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    Posted on December 19th, 2018 Becky No comments


    Today’s LNP editorial (click here).

         This is beyond absurd and disgusting. LNP why don’t you try this basic principle: Tell the truth!
    Please check back later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING *** – ** – * 12-18-18 UPDATE – SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

    Posted on December 17th, 2018 Becky 6 comments



         The lead story on Lancaster Online  (left) and the DA’s tweet with his mugshot (click here to read the press release).

         Eighty pounds is a lot (obviously)! But what I don’t understand about the new ordinance in the city allowing someone to have an ounce of marijuana is once again – where do they get that ounce or less? To possess it someone has to have sold it to them (or they grew it themselves). Where and how do you draw that line?


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  Former Lancaster City Police Sgt. Raymond Corll has filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence to the Supreme Court of PA (see below). The Superior Court of PA affirmed and upheld his conviction and sentence in the Lancaster County Court on November 20, 2018.


    **   Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, does not have any other criminal dockets in the state of PA (see below). All of the NT (non-traffic) entries (including one in York County not included in the below) are for noise violations.


    *    That said, we do fully support City Council’s proposal to decriminalize minor marijuana possession.
    From the LNP editorial on September 7th of this year, “Decriminalizing (not legalizing) marijuana possession in Lancaster city makes sense,” (click here).        
         Where are you, LNP? Why don’t you have a reporter questioning the police chief, the DA and the mayor on why the new ordinance that you support was not applied in this case?

    12-18-18 UPDATE


    Read the comments under City Councilwoman Janet Diaz’s Facebook post (click here).


    — Doing some research this afternoon. —

    ***   City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance giving police leeway to treat possession of small amounts of marijuana more leniently than state law does.
          …. It allows officers to file a summary charge, similar to a traffic ticket, for possession or use of up to an ounce of marijuana, or possession of paraphernalia.
          State law treats possession of small amounts of marijuana as a misdemeanor. Convictions can lead to a permanent criminal record with lifelong effects, barring individuals from educational, housing and job opportunities.
         That’s what the council hopes to prevent.
    From the LNP article, “City Council reduces penalties for small amounts of marijuana,” (click here).  
          See immediately below.  


    OCCURRED 12/7/2018 1952 HRS
    Richard B Rodriguez-Ysabel, 21, of the 500 block West Orange Street, Lancaster PA and a Hispanic juvenile male passenger were the subjects of a traffic stop.  The suspects were found to be in possession of marijuana.  Rodriguez-Ysabel arrested and charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Corruption of Minors and Driving Under Suspension.  The juvenile was also arrested and  charged with Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana. 
    From today’s police log (click here).
    1. City council passed an ordinance making possession of a small amount of marijuana a summary offense. How much did Rodriguez-Ysabel have? He is charged with a misdemeanor for that.
    2.  Why do we need to know the unnamed juvenile is “Hispanic?” How much marijuana did he have?



                         James Reichenbach                 John Graupera

    *    In part of her comments to city council at their last meeting, Darlene Byrd also talked about the police department and the two current officers charged with domestic violence (also see yesterday’s post).
         City councilmen James Reichenbach and John Graupera are up for re-election in 2019. Both of these men (and Mayor Sorace) never said a word during all the years they had a police chief whose ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her for years. Neither of these men deserve to be re-elected!


    Part of city council’s agenda for tomorrow night (click here).
         In a specially scheduled city council meeting because of the holidays, they will meet tomorrow and take a final vote on all the tax increases and budget for 2019.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on December 16th, 2018 Becky No comments


         Don’t be a yes man. Don’t be a rubber-stamper. Make a difference. We didn’t put you up here just to have colored people or color up here.
         We put you up here because we thought you would make a difference and not go the same old, same old, same old toe the line. We need someone who’s going to speak up for justice.
    Darlene Byrd addressing city council Tuesday night (you can watch the video here).
          Oh, it gets even better! This woman is smart, well spoken and angry! I hope to have a full transcript of her statement to council here tomorrow. She has been seeking an apology from the Lancaster City Police Department since May and has addressed city council numerous times about it.


    Posted on December 15th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


          An inspiring story from the daughter of former Mayor Charlie Smithgall (click here for the Facebook entry):

          I’d like to share a story about my dad….. a story of how I think that sometimes there’s a reason for everything that happens …. even the bad things. As most of you know on October 23rd the unthinkable happened at our pharmacy. We were robbed at gunpoint and my dad not only defended himself, the employees and a customer … he was beat up and knocked around and bruised by the bad guy in a lengthy struggle that ended up with my dad being hurt, and everyone there being shaken up, left with nightmares and a new kind of fear they never had before. 

