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    Posted on July 2nd, 2015 Becky 3 comments


    robbery 7-21

     The photo of the suspect wanted by police in today’s LNP story, “Do you know this man? He tried to use a stolen debit card in East Lampeter, police say,” (click here).

         I was sent a link to the above article by a friend with this question today:
         Why is it East Lampeter believes in sharing footage from cameras and catches everyone and Lancaster City doesn’t and catches no one?
         That is the question of the day, of the week, of the month, of the year and has been for several years. There are 161 “safety cameras” in the city and the public never, ever sees a photo or a video from them. And we don’t see them from businesses’ private cameras either.
         This was tucked away in yesterday’s Police Log (click here):
     Robbery 7-2
         Where is this man’s photo? This store gets robbed repeatedly and I don’t know how they find anyone willing to work there. Where is his photo? Mangat Mini Mart has its own security cameras.
         In fact, the man who answered the phone at Mangat today at 3:20 pm told me that there are cameras in the store and the footage of the robbery was “given to the cops.”
         Why in the world hasn’t a photo of this robber been released to the public for their help in identifying this man? Do you think it’s likely he will rob another store or maybe a person on the street? Will someone be hurt next time? How long will $122.00 last him? What possible reason can there be for no arrest and no photo?    
         This seems to be hinted at as the “reason”:
         The suspect had a hooded shirt pulled over his head and a cloth over his face, police said.
         Someone might recognize the hooded shirt he had on or the cloth he had over his face. Someone might recognize his other clothing or his height and weight (which is not even provided as a written description). Someone might recognize his shoes or the way he walks.
         Where is the photo of this robber? There is no reasonable explanation for this and for the LNP reporters to constantly ignore the obvious slapping them in the face is stunning and inexplicable.
         Where is his photo? Who is going to investigate the police? They do nothing to solve crimes. Why aren’t LNP, the mayor and city council holding these police  and Chief Sadler accountable?
    Tomorrow – the second crime promised this morning.

    Posted on July 2nd, 2015 Becky 6 comments


          Philadelphia Police are taking a bold step when it comes to transparency.
         Commissioner Ramsey sent a memo to his officers stating the department will begin releasing the names of any officer who fired their gun at a suspect.
         The names will be released within 72 hours of the shooting — and the new rule is effective immediately.
         “Which a suspect is either fired upon, struck or missed – the names of the officers involved will be released,” said Commissioner Ramsey.
    From CBS-3 yesterday, “New Policy Sparks Harsh Criticism From Police Union,” (click here).
         There is a qualification from Ramsey about “threats” in the story. How credible are the “threats” in the Lancaster police involved shooting death where DA Stedman is refusing to release the officers’ names weeks after the incident? There will be more later today.
    Police Officers
         And speaking of the police, five new Lancaster officers were sworn in by Mayor Gray on Tuesday (click here). Where is city council? Where is the Lancaster Human Relations Commission? Where is the NAACP and SACA? Where is LNP? This is just outrageous and the police hiring needs to be investigated now.
         And what are the Lancaster Police doing to solve crimes in Lancaster? Not much is the short answer. I’ll look at two cases later today.
         And, once again, with Independence Day just around the corner, it seems  this simple reminder needs to be printed again: the truth is an absolute defense for libel/slander/defamation (click here if you really want to read all about it). 
         So, if you want to throw those words around and threaten to sue me over something I published that was in fact true – you are the one committing libel and slander and defaming my good name. And that makes me madder than hell – and that is never a good thing. There will be more at a later date.
    Please check back later today.  

    Posted on July 1st, 2015 Becky 23 comments


    Stedman7    Today’s LNP Editorial (click here). 

         Well, well, well. With Independence Day only three days away, LNP decided to stand up for the public and what keeps this country free and state:


         Finally, LNP gets it right! Release the police officers’ names, DA Stedman! Do it today!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 30th, 2015 Becky 10 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***



    Denise Heckstall     

         The suspect in this shooting was identified as Denise Heckstall, 25-year-old female, resident of 300 blk. S. Broad St. Lancaster, PA. It was determined that Heckstall shot the victim one time with a silver handgun (revolver). It was also determined that the victim and suspect are known to each other.
         Heckstall has a prior felony conviction, and as a result, she is not able to legally possess a firearm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
         Heckstall was charged with Criminal Attempt to Committ Homicide, Aggravated Assault and Persons Not to Possess, Use, Manufacture, Control, Sell or Transfer Firearms by Det. Michael Gerace before MDJ John Winters and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
    From the latest Police Press Release on Saturday’s shooting (click here).
          Please contact the police immediately if you see her or know where she is (see below for the police contact info). 


    lancaster police1     Yesterday I posted that an update was needed to this story and the police released the below “updated” press release (click here).
         Why did LNP report there was no danger to the public? They lied! The person who shot a 25-year-old woman in the street is still on the loose! Who is the suspect? Do the police know? Why haven’t they told us? This is unbelievable! This is absolutely terrible police work! 

    On Saturday June 27, 2015 at approximately 10:09 pm Officers from Lancaster City Police, Platoon A, responded to Lancaster General Hospital for a report that a victim of a shooting had just arrived at the hospital. 

    The victim, a 25 year old female from Lancaster, had a single gunshot wound in the torso. The victim was treated for the injury as Police began the investigation. It was determined that the shooting occurred outside of Hoffman Terrace, which is just off of the 200 blk. W. Mifflin St. The victim had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle. 

    The suspect has not been taken into custody as of Monday June 29, 2015. All indications at this point show that this was not a random act and that the suspect and victim are known to each other. 

    This incident is still under active investigation. Any new information on this case will be sent out in the form of a supplemental press release. 

    Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Nate Nickel at 717-735-3358 or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 29th, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    ** I ran out of time this afternoon – back tomorrow.

    * President Judge Dennis Reinaker ordered a 10-to-28-year prison term, saying Rivera is part of the reason some outsiders believe Lancaster to be a dangerous city.
    From the LNP story that just went online, “Judge jails violent teen who ran with Lancaster’s ‘L Block’ gang of youths,” (click here).
         “Some outsiders?” Oh, please! A lot of “insiders” believe Lancaster is a dangerous city as well! And this was a police involved shooting and the officer, Ben Bradley, was identified as he must be. And what is this “L Block” gang?


    —   Regarding DA Stedman’s unconstitutional and unconscionable decision on Friday to refuse to release the names of the officers involved in a deadly shooing: What media group or organization will demand the names?
         Please see immediately below on this site and there will be more on this later today.
    —   LNP “investigative reporter” Jeff Hawkes did a big piece on the $26.4 million upgrade to the county’s radio system titled, “Can you hear me now? How Lancaster County fixed its 911 radio,” (click here). What LNP has never written about and it is not included in this article is – “Can the public hear you now?” The public has the right to hear, too!
    —   A 25-year-old woman was apparently shot in her apartment on Saturday night in the city and the only update from LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer was late yesterday afternoon with this (click here):
         The woman was struck once and reportedly is in serious condition but expected to survive. No one was in custody Sunday night.
         Authorities released no other details about the shooting Sunday except to say that it was not a random incident and that there is no danger to the public.
         This is terrible and unacceptable police work. Their job is to protect and serve the public. They need to provide more details, now!
    —   And there was a shooting yesterday – and speaking of the 911 radio – I heard this directly from the dispatcher:  “A  father called in to say his son had accidentally shot himself in his crotch.”
         The LNP story is here. The police and DA’s office also need to provide more information to the public on this shooting just as soon as possible.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 27th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    *    UPDATED – 6-28-15 – I  am in absolute shock and this will stay as the top story until tomorrow morning.


    DA Stedman1

    From the front page of today’s LNP print edition.    
         …I think he nails the salient factor in this case: Police officers are public employees, and it’s a core mission of journalists to report news about government and law enforcement.
         The men and women who serve the public in law enforcement have a job fraught with danger and difficulty. This is a concrete example of one of the considerations they deal with that few among the rest of us have to contemplate.
         While I acknowledge fully the officer’s point about that news having an effect on their lives outside their job, I can’t argue that those considerations outweigh the public’s right to know.
    From The Kansas City Star, “Should journalists name police officers involved in fatalities?” (click here).

         DA Craig Stedman made the case yesterday that the police shooting and killing of Anthony Gomez, Jr. on May 19th was justified (click here). And I’m not going to argue that.

         But what is absolutely unacceptable is his refusal to name the five officers who were involved. It is not acceptable under any conditions.

         Running alongside the main LNP article is a “sidebar” about the threats DA Stedman and Police Chief Sadler are using as their excuse not to release the officer’s names and there is this:


          Tell us the name of the person who was arrested. Where is that information? Charges and arrests in this country are public information and insure that people just don’t disappear off the streets as they do in some countries.

         If you expect the public to believe this, Chief Sadler, then you have the absolute requirement and duty as a public official to tell us who was arrested, exactly who he threatened and the nature of his threats and the charges brought against him. And why any reporter would not ask those questions before typing this is beyond comprehension.

         DA Stedman knows this is absolutely unacceptable. That is why he held the press conference late on a Friday afternoon while “Celebrate Lancaster” was going on in the streets. This is unbelievable and there will be more to follow.

    Please see the post immediately below and check back tomorrow.  

    Posted on June 26th, 2015 Becky 11 comments

    STRANGE TIMING!Shooting10

    LNP – click here.
         DA Stedman is holding a press conference late on a Friday afternoon and on “Celebrate Lancaster” day at that?  Very, very interesting.
         I will be watching, so his press conference and this morning’s promised story will come over the weekend.
    Have a good and safe Friday and please check back tomorrow.

    BUT BLAME IT ON YOU!Camacho2

    From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (click here for the story).


    Julio Garcia Camacho 

         “We are not going to stop looking for someone connected to a homicide,” the chief said. Sadler did not provide any information about a possible motive or suspect or vehicle that may have been involved. Police previously said they were investigating the possibility Camacho knew his killer.
    From the story linked to above.
         So, Police Chief Keith Sadler is telling the public absolutely nothing about the killing while blaming the public for not being able to solve the killing.
         This is absolutely reprehensible police work.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 25th, 2015 Becky 6 comments

    ***   What will happen with the NRA lawsuit against Lancaster. According to the Associated Press, it will most likely sit until a Supreme Court decision (click here):
         The NRA seized on the new state law, which took effect in January, to challenge gun measures in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. None of those lawsuits have been decided, and the judges presiding over them may opt to delay ruling until the Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes up the issue of the new law’s constitutionality.
         “We understand that this case is probably headed to a higher court,” said Jonathan Goldstein, an attorney for the NRA.

     **  “Pa. court overturns law that allowed gun groups to sue cities,” ABC 27 (click here).

    *     This man gets his picture in the news for allegedly stealing two bottles of Yukon Jack whiskey but they can’t put up pictures of killers/shooters in Lancaster? Why not? (Click here for the whiskey story.)



    Lancaster Safety CoalitionLSC Board

         Do you know any of these folks? These seventeen “most respected citizens” are on the Board of the Lancaster Safety Coalition (click here). Let’s ask them why the public never sees videos from the cameras!  Do they get to see any videos? Are they watching you? What do they do?
         This has me so excited – I can’t wait to hear their answers! How about you?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 24th, 2015 Becky 23 comments


    From today’s LNP article, “Economic development leaders ask county to pay for city services; commissioners say ‘no,'” (click here).
         Mayor Gray has lost every single one of his marbles! This is insulting beyond belief to the county workers – and exactly what “protection” does the city give them?  This is unbelievable! 
         I can’t imagine another mayor in any city getting away with this. He must thank LNP and their convention center/hotel every single  day!


    Lancaster Safety Coalition  Dan Nephin  lancaster police1

         Yesterday, on the same day the police announced the June 13th shooting death of Julio Garcia-Camacho was the “Crime Stopper of the Week” (click here), LNP reporter Dan Nephin does this ridiculous story on the Lancaster Police, “Lancaster city police beefing up YouTube presence,” (click here).
          Now click here for the Philadelphia Police YouTube channel. There is video after video of criminals the police are trying to identify and arrest. And yet, with 161 cameras throughout Lancaster and unsolved murders and too many unsolved shootings to count, Nephin doesn’t mention a word about the police posting videos for the public’s help.
         Can he really be that provincial and stupid or is he purposely ignoring the obvious and why?
          And if the cameras are not being used to solve these crimes, what are they being used for? What is going on?
    Please check back later today.   
  • ** – * HIS NAME REMOVED…

    Posted on June 23rd, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    ** It has been one of those days! Today’s promised story will come tomorrow.  


    Maffimuk4      I received the below as part of an email from “Maffimuk Shukran” late yesterday afternoon. I assume this continues to be used as an “alias/screen name” by Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua Whiteside (see the stories immediately below on this site):
          And just for your information, I haven’t participated in Lanctalk since last year.  I don’t monitor the website any more and resigned as a moderator a while ago. 
         Your name was removed as one of two “Administrators” of the forum some time in the last 12 hours. I have a screenshot taken yesterday that lists “Maffimuk” as an “Administrator” and lists your “Last Active” date as the day before.
         And in regard to this sentence:
           I never gave you permission to publish my name. 
          As the “former” administrator of a “news” forum updated daily and as a State Trooper, I would hope you will re-read your sentence and realize how absurd it is.
         There will be more at a later date and in other police news, LNP reporter Dan Nephin has this story, “Lancaster city police beefing up YouTube presence,” (click here). Oh, really?
    I’ll have more to say about that later today! 

    Posted on June 22nd, 2015 Becky 8 comments



         Anyone who has ever been on a forum in their lives recognizes in two seconds that this poster is a racist and someone whose only purpose is to post hate. Period.
         And a Pennsylvania State Trooper should not be an administrator on a forum that allows this. Period.
         And “Maffimuk,” one of two administrators of the forums, is Pennsylvania State Trooper Joshua Whiteside.  The above screenshot of “popeye” was taken today but this is not new to that forum and this is not an isolated case. A racist poster named “Martin Riggs” has dominated the forum for years with 20,005 hate filled posts all while a state trooper okays it.
         And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out “Riggs” is Klan. I figured it out in about 10 minutes three years ago and I posted the below comment under this story:
    “Martin Riggs,” on that forum, has this as his tag line:
    “Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.
    Friedrich Nietzsche”
         I googled that line and it led me to the “Chimpout” forum – one of the nastiest, hate filled sites I have ever seen. And Riggs has used the expression “Chimpout” several times on the forum. It’s time for him to be sent packing!
         “Riggs” then moved primarily to the LancTalk forum, keeping the same name, where he continued his hate and used the term “Chimpout” on that forum as well.
         There will be more tomorrow.
    [Editor’s note: I hesitated before posting the screenshot because it is so offensive – but that is the point. It is that offensive and obvious.] 

    Posted on June 22nd, 2015 Becky No comments


    Jury duty

         An “Editor’s Note” posted under a Letter to the Editor titled, “Jury duty doled out unfairly,” in today’s print edition.

         Yes, there has been an unannounced change in the way Lancaster County selects their jury pool.  I was stunned and wrote this on May 22, 2012 when I found out about their old method and contacted an expert (click here): 
         Lancaster County’s method of jury selection is unconstitutional according to David Kairys, a Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also an expert on jury selection.
          Kiarys was shocked when he learned Lancaster County is currently pulling prospective jurors from only one list – Penn Dot licensed drivers and those with photo I.D.’s.
    And I learned simply by checking several months ago on the county website that this has indeed been changed. Change did come – but why wasn’t the public informed?

         More on this and more on a Pennsylvania State Trooper, Joshua Whiteside, who is an administrator on a Lancaster racially based hate forum, will come later today.


    Posted on June 21st, 2015 Becky No comments


         I posted the below over two years ago – on April 22, 2013 (click here).
         So who would allow this man, or woman, to continue to post daily hate for a current total of 25,005 posts? A Pennsylvania State Trooper and a Lancaster couple who are Jewish – that’s who!
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.



