Posted on January 26th, 2011 30 comments
Posted on September 22nd, 2014 1 comment
* It is one of those days when I have so much I want to say that I don’t know where to begin. So, I’ll begin tomorrow after this evening’s NAACP panel discussion. I do think that Police Chief Keith Sadler and District Attorney Craig Stedman should be grilled on their hiring and the efforts being made to diversify their staffs.
And if Sadler says anything again about military service, then please see this article about their latest three hires who currently live in York. I don’t see any military service mentioned in the police press release and the idea that there are not qualified minority men and women in Lancaster City, with or without military service, is absolutely outrageous, ludicrous and a lie!
A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held this evening at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. at 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies like Furgeson, MO in the Lancaster County community in the future.
Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman and Police Chief Sadler will participate in the forum among others. The forum is open to the public and free of charge.
Click here for the press release on Lancaster Online and look two stories below on this site for more details.
Elswart Bodden is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing this morning at 10:00 am before Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth. Bodden is charged with attempted criminal homicide for stabbing and critically injuring Annika Horn in her home during a burglary on September 9th. The preliminary hearing will be held in the Lancaster County Courthouse in courtroom #2 for security reasons and to accommodate the press and public.
Bodden is represented by court appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad.
Almost $50,000 has been raised so far for Annika Horn’s medical bills and other needs (click here).
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 20th, 2014 12 comments
JUST ASK SAXON FARNES!
ON PROBATION &
MANY BENCH WARRANTS!
Saxon Farnes in a selfie from his Facebook page.
EPHRATA: An East Cocalico Township man threatened a person who gave him a ride to Ephrata with a knife, and then urinated on the driver’s seat, police said.
A person gave Saxon Farnes, 24, of Stevens, a ride to Ephrata shortly before midnight Thursday night, Ephrata police Sgt. David Shupp said.
In the 100 block of Grant Street in Ephrata, Farnes pulled a knife and threatened to harm the person.
When the driver jumped out of the vehicle, Farnes urinated on the driver’s seat and smashed the side mirror.
Police took Farnes into custody and charged him with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief.
From Friday’s police log (click here).
Would you like to know Mr. Farnes bail amount? Ten percent of $20,000 or $2,000. He’s charged with a felony – aggravated assault! And you know what – he’s on probation for pleading guilty to Retail Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance from charges brought on July 15, 2013. Yes, in April of this year Judge James P. Cullen in a plea deal sentenced him to three years probation on those charges!
And you want to know what else? He has two other criminal dockets! One from 2009 for Criminal Mischief-Damage Property and Public Drunkenness, and in 2012 he had a DUI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
And you want to know what else? There have been numerous bench warrants issued and his bail revoked multiple times because Mr. Farnes failed to show up in court when required. Numerous bench warrants!
So now he is charged with Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief-Damaging Property while on probation from other charges and his bail is $2,000!
Wow, it’s nice to be white in Lancaster County!
Posted on September 20th, 2014 8 comments
NAACP AND SOUTH ANN ST. CONCERNED NEIGHBORS TO ASK LAW ENFORCERS:
CAN FERGUSON HAPPEN HERE?
The Lancaster County NAACP and South Ann Street Concerned Neighbors invite members of the Lancaster community to participate in a panel discussion to put a spotlight once again on community and police relations in light of the tragic death of Michael Brown, a teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.
A panel discussion on Police and Community Interaction will be held on Monday, September 22 at Ray’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. on 49 South Ann Street from 6-8:30 pm. This forum is an effort by the NAACP and South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors to facilitate a discussion about how the community and police can engage in positive interactions in order to prevent tragedies of this nature in the Lancaster County community in the future.
Panelists include: District Attorney Craig Stedman, City Chief of Police Keith Sadler, Conrad Moore of Roots of Justice, Pastor Wayne Scott of the Inner City Progressive Pastors Association, Melisa Colema of Kenyon’s Promise, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Ismail Smith-Wade-El of Youth Perspective, Martin Kearney of the PA Human Relations Commission and Sandra Thompson, a Civil Rights Attorney and President of the York NAACP.
The Moderators will be Patricia Hopson-Shelton, Assistant to the President for Social Equity and Diversity, Emerita, Millersville University and Gregory Paulson, a City resident and past president of the Lancaster Bar Association.
The forum is free and open to the general public. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 413-1985.