          My dad was taken away in an ambulance to get medical treatment and be observed in the Lancaster General Hospital. While he was there he had a CT scan to check for internal bleeding and they didn’t find any. But they did find a mass on his kidney. Fast forward till this Monday when my dad had his biopsy and after lots of doctors appointments over the past month and a half and tests and second and third opinions we found out it was cancerous and today at FoxChase in Philadelphia my dad had a partial kidney resection (meaning they were able to save 50% of his kidney) remove the tumor which basically doubled in size since October and are very optimistic that they got it all and it didn’t spread. But what if that awful day in October hadn’t happened, how long would it have been till they found it, till he had symptoms, till it spread around his body??? 

           My dads doing well tonight. My mom and Jon spent the day at the hospital, waited during the 5 hour surgery and got to spend time with him after. At 9 tonight my dad called me to say hi and say what he’d like brought in tomorrow. He’s got a long recovery ahead of him and he’s got a pretty good amount of pain tonight. But he’s doing great so far and the surgery went well and that’s the best news I could have heard. I’m so lucky to have him, but he’s so much luckier that they found this early and they were able to help him. Hug those around you a little tighter tonight, tell them you love them …. for you never know what tomorrow might bring. 

           Please keep my dad in your thoughts as he recovers over the next few weeks. It’s hard for me to put into words what I want to say.. I’m not really a religious person, but I’ll try…. To whomever or whatever is out there watching over my dad and all of us, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this good news, for the discovery of his issue, for watching over his doctors and nurses whom were able to help him and to my amazing and supportive friends and family for thinking of us all… thank you. It’s ironic that the worst day of his life actually may have saved his life. ❤️🤗❤️🤗


    Posted on December 14th, 2018 Becky 9 comments


         On December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve – Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, shot and killed his two month old daughter.  He did not spend one day in jail. He received unbelievably preferential treatment by District Attorney Craig Stedman and Judge Dennis Reinaker. LNP lied to the public and to this day have never told the public about the obvious connection and the reason for the blatant, unjust and preposterous preferential treatment Davis received.
        Today, Cutler met with the LNP editorial board. Below are some of the topics and quotes from Cutler. There will be more this weekend.
    Cutler on the merit selection of judges over election:
    —  Justice should be blind.
    —  If people don’t believe in the process – this is one of my concerns with judicial elections – if they believe it is tainted by politics and money…
    On the six-year anniversary of Sandy Hook and guns and background checks:
    —  You should view every gun as loaded. You don’t point them at people.
    —  We hear the idea of a gun show loop-hole. The truth is every gun or firearm that I purchased at a gun show I always went through a background check. So that is probably mislabeled.


    **   Suzanne Cassidy to Bryan Cutler after he told the board to call him “Bryan:”  “Bryan has the humility of most Lancaster County residents.”
           Um…okay? Apparently Lancaster County has the corner on humility! Oh, listening to this is torture! But Cutler said several things that are so hypocritical I have to get them!

    *    “They are beautiful. I wrote them down,” LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy told Representative Bryan Culter this morning in his meeting with the LNP editorial board.  She was talking about what Cutler said were his father’s three rules.
          Oh, please! That is ridiculous, patronizing and just plain sad!


         “I haven’t actually seen the emails.”
    District Attorney Craig Stedman in his press conference yesterday afternoon (click here).
            District Attorney Craig Stedman held a five minute press conference (including questions) on the bomb threats but said he had not “actually seen the emails.” Ridiculous! And he added absolutely nothing new that the public did not already know.
          A commenter from a North Carolina business posted on LNP’s Facebook page that they had received one and it is republished below.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 13th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    — Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow. —

    *    While on the subject of judges, I received this email (thank you!):
         Just wanted you to know about some of the judges we have in Lancaster Co.  I was in the courtroom of Merrill Spahn recently and what struck me most, is he has an iPad with him.
         During the trial, he would look at it intermittently, I guess he got an email.
         My question is this, if ppl are not allowed to take a phone into the Lancaster Courthouse, why can a judge, who is supposed to be paying attention to the proceedings looking at his email?
         For this they are being paid $183K????
    He is forgetting that someone’s life is hanging in the balance.  Shouldn’t he at least be paying ATTENTION?
    THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO, Please do not use my name, you know what a small community we have here.



