Posted on April 21st, 2017 6 comments
TRUTH TO POWER!
Mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler nailed the truth again last night. From the LNP story, “Lancaster mayoral candidates talk leadership in on-air debate at Radio Centro,” he is quoted as follows (click here):
As a board member of the nonprofit Assets, tackling poverty “is work I’ve been doing,” he said. He said that Sorace did not make poverty an issue on council for three years and that Gray didn’t address it until pushed by the release of F&M’s report.
“You can’t be led; you have to lead,” he said. “The next mayor can’t wait three terms before being told there’s a problem.”
Exactly! After pouring money into the downtown and directly into LNP’s pockets, Gray and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace suddenly became concerned about poverty when an F&M study said their spending had widened the divide in the city.
Sorace must go!
A HUGE PROBLEM!
Johnson [Matt Johnson] noted he is the grandson of former city police Chief David Rineer. Under his administration, officers had to live in the city. Now, 80 percent don’t, he said, calling it “a huge problem.”
From the LNP article, “City Council candidates touch on poverty, diversity, policing in NAACP debate,” (click here).
How does Mayor Gray explain this? Why hasn’t he been asked? How do the city council members explain this? Why haven’t they been asked? How does Police Chief Keith Sadler explain this? Why hasn’t he been asked?
It is Sadler who talked about the diversity of the city and supposedly why he wanted to move here when he was hired. It is Sadler who on promotional videos for the police department talks about the diversity of the city.
But it is Sadler who has failed to diversify the force – and that is unacceptable. It is also totally unacceptable for Mayor Gray and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace to sit by and let this happen.
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 20th, 2017 3 comments
The response from Patrick Hopkins is truly one of the stupidest, least transparent and egotistical things I have read in a very long time and I will be appealing. When narcissistic Mayor Gray and his narcissistic staff finally leave city hall, there is going to be one huge mess to clean up!
This is a very busy week for me on a personal level so please be patient as posting will be sporadic for the next several days.
NOBODY KNOWS NOTHING!After a reasonable search I have determined that the above-referenced requested records do not exist within my custody, possession or control. Please be advised that this correspondence will serve to close this record with our office as permitted by law.Respectfully,Patrick HopkinsBusiness Administrator / City Open Records OfficerThis was the response I received yesterday to my Right to Know request for: “All financial information including financial statements and the full financial portfolio/file collected and reviewed by the Lancaster City Council on MAW Communications in Reading who are contracted to provide LanCity Connect to Lancaster.”Well, isn’t that just amazing? It looks like the level of stupidity, denial, deceit and downright illegal actions in city hall have reached a climax!Please check back later today.
Posted on April 18th, 2017 11 comments
FAILING THE PUBLIC!
It is one of those days when I am in total disbelief and so angry that it is difficult to type. There have been three huge incidents with the Lancaster City Police Department and District Attorney Craig Stedman in the last two weeks and LNP remains silent and fails to protect the citizens and hold these public “servants” accountable.
1. District Attorney Craig Stedman gave an absurd press conference regarding the police shooting death of 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez in January and refused to name the officers involved. LNP has been silent.
2. A man was shot outside the Final Fade Barber Shop on N. Plum Street Friday night and all the public knows is that the shooter apparently stayed on the scene and was arrested and released. That is all the public knows. LNP took three days to report the shooting and has not followed-up at all.
3. A very disturbing event took place on Easter Sunday with the police awakening and apparently harassing a homeless man sleeping in a city park. The charges lodged against him could keep this mentally ill man behind prison bars for years. LNP promised a follow-up and there has not been one.
Every editor and reporter at LNP should resign for failing to do their most basic obligation – protecting and informing the public.
There will be more on these cases later; today I am turning to two other news sources:
Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll is currently scheduled to be sentenced by President Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 12th.
Robert, no one asks this disgusting “news organization” anything. They just hand them money so they stay in office and keep their cushy city jobs! The corruption in Lancaster is just unbelievable!
WHY IS LNP JUST
LEAVING IT ALONE?
Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “Lancaster police officers punched, stabbed with pen during incident at Farnum Park,” (click here).
Where is the follow-up, LNP? Are you going to ask Mayor Gray or Police Chief Sadler or the city council members why the police thought it was a priority to have this homeless man “clean up” his campsite in the park on Easter Sunday?
Where is this follow-up story, LNP?
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 15th, 2017 15 comments
NOT A GOOD OL’ WHITE BOY!
There are so many disturbing aspects to this story about a homeless man on Easter Sunday and I will come back to them tomorrow. According to his docket – his bail was set a half-a-million-dollars cash – that’s right – $500,000.
I guess he should have been a good ol’ white boy! On October 29 of 2014 I published the below (the original is here).
* The man who was shot is Ortiz J. Angel. Social media accounts say he was shot by a “friend.”
YES, A MAN WAS
SHOT FRIDAY NIGHT!
And the police and LNP don’t tell the public until late last night. Unbelievable!
Please check back later today.
SHOOTING AT FINAL FADE?
