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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – TWO WHEELING IT?

    Posted on June 23rd, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    JUSTICE FOR LILLY!

         I discovered several things today:
    —  the below filmmaker who is quite good.
    —  he also has a video on panhandlers in Lancaster that is excellent (click here).
    —  But what shook me to my core, is the man holding the sign very early in the below video (beginning at .56 seconds in). He is talking about Lydia (Lilly) Colon Torres. There is a man who holds a sign to remind us of Lydia Colon Torres! She was murdered in September of 2009 and her body was found in the Susquehanna River on October 1, 2009.
          She doesn’t even make the list of the unsolved murders in Lancaster County (click here for the LNP piece) – but she sure as hell should and I will follow-up to see where her case stands. This brought tears to my eyes because I covered her case somewhat extensively back then. I spoke to family members and I spoke to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen who was handling her case and lied to me.  And this injustice and her family’s pain has been buried for years without a word about her except for this man who holds a sign to remind us of her case and the justice she deserves and to ask for peace.

     

    WHILE THE STREETS
    ARE IN TERRIBLE SHAPE!

           

    (Click here for the LNP story.)

         It would be wonderful if the city could announce they have solved some of the twenty unsolved murders under Mayor Gray, but bikes will have to do?
         So, somebody attending a big Lancaster City convention can come in by train, pick up a bike and pedal to the Marriott? Oh, boy!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AND REESE & CROOKS!

    Posted on June 22nd, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    THE STATE
    MUST INVESTIGATE!

    (Click here to read the whole piece).

         Thank you, Robert Field of NewsLanc.com! The arrogance, lack of ethics and flat-out illegal operations of the people in the Gray administration and on city council is shocking and people find it hard to believe. That’s because LNP doesn’t tell them about it, of course, because that is how they are trying to get millions of dollars they should not receive.
         I have made complaints to the state and will be making more. It is good to see that despite moving to New York City, Robert is still doing good work. There are only a very few news outlets that are trying to let the public know the truth about the huge, powerful, corrupt, greedy and racist LNP!

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    **   The second police press release on the attack and the dog and where it is quarantined is here. At the end of her report from the scene on June 20th, Katelyn Smith of WGAL says this about the dog (click here):
         …not here in the neighborhood anymore.

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    *    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the updated story, “Police: Dog that attacked 2 kids in minivan outside Lancaster home will be euthanized,” (click here). 

         I couldn’t agree more. And in fact, Katelyn Smith of WGAL indicated in her report several days ago that the dog was no longer in the neighborhood. I don’t know where or from whom she got that information but scarily the dog is still in the neighborhood according to police.

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    ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING!

         I hope there is follow up to the article and that the dog will be put down or remain in quarantine. I live in the neighborhood just a few blocks away and this is horrifying. I am already afraid to simply walk by a leashed pit bull while pushing my daughter in her stroller and reading this gives me fear to walk outside with her at all.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story, “2 Lancaster children in ‘serious but stable’ condition after loose dog attacks them in their minivan,” (click here).
         Where is the follow-up to this terrible story? How are the children? Where is the dog and will the owner be charged?
         LNP lists two reporter’s bylines with the story; Lindsey Blest, who re-wrote the first police press release and Tom Knapp, who re-wrote the one police update to this story. That is the only thing LNP has done on this entire story. At least WGAL and FOX43 went to the scene and interviewed witnesses and informed the public how truly awful this attack was.
          But the public has a right and a need to know more information!
    CHARGE HIM!
         Fourth and finally, Defendant Reese has either abandoned his office as a matter of fact and law, or he is near-daily committing a crime.
    From the Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument against Sheriff Mark Reese (click here and also see below). LNP has this as an “insider” story: ” Senators attempt to stop biweekly payments of $4K to Lancaster County sheriff accused of sexual harassment,” (click here).
         If he is committing a crime, why hasn’t he been charged? Charge him! Charge him daily! From the Motion:

     WORLD’S BIGGEST CROOK?
        On a lighter note this morning, although not light on your pocketbook, I was shocked to see a full page ad in today’s LNP print edition for “My Pillow.” And LNP also has ads running on their website. Please, please read the reviews and the lawsuits against this company before you spend $50.00 for a pillow! This guy has to be the world’s biggest crook! Simply amazing!

  • *** BREAKING *** – * UPDATE ** – * GREAT POLITICAL THEATER!

    Posted on June 20th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

      ATTACKED IN THEIR SEATS!

         The police have updated their press release (click here):
         The children are still being treated at HMC in serious but stable condition.
         The animal in this incident is a 66 lb., 5 year old male Pit Bull terrier. The dog had been in a fenced-in backyard of a home on the 700 blk. High St. At some point, the dog managed to break through the fence and was loose along the 700 blk. Lafayette St. 
         At some point, the victims were in their minivan behind their home along Lafayette St. The dog managed to get inside the vehicle and attacked the children as they were still secured in their car seats. 
         The children’s mother managed to eventually pull the dog from the van. Several people in the area assisted the mother. The mother had scratches as a result of this and was later treated at LGH. 
         The owner of the dog came out and was able to secure the dog after the mother left for the hospital and just as Police arrived on Lafayette St. The owner of the dog is cooperating with the Police investigation. This investigation is still on-going and is not complete. The identity of the dog owner is not being released as no charges have been filed. The dog is currently quarantined. 
         We will publish additional updates as more information is learned.

    *  Good for WGAL! They have much more on this terrible story (click here).

    RELEASE INFORMATION!

     **THE BUREAU OF POLICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE MEDIA LIMIT WHAT IS PUBLISHED TO THAT WHICH IS ON THIS NEWS RELEASE AND SHOULD THE MEDIA BECOME AWARE OF ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY THE NAMES OF ANY WITNESSES OR LANCASTER RESIDENTS IN THIS CASE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THEY REFRAIN FROM PUBLISHING THAT INFORMATION SO AS NOT TO JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY OF ANYONE NOR THIS ON GOING INVESTIGATION**
    The Lancaster City Police have this at the bottom of their press release this morning about the dog attack (click here).
         That is just ridiculous. Then release more information! How could it “jeopardize” someone’s safety? How could it “jeopardize” the investigation? You are doing that by not releasing information! And you don’t have to just worry about the “media” – you need to worry about social media as well! Why are you trying to keep a lid on this? Who owns the dog and where is it now?
         The below was posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the story:

          No one knows if this is accurate or not but this is an incredibly scary episode and apparently a two-year-old and a five-year-old are in very serious condition. This is terrible!
          And the family of the children need to file a homeowner’s insurance claim immediately against the dog’s owners. There are medical payments that are available for these situations without filing a suit – that can come later. And if they don’t have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, then the dog’s owners can expect to lose everything they own.

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    DOG ATTACK!

     **     From today’s Lancaster City Police log (click here):
         At about 1654hrs 19 Jun 2017, Lancaster City Police Officers responded to the 700 blk of Lafayette St for a reported Class 1 medical call.  911 callers indicated that a loose dog was attacking two young children.  When the officers arrived, they found the children, female age 2 and male age 5, had been transported to Lancaster General Hospital by their mother and the dog had been secured by its owner.
         The children were treated at Lancaster General Hospital for serious injuries received in this attack and then transported to Hershey Medical Center for further treatment.
         The Lancaster City Bureau of Police Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating this incident.  Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Det Lt Phil Berkheiser at 717-735-3320.