          About the Hatch Act… When I worked as a County Supports Coordinator for (the then) MH/MR/EI, because our Agency received funding through the Medicaid program, I could not legally display a “Vote for Obama” sign on my front lawn. So if a D.A. can, without first resigning, run for State Office while the County receives any Federal funding, then this appears to be a violation. Would not a wannabe judge NOT know this?
    This comment in from “barryinwinnipeg” yesterday.
         There is only one way to resolve this – report District Attorney Craig Stedman!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 12th, 2018 Becky 16 comments


         I will stay on top of the Stedman/Hatch Act situation.
         There was a city council meeting last night and former Mayor Art Morris addressed them to honor Charlotte Katzenmoyer and her 17 years of service to the city as the former Director of Public Works (Morris is pictured left and you can watch the meeting here).
         But the highlight of the meeting was Darlene Byrd – again! This woman is wonderful and did she ever let council have it – again! I hope to have a transcript of her comments here tomorrow. She should be on city council!


    **   A police chief running for district judge in Tuesday’s primary ran afoul of a law that restricts the political activity of anyone working for agencies that receive money from the federal government.
         The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has determined that under the Hatch Act Ed Tobin cannot run for district judge while also serving as the Warwick Township police chief, the candidate said Tuesday.


         Yesterday, during the Debra Slaymaker-Walker bail debacle, I googled District Judge Edward Tobin and one of the first things to come up was the above LNP article from May of 2011, “Law forces candidate for judge to quit job ,” (click here).
         Now this is getting complicated but please bear with me.  A comment came into this site about District Attorney  Craig Stedman who is running to be a judge and possible violations of the Hatch Act. The comment included this:


          He will do ANYTHING to become a judge, including break the law. And speaking of that, as soon as he announces his candidacy and/or opens up a campaign (finance) with the Pa Dept of State, he will be in violation of the Hatch Act.
         I was under the belief that the Hatch Act only applies to federal employees but as the article states it also applies to anyone receiving money from the federal government.  So as I research this, I would also appreciate anyone’s opinion on Stedman and the Hatch Act and when and if he is in violation of it.

    *    District Judge Edward Tobin set bail at $1 million unsecured, meaning Debra Slaymaker-Walker was not remanded to prison, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
    From LNP’s article this morning, “Woman charged in crash that killed 2 Warwick students confined to house on $1M bail, (click here).
         LNP added the word “unsecured” sometime late yesterday without any indication they have edited the story. The story ran all day yesterday and just said $1 million bail. This is not acceptable and there will be more coming on this.



         On Monday of this week, the law firm representing the Chapter 7 trustee in the Worley & Obetz bankruptcy filed a “Petition to Intervene” in the divorce proceedings of Julie and Jeffrey Lyons (see below).
          I am told this is rare but it happens! They don’t want any assets hidden!

    Please check back later today.

  • *** – *** BREAKING *** – * POT MEET KETTLE!

    Posted on December 11th, 2018 Becky 13 comments


         This morning, Debra Slaymaker-Walker’s docket read $1 million (cash) bail and that is what all the media outlets reported (see below). They have now changed her docket to $1 million unsecured bail at the request of Russ Glass. Why would he request a change?

    — First Docket —

    — Revised Docket —


    — Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania – click here.

    ***   The first comments under the LNP article on Debra Slaymaker-Walker on their Facebook page are below.  Report District Judge Edward Tobin to the state judicial ethics commission!


    **   Tobin set her bail at $1 million. She is being held at her home due to her injuries, according to a spokeswoman from Tobin’s office.
    From the LNP article, “Woman charged in crash that killed 2 Warwick students confined to house on $1M bail ,” (click here).       
         She is being “held at her home?” So the $1 million dollar bail doesn’t mean a single thing? Oh, this is unbelievable! 


    *    The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) lists over 50 Journalism Codes of Ethics from publications across the country on their website (click here). Why don’t you open one and read it, LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy?


    Today’s LNP editorial (click here). 

        The LNP editorial board rips into Zimmerman and he deserves it! But so does LNP! You need a major brushing up on journalism ethics codes, LNP!
         What astounding hypocrites!
    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on December 9th, 2018 Becky 17 comments



          Believe it or not, this is LNP’s lead story online this afternoon (pictured left). Now, let me say right up front that I am very sorry that this couple lost a tree lest you think I am a grinch. But the lead story?
         The Manheim Township Police Department were very thorough in their investigation and even include the three evidence photos shown above in their press release (click here)!
         And LNP even sent a photographer for another picture with the owner and the bow he tied around the remaining stub. They might even have sent the reporter as well or maybe he just spoke with the owner by phone.
         Don’t you wish LNP would put this much effort into (more important) stories?



