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    Posted on September 14th, 2018 Becky 11 comments


         “I guess I missed putting them on,” he said.
         This was Coroner Stephen Diamantoni’s response to LNP for his failure to disclose payments on financial interest filings required by state law.
         And LNP has not demanded his resignation? Unbelievable.
    There will be more on this and the editorial that begins this post tomorrow.


         Strenck, 47, of South Carolina, died in his cell, according to Diamantoni. His death was ruled a suicide after an external examination at the coroner’s office, Diamantoni said.
    From the LNP article, “Coroner rules inmate death at Lancaster County Prison a suicide,” (click here).
    **   “An external examination?” Did Coroner Diamantoni do toxicology testing? Will there be a follow-up by LNP?
         This alleged suicide disappeared from the news after this one article and according to LNP the Lancaster Police, Commissioner Josh Parsons and Prison Warden Cheryl Steberger declined to comment. Why? It’s their job!
         Strenck was charged with a slew of horrific sexual crimes against children and all of those charges had been held over for Common Pleas Court at his preliminary hearing the day before. But the public should know how he was able to allegedly commit suicide and whether drugs were involved. 
         Did Diamantoni do toxicology tests? This is basic journalism, LNP!




         The Lancaster County coroner, a practicing physician, accepted thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies but failed to disclose the payments on financial interest filings as required by state law, an LNP investigation found.
    The opening sentence to LNP’s, “County Coroner fails to disclose thousands in pharmaceutical company payments,” (click here).   
    *    LNP wrote front page editorials calling for William Murry to resign because they alleged that he and the Manheim Township School Board broke the Sunshine Law. The board, including Murry, are unpaid and volunteer their time.
         Coroner Diamantoni is a highly paid and extremely important public official and he broke the law and will hopefully be charged. Why isn’t LNP demanding that he resign?



         This is from Sunday’s LNP editorial titled online, “Meeting over magisterial district court proposal shows the need for civility in our public discourse,” (click here).

         Oh, there is so much to say about this horsesh*t – and I will – but on the most childish level it reminds me of when then Manheim Township School Board President William Murry used the word “half-assed” and mature LNP reporters and Suzanne Cassidy, the opinion editor, lost it (see below).
         And speaking of Murry and LNP’s front page editorials demanding he resign, why isn’t LNP demanding that Coroner Stephen Diamantoni resign?
         The below is from February of 2016 (click here for the original) and please check back later today.


    11 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * & RESIGN, DIAMANTONI!”

    1. The LNP proves time and time again and over and over that it is one of the crappiest newspapers on the block.

    2. Oh their crappiest covers a much broader area than just one block.

    3. Why would the county coroner’s office run a toxicology test on someone who committed suicide. If the manner of death was apparent by just a visual check, why would you take the extra time and spend the extra money on supplies, shipping, and test fees to run a toxicology screen? If he hung himself, strangulation marks in the form of abrasions and contusions would be apparent on the neck area. All apparent through an external exam, as it is a self explanatory term.

    4. A toxicology report found no illegal drugs or psychiatric medication in Phillips at the time of his death.

      The final coroner’s report — that includes the toxicology report and autopsy report and was obtained by USA TODAY Sports — states Phillips died of asphyxia due to hanging in what was ruled a suicide and revealed the following:

      Lawrence Phillips hanged himself with bed sheet, according to autopsy report

    5. 5. A thorough autopsy, by a trained medical officer, is a must – especially where death was unexpected.


    6. The law requires an autopsy in deaths:
      • Involving a homicide
      •Occuring under unusual circumstances
      •Posinga threat to public health
      •Involving inmates in prison
      •Where children die unexpectedly

      STATE OF NJ – 9. Is an autopsy always necessary?

    7. Before the law passed, coroners contracted by each prison had the authority to request the procedure only if deemed necessary. Under the new regulation, an autopsy is to be automatic unless a relative objects within three days of the death.

      The change brought Nevada’s inmate death procedures more in line with that of other states, said Andrew Spivak, a sociology professor at UNLV and former research analyst with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

      Corrections department flouts new law requiring autopsies for inmates who die in custody

    8. (8) deaths occurring in prison or a penal institution or while in the custody of the police;

      PA Laws Empowering, Defining and Limiting the Power of the Coroner

    9. Contact visits end at Lancaster County Prison after 13 cases of drug smuggling this year

    10. Considering a tox. screen involves inserting a needle into the cadaver, it is not an external procedure. If the manner of death can be determined through an external exam only, why waste taxpayer money on running a toxicology screen?

    11. Becky, if the inmate had hung himself, the autopsy would consist of just external exam and possibly an xray/mri.