Posted on September 19th, 2014 No comments
A HECK OF A WEEK -
BUT IT’S FRIDAY!
It’s been a week of shock and disgust with the Lancaster Newspapers. Watching and listening to veteran “journalists” lie is not an easy thing to do.
It hasn’t been a good week for Pit Bulls either, with two people hospitalized with their bites. I am still on the fence about these dogs, but I think some of their ardent and even fanatical supporters need to be exceptionally cautious with their Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, especially around children and other dogs.
But it’s Friday – so I present the best and worst of the week in pictures.
Oh, the irony! The Lancaster City Police posted the below flier on their Facebook page with this caption (click here):
OKAY, NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND THIS GUY BEFORE HE KILLS SOMEONE ELSE
Well said, Lancaster Police, now why don’t you apply the same logic to all of the unsolved murders and serious crimes in Lancaster?
Representative Bryan Cutler just continues to amaze with his extremely bad taste and sentiment regarding guns and his brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis, who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve. Thank you to a reader who sent this photo of the targets that are free give-aways by Cutler and his campaign at the Solanco Fair. Unbelievable and disgraceful! This man has to go!
And finally this from NBC News (via “Must See Pic an Vids” Facebook page). They later updated the story to say the officer suffered minor injuries and we hope he heals quickly. But, as NBC says:
You don’t see this everyday.
Well, maybe you’ve never seen me getting my coffee in the morning!
Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.
Posted on September 19th, 2014 4 comments
“IT’S NOT DIVERSE”Scott Murphy: Suzanne, Ronald’s other question about diversity on the editorial board?Suzanne Cassidy: I think, Ronald, that is a really important priority for us – making sure that the editorial board has some diversity moving forward. Right now it is not as diverse as we want it to be. It’s not diverse.LNP’s new Editorial Page Editor, Suzanne Cassidy, on WITF’s “Smart Talk” Wednesday morning with host Scott Murphy (click here).So what are the Lancaster Newspapers really doing to diversify their editorial board and staff so it reflects the community they cover? Are they doing anything at all? Or is this just all talk?Please check back later today.
Posted on September 18th, 2014 1 comment
BLACK WOMEN CANNOT – 2…Madenspacher [President Judge Joseph Madenspacher] said he found no aggravating factors in the case to order additional prison time.“It certainly doesn’t excuse it,” he said. “But, I guess I can see why she did it.”“This is somewhat of a dysfunctional family being held together by this woman,” the judge said. “Now if we’re talking millions (of dollars), that might be another story.”…A tearful Robertson pleaded with the judge [Judge Dennis Reinaker] to spare her a prison sentence so she could stay with her children.“I know that everybody says that I was beating the system. I was not trying to beat the system,” she said. “I needed to care for my kids. … I needed help.”One woman stole $170,000 from her employer, Leola Family Health Center, over the course of ten years. She received the time she served in Lancaster County Prison – 357 days.One woman stole $17,000 from welfare over the course of two years. She was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in state prison.Do you know which woman is which?—- Click here for, “JUDGE: 375 days in prison enough for stealing $170K from doctor’s office.”—- Click here for, “Woman jailed for welfare fraud.”—- Click here for the original “WHITE WOMEN CAN…” with a link to a case where a white women stole $500,000 and she received three months in prison on work release and nine months under house arrest.
Posted on September 17th, 2014 12 comments
A DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM!
We have a lot of expertise in the newsroom on local issues. We want – this is what we can do. This is where a local daily newspaper – we need to keep our local institutions accountable. We needed to hold our local elected officials accountable. This is why most of us went into journalism. This is what we want to do. I think to that moving forward we just need for our editorial page to reflect the increasing diversity of Lancaster County.
Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, in her radio interview on WITF’s “Smart Talk” this morning (click here and it is the second “sound cloud” beginning at 8:15 into the tape).
You can’t have expertise in your newsroom if it doesn’t reflect the make-up of the community you cover. Period. And her statement about holding elected public officials accountable is just an outrageous lie. What a slap in the face to all real journalists everywhere. How does this woman live with herself?
There is one question from a caller later in the tape that addresses the racist cartoon and questions the diversity of the new editorial board. Her answer there is also totally unacceptable. Roda acts as if the diversity of Lancaster County just occurred five minutes ago. It is ridiculous and sickening and time for her to go! There will be more tomorrow.