           What are the odds the shooter/shooters are black?
         This question posted on a local forum by “Martin Riggs” under the article, “Gunfire erupts at Colo. pot event, 2 wounded.”
         This person has taken over the two remaining “local” forums posting non-stop hate all day long.  All day long.
         He claims to be Jewish and a former Law Enforcement Officer.  What are the odds he’s really Jewish and a former LEO?  Zero percent.  What are the odds he’s a Klan member?  One hundred percent.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 20th, 2015 Becky 14 comments


    * Please see the comments under this thread. The last straw came when Chad Hohenwarter (posting as “FDR,” a moderator on the LancTalk forum) said this at the end of yet another racist rant – this one about Wednesday’s horrific church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina:
        Living white in this country has become a liability these days and people are tired of it. We’ll see more and more of this unless someone puts a leash on the media and politicians promoting black lives over white lives real soon.
         This man lives in Lancaster? Has he looked around? The courthouse is white, the police department is white, the local media (LNP) is white, the jail administration is white and the racism in the courts is shocking and in-your-face blatant! I could go on and on.
         What reality does Hohenwarter live in? And as the owner of two Lancaster businesses, the public has a right to know who this man really is and determine if they want to do business with a virulent racist.

    Coming soon – a look at the forum and the owners and moderators and why they have allowed “Martin Riggs” to post 25,005 comments that are sheer racial hatred. It will shock you!

    DO NOT USE THEM! Hohenwarter5

    These Lancaster companies, Morris Maintenance, Inc. and Conestoga Home & Window Cleaning, are owned by a virulent racist.  Do not use them.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 19th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

     * Taking a break this afternoon. Have a great Friday and please check back tomorrow.


    Robin Weaver      One of Roof’s former high school classmates told The Daily Beast that Roof “made a lot of racist jokes, but you don’t really take them seriously like that.”
         Let’s make this promise: Let’s not dismiss those kinds of jokes as mere jokes so readily.  Let’s unite  against even casual bigotry.
         We need to counter misguided beliefs, before they turn into malignant racism.
         This isn’t easy to do — it’s often easier to ignore the seeds of hate. But we need to find the courage, and stop hatred in its tracks.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “Malevolent hatred leads only to the kind of sorrow we now see in Charleston,” (click here).
         I am so tired of this. Empty words from LNP over and over and over again. Remember this article from April 2nd – “Racial incidents in East Lampeter Township shake African-American family,” (click here)? 
            LNP wrote an editorial about these awful incidents and I wrote this (click here):
          If the LNP editorial board means one word of what they write, they should follow-up with the East Lampeter Township Police to see if these two men have been found and charged. And if they have not, they should ask police Lt. Robin Weaver why not. And they should call him everyday and ask why not until these men have been found and charged. Period.
    Where is your follow-up, LNP?
         Has LNP written one more word about this? Have the two men been charged? What do you think?

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 18th, 2015 Becky 12 comments

          Rosaura Torres is Police Chief Keith Sadler’s ex-wife. If you don’t know that she has written a book, “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge,” stating he beat her for years, that’s because LNP has not told you! She’ll be speaking in Harrisburg tomorrow.
          Hang your heads in absolute shame, LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda and Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy!
    Rosaura Torres



    LNP’s latest “follow-up” on Saturday’s shooting death of Julio Garcia-Camacho (click here).

           Where police-community relations are concerned, we have a way to go in this country.
         But we should not overlook the police officers who go beyond the call of duty, every day, to not just protect but truly serve in humane and inspiring ways.
    The end of LNP’s editorial today, “State police trooper mourned by the Amish of Nickel Mines was truly among America’s finest,” (click here).
         That is very nice, but LNP should not overlook the police officers in the city who are failing to solve any crimes. Why aren’t your reporters holding the police, the mayor and city council members accountable? Why aren’t you protecting the public?
         Why are murders and shootings and other crimes going unsolved time and time again?
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.

    Posted on June 17th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         It seems like the police are being derelict in their duties and it’s bordering on bias. The only thing this city cares about is revitalizing the downtown and tourism. People need to go to the city council meetings and raise a fuss. The city council [members] seem content. They don’t know what is going on. This is ridiculous.
         I called someone out of the blue today in the area where Julio Garcia-Camacho was killed on Saturday about his murder and we had quite a discussion. I am withholding his name but thank him very much for speaking with me.
         We both agreed that if Garcia-Camacho were white and from a different part of town, an arrest would have been made within hours. He also questioned the cameras and their use and whether the public is being lied to about them. He said there are two cameras that should have caught Saturday’s murder. He also mentioned other unsolved murders. In fact, for not reading this site, he covered just about every item on it in less than ten minutes!
         So, what the hell is going on? LNP is allowing this to go on and it is incomprehensible and unconscionable. And Mayor Gray and the city council members are choosing to just ignore it and that has to end immediately.
         This man and everyone in Lancaster deserves answers and equal protection under the law for a better, safer and happier life.
         Tomorrow – a look at LNP’s “police reporters.” Can anyone really be this stupid?
         And since I told this man there are actually 16 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray, not counting Garcia-Camacho, but the permanent box is no longer at the top of this site, the 16 unsolved murders are:
    1. Keenan W. Dudley – 3-10-2006
    2. Daniel V. Hollman – 10-17-2006
    3. Baby Mary Anne – 9-27-2007
    4. Juan Lopez – 12-5-2007
    5. Juan Marquez – 3-16-2008
    6. Samuel E. Bair – 8-26-2008
    7. Hector Ortiz Fuentes – 8-11-2009
    8. Sandy Reyes-Mateo – 11-21-2009
    9. Michael B. Evans – 12-19-2009
    10. Timothy J. Frei – 11-1-2010
    11. Olga Sanchez-Reyes – 12-6-2010
    12. Spencer Houston – 5-19-2011
    13. Brandon Lamar Seals – 7-13-2011
    14. Erma Kaylor – 5-16-2012
    15. Allan Wayne Hess – 1-7-2013
    16. Titus Eugene Gant – 6-12-2013

    Posted on June 17th, 2015 Becky 11 comments

    *     Two of the Penn Square Partners (High Industries and LNP) are the top donators to Senator Lloyd Smucker (click here):

    — Dale S. High –  $17,500 

    — Beverly R. Steinman – LNP owner – $6,400








     Robert Field at (click here).

          I know the answer! Senator Smucker and Mayor Gray were thinking this when they were writing the CRIZ:  Those greedy folks at LNP want even more of the taxpayer’s money! So we will give it to them! That way we will both keep our jobs for the rest of our lives and LNP will never write a bad word about us no matter what we do!  Hell, we’ll fill up wheelbarrows with money and push them over to 8 West King Street! LNP, here we come! 
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 16th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         Two coalition cameras, unknown private cameras, multiple eyewitnesses and he makes a totally absurd statement like this and blames the public.
         The city does NOT CARE what goes on in the neighborhoods.
         This incident was just another annoyance that could not be contained and the press got hold of it.
         This comment came in under “AN INCOMPETENT LIAR!” about Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler below on this site. Julio Garcia-Camacho, 28, was shot dead in the city on Saturday night. It is now 4:00 pm on Tuesday and the police have released no additional information to protect the public and seek their help in tracking down his killer.
         They have not told the public what they found on the various surveillance cameras. They have not told the public the results of their interviews with witnesses. They have not told the public if there was a van involved or not. They have not told the public one thing so they can protect themselves from this killer. All they have done is blame the public.
         This is outrageous and inexcusable and would not happen in a city with a press that asked questions and held the police accountable. LNP would be out of business in a minute flat if they had any serious competition. LNP is allowing their readers to be killed and the killers left on the street to kill again and again.
         And Mayor Gray takes absolutely no responsibility for his inexcusably incompetent police force and tries to blame all these killings and shootings on the NRA for fighting a city ordinance that was passed in 2009 that not one person has ever been charged under!
         This is a real life nightmare and LNP allows it to go on because of their hotel/convention center and their greed for money. This is unbelievable.
         There will be more tomorrow.


    Posted on June 16th, 2015 Becky 9 comments


     **   “We refuse to be bullied into compromising the safety of the people of Lancaster.”
         This sickening quote from Mayor Gray is on the “Legal Defense Fund” website which is still up and apparently still accepting donations. I guess now they are requesting donations to go to court to try and keep the donator’s names from being made public! This is simply ludicrous.
         It is also ludicrous, obviously, because there has been shooting after shooting in the city and the police are not making any arrests! There is no safety for the people of Lancaster and Mayor Gray could care less. And of course, on Saturday night, Julio Garcia-Camacho was shot dead in the city.
    NRA lawsuit6


     * The final determination by the Office of Open Records, now being appealed by Mayor Gray.NRA LAWSUIT7


         The city intends to appeal to the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, said Patrick Hopkins, the city’s business administrator and right to know officer.
    From the story by LNP reporter Dan Nephin, “Lancaster ordered to reveal donors in gun suit defense fund,” (click here).
    Yes, the city is going to waste even more of the taxpayer’s money! This is unbelievable and why aren’t reporter Nephin and LNP filing Right-to-Know requests to find out exactly how much this absurd charade is costing taxpayers? Isn’t that what news organizations do? Who are Hopkins and LNP trying to protect and why?
          And how close is too close? Do you recognize the LNP staffers in the below Facebook photos and their “conversations” with city officials? Is it out of line?
    Please check back later today.

    TOO “CLOSE”?





    Posted on June 15th, 2015 Becky 18 comments


         Below is a video of Julio Garcia-Camacho and his baby boy posted on his girlfriend’s page.


         A GoFundMe site set up for Garcia-Camacho (click here).



          LNP has now revised their story repeatedly without “preserving” older versions. Police Chief Sadler’s extremely disturbing and outrageous quotes are no longer included – and I want to preserve them – so this is from the front page of this morning’s print edition.




    Chief Inspector1     Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler had the unmitigated gall to blame the public yesterday for not providing information about a killer, and yet, when the public said the killer was in a van, Sadler said it was too early to know if a van was involved (click here for the LNP story).
          Sadler is an incompetent liar and he needs to either resign or be fired today!
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on June 14th, 2015 Becky 20 comments


         “We are following up on leads, interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage from around the area,” Winters said. “The investigation is still very active.”
         Robert sent in this quote from Detective Michael Winters in Ryan Robinson’s LNP article in his unposted comment to prove to me that the police are working hard and checking the cameras!
         Robert, this was posted on the Lancaster City Police Facebook page about the Friday, June 5th shooting in broad daylight under a camera. Do you notice a similarity in the wording? Why has footage of the shooter not been released to the public since the shooter has not been arrested and is still on the loose? Why are the police always reviewing video footage but never arresting anyone or releasing the images to the public? Can you answer that, Robert?
    Shooting 6-5-1

    GarciaThe victim of yesterday’s deadly shooting from “The Realest People of Lancaster” Facebook page.


    ***     Well, well, well. LNP reporter Ryan Robinson actually visited the scene of the murder and found this (click here):
         Residents of the first block of New Dorwart Street said some people were on their porches and walking in the area when the shooting occurred.
         No residents gave a reporter their full names out of fears of possible retribution.
         They said the man was standing in the middle of the street talking to someone that had stopped in a van when all of a sudden, there were two quick gunshots and the van sped away, screeching its tires.
         Why haven’t the police released this information to the public along with a better description of the van? Why have the police not released this vital information to the public for their own protection and for help in arresting the killer?

    shooting 6-143** The latest update from LNP! Wow! Are these detectives smart or what? Who knew? Click here to read long-time LNP “police reporter” Ryan Robinson’s latest on this murder.

    * I am being informed he was actually found at New Dorwart and High Streets. There is also a camera right at that intersection as per the camera map below.

    Man found shot to death on New Dorwart Street, Lancaster

    LNP headline (click here). 

    New Dorwart St.

         This is an insert from the Lancaster Safety Coalition camera map. The blue arrow inserted by LIP News indicates the location where the man was found.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 13th, 2015 Becky 9 comments


         I can still be surprised by what I find on the internet! Robert Field has posted the following comment under a Slate Column he is running on, “Our Segregated Summers – The police misconduct in McKinney, Texas, is part of America’s long, fraught history of race and swimming,” (click here).  It is republished below with no comment other than I previously thought LNP held the award for worst puns.

    EDITOR: The Manor House Apartments from its very outset was among the first, if not the first, suburban apartment complex to be integrated. Nevertheless, as a concession to its first manager, until he moved on a couple of years later, the African-American residents were told they were not to use the pool.
         Are we ashamed? Not really. Sometimes we can’t accomplish everything in a single stroke. We are proud to have integrated before others.
         Perhaps our residents had to become used to having Blacks on the complex before they were willing to share the pool.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


    Click here to read his entire post and please check back later today!


    Posted on June 10th, 2015 Becky 9 comments



         The following Right-To-Know request was faxed into the City of Lancaster this afternoon:
         Please provide Lancaster Safety Coalition video from every camera in the City of Lancaster for the 24 hour period of Friday, June 5th, 2015.
         There will be much more tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.


    Posted on June 9th, 2015 Becky 11 comments

    ** Making phone calls this afternoon. Please check back tomorrow.

    *     On February 18th of 2014, LNP ran the below map of shootings and their proximity to the cameras to accompany an article by “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige (click here and you can click to enlarge the map). There was no follow-up by LNP to ask why the shooters had not been arrested or why the public had not seen video or even a description of the shooters. There was no follow-up whatsoever. But this is as close as the Lancaster Newspapers have ever come in questioning one thing about the cameras.




         “Cameras catch crooks”. Really? Could you please prove that, sir? And $200,000? For that money, I want all those photos presented to the taxpayer in a leather-bound Wedding-style album!
    This comment in yesterday.
         There are 161 surveillance cameras located around the City of Lancaster. If you live on a block with a camera – the “operators” know your every move – when you leave – when you come home – your car and where you park it – where you shop – what you buy – what you eat and drink – who comes to your house – what time you go to bed and what time you wake up in the morning.
         But these cameras, we are told, are for “safety” – for catching crooks and keeping the public safe. So why does the public never see any photos of crooks from these cameras?
         Why hasn’t even a description been given to the public of a man who shot another man in broad daylight in Lancaster Friday afternoon? A shooter who is still on the loose to shoot again?
         After years of questioning the unsolved murders and crimes that are rampant in Lancaster, I picked up the phone and decided to ask the Executive Director of the Lancaster Safety Coalition, Wes Farmer, why. Farmer doesn’t believe he has to answer to anyone even though he receives over $200,000 from taxpayers every year.
         On a recent afternoon, camera operator Doug Winglewich sat at a console and watched several dozen incoming video feeds plus a computer linked to the county 911 dispatcher. The cameras have no audio, so he works in silence.

         Each time police logged a new 911 call, he punched up the camera closest to the address, and pushed a joystick to maneuver in for a closer look.
         A license plate could be read a block away, and a face even farther could be identified. After four years in the job, Winglewich said, he “can pretty much tell right away if someone’s up to no good.”
         He called up another feed and focused on a woman sitting on the curb. “You get to know people’s faces,” he said. “She’s been arrested for prostitution.”
         Moments later, he called police when he spotted a man drinking beer in trouble-prone Farnum Park. Two police officers soon appeared on the screen, and as the camera watched, issued the man a ticket for violating a local ordinance.
         “Lots of times, the police find outstanding warrants and the guy winds up in jail,” said Winglewich, 49, who works from a wheelchair on account of a spinal injury.
         If a camera records a crime in progress, the video is given to police and prosecutors, and may be subpoenaed by defense lawyers in a criminal case. More than 300 tapes were handed over last year, records show.

    The Los Angeles Times from June of 2009, “Lancaster, Pa., keeps a close eye on itself – A vast and growing web of security cameras monitors the city of 55,000, operated by a private group of self-appointed gatekeepers. There’s been surprisingly little outcry,” (click here).

    Please check back later today. 

    Posted on June 8th, 2015 Becky 6 comments

    * Be careful out there. A tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect.

    HE RECEIVES $200,000

    Farmer2        Farmer


        Remember the new name and slogan for the camera operation in Lancaster from the LNP article of May 4th, “‘Catch’ phrase: Lancaster’s surveillance network adopts bold slogan to attract donors,” (click here):
          The slogan: “Because Cameras Catch Crooks.”
         I placed a phone call to the Executive Director, Wes Farmer, this afternoon to ask about Friday’s shooting in the 400 block of South Lime Street right beneath one of their cameras. There has been no arrest. There has been no description of the shooter given to the public and we certainly haven’t seen any camera footage of the shooter who is still on the loose and a danger to the public.
         What Mr. Farmer said to me disproves everything on their website (see above) and the cameras should be shut off immediately! Who the hell does he think he is and what gives him the right to watch your every move?
         His comment to me before he hung up will come tomorrow.

