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  • & SORACE SNAPS AND NAME RELEASED

    Posted on November 14th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    — Taking a break this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    DID YOU TELL HIM, TOM?

              

                             Sam Janesch                           Tom Murse
    *
         There was a messy, sloppy city council meeting last night and Mayor Danene Sorace snapped at commenters. She is in over her head! You can watch the video here and there will be more to come.

    Slaymaker-Walker

         Investigators say the Nissan sedan was driven by 56-year-old Donna Woodall from Atlantic City. 

    ABC-6, “21 hurt after car crashes into Egg Harbor Twp., NJ Social Security office,” (click here).
         The driver’s name was released just hours after this horrific accident yesterday. Imagine that? Compare the release of her name to the recent deadly accident that killed two high school students in Lancaster.
         And did LNP managing editor Tom Murse tell his reporter Sam Janesch how LNP lied and covered for Representative Bryan Cutler and District Attorney Craig Stedman when G. Scott Davis shot his two-month-old daughter dead on Christmas Eve several years ago? Did you tell your new reporter, Tom?
    See immediately below and please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LANCASTER IS BECOMING KNOWN…

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

         I am reporting LNP this afternoon. You might want to as well (click here).

     

    FOR IT’S RACIST
    & VIOLENT POLICE FORCE!

         THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED IN EXCESS OF 6 MILLION TIMES
         A FEDERAL LAWSUIT WAS FILED FOR SEAN WILLIAMS BY BRIAN R MILDENBERG AND CO-COUNSEL
         IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY 2, 2018, IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
    From the Mildenberg Law Firm website (click here).
         In fact, the lawsuit is front and center on the home page of their website (see above).
         Brian Mildenberg is also the lead attorney for Ronald Brian Gray’s federal lawsuit against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Tomothy Sinnott (see Saturday’s post below for the “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit filed on October 24th of this year).
         When is LNP going to report on this lawsuit? When will something be done about the Lancaster City Police Force?

    Please check back later today.

  • WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN…

    Posted on November 11th, 2018 Becky 14 comments

    WHEN THE LANCASTER
    POLICE CHIEF WAS
    A DOMESTIC ABUSER?

        These are the opening sentences to “section 2” of today’s Sunday News editorial about child sexual abuse and domestic violence (click here).
         The hypocrisy of this has me so angry today that I will have to come back to it tomorrow.
         And one of the biggest hypocrites and liars, LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, goes on a Twitter fest every day! Look at her statistics! Forty or more tweets and retweets a day! Who is she trying to impress? Ain’t nobody gonna hire a liar and hypocrite like you!
         Screenshot of her Twitter account taken at 7:30 am yesterday morning:

     

  • “RACIALLY PROFILED”

    Posted on November 10th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    SHOCKINGLY VIOLENT

       

                          Officers Jake Bingham (left) and Timothy Sinnott

         The “Statement of Facts” from the federal lawsuit filed October 24 by Ronald Brian Gray against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott is below.

  • UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** POURING MASSIVE MONEY INTO DOWNTOWN

    Posted on November 9th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

         The “Statement of Facts” from the below lawsuit will come tomorrow and there will be much more on the proposal for Lancaster Square to come.
         Have a safe and happy Friday.

    MAYOR DID NOTHING!

    *    Also from the lawsuit, Mayor Sorace did nothing:

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT

         Ronald Brian Gray filed a lawsuit in federal court on October 24th against the Lancaster City Police Department and Officers Jake Bingham and Timothy Sinnott for violation of his civil rights (click here).
         The “Statement of Facts” from the lawsuit will be posted here tomorrow. These two officers were also involved in a controversial arrest in April of this year when four people were charged with “riot.”
         Both officers were also named and pictured on this site when they were sworn in as officers questioning the racial makeup of the Lancaster City Police Department and what was being done to diversify it.

      

                                  Jake Bingham                Timothy Sinnott

         From the lawsuit:

    *******

    LOCALS OR TOURISTS?

         It’s still too early in the process to offer a budget estimate, he [Randy Patterson, city director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization] told LNP. Besides city capital bond funds, money could come from the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program and sponsorships, he said.
    LNP finally went up with a story about Wednesday’s meeting on the future of Lancaster Square (click here).
         It really is worth your time to watch the livestream of the meeting (click here). This will be a huge, extremely expensive project which, if completed as planned, will require numerous city employees to manage it on a daily basis.
         There were excellent questions that were raised during the meeting that are not included in this article (along with the secret fountain donor)!
         Is all of this intended to improve the lives of city residents or is this intended for visitors and tourists to the city?
    Please check back later today.   
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – *** BREAKING NEWS *** SECRET FOUNTAIN DONOR!

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    MORALLY BANKRUPT!

