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  • PERMANENT POST – ARREST THE KILLERS & RESIGN CHIEF! PLEASE PAGE BELOW FOR TODAY’S NEWS

    Posted on January 26th, 2011 Becky 30 comments
       On December 6, 2010, an arsonist killed Olga Sanchez-Reyes and critically injured two of her children. A year-and-a-half before, an arsonist also targeted a property owned by Sanchez-Reyes and her husband. This post will remain at the top of this site until an arrest is made in this horrific murder and also the horrific murder below added in July of this year.
    Click here for “Lancaster police chief vows to find arsonist.”

      On May 16th of this year, 83-year-old Erma Kaylor was brutally stabbed to death in her home at 235 W. Vine Street.  No arrest has been made.

    Click here for “Chief says police will find killer of 83-year-old woman.”

    Click on the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above to see the names of the victims of the eleven unsolved murders since Keith Sadler became the Police Chief on April 23, 2008.

    ______________________________________________

         This permanent box had been up for over a year when on July 29, 2012, I chanced upon Rosaura Torres-Sadler and her book detailing physical abuse by her ex-husband, the current Chief of the Lancaster Police, Keith Sadler (click here).
        The Lancaster Newspapers have not written one word about this  and most citizens in Lancaster are unaware of his past.   “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge” is available from Amazon.com.

  • WAY TO GO, FRIEND!

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 Becky 14 comments

    PLEASE BE MY NEIGHBOR!

         I told my friend in Ephrata this morning that the press would be calling!  Did they ever!  Yes, it was a good friend of mine who sat on the burglar in her neighbor’s house until the police came.  She went to the store this morning and came home to find every TV station in front of her house, except WGAL but including Blue Ridge Cable 11, and LNP reporter Dan Nephin! 
         I think what she did is just amazing!  I want her for a neighbor as well as a friend!  While she was sitting on him and holding his arms down she told him, “You dumb son-of-a-bitch, why don’t you get a job!”
         Does it get any  better than that?  She doesn’t want me to use her name either but I hope this story goes national!  Both women deserve the recognition!
         Click here for “2 grandmas catch burglar, subdue him until police arrive.”
         Please be my neighbor!  
  • AND A PAPER-EATING RABBIT?

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

     CONFRONTING RACE?

          DA Stedman caused a stir at the NAACP forum when he opened with a declaration that there is no systematic racial discrimination in Lancaster County.
         But there are no African-American or Latino judges in the Lancaster County Courthouse.
         As one audience member at the NAACP forum pointed out, officials — even the bailiffs — at the Lancaster County Courthouse are overwhelmingly white.
    From Sunday’s editorial, “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).
         You sound like this is news, LNP!  I’ve been saying it for ten years!  And didn’t your court reporter, Brett Hambright, who walks into the courthouse five days a week, ever tell you this?  And actually, every bailiff I have ever seen has been absolutely white – so the “overwhelmingly” doesn’t even apply here!  There will be more later today.
         On the subject of race, Marie Lavaud had her bail reduced from $150,000 cash to $150,000 unsecured bail and finally, after two months of incarceration on two misdemeanors, she was released from Lancaster County Prison on Friday.  There will also be more on this later today.
         And LNP reporter Dan Nephin doesn’t even mention race when it matters – the police press release clearly states the Clay home invaders are (click here for the release and also see the story immediately below on this site):
         The ongoing investigation has revealed that 2 masked men entered the home and both men were believed to be white or light skinned males.
         Nephin caused confusion with readers and commenters because he left this vital information out of his “updated” story – click here for Clay fatal home invasion suspects’ descriptions released.” 
         What is wrong with these reporters?  Do they have brains?  There will also be more on this horrific home invasion later today. 
         And I received (gasp!) a letter from a lawyer on Friday.  It is being reviewed by my legal eagle but I have developed a plan!  I am considering buying a Belgium, miniature, short-haired, short-eared, black and white, paper-eating rabbit!  That will fix them don’t you think?
         It’s national coffee day and I need some because it’s going to be busy!
    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * UPDATE – FAILURE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC!

    Posted on September 28th, 2014 Becky 18 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

           The ongoing investigation has revealed that 2 masked men entered the home and both men were believed to be white or light skinned males.
         Suspect #1 was described as being a young adult male, 5’9”-5’11”, average to medium build.
         Suspect #2 was described as being a young adult male, approximately 5’9”, average to medium build with blonde hair and dark eyes.
         From a just released Lancaster City Police press release on the home invasion.  Click here to read the entire release.