    Posted on June 8th, 2015 Becky 3 comments

     ACTING ON A “TIP?”robbery5

         A Letter to the Editor in today’s print edition. Click here for the article, “78-year-old inmate appeals life sentence — 35 years after killings of Swarr siblings.”
         I remember this case. It was terrible police work. Have the police in Lancaster improved at all since those awful deaths?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 7th, 2015 Becky 15 comments



          All done. I did good. Shed a few tears but I was strong.
         I received this text from Latoya Hunter-Harvey yesterday. She had just been interviewed and filmed for a movie produced by Texas attorney Linda Broocks, a documentary about mothers whose children are on death row. Latoya was chosen as one of five mothers from across the country.
         Her son, Jakeem Towles, is on death row in Greene State Prison near Pittsburgh. He was sentenced in Lancaster on June 11, 2012 following a jury trial for the killing of Cornell Anton Stewart in Columbia on May 7, 2010.
         I attended portions of the trial and met his mother, Latoya, but was not there when the jury returned with death.
         This is going to be the hardest decision of your lives. This is the hardest thing for all of us.
    Part of my heart is gone. I’ve dreaded this day. I’ve dreaded this moment. I don’t know if I’m good enough to do this.
    I wish I could sit down and talk with you. I wish we could have a conversation.
    You have been attentive jurors. The trust we have in you is deserved.

    Defense attorney Patricia Spotts addressing the jurors yesterday afternoon in her closing argument to save Jakeem Towles from the death penalty.
    (Click here.)
         I stayed in touch with her over the years and had an extensive conversation with her about her trips to Pittsburgh to visit Jakeem in prison. She mentioned another son – Thomas Greene – who she said had been sentenced unfairly as the only African-American involved in a crime. I briefly looked him up several years ago but did not research his case thoroughly. And then last year came the good news that Greene had appealed his sentence to the Superior Court and won and would be resentenced shortly. I said I would come.
         I spent the weekend before on the internet looking up his record and the records of everyone else involved in the crime. I made a chart to keep track of it all:

    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 

    (Click here.)

         It was an eye-opening shock yet again to the blatant racism in the Lancaster County justice system.
         And his re-sentencing by Judge Margaret Miller would be a terrible blow to the 20 family and friends who attended and were hoping for “time-served.”
         Through the struggles and the pain, Latoya, has raised two other children –
         Taqoya (pictured below) who graduated from McCaskey last year and Jaqon (pictured in this morning’s post with his mother), her youngest son who also graduated from McCaskey this past Thursday – two days before Latoya was interviewed for the documentary. Latoya wrote, “Through all of our storms, he made it through.”
         There are stories that need to be told. There are terrible injustices that need to be corrected. Rarely does so much happen to one family. Rarely does a mother stay this strong and hopeful through it all.
         Jakeem Towles should not be on death row and Thomas Greene has done his time and should be free. LIP News will stay on these stories until justice is done.



    Please check back later today.



    Posted on June 6th, 2015 Becky 19 comments


         Welcome! We’ve assembled everything you need to make your visit to Lancaster County a success. We’re experts on Lancaster—we’ve been publishing the newspaper here for more than 200 years. So we know where to find the best stuff around here.
          We’ve put it all together for you in a series of easy-to-use lists, relying on our expertise and opinions from people who live here; some even list the favorites of local celebrities like Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray.

    From LNP’s new website (click here).
         This showed up on my Facebook feed this morning:

    visit lancaster1      And it means that LNP has given up any pretense of being a news organization and now is nothing more than an entertainment and tourist promotion machine for their Marriott Hotel and convention center. And they just continue to kiss up to their puppet, Mayor Gray, because they want those millions in CRIZ money!
         Please notice that “court reporter” Brett Hambright does their piece on “Best Dive Bars” (click here and page to the bottom for his “credit”) which is fitting and probably where he spends most of his time while he’s supposed to be in court. And I’m surprised LNP cat and dog reporter Tom (I need a nap) Knapp doesn’t have a piece on the best puppy mills in the county – or maybe it’s coming!
         Please check back tomorrow for an in-depth look at LNP’s three top stories from this morning.


    I survived lunch

         These are the top three stories on Lancaster Online this morning. And they call themselves a newspaper? Seriously? Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda should hang her head in shame. Can you survive another edition of LNP?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * HURRY UP, ROBERT!

    Posted on June 5th, 2015 Becky 13 comments

    **     A portion of the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition camera map showing a camera at today’s shooting location (the blue arrow indicating the intersection of Howard Avenue and S. Lime Street was inserted by LIP News).
         Click here for LNP’s coverage.

    Howard & Lime

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  From the Lancaster City Police Department Facebook page at 3:00 pm: 

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    6) The state sponsored CRIZ program is one of the dumbest follies ever to be perpetrated on the public, amounting to turning over decades of tax revenue that would be earned from future improvements to current private interests for their enrichment. We will discuss the craziness of the CRIZ program in a future series that will take a couple months to have professionally authenticated.
    Robert Field,, “Lancaster does not lack for adequate housing now or in the future, just leadership at all levels PART TWO,” (click here).
         Well said, Robert! But you need to speed up your series! Penn Square Partners (LNP and High Industries) will be putting in their application for millions any day now.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 4th, 2015 Becky 15 comments

     MARTIN & STEDMAN!Harper

         LNP police Reporter Ryan Robinson rewrote yet another Lancaster City police press release today about – gasp! – a four hour prostitution sting!  There will be more on that tomorrow.
    harper5     And also today, LNP reports that Ron Harper, Jr. went after Commissioner Scott Martin alleging that his sister, Katie West, received special treatment while in Lancaster County Prison (click here for the article and video and see the above email Harper obtained).
         Harper also alleges that she got special treatment by the DA’s office when she was not criminally charged in a deadly accident while she was high on heroin. And there have been developments in a lawsuit that LNP has never printed one word about that she filed against the truck driver she hit and his company and their countersuit against her (click here).
         Why hasn’t LNP printed one word about the lawsuit? Because they cover-up and protect Commissioner Martin and DA Craig Stedman time and time again – and they did it again today. It is unethical and disgusting! There will be much more tomorrow.


         LNP “police reporter” Jennifer Todd rewrites a police press release and uses their photos in this morning’s top story online, “2 K-9s added to Lancaster city police force; Meet Axel and Wodan,” (click here for her “article” and here for the release on the police’s Facebook page). 
         LNP could hire a tenth grader to rewrite these police press releases!
         In the meantime, on May 20th, I called out LNP reporter Brett Hambright for his sloppy and incorrect reporting yet again (click here):

            Hambright then updated his story but LNP didn’t even bother to change the headline to reflect the correction (click here):

          It is now June 4th and we still don’t know which Lancaster City Police Officer shot Kenneth L. White and we still don’t have the results of the investigation from District Attorney Craig Stedman three months later!
         This is an absolute disgrace! Run this company out of town and get a real news organization in Lancaster!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 3rd, 2015 Becky 10 comments


         “It’s just a statement that we got to do something in a serious way to reduce gun violence,” Gray said.
    From the bizarre LNP story, “People wear orange for 1st National Gun Violence Awareness Day, ” (click here). 
         If you want to do something serious to reduce gun violence, Mayor Gray, then have your police force make arrests in the 10 shootings in the city in March!
         This is simply unbelievable and LNP ran the story in this morning’s print edition on page A-3 a day after the fact (see the below headline)! What is wrong with them?
    orange bow tie
         Frankly, I like this version from the People of Lancaster (POL) much better (click here):
    Frank Lee
         What a hoot! But, POL, could you please do something about those dreadful ads running below every “article.” I don’t know if they’re supposed to be a joke or if they are for real, but they are disgusting and keep me from going to your website.
         They are almost as awful as this one running constantly on Lancaster Online:
    Lift saggy skin
         There will be more on these ads, including the ones for the NRA on Lancaster Online’s website, at a later date.

    Posted on June 3rd, 2015 Becky 11 comments





         LNP reporter Tom Knapp yesterday in his day-long Facebook cry fest about my site!    
         Well, of course, I broke the story! The Knappster even linked to the original LIP News yesterday and this “Family Letter” from 2003 from the incest series (click here). What a classless piece of crap he is! But he should have noticed the motto on the old site:
         We find the news within the news!
          As to “who asked whom,” I have my absolute doubts about that, as any sane woman would have dumped his arrogant, conceited, overweight, unkempt and untalented big butt in a minute. But good luck with the divorce and all, Tom. I’m sure a judge will appreciate all the details you’re putting on your public, newspaper required social media page – not!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 2nd, 2015 Becky 20 comments



         Posted on LNP reporter Tom Knapp’s Facebook page on a post bashing me today by one of Lancaster Online’s most prolific commenters.
         Out of control?  Domestic violence is out of control! You even have a recent post about domestic violence on your own Facebook page! Rosaura Torres-Sadler and her book were featured in the Philadelphia Daily News last year. I expect to see her on the Dr. Phil show in the near future.
         The only reason the people in Lancaster County don’t know about her allegations – in a book available everywhere – about Police Chief Keith Sadler is because LNP has refused to address it. Why? Because Mayor Gray hired him and backs him and Gray supports LNP’s convention center. That is LNP’s reason – money and control! It is unconscionable!
        And you are totally out of control if you think it’s in any way acceptable that Lancaster’s Police Chief has never had to answer allegations that he beat his ex-wife for years! Unbelievable!
    There will be more tomorrow including why Tom Knapp really is totally out of control!



         Glines [YDR Publisher Sara Glines] said readers can continue to expect the same high level of journalism they have come to know.
         “One of the reasons we got purchased by Gannett is that we’re doing a great job,” she told staffers.
    YDR, “Gannett acquires York Daily Record, other central Pa. newspapers,” (click here).
         Have you seen the above ad running on Lancaster Online’s website? I think LNP reporters Tom Knapp, Dan Nephin and every police and  court reporter should click on it – because if they ever have any competition of any kind – they will be toast in a minute flat. Burned toast! Black as night toast! Toasted to a crisp!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on June 1st, 2015 Becky 9 comments



         The York Daily Record (YDR), the Lebanon Daily News and the Hanover Sun were sold to Gannett today (click here). In the photo is YDR Publisher Sara Glines, the wife of LNP President John Kirkpatrick III. What changes will be coming? Will Gannett maintain a print edition of the papers? Will Glines keep her job?


         “Slow news day?” the only commenter asked under LNP reporter Dan Nephin’s ridiculous article, “It’s easy to hit the target when it’s not shooting,” (click here). No, that would be a “No news day!”
         How low will LNP go? Get ready for their CRIZ application where they will be shooting for millions more of your tax dollars so they can make even more money on their Marriott Hotel! Oh, they are aiming low, alright!
    Please check back later today!



    Posted on May 31st, 2015 Becky 9 comments


         Gee Wiz. Let’s say the next class is swarming with “reporters” from LANP. Suppose someone in the class asks about the Chief’s domestic abuse. Real reporters on a real newspaper and the chief would have some ‘splainin’ to do. But fortunately for those in power who champion the Con, they have nothing to fear from any Peggy owned paper.
    This comment just in.
         Yes, real reporters for a real newspaper would grill the chief, not only about the alleged domestic violence which should have ended his career years ago, but all of the unsolved murders, all of the lawsuits against his police department, the force’s failure to utilize the Lancaster Safety Coalition Cameras, the chief’s failure to diversity the force and the recent white hires from York and Dauphin Counties and the most recent from the City of Baltimore, the multiple, multiple unsolved shootings and his recent failure to name the officers involved in the deadly shooting of none other than a domestic violence suspect, to name a few.
         But as the commenter notes, anyone who supports LNP’s con center can be assured they will get nothing but good press from LNP. Simply unbelievable!
          My time has been limited for the last month and will continue to be so for the next two weeks or so. I appreciate your patience and will come back to all of the above topics at a later date.



         Today’s front page story is titled “Lancaster’s revived citizens police academy offers behind-the-badge insight” (click here), and it has the below graphic online. Of course, Police Chief Keith Sadler’s ex-wife, Rosaura Torres-Sadler, has written a book “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge” in which she alleges he beat her for years (top photo).

    Behind the Badge Please check back later today!


    Posted on May 30th, 2015 Becky 13 comments
    ** Regarding Knapp’s comment: wouldn’t it be great if the writers and “investigators” grew some balls and/or ovaries and were as confrontational with bullshit artists like Stedman?
    This excellent comment just in!
         Let me add Mayor Gray, Police Chief Sadler, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Bryan Cutler, the Lancaster County Judges, Commissioner Scott Martin, Sen. Smucker among a few others to add to the list! Oh, and what about LNP owner Beverly (Peggy Big Hair) Steinman who bankrolls all of them?
    * BREAKING NEWS – The Knappster strikes again!
         LNP cat and dog reporter, Tom (I need a nap) Knapp, strikes again under the article, “LNP staffers win 16 awards in statewide journalism competitions,” (click here).
         Wow! As I’ve said before, LNP needs to keep a close eye and put a lid on this loser. What a nut case! Is he in touch with reality?


    prom1     Oh, no! What will LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda do now? What will we all do? Do you suppose LNP will actually decide to cover the news? Where are those police officers’ names?
    Please check back later today!


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 Becky 8 comments


    what about sue

         Today, LNP tells about their Keystone Award winners (click here). I, of course, reported it on March 20th (click here) and you can again read the full list of winners here. I wonder if it took LNP two months to boast about this as they were waiting for Susan Baldrige’s name to be added which it has been
    I thought it would be an appropriate time to run one of my favorite pieces from shortly after this site began in September of 2004 (click here for the original). David Hennigan was the editor of the Sunday News then and he ran a weekly column called “Coffee with Clyde.” After graciously referring him to Dr. Fraud, I thought it was Smart’s turn to go (and he did write about a gay hooker – really)!



    “Hello, Dr. Fraud.  I’m Becky Holzinger, investigative reporter for LIP News.”
    “I never heard of it. How many readers do you have?”
    “We don’t have any readers.”
    “This sounds familiar. Have we met before?”
    “I don’t think so. Do you have coffee?”
    “Oh my. Oh my, oh my.”
    “Whatever is wrong, Dr. Fraud?”
    “I have a new client. He drinks all my coffee.   I think he might be stealing it, too.”
    “I’m sorry to hear that.”
    “It’s a very difficult case. He says he has a large rabbit for a friend.”
    “Well, isn’t that nice.”
    “No, I mean a really large rabbit. He drinks coffee too.”
    “The rabbit drinks coffee?”
    “So my patient says. The cup is always empty. It’s a very difficult case. Would you like some tea?”
    “I’d really prefer coffee.”
    “Fine, since it’s your first visit. Do you take milk and sugar?”
    “Yes, please. All that you have.”
    “Aha! You take me for a fool. I thought you looked familiar. You’re the one who referred that nut job. It’s a very difficult case. The most difficult I’ve had in my nine months of practice.”
    “Really, Dr. Fraud. You’ve said that several times already. I thought you said medication would help.”
    “Oh, I think he’s already quite medicated. I offered him drugs but he said he had plenty. I mean the man has a rabbit as a friend. I even offered to give the rabbit drugs. I see rabbits in my sleep you know?”
    “Well that’s all very interesting but I’m here for a different reason today.”
    “Drugs. You decided you want some drugs?”
    “No, thank you. I’m here about a man who is a bad newspaper columnist by day and a bad gay hooker by night.”
    “Is there something unusual about that?”
    “Well, he tries to keep the gay hooker thing a secret. He’s married after all.”
    “Ah, an older man?” Dr. Fraud asked.
    “No.   He has a young son. Actually he works at the same newspaper as your very difficult case.”
    “Dear God! What is this world coming to? Another one from the same paper. Dreadful.”
    “What’s dreadful, Dr. Fraud?”
    “I think I know who you mean. I’ve read his writing. He’s pompous, overbearing and inarticulate. He’s an awful writer, indeed.”
    “Yes, that would be Smart.”
    “So, you want me to see if I can help him with his writing?”
    “Well, no. I was thinking you could work on the whole secret, bad, gay hooker thing.”
    “Well, I think first things should come first.  What about the public who has to read his crap?  I was a bit of a writer in college you know.  I covered the Fraud Club. I might be able to help.”
    “Well, if that’s where you think you should start. Excellent coffee by the way.”
    “Does this Smart fellow drink coffee?”
    “No, I think he drinks beer.”
    “Excellent. Does he have any rabbit friends?”
    “I don’t think so.”
    “He probably does. Did I tell you that I see rabbits in my sleep? It’s a very difficult case.”
    “Now, Dr. Fraud. I think you need to pull yourself together. After all, you are a distinguished psychiatrist.”
    “Well, yes I am. Did I tell you that I got my degree over the internet?”
    “Yes, you did. After you address the bad writing thing I hope you’ll deal with the whole secret gay hooker thing.”
    “Of course. I’ll get the real low-down on him. Ha. Ha. I made a joke. Did you get it?”
    “It was hard to miss, Dr. Fraud. I’ll send him over to see you.”
    “I’ll sharpen my pencil. Another joke. I’m in good form today.”
    “Very funny, Dr. Fraud.”
    “Did I tell you that I count rabbits to get to sleep?”
    “I have to run, Dr. Fraud. I’ll be back to see how the two of you make out. Did you catch my joke?”
    “It was hard to miss. Don’t be in a rush to come back.”


