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  • PERMANENT POST – ARREST THE KILLERS & RESIGN CHIEF! PLEASE PAGE BELOW FOR TODAY’S NEWS

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

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

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

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

    ______________________________________________

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

  • FIRE? FIRE? FIRE?

    Posted on October 25th, 2014 Becky 5 comments

     LOOK CAREFULLY!

          A fire alarm went off in 8 West King Street Thursday morning – the offices of the Lancaster Newspapers.  And reporter Chad Umble and editor Cindy Stauffer posted the below photos of the LNP staff in Penn Square.  Stauffer posted a link on her Twitter account to the bottom photo on Instagram with the caption:
          #LNP fire? Staff fills Penn Square
         In the top photo, Umble identified reporter Ryan Mellon intently listening to the police/fire scanner.
         Do you notice anything about the LNP staff filling Penn Square? 

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    LNP11

  • TELL ME WHY?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    SOMEONE-ANYONE-PLEASE!

    GIL SMART1

          So by now you know that I write or blog or report or whatever not for Lancaster Newspapers, but LNP.  Which was always the shorthand or nickname for the company anyway, so it’s a pretty good choice in that respect: new, with continuity.
    From Gil Smart’s incredibly stupid latest blog entry, “Digtal is better, except not always,” (click here).
        Why did I go to Smart’s blog?  Why?  I know better and it only gets my blood pressure to rise to levels I’m not sure a doctor can measure.
         Let me sum this up quickly: The newspaper in print form is still viable because Smart’s kids read the Sunday comics and his wife looks through the circulars.
         Yes, that is the brief summation of that long, unreadable piece.  But regretfully, I learned one more thing – Smart puts a little plug in for his latest side gig (shades of Tom Knapp):
         Facebook and Google are ratcheting up revenues via targeted advertising. I get it – I was recently searching for powered speakers for the acoustic duo I’m playing in (Smart & Martin, if you ever see us on the marquee stop in!); so now, every time I go online, I see sidebar ads for… powered speakers.
         Check out that second sentence: It has a dash, parentheses, an exclamation mark, a semi-colon, three dots, several commas and a period!  Wow!  That is just awful!
         But almost lost in all the punctuation marks is “Smart & Martin.”  Heaven help me, I googled it!  Why?  Tell me why?  Yes, if you want to hear the Beatles’ “Tell Me Why” butchered, please click here!  You have been warned! And no one should ever do that to the Everly Brothers, never ever!
         Smart, you better figure out what it is that you do (or whatever) and begin doing it because the phrase “don’t quit your day job” has never had more meaning!
         Tell me why this man even has a day job?  Someone – anyone – please!

  • WHO HOLDS THEM ACCOUNTABLE?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 Becky 6 comments

    TERRIBLE POLICE WORK!

    spurs2     Following the robbery in the second block of Howard Avenue, the shotgun and a knit hat – with a San Antonio Spurs logo and a pom pom – were left behind, Marinaro [Defense attorney Michael Marinaro] noted.
         Prosecutors showed the jury photos, from Rodriguez-Santana’s Facebook page, of him wearing the same hat found at the scene.
         However, Marinaro said, there was no DNA or fingerprint evidence to link Rodriguez-Santana to those items.
    From the LNP article, “After 191 days in prison, Lancaster man acquitted of shotgun home-invasion,” (click here).    
         Is Lancaster County a third world country?  Do we have kangaroo courts and idiots for police? 
         There was a serious home invasion using a shotgun but no fingerprints were taken?  The prosecution tried to send this man to jail for years because of a Facebook picture of a mass-produced, knit hat?
         Who is holding the police and the DA’s office accountable?  This is horrific!
    Please check back later today.

  • * GONE TO THE DOGS… AGAIN!

    Posted on October 22nd, 2014 Becky 19 comments

    * Working on a project.  LIP News will be back tomorrow morning. 

    A MUZZLE ON NEWS!

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         Today’s front-page, shared-lead story with an additional large photo of a dog in a muzzle. 

         This is beyond ridiculous.  Whoever is making these front page story decisions is out of touch with reality.  A judge decides an important constitutional case and a mistrial is called by a judge apparently because of a poor translator and 24 dogs are their top story!
         The “new” LNP is making a mockery of journalism and their readers.
    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – NOT ENOUGH COLD CASES?

    Posted on October 21st, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    DOUBLESPEAK BY
    LAW ENFORCMENT!

         This was the response from District Attorney Craig Stedman to the email below, received on September 19th (click here):
    Ms. Holzinger:
         Thank you for your email. As I indicated previously, the city police have jurisdiction over the case. We have a standing offer to assist any department which requests assistance in a homicide case. We offered to assist in this case and many others but we cannot assist and/or take over a case unless we are requested by the municipality with jurisdiction.
    ______________________________
    Craig W. Stedman
    District Attorney of Lancaster County
    Phone: 717-299-8100
         An 83-year-old woman was viciously killed in her city home and this is DA Craig Stedman’s response one year later?  Has any other member of the Lancaster media asked Chief Keith Sadler and Mayor Gray why in the world they wouldn’t ask for assistance?  Have they asked for assistance now?  Her killer is still on the loose and Sadler has not kept his promise to arrest him (see the permanent box above).
         And yet, last year when Detective George Bonilla retired from the Lancaster Police Force after failing to solve the murder of business owner Juan Lopez for five years, DA Stedman immediately hired him as one of his detectives and Bonilla took the Lopez file with him!  There will be more on the unsolved Lopez murder tomorrow.

