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    Posted on November 30th, 2015 Becky 1 comment


         Seriously, LNP? Days and days after this has been all over the internet – worldwide – you are going to do an “article” on it? That is pathetic and all you want are the outraged clicks and comments. I’m not going to link to it because if you haven’t read about this dog you must live under a rock!
         And it is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read! I think muzzles in general are cruel but you can buy them anywhere:
         So, how are these different than duct tape? LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige wrote a column saying she uses a shock collar on her dog! Where is the outrage? Why haven’t people called the police on her? What an absolute waste of people’s time and effort!
         But this is mindful of what PA House Bill #1538 is trying to offer to the police and it is astonishing and one of the most deeply disturbing pieces of legislation I have ever encountered. There will be much more on this in the days to come.
         Finally, from an item I mentioned yesterday, the trial of Kenneth White has been postponed because apparently his lawyer up and quit this morning. Hmmm. Click here for PennLive’s, “Trial delayed for man shot by police after fleeing DUI stop at 5 times more than limit.”


    The Ephrata Review Facebook page (click here). 

    *    $10,000 cash bail!  If he were a minority in Lancaster city his bail would be $250,000 cash at a minimum.


         Today’s editorial in LNP, “Bill in state Legislature that hinders transparency is not the way to protect police,” (click here).

         House Bill #1538 is so scary even LNP is against it. This is unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 29th, 2015 Becky 2 comments



    Jaime Albert Santiago-Leon  

         There was a change in plans today – I updated the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab immediately above on this site adding #18 through #20 as follows (these are all under Mayor Gray during the last nine years):

    18. Luis “Yampi” Santiago, shot and killed on 9-5-15. The police have charged Jaime Albert Santiago-Leon (pictured above) with his murder but he has not been captured (click here for Crime Stoppers). 
    19. Edward Cameron, shot and killed on 9-7-15. 
    20. Rahdir Jahi Maxton, shot on 9-9-15 and died on 9-12-15.



         I leave Tuesday afternoon for Thanksgiving break and Gil Smart announces he is leaving LNP after 21 years on Wednesday! Do I have thoughts on this? You better believe it! They will come this afternoon.
         Gray’s proposal also includes money for police body cameras, but he told council that Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman is recommending all county police departments hold off on camera program (sic). 
         Gray said Stedman supports the idea of cameras, but has concerns about how to implement them.
    From the article by LNP reporter Dan Nephin, “Lancaster city budget proposal would not raise taxes; Police body cameras questionable,” (click here).
         Excuse me, Nephin! Could someone at LNP do a follow-up on this and tell us Stedman’s concerns? Remember LNP’s glowing editorial in support of the cameras?
    Carlos Manuel Vaddy
         Vaddy was treated at Lancaster General Hospital for a minor cut to his head and was taken into police custody.
    From the LNP article by police reporter Ryan Robinson, “Police use Taser on armed man accused of drug dealing in Lancaster city,” (click here).
         Did you even look at his mugshot, Robinson, or were you just blindly copying straight from the police press release? I expected to see a Band-Aid on his forehead!
    Kenneth White
         Did you look at this mugshot, Robinson? He was shot but how did his face get so messed up? According to Kenneth White’s docket and the court calendar, his trial is scheduled to begin tomorrow. Click here for Robinson’s, “D.A.: Police officer justified in shooting drunken driver with .426 BAC in Lancaster city.”
    Nephin - stabbing (Click here)

          Could we get a follow-up on this LNP? How is the woman and has the perpetrator been arrested or is this one also too hard for the Lancaster Police to solve?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 24th, 2015 Becky 4 comments


          The December 5, 2007 unsolved murder of Juan Lopez and what it has done to his family is too overwhelmingly sad for today – click here for, “Troubles mount for widow of slain man.” I will come back to this after this site returns from Thanksgiving break on Sunday, November 29th.
         This quote from author L.R. Knost came over my Facebook feed yesterday and I think it is relevant and very important at this time:
          “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    Posted on November 24th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


           And the mayor had tough words for those responsible for a spate of shootings, several of them fatal.
         “If you feel that you’ve gotten away with something,” Gray said, “you haven’t. You haven’t.
    He said investigators are working the cases and getting close to solving them.

