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  • UPDATE ** – * HALF-ASSED JOURNALISM!

    Posted on February 12th, 2016 Becky 2 comments

    WHO SHOULD STEP DOWN?

    ***    “Join LNP political reporter Sam Janesch at noon Friday as he discusses the Pennsylvania budget impasse with Republican state Rep. Bryan Cutler and Democratic state Rep. Mike Sturla,” (click here).
         Isn’t that special? LNP has never told you about Sturla’s son, Peter Sturla, and his criminal record because he supports their convention center/Marriott Hotel:
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         And LNP has never told you about the special, preferential treatment given to G. Scott Davis, who shot to death his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve, by DA Craig Stedman because he is Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law (click here):
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         LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda, Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy and Content Editor Tom Murse should step down today!
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     Murry14**   LNP is crowing on their website that they “won” last night and praising their coverage (three reporters and a photographer) of the Manheim Township School Board meeting! No, they did not “win!”
         In an unbelievable front page “editorial” this Sunday they demanded that Murry and Frankhouser resign. That did not happen last night!

     

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    LNP: FAIL!

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    LNP’s Suzanne Cassidy, Susan Baldrige and Kara Newhouse (left to right).

          LNP sent their big guns to the Manheim Township School Board Meeting last night: Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy, Investigative Reporter Susan Baldrige and Education Reporter Kara Newhouse. And they lost! Big time!
         Board President Bill Murry did not resign and the Board’s solicitor, Bob Frankhouser, was not fired as LNP demanded in a front page editorial.
         In an absurd Twitter fest last night, these three, coached by LNP’s Content Editor Tom Murse, made absolute fools of themselves and the press.
         Click here for their slanted, front page article, “Manheim Township school board faces mostly hostile crowd of more than 320” and check back later today for when Murry, gasp, used the word “‘half-assed’ in front of children!”

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** – ** – * LNP IS GUILTY!

    Posted on February 11th, 2016 Becky 12 comments

    LNP: NO COVERAGE!

         There is a homicide trial taking place in the Lancaster County Courthouse. LNP does not have a reporter in the courtroom. PennLive does:

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          Omaly Flores was shot in the head and killed on Saturday night. LNP has had no follow-up whatsoever. PennLive has:
    Pennlive1(Click here)

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    *** Some of the current local listings on journalismjobs.com.

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    **  Just tweeted on Lancaster Online’s Twitter Feed. Then why don’t you post the openings on nationally recognized journalism job sites like journalismjobs.com? Is that so you can more easily discriminate? Maybe Kara Newhouse could look into LNP’s hiring practices!

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     *   Stephen Grosh on the Manheim Township School Board is a defense attorney (with a sense of humor?!). What does he have to say about all of this?
    Click here for his Facebook page.
    Click here for his website.

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    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE?

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           Little or no mention was made in the newspaper of the numerous Sunshine Act violations involved in the development of the downtown Lancaster hotel and convention center project. And there were many.
    Posted online under Kara Newhouse’s latest LNP story, “Sunshine Act: Prosecution of violators is uncommon, and penalties are even more rare,” (click here).
         How true! But those directly involved LNP – so Kara can’t talk about those!
    Please check back later today.  

  • ** – * HORSE SHIT!

    Posted on February 10th, 2016 Becky 5 comments

    **  This comment in by email this morning about District Attorney Craig Stedman:
         He lives in Lititz. Manheim Twp. School District. I would assume his kids attend the school district that he is attacking. Should his office recuse themselves to another office to investigate the district in question? Just saying.

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    *    This is the headline in the print edition of today’s LNP editorial. It is about Governor Tom Wolf’s budget, but this whole Manheim Township School Board debacle has me saying, “Deja vu, all over again!”
         Do you remember when LNP had then District Attorney, now Judge, Donald R. Totaro use an investigative grand jury for six months to determine whether the commissioners, who opposed their convention center/hotel, had broken the Sunshine Law regarding the sale of Conestoga View? Then New Era editor Ernie Schreiber ran a huge headline: “GET OUT!”
         But LNP is so desperate to move their story along and demonstrate how they investigate and protect the public, they used an illegal recording of a taped board meeting on their front page. Randolph Carney, a member of the SDoL Board, posted this under the story:
          Under Pennsylvania State law, it is illegal to secretly record any closed meeting where the attendees have an expectation of privacy. An Executive Session is NOT a Public Meeting; it is designed to create an expectation of privacy. Whoever made that recording clearly violated Pennsylvania State law.   
         And no one at LNP even thought about that fact and they ran with it on their front page! Unbelievable! Did LNP break the law?
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    LET’S WRITE ABOUT
    SOMETHING IMPORTANT!

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         A Lancaster City Police Officer, as yet unidentified, shot himself in the leg in their shooting range very early yesterday morning. LNP has not demanded his name or stated what will happen with the officer.
         Omaly Flores, 20, was shot in the head and killed Saturday night and no arrests have been made.
         So what did LNP and the police do all day yesterday? The police posted picture after picture of the snow as a distraction from the shooting on their Facebook page and then they posted about their horse Duke (click here). And LNP had reporter Tom Knapp write a long, ridiculous story about Duke taken entirely from their Facebook page (click here).
         Isn’t that special? Isn’t that how you want the media to investigate and keep you informed on the important issues?
    Please check back later today.
  • UPDATE – 2:40 PM – UPDATE 2:10 PM – *** – ** – * WGAL – ON THE JOB LESS THAN A YEAR

    Posted on February 9th, 2016 Becky 1 comment

    — 2:40 pm – This screen shot taken at 2:36 pm now says the story has not been updated for eight hours. See below for the seven hour mark!