    STEDMAN: FAILURE
    TO PROTECT! 

    Stedman1     The Lancaster Police have failed to keep their commitment to the public safety by their failure to arrest the killer of Erma Kaylor among numerous other unsolved murders. It is time for your office to step in and at a minimum, assist the Lancaster Police in solving this murder. You maintain a force of detectives for this purpose and the time has come to utilize them to preserve the public’s safety in Lancaster County.
         Will your office be stepping in to assist the Lancaster Police Department in apprehending the killer of Erma Kaylor?
         Thank you and I look forward to your response.
    Becky Holzinger
    Editor, lipnews.com

         A portion of an email sent to District Attorney Craig Stedman on September 17, 2012 and published on this site (click here). 
    Please click here for today’s LNP article, “COLD CASES: Two local prostitutes strangled in ’90s by same killer?,” and check back later today.

  • A RIDICULOUS & SICKENING “CHAT!”

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    JOHN & BARBARA LIE!

    John Kirkpatrick     I have been involved in many redesigns over the years at many places. The reaction to this one has — by far and away — been the best I’ve ever experienced.
          When I read the above sentence LNP President John Kirkpatrick III typed into the live chat this morning, I literally sprayed my computer screen with coffee!  What a bold-faced liar!  There are so many levels of absurdity in his statement that I could spend all day approaching it from so many angles. 
    barbara_hough_roda     But I don’t have time because then Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda typed this:
         Bonnie: I hope you will bear with us. The newspaper is a living, breathing organism that should keep evolving. We are having a great time, and love this community. I hope that shows!
         Oh, for heaven’s sake!  Then everything I own is a living, breathing organism and that’s just ridiculous and downright scary.  “Amos, did you see that newspaper fly across the room and land in the recycle box?”  But I do know the blueberry pie I bought hand-made from a bakery this morning is much closer to being a “living, breathing organism” than the tree pulp you print on.
         And then a commenter asked this:
         Will you start holding local police and politicians accountable soon? LNP historically gives these two groups a free pass time and time again.   
         And Barbara, who has worked at the papers for over 25 years and who was the assistant editor at the Sunday News for several years before her current position, came back with this:
         We believe that is a key role for us. We take it seriously. You will not be disappointed.
         Breaking news!  This just in… holding the police and politicians accountable is a key role of the press!
         We have been disappointed for years, Barbara, because you haven’t done that in decades as the commenter pointed out, and as a result there is so much corruption in the county reporting on it is like taking candy from a baby.  But it has caused intolerable pain and injustice for so, so many.  And add to that the blatant racism practiced and promoted by the Steinman family and your newspaper for years, Barbara, and you do not deserve any more chances.  You are a liar!  You need to go!
  • I WILL ENGAGE WITH YOU!

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 Becky 2 comments

    THE JOHN & BARBARA SHOW!

    Engage
         Ah, yes!  Another fun morning with John and Barbara!   I imagine opinions will be quite strong today as in “Hate it!”  It is visually unattractive and desperately lacking in content. 
         Did John take his meds?  Will he know where he is?  How many times will Barbara use the words “robust” and “diverse?”  I can’t wait and I’ll be counting!
    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – WHAT IS HIS END GAME?

    Posted on October 18th, 2014 Becky 13 comments

    PORN & EGREGIOUS RACISM!