    LNP reporter Jeff Hawkes on Oct 10, 2015, “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray at anti-violence vigil warns shooters ‘you haven’t gotten away with something,’ ” (click here).
         Yes, I have run this multiple times because this is what Police Chief Keith Sadler and Mayor Gray say all the time (click here for “HOW CLOSE ARE THEY NOW? -3). And no one from LNP ever follows up and says, “But you said your investigators were getting close – where are the arrests?”
         No, it’s forgotten and the LNP “reporters” move on to the next shooting and the next shooting.
           “In the police world, a case a year old is not an old case,” Sadler said. “That’s hard to explain to a victim’s family; they want it solved that day. But that’s not the norm.”
    Then LNP reporter Brett Hambright on May 16, 2013, “One year later, brutal slaying of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor remains unsolved by Lancaster police – Detectives describe case as ‘challenging’ and ‘a bit frustrating’ but deny trail is cold,” (click here).
         It’s now been over three years, Police Chief Sadler. Is it now officially an “old case,” Chief? Is it a “cold case?”
         I spoke with Chief Sadler by phone shortly after Erma Kaylor’s brutal killing in 2012 and he told me: “The detectives work on the unsolved murders every day.” Not a single one has been solved in the over three years since I spoke with him (click here for “UNSOLVED MURDERS”).
         When is LNP going to hold the police, the mayor and the DA accountable? When are they going to protect the citizens of Lancaster and demand answers?
         I’m going to come back to the Juan Lopez murder this afternoon and then LIP News will go on holiday break until Sunday, November 29th.



    Posted on November 23rd, 2015 Becky 5 comments


    LNP reporter Tom Knapp ranting about me on his Facebook page this June.
        …But that was her only contact with the police, and the burglary was never solved. Even after the robbery and killing, she said no police officers ever came back to interview her.
         Bonilla [Lancaster County Detective George Bonilla] said he does not believe the burglary and the killing are connected.
         “Houses get burglarized,” Bonilla said. “There was nothing solid to put it together.”
    LNP from June 1 of 2014, “Detective still hopes to solve case,” (click here).
          This was the second and the last of LNP reporter Susan Baldrige’s “series” on unsolved murders in Lancaster. What happened? There were sixteen unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray at the time. Why did she and LNP stop?
         And the murder of Juan Lopez is now over seven years old and no police officer ever came to interview her? Simply unbelievable.
         So, is Tom Knapp correct or is there something dark and evil going on with all of these unsolved murders and crimes?
         I was watching a detective show on TV many months ago and one of the detectives said, “This is a murder. You don’t leave any stone unturned.” In Lancaster, they leave so many stones unturned you could build a driveway out of them. Are the Lancaster police lazy, incompetent or corrupt?
  • BEAR IT!

    Posted on November 22nd, 2015 Becky 2 comments



    Posted on November 20th, 2015 Becky No comments

    * I am taking a break this afternoon. Have a happy and safe Friday and please check back tomorrow.

         IDENTIFIED HIM?           safety1

         Police viewed surveillance video from that neighborhood and saw two males running from the shooting scene – one male was holding a gun, the other had what appeared to be a gun in his waistband.
    From Brett Hambright for DA Craig Stedman, “2 Men to Trial for City Shootout over “Beef” that Critically Injured Bystander,” (click here).
         So the “Safety Coalition” cameras work? It sounds like camera footage is the DA’s major evidence against these two – along with the stepfather of one. Interesting.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 19th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


          Sweigart [Crystle Sweigart] tearfully addressed the fact that people would judge her based on reports of prostitution charges, adding that it was a bad decision on her part to accept money for sex acts and operate a business illegally.
         “I’m not saying that I’m not guilty, I’m just not a prostitute,” Sweigart said.
    Wesley Robinson,, “Woman accused of operating prostitution ring: ‘It was massages with free fun after work,’ ” (click here).
         Oh, this is too rich. Robinson went to her home and interviewed her! Good for him and PennLive! This is an absolute classic. I will try to follow these cases as they work through the courts.
         More from his interview:
         The goal was to make her clients happy, something many of her regulars sought, Sweigart said. She described herself as an open-minded, sexual person who connected with men who were unfulfilled.
         “I didn’t answer the ads, they answered me,” Sweigart said. “I can’t take all of the blame.”


