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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – OVER $9 MILLION OF YOUR MONEY FOR THEIR MARRIOTT EXPANSION!

    Posted on July 16th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    TREASONOUS!

    Click here to read John McCain’s full statement.

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    A FREE PRESS?

         A “retweet” by LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy.

      Trump’s attacks on the press are unconscionable, relentless and extremely scary. But as I have said before, it is news organizations like LNP that give his statements some validity.
         And it is absolutely disgusting of Cassidy to get on her high horse. She has been a traitor to all victims of domestic violence and now to abused children.  Can she possibly go any lower than that? Can LNP?
    Please check back later today.

  • THIS IS WHY EVERY JOURNALISM CODE OF ETHICS IN THIS COUNTRY…

    Posted on July 15th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    STATES LNP IS UNETHICAL!

         Judge Joseph Madenspacher is directly responsible for the Convention Center/Marriott Hotel being built. Does that influence LNP who owns the Marriott?
         Oh, you better believe it does – even after all these years  (and you never know when they might need him or another judge again)!
         Madenspacher granted a permanent injunction sought by the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority, the city Redevelopment Authority and Penn Square Partners to prevent the commissioners from enacting a pair of resolutions that would have eliminated the center’s financing.
    From the 2007 LNP article, “Commissioners seek Pa. reversal of center decision,.”  (click here).     

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * IT’S NOT FAKE NEWS – IT’S NO NEWS!

    Posted on July 14th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    YOU PAY HAMBRIGHT!

         Crime sells. Everyone knows it! It’s important, it affects people’s lives, it’s intriguing and the justice system is at the core of our democracy. And yet, LNP does not have a reporter in the courthouse.
         They rely on and barely rewrite the DA press releases by former LNP court reporter Brett Hambright. As a commenter to this site said when Hambright went to the DA’s office – LNP used to pay him but now the public pays him to write for LNP! It’s true!
         His coverage is blatantly slanted (of course) and he rarely mentions the defense or the defense attorney’s involved. It is unconscionable (and stupid readership wise) that LNP relies on Hambright for all of their court reporting. But if they use Hambright – they must cite him as their source and not pretend they were present for the proceeding.
         Coming tomorrow a look at the two very recent cases that are in this post.

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    PRETEND NEWS!

    The DA’s press release by Brett Hambright (click here and click here for the LNP rewrite).
        
         In the past, I have criticized LNP for stating “according to the District Attorney’s Office” six times in an eight sentence story. Now, LNP is pretending they were at his preliminary hearing and they do not mention the press release that is the sole source for their entire story. It is inexcusable and probably why there is no specific byline.
         You better clean up your act, editor Tom Murse, or you will be a jobless middle-aged man that no legitimate news organization will touch. There will be more later on why this is absolutely unconscionable!
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    FAKE NEWS!

    From today’s print edition of LNP.
     
         On a very serious note – look at the unbelievable spin they have put on this horrific story. Oh, Junior Gonzalez, you thought you were working for a real newspaper? Think again…
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    WHERE’S THE PLANE?

          

         Um, LNP Managing Editor Tom Murse – there was no plane! They looked and looked and looked and could not find a plane! Don’t you think it’s time to take this down as your lead story and move on to some real news? Ridiculous!

  • — * NOT FIT TO BE A JUDGE!

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

          —  Afternoon update – RESIGN, JUDGE MADENSPACHER! —

    RESIGN, MADENSPACHER!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the story linked to below.

    **     Good! Also send this to every news organization you possibly can. This must end! Resign, Judge Madenspacher!

    ******

    Masteller

    *    A Lancaster County man has been sentenced to 30-to-80 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year old boy.
         Jonathan Masteller, 24, was a church pastor and basketball coach when he sexually assaulted the boy at least six times in July in his apartment, located in Kinzers Township, Lancaster County.
    From WGAL-TV in November of 2014 (click here).
    This was also Judge Joseph Madenspacher. Get this racist, sick judge off the bench!

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    DEMAND HIS RESIGNATION!

        

         All four victims demonstrated their opposition to Lapp serving a prison sentence at all, according to a news release by the District Attorney’s office, and Judge Madenspacher admitted the victim’s positions were taken into consideration in his sentencing.
    From today’s LNP article which is a re-write of the DA’s press release linked to on this site yesterday (click here).
         The four victims are most likely his own daughters or other family members. They are still young and probably under intense pressure from others to state they don’t want him to go to prison. They have no clue how this will affect them for the rest of their lives.
         This is an absolute disgrace and it’s well past time for Judge Madenspacher to permanently retire and LNP should demand his immediate resignation!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LET HIM EAT CAKE?

    Posted on July 12th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    HAS MAW
    DEFAULTED ON THEIR LOAN?