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    *    According to his LinkedIn profile, former Manheim Township Superintendent John Nodecker states he is retired at the age of 56! Imagine that!
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    OVERSTEPPED HIS BOUNDS!

    Posted on Lancaster Online by the current Manheim Township school board president and apparently also signed by school board member Steve Grosh under the LNP story, “AG: Manheim Township school board wasted taxpayer money, operated in secrecy in former superintendent’s early termination,” (click here).
     

    DePasquale

         Yes, it was great political theater and I wonder what job Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has his sights on next – the governor’s office? “That’s a joke” and “Are you guys nuts?” That’s what this professional says whose job was to audit the district? And he said it was his “G-rated version.” Cute?

         Will this affect former board president William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP? LNP only mentions Murry once in the article – saying he did not return a request for a comment. How different from their front page editorials calling for Murry to resign! And of course, there is the illegal recording that we still don’t know who made and whether LNP solicited it.
    Please check back later today.
  • GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!

    Posted on June 18th, 2017 Becky No comments

    IGNORED BY THE CITY,
    THE SOUTHWEST ROCKS IT!

    (From the front page of today’s Sunday News – click here and note that online this is an “insider” story). 

         Finally there is some really good news for Lancaster! And even though LNP reporter Susan Baldrige quotes Mayor Gray in her sixth paragraph into the story, neither he nor Baldrige, had anything to do with this!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** – ** – * THE DOG’S TALE CONTINUES…

    Posted on June 16th, 2017 Becky 10 comments

    FREE IS JUST ANOTHER
    WORD FOR YOU ARE PAYING!

    (Click here)

         Tonight there is another “Concert on King” at the LNP studios. And when I click on the above “article,” there are two ads for LanCity Connect; one at the top of the page and one at the bottom (screenshots of them are posted below).
         So, let me get this straight: These concerts aren’t really free because your taxpayer money is going to LNP to “sponsor” them!
         On top of all of the other millions the city has paid MAW Communications, they also loaned them $1.5 million. And within three months of city council passing the incredibly questionable loan, MAW Communications announced they were so deluged with requests for installations, that they were ceasing to install any more internet connections.
         And yet, your money is being used by the city and MAW to advertise with LNP with “high-tech” ads that state “Schedule your installation today” when they have stopped installations!
         And city council members and top members of Mayor’s Gray’s administration refuse to answer legitimate questions about how and why and how much of your money is being spent to advertise with LNP. That is a basic violation of the public’s right to know.
         This whole thing reeks of total corruption and needs to be investigated now!

     

        

    OPEN AND SHUT?

    The above was posted on Lancaster Online under their story about last night’s shooting, “Man, 23, shot in chest late Thursday in Lancaster,” (click here).
     *
         You would think, wouldn’t you? But here is a big Lancaster secret: The DA, the police, the mayor, the city council members and the LNP reporters apparently aren’t aware that there are 169 surveillance cameras in the city! I know it seems hard to believe but it is true! They are not used to solve crimes and the public never sees images or videos from them and the LNP reporters never question it.
         An inset from the Safety Coalition camera map he links to is below with an inserted blue arrow where the shots were fired (the red dots are cameras).
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    ***  11:15 am – According to the police scanner this morning, a subject fired several shots at a victim who was apparently not hit, at Woodward and Christian Streets at about 10:25 am.
         Witnesses reported the suspect ran up Christian Street and police had identified him at Christian and Howard Avenue several minutes later.
         The map below is of the Lancaster Safety Coalition cameras. The inserted blue arrow is where the shooting occurred and the inserted black arrow is where he was last seen according to the scanner.
         It is not known at this time if an arrest has been made in this daylight shooting.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    10:40 am —  The suspect is described as a light skinned black male wearing a red sweater who was just spotted by police at Christian and Howard Streets. Apparently he fired several shots. Intended victim apparently was not hit by any of the shots.

         Lancaster City Police are chasing a suspect who shot at a person at Christian and Woodward Streets this morning at about 10:25 am.

    *   Click here for the police press release on last night’s shooting.

    AS HUMAN LIVES
    ARE ON THE LINE!

         Have you all gone and lost your minds??? You are all getting your undergarments in a twist over not being able to take your dogs out to eat with you???
    The beginning of a comment on Lancaster Online under the story, “No dogs allowed at Bulls Head, General Sutter patio in Lititz after complaint to state agency,” (click here).
         Yes, the outrage continues with veiled and not so veiled threats against the anonymous person who filed the complaint in the first place.
         In the meantime, there was a shooting last night at a graduation party and is District Attorney Craig Stedman trying to obstruct justice – again?
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** – ** – * EXTRAPOLATIONS?

    Posted on June 15th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    KING OF THE PROM?

         Benchmark Construction was mentioned during Tuesday’s Poverty Commission update given to city council because Marcus Grimm of Benchmark heads their “Communications Action Team.” And back when the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry had their $225 a plate annual dinner and I mentioned someone compared it to a prom but I couldn’t remember who? It was Grimm (click here and see below)! Oh, what tangled webs the Lancaster white, elite and powerful weave!

    MARK THIS!

    ***  Also during the Poverty Commission’s report at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Benchmark Construction was named and I have to go back and re-listen to the tape very carefully.
         Benchmark Construction is where city council woman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace’s husband works. From the LNP “insider” article, “Analysis: Lancaster’s Democratic mayoral candidates spent $6.54 per vote in primary,” there is this (click here):
         She [Sorace] received 16 donations of $1,000 or more, by far the most among the three candidates. That includes $11,500 from a half-dozen donors affiliated with Benchmark Construction Co., the workplace of her husband, Christian Recknagel. Recknagel is credited with an in-kind contribution of $705 in scotch and cigars for a fundraiser, part of $1,192 in total in-kind donations.
         And Sorace’s top two donations at $2,500 each, were from the Chairman and the President of Benchmark Construction pictured above. This already has a certain strong stench to it. There will be much more to come.

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    WHAT A LEGACY!

     **   In Tuesday’s city council meeting, Pat Brogan, Mayor Gray’s Chief  of Staff, said Gray wants the Poverty Commission to be his “legacy initiative.” You can’t make this stuff up!
         Since it was Gray who contributed to the problem by lying to the public to win election and then immediately doing an about-face regarding LNP’s convention center/hotel, I imagine poverty, deceit and arrogance will indeed be his legacy!
    *

    LNP: TO THE DOGS AGAIN!

    *    This is the top story on Lancaster Online this morning (click here)! I am not kidding. And I don’t give a dog’s tail about the story because if I wanted to eat with dogs I’d take a sandwich to a Lancaster City Council meeting!
         But what caught my eye was LNP has a new staff writer. Yes, check the byline on the story. So, has LNP diversified their staff?
    *******

    RISKY AS HELL!

         The below is from a “SPECIAL REPORT” published on this site on March 9th. We still don’t know where else MAW has “rolled out” before or if this is strictly a lie and fraud by Hopkins and MAW. The full original story is here and the link to the LNP article cited in the screenshot is here.
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    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MASQUERADING AS THE PRESS!

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    “IT IS 2017!”

         If you get the chance, please watch last night’s city council meeting (click here). And thanks once again to Independent Mayoral candidate Tony Dastra for livestreaming them.

