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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.

  • * UPDATED – LNP: CONDONES THE BLATANT RACISM IN THE COURTS

    Posted on November 25th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    SECOND LOWEST PRIORS
     & ONE OF TWO JUVENILES

    Name                          Age            Sentence           Judge 

    Kyle Allenworth          17                4-10                Wright 

    Bradley Isaacs            18                5-15                Wright 

    Dylan March                20                5-1/2-20         Knisely 

    Joshua Maldonado      18                8-1/2-20         Reinaker 

    Thomas Greene           17                16-35              Miller 

       The above shows the names, their ages at the time of the crime, the sentence they received for pleading guilty to the exact same four charges and the Judge who sentenced them, for the five perpetrators of a home invasion in April of 2009.   
         The first three are white, Maldonado is Hispanic and Greene is African-American. 
         Bradley Isaacs brought the three guns, reportedly a shotgun, handgun and a pellet gun, and the car and was owed the drug debt.  It has been stated that Greene was the “instigator” and led the others into the house.  Greene and his family absolutely deny that and state that he and his friend, Dylan March, were at the local Wawa and got pulled into the crime when Isaacs pulled in.  Greene had the pellet gun and his family says he stayed in the car when the others left and was literally called into the house on his cell phone.
         He, and his family state he did not threaten to shoot the baby or rape her mother, as ADA Christopher Larsen repeatedly stated in court at his re-sentencing this past November 10th. 
         Judge Margaret Miller was told by the Superior Court to change her sentence – that it was hugely disproportionate with the other co-defendants and the sentences they received.
         So Judge Miller stated in court that Greene had the second lowest prior record score of all the co-defendants and was one of two juveniles at the time of the crime.  But what does she do – she just arbitrarily decided to go with the next highest sentence – the Hispanic teen who received 8-1/2 to 20 years.
         Isaacs, who supplied the three guns and the car, received 5-15 years.  Kyle Allensworth, the other juvenile along with Greene, received 4-10 years and was released from prison last April.  Dylan March, Greene’s friend, received 5-1/2-20 years. 
         Judge Miller did say that Maldonado also had a gun so she was making her new sentence in proportion to Maldonado’s.  Greene had the pellet gun and it is not clear who had the shotgun – but it had to be one of the other three who received the four and five year sentences.
         Greene’s original sentence was racially motivated and so was his re-sentencing.  This happens every day in that courthouse – but this case just exposes it in the most dramatic and telling way possible.
         Judge Miller’s lack of empathy and her unexplained and ludicrous decision to just pick the next highest sentence for Greene is simply an outrage. 
         This story is far from over – and please note that LNP court reporter Brett Hambright did not report any of this in his story linked to immediately below.
          LIP News will return this Saturday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

    JUDGE MARGARET MILLER:
    NO LEGITIMATE REASON!

    thomas greene
    —-  Brad Isaacs supplied the guns and ride.  Dylan March threatened the mother and baby.  Read all the articles – those who judge don’t matter, Lancaster County will get caught up for this one.
    —-  Miller had no choice but to revise the sentence. Believe me she didn’t do it out of the kindness of her heart. She was told to fix this. I am not one to pull the race card but the sentence is racially motivated. The original sentence of 16-35 years should have never been given when his co-conspirators were given 4 years all except one who has a Hispanic last name.
         Posted on Lancaster Online by Thomas Greene’s mother and aunt under the story by LNP court reporter Brett Hambright, “Judge cuts teenage armed robber’s sentence in half — 4 years later,” (click here).
         And what did Judge Margaret Miller do?  She changed her sentence to match the sentence of the one who has a Hispanic last name – for no legitimate reason or purpose. 
         The blatant racism and injustice in the county is shocking – and it has been condoned and hushed-up by the Lancaster Newspapers for years.
    Please check back later today.

  • WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN!

    Posted on November 24th, 2014 Becky 10 comments

    MEET THE NEW BOARD  -
    JUST LIKE THE OLD BOARD!

          This is the response to my Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster regarding the Civil Service Board which oversees the hiring of firefighters and police officers in Lancaster (click here for Mayor Gray’s announcement in November that he was appointing Richard Simms to the Board).  The graph with the names is cropped as that was the only thing on an otherwise totally blank piece of paper.  This, of course, raises many, many more questions and I am working on them.
         This site will publish through tomorrow afternoon and then go on Thanksgiving break until Saturday – so please check back tomorrow!Righ-to-Know

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  • STUFFED SHIRT?

    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 Becky 19 comments

    A TOTAL WASTE OF SPACE!

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          Stuff like this that makes me think I can’t possibly call myself a liberal any longer.
         Gil Smart in his Sunday News column today, “Identity politics crowds out science, all because of a shirt,” (click here).
         What an inflated ego!  I could care less what you call yourself and I don’t think many other people care either – maybe, just maybe, your wife cares!  You can always hope she does.
         USA Today has a better column on this than you, Gil, and it’s by Conrad Jeong and he’s a sophomore at Duke University (click here)!
         Why don’t you learn how to write and then write something relevant to Lancaster, Gil?  What a total waste of (newspaper) space!

