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  • ** – * THIS MORNING!

    Posted on May 26th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    **   Meanwhile, police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser said Friday his department wasn’t aware beforehand that the city didn’t want the officers accompanying inspectors to check tenants for outstanding warrants, but he sees no problems with such a policy going forward.
         The administrative warrants the city obtained to enter the houses were essentially search warrants, he said. Checking occupants’ background is standard procedure, he said, and also helps to ensure safety, since officers know better whom they’re dealing with.
    From the LNP story, “Lancaster city landlord Dwain London’s properties pass first round of inspections,” (click here).
         Oh, my heavens! I don’t think the courts would agree with you, Chief Berkihiser! Why don’t you just get a warrant for everyone in the city? Is this man for real? Did the Mayor just promote him to Chief?      

    *****

    *     9:59 am – City Council just voted to allow the Water Street Mission to demolish the warehouse. Unbelievable. You can watch the entire meeting here.

    SPECIAL MEETING!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LNP: DO YOUR JOB!

    Posted on May 25th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    BLATANT RACISM!

         Was this really necessary? The man made a mistake, paid for it, and spent the rest of his life doing good. Plenty of other people have walked the same path but weren’t given the walk of shame by LNP after they passed.
    A comment posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story, “James B. Christian, co-founder of United Chem-Con, dies at 64,” (click here).
         The commenter above is much more restrained than I am going to be. This is the most racist thing LNP has run in a long time! This was on this morning’s front-page in the print edition with “minority” in the opening sentence (see below). This is sheer racism and LNP doesn’t like “successful minority entrepreneurs!” No, that is exclusively for white folks in Lancaster County. We can’t have any blacks or Hispanics or Asians being successful entrepreneurs! Horrors!
         Where is the NAACP? Where is the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission? When are they going to call out the unbelievably racist LNP and tell the public to boycott them?

    *****

    *    A quick note – if Tony Dastra and his team live-stream this meeting, I will report on it on Saturday. LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher makes no mention in this article of Randy Patterson not having read Gene Aleci’s report and Aleci pointedly handing him a copy of it during Tuesday’s meeting.
         Click here for, “City Council will meet Saturday, may reopen Water Street Mission warehouse demolition vote.”

    *******

    WHO HOLDS THE
    POLICE ACCOUNTABLE?

         I found the below by “accident” when I did a search for the Lancaster City Police Department’s Twitter account. It’s amazing what you find on the internet and this woman made a public post she wants people to read so I’m posting it here:

  • * TEST…TEST…TEST!

    Posted on May 24th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    —  LIP News will publish briefly tomorrow and then go on holiday break until Tuesday, May 29th when daily publishing will resume.

    TOM GRILLS
     THE CHIEF!

      

    —  Chief Berkihiser?
    —  Why, yes it is!
    —  This is Tom Knapp, ace reporter for LNP!
    —  I thought you covered cats and dogs, Tom. And hedgehogs and sugar gliders! Why are you calling the police?
    —  I’m calling about the fire.
    —  Did you say “fire?” Oh, no! Did the mayor change her mind about me being chief? I wondered why she picked me. I have a terrible record.
    —  I think you were the cheapest candidate and the city is running out of money, chief. But no, no, she’s not firing you. I’m calling about the arson fire set at city hall. You were there for the Mayor’s press conference yesterday.
    —  Yes, I remember that!
    —  What is the status of the investigation?
    —  Tom, we’ve been working around the clock. Our detectives have not slept. We are following up on every lead. We are knocking on every door. We are doing old-fashioned police legwork. Um…to be truthful, Tom, we don’t have a clue. Have you heard anything?
    —  Was the arsonist caught on the cameras, chief?
    —  Cameras? What cameras, Tom?
    —  You know – the Safety Coalition cameras!
    —  Oh, those? Those are just for the tourists, Tom! It makes them feel safe. Tom, I’m scared. What if the arsonist sets our station on fire? Oh, somebody help us!
    —  Thanks for the update, Chief! Gotta go – it’s deadline time!
    To be continued… 

     

    THE HEAT IS ON!

          

           Can the Lancaster City Police solve an arson at City Hall?
           Waiting…
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AN EXPLOSIVE CITY COUNCIL MEETING!

    Posted on May 23rd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

     VIOLENCE IS
    NOT THE ANSWER!

         It has been quite a shocking day. Violence is never the answer. Hopefully, this time the Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras can be used to help solve these arsons (a portion of the camera map is below with a blue arrow inserted at the location of city hall).
         Mayor Sorace’s full press conference on the arsons is on WGAL-TV (click here).

    ******

    **    Ya, the why seems pretty clear here…
            I could be wrong, but if you didn’t see last night’s council meeting I recommend you watch the video on transparent Lancaster.

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the City Hall arson fire article linked to immediately below.
              The comment was posted by Noah Miller, a well known Lancaster landlord who attended and spoke at last night’s city council meeting. Yes, watch the video!

    *** BREAKING NEWS *** – Click here for LNP’s, “Arson fire damages Lancaster City Hall entrance.”        

     

    COMPLAINTS,
    LIES
    & DESPERATION!

    LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher (left) got up from his seat and stood and took pictures of the multiple tenants who spoke during last night’s city council meeting and then in a bizarre move he sat down next to and cozied up to their landlord, Dwain London Sr. (middle) and his son (right).
        