    Danene Sorace

         At the end of the meeting, Danene Sorace declared June to be LGBT Pride month and members of council talked about it being 2017 and it’s unbelievable that people discriminate against people based on whom they choose to love.  And then there was the mayor and climate change and once again the year 2017 came up and they said everyone knows in 2017 that you leave the world a better place than you found it.

         And in the beginning of the meeting there was a report from the Poverty Commission and there was more talk of “One Good Job.”
         Yes, it is 2017, and what these “good and decent” city council members including mayoral candidate Danene Sorace, know is that LNP discriminates based on race in their hiring and they have done so for years. They will not give a minority “one good job!” It is another one of Lancaster County’s dirty little secrets – like all white juries.
         And the state makes it very clear that in order to receive public funds, companies cannot discriminate. They must be equal opportunity employers.
         And these supposedly moral and progressive city council members just ignore that fact and look the other way, because LNP has so much power as the monopoly news source, that no one will call them out for it and say, “No. It’s 2017 and every decent person knows that you don’t discriminate on the basis of someone’s skin color and no, we are not going to give you money or support your racist company in any way!”
        And on top of that, these moral and progressive city council members don’t understand the concept of conflict of interest or the state guidelines that say Thomas Baldrige, as a member of the CRIZ Authority Board, cannot vote to give his wife’s employer, LNP, millions of dollars of public money. It is the year 2017 and everyone but the CRIZ Board and the city council members understands that to be a blatant conflict of interest that is not ethical and is not permitted by state law.
         And yesterday, I replied to Pat Brogan (Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff) and all the city council members in an email as follows:
     *****
    Pat,
     
    I appreciate your replying for everyone but your answer is not satisfactory. LanCity Connect is a public-private partnership and therefore directly involves the City of Lancaster and decisions made by the people I have included in this email!
     
    Again, I am asking, why the city (LancCity Connect) is “sponsoring” LNP concerts and the exact money amount involved in this sponsorship.
     
    Thank you.
     ******
    There will be much more tomorrow.
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    LIARS,
    HYPOCRITES & THIEVES!

       

    From left: LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda, Content Editor Tom Murse and Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy.

    From NewsLanc.com (click here).

         No, they shouldn’t be tarred and feathered – they should go directly to jail! And if the liars, hypocrites and thieves on LNP’s editorial board continue to write about ethics and wasting taxpayer’s money, they do need to be tarred and feathered and run out of town!
    Please check back later today.

  • — * YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!

    Posted on June 13th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    —  I am watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions testify before the Senate this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    MORE THAN A “SNAG?”

           

    The headline from Page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition and posted online as an “insider” story (click here).
    *
    *   This was reported days ago on this site and I think it’s more than a “snag!” The LNP article says this:
         Martin and Aument were given 20 days to present an amended complaint that re-argues their case before the case is dismissed. The suit was initially filed in March.
          The senators, in a joint statement Monday, said they intend to “remedy the concern raised by the judge” within the allotted time period.
         I don’t know how they can “remedy” their standing in 20 days – but we will see. Don’t waste the taxpayer’s money with nonsense, Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument!  And those 20 days are going to be up soon!
    *******

    LNP: SHOWING
    ITS TRUE COLOR!

         LNP goes yellow this morning! How appropriate!

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – STUHLDREHER GOES WACK! REALLY!

    Posted on June 12th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    PLEASE, PLACE ME IN JAIL!

          On Saturday, I highlighted the above ridiculous sentence from the LNP article, “Caregiver charged with defrauding 85-year-old woman of over $19K,” (click here). Her docket does indeed read that her bail is unsecured.
         LNP has not even bothered to fix it despite comments under the article pointing out the glaring error. A commenter said:
         She isn’t in jail
         Another commented sarcastically that apparently she wanted to go to jail even though she could be free.
         It is a sad day when reporters and editors care so little about the basics and the facts and also care so little about the public they distribute obviously incorrect information to.
         LNP may not care about journalistic integrity but they sure do like their money! There will be more on MAW, LNP and LanCity Connect tomorrow.

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    A HORRIFIC TRAGEDY

        

         On a second, tragic domestic violence story, the funerals for the Arnau family are scheduled for tomorrow. A GoFundMe page has been set up and the response has been wonderful (click here).

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    ARREST THIS MAN!

           I want to cover a couple of other items today, and once again, because of the confines of the layout of this site – they have to go on top of one another!
         Remember this story from April 26, “Manheim Borough man with history of domestic violence against ‘Amish Mafia’ star wanted in new domestic violence incident,” (click here)? WGAL-TV reported at the time that Esther Schmucker was the victim again in his latest assault.

    Esther Schmucker

         But Imir Williams has never been arrested, arraigned, jailed and had his bail set! Why not? He’s active on Facebook!  Ask the people who are posting on his page or ask Esther. And I don’t care if she doesn’t want to testify. The prosecution doesn’t need her! There are hospital records and according to the story noted above, he knocked her down while she was holding a child. Enough is enough! Arrest this man! He’s posting on Facebook like he’s not even wanted on an arrest warrant!
         And Esther, I know you’ve heard it a million times over – but for the sake of your children’s lives and your own life – leave this very disturbed and violent man once and for all! 

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    ***  Surprise – not! LNP has put the story online as an “insider” story – click here. 

    Brogan

    **   The bottom line, Brogan [Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff, Pat Brogan] said, is that MAW is reworking its process and that customers who are hooked up are “very, very happy and satisfied.”

    The last sentence in today’s article by Tim Stuhlderher.
         And according to Stuhlderher in one of his recent articles, the number of customers who are hooked up is “nearly 100,” (click here).
         $3.4 million for an internet hook-up for nearly 100? That is patently absurd and sickening!
    ***
    *    Though he declined to provide figures, Wiczkowski [MAW president Frank Wiczkowski] said MAW is making significant investments of its own money and resources in LanCity Connect: “We’ve got a lot of skin in the game.”
    From today’s article.
         They have no skin whatsoever in this “game!”
    ***

    ABSOLUTE FRAUD
    FROM MAW & LNP!

    The headline on the front page of today’s LNP print edition (the article is not currently online).

    Stuhldreher

         In his third article in a week, LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher takes lying and deceit to a whole new level. This time he goes wack – that’s right – to Westminster, Maryland City Council President Dr. Robert Wack!
         I guess that’s because he can’t go to his favorite anymore – Christopher Mitchell, director of Community Broadband Networks, at the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance – whom he quoted in his last story (click here). You see, I picked up the phone last week and spoke at length with Christopher Mitchell in his Minnesota office.
          This is unconscionable, absolutely despicable reporting by Stuhldreher and LNP! There will be much more to come and I will link to this latest piece of deceptive, junk journalism when it goes online.

  • WHY IS MAW “SPONSORING” LNP CONCERTS?

    Posted on June 11th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    GREEDY, CORRUPT & RACIST!

    Peggy Steinman

    —  This thing reeks of some type of sophisticated money laundering scheme.

    —  I was thinking the same thing. Money loaned to MAW who then turns it over to the LNP to “sponsor” concerts.

    These two comments in yesterday about MAW Communications, the City of Lancaster and LNP.