  • * SECOND SHOOTING – * UPDATED – *** BREAKING NEWS *** MORNING SHOOTING HITS HOME

    Posted on November 22nd, 2014 Becky 13 comments
    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  SECOND SHOOTING
        *UPDATE ON SECOND SHOOTING 
            ** WGAL has second shooting story online – click here.
        One perp about 15, scouring area looking for perps.  bunch of heroin cooking sites back in woods near where he was shot  they are looking –  behind Sterling Place  
        This just in via email (thank you): 
        609 Euclid male shot just came over scanner – 2 black tried to rob him, shot, they took off through Hershey Heritage (apt complex) vic on phone, cops just arrived, vic has injury to arm   One wearing red hoodie, one wearing black hoodie

    AT STEINMAN LOFTS

         The shooting that occurred this morning was in a Lancaster Newspaper owned building.  The address, thirty-two West King Street, as reported by LNP (click here), is one of the buildings that had the upper floors  recently converted by the Lancaster Newspapers into housing for students of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and are known as the “Steinman Lofts” (click here).
    Please check back later today.

  • THREE HOTS AND A COT!

    Posted on November 21st, 2014 Becky 3 comments

     SLICING AN ONION!

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          The Crow

    (Graphic courtesy of Ron Harper, Jr. from “Stalker Warning”)

         There has been some major drama on this site today – please see the comments under “I’M SORRY, IRAN!” below.  This is the second time this convicted stalker and harasser has tried to shut this site down. This time you’ve committed a federal offense!
         You have been using Tor Servers (click here for Wikipedia) for months to send in your multiple, daily, hate-filled threats.  I bet you thought you were so damn smart!  LOL!  You really should have gotten a job instead of sitting on my site 16 hours a day for two years! No worries now though, the Feds will give you three hots and a cot!
         Click on the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab at the top of this site and  thank you Scott and my webhost for your help!

    [Editor’s note: Where’s Marvelous Marv when you need him – “You can’t make this kind of stuff up!”]

  • I’M SORRY, IRAN?

    Posted on November 21st, 2014 Becky 23 comments

    LETTERS & GETTING HIT?

    Envelope

         I received a response from the City of Lancaster to my request for the three members of the Civil Service Board and it made me sit up and say “What?  Are you kidding me?”  And, of course, it requires more work on my  part to figure out what the heck is going on –  and you won’t believe it so I am getting it scanned so I can post the original for all to see. 
         I guess that’s why no local  media covered Richard Simms’ retirement party except for this site.  Mayor Gray didn’t want to get caught in his big, fat lie! 
         And one of “Unlucky Chucky’s” questions in yesterday was this:
         Garden Court, don’t know a whole lot on it, but I’ve never heard of security. Does any public housing in Lanc have guards??
         It was in response to my post on November 15th (click here):
         I received a letter in the mail yesterday (thank you) regarding Garden Court Apartments and a security guard being shot.  Does anyone know if they have security guards and if one was shot on October 19th?
         The envelope is pictured above (why not send an email?).  And while the envelope looks like a third-grader wrote it, the letter inside was neatly typed and the spelling and grammar were basically perfect but there was no contact information.  Hmmm… could someone have been trying to set me up?
         And the oddest and scariest thing happened yesterday.  After, ah, posting the picture of Kim Kardashian’s derriere on this site (I really do apologize but I thought it worked so well with the other content), this happened:
     
    IP: 185.55.224.22  [permanently blocked]   
     
    Hostname: hosted-by.serverpars.net
        
        
    • 63107 hits before blocked
    • 29660 blocked hits
    • Permanently blocked
          A computer in Iran was set on the log-in to this site and was hitting it more than once a second for hours trying to break in.  Well, I guess I won’t be answering my doorbell today! 
    Please check back later.
  • THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT AND NEED TO KNOW!

    Posted on November 20th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

    PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
    & “UNLUCKY CHUCKY!”

          Police have confirmed that one of the two juvenile suspects is the son of a West Hempfield Township police officer. 
    From the WGAL story in March of this year, “Home invasion in Lancaster ends with victim taking control,”  (click here).
          So, why do I bring this up?  Several reasons.
    —-  WGAL was the first to bring up the fact that one of the two suspects was the son of a police officer – forcing LNP to also state the fact.  It matters.  Why isn’t Patrick Fatta in jail or have a bail amount set (click here for LNP’s “updated” story”).  The charges are very serious.  His brother is a Lancaster City Police Detective and the public should be made aware of that fact to insure he doesn’t get preferential treatment – and it certainly appears that he already is!
    —-  The teens in the home invasion mentioned above have absolutely received preferential treatment.  Neither one spent an hour in jail as they were released immediately on $50,000 unsecured bail and at least one was reportedly back in high school within a day or two of this home invasion.
    —-  The two plead guilty to multiple felonies several months ago and are due to be sentenced on December 5th by Judge Joseph Madenspacher. This should be very “interesting” and you better believe I will compare their sentences to those of the five involved in the Ephrata home invasion in April of 2009.  That is the re-sentencing story of one of those involved, Thomas Greene, that ran on this site for several days last week and will absolutely be finished up tomorrow afternoon.  His mother has been through so much with two sons going through the legal system in Lancaster County, it overwhelms me and it is difficult for me to try to put into words.  But it is so important and must be done.
    **************************
         “Unlucky Chucky” sent in eight comments today – mostly questions.  It seems he caught up on a week of reading and many are under older threads no one checks anymore – so I’ll try to post and answer them all tomorrow on the home page.  Chucky, you can’t bombard me like this!  For heaven’s sake – you need to read LIP News at least once a day!  ;-)

  • * UPDATED – HAMBRIGHT HAS A MEMORY LAPSE?

    Posted on November 20th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    * The police have now released his mugshot.

    Patrick Fatta

     SPECIAL TREATMENT?

