During today’s budget meeting with the Lancaster City Council members, the above was presented by the police as the seven new Lancaster Police Officers (I apologize for the poor quality). Mayor Sorace was quick to state that four of them either are Hispanic or speak Spanish – I will listen again when the tape of today’s meeting is available. And how many of these men live in the city?
Mayor Sorace also made a mention of “broadband” during a city budget line item and made reference to it coming to a conclusion soon. Could this be MAW and LanCity connect? Again, I will listen to this when it is available and report back.
The budget hearings are live and scheduled to go until 3:00 pm today (click here).
I cannot find Kevin Murph’s docket but I will continue to look for it. (He is pictured at left.) Good thing the cops got this guy off the streets, huh? A lesson from this arrest (click here for the original of the Manheim Township Police press release below):
— Do not sit in your car in a church parking lot while black!
I thought the courts ruled that the smell of marijuana was not enough for officers to search a car. And they found “small plastic baggies.” Were there drugs in those baggies or is it just illegal to own small plastic baggies while black? And how did they determine there was cocaine in the paper towel? What laboratory determined that? And marijuana roaches! In the car! In many states and the City of Lancaster that is either legal or a summary offense.
If this man can afford a good lawyer they should be able to get him off most of the charges. A bad lawyer and his life is ruined.
Is this really what we want the police doing?
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
From the LNP article, “Lancaster County Public Defenders show support for Black Lives Matter movement,” (click here).
What is being done about this crucial issue? The justice system is a foundation of this country and it must be equal. So, LNP, what is being done about this?
At Mackenzie Brandt’s preliminary hearing one felony aggravated assault charge was withdrawn and the other was changed to simple assault (see the docket below). It is not known why the DA’s office agreed to that except Brandt is white and it was her birthday.
And “getting rid of the two felonies” allowed Lancaster County Common Pleas Judge Margaret Miller (pictured left) to accept an ARD plea. That means she did no jail time but she was ordered to do 50 hours of community service and write a “Letter of apology to Lancaster City Police Officer.”
There will be more tomorrow.
DID SHE DO JAIL TIME?
* “The woman was resisting arrest. While the officer was trying to control her the first time, she was kicking at him,” he said. As the officer had her pinned against the patrol car, she continued struggling and trying to kick him, he said.
“She’s still actively resisting arrest,” he [then Lancaster City Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser] said. From the LNP article, “3 arrested after woman punches off-duty police officer outside Lancaster bar after birthday celebration: police,” (click here).
Assaulting a police officer automatically brings the very serious charge of aggravated assault, a felony, and MacKenzie Brandt (pictured being arrested) was charged with two of them. What happened to those charges?
WHO GETS UNSECURED BAIL?
Elizabeth Low, a public defender with the office, said that as a public defender, she and her colleagues see inequality in the justice system “all the time.”
From the LNP article, “Lancaster County Public Defenders show support for Black Lives Matter movement,” (click here).
A commenter to this site said this in part under yesterday’s post:
I don’t see this as a Black or White issue.
I understand that there is a lot more than race involved in this story; however, I don’t believe for one minute that if a 27-year-old black man had injured their four-month-old baby in this way that he would be free on unsecured bail. I don’t believe it for a minute.
* Zach Eisenhower and his wife have taken their Facebook pages down.
DOGS OVER CHILDREN?
He is free on $200,000 unsecured bail, according to court dockets. From the LNP article pictured to the left (click here). I am simply amazed and shocked by how white people are treated by the courts in Lancaster County! $200,000 sounds like a lot but it’s not: He did not have to put up a dime to get out of jail and would only have to pay the $200,000 if he fails to show up for court proceedings. Remember the black city woman who kicked a dog she alleged was hurting her son and her bail was set at $50,000 cash and she spent three months in jail before her bail was finally modified? Why does this man have unsecured bail? It seems that part of those Lancaster County values LNP is constantly talking about is ignoring child abuse and sexual abusers of children and child pornographers – as long as the perpetrators are white. Amazing. The police are alleging he seriously hurt his very young baby and he is charged with a felony and he’s free as a bird to do it again. And what’s also very scary is that his Facebook page indicates there is another child in the family. In fact, his Facebook page and his wife’s page look like they are the “perfect” family – but if he did what the police allege, there is reason to believe he may hurt the other child and his wife. Apparently Lancaster County Courts care more about dogs than children. Unbelievable! I will come to today’s promised story tomorrow.
The below email in with the subject “Judge Candidates.” Former Judge James P. Cullen retired at the end of 2019 and there will be an election to replace him in 2021. Thank you very much to the emailer and please keep us informed!
* His docket now reflects $225,000 cash bail (see below).
Charles Arthur Christopherson, 50, held the police at bay for over six hours yesterday in Quarryville. His docket from yesterday including three felonies is immediately below. His bail amount is not listed at this time.
Reportedly the police showed up to his home Sunday evening. He turned them away and they filed the second docket below – Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Harassment.. They went to arrest him on those charges yesterday and that is when the standoff began and the additional charges were filed.
He is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on all of the charges on December 15th before District Judge Stuart J. Mylin. His motive and what instigated all of this is unknown at this time.
*** 5:25 pm – The neighbor is reporting the man came out of the house and the stand-off is over.
** 4:55 pm:
* 4:15 pm – The stand-off has been going on for over three hours. The police just told the neighbor he has to stop live-streaming.
This man is live on Facebook and apparently is a very close neighbor to the stand-off in Quarryville.
11-30 UPDATE –LNP has not put the story about Matthew J. Creme, Jr. of the law firm Nikolaus and Hohenadel, LLP on their website but it is an exact copy of the press release on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s website (click here).
Please check back later today.
BLATANT CRONYISM – AGAIN!
Representative and Speaker of the House, Bryan Cutler, also works for Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP! All of the original of the below articles and links are on this site under a post on November 18, 2018 – click here.
THE CREAM OF THE CROP?
The above beginning of an article is on page B-10 of today’s LNP print edition. I cannot find it online this morning. but I will link to it when it becomes available.
Attorney Matthew J. Creme, Jr. is also pictured above. Oh, and do you know who else works at the law firm of Nikolaus and Hohenadel, LLP?
Happy Thanksgiving to all. LIP News will resume daily publishing on Saturday, November 28th.
Best wishes to Mel Grill of the “Lancaster County, PA and Global Emergency Alerts and News” Facebook page. He had cancer surgery today. Hopefully he has a full and speedy recovery.
HAPPY RETIREMENT, RON MARTIN!
** There is no tax hike proposed in the draft of the 2021 Lancaster city budget that Mayor Danene Sorace unveiled Tuesday night. Instead, as it did this year, the city will rely on money from its reserves to make up a projected $4.9 million deficit in the $64.5 million spending plan.
From the LNP story, “Lancaster mayor airs draft of budget with no new taxes, warns against relying on reserve funds,” (click here).
Gee, Mayor Sorace, you threw away more than $4.9 million on MAW and LancCity connect! And what about LNP’s for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel, Mayor Sorace? And Sorace, who claims to be a huge proponent of diversity, gave LNP even more CRIZ money when LNP did not have a single minority reporter and were blatantly discriminating in their hiring. And Sorace didn’t care because of the power of the press to get her elected.
And the reporter who finally broke the all white LNP cycle was Junior Gonzalez who just announced he is no longer at LNP. If anyone knows the circumstances of his leaving please contact this site. From his twitter account:
* The down side of last night’s city council meeting – LNP’s “correspondent,” Chris Courogen, called in to comment and say he worked with Bey in Middletown and he wasn’t going to write about him because it would be a “conflict of interest” but said Bey was a great chief.
Well, Middletown didn’t like Courogen too much! Click here for “Middletown sues ex-communications director Courogen, says he violated separation terms.” Where did LNP find this guy?
*** BREAKING NEWS *** BEY IS NEW CHIEF!
John T. Bey was unanimously approved by city council Tuesday night as the interim Lancaster Chief of Police. Council President Ismail Smith Wade-El referred to him as “Chief Bey” immediately following the vote.
Bey said he can’t wait to get started and stated he is interested in becoming the permanent chief “one-hundred percent.”
*** Please also note the below two Administration Bills that are also on tonight’s city council meeting agenda:
Ordinances for first reading:
Administration Bill No. 16-2020, approving the City’s budget for 2021.
Introduced by: Councilor Bakay, Finance Committee
Originator: Administrative Services department
Administration Bill No. 17-2020, setting the City’s real estate tax rate for 2021.
Introduced by: Councilor Bakay, Finance Committee
Originator: Administrative Services department
HERE IT COMES!
** Please see the beginning of tonight’s city council meeting agenda below and the “Mayor’s Annual Budget Address” (the full agenda is here). Hold on to your seats folks, this is not going to be pretty.
* Speaking of LNP and their Marriott Hotel, they are being sued for civil rights violations (see below).
UPDATE 11-24 – The below is from NewsLanc.com (click here). Why didn’t Mayor Sorace mention this in her cry for money? Does she have a secret “agreement” with LNP?
I will come back to Mayor Sorace’s special column tomorrow. Today I received the below email from a Lancaster name I recognize but have never met and I have no idea of his “real” email address. The subject line said “SICK”:
I said I was available and sent my phone number. I received the below in response:
I responded I was not able to do it. Does anyone know what the end game is in these emails?
IT NEVER HAPPENED!
If Harrisburg can’t help, we’ll be faced with the same set of bad choices that were the subject of another newspaper article from Nov. 10, 1982: “Should Lancaster City Cut Services or Raise Taxes?”
From the LNP “Special from Mayor Sorace” (click here).
What a “hoot!” Mayor Sorace talks about 1982 and even mentions former Mayor Art Morris. But there’s not one word about the convention center and LNP’s Marriott Hotel.
I believe it was last year that a commenter to this site said, “I don’t believe it” about the amount raised during the Extraordinary Give. I was tempted to agree but withheld my thoughts. Not this year! From the LNP article there is this (click here):
By the time the clock struck midnight at the end of this year’s Extraordinary Give, there was a new fundraising record. The one-day event raised $13.4 million as of Saturday morning, passing last year’s total of $10.9 million. …30,357 individual contributors donated to organizations in Lancaster County, up by almost 400 from last year. That means that the 30,357 contributors gave an average of $441.00 apiece. I don’t believe it.
Andrew and Lisa Makrides and the beginning of an excellent Letter to the Editor of LNP (click here for the entire letter).
Why hasn’t LNP demanded answers from the Manheim Township Police? Why were the police at the Makrides’ home over 20 times before they were charged? LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse needs to resign (pictured left). Seriously! The job of the press is to hold “public servants” accountable and Murse has failed to do that over and over again. His children go to Manheim Township. What if one of his children had attended one of these “parties” and been charged with a DUI?
A sentence concerning President Judge David L. Ashworth from the LNP story, “Not guilty by reason of insanity: Ronks man committed to psychiatric hospital for killing neighbor,” (click here).
This comment in about this story today:
See paper today? Gotta wonder who Jonathan Herr is related to cuz that just doesn’t happen. He admits to murder but d. a. excuses it because HER expert says he’s bipolar? So are millions of other Americans. And whatever happened to insane until well enough to assist in one’s own defense. Guessing the judge Ashworth talked to is Deadman walking. CRAZY. Feel bad for victim’s family.
I am stunned. Who is Herr related to? And hopefully Ashworth will no longer be a judge after Akeem Washington’s case is investigated. In fact, Ashworth may well be in jail.
Who are these judges and why isn’t anyone holding them accountable?
WHITE MEN CAN!
From the District Attorney’s press release (click here).
* Oh, yes, white men can punch men in bars and cause brain injury! Judge Wright upped his bail from unsecured to house arrest! Oh, the punishment! Can you imagine what Judge Wright’s sentence will be? Guaranteed probation. Yup. A trial and all that public money spent to try him and all kinds of criminal dockets for Matthew Gibson for years – but he is a white man in Lancaster County – and they don’t go to jail!
UPDATE 11-19 –The truth is certainly not one of his “guiding principles” (click here). And opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy needs to resign for this disgusting, lie filled editorial.
IT WASN’T “COMPASSION -”
HE IS REP. BRYAN CUTLER’S BROTHER-IN-LAW!
Her death sparked a controversy over possible charges. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America demanded last week that Stedman arrest the shooter. Members of the group, which was founded in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in December 2012, said they were shocked that no one had been arrested one full week after Kestyn was shot.
The implication was that the district attorney’s office was dragging its feet.
Instead, Stedman demonstrated something rarely seen in the prosecution of homicide investigations – a sense of compassion.
From the LNP editorial shown at left (click here).
This is a flat-out lie. The entire editorial is an outrageous lie. And all the reporters and editors at LNP knew they were lying to the public. The killer, G. Scott Davis, is Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law.
There will be more tomorrow.
** OMG! LNP has been using that ridiculous logo for years! Can you imagine? Below is the actual Manor Township Police Department logo.
OFF TOPIC: ARE THEY BLIND?
* This is off-topic but I have some major problems with the LNP story, “Manor Twp. man struggled with officer after car chase; both shocked by Taser: police,” (click here). Those problems will come later. But what really has my attention at this time is the below logo LNP is running with the story for the Manor Township Police Department! Are you kidding me? Whoever allowed this to go online should be fired! Are they blind?
LNP NEEDS A WATCHDOG!
“When the watchdogs go away, elected officials have more license to play.”
From yesterday’s LNP editorial pictured left (click here).
Oh LNP, you should change that to read, “Without any competition, LNP has a license to abuse their power, lie to the public and steal their money and break every code of journalism ethics in this country.”
From today’s LNP editorial, “New fund, aiming to strengthen media literacy and local investigative and public interest journalism, deserves your support [editorial],” (click here).
This is unbelievable! Above are two of the four items LNP says the public would not know without “local investigative journalism.” Yes, that District Attorney, Craig Stedman, is now a judge. You supported and protected this man for years and I will outline some of those cases that are well known by people who read this site tomorrow. You are an absolute disgrace to journalism, LNP!
The Judge who okayed David Smucker going to Whispering Hope is now the presidentjudge, David Ashworth! This whole situation was outrageous and it was this site that first brought this to the attention of the public. How dare you, LNP?
There will be much more tomorrow.
GIVE ME THE PIES, STEINMANS?
Let me get this straight: I am a subscriber to Lancaster Online so they have my email address. And yesterday, LNP used my email address to send me an ad for two pies for $20.00 from their Pressroom Restaurant? Are you kidding me?
Am I the perfect person for a Steinman grant or what? Investigative and public interest journalism are my jam! And media literacy – I’m on it! The only problem might be “local,” but I write about Lancaster, I’m not far away and I’ll get a Lancaster Post Office Box.
I will send in my application and keep you informed. Hey, does anyone know where I can find an application?
IS THIS A SCAM?
From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (click here for the story online).
What the hell is this? The Steinmans are going to give grants to their “competition?” They have no competition and they have worked very hard to keep it that way. There is no website for the “Lancaster County Local Journalism Fund.” Who are these “prominent journalists and community leaders?” Why doesn’t LNP “reporter” Jeff Hawkes tell us? What kind of scam is this?
I get so angry about Bryan Cutler and LNP”s deception that I need a day or two to calm down to write about it.
To lighten the mood today, the best thing about last night’s city council meeting was when Faith Craig got her adorable dog and held him/her on her lap. Was council president Smith Wade-El high again last night? You be the judge. He is pictured below Craig and her pooch during the virtual meeting on Zoom last night.
** This comment/question in yesterday:
Do you happen to know if Murry’s case against the LNP etc. ever took place? I’ve wondered about that for some time.
Calling all lawyers! I am not sure where this stands. The last items on the docket are dated March 26, 2019 and include the below. Is there anyone with legal knowledge who can pull up Murry’s case and advise us where it stands? I thought the parties were waiting for a ruling/order from Judge David Ashworth but I am not sure that is correct.
* This email in today:
Becky, I was wondering if the DA’s office ever found out what happened to the 100k that went missing? Why is there no outrage over this?
Good question and it’s actually $150k!
Someone stole as much as $150,000 in cash from Lancaster County’s Drug Task Force, and the district attorney says it might have been an inside job.
That is the opening sentence to the June 2, 2020 LNP article, “Lancaster County DA: $150,000 missing in alleged ‘internal theft’, attorney general to investigate,” (click here).
They have had six months to investigate and charge the thief! I will contact the attorney general’s office to see where their investigation stands. There should be outrage!
BIG CLOUD OVER CUTLER!
One of today’s front page stories in the LNP print edition (click here for the story online).
No, Representative Bryan Cutler, there’s a big, black cloud hanging over you!
Remember when now LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse demanded volunteer and unpaid William Murry resign from the Manheim Township School Board? And on the below night, Murry’s use of the word “half-assed” had these LNP reporters and Murse outraged! But over 20 parties with alcohol and pot and possibly other drugs and Murse doesn’t say a word. I am so tired of his half-assed. slanted and awful journalism (click here for the original of the below, “HALF-ASSED JOURNALISM!”). Murse should resign:
ASK HIM TODAY, MURSE!
A comment posted under the article on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page.
*** LNP Executive Editor Tom Murse, you have a major problem when your education reporter fails to ask the police why nothing was done for over a year and 20 plus visits by police. Do your reporters ever question the police and their actions or lack thereof? Will you ask the Manheim Township Police Chief, Thomas Rudzinski today why nothing was done? Will you call for him to be fired?
** Maybe a Lancaster County Judge will put them into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD) so they don’t have to do any jail time. Lancaster County Judges like to do that for white folks!
* Their bail was set at $25,000 unsecured! Isn’t that special for these two who bought their house for $755,000 in 2017! And they can throw some more parties as they wait for their high priced lawyers to get them probation on the charges! Ain’t it great to be white in Lancaster County?
I don’t know, LNP reporter Alex Geli, could you have asked the Manheim Township Police why it took them a year to charge these two? Could you ask the police why nothing was done and they weren’t charged after the Halloween party in 2019 you describe in your article? Did you ask the police why nothing was done when children’s lives and other’s lives were put in direct danger from these illegal parties? From your story:
In May, an underage female left a party at the home, got into a car crash and was charged with driving under the influence, police said.
Do you think a black couple could get away with this for a year? What an absolute outrage! Fire Manheim Township Chief Thomas Rudzinski (pictured above)! He has no regard for human life or the law when it comes to wealthy white people!
I am missing something and I am slow and late with this. One of LNP’s best young reporters is gone. It certainly sounds like she did not leave on her own but was let go. And this is during a pandemic!
So what is going on? Several months ago LNP laid off 11 people from their newsroom. And then there was an article on firms who got government grants and how many employees it saved if I recall correctly. And LNP got a lot of money. Now LNP has the following job openings listed (click here):
—- Health & Wellness Reporter (replacing Stauffer? Was she making too much money after being there seven years?)
— Breaking News Reporter
— Business & Finance Reporter
— People/Social Trends Reporter
— Development & Transportation Reporter
What in the world is going on? What about a court/justice system reporter? That’s what they need! If you know anything about this, please contact this site and I will follow-up on all of this.
Click here for this week’s photos on the “Columbia Spy” website. They are brilliant! Happy Monday!
1. The political operative in Lancaster is obviously Savannah Thorpe, the only “Savannah” in the mix (click here).
2. The expert on Britney Spears is E. Fletcher McClellan, Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College (click here). Ever since former Lancaster Mayor J. Richard Gray, I have not trusted anyone who uses an initial in place of their first name. Hey, that’s just the way it is! Blame the Dick!
3. Sigh, the “zeitgeist” user is Brandon Koenig, Assistant Professor of Government and Public Policy at F&M (click here). Now you understand why F&M’s tuition is what it is ($75,000 a year) and why the whole campus walks around with their noses in the air!
GO POUND SAND, GEORGE! – 2
* I’m writing to you today to let you know that we heard you and have decided to cancel our plan to increase the home delivery price of the Thanksgiving Day paper this year.
The latest from a letter from LNP Director of Circulation, George Weber, below (click here for his first letter and the original “GO POUND SAND, GEORGE!” article on this site)!
WHO SAID IT?
The below is from today’s LNP print edition. Match the quotes below the page with the writer! Seriously! Good luck!
— How long will it be before we know who is the president of this country? Sigh. Please check back tomorrow.
* The photo below is from the LNP article today – pearl barley, almonds, parsley and dates. Have mercy! Absolutely not!
From the front page of today’s print LNP (left); from an article in August of this year on this site.
“This recipe is just so 1970,” a commenter sent into my article about zucchini boats (click here). Now we have delicata boats (click here). But can they float? Give up on the squash boats already, LNP food writer Kim O’Donnel!