    From Page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition (click here).
         Here we go! Racist LNP is going to use all the power they have to ram this through. Forget any journalism ethics – they haven’t had any in years. We’ll see about this!
         Police reporter Jennifer Todd gets to write in great detail about prostitution arrests (click here). Wow! Does it get any better than this? She spent more time on this than she does on murders, shootings and armed robberies.
         And Todd also writes about a white woman who stole a measly $20,000 (click here)! White women can steal in Lancaster County! Why did they even bother to arrest her? Can you say tears and probation?
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 18th, 2015 Becky 17 comments


    Crime Watch

    (Hambright says .org in his press release but when you pull the site up it says .com)
         Residents of most Lancaster County municipalities can now interact directly with their police department via CrimeWatch, a digital information-sharing forum moderated by the officers themselves.
         On Wednesday, District Attorney Craig Stedman announced that his office – and 18 law-enforcement agencies in the county – are up and running on CrimeWatch.
         Chiefs and investigators from nearly all of those agencies were on hand for an afternoon press event where Stedman said residents can now get timely information about crime in their communities, as well as share information with those who police their towns.
         …Todd Graeff, Manor Township police chief and president of the county’s Police Chiefs Association, called it “Facebook on steroids.”
    From Brett Hambright’s press release for the DA’s office (click here for the entire release).
         Well, it’s a website! Imagine that!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


    *    LNP’s education reporter reports via Twitter that she called the police and there is nothing new on last night’s shooting! Surprise, surprise! Click here for, “22-year-old man shot in Lancaster.”


    Knapp - wooing

    From Lancaster Online’s home page (click here).
         This has to be the stupidest headline ever! LNP reporter, Tom Knapp, who has called me a “stalker” numerous times for reading his LNP required Facebook page, refers to the actions of this very sick man as “unwanted wooing.”
         No, Tom, this is a true stalker! A dangerous, insane man!
         I received this email this morning:
         There is a story on LOL about an older guy who stalked a young woman. He was sentenced to parole and probation. A message board poster asked why he didn’t get jail time. Knapp responded. The exchange is pasted below. You’d think Knapp, if he’s going to report on crime stories would understand the difference between mitigating and aggravating. Where does the paper get these folks?
    Knapp - wooing1
          What a disgrace!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 17th, 2015 Becky 6 comments


          Jennifer Todd, the long time LNP police reporter, does not include the officer’s names who were involved in the tasering and arrest of Miguel Pagan! She does not include their names!
         I know they weren’t in the police log, but that is part of her job! The mugshot wasn’t in the log either, so she had to make a phone call unless the police just sent it over to those nice people at LNP who don’t ask any questions whatsoever!
         The public has the right to know the names of the officers who responded, the name of the officer who tased him and the name of the officer he allegedly struck.
         Pagan seems to have a problem with alcohol as most of the entries on his docket are non-traffic public drunkenness offenses (if you pull up his docket by name, be careful, there is another Miguel Angel Pagan with two very serious sexual charges – however, his date-of-birth is 10-15-67 and he is not the same person as this Pagan who was born on 5-13-87). He does have a robbery charge in 2008 and it is the only time I have seen  “Eligible for Boot Camp” on a docket since the policeman’s son and his friend.
         This is why the police should wear cameras. It seems to me that if the police were trying to wake him from a drunken stupor, he could certainly argue he was not in his right mind and thought he was being attacked and had no idea it was the police.
         The police are trying to put another minority male in jail for years and the public has a right to know the name of the officers involved. Most news organizations would not print the story without the officer’s names!
         This is absolutely disgraceful on the part of Todd and LNP! This is not reporting! No one holds the police accountable in Lancaster! No one!

    [Editor’s note: There is this comment posted under the story on Lancaster Online (no grammatical corrections have been made):
         It happen in front of my house an wen i say he was to drugged up to fight he was an the police assaulted him without him having to anything his only charge should b dui
         Is this true? The District Justice who set his bail at $5,000 apparently didn’t think it was that serious. In the city, for a minority, the bail would start at $100,000 and go up from there for these alleged offenses.]


    From the Lancaster Online home page by reporter Jennifer Todd (click here).

    Todd1     Jennifer, how long have you worked for LNP as a police reporter? You took this story from the Lancaster Police log (click here). Did they send you his mugshot so you decided to make it a stand alone story?
         What is missing from your story, Jennifer? What basic, basic information is completely missing from your story?
         What an absolute disgrace!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 16th, 2015 Becky 8 comments


          I am going to come back to Kory Merkey, the ex-prison guard who was found guilty by a jury of child abuse and his probation sentence from Judge Joseph Madenspacher tomorrow. But I was reminded today again of Judge Madenspacher and white privilege in the Lancaster Courts and LNP and the convention center/hotel.  I wrote the below in 2006 and it continues to this day (click here)!



