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    Posted on May 22nd, 2015 Becky 3 comments

    16 KILLERS! 

         What is the point of Brett Hambright’s ridiculous LNP piece today, “Killer confessions: Why did 8 Lancaster County men admit to murder?” (click here)?  Why doesn’t he write about the sixteen unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray? They are: 

    1. Keenan W. Dudley – 3-10-2006
    2. Daniel V. Hollman – 10-17-2006
    3. Baby Mary Anne – 9-27-2007
    4. Juan Lopez – 12-5-2007
    5. Juan Marquez – 3-16-2008
    6. Samuel E. Bair – 8-26-2008
    7. Hector Ortiz Fuentes – 8-11-2009
    8. Sandy Reyes-Mateo – 11-21-2009
    9. Michael B. Evans – 12-19-2009
    10. Timothy J. Frei – 11-1-2010
    11. Olga Sanchez-Reyes – 12-6-2010
    12. Spencer Houston – 5-19-2011
    13. Brandon Lamar Seals – 7-13-2011
    14. Erma Kaylor – 5-16-2012
    15. Allan Wayne Hess – 1-7-2013
    16. Titus Eugene Gant – 6-12-2013 


    Gil Smart8

         The front page of today’s LNP print edition (click here to read the article). 

    smart-one     LNP brings out “investigative reporter” Gil Smart to tell us why the police are not releasing the names of the wounded officer or the officer who shot and killed Anthony Gomez, Jr. on Tuesday.
         Is this a joke? Smart should be demanding their names. The public has a right and a need to know. Smart doesn’t have a clue what being a journalist means let alone an investigative one! What an absolute disgrace by everyone at LNP and especially Smart!
         Investigative journalists (often referred to as Muckrackers, a term coined during the election campaign for Theodore Roosevelt) have a long-standing tradition in the United States of holding those in power accountable.  Whether investigating the wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate, or exposing a financial giant for misuse of investors’ funds, investigative journalism is critical for the upholding of a true and just democracy.
    From, “Investigative Journalist,” (click here).
         Go back to school, Smart – or better yet – find a new career!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 21st, 2015 Becky 13 comments


          The woman who answers the phone in Judge Dennis Reinaker’s chambers said today by phone that the Judge was in a meeting and not available but she “believes” there is a mandatory time for Brandon Bleecher to spend in state prison before he is eligible for boot camp. “I was there,” she said of his sentencing.
         But she could not tell me what that mandatory time is and it is not on his docket so she referred me to the Clerk of Courts office and also advised I could contact the prosecutor in the case, Todd Brown or Bleecher’s defense attorney, Cory J. Miller for the information!
         I called the Clerk of Courts office and the woman who answered and listened to my question transferred me to the clerk who does the “SCI [State Correctional Institution] commitments.” That clerk said she had processed his paperwork last week and also immediately said, “He is eligible for boot camp.”
         When asked how long or if he was required to spend time in state prison prior to boot camp, she said I should call the Camp Hill prison where all male prisoners are first sent to determine at which state facility they will serve their sentence. I called Camp Hill and they told me that until the prisoner actually arrives, they do not have access to the information and to try again after he arrives at Camp Hill. As noted this morning, Bleecher is still showing up as an inmate in Lancaster County Prison.
         I also left a message for ADA Brown. This is absurd. Is there a mandatory time Bleecher has to spend in state prison or not? Does anyone know? I will follow-up tomorrow.


    Bleecher7     Why is Brandon Bleecher still in the Lancaster County Prison? He was sentenced on May 8th! Click here for LNP reporter Brett Hambright’s article, “Hit-and-run driver jailed at least 5 years for crash that killed well-known walker.” Bleecher10

    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on May 20th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


         Laney [attorney Christine Pfau Laney] said that if Lancaster County is to really address the issue of domestic violence, the team needs a prominent community leader with clout, someone who will champion the cause.
         We challenge our local elected officials, and leaders in the business and legal community,  to step up and fill this role.
         Claim the mantle. Make it clear that domestic violence is a serious issue here, and, as a community, we intend to combat it on every front.
         … As a community, we should make addressing domestic violence a priority. It is our business. And it should be the business — the urgent business — of this community’s leaders.
    From an LNP editorial earlier this month, “On abuser Floyd Mayweather and the need for a champion to take on domestic violence here,’ (click here). 
         What absolute hypocrites! How about “community leaders” like alleged wife abuser Police Chief Keith Sadler and the boss who hired and keeps him in command, Mayor Gray?  Do you think they should step forward and declare domestic violence an urgent priority? This is unbelievable and utterly disgusting!

    Hambright111     And here is yet another sloppy piece of reporting by LNP and Brett Hambright. The headline suggests the person shot by the police had to be armed – but Hambright’s opening sentence is this (click here):
         Tuesday’s police-involved shooting on East Chestnut Street marked the ninth time since 2008 that a Lancaster County cop opened fire and wounded a suspect.
          The most recent police-involved shooting – where it has never been stated the suspect was armed – is completely missing from  Hambright’s article – Kenneth L. White shot on February 11th of this year – click here for “Lancaster city police identify man shot after allegedly fleeing, resisting arrest.”
         LNP has never followed up on this story. We don’t know which Lancaster city police officer shot him – and we absolutely should – and we don’t know if DA Craig Stedman has ruled it justified or not. Well, we all know Stedman will find it justified but it has never been officially announced.
         The terrible reporting and follow-up by Hambright and LNP on the police and the courts just continues to roll right along. It is disgraceful!

    * LNP reporter Dan Nephin wrote an incredibly stupid article, “6 Lancaster County police officers shot since 2000,” and features former East Earl Township police Officer Greg Yarbrough (click here). This is one of Ron Harper, Jr’s best videos of all time about Yarbrough.


    Stedman, Sadler, Gray & Switzer

          Yesterday’s press conference regarding the officer who was shot and the suspect killed.

         It turns out that a domestic violence incident on Monday precipitated this whole horrific event.  And we have Police Chief Keith Sadler standing there whose ex-wife, Rosaura Torres-Sadler, has written a book – “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge” – that alleges he beat her for years. And to the far left we have Mayor Gray who hired the chief and maintains him despite the abuse allegations and Sadler’s absolutely dreadful performance on the job.
         And to the far right we have Captain of Detective Kent Switzer who has failed to solve 16 murders in the last 10 years under Mayor Gray despite Sadler telling me that the detectives work on them every single day.
         And at the microphone, we have District Attorney Craig Stedman who is guilty of judicial misconduct with his blatant preferential treatment of his political allies – G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, and Katie West, Commissioner Scott Martin’s sister.
         And the Lancaster Newspapers have not told the public a word about any of this. Why? Sheer greed!
         Welcome to Lancaster!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 19th, 2015 Becky 16 comments

    ** The police are holding a press conference this afternoon at 4:00 pm to release more information regarding the police officer shot and the suspect killed events of today at 305 E. Chestnut Street (click here).


    * 9:50 am – LNP reporter Brett Hambright on his Twitter account 15 minutes ago! Don’t you think you should have told the public all about those tickets, Hambright? And the fact that Haines hasn’t paid his federal or state taxes in years?



    Suzanne Cassidy                  Jamie Haines                Brett Hambright

     Left to right – Suzanne Cassidy, James (Jamie) Haines, Brett Hambright.    

         This morning, LNP had the audacity to actually run this editorial cartoon in their print edition! Can you imagine? Why doesn’t the LNP “editorial board” tell us how much their owner, Beverly (Peggy) Steinman, has given to  Republican candidates like Joe Pitts, Bryan Cutler and DA Craig Stedman? Why don’t they tell us about their company’s involvement in the convention center/hotel and how shortly they will be using their power again to make another grab for the public’s money through the CRIZ program to “expand” their Marriott Hotel?
         Why don’t they tell us about a corrupt candidate, James (Jamie) Haines, who is running to be a district judge – the first, crucially important individual in this country’s justice system. Yesterday, they talked about the public’s civic duty to vote. What about their civil and journalistic responsibility to hold public officials accountable? What about their responsibility to tell the public that Haines has not paid his federal or state taxes for years?
         And what about their court reporter, Brett Hambright, who has lied to the public for years? How do you explain Haines’ 32 parking tickets that were “withdrawn?” Hambright knows better than the absolute nonsense and lies he published.
         Should George Stephanopoulos resign or be fired? Yes. And that means LNP should be run out of town immediately because they have been doing what Stephanopoulos did and far, far worse for years and years.
         “Opinion Editor” Suzanne Cassidy can now go home and tell her daughters she blatantly lied to the public yet again to protect her bosses’ interests. That must be a special feeling.
         Vote today – but do not vote for James Haines for District Judge and please check back later.    


