I am going to switch up today, because whenever I see LNP reporter Dan Nephin’s name (which is in Cassidy’s editorial below multiple times), I think of the two criminal cases that LNP plays huge that he covers – the murder of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos and 14-year-old Claire Miller who is charged with stabbing her 19-year-old disabled sister Helen to death.
Miller waved her preliminary hearing and was scheduled to have her formal arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas on May 14th. Normally, there is then a criminal Court of Common Pleas docket established. That has not happened in Miller’s case.
I have several questions:
— Is this legal? If the court has ruled that she be tried as a juvenile as her attorney Robert Beyer requested, shouldn’t the District Judge docket come down?
— If the court has not ruled on this, shouldn’t a Common Pleas Docket have been established?
— What is the status of Beyer’s request?
I will put this on my list of things to do.
LNP’S SUZANNE CASSIDY: A LIAR AND A HYPOCRITE
* I will come back to today’s LNP editorial shown below shortly (click here). This is one of the most ridiculous, ludicrous and lying editorials from opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy in a long time. Remember, just several years ago she thought it was okay not to tell the public that the ex-wife of the Lancaster Police Chief wrote a book stating he beat her.
I WANT ATTENTION!
At the top, a comment into this site from whom I believe to be James Reeder of the district attorney’s office (click here for the LNP article about him also shown above). The last time he sent a series of comments into this site using an email address that identifies him, I let it pass. But he obviously wants some attention so here it is!
Oh, and I think a year is plenty of time and there will be much more on the missing $150,000 from the DA’s Drug Task Force coming later today.
Late this afternoon I made two phone calls. One was to the PA Attorney General’s press phone number – 717-787-5211. I left a detailed message and I will email their office tomorrow (email@example.com).
I then called the Lancaster County District Attorney’s phone number – 717-299-8100. The woman was very nice and advised I should send an email with the request for a status update on the missing $150,000 from the drug task force (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will do that first thing tomorrow.
I will also be contacting SpotlightPA, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press and PennLive. I will post my emails to them here and ask readers to also contact them. The public needs and deserves answers!
*** The below excellent comment into this site yesterday.
** Click here for the original of the below with much more information. This is just the tip of the iceberg of LNP’s “protection” of Martin.
* As I have bemoaned multiple times, the layout of this site does not allow for separate topics. But this Bigfoot Festival is too good to pass up! They even have guest speakers! If anyone goes, please let this site know. The PennLive article is here.
WEDDING DAY? – 2
Scott Martin’s profile picture on his Facebook page.
Why didn’t LNP tell the public about Scott Martin’s two prior marriages? They’ve protected him for years!
* A final note today: Tony Dastra, if you are running for mayor as you have stated twice now before city council, we need a website or a Facebook page for your candidacy! Seriously!
DON’T FEEL BAD FOR TOM MURSE!
Tomorrow morning I will discuss Scott Martin possibly running for governor (lol!). Don’t feel sorry for LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse. Yes, he’s going to have a lot to discuss with his media friends about why he never told the public about Martin’s two (secret) divorces and then marrying the county treasurer! Oh, my!
Tomorrow afternoon and all day Friday I will only post about the missing $150,000 from the DA’s Drug Task Force. It’s been over a year and the public needs answers! Thank you for your patience.
Regarding yesterday’s city council meeting, I want to transcribe what Tene Darby (pictured left) told city council and the mayor at their June 1st committee meeting and what council person Amada Bakay said about her. It was the subject of several public comments last night. And I also want to transcribe Sharon Allen Spann’s shocking report last night about minority hiring for the police and fire departments for many years.
* This article went up on Lancaster Online several hours ago. This is coverage of June 1st’s city council committee meeting. This is a disgrace. Resign, LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
SENORITY POINTS TABLED (AGAIN!)