    Jakeem Towles

         Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, Sheetz’s current employer, declined to comment on the matter today. He said the attorney general has not contacted him or provided him with any of the emails.
    From the LNP article dated October 6th and updated on October 7th titled,”New details emerge about Lancaster men named in pornographic email scandal,” (click here).
         This is why Stedman needs to answer questions, Jeff Conrad!  What, he expected the attorney general to contact him directly?  This was days after the exact nature and content of the emails had been revealed by major news organizations.  This didn’t require a “long  investigation,” Conrad!  It should have taken DA Stedman less than an hour after reading PennLive’s revelations about Sheetz on October 4th to fire him. His above statement to LNP days after the fact is deeply troubling and disturbing.
         Your letter is also extremely concerning on many levels, Conrad, and there will be more on that at a later date. 
         The porn and racist email scandal just exploded further, reaching the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Lancaster County resident, Judge J. Michael Eakin (click here):
         The Philadelphia Daily News reported on Friday that Eakin had received at least three seemingly racist or pornographic messages using a fake name on a Yahoo email account in 2010.
         In a recent ruling not covered by the Lancaster Newspapers but reported by PennLive.com, “Death penalty backed by Supreme Court in midstate rapper’s murder” (click here), Eakin rejected an appeal by Jakeem Towles.  Towles is on death row and it is one of the most egregious cases of racism and corruption in the Lancaster County Courts in years.
         The following comment is posted under the PennLive article:
          I don’t know why the media keeps using this picture. This picture is from the Lancaster County Police Station when the police beat him. I don’t know why you people are being so evil. MY nephew was beaten and was heavily intoxicated when this happened. Where is the fair justice for him? Also Eakin should not be deciding on anyone’s case because he is involved in a scandal at the State Supreme Court looking at racial an pornographic images using a fake Yahoo account. Also he is from Lancaster County. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE THERE?
         There is no justice and there will be much more on this next week.  The picture of Towles used above was taken by his mother recently at the Greene State Prison.
         Finally, to Eric Tittel (see the below stories on this site), who is under Federal detention for alleged cocaine trafficking, according to a family member who witnessed his being charged Thursday evening, a grand jury and wire taps were used in the government’s investigation.  There should be more information available Tuesday and I will report it here.  
         He originally raised the question of “civil forfeiture,” on this site and Right-to-Know requests will be filed with the Manheim Township Police Department and the DA’s office to find out how much money has been collected this way and how the money is being spent.
    LIP News will not publish tomorrow but will be back Monday morning.

    DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH?

    jeff conrad

         Jeff Conrad in a photograph from the Clymer, Musser & Conrad, P.C. website.
     
          Anyone who knows the legal landscape in Lancaster County knows that Stedman and I don’t always see eye to eye.
    Current defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad in a Letter-to-the-Editor, “Editorial wrong to blame Stedman,” (click here).
         Oh, that is rich!  Hmmm… I wonder what your end game is?  And you are absolutely wrong about Stedman and the email scandal!
    Please check back later today.
  • * UPDATED – *** BREAKING NEWS *** TITTEL ARRESTED BY FEDS

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 Becky 13 comments

    CONSPIRACY TO
    DISTRIBUTE COCAINE

         Over a dozen police, members of the DA’s office and Federal Agents surrounded Eric Tittel’s home in Mountville yesterday morning.  They were told he was not there.  Tittel returned from work about 3:00 pm and his family told him he had to call the police from a business card an officer left.
         Tittel was told there was a federal warrant for his arrest and he had to be at the Federal Building in Harrisburg before 4:30 pm that day.  His family drove him there and he was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.  They stated he had 280 grams of cocaine in his possession when he was stopped by the Manheim Township Police on Route 222 on September 3rd of this year.
         There is much more involving his passenger, a grand jury and wiretaps and that will come tomorrow. 
     

     CHARGES NOT KNOWN

    Eric1
         Eric Preston Tittel, featured on this site as a victim of civil forfeiture when the Manheim Township Police stopped him for an alleged tinted window violation on Route 222 and confiscated $5,200.00 in cash on September 3, was arrested by Federal Agents yesterday afternoon. 
         He is currently being housed in the Dauphin County Prison.  A woman who answered the phone there this morning stated she could not tell me his charges because he is a federal inmate and only being held in the prison under a contract to house federal prisoners. 
         She referred me to the U.S. Marshall’s Office in Harrisburg.  A woman there told me they will only release information to his attorney.  I cannot find a Federal Docket for him at this time that outlines the charges.
         His criminal attorney was not available by phone this morning.  As details become available, they will be published here.

  • WARNING, WARNING, WARNING!

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 Becky 4 comments

    LNP WANTS TO DESTROY
    YOUR COMPUTER!

    Warning1  
         Oh, the horror!  LNP is trying to destroy your computer so you have to buy their new print edition!  See the above story from today’s front-page eEdition?  Do you see all lose lines?  There is one in almost every paragraph and they are interactive and take you to scary places!
         Seriously, you would think they would take you to ads, which is dreadful in and of itself, but no, they are taking you to bizarre sites and sometimes, no where!
         Please take this warning seriously and do not click on the interactive links!
         There will be a full investigation later today.

  • *** FINAL UPDATE ** UPDATED – * IT’S NOT NEW TO ME!

    Posted on October 16th, 2014 Becky 34 comments

    A DRUG INDUCED COMA?

    John Kirkpatrick ***All the signs and billboards was genius to make people curious as to what was  that they would make such a huge deal over something so not interesting. Trying to revamp the newspaper that most people would prefer to read online. All that advertisement money could of been spent on something useful. Whoever had this idea should be fired.
    Posted on the Lancaster Online website under the story, “Announcing LNP: A new name, new look, new focus for your newspaper,” (click here).
    Barbara     Of all days, it’s been one of those days but I couldn’t have said it any better than the above poster!  The President, John A. Kirkpatrick III, is out of touch with reality and possibly in a drug induced coma.  Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda just lies and repeatedly uses the word “robust” to sound exciting and act like they actually have news, investigative reporting and are holding public officials accountable!
         How could anyone trust these two?
         I apologize for today’s brevity and there will be much more tomorrow.  
     