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    IDIOTS!

    *****  Officials from the District Attorney’s office wouldn’t comment on whether they were looking into alleged Sunshine Law violations or the source of an audio tape made of a closed-door meeting or both.
    From today’s LNP article by Susan Baldrige, “Manheim Township police join district attorney’s probe of school board actions,” (click here).
         Maybe investigative reporter Baldrige and education reporter Kara Newhouse could give the public a tutorial on when you can tape audio without the person’s permission in PA (click here for “Pennsylvania Recording Law – Digital Media Law Project”).

    **** 2:10 pm – The below screen shot from Lancaster Online was taken at 2:00 pm this afternoon. Seven hours and nothing new! This is an absolute disgrace by LNP! They have no idea what it means to be a news organization! I am putting in a Right-To-Know request with the City of Lancaster for the officer’s name.

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    ***  Five officers were sworn in on 6-30-2015 (click here).

     **  I went through the Lancaster City Police Department’s Facebook page for June of 2015 and the below entry is no longer there! Is Lt. Umstead trying to be “clever?”

    *   Umstead [Lt. Todd Umstead] said the officer was hired in June 2015.
    From LNP’s latest update (click here).
         These officers were hired in June of 2015 (click here):

    June 2015 Officers

    OFFICER SHOOTS SELF!  

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          Click here for WGAL, “BREAKING – Lancaster officer accidentally shoots self.”
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ** – * WHERE IS LNP? WHERE?

    Posted on February 8th, 2016 Becky 7 comments

    NO ONE IS WATCHING!

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    Click here for DA Spokesman Brett Hambright’s full release.
     
         The absolutely most shocking development at LNP over the last few months has been their failure to have a reporter in the courthouse.  It is beyond unconscionable.
         Hambright doesn’t tell the public the name of the Judge hearing the case. It is former DA and now Judge Donald R. Totaro.
         Hambright doesn’t tell the public the name of Matthew Morales’ attorney. According to his docket, it is Edwin George Pfursich IV, a court appointed, private attorney.
         This is a criminal homicide trial!
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         The man pictured above, Wallace Kenneth Cannon, was sentenced this morning by Judge David L. Ashworth for his 8th DUI since 2001. The Assistant DA, J. Alexander Marcinko, told the Judge he should be sentenced to the mandatory three year term in state prison.
         Judge Ashworth, instead, sentenced him to one-to-five years in the Lancaster County prison and made him immediately eligible for work release. With his time served since his arrest in September, he should be free by summer.
         There will be more on all of this tomorrow and this past Friday afternoon’s “surprise” guilty plea by Thomas G. Moore in his first degree homicide case.
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    **   The shooting does not appear to have been a random act, city police Chief Keith Sadler said in a press release. He did not release any additional details.
    From LNP’s latest update on the shooting death of Omaly Flores Saturday night (click here).
         Wow! That is impressive! That must be the result of Sadler’s 37 years in law enforcement! A man was shot in the head and it was not a random act!
         Is there a danger to the public, Chief Sadler? What did the person who drove him to the hospital say? There are “Safety Coalition” cameras all over the 300 block of South Lime Street. What did those cameras capture?
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    *     Whatever happened to Attorney Joshua Prince’s Right to Know request to the City of Lancaster for the names of the donors to the “Lancaster Common Sense Legal Defense Fund?” LNP and their reporter Dan Nephin haven’t told you!
         It has been put on hold by Lancaster County Judge Jeffrey D. Wright pending the same decision in Harrisburg (see below).
         LNP should be demanding these names. The fund was sent up to pay attorney’s fees in a legal battle and a city’s financial information is a matter of public record!
          The fund was established to defend this 2009 city ordinance that has not been used once in the over five years since it was enacted:
         Any person who is the owner of a firearm that is lost or stolen shall report the loss or theft to the City of Lancaster Bureau of Police within 72 hours after discovery of the loss or theft.
         This is the only thing Mayor Gray has done to fight the violence going on in Lancaster since he was voted in as Mayor!

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    WHERE IS LNP?
    WHAT’S UP, MAYOR GRAY?

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    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the article concerning the Saturday shooting death of Omaly Flores, who turned 20 on December 3, 2015 (click here).

         LNP is working overtime to hold the Manheim Township School Board accountable. So why won’t they hold the Police Chief and Mayor Gray accountable for all the unsolved killings, shootings and robberies? Where is LNP? Why aren’t they demanding answers and protecting the public?
    Please check back later today.

  • 20-YEAR-OLD SHOT & KILLED

    Posted on February 7th, 2016 Becky 1 comment

    DO THEY CARE?

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         Posted on the Lancaster City Police Department’s Facebook page last night shortly after they posted a link to the homicide investigation of a 20-year-old man shot in the head and killed last evening in the 300 block of South Lime Street (click here).