Posted on September 16th, 2014 16 comments
LNP: ONE NAME,
REDESIGN OCTOBER 16
**** Lancaster Newspaper’s Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, stated today during her radio interview (click here) that the newspaper will have one name and a redesign effective October 16.
*** The North Plum Street Turkey Hill was robbed again on August 10th. Click here for “Armed gunman robs city convenience store.” Where is the photo of the robber? Will this robber reform and never rob again? Where is his photo? Where is the arrest? Investigate the Lancaster City Police Department now!
** Where is this bank robber’s photo? I don’t care if he had a pink washcloth over his face; show us his photo! Click here for “Bank robber uses pink washcloth to cover face during heist at western edge of Lancaster.” Do the police understand why banks have cameras? Will this robber reform and never rob again? Where is his photo, Lancaster Police? What the hell are you doing?
* 9-17-14 UPDATE - There is still no picture of Eric Matthew Frein on Lancaster Online! They have had hours and hours to put it up! I guess it is so rare for the Lancaster Police to release photos of wanted perpetrators that LNP doesn’t know how to handle it. The police still have not released even a description, let alone surveillance camera footage, of the man who shot another man at the 575 N. Franklin Street McDonalds on July 3rd. Where is the arrest? Do the police understand the point of having cameras? What are the police doing? Has the shooter shot anyone else?
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
I think every news organization in Pennsylvania has Eric Matthew Frein’s picture and story as their lead this afternoon - except the Lancaster Newspapers who have yet to even put up his picture and apparently think high school football and the Solanco Fair are more important.
Frein is wanted for the murder of one State Trooper and for critically wounding another in Pike County (click here for WGAL’s coverage). There is a $75,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. He is armed and extremely dangerous.
The tip line is 866-326-7256.
Posted on September 16th, 2014 1 comment
“BAN THE BOX”
“Ban the box” to remove criminal past question from job applications
WGAL-TV (click here and currently they have the wrong video accompanying the story).
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 15th, 2014 28 comments
** Please see the comments under this post. How much of a liar is Barbara Hough
* The story is national – click here for “Newspaper Apologizes For Offensive Cartoon
Comparing Airplanes To Slave Ships” in the Huff Post.
LNP “LIVE CHAT”
The big news today? The Lancaster Newspapers! Yes, here we go again – a live chat this morning (click here):
Lancaster Newspapers president John A. Kirkpatrick III, executive editor Barbara Hough Roda and editorial page editor Suzanne Cassidy will take your questions and discuss the changes here at 10 a.m. on Monday.
How many times are they going to do this? They have these knee-jerk reactions with no significant changes over and over again.
Become a news organization and tell the truth. How hard is that? Here’s a start from the Associated Press (click here):RESPONSIBILITY
The good newspaper is fair, accurate, honest, responsible, independent and decent. Truth is its guiding principle.
It avoids practices that would conflict with the ability to report and present news in a fair, accurate and unbiased manner.
The newspaper should serve as a constructive critic of all segments of society. It should reasonably reflect, in staffing and coverage, its diverse constituencies. It should vigorously expose wrongdoing, duplicity or misuse of power, public or private. Editorially, it should advocate needed reform and innovation in the public interest. News sources should be disclosed unless there is a clear reason not to do so. When it is necessary to protect the confidentiality of a source, the reason should be explained.
The newspaper should uphold the right of free speech and freedom of the press and should respect the individual’s right to privacy. The newspaper should fight vigorously for public access to news of government through open meetings and records.
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 14th, 2014 10 comments
* I’m in shock. The only thing I know about Cassidy is that she did write on a lot of “women’s issues” – like today’s front-page piece on college rape. But to write that editorial and to have a guest columnist write about domestic violence knowing full well that the Lancaster Police Chief’s ex-wife has written a book alleging he beat her for years and LNP has never once mentioned the fact is beyond all comprehension. It is a direct blow to the face of every man and woman living in Lancaster County and inconceivable to any real journalist.
She just showed her true colors and it’s just more of the same unbelievable crap and lies from LNP. It is total deception and it is absolutely disgusting!
[Editor's note: I just posted this in the comments and I am also moving it here as today's update. I just can't take any more of these blatant, disgusting lies. How do these people live with themselves? I have run out of time and will have today's promised story tomorrow.]