         I don’t put anything past the greedy, corrupt and racist Steinmans! Peggy Steinman is using her tax free foundation to give her employees bonuses. And she thinks she is so wealthy and powerful that she can get away with it!
         This has been going on for years in Lancaster County!

  • SHE IS NOT IN JAIL!

    Posted on June 10th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    SLOPPY, SLOPPY REPORTING!

    (Click here for the story including the above last sentence.)

         I realize that news organizations are doing away with copy editors, and editors for that matter, but come on! Konstantine Fekos has been a police reporter for almost a year at LNP! The woman charged in his story is not in jail because her bail is unsecured! This is basic, basic stuff and LNP has this as one of their top stories. Pathetic.
          Click here for more on Fekos on this site, “RUN AWAY NOW!,” and please check back later today. He should have taken my advice but now LNP may force him to run away – or do they even care? This is sloppy, sloppy reporting!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * TELLING THE STORY…

    Posted on June 9th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    LNP:  NOT TELLING THE
    PUBLIC THE TRUTH –
     & GETTING PAID AS WELL!

         LanCity Connect is a service of Reading-based MAW Communications, provided through a public-private partnership with the city of Lancaster.
    From the LNP, June 5th article, “LanCity Connect rethinking its deployment plan for residential fiber optic Internet service,” (click here).
         LanCity Connect, Lancaster’s residential high-speed fiber optic broadband service, says it has been deluged with much higher demand than it expected, and more than its rollout plan could handle. 
    The opening sentence to LNP’s article the very next day, “MAW president explains decision to pause and regroup on LanCity Connect rollout,” (click here).
         So why is MAW Communications paying LNP to sponsor their Concerts on King music series (click here): 
         As soon as I saw this I sent an email to all the city council members and Mayor Gray’s top administrators asking: “Please state why the city (LancCity Connect) is ‘sponsoring’ LNP concerts and the exact money amount involved in this sponsorship?”
        As reported here previously, I received this one response from Pat Brogan, Gray’s Chief of Staff, who copied in everyone I wrote to in her email:
         Inquiries related to LancityConnect community engagement efforts and other services can be made through their website at:   www.lancityconnect.com
         So I put in a Right to Know request and received this response from Patick Hopkins, the city’s business administrator: 
         Sponsorship of the Concerts on King music series was by MAW Communications. As the City of Lancaster was not a sponsor, no public documents exist that would be responsive to your request.
         I thought they were a “public-private partnership.” Why does LNP say they are being sponsored by LanCity Connect and not by MAW Communications?
         These games are not funny and they are not acceptable! This is $3.4 million of the public’s money and the public has a right to know what is being spent and how. Why would MAW Communications need “community engagement” if they were “deluged with much higher demand” than they expected?
         And LNP, on top of failing to report accurately on this debacle to the public, is apparently receiving “sponsorship” money from these liars and thieves! And these city administrators and the members of city council think they can get away with this and not be questioned because they know LNP will protect them and not do it and if they don’t, then who will?
         This site will! There will be much more on this to come.
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    DEMAND ANSWERS, LNP!

     From the LNP article, “Here’s a list of 41 unsolved homicides in Lancaster County since 1992,” (click here). 

    Julio Garcia-Camacho

    **  His family, who have been vocal, went below this article and stated Julio Garcia-Camacho died instantly and LNP and reporter Tom Knapp never corrected it. He died on June 13, the same Saturday night he was shot and in four days it will be two years that his murder has been unsolved and his killer still on the loose.
         This is one of the most shocking (if that is possible) of the unsolved murders because there are two coalition cameras very close to where he was killed and there remains a “mystery” (which absolutely should not be and the police need to tell the public now) about the involvement of a van which many witnesses recounted.
         The images from those cameras need to be released to the public now and the detectives and District Attorney Craig Stedman need to be grilled as to why this murder has not been solved and the images released. Do your job, LNP, and hold these public officials accountable, get a killer off the streets and bring some closure to this grieving family.

    *******

    POOR, POOR WOODY!

    *     Yesteday, “Frank Lee” sent a comment into this site with a link to the ridiculous YouTube video, “This Lanc is Your Lanc.” Sure enough, this morning LNP goes up with a “serious” story (click here).
          LNP, maybe you could have your reporter, Lindsey Blest, who normally covers the police and crime, look into the twenty unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray? Unbelievable!

    *******

    IN BLACK & WHITE?

         The Manheim Township Police Department changed their cover photo on their Facebook page yesterday (click here):
     *
        
         It was sent to me with this comment:
         Most racist picture I have ever seen!
         That is obviously an exaggeration – but how does this happen in 2017? And why doesn’t someone say, “This is not right – the police force should reflect the community it serves!” This cannot continue in this country! It cannot continue.
    AND IN RED?
        It’s too early to say when LanCity Connect will resume scheduling new installations or how deployment might change, Wiczkowski [Frank Wiczkowski, the president of MAW Communications] said. The service will be making further announcements in coming weeks.
    From the LNP article by LNP reporter Tim Stuhdlreher, “MAW president explains decision to pause and regroup on LanCity Connect rollout,” (click here).
         Then how are they going to repay the $1.5 million dollar loan the city just made to them. When is the first payment due? What is their payment schedule? Why don’t you tell us, Stuhdlreher?
         The collateral on the loan is the fiber optic network they were supposed to install! But they have stopped the installation so there is absolutely no collateral except that building they own in Reading assessed at $89,000!
         Is the fact that LNP is receiving advertising money from MAW reflected in their terrible reporting on LanCity Connect and their failure to tell the public the truth and hold these city officials and city council members accountable?
    Please check back later today.
  • ** – * LISTEN TO THE MUSIC?

    Posted on June 8th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    **  Between Comey, phone calls and cooking, I ran out of time today. I will come back to this tomorrow.

    SIMPLE?

    From the LanCity Connect website (click here).

    *   These are the LNP headlines to articles about MAW Communications, all by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher beginning with February of this year:

    —  February 16 – Phased rollout of LanCity Connect, Lancaster’s high-speed fiber network, to start this spring

    —  March 1 – Here’s when you can hook up to LanCity Connect, the city’s new broadband network

    —  March 1 – $3 million in funding proposed to underwrite residential rollout of LanCity Connect broadband

    —  March 9 – Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why

    —  March 29 – Council approves financing for LanCity Connect broadband network

    —  April 2 – LanCity Connect: Lancaster’s municipal broadband is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania

    —  April 12 – Podcast explores LanCity Connect, Lancaster’s fiber-optic broadband network

    —  May 2 – Phase 1 of residential deployment begins for LanCity Connect fiber-optic broadband

    —  May 24 – Meet Frank Wiczkowski, founder of MAW Communications, the company behind LanCity Connect 

    —  June 5 – LanCity Connect rethinking its deployment plan for residential fiber optic internet service 

    —  June 6 – MAW President explains decision to pause and regroup on LanCity Connect rollout

    ******

    ETHICS & INTEGRITY?

             

    From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (the article is not currently online).

         On Monday, I mailed a notarized complaint to the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission regarding LNP and the CRIZ money and this morning they state their editorial board met with Attorney General Josh Shapiro yesterday about ethics and integrity!  
         Lightning should strike these folks any minute.
    There will be more on this and why MAW Communications is sponsoring LNP concerts later today!

  • * FOR $3.4 MILLION DOLLARS!