    Frank Wiczkowski, President of MAW Communications

     

         This Loan Agreement is executed and entered into on the 25th day of April, 2017, between MAW COMMUNICATIONS, INC., a Pennsylvania corporation (“Borrower”), with a principal address of P.O. Box 978, Reading, Pennsylvania, 19603 and the CITY OF LANCASTER, a Pennsylvania municipal corporation (“Lender”).
    From the Loan Agreement signed and notarized and a copy emailed to me on May 9, 2017 by Patrick Hopkins in response to my Right to Know request.
         Has MAW defaulted on their loan? Have they paid the city one penny? Where is “watchdog” LNP?
         The original of “NEED A LOAN?” is here and there will be much more tomorrow.
     *****************
    *    Meanwhile, police are conducting an internal review of another recent arrest — as is standard procedure because it involved the use of force, a spokesman said. The arrest has drawn criticism after a bystander posted video of it online.
    From the LNP article linked to below.
         What a lie! The only reason it is being “reviewed” is because it was caught on video and posted online. Do you really think Detective Nate Nickel told the chief he slapped a man’s face into the pavement while he was prone on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind him and it needed to be reviewed? Are these LNP reporters just stupid?

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    & JUSTICE AND LNP?

    (Click here)

         LNP finally addresses the second police video. There will be more later today.

        
         And LNP is all about saving children from abuse in today’s editorial (click here). Will they have anything to say about this press release from the DA’s office yesterday (click here)?
         34 years of supervision? This is an outrage. Will LNP have anything to say?

       

         And on a much lighter note, there is this (click here for his Chellas review)! The “Food Dude” is gone! Dustin Leed now works for the Reading Eagle! He left after at least five tweets (and cake!) in his long goodbye. So why are they still running his series? I guess the film was in the can and LNP cannot afford to toss it? Hmmm…
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** * DON’T TURN A BLIND EYE!

    Posted on July 11th, 2018 Becky 16 comments

    WHO WATCHES THE POLICE?

         The Lancaster Police are out of control (see the shocking development under this post). I have been saying that on this site for years. And I have not said that lightly. No one in Lancaster watches the police – and that – combined with their huge power has led to incredible abuses within the department.
         It is LNP’s – the media’s – job to watch them and hold them accountable and LNP has not done that for years. They have yet to write an article about the second shocking video that came within days of the first, viral video of Sean Williams being tased.
         I will come back to all of this tomorrow and if DA Stedman does not announce an investigation into Detective Nickel and his assault of an incapacitated subject and his attempted intimidation of a witness, I will contact the State Attorney General’s Office and state and national media.
    — — — —  In other news, Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker both had their preliminary hearings this afternoon for the May 23 arsons at city hall and a city owned vehicle. According to their dockets, all charges for both were waived over to Common Pleas Court where their formal arraignments are both scheduled for August 10th. The two remain in prison on 2 million cash bail.

    **  Also from the article:
     Reached for comment, Brian Mildenburg observes:
         If it’s true that those messages were left by a member of the Lancaster police, then the public should be aware that the Lancaster police are engaging in inappropriate, offensive, homophobic and misogynistic conduct towards individuals who are simply protesting the excessive force used upon Sean Williams when he was tased for no reason while peacefully seated on the curb.

    *    From the below article:
    Stuart-Verner also reached out to Sean Williams’ lawyer Brian Mildenberg. Mildenberg has lodged an official complaint with the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    PA AG CONTACTED!

    (Click here)

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    SECOND VIDEO!

    *    Eliza Booth of Lancaster Stands Up mentioned other examples of what she called “unchecked aggression” by police, including another captured in an online video posted recently in which a city police officer swears and strikes the head of a black man lying prone and handcuffed on the sidewalk and yells at the person filming the incident, “Back off!”

    From today’s LNP article by Tim Stuhldreher linked to below.
    This is the first time LNP has reported on the second video. Why? Multiple people mentioned the second video at last night’s city council meeting. And it was detective Nathan Nickel and he also threatened to arrest the woman who was filming!
    —   LNP finally includes a link to the second video and it is here. The full video of last night’s city council meeting can be viewed here.
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    IT WAS WRONG!

         The below excellent comment is posted on Lancaster Online under today’s story, ““At City Council, residents call for changes in wake of stun gun incident,” (click here).
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  • * BOYCOTT LNP!

    Posted on July 10th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    STAND UP TONIGHT!

    * (Click here)

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    A DISGRACE TO
    HUMANITY & DECENCY!

    (Click here)

         This is one of the most disgusting things I have read in years. Even for racist LNP, this is a new and unbelievable low. And they have not made one mention of a second video in the same week where Detective Nathan Nickel assaults a totally incapacitated man and then threatens the woman taking the video with arrest.
         Let them know this is totally unacceptable:

                                                     —  Tom Murse
                                                           Managing Editor
                                                           (717) 481-6021

                                                     —  Suzanne Cassidy
                                                           Opinion Editor
                                                           (717) 291-8694

  • * WHERE IS DA STEDMAN’S INVESTIGATION?