There was intense police activity after what is believed to have been a shooting at the Final Fade Barber Shop at 605 N. Plum Street in Lancaster last night.
Posted on April 13th, 2017 2 comments
NO ANGELS?The governor Friday suspended Norman Bristol-Colon, 31, after Bristol-Colons [sic] supervisors learned of a crash involving the vehicle, a white Chrysler Cirrus sedan, that occurred just after midnight Dec. 20.…In an accident report filed by Bristol-Colon, he blamed foggy weather, a wet roadway and defective brakes on the car for the crash. He also stated the truck was illegally parked and said the car was traveling 55 mph, 10 mph less than the speed limit.
A report filed by Northwest Regional police said the weather was clear, the road dry, the cars [sic] brakes did not fail and the truck was legally parked, news reports state.
From the 2007 LNP article, “County man suspended after accident in state vehicle,” (click here).
How much do we know about mayoral candidate Norman Bristol Colon? He owns a home in Lancaster Township and was shown in city council minutes as living there in September of 2015. When did he move into the city?
What exactly is The Progreso Group, that he is president of and described on their Facebook page as a “consulting agency” (click here). Why don’t they have a website? How does he earn a living with a Facebook page with 200 likes?
There will be more when this site returns from Spring break on Monday.
And not to leave out another mayoral candidate – who does this? An angel on her shoulder? Really? Uh, oh! She’s a “consultant” too! Hmmm…
Have a great holiday and please check back on” Monday!*
Posted on April 12th, 2017 6 comments
HOW TO GET $3 MILLION PLUS!I received the below two pages in response to my Right to Know request to the city for, “A copy of the amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners to the Lancaster CRIZ Authority for the Marriott Hotel project that Randy Patterson discussed before the city council at their meeting on March 28, 2017.”I apologize the print is so small. The originals came that way and I did not have time to enlarge them but will in the future. There will be more tomorrow and then LIP News will go on Spring break and return on Monday, April 17th.**** The Convention Center events calendar from today through the end of April (click here):
WE HAVE ANOTHER “GAP!”
Folks, we have a (gasp!) gap! Yes, a gap! This is so reminiscent of the original convention center. Remember when Mayor Dick “filled” a twenty million dollar gap (if you don’t – see the video below)? One of those items was “naming rights” to the convention center in the amount of $1 or $2 million dollars. That hasn’t happened!
Yes, LNP and High (Penn Square Partners) have another gap – and they want you to fill it. How do they get an additional $3 million plus of your money? They write a one page request/demand for it! Amazing. So simple! The beginning of their request is below. The rest will come later today.
Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster (“Lessor”)
and Penn Square Partners (“PSP or “Lessee”)
Marriott Hotel at Penn Square Addition (“Project”)
Expanded CRIZ Request
March 16, 2017
The Project cost has increased substantially over previous estimates. Project cost increases have come to light as a result of recent bids based on construction documents (now approximately 95% complete). The new total Project cost is $39,431,938, which represents an increase of $5,873,505 over the previous estimate provided to the CRIZ Authority (Authority). The new total cost of $39,431,938 already reflects value engineering measures which have been taken without diminishing the value of the asset. Given these cost increases, PSP has evaluated the Project budget to identify additional opportunities to close the gap through an expanded CRIZ investment. The CRIZ expansion request is briefly described below.
Posted on April 11th, 2017 5 comments
HAVE $6 MILLION ON US!
Daniel Betancourt Thomas Baldrige
When you go to GuideStar, this is the mission statement given for Lancaster’s Community First Fund (click here).
Both Daniel Betancourt, CEO of Community First Fund, and Thomas Baldrige, CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, are on the CRIZ Authority Board and both of their wives are employed by LNP. And they both recently gave LNP millions of dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion!
And from LNP on March 28th of this year, Betancourt gave his buddy Baldrige over $6 million dollars (click here for the article pictured below). How’s that mission statement working for you, Betancourt?
And from today’s LNP (click here for the article):
How much corruption is there in Lancaster? Unbelievable! To be continued…
* On a lighter note today, on February 9th of this year I published the below (click here for the original and there’s also good stuff on DA Stedman there). Oh, happy day! They are now open! What a culinary adventure and delight!
I’m still waiting Mayor Gray…
Ressler criticized Sorace, a councilwoman, for halting a City Council motion that would have funded police body cameras. That was at District Attorney Craig Stedman’s request, due to legal liability concerns, Sorace said.
From the LNP article, “Mayoral candidates seek to define ‘Lancaster values’ at debate,” (click here).
Yet another huge “error” by District Attorney Craig Stedman and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace. So, why do the police in York have body cameras?
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 10th, 2017 5 comments
& DIFFERENT STORIES
He [DA Stedman] got angry when I asked if De La Torre had any complaints in his file saying he did not know and that it is not relevant.
From the account of DA Stedman’s press conference on the police shooting death of Gregory Bayne on this site (click here).
Stedman said one thing I agree with in his Friday press conference: “We are fighting for the soul of our nation.”