         There was an absolutely explosive city council meeting last night (the live-stream is broken into two halves on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).
         A very upset woman complained about the police and demanded an apology from them and city council. She called the police from her car to report a fight that was going on in the city and then apparently her car and her daughter who was with her were targeted by the police as being part of the disturbance.
         A woman who was with her complained about the complaint procedure against the police. She said the police use intimidation tactics to keep people from making a complaint. Mayor Sorace got involved and there will be much more on this later today.
         Charlotte Katzenmoyer was caught lying about the 12-and-a-half million dollar automated water meter reading system and how much fiber broadband coverage MAW Communications has actually installed.
         Know-it-all Randy Patterson suddenly hadn’t read the 30 page report prepared by the opposition to demolishing the Water Street Mission warehouse. It was pointedly handed to him during the meeting but council voted to let the warehouse be demolished.
         Numerous tenants of landlord Dwain London Sr. addressed council at the end of the meeting during the open comment period and asked where they are supposed to live. It was heartbreaking.
         And normally mild-mannered Tony Dastra, who livestreams the meetings and ran as an independent for mayor, snapped at London at the end of the meeting. I have to listen to the tape again but Dastra was out-of-line and chastised by council for his angry remark.
    Please check back later today.
  • * HEDGING YOUR BETS!

    Posted on May 22nd, 2018 Becky No comments

    * Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    PR FOR THE DA?

    *   There are exactly 11 sentences in the LNP article to the left (click here). Six – let me repeat – six of those sentences end with “according to the district attorney’s office.” Unbelievable!
          Maybe instead of writing about hedgehogs and sugar gliders, LNP could send a reporter to the courthouse!

     

    HOGGING THE NEWS!


         When hedgehogs and sugar gliders are your lead story, it’s time for a new editor! Seriously! This is pathetic.
    Click here for, “Hedgehogs and sugar gliders for pets? A Pennsylvania lawmaker is on the case,” and check back later today. 

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – THEIR COVERAGE REFLECTED BY THE RACISM AT LNP!

    Posted on May 21st, 2018 Becky 11 comments

     IT IS AN OBVIOUS
    FRINGE BENEFIT OF THE JOB!

         Point being the Foundation can grant money tax free for the purpose of education. They have been doing this for decades. It is a good and worthy cause. Not everything they do is some nafarious plot. I hope my insight helps.
    Part of a comment in also under “AND ARSON & RIOT!” below on this site regarding the LNP article on the James Hale Steinman Memorial Scholarship Fund awards of $30,000 scholarships each to three seniors (click here).
         Education is a wonderful thing. My point: These are only for children of Steinman Communications employees. Therefore, it is a bonus, fringe benefit, perk or any other term you want to use for it – for Steinman employees and Peggy Steinman should not be paying this very large job benefit from a tax-exempt foundation she is paying no taxes on! Period.
         And as discussed and verified on this site for 14 years, the Steinman family discriminates in their hiring and all of their employees, and thus the children receiving this job perk from their parents, are white!
         There will be more on this to come.
    *****

    THERE WAS NO RIOT!

      The mugshots of three of the individuals charged with “riot” and run prominently by LNP with their story, 4 arrested Thursday evening in Lancaster city after traffic stop goes awry,” (click here).       

          Becky there was NO riot. The reason why they were all charged with riot was because Bingham [Lancaster City Bureau of Police Officer Jake Bingham] decided to be cocky & ruff with the underage boy. His brother and neighbors weren’t having it. The entire block came out & witnessed this going on. The neighbors were all yelling & standing together. After Bingham noticed he was ruff with the boy and noticed all the neighbors yelling at him. He must of called for back up and used riot as an excuse which makes sense because an officer showed up with the biggest can of mace I’ve ever seen lol and other officers came all bugged eye trying to watch everyone in the crowds. Unfortunately none of the neighbors that were men that was standing & watching got in it to protect the underage boy. Everybody including the same boys that were all sitting on curb or along G.C. gates all told Bingham not to treat the underage boy like that. Could be why he charged them all with riot…I wonder what would of really happened if all the entire block didn’t come out to witness it.
    This comment in under “AND ARSON & RIOT!” below on this site (click here).
         Thank you! I know there was no riot! This was sheer racism and absurd charges to try to cover-up police misconduct in this incident.
         The question is: Why didn’t the “world-class journalists” at LNP question the fact that four people were charged with riot? Does anyone in their office have a brain? Does anyone in their office have the slightest bit of humanity and common sense and any insight into the racial discrimination that blatantly goes on in Lancaster everyday? No – because that same racism exists in the LNP office and has for years and years.
    Please check back later today.

  • * MAY 20 UPDATE*** BREAKING NEWS *** MARTIN RESPONDS

    Posted on May 19th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    ISSUES ARE
    STILL NOT RESOLVED!

    *    The PUC’s response to Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument is below. 

    5-20-18 UPDATE

    ABSOLUTE FRAUD!

         This is simply unbelievable. The below screenshot of the LancCity Connect Facebook page was taken at 11:50 am this morning. The problem is: No one can come close to even obtaining your service! Someone needs to demand answers now! This is an absolute fraud!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MARTIN & AUMENT
    QUESTION THE CITY’S
     AGREEMENT WITH MAW!