    *     “There have been no official updates.  Nothing has been released to anybody,” the woman who answered the phone at the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department said at 1:45 pm today.  They are the lead police department on Thursday night’s home invasion in Clay Township that left 23-year-old Brett Simmons dead and his father in the hospital. 
         She suggested I call back tomorrow.  I will.
         This Facebook update was posted yesterday by one of Brett’s brothers:
         Thank you all for the prayers and support. Its really hard right now and we’re all devastated. My dad is gonna be fine. I just hope they find those heartless bastards that killed my brother. I’m gonna miss you bro, we all love you so much. Rest in peace.

    INEXCUSABLE BEHAVIOR
    BY DA STEDMAN! 

    Home Invasion
    Stedman1      Yesterday, at 1:49 pm, Lancaster Newspapers reporter Brett Hambright updated his story on Thursday night’s home invasion in which a 23-year-old was shot dead and his father is in critical condition, with these two sentences from DA Stedman (click here):
          “This was a pre-planned home-invasion,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Saturday afternoon. “So these individuals are especially violent and extremely dangerous.”
        That’s all?  That’s fairly self-evident!  Stedman does not give the public any idea of the motive, a further description of these two men or what precautions the public should be taking!  Stedman has totally failed to inform or protect the public he is paid to protect and serve as the chief law enforcement officer of Lancaster County.
         This is reprehensible and inexcusable conduct by DA Stedman and the Lancaster Newspapers who have not updated the story since yesterday afternoon.  The public has a right and a need to know.  Now!
    Please check back later today.

  • ** UPDATED 9-27-14 – * UPDATED – A HORRIFIC HOME INVASION

    Posted on September 26th, 2014 Becky 8 comments
    ** UPDATED 9-27-14 - “This was a pre-planned home-invasion,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Saturday afternoon. “So these individuals are especially violent and extremely dangerous.”
         This quote from Stedman is the latest in the press on the home invasion in Clay Township Thursday night that left Brett Simmons, 23, dead and his father in critical condition (click here).
         Make arrests then, DA Stedman, or tell the public more information!  I would think most home invasions are “pre-planned.”  Was this for money, drugs, revenge or something else?  
         The public has a right and a need to know!  This is terrifying!
    * Taking a break this afternoon.  Click here for Brett Simmons’ Facebook page, the 23-year-old victim of last night’s home invasion in Clay Township and here for the latest from LNP (and read the comments underneath).

    A PROBATION VIOLATION &
    A GROWING  EMAIL SCANDAL

    Clay Township
          There is so much going on:
         There was a horrific home invasion in Clay Township last night leaving one man dead and another critically injured (click here for WGAL’s coverage).
         Rikki Lynn Salzman is scheduled to have her probation violation hearing this morning at 9:00 am before Judge Howard Knisely (see the story immediately below on this site).
         And we should learn much more about the pornographic emails allegedly received by high ranking Governor Corbett staff members including two from Lancaster County – Kevin Harley and Richard Sheetz (click here).
         What a Friday.  Please check back later today.

  • A BLATANT PAROLE VIOLATION AFTER A RIDICULOUS SENTENCE!

    Posted on September 25th, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    GIVE IT A REST, CONRAD!

      Knisely   Conrad    Stedman1 
         From left to right, Judge Knisely, Attorney Conrad and DA Stedman.
     
         “We are hopeful that the judge will show mercy to Ms. Salzman in this rather unique and unfortunate situation,” Conrad [defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad] said.
    From today’s LNP article, “Boy found at abuser’s home a week after she was sentenced to house-arrest,” (click here).
         Give it a rest, Conrad!  Judge Howard Knisely already showed far too much “mercy!” Do you have LNP reporter Brett Hambright on speed dial so you can make the case for your clients in the press before they go to court? 
         And how and why are you getting all of these cases?  You previously were in the District Attorney’s office and, in fact, you briefly ran against Craig Stedman to be the District Attorney!  This is all a little too chummy and in-bred and I will put in a Right-To-Know request to find out how much money you are making from the taxpayers.
         And in one of the last editorials he wrote for the New Era before he was canned for the racist cartoon – and one of the few editorials of his I ever agreed with, James Burchik wrote this about Rikki Salzman (click here):
         Instead of throwing the book at Salzman, Judge Howard Knisely accepted a plea deal worked out between the woman’s lawyer and prosecutors. The deal provided for just six months of house arrest and three years of probation.
         The editorial then goes on to compare her sentence to that of the 14-30 years in prison received by former school teacher Christy Lee smith.
         This is beyond ludicrous and disgusting!  On August 21st, I published the below on this site (lick here).  This is blatant favoritism and corruption on so many levels and it needs to be investigated and stopped, Judge Howard Knisely, District Attorney Craig Stedman and Jeffrey Conrad! 
    ***************************************
    Salzman1      I was asked in a comment to this site how Rikki Salzman could have possibly avoided jail time for her three, third-degree felony charges (see yesterday’s post).  This is how (click here):
         Matthew T. Salzman of Landisville, highest proficiency in firearms award and most inspirational cadet
        And bring in defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad, who is so adept at handling these “delicate” cases for the DA’s office involving politicians or policemen.  There will be more tomorrow.
  • CRIZ IS A SCAM!