    Posted on July 9th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    —  Making some phone calls this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow morning!  —

    **   Signatures on the petition are up to 1,966 as of 3:54 pm.

    *    The petition to end police brutality in Lancaster is up to 1,085 signatures as of 12:30 pm today (click here).

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    FIRE NICKEL NOW!

         When is Lancaster Detective Nathan Nickel going to be charged with assault and witness intimidation?  When? Over 50,000 people have now viewed the video (click here for the full video or see the post immediately below on this site).
         Are the mayor, the DA, the police and LNP going to pretend it didn’t happen? That won’t “work!” It did happen and it’s on video! 
    Please check back later today.

  • * “FAILURE TO RESPOND TO MULTIPLE VERBAL COMMANDS”

    Posted on July 7th, 2018 Becky 11 comments
    *    When are the police, the DA and Mayor Sorace going to address this video?
         From the “Lancaster Stands Up” Facebook page with the video below (the detective’s name is “Nathan Nickel”).

    https://www.facebook.com/savahnnah.mcferrin.5/videos/2125808030982046/

     

    OUTRAGEOUS!

        

         Kevin Ressler, co-founder of the Lancaster Action Now Coalition, said, “We do not understand how one can be exonerated before the investigation is concluded unless the investigation is a coverup.”
    From the LNP article, “Mayor: Lancaster city police officer who fired stun gun at Sean Williams will not be fired or suspended,” (click here).
         Exactly! It’s ridiculous and outrageous!
  • AFTENOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS*** – ** – * LANCASTER POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!

    Posted on July 6th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    UNACCEPTABLE!

         Over 3 million people have watched the video of Lancaster City Police Officer Philip Bernot taser Sean Williams while he was sitting on the curb. Why? Because it is an outrageous abuse of power and excessive force by the officer with obvious racial undertones.
         Mayor Danene Sorace’s announcement today that Bernot will not be fired or suspended is unacceptable. Simply unacceptable.
         Please share and send today’s video below in this post to every news outlet you possibly can. This goes on everyday in the city of Lancaster to people of color and it cannot be allowed to continue.
    ******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    ***  “…Officer Bernot will not be fired or suspended.”
    Mayor Sorace today (click here).

    **   The city and the police have scheduled a news conference this afternoon, July 6, and officials declined to comment further until then.
    From today’s LNP story, “Here’s what Lancaster city police policy says about stun guns,” (click here).
          Now the city has a second video to address. A man handcuffed with his hands behind his back, on his stomach on the pavement with an officer straddling him and then giving him a very sharp “slap” to his face that sends his face into the pavement! And then Detective Nickel threatening to arrest a woman for no reason other than she is taping the encounter. Unbelievable!

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    WE GO WAY BACK!

    *    Oh, Detective Nickel and I go way back! Unbelievable. Click here for the original of the below.

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    AGAIN!

    https://www.facebook.com/savahnnah.mcferrin.5/videos/2125808030982046/

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE * INCREASED POVERTY IN LANCASTER!

    Posted on July 5th, 2018 Becky 6 comments
    *    When I went back to the June 26 council meeting to check on Hopkin’s $75,000 lie, I verified that Chris Ballentine (pictured left) was absent from that meeting. So in that meeting and Monday’s committee meeting, both where Hopkins was presenting his $112 million dollar proposal, Ballentine, the financial chair of council, was absent. This is unacceptable unless he is on his death bed.
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    LET’S BUY THEM
    $1 MILLION IN NEW CAMERAS!

          

         The below transcript is from Monday’s city council committee meeting where Patrick Hopkins was talking about his $112 million dollar bond proposal and 16 pages of projects and he threw in this gem (click here). I will have so much more to say about this and a $75,000 dollar lie Patrick got caught in at the last city council meeting tomorrow.
    Hopkins:
         The last one [project on the page] is the Community Safety Coalition camera purchase. We’ve put this in at $1 million dollars.
         As you know in the 2009 to 2010 time period the Safety Coalition camera system was expanded dramatically. The cameras that are there now are getting – running up on – 10 years. They were analog cameras which present some difficulties in terms of the quality of the picture on the camera. Just the life of those cameras also is coming to an end.
         The Safety Coalition has over the last several years had fits and starts of trying to do capital funding for that particular project to replace those cameras. We think there’s an opportunity here because we’re leveraging – you know – we’ve got a large bond issue that’s going on. We can provide the up-front funding to replace those cameras with the idea that the Safety Coalition essentially pays us back over the life of those cameras.
         Basically by – you know – we do an annual contribution to the Safety Coalition. It’s $200,000 in the police budget. We think we can set up an arrangement where we reduce that contribution on an annual basis to essentially pay ourselves back for the cost of those cameras over a 10 year life span of the cameras.
         So we haven’t had any in-depth discussions with the Safety Coalition but this will basically be a jolt of funds to be able to replace their current cameras which we all know have worked very well for police – they’ve helped uncover a number of crimes some quite recently including the one at this building. And again, over time be able to handle the financing of the Safety Coalition.
     