    *    Apparently LNP is trying to downplay the city’s 2019 tax increases by having several articles about the growing restaurant scene in the city and their own Marriott Hotel.
           I was intrigued by this sentence from one:
         Amorette, which opened in May, points to its fine-dining menu, sophisticated service and elegant décor.
         So, I decided to look them up. Below is their lunch entrée menu and pricing or you can have three courses for $38.00 (click here):
         The four course prix fixe dinner is $78.00. The seven course tasting menu is $137.00 – but never fear – there is a vegetarian option available for that price.
         Who can afford this except for the Steinman family?


    — 12-10-18 UPDATE —


     A lead story on Lancaster Online this morning (click here).

         How much of your money is LNP using for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel – and why?
    Please check back later today.


    Comments posted under the live-stream of city council’s 2019 budget meeting yesterday on the “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.

         Very well said! Hey, Tom Murse, Managing Editor of LNP and the Caucus, why don’t you have your reporters investigate this blatant PA government waste and fraud of the taxpayer’s money?
          Oh, that’s right! You don’t investigate it because you are a direct recipient of the waste and fraud!


    Posted on December 8th, 2018 Becky 2 comments


            Just as Patrick Hopkins came to the table for a presentation at 3:00 pm today, the live-stream of this very important budget meeting went dead. This is not Tony’s fault obviously, but it is unacceptable that the city is not providing this service.
            Mayor Sorace said right after she was elected that the city would provide live-streams of their meetings! So why haven’t they? There will be more tomorrow.


    Posted on December 7th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    — Tomorrow is the all important 2019 budget meeting for the city from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in city hall. Tony Dastra will be live-streaming it on his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page. —


    **   Look how fast a LNP reporter rewrote the DA’s press release. LNP won’t do anything without the DA’s “approval.” Unbelievable and disgraceful!


    *     Just posted by DA spokesperson Brett Hambright on Twitter (click here for his press release).

          As reported on this site on Wednesday, they held Jeffrey Lyons’ preliminary hearing one day before it was officially scheduled to avoid press coverage. Karen Connelly’s was held yesterday as scheduled.


          From today’s LNP article, “District Attorney Craig Stedman, 4 others seeking Republican backing for county judgeship,” (click here).

          From this site when Stedman ran unsuccessfully to be a Superior Court Judge last year:



    Posted on December 6th, 2018 Becky 17 comments


          Quite simply, District Attorney Craig Stedman did what any prosecutor should and would do. She broke the law repeatedly and as a result killed two high school students and severely injured another.
         LIP News will follow the case.


         Debra Slaymaker-Walker posting on her son’s Facebook page sometime early this morning after he posted that 2018 has been the worst year of his life.


    *   “Precise, accurate driving,” “Sustained reckless driving”
    DA Stedman in his press conference.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         The below charges were filed against Debra Slaymaker-Walker before District Judge Edward Tobin this morning.


    THIS MORNING, 10:45 AM

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 4th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    *    Karen L. Connelly, who was arrested and charged with Lyons, did not have her preliminary hearing today according to District Justice Edward Tobin’s office at 3:45 pm this afternoon. Hers has also been scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 am and that will apparently happen tomorrow.
         The woman who answered the phone, when asked about Lyons said his had been scheduled for tomorrow but the change “just happened this morning.”

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         Jeffrey B. Lyons’ preliminary hearing was held today instead of tomorrow according to his docket (see below and click here for his updated docket).
         He waived the hearing and all the charges were held over to Common Pleas Court. Was this a cleverly calculated move to avoid press coverage? His docket stated this morning the hearing would be tomorrow.


    *    Jeffrey B. Lyons is scheduled to finally have his preliminary hearing on six felony charges of theft from the Worley & Obetz Company tomorrow at 10:30 am before District Judge Edward A. Tobin. He was arrested on August 28th on the charges and has been out of jail on $1 million cash bail posted by two bail bondsmen since.
    His hearing was originally scheduled for October 9th after he retained defense attorney Robert David Beyer of Goldberg & Beyer. However, that was continued until tomorrow because Lyons was “not available.”