    Posted on May 18th, 2015 Becky 29 comments


    *    That’s between myself and the IRS,” James (Jamie) Haines said today when reached by phone at approximately 2:30 pm this afternoon. “Leave me alone,” he continued before he hung up. 
         Haines initially denied he owed the IRS any money. In fact, at one point he said, “I have news for you – my taxes have been paid.”
          I told him the IRS has filed many liens against him – the last one for $24,015.94 in 2014. I also mentioned the State of PA has also filed numerous liens, the last one for $1,354.89. He again repeated, “That is between myself and the IRS. It’s being paid.”
         Actually, no, it’s not between the IRS and Haines! Especially when he is running to be a District Judge. Today’s LNP editorial is titled, “Exercise your civic duty and vote in Tuesday’s primary,” (click here). Paying your taxes is also a basic civic duty required of everyone. What an absolute disgrace and outrage for a candidate for a District Judge seat!
        I also placed a call to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County this afternoon. After explaining the situation and asking if the Committee was going to stand behind Haines as a candidate, the woman who answered the phone said, “I’ll track someone down and have them give you a call.” No return call has been received as of 4:00 pm.
    [Editor’s note: Haines was reached on his cell phone at a phone number that was listed on a post on the Lancaster City Republican Committee Facebook page about him. As noted in the post immediately below, following my comment on that page, all references to Haines, including the number, were deleted.]


    Jamie Haines

       James (Jamie) R. Haines, Jr. from his Linkedin profile.

           James (Jamie) R. Haines, Jr. is running to be the District Judge in Ward #8 in the city of Lancaster. Haines:
    — Owes the Federal government $24,015.94 in unpaid taxes and has not paid his federal taxes for years.
    — Owes the State government $1,354.89 in unpaid personal income tax and has not paid his state taxes for years.
    — Owes J. P. Morgan Chase $52,558.00 on his home at 770 Emerald Drive. The home is in foreclosure and was scheduled to be sold at Sheriff’s sale on May 27, 2015.
    — His ex-wife, Christine Anne Riley, claims he is not following their divorce decree and they are scheduled to meet before a Judge in early June.
    — According to LNP, and being investigated by this site, he has 32 parking tickets that have been “withdrawn” by various District Judges – the most – 22 – being withdrawn  by the woman he is running to replace and he served as her constable for 16 years – Cheryl Hartman (click here). District Attorney Craig Stedman and the State Judicial Board also need to investigate all his tickets that were “withdrawn.”
         James (Jamie) Haines needs to withdraw from the race today! This is simply an outrage and the Lancaster City Republican Committee needs to withdraw their backing of this man immediately.

         The entry from the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s website indicating the lien for the $24,015.94 he owes in unpaid federal taxes.
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on May 17th, 2015 Becky 11 comments


    ***  I posted the below about an hour ago and it and the references to James (Jamie) Haines running for District Judge have since been removed. Haines’ 32 “withdrawn” parking tickets need to be investigated immediately!


    Jamie Haines

    ** James Haines goes by the name “Jamie.” Click here for his Linkedin profile.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***



    * This is a potion of the civil suits against District Judge candidate James R. Haines, Jr. listed on the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s website. This, of course, does not include his 32 “withdrawn” parking tickets – click here for, “3 seek nomination in busy southwestern Lancaster city district court.” This is unbelievable! Unbelievable! This man wants to be a District Judge? He needs to withdraw immediately!


    CRIZ8         NIZ1

          These two stories are on the front page of today’s Sunday News (click here and here). If anyone understands a word of this, please contact this site immediately!
         What a load of gibberish and garbage!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 16th, 2015 Becky 2 comments


    Brett Hambright     All three defendants are free on unsecured bail.
    The final sentence in long time LNP court reporter Brett Hambright’s article, “Couple to trial for Easter Sunday ‘test fire’ that wounded 9-year-old boy,” (click here).
         That is simply incorrect. The three are not all “free on unsecured bail.” This news organization doesn’t even care about getting their basic facts correct. What an absolute disgrace!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 15th, 2015 Becky 17 comments

    * According to a woman in District Judge Janice Jimenez’s office today by phone,  Jose Renta’s preliminary hearing scheduled for yesterday at 3:00 pm was continued because he is hospitalized. A new date for his preliminary hearing has not been scheduled. 
         She also stated that Elaine and Samoad Key both waived their hearings yesterday, so all the charges move forward to Common Pleas Court.

    & AN “ASIAN-AMERICAN” DAUGHTER!  tech trends

          Andrea Gillhoolley, LNP’s “Social Media Manager,” tweeted this picture yesterday. Didn’t anyone tell her that LNP is not really a news organization but a business that controls Lancaster? And, you know, Andrea, maybe those Lancaster Online staffers should learn to be reporters first! Always busy, Gillhoollley also linked to this report,Day in the Life of an Engagement Editor: The Nation’s Annie Shields,” (click here). Wow! How does she do it all? Busy, busy, busy!
         That is sarcasm, of course! It sounds like a piece of cake job and one anyone would want! What gets lost in all this social media crap is the news – the hard news – the news people need to know. It shapes our lives and measures our society.
    Nephin3    And speaking of reporters and non-hard news, Dan Nephin, formerly of the Associated Press, must really be proud of this piece, “Pedal Power: Friday marks Bike to Work day; Lancaster celebrates with spiffy bike,” (click here). From the article there is this:
         The city, using grant money from the Lancaster Bicycle Club, recently purchased a $700 Republic Bike company’s Socrates model.
         Yes, it’s always grant money – that money that grows on trees and just falls to the ground in a heavy, Mayor Dick, initiated blast of hot air. Why did the bike cost $700? It doesn’t look “spiffy” to me!  Is it that fancy, green milk basket tied to the front? How many bikes could they have purchased at Wal-Mart with that $700? Will Mayor Dick ride a bike the one-and-a-half blocks to City Hall this morning or will he walk? Oh, the questions. I’m sure Dan will give us the answers!
    Barbara     On a serious note, I had planned to be at the preliminary hearing for Jose Rentas and Elaine and Samoad Key yesterday afternoon (see the story immediately below), but a family emergency has landed me in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the next several weeks. LNP currently has no coverage of the hearing and maybe that’s because Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, who has worked for the racist, all-white LNP for 25 years but now boasts she has an “Asian-American” daughter, decided it would just make the Lancaster Court system and DA Craig Stedman look too racist and would pull the curtain back on the preferential  and corrupt treatment Stedman gave to his political buddy, Representative Bryan Cutler and his brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis. Roda worked so hard and flat-out lied to the public to cover that one up for Stedman.
         I will make phone calls and check their dockets this morning and have a report this afternoon.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on May 14th, 2015 Becky 9 comments


         I’m sorry but it doesn’t take Dick Tracy or Nancy Drew to figure out the Houghendobler boys froze to death.  I think if our coroner would concentrate more on his job as coroner than his sex life we would be better off.  Is there anyone in this county/city that is even remotely competent ??   NO
    This email in today.
         This is simply too shocking! Over two months and LNP didn’t follow-up or ask a single question about these two brother’s deaths. I mentioned it on this site two days ago and now LNP treats it as breaking news and implies that the coroner just determined their causes of death. This is unbelievable and absolutely disgusting!

    [Editor’s note: Coroner Diamantoni is in the middle of a divorce and custody battle.]

    ** Well, look at that. LNP actually followed-up on two deaths after they were mentioned on this site (click here). Click here for LNP’s, “Mystery solved: Elderly brothers froze to death in their Lancaster Twp. home.”  Why did it take two months to “solve” this “mystery?” This is horrific! Why wasn’t this reported weeks ago?

     * Where and how does LNP get their police and court news? The following extremely serious charges were lodged against Tony J. Ruesta on Monday before District Judge John C. Winters and there has not been a word in LNP! Keep your children safe!   




         LNP sent long-time reporter Cindy Stauffer to a workshop on racism yesterday and she wrote, “A conversation on racism: Power, prejudice and how we can talk about it in Lancaster County,” (click here).
         Well, the perfect opportunity to  discuss all that is now – because Jose Rentas, Elaine Key and Samoad Key have their preliminary hearings today at 3:00 pm before District Judge Janice Jimenez. The three face multiple, extremely serious charges as a result of the accidental shooting of Renta’s nine-year-old son on Easter Sunday (click here for “ABSOLUTE OVERKILL”).
         We will compare all of this to G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve in 2013.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 13th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    * Well, that was a bizarre Dr. Phil and mostly a book promotion for Lebanon Levi. But the reports of rampant sexual abuse of children among the Amish is shocking! Is this going on in Lancaster County?


    Box of Rocks

    Robinson     Where does LNP get their reporters? Clown school? Of all the absurd, ridiculous and disgusting stories, “Manheim Twp. police: Woman stole officer’s lost Taser, gave it to friend,”  by Ryan Robinson takes the cake for this week (click here). And LNP has it on the front page of their print edition this morning. There are simply no words for this level of stupidity.      

    smartremarks      Oops! Maybe there are! The above meme was posted on LOL’s Facebook page under Gil Smart’s latest blog, “East Hempfield Railroad Blues,” (click here). Once again, there are no words. Well, maybe spoiled white men with no talent problems is a beginning! Please try to be smarter, Smart!
         And don’t forget, Lebanon Levi is on Dr. Phil today (click here)! It’s a day filled with idiots!