          Judge Madenspacher was extremely busy on Monday, July 17th when he heard closing arguments in the above case at 10:30 a.m. in his courtroom. Prior to that, he took care of this little matter and perhaps hoped it would be overlooked with everything else going on – “Woman gets probation for stealing from boss,” click here.
          As soon as you read this article you know one thing for certain – this woman is not black or Hispanic. Over the course of three years she stole $98,000 from her boss and she got probation. She apparently doesn’t even have to pay all of the money back – just $28,000 of it. And as one Talkbacker asks – what did she spend the money on? If she stole to give to the poor, then maybe that would be a mitigating circumstance. What did she spend the money on?
          And the article is obviously wrong when it says, “Under state law, Hamer could have received up to nine months in prison.” Only nine months and paying back a third of what you stole? Heck, everyone and their brother would be stealing $98,000 from their boss. You spend only nine months in prison (or maybe none!) and then come out with $70,000 to spend? What a system!
         “I really don’t believe this will happen again,” Madenspacher is quoted as saying in the article. That’s nice and probably not – because I can’t imagine anyone would ever hire this woman again. But if I were a member of her husband’s congregation, the Celebrate Life Christian Church, I’d want to see where every single penny of my donation went.  Every single penny.


          Their [LNP’s] failure to ever take responsibility for their despicable actions in the process of enriching themselves through leasing and equitable ownership of the Marriott Hotel, their refusal more recently to contribute towards the bail out of the convention center project, their promoting the CRIZ program that steals future tax revenue from our children to indirectly benefit their interests both in renovating the Convention Center and enlarging the Marriott Hotel… all are indications that they have decided they have no future in the newspaper business in Lancaster.
    Again  from the piece, “The Steinman’s should pack their LNP bags and move on,” (click here).
          That is a very good description of what LNP has done recently and is currently doing.
          What is not included is what they have been doing for years: their blatant racism and their failure to hold public officials accountable.
          From their laughable editorial today, “HACC should rethink its media policy; the First Amendment applies to colleges, too,” there is this (click here):
          We applaud the student journalists at HACC who are pushing back against the college administration’s media policy. We stand with them.
         What a sick joke!
          This is from yesterday’s print edition:
           Your boss, Dan, is one of the businesses that would benefit the most! Dan, you used to work for the Associated Press. Have you read their “Ethics Statement” recently (click here):
          The news organization and its staff should be free of obligations to news sources and newsmakers. Even the appearance of obligation or conflict of interest should be avoided.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 15th, 2015 Becky 2 comments


          It is an intolerable situation when the owners and operators of the local newspaper’s primary goal is to further their real estate and hotel interests by using their media influence to further feed at the public trough.
         We thought that LNP’s conduct during the run up to the development of the Convention Center was an anomaly, an aberration in the Steinman family’s history of conducting an honorable newspaper and pursuing the public interest.
    From the article linked to below.
         No, it was not an anomaly. The Steinmans are not an honorable family and they have never pursued the public interest – only their own.


         The demand will come — in part — from a 96-room hotel planned next to the Lancaster County Convention Center, more and larger conventions that are anticipated at the center and other economic development, according to the report Cohen issued.
    LNP reporter Dan Nephin, “Lancaster plans to add more on-street parking,” (click here).
         Where is your disclaimer, Dan? It’s your boss who wants to expand the Marriott Hotel and use even more public money to do it! Have all of your journalism principles gone out the window, Dan?  
          It is an intolerable situation when the owners and operators of the local newspaper’s primary goal is to further their real estate and hotel interests by using their media influence to further feed at the public trough., “The Steinman’s should pack their LNP bags and move on,” (click here).
         Yes, it is intolerable!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 13th, 2015 Becky 9 comments



    Former prison guard Kory R. Merkey

         This article by LNP reporter Tom Knapp this afternoon is rightfully receiving numerous very heated comments – “No jail time for ex-prison guard convicted of endangering welfare of his 4-month-old son,” (click here).
         Knapp doesn’t even tell us who the Judge was who gave this sentence – it had to be Judge Joseph C. Madenspacher who presided over the trial.
         A “Catherine Merkey” is posting both on LOL’s website and Facebook page that the baby had “infantile rickets” and even links to a petition on (click here).
         That has not “satisfied” the numerous posters under the article.
         What is really going on? Twelve years of probation? Ridiculous!
         Have a safe and happy Friday and please check back tomorrow.