BY SUZANNE CASSIDY!We need to see domestic violence for the horrible and insidious crime that it is. And we need to hold abusers — and those who enable abusers — accountable for their crimes.Domestic violence is inflicted on the young, the middle-aged, the elderly. It is inflicted on the rich, the poor, the middle class. It is inflicted on those of all races and religions.And it will be happening even as you settle in to watch football this afternoon.Just ask any of the estimated 10,000 victims of domestic violence in our community alone.From today’s Sunday News editorial by Suzanne Cassidy, “EDITORIAL: No video needed to convey horror of domestic violence,” (click here).This past Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News ran a huge story on page three on domestic violence among police officers and the photo and storyline began with Rosa Torres-Sadler, the ex-wife of Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler, who has written a book stating he beat her for years and made her partially blind (click here). And for over two years the Lancaster Newspapers have intently and purposely covered-up this fact and withheld this vital information from the public that they absolutely need to know.And under their new “Editorial Page Editor” they did it again today. You are a liar and a disgrace to those 10,000 victims of domestic violence, Suzanne Cassidy!Cassidy should not even call herself a journalist! The first core principle of journalism from the PEW Research Group is (click here):1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.And the second is:2. Its first loyalty is to citizens.You have failed at both of these, Suzanne Cassidy! What an absolute disgrace!************************************Coming later today, the story behind this explosive video and a real “stand your ground” case.
Posted on September 13th, 2014 No comments
& WHEN IS IT NONSENSE?
I spoke with Wayne Pagan who protested in front of the Lancaster Police Station this Monday in the below video courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page. You will not believe his story! Does this have anything to do with “stand your ground?” Why weren’t these men charged? The whole story will come tomorrow.
And in what may be considered a “stand your ground” case – remember this – (click here for “WHO WAS THE VICTIM? – 2″)? Javon Caldwell is pictured at the top left and his case has been through the courts and adjudicated and I will have more on that tomorrow as well.
[Editor's note - One very important correction in the video: in speaking with Wayne Pagan today, the correct address should be 457 W. King Street - he incorrectly names the address in the video. Again, it is 457 W. King Street.]
Posted on September 12th, 2014 8 comments
Grow a pair and come down like a ton of bricks when the incident happens, not as a result of people’s reaction to the video, and you think: Uh-oh, better look like we’re really swinging into action here.
This is a quote from LNP’s “investigative reporter” Gil Smart today on his “Smart Remarks” Facebook page under his new, ridiculously long, meaningless and stupid blog post that nobody reads, “Ray Rice may be scum, but does that mean we should treat him differently than other abusers?” (click here).
No, Gil, let’s make all the abusers police chiefs! I would tell Gil to grow a pair, but it is obviously far too late for that. This is the most worthless reporter I have ever seen who has gotten by for years because of his last name and playing the role of being the paper’s only “liberal.”
LNP, take his salary and use it to pay three minority reporters fresh out of college who care about the truth, social justice, change, telling the public what they need to know and who understand the role of journalism in this society.
Smart, who once infamously posted that his only obligation as a journalist was to make his boss money, has failed to do even that for years.
Those young reporters would know that the public needs to know that on page three of Wednesday’s Philadelphia Daily News their was a huge photo and article about Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler’s ex-wife who states he beat and kicked her for 16 years including making her partially blind. But you don’t have one word about that in your piece, do you Gil? You and LNP have never once told the public this crucial information that they need to know.
The police respond to domestic calls more than any other calls they receive. Today, an alleged “domestic” call has resulted in the town of Ephrata being literally shut-down the entire day (click here). Domestic violence is still a huge problem in this country and it has to be dealt with now. And we don’t allow abusers to play football and we sure as hell don’t make them police chiefs!
I only went to Smart’s blog (which is very hard to find in the first place) today to see if he had written anything at all about the racism at his paper and LNP’s apology – and I found nothing but this disgusting and pointless (the body of it taken from the National Review) blog post on Ray Rice.
Fire him, LNP, and use his salary to pay three new reporters who actually care and understand journalism.
Smart thinks he’s the big tough guy calling Rice scum in his headline. Guess what, Gil, you and Police Chief Sadler are also scum!
Posted on September 12th, 2014 3 comments
LNP MUST BEGIN IMMEDIATELY!
This excellent comment in yesterday:
“Regarding LNP’s apology….I think actions speak louder than words; and while LNP is very good in the word department, they need to be sure that their actions follow suit. This means they need to immediately begin including more diversity in their management and editorial staff, as well as their reporter staff. If LNP truly wants to reflect the opinions of a diverse community, then LNP needs to put their money where their mouth is, in terms of providing it’s readers and advertisers with a diverse staff to reflect that commitment.
