again with no mention of tonight’s vigil!


    **   Apparently a barn fire in Lancaster is more important to LNP that five officers being killed. And I don’t know who Candace McPhillips is – whether she’s a summer intern or new employ – but the lack of diversity at LNP is beyond disgusting.
         And they are obviously totally ignoring the planned Standing with Black Lives Vigil tonight that will literally be within feet of their office door and as of 2:15 pm today, 313 people said they will be attending (click here).

    *    Being clear, here, this event recognizes the senseless assault on the police in Dallas last night as part of a sickness of violence in America.
         But this event is particularly focused on systemic issues beyond the individual occurrences that spur that call for action.
    Posted on the Facebook page for “Standing with Black Lives Vigil” happening this evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Penn Square (click here).


          It’s very telling that we’re all so chill about an armed individual entering a home and shooting a resident. Nothing to be alarmed about, happens all the time. Maybe it’s just the way it’s written but even the quote from the cops is so…jaded. It’s like they hope he will snitch but if not, oh well! Nothing to see here folks, move along.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under their “updated” story on the shooting, “37-year-old man shot twice in his Lancaster city home,” (click here).
         The poster nailed it.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 7th, 2016 Becky 2 comments

    * (Click here for the event Facebook page)

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            The “fighting to survive” puppy is still one of the top five stories on Lancaster Online’s website while the article on the 37-year-old man who was shot in the chest and hip last night was taken off their home page several hours ago. Yes, LNP makes their priorities very clear.
         Regarding the shooting: It happened inside a two story home; the police “conducted witness interviews” so there were more people in the home than just the victim and the shooter; the police press release also states, “It also appears that there had been a physical altercation preceding the shooting.”
         So, where is the updated information and where is the arrest?
         A call place to the owner of the home, Alice Simpson, was answered at 3:50 pm today. She said, “If this is… there’s an emergency and I can’t talk to you. Bye.”
         The only public record of an Alice Simpson, who bought the home in 2000, is an archived LNP article the beginning of which is reprinted below. I cannot verify that this is the same Alice Simpson, although the Whitepages only list one Alice Simpson (age 65+) as living in Lancaster.



    **   According to Lancaster County property records, the home at 823 Sixth Street is owned and lived in by Alice Simpson:


     *    Police update on shooting (click here):
         On 6 July 2016, at approx. 11:20 PM, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to 823 Sixth Street for a shooting.   The officers arrived and found a 37 year-old Lancaster man, who had been shot in the chest and the hip.   The male was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is currently listed in stable condition.   His injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  
         Detectives from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to the scene, conducted witness interviews and processed the crime scene for evidence.   Based on the investigation to this point, it appears that the shooting occurred inside the residence at 823 Sixth Street.   It also appears that there had been a physical altercation preceding the shooting.   It is unknown at this time if the suspect was known to the victim, but this does not appear to be a random act.   The investigation is on-going.
         Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website,, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.     


     Puppy mill
         In the puppy mill capital of the United States (PennLive – click here), LNP reporter Tom Knapp writes extensively about one puppy “fighting to survive,” (click here).
         In the meantime, there are 20 unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray and a man was reportedly shot in the chest last night (click here).
         Which story will stir the public’s outrage?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 5th, 2016 Becky 7 comments


          I could sit here and type the same thing over and over again that I have been typing for years. But instead, I will reprint the below piece and then go to each of the 17 Board Members of the Lancaster Safety Coalition and ask them where is the video and I will report back.
         Julio Garcia Camacho, 28, was shot and killed on June 13, 2015 and no video has been released to the public from either of the two “Safety Coalition” cameras in the area. No one has been charged with his murder. LNP/the Steinmans funded those cameras for the sole purpose of benefiting their Marriott Hotel/convention center so they never do their jobs and ask!
         This is an outrage and needs to be investigated immediately. This is unthinkable, unconscionable and absolutely unacceptable!
         The original and the full piece of the below is here. “WHERE IS THAT SURVEILLANCE?” is here.  There will be more tomorrow.
    Demand to See It!



     —  If I could, in response, the reason we have the cameras is because of the generosity of the Steinman Foundation. They provided a lot of the funds to originally get the cameras in.

    —  The real thing I think that if there’s any legacy that I’m going to have, it’s going to be the community, or the City Reinvestment and Improvement Zone [CRIZ], which Mr. Baldrige is on the board of.

    Two quotes from Mayor Gray in his October 23, 2014 mayoral debate with Charlie Smithgall (click here).
         I am going to address his first one and LNP’s (the Steinman’s) involvement/funding of the cameras this afternoon. The one relating to the CRIZ will come later this week.

    **  From the Lancaster Safety Coalition 2014 tax return, contributions have fallen steadily over the last five years. Of course they have! The public never sees any video from these cameras and murders and serious crimes go unsolved even when they are perpetrated in daylight immediately beneath these cameras. Why would someone donate to a fraud?