    Posted on November 12th, 2015 Becky 13 comments

    *UPDATE 11-13-15 – Back to the news later today!

    * This is one of their computers.Cheryl & Steve Markle


           LNP “stalker.” Is that what he is calling readers who have a low opinion of that waste of space newspaper?
    This comment in yesterday about LNP reporter Tom Knapp and his Facebook entry (see below).
         Yes, apparently because I have the audacity to read their Facebook and Twitter pages. Oh, my!
          I want to know if the people at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center are aware of the filthy, threatening and racist comments that come into this site multiple times daily from Cheryl Markle’s and Steven Markle’s computers (click here).
    There will be more tomorrow.


    Posted on November 11th, 2015 Becky 6 comments


         Joseph’s attorney, Irving Singer, drew a fierce objection from Lancaster County First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen and angry reactions from Melissa Joseph’s relatives in the gallery when he referred to Carrington Joseph as a victim.
    Wesley Robinson, PennLive (click here).  
         During cross-examinations, Singer painted Joseph as a man defending himself against a violent, threatening wife.
         “I’m going to call him the victim,” he said, earning an angry objection from Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen, who is prosecuting the case with ADA Travis Anderson.
    Tom Knapp, LNP (click here).
         After watching a several hour videotape of Carrington Joseph calmly telling detectives how he killed his wife, Melissa, Joseph’s New York lawyer referred to Carrington Joseph as “The real victim here.” It didn’t go over well with the courtroom.
    LIP News (see below on this site).

         These are the three variations on the comment by defense attorney Irving Singer. I stand by mine. Singer actually said it twice. He said Joseph was “the real victim here” and when the courtroom reacted he again said Joseph was a victim.
         Actually, PennLive’s coverage is much better than LNP’s. Robinson explains why there are two attorneys and in an unbelievable situation, they argued over Joseph taking the stand (click here).
         An interesting side note to this whole thing that is not mentioned in either Robinson’s or Knapp’s coverage is that Joseph told the detectives in the video, and they already knew, that he had $20,980 in a safe under his and Melissa’s bed. He told them some of it came from a settlement in a false arrest in New York City and $11,000 came from his last year’s tax return.
         It was not mentioned while I was in the courtroom what happened to that money. 


         Just overlook the stabbings and shootings. The Mayor says Lancaster is safe.
    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the story, “Man wounded in East Madison Street shooting,” (click here).
         Please make sure that your readers know that Smucker is 100% responsible for CRIZ…a scam on the taxpayers of Lancaster County to the benefit of those connected to the inner circle of Lancaster power.
    This email in.
         LNP’s self-appointed stalker attended the morning session of this trial. In the one paragraph she posted on her website about it, she mentioned one fact — which she got wrong — and she offered one statement from the defense attorney, which she misquoted. This is the woman who always criticizes us.
    LNP reporter Tom Knapp on his Facebook page.
         Dear Lord, what a crybaby! And you are the one who misquoted the defense attorney! What a loser!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 10th, 2015 Becky No comments


    Melissa Joseph

    LANCASTER: After watching a several hour videotape of Carrington Joseph calmly telling detectives how he killed his wife, Melissa, Joseph’s New York lawyer referred to Carrington Joseph as “The real victim here.” It didn’t go over well with the courtroom.
    More tomorrow.


    Posted on November 10th, 2015 Becky 9 comments


                                               Jeff Hawkes                                   rickspin
                                                Jeff Hawkes                          Mayor Gray

         The headline should read, “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray Declares His Impotence.”
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP article by Jeff Hawkes, “Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray at anti-violence vigil warns shooters ‘you haven’t gotten away with something,’ ” (click here).
         It’s been exactly one month since you wrote this, Jeff. If you recall you wrote of Mayor Gray:
         He said investigators are working the cases and getting close to solving them.
         Will you go back to him now and ask him how close they are today? You’re going to follow-up, aren’t you Jeff? So far, they have arrested one man for a robbery but can’t figure out who the other mystery man is who fired the shots (click here).
         It would seem a lot of killers and shooters have gotten away with something! We will be waiting for your follow-up with the Mayor, Jeff!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 9th, 2015 Becky 4 comments