    Posted on September 25th, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    & THE WEALTHY ARE
    THE BENEFICIARIES!

          This excellent comment in this morning under “CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS! – 2″ below on this site:
         The answer to the question is a resounding yes. The Brunswick was a dog of a building. If you were to be given it for free, you could still not make any money there if you invested what was needed to actually transform it to a marketable product. That is why it has kept changing hands over the past 2 decades. Once it lost the federal contract it had guaranteeing revenue, it went into a tailspin. Even with bank/creditor concessions, it did not work. Enter John Meeder…a savvy developer who knows Lancaster, not some carpetbagger. He would not have invested dollar #1 without full knowledge of the public windfall coming his way. Someone needs to revive that great 5th Estate cartoon with the Penn Square Partners’ heads in the “public” trough and add Meeder to the picture. CRIZ is a scam and the joke is on the taxpayers of Lancaster County. Meeder is no better than a PSP.
          Of course, the PSP is made up of the Lancaster Newspapers and High Industries.  Your “local newspaper”  is run by greedy thieves, liars and racists!  Unbelievable!!

    Please check back later today.

  • BIZARRE NEWS!

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 Becky No comments

    CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

         It was a drunk decision, not a conscious one,” he [well-known Elizabethtown businessman Ryan F. Bracken]  said. “I don’t use that as an excuse at all. What I did was evil and I’m not denying that.”
    From today’s LNP article, “Coffee shop owner on sex abuse at store party: ‘What I did was evil…’ (click here).
         There are simply no words for this bizarre story!  Your honesty is appreciated by everyone except your attorney and family.  When you heard, “This is Brett Hambright with the Lancaster Newspapers” on the phone did it not occur to you that you should say “no comment” and hang up?  What a sad, twisted tale.
         Two apparently former Lancaster County Career & Technology Center staffers — one an official — have admitted engaging in sexual activity in a county park.
    The opening sentence from today’s LNP story by Dan Nephin, “Career & Technology Center employees admit sexual activity at county park,” (click here).
         Yes, you can imagine all the comments this article produced both on their website and Facebook page!  Is it news?  Yes, they were charged, plead guilty and were fined.  It’s public information and newsworthy – but certainly not as a major story, especially several months after the fact (someone must have called LNP with a “tip”).  And these are the papers that never told the public that Representative Mike Sturla’s son was arrested twice – so blowing up this story into a major article annoys me to no end.  It was done for salacious reasons only.
    The knot     “I’m devastated that Pete Ruggieri is off the marriage market,” said no woman ever! 
         Oh, Pete, I’m just having some fun but adding “and Central PA” to the title of your “People of Lancaster” Facebook page has to be one of the dumbest moves you’ve ever made – except for that whole running for mayor thing!
         The smartest move you’ve ever made – marrying Stephanie this Saturday.  She seems, by all appearances, inexplicably sensible and nice.  Yes, Pete is getting married in three days and you can read all about their meeting, courtship and his lousy, non-proposal if you click here for their page on “The Knot!”  
         Finally, from the Lancaster County Democrats, I enjoy this “down-to-earth video” by three candidates.  One commented that they made the video all by themselves.  Um… yes, it’s fairly obvious no professionals were involved!  But I like it.

  • CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS! – 2

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 Becky 5 comments

    AN INSIDE TRACK?

          Becky, is there anything about this CRIZ money and Meeder taking control of the Brunswick that suggests he had an inside track on how the money was going to be used?  I’m not saying there is, it’s just curious that someone so well connected was able to get control of a major property right before reports that this same property could benefit from these state grant $$$..
    An email I published on this site last September (click here).
         This is unbelievable!  Click here for today’s LNP article – and where is their disclosure of the newspaper’s interest in the Marriott Hotel – “Hotel Lancaster first to receive boost from new CRIZ program.”
         This is simply unbelievable!  Everything is being done for the six blocks around the convention center and for tourists – not the residents of the city.  Someone needs to investigate this and see if this is criminal on the part of Meeder, Mayor Gray and the Lancaster Newspapers!
    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – EQUAL JUSTICE? – 5

    Posted on September 23rd, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    *    I got home late and must see today’s Dr. Phil:  “My Husband Spanked Me with a Wooden Spoon, and He Wants Me to Apologize?!” (click here). 
         The husband from Ephrata was on yesterday and he is a complete and total nut-case!  We’ll see what she has to say today…
         LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    STEDMAN MUST BE BLIND!