    Mafia Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 12th, 2015 Becky 7 comments


    ** Randy Patterson, the Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of Lancaster stated today in a return voicemail, “Penn Square Partners has not yet filed an application for CRIZ financial assistance for the Marriott Hotel Tower.” He further said if there is a May 26th meeting of the CRIZ Authority Board, an application from the PSP will not be on the table.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    * Tomorrow on Dr. Phil! A “money-hungry Amish playboy!” Does it get any better than this?

    dr. phil1



    Brett Hambright     LNP court reporter Brett Hambright hustled off and took a look at “road-rage” incidents involving guns after a man was shot in the jaw last week in his incredibly stupid article, “Guns pulled, threats made in recent Lancaster County road-rage cases,” (click here). Hey Brett, you forgot this one – click here for “WHO WAS THE VICTIM? – 2.” Whatever happened with Javon Caldwell? And will charges be brought against the 74-year-old man who shot another man in the jaw?
          And remember these four, as yet, mysterious deaths? How did they die? Does LNP ever follow-up on anything? Who is holding DA Craig Stedman and Coroner Stephen Diamantoni accountable? Lancaster County – the perfect place to commit murder and get away with it!

    mom & daughter

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 11th, 2015 Becky 4 comments



        How long has it been since you’ve seen a photo or a video from the Safety Coalition cameras? Think about it! Have you seen one in the last five years?
         So, a week after they announce a new slogan and the need for donations (click here), we are shown a not very clear photo from the cameras in a bizarre request for help weeks after the crime itself. From the police press release by Lt. Todd Umstead on May 5th (click here):
         Lancaster City Police are seeking assistance from the public regarding an armed robbery investigation. On April 17, 2015 at approximately 9:34 a.m. a 72-year-old city man was walking in the area of the 1st blk. of N. Mary St. when he was approached from behind by a man who pushed the victim against a parked car, displayed a handgun, and demanded the victim’s wallet. The suspect then removed the victim’s wallet from his pocket and pushed the victim, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect fled on foot, running south on Mary St. then east on Grant St. The victim sustained minor cuts and abrasions to his left elbow. The suspect is described as a “tall” black male in his 20’s, medium build, short black hair, wearing a mid to dark colored hooded sweatshirt.
         At approximately 9:50 a.m. LSC video captured images of a dark colored SUV (below), most likely an Isuzu Trooper, pulling up beside the victim while he was on the ground. The occupants of the SUV stopped briefly and asked the victim if he was alright, but then left the area. It is possible the occupants of the SUV witnessed portions of this robbery, to include seeing the suspect. The Lancaster City Police are asking the driver or occupants of the SUV to contact Detective Tom Ginder at (717) 735-3345 with any information they have. 
         This raises numerous questions:
    — This happened in broad daylight in the morning.  If the camera captured the vehicle, why didn’t it capture video of the suspect?
    — Who was the victim? He must be someone important for the police to try and impress the public with their attempt to capture the perpetrator. We didn’t get this much information, let alone a picture, when Mayor Gray’s neighbor was mugged and severely beaten several years ago.
    — So the people in this vehicle were nice enough to stop and check on the victim and the police think they might have seen more? Or are the police really thinking the perpetrator might have gotten in the car to make his get-away?
    — Why isn’t the picture better? I am told the cameras are digital and high-definition. This was daylight. Why isn’t the picture much clearer?
    — Why don’t the police know who owns the vehicle? You mean the camera couldn’t capture the license plate?
    — You mean the police don’t have an expert on staff who can enlarge the image and tell us for sure if it’s an Isuzu Trooper or some other vehicle?  Why the hell not?
    — Why did it take them three weeks to put out this request for help? What have the police been doing to solve this vicious robbery in the meantime?
    — Does the robber’s description match any other recent robberies?  He did this in broad daylight and it’s unlikely this is his first – or last – such robbery.
    — This perpetrator sounds extremely dangerous. What else are the police doing to find this man other than some supposedly far-fetched notion that the people in this car allegedly stopped to help and may somehow have witnessed the assault itself? How much time elapsed between the incident and the car driving by and stopping?
         Why isn’t LNP demanding answers from the police and holding them accountable? Why aren’t they asking these questions instead of just regurgitating the police press release? And could someone hold this private camera company that receives over half their budget from public funds, accountable and demand answers from them as well? This is a disgrace!

    Posted on May 11th, 2015 Becky 5 comments



       From the May 9th print edition of LNP regarding the hiring of former Baltimore police officer Nicholas Langan.

    Langan     Why won’t he be giving interviews, LNP? He’s a public servant being paid with taxpayer’s dollars to protect and serve! Why don’t you ask Mayor Gray why the City of Lancaster, desperately needing to diversify their police force, hired this white, racist officer from Baltimore, LNP? Why don’t you ask the city council members, LNP? Was there absolutely no one in the city or county who could meet the qualifications to be a police officer? Wow, folks from Lancaster County must really be stupid!
         And the only thing LNP wants is millions in CRIZ money so they support Mayor Gray in every stupid and outrageous act that his administration puts forward. That money is not going to be coming your way, LNP! If you want to expand the Marriott, Hotel and have a rooftop bar, LNP and High Industries, use your own damn money!
         May is a very busy month and it’s not because of high school proms!
    Please check back later today.

     [Editor’s Note: There seems to be some confusion about a disturbing piece I posted as a comment about Nicholas Langan (see the comments under the story immediately below). That piece is by his father in a blog he wrote several years ago (click here). I apologize for any confusion. I should have put the link at the top of the comment – not at the bottom.]


    Posted on May 9th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


                   Bleecher9                    Quotable2

         This is a “quote” from Blandon Bleecher at his sentencing yesterday that is on the front page of today’s print edition. When Thomas Greene was resentenced by Judge Margaret Miller for his part in a home invasion, her quote on the right above was also on the front page in the print edition with the story (click here).
         Thomas Greene, an African-American, was originally sentenced to 16 to 35 years in prison while the other four young men involved who were white were sentenced to four and five years and the one Hispanic to eight years. Greene was calm and respectful and apologized again in court as Judge Miller, ordered by the Superior Court to re-sentence Greene so that his sentence more closely resembled the others, was given 8-20 years to match the Hispanic sentence.
         The above quotes that were used are nothing but examples of the sheer racist climate at LNP and once again, Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda should resign.

    [Editor’s note: Apparently Roda’s answer to racism and to make LNP look non-racist, is to make sure to highlight a prom photo from each school featuring an interracial couple! Have you noticed?]


    Langan     Hiring the former police officer from Baltimore still has me astonished and furious at the lengths the Lancaster Police Department will go to in order to keep their force white, stupid and racist. I’ll ask again: Where is Police Chief Sadler, Mayor Gray and city council?
    Bleecher7     Why would the topic of boot camp even be raised in a sentence for Brandon Bleecher? This was his third strike. He had two chances to change his life, accept responsibility and grow up and he failed to do so. If he weren’t white with wealthy parents in Manheim Township, boot camp would have never been raised as an option. And if Judge Dennis Reinaker is playing games and Bleecher doesn’t serve three full years in state prison at a minimum before any possible boot camp, there will be hell to pay.
         This country and Lancaster County and City must change. Justice must be equal for all and there has to be equal employment and opportunity for all.
         Mayor Gray was quoted as follows in this LNP “story,” (click here):
         … I tell people that the difference between the ’60s and now is that in the ’60s at least people had a feeling that positive things were happening and we were moving toward a more positive society.
         And Mayor Gray permits his almost all white police force to hire a new, white, highly questionable officer from Baltimore. It is simply unconscionable and unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on May 8th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    ** Bleecher was sentenced to 5-12 years in state prison. Click here for LNP’s “Hit-and-run driver jailed at least 5 years for crash that killed well-known walker.”

    * “Lancaster hires police officer coming from Baltimore city force,” LNP (click here). See one post down on this site. Why was this man hired?


         Brandon Bleecher is scheduled to be sentenced today at 1:30 pm by Judge Dennis E. Reinaker in Courtroom #8 for his hit and run accident that killed Chuck Leayman.
    Please see the below post from April 14th on this site and check back later today.



        Defense attorney Cory Miller said he will be seeking a boot-camp sentence after a background check is completed.
    From the LNP article, “Driver admits to hit-and-run crash that killed pedestrian; faces 3 years in prison,” (click here). 
    Chuck     Brandon Bleecher, 23, struck and killed Charles (Chuck) Leayman (pictured left) and then drove away on January 18th of this year (click here). Bleecher was charged in two previous hit and run accidents. Boot camp should not be an option for Bleecher, whose father or step-father, Douglas Michael Bleecher, is one of the inventors of “NeverWet” for the Ross Technology Corporation in Leola.
    He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 8th at 1:30 pm in Courtroom #8. Please mark your calendar to attend and also write Judge Reinaker and tell him that boot camp is an unacceptable sentence for Bleecher.           