  • UPDATED – LIFE PLUS *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * JENNIFER TODD FINALLY ASKS…

    Posted on February 5th, 2016 Becky 9 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

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         Thomas G. Moore pleaded guilty to the December 15, 2014 murder of Nicole Mathewson today before Judge David Ashworth and was sentenced to life plus 20 to 40 years.
    I am told the courtroom was filled with Lancaster city police officers including Chief Sadler. District Attorney Craig Stedman was also in the courtroom.

         At first, Moore was hesitant and switched back and forth about pleading guilty before Judge Ashworth. His attorney, Jeffrey Conrad, took him out of the courtroom and talked to him for about half an hour. Following that, Moore pleaded guilty. He had been facing the death penalty.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Moore      According to the Lancaster Court Calendar, Thomas G. Moore was scheduled to plead guilty at 1:00 pm today before Judge David Ashworth for the December 15, 2014 murder of teacher Nicole Mathewson. It is not known at this time if this occurred. Moore was facing the death penalty.
    Please check back later today.

    “SEVERAL TIPS”

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    Cory Michael Giberson

    **     Lancaster City Police have identified and charged the suspect from the bank robbery that occurred on Feb. 3, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Bank, 926 Manor St. Bank. Police received several tips after releasing surveillance photos from the bank and the suspect was identified as:
    Cory Michael Giberson, 29-year-old male
    From the police press release (click here).

    *     These two stories are next to each other on Lancaster Online this morning. In the Wednesday Wells Fargo bank robbery, his image was released the same day. The police identified him yesterday and this morning they state he has been arrested (click here).
         Where are the images from the Turkey Hill and McDonalds robberies? Where?

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    AND THE POLICE SAY “NO!”

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          Asked whether police plan to release surveillance images to the public, Fry [Lancaster police Lt. Kevin Fry] replied, “We’re keeping it internal at this point because we feel there’s a good chance we might be able to ID some people.”
         From the LNP article, “Are recent store heists in Lancaster County Connected?” (click here).
         LNP “police reporter” Jennifer Todd finally asks the police about surveillance images – and the police say “no!” Why are there 161 cameras around the city? Why do Turkey Hills and every convenience store have cameras?
         Where are Police Chief Sadler, Mayor Gray, DA Craig Stedman and city council? Where are they? Where are the images?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * PRIORITIES?

    Posted on February 4th, 2016 Becky 10 comments
    Phil**  (Click here). 

    *    The bank robbery story/pictures from yesterday at the Wells Fargo bank aren’t even on Lancaster Online’s home page today! The police certainly got these pictures up fast! Where are the pictures from all of the Turkey Hill and McDonalds robberies?

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    Wells Fargo3       Click here for the police press release and if you recognize this robber please contact the police as indicated.   

    UNSOLVED MURDERS,
    SHOOTINGS & ROBBERIES!

    Fire Kills Cow   The lead headline in today’s print edition of LNP on page A-3 – Local News.

         This was also the lead story on Lancaster Online most of yesterday with the ridiculous headline, “One cow dead, another fled, in truck fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” (click here).
         Except the online comments under this story were not the usual biting dog and cat abuse comments! Most were jokes about cooked steaks and udders and many took stabs at PETA. In fact, the comments on LNP’s website were taken down and the comments were disabled.
          And there was this from a Letter to the Editor this morning, “Dismayed to see pet memorial here,” (click here):

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         LNP’s editors explain under the letter that the placement was an “aberration.”
         So where is the balance here? Why was a story about a dead cow and another who “fled” the top story all day yesterday? A Wells Fargo bank in the city was robbed by a man driving a Mercedes SUV! Where are our priorities?
    Please check back later today.    

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – KNOCKED OUT FOR LIFE?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 Becky 2 comments

    WHAT HAPPENED?    

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     Temar Boggs in happier times.
        
         This ruined my day. If it is true, let’s hope he can turn his life back around. Click here for, “Crime Stoppers – Wanted Person Armed Robbery Temar Boggs” and here for LNP’s, “Temar Boggs, hailed as hero in abducted girl case, wanted for armed robbery.”

    RIFE WITH RACISM!

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         This article had over sixty comments under it on the Lancaster Online website last night. Someone claiming to be Andrew Westry’s mother posted. All of those comments have been deleted and the comments have been “disabled.”
         What is missing from this LNP “story?” Westry was one of two men who were the subject of this article and charges – “Was Lancaster Community Safety Coalition supervisor victim of violent ‘knockout game’?” (click here).
         No, he was not! Click here for “NO, IT WAS NOT THE ‘KNOCKOUT’ GAME!”
         But that is why Judge David Ashworth gave him this shocking sentence. Make no mistake about it.
         The criminal justice system in Lancaster County is rife with racism and racist judges.
    Please check back later today.           

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – A CORRUPT JUSTICE SYSTEM =

    Posted on February 1st, 2016 Becky 7 comments

    & WELCOME TO THE POLICE!

    Career Choice

    Meme courtesy of “The Realest People of Lancaster” Facebook page.