    Carrington Joseph 
         This morning, as a comment, I raised the issue of domestic violence and the absolute hypocrisy of LNP “Opinion Editor” Suzanne Cassidy. And then this happened, “Updated: Brawl erupts at Carrington Joseph murder trial,” (click here).
         The day this murder occurred, I posted “THE BLOODY REALITY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,” (click here) and this photo of Joseph being arrested in his bloody shirt. I have never forgotten it.
         “Policing cannot be the only job in America in which you’re only fired if you’re convicted of a crime,” Hoover said in the release. “All of us in the workplace have to follow professional standards. Police should, too.”
    From PennLive – “Thousands support petition to dismiss Lisa Mearkle from Hummelstown Police Department,” (click here).
         Yes, Suzanne Cassidy and the rest of the LNP “Editorial Board,” there are professional standards and being an alleged wife beater does not make you eligible to be a police chief!
          But LNP doesn’t care – because it’s all about money and their Marriott Hotel. Every member of that “Editorial Board” should resign today!
    [Photo courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.]


     — Mayor Gray and Chief Sadler are to be commended for proposing police cameras. City Council should support them.
    — Should this be the case in Lancaster, the cameras might put a dent in lawsuits against city police, which resulted in $1.1 million in payouts over the past 10 years.
    Let’s get police work out in the open, for the sake of the public and the police. It will reduce suspicion by revealing those rare instances of true police brutality, and protect police when they, too, need protection.
    — The proposal is not cheap, but Sadler is demonstrating due diligence and doing it right. For one thing, he plans to give each officer his or her own camera, making each personally responsible for this expensive piece of equipment. That should protect the city’s investment.
    — As Sadler put it in LNP’s front-page story on the proposal last week: “It’s very 21st century, a very modern piece of equipment — why wouldn’t you want to have it?”
          Quotes from the Sunday News editorial, “Police body cameras right move for Lancaster city,” (click here).
          Chief Keith Sadler’s police force does not solve any crimes! Every police force in this country is looking into obtaining the cameras. This is absurd and sickening. The LNP editorial board needs to protect the public and hold Sadler and Mayor Gray accountable for all the lawsuits and the unsolved murders and shootings in the city. Where are the arrests? has this story up – “Why the jury acquitted Lisa Mearkle: jury foreman explains how prosecution failed” – click here.
    Please check back later today.

  • * “VERY 21ST CENTURY!”

    Posted on November 8th, 2015 Becky 1 comment

    * Of course, I think the police should have cameras. It is LNP’s butt kissing of Police Chief Sadler and Mayor Gray that is incomprehensible and intolerable. More tomorrow. 


         As Sadler put it in LNP’s front-page story on the proposal last week: “It’s very 21st century, a very modern piece of equipment — why wouldn’t you want to have it?”
    From today’s editorial, “Police body cameras right move for Lancaster city,” (click here).
         These editors are an absolute disgrace! Sadler said the exact same thing about the “Safety Coalition” cameras!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 7th, 2015 Becky 5 comments



    Sunglasses4            sunglasses3
         These three suspects in the burglary of sunglasses were supplied by the East Lampeter Township Police and the story and photos ran on Lancaster Online’s homepage for a good part of yesterday (click here).
         And yet, the AutoZone and a Turkey Hill in the city were robbed at gunpoint within the last month and there are no photographs. This is truly amazing. The Lancaster Police don’t even try to pretend they are solving crimes! And they don’t solve any crimes and nobody says a word or holds them accountable! This is astounding and there will be much more later.

         Who knew cats could read? This headline has been on Lancaster Online for over 24 hours (click here). Don’t you think someone should fix it? Ridiculous!


    Posted on November 6th, 2015 Becky 3 comments

    * Doing some research this afternoon. Back tomorrow.