         Patrick E. Fatta, 42, of Lancaster, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon and placed on house arrest until a preliminary hearing.
    From today’s LNP article by Brett Hambright, “Hempfield/Manheim Township diving coach suspended over child-porn charges,” (click here).
         House arrest?  I don’t see anything about house arrest or bail on his docket and he’s charged with three, third degree felonies.  Hmmm… Brett, you cover the police and courts in Lancaster.  Doesn’t the name “Fatta” mean something to you – as in Lancaster City Police Detective James Fatta?
         Yes, the two are brothers.
    Please check back later today.

  • A BOTCHED INVESTIGATION! – 3

    Posted on November 19th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

    & FOLLOW-UPS

           You plan to do one thing and something else comes up… 
    —-  There will be no more pictures of Kim Kardashian on this site – naked or otherwise!
    —-  Melissa H. Byers sent in a comment full of insults (see the story below) and it will not be posted.  I will simply re-state to her what she said to me on Facebook, “Stay away from me. You mean nothing to me.”
    —-  WGAL has a one-year follow-up on the deaths of Darryl Morton and Judy Cora (click here).  It is great they did so, but absolutely nothing is going to change or happen unless someone powerful pushes for a further investigation. I very much doubt that the police or DA have done one single thing since their press conference six months after their deaths.  My last piece regarding the investigation is reprinted below.
    —-  One of those pushing the hardest for a further investigation was Jerry Puryear – who is related to the Morton family and his mother is in the WGAL video piece.  He also attended the press conference, sitting just several feet away from DA Craig Stedman.  He reported to the Lancaster County prison on Friday to serve his sentence and everyone is anxiously waiting to hear from him (click here).  Besides contributing pictures and information to this site, he posted daily on his “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page and also contributed daily to the “People of Lancaster” Facebook page.  He also provided LNP and WGAL with photos and information.  People are looking out for you, Jerry! 
     
    ************* (Click here for “Botched Investigation! –  2)
        
         So, the District Attorney, the Coroner and the Manheim Township Police thought they could meet with Darryl Morton and Judy Cora’s families at 11:45 am yesterday morning at the Manheim police station and then move to the county Forensic Center and hold a press conference at 1:00 pm?  What a total lack of respect for these families who had waited almost six months for answers and then were given an answer that not one of them believe and if true, should have been determined in a week, not six months. 
        The families need to hire an independent forensic expert to go over each autopsy and every single test, the timing and the results that Coroner Diamantoni says he had performed!  He must have said the bodies were decomposed at least 20 times as his excuse for his dreadful and horrific delay in allegedly determining their cause of death.  As I noted in the comments here late last night, at approximately 26.20 into the tape on Lancaster Online, Diamantoni goes one step further and says their bodies were “severely decomposed” (click here).

         How decomposed can two bodies be after two or three days in 70 degree surroundings?  Could that really impede finding the cause of an unfortunately very common death for almost six months?  And Morton’s son, Darryl Morton Jr., showed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning two or three days later?  What, because he said he felt ill?  Were any blood or other medical tests performed on him to verify carbon monoxide poisoning?

         As the family says, this was a botched investigation from day one and experts are needed to review every single aspect of this case. 
  • WOWZA!

    Posted on November 19th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

    DERRIERES?

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         Today”s print edition of the Least News Possible (LNP) has the recent Kim Kardashian photos as the subject of this morning’s editorial cartoon about “internet freedom” (yes, it is unbelievably stupid), so I thought I’d shock your system into warming up by posting her actual, amazing, photo-shopped derriere on this site.  You can thank me later!
         If there are any old LIP writers out there who are shaking their heads and pounding their fists and saying (as Melissa H. Byers did in one of  LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s Facebook rants):
          Wowza.  I finally couldn’t help myself and took a look at her blog. First, I cannot tell you how I hate the fact that she is calling it Lancaster Independent Press. I worked with the original LIP back when it was a true underground newspaper in Lancaster, and it had some damn fine writers, my ex-husband and myself included. To have that name trashed by this crazy person just makes me heartsick. Second, there’s not a bit of “news” anywhere on the blog, as far as I can see. Just invective and innuendo poorly written. The fact that she’s decided to focus on you is just ridiculous. Certainly her “writing” can’t hurt you, but watch your back. I wouldn’t put anything past this one.
          I love the “Wowza!”   Tell it to Tiger Woods, Melissa (you’ll have to check this morning’s news for that reference) and I can obviously spot a big a$$ from a mile away!  I am extremely proud of this site and it offers a little bit of everything – along with very serious news (that will come later today).  And I love the “watch your back” crap.  Yes, I’m coming for Tom with my Kim Kardashian photo!  The size of their derrieres is a nice match in more ways than one.
    Please check back later today.

  • * LNP: A CRUEL JOKE!

    Posted on November 18th, 2014 Becky 31 comments

    * Taking a break this afternoon.  Stay warm and LIP News will be back tomorrow!

    HARASSED & PREYED UPON?

                       Cassidy                           TOM KNAPP1

         The Internet can be a twisted and wretched place, where innocents are harassed and preyed upon, and people’s lives become fodder for casual attacks and cruel jokes.
         New Editorial Page Editor Suzanne Cassidy today in Winter nears, so give if you can,” (click here).
         Why, I do believe that’s aimed at me.  LOL!  And I’m not being egotistical – yesterday, Suzanne posted this on one of Tom Knapp’s five threads he started about me on his Facebook page: 
          Hang in there, Tom — and try to be amused by the fact that she thinks she’s competition for us.
          That is pathetic and even the thought of that non-newspaper’s 70 plus, full-time (all white) editorial staff working for a multi-million dollar company and me – sitting here typing on my lap-top – sends me into howls of laughter. What an amazing loser!
         I have never seen so many supposedly smart people, many who write about other people for a living every day of their lives, turn into literal idiots.  Unbelievable and actually fun on a certain level. 
         I really appreciated this comment from Nancy and this level of nastiness permeated all of Tom’s posts:
          Sicko psycho bitch from hell.
         Nice!  I’m sure you’re a real winner!  I bet Suzanne Cassidy thinks you’re great, too!
    This sicko psycho bitch from hell will be back this afternoon!
     