    Councilman Pete Soto:
         I have a question. Patrick, who has oversight of the Safety Coalition?
     
    Hopkins:
         They have a separate board. The Safety Coalition has a separate board that provides the oversight both financial and operational.
     
    Councilwoman Janet Diaz:
         Patrick, how many cameras are there? [difficult to hear but that is the basis of her question]
     
    Hopkins:
         I believe the total is 165. [Patrick looks back behind him at a man who nods his head yes when Hopkins asks, “Right?”]
     
    Diaz:
         [Difficult to hear but I believe she asks if that is the whole system]
     
    Hopkins:
         Right. That’s throughout their whole entire system. And actually it’s a little bit less than 165 – there are, I think, seven or eight newer ones that were digital cameras.
         And part of this was also the interconnection of those cameras – so it’s not just a physical camera up on a light pole or traffic signal pole. The interconnection of these cameras back to the Safety Coalition.
     
    Soto:
         Are there any outside the city limits?
     
    Hopkins:
         No. There’s a map on the Safety Coalition’s website – they have a map of all the camera locations.
     
    Councilman Ismail Smith-Wade-El:
         [Cannot hear his exact question but it is related to the seven or eight new cameras Patrick mentioned.]
     
    Hopkins:
         They are within – they were purchased in the last year I believe – year – year-and-a-half. Something like that.
     
    Wade-El:
         Just to be clear – nobody from LSC is running around pulling tapes out of cameras?
     
    Hopkins:
         Correct. That would have been really old school. 

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    *    Sean Williams, the man who was tased in the viral video, was just interviewed on ABC-6 in Philly. They said his full interview will be on “Good Morning America” this morning.

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    SIX-BLOCK
    MAGAZINE SECTION

         I read the glowing report on Lancaster by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and for a minute I thought I’ve been wrong all this time (click here).
         And then I took a close look at the picture of the Hourglass Foundation that is featured in his article and I saw the huge problem that totally escaped Friedman:

    Click here for the LNP article, “Be like Lancaster, NY Times’ Tom Friedman advises in latest column,” and check back later today.       

  • * CLUELESS!

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    LIES, LIES & MORE LIES!

           

    *    I will transcribe exactly what Patrick Hopkins said about the Safety Coalition Cameras and post it here in the next several days (LIP News will not publish tomorrow). It is filled with lies but at the end he made a general reference to all the crimes the cameras have solved and ended with the recent arsons right at city hall.

    Jonathon Luff

         It is not known exactly what cameras – whether coalition or personal or business – were used to charge Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker with those arsons. A lot of the prosecution’s case also seems to be the tracking of London’s cell phone.
         London is in jail on $2 million cash bail and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for  July 11 at 2:00 pm before District Judge Janice Jimenez. He has retained private attorney Jonathon Luff of Paoli to represent him (click here).

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    HUGE, HUGE BUCKS!

    Posted on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page last night during the city council committee meeting (click here),
        
          Oh, are those comments dead-on! Patrick Hopkins was lying all night and sneaking in items like one million for new cameras for the Lancaster Safety Coalition.
         Unbelievable! And the Finance Chair, Chris Ballentine, was absent again! He also missed the last city council meeting! Is this a joke to him?
         And I’ve noticed that Faith Craig fans herself a lot but she must have read his comment because she stopped shortly after he posted it. I’d be hot too listening to liar Hopkins!
          And then there’s MAW…
    Please check back later today.
        
  • AFTERNOON HUMOR – & ANSWER THE QUESTION, DA STEDMAN!

    Posted on July 2nd, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    SOME CATS…

         And I thought I was testy from the heat today! Aren’t neighborhood forums just the best! Back to serious news tomorrow.

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    CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD!From the petition to end police brutality in Lancaster (click here).

         Where does this stand? Has Officer Philip Bernot been suspended? There is a city council committee meeting tonight at 6:00 pm in the Commission Room in the City Hall Annex, (Marion Street Entrance) at 120 N. Duke St. Will council discuss it? Will the public show up?

    (Click here)

         Four years after this article by Brett Hambright, now DA Stedman’s spokesperson, we still don’t have an answer. The families and the public have an absolute right to know.

    Yes, you Tom!

         Four years later, LNP reporter Tom Knapp asked the exact same question and did not demand an answer (click here). Hey, Tom, if you won’t do your job and get an answer we’ll see if the national press can!
         Let me repeat this simple question one more time: They have the DNA of both killers – is it the same man? Oh, and Juanita Chevalier was not a prostitute!

