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  • RETURNING ON SUNDAY – HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR SOME

    Posted on November 21st, 2017 Becky 4 comments

         I’ll keep this upbeat this afternoon and wish everyone a very wonderful Thanksgiving! LIP News will return this Sunday.

     

    DOES ANYONE CARE?

    William E. Cooper, Jr.

         William Earl Cooper, Jr. was shot and killed in the city on October 27th. Does anyone care? Does anyone care that his family has received no justice and a killer continues to walk the streets?
         LIP News will publish this afternoon and then go on Thanksgiving break and will return on Sunday, November 26th.

  • * TECHNOLOGY & PROCESSING COSTS?

    Posted on November 18th, 2017 Becky 24 comments

    WHO GETS THAT?

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP article, “Extraordinary Give beats 2016 record with more than $8.6M in donations to 400+ organizations,” (click here).

    *    It is wonderful that the Extraordinary Give raised over $8 million dollars! However, why was $430,940 deducted from the total and who received it? Especially since in the “FAQs” it says this:
         Additionally, the Foundation has committed $150,000 to cover nearly all the hard costs of this project as well as staff time.
         That question was posed above and Jen Kopf, LNP’s Home & Garden and Food Reporter, does not provide the answer! Who is this mysterious “technology partner” who received $430,940? That’s a lot of money!
         You’re a “reporter,” Kopf, why don’t you answer the question?

    WHO RECEIVED $430,940?

    From the “full list of FAQs” for the Extraordinary Give (click here).

         LNP is reporting total donations of $8,636,084 this morning. So exactly who received the $430,940 in “technology and processing costs?”

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MAIL THEM A CHECK!

    Posted on November 17th, 2017 Becky No comments

    TSK TSK!

    Since when did the Tuk Tuk become a non-profit? Hmmm…
    Have a safe and happy Friday!

    *****

    **   A friend called yesterday and asked if I had checked out the Extraordinary Give? “No,” I said. “It’s sponsored by LNP,” he said. That is never good.
          So, I checked it out. From the article there is this (click here):
         Extraordinary Give is hosted by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. LNP and the Steinman Foundation,  a local, independent family foundation  funded by the companies that comprise Steinman Communications, including LNP Media Group, are Extraordinary Give 2017 sponsors.
         So, back to this 4.99 percent. The editorial linked to below goes on to say:
          There is a fee of 4.99 percent per donation to cover credit card provider and technology charges. That this is so transparently noted on the Extraordinary Give’s FAQ web page should be reassuring.
         You are a proven liar, opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy. No, that is not reassuring!  Tell us exactly who gets the 4.99% and why!

    *****

    *    I am not clear what “computer-generated images from killer’s DNA” are, but DNA of any type and any age can identify a match if a suspect is found. At best, DNA might perhaps predict blood type, or eye color or race. It cannot give you the killer’s phone number or home address or a facial sketch.
    From a Letter to the Editor in today’s print LNP, “Mirack article was misleading,” (click here).  
         What? No phone number?
         LNP lies. They lie repeatedly! They should issue a correction and an apology! And they should demand an apology from DA Craig Stedman! Pathetic!

    ******

    EXTRAORDINARY THEFT!

      … The minimum gift is $25; you can give to just one nonprofit or to multiple ones.
    … There is a fee of 4.99 percent per donation to cover credit card provider and technology charges.
    From today’s LNP editorial, “Join today’s party of giving that is the Extraordinary Give,” (click here).
         A 4.99% fee? You have to be kidding me! That is outrageous! Mail them a check.
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * DO YOUR JOB, STEDMAN!

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    — I am doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    TELL US NOW, WINTERS!

     **   Is Erma Kaylor’s killer white, Hispanic, Black, Asian or a mix? Why hasn’t this information been released to the public? Does Lancaster Police Captain Michael Winters know? Does he have DNA to support that the “person of interest” has a “dark skin color?”
         A screenshot of the ridiculous video released by the Lancaster City Police department over four years after her murder is below and the full video is below that.

     

    *    Look at this! A Thanksgiving special (click here for 23andme.com)! So where is this information for Erma Kaylor’s killer?