Yes, we are, but Stedman and I are on different sides of that fight and there will be much more on that to come. But he made a point in that press conference of saying that he had checked on the background of the officers involved and there was nothing but one officer who was noted for having two car accidents.
When I attended Stedman’s press conference on the police shooting death of Gregory Bayne, I had a copy of a long and angry citizen complaint against the Lancaster Police Officer who shot and killed him, Jose De La Torre, on my person. Stedman told me that was not relevant. That unbelievable answer still amazes me today.
And these public officials just lie and lie and change their stories and no one questions them. No one! I want a different “soul” and country than Stedman.
You can watch the full video of Friday’s press conference here.
This five sentence spider story has been on Lancaster Online’s home page (as a major story!) longer that the DA’s press conference regarding the police shooting death of 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez.
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 9th, 2017 4 comments
CAN YOU SAY “SWITZER?”
LNP reporter Tom Knapp commenting on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page.
No, Tom, the poster is correct. The police did investigate themselves. You need to tell the public the truth, Tom! It’s in every journalism code of ethics in this country. You are to tell the truth!
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 8th, 2017 11 comments
From an article in the LNP print edition by Tom Knapp titled, “DA declines to name officers in shooting death of 18-year-old; Cites increasing violence on police; only says they are white males.”
* Of course they were white males! How many black and Hispanic officers are on the streets of Lancaster?
NOT JUSTIFIED TO BE DA!I hope Jose Rodriguez’s family sues the Lancaster City Police – it is the only way the truth comes out in these situations.Rodriguez was shot and killed because he would not take his hands out of his pockets – from the LNP article (click here):Did Rodriguez know they were police officers in the car? And if the police had been parked in Manheim Township and a white 18-year-old came up to their car would they have done the same? Would he be dead?There is this on the DA’s Facebook page:I saw Blanding Watson of the NAACP come out of the room with the family prior to the DA’s press conference to the “press.”Is Watson going to issue a statement regarding this? Is he going to do one thing about this 18-year-old being killed or is he going to sweep it under the rug the way he has in the past? If he doesn’t make a public statement regarding this, he should be removed by the NAACP.I was not “allowed” into the DA’s press conference yesterday and neither was a young man who said he was a “citizen” and wanted to know how an 18-year-old man ended up dead. That alone tells me that DA Stedman was not telling the truth and there will be much more on that later.And one of LNP’s Jonas Fortune’s tweets has me totally shaking my head:Following an over two month “investigation,” Stedman doesn’t know if anyone was manning the cameras? He’s on the Board of Directors of the Safety Coalition and he doesn’t know (click here and see the second from last on the list below)?That statement by itself is enough to end his term as the District Attorney of Lancaster County.
Posted on April 7th, 2017 3 comments
TO A SLANTED PRESS!
Look at the size of that LNP headline. Unbelievable! I have a lot to say about this but it has been a long day and it will come tomorrow.
Posted on April 7th, 2017 7 comments
WHOSE LIVES DO WE VALUE?
Lancaster County District Attorney and Superior Court Judge Candidate Craig Stedman has a press conference today concerning the police shooting death of Jose Rodriguez on January 24th of this year. Will LNP tell the public that his chief county detective and investigator on the case, Kent Switzer, retired from the Lancaster City Police Department in January of 2016 after 30 years of employment? Will Stedman name the officers involved?
There is a mayoral forum tonight in the Southern Market Center at 100 S. Queen Street from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on “Lancaster Values.” Click here for their Facebook page and look for the link if you want to send in a question for the candidates.
It’s going to be busy! Please check back later today.
Posted on April 6th, 2017 8 comments
A STRONG RESPONSE!
Mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler just posted the below strong response to LNP’s article on his Facebook page (click here).
There is a mayoral forum tomorrow evening on “Lancaster Values” at the Southern Market Center from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. I am told all five candidates will be there. It is free and open to the public and if you can’t attend, Ressler will be livestreaming it on his Facebook page.
As a commenter on Lancaster Online posted earlier today: “Pack the room!” Tell them there must be change – now!
Seeing this article really bothers me. Just like you, I pay 100% of my taxes. The Marriott deal only pays 10% of their taxes so why should our tax money go to Marriott Headquarters in Bethesda, MD? It’s time our taxes develop Lancaster, PA.
I offer a few simple, alternative ideas:
• How many small businesses in Lancaster could $9 million dollars help provide real thriving wages and economic opportunity to Lancaster citizens?…
• Offer money to a concrete company whose plan is to pave these pothole ridden streets.
• Bring in a solar company and create a fund to subsidize installations on homes and tie it to the grid to power street lighting.
• Fund a drug rehab center to fight the scourge of K2 and Heroin.
But if you’re going to give them more money, how about start here:
• A guarantee that the Thaddeus Stevens/Lydia Smith museum is completed from the first unfinished project before a single brick is torn down or laid for the new tower.
• A guaranteed thriving wage for employees or subcontracting employees of the Marriott/Convention Center before a single brick is torn down or laid for the new tower.