    Stedman1     Stedman [District Attorney Craig Stedman] maintained that justice is colorblind. He has seen no systematic pattern of racism of police arrests here, he said.
    From today’s LNP article, “Ferguson, Mo. is closer to Lancaster for African-Americans than it is for officials at forum,” (click here).
          Oh, that is just total BS and Stedman knows it!! I could point to post after post on this site but I’ll start with “EQUAL JUSTICE? – 3″ (click here).    Explain that, Stedman!
    Please check back later today.  

  • * UPDATED – BODDEN’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS TODAY &

    Posted on September 22nd, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    * It is one of those days when I have so much I want to say that I don’t know where to begin.  So, I’ll begin tomorrow after this evening’s NAACP panel discussion.  I do think that Police Chief Keith Sadler and District Attorney Craig Stedman should be grilled on their hiring and the efforts being made to diversify their staffs. 
         And if Sadler says anything again about military service, then please see this article about their latest three hires who currently live in York. I don’t see any military service mentioned in the police press release and the idea that there are not qualified minority men and women in Lancaster City, with or without military service, is absolutely outrageous, ludicrous and a lie!

    COULD FURGESON
    HAPPEN HERE?

    NAACP2       A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held this evening at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. at 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies like Furgeson, MO in the Lancaster County community in the future.
         Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman and Police Chief Sadler will participate in the forum among others.  The forum is open to the public and free of charge.
         Click here for the press release on Lancaster Online and look two stories below on this site for more details.
    *****************************
    Bodden     Elswart Bodden is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing this morning at 10:00 am before Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth.  Bodden is charged with attempted criminal homicide for stabbing and critically injuring Annika Horn in her home during a burglary on September 9th.  The preliminary hearing will be held in the Lancaster County Courthouse in courtroom #2 for security reasons and to accommodate the press and public.
         Bodden is represented by court appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad.    
         Almost $50,000 has been raised so far for Annika Horn’s medical bills and other needs (click here).
    Please check back later today.

  • IT’S NICE TO BE WHITE IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

    Posted on September 20th, 2014 Becky 12 comments

    JUST ASK SAXON FARNES!
    ON PROBATION &
    MANY BENCH WARRANTS!

    Saxon Creed Farnes Saxon Farnes in a selfie from his Facebook page.

    EPHRATA: An East Cocalico Township man threatened a person who gave him a ride to Ephrata with a knife, and then urinated on the driver’s seat, police said.
         A person gave Saxon Farnes, 24, of Stevens, a ride to Ephrata shortly before midnight Thursday night, Ephrata police Sgt. David Shupp said.
         In the 100 block of Grant Street in Ephrata, Farnes pulled a knife and threatened to harm the person.
         When the driver jumped out of the vehicle, Farnes urinated on the driver’s seat and smashed the side mirror.
         Police took Farnes into custody and charged him with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief.
    From Friday’s police log (click here).
         Would you like to know Mr. Farnes bail amount?  Ten percent of $20,000 or $2,000.  He’s charged with a felony – aggravated assault!  And you know what – he’s on probation for pleading guilty to Retail Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance from charges brought on July 15, 2013.  Yes, in April of this year Judge James P. Cullen in a plea deal sentenced him to three years probation on those charges!
         And you want to know what else?  He has two other criminal dockets!  One from 2009 for Criminal Mischief-Damage Property and Public Drunkenness, and in 2012 he had a DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
         And you want to know what else?  There have been numerous bench warrants issued and his bail revoked multiple times because Mr. Farnes failed to show up in court when required.  Numerous bench warrants!
         So now he is charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief-Damaging Property while on probation from other charges and his bail is $2,000!
         Wow, it’s nice to be  white in Lancaster County!

  • CAN FERGUSON HAPPEN HERE?

    Posted on September 20th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    NAACP1

    NAACP AND SOUTH ANN ST. CONCERNED NEIGHBORS TO ASK LAW ENFORCERS:
    CAN FERGUSON HAPPEN HERE?

     

         The Lancaster County NAACP and South Ann Street Concerned Neighbors invite members of the Lancaster community to participate in a panel discussion to put a spotlight once again on community and police relations in light of the tragic death of Michael Brown, a teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.