         I spent a long time today trying to make a voice copy of the voicemail Joshua Nowak left me but with no success. Hopefully, I will be able to post it here in the next several days.
         He did make it clear that there are two separate names; the Lancaster County Convention Center and the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. They are separate and distinct and should not be “combined.” So, who is responsible for their ad insert shown in this post that is purposely misleading and just plain wrong?
         This comment in today:
         Becky. I’m surprised LNP hasn’t pointed out the connection between Mayor Sriracha’s husband and Benchmark. Normally LNP and crack investigative news team safeguarding democracy and keeping the public informed, are synonymous.
         That is some good sarcasm! Sadly, in truth their publisher, editors and reporters are morally bankrupt and, as I’ve said over and over again on this site, they break every code of journalism ethics in this country every single day.
         Unfortunately, there will be much more to come…last night’s meeting, the mysterious fountain donor, Benchmark, the city’s 2017 financial audit, Charlotte Katzenmoyer, MAW… etc.
    *
    —  I just received a voicemail from Joshua Nowak who is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lancaster County Convention Center and the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. He was returning my call to Kevin Malloy noted below.
         He stated the two are separate entities with different names and they try to use the “proper” names for both. He thanked me for pointing it out and indicated there will be a “correction.”
         I will transcribe his voicemail and post it here later.

    *

    **** The Lancaster (County) Convention Center has two websites:
    — lccca.com (click here)
    — lancasterconventioncenter.com (click here)
         On neither of these sites is it called the “Lancaster Marriott Convention Center.”
         I have a call in to the Executive Director, Kevin R. Malloy, to find out why LNP’s advertising is calling it the “Lancaster Marriott Convention Center.”

    WHO RENAMED THE CC?

    From an ad insert in today’s LNP print edition.

    ***  Since when is the convention center named the “Lancaster Marriott Convention Center?” Seriously? Is this a new name and did anyone tell the public? The arrogance, greed and dishonesty of LNP is beyond shocking! Who gave them the right to use this name?

    **   A woman who said she was not at previous meetings but understood that people did not like the idea of another water feature (Binns Park), asked even if someone is willing to donate a fountain, but it’s not necessary, why put it in?
          She did not get an answer.

    *     Oh, this is too rich! Watching the livestream of this evening’s meeting were former Public Works Director Charlotte Katzenmoyer (we believe she was fired last week) and Favyan Asia of MAW Communications! Might need some public wifi but it’s not coming from MAW! OMG! What is up with this man?
         You can watch the meeting here (thank you, Tony Dastra!).

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    WEDNESDAY NIGHT

         Who is the secret donor for the fountain and why won’t the city tell us? And if nobody wanted a fountain, why is it included in the plan? I’m serious – there’s a “secret fountain donor!”
         To be continued tomorrow…

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MORE BLATANT HYPOCRISY FROM LNP!

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    HOW COMPLICIT IS LNP?

         • Heard a report on the annual audit of city government’s financial statements. The city’s books for 2017 are fully in order, and no issues were found, vice president Tracey Rash of accounting firm Maher Duessel said.
         The article to the left is LNP’s coverage of Monday’s city council committee meeting and the above quote is from LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher’s “Other Business” category at the end of the article (click here).
         The audit was several months late and it is 213 pages long. To sum it up in that one ridiculous sentence is outrageous. As stated on this site on Tuesday, MAW Communications was specifically mentioned by Duessel as an expense that unexpectedly went up by $400,000 in the general fund.
         Also as reported here, MAW’s separate legal fees of $83,000 were  mentioned during a different part of the meeting and there was the exchange between councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace in which she stated LanCity Connect is at a “stalemate.”
         LNP’s failure to report and inform the public  on this over $5 million dollar disaster is unconscionable and also raises the question of how much money MAW has paid LNP. How deep is LNP’s collusion and complicity in this fraud and scam? Is that why they do not want the attorney general to investigate?
    To be continued…
    *

    **   Regarding the plans for the new Lancaster Square, the below is the end to an excellent Letter to the Editor of LNP in yesterday’s print edition (click here to read the entire letter online).
          Once again all of the city’s efforts and money are being put into the six-block magazine section of the city. How many residents of the city will be able to afford the retail stores and restaurants proposed for the new Lancaster Square? Does anyone in city government care?

    *     Tonight from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall. The description: 
          “Join the City of Lancaster and Mahan Rykiel for a community meeting regarding Lancaster Square. The project team will present a summary of public outreach and the preliminary design process, and how this effort shaped the preferred design of the public plaza.
           Click here for the Facebook page for this event.

    *******

    I SEE YA!

       From this morning’s LNP editorial online titled, “Chief clerk of Pennsylvania Senate gets new digs, appointed with big-ticket furnishings, on the taxpayer dime,” (click here).        

        The hypocrisy and lies from this LNP editorial board are unbelievable. Are they are going to put IKEA furniture in their Marriott Hotel expansion rooms paid for by the public? Why is the public paying almost $10 million dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls expansion? Could their “watchdog” Caucus investigative reporters investigate and report on that?
    Please check back later today.

  • “A STALEMATE!”

    Posted on November 6th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    MORE MONEY, MAW!