    Posted on May 29th, 2015 Becky 5 comments

    * BREAKING NEWS – Just tweeted by LNP Sports Editor Chris Otto! Good to know! Did Peggy cut the “ribbon?”ribbon cutting


         Pete Booker, president and CEO of Delmarva Broadcasting Company, says the event will help “to establish Steinman Communications as the premier media and entertainment organization in our region.”
    From the story by LNP reporter, Tom (I need a nap) Knapp, “Live on Vine: Inaugural music festival turns former production lot into a summer block party,” (click here).
    Tom Knapp     LNP needs to focus on news! Why doesn’t LNP owner Beverly (Peggy Big Hair) Steinman just announce that she runs Lancaster County and owns Mayor Gray, Police Chief Sadler, DA Stedman and the three County Commissioners and be done with it? And what a good little PR man the Knappster has become – he doesn’t even try to be a reporter anymore!
    Krasne & Steinman
         And this photo of Steinman and her main henchman, Robert Krasne, also appeared on LNP’s “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige’s twitter feed.  
    Sponsors? I thought you just bought an expensive ticket? Oh, and who is Baldrige’s husband? Hmmm…this gets even more unethical every single day!
    NRA lawsuit5
         Uh, oh, Mayor Gray and city council – (click here for Prince’s Blog)! Where’s LNP city hall reporter Dan Nephin to tell us how much the city has spent defending this lawsuit? And when is Judge Joseph Madenspacher, Mayor Gray’s long time best friend, going to make a ruling in the case? Will he do the Mayor a huge favor before his mandatory retirement? Or does Madenspacher, for once, know better and will he follow the law?
    Reinaker     And speaking of Judges, where is new President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s plan to diversify the all white courthouse – click here for “5 changes for court: Lancaster County’s new President Judge unveils his plan?” Didn’t LNP court reporter Brett Hambright get the memo? LNP wants millions in CRIZ money so for the first time in 60 plus years, they are going to pretend to care about equality and racial justice! Someone give Hambright and Reinaker the memo now!
    Please check back later today.
  • * LEGENDS?

    Posted on May 28th, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    * Personal items to attend to this afternoon – LIP News will return tomorrow morning.


    rickspin     But the proposal may not meet some conditions in the provision, and an emailed statement from the mayor’s office this week said the city does not have the authority to establish such a ban and cannot adopt an ordinance that is preempted by state law.
    From the LNP article, “Anti-GMO camp has Lancaster city council in crosshairs,” (click here).
         Isn’t Mayor Dick a hoot! He wants to be a legend in his own time! How’s that NRA lawsuit coming, Dick? You know, the one about you and the city council adopting an ordinance that is preempted by state law?
    John Legend
         LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige (left), LNP Chairman of the Board Robert Krasne and LNP owner Beverly (Peggy) Steinman at last night’s Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry dinner featuring John Legend.  What is totally wrong with this picture? They are the antithesis of “Glory!”
    Please check back later today.   


    Posted on May 27th, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    THE NIZ & THE CRIZ! – 2

    *     To help Robert Field out, I should have printed the entire voicemail Randy Patterson left me on May 12th – I printed a portion of it that day – click here. The full message he left was:
         Becky, this is Randy Patterson returning your phone call.
         Penn Square Partners has not yet filed an application for CRIZ financial assistance for the Marriott Hotel Tower.
         At the present time I don’t have any expected date for that application. I do know they are preparing it, but as I said, I don’t have an expected date for submission.
         So, at this month’s board meeting, if the CRIZ Authority Board does in fact meet on May 26th, there will not be any projects which would be reviewed and approved.
          Projects must first be reviewed by the Project Review Committee which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and there are no applications in front of the Project Review Committee at this time.
          If you have any other questions, please give me a call – 291-4760.
         I will stay in contact with Patterson regarding the application from Penn Square Partners and hopefully Field and many others will attend those meetings!
         I briefly ran an article regarding the Allentown NIZ and the Lancaster CRIZ on May 17th (click here), but that was quickly overshadowed by the outrageous James (Jamie) Haines running to be a District Judge.  I want to post two excellent comments that came in under that article about the NIZ and the CRIZ:
         These articles are just scary, not that I understand much of it! It appears that the only businesses to benefit from the CRIZ are LNP, con center (High), and Hotel Lancaster. The small business owners are being made to jump through near impossible hoops to secure the funds of which they will not benefit in any way, shape or form. This seems to be a huge scam perpetrated by the beneficiaries for their benefit only. I saw a comment on LOL telling businesses to get out of CRIZ area. I agree, run fast and far.
        The CRIZ bill was touted as something Smucker wrote for the business people. When it was passed it sounded like our mayor had a very hand in it. Now it appears that it has been “borrowed” (as most things in Lancaster are) from Allentown, a few words changed to make it appear authentic and unique from Smucker and, voila, all this money to appear with no other reason than to save the con center and make a very few people very much richer. Shame on you people. Shame on us citizens for allowing this, and pity on us in another few years.
    Coming tomorrow – more on LNP and the release of Lancaster police officers’ names. 


    Robert Field

    Robert Field    
         We aren’t surprised that Patterson has screwed up on the small things as he does on the big.
         But we wonder how we can get back our nine quarters.
    Robert Field of, “Randy Patterson bungles again!” (click here).
         Oh, Robert, the games LNP and the city are playing with the CRIZ!  Always call first, Robert! And believe me, this is not a “small thing!” There will be much more later today.
    Stedman & Sadler
          And remember when LNP tried to be a real news organization and called for the release of the officers’ names in the shooting death of Anthony Gomez, Jr. – click here for “Puzzling explanation for delay in releasing police officers’ names?”
         Well Field gives us this excellent reason (click here): 
         When an agent of the government kills someone, no matter how justified, it amounts to an arrest, indictment, trial, conviction and execution. If government can withhold vital information about an execution of a member of the public, then the most basic rights and protections of our citizenry are in serious danger. At that point the government, rather than our protector, becomes our threat.
          But Field is so out of touch, he ends with this:
         Three cheers for LNP. As for Stedman, whom we have not had cause to criticize in past memory, he needs to go back to school.
         Ah, Robert, where are their names? So you were played by LNP, yet again?  And as for Stedman, you really should read this site, Robert! Stedman does “favors” for his friends and the rich and powerful all the time!
    There will be more later today.

    Posted on May 26th, 2015 Becky 13 comments

    ** LNP finally has the story up! Click here for, “Lancaster police arrest 3 in connection to armed robbery.”

    * Brian Allen Courtney from “Crime Watch” (click here).



    Isabel Raine Jungclaus        O''Keeffe

    Isabel Raine Jungclaus in a “selfie” from her Facebook page and Denis O’Keeffe III with Jungclaus in a photo from his Facebook page.
         As noted here yesterday, three people were arraigned Monday morning for armed robbery. They are: Armed Robbery1
          LNP has not updated their story since Sunday night and has not published their names and charges (click here): Armed Robbery
         Both Jungclaus and O’Keeffe worked for the Fulton Theater and both have connections to the wealthy, powerful and elite in Lancaster!
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.
  • *** – ** – * MAYOR GRAY WOULDN’T LIKE IT?

    Posted on May 25th, 2015 Becky 22 comments

    *** Dennis O’Keeffe states on his Facebook page that he is employed in sales at the Fulton Theater and is in a relationship with Jungclaus. O''Keeffe

    ** According to her Facebook page, Jungclaus is employed by the Fulton Theater.

    Isabel Raine Jungclaus

    *    Two men and a woman had their preliminary arraignments this morning before District Judge Mary Mongiovi Sponaugle on armed robbery charges: Isabel Raine Jungclaus, Brian Allen Courtney and Denis Joseph O’Keefe III. All three are charged with a first degree felony for Robbery and a first degree felony for Conspiracy to commit Robbery. The three are in Lancaster County prison in lieu of $30,000 cash bail each according to their dockets.
         Click here for LNP’s bizarre story, “Lancaster police investigate armed robbery,”


         This most excellent comment in from Frank Lee yesterday:
         Top Ten Reasons Brett Hambright Doesn’t Write About The 16 Unsolved Homicides Under Mayor Gray:
    10. The mayor wouldn’t like that
    9. They happened so long ago-get over it
    8. Victims have no relatives that could benefit Craig Steadman
    7. Angry editor might take away press pass to Barnstormer games
    6. Doesn’t want to upstage Gil Smart or Tom Knapp
    5. You mean like a real newspaper?
    4. Co-workers got tired of him asking; how do you pronounce this 
    3. Who can think with all the noise from bricks being laid at Central
    2. Could jeopardize his chance to be in next City Authentic commercial.
    1. IT’S PROM SEASON!!!
         It’s going to be a busy week. Have a great Memorial Day and please check back tomorrow.

    Posted on May 24th, 2015 Becky 13 comments

    Mike Winters    In a series of interviews with different officers, Blankenship maintained he didn’t fatally stab the man, according to testimony.
         Detective Lt. Mike Winters said, after about 13 hours of previous interviews, he confronted Blankenship with physical evidence he found inside the apartment.
    From the LNP story by Brett Hambright, “Police say bloody fingerprint on bleach linked Lancaster man to roommate’s “horrific” killing,” (click here).
         Winters didn’t get a confession from Blankenship,  Hambright! And Winters is the detective who can’t solve the murder of 83-year-old Erma Kaylor in her home! Would someone hold these police accountable instead of writing about murders from over 50 years ago?



           LNP took a ridiculous story that has been on their website since Friday, written by their very questionable court reporter, Brett Hambright, and put it on the front page of today’s Sunday News (click here). Who is making the editorial decisions at this joke of a paper? 
         And I’ll ask again, as I did on Friday when the story first went online: Why doesn’t he write about the sixteen unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray? They are: 

    1. Keenan W. Dudley – 3-10-2006
    2. Daniel V. Hollman – 10-17-2006
    3. Baby Mary Anne – 9-27-2007
    4. Juan Lopez – 12-5-2007
    5. Juan Marquez – 3-16-2008
    6. Samuel E. Bair – 8-26-2008
    7. Hector Ortiz Fuentes – 8-11-2009
    8. Sandy Reyes-Mateo – 11-21-2009
    9. Michael B. Evans – 12-19-2009
    10. Timothy J. Frei – 11-1-2010
    11. Olga Sanchez-Reyes – 12-6-2010
    12. Spencer Houston – 5-19-2011
    13. Brandon Lamar Seals – 7-13-2011
    14. Erma Kaylor – 5-16-2012
    15. Allan Wayne Hess – 1-7-2013
    16. Titus Eugene Gant – 6-12-2013 

    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on May 23rd, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    GET TO WORK, JENN! Jenn Todd

         LNP “police reporter” Jennifer Todd refers to herself as a “crime reporter” on her Twitter account. Isn’t that special? (Oh, and her last name is really Fulginiti now that she is married).
         But she has a lot of work to do, don’t you think? There were shots fired on Coral Street last night and no one has been arrested in last week’s shooting – click here for Todd’s, “Man wounded in city shooting.” And there were the 10 shootings in March. And there are sixteen unsolved murders under Mayor Gray. Maybe it’s time to lay off the margaritas and do some work!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 22nd, 2015 Becky 5 comments

    16 KILLERS! 

         What is the point of Brett Hambright’s ridiculous LNP piece today, “Killer confessions: Why did 8 Lancaster County men admit to murder?” (click here)?  Why doesn’t he write about the sixteen unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray? They are: 

    1. Keenan W. Dudley – 3-10-2006
    2. Daniel V. Hollman – 10-17-2006
    3. Baby Mary Anne – 9-27-2007
    4. Juan Lopez – 12-5-2007
    5. Juan Marquez – 3-16-2008
    6. Samuel E. Bair – 8-26-2008
    7. Hector Ortiz Fuentes – 8-11-2009
    8. Sandy Reyes-Mateo – 11-21-2009
    9. Michael B. Evans – 12-19-2009
    10. Timothy J. Frei – 11-1-2010
    11. Olga Sanchez-Reyes – 12-6-2010
    12. Spencer Houston – 5-19-2011
    13. Brandon Lamar Seals – 7-13-2011
    14. Erma Kaylor – 5-16-2012
    15. Allan Wayne Hess – 1-7-2013
    16. Titus Eugene Gant – 6-12-2013 


    Gil Smart8

         The front page of today’s LNP print edition (click here to read the article). 

    smart-one     LNP brings out “investigative reporter” Gil Smart to tell us why the police are not releasing the names of the wounded officer or the officer who shot and killed Anthony Gomez, Jr. on Tuesday.
         Is this a joke? Smart should be demanding their names. The public has a right and a need to know. Smart doesn’t have a clue what being a journalist means let alone an investigative one! What an absolute disgrace by everyone at LNP and especially Smart!
         Investigative journalists (often referred to as Muckrackers, a term coined during the election campaign for Theodore Roosevelt) have a long-standing tradition in the United States of holding those in power accountable.  Whether investigating the wrongful conviction of a death-row inmate, or exposing a financial giant for misuse of investors’ funds, investigative journalism is critical for the upholding of a true and just democracy.
    From, “Investigative Journalist,” (click here).
         Go back to school, Smart – or better yet – find a new career!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 21st, 2015 Becky 13 comments


          The woman who answers the phone in Judge Dennis Reinaker’s chambers said today by phone that the Judge was in a meeting and not available but she “believes” there is a mandatory time for Brandon Bleecher to spend in state prison before he is eligible for boot camp. “I was there,” she said of his sentencing.
         But she could not tell me what that mandatory time is and it is not on his docket so she referred me to the Clerk of Courts office and also advised I could contact the prosecutor in the case, Todd Brown or Bleecher’s defense attorney, Cory J. Miller for the information!
         I called the Clerk of Courts office and the woman who answered and listened to my question transferred me to the clerk who does the “SCI [State Correctional Institution] commitments.” That clerk said she had processed his paperwork last week and also immediately said, “He is eligible for boot camp.”
         When asked how long or if he was required to spend time in state prison prior to boot camp, she said I should call the Camp Hill prison where all male prisoners are first sent to determine at which state facility they will serve their sentence. I called Camp Hill and they told me that until the prisoner actually arrives, they do not have access to the information and to try again after he arrives at Camp Hill. As noted this morning, Bleecher is still showing up as an inmate in Lancaster County Prison.
         I also left a message for ADA Brown. This is absurd. Is there a mandatory time Bleecher has to spend in state prison or not? Does anyone know? I will follow-up tomorrow.


    Bleecher7     Why is Brandon Bleecher still in the Lancaster County Prison? He was sentenced on May 8th! Click here for LNP reporter Brett Hambright’s article, “Hit-and-run driver jailed at least 5 years for crash that killed well-known walker.” Bleecher10

    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on May 20th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


         Laney [attorney Christine Pfau Laney] said that if Lancaster County is to really address the issue of domestic violence, the team needs a prominent community leader with clout, someone who will champion the cause.
         We challenge our local elected officials, and leaders in the business and legal community,  to step up and fill this role.
         Claim the mantle. Make it clear that domestic violence is a serious issue here, and, as a community, we intend to combat it on every front.
         … As a community, we should make addressing domestic violence a priority. It is our business. And it should be the business — the urgent business — of this community’s leaders.
    From an LNP editorial earlier this month, “On abuser Floyd Mayweather and the need for a champion to take on domestic violence here,’ (click here). 
         What absolute hypocrites! How about “community leaders” like alleged wife abuser Police Chief Keith Sadler and the boss who hired and keeps him in command, Mayor Gray?  Do you think they should step forward and declare domestic violence an urgent priority? This is unbelievable and utterly disgusting!