    ******

    SOLVE MURDERS!

    GET KILLERS
    OFF THE STREET

         The below was posted on the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Facebook page in October. I wonder if Stedman thought he would be leaving for the Superior Court and taking his lying spokesman, Brett Hambright, with him? 

     
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** NOTHING BUT LIES!

    Posted on November 15th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    A FINAL NOTE…

         These have been the toughest eight days I can remember. The election is over – it is certified and final – and tonight I will breathe a sigh of relief.
         One final note (for now): What Stedman did to Christy Mirack’s family and friends is inexcusable. Let’s wait for the next time Stedman or his office mentions her horrific, unsolved murder. I predict it will be months if not years from now – and still with no killer. His actions were unconscionable.

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

    IT’S OVER!

    PennLive is reporting that Stedman waived the recount (click here).

     

    THE LAST
    THING WE NEED…
    IS CRAIG STEDMAN!

         Noon Wednesday is the deadline for Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and two of his fellow candidates to decide whether or not to waive a recount in their election race to be a state judge. 
    From the LNP article, “Stedman, fellow candidates in judicial race have till Wednesday to waive recount, if they choose,” (click here).  
         His ad (below) is one big lie. He has done a terrible job of “fighting for our safety” (41 unsolved murders) and he has not been a “tough but fair prosecutor!” He has given blatant preferential treatment to his political buddies and others in positions of power and several of those cases have been repeatedly highlighted on this site.
         I will state again: I cannot believe this man had the audacity to run for the Superior Court given his horrendous record. And the only reason he could even attempt it is because LNP has ignored and even flat-out lied to the public to protect him.
    Please check back later today.

     

    Posted by Stedman for Judge on Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * WHAT HAPPENED TO LNP?

    Posted on November 13th, 2017 Becky 13 comments
    —   Please see immediately below at 2:44 pm. Elissa also said that she believes the recount is being done right now. I mentioned the possibility that the candidates could “waive” a recount and she said she was not aware of that happening.
         So it looks like we go into another day without absolute, final results. Mary P. Murray claimed victory on her campaign Facebook page this morning. Attempts to reach her and her campaign this afternoon were unsuccessful.
    *

    —  2:44 pm – I just spoke with Elissa at the Department of State Elections Division and she said the Superior Court race has not been certified and nothing is final.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MURRAY DECLARES VICTORY!

    Mary P. Murray has just stated she won the seat on the Superior Court on her Facebook page!

    CONCEDE, STEDMAN!

     
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story by a poster previously named Ron Harper, Jr., under the LNP story, “DA Craig Stedman’s race for state judge seat could see a recount once first count is done,” (click here).
          It’s spelled “concede” but the sentiment is dead-on!
          From the article:       
         Stedman, Moulton and Giordano all are within the one-half percent margin with Murray that would trigger a statewide recount. The recount is mandatory, but would not occur if all three men waive it.
         Moulton and Giordano don’t have a chance. Neither does Stedman. Concede, Stedman!

    *******

    HOLD THE
    POLICE ACCOUNTABLE!

         The above is from a post on this site in August of 2012 (click here for the original). For years under the Crime Stopper’s logo it said, “Sponsoring Partner – Lancaster Newspaper Inc.”
         That is not mentioned in either of two prominent stories today by LNP reporter Tom Knapp. Why not?
    —  Click here for the “insider” story, “With donations in decline, Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers hopes Extraordinary Give will fund rewards.”
    —  Click here for the “insider” story, “Lancaster City-County Crimestoppers marks 30 years of helping to collar the bad guys and reward helpful tips.”
          Knapp also wrote this story this year – “Here’s a list of unsolved homicides in Lancaster County since 1992,” (click here). He lists 41 unsolved murders!
         Crime Stoppers was also mentioned on this site yesterday – see immediately below. And notice under that very recent Crime Stopper’s flyer it states “Sponsoring Partner – LNP Media Group, Inc.” So what happened?
          Here’s an idea, Tom Knapp, why don’t you and LNP hold these police accountable? And what happened to LNP sponsoring Crime Stoppers? Why don’t you tell us?
    Please check back later today.          