         MAW and LanCity Connect were mentioned several times during last night’s city council committee meeting (click here to watch).
         One was during a review of the city’s 2017 audit talking about expenses and an increase of $400,000 in the general fund for LanCity Connect. MAW was mentioned again when Patrick Hopkins was talking about expenses for the Mayor’s office and a transfer and said there were $83,000 in legal expenses for MAW.
          Finally, with about 5:52 to go in the meeting city councilman Pete Soto and Mayor Sorace had this brief exchange:
    Soto – How soon will we get an update on Lancaster Connect?
    Sorace – LanCity Connect…um…There’s really no update at this point. There’s a little bit of a stalemate because PP&L and MAW… PP&L is waiting on MAW for certain things and so PP&L is not going to move forward with any approvals for pole attachments or any new work until those requirements are met. So… we’re waiting.
    Soto – How far behind schedule are we at this point on that? A year? A year-and-a half?
    Sorace – Significantly.
    Soto – Thank you, mayor.

  • UPDATE – * – 11-5-18 UPDATE – LNP: TOTALLY DISHONEST JOURNALISM!

    Posted on November 4th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    A NOSE FOR VICTORY!

         I will come back to corruption and LNP after the election. It pains me to see what LNP is doing to journalism. It is awful and almost worse, it validates Trump.
         So I’ll leave you with this tweet from former LNP employee Michael Deibert, who is a world class journalist and I believe he left LNP very quickly after learning what a truly corrupt, unethical, racist and greedy company they are.
         You go, Max! Yes, vote for Jess King and get rid of the Schmuck!


    *     Still, there’s a rule of journalistic ethics that we think ought to apply to government officials, too: Avoid not just conflicts of interest, but the appearance of conflicts of interest. Because in the public’s eye, they’re all the same.
         I have printed this unbelievable statement from an LNP editorial in August of 2016 several times before (click here for the editorial).
         But it bears posting again because these people are just such despicable liars. They break every code of journalistic ethics in this country every single day. And every media outlet that thinks LNP and/or the Caucus is a legitimate, honest, watchdog news organization needs to be informed that they are anything but that.
        The millions in public dollars that went/are going into LNP’s for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel ownership and current expansion smashes every journalism code of ethics in this country. And people need to be made aware of that!
         Robert Field of NewsLanc.com also wrote about the unbelievable hypocrisy and lie in LNP’s editorial and said this (click here):
         Shame on LNP. It is bad enough to fleece the community without blatantly insulting its intelligence. And yet again, perhaps the lack of community intelligence is the problem.
         It’s not the community’s fault. It’s because, of course, LNP, the monopoly news outlet in Lancaster County, doesn’t tell them about their own lies, greed and hypocrisy!
         LNP’s Marriott expansion in the heart of downtown is being paid for with your money:
      

    UPDATE 11-5-18

    THE MARRIOTT, CRIZ, MAW,
    THE COALITION CAMERAS,
    THE MARRIOTT EXPANSION,

    BENCHMARK & MORE!

         The corruption in Lancaster is simply shocking. And when it is investigated fully and people are jailed, the bottom line participant and the recipient of the money from the corruption will lead directly back to LNP. 
         Who from LNP will be going to jail?
    Please check back later today.

    — This will come tomorrow. —

    ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY & LIES!

      

    The top row are two headlines on the front page of today’s Sunday LNP print edition. Below that is one of their top five stories online this morning.

       Can LNP go any lower?
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – CALL THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL!

    Posted on November 2nd, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — I am making phone calls this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    ***   Why does LNP protect Mayor Danene Sorace, Patrick Hopkins and Randy Patterson? Because they gave racist LNP almost ten million dollars of the public’s money to build their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott expansion tower. That’s why! (Pictures taken Monday of this week.)

     

    **   LNP has now taken the comment down from their Facebook page. Resign, Tom Murse!

    *    The same comment is on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page and is easier to read. Everyone has been affected because there are over $5 million dollars missing!

    OVER $5 MILLION
    FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

         Why did LNP remove this comment under the story about Charlotte Katzenmoyer? Call the Pennsylvania Attorney General and ask them what happened to over $5 million dollars of the taxpayer’s money (717-787-9707)! Do it today.
         Why was this comment removed, LNP managing editor Tom Murse? Who are you protecting this time? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – “NO LONGER EMPLOYED”

    Posted on November 1st, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    THE PLOT THICKENS!

    & LUDICROUS
    UNPROFESSIONALISM!

          For her part, Katzenmoyer would only say, “Things were not working out between me and the new administration.”
         This is the latest tidbit added by LNP to their story linked to below. That and the suddenness of it all and the secrecy surrounding it would seem to indicate she was fired.
         Her job and responsibilities for the city were huge so this is extremely important even though LNP thinks their childish review of the Gran Sabor Latino Restaurant (and many other stories) are more important!
         I would also like to thank the commenter who sent in this about Chief of Staff Matt Johnson. It made my day:
         I honestly derive some enjoyment from seeing his posts on the city’s page, due to their ludicrous unprofessionalism.
         I left Matt a voicemail and sent him two nice emails today asking for a statement and have heard nothing back. Surprise! 🙂
    There will be much more tomorrow.

    AND SO ON?

    ***  LNP is finally up with a very short story (click here). From the article:
         Her department oversees the city’s water and wastewater operations as well as street repair, upkeep of parks and public property and so on.
         “And so on?” You’re a reporter! It’s your job to tell us what the “so on” is! Tell the public how much control and power this woman had!

     

    WHATEVER THEY WANTED!