    Hambright111     And here is yet another sloppy piece of reporting by LNP and Brett Hambright. The headline suggests the person shot by the police had to be armed – but Hambright’s opening sentence is this (click here):
         Tuesday’s police-involved shooting on East Chestnut Street marked the ninth time since 2008 that a Lancaster County cop opened fire and wounded a suspect.
          The most recent police-involved shooting – where it has never been stated the suspect was armed – is completely missing from  Hambright’s article – Kenneth L. White shot on February 11th of this year – click here for “Lancaster city police identify man shot after allegedly fleeing, resisting arrest.”
         LNP has never followed up on this story. We don’t know which Lancaster city police officer shot him – and we absolutely should – and we don’t know if DA Craig Stedman has ruled it justified or not. Well, we all know Stedman will find it justified but it has never been officially announced.
         The terrible reporting and follow-up by Hambright and LNP on the police and the courts just continues to roll right along. It is disgraceful!

    * LNP reporter Dan Nephin wrote an incredibly stupid article, “6 Lancaster County police officers shot since 2000,” and features former East Earl Township police Officer Greg Yarbrough (click here). This is one of Ron Harper, Jr’s best videos of all time about Yarbrough.


    Stedman, Sadler, Gray & Switzer

          Yesterday’s press conference regarding the officer who was shot and the suspect killed.

         It turns out that a domestic violence incident on Monday precipitated this whole horrific event.  And we have Police Chief Keith Sadler standing there whose ex-wife, Rosaura Torres-Sadler, has written a book – “Abuse Hidden Behind the Badge” – that alleges he beat her for years. And to the far left we have Mayor Gray who hired the chief and maintains him despite the abuse allegations and Sadler’s absolutely dreadful performance on the job.
         And to the far right we have Captain of Detective Kent Switzer who has failed to solve 16 murders in the last 10 years under Mayor Gray despite Sadler telling me that the detectives work on them every single day.
         And at the microphone, we have District Attorney Craig Stedman who is guilty of judicial misconduct with his blatant preferential treatment of his political allies – G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, and Katie West, Commissioner Scott Martin’s sister.
         And the Lancaster Newspapers have not told the public a word about any of this. Why? Sheer greed!
         Welcome to Lancaster!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 19th, 2015 Becky 16 comments

    ** The police are holding a press conference this afternoon at 4:00 pm to release more information regarding the police officer shot and the suspect killed events of today at 305 E. Chestnut Street (click here).


    * 9:50 am – LNP reporter Brett Hambright on his Twitter account 15 minutes ago! Don’t you think you should have told the public all about those tickets, Hambright? And the fact that Haines hasn’t paid his federal or state taxes in years?



    Suzanne Cassidy                  Jamie Haines                Brett Hambright

     Left to right – Suzanne Cassidy, James (Jamie) Haines, Brett Hambright.    

         This morning, LNP had the audacity to actually run this editorial cartoon in their print edition! Can you imagine? Why doesn’t the LNP “editorial board” tell us how much their owner, Beverly (Peggy) Steinman, has given to  Republican candidates like Joe Pitts, Bryan Cutler and DA Craig Stedman? Why don’t they tell us about their company’s involvement in the convention center/hotel and how shortly they will be using their power again to make another grab for the public’s money through the CRIZ program to “expand” their Marriott Hotel?
         Why don’t they tell us about a corrupt candidate, James (Jamie) Haines, who is running to be a district judge – the first, crucially important individual in this country’s justice system. Yesterday, they talked about the public’s civic duty to vote. What about their civil and journalistic responsibility to hold public officials accountable? What about their responsibility to tell the public that Haines has not paid his federal or state taxes for years?
         And what about their court reporter, Brett Hambright, who has lied to the public for years? How do you explain Haines’ 32 parking tickets that were “withdrawn?” Hambright knows better than the absolute nonsense and lies he published.
         Should George Stephanopoulos resign or be fired? Yes. And that means LNP should be run out of town immediately because they have been doing what Stephanopoulos did and far, far worse for years and years.
         “Opinion Editor” Suzanne Cassidy can now go home and tell her daughters she blatantly lied to the public yet again to protect her bosses’ interests. That must be a special feeling.
         Vote today – but do not vote for James Haines for District Judge and please check back later.    


    Posted on May 18th, 2015 Becky 29 comments


    *    That’s between myself and the IRS,” James (Jamie) Haines said today when reached by phone at approximately 2:30 pm this afternoon. “Leave me alone,” he continued before he hung up. 
         Haines initially denied he owed the IRS any money. In fact, at one point he said, “I have news for you – my taxes have been paid.”
          I told him the IRS has filed many liens against him – the last one for $24,015.94 in 2014. I also mentioned the State of PA has also filed numerous liens, the last one for $1,354.89. He again repeated, “That is between myself and the IRS. It’s being paid.”
         Actually, no, it’s not between the IRS and Haines! Especially when he is running to be a District Judge. Today’s LNP editorial is titled, “Exercise your civic duty and vote in Tuesday’s primary,” (click here). Paying your taxes is also a basic civic duty required of everyone. What an absolute disgrace and outrage for a candidate for a District Judge seat!
        I also placed a call to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County this afternoon. After explaining the situation and asking if the Committee was going to stand behind Haines as a candidate, the woman who answered the phone said, “I’ll track someone down and have them give you a call.” No return call has been received as of 4:00 pm.
    [Editor’s note: Haines was reached on his cell phone at a phone number that was listed on a post on the Lancaster City Republican Committee Facebook page about him. As noted in the post immediately below, following my comment on that page, all references to Haines, including the number, were deleted.]


    Jamie Haines

       James (Jamie) R. Haines, Jr. from his Linkedin profile.

           James (Jamie) R. Haines, Jr. is running to be the District Judge in Ward #8 in the city of Lancaster. Haines:
    — Owes the Federal government $24,015.94 in unpaid taxes and has not paid his federal taxes for years.
    — Owes the State government $1,354.89 in unpaid personal income tax and has not paid his state taxes for years.
    — Owes J. P. Morgan Chase $52,558.00 on his home at 770 Emerald Drive. The home is in foreclosure and was scheduled to be sold at Sheriff’s sale on May 27, 2015.
    — His ex-wife, Christine Anne Riley, claims he is not following their divorce decree and they are scheduled to meet before a Judge in early June.
    — According to LNP, and being investigated by this site, he has 32 parking tickets that have been “withdrawn” by various District Judges – the most – 22 – being withdrawn  by the woman he is running to replace and he served as her constable for 16 years – Cheryl Hartman (click here). District Attorney Craig Stedman and the State Judicial Board also need to investigate all his tickets that were “withdrawn.”
         James (Jamie) Haines needs to withdraw from the race today! This is simply an outrage and the Lancaster City Republican Committee needs to withdraw their backing of this man immediately.

         The entry from the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s website indicating the lien for the $24,015.94 he owes in unpaid federal taxes.
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on May 17th, 2015 Becky 11 comments


    ***  I posted the below about an hour ago and it and the references to James (Jamie) Haines running for District Judge have since been removed. Haines’ 32 “withdrawn” parking tickets need to be investigated immediately!


    Jamie Haines

    ** James Haines goes by the name “Jamie.” Click here for his Linkedin profile.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***



    * This is a potion of the civil suits against District Judge candidate James R. Haines, Jr. listed on the Lancaster County Prothonotary’s website. This, of course, does not include his 32 “withdrawn” parking tickets – click here for, “3 seek nomination in busy southwestern Lancaster city district court.” This is unbelievable! Unbelievable! This man wants to be a District Judge? He needs to withdraw immediately!


    CRIZ8         NIZ1

          These two stories are on the front page of today’s Sunday News (click here and here). If anyone understands a word of this, please contact this site immediately!
         What a load of gibberish and garbage!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 16th, 2015 Becky 2 comments


    Brett Hambright     All three defendants are free on unsecured bail.
    The final sentence in long time LNP court reporter Brett Hambright’s article, “Couple to trial for Easter Sunday ‘test fire’ that wounded 9-year-old boy,” (click here).
         That is simply incorrect. The three are not all “free on unsecured bail.” This news organization doesn’t even care about getting their basic facts correct. What an absolute disgrace!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 15th, 2015 Becky 17 comments

    * According to a woman in District Judge Janice Jimenez’s office today by phone,  Jose Renta’s preliminary hearing scheduled for yesterday at 3:00 pm was continued because he is hospitalized. A new date for his preliminary hearing has not been scheduled. 
         She also stated that Elaine and Samoad Key both waived their hearings yesterday, so all the charges move forward to Common Pleas Court.

    & AN “ASIAN-AMERICAN” DAUGHTER!  tech trends

          Andrea Gillhoolley, LNP’s “Social Media Manager,” tweeted this picture yesterday. Didn’t anyone tell her that LNP is not really a news organization but a business that controls Lancaster? And, you know, Andrea, maybe those Lancaster Online staffers should learn to be reporters first! Always busy, Gillhoollley also linked to this report,Day in the Life of an Engagement Editor: The Nation’s Annie Shields,” (click here). Wow! How does she do it all? Busy, busy, busy!
         That is sarcasm, of course! It sounds like a piece of cake job and one anyone would want! What gets lost in all this social media crap is the news – the hard news – the news people need to know. It shapes our lives and measures our society.
    Nephin3    And speaking of reporters and non-hard news, Dan Nephin, formerly of the Associated Press, must really be proud of this piece, “Pedal Power: Friday marks Bike to Work day; Lancaster celebrates with spiffy bike,” (click here). From the article there is this:
         The city, using grant money from the Lancaster Bicycle Club, recently purchased a $700 Republic Bike company’s Socrates model.
         Yes, it’s always grant money – that money that grows on trees and just falls to the ground in a heavy, Mayor Dick, initiated blast of hot air. Why did the bike cost $700? It doesn’t look “spiffy” to me!  Is it that fancy, green milk basket tied to the front? How many bikes could they have purchased at Wal-Mart with that $700? Will Mayor Dick ride a bike the one-and-a-half blocks to City Hall this morning or will he walk? Oh, the questions. I’m sure Dan will give us the answers!
    Barbara     On a serious note, I had planned to be at the preliminary hearing for Jose Rentas and Elaine and Samoad Key yesterday afternoon (see the story immediately below), but a family emergency has landed me in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the next several weeks. LNP currently has no coverage of the hearing and maybe that’s because Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, who has worked for the racist, all-white LNP for 25 years but now boasts she has an “Asian-American” daughter, decided it would just make the Lancaster Court system and DA Craig Stedman look too racist and would pull the curtain back on the preferential  and corrupt treatment Stedman gave to his political buddy, Representative Bryan Cutler and his brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis. Roda worked so hard and flat-out lied to the public to cover that one up for Stedman.
         I will make phone calls and check their dockets this morning and have a report this afternoon.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on May 14th, 2015 Becky 9 comments


         I’m sorry but it doesn’t take Dick Tracy or Nancy Drew to figure out the Houghendobler boys froze to death.  I think if our coroner would concentrate more on his job as coroner than his sex life we would be better off.  Is there anyone in this county/city that is even remotely competent ??   NO
    This email in today.
         This is simply too shocking! Over two months and LNP didn’t follow-up or ask a single question about these two brother’s deaths. I mentioned it on this site two days ago and now LNP treats it as breaking news and implies that the coroner just determined their causes of death. This is unbelievable and absolutely disgusting!

    [Editor’s note: Coroner Diamantoni is in the middle of a divorce and custody battle.]

    ** Well, look at that. LNP actually followed-up on two deaths after they were mentioned on this site (click here). Click here for LNP’s, “Mystery solved: Elderly brothers froze to death in their Lancaster Twp. home.”  Why did it take two months to “solve” this “mystery?” This is horrific! Why wasn’t this reported weeks ago?

     * Where and how does LNP get their police and court news? The following extremely serious charges were lodged against Tony J. Ruesta on Monday before District Judge John C. Winters and there has not been a word in LNP! Keep your children safe!   




         LNP sent long-time reporter Cindy Stauffer to a workshop on racism yesterday and she wrote, “A conversation on racism: Power, prejudice and how we can talk about it in Lancaster County,” (click here).
         Well, the perfect opportunity to  discuss all that is now – because Jose Rentas, Elaine Key and Samoad Key have their preliminary hearings today at 3:00 pm before District Judge Janice Jimenez. The three face multiple, extremely serious charges as a result of the accidental shooting of Renta’s nine-year-old son on Easter Sunday (click here for “ABSOLUTE OVERKILL”).
         We will compare all of this to G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s brother-in-law, who shot and killed his two-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve in 2013.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 13th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    * Well, that was a bizarre Dr. Phil and mostly a book promotion for Lebanon Levi. But the reports of rampant sexual abuse of children among the Amish is shocking! Is this going on in Lancaster County?


    Box of Rocks

    Robinson     Where does LNP get their reporters? Clown school? Of all the absurd, ridiculous and disgusting stories, “Manheim Twp. police: Woman stole officer’s lost Taser, gave it to friend,”  by Ryan Robinson takes the cake for this week (click here). And LNP has it on the front page of their print edition this morning. There are simply no words for this level of stupidity.      

    smartremarks      Oops! Maybe there are! The above meme was posted on LOL’s Facebook page under Gil Smart’s latest blog, “East Hempfield Railroad Blues,” (click here). Once again, there are no words. Well, maybe spoiled white men with no talent problems is a beginning! Please try to be smarter, Smart!
         And don’t forget, Lebanon Levi is on Dr. Phil today (click here)! It’s a day filled with idiots!

    Mafia Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 12th, 2015 Becky 7 comments


    ** Randy Patterson, the Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of Lancaster stated today in a return voicemail, “Penn Square Partners has not yet filed an application for CRIZ financial assistance for the Marriott Hotel Tower.” He further said if there is a May 26th meeting of the CRIZ Authority Board, an application from the PSP will not be on the table.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    * Tomorrow on Dr. Phil! A “money-hungry Amish playboy!” Does it get any better than this?

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    Brett Hambright     LNP court reporter Brett Hambright hustled off and took a look at “road-rage” incidents involving guns after a man was shot in the jaw last week in his incredibly stupid article, “Guns pulled, threats made in recent Lancaster County road-rage cases,” (click here). Hey Brett, you forgot this one – click here for “WHO WAS THE VICTIM? – 2.” Whatever happened with Javon Caldwell? And will charges be brought against the 74-year-old man who shot another man in the jaw?
          And remember these four, as yet, mysterious deaths? How did they die? Does LNP ever follow-up on anything? Who is holding DA Craig Stedman and Coroner Stephen Diamantoni accountable? Lancaster County – the perfect place to commit murder and get away with it!

    mom & daughter

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 11th, 2015 Becky 4 comments



        How long has it been since you’ve seen a photo or a video from the Safety Coalition cameras? Think about it! Have you seen one in the last five years?
         So, a week after they announce a new slogan and the need for donations (click here), we are shown a not very clear photo from the cameras in a bizarre request for help weeks after the crime itself. From the police press release by Lt. Todd Umstead on May 5th (click here):
         Lancaster City Police are seeking assistance from the public regarding an armed robbery investigation. On April 17, 2015 at approximately 9:34 a.m. a 72-year-old city man was walking in the area of the 1st blk. of N. Mary St. when he was approached from behind by a man who pushed the victim against a parked car, displayed a handgun, and demanded the victim’s wallet. The suspect then removed the victim’s wallet from his pocket and pushed the victim, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect fled on foot, running south on Mary St. then east on Grant St. The victim sustained minor cuts and abrasions to his left elbow. The suspect is described as a “tall” black male in his 20’s, medium build, short black hair, wearing a mid to dark colored hooded sweatshirt.
         At approximately 9:50 a.m. LSC video captured images of a dark colored SUV (below), most likely an Isuzu Trooper, pulling up beside the victim while he was on the ground. The occupants of the SUV stopped briefly and asked the victim if he was alright, but then left the area. It is possible the occupants of the SUV witnessed portions of this robbery, to include seeing the suspect. The Lancaster City Police are asking the driver or occupants of the SUV to contact Detective Tom Ginder at (717) 735-3345 with any information they have. 
         This raises numerous questions:
    — This happened in broad daylight in the morning.  If the camera captured the vehicle, why didn’t it capture video of the suspect?
    — Who was the victim? He must be someone important for the police to try and impress the public with their attempt to capture the perpetrator. We didn’t get this much information, let alone a picture, when Mayor Gray’s neighbor was mugged and severely beaten several years ago.
    — So the people in this vehicle were nice enough to stop and check on the victim and the police think they might have seen more? Or are the police really thinking the perpetrator might have gotten in the car to make his get-away?
    — Why isn’t the picture better? I am told the cameras are digital and high-definition. This was daylight. Why isn’t the picture much clearer?
    — Why don’t the police know who owns the vehicle? You mean the camera couldn’t capture the license plate?
    — You mean the police don’t have an expert on staff who can enlarge the image and tell us for sure if it’s an Isuzu Trooper or some other vehicle?  Why the hell not?
    — Why did it take them three weeks to put out this request for help? What have the police been doing to solve this vicious robbery in the meantime?
    — Does the robber’s description match any other recent robberies?  He did this in broad daylight and it’s unlikely this is his first – or last – such robbery.
    — This perpetrator sounds extremely dangerous. What else are the police doing to find this man other than some supposedly far-fetched notion that the people in this car allegedly stopped to help and may somehow have witnessed the assault itself? How much time elapsed between the incident and the car driving by and stopping?
         Why isn’t LNP demanding answers from the police and holding them accountable? Why aren’t they asking these questions instead of just regurgitating the police press release? And could someone hold this private camera company that receives over half their budget from public funds, accountable and demand answers from them as well? This is a disgrace!