    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – * SHE’S BEEN GONE FOR MONTHS!

    Posted on July 1st, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    WHO’S ON FIRST?

    ***  From Sports Editor to Deputy Opinion Editor? Hmmm… Will he be easily impressed by Stedman and arrows in the quiver?
         Where is Rich Manieri, the previous Deputy Opinion Editor who was here one day and gone the next? Call me! Let’s talk!

    *****

    **   Stedman used it again when he empaneled yet another grand jury in 2017 (click here):
         District Attorney Craig Stedman, in an interview, described the use of an investigative grand jury as the “last arrow in the quiver.”

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    ALL A QUIVER!

            

    From today’s LNP editorial (click here).

         Oh, please! The old “arrows in the quiver” phrase has been used often by Stedman. It appears to be one of his personal favorites.
         In fact, in this 2011 LNP article by Brett Hambright, now Stedman’s spokesperson, the opening sentence is this:
         A grand jury has been called a prosecutor’s secret weapon, or in the words of Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, “another arrow in the quiver of law enforcement.”
         I am all a quiver at Stedman’s cleverness – not!

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    OLD NEWS?

    From the front page of today’s LNP’s print edition about their three day series on teen suicide.

         Susan Baldrige has not worked for LNP for months and months! What in the world?

  • * THE LONGEST GOODBYE – EVER!

    Posted on June 30th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    *     Lancaster Police Officer Philip Bernot tasing Sean Williams was on Good Morning America today. There is no question how the reporter and anchors felt about it. Sign the petition – click here!  This must stop!

    *****

    TRUCKING ON!

         The Food Dude is gone and Chris Otto changes bases? Wow! That and some serious news is coming later today.

      

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – END POLICE BRUTALITY!

    Posted on June 29th, 2018 Becky 12 comments
         Of all days, today is “Celebrate Lancaster.” Hopefully, after people get their fill at the food trucks they will head to the Old Courthouse at the corner of E. King and Duke Sts. at 5:30 pm to demand justice and police accountability.  Lancaster Stands Up has issued the below beginning excellent  three steps towards achieving that. Have a safe and happy Friday.

    THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

    ***   This is simply astonishing. The video/story is one of the top stories on Google News and as of 2:30 pm the video had 1,837,851 views.
         On Monday, my morning post was “WHAT DOES THE LANCASTER NAACP DO?” The answer was “nothing!” The Lancaster President, Blanding Watson, actually issued a statement regarding the video and it is ridiculous, insulting and totally unacceptable! He needs to resign and let someone with heart, courage, conviction and compassion take over! There will be more on this to come.
    *****

    **   A LNP article on Officer Bernot refusing to take a report (click here):

    *     Lancaster Police Officer Philip Bernot has made the news several times (oh, the irony of this one!):
           Lancaster PA, I woman hit my car and walked away laughing. I called the police. When they arrived the officer, Philip Bernot. Told me that it was illegal to film police and refused to speak to me on camera. All I wanted to do was file a report for my insurance. I called the desk sergeant who told me that it is the Lancaster PD’s policy not to allow their officers to be filmed. He then proceeded to hang up the phone on me when I told him to send an officer willing to due his job and not violate the law. This is a violation of Federal and Pennsylvania Law. Please call the Lancaster PA police department at (717) 735-3300 and ask them why their policy violates the 1st amendment.
    October 2013 – click here.

    *****

    AN ATTACK ON
    OUR COMMUNITY!

    Click here and please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** SPECIAL TO LIP NEWS

    Posted on June 28th, 2018 Becky 25 comments

    A SAD, TERRIBLE DAY

    (Click Here)

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

         Raymond Rowe’s docket has been updated to reflect his attorney as Patricia Kay Spotts of the Public Defender’s Office. His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for July 26th.

    *****

    **   In other news, this video is spreading rapidly!

    *    This anonymous email in today (thank you – and they have been correct before):
         DAs are blabbing that the person who uploaded the DNA to the site accessed by Parabon was a sister or half-sister who had been put up for adoption and was looking for birth parents.  Will be interesting to confirm if he was identified by someone he never knew existed.

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    IS ROWE A KILLER?

        Raymond “DJ Freez” Rowe and his wife at Open Streets Lancaster on May 20th of this year. Rowe is now in prison with bail denied for the 1992 murder of Christy Mirack.

    Photos courtesy of Jerry Wright.

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * IF RAYMOND ROWE KILLED CHRISTY MIRACK…

    Posted on June 27th, 2018 Becky 19 comments
         I am making phone calls and sending emails this afternoon.
    —  Can you imagine any other news organization in this country failing to ask basic, simple yet extremely vital questions of public servants?
    —  Can you imagine any other news organization in this country failing to inform and protect the public and failing to get answers for the grieving families and friends of murder victims?
         LNP has sunk to an unbelievable new low. LIP News will return tomorrow.
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    ONE KILLER?