  • AFTERNOON UPDATGE – NO RECOUNT NEEDED!

    Posted on November 9th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

         As of 3:30 pm this afternoon, according to the Department of State website I have been linking to for the last two days, with 9139 out of 9,162 districts reporting and 99.75% of the vote counted the unofficial totals for the fourth seat on the PA Superior Court are as follows (click here):

    —  Mary P. Murray – 911,947
    —  Craig Stedman –  907,445

         Murray has won the fourth seat and Stedman has lost. If there is to be a recount – then do a recount (see immediately below). Once again, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has lost and will not be a judge on the PA Superior Court!

    ******

    —   Let me clarify one item in the below. The professor at first thought this was a two person race when we went through the math. I later explained that this was a nine person race with four available seats and DA Stedman was in a close race for the fourth seat! So then, he wasn’t sure and said you might have to add up all the candidates’ votes… and he was particularly interested in how they actually “recount” the vote and I had no answer!

    IT’S JUST MATH?

         I just got off the phone with a Franklin & Marshall mathematics professor who was extremely helpful but asked not to be named and he is also somewhat confused.
         When presented with what LNP stated:
        The recount would happen if the two candidates’ final vote totals are within one-half of one percent of each other.
    —  He said you add up Murray and Stedman’s votes – 911,563 + 907,085 = 1,818,648
    —   One percent of that total is 18,186
    —   One half of one percent of that is 9,093
         So, if Murray wins by less than 9,093 votes there would have to be a recount at this point.
         And then he asked me what do they recount? And I said I don’t know. And I said a lot of these races are very close for the Superior Court and they might have to do a lot of recounts!
         And he said he wasn’t sure and if they meant all the candidates for the office and all the votes then you would have to add them all up and…
         I do not feel so foolish. I will try the Department of State.
         And thank you to that patient professor!
     

    *** 10:25  am – 99.69% of vote in – percentages unchanged – votes below – click here:

    —  Mary P. Murray – 911,522
    —  Craig Stedman –  907,049

    **   I am being told that my math is incorrect and a recount is required. I am checking and apologize if I was wrong.

    A TEPID REPORTER!

     *    Apparently LNP’s “political reporter” Sam Janesch doesn’t know the word “lose” but he knows the word “tepid!” From the current LNP story online about Stedman (click here):
         He tepidly threw his name into consideration for the Superior Court race in January, saying he would only run if he was endorsed by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
         What a hoot!

    STEDMAN LOSES RACE!

         

         Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman has lost his bid for a seat on the Superior Court of PA. It is very unlikely that there will be a recount although LNP continues to include that possibility in their articles and headlines (click here).
         According to LNP, a recount would be required if the two candidates’ final vote totals are within one-half of one percent of each other.
         That is not the case. With 99.51 percent of the vote counted as of 6:45 am this morning, the two contenders for the fourth and final seat on the court remain as follows (click here):

    —   Mary P. Murray – 12.01% – 911,375 votes
    —   Craig Stedman –  11.95% – 906,917 votes

         Stedman lost the election.
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE – STEDMAN WILL NOT BE A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE!

    Posted on November 8th, 2017 Becky 17 comments

    4:02 pm – Still waiting for absolute confirmation of the results. Sigh…

    —  It is time for Stedman to concede. Early this morning, several people who did not understand the results, posted “congratulations” on his Facebook page. Those have been taken down. As of  2:05 pm the results are still showing 99.51% of districts reporting with the same results as published below at 11:30 am. But Stedman has clearly lost this election!

    *** BREAKING *** —  11:45 am – F & M’s Terry Madonna’s tweet below indicates Stedman lost!

    ***  11:30 am – 99.51% of results:
    —  Mary Murray – 911,375 votes
    —  Craig Stedman – 906,917 votes

    **  10:10 am and the vote count in the Superior Court Judge race is now 99.33% complete.
    — Mary Murray has 906,287 votes
    — Craig Stedman has 902,134 votes
        This is for the fourth seat on the court (click here).

    GET A ROOM!