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    *   The city administration intends to earmark the $60,000 it will get from LG Health for the rest of 2015 for the Lancaster Safety Coalition, which operates surveillance cameras throughout the city.
         The money would largely be used for coalition operational costs, said Pat Brogan, chief of staff to Mayor Rick Gray and a coalition member.
    From the September 3, 2015 LNP article, “Lancaster General Health increasing city payments; city wants to use for Safety Coalition,” (click here).
         Bill Stadden, who is listed as the principal officer on the 2014 tax return, is the “Senior Financial Operations Analyst at Lancaster General Health,” according to his LinkedIn account (click here).
         So he and everyone else on the board and Mayor Gray and the DA’s office and the police department knew the Lancaster Safety Coalition had to have this money to continue day to day operations. But the public was never told the truth!


         The CRIZ, an epic failure, a “land bank” suddenly with $1 million dollars and the Lancaster Safety Coalition in deep debt and no one informed the public (see their 2014 Tax Return immediately below on this site). And the Lancaster Newspapers are deeply involved in each one.
         As I have stated here before, it is very difficult for the public to accept that a purported news organization that is supposed to inform and protect the public and hold public officials accountable, is actually nothing more than a greedy, unethical, racist and illegal business.
          Meet LNP Media Group, Inc. – formerly the Lancaster Newspapers.
         Coming later today – much more on the Lancaster Safety Coalition – and below are the Board Members as listed on their website (click here). These people must be held accountable!
    Don Geiter, Board Chair, Executive Committee – Barley Snyder LLC
    Bill Stadden, Board Vice-Chair, Executive Committee – Lancaster
                         General Health
    Clint Rider, Board Treasurer, Executive Committee – RKL
    Doug Groff, Board Secretary, Executive Committee- CCS Building
    Jennifer Ponessa-Hundley – Lancaster District Attorney’s Office
    Pat Brogan – Chief of Staff, Mayoral Designee
    Gene Duncan – Thaddeus Stevens College
    Wm. Smokey Glover – Fulton Bank
    Kyle Kaschak – Northwestern Mutual
    Kathia Maldonado – Lancaster City Housing Authority
    Justin Oberholtzer – Keller Williams of Central PA East
    Cpt. Charles Schmidt – Lancaster Bureau of Police
    Bob Shoemaker – Lancaster City Alliance
    Sean Smith – Ross Buehler Falk & Co.
    Miriam Soto – Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
    Craig Stedman – Lancaster District Attorney’s Office
    Jim Wagner – Fulton Bank

    Posted on July 3rd, 2016 Becky 3 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    NEGATIVE $133,997 in 2014


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    Posted on July 2nd, 2016 Becky 1 comment

    **  I had hoped to cover a lot more topics but they will come on Tuesday, July 5th, when daily publishing will resume. They include the “land bank,” the CRIZ, LNP, city council, the Poverty Commission, police officer hiring and of course, the cameras and more!
          Have a safe and very happy Fourth of July!


    Lancaster Safety Coalition1
    *    I am going to piecemeal post today on a number of items before going on vacation. I have not forgotten about the Lancaster Safety Coalition and their cameras. Remember this from September 23, 2015? (click here):   
         The city administration intends to earmark the $60,000 it will get from LG Health for the rest of 2015 for the Lancaster Safety Coalition, which operates surveillance cameras throughout the city.
         The money would largely be used for coalition operational costs, said Pat Brogan, chief of staff to Mayor Rick Gray and a coalition member.
         City Council did agree to give the $60,000 to the Coalition which makes the city’s total amount $160,000 (and more – see below). I believe they did it because the Coalition was short on income.
         If anyone has a subscription to Guidestar, the website that reports on non-profits, please let me know as they want a hefty fee for information on the Coalition which is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
         And then there is the city WI-FI program. Remember this from July of 2015? (click here):
         Overall, she [Charlotte Katzenmoyer, the city’s public works director] said, the project is on schedule, but it had slowed a bit because the city is adding Lancaster Community Safety Coalition cameras onto the system.
         That will save the coalition money in terms of maintaining their own network and allow them to expand, she said.
         All of this for cameras that the public never sees images from even though there are countless unsolved murders and serious crimes in the city.
         And how is that WI-FI coming, LNP reporter Dan Nephin? A lot of people are counting on that to lower their internet cost. Will it really happen and when?


           Someone sent a letter to about the “land bank” (click here):

    Land Bank1       The collusion and money stream between the Mayor’s office and PSP Partners (LNP – Lancaster Newspapers and High Industries) needs to be investigated by an outside agency.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 1st, 2016 Becky 9 comments


    rickspin             Dan Nephin            pat brogan            Randy Patterson

    From left to right: Mayor Gray; LNP reporter Dan Nephin; Pat Brogan, the mayor’s chief of staff and Randy Patterson, the city’s director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization.