    Posted on June 7th, 2017 Becky 5 comments
         I have tried to immerse myself in broadband systems this afternoon (sigh!). This will be continued tomorrow! If MAW’s problem is “more demand than expected,” then why are they spending their (well actually Lancaster’s) money to sponsor LNP’s “Concerts on King” series?
    ********** 

     *   Stuhldreher has the unmitigated gall to say this:
         Online comments suggest that customers are willing to give LanCity Connect the benefit of the doubt.
         He is just making that up and lying! And the first comment under his article begins with this:
         Their customer service is worse than Comcast. I’ve never reached a human voice and have left repeated messages without a single return call. 
         Resign, Stuhldreher!

    “NEARLY 100 SUBSCIBERS!”

    (Click here)

         This is simply unbelievable! This is Tim Stuhldreher’s second article in as many days bending over backward (and flat-out lying) to put this company in a good light (check two posts down for yesterday morning’s post about this before it got overshadowed by the horrific events of yesterday). Does he work for MAW Communications or LNP? Does he (or anyone at LNP) know that the first principle of journalism is to tell the truth?
         The City of Lancaster has paid MAW $1.4 million dollars, intends to pay them another $1.5 million dollars and has loaned them $1.5 million dollars.
         And do you know what the city has to show for that? According to Stuhldreher:
         Nearly 100 subscribers will have service by the end of the week, Wiczkowski [Frank Wiczkowski, president of MAW Communications] said.
         100 subscribers? Is that a sick joke? And how about the word “nearly” which clearly should be replaced by “only.” 100 subscribers for $3.4 million dollars? Why don’t you have Frank explain that to the public?
         As I said yesterday, Tim Stuhldreher needs to resign today. What a disgrace he is to the public he is supposed to inform!
    Please check back later today.

  • LANCITY CONNECT IS A BUST!

    Posted on June 6th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    WHAT ABOUT THAT
    $1.5 MILLION LOAN?

    – & THE OTHER $3 MILLION? –

    (Click here)

        What does this mean?
    — Mayor Gray needs to resign today!
    — Patrick Hopkins needs to resign today!
    — Danene Sorace needs to resign from city council and drop her mayoral candidacy today!
    — LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher needs to resign today!
    — This whole corrupt mess needs to be investigated and charges brought against MAW Communications and city officials.

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS! – 2

    Posted on June 5th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    SIGNED, SEALED & MAILED!

           

    Thomas and Susan Baldrige

          The below Ethics Complaint was completed, notarized and mailed today. I will have much more on this and the totally corrupt Lancaster Newspapers (LNP Media Group, Inc.) and the Baldriges tomorrow.

    *********

    CUTLER: A LIAR & FRAUD!

    From today’s LNP print edition and online titled, “How should statewide judges get their jobs? Rep. Cutler pushes for merit-selection, not election,” (click here). [Please note that LNP’s political reporter and the author of this article, Sam Janesch, was still in college when the below happened! ]

         It doesn’t get anymore hypocritical, ironic and disgusting than this. District Attorney Craig Stedman is running to be a Superior Court Judge. Of all the reasons that he will not be elected, the most pressing, shocking and glaring reason is his indefensible protection and preferential treatment of Bryan Cutler and his family. Unbelievable! 

    (Click here for the original)

    (Click here for the original and the full LNP editorial)

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ALL IN THE FAMILY!

    Posted on June 4th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    FULL OF SH*T?

        On a lighter note this afternoon(!), someone has changed the description of LNP’s Facebook page to “Portable Toilet Rentals in Lancaster, Pennsylvania!” Oh, my! Excellent and descriptive – but who could have done that?

    ******

    KIRCHNER REDUX?

         Taking a page from the Gary Kirchner story/saga, I am betting that LNP will hang the “taper” out to dry when push comes to shove. Reveal sources? Never…if you are a real journalist. They lost all credibility w/me on that one, alone, years and years ago. God rest his soul.
    This comment in early this morning on the post immediately below.

    Suzanne Cassidy

         What LNP did to Gary Kirchner is unforgivable (click here for “FORMER CORONER G. GARY KIRCHNER DIES” on this site). And it’s not that far removed from today’s LNP staff and their repeated attacks on former Manheim Township School Board President William Murry. The “Intell Five,” named as such by Ron Harper, Jr., formerly of 5thestate.com., are (click here):

         [Brett] Lovelace, P.J. Reilly, Paula Holzman, Carrie Caldwell Cassidy and Madelyn Pennino.
         Yes, there is the name “Cassidy.” Carrie Caldwell Cassidy is married to John Cassidy who until a few weeks ago was listed as an assistant news editor at LNP and his affiliation is still stated on his Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
         And, he, of course, is the brother of Suzanne Cassidy, currently LNP’s Opinion Editor.  So for all of her editorials about ethics and journalism, etc., etc., she is fully aware of LNP’s dirty and unethical past and present. And while not named in William Murry’s lawsuit, she wrote front-page Sunday editorials calling for Murry to resign. Unbelievable!
         This woman retweets negative articles about Trump all day long and inspiring articles about journalism and she is a complete fraud.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – WATCH LIKE A HAWK?

    Posted on June 2nd, 2017 Becky 12 comments

    WHAT DID KARA DO?

          It has been a busy law day – especially for the Philadelphia Law Firm of Kleinbard LLC who represents both William Murry in his lawsuit against LNP and represents State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument in their attempt to oust Sheriff Reese through a lawsuit.
         Matthew Haverstick, a principal in the firm, is from Lancaster and his brother, Fritz Haverstick, works for District Attorney Craig Stedman. It is reported that Matthew is in tight with big money Philadelphia Republicans and Stedman would need their backing if he is to win the Superior Court Judgeship. What tangled webs we weave and I’ll come back to Stedman, Lancaster County juries and the Superior Court next week.
         The Adams County Judge agreed with Sheriff Reese that the Senators do not have standing (the authority) to oust him from office through a lawsuit. They have twenty days to refile or the case will be thrown out. It seems unlikely they will refile but we will have to wait to find out for sure. It looks like the only way to get rid of Reese is through the legislature and impeachment.
         And where is Reese living and hiding out? If anyone knows, please contact this site.

    Newhouse

         And then we have Judge David Ashworth’s order in Murry’s suit against LNP. Murry can “compel discovery responses!” Oh, my! What did reporters Kara Newhouse and Susan Baldrige and Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda know and when did they know it? Did Newhouse, who is no longer employed by LNP, solicit the illegal recording? Did she know it was being made? And why, with all the other corruption in Lancaster County on the part of paid officials, did LNP want Murry’s head on a platter so badly?
         Oh, the dirt is going to fly!
    Have a safe and happy First Friday and please check back tomorrow.