    ** I tried to obtain a comment from attorney Hogan after the sentencing was over.  I have rarely been treated so rudely.  Enough said.
    From a post on this site regarding Shawn Roseboro and his attorney, Tamara Hogan, on October 31, 2010 (click here).
         Well, guess who slapped who in this bizarre LNP story, “Attorney admits that she struck another lawyer in Lancaster city firm,” (click here).
    Gee, who could have seen that coming?  LOL! 

    * Of course, there is a “Live Chat” about the changes on Lancaster Online this morning at 10:00 am with Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and their astonishingly stupid and possibly clinically crazy new President, John A. Kirkpatrick III (click here).

    THERE’S A LOT OF GREEN?

    LNP

         Well, happy day!  I’ve always known and referred to them as “LNP” (I can’t do the new swoosh-thing with the “N”, though :-( )!  Three initial thoughts from readers in the comments and an email this morning (thank you!):

    —-  Lots more color and pictures, guess that is to address declining literacy rates and non English speaking people.  Price will have to increase as cost of color ink is much higher than black.  My initial impression is that it is now a picture book.  Ads, ads and more ads, very minimal news.  Gonna take me all morning to locate the things I read, glad I’m off today.. 

    —-  Well…it has finally arrived….unfortunately, there are so many advertisements to skip over, it’s tough to find anything worth reading!!!

    —-  Just picked up the much-hyped new newspaper.
            Upon first inspection:

              - The official name of the paper is LNP. “Always Lancaster” is simply a tagline.
      
            – It has the feel of a small-time college newspaper.
              – Ads are literally on every page.
              – The obituaries were placed in the “Home & Garden” section.
              – The only thing that doesn’t seem out of place is the sports section.

         My overall thoughts on Day 1: “What’s the big deal?” I wasn’t impressed (I don’t  know why I thought I would be); I wasn’t unimpressed either.

    Please check back later today! 

  • “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY!” – 3

    Posted on October 15th, 2014 Becky 6 comments

     AN “ACTIVE INVESTIGATION?”

    eric tittel                               Neil Harkins

             Eric Tittel                       Manheim Twp. Police Chief Neil Harkins
     
         I spoke by phone with Manheim Township Police Chief Neil Harkins shortly after 2:00 pm today.  When he learned I was calling about the seizure of Eric Tittel’s $5,200 in cash by his officers on September 3rd, he said, “That’s the subject of an investigation.  I have no comment.”
         When I asked who was conducting the investigation and why, he repeatedly told me that Tittel needs to talk to an attorney and needs legal representation.  I said that would cost Tittel money.  His response was, “That is the proper way to do this.” 
         When pressed, he again said the case is an “active investigation” and it was inappropriate for me to ask him these questions.  He said there should be “news on this shortly” but would not explain further.
         Tittel did see an attorney this morning but an attempt to reach the attorney this afternoon was not successful. 
         The laws regarding “civil forfeiture” are complex and confusing and I am trying to work my way through them.  Remember that Tittel was not cited nor charged with a crime as the result of the car stop.  His car and person were searched with his consent and nothing was found but the $5,200 in cash he was carrying for a specific purpose.  The money was seized and he was told it would not be returned because a police dog later in the day allegedly reacted positively for drugs when it sniffed the money. As noted by commenters to this site, the majority of currency in this country will test positively for “drugs.”
         I did find this from the US Code for Civil Forfeiture – Criminal Forfeiture occurs after you have been convicted of a crime (click here):
         (c) Burden of Proof.— In a suit or action brought under any civil forfeiture statute for the civil forfeiture of any property—
               (1) the burden of proof is on the Government to establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the property is subject to forfeiture;
               (2) the Government may use evidence gathered after the filing of a complaint for forfeiture to establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that property is subject to forfeiture; and
               (3) if the Government’s theory of forfeiture is that the property was used to commit or facilitate the commission of a criminal offense, or was involved in the commission of a criminal offense, the Government shall establish that there was a substantial connection between the property and the offense.
    There will be more tomorrow.
  • LESS THAN A DAY AWAY! WOW!

    Posted on October 15th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

     A DINOSAUR TAIL?

    Tail      From the top, left corner of today’s front-page print edition.  What is this?  A dinosaur tail?  A green Nike-like swoosh?  
         Well, the super big day is tomorrow and I swear they keep changing their ticking clock from 5 am to 8 am.  Of course, we will all know all to soon.  
         Commenter Frank Lee of this site is taking the day off from work!  What will you be doing to celebrate?
         What the heck is that green thing?
    Please check back later today.

  • OUTRAGEOUS & INTOLERABLE!