            Word is from people who were alive and remember this incident, this man raped an inmate while in jail and revenge was carried out by friends of the victim who was raped. If this is true, I have no sympathy for this guy. Believe or not Becky, but there is actually bad black people out there. Not every black man/woman killed by a cop or assaulted by a white person is just an innocent victim of society’s intolerance. That doesn’t fit your far left agenda. You sang the blues for Gomez after being killed by cops while trying to KILL A COP!!!!!! You have said nothing on the white man who was shot in the back and killed in Hummelstown. Nothing on her beating the charges. I guess his skin color wasn’t right for you have some type of self righteous cause.
    This comment in from Gray#1 last night.
         Wow! Gray#1 has zinged some public officials on this site and last evening he decided to go after me. So, I’ll respond:
    —  Your prison rape story is absurd. I worked on this story for a year and I have lots of people who are still alive who remember this and worked the story with me (including the real J. Richard Gray). I am not going to rehash the original Lancaster Lynching story. I have a website “Lancaster Lynching” that desperately needs to be updated and the pictures re-inserted. There is a permanent link over to the right on this site (click here). I will do that and there may be a book. Other than that, I am dealing with current news and the latest lynching attempt.
    —  I am fully aware that there are “bad black people out there!” And then you bring up Gomez. As I recall, I said I didn’t dispute DA Craig Stedman’s statement that it was justified. What the public does have a right to know is the name of the officers involved. And then, when someone posts this repeatedly on Lancaster Online under the stories, you better believe any decent reporter would contact them (click here):
          I was the apartment owner who let the police in that day. 75% if this article is lies. if anyone wants the real story, msg me on FB. unbelievable!
         She states that Gomez did not fire his shot through a backpack and the public has a right to know if he did or didn’t. If Stedman added this to somehow make the situation more dire and deceptive, that is absolutely not okay. The public has a right to know exactly what occurred and a DA obviously should not lie. I did file a complaint with the Department of Justice and will follow-up with them.
    — And then you say I did not cover the police involved shooting in Hummelstown! I am one person and I cannot cover everything. This is being covered by the Associated Press, PennLive and multiple other news sources. It was on the CBS national news last night. I’ll let them handle it!
    —  Finally, again, I am only one person. I would love to know more about this, “Lancaster man innocent of gun violations in encounter with bouncer outside city bar,” (click here). If you recall, a Molly’s Pub bouncer also shot a man in August. Was it the same bouncer? Was he justified? Click here for, “Man wounded in shooting Sunday morning outside city bar.”
         I could say a lot more, but I’ll leave it at that for now.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 5th, 2015 Becky 7 comments




          Thirty four years ago I followed a story in Lancaster that changed my life.
         Robert Henderson sued then Lancaster Detectives Joseph Geesey and Walter Goeke for $30,000 apiece in Federal Court for violation of his civil rights.
           The Lancaster Police Department got their revenge and sent a message to the Black community – on May 1, 1981 Henderson was found impaled by his rectum on the vent pipe of a fuel oil tank on Mill Street.
            The Philadelphia Tribune newspaper ran the headline, “Man critical after Lancaster lynching try.” I would find out how very accurate that headline was.
           To make a very long story short, I became suspicious of a man who worked on Mill Street within 100 feet of the crime scene. I bought a polaroid camera, walked into his place of business, saw him sitting at a table with two other men and I took their picture.
          The next day, following tremendous pressure from the Tribune, artist sketches of the three men were printed in the Lancaster Newspapers.
         Those sketches and my photograph are above. I spent over a year on the story trying every possible avenue to no avail. I did not write again for over 20 years.
         And now, after all these years, I find out it’s still going on. Only the police are not physically trying to lynch minority men and women – they are doing it through the Lancaster Court system while the Lancaster Newspapers turn a blind eye as they have done for years.
         And Akeem Washington’s trial and sentence is the most corrupt and shocking example of a modern day lynching you will find. I will cover this story intermittently until Washington gets a new trial. Period.
    [Editor’s Note: There is a permanent link to the Lancaster Lynching story to the right, however, the photograph and artists sketches are no longer online and I need to re-insert them and I will. It is still a site under construction.]

    Posted on November 4th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


           As predicted yesterday, there is no follow-up on the Turkey Hill robbery (see the story immediately below). Not a video, not a photograph – not a “How is the investigation going?” or “What are you doing to solve this?” or “Where is the video?” question by LNP to the police – simply nothing. Just another unsolved crime the Lancaster Police and the Lancaster Newspapers hope we soon forget.
         A friend and I ask each other all the time: “What do the Lancaster Detectives do all day?” Now, there is a partial answer: They spend a good part of the day trying to put minority men and women behind bars for years or life if they don’t like them or if they feel they are not respectful enough. That’s what these detectives do.
        And the Lancaster Newspapers have turned a blind eye to this for years.