                      Jeffrey B. Lyons                                 Jere K. Lyons

    Posted under the Lancaster Online story about Jere Lyons, “Man charged with damaging about 80 vehicles in Lancaster General Hospital parking garage,” (click here).
         Are they brothers? I cannot say for sure, but while the Crime Watch page for Jere Lyons doesn’t list his middle initial his criminal docket does list it as “K.”
         And in the obituary for Jere Myer Lyons in May of this year it states he has three sons and two of them are named Jeffrey B. Lyons and Jere K. Lyons (click here).
         Does it get any more bizarre than this?
    Please check back later today.       

    Posted on December 4th, 2018 Becky 9 comments


          Lancaster’s City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program enjoyed a windfall in 2018, receiving about $6.4 million in revenue.
          The 70 percent increase was well above what local officials had expected.
         The money comes from eligible state and local taxes paid by businesses in the CRIZ zone, and any that’s unused goes back to the state. So, last week the CRIZ authority allocated all of it.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).     
         So the CRIZ board just decided to be “nice” and hand out $6.4 million including $531,183 more to LNP for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. I will wait for their application for that additional money I requested in my Right to Know yesterday and then I will be writing every member of the state CRIZ Board, the governor, the attorney general and the Ethics Commission and urge you to do the same.
         This is corruption at the highest levels! This is unimaginable!
         Hey, maybe the Caucus reporters could investigate this because they state they are: “Casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting.”
         Oops, silly me! They are owned by LNP!
         There will be much more tomorrow.


    **   This was just posted on the Manheim Township Police Department’s Crime Watch page (click here):

    From Chief Rudzinski:

         During the early morning hours of October 27, 2018, officers from the Manheim Township Police Department responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 400 Block of Buch Avenue where a vehicle had left the road and then struck a fence and a tree. The officers recognized the driver of the vehicle as Matthew Bender, who is employed by Manheim Township as a police officer, but was off-duty and in his personal vehicle. Due to the circumstances of the crash, the Pennsylvania State Police were requested to conduct the investigation which ultimately led to DUI charges being filed against Bender.

         I cannot comment on the details of the crash investigation because we are not the investigating agency.

         Officer Bender was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the results of both the criminal and an internal investigation. Bender not only has rights under the criminal justice system, but he also has employment rights as well. As a result, I cannot comment on the outcome of the internal investigation, which is a personnel matter.

         I can assure the community that I did not take this matter lightly. This Department maintains a zero-tolerance approach to employees who are involved in violations of the law. Our officers are expected to set the standard and be the example for everyone else. The Manheim Township Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities which we serve, and our employees do an exceptional job on a daily basis to keep all of us safe.


    *     I was sent this letter from the state regarding Lancaster’s plan to use the CRIZ for small businesses that was mentioned here yesterday afternoon (thank you!).



         In a very long 2019 budget presentation at the city council committee meeting last night, Patrick Hopkins presented this slide. Do you know what is missing from this slide regarding large projects partially funded by the CRIZ and providing new tax revenues for the city?
         LNP’s Marriott Hotel and expansion because they are not on the tax-rolls! Unbelievable corruption and theft by LNP!
    You can watch the entire meeting here and please check back later today.


    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         This question in today:
         Did you ever get that letter from the state concerning use of CRIZ funds for small businesses?
         I have not gotten it and it’s my fault. I requested it today with a Right to Know request. The holidays caught up with me. I will publish it when received.
         I also put in two other Right to Know requests today: One to see if MAW made their October payment on the $1.5 million dollar loan from the city and a request for the application by Penn Square Partners  (LNP and High Industries) for even more CRIZ money ($531,183) for their Marriott hotel expansion.
         I truly do not understand this. I assume they put in an application – or did they just go to the meeting and say, “Hey guys, if you have any ‘extra’ CRIZ money would you give it to us?”
         How and why would they get even more money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls hotel? As I said this morning, this is sheer corruption and needs to be investigated. I will be writing the PA CRIZ Board for answers! This is an outrage! This is disgusting!



    Other allocations include:

    • $900,000 for furnishings and fixtures at the convention center, part of the financial rescue package arranged in 2014.
    • $531,183 toward construction of the Marriott hotel expansion.

    From the LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).  
         This is simply unbelievable! Why would LNP’s Marriott hotel expansion get another single dime? The corruption in Lancaster is incredible and being led by LNP!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 2nd, 2018 Becky 14 comments


         Oh, happy day! It looks like Knapp is going to sue LNP! Does it get any better than this? No!
         Who do I think fired Knapp? I think it was managing editor Tom Murse. I don’t think anyone else would have the authority to fire a lead reporter of 35 years on the spot. 
         And look at the photograph Murse has on his Facebook page posted in August of 2016. While I have said repeatedly that LNP validates many of Trump’s statements about the press (and they absolutely do), for an editor of a daily newspaper to support this man is beyond all comprehension! Oh, happy day!