    Posted on October 14th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

     “NO COMMENT” & $50,000

     Eric1    The Manheim Township Police Department serves the communities of Manheim Township, East Petersburg Borough and Lancaster Township by protecting citizens and property, preventing crime, enforcing laws, and maintaining order.
    From the Manheim Township Police Department’s web-page (click here).
         I spoke by phone with  Manheim Township Police Lieutenant Tom Rudzinski, their Public Information Officer, about 2:30 pm today.  I asked him about his department confiscating $5,200 in cash from Eric Tittel in a traffic stop on September 3rd of this year with no citations issued.  He said, “No comment.  I am not commenting at all.”  Asked if Tittel will be getting his money back, he said, “I don’t have a comment.”
         Eric has an appointment with an attorney tomorrow and LIP News will follow this story until Tittel gets his money back!
    — Click here for “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY!” and here for “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY! – 2.
    ***********************************
         I received a response to my Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster regarding the settlement amount in the Federal Case of Judd v. City of Lancaster.  Patrick Hopkins, the City Business Administrator, stated in a letter to me dated  October 9th that my request was granted and enclosed the below letter from the Travelers Insurance Company,   They paid $50,000 dollars to Judd.  There will be much more on this tomorrow. 
         Two of the officers specifically named in this lawsuit have very, very questionable prior histories with the force and their conduct that originated this lawsuit is simply outrageous and intolerable. Travelers1
  • SERVE AND INFORM LANCASTER COUNTY?

    Posted on October 14th, 2014 Becky 5 comments

    EXTRAORDINARY LIARS!

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         “Not too rash — yet not fearful — open to all parties, but not influenced by any.” That was the motto of William Hamilton and Henry Willcocks for The Lancaster Journal on June 18, 1794. Since that time, newspapers in Lancaster have had many names, many looks, but a single mission — to serve and inform Lancaster County.
         Our special commemorative edition, “Lancaster Newspapers: A Look Back,’’ examines the past 220 years of Lancaster newspapers, and is being distributed to Lancaster County residents through Wednesday. Look for yours this week.
    From the front-page of today’s print edition.
         Wow!   Just wow!  These people are extraordinary liars!  Yesterday, their top story was about ducks followed by town clocks.  Today it’s Rock Lititz followed by a man with a trashy front yard!  And they feature their own Marriott Hotel in their special edition.  What a sad and terrible joke!
    Please check back later today.
  • ** 2ND UPDATE – * UPDATED – LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON!

    Posted on October 13th, 2014 Becky 14 comments

    HIGHWAY ROBBERY,
    POLICE MISCONDUCT &
    A SENTENCE VACATED!

          I woke up this morning with a bad cold and most offices closed for the holiday.  I will come back to Eric Tittel, who had $5,200.00 cash seized by the Manheim Township police in a car stop but no citations were issued.  I honestly did not know this could happen in America.  And it can’t be allowed to happen!  This is literally highway robbery by the police. 
         I received a response to my Right-To-Know request to the City of Lancaster for the settlement amount paid to Stuart V. Judd as a result of his lawsuit against the City and four police officers and that will also come this week (click here).
         I am also told that a Lancaster man’s sentence from five years ago has been vacated by the court.  His mother has fought a long time for this!  I will verify this information and hopefully have more to report tomorrow. 

    Always Bus1   
         *The “Always Lancaster” clock ticking down was at exactly 3 days this morning at 8 am (click here).  So the huge event will happen at 8 am this coming Thursday!  I had previously counted this down to 5 am and I think someone realized their mistake and added three hours in the last few days!  I’m serious!
         And when you google Always Lancaster, this appears below their website:
         An exciting announcement, 220 years in the making, will be taking place on October 16th. Stay tuned!!
         That would make the year 1794 and according to the Library of Congress (click here), that is the year the Lancaster Journal was founded and that would become the Lancaster Intelligencer & Journal:
          536. Lancaster journal.  w., June 18, 1794-Dec. 27, 1800+             
          Note: Ceased publication in October 1839. Merged with the Lancaster 
          intelligencer to form the Intelligencer & journal, in 1839.
         Sigh.  This build-up is getting ridiculous!  Is their new name really going to be “Always Lancaster?”  That will always be awful!

    A FAMILY AFFAIR?

         This email in yesterday regarding “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY!” below:
         Hate to tell you this, but your information is absolutely incorrect. Anthony “Tony” Lombardo works for East Hempfield Township Police Department, not Manheim Township!
         Well, I hate to tell you this, but your information is absolutely incorrect.  Dad, Anthony “Tony” Lombardo works for  the East Hempfield Township Police and son, Anthony “Tony” Lombardo works for the Manheim Township Police! 
    Please check back later today!
  • “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY!” – 2

    Posted on October 12th, 2014 Becky 17 comments

    A DRUG SNIFFING DOG?