    Land Bank

    (Click here)

        As you can tell from the below, this is most ridiculous, incredulous piece of crap I have ever read. LNP very quickly moved it off their home page and never put it on their Facebook page. I wonder why?
        I will come back to this tomorrow and a few other items before going on holiday break. This afternoon, I am going to call Manbel Devco and see if they will give me, oh, say $50,000! Yippee!


    Dick, I spoke to my brother Nick and we don’t want to give you $1 million dollars!
    You get that check over here, Phil!
    Is this extortion, Dick?
    Say what, Phil? Don’t you ever use that word again. I was a lawyer for over 40 years and that is not acceptable language. We refer to it as a “gift.” You have decided out of the kindness of your hearts to gift us $1 million dollars for a land bank!
    But we took care of the traffic and storm water issues! You’ve messed up the storm water issues with the EPA – not us! Why would we give the city $1 million for a land bank when we aren’t even building in your city?
    I’ll be sending Pat over right now to collect. Start writing the check, Phil!


    Pat, get Phil Frey on the phone.
    Who’s that, Dick?
    He’s a partner in Manbel Devco – you know – the company building the Shoppes at Belmont. They’re loaded!
    Phil, this is Mayor Gray. We want you to give us $1 million dollars!
    Why, Dick?
    Because we say so, Phil! Now get that check over here! You want to build the Shoppes at Belmont – the city wants $1 million dollars!
    To be continued…


    Pat, where’s Dan?
    He’s right behind you kissing your butt, Mayor!
    Dan, listen up! I have a news flash for you. We are creating a land bank!
    A what, Mayor?
    A land bank!
    What is that?
    No one knows but we’re going to have $1 million dollars!
    Does this have anything to do with the CRIZ blowing up in your face?
    Never say the word CRIZ around me again, Dan! Just tell your readers the city is suddenly going to have $1 million for a land bank! They’ll love it…

         Click here for, “Lancaster city to create land bank with $1M from Shoppes at Belmont,” and this will be continued…


    Insider12** Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the “insider” story about fireworks.
         Yes, you can get your news elsewhere because this LNP article is a rip-off of PennLive’s article from several days ago, “Wait, residents can legally buy and display fireworks in Pennsylvania?” (click here).

    *     Sadler [Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler] said police here are trying to recruit more minority police officers.
         Of his 144-member force, 10 are African-Americans, and 11 are Latinos.
    From LNP’s editorial on September 28th, 2014, “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).
         When is the last time they hired a Latino or African-American officer?


    New Officers2

         After Mayor Gray kissed LNP’s butt (again!) and went to their offices for an absurd “chat” about guns with crooked LNP reporter P.J. Reilly Wednesday morning, he went back to City Hall and swore in four new Lancaster City Police Officers (click here).
         Where are the City Council members?  Where is the NAACP? Where are community leaders?  Who is going to hold the police department accountable?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 30th, 2016 Becky 2 comments


    Editorial - Race

          The opening sentence to today’s LNP editorial with the online headline, “In Lancaster city, where affordable housing is scarce, employer-assisted housing programs are making a positive difference,” (click here).
         Yes, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in employment but that hasn’t stopped LNP from blatantly breaking the law for 52 years!
          Until your employees reflect the racial and ethnic make-up of Lancaster County and City, you need to shut up and clean up your own act, LNP! This is absolutely disgraceful and illegal.
         The LNP Editorial Board is made up of the following individuals:
    —  Suzanne Cassidy, Opinion Editor
    —  Barbara Hough Roda, Executive Editor
    —  Tom Murse, Content Editor
    —  Rich Manieri, Deputy Opinion Editor
    —  Alex Geli, Editorial Writer
    —  Maria Creswell McGrann, Community Member
    —  Stuart Wesbury, Community Member
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 29th, 2016 Becky 8 comments


         The financials for the CRIZ Authority as prepared by Baker Tilly for the 2015 fiscal year are below. They are prefaced with a repeat of the Basis of Accounting – (modified cash basis) from the Notes.