    Posted on December 1st, 2018 Becky 16 comments


         I can not imagine what Knapp posted on his personal Facebook page that would get him fired on the spot?


    Posted on November 30th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    Stedman (at the podium), then Police Chief Keith Sadler behind him and former Mayor Gray to the right.

         I would note that the Lancaster Newspapers, the editorial board, did a nice editorial on this illustrating the challenges of domestic violence and the scope of the problem.
    District Attorney Craig Stedman in his press conference today.
         Oh, the hypocrisy and collusion of the DA and the Lancaster Newspapers is simply unbelievable! Yes, Stedman, LNP did a very nice job of withholding from the public the vital information that their police chief of many years was accused of domestic violence in a book by his ex-wife.
         And since Stedman knew LNP was going to keep that information from the public, to keep Mayor Gray happy and funneling money to LNP’s Marriott Hotel, Stedman never once said a word about former Police Chief Keith Sadler and domestic violence!


    **    In conclusion, District Attorney Stedman notes this case is a reminder of the ongoing serious threat and pervasive issue of domestic violence in our communities. District Attorney Stedman strongly encourages victims, especially those with children, to seek help and protection; friends, neighbors, and family members of those being abused cannot ignore the warning signs and indicators of domestic violence. Victims, for a variety of reasons, are often tentative to seek help on their own. If the signs are there, take action. It absolutely could be life-saving action.
    From the DA’s press release, “DA Review: Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting of Man who Had Gun to Woman’s Head,” (click here).


    * Today – 11:30 am.




         Shares of Marriott tumbled 6 percent before the opening bell.
    From the above article (click here).
         Peggy Steinman, owner of LNP and the downtown Marriott, must be having a bad day! Will she go running to the mayor and city council for even more money?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments



         Yesterday, it was announced that charges were filed against a RRTA bus driver from an accident the week before in which a pedestrian was injured. There still have not been any charges filed against Debra Slaymaker-Walker for an accident she caused that killed two high school students over a month ago on October 26th.
         The picture on the right is of District Attorney Craig Stedman’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, on the horrific accident scene the day the two students were killed.
          Where are the charges? Where is a follow-up from the DA’s office?
         Will anyone in Lancaster see that justice is applied equally and that justice is done?



    ***  LNP – you can not expect people to pay for a subscription when your lead story online is about a pet bakery opening!
           And is this over the top and ridiculous or am I wrong (the picture on the right is from their Instagram page – click here)?  Do dogs and cats really care if their food and snacks looks like human food? A strawberry? Really? I wonder how much they cost…

    **   And a name from the past showed up on Knapp’s Facebook page:

    *    LNP has a new “digital editor” and this was posted on their Facebook page yesterday:


    Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp on his Facebook page yesterday.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 28th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — I am doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow. A note: Two comments came in from the same person last night – one extremely long (a rant!) – arguing that mugshots are unconstitutional to begin with. After some thought I approved them late this afternoon and they are under the post immediately below this one.

    **   It’s one of those days when extremely serious news “conflicts” with a totally different kind of news and because of the confines of this site’s layout they get mashed together.
         Back to the topic of this morning’s first post: The folks on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page are not one bit happy about the tax increases, to put in mildly! But this commenter took an inventive entrepreneurial approach to the bad news:


    **   The below was just posted on Imir Williams’ Facebook page. I hope the money is for the Lancaster County Court system because you still owe them a lot of money!


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


          “Billboard Gee” was formerly known as “Mir Kat” and his real name is Imir Williams. He is a woman beater. He beat “Amish Mafia” actress Esther Schmucker severely several times. This man should not be at the BET Awards!
    Please stay tuned for this developing story.



    From page A-5 of today’s LNP print edition (click here to read the story online).

         Yup! Everything is going up! So it begins.
         And once again, LNP was given and “approved” this information prior to last night’s city council meeting where Mayor Sorace announced her budget for 2019 because LNP had their above chart all ready to go.
         Also, Randy Patterson is retiring in June; Councilman Pete Soto was missing again last night; Tony Dastra made a plea and Councilman Chris Ballentine is a joke.
    You can watch last night’s meeting here and please check back later today.


    Posted on November 27th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

         There is a city council meeting tonight. It is also “Giving Tuesday.” Tony Dastra, who live-streams the meetings on his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page, has a GoFundMe account (click here).