         State Senator Scott Martin’s office has responded to my request for his and Senator Ryan Aument’s correspondence with the PUC regarding MAW Communications (see the post immediately below). The response from the PUC to their letter will come tomorrow.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LIP NEWS EXCLUSIVE – FRAUD BY MAW!

    Posted on May 18th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    SO MUCH CORRUPTION!

         This email in late this afternoon (thank you!):
         With considerable interest, I read your LIP article about the ‘after hours’ auto repairs reported at the new city garage at the former Farmer’s Supply building.  I can confirm this ‘hidden in plain sight’ enterprise has been going on for many years and many insiders at city hall are aware of it have personally reaped benefits from it as an under-the-table ‘perk’ of their employment.  It is a carry-over from the old city garage operations on Fairview Avenue.  (That facility was abandoned in place primarily due to the city’s chronic ignorance of even the most basic preventative maintenance – yet another failing of the Gray administration.)
         I will try to follow-up on this. So much corruption – so little time!
         LIP News will not publish tomorrow but will be back on Sunday.
         Have a good and safe Friday and please keep everyone connected to the Santa Fe High School in your thoughts and prayers.

    *****

    *   The below message was sent this morning to State Senator Scott Martin and Ryan Aument through their website contact pages (click here for Martin and here for Aument). Also, write them and demand an investigation into this over $5 million fraud:

    State Senator Scott Martin,

    According to invoices from the Cohen Law Group, you received a letter from the PUC in February or March of 2017 regarding  the MAW Communications broadband project  (LanCity Connect) and the use of water funds for it. Could you please share that letter with the public who have paid over $5 million dollars so far for this project.

    Please email it to me at BeckyH209@aol.com

    Sincerely,
    Becky Holzinger
    Editor, www.lipnews

    ******

    THREE LAW FIRMS
    WELL OVER $100,000

         The full invoice for March 2017 from the Cohen Law Group is below. Barry Handwerger is an attorney with the city’s law firm of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert, LLP (click here). 
          Not only is the Lancaster firm “reviewing” the invoices from the Cohen Law Group and Best Best & Krieger to make sure they are legitimate and reasonable, they are also deeply involved in the negotiations. So the city has three law firms involved in defending MAW Communications! Unbelievable.
         And why is Lancaster General Hospital involved?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** AND ARSON & RIOT!

    Posted on May 17th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    SENATORS
    AUMENT & MARTIN?

    —  From the March, 2017 invoice from the Cohen Law Group:

    *****

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    THE CITY HAS SPENT
      OVER $100,000 DEFENDING
    MAW COMMUNICATIONS!

         Invoices received from the City of Lancaster in response to a Right to Know request for the Cohen Law Group (the city’s “telecommunications counsel” defending MAW) total $43,211. That combined with the invoices from the Washington, D.C. firm of Best Best & Krieger ($58,014 – click here) total $101,225.
         There will be much more on this developing story to come in the next few days. Who is going to investigate this unbelievable fraud and theft of the taxpayer’s money?

    *****

    PEGGY OPENS HER
    BIG PURSE BIG TIME!

         The children of Steinman Communications employees are eligible for these scholarships.
    From the LNP story, “Steinman fund presents scholarships to 3 seniors,” (click here).
         This sentence should read:
         Only the children of Steinman Communications employees…
         And one of the winners of those $30,000 scholarships:
         Julia M. Fidgett, the daughter of Suzanne Cassidy and Peter Fidgett, is a senior at Manheim Township High School. Her mother, an 11-year employee of LNP Media Group, is the Opinion editor. Julia Fidgett plans to attend St. Joseph’s University and major in political science.
         So, a “bonus” of $30,000 is the reason Suzanne Cassidy (pictured left) is willing to lie and defy every code of journalism ethics in this country. What a shame and disgrace!


         This was actually the headline on the lead story on Lancaster Online for a time yesterday afternoon. You try to figure it out! Even punctuation would not help this disaster! And there is nothing new or shocking here: Officials have stated from the beginning the man purposely set the fires.


         And another one of those “riot” charges was changed by the District Attorney’s office (see yesterday’s post). Why did the Lancaster City Police file riot charges in the first place? Was there a riot and where is LNP on this story?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * PROTECT AND SERVE? – 2

    Posted on May 16th, 2018 Becky 14 comments

    TAX-EXEMPT
    BONUSES TO HER
    EMPLOYEES?

    (Click here)

         I am not a tax attorney(!), but can someone explain to me how LNP owner Beverly (“Peggy”) Steinman can use her federally tax-exempt foundation to give what amounts to $30,000 bonuses to her employees?

    ******

    FROM RIOT TO NOISE!