• Special discount rates for county non-profit organizations to host events at the convention center for their fundraisers or events since we are giving the Marriott yet another special discount rate on taxes.
Folks, we can do better projects. At the least, shouldn’t we be getting better deals? Instead of letting our representatives phone it in, it’s time for new representation. I invite you to vote for me, Kevin Ressler for Mayor on the May 16th Democratic Primary. It’s time for actual ideas and a stop to stagnation in Lancaster City.
** “Rednek” sent in a comment that most of the comments on Lancaster Online under the article are negative. Actually, at this point – all of them are. And many are excellent! Yes, there is a Mayoral forum tomorrow and people need to pack the room! There will be more on that later today.
TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH!
* Apparently city council member and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace thinks being photographed with Mayor Dick is good for her campaign (click here).
Is she just totally out of touch or what? How much of the taxpayer’s money has she thrown away on LNP’s Marriott Hotel “expansion” and on MAW Communications in Reading?
What is her relationship with LNP? Right after she voted to give them $5.6 million in CRIZ money, she went to them to announce her candidacy for mayor. This is such a huge, unbelievable conflict of interest and raises not only ethical but legal questions!
LNP TELLS THE PUBLIC
THEY WILL STEAL $9 MILLION!
No, LNP will not get another $9 million! Run these greedy, racist crooks out of this county!
From the story:
The increase is due to “a new scope of brand requirements” from the Marriott corporation…
Pay it your damn selves, LNP, you lying pieces of crap! And kick every city council member and Randy Patterson, Patrick Hopkins and Charlotte Katzenmoyer out of office! Better yet, put some of them in jail!
Please check back later today.
Posted on April 5th, 2017 11 comments
INVESTIGATE THIS!The Caucus “reporters/investigators” from left: Mike Wereschagin, Paula Knudsen, Tom Murse and Brad Bumsted.Just a reminder that below on this post are the voting CRIZ Authority Board Members. Apparently LNP and High Industries (also known as the Penn Square Partners) can just walk up to the board members and say: “Uh, oh! Our costs for the for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion have increased since our original estimate and we need $3.4 million more of the taxpayers money! And the board just gives it to them!If you see any of these board members, try asking for over $7 million and see what happens!From the Agenda for their March 28th meeting (click here):Amazing and completely unacceptable and there will be more on this later.The following two Right to Know requests were faxed into the City of Lancaster yesterday:— A copy of the amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners to the Lancaster CRIZ Authority for the Marriott Hotel project that Randy Patterson discussed before the city council at their meeting on March 28, 2017.— All financial information including financial statements and the full financial portfolio/file collected and reviewed by the Lancaster City Council on MAW Communications in Reading who are contracted to provide LanCity Connect to Lancaster.***********
NOTHING MORE WASTEFUL!I’ve got a tip! Call or email The Caucus, LNP’s new publication that is “casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting,” and ask them to investigate LNP getting $7 million more in state gifts for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Expansion. I can’t imagine anything more wasteful that that! Call or email them today!Please check back later today.
Posted on April 3rd, 2017 9 comments
* Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.
ABSOLUTE FRAUDS!4-4-17 UPDATE – Unbelievable! Simply unbelievable! The article to the left is on the front page of Lancaster Online this morning (click here). It is time the country knew about these absolute frauds!Yesterday’s headline about the $3 million dollars was for Lancaster’s loan to MAW Communications in Reading and not this latest steal by LNP of another $3.4 million of the public’s money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott “expansion.” I didn’t know about it because – surprise – LNP did not tell the public!LNP is not a news organization: They are a greedy, racist company that has run the county of Lancaster for years for their own profit and the white elite they favor. They are, as Donald Trump labeled the press, some of the most dishonest people in the state if not the country.And all of their employees know it – and are no longer “protected” by claiming to be members of the legitimate press.Coming later today: How to stop these bastards!*********
— $3.4 MILLION MORE! —
COMMUNITY THIEVES! – 2
During last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Randy Patterson, the city’s Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization, stated the below. Of course, LNP is one of the Penn Square Partners along with High Industries.
This was not reported by any news media, including obviously, LNP! This is simply unbelievable! I don’t have words for this greedy racist business pretending to be a news organization. Well, I have some words but I can’t print them! I did say previously that Patterson will likely end up in jail – and I mean that.
You can listen to the full city council meeting here. And Patterson had even more so say and that will come tomorrow.
The CRIZ Authority met this afternoon to review an amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners for the Marriott Hotel project. They’ve completed their construction design and their negotiations with the Marriott and the price of the project has gone up from their preliminary estimates so they are asking the CRIZ Authority to pick up a piece of that – approximately $3.4 million in addition to the $5.6 million that’s been committed so far. They’ll be picking up approximately seven million of additional cost through their equity investments and through the Redevelopment Authority financing that will be paid by Penn Square Partners as lease payments to the Authority.
The use of additional increment based on the change in the legislation is what the hoteliers are requesting so to keep this a little bit simple, um, the current hotel creates an increment under the new legislation so the hotel tax is being paid by the current hotel creates an increment so the applicant has asked to use a portion of that – 70 percent of that amount – without changing that amount through the term of the financing so it will always remain the same $417,000 thousand dollars a year that will be used to pay additional debt service.