Any thing less in just words on paper, and we all know how meaningless that can be. It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.”
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 11th, 2014 14 comments
*** It’s been quite a day at the Lancaster Newspapers! A front-page apology for a racist cartoon and the announcement of a huge change in their editorial page and an Open Letter from the NAACP on their new editorial page. Thank you NAACP for (finally) loudly and firmly stepping up and demanding an apology and change!
I have personal commitments this afternoon, but will come back to all of this tomorrow! Wow! How much change will there really be?
Just a reminder from this morning that the link to donate to Annika Horn, Sunday’s stabbing victim, is here.
** James Burchik, the nasty, racist New Era Editorial Page editor, has apparently been fired or taken retirement. His name and picture have been deleted from LNP’s employee directory. Click here for LNP’s apology for Burchik’s decision last Saturday. Unbelievable!
* Please read “An Open Letter from the Lancaster NAACP” to LNP – click here.
HEARTS FOR ANI -
Annika Horn is a beautiful soul and has been a wonderful, faithful friend for the entirety of my adult life. She was assaulted in her own home on Saturday, September 6th, nearly mortally wounded and is currently in intensive care in an undisclosed location. She has undergone several surgeries to repair the terrible damage done to her body, and will require much more specialized medical care in the months and weeks to come.
Click here to read more and donate.
Posted on September 10th, 2014 14 comments
“HE STILL HAS POWER”Torres [Rosa Torres-Sadler, ex-wife of Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler, talking about him] never travels alone, fearful that her activism might incite her ex-husband and his supporters.“It’s horrible because you don’t know who to trust, you don’t know who’s watching you,” Torres said. “He still has power here in Philadelphia.”She added: “There is a unique injustice that takes place when the abuser is a police officer, because the people who should help you would rather protect him because of the title he holds.”
Page 3 of today’s Philadelphia Daily News shown below.
POLICE CHIEF KEITH SADLER!Rosaura Torres suffered in silence for years.
The Northeast Philadelphia woman, 54, was married to a Philadelphia police officer who eventually ascended into the top ranks of the department. He beat, kicked and choked her for 16 years until one especially brutal beating left her with a detached retina that left her partially blind.
Throughout, she begged him to stop and threatened to report him.
“He made it very clear that no one would listen to me because of his position in the community,” Torres said. “He said: ‘No one’s going to listen to you. They’ll all say you’re crazy.’ And he was right.”
She wrote a letter to city and police officials in 2001 to protest his promotion, citing his history of domestic abuse. He was promoted anyway.
The couple divorced in 2004.
The Daily News is not naming her ex-husband, who has since retired in Philadelphia and now works outside the city, because he was never criminally charged.
From today’s Philly.com with the above photo and article titled, “Domestic Terrors,” (click here).
I’ll name her ex-husband: It is Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler. Does it get any more outrageous or disgusting than this?Please check back later today.-
FRIEND WHO “FOUND” REINMILLER CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER – *** BREAKING NEWS *** UPDATED – WHERE IS THE MUGSHOT?Posted on September 9th, 2014 8 comments
It is the “friend” of Donald Reinmiller, Vandy Blankenship, who called 911 for “cardiac arrest” who has been charged with his murder (click here for the police press release).
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE CHARGE
* According to his court docket, Bodden was charged with attempted homicide this morning. His bail is now $1,000,000.
OF ELSWART R. BODDEN?Where is the mugshot of Elswart Richard Bodden, 23, who was arrested yesterday in connection with Sunday’s vicious stabbing (click here for “Man who fled stabbing not charged in attack; investigation continuing”)?JustMugshots.com has this photo and the description and age are correct (click here).Please check back later today.
Posted on September 8th, 2014 2 comments
* Revised – The police have made an arrest of the driver of the black Honda Civic they believed was involved in Sunday’s brutal stabbing. Click here for the press release and the new information is below the first release. It is not clear at this time if the police still believe he is also the perpetrator of the attempted homicide.