    **   For over 12 years (and in Katzenmoyer’s case many more years than that) the above three very powerful and highly paid city employees have controlled and run the city of Lancaster with oversight from absolutely no one except the mayor. Anything they wanted they got (and so did LNP)!   
         Is Katzenmoyer’s departure a huge crack in the corruption and control of the city?

    *    I left a voicemail requesting additional information at 8:56 am this morning with Matt Johnson, Mayor Sorace’s Chief of Staff.

    KATZENMOYER OUT!- 2

           “Charlotte Katzenmoyer is no longer employed by the city of Lancaster,” a city employee who is aware of the situation told me by phone this morning.
    Please see yesterday’s posts about the 17 year Director of Public Works and check back for this developing story. What happened?

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * WE’VE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES!

    Posted on October 31st, 2018 Becky 11 comments
         Once again, today’s huge breaking news is that LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer is no longer the Director of Public Works for the city of Lancaster. She has held that position for 17 years and was one of the most powerful and highest paid city employees.
         The details of her departure are not known and LIP News has requested a statement from the city but has not heard back as of 3:55 pm today. There will be more tomorrow.

     

    **  Charlotte Katzenmoyer has been the Public Works Director for the City of Lancaster since May of 2001. According to her LinkedIn account (click here):
          As the Director of Public Works with the City of Lancaster she has responsibility for approximately 200 employees in the Bureau of Engineering, Operations Bureau which includes Streets, Traffic and Parks, Bureau of Public Facilities, Bureau of Water, Bureau of Wastewater. The Water and Wastewater Bureaus serve not only the City proper, but nine municipalities surrounding the City with a population of over 140,000 residents. She is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of $43 million and a capital budget of $50 million.

    *     2:55 pm – I have requested a statement from the city regarding Charlotte Katzenmoyer and am awaiting their response.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    KATZENMOYER OUT!

         LIP News has learned that Charlotte Katzenmoyer will no longer be the Director of Public Works for the city effective yesterday. She held that position for 17 years.
         Please stay tuned for this developing story.

    WHO BECAME AGGRESIVE?

    Attorney Pfursich

         Johnson’s attorney Edwin Pfursich said in statement Tuesday that the story being portrayed on social media is not accurate.
    “This matter is about trespassing. The volunteers from Jess King’s campaign entered private property and became aggressive,” he wrote in an email. “They were asked to leave and refused, so the police were notified.”
    From the WITF story linked to below.

         This is part of Kemp’s story that she posted on Facebook about the incident (click here to read her whole post):

          …  We walked onto her driveway to explain that we were canvassing for Jess King.
    She said, “I hate Jess King. She’s trying to take us to socialism. You can’t do that here.”
    She spoke to us in an aggressive way in a loud voice.
    She said to Michael, “I know you; you look familiar.”
    Michael introduced himself by name and stuck out his hand for a shake.
    The woman stuck out her hand which had a plastic glove and then snatched it back.
    She said “You can’t do that here. You don’t belong here. How did you get in here? I’m going to call the police. I’m going to take your picture.”
    I grabbed Michael’s arm to move from the woman’s driveway
    I said, “Come on Michael; let’s go somewhere else.” We left her driveway.
    The woman then followed us yelling at us on to the street.
    She said, “I’m taking your picture.”
    I said. “That’s fine.” And then I posed with a smile and said “We support Jess King.”
    Then I said to Michael
    “Michael take her picture!”
    Michael pulled out his camera and started to take her photograph.
    The woman then hid her face with her hand.
    She said, “All of this is private property. You can’t be in here at all. I’m calling the police.”
    She then started to dial.
    I said, “We’ll call the police too. let’s go Michael. This is America.”
    We walked to our car, got in, and Michael drove out of Bent Creek.
    After a minute or so, I called the campaign volunteer headquarters in Manheim Township and relayed the incident.

    ******

    **   Bent Creek! Click here to read the story!

    *    Oh, the irony. The DA’s office just released the below news of a big press event this morning at 10:00 am! Who will LNP send?

    ******

    NOT A QUESTION IT’S
    ABOUT BLACK & WHITE!

         Would this alternative to prison for such a violent crime be afforded to teens of color, or those not from a suburban, upper middle class high school. It would be interesting to see some stats on this. This is the type of criminal justice action that leads to segments of the community feeling alienated, disaffected and discriminated. We’ve seen the consequences of this type of systemic stratification by race, ethnicity and class recently in Ferguson, New York and Cleveland. This needs to be shared.
         This excellent comment has stayed on my mind since it was posted on Lancaster Online in December of 2014 under the story, “Cop’s son and friend face 9-month stint in ‘motivational boot camp’ for raid of West Hempfield home,” (click here).    
          It just happened again in Lancaster County. A 63-year-old white suburban woman with an influential name was withheld from the public for days following a horrific car crash that killed two high school students and put another in intensive care.      
          If she had been black or Hispanic from the city her name would have been released in a matter of hours. This is not “playing the race card” – this is simply fact.
         And LNP completely ignores it and doesn’t demand answers from District Attorney Craig Stedman. Why has this racist company, with only one new, minority employee among a staff of over 80, been allowed to continue to operate in Lancaster County? Why haven’t any community leaders called out this racist company and told them this is unequivocally not acceptable and further, that they should be charged with employment discrimination and put out of business?
    This needs to be shared! Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHATEVER, WHENEVER?