* As noted here yesterday, Sheriff Mark Reese filed his Preliminary Objections to State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument’s lawsuit on March 31st (click here).
He argues that they do not have the capacity to sue him. And there is no attorney’s name mentioned for Reese – he signed the documents in what is apparently his true signature and not an electronic version!
LNP: TOTAL FAILURE
REPORTING THE NEWS!
Three of the top five stories on Lancaster Online as of 7:30 am this morning (and no eEdition of today’s paper available).
The entire Lancaster Police department was in Brandon Park last night following the shooting. According to the police scanner, there were no units available for other calls in the city such as an assault call and suspicious activity. The city was left unprotected.
The Manheim Township Prom story is now three days old and the comments are closed and this has proven to be a poorly researched, slanted article that does not tell the full story by any means. Shame on LNP! It is nothing but clickbait.
And I am coming back to the outrageous “insider” story on LanCity Connect later today.
Please check back later.
Posted on April 2nd, 2017 5 comments
** I was planting pansies to forget the picture of Mayor Dick I saw in today’s paper. Horrors! Anyway, time got away from me. LIP News will be back tomorrow morning!
DOES DAD KNOW?* A comment also came in that LNP closed the comments online under Knapp’s Manheim Township sob/clickbait story. But on Facebook under the article, the father of the girl, posted this:Not only does Manheim Township have a longstanding rule that dropouts cannot attend the prom – and her date was denied re-enrollment for some reason – but he also has a criminal record – Public Drunkenness (see yesterday’s post) – he would have had to put on his application according to the girl’s own father!And today, LNP starts their dreadful prom coverage with none other than the Manheim Township Prom! Oh, the irony!*********
Was Kara Newhouse dumped by the LNP so that if Murry can prove his allegations they can shirk responsibility and lay the blame at her feet?This question in yesterday under the post immediately below.I don’t know exactly what is going on with Newhouse because LNP still seems to be running her Podcasts. But William Murry and his attorneys revised their complaint against LNP and on the Sheriff’s Return of Service this is what is noted (click here):Also notice that they are still using Sheriff Reese’s electronic signature on this form! And there are developments in the same law firm’s (Kleinbard LLC) suit against Sheriff Reese!Please check back later today.
Posted on April 1st, 2017 8 comments
LNP GOES AFTER MT AGAIN!
Unbelievable! LNP and reporter Tom Knapp go after Manheim Township again in this “insider” story (click here)! Maybe mom should have gotten into the details – and Knapp too!
Hunter has a public drunkenness arrest and who knows why the school wouldn’t let him re-enroll? There must be a reason. This is sloppy, clickbait reporting, Knapp! Shame on you and LNP!
* In the one LNP article about the lawsuit, long-time reporter Jeff Hawkes stated the below (click here for the article). How could Hawkes know and state as fact that it was “unsolicited” and by an “unknown party?”
Did he check with Barbara Hough Roda, Kara Newhouse and Susan Baldrige or is that just the official LNP line?
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
In a complaint filed on March 30th, William Murry and his attorneys are stating that at least one person at LNP was aware that the illegal recording was going to be made and provided to them (see below). Interestingly, Kara Newhouse, a named defendant in his lawsuit, is no longer employed by LNP.
UNDER SCRUTINY?From today’s LNP print edition front page story, “Corll leaves police post.”So, this man was under scrutiny but he closed-fist punched a man in the eye after throwing him to ground and as a result he received a two day suspension? That’s what was testified to in court.You will have to do better than that, Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler!
Posted on March 31st, 2017 12 comments
KRASNE & RODA:
YOUR COMMUNITY THIEVES!Rereading this article. There is ZERO (zilch, nada) mention of Randy Patterson’s report to council or a separate article about that same day’s CRIZ meeting where the giveaway to PSP, based on the increasing cost of the taxpayer funded new Marriott tower (don’t ask me why we are the ones paying), is set to almost DOUBLE. There was a brief mention of the bowtie’s land bank (aka developer slush fund).A comment under the LNP story, “Council approves financing for LanCity Connect broadband network,” (click here).Randy Patterson is going to end up in jail. Seriously. This is simply unbelievable and if anyone has any information on any of this, please send it my way.It is Friday and I am trying to stay somewhat happy, so I will simply say that LNP Publisher Robert Krasne and Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda are not only total disgraces to journalism but they are also just horrible, despicable, lying human beings as well.***********
DO YOU THINK?
On Thursday, Gray said the city wanted to act swiftly with Corll and that the felony conviction diminishes his “usefulness as a sworn police officer.”
From today’s LNP article, “Lancaster city police Sgt. Raymond Corll resigns after felony perjury conviction,” (click here).
Mayor Rick Gray has said some stupid things in his far too many years as mayor, but this has to top the cake! One has to wonder if all of the lies Gray has told over the years have diminished his mental capability.