         This is not going where you think it is today! In this morning’s post, I originally wrote that a McDonalds had been robbed this morning. I blame a lack of coffee, listening too much to the police scanner and so many robberies in the last month that you can’t keep track.
         Anyway, I realized my mistake and corrected it to a Turkey Hill within 30 minutes of the original post. And then this message came in literally within ten minutes of my making the change:

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         Yes, that is the over 1,400th comment into this site in the last four years from serial stalkers and harassers Cheryl Markle and Steve Markle (click here and also follow the link to the “Stalker Warning” website). And yes, the numbers used for the name are the last four digits of my phone number.
         The numbers below the name are the IP number of the sender. When you put those numbers into an IP lookup such as “Whatismyipaddress.com” you get this:
    Markle - IP      What is a Tor server? Google it and you get this:

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         All of the Markle’s comments into this site come from proxies or Tor servers with the same computer information. No one else uses them on this site and no one has a reason to.
         And while the above comment is exceeding childish and absurd, the vast majority are profanity laden, threatening and racist. And I have had enough.
         I am taking the day off tomorrow to report them to the police. LIP News will be back on Wednesday.

    A CORRUPT PRESS!

          The ruling cast a pall over the justice system in Lancaster County, where other criminal convictions are likely to come under scrutiny.
    From the Philadelphia Inquirer article linked to yesterday regarding Lisa Lambert, “Serving A Life Sentence, Lisa Michelle Lambert Mustered A Final Appeal. It Intrigued A Judge. How A Convicted Murderer Won Her Freedom,” (click here).
         The absolute vitriol and sheer hate that poured out against this woman on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page yesterday tells me only one thing: the Lancaster Newspapers made her out to be the most evil 19-year-old the world has ever known – because her case called into question the entire Lancaster County justice system.
          And if it was rotten to the core – it would come back and make the Lancaster Newspapers look like they were not doing their job. Which they weren’t and haven’t done for years. So they turned her into a monster.
          That is the power of the press – and in this case – a totally corrupt press.
    The scary and bizarre article from the York Daily Record I linked to yesterday regarding a bail bondsman is now a top Lancaster Online story taken directly from the York Dispatch. Click here for, “Police: York bail bondsman illegally arrested Lancaster woman.” 

         And another Turkey Hill in the county was robbed this morning (click here).
    There will be more later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * & CAN YOU WRITE EDITORIALS?

    Posted on January 31st, 2016 Becky 9 comments

    KNAPP WHINES AGAIN!

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     Posted by Tom Knapp on his LNP Facebook page today.
     
       Stop whining, Knapp. You’re an adult! Let me explain this to you slowly:
         1. Crime sells.
         2. LNP knew the book was coming out and it does not speak well of the Lancaster County justice system, so they wanted to take a pre-emptive strike against it.  
         3. All those people complaining and outraged on Facebook (the comments were taken down and disabled on Lancaster Online’s website under the story – probably because Knapp complained) are full of crap and they know it. You may have extremely strong convictions about this case – and most do – but Lambert has a right to tell her side of the story and everyone knows it. And they are secretly fascinated by it. Let me repeat: crime sells.
         4. I bet today’s paper is selling like hotcakes.
         5. The online headline to the article, “In a killer’s words: Lisa Michelle Lambert, nearly 25 years since Laurie Show’s murder, claims innocence in new book,” makes it very clear how Knapp and LNP feel about the book.
         6. For a different side to this case you might want to read a Philadelphia Inquirer story from 1997, “Serving A Life Sentence, Lisa Michelle Lambert Mustered A Final Appeal. It Intrigued A Judge. How A Convicted Murderer Won Her Freedom,” (click here).
         From that piece there is this:
         Lancaster County District Attorney Joseph Madenspacher, who was not in office when the Lambert case was tried but who defended the conviction before Dalzell, said the investigation and prosecution were “sloppy,” but not a frame-up.
         “Mistakes were made,” said Madenspacher, “but they did not rise to the level of criminal conduct.”

         It simply amazes me that Knapp has worked for the Lancaster Newspapers for over 30 years and all he ever does is whine!

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    *    The York Daily Record has this bizarre story (click here).

         It was not immediately clear whether more people will face charges. A spokesman for the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, Lt. Todd Umstead, could not be reached.
         Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, said in an email that its database does not list any co-defendants in the case.
         It’s unclear when Hansen Sr. is expected back in court.

    CORRUPTION?
    NEVER – LNP IS WATCHING!

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    — A book I told you about on January 11th by Lisa Michelle Lambert, “Love, Murder, and Corruption in Lancaster County,” is the subject of today’s front page Sunday News story by Tom Knapp (click here). Knapp is a lousy writer and he goes on the attack against Lambert full force.
         Corruption in the justice system in Lancaster County? Never! We have LNP watching to make sure that doesn’t happen <sarcasm>! Click here for his LNP story.

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    —  Speaking of writers, LNP lost Deputy Opinion Editor Joe Hainthaler to the Reading Eagle. He was behind the scenes and you only saw him on videos when the LNP Editorial Board met with someone.
    LNP Editorial      His departure comes very shortly after Dorine Bethea, another member of the editorial board, also left LNP.  Who is left? LNP is advertising for a “Deputy Opinion Editor” and an “Editorial Writer.” Click here and get your applications in!
    —  The Lancaster Police captured one Turkey Hill robber but the McDonalds on North Franklin Street was robbed again last night at gunpoint.
     —  And why did the Lancaster Police arrest Marquice Gatewood at the same time they arrested Kendell Foster for the murder of Ahmeen Clanton?
    Please check back later today.