    ***  Just a quick note about yesterday’s post regarding a Right to Know request for a mugshot of Jesus Rosario who is charged with rape.
           I published District Attorney Craig Stedman’s denial letter on this site on October 26th and it is here. I am not appealing the decision because at this point it would require an attorney to do so. Perhaps at a later date I can challenge his ridiculous, preposterous refusal to provide mugshots. 
         If you recall there was this story from LNP also from October 26th, “Office of Open Records rules for LNP in dispute over autopsy & toxicology reports,” (click here):        
        The county has 30 days to appeal to the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, and has indicated it plans the do so. That court is currently handling the county’s appeal on a similar request filed by PennLive.
         LNP is piggybacking on PennLive who is far ahead of LNP in their appeal but it is worth noting that both have hired the same law firm to argue their cases. There will be more on this at a later date.


    **     I am well aware of this lie filled debacle going on. Please give me time to adequately address it!



    *    In case you think these two stories on Lancaster Online are the same case and someone made a mistake – no – these are two different women. Mountville is apparently a hotbed for theft!
         I’m not sure why they even bothered to arrest these women. White women can steal in Lancaster County! This site has proven that.
         They will cry; they will get probation and the judge will sternly order them to pay restitution which they will never do.
         But just out of interest, LIP News will follow the cases of these two women.
         Heather Hartman (more than $50k and no mugshot) is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, of course! They haven’t even set bail for Crystal L. Roten (over $75k and a mugshot) so what is going on there? But she did have enough money to hire a private attorney so it’s doubtful she will see a single day in jail!
         It’s good to be white in Lancaster County!    


         The silence of the entire establishment is both deafening and suspect.
    Part of a comment into this site about Debra Slaymaker-Walker immediately below.
         Exactly. It’s a sure sign something is going down and it is not good.
         And where is LNP? They hire these young reporters straight out of college and then teach them to never question the DA or the police. And as reporters they defy the public trust and don’t go to these public officials and demand answers but wait for them to issue a press release. And if they don’t issue a press release – then they forget about it and move on to the next story.
         It is an absolute disgrace what LNP has done to journalism in Lancaster County.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 26th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         On November 21st, the District Attorney’s Office posted the above on their Facebook page!
         Yellow Cab, really DA Craig Stedman? That’s where Jesus Rosario, who is charged with raping a passenger worked/works. And remember he’s free on unsecured bail and the public doesn’t know what he looks like because you refused a Right to Know request from me to release his mugshot!
         Do you give a damn about women’s safety and the public’s right to protect themselves, DA Stedman?
         The below was posted on this site on October 22nd (the original is here and the link to the WGAL piece is here).
         There will be much more tomorrow on this and Debra Slaymaker-Walker.


    **   Of all the irony! This is LNP’s top story online this morning by reporter Lindsey Blest (click here).  Do you think you could ask District Attorney Craig Stedman for an update on the horrific October 26th crash, Lindsey?



    *     The below was posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under one of the very early reports of this accident. This commenter nailed it. Was proper protocol followed?


     (Click here for the LNP story shown above.)

         Compassion and forgiveness are wonderful. Stating that anyone could cause an accident that kills two kids seems over-the-top.
         But Debra Slaymaker-Walker did do just that. On October 26th she fled from police who tried to stop her, side-swiped a school bus with kids in it and kept going, and then caused an eight car crash that killed high school students Jack Nicholson and Meghan Keeney and severely injured  Rylan Beebe.
         District Attorney Craig Stedman waited four days to release her name but then stated she was still unconscious and police could not question her.   And in a highly unusual move, he sent his public spokesperson, Brett Hambright, to the scene within just a few hours to “update” the press on all the incidents leading up to the horrific multi-car crash.
         There has not been another word from the District Attorney’s office but on November 8th, her son posted the below on Facebook with a link to a  GoFundMe account for Deb Slaymaker-Walker (click here):

        So what happens now? Will charges be filed? Why hasn’t there been an official update from DA Craig Stedman? Two children are dead. It began with Slaymaker-Walker fleeing and eluding the police and then police calling off the pursuit. Why? And why have there been no updates or charges filed in this horrific story?  