Please check back later today.
Posted on March 29th, 2017 15 comments
Thank you Steve Widdowson and Tami Jones. Thank you for following your convictions, for speaking up and not backing down. Thank you for doing what’s right and just. Thank you for taking a Lancaster City Police Officer, who should have been fired years ago, finally off the streets.
Click here for LNP’s, “Lancaster city police Sgt. Raymond Corll guilty on all counts in perjury trial.”
* Heidi Eakin, Sgt. Ray Corll’s defense attorney, leaves the Italian Bakery across from the courthouse this morning. They will hold your cell phone for $5 a day while in court (Eakin can take hers) and at Attorney Michael Marinaro’s office – directly across the street from the courthouse at 53 N. Duke – they will hold your phone for $10 a day. I paid them $20 for two days to hold my cell phone and my small Crome book computer.
UPDATE – 3-30-17 – Waiting for the jury to return with their verdict. It is one of the most “eclectic” juries I have seen. There is one black man on the jury and no one who appears to be Hispanic. But the range of hair styles and clothing worn by the men and women are unique and add up to a very interesting panel.
** Megan Madaffari, of the State Attorney General’s office, cross-examined Sgt. Ray Corll in his trial this morning. She was talking about when Corll and his partner, Lt. James Carpenter, were following Widdowson and Jones on their walk for a slice of pizza.
“You say you saw them weaving and you did not stop.”
“You say you saw them almost walk into the street and you did not stop.”
“You say you thought you heard him say, “What the fuck are you looking at?” and you stopped.”
Yes, that sums it up. Corll himself testified to the same thing this morning. He said, “If he said that to a policeman in full uniform in a marked car, what is he going to do to other people?”
Somehow, Widdowson allegedly using the “F” word, made the stop not only acceptable but necessary in Corll’s mind. Who is training these police?
12:00 pm – President Judge Dennis Reinaker is charging the jury before they go to lunch. So following their lunch, they will go straight into deliberations.
Sgt. Ray Corll testified this morning and used the question “What the fuck are you looking at?” to justify his actions. Unbelievable! That question was repeated in court at least four times this morning. And his defense attorney Heidi Eakin used a new phrase in court. She said Steve Widdowson had “beer balls.”
Yes, it was that kind of morning.
Please check back later today.
THEY BETTER TELL
THE PUBLIC THE TRUTH!
What exactly was yelled has been a [sic] unclear point throughout the trial.
...After a few minutes of being tailed, Widdowson said he asked the vehicle’s operator, “What have we done wrong?”
Corll’s defense has repeatedly questioned whether it was a more vulgar statement, a claim that Jones and Widdowson have both denied in their respective testimonies.
Carpenter said he knew the comment was the reason why he stopped the vehicle, but is unclear what was actually said.
“If nothing would have been yelled” we would have been happy to keep going around the corner, Carpenter said.
From the LNP story, “Lancaster police officer in perjury trial was nervous of civil litigation, assistant DA testifies,” (click here).
For heaven’s sake! Vulgar? It was the “F” word and it was said many times in the courtroom yesterday (see the post immediately below on this site).
Get off your high horse, LNP, and tell people what they need to know! Give them a clue! Say it was the “F” word! Tragically, it appears that the use of this one word set Sgt. Ray Corll off and this two year saga was begun. Amazing!
Please check back later today.
Posted on March 28th, 2017 11 comments
THE “F” WORD &
CORLL WILL TAKE THE STAND!It all comes down to a male voice asking the question: “What the fuck are you looking at?”The prosecution rested about an hour after the post lunch session began. Ray Corll’s defense attorney, Heidi Eakin, called Lancaster Police Lt. James Carpenter to the stand first.He was Corll’s partner and was driving the large police Tahoe they were riding in. He testified that as they were driving North on North Queen Street they saw a couple with their backs towards them walking arm in arm and “shifting from one side to another on the sidewalk.” He stated they were not walking in a straight line – but moving two feet to one side and then two feet to the other side of the sidewalk.He stated that he slowed down and they watched them. He said he turned a corner and the male subject was looking right at them and said: “What the fuck are you looking at?”Carpenter stated he stopped the car because he wanted to answer the man’s question but Corll had already exited the car. He said he stayed in the car to move it from the travel lane to the curb before he also got out. He stated he did not see Corll punch Widdowson.On cross examination, he stated there were a lot of people in the area and people waiting to cross the street. Asked how he knew it was Widdowson who said it, he said: “We were looking at him. That’s why I believe it was him.”On a redirect by Eakin he stated: “Somebody who yells at cops – who knows what else they will do?”Corll is schedued to take the stand first thing tomorrow morning when the trial resumes.
SANK A LITTLE BIT”
Steve Widdowson was on the stand this morning for several hours. He was low key, well-spoken, charming and sure of himself. He also displayed a sense of humor which had the jurors laughing on several occasions.
Defendant Sgt. Ray Corll’s defense attorney, Heidi Eakin, tried again and again to prove that he was drunk that night (and thus, apparently, legitimize his arrest, being thrown to the ground and punched in the face by Corll). She also tried to present him as a heavy drinker, producing numerous Facebook entries of his that mentioned bars.