  • ALLEGED KILLER ARRESTED

    Posted on January 30th, 2016 Becky 3 comments

    TURKEY HILL ROBBED 

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    Kendell Charles Foster

          Kendell Foster, 24, was arrested for the shooting death of Ahmeen (Meeno) Clanton (click here). He is a man with a long and very violent criminal history. Why was he on the streets and not in prison?
         When will the police announce the arrest of Marquice Gatewood who was also involved in Clanton’s murder?
         How did the police track these men down?
         The Turkey Hill at Plum and Chestnut Streets was robbed last night by two men wearing masks. When will the video be released to the public?
    It’s going to be a busy. Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** – ** – * POSSIBLE ARREST

    Posted on January 29th, 2016 Becky 11 comments

    **** Make arrests Lancaster City Police and DA Craig Stedman or release the videos of the killers to the public – now!

    Fight for Lanc

    (Click here).

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    Hambright - shooting**   From the LNP article, “Man shot dead in Lancaster is identified, 2 males sought in shooting,” (click here).

         Oh, that’s good, Brett! You have the police lingo down very well. I guess you can’t say they’ve been “working around the clock” just yet!
         Could you tell the public if arrests will be made today? Everyone has already figured out it was not random. But there are killers on the loose!

    *   The police have named him as Ahmeen Bilal Clanton, 30. His Facebook name is Meeno Brown.

    MEENO BROWN KILLED

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    *   Meeno (Ahmeen) Clanton (above) was shot in the head and killed last evening at about 5:30 pm at Howard Avenue and Shippen Street. LIP News has learned that two men were arrested at a house in the 300 block of East King Street in the very early morning hours of today. It is not known at this time if they will be charged with his murder.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – JUSTICE IN LANCASTER COUNTY?

    Posted on January 28th, 2016 Becky 4 comments

     HAMBRIGHT – AND LNP’S –
    BIGGEST COVER-UP!

     – IS IT ANY WONDER
    STEDMAN HIRED HIM? –

    Hambright DA       I could go through this site and reference all the times I have called former LNP court reporter and now DA Craig Stedman’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, a liar. I do not use that term lightly and I have backed it up every time I have said it.
         I could look up every time his reporting on trials was so slanted towards the prosecution it was disgusting. I could tell you about his racist reporting and headlines (remember “I seen bodies drop”). This man never told you the make-up of the juries because he would have to say “all white” and he never questioned that! He walked from 8 West King Street through the diversity of the city and walked into an all white courthouse and never questioned that either.
         I will never forget Milli Dixon telling Hambright loudly in court one day, “You stop your lying!” They were trying to put her son, Carl Dixon, Jr., in jail for life for attempting to kill a police officer. He was acquitted and Hambright was so stunned it took him hours to put up the story.
         A defense attorney told me his articles were so slanted that he did not even read Hambright’s stories about trials he was involved in.
         But the worst, the absolute worst, for a reporter who is supposed to inform and protect the public, tell the truth and hold public officials accountable, was his January 12, 2014 article, “D.A. gives look inside baby-death investigation,” (click here).  Hambright deliberately lied over and over again.
          I wrote the below on January 14, 2014 (click here). I had been publishing for days that G. Scott Davis is Representative Bryan Cutler’s step brother-in-law.

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         The Lancaster Newspapers have had eight days to tell you the crucial relationship between Geoffrey Scott Davis, who shot and killed his two-month-old baby on Christmas Eve, and PA House Member Bryan Cutler.  Eight days! 
         LNP reporter Brett Hambright knows the connection.  It’s been cited in the comments under numerous of his articles on Lancaster Online and yet he doesn’t ask District Attorney Craig Stedman if it affected his actions in this case? 
         Hambright covered the press conference and reported that DA Stedman states that 35-year-old Davis had only fired a handgun twice in his life.  And then he writes yesterday’s story and states there were three other guns in the apartment and he doesn’t ask what type they were?  He doesn’t ask who, Davis or his wife Alyssa, bought them and when?  
         Hambright doesn’t ask the DA why he took two weeks to reveal the shooter’s name and why Davis was arraigned on January 6th during the press conference but has yet to be booked and processed and have his mugshot released?
         This is not reporting!  It’s a joke like the chart above that accompanies the article.  Brett Hambright and the owners and editorial employees of the Lancaster Newspapers are participating in the cover-up of vital information the public needs to know!  This is beyond unconscionable!
         How much money does the Steinman family give the Republican party in Lancaster County?  How much money did they give to Bryan Cutler’s campaign?
          This is a case of blatant obstruction of justice by District Attorney Craig Stedman with the Lancaster Newspapers running cover for him.  The PA Attorney General needs to investigate this killing and how it was handled as soon as possible.  Please see the story below and I’ll add the 20 more reasons later today.
    * (Click here for “DA gives look inside investigation”).
     

    [*Editor’s note – the link immediately above no longer works. LNP has moved the story and taken down all the disbelieving comments under it. The link at the top takes you to their reposted story.]

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    CRUCIAL FOR THE
    PRESS IN A FREE SOCIETY!

           The days of the local newspaper having a court reporter are gone. LNP has outsourced its trial coverage to the district attorney’s office.
    This comment in yesterday.
         This is an unacceptable situation. Simply unacceptable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * “YOU STOP YOUR LYING!”