    Posted on May 7th, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    * The link to the “article” on Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby in his post is here.



         The Lancaster City Bureau of Police welcomed its newest member today, May 7th 2015. Officer Nicholas Langan, shown below with Mayor Richard Gray, was sworn in this morning during a ceremony at City Hall. Off. Langan is from Baltimore, MD where he served for three years as a patrolman in the Baltimore City Police Department. He graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and attended Stevenson University in Maryland. Off. Langan is married and has three children. Off. Langan and his family are in the process of relocating to Lancaster County. Off. Langan will be assigned to the patrol division. We welcome Off. Langan and his family to Lancaster and wish him a successful and safe career.
    From a Lancaster City Police Department Press Release (click here).
         This is beyond belief. Lancaster’s police department, desperately in need of diversity and city residents, now has gone to Baltimore to find a new officer. The last time three new officers were sworn in, two were residents of York County and one Dauphin County (click here).
        Who is allowing this to go on? Where is city council? Where is the NAACP? Where is the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission? They should all be demanding answers from Police Chief Keith Sadler and Mayor Gray. This is simply unbelievable and unconscionable!
         On top of that, we have the below very, very disturbing posts and links from Langan’s Facebook page (click here).  He should have never been hired and he should be let go tomorrow. He is the last officer the Lancaster Police Force, facing multiple civil rights lawsuits, needs on their force.  This is a direct insult and threat to every non-white resident of the City of Lancaster – and that’s more than fifty percent of the population. This is yet another outrage by the Lancaster City Police Department.





    Posted on May 7th, 2015 Becky 6 comments




    Posted on May 6th, 2015 Becky 15 comments


          Now we have babies getting shot in broad daylight. The mayor and city council are busy with the mayor’s ridiculous lawsuits. The mayor and city council are accessories to ALL the shootings here in Lancaster because they refuse to do anything to catch all the damn shooters running around town. ACCESSORIES, mayor and city council, you are equally as guilty as the person that shoots the gun. How can any of you people live with yourselves?
    This comment in today after a shocking shooting. Click here for, “2-year-old boy taken to LGH after Lancaster city shooting; police searching for gunman.”
         Let’s not forget about the police. All those cameras and these shootings just go unsolved time and time again. The shooters just stay on the street to shoot again. How does Lt. Todd Umstead keep his job? How do any of the detectives keep their jobs?

    HIRES IN 2015!    

         OK, call me suspicious. Has the CRIZ money been handed out yet?
         Ismail Smith-Wade-El is noted on facebook as a writer for the LNP who traveled to Baltimore.
         Three minority hires since the beginning of 2015 when for over a hundred years there have been absolutely ZERO (except for the gardeners who manicure the Steinman mansion).
         Oh this CRIZ thing will be interesting.
     This comment in under “THERE WILL BE JUSTICE!” below on this site.
         No Criz money has been handed out to the Penn Square Partners (PSP – made up of LNP and High Industries) for their Marriott Hotel expansion plan. My best guess is they will submit a plan and it will be discussed at the next meeting of the Criz Authority Board (click here):
         *The April 28 CRIZ Authority Board meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 26, at 4:00 pm in the City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall.
         I will find out if the PSP has put in an application, when that application will be posted online on the city’s website and the agenda for the May 26th meeting.
    Please mark May 26th on your calendar and check back later today.


    Posted on May 5th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         Lancaster city is sticking by its assertion that it doesn’t have to reveal donors to the legal defense fund it established to defend its gun ordinances.
    The opening sentence to today’s LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Lancaster defends decision not to reveal legal defense donors in gun suit,” (click here).
         What is Mayor Gray hiding? Who donated? Would we recognize a lot of the names? Were they “real” donations or did the Gray administration “move” money?
         What’s the big deal with releasing the names of the donors? Aren’t they proud to have donated? This nonsense by Gray just continues to waste the taxpayer’s money. Now, not only are they defending the lawsuit they are also  paying the city solicitor to write briefs defending their refusal to supply names under the Right-to-Know law.
         Something is very, very fishy! Why doesn’t the public have a right-to-know? The money is being used to pay bills the city incurs! Financial information is a matter of public record. Period.


    Posted on May 5th, 2015 Becky 4 comments


          This comment in this morning:
         Tuesday morning 5/5/15…at 6:00 LNP explains problem….blames PPL transformer in Mechanicsburg….paper being printed by Baltimore Sun……What a way to run an airline!!!
         Even the Wright Brothers could do better!!
         Uh, oh!  Don’t you just hate power failures – click here for, “Note to LNP readers: Print edition of newspaper delayed due to power failure“? When will LNP’s real power failure take hold?
         I got on an airplane yesterday -a slightly advanced Wright Brothers version – and I’m publishing from Minneapolis, Minnesota – so please be patient over the next few days and check back later.

    Posted on May 4th, 2015 Becky 11 comments

    * Check out their new video, “LNP: Commitment to you, and to our community,” (click here)!




    Barbara     On the day they lay-off 81 Lancaster workers and move their printing to Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, LNP Executive Liar, oops, I mean Editor, has the nerve to type the above. Unbelievable! I have not found her letter online but will link to it as soon as I do.
         And another front page story in the print edition that is nothing but lies is this one (click here):
         As this site has shown for years now, in Lancaster, the cameras do not catch crooks!
    Click here for “WE NEED CAMERAS?” and please check back later today.


    Posted on May 2nd, 2015 Becky 14 comments



         What type of slanted and sickening headline is that, LNP? Why is Freddie Gray dead? Did he kill himself? That is disgusting!


         And these are the latest blog posts by Gil Smart who is completely out-of-touch and they are deeply disturbing. Yes, I could be a cop and I think I’d be a damn good one and so could most of us! What I could not be is a fireman, EMS worker or a trash collector.
         And you are the last person to try to tell people what a “justifiable response” in Baltimore should be. You have worked for a media company that has blatantly discriminated in their hiring  and reporting for years and years. You work in a city where the population is more than 50 percent non-white and yet the courthouse, the police force and the DA’s office are basically all white.
         I don’t even have words for how stupid and clueless Smart is – but if he weren’t white one thing is for sure – a man with so little talent and understanding would not be working for LNP or any media outlet!
    $250,000 CASH BAIL!
    madden     And talk about slanted reporting, we have this from courthouse reporter Brett Hambright in the story, “Mother says she didn’t give her baby cocaine; case headed to trial,” (click here):
         By waiving the preliminary hearing, Madden doesn’t admit guilt, but concedes there is ample evidence to support charges.
         Hambright should be fired immediately. It does not mean their is “ample” evidence – it means there is “sufficient” or “enough” evidence. And Hambright, why haven’t you questioned why her bail is so high? You wrote the article about the former prison guard who almost killed his three-month-old son – click here for, “Prison guard severely beat his 3-month-old son, police allege.” 
          Kory Merkey’s bail is only $25,000 cash and Tanya Madden’s is $250,000 cash! Is it because of the alleged cocaine or is it because of her race? Why don’t you ask, Hambright?
    Sherry Chestnut      And then we have this story by LNP reporter Ryan Robinson, “Woman kicks, assaults Lancaster city officer, gets Tased,” (click here):
          Chestnut [Sherry Chestnut] was yelling and cursing when police arrived.
         This whole story screams police misconduct over and over again! I’m told Officer Chad Binderup is quite a large man and who tased her, Robinson? The public has a right to know! Look at her charges – she could theoretically go to jail for years on these and all of this is on the taxpayer’s dime:
          Why were they even trying to arrest her in the first place? I hope Ms. Chestnut gets a good lawyer and this incident and the force used by the officers and the outcome should be investigated by an outside agency. This incident is reminiscent of Freddie Gray’s arrest.



    Posted on May 1st, 2015 Becky No comments



         This may be the only time people have seen Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll’s name and picture. He and his wife started and run the “Shop with a Cop” program every year at Christmas. Police officers go shopping with the children of prisoners for presents with donated funds. It’s a great program and always gets lots of press and photos.
         But repeated lawsuits indicate there is another side to Sgt. Corll. This handwritten one is by Roger A. Culbreth, Jr. The case settled and I will file a Right-to-Know request to find out how much the city paid.
        All of the charges lodged against Culbreth as a result of this “incident” were eventually nolle prossed by the prosecution. That process alone cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Culbreth was represented by Robert Beyer of the Goldberg & Beyer law firm.




         Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll has an excessive force problem. A big problem that spans years. What is the City of Lancaster doing about Sgt. Ray Corll? Why is he still employed by the Lancaster Police Department?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 30th, 2015 Becky 5 comments


         The Baltimore Sun published a powerful, data-driven series, “Undue Force,” on the $5.7 million in settlements and court judgments that Baltimore police have paid out in police brutality cases since 2011. That series predated the death of Freddie Gray by nearly seven months.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “Some 80 miles away from Lancaster, Baltimore grapples with problems and shows grace amid turmoil,” (click here).
         How dare you, LNP? I have been running lawsuits against the Lancaster Police department on this site for well over a year now, in fact,  three cases in the last month alone. 
         Just this week I ran the horrific case of Luis and Mark Cepeda (click here).  And LNP has not written a single word about these suits and what the police are doing to the citizens of Lancaster and what it is costing the community and the taxpayers. The Lancaster Police are totally out of control and LNP ignores it and looks the other way and they have been doing it for years.
         It is disgusting, revolting and an absolute disgrace to the public they are supposed to serve.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 29th, 2015 Becky 27 comments


    **     LNP will be delving into the study, as well as getting reaction from city officials and other stakeholders as they get a chance to read it.
    LNP reporter Dan Nephin in today’s, “Read the Lancaster city walkability study.” (click here).
         That load of BS is just too much for me today. “Delving into the study?” Please! Hasn’t the study been available to you to “delve” into for several months now, Dan? Whatever your LNP bosses want, Dan, is what Lancaster will get led by their puppet cheerleader, Mayor Dick and his mindless, rubber-stamp city council.
         You can put that in the pocket of your utilikilt and take it to the bank, Dan!


    * According to the Daily Mail and numerous other entertainment sources, Swift was at her Los Angeles home last night having a cookout (click here).


         I do commend Nephin for some better than usual lapdog journalism. And maybe the mayor’s smugness in the article will come back to bite him in his ample butt.
    Part of a comment into this site about LNP reporter Dan Nephin and his article, “Lancaster drops emergency power gun sale ban,” (click here). The full comment is under the story immediately below.
         What Nephin wrote is not even reporting – it is ad copy and kissing the mayor in his ample butt. It is literally disgusting and full of half-truths, unchecked “facts,” insults, errors and lies.
         Nephin says this at the end:
         The city, citing exemptions in the state’s right to know law, refused to give names, but gave Prince other information, including the letter from the insurance carrier.
         As reported here yesterday morning (see the story immediately below), the Office of Open Records determined the same exemption Lancaster is trying to use is not valid in Harrisburg and when Prince appeals Lancaster’s refusal, they will also have to give the names. Nephin is three days behind and this is not journalism!
         I will come back to his pandering and ridiculous article later, but Nephin apparently did learn something important at the city council meeting last  night from someone in the “know.” Yes, one of the three major stories on Lancaster Online yesterday and today is this by LNP cat and dog reporter Tom Knapp (click here):   Taylor Swift1           And Nephin posted this on Knapp’s Facebook page this morning:

    geek out     Yes, LNP and Knapp are three days behind on the Swift one’s schedule! Sorry folks, you missed your chance to stalk, “geek out” and hobnob with a celebrity!
         And speaking of celebrities, this brings me back to Nephin who infamously is wearing a kilt in his Facebook profile picture: What the hell do you have on? Nephin, a long distance runner, posted this picture on his page after winning a race. Is Nephin transitioning? Is he just “geeking out?” Could someone tell me what the hell he has on? Hmmm…

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 28th, 2015 Becky 28 comments

     * *    I spoke with Howard Sheppard who wrote the Fox 43 article at about 3:30 pm today by phone. He could not confirm that the mugshot of Wiilie Morant they are running on their site was taken yesterday.  He said, “That’s the picture they sent us.” Morant has been arrested numerous times.
          I put in a Right-to-Know request with the county for yesterday’s mugshot and have not received it. I spoke to Tammy Moyer, the Director of Administrative Services at the Prison, early this morning and she told me to call or email Tammy Bender, the Open Records officer for the county, to request it. She said that would be the equivalent of a Right-to-Know request.
         I left a voice mail and also emailed Bender but have not had a response. Moyer, from the prison, also said she was going to immediately email the mugshot to Bender so she could in turn email it to me upon receiving my request.
         I will continue to follow-up until it is received.     

     Fox 43 states this is Willie Morant’s mugshot – click here and thank you to a commenter. You would not believe what I have been going through trying to get it!


     *** BREAKING NEWS ***


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    Suzanne Cassidy     Click here for the article and documents on attorney Joshua Prince’s blog. LNP has never reported on the documents Prince received from Lancaster in his Right-to-Know request regarding their legal defense fund for the NRA lawsuit. Nope. Not a word! How’s that for transparency and keeping the public informed, Suzanne Cassidy (pictured left)?
         But it looks like Lancaster is going to have to remove their redactions of the names and address as in the below beginning of their supposed record of Lancaster’s “Online Contributions” to the fund. Prince has also appealed Lancaster’s redactions. And Suzanne Cassidy and the rest of the LNP “editorial board” should be pushing and demanding Mayor Gray release the information according to their own words – click here for “WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY, DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK!”
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         When the “opinion editor,” Cassidy, flat-out lies and withholds vital information like this, should you believe another word that she writes? There will be more on this later today and where is Willie Morant’s mugshot (see the story immediately below)? I will be calling the prison this morning. This is ridiculous. Will this require a Right-to-Know request? What is going on? And where’s that all important “transparency,” LNP, so democracy can work?
    Please check back later today. 

    Posted on April 27th, 2015 Becky 45 comments


             I am waiting, as is everyone, for Willie Morant’s mugshot from the prison. This has been a shocking day and I guess the hardworking LNP reporters expected to be spoon fed the news from the police and the courts as they usually are. Morant was arraigned early this morning – at 8:30 am according to his docket – and it obviously caught these dogged reporters off-guard. It also seems as if his mugshot should have been released by now.
         I am surprised by the charges – I expected more. I am also surprised by the bail amount – I expected more. What is going on? Are we going to see the videos from the cruiser’s dash cams of the chase? If not, why not?
         What do Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler have to say about this? How much will this cost the taxpayers? Could anyone at LNP ask some questions?  And I’ll come to DA Stedman tomorrow. 

    *** 2:00 pm – Morant is now listed as being in the Lancaster County Prison. His inmate number is 15-1749. 

    ** As of 12:30 pm today, LNP updated their story to say “No charges yet,” (click here). What part of the below docket do they fail to understand? This is unbelievable!  


    * Willie James Morant, Jr. was arraigned this morning by District Judge David E. Brian and is being held on $100,000 cash bail. According to his docket, he is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing police and several driving offenses. His preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for May 8th. The charges are as follows:

    # Charge                Grade    Description       Offense Dt.

    1 18 § 2702 §§ A6     F2 Aggravated Assault 04/26/2015

    2 18 § 2702 §§ A6     F2 Aggravated Assault 04/26/2015

    3 18 § 2705               M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person 04/26/2015

    4 75 § 3733 §§ A       M2 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer 04/26/2015

    5 75 § 1543 §§ A       S Driv While Oper Priv Susp Or Revoked 04/26/2015

    6 75 § 3714 §§ A       S Careless Driving 04/26/2015

    7 75 § 3736 §§ A       S Reckless Driving 04/26/2015


         Lawrence [State Trooper Ryan Lawrence] said the engines of three other police vehicles were blown during the pursuit.
    From the LNP article by Jennifer Todd, “Police fire multiple shots at suspect during police pursuit on Route 222,” (click here).
          Those are three Lancaster City Polices cruisers as reported here yesterday morning at 8:35 am, reporter Todd! And the girlfriend who called the police and said Willie Morant took her car without permission – her car is totaled.
    Mayor Gray, your police are totally, absolutely out of control and rogue. You need to clean house and you need to do it today! Nothing justifies the actions of your police officers yesterday. Absolutely nothing.

     Please see yesterday’s events immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on April 26th, 2015 Becky 20 comments


     *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    ** Morant was scheduled to plead guilty to two counts of theft by deception and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception on April 28th before Judge Margaret Miller. His docket indicates he is free on $10,000 unsecured bail and is represented by attorney Roger Renteria.

    *    This is unbelievable. LNP is not even trying to cover news anymore. They have prom pictures and multiple stories on Nepal as their leads! This was a high speed, 45 minute, heart-stopping chase that endangered multiple drivers and did severe damage to three Lancaster City Police cruisers!
         The police knew exactly who they were chasing from the very start – Wiilie James Morant, Jr., who has/had an open domestic bench warrant. He also has a large number of criminal dockets with at least three that are listed as “active,” and I am going through those. But was this chase justified? Who authorized it?
         How much will it cost to repair or replace three cruisers?  WGAL is reporting that two State Police cruisers were also heavily damaged. And the woman who initially called and said he took her car without permission this morning apparently now has a very heavily damaged vehicle as well. Who authorized this chase?