    (Click here)

    *     Brett Hambright now works for the DA’s office! He was front and center at the beginning of Monday’s press conference on the arrest of Christy Mirack’s alleged killer. Why don’t we have an answer to this simple question, Brett? You have the DNA of both killers! So answer the question: Do they have the same killer?

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    WHO ELSE DID HE KILL?

          

         Did he kill Juanita Chevalier in 1995? Did he kill Roxanne Myers in 1998? They have the DNA of all three killers! Why don’t we know if Rowe is a serial killer and if Chevalier and Myers have the same killer? Why? Demand answers!
    Please see the post immediately below and check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * DNA LEADS TO MURDER CHARGE!

    Posted on June 26th, 2018 Becky 35 comments

    SERIAL KILLER? – 2

         A gorgeous photo by photographer Jeremy Hess of Raymond Rowe’s fourth marriage in 2013.

         Rowe, of course, has been arrested and charged with the 1992 murder of Christy Mirack. But is he a serial killer?
          I am simply in shock. LNP reporter Tom Knapp writes an article on the unsolved murders of two women and talks about DNA and “new technology” and quotes long-time detectives as saying they might have the same killer but they don’t know for sure and never once asks why they haven’t done a DNA test to see if they truly do have the same killer or not!
    From “DO THE TESTS TODAY, STEDMAN!’ on this site (click here).
         Also from that same post is the below and I will come back to this tomorrow. These families deserve answers and the public has a right and need to know!

    —    The preliminary hearings for Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker for the city hall arsons scheduled for today were continued. No new date has been set.

    ****  From the photographer of Raymond Rowe and Elena’s wedding (link in the comments):
         In the beginning of March the one and only DJ Freez tied the knot to the beautiful and elegant Elena!
         Being a wedding photographer I have the privilege of hearing many love stories. I hear stories of how people meet, when they KNEW they were in love, how he proposed, and then their goals for the future. I truly do love hearing each unique story because it amazes me sometimes how that one person found their match. The story of Ray and Elena is exactly one of those stories! It’s one of those love stories that gives you goose bumps when you hear it, and it makes you think “How in the world did they find each other! They’re perfect!”
         Now I won’t go into every detail of how they met, but it does have something to do with Elena’s curious daughter, facebook, and 5,000 miles. Which in my opinion is a recipe for an amazing story!
         Their journey towards marriage was filled with hours upon hours of skyping, long flights to see one another, and many love letters. It amazes me how committed they were to get to know each others hearts while being 5,000 miles a part from each other. Their love for each other is what led them to their wedding day, a day that was celebrated with Ray and Eleana’s closest friends and family. The wedding was just as beautiful as the their love for one another and It obviously took a crew of talented people to pull off such a fun day!
    Venue – The Lancaster Country Club – http://www.lancastercc.com

      *****

    ***  12:09 pm –  Susquehanna Style has taken down the detailed article linked to below on Raymond Rowe’s marriage. I called them and the woman who answered said she did not know why. She said Rick Cochran is in charge of their website and he was in a meeting. I will try again.

    *****

    **   Off topic – but important – Dwain London Jr. and Patrick Baker were scheduled to have their preliminary hearings this morning for the arson fires at city hall and to a city owned vehicle. Updates to follow.

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    GOOD AT WEDDINGS!

    *    This article and the above photo from Susquehanna Style name his current wife as “Elena.” The Lancaster County Register of Wills lists her name as “Olena.”

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    WHO IS RAYMOND ROWE?

         Finally, an arrest in the murder of Christy Mirack (click here for LNP’s “Raymond ‘DJ Freez’ Rowe arrested for 1992 murder of schoolteacher Christy Mirack”).
         Little is known about Raymond Charles Rowe, 49, at this time. Other than three traffic violations, he has no criminal record in Pennsylvania prior to his arrest for Mirack’s murder.
         He is on his fourth marriage. He married Olena Mahmood on January 4, 2013.
         Prior to that his previous three marriages and divorces are below, beginning with the earliest and their maiden names:

    Sandra I. Serrano
    —  Married 1-4-1988
    —  Divorced 5-17-1993

    Monica E. Figueroa
    —  Married 10-2-1993
    —  Divorced 1-2-1998

    Eunice Justinano
    —  Married 9-9-2000
    —  Divorced 6-15-2007

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** ** – * WHAT DOES THE LANCASTER NAACP DO?

    Posted on June 25th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MARK C. GEHRON

        LIP News has learned that the Lancaster City Police Officer who committed suicide over the weekend was Mark C. Gehron (pictured left). He was previously married to Allison Smithgall, the daughter of former Mayor Charlie Smithgall. They married in 2000 and were divorced on November 18, 2016. They have two sons together.
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    REVEAL THE NAME

    **   Former Police Chief Keith Sadler in a screenshot from his Facebook page taken at 10:52 am today.

    YOU WILL!