    [And while I certainly do commend the actions of those jumping in to  help others in Cassidy’s editorial – the original event that spurred some of it – the homeless man who was found dead last week – died from a heroin overdose, not the cold, and somebody at that newspaper in the news business should know it and report it!  Maybe if they spent less time in a feeding frenzy of bashing innocents like me on Facebook, they would know what’s happening in the news!]
  • KNAPP LOSES HIS MIND!

    Posted on November 17th, 2014 Becky 9 comments

    & SERIOUS NEWS!

          I had planned something serious today, but Tom has been keeping me busy in the “MORE QUESTIONS…”  thread below on this site – and, in fact, has sent in another comment that has not been posted and I will post it and respond to it tomorrow because he is now getting on my very last nerve. 
         The following Right-To-Know request was faxed into the City of Lancaster today:
         Please provide the names of the three members of the Civil Service Board that oversees the hiring of firefighters and police in the City of Lancaster.  Please also state who Richard Simms is replacing
    Please check back tomorrow.

  • BARBARA BLOCKS ME, TOM GETS SAUCY…

    Posted on November 17th, 2014 Becky 1 comment

    & CAREERS @ LNP!

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         Tom Knapp taught me something yesterday (please see the story and comments immediately below).  Who knew?  At the top, far right of the LOL home page – there is a tab for “CAREERS @ LNP!”  Click on that link and you will find a lot of job openings!  Please apply and tell your friends and neighbors.  Maybe the NAACP of Lancaster, SACA and the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission could post a link and encourage their readers to apply!
         I go up there every morning to click on their “eEDITION” tab and never even noticed – and I’ve always thought it was odd that the tab for eEDITIONS wasn’t larger and more obvious – and I never checked out everything available on that line!  Thank you, Tom.  (Boy, do I feel stupid!)
         And these ads, and yesterday’s piece, raise questions about the role reporters and writers should take in social media and what they should keep private – and how they should do that!  But that’s a discussion for another day!  Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda blocked me from her Facebook page when I mentioned her daughter is Asian.  LOL!  I enjoy that!  Grow up, Barbara!
    Please check back later today. 
  • MORE QUESTIONS…

    Posted on November 16th, 2014 Becky 30 comments

    & KNAPP’S A DOG?

                          TOM KNAPP                            TOM KNAPP1

    Tom Knapp (left) and Tom Knapp (right).
     
          Knowledge of journalism principles and ethics, among them, clarity, organization
    From the Steinman Communications Employment Opportunities for a “Community Engagement Specialist,” (click here).
         What a hoot!  How about the journalism principles of telling the truth, holding public officials accountable, their first obligation is to the public and not being involved in a huge conflict of interest (think the CC/Marriott Hotel).
         I found this Steinman job site today by accident and please note there are quite a number of positions at the Lancaster Newspapers that have been listed recently including Police Reporter, Breaking News Editor, County Reporter and many others (click here).
         I wonder why these job openings are listed privately and obscurely and how many people are aware that this is the way the Steinmans advertise their job openings?  Hmmm… Do you suppose they are hiding from the EEOC?
         I found something else by accident today.  Representative Bryan D. Cutler is listed as an attorney with Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP (click here).  Cutler doesn’t mention this fact in his own biography on his own website (click here).  So is he actually doing any work for the firm and is he receiving any type of compensation from this firm?  Hmmm….
         So what sent me to Nikolaus & Hohenadel’s website in the first place?  LNP reporter Tom Knapp.  You see, the day after his dreadful column was published (and I bashed it in the comments on this site), “VOICES: Timid pup becomes a hero at the dog park,” (click here) his wife filed for divorce.  And apparently Tom went back into the column in July and specifically took out the mention of his wife he had in the original piece. 
         And it looks like the divorce is getting nasty (she said the marriage had been irretrievably broken – uh, oh) because he hired attorney Robert S. Cronin, Jr. to represent him and that took me to – you guessed it – Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP where Cronin works!
         Now Knapp has two Facebook pages – both under the name Tom Knapp – so you would think one would be private and one would be related to his LNP work.  Not so – he foolishly posts on both with no seeming distinction or discretion.
         Now if you read the job descriptions in the top part of this post, you will see that LNP wants their reporters to actively engage in social media – which Tom does to a fault.  In fact, yesterday on one of his Facebook pages he whined (click here):
         Over on the LancasterOnline.com page, I’m being slammed by some readers for suggesting in my story that this was anything other than a good deed. Ignoring the fact that the likely result of leaving a kitten that young out in subfreezing temperatures is a suffering death, it also dumps the cost of the kitten’s care on someone else. I don’t see that as generous or kindly behavior. Do you?
         I refuse to discuss the kitten story which made the home page of Lancaster Online and indeed Tom was slammed on their Facebook page and Tom just kept coming back and coming back.  It reached total absurdity. 
         Maybe Knapp should stick with dogs?  Let’s hope LNP doesn’t make him their “Community Engagement Specialist!”
  • QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS!