      Eric1

         Eric Preston Tittel, age 42, was in his 2002 Nissan Pathfinder with a friend about 10:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, September 3rd of this year. They were headed to Toms River, New Jersey to look at an 18 foot trailer and a zero turn mower advertised on Craigslist.  The price was $4,500.00 and the cost of the title transfer.  They also planned to go to Atlantic City after checking out the trailer.
         Tittel had $5,200.00 dollars cash in his pants pocket. 
         They left Mountville, turned onto Route 30 and then onto Route 222 North to the Turnpike.  They were stopped shortly after getting on  Route 222 by Manheim Township Police Officer Samuel J. Echternach.  
         Echternach told Tittel he stopped him because his tinted windows were too dark.  Tittel responded that they were factory installed.  Echternach then told Tittel he smelled marijuana.  Tittel said no way.  The officer then told Tittel he had been weaving between lanes.  Tittel again said no way.
         Echternach then asked to search the car and Tittel agreed.  He and his passenger exited the car and sat on the guardrail while the car was searched.  
         The officer then asked to search their persons and they agreed and were both patted down.  Tittel pulled the cash from his pocket.  He explained he was going to buy a trailer.  Echternach then asked Tittel to count it and he did.
         Tittel was told by the officer that Route 222 is a drug route between Lancaster and Reading and the police confiscate anything over $1,000.00
         Ecternach then wrote a receipt for the $5,200.00 and stated they were seizing his money.  He told Tittel the money was no longer his saying, “It’s our money now.”
         When Tittel objected, Ecternach called his superior who confirmed he should seize it and it was now the police’s money.  Tittel was not cited and he and his friend returned to Mountville where Tittel immediately called his lawyer.
         On his attorney’s advice, Tittel called the Manheim Township Police that afternoon.  He spoke with Officer Tony Lombardo.  Lombardo told him they had a dog sniff the money and the dog reacted positively for drugs.  Lombardo told him they were keeping his money and it now belonged to the Manheim Township Police Department.
         To be continued tomorrow and please also see the story and photo of the receipt immediately below.
  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** EXCLUSIVE TO LIPNEWS – “THE POLICE STOLE MY MONEY!”

    Posted on October 11th, 2014 Becky 20 comments

     “IT’S OUR MONEY NOW!”

    Eric1
         Eric Tittel of Mountville states that on September 3rd of this year, the Manheim Township Police confiscated $5,200 of his money in cash after a traffic stop on Route 222 at about 10:15 a.m. in the morning.  The police refuse to return it saying “It’s our money now.”  Tittel was not cited after the stop allegedly for tinted windows.  He is pictured above and the receipt he received from Officer Samuel J. Echternach is below. 
         Please check back tomorrow for his explosive story. 

    Eric6

  • * UPDATED – “I’D HATE TO SEE THE WORST!”

    Posted on October 11th, 2014 Becky 5 comments

    ‘BORROWED’ PHRASES?

    —   The emails include photos and videos of women and men engaged in oral sex, anal sex and intercourse. The photographs included naked women in mock motivational posters showing them performing sex acts on men.
    LNP political reporter Karen Shuey in her coverage of Gov. Tom Corbett’s meeting with the editorial staff yesterday (click here).
     
    —   Not only did Sheetz forward emails that had explicit photos of oral/anal sex and every variety in between, there were videos and parodies of those office “motivational posters” that showed women in submissive sexual positions with a tag line that these should be shared with their secretaries.
    “Huh?” in part of an excellent comment into this site that was moved to the front page (click here).
     
         Hmmm….  It certainly looks like Shuey reads this site and borrowed some phrases from “huh?”  And Shuey and LNP finally tell the public what was really in those “sexually charged” emails!

    WRITING WRONGS?

    John Kirkpatrick

    —-  ROFLMAO !!  I’d hate to see the worst.
    —-  I hope you are willing to take back everything bad you have had to say about this man.      
    —-  Glad he is here to ‘right the wrongs ‘lol’   –   yikes!
          These three emails in yesterday all with a link to the article:LNP President John Kirkpatrick wins PNA lifetime achievement award,” (click here).
          Yikes, indeed!  Have mercy!  To the one emailer:  Did you have to include his photo with the link?  I almost didn’t recover!
          But, I have recovered and I’ll take on this fool this afternoon! I’ll write some of his wrongs – you better believe it!
    Please check back later today.
  • * UPDATED – AN ALL WHITE AFFAIR!

    Posted on October 10th, 2014 Becky 5 comments

    YES, AN ALL WHITE AFFAIR!

         Wow!  Just wow!  Richard Sheetz resigned from the Lancaster DA’s office but “he didn’t have to,” according to Corbett? Yes, he did!   “The filters didn’t work.”  What a load of B.S.
         He did get a good shot in at John Kirkpatrick III, who today it was announced, “LNP President John Kirkpatrick wins PNA lifetime achievement award,” (click here).  There will be more on that tomorrow but Corbett said the Patriot News was losing money so they changed the print edition to three days a week.  Zing!
            And Barbara Hough Roda lied and said LNP is growing!  I don’t put a lot of value in these things but Alexa is one of the most trusted sources for web statistics and this is what they show for lancasteronline.com:

    alexaHonor student

         “Live at 3 p.m.: Gov. Tom Corbett meets with LNP reporters and editors,” (click here).  Well, this will be an all white affair!  I can’t wait!  I’ll be watching!