Following Widdowson, the prosecution called Officer William Hamby to the stand. He was on SOG assignment (Street Operations Group) the night Widdowson was arrested and he and his partner Jay Hatfield were driving in the area and saw Corll bolt from his police vehicle and take Widdowson down to the ground. Hamby stated he then saw Corll strike him in the face and he said, “My heart sank a little bit.” Asked why, he said, “The action was not warranted.”
The trial will continue at 1:30 pm today.
CORLL, SORACE & DASTRA
– AND 3 MILLION DOLLARS!
The mayoral candidates meet again tonight – but so does city council! And on their agenda tonight is a final vote on loaning and giving MAW Communications $3 million more dollars for the internet project LancCity Connect (click here). Danene Sorace is sponsoring these two bills so will she miss tonight’s vote to be at the forum? That is not acceptable considering the amount of money and risk at stake here.
Tony Dastra, the Independent candidate, will miss tonight’s forum so he can livestream the city council meeting. He told me you can view it on this Facebook page.
As mentioned in the comments yesterday, Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll who is on trial for perjury and other charges, was working overtime for a special Friday night unit of the police when he arrested Steve Widdowson. There will be more on that later.
And David Greiner testified yesterday about the Lancaster Safety Coalition and the cameras. He stated they are a “non-profit, privately funded” organization. Not true – at least half of their funding comes from the city and county.
Corll’s attorney, Heidi Eakin, referred to the cameras as “miracle cameras” yesterday in court and there will also be much more on the cameras coming.
Please check back later today.
Posted on March 27th, 2017 2 comments
TWO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
OR ROWDY DRUNKS?Megan Madaffari, of the State Attorney General’s office who is prosecuting Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll, told the jury in her opening statement:
This is a case about faith – faith in the criminal justice system. Ray Corll’s job is to protect the public. On March 8th and July 1st of 2014 he failed to do his job – he broke the law.She said Steve Widdowson and Tammy Jones were two young professionals out for a night as friends. On March 8th they were walking from Annie Bailey’s to buy a slice of pizza from the House of Pizza. She said video will show they were not staggering or in danger of walking into the street. She said Corll committed perjury on July 1st when he lied about that under oath at Widdowson’s preliminary hearing.Heidi Eakin, Corll’s attorney, presented a far different picture. She said they were “bar-hopping” on a Friday night. She said they had five drinks apiece, some shots and visited three bars. She questioned whether they were really two young professionals out on a night of responsible drinking.And this whole case may come down to whether Widdowson used the “F” word with the police or not – as in questioning the police with, “What the f*ck are you looking at?” Tammy Jones told Eakin from the stand that she never heard Widdowson use the “F” word that night.Eakin pushed Jones hard and got a rise out of her, but she maintained her story on the stand and said yes, she was upset that night because she didn’t know why Corll punched Widdowson or why they were being arrested because they were not staggering from one side of the sidewalk to the other and not in danger of walking off the curb into traffic. “We didn’t do anything,” she said she told Widdowson when he told her the police were following them.*
CORLL TRIAL BEGINS
LANCASTER, PA – A jury and two alternates were chosen this morning in courtroom #8 before President Judge Dennis Reinaker in the trial of Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll. They were sworn in just before the courtroom broke for lunch. The trial will resume at 1:30 pm today.
Posted on March 27th, 2017 2 comments
LNP: NOT ELIGIBLE
FOR STATE FUNDS!
The headline to a Letter to the Editor in today’s LNP print edition (not currently online).
Yes, it certainly is! And LNP continues to be the leader for the racism in the county. Oh, they’ve tried to hide it. They have long time reporter Jeff Hawkes acting like an expert and writing about segregation in Lancaster in the 1960’s. What he doesn’t tell you is LNP and the Steinmans led that charge.
They held a forum on diversity, when, of course, LNP is not diverse at all and never has been. It’s a good cover – kind of like their recent forum on the news and truth and transparency. They have gone from being openly racist to pretending somehow they are in the forefront for equality. But their newsroom and their reporting totally fails to reflect the community they are supposed to “serve” and the idea that they are on the forefront borders on sad absurdity and is a flat-out lie.
Why hasn’t the “community” called them out for this? Why hasn’t the public demanded diversity from their newsroom? Why does the “community” continue to purchase and advertise with this racist company?
Why would this company receive any state funds when they do not meet Pennsylvania’s diversity requirements?
Please check back later today.
Posted on March 26th, 2017 10 comments
** Part 1 & 2 of further witness’ statement are below.
* The witness who observed the whole traffic stop:
WHITE PRIVILEGE!This morning, at 12:05 am, the Lancaster City Police stopped a car with four older white occupants in the 100 block of N. Water Street. The driver was clearly under the influence.The police gave a field sobriety test to a woman passenger in the back seat. She passed. The driver then got out and handed her the keys and he got in the back seat and she drove away as the police watched.The whole incident was observed by both the camera operator and the man standing next to the pole in the video.The video is below. Watch the top left. A screenshot of the man sitting in the back seat after handing over the keys is below the video.