    Posted on October 30th, 2018 Becky 12 comments

    SLAYING THE TRUTH?

         It is “ironic” that Kyle Slaymaker went on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page early this morning and posted this sarcastic remark. And yet, I think he’s part of the reason it took the DA four days to release her name. It was to make sure she was not related to Kyle (he stated later in the thread that he is not related to the driver, Debra Slaymaker-Walker).
         You see, Kyle Slaymaker is married to Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker’s daughter. You don’t get much more connected than that!
         And the Slaymaker name is a very prominent, well known name in Lancaster County.
         There will be more tomorrow.

         ******

    DRIVER IDENTIFIED

    *    The female driver involved in the Oct. 26 crash in Lititz is Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 63.
    From the DA’s latest press release (click here).

    JOURNALISTS: DO YOUR JOBS!

    A front page headline in today’s print edition of LNP and a comment posted under the story online.

         LNP’s Subheadline: “Says secrecy is essential to ‘integrity’ of investigation.”
         Can you imagine a journalist writing that? Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY, STEDMAN?

    Posted on October 29th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

        This has been on the home page of Lancaster Online all day.
         This is not acceptable! This is simply unacceptable behavior by a public servant in the United States who is paid by the public to protect and serve them. It is unconscionable.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    ***  The only thing I’ve seen that makes any possible sense is that this woman is on life support. If that is the case, the DA should report it and release her name. 
    Just to be clear: This “theory” was posted on a social media site and it is not known if there is any truth to this whatsoever.

    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

    **   Yet another unacceptable update from District Attorney Craig Stedman.  

    NOT SATISFACTORY – AGAIN!

    *    The latest press release from the DA’s office at approximately 10:15 am this morning. This is not satisfactory!

    IDENTIFY THE DRIVER! – 3

      

    (Click here for the  above full PennLive story.)

         Release the driver’s name, District Attorney Craig Stedman! This is simply an unacceptable outrage. Two students are dead. Identify the driver, Stedman.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ALL THE NEWS…

    Posted on October 26th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    A DISGRACEFUL POWER PLAY!

          This is nothing but a power play by DA Stedman. Why do they release any mugshots? What a bunch of absolute crap and a disgrace to his office and the public.
    There will be more tomorrow.

    THE DA’S RESPONSE

    ******

    IS HE STILL DRIVING?

    *    District Attorney Craig Stedman wants to be a judge? Can you imagine? 
         A reminder of who Jesus Rosario is from this site several days ago is below (the link to the WGAL piece is here and the original is here).
         Yesterday, the Lancaster City Police released large mugshots of eight men and one woman charged during a prostitution sting (click here). And what did Stedman say in response to a Right to Know request for the mugshot of Rosario? His unacceptable and ridiculous response is coming later today.

    **********

    A MISSING WOMAN
    & FACEBOOK RULES?

        

         The big news in Lancaster this morning. LOL!

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – CORRECTION – WHERE’S THE MONEY?

    Posted on October 25th, 2018 Becky No comments
         Once again, I apologize for this morning’s mistake and thank Patrick Hopkins for his quick and polite email advising me of the error. I will continue to put in monthly Right to Know requests to ensure that MAW is making the payments on their $1.5 million dollar loan from the city.
         Also tomorrow I will be putting in a Right to Know request for the letter from the state mentioned by Mayor Sorace which she states rejects the CRIZ Authority’s plan to give money to smaller businesses. This has not been reported by LNP and the full transcript of her speech to city council was posted here yesterday. It is also available to be viewed by anyone on Tony Dastra’s live-stream of the council meeting on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). The mayor begins her report with 6 minutes and 30 seconds left to go in the video.
         This site strives for accuracy and the truth and if an error is made it will be corrected as quickly as possible. 

    *****

    **  LNP went up with the prostitution sting story and mugshots very quickly! But they are ignoring one person who was charged in their story, “8 men charged with soliciting prostitution in Lancaster after undercover sting,” (click here).
         The ninth is below and the police state in their release:
         One female, Cody Boas, was instantly recognized as a wanted person and was arrested on several outstanding warrants for drug distribution.      

    *    The Lancaster City Police were busy with a prostitution sting and charged nine and have large mugshots posted on CrimeWatch (click here)! Amazing.
         Now, guess what the DA said when I put in a Right to Know request for the mugshot of Jesus Rosario, a taxi driver charged with rape but free and walking the streets on unsecured bail and whose mugshot has never been released to the public?

    ************

    CORRECTION

        The below email was received from Patrick Hopkins this morning. I apologize. The second page is also below. I would point out that Tim Stuhldreher’s article is dated September 16th and states the payment was received. According to your documents the payment was not received until September 17th.

    WHO IS LYING?