           Cedano-Ramirez was charged with riot with intent to prevent or coerce official action, reckless driving and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. 
    From the LNP story, “4 arrested Thursday evening in Lancaster city after traffic stop goes awry,” (click here).
         His preliminary hearing was held on Monday before District Judge Jodie Richardson and now there is no indication he was ever charged with a felony count of “riot” on his docket. I called the judge’s office today and the woman who answered said that charge was amended by the Assistant District Attorney to “Disorderly Conduct-Unreasonable Noise” (see his docket below).
         He pleaded guilty to all the charges and was assessed a fine of $622.25. From “Riot” to “Unreasonable Noise.” Hmmm…   

    *****     

    **   …We had to have our trial postponed due to time and I confronted Ms. Bleecher about not using my witness or all the hard evidence and she withdrew from my case leaving me with no one. I pleaded before the judge that she should not be able to abandon me mid trial all because I want her to use my witnesses and hard evidence and he said he (the judge) can do whatever he wants. So without reason she was allowed to abandon me mid trial. 
    From the same review of attorney Melissa Bleecher as below.
         Apparently this is what Ms. Bleecher does to a lot of her desperate clients – withdraws! Unbelievable!

     

    *    …Even if she is given to you free as she was with me due to filing a PFA DON’T take her. While in the waiting room to go into trial she was rude and very flippant with me. When she left the room the other ladies waiting to go into their trial with Ms. Bleecher said they disliked her and she’s rude and one of the ladies said “I actually had to tell her to start fighting for me and not my ex”.
    Terrible, Terrible Lawyer-

    From one of two very, very negative reviews for attorney Melissa Bleecher on Avvo.com (click here).
         Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster needs to up their game and hire competent and caring attorneys! Bleecher told the victim in the Caple case from the beginning that she was could not win because he is a police officer and needs his gun for his employment. Absolutely disgraceful!

    ******

    HE IS A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE!

              

                            Jonathan Caple                   Gary Efstration

          “My client has been tried and convicted in the press,” Jonathan Caple’s attorney, Gary Efstration, angrily told Judge Jeffrey Conrad in court yesterday.
         Your client, Mr. Efstration, is a policeman who is paid by the public to protect and serve them. And the public has strongly voiced their opinion that Caple abuses his power and uses his badge to harass the public. There needs to be a method for the public to have a voice about abusive police officers other than on social media after his former fiancé has filed a Protection from Abuse order against him.
        And after sitting in the courthouse for over two hours yesterday, her PFA hearing was again continued because she and her attorney, Melissa Bleecher, could not agree on the use of a tape recording she made of him on the phone yelling and screaming at her and threatening to smash in her face. 
     Click here for LNP’s, “PFA hearing involving Lancaster city officer continued,” and check back later today.

  • CORRUPTION IN LANCASTER COUNTY!

    Posted on May 15th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    MAW STILL PAYING LNP!

    & “OVERHEATING” & “RIOT”

      
         Is MAW still paying LNP and is LNP trying to “hide” it? There is no mention of MAW in their featured story on the Concerts on King series but at the end of that article it states (click here):
         To see bands from last year’s concert series, click here.
         And that article is not just about last year’s concerts – it has the current schedule for 2018 and the above graphic with LanCity Connect (click here). Demand answers from LNP CEO Robert Krasne. MAW has defrauded Lancaster citizens of over $5 million dollars but they are still paying LNP with money they “borrowed” from the city? Are they paying that $1.5 million loan back or are they paying LNP not to cover their crime? This is an absolute outrage! Run this lying, greedy and corrupt “community newspaper” out of town – or better yet – put some of them in jail along with city officials and the MAW owners!
     *
          Domestic violence is not a pun or funny in any way. This man set his own home on fire and left his wife and children homeless (click here for the story online). This ridiculous headline in the print edition is an absolute disgrace! There will be much more later today.
     *
         And what happened to those four people (one a juvenile) who were charged with “riot” following a traffic stop (click here for the original and only LNP article)? Something very, very strange is going on and that riot charge is “disappearing!” The corruption in Lancaster County is simply astounding.
    Please check back later today.
  • * MAW COSTS THE CITY MORE MONEY!

    Posted on May 14th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    —  I ran out of time this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    MORE CORRUPTION?

    *    This email in several days ago (thank you!). I am simply swamped so I thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone knows anything. If you do, it will be kept absolutely confidential.
         Do you have any idea why the city’s head mechanic is allowed to run a personal after hours garage and repair shop at the fleet shop next to McCaskey, behind the McDonald’s? It was called Farmers Building or something. The city rents it for garage space and it’s where they work on the fleet. If you sit nearby around 3:30 pm or afterwards, and watch, lots of employee cars leave at the end of their shift, and then when no eyes are watching, lots of private cars show up and enter the garage after hours.
         Its a nighttime operation and secret garage that is free for exclusive company. In a city building but not available if you don’t work at city hall. Certain city officials get their cars inspected and serviced here and it’s not related to municipal business, not even by a stretch of the imagination. Just a perk of the corruption. Lots of city employees know about it both current and former. They’ve all been told to be hush about it or else be punished. I’m sure the heating, cooling and lighting bills that the mechanic is causing is not paid back and it is being absorbed by the taxpayers. It must be thousands per month for free, just so that those exclusive people get free service as they are perk. What about insurance and risk, someone dies or a fire?
         Employees have seen Chiefs of Staff, Directors, director’s husband, managers dropping off cars for the city head mechanic to fix for free or cheap or cash deals. The employees would testify of this corruption if summoned by judge. You wouldn’t be surprised to know it’s the same group of characters from the MAW situation. Just asking you to open your eyes and use your ability to investigate. This is a legitimate lead. 

    ******

    “UNEXPECTED EXTRA COST!”