    Posted on November 15th, 2014 Becky 4 comments

    NAME THE BOARD! – 2

          This comment came in from Robert with this link to the City code:
         The Civil Service Board has been around for a long time. He just announced that Simms will now be on it.
         Okay, thank you, Robert.  I will check this out and see how new it is.  If it’s been around for a long time, then who the heck is on it and who is Simms replacing because they’ve done a terrible job!  I will put in a Right-to-Know request for the members of this board first thing Monday morning.
         I received a letter in the mail yesterday (thank you) regarding Garden Court Apartments and a security guard being shot.  Does anyone know if they have security guards and if one was shot on October 19th?
         Sorry for being so brief today.  Please check back tomorrow!

  • * UPDATED – NAME THE TWO OTHER BOARD MEMBERS!

    Posted on November 14th, 2014 Becky 14 comments
    *    I received Bernie Burkholder’s voice mail when I called the Mayor’s Office this afternoon shortly before 3:00 pm and I left her a detailed message.  If I don’t receive an answer by Monday at noon, either by email or phone, I will file a Right-To-Know request with the city.  Can you even imagine having to do that?
         Jerry Puryear, who filmed the video of Mayor Gray stating he had appointed Richard Simms to the three person board, will report to the prison today by 8:00 pm.  Be safe and stay in touch, Jerry!
         I will wrap-up Thomas Greene’s resentencing tomorrow.  Have a good Friday evening.
      ALWAYS LANCASTER!
      
         Dick, this is Robert Krasne, Publisher of the Lancaster Newspapers.
         Hey, Bob, what’s shaking?
         Me, Dick!  I’m mad as hell.  What’s this about a Civil Service Board?  You didn’t run this by us!  We have an agreement, you know!
         Bob, calm down.  It just came to me in the moment!  Did you hear the applause?  The people loved it!
         Don’t play with me, Dick!  Am I on this Board?  Who else is on this Board?  Why didn’t you get our okay before you did this, Dick?
         If you recall, Bob, I am the mayor of this town!
         If you recall, Dick, we have an agreement and you know it.  We keep your sorry butt in office and you do as we say.  It’s that simple.  Peggy is so mad she’s at her Showcase of Fashions writing huge checks to every Republican she can think of.
         She’s been doing that for years.  How do you think she keeps the EEOC at bay?  But seriously, Bob… 
         No, buts, Dick!  We have supported you and all your crazy ideas.  We praised the Dancing Arches and all your other ugly art projects.  We support your rain gardens and your stupid green roof.  We constantly lie to the public for you and we even say the city will be fined $35,000 a day by the EPA – that’s my personal favorite – ha, ha!  But in return, Dick, you are supposed to give us the final say on everything.
         Listen, Bob!  I have supported your huge, money-losing white elephant ever since I was elected and, frankly, it has made me look like a jerk and a liar for years.  What more do you want?
        You know you only got re-elected because of our hard work.  We make you look like you know what you’re doing and let me tell you that’s not easy.  That takes a lot of creative writing, Dick!
         Bob, you know the public loves me – why just the other day I was walking to work…
         No, no, no, Dick!  Do not give me the twenty minutes to walk a block story!  Yesterday I saw three people give you the finger behind your back and a woman yelled “you lying creep” in your face.  Nobody is buying it anymore.
         Listen, Bob, let’s cut to the chase.  What do you want?
         I want to be on this board, Dick!
        I can’t do that, Bob!  This board is set up to promote diversity and everyone knows the Steinmans are bigots and don’t hire minorities.  All they have to do is look at your editorial staff.
         Dick, we agreed to never talk about that.  It’s our secret.  This is our town – we control it and we always have – and we don’t like diversity.   We don’t like it one bit. Why do you think there’s a lack of diversity in all the city and county offices?  We work hard to keep it that way.  I want to be on that Board so we can keep hiring police officers who live in York if that’s what it takes to keep the force white. Do you hear me, Dick?
         What do you think the public will say about this, Bob?
         We’ll spin it, Dick!  We’re experts at it, as you know.  I’ll say: “I am accepting this position because of my love and commitment to improving the City of Lancaster for all of our residents.  It is a privilege and an honor to serve.  The public has no idea of the personal sacrifices I make on their behalf.  Always Lancaster is our motto at LNP and we mean it.” 
         That means like everything else in this town, this board will be a total sham, Bob!
         You said it, Dick!  Always Lancaster! 

    OVERSEEING THE
    OVERSIGHT BOARD?      

         The below email was sent to Mayor Gray’s Office yesterday morning.  I am awaiting a reply and will follow-up with a phone call this afternoon if I have not received an answer. 
         If you recall,  Mayor Gray made the announcement last Saturday night but there has been no mention of it in the Lancaster Newspapers and the other two members of this board have not been named.  Hmmm….
     
    Hello,
     
    On November 8th, Mayor Gray announced that he was appointing Richard Simms to a Civil Service Board that will oversee the hiring of all firefighters and police in Lancaster City.  Please advise the other two members of the Board and when the oversight will begin?
     
    Thank you very much,
    Becky Holzinger  
    Editor, LIPNews.com
    Please check back later today.
  • ADA CHRISTOPHER LARSEN:

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 Becky No comments

    A NASTY AND
    PREJUDICIAL INSULT!