          

        Last spring, when MAW began rolling out service to business and residential customers, the city loaned it $1.5 million for startup costs.
         The first payment was due this month; It was received Thursday, city business administrator Patrick Hopkins confirmed.
         The monthly installments of just over $14,900 are to continue over the next seven years. Asked if MAW will be able to make the payments, Wiczkowski said: “Absolutely.”
    From the September 16th article by LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher (pictured above), “Some LanCity Connect customers lose service as PPL removes ‘unauthorized’ equipment,” (click here).
         Is that a fact, LNP and Stuhldreher? Did you verify that or did you just take Hopkins’ word for it?
         That’s not the information I received when I put in a Right to Know request for the payments received by MAW:
    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AND BACKED BY LNP!

    Posted on October 24th, 2018 Becky 12 comments
         I will put in a Right to Know request for the letter from the state Mayor Sorace spoke about last night and the transcript is below. None of this makes any sense except it looks like the Lancaster CRIZ Authority and the mayor don’t have a clue what they are doing! This is just disgraceful!
         In other major news – where are the updates on the attempted robbery and shooting at Smithgall’s Pharmacy yesterday? How is former mayor Charlie Smithgall? What is the condition of the robber who was shot and who is he? Who is the robber who got away? Where is his description? Do the police know his name?
        The public deserves more information and it should have been released by now!
    *******
    ***  Mayor Sorace’s “Report of the Mayor” to City Council last night
          So, I have some good news and some bad news. Let’s start with the good news.
         Yesterday we received word that the total amount of CRIZ dollars coming back to the city was approximately $6.4 million dollars which is $2.4 million more than last year. This is a huge gain.
         The CRIZ program, as many of you know, allows us to keep state taxes and local earned income taxes and local service taxes paid by businesses in designated areas and [put] back into economic development and job creation in approved CRIZ districts.
         Lancaster was one of the first communities to receive the designation and I  like to think we have become an example of how this tax incentive can be successfully managed. And I want to thank those who serve on our CRIZ Authority for the years of work that they have put into this. And so one more time I just want to say these are state tax dollars that would normally be sent to Harrisburg that can remain in our local economy.
          Now to the bad news – or – I don’t know – I’m going to remain optimistic. The state recently gave us..um…sent us a letter regarding a plan that we had talked about for some time – which was to provide small grants and loans to our smaller businesses. And so as part of this many of you heard me talk about this all of last year.
          Our CRIZ dollars have been spent on these larger projects like the Conestoga Plaza, Marriott expansion, 101 North Queen, Hotel Lancaster as examples as well as two smaller business projects like Max’s Diner.
          But where we are now is that instead of insuring that all shapes and sizes of businesses within the CRIZ district would share in the influx of money that the CRIZ represents, the state has rejected our plan for as long as this financial assistance program that would be administered by the very capable members of the CRIZ Authority.
         The state believes that  it would be inequitable to allow some businesses to receive and I quote, “direct benefit” end quote from the fund while, quote “others are required to repay increments used to support debt service” quote.
          That is exactly the point of the whole CRIZ program.
         They also pointed to programs like the Small Business Assistance Network as an existing resource for small businesses. Presumably they believe this program provides enough support for small businesses as is. And we respectfully disagree with this [base] interpretation of the CRIZ legislation and about the benefits the small businesses would receive due to our expansion of the CRIZ program.
         It is crucial to me and others that all businesses in the Lancaster CRIZ district, no matter their size, share in the economic activity of the city and the CRIZ program.
         So you haven’t heard the last about this. We will be talking to our friends in Harrisburg – at the Department of Revenue, the DCED and the office of budget as well as the governor’s office.
          As you might recall, the CRIZ Authority was formed jointly between then Senator Smucker and Mayor Gray. Today I work in partnership with Senator Martin and he is aware of this. We will be figuring out what our next steps are. More to come.
         In the meantime, $6.4 million dollars and 473 of the 546 businesses reported which was almost 87 percent which is the highest ever. So thank you to the businesses as well because I understand the paperwork is not very fun even though we do our very best to help you complete it.

    ******

    **   The below is posted on Lancaster Online under the CRIZ article linked to below in this post. LNP Managing Editor Tom Murse needs to resign!

    *    Mayor Sorace announced last night during her Mayor’s Report to city council that the state sent a letter rejecting the city’s plan to offer CRIZ to small businesses. I will try to post a transcript of her statement later today but you can watch the entire meeting here.

    ABSOLUTE CORRUPTION!

         Benchmark Construction, the project developer, needed assurance the CRIZ revenue would be available before moving forward with design and engineering, because the project’s financing doesn’t work without it, Patterson said.
    From the LNP story, “CRIZ funding pledged to Lancaster Square library, garage project,” (click here).
         Mayor Sorace’s husband is a vice-president at Benchmark Construction! This is absolute corruption at the highest level!
         From October 17th on this site (click here for the original):
    Please check back later today.
     
  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – DOES F&M REALLY CARE?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    — The Lancaster City Police Press Release on the shooting at Smithgall’s Pharmacy is here.

    SMITHGALL INJURED?
    & PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING

         There is shocking news about former Mayor Charlie Smithgall – click here for, “Former Mayor Charlie Smithgall taken to hospital after reported shooting at his pharmacy.” Wishing him all the best and a speedy recovery.
         Tonight there is a City Council Public Safety Committee meeting on police body cameras (click here for the Facebook event page shown below). It is from 6 to 7 pm and will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 120 North Duke Street.