    *   Picture is cropped from the front page of today’s LNP print edition. Photo by Chris Knight, LNP correspondent. Click here for, “Sorace wins race to be Lancaster mayor; Democrats sweep City Council.”

    *****

    *** BREAKING ***

         With 99.21% of the votes counted as of 6:58 am this morning, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman will not be elected to be a judge on the Superior Court of PA (click here). There are four seats and he is in fifth place.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – SAY “NO” TO SORACE & STEDMAN!

    Posted on November 7th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    I FEEL GOOD!

         It felt so good not voting for Craig Stedman! Given his record, I honestly can’t believe he had the chutzpah to even run! And if he should be elected, I will take comfort in the fact that when several cases are reviewed by outside sources, Stedman will be removed from the bench. Seriously!

    *****

    FIREFIGHTERS:
    VOTE STEWART!

    ******

    *     The below was posted on Danene Sorace’s Facebook page. The commenter nails it!

    VOTE TODAY!

      Click here to view your sample ballot before you vote!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – “ENDORSED BY THE NRA”

    Posted on November 6th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    RIDICULOUS PRICING!

    Part of an ad that ran on Lancaster Online over the weekend. When you clicked on the link on their homepage it brought you to this screen.

          Are you serious? I would think long and hard about this, LNP. You are going to lose a ton of subscribers. The current price is $5.15 a month! And this is an “introductory offer only?” Are you insane?     

    **********

    CAPABLE OF ANYTHING!

         Michael Deibert is prolific at twitter! Is he aware that 9-year city police chief Keith Sadler who just left office on Friday has an ex-wife who wrote a book stating he beat her for years?
         Does he know that LNP never told the public because they wanted to keep Mayor Gray happy and keep him giving them millions of your dollars? That is how corrupt and dishonest they are!
         Mayoral candidate Danene Sorace and Superior Judge candidate DA Craig Stedman never, ever said a word about it either.
         Why is Deibert working for this unethical, racist company again?

    *****

    SAY WHAT?

          Danene Sorace is going for humor? It’s not funny what she’s done with your money! Not funny at all! (Please see yesterday’s post and Tony Dastra’s video.)

    Budget Wrasslin'

    Danene vs. A Bear

    Posted by Danene Sorace for Mayor on Sunday, November 5, 2017

    HAVE YOU LOOKED
    AT YOUR CO-WORKERS?

     *
    **   12:00 Noon – This tweet by Michael Deibert within the last hour (click here). He is supposedly LNP’s new investigative team leader but he has yet to state that on his twitter account!
           Why would this man work for a racist company like LNP?
    *******

    — DUMP THE SCHMUCK! —

    VOTE HARTMAN!

     *   One of the things I feel guilty about is not giving Christina Hartman more coverage (click here for her Facebook page). LNP just constantly covers the schmuck – Lloyd Smucker – because he wrote the CRIZ for them and got them over $9 million of your dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion.
         Do not vote for the schmuck! He’s done nothing for you!  Vote for Christina Hartman! And take her advice above and do not vote for Craig Stedman!
    *******

    26 KILLED IN CHURCH

    DO NOT VOTE STEDMAN!

         There are literally hundreds of reasons not to vote for Craig Stedman to be a Superior Court Judge and this one may be the most urgent.
         Do not vote for Craig Stedman!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * LNP: SO MANY LIES!

    Posted on November 5th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    SORACE: SO MANY LIES!

         Danene Sorace flat-out lied before about the CRIZ and the Marriott and LNP. (See below and click here for the original with the video and the screenshot of Hopkin’s post stating Sorace is not correct.)
         For the LNP editorial board to talk about journalistic ethics is completely unconscionable and, again, absolutely disgusting.
         I will come back to Sorace and Stedman tomorrow.

    *    Good for you, independent mayoral candidate Tony Dastra! Republican candidate Cindy Stewart shared this video on her Facebook page as well! This is from their last debate – organized and moderated in part by LNP – the recipient of all those huge tax breaks that Danene Sorace gave to them so she could get good press!
         Where are those ethics, LNP and Sorace? Disgusting!