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          In a situation like this – it could have easily turned into a homicide.  If that had happened, you could be sitting on death row now for the rest of your life.  
         First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen said those words to Thomas Greene in court Monday at his re-sentencing. His mother, Latoya Hunter-Harvey, immediately turned to me and said, “He only said that because of Jakeem.  That is nasty and low.”
         Hunter-Harvey is also the mother of Greene’s half-brother, Jakeem Towles, who is on death row – click here for “Jury gives death penalty in case of slain rapper.” 
         Larsen knows that full well because he prosecuted Towles.  His nasty, fully-intended jab and insult demonstrates a prejudice against the family and Greene and may be cause for an appeal.
         And Larsen also said this about Greene in the courtroom on Monday: “He was the main impetus in these crimes.”
         But Larsen previously said this about Bradley Isaacs when he was sentenced several years ago according to an LNP article (click here):
         Isaacs provided those guns and drove a Ford Mustang to the house, First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen said.
         “But for the defendant, none of this could have happened,” Larsen told the judge.
         It was Isaacs who was owed money, who supplied the guns and he picked up Greene and Dylan March at a Wawa that night and they got caught up in this terrible crime. 
         Larsen said some other nasty things and those and Judge Margaret Miller’s actions and statements will come tomorrow – and in the near future, this site will feature the case of Jakeem Towles, who was recently mentioned here when an appeal of his was turned down by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge J. Michael Eakin (click here).

  • SPIN IT, LNP!

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 Becky 11 comments

    PRETTY HIGH

    crime      Lancaster’s 2013 violent crime rate ranks pretty high in comparison to other Pennsylvania cities of about the same size
          Reading was higher, with a rate of 843 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, while York, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Erie all had lower rates.
    From today’s article titled online, “Violent crimes up, property crimes down in city and largest suburbs, FBI report says,” (click here) but with the above headline on the front-page of today’s print edition.
         

         Talk about spin!  The “long view!”     

    YELCICK      In the short view, did you see this (click here):      

         The state Board of Medicine suspended the license of Yelcick [Dr. John Matthew Yelcick of Lititz], for at least two years because he committed a crime involving “moral turpitude or dishonesty.”      

         Yes, he sure did commit that crime!  This man continues to get slaps on the wrist.  Unbelievable.  Judge Joseph Madenspacher sentenced him to a whole fifteen days in jail (click here)!     

    Chris-Larsen31     And later today, back to the re-sentencing of Thomas Greene and an unbelievably nasty, slanted and biased statement by ADA Christopher Larsen that may be grounds for Greene to appeal this re-sentencing.

    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – THIS IS ALL ABOUT RACE!

    Posted on November 12th, 2014 Becky 7 comments

    CONFRONTING RACE?

     *   I want to remind you of this LNP editorial that was published shortly after the racist cartoon debacle and Ferguson – “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).     

         These editors lie.  They simply just lie.     

         This case would have been a perfect time to “confront the issue of race” and justice in Lancaster but they purposely and obviously avoided the entire issue. Reporter Brett Hambright never mentions the involvement of the Superior Court or the actual sentences of the other participants or that Greene received a sentence three times longer than the rest (and, no, Greene was absolutely not the “driving force” in this incident and ADA Christopher Larsen’s lies will come tomorrow).      

         This racist, lying company really needs to be run out of town.  They are destroying people’s lives and have been for years.    

    CALL RODA AND CANCEL!

    Quotable      This boxed quote is on today’s front-page of the print edition under Brett Hambright’s revised article concerning the re-sentencing of Thomas J. Greene on Monday (click here and also see the stories immediately below on this site).      Race is not mentioned once in his article.  This is all about race and the Superior Court made Judge Margaret Miller revise her sentence.      Once again, these are the four other individuals involved in the same incident who had the exact same charges and the sentences they received:

    Kyle Nathan Allensworth        4-20 Years

    Bradley Dale Isaacs                5-15 Years

    Dylan Chandler March             5-1/2 – 20 Years

    Joshua Manuel Maldonado      8-1/2 – 20 Years

          Greene received triple the sentences of the three teens – and double the Hispanic teen – 16 to 35 years.  And the reason – he is the only African American in the group.  Allensworth was released from prison last April.  Isaacs supplied the three guns and the car.      

         This is all about race and it happens everyday in that courthouse because the Lancaster Newspapers are racist and they promote and condone the racism.       This is absolutely disgusting.  This is unconscionable. This cannot continue.  Call Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and cancel your subscription today – 717-481-7335!

  • ** 2ND UPDATE – * UPDATED – BLATANT RACISM IN LANCASTER COUNTY COURT

    Posted on November 11th, 2014 Becky 11 comments

    THE MYSTERIOUS
    MISSING DOCKET!