        

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    ORAL ARGUMENTS:
     MURRY VS. LNP

         Judge David Ashworth has ordered oral arguments for July 21st in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP Media Group, Inc. The full order is below (and click here for the original): 

    ORDER AND NOW THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE 2017 UPON JOINT REQUEST OF COUNSEL, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT PLAINTIFF WILLIAM MURRY IS GRANTED LEAVE TO FILE A MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY RESPONSES AND SUPPORTING BRIEF WITHIN 20 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS ORDER, AND DEFENDANTS SHALL HAVE 20 DAYS THEREAFTER TO FILE A RESPONSE AND BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION.
    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT ORAL ARGUMENT ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION SHALL BE HELD ON JULY 21, 2017 AT 10:30 A.M. IN CHAMBERS NO. 12 OF THE LANCASTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
    BY THE COURT: DAVID L. ASHWORTH, JUDGE
    CC: MATTHEW H. HAVERSTICK (1)
    CRAIG J. STAUDENMAIER, ESQ. (1)
    236 NOTICE SENT 06/01/2017

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

     JUDGE RULES FOR REESE

         Adams County Senior Judge John D. Kuhn issued an order filed this morning in favor of Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese and against State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument. The order reads as follows (and click here for the Judge’s full opinion):

    OPINION AND ORDER – MEMORANDUM OPINION ON DEFENDANT’S PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS AND ORDER FILED.  AND NOW, THIS 26TH DAY OF MAY, 2017, FOR THE REASONS SET FORTH IN THE ATTACHED MEMORANDUM OPINION THE PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS FILED BY DEFENDANT, MARK S. REESE, ON MARCH 31, 2017, ARE HEREBY GRANTED.  PLAINTIFFS ARE GRANTED TWENTY (20) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF MAILING OF THIS ORDER TO FILE AN AMENDED COMPLAINT OTHERWISE THIS MATTER WILL BE DISMISSED, WITH PREJUDICE, AS A MATTER OF LAW WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.  BY THE COURT:  JOHN D. KUHN, SENIOR JUDGE, SPECIALLY PRESIDING.  COPIES WITH 236 NOTICE MAILED ON 6-2-17 TO MATTHEW H. HAVERSTICK, ESQ. AND MARK S. REESE, PRO SE.

    *******

    LANCASTER COUNTY’S
    DIRTY LITTLE SECRET!

         A bank teller, a forklift operator and a worker at Amerimax Home Products are among 11 jurors selected as of Thursday for the double-homicide trial of Leeton Thomas of East Drumore Township.
    The opening sentence to today’s LNP article by long-time reporter Jeff Hawkes, “11 jurors chosen as selection resumes in Leeton Thomas double-homicide trial Friday,” (click here).

    Hawkes

         Is Hawkes going to tell us the racial and ethnic make-up of the jury as well or is LNP going to keep that a “secret” as they have done for years? Will I seriously have to travel to Lancaster just to find this out? Stating the make-up of the jury is standard journalism procedure in most parts of this country. Why would Lancaster County be any different?
         And what about District Attorney Craig Stedman who tried cases for years before juries that were seated through an unconstitutional jury selection process? And this man wants to be a Superior Court Judge?
         Why is the racial and ethnic make-up of juries in Lancaster County always such a big “secret?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ABSOLUTE HYPOCRITES!

    Posted on June 1st, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    THE CORRUPTION
    BEGINS WITH LNP!

    Patterson

         I am so glad LNP decided to be absolute hypocrites this morning and write about the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission. I have been meaning to put in a formal complaint and will do so. The link to the complaint form is here and it must be notarized so hopefully I can post the completed complaint I mailed here on Monday. Please feel free to send one as well.
         Below is the email I received several months ago suggesting I do that. I copied in all of the city council members when I forwarded this to Randy Patterson and asked for his response. So the city council members (including mayoral candidate Danene Sorace) all knew it was completely unethical and simply did not care! Why?

    Danene Sorace

         Because the media company responsible for holding these public officials accountable in Lancaster County is LNP – and since they were the recipient of the millions of dollars unethically given to them – they certainly aren’t going to hold anyone accountable! And since they have so much power because they are the monopoly news source, no one wants to feel their wrath, or lose an election, by doing the ethical thing and saying, “No millions for you!”
         The corruption in Lancaster County is simply astonishing and at its head is the Lancaster Newspapers! Unbelievable!

    ********** 

    Dear Ms. Holzinger,

    The Department of the Auditor General is in receipt of your correspondence regarding the CRIZ designation to Penn Square Partners.  Please be advised that your most immediate resolve to your inquiry could be referring your complaint to the Ethics Commission to determine if they have the authority to review the facts alleged, that the President of the committee is married to an owner of the media group that is benefitting from the CRIZ. The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission complaint process is explained on their website at http://www.ethics.pa.gov/How-To/Pages/How-To-File-a-Complaint.aspx  

    You may also want to consider contacting Randy Patterson, City of Lancaster,  Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization rpatterson@cityoflancasterpa.com with a copy to PA DCED. The PA DECD website for local government services is http://dced.pa.gov/local-government/#.WATQKGcVDIU

    I will pass your correspondence on to our audit bureau for their review and consideration when preparing for any future review of DCED and the CRIZ program. 

    Thank you for contacting the Department of the Auditor General.
     
    Sincerely, 
     
    John J. Murray
    Regional Director
    Administration
    Department of the Auditor General
    Phone: (570) 963-4528
    Email: jomurray@paauditor.gov
    Web: www.PAAuditor.gov
    Facebook: Pennsylvania Auditor General
    Twitter: @PaAuditorGen

    *********

    TAKING LYING & GREED
    TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL!

        
         Ethics-challenged Pennsylvania needs a fully functioning Ethics Commission
    The headline to today’s LNP editorial online (click here).
         Ethics-challenged LNP needs to be investigated by a fully functioning Ethics Commission! Seriously.
         I wonder if these LNP editorial board members are worried about being struck by lightning? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.
  • * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * IT ONLY TOOK TWO FOR BRIAN MYERS…

    Posted on May 30th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         Attorney General Josh Shapiro was in Lancaster today at the police station and interviewed by Fox-43 for this story (click here):
     ******

    *****

    WHERE ARE THE CHARGES?

    *   From LNP’s Preliminary Objections to the Second Amended Complaint in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP (click here).
     
         Back to this morning’s editorial and, oh, this should be good! Did LNP solicit the illegal recording? Did they know it was being made? Who “delivered” it to them? What remains a mystery is that no charges have apparently been filed against the person who made the recording and their name has yet to be made public. LNP certainly hasn’t told us! It is against the law in Pennsylvania to record someone without their knowledge and consent.
         This was posted by SDoL Board Member Randolph Carney under the LNP article, “Pa. Attorney General declines to prosecute in Manheim Township School Board case,” (click here):
        
         Where are the charges? Why doesn’t LNP ask or tell us?
    *********

    AFFLUENCE & POVERTY

    *   Photo of the homeless lined up today on King Street in front of the old courthouse and less than a block from the Marriott Hotel and their “expansion.”

    *****

    *    I am not going to argue the jury’s decision in the case. I wasn’t in the courtroom and Brett Hambright’s reporting was so slanted for the prosecution – as his court reporting always was – that an acquittal was always a complete surprise to the public because Hambright did not even indicate that it was a possibility.
         And this is the reason, along with Hambright’s willingness to flat-out lie to the public, that DA Stedman hired him to be his spokesperson.

    ******

    RESPECT FOR THE LAW?
    CORRUPT JUDGES AND LNP!