    Posted on November 25th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


         — Knowledge of journalism principles and ethics, among them, clarity, organization, succinctness and story-telling techniques, with knowledge of Associated Press style.
    From LNP’s current ad for a “Site Producer” (click here).
         What a disgrace! I didn’t know that “clarity, organization, succinctness and story-telling techniques” were important parts of journalism principles and ethics codes!
         In fact, they don’t appear anywhere in the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) “Principles of Journalism” (click here). I wonder what ethics code LNP hands their new employees? Do they have a code of journalism ethics? If they do, it must be drastically different from every other one in this country!
         Last week I  published “Article I” of the ASNE principles. Today, I am including Articles II and III. LNP breaks these every single day. Every single day! And I would point out this sentence from Article I:
         Newsmen and women who abuse the power of their professional role for selfish motives or unworthy purposes are faithless to that public trust.
         LNP is faithless to the public trust and that is why this site exists!



         The above headline was on Lancaster Online for several days. There’s a time  for bad puns and there’s a time for serious headlines.  LNP totally missed the mark on this one!
           But romaine calm: LIP News is back to take them to task!


    Posted on November 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments
    UPDATE 11-21-18 – The below email in response to my question of when Raymond  Corll will be sent back to prison to complete his sentence:
    Dear Ms. Holzinger,
    Corll has 14 days to seek reargument before the Superior Court and 30 days to seek review before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; so, there is still a wait involved.
    Christopher J. Schmidt
    Deputy Attorney General


    Raymond Corll

         Former Lancaster city police Sgt. Ray Corll posted bail Tuesday, allowing him to be released from prison while his case is under appeal.
    From the June 28th, 2017 LNP article, “Former Lancaster city police Sgt. Ray Corll released on bail during appeals process,” (click here).       
         Corll lost that appeal today. When will he be recommitted to prison to finish his sentence? When I receive an answer to that question, I will publish it here.
         The District Attorney’s Office did not address this very important issue in their press release today, and hence LNP has not either (click here for the DA’s release).
         The woman who answered the phone in President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s office late this afternoon said she “is not sure when he will be recommitted.” She put me on hold and then came back and said Corll can now appeal to the Supreme Court of PA.
         That takes time. Will Corll be recommitted and when? Someone has to know! Again, if I get an answer I will publish it when received.
         I will also come back to the LNP story pictured left when this site comes back from Thanksgiving break on Sunday, November 25th (click here for the LNP story).
         Can you even imagine LNP not questioning when Corll will be returned to prison to complete his sentence? Unbelievable!


    ***  The beginning of the Superior Court’s 24 page memorandum issued today and affirming Raymond Corll’s conviction and sentence by the Lancaster County Court. When will Corll be taken back to jail to finish his sentence?


         The final page of the Superior Court’s decision in Raymond Corll’s appeal is below. When will he be taken back to jail to finish his sentence?


         The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld former Lancaster City Police Sgt. Raymond Corll’s conviction and sentence by the Lancaster County Court. Corll has lost his appeal.


    *    Roxanne of the Superior Court of PA said by phone today that the court has affirmed that they are not changing anything that occurred in Corll’s trial in Lancaster County. It would appear that Corll has lost his appeal.

        She stated the court issued a 24 page memorandum regarding the case and in her brief perusal told me the Superior Court has affirmed the decision of the Lancaster County Court – and thus, once again, it appears Corll has lost. I am working to absolutely confirm this.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

          There has been a decision today in former Lancaster Police Sgt. Raymond Corll’s appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. It appears his appeal of his conviction has been approved regarding simple assault. His docket simply says “Yes” (click here).
         Stay tuned for this developing story.


    From today’s LNP editorial titled online, “Racist expressions of hate cannot be waved away,” (click here).
         Well, isn’t that special? The LNP editorial board gets up on their high horses and talk about race and hate! Why don’t you tell the public the racial and ethnic make-up of your news and editorial staff, LNP? You do not have a single black reporter or editor on your staff and you have one recently hired Hispanic reporter.
         As I’ve been saying on this site for over 14 years now: Racism in Lancaster County begins with the Lancaster Newspapers.

    Posted on November 19th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

     —  Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will publish briefly tomorrow and then go on Thanksgiving break until  Sunday, November 25 when daily publishing will resume.  —

    **   You can’t take the below comments down, LNP managing editor Tom Murse, because they are on the city’s Facebook page and not yours and you have no control over them!
         You are a disgrace to the community and journalism, Murse! I hope when the Attorney General investigates we find out how much money MAW paid LNP for your silence!


    *     Thank you to a commenter for clueing me in on the below post on the city Facebook page. Unbelievable! Over $5 million dollars for nothing!



    The editorial headline in today’s LNP print edition.

         This should read: Protect your kids from LNP! Seriously.
    Please check back later today.