          A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held on Monday, September 22 at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. on 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies of this nature in the Lancaster County community in the future.

          Panelists include: District Attorney Craig Stedman, City Chief of Police Keith Sadler, Conrad Moore of Roots of Justice, Pastor Wayne Scott of the Inner City Progressive Pastors Association, Melisa Colema of Kenyon’s Promise, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Ismail Smith-Wade-El of Youth Perspective, Martin Kearney of the PA Human Relations Commission and Sandra Thompson, a Civil Rights Attorney and President of the York NAACP.

         The Moderators will be Patricia Hopson-Shelton, Assistant to the President for Social Equity and Diversity, Emerita, Millersville University and Gregory Paulson, a City resident and past president of the Lancaster Bar Association.   

         The forum is free and open to the general public. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, email naacp2302@gmail.com or call (717) 413-1985.

  • AND THE WEATHER WAS WONDERFUL!

    Posted on September 19th, 2014 Becky No comments

    A HECK OF A WEEK -
    BUT IT’S FRIDAY!

         It’s been a week of shock and disgust with the Lancaster Newspapers.  Watching and listening to veteran “journalists” lie is not an easy thing to do.
         It hasn’t been a good week for Pit Bulls either, with two people hospitalized with their bites.  I am still on the fence about these dogs, but I think some of their ardent and even fanatical supporters need to be exceptionally cautious with their Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, especially around children and other dogs.
          But it’s Friday – so I present the best and worst of the week in pictures.
         Oh, the irony!  The Lancaster City Police posted the below flier on their Facebook page with this caption (click here):
         OKAY, NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND THIS GUY BEFORE HE KILLS SOMEONE ELSE
         Well said, Lancaster Police, now why don’t you apply the same logic to all of the unsolved murders and serious crimes in Lancaster?
    frein2     Representative Bryan Cutler just continues to amaze with his extremely bad taste and sentiment regarding guns and his brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve.  Thank you to a reader who sent this photo of the targets that are free give-aways by Cutler and his campaign at the Solanco Fair.  Unbelievable and disgraceful!  This man has to go!
    Bryan Cutler Target
         And finally this from NBC News (via “Must See Pic an Vids” Facebook page).  They later updated the story to say the officer suffered minor injuries and we hope he heals quickly.  But, as NBC says:
         You don’t see this everyday. 
         Well, maybe you’ve never seen me getting my coffee in the morning!
         Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.

    police car into dunkin

     

  • SMART TALK OR LIES?

    Posted on September 19th, 2014 Becky 4 comments

    “IT’S NOT DIVERSE”

    Cassidy     Scott Murphy:  Suzanne, Ronald’s other question about diversity on the editorial board?
         Suzanne Cassidy:  I think, Ronald, that is a really important priority for us – making sure that the editorial board has some diversity moving forward.  Right now it is not as diverse as we want it to be.  It’s not diverse.
    LNP’s new Editorial Page Editor, Suzanne Cassidy, on WITF’s “Smart Talk” Wednesday morning with host Scott Murphy (click here).
         So what are the Lancaster Newspapers really doing to diversify their editorial board and staff so it reflects the community they cover?  Are they doing anything at all?  Or is this just all talk?
    Please check back later today.
  • WHITE WOMEN CAN…

    Posted on September 18th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

     BLACK WOMEN CANNOT – 2

    Evette Vega-Steckler1                 Juanita Robinson1

           …Madenspacher [President Judge Joseph Madenspacher] said he found no aggravating factors in the case to order additional prison time.
         “It certainly doesn’t excuse it,” he said. “But, I guess I can see why she did it.”
         “This is somewhat of a dysfunctional family being held together by this woman,” the judge said. “Now if we’re talking millions (of dollars), that might be another story.”
     
         …A tearful Robertson pleaded with the judge [Judge Dennis Reinaker] to spare her a prison sentence so she could stay with her children.
         “I know that everybody says that I was beating the system. I was not trying to beat the system,” she said. “I needed to care for my kids. … I needed help.”
     
         One woman stole $170,000 from her employer, Leola Family Health Center, over the course of ten years.  She received the time she served in Lancaster County Prison – 357 days.
         One woman stole $17,000 from welfare over the course of two years.  She was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in state prison.
         Do you know which woman is which?
    —-  Click here for, “JUDGE: 375 days in prison enough for stealing $170K from doctor’s office.”
    —-  Click here for, “Woman jailed for welfare fraud.”
    —-  Click here for the original “WHITE WOMEN CAN…” with a link to a case where a white women stole $500,000 and she received three months in prison on work release and nine months under house arrest.
  • TIME FOR RODA (AND A LOT OF OTHERS) TO GO!