    *    A brief update to yesterday’s posts about a Lancaster City police officer committing suicide: I don’t like the above Facebook comment by police detective Michael Gerace that was published here yesterday.
         Does he control the coroner and the press? “You won’t?” Wrong! The public has a right to know! His arrogance is stunning!

    ******

    FUNERAL TODAY

         There is not a single word about the police shooting death of Antwon Rose on the “NAACP – Lancaster PA Branch” Facebook page. Not a single word! What the hell do these people do?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** JUDGE’S FINAL ORDER

    Posted on June 24th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

         I was alerted to this situation by a commenter under yesterday’s post. This is a tragedy and the police and all first responders are in shock. If I learn this officer’s name, I am not going to report it at this time. Hopefully, after the initial shock and pain subside, this can used to encourage people who are suicidal to get help.

    —  I am very sorry to report that this has been confirmed as a suicide.

    A DEATH ON THE FORCE

          I am sorry for all of those who knew the deceased. The police are being very careful not to name the officer who died or his cause of death – but the public has a right to know – and the below Facebook pages are open for the public to read. The chief needs to issue a statement.
         From Lancaster City Police Officer Michael Gerace:


         From his wife, Jennifer Gerace’s Facebook page:


         This is Karen Mansfield of the District Attorney’s office responding to retired city police officer Chris Depatto:

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CITY OFFICER DIES

         Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser has updated his Facebook profile picture per the above as have a number of Lancaster City Police Officers. Someone on the force has died. The name and cause of death is not known at this time.

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    RELOCATION OF PERSONS

         The Lancaster Newspapers never reported on Judge David Ashworth’s final order on Friday regarding the city’s Complaint and Motion for a Temporary Injunction against landlord Dwain London Sr. It is below. What is the city doing about #5 and I will come back to the city’s huge lie during these proceedings later today.

  • * OFF TOPIC – THERE IS STRICT PROOF! THESE PEOPLE ARE LIARS!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2018 Becky 8 comments

    OFF TOPIC – 1/2 OF 1/2 OFF?

          Hah! The Suitcase of Fashion is what we called it.
         Always reminded me of one of those pizza parlors that are locally owned but never seem to have customers and yet they stay open year after year. Money laundering at its best.
    This excellent comment in under a post about Beverly (Peggy) Steinman’s “Showcase of Fashions” on this site from March of 2014 (click here).
          Exactly! I was in this store (and my friend and I were the only ones) several years ago and weird and strange are the only ways to describe it! There is an ad in today’s print edition (see below) that they are going out of business (and apparently the building is up for sale). What is known is that Beverly Steinman, the owner of LNP and pictured left, used this business name and address to send checks to Republican political candidates for years.
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    FLAT-OUT LIE!

    From the “Answer of the City of Lancaster to Motion of Marie Chambers to Intervene” in the city’s injunction lawsuit against landlord Dwain London Sr. (click here).

         This is a shocking, flat-out lie by the city and their solicitor.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – *** – ** – * A TRAGEDY UNFOLDING! – 2

    Posted on June 22nd, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    CHAMBERS CAN STAY!

    6.  MARIE CHAMBERS AND HER FAMILY SHALL BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN AT 549 SOUTH LIME STREET, AND DEFENDANT, DWAIN S. LONDON, SHALL IMMEDIATELY APPLY FOR REGISTRATION OF THE PROPERTY AS A SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNIT.  THE CITY SHALL IMMEDIATELY INSPECT SAID PROPERTY, AND UNLESS THE CITY FINDS LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, SHALL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF USE AND OCCUPANCY, WHICH SHALL BE IN EFFECT PENDING REMEDIATION BY MR. LONDON OF ANY OUTSTANDING NOTICES OF VIOLATION. THE PROPERTY WILL BE OCCUPIED BY MS. CHAMBERS AND HER FAMILY, PURSUANT TO A LEASE TO BE NEGOTIATED WITH MR. LONDON.
    BY THE COURT:  DAVID L. ASHWORTH, JUDGE

         This is from a second order issued by the Judge today (click here for his full order on the Prothonotary’s site and there will be much more tomorrow including a huge, outrageous lie by the city). Good for Ms. Chambers and her attorney for taking action but what about the other 50 to 60 homeless ex-tenants?

    JUDGE DENIES CHAMBERS

         In an order issued today, Judge David L. Ashworth has denied Marie Chambers’ Motion to Intervene (see immediately below and click here for the original document and here for her Motion to Intervene published on this site).