  • SHADOWS FROM THE PAST… – 2

    Posted on October 9th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    UNPROFESSIONAL
    INTIMIDATION!

         On October 5th, I published a portion of a letter I received from a lawyer regarding a post I published in July of 2009 concerning the Michael Roseboro murder trial and the comments under it (click here).  My response, emailed to the three parties indicated today, is below.
    ********************************************************

    October 9. 2014

    Via Email:  jbenion@postschell.com

    Jason G. Benion
    Post & Schell
    17 North Second Street
    12th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA  17101-1601

    Re:  LIPNews.com
            File # 119789

    Dear Mr. Benion:

    This is in response to your letter dated September 24, 2014 (I am also sending this response to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Post & Schell and to your General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer):

    1.  The statute of limitations on libel/slander/defamation in Pennsylvania is one year.

    2.  Therefore, your letter has no legal basis and is unprofessional and a blatant attempt to intimidate.

    3.  The fact that you just “recently became aware” of these comments does not extend the statute of limitations and totally contradicts your further statement that “These comments are defamatory and cause substantial harm to Mr. Bean’s reputation.”

    4.  What I find most deeply disturbing is your request for IP addresses and “any other identifying information” on the commenters themselves.  Obviously I am not releasing that information nor would I under any circumstances ever, except for a court order, provide that information to anyone.

    5.  I request that you, your President and your Corporate Compliance Officer each respond to my question which is:  What would you do with that information? If you learned the actual identity of the commenters from five years ago, what purpose would that serve you and your firm?  What, beyond harassment, would you possibly do with the information?

    I am astonished by the lack of professionalism and intimidation in your letter.  I am requesting an apology and an immediate response to my question posed in #5.

    Thank you,

    Becky Holzinger
    Editor, LIPNews.com

    cc:  Brian M. Peters
           President & Chief Executive Officer
           Via Email: bperters@postschell.com

    cc:  Andrew W. Allison
           General Council and Chief Compliance Officer
           Via Email: aallison@postschell.com

  • FINAL, EXCELLENT WORDS ON…

    Posted on October 9th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

     RICHARD A. SHEETZ

    [Editor's Note: The below excellent comment in from "huh?" yesterday on the resignation of Richard Sheetz and the editorial in the Lancaster Newspapers. 
        If you are having trouble accessing this site or sending comments please let me know.  There has been a huge upsurge in traffic in the last seven days with people googling "Always Lancaster" - I just did it with no quotes and this site is number two on the google results - and also people googling names from the Roseboro murder because of a recent program airing on the Discovery Channel and coming to this site.  Thank you for your patience and please try again if you experience a problem. Please let me know if the problem persists so I can go to my webhost and pay more money.  ;-)
         Also, this site may be briefly down for maintenance today between 10:00 and 11:00 am.  It should last 10 minutes at the most and then be back to normal.

         Thank you again, "huh?," for your excellent commentary and please check back later today!]

    Sheetz     I only wish that the LNP editorial board writers would have been more clear and specific about what was contained on these emails. The vague descriptions left a lot of room for posters on the LNP forum and other Lancaster-centric forums to dismiss this man’s actions as business as usual or a political witch hunt or the usual boys-will-be-boys.
         Not only did Sheetz forward emails that had explicit photos of oral/anal sex and every variety in between, there were videos and parodies of those office “motivational posters” that showed women in submissive sexual positions with a tag line that these should be shared with their secretaries.
         As described in other newspapers by reporters who saw some of the evidence, ‘the photos and videos show nude and partially clad women, sex acts between men and women, and lesbian sex. A series of “motivational images” — titled “Willingness,” “Devotion,” “Resourcefulness” and “Performance” — showed oral and anal sex. The Performance image was described as “mandatory for all secretarial staff.” ‘
         And a NASCAR related themed email that portrayed the traditional uncorking of a champagne bottle being very untraditionally uncorked via by being inserted in a woman’s vagina.
         The fact that these men in highly responsible, highly paid, and highly influential positions felt and saw nothing wrong about this work with women, and more importantly low paid clerical workers who were the direct “ha ha ha” targets of the motivational posters sickens me. And it should sicken every man and woman who post responses on these stories. They need to realize that these emails were more than stupid dirty jokes. What woman would want to walk into Sheetz’s office right after he finished watching a video or seeing an image of a woman uncorking a champagne bottle with her vagina. In situations like this when men in power are “caught” viewing things like this, the unsuspecting woman invariably feels humiliated for any number of reasons. It’s a hostile work environment and no individual is exempt from censure who takes active part in reading and forwarding these.
         Perhaps no one can change their opinions regardless of how clear the ugliness of this episode is presented to them but in the end it doesn’t matter.
         I also wonder who the sender of these emails was. It is obvious to me that the receivers like Sheetz may have known them and therefore felt comfortable forwarding them. Although I’ll bet that Sheetz didn’t forward them to his sisters or his mother.