OF LAW ENFORCEMENTI thought it was appropriate that the NAACP of Lancaster posted the below notice of a meeting with police on their Facebook page today (click here). Please plan to attend.“Must See Pics an Vids” has an explosive video up of a man protesting in front of the Lancaster Police Station today claiming racism (click here).I will come back to the two extremely violent unsolved crimes and the one unsolved murder in the city in the last two weeks alone tomorrow.**************************************************SAVE THE DATE - SEPTEMBER 22
Lancaster NAACP encourages the community to attend a panel discussion with Law Enforcement on Monday September 22, 2014 at 6pm at the Ray’s Temple Church of God In Christ 49 South Ann St. Lancaster, PA 17602.
Participants include: Representatives from Law Enforcement, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, the PA Human Relations Commission and Local Community Leaders.
This forum is an effort for the community and police to learn to positively interact with each other to prevent situations that have occurred in New York and Missouri from occurring locally.
It is an opportunity for the community to voice its expectations to law enforcement.
It is an opportunity for law enforcement to explain their position to the community.
The Forum is Sponsored by the Lancaster NAACP and the South Ann St. Concerned Neighbors.
The General Public is Invited to Attend the event.
Posted on September 8th, 2014 16 comments
** There is absolutely no new information. On the noon news on WGAL-8 they had Meredith Jorgensen live in front of 422 West Orange Street. Lt. Todd Umstead was shown in two brief clips stating the police were “making progress” and then saying there have been “significant developments” and that “detectives worked through the night.”This is an outrage! Who is the suspect? Where is his description? Do they have the car?The “detectives worked through the night?” They damn well better have and they certainly should not be paid for it as they let the perpetrator get away! This vicious criminal is on the loose! This is unbelievable! This is beyond unacceptable!
* News trucks are lined up outside the Lancaster Police Station. As of 10:50 am this morning, WGAL-8, CBS-21 and ABC-27 are there. Has there been a break in the case? A person who listens to the scanner said the search for the black Honda Civic was “lifted” by the police last night about 9 pm. (Photo courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.)
“WOMAN FIGHTING FOR LIFE
AFTER VICIOUS ASSAULT”
CBS-21 (click here).
CBS-21 has the most comprehensive report on this horrifying assault including on-air quotes from District Attorney Craig Stedman.
This is beyond shocking and disturbing. This is every person’s worst nightmare. And the public is still waiting for vital information needed to protect themselves and help police arrest this violent criminal! Where is that information, Lancaster Police?
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 7th, 2014 6 comments
LCP: RELEASE INFORMATION!
* Please see the comments on this post – the police need to release more information and they need to do it now! How many times after how many crimes do I have to type this? Also, as of 2:50 pm, an eyewitness verified the detectives are still on the scene.
Actually, I’ll move this excellent comment from “my goodness” here:
Had the car info been released, if the perp is still in the area, someone would have found the car by now I would think. Where is the “not random, no danger” mantra?? If I don’t hear this I assume that we have some type of really dangerous person running loose and that me and mine could possibly be in danger as with every other citizen. So many questions.
DETECTIVES STILL ON SCENE
HER CONDITION IS UNKNOWN
Lancaster City Detectives are still on the scene of 422 W. Orange Street where a woman was stabbed this morning about 12:30 am according to ABC-27 (click here). Detectives are currently working in the rear of the property shown in the first photo below.
Photos taken at 12:15 pm today and courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.
Posted on September 6th, 2014 6 comments
& ANOTHER BRUTAL MURDERYes, I wrote it and two days ago posted a picture of the wrong man who was the victim of a brutal murder in Lancaster this week. The man I pictured is reportedly very much alive and well and I apologize once again.It was, looking back, a Facebook error that should not have occurred where I latched onto the wrong person and never looked back. I thought the name was unusual enough and I thought his middle initial was “M,” and when I found such a person I didn’t look further. I should have. It’s not that unusual of a name in Lancaster and I should have checked every single one.Hopefully, I have learned this lesson the hard way because there are no words to describe the mortification and distress you feel when you know you have made an error of this magnitude and it has to be corrected immediately.Enough said. Yesterday I stated the true victim’s relative is a restaurant and business owner in Lancaster. He is Mark Reinmiller and the event I mentioned for yesterday’s First Friday event is discussed at length in this LNP article. From the article:
The event, at Commonwealth on Queen during the city’s monthly First Friday event, drew a crowd. Mayor Rick Gray was there to proclaim it #Lancastergram Day in Lancaster city.My condolences to the Reinmiller family. I will come back to the murder of Donald Reinmiller tomorrow.