    ***   2:45 pm – I just tried to call the Community Action Program (CAP) at 717-299-7301 to see how many of Dwain London’s ex-tenants they have actually placed and where all of these people are currently living. According to this LNP article:
        So far, 21 individuals or families who lived at London’s properties have contacted CAP and 18 have entered the Navigation program, its director, Regina Begley, said. Of those, she’s had initial meetings on nine enrollments totaling 14 people, she said.
         I entered #2 to go to their directory per their voicemail and input her first name as directed followed by the # sign. Regina Begley “was not found.” So I exited the directory and held on as instructed for the receptionist. The phone rang at least 15 times and I hung up.

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    **   This comment in this morning and it is so excellent I am moving it to the front page – and – would you please write for LIP News?!:

    All we need to do is ignore

    1. A former tenant of Dwain London explicitly documented in 2015 that City Officials were made aware of the code issues and illegal rooming house situation. One property was even deemed to be an illegal rooming house in this tenants “eviction” case. This former tenant also contacted local news agencies.

    2. Dwain London was well connected at minimum with the previous City Administration, likely the reason for no previous enforcement action. He was appointed to the Board of Director’s of the City’s Human Relations Commission. This appointment was voted on by several current council members and I believe Mayor Sorace when she was on council.

    3. This entire enforcement action was a huge “Cover Your Ass (CYA)” operation after it appeared a tenant was killed in a fire due to unsafe code violations.

    4. Despite City claims that all tenants have been provided with extensive assistance in procuring alternative permanent housing, a current tenant issued a public legal notice indicating that the assistance has been wholly inadequate and is resulting in her families homelessness. This is despite having full-time employment. The city argued she never had a legal agreement with Mr. London and is therefore provided no renter rights under the law.

    All the lying is disgusting. If no one can grapple with the truth, this shit is going to continue to happen and continue to get worse. I will have respect for the city if they ever show some honesty in dealing with these tough issues.

    The issues are tough, dirty, and there aren’t easy solutions, but pretending that there are is doing no one any good.

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    *    London told LNP that Ashworth was very fair and explained things clearly. He said he learned a lot.
    From the LNP story.
        What a load of BS! LNP should be embarrassed to even print this crap! How long has London been doing this?

    WHERE ARE THEY?

          What happened to the people displaced by the city and Mr. London?
    Posted on Lancaster Online under today’s story, “In court, landlord Dwain London pledges to end ‘shared housing’ rentals,” (click here).
         What a ridiculous, childish story with very little information! And what did happen to the 50 to 60 people who were “displaced?” Where are they? Where did they spend last night? Does anyone care?
          And there is not a mention of Marie Chambers who filed a Motion to Intervene so her family would not become homeless. What happened to her?

    Please check back later today.

  • *** – *** BREAKING NEWS *** * A TRAGEDY UNFOLDING!

    Posted on June 21st, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    —  Unfortunately, due to personal commitments I could not be in Lancaster today for the preliminary injunction hearing. I’m waiting as is everyone and will do my best tomorrow to get the full story.

    ***  It’s a holistic program that helps clients set goals, provides guidance and offers referrals to housing assistance programs and other social services as needed.
    From today’s LNP article linked to below.
    They don’t need a “holistic program!” They need a place to live – now!

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CITY FIGHTS CHAMBERS!

    **   The attorney for the City of Lancaster has filed a trial memorandum against Marie Chambers who filed a Motion to Intervene in the city’s injunction request against her landlord Dwain London (click here for the document and see below on this site for her Motion to Intervene). The city is arguing Ms. Chambers’ contract with Dwain London was never legal.
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    *     What would be fair since they gave people 5 days to be out is to house them in the convention center. They failed the city when they took millions of dollars and put towards convention center instead of housing.
    Part of a comment into this site under “CONCERN FOR RESIDENTS?” (click here).
    What an excellent idea!
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    THE JUDGE ORDERED THIS!

    50 TO 60 PEOPLE HOMELESS!

         On June 13, Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth issued a temporary injunction saying that tenants over and above the single-family rules must be out within five business days — that is, by the end of the day Wednesday.
    From today’s LNP article, “Landlord Dwain London padlocks ‘rooming house’ properties,” (click here).         
         The Judge ordered this! I printed his order on this site and told him to move in five days (click here for “AN OUTRAGEOUS ORDER!”). Now 50 to 60 people are homeless? Unbelievable!  

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – SHE DOES NOT WANT TO BE HOMELESS!

    Posted on June 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments
         A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30 pm in courtroom #12 before Judge David Ashworth between the city and landlord Dwain London Sr. There is no entry in the Prothonotary’s Office at this time (3:45 pm) as to whether the Judge has accepted Marie Chambers’ Motion to Intervene.

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    PROHIBITED FROM
    PADLOCKING HER RESIDENCE

         On June 18th, Marie Chambers through her attorney filed a Motion to Intervene in the city’s injunction request against her landlord Dwain London Sr. as follows: