Posted on December 5th, 2016 No comments
* LNP: “Autopsy set for Tuesday in Salisbury Township death investigation; no ID released yet,” (click here).
According to county property records, 5852 Timothy Drive is owned by Dennis C. Pitch and Tracy L. Pitch and a picture of the home from the county website is below. They were married on October 1, 2000 and her maiden name is Rau.
Tracy Pitch filed for divorce less than a month ago on November 22 of this year. Previously she filed for bankruptcy in August of 2013.
LNP & STEDMAN:
BAD PRACTICES!“I serve on the Best Practices committee which drafted the protocol, so I have been part of the process from the start,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said in prepared statements released Tuesday.
“Generally speaking, we are already following these practices in Lancaster County, so this will not change much for us.”
From the Associated Press article, “Prosecutors issue guidelines on probes of police shootings,” (click here).
LNP ran an editorial criticizing the guidelines this morning – only they didn’t write it – they took it from the Times-Tribune of Scranton. LNP never directly questions or challenges DA Stedman – not even over the horrific death of a puppy.
The editorial is not currently online but a portion of it is below and please check back later today.*
Posted on December 3rd, 2016 3 comments
HARPER A JOKE
& A PHONE/CAMERA BAN!
From page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition (the story is not currently online).
This just gets more and more ridiculous. All of this is a result of one incident where someone took a picture of a person in the courthouse and posted it on social media and called them a “snitch?” People call each other “snitches” on Facebook all the time! They could take a photo of the person anywhere.
Ben Vonderheide spends his days in the courthouse with a camera so I went to DaddyJustice.com to see what he had to say. There is nothing on the ban, but there is a video where Mayor Gray calls Ron Harper, Jr. “a joke.” Ron is pictured to the left of Mayor Gray holding a camera in the still from the video below.
Harper and I certainly don’t see eye to eye but I believe Gray is the bigger joke! The video is here and there will be much more on Gray on this site!
LNP: WE NEVER
QUESTION DA STEDMAN!
Photo of Libre taken from the Speranza Animal Rescue Open House Facebook page (click here).
Libre is doing well (if you consider dressing him in a Santa suit not to be a form of dog abuse). But what about the puppy Hennessey? LNP reporter Tom Knapp has written several animal abuse articles including one in today’s print edition on page A-3. Where is his follow-up on the horrific death of the puppy Hennessey? Where? Does LNP ever question DA Stedman?
Posted on December 2nd, 2016 4 comments
Given the size of Lancaster’s Latino population — it’s about 40 percent of the total, according to the U.S. Census, — the city is bound to have a Latino mayor at some point, Franklin & Marshall College political science professor G. Terry Madonna says.
From today’s LNP article, “Norman Bristol Colon announces run for mayor of Lancaster,” (click here).
Well, Madonna was wrong on Hillary but this certainly seems like a safe statement for him to make – “at some point!” And why would LNP go running to him for a quote on this? Are they scared?
How many Latinos does LNP have on their editorial staff?
A sign on the courthouse door.
This is ridiculous! Who do these people think they are?
Click here for LNP’s “insider” story, “Cellphone ban elicits mixed reviews from Lancaster County Courthouse visitors,” and please check back later today.
Posted on November 30th, 2016 6 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
*(Click here for the PennLive story shown below.)
GRAY’S BIGGEST LIES!
Mayor Gray’s three most outrageous lies – to date – are below. There will be more later today.
1. – Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster: As a candidate for Mayor of Lancaster, Gray promised that he would convene a study group to investigate the feasibility of the proposed center. After the election, Gray’s ‘panel’ questioned only people who were intimately involved in the project, and no one else. The day after Gray’s inauguration as Mayor, he viciously attacked those who were asking questions about the project at a public forum held at Farm & Home Center. There, Gray’s statement that state money should not be passed up suggested he either had been a supporter of the project or was unwilling to clash with the convention center sponsors. Later, after impulsively suggesting a feasibility study be sponsored by the Commissioners, he back peddled on his request and subsequently publicly trashed the reputable PKF feasibility study.
NewsLanc.com – “Final chapter in Convention Center Series: Betrayals of public trust; Excesses and abuses by Public Officials,” (click here).
2. Mayor Rick Gray on Wednesday cautioned against second-guessing the police officer who fatally shot a homeless man in downtown Lancaster on Monday, but he agreed with City Council that the public deserves a full report.
…But the mayor also described the police officers who confronted knife-wielding Gregory S. Bayne as “experienced” and said “second guessing is pretty easy.”
LNP – “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray: Public will get full report on police shooting of homeless man,” (click here).
3. “Tell me Barberet would be here today if the convention center wasn’t there,” he [Mayor Rick Gray] said, referring to the French bakery/bistro and a third floor bar/lounge that opened on East King Street near the convention center last summer.
LNP – “Lancaster City Council approves $30M Marriott hotel expansion,” (click here).
THE CC, THE POLICE
AND A RESTAURANT!
Gray is a decent individual but fell sway to special interests and bad advisors when it came to real estate development and public works projects. He flipped flopped on the Convention Center, he supports the CRIZ program ear marked to enrich Penn Square Partners and others at the future expense of our children and grandchildren, bungled the potential redevelopment of Lancaster Square East, squandered opportunities to get ahead of the looming huge storm sewer assessments, and was a big supporter of the bird brain idea of bringing trolleys back to Lancaster… among other mistakes.
From NewsLanc.com, “Will Rick Gray’s retirement be good for Lancaster City?” (click here).
Many years ago I thought Rick Gray was a “decent individual” but that quickly changed.
Coming later today: The three biggest lies told by Mayor Gray!
Posted on November 29th, 2016 18 comments
(Click here – and you have to “register” to read it online.)
He’s given racist LNP millions and millions of dollars of the public’s money! He built a six block magazine section of the city. He doesn’t care about crime. He hired an incompetent and rude police chief whose ex-wife has written a book stating he abused her for years. There are 21 unsolved murders in the city since he came into office.
What a legacy! Bye, Dick!
Posted on November 28th, 2016 3 comments
**** LNP seems to have revised Baldrige’s first story online, but in print on Friday, November 25, in a front page story she wrote the exact same thing:
BALDRIGE DOES IT AGAIN!
*** From the story:
“I would say some aren’t as willing to publicly acknowledge drug issues within their districts and towns,” said Fritz [Sarah Fritz, the community outreach coordinator for DA Stedman’s office]. “I believe all districts have at least opened the door for us.”
So, why does LNP and Baldrige have the headline they have? This is Baldwin’s second article on this and the second time she has questioned whether all schools are open to it. This is ridiculous and a blatant attempt to sensationalize the story!
LNP kept some variation on this story and a picture of Stedman on their homepage for several days now. What Stedman should be doing is investigating Susan Baldrige’s husband, Tom Baldrige, for illegally going against the bylaws of the CRIZ and giving her employer millions of dollars! That’s what he should be doing.
Oh, and how about an update on the horrific death of the puppy Hennessey, where the DA was caught lying and then turned extremely nasty! Is there an update LNP reporter Tom Knapp or are we just going to forget about it and sweep it under the rug?
WHO KNEW? EVERYONE!
** And then we have LNP “agriculture” reporter Ad Crable who must have been filling in for one of their police reporters over the holiday. And he opens the article with this clever little thought:
The power of social media as a crimefighting [sic] tool has been evidenced again in Lancaster County.
This is from a reporter in a city that has 169 “Safety Coalition” surveillance cameras around the city but the Lancaster Newspapers never publish or push the police to release crime photos from those cameras!
Why were those cameras (paid for by the Lancaster Newspapers) allegedly installed – to be a crime-fighting tool! Imagine that! And they work when they are used for that purpose! But in actuality in the city, they are simply there for LNP’s convention center/Marriott Hotel to make the tourists feel safe. And the public is paying for them and they are not being used for their purported purpose as murderers, shooters and robbers roam the streets!
* What LNP gives you is this kind of three sentence absolute nonsense by their long-time police reporter Ryan Robinson (click here).
LNP: PR ARM FOR
THE POLICE AND DA!
(Click here for the editorial.)
Besides the fact that the Lancaster Newspapers should print this “code of ethics” they claim to have (see below on this site), they don’t have “actual journalists!”
Sometimes it takes something simple to realize how truly awful they are. On CBS-3 several nights ago they were reporting on the man who received a bomb at his home in Philadelphia. They said, “The police have not released his name but CBS-3 has learned his identity and he is…” and they went on to give his name, age and ran a photograph of him.
LNP will not release information unless the police or the DA have “approved” it. I have run examples of this again and again.
And there is not one journalism school or professor who would approve of that or call them “actual journalists.” As I have said before, it goes beyond scary and into the much deeper territory of collusion by the Lancaster Newspapers.
Posting will be sporadic for the next few days so please be patient.
Posted on November 26th, 2016 3 comments
* UPDATED 11-27-16
I understand that Smith-Wade-El is in a difficult position. But his piece today borders on the ridiculous with nothing new or insightful and no seeming purpose and I find his ending two paragraphs are just empty words that match the standard LNP line – everything in Lancaster is just fine and dandy and couldn’t be better!
From “STAND UP?” below on this site (click here).
His final two paragraphs are below. Does he realize and fully comprehend that he is writing this and it will be printed in a newspaper that blatantly discriminates in their hiring and has for years? Does he understand that racism in Lancaster County begins at the Lancaster Newspapers? Does he look around their office when he’s there – if he goes – and notice that there are no people of color?
It’s nice to be young and idealistic, but his last two paragraphs, unfortunately, border on the absurd. The “tradition” needs to change!
A STRONG STATEMENT!
(Click here for the entire piece – excerpt below.)
Posted on November 22nd, 2016 11 comments
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
MORE OF YOUR MONEY
Councilmember Sorace [Danene Sorace] explained her vote in support of this financial plan by saying she is betting on the profit sharing payments coming to fruition. The rest of City Council voted with her.
From former Mayor Art Morris’ website on the Marriott Expansion (click here).
According to her Facebook page (see below), Sorace just attended the National League of Cities Summit in Pittsburgh that ran from November 16th to the 19th. She better thank the City of Lancaster! The cheapest ticket for the summit was $460 (click here). The cheapest hotel listed was $175 a night and that doesn’t include her airfare and her food!
I will put in a Right-to-Know Request with the city for how much this summit cost the taxpayers and if anyone else went. Sorace likes to be extremely free with money that is not her own.
THANK LNP!(click here)
LNP has already moved this joke of an article off the front page of their website! That is so appropriate – the big “LNP” sign behind their puppet Mayor Dick!
What a joke! Thank LNP for the increases – they don’t pay taxes!Have a great Thanksgiving and LIP News will be back on Sunday, November 27th.
* NewsLanc.com called the LNP Editorial Board out in August when they told this huge lie (click here):
THE LNP EDITORIAL
BOARD LIES AGAIN!
From today’s LNP editorial, “Take care not to share the fake news stories that abound on the internet; get your news from newspapers,” (click here).
LNP, print your code of ethics! Print it. For years I have stated that LNP breaks every code of journalism ethics in this country by their interest in the Marriott Hotel/convention center and I can prove it.
So why don’t you print this elusive “code of ethics” you follow? Print it!
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 21st, 2016 10 comments
THEY DON’T KNOW!
Our city council members (our leaders) don’t know what sector they live in or who their sector officers are. This is pathetic. There is no excuse for anyone in Lancaster to not know what sector they live in or who their sector officers are IF THEY CARE.
This comment in today.
The city council members are paid $8,000 a year (the president – John E. Graupera – makes $8,500) to show up to three several hour meetings a month. That’s an additional $666 a month to supplement their income. And no one is holding them accountable. No one!
There will be much more on the city council members who don’t seem to care about anything after the Thanksgiving break as well as Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler.
This dog abuse thing is going to sink Stedman’s career unless he is putting together some sort of ‘newsworthy’ stunt.
This comment in under “THE LNP EDITORIAL BOARD…” below.
No, because LNP will ignore it and never follow-up as they do with all the unsolved murders and crimes. I hate to dwell on the puppy Hennessey case when there are so many unsolved human cases, but it has caught the attention of the public and they want answers. The DA has had weeks to file charges in the puppy’s horrific death and has failed to do so.
Oh, and the “stunt” you speak of – the DA and the city police are excellent at diversionary tactics – that is below and I’m sure LNP will run a very large story on it.
While speaking of animals, there is this article today (click here):
LNP reporter Tim Buckwalter uses a variation of the word “harvest” six times in his story and “killed” once. I guess since the public is so concerned about animals lately, “harvest” is a much nicer word to use than “kill.”
However, if you look up the word “harvest” in multiple dictionaries, it has to do with agricultural crops and vegetation – not the killing of animals. Period. Look it up!
** Anyone else think that there was more community involvement and interest by the LCPD when the officers were required to actually reside in the city? Further, it would be interesting to know how many actually do live within the community they serve. I’d be willing to bet not too many.
Posted under the article on Lancaster Online.
Interesting! And I agree – not too many! Detective Nathan Nickel, who can’t seem to solve any murders (Olga Sanchez-Reyes and Allan Hess to name two) lives in York County and is very close to the 20 mile limit from Penn Square required for the Lancaster City Police Department.
There will be more on Nickel in the coming months. Why isn’t anyone holding these detectives accountable?
* I can tell you what Sadler is not doing while he’s at work:
— He’s not solving murders, shootings or any crimes.
— He’s not diversifying the force.
— He’s not using the “Safety Coalition” cameras.
— He’s never out in the community; he’s never at crime scenes.
— He won’t answer to the press.
ARROGANT & INCOMPETENT!
From today’s LNP “insider” story, ” ‘They don’t trust them’: Dozens of Lancaster city residents say communities aren’t connecting with neighborhood police officers,” (click here).
Does it get anymore ridiculous than this? Sadler is working? What the hell is he doing all day while at work?
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 20th, 2016 No comments
TAKE A LONG LOOK!
I understand that Smith-Wade-El is in a difficult position. But his piece today borders on the ridiculous with nothing new or insightful and no seeming purpose and I find his ending two paragraphs are just empty words that match the standard LNP line – everything in Lancaster is just fine and dandy and couldn’t be better! And I will come back to that tomorrow.
But today I challenge him: I wrote this in 1981 – why don’t you update it with today’s figures and see where it leads (click here):
Three white men tried to lynch Robert Henderson on May 1. The police are not concerned. The newspapers are not concerned. The city is not concerned.
It’s not difficult to explain. Lancaster is a city with a population of 57,000. The Black population is 9,500. The Hispanic is 10,500. Together they average about 22 percent of the population.
The police force has 118 sworn officers; three are Black, two Hispanic. That’s four percent minority.
There are two daily and one Sunday paper in Lancaster. They all have editorial staffs of between 20 and 25 employees. There is not a single minority on those staffs.
There are no elected minority officials. There is one Black and one Hispanic on the Lancaster Fire Company. There are only two Blacks who work in professional capacities for the city.
The Lancaster City School District is 40 percent minority. About five percent of the teachers are minority.
Juries are notoriously white here. Ruth Cooper was called for jury duty several years ago. She was the only minority in a pool of 100.
The downtown department stores are white.
“If you’re Black, you’re either overqualified or under qualified. It doesn’t matter if you have a college degree or are a high school dropout,” Ms. Cooper said.
If you ask the average white person in Lancaster if there is racial tension, they are uncomprehending. They are so well insulated from the Black community they don’t know.
LNP: NO GOOD JOB!** One good job.One good job can lift a family out of poverty, help give them the time and the resources to advocate for themselves, and can support a child’s education. That’s what we’re working toward.The opening sentences to a special LNP column by Dan Jurman, the chairman of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty titled, “An update from Poverty Commission, as it prepares to report to community,” (click here).This is what LNP does not offer to minorities – “one good job.” When are the leaders of Lancaster County and City going to acknowledge this blatant discrimination and recognize that racism, including poverty, begins with the Lancaster Newspapers? And when are they going to demand change?********
* “Ismail Smith-Wade-El is a Lancaster resident and research associate for the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty
From LNP under his column today.
The Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty has a website and it’s very interesting – click here.
A WASTE OF TIME!
There is a huge typo in today’s Sunday News print edition in the column by Ismail Smith-Wade-El – but I have a much bigger problem with his column.
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 19th, 2016 3 comments
* Actor Brandon Victor Dixon told Pence after the curtain call that the multiracial and multicultural cast is concerned about the Trump administration.
“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” said Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president. “We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
You are a disgrace, Trump!
WHAT ABOUT THE BIRD?
The beginning of today’s LNP editorial (click here).
Thaw the corn? Excuse me? How about the bird?
I wonder if this was written by LNP’s 21-year-old editorial writer and former sports reporter?
Barry sent in this as part of a comment on the story immediately below about what the next four years will bring:
I know your focus is rightly on Lancaster and its glaring issues. Please keep on with your speaking truth to power. But I fear for the whole country and for the whole peace of the world after every newscast. Good luck to us all!
Well said! I can’t even wrap my mind around it and how much damage he could potentially do. We just have to remain vigilant and count on national reporters to keep us informed and hold him accountable as much as is possible
I really enjoy this opening sentence from the Washington Post (click here). Talk about telling it like it is!
Thanksgiving did not sneak up on me – but winter is coming in tonight and there is lots to do – so posting will be sporadic during the next few days.
Oh, and if your corn is frozen – you’ll need about two hours at room temperature to thaw it!
Posted on November 18th, 2016 4 comments
A DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM!Left to Right: Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy, Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and Content Editor Tom Murse.–The last sentence in the Letter to the Editor, “Police failed ailing puppy,” (click here).LNP never illuminates anything regarding the District Attorney’s office, the police, the county judges or Mayor Gray and anyone in his administration. Never! They are not a news organization – they are the self-serving public relations arm for these departments and it is beyond disgusting and scary.Pedro Flores was shot dead three weeks ago today in the city and no one questions the lack of an arrest and another killer left on the streets. There are now 21 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray and DA Stedman. And LNP doesn’t bat an eye or ask any questions because he was not white or wealthy or of a high enough social status for them to care.And that is the way LNP has been for years! They need to be run out of town and a decent, ethical news organization that understands their function in keeping this country free and holding public officials accountable has to come in to replace them.The only thing the racist Steinmans and their company care about is lining their own pockets. It is revolting.*******
RESIGN, CASSIDY!Does LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy think the public is this stupid? Does she think we just “forgot” about the Hennessey case? Resign!— From Friday, November 11:Click here for the full letter, “Take action against alleged puppy abuse.”— From Sunday, November 13:Click here for the full letter, “The definition of animal abuse.”Click here for the full letter, “Another flawed animal abuse investigation.”— From Monday, November 14:Click here for the full letter, “Taking action against animal cruelty.”— From Tuesday, November 15:Click here for the full letter, “Sickening treatment of dogs must end.”Click here for the full letter, “Police failed ailing puppy.”
* They even have the nerve to say this in the editorial:
This is an emotional issue for Pennsylvanians and the letters LNP receives about animal cruelty reflect as much.
In the past week, LNP has printed the following Letters to the Editor about or including the puppy Hennessey:
— Friday, November 11 – one letter
— Sunday, November 13 – two letters
— Monday, November 14 – one letter
— Tuesday, November 15 – two letters
But they leave any mention of the case out of today’s editorial. These people are horrible, lying human beings!
IGNORES THE OBVIOUS! (Click here)
This legislation is necessary and sensible. The rash of animal cruelty cases we’ve seen in Lancaster County over the past six months, in which abusers have faced nothing more than a fine, is outrageous.
From the above editorial.
This is LNP’s fifth or sixth editorial on animal cruelty in the last several months and there is not a single mention of the very unnecessary and horrific death of the puppy Hennessey. They ignore the fact that District Attorney Craig Stedman lied to the public. They ignore the fact that no one has been charged and fail to update the public on where the case now stands. The DA has had weeks to investigate!
These editorial board members are outrageous liars and hypocrites. They are absolutely disgusting! They need to resign today!
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 16th, 2016 5 comments
LNP DOES IT AGAIN!The below is part of an “UPDATE” from LNP under the story by both of their police reporters (as of 3:35 pm they had corrected the article to add the “g” to publishing but still state they are not naming the couple – click here):WGAL-TV names them and has a picture of Carrera (click here)! The transcript of their video is below. What is wrong with LNP? They should not even be called a news or media organization!*JERE: BREAKING OVERNIGHT NEWS, POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A COUPLE THEY WARNED WAS DANGEROUS, AFTER ARMED THEFTS IN 4 COUNTIES. POLICE SAY ALFRED CARERRA AND LISA SMITH CRASHED A STOLEN DODGE DURANGO LAST NIGHT AT CITY PARK DRIVE AND PAXTON STREETS IN SWATARA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY. THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN AT GUNPOINT SUNDAY, AT A RESTAURANT ON WEST MAIN STREET IN MIDDLETOWN. THE PAIR ALSO ALLEGEDLY SHOPLIFTED FROM A GIANT GROCERY STORE IN MOUNT JOY, LANCASTER COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT. AN OFFICER TRIED TO STOP THEM, BUT THEY ESCAPED. LAST WEEK, CARRERA WAS INVOLVED IN A CHASE THROUGH HARRISBURG.******
Posted by LNP Police Reporter Ryan Robinson under a recent story on Lancaster Online.
Police did not release the man’s name because they are looking for him.
I am still stunned by the absurdity of this sentence by LNP’s longtime police reporter. I think this explains why so many murders and crimes go unsolved. Absolutely no one is holding the police or the DA accountable in Lancaster County. No one!
Please check back later today.
Well, the Lancaster City Police’s theory of not releasing his name and picture because they were looking for him didn’t turn out too well! Who could have guessed? The police gave him an almost 24 hour head start! From this site on November 10th (click here):
WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS?*A question and the response from LNP reporter Tom Knapp on Lancaster Online yesterday afternoon under his currently titled story, “Lancaster County SPCA reopens, declines to explain reasons for locking shelter doors on Tuesday,” (click here).Yes, apparently the SPCA had a meeting yesterday afternoon and locked their door for several hours with a note stating they would reopen later that afternoon and LNP and reporter Tom Knapp went ballistic!What they should be doing, instead of grilling the SPCA, is demanding answers from District Attorney Craig Stedman! He’s had weeks to “investigate” the death of the puppy Hennessey! Where are the charges?This is ridiculous! On September 20, Knapp wrote the “insider” article, “Tipline for animal-cruelty complaints in Lancaster County has busy first month.” (click here). In it he states the following:Stedman said reports through the tipline have led to charges in three cases. Specifics on those cases were not immediately available.That was over three weeks ago! Are the specifics on those cases available now? If not, why not? Charges are public information! LNP prints reports of child abusers every day. Where are the names of those three people and the charges that were filed? How simple is that?Where are the answers LNP and Tom Knapp? Where are they? Do your damn job and tell the public who, according to the DA, has been charged!Please check back later today.
Posted on November 15th, 2016 4 comments
*** LNP is reporting that the Lancaster County SPCA has a note on their door that they are temporarily closed but plan to reopen this afternoon (click here).
On their website, they are advertizing for a new Executive Director as Susan Martin resigned the position on November 4th (click here):
** McCaskey students are gathering to march to Penn Square in a demonstration for equality and in opposition to Donald Trump.
* Stephen D. Grimes-Johnson, 20, and Joshua A. Marrero, 17, both of Lancaster, were each charged with robbery, conspiracy and theft in the Aug. 31 incident in the Sheetz parking lot at 1790 Millersville Road.
Marrero was also charged as an adult with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person for threatening a man with a handgun and repeatedly striking him with it, police said. Grimes-Johnson was also charged with simple assault for repeatedly punching the victim.
From today’s LNP story, “Police arrest 2 in robbery, assault in Sheetz parking lot in Millersville,” (click here).
So the 17-year-old was charged as an adult, but 17-year-old George Rosado who shot and killed 15-year-old Ibram Hanna with a gun he stole was charged as a juvenile? Bring in the Department of Justice!******
EVERYONE IS WONDERING! (Click here to read the entire letter.)
There are two more Letters to the Editor in today’s LNP print edition asking why no one has been charged in the horrific death of the puppy named Hennessey.
Why doesn’t LNP follow-up with the District Attorney’s Office and demand answers for the public? Why don’t they demand answers about all the unsolved murders in the city and the county? Who holds DA Craig Stedman and his office accountable?
I will be adding Pedro Flores to the unsolved murders list in the tab above – that brings the total number to 21 unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray and Stedman. That is simply outrageous and horrifying – and no one questions it!
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 14th, 2016 4 comments
WHERE ARE THE CHARGES? -2An exchange on the “JusticeForHiram” Facebook page (click here).Marie and Hiram Calderon are doing everything they can seeking justice for their son, Hiram. They need to hire a lawyer to try to force District Attorney Craig Stedman to bring charges against their son’s killer. The lawyer is asking for a $10,000 retainer fee and they are trying to raise it.I am in shock that this is going on and that Stedman refuses to file charges and let a jury decide and this grieving family is faced with a large lawyer bill when all they seek is justice.The link to the gofundme account is here. Below is the description from the page. I hesitate to post fund raising accounts but I absolutely know that this one is legitimate and that this is a far more important case than this mornings to ask: “Where are the charges, DA Stedman? Why aren’t you doing the job the public pays you to do?”********
NOT A MCCASKEY
GRADUATE IN SIGHT!
Mayor Gray swore in five new city police officers today (click here).
Mayor Gray: “If that damn Becky at LIP News has anything to say about this, I’m ready!”
WHERE ARE THE CHARGES?
In reference to an article in the Oct. 27 edition of LNP, it all sounds like the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails (“SPCA, DA’s office at odds over suspected beating”).
The officer in charge reveals the puppy’s owner was a nice man. To top that, district attorney spokesman Brett Hambright stated the case may have been damaged by information being released prematurely. How is releasing information wrong when you have the concerns of multiple veterinarians, Drs. Mike Descant and Mark Huber, that the owner’s story didn’t hold any water? Both vets agreed the injuries were from a brutal beating; when the dog’s remains were sent to a forensic pathologist, they confirmed the puppy had been severely beaten in a span of two weeks.
From a Letter to the Editor in yesterday’s paper, “The definition of animal abuse,” (click here).
The DA’s office has now had over two weeks to collect evidence and file charges in the above case. Over two weeks since it was proven they lied and had closed the case but then said it was still open but they had to investigate and collect evidence. Where are the charges?
The DA’s office took less than 11 hours to wrap up the murder of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna in Mountville but it is taking them over two weeks to file charges regarding this puppy in which as the letter writer says, they have evidence from two veterinarians and a forensic pathologist?
Where are the charges, DA Stedman?
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 13th, 2016 2 comments
WHERE’S THE LIGHT?
Amy E. Light
Speaking of schools, I saw this LNP article on their Facebook page but have yet to see it on their website – maybe because it tells us almost nothing – and they made it an “insider” story – click here for, “Columbia school district terminates business manager.”
The Columbia Spy website broke this story on October 26th (click here) and I covered it here on October 31st – Amy Light’s last day (click here).
The LNP article by correspondent Ann Marie Steele begins with this:
With the deadline looming for a report providing financial accountability to taxpayers, Columbia Borough School District is without a business manager.
At a special public meeting Oct. 26, the school board announced it had terminated the employment of Business Manager Amy Light. The vote for her termination, effective Oct. 31, was unanimous; no explanation was given.
The district now is scrambling to complete an audit of district books for the 2015-16 school year, which will be used to prepare the annual financial report to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, due Nov. 30.
What the heck is going on and what did Light do? After bragging for months about their coverage of the Manheim Township School Board, LNP is ignoring this huge story.
From the above story there is this:
“This is about as disgusting a case as I’ve had to deal with,” President Judge Dennis Reinaker said while raising his voice.
What a pathetic joke! After almost killing his girlfriend and mother of his two children several times, Reinaker sentenced this man to one to two years in county prison! That will teach him!
Who holds these judges accountable? Read all of the charges against this man! This is unbelievable and sickening!
ADD YOUR NAME!
The ACLU states that over 160,000 people have “liked” their Facebook page this week (click here).
In another development, Philly.com printed a letter from Harvey Miller, President of the Board of the School District of Lancaster and Damaris Rau, the superintendent, regarding the ACLU lawsuit against the district (click here):
…Our district consistently stands on the front lines of social justice – to develop, deliver, and refine programs for one of the state’s most diverse student populations. This year we expect to serve more than 750 children from refugee families. Our severely underfunded school district welcomes and supports them.
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 11th, 2016 6 comments
From the University of Pennsylvania Twitter account (click here).
I got side-tracked today. We may have to accept Donald Trump as our president but we do not have to accept racism – ever.
On Friday, 28 October 2016, at approximately 2006 hours, Officers from the Lancaster Bureau of Police received a call for a person down due to an unknown medical emergency in the 100 block of E. Clay St, Lancaster, Pa.
Upon their arrival Officers and medics located a male city resident suffering from a head injury as a result of a gunshot. The victim was transported by Medics to a local Hospital for treatment. The male was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the Hospital. Investigators spent the night conducting witness interviews, canvassing the neighborhood and processing the crime scene for evidence.
The family members of the victim are being notified and this investigation is ongoing by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
From the Lancaster Bureau of Police press release (click here).
It was two weeks ago today that Pedro Flores, 37, was fatally shot in the head outside his home. What did the witnesses tell the police? Where does the investigation stand?
Is this another cold case murder in Lancaster city?
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 10th, 2016 7 comments
* 4:22 pm – Well, look at this! Just a few minutes ago LNP went up with a revised story with the shooter’s name and picture (click here)!
Police did not release the man’s name because they are looking for him.
From the above article (click here).
Oh, that is classic Lancaster and classic LNP reporting. Do the police think it might help them find him if they release a name and maybe even a picture of him to the public? That way the public could protect themselves from this man who shoots a gun and call the police if they recognize him!
I guess that makes too much sense for the city police. He shot at her at 7:15 pm last night and the police have been looking for him since then? LNP has already moved this story off their home page – nothing to see here folks – move along until the next shooting – and it might be you who gets shot!
Does anyone ever question these police? Does LNP reporter Ryan Robinson have a brain? In contrast, we have this Philly Inquirer article today (click here). When is the last time you saw Police Chief Sadler at a murder or shooting scene much less visiting the family of someone one of his officers shot? The public still does not know the name of the officer who shot and killed Anthony Quinn Gomez Jr. in May of 2015 (click here).
Philly District Attorney Seth Williams has his own problems but this is an excellent move on his part!
I saw this comment posted under the “insider” review, “We secretly dined at Hunger N Thirst: Here’s a review for our IncognEATo series,” (click here).
Well, then I had to read it for myself and this commenter is dead-on. They had exactly two entrees and five unknown kind of beers – no appetizers or desserts. That’s right – they reviewed exactly two entrees and on top of that they provided almost no information about them.
Yes, the reviewer left us hungry as heck for information. The review does suck! Ridiculous.
I will come back to city council tomorrow.
* It so happens that I was discussing this case, “Mountville man, 21, shot outside Lancaster city McDonald’s,” from July 3 of 2014 on the phone just yesterday (click here). You see, the McDonalds (which has since been rebuilt) had both inside and outside surveillance cameras. And the manager personally told a friend of mine that their cameras had captured the shooter both inside and outside and his car.
The public never saw those videos and the shooter was never arrested.
I could make a list of case after case after case where an arrest should have been made but has not and the shooters are left on the street to shoot again.
PEOPLE ARE AFRAID!
Well, isn’t that special? People in Lancaster are already afraid, Councilman James Reichenbach! And they should be! The police in Lancaster can’t solve any crimes – at least the ones where the victims are a minority.
Apparently these mindless Lancaster city council members think they can sit around and collect $8,000 a year and do nothing except to rubber stamp a lying former defense attorney turned mayor who, quite frankly, has become an obscene joke and the puppet of LNP and Dale High.
Why don’t the citizens of Lancaster demand that these city council members be held accountable?
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 9th, 2016 10 comments
CONTINUE THE FIGHT!
Last night – well this morning – was one of the biggest shocks of my life – and apparently for at least half of this nation as well. But as Hillary Clinton said today:
…But please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.
It is. It is worth it.
And so, we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.
So tomorrow, LIP News will be back at it!
WHAT A MORNING!
From a column in today’s Los Angeles Times, “President Trump: Get ready for a rough ride,” (click here).
Posted on November 8th, 2016 13 comments
I’M WITH HER!
There are just some things in life you never expect to see! The below video is one of them! Martha, Martha, Martha! If I got the VH-1 channel, you better believe I’d be watching “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party!” Oh, my!
In honor of that, I am going to pour myself a drink and watch Hillary win!
BILL OF RIGHTS?
* Frank Lee sent in a comment from Mayor Gray (thank you) and he’s right! In the January 2014 LNP article by Gil Smart, “Panhandling in Lancaster,” he is quoted as follows (click here):
Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray, however, sees it as a byproduct of the city’s success. Panhandlers “tend to go where people are, and there are more people downtown than there have been in I don’t know how many years,” Gray said.
A former criminal defense lawyer, Gray said he understands how more begging might unnerve merchants and some customers.
“People say it should be illegal,” he said. “I tell them, the Bill of Rights gets in the way of telling people they can’t come up and ask you for 50 cents for a bus ride to Columbia.
“It’s not a legal problem,” he said. “It’s a societal problem.”
VOTE THEM OUT!
(Click here for the LNP “insider” story)
Mayor Gray and City Council are worried about panhandlers (again)! Who cares about the unsolved murders, shootings, property crimes and the unused surveillance cameras? Yes, panhandlers are their concern!
Since it’s election day, it’s a good reminder to get these rubber stamping, uncaring and mindless city council members out of office the next time they run and elect decent, responsible human beings! And of course, Gray must go!
But vote today. Vote for humanity, decency, diversity and moving this country forward!
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 7th, 2016 1 comment
A SAD UPDATE –
AND AN ANSWER?UPDATEFor the past week multiple people have come to this site for a story I wrote about Angela DePatto and her then long-time Lancaster City Detective husband, Chris DePatto (“LOSS OF CONSORTIUM?” is here). They had filed for divorce at the time of their lawsuit but it was not actually finalized until many months later. LNP never mentioned the pending divorce and wrote about them as a married couple and that may have been the way it was presented in court.My entry is not the kindest – and the Lancaster Online article I link to I can no longer find. Sadly, I learned today that the breast cancer took her life on October 30th of this year. My condolences to her family and friends. A GoFundMe account has been set up for her children (click here).WHICH TAKES MORE TIME?On September 20th, 2016 LNP reporter Tom Knapp wrote an “insider” story tiled, “Tipline for animal-cruelty complaints in Lancaster County has busy first month,” (click here). In it he said:Stedman said reports through the tipline have led to charges in three cases. Specifics on those cases were not immediately available.This was the second time LNP had mentioned charges being filed because of the tipline and the first was in an editorial and quoted DA spokesman Brett Hambright as saying charges had been filed in two or three cases.So, I put in a Right-to-Know request for the names and charges in those three cases Stedman referenced. I received the below response by email late Friday afternoon. Wouldn’t it have taken him less time to just list the cases rather than write this letter? Hmmm. There will be more on this to follow.***
“OFFICER OF THE YEAR!”
* “Kalina stated this type of violence has occurred many times before but she stated she was afraid to call police because her husband is a police officer,” documents state.
“Kalina stated she (is) sick and tired of being physically abused and pushed around and being intimidated by Bryn.”
From the York Daily Record on July 21 of this year, “Officer of the Year charged with assaulting wife,” (click here).
Another “Officer of the Year” – see the story immediately below. This story was covered by PennLive and all of the TV stations in the area. I did not see it in LNP. I will try to get an update on his situation.
Lancaster City Police Sgt. Ray Corll is still on paid leave pending his trial for perjury and other charges.
Sheriff Mark Reese remains on paid leave for alleged sexual harassment of an employee and no one knows how and when they will be able to force him out of office.
And on Friday, Lancaster County Judge Jeffrey Reich granted a final Protection From Abuse order for a 13-year-old girl against East Lampeter Police Officer Jordan W. Miller and he is still working and carrying a gun while on duty.
What is wrong with this picture? When a newspaper ignores the fact that the ex-wife of Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler has written a book alleging he beat her for years for their own economic gain, these are the type of situations that will occur. These people are despicable liars and an entry from this site on August 16th is below (click here for the original).
Please check back later today for more on this and District Attorney Craig Stedman’s response to my Right to Know request.
Posted on November 5th, 2016 5 comments
From the child custody case on the Prothonotary’s website.
Children & Youth are involved and Krista Fansler-Miller’s divorce attorney, Christine Pfau Laney, is the coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County.
A PFA & STILL WORKING?
East Lampeter Police Officer Krista L. Fansler-Miller
Jordan Wilson Miller
Jordan W. Miller was honored as “Officer of the Year” in 2014 (click here) and now he is the subject of this LNP story, “PFA against East Lampeter police officer includes allegations of inappropriately touching teen girl,” (click here).
He and his wife, Krista L. Fansler-Miller, are in the middle of divorce and custody proceedings.
Why in the world is this man still on active police duty?
Posted on November 4th, 2016 5 comments
THE DA, DOGS & CAMERAS!Today is Susan Martin’s last day with the Lancaster County SPCA. So how is District Attorney Craig Stedman’s investigation into the death of the puppy Hennessey going? There must be a whole lot of investigating going on because there has not been another word from the DA since his incredibly nasty and insulting public statement.Detectives contacted the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition and began reviewing video footage from around the area. Through the investigation, the detectives learned that at approx. 7:35 am, the victim was in a parking lot on the southeast corner of N. Franklin Street and New Holland Ave, off of the 600 block of N. Franklin Street. The detectives also learned that the victim had a handgun concealed on his person and the firearm accidentally discharged, striking his lower leg.From the Lancaster City Police Department’s press release on this morning’s shooting (click here).It is amazing how fast the police can work with those cameras when they want to, isn’t it? So where are the videos from all of the unsolved murders and shootings? DA Stedman is on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Safety Coalition. Where are all the videos, DA Stedman?Have a great and safe Friday and please check back tomorrow.
Posted on November 3rd, 2016 2 comments
LNP CHANGES THE STORY!
From the District Attorney’s Office press release (click here).
Somehow, LNP left out these three sentences in their rewrite of the release, “Latest appeal denied for man serving life in 1979 deaths of elderly Lancaster city siblings,” (click here).
I have written about this case before because I remember it and the Lancaster Newspapers have continued to portray this case as an example of good police work – which it certainly is not. And somewhere in my house I have the original newspaper articles from when this occurred but it could take me days to find them.
I also previously printed the below Letter-to-the-Editor of LNP which states the police went to the wrong address – not that the caller gave them the wrong address (click here). That is my recollection as well, although I cannot verify it, but it was part of the reason this case stood out to me for years.
Why did the unnamed LNP employee who re-wrote the release leave those three sentences out? Because the intent of these men was robbery and not murder? I am so tired of this terrible newspaper!
WAS NOT GRANTED!
I received an email from Facebook that today is Christy Mirack’s birthday. And this reminds me of a recent issue District Attorney Craig Stedman brought up about “jeopardizing” police investigations.
Mirack was murdered on December 21st of 1992. Her murder has never been solved. I’ve written several articles about her but the first was on the original LIP News site and was a series of unbelievable quotes from an article by now LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda on December 15, 2002, “A mother’s dying wish,” (click here).
Among the many quotes from the police who state they will reveal absolutely no information years later, there is this quote:
“‘We didn’t talk,’ Christy’s father, 64, said. ‘We didn’t say nothing to nobody.’
The last thing they wanted to do was jeopardize the case.
“Now, her father sees things differently. ‘Nice people finish last.'”
Yes, the old “jeopardizing” the case line. The police obviously used it with her father.
I began the piece with this:
Release information. The public has a right to know. It might help solve this crime. We pay the police to protect us. This level of secrecy is absurd and unacceptable. What possible reason can there be for it? What’s going on? There has been a killer on the loose for 13 years. Open this file and tell us what you know or bring in outside help – now.
And Barbara Hough Roda, who accepted these absurd answers from the police is now the Executive Editor of LNP! Go figure why there are so many unsolved murders in Lancaster County.
Her article, “A mother’s dying wish” is here.
Please check back later today.
Posted on November 2nd, 2016 2 comments
* “Neighborhoods around the US are creating pantries for anyone to take food when they need it!” (click here)!
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
I am taking the afternoon off to turn my old refrigerator into a “little” library! Yes, a little library controversy has finally made it to Lancaster County (yeah!) and LNP reporter Dan Nephin is all over it (click here)! Oh, the outrage!
BECOME A REAL NEWSPAPER!( Click here)From the story:Jose Padilla, 45, of 752 E. Fulton St., subsequently was charged with simple and aggravated assault for failing to tell the officer the uncapped needle was in his pocket, court papers show.Really?Please check back later today.