Posted on September 5th, 2014 5 comments
* Mayor Gray is scheduled to be at the restaurant owned by a close relative of Donald Reinmille’sr tonight for a First Friday event! I wonder if he will get a personal update on the murder investigation?
I will try to explain everything tomorrow and again I apologize for my error. Have a great Friday night!
From a family member’s Facebook page regarding the correct Donald Reinmiller:
To the low life, scum bag in Lancaster, Who took the life of my Brother Donald, 60 yo. He was a very talented man. But his life was controlled by Drugs and alcohol, and therefor lived a very hard life. You stabbed him many times, and I would say drugs were involved somehow. That is no way to die, but your day will come, and I hope your life is ended in some horrible way also. One good thing comes out of this, Donald is free from all of his hurting, both mental and physical. And the Lord will keep him by his side. Donald we will miss you.
Posted on September 5th, 2014 3 comments
The last two posts on this site have been taken down. I believe I had the wrong Donald Reinmiller. I apologize.
Posted on September 3rd, 2014 22 comments
“MUM” IS UNACCEPTABLE!
*** UPDATED – 9-4-2014 – The headline on LNP’s story on the front-page of today’s print edition is, “Police mum on killing in city.” The Lancaster Police are always “mum” about every crime. And that might be acceptable for the first few hours if they actually had a valid reason and made arrests. But they don’t!
In the last two months there’s been the shooter at McDonalds, the robber of the Plum Street Turkey Hill, the two men in a home invasion where they shot the homeowner and pistol whipped a nine-year-old girl and the daily street muggings and robberies and no one is ever arrested! This has been going on for years and, of course, there are the 16 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray.
“Mum” is unacceptable. Unsolved murders are unacceptable. Everything about these incompetent, uncaring detectives is unacceptable. Arrest the killer today or resign, Chief Sadler!
** LNP is now reporting the man was 59-years-old, may have been dead for “maybe just a couple of hours” and that he had lived in “the area” for some time, all according to Police Chief Keith Sadler (click here).
I’m going to repeat what I said in the comments. The only possible, somewhat acceptable explanation for this horrific lack of information from the police is if the friend who found him or someone else specifically known to the police is their prime suspect and they either have him/her in custody or know exactly where they are. Period.
* The police press release is here.
WHERE IS CHIEF SADLER?
It is being reported there has been a murder in Lancaster at 814 N. Lime Street (click here). The rental property is owned by King Holdings LLC of Gordonville, PA. It is unknown at this time whether District Attorney Craig Stedman or Police Chief Keith Sadler have arrived on scene.
Please check back later today.
Posted on September 2nd, 2014 5 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
IS MILLER STILL
WITH PONESSA?At 3:06 pm this afternoon I called T.W. Ponessa and Associates and asked the woman who answered the phone for “Randall Miller, please.” She immediately put me through to extension 316 where I was told in a taped message in a woman’s voice to leave a recording.I dialed the main number on their website – (717) 560-7917 – when I placed the call (click here for their website).This is an absolutely unacceptable conflict of interest on the part of Miller and DA Stedman and I will call Ponessa again tomorrow and ask specifically if he is still their legal counsel. This is unbelievable! How much corruption is there in Lancaster?I honestly did not expect this over four years later – click here for my March 29th, 2010 piece, “ADA RANDALL MILLER – UNETHICAL & CORRUPT!”
AND WHERE IS
This kind of behavior – this conduct will not be tolerated in this community.
Assistant District Attorney Randall Miller to CBS-21 reporter Christina Butler in a video piece on the preliminary hearing for Marie Lavaud held this past Thursday in New Holland (click here).
If anyone should understand mental illness, it should be Miller. In 2010, in a blatant and intolerable conflict of interest, Miller, was working for the District Attorney’s office and was also the legal counsel for T. W. Ponessa & Associates, a huge mental health counseling service frequently used by the courts (click here).
Is Miller still employed by Ponessa? Why can’t he understand mental illness and schizophrenia?
Where is District Attorney Craig Stedman’s “compassion” now? And why is his office tolerating all of the unsolved murders and unsolved major crimes in this community?
Please check back later today.
[Editor's note: In the written portion of the CBS-21 piece, there is a huge error where Miller is identified as Marie Lavaud's attorney and a quote is attributed to him that should be correctly attributed to her brother, Roger Lavaud.]