          I am going to tell you tomorrow what actually happened in the courtroom yesterday when Thomas J. Greene was re-sentenced by Judge Margaret Miller.  
          And let me be clear: I don’t think she had much choice at all.  Apparently Superior Court Judge Eugene B. Strassburger III wrote a very strong opinion about the huge disparity of the sentences in these five cases all with the co-defendants pleading guilty to the exact same four charges:
         Felony 1 – Robbery
         Felony 1 – Criminal Conspiracy
         Felony 1 – Burglary
         Felony 2 – Aggravated Assault
         She mentioned him several times and you will not believe why she stated she chose to match Joshua Maldonado’s sentence given by Judge Dennis Reinaker, and the second longest sentence after Greene’s – although it is still half of Greene’s original sentence.  And I will come back to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen who not only lied but took a below-the-belt, nasty shot at his family in court.
         What concerns me today is that Thomas Greene’s Common Pleas Docket is not online.  You can pull up the other four and see their charges, pleas, sentences and other vital public information.  You cannot do that for Greene and it needs to be corrected as soon as possible.  Judge Miller stated twice in court yesterday that she wasn’t sure if she originally sentenced Greene on April 5th or 6th of 2010.  How is that possible and is it because of the missing docket?
        You used to be able to pull up Common Pleas Dockets by the person’s name – but I have noticed in the last year that has changed and you need an OTN Number (Offense Tracking Number) or another piece of information to pull up the Common Pleas Dockets.  Which means you have to go back to the Magisterial Docket with the original charge and get the OTN – in Greene’s case it is K896794-3.  That does not pull up his Common Pleas Docket.
         You can also use the police complaint/incident number from the Magisterial Docket.  In Greene’s case that is 62097009EK.  That number pulls up three of the other co-defendants but not Greene’s (I believe the fourth one incorrectly had an extra 0 input in the number).
         Finally, you can pull it up if you know the Common Pleas Docket number itself.  When his re-sentencing was posted on the court calendar they listed a docket number of CP-36-CR-0002589-2009.  ADA Christopher Larsen confirmed that number in the courtroom saying it was case number 2589 of 2009.  But that still does not pull up the Common Pleas Docket for Thomas Greene!
         All the information regarding his appeal and Miller vacating her original sentence should be on that docket and it should be available online like every other person charged in a criminal case including his four co-defendants.
         So I suggest someone in the District Attorney’s office look into this mysterious missing docket and rectify the situation as soon as possible.  Maybe that’s why Judge Miller doesn’t know the exact date of her original sentencing.  What unbelievable sloppiness!
         And LNP reporter Brett Hambright – who of course doesn’t mention the race angle in any of this – ends his article with (click here):
         Defense lawyer Vincent Quinn, who motioned that Miller reconsider the sentence, said after hearing the new sentence, “We have no complaints.”
         That’s cute Brett!  What you didn’t include was that Judge Miller went fishing to see if there would be any more appeals and Quinn avoided the question with his answer.  I would expect to see an immediate appeal of her latest sentence and I’ll tell you why tomorrow along with the ridiculous and unbelievable reasons she stated she chose to match Maldonado’s sentence instead of the sentence of one of the other three co-defendants.

    * LNP just went up with the story – click here for “Judge cuts teenage armed robber’s sentence in half — 4 years later.”  (First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen is a nasty liar!)

    TRIPLE THE TIME!

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    Judge Margaret Miller

          The young man described as the motivating force behind the incident, Thomas Jeffery “T.J.” Greene, 18, also of Ephrata, was sentenced to 16 to 35 years in prison for the same charges.
         A second co-defendant, Kyle Allensworth, 18, of Ephrata, pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced by Judge Jeffery Wright to 4 to 10 years in prison.
         Another co-defendant, Joshua M. Maldonado, 19, of Ephrata, pleaded guilty last month and is awaiting sentencing.
         Charges still are pending against the fourth co-defendant, 19-year-old Bradley D. Isaacs.
    From the LNP article by Janet Kelley, “Ephrata man sentenced to 5 1/2-20 years for home-invasion robbery,” (click here).
          It was Dylan March who received the 5-1/2 to 20 year term in this article.  And Kelley says Greene was the “motivating force,” apparently trying to justify his triple sentence on the exact same charges.  No, he wasn’t. 
          Bradley D. Isaacs supplied the three guns (one was a pellet gun and that is the one Greene had) and the transportation and he only got 5-15 years (click here for “Ephrata teen gets 5-15 years in prison for role in home-invasion robbery” by Brett Hambright):
         Isaacs, now 19, provided three guns and a ride for the group that entered an occupied home and threatened the residents, including an infant, according to testimony.
         So why did Judge Margaret Miller sentence Thomas Greene to 16 to 35 years?
         And why hasn’t LNP reported on Miller vacating her original sentence and re-sentencing him yesterday in the county courthouse?  And why did Miller re-sentence him to 8-1/2 to 20 years?  It is still far more than the young man who supplied the guns and the car.
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.

  • * UPDATED – *** BREAKING NEWS *** SENTENCE CUT IN HALF!

    Posted on November 10th, 2014 Becky 3 comments

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    Thomas Greene receiving the GED he earned in prison.

    *  Eighteen family members and friends of Thomas J. Green III filled Courtroom #4 this morning for his re-sentencing by Judge Margaret Miller.  This has to be one of the most blatant and obvious cases of racism in the county in years. 
         Five very young men (Greene was only 17 when it happened) all involved in the exact same incident and all had the exact same charges against them and Greene, the only African American or minority among them, received a sentence that is three times what the other four received. 
         It doesn’t get much more obvious or racist than that.  LNP court reporter Brett Hambright was in the courtroom this morning.  Where’s his story and what about the previous court reporter who reported on all of these sentences several years ago and never mentioned the huge disparity for one of those involved?
         Many of those there this morning were hoping for a “time served” sentence and for Greene to come home as several of the others have done.  That didn’t happen and Judge Miller labored extensively to try to explain her original sentence and now her revised sentence of 8 1/2 to 20 years.  It makes no sense.
         All of that will come tomorrow. 

    BUT IS IT ENOUGH?

         LANCASTER – Thomas J. Greene III, 23, had his sentence cut in half this morning by Judge Margaret Miller.  Miller vacated her original sentence of 16 to 35 years in October and resentenced him this morning  to 8 1/2  to 20 years in Courtroom #4.

          Greene was one of five young adults involved in a “home invasion” In Ephrata in April of 2009.  All five were charged with the exact same charges.  All of them were white except for Greene, who is African American.