    Posted on January 27th, 2016 Becky 7 comments

    **   I am doing some research this afternoon. Over a year ago I was contacted by someone who had worked in the Lancaster Court system and had nothing but absolute distain for then LNP court reporter Brett Hambright. And they said to me, “You didn’t see his brother’s name in the paper for all of his drug arrests.”
          Nope, you didn’t. And I did a search of Lancaster Online this afternoon and “Gordon Hambright” did not bring up a single article. Not even the arrest and charges brought by the Attorney General of PA.
    Please check back tomorrow.

    *    Just tweeted by Brett Hambright (click here). LNP has not written one word about this trial.

    Hambright - Trial

    A DANGEROUS MAN!

    Hambright DA
    Brett Hambright being interviewed by WGAL-TV last evening regarding a credit card fraud ring.
         Does former LNP court reporter and now DA Craig Stedman’s “spokesman,” Brett Hambright, have a law degree? I don’t think so!
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – TURKEY HILLS HAVE CAMERAS!

    Posted on January 26th, 2016 Becky 5 comments

    CRIME GOES ON!

         These very serious robberies are in today’s Lancaster City Police Log (click here). Why hasn’t LNP mentioned them? What is being done to solve these? Where are the images from the five Turkey Hills in the city that have been robbed in the past month? Are any crimes in Lancaster being solved?
         And does LNP have anyone covering the courthouse? Anyone at all? Those 13 teen killers Hambright wrote about over two years ago now have a chance to have their life sentences changed. I’ll take a look at them next week.

    ROBBERY
    700 BLK PRANGLEY AVE
    OCCURRED 1/23/2016 1400 HRS

    Two unknown suspect ages 18-19 both white, males approximately 5’9” approached victim who was helping people shovel.  One of the suspects  who was wearing a camouflaged jacket asked if the victim had made any money when the victim replied no the second suspect who was wearing a black jacket pushed the victim to the ground pulled a gun on the victim and riffled through victims pockets removing victims cell phone then fled west on Prangley Ave.

    ROBBERY
    E KING ST / N LIME ST
    OCCURRED 01/25/2016 2240 HRS

    Victim stated that he was sending a text in front of residence when three males walked up to him.  One of the males grabbed his cell phone from his hand then all three ran away east on Grant Street. The 3 males were described as being approximately 15 years of age, approximately 5’10” in height, with no facial hair. The male that stole the cell phone was described as wearing a black hoodie with the hood up and dark blue jeans.
    Victim stated that one of the other males was wearing a red hoodie or jacket.

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    **  Click here for the October 31, 2013 LNP article by Brett Hambright, “Why 13 teen killers from Lancaster County won’t be getting leniency anytime soon,” and see immediately below.

    *   Philly.com, “Justices: Decision ending mandatory life terms for juveniles is retroactive,” (click here). 

    OPEN SEASON?

    4th armed robbery

    LNP – click here.

          Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail will keep Turkey Hill armed robbers at bay. 
    This email in today.
         What about arresting them?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – OR A SPECIAL PRIVILEGE?

    Posted on January 25th, 2016 Becky 15 comments

    TAKE A HIKE, NEPHIN!

    Nephin SnowLNP reporter Dan Nephin’s article and Nephin posting under it on the “Chestnut Hill Neighbors” Facebook page this afternoon.

          If you want action from the city, post on the Chestnut Hill Neighbors Facebook page (click here). Patrick Hopkins and Charlotte Katzenmoyer of the city have been answering questions and posting there constantly for the last two days.
         And this is absolutely no offense to the members on the Facebook page – they got their act together and made an active page to benefit their neighborhood. And as a result, the city and LNP (particularly “City Hall” reporter Dan Nephin) pay them a great deal of attention.
         There are numerous unplowed streets in the city! Nephin took to his pen again today to support the Mayor and write, “Snow removal could take a week in Lancaster city,” (click here).
         People have to be able to go to work, to appointments, to the store, etc. There are potential medical and fire emergencies and access is needed to those streets. There is no possible excuse that this should take the city a week – except poor management and preparation by the city administration! But LNP – and Nephin – will never tell you that!

    EXEMPTIONS!

    Exemption

    Posted by LNP “Journalist” Heather Stauffer under the story, “Lancaster city extends snow emergency until 7 a.m. Tuesday,” (click here).

         Does that exemption include newspaper delivery people who are bringing people news that is at least six to eight hours old?    

    Lancaster Online
         Does that include LNP videographer Keith Schweigert who took his daughter to Long’s Park for sledding? She was the only person there because no one else was allowed to drive to Long’s Park!
    Please check back later today.

  • * TRENDING?

    Posted on January 24th, 2016 Becky 2 comments

    SPECIAL TREATMENT?

     *     I wonder if that Ban the mayor enacted applies to the newspaper vehicles? Or are they Exempt since they Run the city.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “LNP online edition available as carriers seek to deliver newspapers,” (click here).
         Good question! How and why would LNP announce Sunday deliveries when the Mayor has issued a ban on all non-emergency vehicles?

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    SPIN IT!  

    rickspinRick Gray3

              Mayor Rick Gray is “trending” on my Facebook page this morning! LOL! I’m not sure why!
         I have a lot of shoveling to do.
    Please check back later today.

  • SIGH!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2016 Becky 13 comments

    SATURDAY 8:30 AM

    Horst4

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LET IT SNOW!