  • “PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES” – OCTOBER 6

    Posted on October 8th, 2014 Becky 3 comments

    FROM #69 THROUGH 202
    IN ONE AFTERNOON!

          This is what happened in Courtroom #8 this past Monday afternoon before Judge Dennis Reinaker.  Where it is blank it means it had already been handled previously or I simply could not hear what happened as there was so much noise and chaos in the courtroom. 
         There were also numerical skips – but not many.  Let me remind you that the afternoon started with defendant number 69 and my friend’s number was 180 and the total number of defendants called actually went up to 202 by the end of the afternoon! From 150 to 202 will come tomorrow along with a further explanation of what was going on in that madhouse! 

    69  Continued    
    70  Defendant not here – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    71  Will plead guilty at the end of this session
    77  “Continued for the final time”
    78  “Continued for the final time”
    79  Listed for Trial
    80
    81
    83 Failed to show
    84  Continued
    85  Continued
    86  Two bench warrants for him – Listed for Trial 
    87  Continued
    89  Listed for Trial
    90
    91  Continued
    92>  92 &93 together – in jail in Maryland – Continued for the last time
    93>
    94
    95  Failed to show – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    96  Failed to show – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    97
    98  Continued
    99  Failed to show – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    101>  101 & 102 together – Continued
    102>
    105
    106  Failed to show – bail forfeited – bench warrant issued
    107> 107 & 108 together – Continued – per  Judge if want ARD must file for
    108> it within 10 days
    109  Continued
    110  Third DUI – Listed for Trial – must have discovery requests in by tomorrow
    111  Continued – Must be in touch with his lawyer – will not
             continue again
    113  Will take care of this this afternoon at the end of the list
    114  Failed to show – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    117  Listed for Trial
    118  Continued
    119
    121
    122  Listed for Trial
    123  Listed for Trial
    124  Failed to show – bail forfeited; bench warrant issued
    125  Will plead guilty on November 21
    126
    127
    128
    130>  130 & 131 together – Listed for Trial
    131>
    133
    134  Going to Mental Health and Drug Court
    136  Continued
    137  Trial List – Defendant in Lanc. Prison – 10 days to put in pre-trial
            motions
    138  Will plead guilty in November
    142  Continued
    146  Listed for Trial
    147
    148
    149  Listed for Trial
    150  Continued

  • * AND THE CREDIT GOES TO…

    Posted on October 8th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

     * Question of the day:  Exactly when the time changed to 10:00 am this morning, the “Always Lancaster” clock (click here) ticking down read 7 days, 19 hours, 00 minutes and 00 seconds.  By my calculations(!), that means this huge event will occur at exactly 5:00 am next Thursday morning.  Can anyone do the time to verify this?

    HUH? ON THIS SITE!

    Sheetz resigns1
         The Lancaster Newspapers were going to sweep this under the rug by repeatedly referring to the emails as “sexually charged” when they were actually hard-core, absolutely disgusting porn that denigrates women.  I think huh?’s two comments that were so excellent they became the day’s articles forced District Attorney Craig Stedman and the Lancaster Newspapers into action (see below on this site).
         Thank you for your excellent work, huh?!  Click here to read the above article and here to read today’s editorial.
    Please check back later today.  

  • THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT-TO-KNOW

    Posted on October 7th, 2014 Becky No comments

    AND AN EYE-OPENING
    AFTERNOON IN COURT!

          The following Right-to-Know request was faxed into the City of Lancaster today along with the mentioned attachment:
         Please provide the settlement amount and any other payments and stipulations ordered in the federal lawsuit, Judd V. City of Lancaster, et al; Case# 5:2012cv02960 in the Pennsylvania Eastern District Court.  The plaintiff was Stuart V. Judd and the defendants; the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Police Officers Jose Delatorre, Todd Dickerson, Michael J. Gerace and Gary E. Mackley.  I have attached a copy of the Judge’s order in the case, dismissing it on February 6, 2014 because a settlement between the parties had been reached.
         Please click here for background on this case – “JOSE DE LA TORRE – OFFICERS FOUND LIABLE.”
    ***************************
         Yesterday, I went into the Lancaster County Courthouse about 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon for a friend’s “Pre-Trial Conference”  scheduled on his docket for 1:30 pm.  I figured there would be four or five such conferences scheduled for the afternoon before Judge Dennis Reinaker in Courtoom #8.
         Was I ever wrong.  The hall was packed with people.  There had to be 75 to one hundred.  I waited as my friend stood in line to get his number and then I entered the courtroom.  There had to be over 30 lawyers inside.
         They began with number 69 and proceeded to go numerically.  When they got to #80, I turned around and looked at my friend’s number – 180.  I was flabbergasted.  The man sitting next to me looked vaguely familiar and when they called a name I recognized early into the hundreds, he got up and approached the bench.  I’d been trying to talk to him for months and I scurried out of the courtroom as he left.  I caught him!
         What an afternoon!  I had no idea this happened in the American Justice System.  What a zoo!  The full details will come tomorrow.