         This headline in LNP’s print edition yesterday is a flat-out  lie (click here to read the article online).
         The ending paragraphs of the story are below. Why is LNP lying? When is there going to be a criminal investigation into MAW Communications? When? This company has defrauded the city of over $5 million dollars to date! And why is LNP continuing to lie on their behalf? This is beyond disgraceful! Demand answers from the city and LNP!
    Please check back later today.

  • * EXPLOSIVE!

    Posted on May 13th, 2018 Becky No comments

    *  The two additional items will come tomorrow. Have a great day.

    & HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

         During the hearing, Caple [Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple] said on May 1 he received a text from the woman threatening to blow up his house. He said he had not taken similar threats seriously in the past, but this time he believed his life might be in danger.
    From the LNP article on a PFA against Caple (click here).
         So this woman has extensive knowledge of explosives and has them stored in her house or somewhere? Really? That is just pathetic and sick, Caple! And I hope the judge asks her about her knowledge of explosives!
          From the comments under the story on Lancaster Online and their Facebook page, it is obvious that Caple is not liked or respected in the 7th Ward where he patrols. So why hasn’t this been addressed by the police department or the mayor? How could this go on for years?
    I have two more topics to come later today (hopefully) and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * DIRTY COP – DIRTY TACTICS!

    Posted on May 12th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    GOOD HANDS?

    *     Caple’s attorney, Gary Efstration, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday.
    From the LNP article.
         The below is from his website (click here). I don’t think women will be rushing to you, Mr. Efstration, and it looks like Jonathan Caple will have to sue LNP before he sues me! I don’t appreciate baseless threats!

    *   The story is now online. Click here for, “Woman says she fears for her life in temporary protection from abuse order against Lancaster city police officer.”

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    YEARS OF ABUSE

    From Page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition.

         The article is not currently online. I will link as soon as it becomes available.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – SERVE & PROTECT?

    Posted on May 11th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    SCHMUCKS!

          The “Where’s Lloyd – Have you seen our missing Congressman?” bus showed up outside the LNP offices today as Smucker was being interviewed by the LNP editorial board (click here).
         You can see the bus out the window on LNP’s live-stream (below) and a friend happened to be driving by and caught the below picture of the bus parked by the LNP offices (thank you!).
         What an absolute Schmuck Lloyd is!


               And speaking of the LNP editorial board, Suzanne Cassidy, the opinion editor, is simply one of the biggest liars and hypocrites to walk through the LNP doors – and that’s saying a lot! I could point to editorial after editorial about domestic violence but today I will just link to the one below and there will be much more coming (click here).

         And this is a notice to a certain attorney: It takes a lot to scare me and you don’t scare me – but I’d be damned careful what you put in writing again because you may lose all of your clients and any potential clients and your license to practice law.

    Have a great Friday!

    *****

    DEMAND ANSWERS!

         Is LNP going to report on the Temporary Protection From Abuse Order against Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple? Does the public have a right and a need to know?
         LNP and their The Caucus publication wrote article after article about Pennsylvania State Representative Nick Miccarelli and his alleged abuse of two women – but they won’t report on a Lancaster City Police Officer? Why? Demand answers! It is their job to hold public officials accountable and protect the public!
    Please check back later today.

  • * HOW MUCH IS MAW PAYING LNP?

    Posted on May 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    *     A quick note about Lancaster Online’s lead story for several days, “Man who died after being shot by Manheim Township police officer was arraigned Friday on child sex abuse charges,” (click here).
           I saw his arrest on CrimeWatch and was surprised by how explicit it is (click here). It is brutally honest with what they allege he did. What do you think?

    *****

    ABSOLUTELY NO TRUST!

         From LNP’s full page ad for themselves in Sunday’s print edition.

          Give it a rest, Robert! You have not earned the public’s trust!
          How much is MAW Communications paying you to stay silent on the huge, expensive, criminal fraud they are perpetrating on the public? How much?
    Where is LNP’s code of journalism ethics, Robert?

    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * SLOW MOTION TRAIN WRECK…

    Posted on May 9th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    $58,014 PAID TO DATE

          In response to my Right to Know request to the city, I have received the invoices for February and March from the law firm of Best Best & Krieger. They are “negotiating” with PP&L on behalf of the city over MAW Communication’s attachments to their poles for the LanCity Connect internet broadband project.
         I will post the itemized invoices in the next few days but these are the totals billed:

    —  Through February 28:  $22,866
    —  Through March 31:       $12,408

         Along with the previously published invoices for December 2017 ($4,203) and January 2018 ($18,537), this brings the total paid through March 31st to $58,014.    

    [Editor’s note: This does not include payments to the Pittsburgh law firm of the Cohen Law Group who has also been hired by the city to represent the city and MAW in court over PP&L’s lawsuit against MAW. I have also requested those invoices and will publish them when received.]

    *****

    FROM $500,000
    TO OVER $5,000,000!