By a vote of 4 – 3 last night, city council tabled the removal of seniority points for promotions of the police and fire until the August 10th meeting. The vote was as follows:
For the table:
— Jaime Arroyo
— Amanda Bakay
— Janet Diaz
— Ismail Smith-Wade-El
Against the table:
— Faith Craig
— Xavier Garcia-Molina
— Pete Soto
There will be all kinds of news coming later – Tony Dastra has a brother – Joey! Who knew? And Dastra is running for mayor.
Jaime Arroyo (pictured left) shone last night, as did Janet Diaz and Xavier Garcia-Molina. Amanda Bakay got some well deserved flack over comments she made at last week’s committee meeting.
Terrible, awful, shocking hiring results for minorities over the years for both the fire and the police were reported last night. Unbelievable – except this site has reported on the police failing to hire any black citizens.
Jess King filled in for Mayor Sorace who she stated was attending the McCaskey graduation. Fifteen years, Patrick Hopkins? That is far too long for a liar like you.
** Well, imagine that! According to his LinkedIn Account (a portion of it is below), after former Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler worked for Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office he is now the Director of Security for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
All those articles on the vaccination center and not a mention by LNP about Keith Sadler. Of course, most of their reporters are so young and new they might not recognize the name!
There will be much more to come and tomorrow let’s email Josh Shapiro and find out why after a year they have not charged someone with stealing $150,000 from the DA’s drug task force! Oh, and when Sadler applied for a job with his office, why didn’t Shapiro have him vetted properly and find the book by his ex-wife stating he beat her?
COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
* City council meets tonight virtually beginning at 6:30 pm and the agenda is below. Councilwoman Janet Diaz feels strongly about one of the items on the agenda (see below and click here for her Facebook page and all she has to say on the issue).
You can watch the livestream of the meeting here. There will be more on why LNP is not covering these meetings shortly.
LNP EXECUTIVE EDITOR TOM MURSE: WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT KEITH SADLER?
From page A-2 of today’s LNP print edition (see yesterday’s post).
Left: Josh Shapiro; Right: Former Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler
Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running for governor. How will he explain one of this top cops is an alleged wife beater?
But before we address that we need answers from Shapiro on the investigation into the missing $150,000 from the Lancaster County DA’s Drug Task Force!
I received the below confirmation email from the District Attorney’s Office that I sent a comment through their CrimeWatch website. I will call tomorrow.
There does not seem to be an email to reach the DA’s office. I could not find one and when I clicked on reply on their email it took me to the national CrimeWatch website as far as I could tell. If you want to send a comment to the DA it appears you have to do it through the “Contact Us” button on their site (click here).
If you would like to send one as well, please let us know the number because apparently they are numbered! When Brett Hambright was the DA’s press person he had a direct email but that no longer is the case.
Tomorrow, I will list the contact information for the Attorney General’s Office and several news organizations.
Geez! It seems I lost a zero in the $150,000 missing money. I apologize and it is correct in several places. I think Ms. Adams will know what I mean!
From the March 18, 2021 LNP editorial, “Beware partisan websites masquerading as news sites. Newspapers such as LNP | LancasterOnline are far more reliable,” (click here).
* These people just lie and lie and lie!
ANOTHER HUGE, GLARING ERROR!
Left: The second paragraph in Nephin’s story today; Right: The book, “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge,” by Sadler’s ex-wife and available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
How did this huge error land on the front page of today’s LNP print edition (click here)? Has LNP reporter Dan Nephin forgotten about Police Chief Keith Sadler? Jarred Berkihiser did not lead the force for 26 years! This is an outrageous error and the whole article is a joke.
Maybe LNP is going to pretend that Sadler, whose ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her, never was the chief. They certainly never told the public about the book or the ex-wife! And they claim to be a “watchdog!” It’s an absolute lie and disgrace.
But later today I want to address the $150,000 allegedly missing from the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force for over a year.
Left: Deborah Larsen’s recent Facebook profile picture; Right: Former First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen who reportedly recently was “admitted into Million Dollar Advocates Forum” according to his new law firm (click here).