         In the post immediately below on this site, we have LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige telling the public it takes six incidents of driving while your license is suspended to receive a jail sentence. But in the below case, it only took two! Why?
         LNP has the unmitigated gall to have an editorial this morning titled, “Serving on a local school board is difficult and thankless, but still necessary,” (click here). LNP will viciously go after an unpaid school board president, William Murry, but they will not question these highly paid, incredibly powerful judges? This is the same Judge that LNP wrote about in one of the most sickening and ridiculous articles they have ever produced – “Judge uses pushups in Lancaster County Veterans Court to build camaraderie, remember fallen soldiers,” (click here).
         Barry in Winnipeg sent in this comment under the brief story I wrote about the “pushup” Judge (click here):
         And President Trump tweets about a “so-called” judge who uses his court to stand up for the Constitution! I am beginning to think that need a collective “time out” to refocus on what we learned in our high school Civics classes, you know, the part about respect for the law.
         The original of the below is here – and the link to the LNP article by none other than Brett Hambright, now the spokesman for DA Craig Stedman, in the screenshot is here:


     Please check back later today.

  • * SURE LOSER?

    Posted on May 27th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    QUESTION THE DICK?

    *    Reader Butch Black asks if some bumpy roads in the city will be repaved any time soon.
          Specifically, he wonders about Hershey Avenue from Manor Avenue to Fairview Avenue, and Prince Street from King “the whole way down to the split at Willow Street and Fairview Avenue.”
         Charlotte Katzenmoyer, director of public works for the city, said Hershey Avenue will be repaired in phases over the next few years. The section from Prospect to Fairview will be resurfaced in 2019, she said, while the segment from Manor to Wabank is on the list for 2020.
    From last Sunday’s LNP “Watchdog” column by Tom Knapp (click here).
          Isn’t that reassuring? Three years from now? Is she serious? Shouldn’t Knapp be a real watchdog and reporter and ask, “What the hell?”
         But apparently she is very serious so today Mayor Dick tries to blame it on the state!
         Someone at LNP should fact check the mayor’s claims.
    The opening sentence of a comment on Lancaster Online under today’s LNP story by Tim Stuhlderher, “State funding formula, utility projects bedevil Lancaster’s efforts to keep streets in good repair,” (click here).
         Say what? You want LNP to question Mayor Dick? They haven’t in 12 years because the Dick got them their convention center/Marriott Hotel and gave them $9 million more in the last year alone! Why would LNP question their benefactor? He’s been lying for years!

    ********

    MAYOR DICK:
    TOTALLY WITHOUT MERIT!

         Several people have asked me (and Kevin Ressler) if he is going to run as an independent. This was his answer on his Facebook page several days ago:

         Speaking of sore losers, I love this quote from Mayor Dick under the LNP “insider” story, “Lawsuit details Lancaster firefighters union’s complaint over re-hiring of Gregg as acting chief,” (click here):

         This is a sure sign Mayor Dick is worried! Spin it, Dick!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – BREAKING NEWS *** CHECK THEIR EMPLOYEE LIST!

    Posted on May 22nd, 2017 Becky 2 comments

     “THIS IS NOT RIGHT
    THIS IS NOT JUSTICE!”

    Rev. Willie E. Shell, Sr.

      
         Since LNP in not going to have The Caucus investigate the $9 million in taxpayer money going to them, I will. So posting here will be very sporadic and rare until Tuesday, May 30th.
         Back to yesterday’s Unity Rally and Rev. Willie E. Shell, Sr. Among the poems, the songs and the personal stories and journeys that we have all heard so many times, Shell just went up to the podium and spoke solid truth.
         He said (click here and the entire event is available on the “NAACP – Lancaster PA Branch” Facebook page):
         But what about us? What about us? When we sit in our comfort zone, when we work on jobs and we see people are not being treated equally and we won’t step up. You see, we won’t step out of our comfort zone and say that’s wrong.
         Exactly. Mayor Gray is the perfect example and on top of that a total hypocrite. He knows LNP discriminates and has for years. They can’t hide it. Their reporters have to go out into the street and they run a photo of the reporter with every story online. Gray is a liar and a hypocrite but he’s not blind or stupid. He knows damn well.
    But Mayor Gray didn’t and doesn’t care. Because LNP has the incredible power of being the monopoly press in Lancaster County. And if you “cross” them – you will not be in office for long! So, one day after first being elected mayor, Gray turned on the people who elected him and made a deal with racist LNP for their convention center/hotel. And for almost twelve years he has been in bed with the company that is most directly responsible for the rampant racism in Lancaster County.

          And city council, unbelievably, has looked the other way as well. They have not stood up and said “This is not right! We will not tolerate this in our city.”
         Schell also said:
          See, I worked for large corporations and one of the things that I was told is that I was a racist, I was a bigot, I hated. Why? Because I said this is not right. This is not just. You see, injustice  begins with us. That’s where it’s at. When I can tell my boss, “This is not right.” When I can go to management and say, “Hey, why is this guy allowed to make this amount of money and this guy is allowed to make this amount of money? Why do you have fourteen hundred blue and white collar workers on the job and you have no African Americans, no Hispanics?”
         …This is not right! This is not justice! We have to look at ourselves because it starts here.
         And Pennsylvania has an ethics code that states that companies that discriminate are not eligible for state funds. And that means LNP!
         And people need to speak up now and say, “This is not right, this is not justice! We will not tolerate this!” LNP cannot be allowed to continue to discriminate and they are not eligible for state funds!

    **   Why doesn’t LNP have The Caucus investigate the $9 million in taxpayer money going to a racist, for-profit, tax-evading company? Why don’t you do that, LNP? Oh, that’s right, that’s because it’s you!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

        Crews are tearing down the three buildings on East King Street this morning for LNP’s Marriott Hotel expansion (please turn the sound off for the video – complications!).

    NO ONE CALLS THEM OUT!

         Less than three years ago, this editorial cartoon that went national is the exact moment when LNP went from being openly racist to trying to pretend they aren’t racist. And for all these years no one has called them out on it (except this site) and they still don’t – and the worst offenders are Mayor Gray, other city and county leaders and the city council members.

    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – * I DON’T TAKE THINGS DOWN…

    Posted on May 20th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    THE ELEPHANT
     AT THE RALLY!

          I want to make a couple of things clear – and then I want to come back to what Mayor Gray and  Rev. Willie Shell said in there speeches yesterday.
    — I think yesterday’s Unity Rally was great and so was the turnout. With that said – the following disclaimers:
        — I don’t think it’s that hard to draw a lot of people who are outraged when the KKK is in the county. Their history of violence and hate based on skin color is simply unfathomable to most decent people.
        — Sadly, there were very few African Americans or Latinos in the crowd. Where were the black ministers and reverends and their congregations? Where were the Latinos? I don’t believe that the NAACP has been active or vocal enough and a lot of people who are directly affected have given up on them.
         — When I went up to Lancaster under the exact same scenario in 2001, over a dozen black ministers sat on the old courthouse steps and said they would not allow the Klan to walk through their city. They did not threaten violence – they simply took to the steps and it was an incredibly powerful and brave statement. And the Klan did not walk through the city – they changed their plans and reportedly met on a farm in – you guessed it – Quarryville!
         — Those ministers were missing this time and, once again, I think most of it is the lack of action and involvement by the Lancaster NAACP. Minorities are being arrested more often – are being charged more heavily – have their bail set higher and are sentenced to longer terms of imprisonment than whites. It has been going on for years and it has to stop. Justice must be equal!
         — The pictures of Ressler and Police Chief Sadler were posted here for “fun” yesterday – but I have serious comments about Sadler. This was a rare public showing for the chief and I think he is desperate to keep his job following the mayoral election! The crowd gave him a big cheer and applause – but this man is also an alleged wife-beater (stated by his ex-wife in a book available everywhere), he has failed to diversify the force and failed to solve multiple murders and serious crimes. I don’t think the applause is warranted but few people are aware of his circumstances because of the Lancaster Newspaper’s failure to inform the public.
         — And then there is LNP (the Lancaster Newspapers) – the elephant in the room in all of this – their Marriott Hotel and soon to be “expansion” is less than a block away from the rally site and their literal ivory tower offices are a block-and-a-half away. And there will be much more on that to come.

    ******

    STEDMAN DECEIVES!


         This post by District Attorney Craig Stedman on their Facebook page may have caused part of the “problem” between myself and Blanding Watson. Stedman states the NAACP was involved in the whole over two month “process.” Watson told me over the phone that their only involvement was that the family wanted the NAACP to be present when the DA showed them all the evidence immediately prior to his press conference. Watson agreed and attended.
         Was the DA purposely misleading to help bolster his “case.” It would certainly seem so and he needs to be called on the carpet for it and the NAACP should have issued a statement clarifying the situation.

    ******

    TWO DAY SUSPENSION?

    **   As an aside, the above with the video and a link to a powerful story is on the “Police the Police” Facebook page. The Mount Joy police thought they could get away with a two day suspension? If they had been minorities in the city, the two young men would certainly be incarcerated if not shot!
    *
     From BuzzFeed, “35 Questions Black People Have For White People,” (click here).
    ********

     

    *    Shayna Watson said the local NAACP maintains a positive relationship with the police and district attorney’s office.
         She hopes Lancaster will serve as “a model for how a community can work together with law enforcement,” she said.
    From today’s LNP article, “500-600 gather in Day of Unity on steps of Lancaster County Courthouse: ‘We can’t be afraid,’ ” (click here).
         I want to address this thoroughly, because having a positive relationship is a good thing unless that means sitting back and doing nothing and letting them do whatever they want. And so far, that is the only thing I am seeing the Lancaster branch of the NAACP do. The last time I checked, it is difficult if not impossible to even find a phone number to call them.
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    YOU TAKE THINGS UP!

    Watson

          On Tuesday, April 11th of this year, I wrote the following on this site (click here for the original):

           I saw Blanding Watson of the NAACP come out of the room with the family prior to the DA’s press conference to the “press.”
          Is Watson going to issue a statement regarding this? Is he going to do one thing about this 18-year-old being killed or is he going to sweep it under the rug the way he has in the past? If he doesn’t make a public statement regarding this, he should be removed by the NAACP.
         That Friday, April 14th at 8:30 am in the morning, I received a call from a “private” number. It was Blanding Watson (I already had his super secret private number and he knew it) and he asked me to “take it down.” I told him I don’t
    take things down” unless they are factually incorrect.
          And then he used the words “defamation” and “libel” with me. I told him to “go for it!”
        The District Attorney’s office may have instigated the problem with their statement trying to indicate the NAACP was more involved than they actually were – and I will discuss that, the NAACP in Lancaster and their Unity Rally yesterday that failed miserably to draw African Americans and Latinos later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * & THE LANCASTER CITY POLICE!

    Posted on May 19th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    VERY BAD BEHAVIOR!

          This was one of hundreds of comments about the video of the Mount Joy Police Officer but I think this poster nailed it.
        No, we don’t know what happened prior to the video and we don’t know for sure if the officer hit the man or just knocked his phone. But neither action is acceptable and the incident needs to be investigated.
    TERRIBLE DEJA VU
         Tomorrow the KKK is reportedly meeting in Quarryville and the NAACP is having a rally on the old courthouse steps. This is scarily deja vu for me. It was the exact same scenario the day I was going to Lancaster to hand out the printed, special edition of the Lancaster Independent Press – “Lancaster Lynching – 20 years later.”
    Please check back tomorrow.

    LYING HYPOCRITES
     (AND CRIMINALS!)

     **   We’re here to protect your right to information and to safeguard your access to the policies and procedures that impact your life. So, when local municipal officials make important hiring decisions out of public view, without public input, we have to call them on it. That’s our job.
    From today’s LNP’s editorial mentioned below which has not been posted online in its normal spot but is available – click here.
         What about when public officials break the law to give LNP millions of dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion – don’t you have to call them on it? Don’t you have to report on it? Isn’t it your job?
         What a bunch of lying hypocrites! They are an absolute disgrace to journalism!

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    * Click here to view the video.

    WHO IS FOOTING THE BILLS
    FOR LNP’S MARRIOTT HOTEL?


         From yesterday’s LNP “insider” story, “Former Lancaster city police Sgt. Ray Corll to serve sentence in York County Prison,” (click here).
         Six years ago today, Spencer Houston was shot to death in his home. His murder has never been solved:

          And today, the editors at LNP in an editorial that is not yet online, have the unmitigated gall to say this after stating journalists will meet at the Lancaster Marriott for the next two days (also see yesterday’s post immediately below on this site):

     Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO CONTROLS LANCASTER?

    Posted on May 18th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    THE WORDING IS CLEAR!

              

            Susan Baldrige              Randy Patterson      Thomas Baldrige  

          From the CRIZ Bylaws and the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission:
         “Conflict” or “conflict of interest.” Use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated.
         This states “associated.” It does not state the family member has to have an ownership interest in the business.
         This is apparently over the heads (sarcasm) of the Gray administration – specifically Randy Patterson, the Lancaster CRIZ Authority Board and the Lancaster City Council members.
         Thomas Baldrige, a CRIZ Authority Board Member, voted to give his wife’s employer, LNP, millions of dollars.
         Randy Patterson tried to argue that Susan Baldrige does not have an ownership interest in LNP. It does not matter. What part of the word “associated” does he fail to understand/choose to ignore? It is an obvious ethical violation of the law.
         And I am going to spend next week submitting this to the State Attorney General’s Office, the PA State Criz Authority and the PA State Ethics Committee.
         The Lancaster city council members – including mayoral candidate Danene Sorace – were aware of the illegality of this matter and also chose to ignore it. That is absolutely unacceptable.
         LIP News will post through the weekend and then beginning on Monday posting will be sporadic as I work on the above. Thank you for your patience.    

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    BALDRIGE ILLEGALLY
    VOTED TO GIVE HIS WIFE’S
    EMPLOYER, LNP,
    MILLIONS OF YOUR DOLLARS!

          So, LNP owner Beverly (Peggy) Steinman is using her tax free foundation to give LNP employees’ children $30,000 scholarships (see yesterday’s post)? Really?
         And last night, “about 2,100 people attended the $225-a-seat dinner – the chamber’s 145th — at the Lancaster County Convention Center” (click here).
         That would be the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry whose president and CEO, Thomas Baldrige, is married to LNP “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige.
         And she posted this picture on Twitter last night:

          Well, of course they are smiling. Thomas Baldrige used the organization to pay himself over $262,000 in 2015 – that is considerably more than President Judge Dennis Reinaker or DA Craig Stedman makes:

         

          And Susan Baldrige also posted this – hmmm…:

         I have more exploring to do! The 2015 tax form 990 for the Steinman Foundation is here. The 2015 tax form 990 for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is here.
    Please check back later today.