    Posted on May 11th, 2015 Becky 5 comments



       From the May 9th print edition of LNP regarding the hiring of former Baltimore police officer Nicholas Langan.

    Langan     Why won’t he be giving interviews, LNP? He’s a public servant being paid with taxpayer’s dollars to protect and serve! Why don’t you ask Mayor Gray why the City of Lancaster, desperately needing to diversify their police force, hired this white, racist officer from Baltimore, LNP? Why don’t you ask the city council members, LNP? Was there absolutely no one in the city or county who could meet the qualifications to be a police officer? Wow, folks from Lancaster County must really be stupid!
         And the only thing LNP wants is millions in CRIZ money so they support Mayor Gray in every stupid and outrageous act that his administration puts forward. That money is not going to be coming your way, LNP! If you want to expand the Marriott, Hotel and have a rooftop bar, LNP and High Industries, use your own damn money!
         May is a very busy month and it’s not because of high school proms!
    Please check back later today.

     [Editor’s Note: There seems to be some confusion about a disturbing piece I posted as a comment about Nicholas Langan (see the comments under the story immediately below). That piece is by his father in a blog he wrote several years ago (click here). I apologize for any confusion. I should have put the link at the top of the comment – not at the bottom.]


    Posted on May 9th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


                   Bleecher9                    Quotable2

         This is a “quote” from Blandon Bleecher at his sentencing yesterday that is on the front page of today’s print edition. When Thomas Greene was resentenced by Judge Margaret Miller for his part in a home invasion, her quote on the right above was also on the front page in the print edition with the story (click here).
         Thomas Greene, an African-American, was originally sentenced to 16 to 35 years in prison while the other four young men involved who were white were sentenced to four and five years and the one Hispanic to eight years. Greene was calm and respectful and apologized again in court as Judge Miller, ordered by the Superior Court to re-sentence Greene so that his sentence more closely resembled the others, was given 8-20 years to match the Hispanic sentence.
         The above quotes that were used are nothing but examples of the sheer racist climate at LNP and once again, Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda should resign.

    [Editor’s note: Apparently Roda’s answer to racism and to make LNP look non-racist, is to make sure to highlight a prom photo from each school featuring an interracial couple! Have you noticed?]


    Langan     Hiring the former police officer from Baltimore still has me astonished and furious at the lengths the Lancaster Police Department will go to in order to keep their force white, stupid and racist. I’ll ask again: Where is Police Chief Sadler, Mayor Gray and city council?
    Bleecher7     Why would the topic of boot camp even be raised in a sentence for Brandon Bleecher? This was his third strike. He had two chances to change his life, accept responsibility and grow up and he failed to do so. If he weren’t white with wealthy parents in Manheim Township, boot camp would have never been raised as an option. And if Judge Dennis Reinaker is playing games and Bleecher doesn’t serve three full years in state prison at a minimum before any possible boot camp, there will be hell to pay.
         This country and Lancaster County and City must change. Justice must be equal for all and there has to be equal employment and opportunity for all.
         Mayor Gray was quoted as follows in this LNP “story,” (click here):
         … I tell people that the difference between the ’60s and now is that in the ’60s at least people had a feeling that positive things were happening and we were moving toward a more positive society.
         And Mayor Gray permits his almost all white police force to hire a new, white, highly questionable officer from Baltimore. It is simply unconscionable and unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on May 8th, 2015 Becky 8 comments

    ** Bleecher was sentenced to 5-12 years in state prison. Click here for LNP’s “Hit-and-run driver jailed at least 5 years for crash that killed well-known walker.”

    * “Lancaster hires police officer coming from Baltimore city force,” LNP (click here). See one post down on this site. Why was this man hired?


         Brandon Bleecher is scheduled to be sentenced today at 1:30 pm by Judge Dennis E. Reinaker in Courtroom #8 for his hit and run accident that killed Chuck Leayman.
    Please see the below post from April 14th on this site and check back later today.



        Defense attorney Cory Miller said he will be seeking a boot-camp sentence after a background check is completed.
    From the LNP article, “Driver admits to hit-and-run crash that killed pedestrian; faces 3 years in prison,” (click here). 
    Chuck     Brandon Bleecher, 23, struck and killed Charles (Chuck) Leayman (pictured left) and then drove away on January 18th of this year (click here). Bleecher was charged in two previous hit and run accidents. Boot camp should not be an option for Bleecher, whose father or step-father, Douglas Michael Bleecher, is one of the inventors of “NeverWet” for the Ross Technology Corporation in Leola.
    He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 8th at 1:30 pm in Courtroom #8. Please mark your calendar to attend and also write Judge Reinaker and tell him that boot camp is an unacceptable sentence for Bleecher.           


    Posted on May 7th, 2015 Becky 9 comments

    * The link to the “article” on Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby in his post is here.



         The Lancaster City Bureau of Police welcomed its newest member today, May 7th 2015. Officer Nicholas Langan, shown below with Mayor Richard Gray, was sworn in this morning during a ceremony at City Hall. Off. Langan is from Baltimore, MD where he served for three years as a patrolman in the Baltimore City Police Department. He graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and attended Stevenson University in Maryland. Off. Langan is married and has three children. Off. Langan and his family are in the process of relocating to Lancaster County. Off. Langan will be assigned to the patrol division. We welcome Off. Langan and his family to Lancaster and wish him a successful and safe career.
    From a Lancaster City Police Department Press Release (click here).
         This is beyond belief. Lancaster’s police department, desperately in need of diversity and city residents, now has gone to Baltimore to find a new officer. The last time three new officers were sworn in, two were residents of York County and one Dauphin County (click here).
        Who is allowing this to go on? Where is city council? Where is the NAACP? Where is the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission? They should all be demanding answers from Police Chief Keith Sadler and Mayor Gray. This is simply unbelievable and unconscionable!
         On top of that, we have the below very, very disturbing posts and links from Langan’s Facebook page (click here).  He should have never been hired and he should be let go tomorrow. He is the last officer the Lancaster Police Force, facing multiple civil rights lawsuits, needs on their force.  This is a direct insult and threat to every non-white resident of the City of Lancaster – and that’s more than fifty percent of the population. This is yet another outrage by the Lancaster City Police Department.





    Posted on May 7th, 2015 Becky 6 comments




    Posted on May 6th, 2015 Becky 15 comments


          Now we have babies getting shot in broad daylight. The mayor and city council are busy with the mayor’s ridiculous lawsuits. The mayor and city council are accessories to ALL the shootings here in Lancaster because they refuse to do anything to catch all the damn shooters running around town. ACCESSORIES, mayor and city council, you are equally as guilty as the person that shoots the gun. How can any of you people live with yourselves?
    This comment in today after a shocking shooting. Click here for, “2-year-old boy taken to LGH after Lancaster city shooting; police searching for gunman.”
         Let’s not forget about the police. All those cameras and these shootings just go unsolved time and time again. The shooters just stay on the street to shoot again. How does Lt. Todd Umstead keep his job? How do any of the detectives keep their jobs?

    HIRES IN 2015!    

         OK, call me suspicious. Has the CRIZ money been handed out yet?
         Ismail Smith-Wade-El is noted on facebook as a writer for the LNP who traveled to Baltimore.
         Three minority hires since the beginning of 2015 when for over a hundred years there have been absolutely ZERO (except for the gardeners who manicure the Steinman mansion).
         Oh this CRIZ thing will be interesting.
     This comment in under “THERE WILL BE JUSTICE!” below on this site.
         No Criz money has been handed out to the Penn Square Partners (PSP – made up of LNP and High Industries) for their Marriott Hotel expansion plan. My best guess is they will submit a plan and it will be discussed at the next meeting of the Criz Authority Board (click here):
         *The April 28 CRIZ Authority Board meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 26, at 4:00 pm in the City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall.
         I will find out if the PSP has put in an application, when that application will be posted online on the city’s website and the agenda for the May 26th meeting.
    Please mark May 26th on your calendar and check back later today.


    Posted on May 5th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         Lancaster city is sticking by its assertion that it doesn’t have to reveal donors to the legal defense fund it established to defend its gun ordinances.
    The opening sentence to today’s LNP article by Dan Nephin, “Lancaster defends decision not to reveal legal defense donors in gun suit,” (click here).
         What is Mayor Gray hiding? Who donated? Would we recognize a lot of the names? Were they “real” donations or did the Gray administration “move” money?
         What’s the big deal with releasing the names of the donors? Aren’t they proud to have donated? This nonsense by Gray just continues to waste the taxpayer’s money. Now, not only are they defending the lawsuit they are also  paying the city solicitor to write briefs defending their refusal to supply names under the Right-to-Know law.
         Something is very, very fishy! Why doesn’t the public have a right-to-know? The money is being used to pay bills the city incurs! Financial information is a matter of public record. Period.


    Posted on May 5th, 2015 Becky 4 comments


          This comment in this morning:
         Tuesday morning 5/5/15…at 6:00 LNP explains problem….blames PPL transformer in Mechanicsburg….paper being printed by Baltimore Sun……What a way to run an airline!!!
         Even the Wright Brothers could do better!!
         Uh, oh!  Don’t you just hate power failures – click here for, “Note to LNP readers: Print edition of newspaper delayed due to power failure“? When will LNP’s real power failure take hold?
         I got on an airplane yesterday -a slightly advanced Wright Brothers version – and I’m publishing from Minneapolis, Minnesota – so please be patient over the next few days and check back later.

    Posted on May 4th, 2015 Becky 11 comments

    * Check out their new video, “LNP: Commitment to you, and to our community,” (click here)!




    Barbara     On the day they lay-off 81 Lancaster workers and move their printing to Mechanicsburg in Cumberland County, LNP Executive Liar, oops, I mean Editor, has the nerve to type the above. Unbelievable! I have not found her letter online but will link to it as soon as I do.
         And another front page story in the print edition that is nothing but lies is this one (click here):
         As this site has shown for years now, in Lancaster, the cameras do not catch crooks!
    Click here for “WE NEED CAMERAS?” and please check back later today.


    Posted on May 2nd, 2015 Becky 14 comments



         What type of slanted and sickening headline is that, LNP? Why is Freddie Gray dead? Did he kill himself? That is disgusting!


         And these are the latest blog posts by Gil Smart who is completely out-of-touch and they are deeply disturbing. Yes, I could be a cop and I think I’d be a damn good one and so could most of us! What I could not be is a fireman, EMS worker or a trash collector.
         And you are the last person to try to tell people what a “justifiable response” in Baltimore should be. You have worked for a media company that has blatantly discriminated in their hiring  and reporting for years and years. You work in a city where the population is more than 50 percent non-white and yet the courthouse, the police force and the DA’s office are basically all white.
         I don’t even have words for how stupid and clueless Smart is – but if he weren’t white one thing is for sure – a man with so little talent and understanding would not be working for LNP or any media outlet!
    $250,000 CASH BAIL!
    madden     And talk about slanted reporting, we have this from courthouse reporter Brett Hambright in the story, “Mother says she didn’t give her baby cocaine; case headed to trial,” (click here):
         By waiving the preliminary hearing, Madden doesn’t admit guilt, but concedes there is ample evidence to support charges.
         Hambright should be fired immediately. It does not mean their is “ample” evidence – it means there is “sufficient” or “enough” evidence. And Hambright, why haven’t you questioned why her bail is so high? You wrote the article about the former prison guard who almost killed his three-month-old son – click here for, “Prison guard severely beat his 3-month-old son, police allege.” 
          Kory Merkey’s bail is only $25,000 cash and Tanya Madden’s is $250,000 cash! Is it because of the alleged cocaine or is it because of her race? Why don’t you ask, Hambright?
    Sherry Chestnut      And then we have this story by LNP reporter Ryan Robinson, “Woman kicks, assaults Lancaster city officer, gets Tased,” (click here):
          Chestnut [Sherry Chestnut] was yelling and cursing when police arrived.
         This whole story screams police misconduct over and over again! I’m told Officer Chad Binderup is quite a large man and who tased her, Robinson? The public has a right to know! Look at her charges – she could theoretically go to jail for years on these and all of this is on the taxpayer’s dime:
          Why were they even trying to arrest her in the first place? I hope Ms. Chestnut gets a good lawyer and this incident and the force used by the officers and the outcome should be investigated by an outside agency. This incident is reminiscent of Freddie Gray’s arrest.



    Posted on May 1st, 2015 Becky No comments



         This may be the only time people have seen Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll’s name and picture. He and his wife started and run the “Shop with a Cop” program every year at Christmas. Police officers go shopping with the children of prisoners for presents with donated funds. It’s a great program and always gets lots of press and photos.
         But repeated lawsuits indicate there is another side to Sgt. Corll. This handwritten one is by Roger A. Culbreth, Jr. The case settled and I will file a Right-to-Know request to find out how much the city paid.
        All of the charges lodged against Culbreth as a result of this “incident” were eventually nolle prossed by the prosecution. That process alone cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Culbreth was represented by Robert Beyer of the Goldberg & Beyer law firm.




         Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll has an excessive force problem. A big problem that spans years. What is the City of Lancaster doing about Sgt. Ray Corll? Why is he still employed by the Lancaster Police Department?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 30th, 2015 Becky 5 comments


         The Baltimore Sun published a powerful, data-driven series, “Undue Force,” on the $5.7 million in settlements and court judgments that Baltimore police have paid out in police brutality cases since 2011. That series predated the death of Freddie Gray by nearly seven months.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “Some 80 miles away from Lancaster, Baltimore grapples with problems and shows grace amid turmoil,” (click here).
         How dare you, LNP? I have been running lawsuits against the Lancaster Police department on this site for well over a year now, in fact,  three cases in the last month alone. 
         Just this week I ran the horrific case of Luis and Mark Cepeda (click here).  And LNP has not written a single word about these suits and what the police are doing to the citizens of Lancaster and what it is costing the community and the taxpayers. The Lancaster Police are totally out of control and LNP ignores it and looks the other way and they have been doing it for years.
         It is disgusting, revolting and an absolute disgrace to the public they are supposed to serve.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 29th, 2015 Becky 27 comments


    **     LNP will be delving into the study, as well as getting reaction from city officials and other stakeholders as they get a chance to read it.
    LNP reporter Dan Nephin in today’s, “Read the Lancaster city walkability study.” (click here).
         That load of BS is just too much for me today. “Delving into the study?” Please! Hasn’t the study been available to you to “delve” into for several months now, Dan? Whatever your LNP bosses want, Dan, is what Lancaster will get led by their puppet cheerleader, Mayor Dick and his mindless, rubber-stamp city council.
         You can put that in the pocket of your utilikilt and take it to the bank, Dan!


    * According to the Daily Mail and numerous other entertainment sources, Swift was at her Los Angeles home last night having a cookout (click here).