You would think between Larsen and his well known divorce attorney, Rebecca Cheuvront, they wouldn’t have made this BIG mistake (see below).
With the former Conestoga View as front page news in LNP’s print edition this morning, I am including one of the worst examples of LNP and the owners, the Steinmans, and their witch hunt against the Lancaster County Commissioners who opposed their con center/Marriott Hotel.
This will also come into play with former Lancaster City Mayor Art Morris. And Donald Totaro is now a judge! Ain’t Lancaster and the LNP great?
Beginning Monday of next week, I will contact the Attorney General’s Office and the Lancaster District Attorney’s Office regarding the theft of $150,000 from the drug task force. I will also be emailing the Associated Press and other media sources in an effort to get some basic answers regarding this theft and the investigation. I will be asking that readers of this site send emails as well.
In the one follow-up story done by LNP, they quote Lancaster County Commissioner Josh Parsons as follows (click here):
Coming tomorrow – where is LNP’s coverage of Lancaster City Council meetings?
Is Tony Dastra running for mayor? He commented at last night’s city council committee meeting that he is the only “announced candidate” other than Mayor Sorace.
Mayor Sorace makes $88,883 a year. She gets benefits and also a pension after ten years (I assume her years as a city council member contribute to the number of years she has served).
Tony Dastra called in a comment and said:
“The mayor doesn’t need a raise. She needs a pay cut.”
He stated her income should be closer to the medium Lancaster City income which is far below what she makes.
— The pay increase for the city council members was tabled “indefinitely.”
— The pay increase for the mayor was tabled until the next committee meeting when Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins will be available to discuss it.
— OMG! And these council members can get medical and dental coverage through the city. Mayor Sorace said five-part time, elected positions are getting their medical through the city.
Sorace said there are 10 elected city positions. Herself as Mayor (full-time) and all the rest are part-time – controller, treasurer and the seven council members.
LET’S BE LIKE YORK!
Ismail Smith-Wade-El was 36 minutes late to last night’s city council committee meeting. He offered no explanation for being late.
And guess what? Smith-Wade-El wants to follow York. He wants to raise city council member’s pay from $8,000 a year to $10,000 a year like York. And here we’ve all been told repeatedly that Lancaster is so much better than York, Harrisburg or Reading. Oh, and there’s more!
** The below is from the agenda for last night’s city council committee meeting (click here for the full agenda). You have to be kidding me!
* This email just in (thank you!):
If you didn’t watch last night, you’re gonna wanna.
(Click here for the video of last night’s city council committee meeting).
I’m just working through myself. One hour mark for some juice – but there is an interesting comment from Mayor to Izzy not long before.
I did not watch but will try to catch up later today.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?
As this site went on holiday break, an alligator was spotted in the Susquehanna River! The media went wild. LNP thought the gator’s name, Oscar, was worthy of being in a headline. But Fox43 lost it. As someone posted on their Facebook page, why don’t they tell us what to do if we see a tiger or a rhino!
And a LNP headline writer got carried away again about sex at a liquor store! According to the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department, the three people involved denied having “public sex” (click here).
That is the fun news. Serious news is coming later today.
The articles on former Lancaster Mayor Art Morris will continue after the holiday.
Someone sent in a comment about a rape suspect and that got me thinking about Felicius Bucyukundi and Jesus Rosario and where their cases stood.
Neither one has gone to trial two-and-a-half years later! And it took the police eleven months to even charge Bucyukundi. I realize there was a pandemic but these cases are being held far, far too long! Can you imagine the alleged victims in these cases awaiting justice? Why isn’t the mainstream media reporting on these outrageous delays?
The original of the screenshots below are here and the links there work.
A little background on former Lancaster Mayor Art Morris from NewsLanc.com is below. On the left is an excerpt from a Letter to the Editor titled, “Art Morris Must Step Down,” (click here) and on the right is an excerpt from “COMMENTARY: The Tragedy of Art Morris,” (click here).