    2:00 pm – Willie James Morant, Jr., 44, was arrested this morning by the Pennsylvania State Police following the high speed chase on Route 222. His name was just confirmed to me by the woman answering the phone at the Lancaster Barracks.

    ** Lancaster police and state police were involved. Three police cruisers were disabled during the pursuit.
    From PennLive’s updated report (click here).

    * WGAL has the story up – “Police pursuit through Lancaster City and beyond,” click here.  It is believed the perpetrator is Willie Morant; awaiting state police confirmation of the name of the suspect in their custody.


         The Lancaster City Police Department is down three cruisers after a high speed chase up and down Route 222 early this morning at speeds of 100 miles per hour.  The perpetrator was captured and is in state police custody. He apparently has a domestic warrant and took his girlfriend’s car without permission this morning. The chase started in Lancaster and went past the Denver exit – with the perpetrator crossing the median and going north and south multiple times. Apparently the three cruisers have blown engines. The three officers are waiting to be picked up by a fourth officer on her way up 222 to just north of the Denver exit at 8:35 am this morning.


    Freddie Gray       As it stands, there is a blunt truth to the recent statement from Gray’s family attorney, renowned Baltimore litigator William Murphy, Jr: “The lesson here was that he should have run, and he didn’t run fast enough.”
    From the New York Daily News, “Black, white, blue and Freddie Gray: Urgent lessons about race and policing from Baltimore,” (click here).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 24th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


                    Pannone          Webber

    Officers Erik Pannone (left) and Adam Webber (photos from social media). 

    * UPDATED 4-25-15 –   Both Luis & Mark Cepeda pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal on July 31, 2013 to one summary charge of Disorderly Conduct – Unreasonable Noise each before Judge Jeffrey Wright.   The other charges were all nolle prossed by the prosecution and the noise charge was changed from a misdemeanor to the summary charge. Their cases went through numerous judges for continuances for over a year and they were ready to go to trial – but were then offered the plea.
         A summary offense is like a ticket – you are mailed a summons and pay a fine unless you fight it at the District Justice level. Summary offenses do not go beyond the District Justice level.
         So the “prosecution” of these two has already cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Their lawsuit may add another huge amount to that total. 


    [Editor’s note: Both police officers last names apparently are spelled incorrectly in the lawsuit. The docket for Mark Cepeda shown below also spells officer Adam Webber as “Weber.” His Linkedin profile indicates it is actually spelled with a double “b” – Webber. Erik Pannone is spelled with the initial double “n” on Luis Cepeda’s docket and that spelling is apparently correct according to a post on the City Police Facebook page.
         This brings up a larger, very important issue – every police officer’s name and badge number should be listed on the Lancaster City Police website. There is currently no way to officially look up who is a city police officer, not to mention finding the correct spelling of their names.]
         On May 17th, 2012, criminal charges were filed against Mark and Luis Cepeda as shown below resulting from an incident at Luis Cepeda’s home on May 10th. The incident has also resulted in a federal lawsuit against the City of Lancaster and Officers Adam Webber and Erik Pannone. The “Factual Allegations” portion of the suit is also published below.
         The outcome of the criminal charges lodged against the Cepedas and their prior criminal histories will come tomorrow. Their case is currently scheduled to go to trial in October in the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia.





    Posted on April 24th, 2015 Becky 6 comments


         These enterprising and hardworking reporters and editors at LNP managed to find a federal lawsuit filed against Coroner Stephen Diamantoni’s medical practice that was settled against him (click here). It even made the front page of today’s print edition. But for some strange reason, they apparently can’t find all the federal lawsuits filed against the Lancaster Police Department and individual officers in the last several years. And unlike Diamantoni’s, the settlements in these are coming from taxpayer dollars.
        Yesterday, as I made a list of the numerous suits to track, I found yet another one: Luis Cepeda and Mark Cepeda vs. Lancaster City, Officer Eric Panone and Officer Adam Weber et al.
         It was filed in the Eastern District Court on April 28th of 2014 and is currently scheduled to go to trial in the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse in October of this year.
         The allegations made in the lawsuit are absolutely horrific.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 23rd, 2015 Becky 10 comments



         These comments in from Cheryl Markle and Steve Markle in the last two days. I apologize for the language. This has been going on daily for two years with well over 1,000 comments received. And this is only the tip of the iceberg of what these stalkers do on the internet that relates to me. So I’m posting this on the home page one more time to make absolutely sure they see it. 😉 It’s also a permanent tab at the top of this site.


         The “Stalker Warning” site set up by another of their victims is here.


    Posted on April 21st, 2015 Becky 20 comments


         The $18,000 allegedly collected by the “Common Sense Legal Defense Fund” has been spent. According to the documents received by attorney Joshua Prince in his Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster, the city solicitor’s law firm, Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort  & Albert billed the city $8,068 for January and $5,368 for February.
         The request does not include March and April, when they filed two motions with the court – Preliminary Objections and then a detailed, complex 38 page Brief in support of those objections.
         Below is the first page of the April 2nd, 38 page brief.  Please note the opening paragraph which ends with this sentence: “Since the adoption of the ordinance, no circumstances have arisen requiring that the ordinance be enforced.”
         So, is all of this about “safety” or is it really just a chance for Mayor Gray to make headlines on a national stage and pretend that he’s doing something about the violence and unsolved crimes in Lancaster? The answer is resoundingly clear.

    ** And how could I forget – this LNP article is not included either – “Lancaster city won’t turn over NRA legal defense fund names; will give other info,” (click here). This, of course, is after LNP ran two editorials about the Right-to-Know and revealing people’s names and addresses (click here for ” ‘WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY, DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK.’ “

      * UPDATED 4-22-15 – Notice under the “News” section of the “new and improved” website, they have five articles/editorials from LNP. Five. Strangely missing is this one, “Lancaster City’s insurance will cover most NRA suit defense costs,” (click here). What happened with that, Mayor Gray? Attorney Joshua Prince says it is not true (click here).

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         This is unbelievable! Knowing attorney Joshua Prince was going to release the results of his Right-to-Know request regarding the NRA lawsuit, Mayor Gray has now expanded the website for the “Common Sense Legal Defense Fund” (click here).  I will put in a Right-to-Know request with the city tomorrow to find out how much they have paid the “Industrial Revolution” to create and revise this website.
         Not one single person has been charged under this ordinance in the five years it has been on the books! You are a liar, Mayor Gray!
    Please check back for much more on this and see the post immediately below.

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    Posted on April 21st, 2015 Becky 16 comments

     * Working on reading through some of the documents Prince has on his blog this afternoon! Wow!


    *** Screen shot from Prince’s blog (see the link below):

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    *     Attorney Joshua Prince has the results of his Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster regarding the NRA lawsuit posted on his blog – click here.NRA lawsuit2


    lausell1                       Sean Adams
         Lausell struggled with police for two to three minutes before McCormick [Officer Christopher McCormick] used his Taser on her several times, Heim [Police Sgt. Richard Heim] said.
    From LNP’s, “Police use stun gun on woman,” (click here).
        Noemi I. Lausell’s mugshot is above. 
         He refused officers’ commands and pushed Officer Chris McCormick, according to the affidavit.
         At that point, another officer deployed a Taser on Adams, city Police Lt. Todd Umstead said.
         Adams told police he was punched in the face by someone at the bar, but declined to provide specifics, Umstead said.
    From the LNP story, “Police use Taser on violent drinker who fought with patrons at downtown Marriott,” (click here).
        Sean Adams’ mugshot is above. He is from Farmington, New York. Those injuries are more than one punch to the face. Who was the other unnamed officer and how did Adams get all those injuries?
          Officer Christopher McCormick has been involved in a number of violent arrests where police state the force he used was necessary. Was it?
    Please see the lawsuit immediately below on this site and check back later today.


    Posted on April 20th, 2015 Becky 16 comments


          On October 30th, 2014, Michael McKinney filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the City of Lancaster and Police Officers Christopher McCormick and Anthony Weaver for violation of his civil rights.
          McKinney, according to his docket, was charged on November 20th, 2012 with the below two crimes by Officer Christopher McCormick resulting from his actions 20 days earlier on November 1st as described in the below lawsuit.


    Weaver & McCormich   Geckle

    Officers Anthony Weaver (left)            Attorney Patrick Geckle
    and Christopher McCormick

          McKinney is represented by attorney Patrick Geckle who states on his website that his firm is “dedicated to representing victims of police misconduct and brutality” (click here). What happened with the charges and does either of these two officers have a history of the use of force? That will come tomorrow.
         The below is taken directly from the lawsuit. Paragraph 14 is duplicated here again and for the following two paragraphs where McKinney tries to file a complaint against the two officers and alleges the charges were filed as retribution for doing so – see the post two stories down on this site. What are the stated complaint procedures in Lancaster? Click here to read them on the police website.McKinney1Mckinney2Mckinney3Mckinney4



    Posted on April 20th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


              Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray called the incident “unfortunate” and said he has lived in that area of the city for 42 years and isn’t concerned
          “The chances of something like this happening are rare,” Gray said. “I think it’s sad to make an association based on an isolated incident.”
    From the LNP story by Jennifer Todd, “Woman “shaken” after BB hits window while driving in Lancaster city,” (click here). 