AN EXCESSIVE FORCE
PROBLEM SPANNING YEARS!
There’s a lot LNP doesn’t tell you in this story. They don’t link to the October 12, 2015 article by then LNP reporter Gil Smart that says this (click here):
• In the Lancaster city settlement cases reviewed by LNP, a total of about 30 specific officers were named as defendants when the lawsuits were filed. Most were named in only one case or, at most, two cases. Ray Corll, currently a sergeant, was listed as a defendant in six cases.
Corll, who did not return several messages seeking comment, is a 15-year veteran of the force who has helped sponsor the city’s “Shop With a Cop” program, designed to familiarize children with the police force. He is a former president of the city police union.
And on May 1, 2015 on this site there was “HOW MUCH HAS CORLL COST THE CITY” with three of those lawsuits (click here):
Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll has an excessive force problem. A big problem that spans years. What is the City of Lancaster doing about Sgt. Ray Corll? Why is he still employed by the Lancaster Police Department?
Posted on March 25th, 2017 8 comments
— The police press release on this morning’s incident is here.
— 12:50 pm – LNP has just gone up with this: “One hospitalized after assault on West Vine Street early Saturday,” (click here).
I have been watching the Lancaster City Police’s Twitter and Facebook page for a press release regarding this morning’s incident(s), and as of 12:50 pm, there is nothing.
They need to tell the public what happened and if there is a danger to the public! They need to do it now!
— A Lancaster City fire truck was called in to hose down blood. It is currently sitting at W Strawberry and W. Vine Streets.
Two ambulances with police escorts left the scene early this morning. I am told there is a Mary Kay convention at the Marriott! The last thing LNP wants to cover is this shooting (reportedly nine cars also hit) this morning.
**** 10:18 am – West Strawberry, West Vine, Poplar and Freemont Streets are all blocked off by the police.
*** 10:10 am:
** 9:50 am – On the police scanner they just called for a fire truck to do a “wash down” of the 200 block of West Strawberry Street. They said it will need to cover several blocks.
* The multiple shots fired incident occurred at W. Strawberry and Freemont Streets this morning. WGAL is reporting one person was taken to the hospital in serious condition following an assault on W. Vine Street (click here).
OUT OF CONTROL!
WGAL is reporting an assault/stabbing in the 200 block of W. Vine Street and there are reports of a serious shooting incident in the city this morning with at least one person possibly shot.
Please check back for these developing stories.
Posted on March 24th, 2017 6 comments
& PIGS AND LYIN’
Right next to the LNP story online about Mario Crawley and his animal cruelty charges (click here) is this article about these poor, “live” pigs (click here)! Can you imagine? Being drug into a school assembly in a cage and having four humans kiss you in front of a bunch of yelling school students? Oh, the humanity!
Where is the outcry? Where are the animal activists? Actually, they might show up so I will quickly move on.
To the commenters on Lancaster Online who think city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace is a shoe-in – I disagree! This woman is so out of touch – in the first forum she complained that her daughter’s school does not have a program for gifted children (obviously she thinks her daughter should be in it) and in the second forum she said the biggest concern in the neighborhoods is speeding cars. Now, while that is always a concern, I’m not sure that’s the biggest problem in Lancaster’s neighborhoods!
In fact, “Frank Lee” has written another gem of a poem that Sorace might want to read. Have a safe and happy Friday and thank you, Frank!
Gray was mayor for the time
Lancaster soared in crime
Though he spun to news
Frankly, it’s improved!
But we all knew he was lyin’
** The “Neighbors United Lancaster” Facebook page has an excellent, full video tape of the March 22nd “Meet the Candidates” forum (click here).
* The DA’s press release regarding the status of their investigation into the police shooting death of 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez is here.
THE PUBLIC NEEDS ANSWERS!
From the above “insider” story:
Lancaster County district attorney’s office spokesman Brett Hambright said that it’s not a typical police-related shooting investigation.
“Most police-related incidents are over very quickly, are confined to one small location and involve very few people,” he said in an email Thursday.
“In this case, we have multiple encounters between Mr. Rodriguez and different police officers in multiple locations over a time period far longer than the typical police-related shooting,” Hambright said.
This is the first that we have learned anything at all about the shooting death of Jose Rodriguez. What the hell is going on? Yes, we need answers now!
And in a case where DA Spokesman Brett Hambright was caught flat-out lying, Mario Crawley is scheduled to plead guilty this morning before Senior Judge Joseph Madenspacher. He is charged with a misdemeanor and a summary count of cruelty to animals in the death of the puppy “Hennessey.”
This was posted on the “Lancaster City Democratic Committee” Facebook page under a post with a link to the LNP article, “Rick Gray endorses Danene Sorace to succeed him as mayor of Lancaster,” (click here).
Do not forget LNP is trying to anoint her as well! Yes, they want more of those special deals and money funnelled their way!
Please check back later today.