Coming tomorrow: Art Morris does something even more outrageous.
What happened to your website, Art Morris? Why did you take it down?
Please check back later today.
— Doing some research this afternoon.
* As president, Barack Obama helped to popularize Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Click here for the HuffPost, “The Truth About ‘The Arc Of The Moral Universe.'”
Mayor Sorace plagiarized Martin Luther King, Jr.
ART MORRIS: NO CREDIBILITY!
This email in (thank you!):
Because I’m currently reading “Pressed” (on your recommendation), I found the letter to the editor in today’s paper quite interesting.
I’m sure you will too.
Written by Art Morris regarding the ’05 sale of Conestoga View. I joyfully anticipate a rebuttal from Ms. Henderson.
Art Morris’ letter is here. Morris has absolutely no credibility left. None.
The Report of the Mayor from last night’s city council meeting is below. As I’ve suspected she’s done in the past, the mayor plagiarizes someone famous in this report. Can you find it? Shame of you, Mayor Sorace!
Can you put together a bunch of big fancy words to sound educated and enlightened like Mayor Sorace?
Good evening councilors. Thanks for the time tonight.
One year ago George Floyd’s tragic murder catalyzed a shift in the nation’s consciousness surrounding police brutality and the immense efforts needed to advance racial equity. While many of our black and brown neighbors have lived in this awareness, white folks have had much reflection and education to do.
And this moment calls on institutions like the city of Lancaster to look inward and continue to change policy and practice – and this was part of our conversation tonight and I appreciate that.
Members of the executive leadership team, to a one, have taken up this work to fulfill our vision of a stronger, more equitable city block by block. And a lot of work has been done. A lot more work is in progress and even more work remains.
As many of you know, last June the city of Lancaster released a list of equity commitments announcing new changes in summarizing past actions dedicated to equity.
In December the city released another progress report across all of our departments. For those that are listening in you can take a look at these reports at cityoflancasterpa.com/equity and we’ll be working on another update later this summer.
And while this work continues others have also picked up the pace of their efforts in our community and for this I’m really grateful and I believe that collectively we’ll be hearing more about these efforts as the weeks and months roll on.
However, I do fear that as the days fade and time grows between the death of George Floyd and the collective consciousness that that very tragic murder raised in our community that the sense of urgency will also fall away. And I guess this is just – you know – as a moment in a point of reflection that I’m reminded that all of the arc of the universe may bend towards justice but it doesn’t bend on its own and I will look forward to continuing to work with all of you in that effort.
** During her report last night, Mayor Sorace sent people to the “Equity” page on the city’s website (click here) and where the below video is front and center.
* Mayor Sorace used the word “equity” repeatedly last night. I decided to look it up (click here):
HOPKINS: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE UNIONS WANT!
The discussion regarding removing seniority points for fire and police promotions was the major discussion at last night’s city council meeting. Interim Police Chief John Bey and Fire Chief Scott Little both spoke in favor of removing the five seniority points.
It should be noted that this is being pushed by Mayor Sorace to as she stated at the last meeting “promote only the best employees.” She did not speak about it at this meeting but did speak for it at the last meeting.
Steve Owens who represents the Police Association and Geoff Stone, the Fire Union President both spoke against removing the points and said their unions strongly object to their removal. Stone stated they were open to coming to the bargaining table about the issue.
Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins spoke for the city and said it doesn’t matter what the unions think because it is a civil service issue not a bargaining issue and city council can change the civil service requirements without the support of the unions.
The council will vote on the issue at their next meeting.
In her Mayor’s Report, Mayor Sorace spoke of the murder of George Floyd and racial equity but it was really unintelligible and I hope to have a transcript this afternoon.
City council meets virtually tonight beginning at 6:30 pm and their agenda is below. The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel (click here).