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         Tremayne Jones, Akeem Washinton’s cellmate for 24 hours, and the only witness against him in a trial that will put Washington in prison for the majority of his life, has taken down his extremely nasty Facebook page.
         That’s right! The gang member and pimp’s Facebook page is down! Who called him from Lancaster and told him to take it down? Was it Judge David Ashworth, DA Craig Stedman, Detective Michael Winters or the guards at the prison?
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on November 3rd, 2015 Becky 11 comments


          The AutoZone on East Chestnut Street in the city was robbed on Saturday, October 24th by two men (click here). AutoZones have surveillance cameras. No video has been released to the public and no arrests have been made.
         This happens time and time again. And LNP “police reporter” reporter Ryan Robinson runs suspect’s photos all the time – from the East Lampeter, Manheim Township and Ephrata Police Departments to name a few. In fact, they’ve run photos of people stealing bottles of alcohol. And the public very often identifies the perpetrator and they are arrested.
         And yet, he never questions the Lancaster Police about the lack of videos or does any follow-up whatsoever. The four sentence “article” about the robbery is all there is. Another unsolved crime in Lancaster. Time to move on to the next crime.
         And early this morning another Turkey Hill was robbed (click here). Turkey Hills have surveillance cameras. Will video be released to the public? If not, why not? Is it the same person as one of the two AutoZone robbers? Will the Lancaster Police make an arrest? When will these robbers rob again? Will they injure or kill someone the next time?
         The Lancaster detectives are not solving any crimes and LNP ignores that fact over and over again – the same way they ignore the 161 coalition cameras in Lancaster and never question why no videos are released to the public.
         As I’ve said so many times before – it is utterly shocking and disgusting that a news organization puts the public directly at risk this way and doesn’t hold the police, the mayor, the DA or city council accountable.
         Maybe the next time there is a robbery in the city, LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda’s daughter or one of Robinson’s children will be in the store. Do you think they will care then?

    [Editor’s Note: I am aware that LNP reporter Chad Umble “wrote” the four sentence AutoZone story. But he was a fill-in on the police scanner as Ryan Robinson and Jennifer Todd are listed as the police reporters and write/re-write the vast majority of the police press releases.]     


        From yesterday’s print edition by LNP police reporter Ryan Robinson. Robinson runs to Police Chief Keith Sadler for justification for this modern day lynching!
    Please check back later today.


  • * 11-2-15 UPDATE – MODERN DAY LYNCHING! – 2

    Posted on November 1st, 2015 Becky 4 comments


    * 11-2-15 –  Other than the say-so of a drug dealing pimp, what other evidence is there to substantiate Akeem Washington plotting to kill LCP officers?
    This comment/question in today.
         The answer: There is absolutely no other evidence to substantiate it.
         I spent a great deal of time on the phone today and this just keeps getting more and more outrageous and disgusting.
    There will be more tomorrow.

    “FUN NIGHT?”

         Dustin Salisbery met his first cousin, Akeem Washington, on Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Lancaster at about midnight or 12:30 am. It was right after Christmas and Salisbery, who plays basketball overseas and was in town for the holidays, said he was looking forward to a “fun night.”
         They had one drink at the Marriott, which was closing, and then he and Akeem headed down the block to go to Yorgos. They were denied entry into Yorgos because they were told the bar was at capacity.
         Salisbery thought they were profiled and they watched as three white females who had also been at the Marriott were let in. They also watched as (white) guys outside smoking cigarettes were also let in.
         He said a bouncer said to them, “You know how these things go.” He said they took it to have racial overtones.
         Salisbery said there was a small argument outside with the bouncer and the owner’s son. He said the men knew he and Akeem were not trouble and it never got loud or out-of-hand.
         Suddenly, several police cars pulled up. There were four or five cops and they immediately told Akeem to sit down. Akeem repeatedly said, “Why?” and tried to walk away. It was then that Salisbery says the cops “attacked” Washington.
         “They grabbed him and forced him to the ground. They had a knee in his back and a knee to his head area.”
         Washington was saying, “Get off of me. You’re hurting me.” They shot him in the back twice with a taser and Salisbery remembers there was blood on the back of his shirt.
         The police put Washington in handcuffs and took him to a car and drove off.
           Asked if the police knew who Washington was, Salisbery said, “Absolutely.”
         Salisbery said he stood to the side and watched silently, knowing he said, that if he did anything he would also be arrested.
         Salisbery said Washington didn’t know anything else until Monday when his wife called him in jail hysterical after reading the newspaper. Washington had also been charged with four counts of solicitation for criminal homicide against three of the police officers.
         He was looking at spending the rest of his life in prison.