         Did you think to ask him, “reporter” Todd, about the 10 shootings in March? Did you ask him how many of the shooters have been arrested? Your neighbor was mugged and badly beaten less than two years ago, Mayor Gray. Remember that (click here for “MAYOR GRAY: A TERRIBLE NEIGHBOR! – 3″)?
         I received the following in an email yesterday:
         I had an opportunity to interact with some of Lancaster youth (early to mid 20’s) yesterday.  The Lancaster Police Department is now considered to be just another violent street gang here in Lancaster. 
         Your police are not solving any crimes. Your police are violating citizen’s rights on a daily basis. Your alleged wife-beating police chief (stated by his ex-wife in book form) is an ineffective, crude, nasty person who is seemingly unaware that he is at least part African-American.
         And city council members: You better get your heads out of your butts and do something about these incompetent, abusive police. Hiding behind a gun ordinance that has not been enforced once in the five years it has been on the books is pathetic and ridiculous. Do something or resign! Hold Mayor Gray and the police accountable.
         Mayor Gray, you are not only a terrible neighbor and mayor, you are a terrible human being to allow this to go on. Period.
    Please see the Federal lawsuit immediately below and check back later today.
    [Editor’s note: I have not forgotten the LNP Media Group’s part in all of this. Turning a blind eye as young people are being shot, killed and maimed and the police do nothing to stop it. Every citizen’s life is threatened as a result – just like the woman and her child in the article. And it’s all because of their hotel/convention center and wanting to take even more of the taxpayer’s money through the CRIZ program established by Mayor Gray and Senator Smucker exactly to give racist LNP that money. Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, you need to resign – today!]

    Posted on April 19th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         I had something entirely different planned for today, but then I found yet another lawsuit. They just keep coming. This is from a Federal lawsuit filed by Michael McKinney v. Officers Christopher McCormick, Anthony Weaver and the City of Lancaster for violation of his Civil Rights (click here). It was filed on October 30, 2014 and is currently scheduled for a Settlement Conference with the Judge on May 28th. Why isn’t LNP reporting on any of these lawsuits? Why? This is just outrageous and unbelievable behavior by the Lancaster Police. Among his injuries, McKinney states the police officers broke his sternum.



    Posted on April 19th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


    gil smart3                                   gil smart2

           Yes, today is Gil Smart’s last day as an LNP columnist – click here for, “Goodbye, farewell and amen (but check the blog, willya?).” No, I will not check your blog, thank you!
    Back to the LNP “Editorial Board” later today.


    Posted on April 18th, 2015 Becky 7 comments

     * According to this poster on Lancaster Online’s website, Tom Knapp has been caught napping again – and why is this even a story (click here)?:
         There should be no disagreement about the castle’s origin. The former (and original) park owners stated clearly that it was never part of the park when they owned it (from 1963-2001).
          The writer is correct in saying it’s hard to assign a price to it – it’s worth what someone will pay for it.
         But if it’s value was inflated by a fabricated history on the family’s part, and poor reporting on LNP’s part, then I would be upset if I were the winning bidder. I hope he’s aware that what he purchased is only 12 years old and is made of coated styrofoam.

          Not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. But someone ought to report the facts…

         LNP really, really needs to rein this guy in! He is a loose cannon. Over on LOL’s Facebook page, Knapp is really losing it under his dog flu story with totally bizarre posts and photos! Whoa!


         This is the LNP “Editorial Board.” They met with Rep. Joe Pitts yesterday. Do you know who these people are? Do you care? Do you trust them?
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 Becky 5 comments

     * Taking a break this afternoon. Back tomorrow.


     rickspin    One person with the ability to get his party to focus on the issue, Gray told the LNP Editorial Board on Thursday, is Lancaster’s own state Rep. Mike Sturla, who chairs the state House Democratic Policy Committee.
         We agree with Gray: Sturla needs to move his party to action on municipal pension reform.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “A call to Democratic lawmakers: Help cities out of pension mess,” (click here).
         You better watch out Mike Sturla: If you don’t do what LNP wants they’ll stop protecting you and publish all of your bizarre behavior and all of your son’s arrests! 
         So did the bow tie Dickster waddle down to the LNP offices and meet with the “Editorial Board” in person?  Of course they agree with Gray! They tell their puppet what to do!
         What else did they discuss? Crime? Police Chief Keith Sadler? Unsolved shootings? The coalition “safety” cameras? The NRA lawsuit and how much the city has spent on its defense? The EPA and how much the city has paid the law firm charging $550 an hour? Roof gardens? The walkability study? Road conditions in the city? Gail Gray’s artwork? The CRIZ and how LNP wants millions more of the public’s money? Rooftop bars?
         The possibilities are endless! Oh, my!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Becky 5 comments

    * I am getting very negative feedback about these “trunk scanners” (see below). Please do not buy one without more information.


    Good Afternoon.
           There have been no arrests made.   We do not have any suspects or further leads at this time, and we did not receive any tips or information following the story.
    Thank you,
    Lieutenant Robin Weaver
    Administration/Public Information Officer
    East Lampeter Township Police Dept.
    2250 Old Philadelphia Pike
    Lancaster, PA 17602
    Office# (717) 291-4676 Ext 3118
          This email in today from Lt. Robin Weaver in response to my email of this morning which asked:
          Have any individuals been charged in the incidents on March 22 and 26 and reported by the Lancaster Newspapers in their April 2 story, “Racial incidents in East Lampeter Township shake African-American family?”
          LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer reported this description in that article (click here):
         Wood said two young men were driving in an older model, black Ford F-150 pickup. She said one of the young men had short, spiky strawberry blond or red hair. The other had brown hair. Both appeared to be between 17 and 20 years old.
          How hard can it be to find these two? If you have any information, please contact Weaver at the above phone number.
           This was posted on the Lancaster City Police Facebook page today (click here):
    Many cities, counties and even entire states in the U.S. and Canada use “trunking” radio systems for public safety communications . Trunking allows agencies to provide dozens or even hundreds of groups of users to share a small number of computer-controlled radio frequencies. This is what we started using on Monday. You can do a web search of “trunking scanners” to find a model that will work in this area. Be prepared….they are pretty pricey.

          Well, I need to google and I’ve run out of time today but there will be more on this at a later date. Is it my imagination or do the police seem pleased that they are “pretty pricey?”
          This is posted on the Lancaster City website under the CRIZ Authority page (click here):
         *The April 28 CRIZ Authority Board meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 26, at 4:00 pm in the City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall.
          Please put the May 26th date on your calendar and I will find out as soon as possible if the PSP Partners (LNP Media Group and High Industries) have put in a CRIZ application.
          And speaking of City Hall and the poor excuse for a Mayor who “works” there, LNP has already moved the three paragraph story, “State honors Gray and Inter-Municipal Committee for excellence ” off their home page (click here). I have never heard of the “Inter-Municipal Committee” but this apparently is their severely lacking and ugly website (click here).
          And the article did not go over well on LOL’s Facebook page! The comments under it are republished below. (I was not aware of Whoopi Goldberg’s lack of eyebrows but a quick google search certainly revealed that she does have extremely minimalist eyebrows. Who knew and what happened to them?)



    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Becky 7 comments


    dog driving1

    dog driving2     Yes, yesterday evening LNP police reporter Jennifer Todd suggested that a dog may have been driving the SUV! Who knew? The story has now been wisely revised and sadly, there is no mention of the dog! Click here for “Man with gunshot wound drove himself to fire scene.”