Please note Item B. on the agenda and reposted below. The fire union was not happy when this was brought up at an earlier meeting and Councilor Xavier Garcia-Molina tabled it until tonight:
B. Ordinances for first reading: Administration Bill No. 12-2021, amending Section 67-5.B. of the Code of the City of Lancaster to remove seniority points from promotion within the Fire and Police bureaus.
A TENDENCY TO BITE!
Left: a hedgehog; Right: a sugar glider.
LNP’s opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy in today’s editorial (click here).
* Cassidy goes off again! Lol! I’d love for her to describe a cat or dog! And there is no doubt that State Representative David Zimmerman deserves it all but what about Mayor Sorace and her husband? Where is the outrage, Cassidy?
This comment in about Mayor Sorace’s husband Christian Recknagel.
Yes, he certainly does and LNP, the “watchdog,” remains silent about it. They continue to “protect” the mayor since she led city council to give LNP millions more in public money for their for-profit, off the tax-roles Marriott Hotel “expansion.”
And city council meets tonight. Will LNP cover it promptly or will they use a correspondent who doesn’t have a clue about what is going on and then post their report days later?
I’ve been keeping an eye on the mayor for today’s story and this went up on the city’s website when it was too late to register! LNP hasn’t told you but the mayor’s husband is a bigwig with Tait who are responsible for the vaccination center. He didn’t tell her about the “Call to Arms” shots at Tellus 360 today until it was past the deadline to sign up?
WHERE IS LNP?
LNP, the paper that claims to be a “watchdog,” has never told the public about Mayor Sorace’s husband and the incredible conflicts of interest that exist. Never!
Please check back later today.
LONG DISTANCE CALLS?
From today’s LNP article, “Warning: Calls to county’s mass vaccination are long distance [Lancaster Watchdog],” (click here).
OMG! They’ve declined to comment since March 10th? And LNP knew about it then and didn’t inform the public?
* I am not going to waste this gorgeous day answering the obvious and giving this idiot and total loser any more recognition whatsoever. Get lost, James!
SHAME ON YOU, JAMES!
Sigh! The latest comment in from “James” is below. Why have I included an article about District Attorney Heather Adams and $150,000 missing from the drug task force (click here)? Because it is very close to coming up on a year since Adams had her press conference and like you, James, she owes us an explanation and an update!
“James,” who I believe is a paid public servant, sent several comments into this site asking why the public has a right and a need to know why there were multiple police and canine units searching Lake Grubb for hours this past Sunday.
We need to stop paying James – now! There is no link. There is no law. It is common sense and human decency and part of the job for people being paid by the public to protect and serve them and keep them safe. Find another line of work, James! The public should not be paying you!
The question of protect and serve will come later today. The below is one of the most awful things I have seen recently. What about the Lancaster Police and their use of force?
Please check back later today.
A DUTY TO PROTECT & SERVE!
One of several comments into this site from “James” about the police search of Lake Grubb this past Sunday.
Seriously, Mayor Sorace? You were the only person running! And why don’t you be honest and thank LNP?
Below is the latest in the Sean D. Williams versus Philip Bernot lawsuit. For context click here for the LNP article, “Lawyers for dead man in Taser suit against Lancaster want to substitute child as plaintiff.”
Above: From the WGAL story linked to immediately below. Below: A comment posted on the WGAL Facebook page under the story.
The police and the District Attorney’s Office need to tell the public what is going on. They need to do it now! They recovered clothes? Why are they hunting for this person? What did they allegedly do? The public has a right and need to know!
* Click here for the WGAL report shown below. They recovered clothes?
WHO WERE THEY LOOKING FOR?
Reportedly, the police were at Lake Grubb for hours yesterday looking for an unnamed individual (see yesterday’s posts). Will we find out who they are looking for and why? The public has a right to know!
[Editor’s note: The “Lancaster County, PA and Global Emergency Alerts and News” Facebook page that I posted screenshots from yesterday has taken the entire post down. It is simply gone. This is unacceptable and I will be extremely careful in using this page again.]