    Posted on September 17th, 2014 Becky 12 comments

    A DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM!

    Barbara       We have a lot of expertise in the newsroom on local issues. We want – this is what we can do. This is where a local daily newspaper – we need to keep our local institutions accountable. We needed to hold our local elected officials accountable. This is why most of us went into journalism. This is what we want to do. I think to that moving forward we just need for our editorial page to reflect the increasing diversity of Lancaster County.
    Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, in her radio interview on WITF’s “Smart Talk” this morning (click here and it is the second “sound cloud” beginning at 8:15 into the tape).
          You can’t have expertise in your newsroom if it doesn’t reflect the make-up of the community you cover.  Period.  And her statement about holding elected public officials accountable is just an outrageous lie.  What a slap in the face to all real journalists everywhere.  How does this woman live with herself?
          There is one question from a caller later in the tape that addresses the racist cartoon and questions the diversity of the new editorial board.  Her answer there is also totally unacceptable.  Roda acts as if the diversity of Lancaster County just occurred five minutes ago.  It is ridiculous and sickening and time for her to go!  There will be more tomorrow.

  • **** BREAKING NEWS **** ** *UPDATED 9-17-14 – TIP LINE: 866-326-7256

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 Becky 16 comments

    LNP: ONE NAME,
    REDESIGN OCTOBER 16

    **** Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, stated today during her radio interview (click here) that the newspaper will have one name and a redesign effective October 16.

    *** The North Plum Street Turkey Hill was robbed again on August 10th.  Click here for “Armed gunman robs city convenience store.”  Where is the photo of the robber?  Will this robber reform and never rob again?  Where is his photo?  Where is the arrest?  Investigate the Lancaster City Police Department now!

    ** Where is this bank robber’s photo?  I don’t care if he had a pink washcloth over his face; show us his photo!  Click here for “Bank robber uses pink washcloth to cover face during heist at western edge of Lancaster.”  Do the police understand why banks have cameras?  Will this robber reform and never rob again?  Where is his photo, Lancaster Police?  What the hell are you doing?

    * McDonalds109-17-14 UPDATE - There is still no picture of Eric Matthew Frein on Lancaster Online!  They have had hours and hours to put it up!  I guess it is so rare for the Lancaster Police to release photos of wanted perpetrators that LNP doesn’t know how to handle it.  The police still have not released even a description, let alone surveillance camera footage, of the man who shot another man at the 575 N. Franklin Street McDonalds on July 3rd.  Where is the arrest?  Do the police understand the point of having cameras?  What are the police doing?  Has the shooter shot anyone else?

    ARMED AND DANGEROUS

    Frein1
         I think every news organization in Pennsylvania has Eric Matthew Frein’s picture and story as their lead this afternoon - except the Lancaster Newspapers who have yet to even put up his picture and apparently think high school football and the Solanco Fair are more important.
         Frein is wanted for the murder of one State Trooper and for critically wounding another in Pike County (click here for WGAL’s coverage).  There is a $75,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.  He is armed and extremely dangerous. 

    The tip line is 866-326-7256.

  • IN THE CITY OF LANCASTER

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

    “BAN THE BOX”

    “Ban the box” to remove criminal past question from job applications

    WGAL-TV (click here and currently they have the wrong video accompanying the story).

    Please check back later today.

  • ** UPDATED – * HERE WE GO AGAIN!

    Posted on September 15th, 2014 Becky 28 comments

    ** Please see the comments under this post.  How much of a liar is Barbara Hough

    Roda?

    * The story is national – click here for “Newspaper Apologizes For Offensive Cartoon

    Comparing Airplanes To Slave Ships” in the Huff Post.

    LNP “LIVE CHAT”

          The big news today?  The Lancaster Newspapers!  Yes, here we go again – a live chat this morning (click here):
         Lancaster Newspapers president John A. Kirkpatrick III, executive editor Barbara Hough Roda and editorial page editor Suzanne Cassidy will take your questions and discuss the changes here at 10 a.m. on Monday.
         How many times are they going to do this?  They have these knee-jerk reactions with no significant changes over and over again.
         Become a news organization and tell the truth.  How hard is that?  Here’s a start from the Associated Press (click here):