          This appeared in yesterday’s print edition and it’s also online under the story, “Stalker gets 18 months for terrorizing family with fire, slashing tires, pouring sugar in gas tanks,” (click here). Why aren’t you identifying them, LNP? Shouldn’t you tell us why?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 15th, 2015 Becky 10 comments



         Someone from the Lancaster City Police Department posted this update on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under this morning’s stabbing story hours ago and LNP has not even updated the story on their website (click here). Unbelievable! What do these reporters and editors do all day besides tweeting about journalism? They should practice what they tweet and do some damn work!
         And this has to be the world’s stupidest headline ever:



    Goldberg1                           Joseph McMahon

            Alan Goldberg                                        Joseph McMahon
         Jose Rentas has hired attorney Alan Goldberg of the law firm Goldberg & Beyer to defend him according to his docket.  Elaine Key has hired Joseph McMahon of the McMahon & Winters Law Firm. Samoad Key’s docket does not indicate his representation at this time.
           All three face multiple serious charges in connection with the accidental Easter Sunday shooting of Rentas’ 9-year-old son in Lancaster (click here for ‘ABSOLUTE OVERKILL”).  Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for May 14th at 3:00 pm before District Judge Janice Jimenez.
         Goldberg is one of Lancaster’s best defense attorneys. We will see if any of the duplicate and far-fetched charges are withdrawn at the preliminary hearing stage. These defendants are facing the fight of their lives – literally.


    vodka theft

         The East Lampeter Township Police are looking for this woman who allegedly stole a bottle of vodka (click here). But have they found and charged the two men involved in the shocking racial incidents from several weeks ago (click here)? Have they put out the men’s descriptions asking for the public’s help to identify them? What have they done to bring these men to justice? And where is your follow-up, LNP?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 14th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


    Geiman10                               Madenspacher

         John F. Geiman                                     Judge Madenspacher  

    LANCASTER: Damian Ruiz, 33, of the 300 block of East Filbert Street, was charged after he was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm, a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson Walther, during a traffic stop on Thursday in the 300 block of West King Street. Ruiz had a fully loaded magazine in a jacket pocket, He was sent to Lancaster County Prison on $50,000 bail.
    From the Police Log on October 21, 2011 (click here).
         Yes, the year 2011 is correct. Why do I bring this up? Because it is the subject of a Federal lawsuit filed in the Pennsylvania Eastern District Court by Damian Ruiz on January 7th of this year for violation of his Civil Rights by five Lancaster City Police Officers (click here).
         And it also involves Judge Joseph Madenspacher who had a key decision reversed by the Superior Court on September 16, 2013 and they granted Ruiz a new trial.
         On February 13th of 2014, DA Craig Stedman entered a nolle prosequi in Ruiz’s case. Ruiz spent 27 months in prison.
         There will be more on this lawsuit later. Some days you go looking for one thing and you happen to find another. And so it is with this lawsuit. None of this, except for the police log entry from 2011, has ever been reported by the Lancaster Newspapers.
         But LNP reporter Brett Hambright did “report” on John Geiman’s sentencing today by Judge Madenspacher and stated this (click here for “Stalker gets 18 months for terrorizing family with fire, slashing tires, pouring sugar in gas tanks”):
         After hearing details of the case, County Judge Joseph Madenspacher said he could have sentenced Geiman to much more, but accepted the agreement to spare the victims of further court precedings [sic].
         “This is about as horrible a set of facts I’ve ever seen,” he told Geiman. “Kind of like one of those made-for-TV horror movies.”
         Madenspacher said he could have ordered a 10-to-20-year prison term and appeals courts “wouldn’t bat an eyelash.”
         “You are incredibly lucky,” the judge said, “this is the sentence you are getting.”
         So, why don’t you explain to us, Judge Madenspacher, why he was so “incredibly lucky?” You’re the one who gave him the “incredible luck!” Why? Ruiz didn’t get any “incredible luck” from you! Who gets “incredibly lucky” in your courtroom and who doesn’t? Is this Las Vegas?
         I am so disturbed by all of this that I will come back to it tomorrow. The entire justice system in Lancaster is totally corrupt, racist and out of control.    


          Defense attorney Cory Miller said he will be seeking a boot-camp sentence after a background check is completed.
    From the LNP article, “Driver admits to hit-and-run crash that killed pedestrian; faces 3 years in prison,” (click here). 
    Chuck     Brandon Bleecher, 23, struck and killed Charles (Chuck) Leayman (pictured left) and then drove away on January 18th of this year (click here). Bleecher was charged in two previous hit and run accidents. Boot camp should not be an option for Bleecher, whose father or step-father, Douglas Michael Bleecher, is one of the inventors of “NeverWet” for the Ross Technology Corporation in Leola.
         He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 8th at 1:30 pm in Courtroom #8. Please mark your calendar to attend and also write Judge Reinaker and tell him that boot camp is an unacceptable sentence for Bleecher:
         Judge Dennis E. Reinaker
         Lancaster County Courthouse
         50 N. Duke Street
         P.O. Box 83480
         Lancaster, PA 17608 
    Geiman10— John Geiman is scheduled to plead guilty to multiple counts of stalking and arson this morning at 9:00 am before Judge Joseph Madenspacher. Click here for “FOLKS WE HAVE AN HONEST TO GOODNESS AMISH MAFIA AFFAIR!” and please check back later today.


    Posted on April 13th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


         There are three blatant, recent criminal cases where explicit preferential treatment was given by the DA and Judges because of political connections – and LNP purposely and knowingly covered them up and flat-out lied to the public: 

    1. G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s step brother-in-law. 

    2. Devin Gardill and Luke Karpathios who were sentenced to six months in boot camp for a violent home invasion for drugs. Gardill is the son of a West Hempfield Police Officer and Karpathios is the son of a prominent Lancaster businessman. 

    3. Katie West who drove high on heroin and was involved in an accident that killed her husband and one of her children who were in the car. She was not charged and the DA and police tried to blame and convict a recent immigrant truck driver whom she hit. She is the sister of County Commissioner Scott Martin. 

         I will come back to each one of these in detail – but Representative Bryan Cutler should be outraged by all these cases as well and urging for the dismissal of the public officials involved in them.  



         “If people do not trust that the process is fair, they will always question the results,” Cutler said. “The residents of the Commonwealth deserve to be able to trust their public officials, and when that trust is destroyed, the official must be dismissed.”
    From Representative Bryan Cutler’s website post calling for the impeachment of District Judge Kelly Ballentine (click here).
    Stedman1     I certainly hope Cutler is also calling for the dismissal of DA Craig Stedman, because he obstructed justice and gave outrageous preferential treatment to Cutler’s step brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis. What a hypocrite!
         See “ABSOLUTE OVERKILL” two posts down on this site for G. Scott Davis’ charges and treatment compared to the participants in the Easter shooting tragedy of a child in Lancaster.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 12th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


    Robin Weaver

          Still, the principles Stevens pursued, of standing up for those suffering discrimination and poverty, were enshrined in the 14th Amendment’s call for “equal protection of the laws.”
         While our nation still does not deliver on the equality for all that Stevens sought, the words he had added to the Constitution give the standard he pursued both the force of law and the ability to inspire us to finish the job he began.
         Let us do so with the energy and passion Thaddeus Stevens brought to the task.
    From today’s LNP Sunday editorial, “Let us meet the standard Stevens set on equality,” (click here).
         This is the second editorial in a row in the Sunday News regarding hatred, discrimination and racism. Last week’s was about the horrific story of Yvette Wood, “In increasingly diverse Lancaster County, racism cannot be allowed to reside here,” (click here).
         If the LNP editorial board means one word of what they write, they should follow-up with the East Lampeter Township Police to see if these two men have been found and charged. And if they have not, they should ask police Lt. Robin Weaver why not. And they should call him everyday and ask why not until these men have been found and charged. Period.
         Where is your follow-up, LNP?

    Posted on April 10th, 2015 Becky 29 comments
    *    This story is getting more and more bizarre. Samoad Key received the highest bail amount this morning at their preliminary arraignments – $100,000 cash. According to the prison website, he is an inmate in Lancaster County Prison.
         Jose Rentas’ bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000. LNP is currently reporting $50,000 without the percentage and saying he was committed to prison. That is not correct. His docket indicates the 10% and I called District Judge Janice Jimenez’s office late this afternoon to confirm. An assistant stated his bail is $5,000 and it has been satisfied by a bail bondsman and he is free.
         Elaine Key, who by the police account, actually pulled the trigger is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.
         Why did Samoad Key receive a far higher bail amount that the other two? And with his exception, the bail amounts for the others are low considering the number of felonies they are charged with. There will be more tomorrow.
         As a follow-up to attorney Thomas B. Sponaugle, who is running to be a Lancaster County Judge, and his summary trial yesterday afternoon for a speeding ticket, see a portion of his updated docket below (see the post two stories down on this site for more information).
         The charge was decreased from speeding in excess of 15 MPH over the limit to speeding in excess of 5 MPH and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and received the accompanying fine. The attorney listed on his docket is with the York law firm where Sponaugle is employed. It is not known if the attorney was present.
    Have a safe and fun Friday night and please check back tomorrow.


         Two children were accidentally shot in Lancaster County. One, Kestyn Davis, is dead. The other, Logan Rentas, remains in critical condition.
         The names, pictures and charges of those involved in each shooting are printed below.
         Click here for LNP’s, “Father, sister among those charged in Easter Sunday shooting of 9-year-old city boy.”
         The paragraphs regarding G. Scott Davis are from Monday’s print edition and were included in LNP’s reporting of this Easter Sunday tragedy. Those paragraphs are no longer available online.
    Please check back later today.  



    Ealine Key1Elaine Key

    Samoad Key1Samoad Key


                                            G. Scott DavisG. Scott Davis Davis3



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

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

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

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


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