           These are the five and their original sentences:

     

             Name                                          Judge                 Sentence                  

    1.  Bradley Isaacs                           J. Wright                  5-15

    2.  Kyle Allensworth                      J. Wright                  4-10

    3.  Joshua Maldonado                D. Reinaker                8 1/2-20                    

    4 . Dylan March                             H.  Knisely                5 1/2-20   

    5. Thomas Greene                          M. Miller                   16-35

                Greene appealed on the basis of the disparity in the sentences.  There will be much more later today.

  • MAYOR GRAY DOES SOMETHING RIGHT!

    Posted on November 10th, 2014 Becky 4 comments

     PROGRESS IN LANCASTER!

          One other thing:  this is a retirement dinner but it isn’t really.  We’ve recently appointed Dickie to be one of the three people on a civil service board for the city who will participate in the future selection of all firefighters and all police officers in the city of Lancaster.
    Mayor J. Richard Gray at Richard Simms’ dinner on Saturday night (please see the story and link immediately below).
         What an excellent idea!  Did Mayor Gray finally do something right?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * UPDATED – GRAY HIRES SIMMS! – WHERE WAS LNP?

    Posted on November 9th, 2014 Becky 16 comments

     ** Click here for the video of Mayor Gray!

    A BOARD TO OVERSEE
    POLICE & FIREMEN HIRING!

         Mayor Gray spoke to the crowd last night and said that even though it was a retirement party for Richard Simms, he was not retired because Mayor Gray just hired him!  Yes, apparently he will be one of three people on a Civil Service Board which will oversee the hiring of Lancaster City Police Officers and Firemen!  I will  get more details shortly but hopefully this means more diversity in the ranks and there will not be any more city officers hired who live in York County!
         This is reported by Jerry Puryear and he will have a video available soon of Mayor Gray’s statement. 
         Why wasn’t any local media present to cover the event?  It really is an absolute disgrace on the part of the Lancaster Newspapers. 
         To give you another idea of the power sitting in that room at Brightside, please see the picture immediately below.  If you look slightly left of center in the photograph, you will see Mayor Gray.  Directly in front of him is First Assistant District Attorney Chris Larsen.  Directly in front of him is DA Craig Stedman with his head down.  And behind Stedman and against the wall (Stedman’s head is blocking part of his face) is Police Chief Keith Sadler.  While most of these men brought their wives, I have been told the woman sitting next to Sadler is not his current wife.

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    DECADES OF SERVICE!

           Richard Simms was celebrated for his decades of public service last night at the Bright Side Opportunities Center.  Mayor Gray, DA Craig Stedman, Police Chief Keith Sadler and multiple Judges and District Judges attended.  Mayor Gray had a major announcement and that will come later today.
         [Pictures courtesy of “Must See Pics an Vids” Facebook page.  If you’re saying  – but you said Jerry Puryear was sentenced to Lancaster County Prison – you would be right – but he doesn’t report until this coming Friday at 8:00 pm – so why not hang out with the big guys on a Saturday night!]

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  • LANCASTER NAACP – ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?

    Posted on November 8th, 2014 Becky 13 comments

    ONE DEAD, THREE WOUNDED

    Amber DeGrace
         It’s official. My 1st day as a member of the @LancasterOnline team is next week, covering the area’s beer/homebrew/spirits/food scene!
    Tweeted by Amber DeGrace yesterday (click here).
           A man was shot dead in a bar last night.  Two others were wounded.  There was a stabbing last night in the first block of West Lemon Street. 
         And what did the Lancaster Newspapers/Amber DeGrace announce yesterday? 
         Yes, they have hired her to cover the beer/homebrew/spirits/food scene in Lancaster!
         This is simply unconscionable. 
    Please check back later today.

  • ** SECOND UPDATE * UPDATED – *** BREAKING NEWS *** PURYEAR PLEADS!

    Posted on November 7th, 2014 Becky 8 comments

    BeverlyRampaul2 **    It’s Friday – and First Friday at that – and Jerry Puryear has received his sentence.  I have a lot to say about that but it will have to wait a couple of days because Jerry is a friend and I have lived his case almost every day for six months.  I need some time to reflect.  He did thank in court, and would like to thank again, Beverly Rampaul of the Public Defender’s office (pictured left) who worked incredibly hard when it counted and got Jerry a decent plea when the prosecution was gunning for him.
         Very quickly, remember the “big” drug bust from several days ago that ended up with a look at digital kitchen scales on this site (click here for the dreadful LNP article)?  Erica D. Lopez, 31, has no prior criminal history and the only charge I can find as a result of this “drug raid” is a Summary, Non-Traffic citation for Disorderly Conduct/Hazardous Physical Offense.
         Walde Omar Cotto-Blanco, 31, also has no prior criminal history and so far no charges have been lodged against him as a result of this “drug raid.”
         Maybe a higher-up in the Police Department actually looked at these and said “That is not chargeable!  Have you lost your minds?”  One can always hope!
         Finally, in a docket search this morning, I found a man, 63-years-of-age, who has been charged over 110 times in the last 10 years for certain non-traffic offenses.  You aren’t going to believe this.  It will come next week. 
          Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.

    * Click here for his original arrest and story.

     *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Jerry Puryear

         Jerry Puryear plead guilty this morning to attempted burglary in front of Judge Dennis Reinaker.  In a plea deal, he received a sentence of one day less a year to two days less two years.  The sentence means he will serve his time in the Lancaster County Prison. 
         There will be many more details to follow including a last minute switch-up by ADA Randall Miller.