    Posted on January 22nd, 2016 Becky 17 comments
    **** The below meme came across my Facebook feed several days ago and I enjoy it.
             Assuming I have electricity, LIP News will publish tomorrow.
             Charge those phones, tablets and laptops!
             Stay calm! Be safe and warm!
    Starbucks

    ***  Is it too late (click here)?  😉

    Philly

     **   We’re in a state of emergency, even though not one flake has fallen.
          Terror has taken root.
    “With winter storm on its way, terror has taken root: Nancy Eshelman,” PennLive, (click here).

    * LNP: “Live at 11:30: Eric Horst’s final pre-storm forecast,” (click here).

    CIRROSTRATUS SHIELD?

    Horst3

    (Click here for his Twitter account)

         Hmmm… Have you lost your mind, Eric? Oh well, if you say so!! Let’s get this storm started and over with already!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ** – * TWO TURKEY HILLS ROBBED LAST NIGHT!

    Posted on January 21st, 2016 Becky 9 comments

    *** According to Crystal in District Judge Mary Mongiovi Sponaugle’s office, the preliminary hearing for Andre Shelton, Jr. scheduled for this morning was postponed. They are working on rescheduling the hearing. She stated Shelton’s attorney was unable to make it today.
         There will be more on the Turkey Hill robberies tomorrow.

    **   I asked the below two days ago on this site (click here)! Apparently it is open season on Turkey Hills in Lancaster City and the police and the cameras just are not enough to stop/capture them!
    —  Where are the pictures of these robbers? Is it the same robber? Are robbers just allowed to rob Turkey Hills and get away with it? Is this a special Lancaster thing? What are the Lancaster Police doing to solve these robberies? Where is LNP and their crack police reporters? Is this a sick joke?

    * LNP, “Armed robbers target 2 Turkey Hill stores in Lancaster city,” (click here).

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    & A PRELIMINARY HEARING!

                        Hunter7          Shelton2    

                  Anthony “Dudie” Hunter, Jr.      Andre Maurice Shelton, Jr.

          Two Turkey Hills in the city were robbed last night about three hours apart. There will be more on this later today.
         The preliminary hearing for Andre Maurice Shelton, Jr. for the December 5, 2015 murder of Anthony “Dudie” Hunter, Jr. is scheduled to take place at 10:00 this morning before District Judge Mary Mongiovi Sponaugle.
         According to his docket, Shelton is represented by Attorney David Paul Clark of West Chester. Shelton is incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison with bail denied.
    Please check back later today.

  • * SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT?

    Posted on January 20th, 2016 Becky 10 comments

    *   LOL! The editors at LNP are so excited/scared, they’ve lost their minds! That headline should read “snow!”

    snow***********************

    A STORM IS COMING!

    Horst2
         Eric, I’ve missed you!
    Please check back later today!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * RACISM BEGINS AT LNP!

    Posted on January 19th, 2016 Becky 5 comments

    FAITHLESS TO
    THE PUBLIC TRUST!

    CC4

    Posted today on Lancaster Online under the LNP article by Daniel Nephin, “Lancaster Historical Commission to consider Marriott expansion plans,” (click here).

         Yes, the train is coming alright! But LNP will not get their 30 million dollars from the public, i.e., CRIZ money. No, not another penny of public money for the multi-million dollar Lancaster Newspapers and their Marriott Hotel!
         I will come back to the list of LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda’s lies to the public tomorrow. But for today, I’ll just remind Roda of what is in the American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of Principles – and every other journalism code of ethics in this country – click here:

    ARTICLE I – Responsibility. The primary purpose of gathering and distributing news and opinion is to serve the general welfare by informing the people and enabling them to make judgments on the issues of the time. Newspapermen and women who abuse the power of their professional role for selfish motives or unworthy purposes are faithless to that public trust. The American press was made free not just to inform or just to serve as a forum for debate but also to bring an independent scrutiny to bear on the forces of power in the society, including the conduct of official power at all levels of government.

    ARTICLE II – Freedom of the Press. Freedom of the press belongs to the people. It must be defended against encroachment or assault from any quarter, public or private. Journalists must be constantly alert to see that the public’s business is conducted in public. They must be vigilant against all who would exploit the press for selfish purposes.

    ARTICLE III – Independence. Journalists must avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety as well as any conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict. They should neither accept anything nor pursue any activity that might compromise or seem to compromise their integrity.

    …These principles are intended to preserve, protect and strengthen the bond of trust and respect between American journalists and the American people, a bond that is essential to sustain the grant of freedom entrusted to both by the nation’s founders.

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    ROB AWAY!

     *    I will come back to Roda later today. But here is yet another example:
    —  Turkey Hills in the city of Lancaster have been robbed three times in the last 17 days – two of them hidden in Police Logs. There has been no description of the height or weight of the robbers and no videos/photographs. Turkey Hills have surveillance cameras and they have them for a reason!
    —  Where are the pictures of these robbers? Is it the same robber? Are robbers just allowed to rob Turkey Hills and get away with it? Is this a special Lancaster thing? What are the Lancaster Police doing to solve these robberies? Where is LNP and their crack police reporters? Is this a sick joke?

    ROBBERY
    LANCASTER: A man wearing black clothing and a black mask displayed a gun and demanded money just after 2 a.m. Dec. 30 at Turkey Hill, 870 Manor St. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    From the January 1, 2016 Police Log (click here).