    **   The full text of Bill Weisser’s excellent comment to City Council last night:
          I’m here tonight extremely disappointed and angry regarding my city government’s administration of the Lancity Connect project.
         The recent news that PP&L has now been authorized by the court to begin removing the unauthorized attachments signals the complete failure of MAW Communications and Lancaster City to effectively establish a municipal broadband network.
          The most aggravating part is this entire lawsuit was completely avoidable through effective project management and professional due diligence to ensure the laws and processes regarding pole attachments were being followed from the get-go.
          Since the news first broke over 5 months ago, we have all witnessed a slow-motion train wreck unfold. During this time the City poured additional public funds into a futile legal defense of their consultant, MAW Communications, when the outcome announced May 3rd was almost guaranteed. It needs to be understood that this was a result of MAW’s failure and that PPL’s complaints are not unreasonable.
          The City owes its residents to take a painful look at how this situation came to pass, be honest with the public regarding what took place and hold its consultant, MAW, and itself accountable to ensure a similar failure does not occur in the future.
          If consideration is being given to continue this project, MAW needs to be jettisoned, and a new capable consultant brought on-board. They have proven without a shadow of a doubt their inability to complete a project of the size and complexity. Their primary legal defense against PPL’s motion to find them in contempt was rooted in their incompetence in the fact they did not keep detailed records of their pole attachments.
           Since the lawsuit was announced, I have previously been before council on December 19, January 24, met privately with city officials on January 19, and provided detailed reference material advocating that the City’s path forward was not correct and that MAW was no longer (if ever) a reliable partner for this project.
          But, before the lawsuit there were many signs of MAWs incompetence and mismanagement of this project. The project was initially presented to the public via a LNP article  on February 25, 2015 in which the city provided the total public cost would be $500,000 and reach 2/3 of the city by the end of 2015. Initial rollout was obviously slower and at the end of 2015 the city was quoted as saying rollout to residents and businesses would be complete by the end of 2016.
          Rollout finally began in the spring of 2017. At some point during this delay the cost of the project skyrocketed, with no justification provided by city officials. As reported by LNP on March 1st 2017, the city had spent $1.7 million dollars on MAW and requested from council an additional 3 million dollar loan. When seeking this funding approval the City was adamant that there was little to no risk.
         During the rollout (summer 2017) a series of serious missteps were reported that demonstrated MAW’s inability to handle this project including poor quality work, inability to maintain project schedules, and questionable IT practices.
            Recently MAW’s spokesman has indicated that this ruling provides a path forward allowing pole attachments to be submitted to PPL via their attachment process and that PPL would be required to promptly review them. This isn’t a “win,” as this is the appropriate pole attachment process defined by PPL and Federal Law.
          Mayor Gray’s rationale for requesting funding to support legal challenges was that following these procedures and their associated “make-ready” requirements would be too costly for LANC-City connect. The CFR and FCC regulatory guidance has been in place since 2011 to provide timelines for pole owners to review attachment requests, only deny them for legitimate engineering rational, and outline an appropriate dispute process. Again, if the appropriate processes were followed from project inception this entire issue could have been avoided.
          The city needs to be honest and hold itself accountable and recognize that PPL has not acted in an unreasonable manner.

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    PURE LUCK?

    *    Officer Caple addressed a grieving family member of an unsolved murder this way on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page (I have redacted the name). Maybe the new Chief, Jarrad Berkihiser, could explain the cameras and their failure to the public. Yes, the cameras “rotate,” but they do it very quickly and with two cameras at the crime scene they certainly had to catch something. When will this murder be solved, Chief Berkihiser?

    AND TWO BAD COPS!

         The court hearing for a permanent Protection From Abuse order against Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple scheduled for yesterday was continued until this coming Tuesday, May 15th. There will be much more to come on this.
         Bill Weisser addressed city council again last night and said MAW Communications and their LanCity Connect internet program has been a “slow motion train wreck.” He demanded accountability from the city.
         It was excellent and I will have a full transcript of his remarks to council here later today (you can watch the entire meeting here). On Friday, I submitted two Right to Know requests to the city for the latest invoices from the two law firms the city has hired on MAW’s behalf.

    Berkihiser

         Lancaster City Councilman Pete Soto does not even know how to pronounce “Berkihiser.” In one of the worst and most inexplicable decisions as mayor to date, Danene Sorace has appointed acting Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser as the chief (click here for LNP’s “Lancaster’s acting police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser to stay on as chief”). There will be much more on this to come.
    Please check back later today.

  • * WILL LNP DO THEIR JOB?

    Posted on May 8th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    MORE THAN A BUZZ!

    *    They talked about a lot more than bees in last night’s City Council Committee Meeting (click here for LNP’s “Lancaster City Council to consider licensing beekeeping” and click here to watch the entire meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page).
         Charlotte Katenmoyer discussed the Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) water meter program that is to start on June 11th in the city. Everyone in the city will have to have an “ERT,” a computer chip attached to their meter so it can be read by computer off-site. She added if the meter is over 25 years old – a new meter will also be installed. Katzenmoyer estimated that half of the 45,000 meters involved are 25 years or older.
         LNP’s Tim Stuhldreher asked about the cost. It is 10-and-a-half million dollars and the meters are an additional two to two-and-a-half million dollars. He also asked about water rate increases and if this wasn’t supposed to be hooked up to the fiber-optic LanCity Connect broadband internet. Katzenmoyer said yes, but they were moving ahead without the LanCity hookup. The LanCity Connect program has been idle since December because of a lawsuit by PP&L – and in fact, some current connections that existed previously to December are being removed.
          None of this is included in Stuhldreher’s article about bees and it is not clear how much additional this will cost city tax payers. I will look into this further.