    “ON THE SCHEDULE TO
    DRIVE FOR THEM TODAY”

    **    Watch WGAL’s Katelyn Smith’s video on the taxi driver, Jesus Rosario, charged with raping a customer (click here). She actually looks and sounds shocked and scared by it all. And we have never seen a photo of Rosario – no mugshot anywhere! Why? Shouldn’t women know what this man looks like? I will put in a request for his mugshot today.

    *     LNP reporter Lindsey Blest wrote both rape stories linked to below. Did it occur to her to ask the District Judges or the DA’s office about the difference in bail amounts? Wouldn’t the average person, let alone a “reporter,” want answers? Doesn’t the public have a right to know?

    $200,000 CASH BAIL
    & $150,000 UNSECURED!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article, “Former Franklin & Marshall College student charged with rape on campus in 2017,” (click here).

         This is the obvious, huge question! What took eleven months? Imagine the victim’s fear and an alleged rapist was allowed to walk the street for eleven months? Will anyone in Lancaster demand answers?
         Does F&M really care? They have the power and influence to demand answers from the police, the mayor and city council! Why didn’t they?
         And why is Felicius Bucyukundi’s bail set at $200,000 cash and Jesus Rosario, a taxi driver who is charged with the rape of a customer, free on $150,000 unsecured bail? Why?
    Click here for the October 2nd article, “Lancaster city taxi driver charged with raping woman after dropping her off at home,” and check back later today.    

  • * AND POLITICIANS!

    Posted on October 19th, 2018 Becky No comments

    *     Today was not a good day to make a Trump “joke” after he praised a politician for body slamming a journalist. Unbelievable! Nothing, nothing excuses that.

    DISHONEST JOURNALISTS!

       

    —   Does Trump know about you and LNP, Tom? If he did, you would move to the top of his dishonest journalists list. That’s quite an accomplishment!
    —   You aren’t far behind, Danene!
         Yes, LNP managing editor Tom Murse and Mayor Danane Sorace have another talk later today!

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** “EVENTS THAT SHAPE LIFE”

    Posted on October 12th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

         I just received a threatening and harassing phone call from Lancaster County Motors, Inc. (717) 569-4514 at 3:44 pm! Unbelievable!

    YOU ARE A LIAR, TOM!

        

         Part of an ad LNP ran for themselves this summer. Tom Murse, LNP Managing Editor.

    The shocking sexual harassment lawsuit filed in federal court this Tuesday (click here).

          Where is LNP’s coverage? Why are they ignoring this shocking lawsuit? Shouldn’t the public know? Stay informed – read LIP News! You are a liar, Tom Murse!
    Please see the posts below for the lawsuit on this site and check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – THE DNA TECHNOLOGY IS HERE!

    Posted on October 11th, 2018 Becky 9 comments

    WOULD YOU BUY A
    CAR FROM THESE MEN?

             

    Clark Adams, Chief Operating Officer, left, and Frank Nolt, President of Lancaster County Motors, Inc.

         The “Relief Requested” in Katie Bacon’s federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. is below. There will be more tomorrow.

    ******

    **   The continuation of the “Operative Facts” portion of Katie Bacon’s federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. is below (please see yesterday’s post immediately below for the beginning).

    *******

    *     I sent an email through their website this morning asking if they have any comment on the federal lawsuit (see yesterday’s post). I’m waiting!

    *********

    SOLVE MURDERS!

    (Click here)

         It is great that they can solve a 12-year-old burglary with DNA. It is past time to start solving all of the unsolved murders with DNA!
    Please check back later today when there will also be more on yesterday’s shocking sexual harassment lawsuit.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** USE OF FORCE

    Posted on October 10th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    —  I am not sure there is anything that can prepare you for opening a complaint in a lawsuit and reading what is below. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    SHOCKING SEXUAL
    HARASSMENT LAWSUIT

         The below is the beginning of a shocking lawsuit filed in Federal Court yesterday: Katie Bacon v. Lancaster County Motors, Inc. of East Petersburg.

    *******

    UPDATE WITH TEETH!

    UPDATE…..Charlie’s badge has been turned in!!! He was so happy that he was smiling from ear to ear! Thanks to everyone for spreading the word.
    Posted on the Lancaster City Police Department Facebook page (see yesterday’s post here).
         Yikes!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    75% REDUCTION!

         “The Use of Force policy has been in effect since August 1st.
         …While we just have two months of data thus far, we have seen a reduction in about 75 percent in those two months regarding use of force incidents in the city.”
    Mayor Danene Sorace in her Report of the Mayor last night to city council (click here to view the entire meeting).

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – A MAN OF HIS WORD?

    Posted on October 9th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LYING LYONS?

    — & HORSE THIEF? —    

        Wow I didn’t know you could postpone a hearing because “you’re not available”. Smh
    Posted on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page under the above story (click here).  
         This is very strange and Lyons had at least a month’s notice of today’s date. What could he be busy doing?
          I wonder if the two bail bondsmen who each put up $500,000 are getting nervous?
         Lyons is no longer living with his wife who is seeking a divorce. He is now living with his mother. When the Sheriff’s Office tried to serve him on September 17th in one of the many bankruptcy related filings the result is below:


    — NOT CHARLIE’S BADGE! —

        

         Yes, apparently someone stole Charlie’s badge! From the CrimeWatch entry there is this (click here): 
         On Thursday 04 October 2018, Off. Berry and Charlie were on mounted patrol in downtown Lancaster City. At some point during his patrol, Charlie’s badge holder came loose from the harness.
         Off. Herr was in the area of W. King St. and Prince St. and located the leather portion that held the badge, but the badge was missing and presumed to have been removed from the leather holder. 
         The bottom rocker portion of the badge is engraved “H-2”. We have included a photo of what the actual badge looks like in the leather holder. The missing/stolen item is the metal.
         It’s lucky that there are lots of Safety Coalition cameras in the area (please see the above insert from the camera map and the blue arrow was inserted indicating W. King and Prince Streets). Can the Lancaster City Police solve this crime? Will the cameras finally prove helpful?

    ******

    *     Today, MAW has 10 employees, down from about 25 in April 2017. They’re divided between Reading and Lancaster, with Lancaster accounting for about half its business, he said.

    From the LNP article linked to below.

    Stuhldreher

          This is simply unacceptable and downright ridiculous reporting by Tim Stuhldreher and his LNP editors. What business do they have in Reading? I’ve been asking this question since March of last year and no one has answered it (click here):

         Where else has MAW “rolled out?” They created one hot spot downtown in the city of Reading! That’s it! Supposedly they have “institutional clients” and cellular companies using them but we have no idea who they are!
          You would think that after two years and over $5 million dollars, someone at LNP would directly ask MAW president Frank Wiczkowski: “Exactly what other business do you have?” And if they have all this business in Reading, why did they need a loan? And why didn’t they go to a bank for the loan?
    *******

    $14,900 MONTHLY!

                            
        

         Last spring, when MAW began rolling out service to business and residential customers, the city loaned it $1.5 million for startup costs.
         The first payment was due this month; It was received Thursday, city business administrator Patrick Hopkins confirmed.
         The monthly installments of just over $14,900 are to continue over the next seven years. Asked if MAW will be able to make the payments, Wiczkowski said: “Absolutely.”
    From the September 16th LNP article (under the sidebar), “Some LanCity Connect customers lose service as PPL removes ‘unauthorized’ equipment,” (click here).
         LIP News will put in monthly Right to Know requests to make sure the city receives the payments.
    Please check back later today.   

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – BLATANT CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

    Posted on October 8th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LAPDOGS!

         Also, a plug for our new email newsletter, Power & Policy, written by a team of watchdog reporters: Janesch [Sam Janesch, their political reporter, who he says will be posting updates tonight under the article], county government reporter Carter Walker and City Hall reporter Tim Stuhldreher.
    LNP editor Tom Murse posting under their debate article.
         Oh, my heavens! I don’t even have time for these lies and nonsense today. How long has Walker been out of college? And all I have to say about Stuhldreher is “MAW COMMUNICATIONS!” What a very sad joke.

    *   Let’s not forget the $30,000 bonus Beverly Steinman gave Roda in the form of a scholarship to her daughter from her tax-free fund (click here)! These Steinmans think they can get away with anything!
    *

    LNP: UNETHICAL AGAIN!

        
    (Click here for the above debate story, Barbara Hough Roda)
     
         “It will be moderated by Barbara Hough Roda, community liaison for LNP and LancasterOnline, and Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber.”
         Barbara Hough Roda should not be moderating this debate! Lloyd Smucker wrote the CRIZ specifically for LNP to give them millions of your dollars for their Marriott Hotel expansion. Beverly (Peggy) Steinman, LNP’s owner, has given Smucker thousands and thousands of dollars for his campaigns.
         This is another travesty from LNP!
    Please check back later today.
  • * I THINK I WANNA MARRY YOU!

    Posted on October 7th, 2018 Becky 8 comments
    *    The below events at the convention center are not filling the Marriott Hotel (click here). It will be used for 11 days in October and 10 days in November! (I wonder how much they are charging McCaskey for their homecoming.)
    *

                  

    A KNOTTY SECRET!

         We stayed here for my best friend’s wedding. First off, when I booked, I ended up having to book a second night. When I called to change my reservation, the girl was very rude on the phone, and claimed the wedding wasn’t blocked off for Friday, just Saturday. So I would have to pay full price. When I told the bride, she said that was not the case. The groom ended up calling to change my booking. The couple called everyone who had booked from the wedding to make sure they got the negotiated price. Apparently I wasn’t the only one they tried to make pay the non-wedding rate.
    From a review of the Lancaster Marriott Hotel on Yelp from August of last year (click here).
         The “20/20” episode on the murder of Christy Mirack on Friday began by stating that Lancaster is a well known wedding destination.
         I learned this several years ago when I happened on Marriott reviews and everyone was there for a wedding. The convention center is not filling the Marriott and not the reason they are expanding – weddings are!
         Why is this such a secret?