         I do commend Nephin for some better than usual lapdog journalism. And maybe the mayor’s smugness in the article will come back to bite him in his ample butt.
    Part of a comment into this site about LNP reporter Dan Nephin and his article, “Lancaster drops emergency power gun sale ban,” (click here). The full comment is under the story immediately below.
         What Nephin wrote is not even reporting – it is ad copy and kissing the mayor in his ample butt. It is literally disgusting and full of half-truths, unchecked “facts,” insults, errors and lies.
         Nephin says this at the end:
         The city, citing exemptions in the state’s right to know law, refused to give names, but gave Prince other information, including the letter from the insurance carrier.
         As reported here yesterday morning (see the story immediately below), the Office of Open Records determined the same exemption Lancaster is trying to use is not valid in Harrisburg and when Prince appeals Lancaster’s refusal, they will also have to give the names. Nephin is three days behind and this is not journalism!
         I will come back to his pandering and ridiculous article later, but Nephin apparently did learn something important at the city council meeting last  night from someone in the “know.” Yes, one of the three major stories on Lancaster Online yesterday and today is this by LNP cat and dog reporter Tom Knapp (click here):   Taylor Swift1           And Nephin posted this on Knapp’s Facebook page this morning:

    geek out     Yes, LNP and Knapp are three days behind on the Swift one’s schedule! Sorry folks, you missed your chance to stalk, “geek out” and hobnob with a celebrity!
         And speaking of celebrities, this brings me back to Nephin who infamously is wearing a kilt in his Facebook profile picture: What the hell do you have on? Nephin, a long distance runner, posted this picture on his page after winning a race. Is Nephin transitioning? Is he just “geeking out?” Could someone tell me what the hell he has on? Hmmm…

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 28th, 2015 Becky 28 comments

     * *    I spoke with Howard Sheppard who wrote the Fox 43 article at about 3:30 pm today by phone. He could not confirm that the mugshot of Wiilie Morant they are running on their site was taken yesterday.  He said, “That’s the picture they sent us.” Morant has been arrested numerous times.
          I put in a Right-to-Know request with the county for yesterday’s mugshot and have not received it. I spoke to Tammy Moyer, the Director of Administrative Services at the Prison, early this morning and she told me to call or email Tammy Bender, the Open Records officer for the county, to request it. She said that would be the equivalent of a Right-to-Know request.
         I left a voice mail and also emailed Bender but have not had a response. Moyer, from the prison, also said she was going to immediately email the mugshot to Bender so she could in turn email it to me upon receiving my request.
         I will continue to follow-up until it is received.     

     Fox 43 states this is Willie Morant’s mugshot – click here and thank you to a commenter. You would not believe what I have been going through trying to get it!


     *** BREAKING NEWS ***


    NRA lawsuit4

    Suzanne Cassidy     Click here for the article and documents on attorney Joshua Prince’s blog. LNP has never reported on the documents Prince received from Lancaster in his Right-to-Know request regarding their legal defense fund for the NRA lawsuit. Nope. Not a word! How’s that for transparency and keeping the public informed, Suzanne Cassidy (pictured left)?
         But it looks like Lancaster is going to have to remove their redactions of the names and address as in the below beginning of their supposed record of Lancaster’s “Online Contributions” to the fund. Prince has also appealed Lancaster’s redactions. And Suzanne Cassidy and the rest of the LNP “editorial board” should be pushing and demanding Mayor Gray release the information according to their own words – click here for “WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY, DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK!”
    defense fund4
         When the “opinion editor,” Cassidy, flat-out lies and withholds vital information like this, should you believe another word that she writes? There will be more on this later today and where is Willie Morant’s mugshot (see the story immediately below)? I will be calling the prison this morning. This is ridiculous. Will this require a Right-to-Know request? What is going on? And where’s that all important “transparency,” LNP, so democracy can work?
    Please check back later today. 

    Posted on April 27th, 2015 Becky 45 comments


             I am waiting, as is everyone, for Willie Morant’s mugshot from the prison. This has been a shocking day and I guess the hardworking LNP reporters expected to be spoon fed the news from the police and the courts as they usually are. Morant was arraigned early this morning – at 8:30 am according to his docket – and it obviously caught these dogged reporters off-guard. It also seems as if his mugshot should have been released by now.
         I am surprised by the charges – I expected more. I am also surprised by the bail amount – I expected more. What is going on? Are we going to see the videos from the cruiser’s dash cams of the chase? If not, why not?
         What do Mayor Gray and Police Chief Sadler have to say about this? How much will this cost the taxpayers? Could anyone at LNP ask some questions?  And I’ll come to DA Stedman tomorrow. 

    *** 2:00 pm – Morant is now listed as being in the Lancaster County Prison. His inmate number is 15-1749. 

    ** As of 12:30 pm today, LNP updated their story to say “No charges yet,” (click here). What part of the below docket do they fail to understand? This is unbelievable!  


    * Willie James Morant, Jr. was arraigned this morning by District Judge David E. Brian and is being held on $100,000 cash bail. According to his docket, he is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and fleeing police and several driving offenses. His preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for May 8th. The charges are as follows:

    # Charge                Grade    Description       Offense Dt.

    1 18 § 2702 §§ A6     F2 Aggravated Assault 04/26/2015

    2 18 § 2702 §§ A6     F2 Aggravated Assault 04/26/2015

    3 18 § 2705               M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person 04/26/2015

    4 75 § 3733 §§ A       M2 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer 04/26/2015

    5 75 § 1543 §§ A       S Driv While Oper Priv Susp Or Revoked 04/26/2015

    6 75 § 3714 §§ A       S Careless Driving 04/26/2015

    7 75 § 3736 §§ A       S Reckless Driving 04/26/2015


         Lawrence [State Trooper Ryan Lawrence] said the engines of three other police vehicles were blown during the pursuit.
    From the LNP article by Jennifer Todd, “Police fire multiple shots at suspect during police pursuit on Route 222,” (click here).
          Those are three Lancaster City Polices cruisers as reported here yesterday morning at 8:35 am, reporter Todd! And the girlfriend who called the police and said Willie Morant took her car without permission – her car is totaled.
    Mayor Gray, your police are totally, absolutely out of control and rogue. You need to clean house and you need to do it today! Nothing justifies the actions of your police officers yesterday. Absolutely nothing.

     Please see yesterday’s events immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on April 26th, 2015 Becky 20 comments


     *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    ** Morant was scheduled to plead guilty to two counts of theft by deception and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception on April 28th before Judge Margaret Miller. His docket indicates he is free on $10,000 unsecured bail and is represented by attorney Roger Renteria.

    *    This is unbelievable. LNP is not even trying to cover news anymore. They have prom pictures and multiple stories on Nepal as their leads! This was a high speed, 45 minute, heart-stopping chase that endangered multiple drivers and did severe damage to three Lancaster City Police cruisers!
         The police knew exactly who they were chasing from the very start – Wiilie James Morant, Jr., who has/had an open domestic bench warrant. He also has a large number of criminal dockets with at least three that are listed as “active,” and I am going through those. But was this chase justified? Who authorized it?
         How much will it cost to repair or replace three cruisers?  WGAL is reporting that two State Police cruisers were also heavily damaged. And the woman who initially called and said he took her car without permission this morning apparently now has a very heavily damaged vehicle as well. Who authorized this chase?

    2:00 pm – Willie James Morant, Jr., 44, was arrested this morning by the Pennsylvania State Police following the high speed chase on Route 222. His name was just confirmed to me by the woman answering the phone at the Lancaster Barracks.

    ** Lancaster police and state police were involved. Three police cruisers were disabled during the pursuit.
    From PennLive’s updated report (click here).

    * WGAL has the story up – “Police pursuit through Lancaster City and beyond,” click here.  It is believed the perpetrator is Willie Morant; awaiting state police confirmation of the name of the suspect in their custody.


         The Lancaster City Police Department is down three cruisers after a high speed chase up and down Route 222 early this morning at speeds of 100 miles per hour.  The perpetrator was captured and is in state police custody. He apparently has a domestic warrant and took his girlfriend’s car without permission this morning. The chase started in Lancaster and went past the Denver exit – with the perpetrator crossing the median and going north and south multiple times. Apparently the three cruisers have blown engines. The three officers are waiting to be picked up by a fourth officer on her way up 222 to just north of the Denver exit at 8:35 am this morning.


    Freddie Gray       As it stands, there is a blunt truth to the recent statement from Gray’s family attorney, renowned Baltimore litigator William Murphy, Jr: “The lesson here was that he should have run, and he didn’t run fast enough.”
    From the New York Daily News, “Black, white, blue and Freddie Gray: Urgent lessons about race and policing from Baltimore,” (click here).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 24th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


                    Pannone          Webber

    Officers Erik Pannone (left) and Adam Webber (photos from social media). 

    * UPDATED 4-25-15 –   Both Luis & Mark Cepeda pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal on July 31, 2013 to one summary charge of Disorderly Conduct – Unreasonable Noise each before Judge Jeffrey Wright.   The other charges were all nolle prossed by the prosecution and the noise charge was changed from a misdemeanor to the summary charge. Their cases went through numerous judges for continuances for over a year and they were ready to go to trial – but were then offered the plea.
         A summary offense is like a ticket – you are mailed a summons and pay a fine unless you fight it at the District Justice level. Summary offenses do not go beyond the District Justice level.
         So the “prosecution” of these two has already cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Their lawsuit may add another huge amount to that total. 


    [Editor’s note: Both police officers last names apparently are spelled incorrectly in the lawsuit. The docket for Mark Cepeda shown below also spells officer Adam Webber as “Weber.” His Linkedin profile indicates it is actually spelled with a double “b” – Webber. Erik Pannone is spelled with the initial double “n” on Luis Cepeda’s docket and that spelling is apparently correct according to a post on the City Police Facebook page.
         This brings up a larger, very important issue – every police officer’s name and badge number should be listed on the Lancaster City Police website. There is currently no way to officially look up who is a city police officer, not to mention finding the correct spelling of their names.]
         On May 17th, 2012, criminal charges were filed against Mark and Luis Cepeda as shown below resulting from an incident at Luis Cepeda’s home on May 10th. The incident has also resulted in a federal lawsuit against the City of Lancaster and Officers Adam Webber and Erik Pannone. The “Factual Allegations” portion of the suit is also published below.
         The outcome of the criminal charges lodged against the Cepedas and their prior criminal histories will come tomorrow. Their case is currently scheduled to go to trial in October in the Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia.





    Posted on April 24th, 2015 Becky 6 comments


         These enterprising and hardworking reporters and editors at LNP managed to find a federal lawsuit filed against Coroner Stephen Diamantoni’s medical practice that was settled against him (click here). It even made the front page of today’s print edition. But for some strange reason, they apparently can’t find all the federal lawsuits filed against the Lancaster Police Department and individual officers in the last several years. And unlike Diamantoni’s, the settlements in these are coming from taxpayer dollars.
        Yesterday, as I made a list of the numerous suits to track, I found yet another one: Luis Cepeda and Mark Cepeda vs. Lancaster City, Officer Eric Panone and Officer Adam Weber et al.
         It was filed in the Eastern District Court on April 28th of 2014 and is currently scheduled to go to trial in the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse in October of this year.
         The allegations made in the lawsuit are absolutely horrific.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 23rd, 2015 Becky 10 comments



         These comments in from Cheryl Markle and Steve Markle in the last two days. I apologize for the language. This has been going on daily for two years with well over 1,000 comments received. And this is only the tip of the iceberg of what these stalkers do on the internet that relates to me. So I’m posting this on the home page one more time to make absolutely sure they see it. 😉 It’s also a permanent tab at the top of this site.


         The “Stalker Warning” site set up by another of their victims is here.


    Posted on April 21st, 2015 Becky 20 comments


         The $18,000 allegedly collected by the “Common Sense Legal Defense Fund” has been spent. According to the documents received by attorney Joshua Prince in his Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster, the city solicitor’s law firm, Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort  & Albert billed the city $8,068 for January and $5,368 for February.
         The request does not include March and April, when they filed two motions with the court – Preliminary Objections and then a detailed, complex 38 page Brief in support of those objections.
         Below is the first page of the April 2nd, 38 page brief.  Please note the opening paragraph which ends with this sentence: “Since the adoption of the ordinance, no circumstances have arisen requiring that the ordinance be enforced.”
         So, is all of this about “safety” or is it really just a chance for Mayor Gray to make headlines on a national stage and pretend that he’s doing something about the violence and unsolved crimes in Lancaster? The answer is resoundingly clear.

    ** And how could I forget – this LNP article is not included either – “Lancaster city won’t turn over NRA legal defense fund names; will give other info,” (click here). This, of course, is after LNP ran two editorials about the Right-to-Know and revealing people’s names and addresses (click here for ” ‘WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY, DEMOCRACY DOESN’T WORK.’ “

      * UPDATED 4-22-15 – Notice under the “News” section of the “new and improved” website, they have five articles/editorials from LNP. Five. Strangely missing is this one, “Lancaster City’s insurance will cover most NRA suit defense costs,” (click here). What happened with that, Mayor Gray? Attorney Joshua Prince says it is not true (click here).

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         This is unbelievable! Knowing attorney Joshua Prince was going to release the results of his Right-to-Know request regarding the NRA lawsuit, Mayor Gray has now expanded the website for the “Common Sense Legal Defense Fund” (click here).  I will put in a Right-to-Know request with the city tomorrow to find out how much they have paid the “Industrial Revolution” to create and revise this website.
         Not one single person has been charged under this ordinance in the five years it has been on the books! You are a liar, Mayor Gray!
    Please check back for much more on this and see the post immediately below.

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    defense fund 3



    Posted on April 21st, 2015 Becky 16 comments

     * Working on reading through some of the documents Prince has on his blog this afternoon! Wow!


    *** Screen shot from Prince’s blog (see the link below):

    NRA Lawsuit3

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    *     Attorney Joshua Prince has the results of his Right-to-Know request to the City of Lancaster regarding the NRA lawsuit posted on his blog – click here.NRA lawsuit2


    lausell1                       Sean Adams
         Lausell struggled with police for two to three minutes before McCormick [Officer Christopher McCormick] used his Taser on her several times, Heim [Police Sgt. Richard Heim] said.
    From LNP’s, “Police use stun gun on woman,” (click here).
        Noemi I. Lausell’s mugshot is above. 
         He refused officers’ commands and pushed Officer Chris McCormick, according to the affidavit.
         At that point, another officer deployed a Taser on Adams, city Police Lt. Todd Umstead said.
         Adams told police he was punched in the face by someone at the bar, but declined to provide specifics, Umstead said.
    From the LNP story, “Police use Taser on violent drinker who fought with patrons at downtown Marriott,” (click here).
        Sean Adams’ mugshot is above. He is from Farmington, New York. Those injuries are more than one punch to the face. Who was the other unnamed officer and how did Adams get all those injuries?
          Officer Christopher McCormick has been involved in a number of violent arrests where police state the force he used was necessary. Was it?
    Please see the lawsuit immediately below on this site and check back later today.


    Posted on April 20th, 2015 Becky 16 comments


          On October 30th, 2014, Michael McKinney filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the City of Lancaster and Police Officers Christopher McCormick and Anthony Weaver for violation of his civil rights.
          McKinney, according to his docket, was charged on November 20th, 2012 with the below two crimes by Officer Christopher McCormick resulting from his actions 20 days earlier on November 1st as described in the below lawsuit.


    Weaver & McCormich   Geckle

    Officers Anthony Weaver (left)            Attorney Patrick Geckle
    and Christopher McCormick

          McKinney is represented by attorney Patrick Geckle who states on his website that his firm is “dedicated to representing victims of police misconduct and brutality” (click here). What happened with the charges and does either of these two officers have a history of the use of force? That will come tomorrow.
         The below is taken directly from the lawsuit. Paragraph 14 is duplicated here again and for the following two paragraphs where McKinney tries to file a complaint against the two officers and alleges the charges were filed as retribution for doing so – see the post two stories down on this site. What are the stated complaint procedures in Lancaster? Click here to read them on the police website.McKinney1Mckinney2Mckinney3Mckinney4



    Posted on April 20th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


              Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray called the incident “unfortunate” and said he has lived in that area of the city for 42 years and isn’t concerned
          “The chances of something like this happening are rare,” Gray said. “I think it’s sad to make an association based on an isolated incident.”
    From the LNP story by Jennifer Todd, “Woman “shaken” after BB hits window while driving in Lancaster city,” (click here). 