— 6:25 PM – This was posted on the below Facebook page about 30 minutes ago.
*** UPDATE – LAKE GRUBB!
** Are they searching for David Pratt (click here).
* What in the world is going on?
$4 MILLION OR $8.99?
Someone sent in a comment yesterday that LIPNews is worth $4 million! Lol! Apparently that is something called lipsnews.com. I don’t have a clue but this site is worth about $8.99 for the domain name. There is a Chinese Company that has contacted me multiple times asking if I want to sell. The answer is no!
The opening sentence/paragraph to today’s LNP story, “Lancaster City Council rejects condo plan for historic tobacco warehouse,” (click here).
Oh, LNP correspondent Rebecca Logan, it was not a committee meeting; it was a regular city council meeting. There is a difference. Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of the month. Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of a month.
One of the biggest differences between the two is that there is no voting aye or nay at committee meetings. Items are only discussed and in most cases moved to council meetings for a vote.
Discussed at the May 5th committee meeting and voted on at Tuesday’s council meeting unanimously to pass were:
— Council Resolution No. 25-2021, supporting fair public school funding in Pennsylvania.
— Council Resolution No. 26-2021, condemning discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Both of those topics have rallies tomorrow as per the below:
— Rally for PA Public Schools, 10:00 am at 445 N. Reservoir Street (click here for the Facebook page for the event).
— Rally and vigil to support the AAPI Community, 6:00 pm at Penn Square (click here for the Facebook page for the event).
Notice Rowe was not charged with rape as there was no DNA match. So Mirack had sex with one guy that morning and was killed by another man? Not bloody likely.
Part of a comment that came in yesterday.
This is simply wrong. Totally and completely wrong. He pleaded guilty to murder and multiple rape charges. See a portion of his docket below.
*** Click here to read the District Attorney’s press release shown below. How is the investigation into the missing/stolen $150,000 from the drug task force going DA Adams? It is coming up on a year since you announced it was “missing”…
** Click here to watch Raymond Rowe’s attorney, Todd Mosser, explain the PCRA (Post Conviction Relief Act) Petition Process in PA.
* Vincent J. Mirack, Christy Mirack’s brother, has notified Raymond Rowe and the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas that he is bringing a wrongful death suit against Rowe (see below).
ACTIVITY BY ROWE! – 2
Raymond Rowe’s fourth marriage in 2013 to his current wife, Elena Rowe.
What is going on with Raymond Rowe? We thought this was over. We thought this was cut and dried. We thought he would be in jail until he dies and we would only hear about him when they do stories on DNA solving cold cases. What is going on?
* Rowe is being represented by Todd Michael Mosser, an appeals attorney in Philadelphia (his website is here).
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
A Post Conviction Collateral Relief hearing has been scheduled for Raymond Rowe on August 26th, 2021 before Judge Dennis E. Reinaker (see below). Click here for “ACTIVITY BY ROWE” and please stay tuned for this developing story.
*** I posted the “WRONGLY ACCUSED” below because of people who post comments like the one on the left above. That comment was posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the story about the officer being sued for the third time for excessive force. The comment on the right was in response to the comment! How about it?
** Does anyone remember this (click here)? I do – it happened shortly after I started LIP News. The Talkback forum was active then and people had a field day referencing and posting pictures of the Keystone Cops. But it turned into a tragedy.
SHOW IT TO THE PUBLIC!
Today’s LNP article and a quote from that article (click here).
* Why isn’t LNP showing the public Bingham’s body camera footage? What the heck?
COUNCIL UPHOLDS DENIAL
The seven council members voted “aye” to approve and uphold the Historical Commission’s denial of the proposed seven condominiums in a historic tobacco warehouse as shown above.
It was a night of unanimous “ayes” at last night’s city council meeting. And the proposed very expensive seven condos in a historic tobacco warehouse at 437 West Grant Street – that is not going to happen.