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    A MINORITY
    STAFF WRITER IN 2018! 

    From his Twitter account.

           Have you noticed an article by Junior Gonzalaz on Monday’s Lancaster Online? 
          Apparently an actual, live, minority Staff Writer!!!! Isn’t that a hoot?! Even a picture!! 
         Just had to call it to your attention……………….not the article, but the writer!
    This email in yesterday.
         I did notice, thank you! I think he started about two weeks ago. Isn’t it unbelievable and sad that this is a major, newsworthy event in 2018?
         Now, is LNP going to continue being the public relations arm for the police or are they going to do their job and hold them accountable and inform and protect the citizens of Lancaster County?
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LIP NEWS EXCLUSIVE – SECOND PFA AGAINST OFFICER

    Posted on May 7th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

         There is a hearing at 1:00 pm tomorrow in the Lancaster County Courthouse to make the Protection from Abuse Order permanent against Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple. Why wasn’t he fired after he held his service revolver to his fiancé’s head on July 16, 2013? Who covered it up? An internal report was even given to the Lancaster City Police Department. How was Caple allowed to stay on the force?
          There will be much more tomorrow.

    “UNPROFESSIONAL!”

    *    In December of 2016, LNP did this feel good story about Officer Caple (click here). That is when I wrote about how deeply, deeply in debt Caple is!
         When the story went up on LNP’s Facebook page, there were the below responses (I have deleted the names of the posters for their protection):

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    PFA AGAINST
    LANCASTER POLICE
    OFFICER JONATHAN CAPLE

    Jonathan Caple

         The first page of the Temporary Protection From Abuse Order, effective May 1st, against Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple is below. The name of the victim has been redacted at her request and for her protection.
         This is the second PFA against Caple. Caple, nicknamed “Patches” by the community, has quite a reputation in Lancaster. He is reportedly on desk duty at this time.
    Please check back later today.

     

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM

    Posted on May 6th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

         SCANDINAVIAN EMBASSY?

         This is what happened  the last time there was a fire alarm at the LNP building and the employees spilled out into the square (click here for the original on this site)!
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    **   It was a smoke bomb! Do you remember the last time there was a fire alarm at the LNP building and the employees spilled out into the square?

    *    Uh, oh! Did Krasne’s lies and hot air cause a fire? From LNP reporter Chad Umble’s twitter this morning:

    *****

    KRASNE: FLAT-OUT LIAR!

    Krasne

         The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights and responsibilities.
    From yet another full page ad for themselves in today’s LNP print edition and “signed” by LNP Chairman and CEO, Robert Krasne.
         You are a flat-out liar, Krasne, and LNP is a disgrace to journalism everywhere. You validate Donald Trump’s negative claims about the press and dishonest journalism. And it’s time people knew what your racist, greedy and dishonest company have done in Lancaster County for years.
         Oh, and I have two more words for you: MAW Communications. Oh, and two more: domestic violence. Oh, I have a lot more words for you!

  • MAY 5 UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** JONATHAN CAPLE

    Posted on May 4th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    MAY 5 UPDATE

    TOTAL HYPOCRISY BY LNP!

         Victims often are blamed for staying in abusive relationships as if it’s so easy to escape from an abuser who’s fiercely determined to make sure that doesn’t happen – and who undermines the victim’s self-worth so methodically that the victim may be paralyzed by doubt.
    From the LNP video, “In Our Words: Domestic violence, ineptitude of PA state government,” (click here).

    [Editor’s note: Rich Manieri, the narrator of the video, is no longer employed by LNP.]       

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    SECOND PFA
    AGAINST LANCASTER COP

    Jonathan Caple

         LIP News has learned that Judge David R. Workman issued a temporary Protection From Abuse (PFA) order against Lancaster City Police Officer Jonathan Caple on May 1st. Reportedly, Caple has been placed on desk duty. His former fiancée and long time girlfriend is scheduled to go into court on May 8th to obtain a permanent PFA.
         This is the second PFA against Caple; the first was in Mount Joy in 2013 when he held his service revolver to the same girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her.
    Stay tuned for this developing story.

  • DOGS IN THE COURTHOUSE?

    Posted on May 4th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    A HISTORY OF CORRUPTION!

              

                             Craig Stedman                     Donald Totaro

         Again, kudos to the DA’s office and its dogged effort to bring Tresi onboard (we’re not sorry for that pun).
    The last sentence from today’s LNP editorial, “A calming canine presence in the courthouse,” (click here).
         Isn’t that clever – not! Why does LNP always doggedly back and “protect” this corrupt DA? Why hasn’t LNP demanded the DA look into the fraud committed by MAW Communications and the city administration? Why has LNP flat-out lied to the public about District Attorney Craig Stedman?
         Because LNP never knows when they might “need” him! Look at former DA and now Judge Donald Totoro and all the “favors” he did for LNP!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * OVER $5 MILLION & COUNTING!

    Posted on May 3rd, 2018 Becky 6 comments

         I have been busy and remiss in sending the city Right to Know requests for payments to law firms regarding MAW Communications. I will send them tomorrow and document them here.