         Did you think to ask him, “reporter” Todd, about the 10 shootings in March? Did you ask him how many of the shooters have been arrested? Your neighbor was mugged and badly beaten less than two years ago, Mayor Gray. Remember that (click here for “MAYOR GRAY: A TERRIBLE NEIGHBOR! – 3″)?
         I received the following in an email yesterday:
         I had an opportunity to interact with some of Lancaster youth (early to mid 20’s) yesterday.  The Lancaster Police Department is now considered to be just another violent street gang here in Lancaster. 
         Your police are not solving any crimes. Your police are violating citizen’s rights on a daily basis. Your alleged wife-beating police chief (stated by his ex-wife in book form) is an ineffective, crude, nasty person who is seemingly unaware that he is at least part African-American.
         And city council members: You better get your heads out of your butts and do something about these incompetent, abusive police. Hiding behind a gun ordinance that has not been enforced once in the five years it has been on the books is pathetic and ridiculous. Do something or resign! Hold Mayor Gray and the police accountable.
         Mayor Gray, you are not only a terrible neighbor and mayor, you are a terrible human being to allow this to go on. Period.
    Please see the Federal lawsuit immediately below and check back later today.
    [Editor’s note: I have not forgotten the LNP Media Group’s part in all of this. Turning a blind eye as young people are being shot, killed and maimed and the police do nothing to stop it. Every citizen’s life is threatened as a result – just like the woman and her child in the article. And it’s all because of their hotel/convention center and wanting to take even more of the taxpayer’s money through the CRIZ program established by Mayor Gray and Senator Smucker exactly to give racist LNP that money. Executive Editor, Barbara Hough Roda, you need to resign – today!]

    Posted on April 19th, 2015 Becky 3 comments


         I had something entirely different planned for today, but then I found yet another lawsuit. They just keep coming. This is from a Federal lawsuit filed by Michael McKinney v. Officers Christopher McCormick, Anthony Weaver and the City of Lancaster for violation of his Civil Rights (click here). It was filed on October 30, 2014 and is currently scheduled for a Settlement Conference with the Judge on May 28th. Why isn’t LNP reporting on any of these lawsuits? Why? This is just outrageous and unbelievable behavior by the Lancaster Police. Among his injuries, McKinney states the police officers broke his sternum.



    Posted on April 19th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


    gil smart3                                   gil smart2

           Yes, today is Gil Smart’s last day as an LNP columnist – click here for, “Goodbye, farewell and amen (but check the blog, willya?).” No, I will not check your blog, thank you!
    Back to the LNP “Editorial Board” later today.


    Posted on April 18th, 2015 Becky 7 comments

     * According to this poster on Lancaster Online’s website, Tom Knapp has been caught napping again – and why is this even a story (click here)?:
         There should be no disagreement about the castle’s origin. The former (and original) park owners stated clearly that it was never part of the park when they owned it (from 1963-2001).
          The writer is correct in saying it’s hard to assign a price to it – it’s worth what someone will pay for it.
         But if it’s value was inflated by a fabricated history on the family’s part, and poor reporting on LNP’s part, then I would be upset if I were the winning bidder. I hope he’s aware that what he purchased is only 12 years old and is made of coated styrofoam.

          Not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. But someone ought to report the facts…

         LNP really, really needs to rein this guy in! He is a loose cannon. Over on LOL’s Facebook page, Knapp is really losing it under his dog flu story with totally bizarre posts and photos! Whoa!


         This is the LNP “Editorial Board.” They met with Rep. Joe Pitts yesterday. Do you know who these people are? Do you care? Do you trust them?
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 Becky 5 comments

     * Taking a break this afternoon. Back tomorrow.


     rickspin    One person with the ability to get his party to focus on the issue, Gray told the LNP Editorial Board on Thursday, is Lancaster’s own state Rep. Mike Sturla, who chairs the state House Democratic Policy Committee.
         We agree with Gray: Sturla needs to move his party to action on municipal pension reform.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “A call to Democratic lawmakers: Help cities out of pension mess,” (click here).
         You better watch out Mike Sturla: If you don’t do what LNP wants they’ll stop protecting you and publish all of your bizarre behavior and all of your son’s arrests! 
         So did the bow tie Dickster waddle down to the LNP offices and meet with the “Editorial Board” in person?  Of course they agree with Gray! They tell their puppet what to do!
         What else did they discuss? Crime? Police Chief Keith Sadler? Unsolved shootings? The coalition “safety” cameras? The NRA lawsuit and how much the city has spent on its defense? The EPA and how much the city has paid the law firm charging $550 an hour? Roof gardens? The walkability study? Road conditions in the city? Gail Gray’s artwork? The CRIZ and how LNP wants millions more of the public’s money? Rooftop bars?
         The possibilities are endless! Oh, my!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Becky 5 comments

    * I am getting very negative feedback about these “trunk scanners” (see below). Please do not buy one without more information.


    Good Afternoon.
           There have been no arrests made.   We do not have any suspects or further leads at this time, and we did not receive any tips or information following the story.
    Thank you,
    Lieutenant Robin Weaver
    Administration/Public Information Officer
    East Lampeter Township Police Dept.
    2250 Old Philadelphia Pike
    Lancaster, PA 17602
    Office# (717) 291-4676 Ext 3118
          This email in today from Lt. Robin Weaver in response to my email of this morning which asked:
          Have any individuals been charged in the incidents on March 22 and 26 and reported by the Lancaster Newspapers in their April 2 story, “Racial incidents in East Lampeter Township shake African-American family?”
          LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer reported this description in that article (click here):
         Wood said two young men were driving in an older model, black Ford F-150 pickup. She said one of the young men had short, spiky strawberry blond or red hair. The other had brown hair. Both appeared to be between 17 and 20 years old.
          How hard can it be to find these two? If you have any information, please contact Weaver at the above phone number.
           This was posted on the Lancaster City Police Facebook page today (click here):
    Many cities, counties and even entire states in the U.S. and Canada use “trunking” radio systems for public safety communications . Trunking allows agencies to provide dozens or even hundreds of groups of users to share a small number of computer-controlled radio frequencies. This is what we started using on Monday. You can do a web search of “trunking scanners” to find a model that will work in this area. Be prepared….they are pretty pricey.

          Well, I need to google and I’ve run out of time today but there will be more on this at a later date. Is it my imagination or do the police seem pleased that they are “pretty pricey?”
          This is posted on the Lancaster City website under the CRIZ Authority page (click here):
         *The April 28 CRIZ Authority Board meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for May 26, at 4:00 pm in the City Commission Meeting Room, City Hall.
          Please put the May 26th date on your calendar and I will find out as soon as possible if the PSP Partners (LNP Media Group and High Industries) have put in a CRIZ application.
          And speaking of City Hall and the poor excuse for a Mayor who “works” there, LNP has already moved the three paragraph story, “State honors Gray and Inter-Municipal Committee for excellence ” off their home page (click here). I have never heard of the “Inter-Municipal Committee” but this apparently is their severely lacking and ugly website (click here).
          And the article did not go over well on LOL’s Facebook page! The comments under it are republished below. (I was not aware of Whoopi Goldberg’s lack of eyebrows but a quick google search certainly revealed that she does have extremely minimalist eyebrows. Who knew and what happened to them?)



    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Becky 7 comments


    dog driving1

    dog driving2     Yes, yesterday evening LNP police reporter Jennifer Todd suggested that a dog may have been driving the SUV! Who knew? The story has now been wisely revised and sadly, there is no mention of the dog! Click here for “Man with gunshot wound drove himself to fire scene.”


          This appeared in yesterday’s print edition and it’s also online under the story, “Stalker gets 18 months for terrorizing family with fire, slashing tires, pouring sugar in gas tanks,” (click here). Why aren’t you identifying them, LNP? Shouldn’t you tell us why?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 15th, 2015 Becky 10 comments



         Someone from the Lancaster City Police Department posted this update on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under this morning’s stabbing story hours ago and LNP has not even updated the story on their website (click here). Unbelievable! What do these reporters and editors do all day besides tweeting about journalism? They should practice what they tweet and do some damn work!
         And this has to be the world’s stupidest headline ever:



    Goldberg1                           Joseph McMahon

            Alan Goldberg                                        Joseph McMahon
         Jose Rentas has hired attorney Alan Goldberg of the law firm Goldberg & Beyer to defend him according to his docket.  Elaine Key has hired Joseph McMahon of the McMahon & Winters Law Firm. Samoad Key’s docket does not indicate his representation at this time.
           All three face multiple serious charges in connection with the accidental Easter Sunday shooting of Rentas’ 9-year-old son in Lancaster (click here for ‘ABSOLUTE OVERKILL”).  Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for May 14th at 3:00 pm before District Judge Janice Jimenez.
         Goldberg is one of Lancaster’s best defense attorneys. We will see if any of the duplicate and far-fetched charges are withdrawn at the preliminary hearing stage. These defendants are facing the fight of their lives – literally.


    vodka theft

         The East Lampeter Township Police are looking for this woman who allegedly stole a bottle of vodka (click here). But have they found and charged the two men involved in the shocking racial incidents from several weeks ago (click here)? Have they put out the men’s descriptions asking for the public’s help to identify them? What have they done to bring these men to justice? And where is your follow-up, LNP?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 14th, 2015 Becky 13 comments


    Geiman10                               Madenspacher

         John F. Geiman                                     Judge Madenspacher  

    LANCASTER: Damian Ruiz, 33, of the 300 block of East Filbert Street, was charged after he was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm, a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson Walther, during a traffic stop on Thursday in the 300 block of West King Street. Ruiz had a fully loaded magazine in a jacket pocket, He was sent to Lancaster County Prison on $50,000 bail.
    From the Police Log on October 21, 2011 (click here).
         Yes, the year 2011 is correct. Why do I bring this up? Because it is the subject of a Federal lawsuit filed in the Pennsylvania Eastern District Court by Damian Ruiz on January 7th of this year for violation of his Civil Rights by five Lancaster City Police Officers (click here).
         And it also involves Judge Joseph Madenspacher who had a key decision reversed by the Superior Court on September 16, 2013 and they granted Ruiz a new trial.
         On February 13th of 2014, DA Craig Stedman entered a nolle prosequi in Ruiz’s case. Ruiz spent 27 months in prison.
         There will be more on this lawsuit later. Some days you go looking for one thing and you happen to find another. And so it is with this lawsuit. None of this, except for the police log entry from 2011, has ever been reported by the Lancaster Newspapers.
         But LNP reporter Brett Hambright did “report” on John Geiman’s sentencing today by Judge Madenspacher and stated this (click here for “Stalker gets 18 months for terrorizing family with fire, slashing tires, pouring sugar in gas tanks”):
         After hearing details of the case, County Judge Joseph Madenspacher said he could have sentenced Geiman to much more, but accepted the agreement to spare the victims of further court precedings [sic].
         “This is about as horrible a set of facts I’ve ever seen,” he told Geiman. “Kind of like one of those made-for-TV horror movies.”
         Madenspacher said he could have ordered a 10-to-20-year prison term and appeals courts “wouldn’t bat an eyelash.”
         “You are incredibly lucky,” the judge said, “this is the sentence you are getting.”
         So, why don’t you explain to us, Judge Madenspacher, why he was so “incredibly lucky?” You’re the one who gave him the “incredible luck!” Why? Ruiz didn’t get any “incredible luck” from you! Who gets “incredibly lucky” in your courtroom and who doesn’t? Is this Las Vegas?
         I am so disturbed by all of this that I will come back to it tomorrow. The entire justice system in Lancaster is totally corrupt, racist and out of control.    


          Defense attorney Cory Miller said he will be seeking a boot-camp sentence after a background check is completed.
    From the LNP article, “Driver admits to hit-and-run crash that killed pedestrian; faces 3 years in prison,” (click here). 
    Chuck     Brandon Bleecher, 23, struck and killed Charles (Chuck) Leayman (pictured left) and then drove away on January 18th of this year (click here). Bleecher was charged in two previous hit and run accidents. Boot camp should not be an option for Bleecher, whose father or step-father, Douglas Michael Bleecher, is one of the inventors of “NeverWet” for the Ross Technology Corporation in Leola.
         He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 8th at 1:30 pm in Courtroom #8. Please mark your calendar to attend and also write Judge Reinaker and tell him that boot camp is an unacceptable sentence for Bleecher:
         Judge Dennis E. Reinaker
         Lancaster County Courthouse
         50 N. Duke Street
         P.O. Box 83480
         Lancaster, PA 17608 
    Geiman10— John Geiman is scheduled to plead guilty to multiple counts of stalking and arson this morning at 9:00 am before Judge Joseph Madenspacher. Click here for “FOLKS WE HAVE AN HONEST TO GOODNESS AMISH MAFIA AFFAIR!” and please check back later today.


    Posted on April 13th, 2015 Becky 12 comments


         There are three blatant, recent criminal cases where explicit preferential treatment was given by the DA and Judges because of political connections – and LNP purposely and knowingly covered them up and flat-out lied to the public: 

    1. G. Scott Davis, Representative Bryan Cutler’s step brother-in-law. 

    2. Devin Gardill and Luke Karpathios who were sentenced to six months in boot camp for a violent home invasion for drugs. Gardill is the son of a West Hempfield Police Officer and Karpathios is the son of a prominent Lancaster businessman. 

    3. Katie West who drove high on heroin and was involved in an accident that killed her husband and one of her children who were in the car. She was not charged and the DA and police tried to blame and convict a recent immigrant truck driver whom she hit. She is the sister of County Commissioner Scott Martin. 

         I will come back to each one of these in detail – but Representative Bryan Cutler should be outraged by all these cases as well and urging for the dismissal of the public officials involved in them.  



         “If people do not trust that the process is fair, they will always question the results,” Cutler said. “The residents of the Commonwealth deserve to be able to trust their public officials, and when that trust is destroyed, the official must be dismissed.”
    From Representative Bryan Cutler’s website post calling for the impeachment of District Judge Kelly Ballentine (click here).
    Stedman1     I certainly hope Cutler is also calling for the dismissal of DA Craig Stedman, because he obstructed justice and gave outrageous preferential treatment to Cutler’s step brother-in-law, G. Scott Davis. What a hypocrite!
         See “ABSOLUTE OVERKILL” two posts down on this site for G. Scott Davis’ charges and treatment compared to the participants in the Easter shooting tragedy of a child in Lancaster.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 12th, 2015 Becky 10 comments


    Robin Weaver

          Still, the principles Stevens pursued, of standing up for those suffering discrimination and poverty, were enshrined in the 14th Amendment’s call for “equal protection of the laws.”
         While our nation still does not deliver on the equality for all that Stevens sought, the words he had added to the Constitution give the standard he pursued both the force of law and the ability to inspire us to finish the job he began.
         Let us do so with the energy and passion Thaddeus Stevens brought to the task.
    From today’s LNP Sunday editorial, “Let us meet the standard Stevens set on equality,” (click here).
         This is the second editorial in a row in the Sunday News regarding hatred, discrimination and racism. Last week’s was about the horrific story of Yvette Wood, “In increasingly diverse Lancaster County, racism cannot be allowed to reside here,” (click here).
         If the LNP editorial board means one word of what they write, they should follow-up with the East Lampeter Township Police to see if these two men have been found and charged. And if they have not, they should ask police Lt. Robin Weaver why not. And they should call him everyday and ask why not until these men have been found and charged. Period.
         Where is your follow-up, LNP?

    Posted on April 10th, 2015 Becky 29 comments
    *    This story is getting more and more bizarre. Samoad Key received the highest bail amount this morning at their preliminary arraignments – $100,000 cash. According to the prison website, he is an inmate in Lancaster County Prison.
         Jose Rentas’ bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000. LNP is currently reporting $50,000 without the percentage and saying he was committed to prison. That is not correct. His docket indicates the 10% and I called District Judge Janice Jimenez’s office late this afternoon to confirm. An assistant stated his bail is $5,000 and it has been satisfied by a bail bondsman and he is free.
         Elaine Key, who by the police account, actually pulled the trigger is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.
         Why did Samoad Key receive a far higher bail amount that the other two? And with his exception, the bail amounts for the others are low considering the number of felonies they are charged with. There will be more tomorrow.
         As a follow-up to attorney Thomas B. Sponaugle, who is running to be a Lancaster County Judge, and his summary trial yesterday afternoon for a speeding ticket, see a portion of his updated docket below (see the post two stories down on this site for more information).
         The charge was decreased from speeding in excess of 15 MPH over the limit to speeding in excess of 5 MPH and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and received the accompanying fine. The attorney listed on his docket is with the York law firm where Sponaugle is employed. It is not known if the attorney was present.
    Have a safe and fun Friday night and please check back tomorrow.


         Two children were accidentally shot in Lancaster County. One, Kestyn Davis, is dead. The other, Logan Rentas, remains in critical condition.
         The names, pictures and charges of those involved in each shooting are printed below.
         Click here for LNP’s, “Father, sister among those charged in Easter Sunday shooting of 9-year-old city boy.”
         The paragraphs regarding G. Scott Davis are from Monday’s print edition and were included in LNP’s reporting of this Easter Sunday tragedy. Those paragraphs are no longer available online.
    Please check back later today.  



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    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