    ARMED ROBBERY
    LANCASTER: A man entered a Turkey Hill convenience store at 870 Manor St. and displayed a handgun while instructing employees to empty a safe and cash registers into a duffel bag around 1:40 a.m. Jan. 5, police said. The suspect fled toward Ruby Street.
    From the January 8, 2016 Police Log (click here).

    Friday, January 15, 2016
         An armed robber struck a Turkey Hill store in southwest Lancaster city Friday.
         A man displayed a small handgun to an employee who happened to be outside the 520 Hershey Ave. store shortly before 2 a.m., city police Lt. Kevin Fry said. They went inside and the robber held up another store clerk.
         …The robber wore a hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his head and face. He also wore a ball cap with a white brim, and gloves.
    From the January 16, 2016 article by Ryan Robinson, “Robber holds clerks at gunpoint, flees with cash from Turkey Hill store in Lancaster,” (click here).
       

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    RODA: FAILURE TO
    INFORM & PROTECT!

    Roda4

    —  District Attorney Craig Stedman gave unbelievably and unacceptable preferential treatment to G. Scott Davis, who shot his two-month-old daughter to death on Christmas Eve, because Davis is the step brother-in-law of Representative Bryan Cutler. Barbara Hough Roda knew it, as did her then court reporter Brett Hambright. She never told the public about the relationship or the blatant preference shown in the case. She flat-out lied to the public and said in an editorial it was Stedman’s “compassion.” 

    —  Barbara Hough Roda has written and accepted awards in her stand against domestic violence and yet has never told the public Police Chief Sadler’s ex-wife has written a book stating he beat her for years. There is no possible excuse for this incredible deception and lack of information except money in LNP’s pocket. 

    —  Roda has worked for LNP for 32 years, many of those in an editorial capacity,  in which – to this day – the company has blatantly discriminated in their hiring. They do not have a minority reporter on their staff to this day.  

    —  LNP is white, the police department is white, the courthouse and the DA’s office and the Sheriff’s Department are white and Roda and her staff have not said a word about it with the exception of one editorial months ago. The blatant discrimination in hiring continues without LNP saying a word. 

    —  Roda intentionally and purposely lied about then Commissioner Scott Martin’s sister, Katie West, and why she wasn’t tried for being high on heroin in a car crash that killed her husband and son. Instead, the DA and LNP tried to blame an immigrant truck driver also involved in the accident. Roda has never told the public that West and her parents are suing the truck driver and his company and that they have countersued West. That case is still in court and I will update it shortly. 

    —  Roda and her reporters have never questioned the lack of use of the “Safety Coalition” cameras by the police and why, after over six years and 161 cameras, the Lancaster Police have put up exactly four videos on their youtube channel. LNP and the Steinmans were the major financial backers of the cameras – many feel it was done entirely for their convention center/Marriott Hotel. 

         This is only the beginning of the list where Roda has failed to inform and protect the public while pursuing even more public money for their convention center/Marriott Hotel. It is an absolute outrage and goes against everything the press in this country is meant to stand for.  

    There will be more later today.

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO IS DOING THEIR JOB?

    Posted on January 18th, 2016 Becky 1 comment

    * 4:20 pm – An arrest has been made in Saturday’s shooting (click here).

    RACISM BEGINS WITH RODA!

    Roda18

     Barbara Hough Roda, Executive Editor of LNP and the Chairperson of this morning’s Martin Luther King Day breakfast (click here).

         Racism in Lancaster County begins with LNP and Barbara Hough Roda. Period.
        Whoever made this lying, racist, pathetic excuse for a journalist and human being the Chairperson of this event needs to have their heads examined.
         I am too angry today to type rationally. Roda, among everything else, is allowing minorities to be killed and shot in Lancaster weekly while her “police reporters” retype absolutely absurd press releases from the Lancaster Police Department that make 10-year-olds sit up and ask: What the hell is going on? Who is the suspect? Why haven’t the police released his name and photo to the public if he hasn’t been arrested? Why hasn’t he been arrested? What the hell is going on?”
    Shooting 1-161

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    SEVEN MONTHS

    Camacho4

    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * ANOTHER SHOOTING…

    Posted on January 17th, 2016 Becky 4 comments

    NO INFORMATION! – 2 

     **   Police are looking for a suspect involved in the non-fatal shooting of a 24-year-old male Saturday night, according to a release from Lancaster city police.
         …This was not a random act of violence, police said, as the suspect was known to the man who was shot.
         The man was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to his abdomen and upper thigh.
          Police could provide no additional information, including the identity of the suspect, as of Sunday morning.
    From LNP’s update on last night’s shooting, “24-year-old male shot twice at West Strawberry Street residence; Police searching for suspect,” (click here).
         I am simply in shock. There is no excuse for this.
         If one of LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes’ son had been shot, there would have been an arrest by now and Police Chief Sadler, DA Craig Stedman and Mayor Gray would be holding a press conference to pat themselves on their backs.
         For the police to provide absolutely no information to the public with a known shooter on the loose is beyond my comprehension. This is unbelievable! This is unacceptable!

     

    * 9:42 am – LNP has “updated” their story (click here).

    NO INFORMATION!

    Shooting 1-16     
         A man was shot in Lancaster last night and LNP has a four sentence article up about it (click here). There was word on the police scanner last night about two black men in masks. Could the police and LNP provide more information to keep the public safe?
    Please check back later today.