    CRIZ Financial9CRIZ Financial6

    CRIZ Financial7**********************

    ***   I want to remind you exactly who is on the CRIZ Authority Board – from the city website (click here):

    CRIZ Authority Board Members


    Thomas Baldrige
    President and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    Daniel Betancourt
    President and CEO of the Community First Fund
    Ray D’Agostino
    Executive Director, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
    Jill Gagliano
    President, Arabesque Dance and Fitness Wear
    Cinthia Kettering
    President of Operations, Bagnall Shaw Company (Insurance Brokers)
    Robert Shoemaker
    President and CEO of the Lancaster City Alliance
    Rev. Gerald Simmons
    Business Services Team Employment Liaison, Careerlink (Lancaster)

    Pastor, Faith Tabernacle Church
    John Reed
    Attorney and Partner at Barley Snyder, LLC
    Fred Waller
    Waller Tax and Financial Services
    Non-Voting Members:
    Matthew Parido, Chief of Staff for Senator Smucker
    Randy Patterson, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood  
    Marisol M. Torres, Housing & Economic Development Administrator

    **    On June 20th, I noted on this site that LNP hired Rich Manieri as their deputy opinion editor and asked if LNP had diversified their staff/board (click here). Well, that is Manieri moderating this morning’s “chat” between Mayor Gray and LNP reporter P.J. Reilly – so the answer is NO!
         Who is Manieri and what qualifies him to be a “deputy opinion editor?” That will come later this week. And why would Mayor Gray even step foot into that blatantly racist company? Why?


    P.J. REILLY:

    Reilly1*    Ernie Schreiber, then the Executive Editor of LNP, took the highly unusual step of posting this below an article written by P.J. Reilly, “Corbett gets silent treatment at MU graduation,” (click here).
         Reilly flat-out lied. He told huge lies! But LNP kept him as a reporter. And last night, I figured out why Reilly lied! Amazing!


    Gray Reilly (Click here)

          The man who bragged that he wrote the CRIZ, Mayor Gray, is having a “Live Chat” with LNP reporter and infamous member of the “Intell Five,” P.J. Reilly this morning at 9:00 am! Wow!
         The CRIZ financials, more on Reilly and the chat is coming later today.


    Posted on June 28th, 2016 Becky 11 comments


    CRIZ = Debt
         This is the scariest, most outrageous thing I have even seen. Never, did I think I would quote Gil Smart, but he nailed this one (click here).
          The emperor has no clothes and the CRIZ has no money – but they have been spending like crazy – from the LNP article, “CRIZ Authority initiates process to borrow $5.4 million by year’s end,” there is this (click here):
         Authority members unanimously approved two motions, one appointing the law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick as bond counsel, the other authorizing Concord Public Financial Advisors to seek proposals from banks to provide the authority $5.4 million in financing.
         How were those companies chosen and how much are they being paid? I will put in a Right-to-Know request!
         The CRIZ has no money – except $2,869.66 they received from the state – and Deana Zosky went through that in less than a week!
          Below is another entry on the CRIZ’s financial statement under “Long Term Debt.” This is so shocking that LNP (Lancaster Newspapers) would do this to the people they are supposed to inform, serve and protect. They have put Lancaster city residents on the hook for millions until 2041 for their Marriott Hotel/Convention Center.
          There will be more tomorrow.CRIZ Financial1CRIZ Financial2                                                                            ********************

    *    From the Baker Tilly financial audit of the Lancaster CRIZ Authority for the 2015 fiscal year:CRIZ Financial

    $495,000 FOR THREE YEARS!

    Deana ZorskyDeana Zosky

          On June 22, 2016 I put in a Right-to-Know request with the City of Lancaster as follows:
          Please provide all documents involving any and all payments made by the City of Lancaster to Deana Zosky, compliance contact for the Lancaster CRIZ authority, for the 2015 fiscal year.
         I received a four page contract signed by Zosky and the CRIZ Board Chair on February 24, 2014. Her fee and terms of payment are below. Please also click here for “*** BREAKING NEWS *** ZOSKY A FRAUD?” on this site.  Zosky6

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 27th, 2016 Becky 12 comments


            From the Baker Tilly Audit of the CRIZ for the year 2015 there is also this (the figures will come tomorrow): 

    Other Matters

    Basis of Accounting 

    We draw attention to the basis of accounting described under Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements. The financial statements are prepared by the Authority, on the modified cash basis of accounting, which is a basis of accounting other than accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Our opinion is not modified with respect to this matter.

    CRIZ Financial 3
    CRIZ Financial4CRIZ Financial5
    *** This is unbelievable! LNP will not make the abandoned baby article open to the public. Why did they even write the story? Did they tell the subject, Diane Bell, it would be for “insiders” only? OMG!
    **   P.J. Reilly, one of the infamous “Intell Five” and married to another one of the five, has a column today, “Columnist: More gun laws not the answer to mass shootings,” (click here).
        I thought Reilly left LNP and went to Lancaster Archery Supply? Is he back full-time? Anyway, I really object to his Twitter account (see below) and I have real problems with a man who has dead animals all over his Twitter and Facebook accounts!
    *    LNP has made this an “insider” story. It was on the front page of yesterday’s Sunday News and I read it. But by making it an “insider” story, they are possibly discouraging anyone who might know something from reading the story online. Unbelievable! And LNP has not provided a logical or valid reason for having this “insider” nonsense!