    **   The below was posted on Lancaster Online under the MAW story. This man deserves all the credit in the world for speaking the truth to city council twice! Yes, an investigation is required.

    ******
    *    A note about Jennifer Todd and her LNP story from yesterday –
          I received an email confirming what I thought to be true (thank you!):
          Jennifer Todd quit LNP last year and moved out of state.
          Yes, I believe she and her husband (former LNP sports reporter Jason Fulginiti) moved to South Carolina some months ago.
           So, LNP ran this big front page story about unsolved murders and doing an “occasional series” and the first murder they covered – Hector Ortiz Fuentes who was killed in August of 2009 – was written months ago. Unbelievable! What a sick joke!

    HOW MUCH
    HUSH MONEY
    HAS MAW PAID LNP?

    (Click here)

         From the article:
         It says MAW must send a notice to LanCity customers that their internet service “may be disrupted without further notice” and must follow up with individual customers as appropriate.
         This over $5 million disaster just keeps rolling along and no one is being held accountable!  This is simply unbelievable! Where is your “community newspaper” and “watchdog,” LNP? How much hush money has MAW paid LNP? 
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * WHO KILLED CHRISTY MIRACK?

    Posted on May 2nd, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    HOW BAD
    A COP WAS HE?

    Geesey

         The below letter was mailed today.

    *******

    Todd

    *    Just a note about Monday’s ridiculous LNP story – their first in an “occasional series” on unsolved murders in Lancaster County (click here).
         The reporter is Jennifer Todd. Now this is a mystery because LNP’s (former?) long-time police reporter hasn’t published a story in LNP for several months. In fact, her name has been deleted from their “Contact Us” list for some time now. And in the online article, you can’t click on her name for her contact info the way you can with most of their reporters and it doesn’t say “staff writer.”
         What is going on?

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

         I spoke with an FBI agent yesterday. Details to follow later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – A HORRIFIC DEATH

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 Becky 8 comments

     BIG HAIR,
    BIG PURSE,
    NO ETHICS!

        
         Speaking of no ethics and white, wealthy women, this is LNP owner Beverly (Peggy) Steinman and her big hair at last night’s debate (click here for LNP’s coverage). Steinman has donated large amounts to Lloyd Smucker’s campaign because he wrote the CRIZ for LNP and that goes against every journalism code of ethics in this country.
         Most of what she does goes against journalism ethics and has for years. The Steinman family is directly responsible for the racism, corruption and absurd ultra-conservative “values” prevalent in Lancaster County.
         This is from the article:
         Smucker, 54, of West Lampeter Township, said he’s voted 96 percent of time in-line with the agenda of President Donald Trump, whom he said “has the chance of being one of the great presidents in the history of our country.”
         Please, please vote this man out of office and have him take Peggy with him!
     
    [Photo courtesy of Preston Harper’s (formerly Ron Harper) Facebook page.]

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    Baldrige

    ***  And speaking of Baldrige, her husband made the news yesterday (see below and click here for the article). These people have no ethics! Absolutely none. This is a disgrace and some of these people are going to end up in jail.
           If you recall, Baldrige also voted to give his wife’s then employer, LNP, millions in CRIZ money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott expansion. That broke the ethics by-laws of the CRIZ!
         Two other board members head organizations housed in buildings on the removal list — D’Agostino, who is the CEO of Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, and chamber President Tom Baldrige. Because they’re tenants, not owners, they were eligible to vote, Patterson said.
         The removal is subject to final approval by the state. The authority is asking that it be retroactive to January 2017. If so, the removed businesses would not have to complete CRIZ paperwork this year, Patterson said.

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    **   And what happened to former LNP reporter Susan Baldrige who was deeply involved in LNP’s reporting on the Manheim Township School Board? We don’t know why she and LNP parted ways, but she’s had a soft landing like white, influential and wealthy women do in Lancaster. She is the only staff member listed and the Director of the Partnership for Public Health (click here)!
         I’ve never heard of them but they have an impressive Board of Directors and their purpose:
         The Partnership for Public Health works collaboratively with local stakeholders to protect health, prevent disease, and promote the health and well-being for all people in Lancaster.
         Who could argue with that? Hmmm…more to come…

    *****

    *    The latest in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP: LNP denies any knowledge of who made the illegal recording of the Manheim Township School Board Executive Session, but if Murry wins they want whoever made it to pay instead of them! Oh, this is good stuff! From Murry’s attorneys:

    *****

    THE HEADLINE IS A LIE!

    The front page headline from today’s LNP print edition (click here to read it online and watch the video of DA Stedman’s press conference).

         This is a deceptive headline by LNP! The first four words of reporter Tom Knapp’s story states:
         Authorities committed no crimes…
         That is all Stedman said. They did not commit crimes. He did not say the “police did nothing to cause the death of escapee.” In fact the article goes on to state:
         Stedman said he makes no determination on the appropriateness of officers’ actions during the incident.
         However, Good was being escorted by a single deputy when he escaped. Stedman said his office’s policy is to use two county detectives during a prisoner transport.
         He referred questions on the handling of Good’s transport to county Sheriff Christopher R. Leppler.
         I don’t know who wrote the headline but it is a lie and a disgrace. Does anyone at LNP know how to tell the truth?
    Please check back later today.