    RESPONSIBILITY

         The good newspaper is fair, accurate, honest, responsible, independent and decent. Truth is its guiding principle.
         It avoids practices that would conflict with the ability to report and present news in a fair, accurate and unbiased manner.
         The newspaper should serve as a constructive critic of all segments of society. It should reasonably reflect, in staffing and coverage, its diverse constituencies. It should vigorously expose wrongdoing, duplicity or misuse of power, public or private. Editorially, it should advocate needed reform and innovation in the public interest. News sources should be disclosed unless there is a clear reason not to do so. When it is necessary to protect the confidentiality of a source, the reason should be explained.
         The newspaper should uphold the right of free speech and freedom of the press and should respect the individual’s right to privacy. The newspaper should fight vigorously for public access to news of government through open meetings and records.
    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – A TERRIBLE, LYING START…

    Posted on September 14th, 2014 Becky 10 comments

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

    [Editor's note: I just posted this in the comments and I am also moving it here as today's update.  I just can't take any more of these blatant, disgusting lies.  How do these people live with themselves?  I have run out of time and will have today's promised story tomorrow.]

    BY SUZANNE CASSIDY!

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         We need to see domestic violence for the horrible and insidious crime that it is. And we need to hold abusers — and those who enable abusers — accountable for their crimes.
         Domestic violence is inflicted on the young, the middle-aged, the elderly. It is inflicted on the rich, the poor, the middle class. It is inflicted on those of all races and religions.
         And it will be happening even as you settle in to watch football this afternoon.
         Just ask any of the estimated 10,000 victims of domestic violence in our community alone.
    From today’s Sunday News editorial by Suzanne Cassidy, “EDITORIAL: No video needed to convey horror of domestic violence,” (click here).
         This past Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News ran a huge story on page three on domestic violence among police officers and the photo and storyline began with Rosa Torres-Sadler, the ex-wife of Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler, who has written a book stating he beat her for years and made her partially blind (click here).  And for over two years the Lancaster Newspapers have intently and purposely covered-up this fact and withheld this vital information from the public that they absolutely need to know. 
         And under their new “Editorial Page Editor” they did it again today.  You are a liar and a disgrace to those 10,000 victims of domestic violence, Suzanne Cassidy!
         Cassidy should not even call herself a journalist!  The first core principle of journalism from the PEW Research Group is (click here):
    1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.
        And the second is:
    2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.
         You have failed at both of these, Suzanne Cassidy!  What an absolute disgrace!
     ************************************
    Coming later today, the story behind this explosive video and a real “stand your ground” case.      

     

  • WHO CAN STAND THEIR GROUND…

    Posted on September 13th, 2014 Becky No comments

     & WHEN IS IT NONSENSE?

     Caldwell    I spoke with Wayne Pagan who protested in front of the Lancaster Police Station this Monday in the below video courtesy of  “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.  You will not believe his story! Does this have anything to do with “stand your ground?”  Why weren’t these men charged?  The whole story will come tomorrow.
         And in what may be considered a “stand your ground” case – remember this – (click here for “WHO WAS THE VICTIM? – 2″)?  Javon Caldwell is pictured at the top left and his case has been through the courts and adjudicated and I will have more on that tomorrow as well. 

    [Editor's note - One very important correction in the video: in speaking with Wayne Pagan today, the correct address should be 457 W. King Street - he incorrectly names the address in the video.  Again, it is 457 W. King Street.]

  • YOU GROW A PAIR, SMART!

    Posted on September 12th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    AN ABSOLUTELY
    WORTHLESS “REPORTER!”

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         Grow a pair and come down like a ton of bricks when the incident happens, not as a result of people’s reaction to the video, and you think: Uh-oh, better look like we’re really swinging into action here.
         This is a quote from LNP’s “investigative reporter” Gil Smart today on his “Smart Remarks” Facebook page under his new, ridiculously long, meaningless and stupid blog post that nobody reads, “Ray Rice may be scum, but does that mean we should treat him differently than other abusers?” (click here).
         No, Gil, let’s make all the abusers police chiefs!  I would tell Gil to grow a pair, but it is obviously far too late for that.  This is the most worthless reporter I have ever seen who has gotten by for years because of his last name and playing the role of  being the paper’s only “liberal.” 
         LNP, take his salary and use it to pay three minority reporters fresh out of college who care about the truth, social justice, change, telling the public what they need to know and who understand the role of journalism in this society.  
         Smart, who once infamously posted that his only obligation as a journalist was to make his boss money, has failed to do even that for years. 
         Those young reporters would know that the public needs to know that on page three of Wednesday’s Philadelphia Daily News their was a huge photo and article about Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler’s ex-wife who states he beat and kicked her for 16 years including making her partially blind.  But you don’t have one word about that in your piece, do you Gil?   You and LNP have never once told the public this crucial information that they need to know.
         The police respond to domestic calls more than any other calls they receive.  Today, an alleged “domestic” call has resulted in the town of Ephrata being literally shut-down the entire day (click here).  Domestic violence is still a huge problem in this country and it has to be dealt with now.  And we don’t allow abusers to play football and we sure as hell don’t make them police chiefs!
          I only went to Smart’s blog (which is very hard to find in the first place) today to see if he had written anything at all about the racism  at his paper and LNP’s apology – and I found nothing but this disgusting and pointless (the body of it taken from the National Review) blog post on Ray Rice.
        Fire him, LNP, and use his salary to pay three new reporters who actually care and understand journalism. 
         Smart thinks he’s the big tough guy calling Rice scum in his headline.  Guess what, Gil, you and Police Chief Sadler are also scum!

  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

    Posted on September 12th, 2014 Becky 3 comments

    LNP MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY!

          This excellent comment in yesterday:
           “Regarding LNP’s apology….I think actions speak louder than words; and while LNP is very good in the word department, they need to be sure that their actions follow suit. This means they need to immediately begin including more diversity in their management and editorial staff, as well as their reporter staff. If LNP truly wants to reflect the opinions of a diverse community, then LNP needs to put their money where their mouth is, in terms of providing it’s readers and advertisers with a diverse staff to reflect that commitment.
          Any thing less in just words on paper, and we all know how meaningless that can be. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.”
    Please check back later today.

  • *** 3RD UPDATE – ** UPDATED * HELP SUNDAY’S STABBING VICTIM

    Posted on September 11th, 2014 Becky 14 comments

    ***  It’s been quite a day at the Lancaster Newspapers!  A front-page apology for a racist cartoon and the announcement of a huge change in their editorial page and an Open Letter from the NAACP on their new editorial page.  Thank you NAACP for (finally) loudly and firmly  stepping up and demanding an apology and change!
         I have personal commitments this afternoon, but will come back to all of this tomorrow!  Wow!  How much change will there really be?
         Just a reminder from this morning that the link to donate to Annika Horn, Sunday’s stabbing victim, is here.

    ** James Burchik, the nasty, racist New Era Editorial Page editor, has apparently been fired or taken retirement.  His name and picture have been deleted from LNP’s employee directory.  Click here for LNP’s apology for Burchik’s decision last Saturday.  Unbelievable!

    * Please read “An Open Letter from the Lancaster NAACP” to LNP – click here.

    HEARTS FOR ANI -
    A FUNDRAISER!

    Annika Horn

         Annika Horn is a beautiful soul and has been a wonderful, faithful friend for the entirety of my adult life. She was assaulted in her own home on Saturday, September 6th, nearly mortally wounded and is currently in intensive care in an undisclosed location. She has undergone several surgeries to repair the terrible damage done to her body, and will require much more specialized medical care in the months and weeks to come.  

    Click here to read more and donate.

  • * UPDATED – I’LL NAME HER EX-HUSBAND…

    Posted on September 10th, 2014 Becky 14 comments

    “HE STILL HAS POWER”

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         Torres [Rosa Torres-Sadler, ex-wife of Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler, talking about him] never travels alone, fearful that her activism might incite her ex-husband and his supporters.
         “It’s horrible because you don’t know who to trust, you don’t know who’s watching you,” Torres said. “He still has power here in Philadelphia.”
         She added: “There is a unique injustice that takes place when the abuser is a police officer, because the people who should help you would rather protect him because of the title he holds.”
    Page 3 of today’s Philadelphia Daily News shown below.

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    POLICE CHIEF KEITH SADLER!

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         Rosaura Torres suffered in silence for years.
         The Northeast Philadelphia woman, 54, was married to a Philadelphia police officer who eventually ascended into the top ranks of the department. He beat, kicked and choked her for 16 years until one especially brutal beating left her with a detached retina that left her partially blind.
         Throughout, she begged him to stop and threatened to report him.
         “He made it very clear that no one would listen to me because of his position in the community,” Torres said. “He said: ‘No one’s going to listen to you. They’ll all say you’re crazy.’ And he was right.”
         She wrote a letter to city and police officials in 2001 to protest his promotion, citing his history of domestic abuse. He was promoted anyway.
         The couple divorced in 2004.
         The Daily News is not naming her ex-husband, who has since retired in Philadelphia and now works outside the city, because he was never criminally charged.
    From today’s Philly.com with the above photo and article titled, “Domestic Terrors,” (click here).
         I’ll name her ex-husband: It is Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler. Does it get any more outrageous or disgusting than this? 
    Please check back later today.-