    Marriott Alternative Facts

    I'm going to hold Danene accountable for her actions, and you should too. The horrific public meeting at last year relating to the expansion of the Marriott hotel is what drove me to enter the political arena in such a big way, and it's why I'm committed to creating a transparent government, even when our elected officials have failed to do so. I won't remain silent when individuals attempt to mislead the public on decisions that they are accountable for.

    Posted by Tony Dastra for Mayor on Friday, November 3, 2017

    WHERE IS THIS
    CODE OF ETHICS?

               

                             Craig Stedman                      Danene Sorace    

         LNP is talking about “journalistic ethics” again in today’s editorial (click here for, “We need to seek reliable sources if we are to separate fake news from reality”)!
         Imagine that? Where, oh where, is this code of ethics?
         So later today, let’s examine two of the political races they feature on their front page this Sunday and how honest and ethical LNP has been in their reporting!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * HAND IT TO ME?

    Posted on November 3rd, 2017 Becky 15 comments

    HELLO MICHAEL,
    GOODBYE KEITH!

         “Michael Deibert has to be one of the most courageous journalists working today. He goes to the hardest places—the favelas of Rio, the shantytowns of Port-au-Prince, the killing grounds of central Africa—and comes out with stories no one else gets.”
    A quote from a fellow author on his website, MichaelDeibert.com (click here).
         Why is this man working for LNP? Why? This is truly, truly bizarre. We will see what happens (and I will continue making my list of things for him to investigate)!
         Today is Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler’s last day (see below). I’ll drink to that!
         Have a safe and happy First Friday!
        
     

    100+ YEARS?

    **   I will start giving Michael Deibert things that need to be investigated! Do you think LNP will let him?
    —  The first: LanCity Connect! This is unbelievable! The below is a portion of an exchange on their Facebook page. This is disgusting! If they are being so economical (they should learn to spell “manner”), why were they sponsoring LNP concerts? How many people actually have service at the prices promised?

     

    *    There is a glaring grammatical error in the second sentence of his story! LNP is running this as a multi-day, front page series and an “exclusive” and there is a glaring error in his second sentence!

    ****

    WHAT IS HIS POINT?

         From today’s LNP front page lead story and an “insider” story online, by Michael Deibert, LNP’s new “investigative team leader,” (click here).
          I have a lot of questions about Deibert, but first I have to figure out what a “sleeping bather’s hand” looks like! Seriously.
         Ridiculous!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * SAY NO TO CRAIG STEDMAN!

    Posted on November 2nd, 2017 Becky 15 comments

    NOT CLOSER!

         Several commenters have now stated on Lancaster Online  that they think the composite sketches of the murderer based on DNA look like Christy Mirack’s brother, Vince. I don’t see it but I’m bad at these things. However, if there was the least possible hint that her own brother committed this horrific crime, I believe that he would have been eliminated by a verified alibi or true DNA test 25 years ago.
         That brings up the question: So the general public is just supposed to keep an eye out for someone who looks like the sketches? And if they see someone, what do they do? Tap him on the shoulder and ask for his name and number so they can give it to the DA? And there are thousands, maybe millions of men who resemble these sketches. And we don’t have a clue how accurate they actually are (see the New York Times articles linked to below)!
         This was an inexcusable election ploy by District Attorney Craig Stedman and the press should call him out for it! Instead, LNP’s huge headline on the front page of the print edition this morning was a huge lie:


         No, sadly we are not “closer to the killer”. LNP is ridiculous and pathetic and they pander to Stedman and refuse to print the truth about his actions time after time after time.
    —  Click here for the New York Times article, “Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA,” and here for their companion article, “I’ve Just Seen a (DNA-Generated) Face.”

    ********

    LEARN THE
    TRUTH ABOUT STEDMAN!

         From a new website about Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman (click here).
    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – * AFTER ALMOST 25 YEARS!

    Posted on November 1st, 2017 Becky 34 comments

         The composites certainly resemble East Lampeter Township detective Joseph Edgell! Maybe that’s why ADA Christine Wilson looks like she is going to faint. Seriously. Watch starting at about the 18:53 mark on the WGAL video (click here).

    Composite sketches of killer at different ages (25, 45 and 55) based on DNA according to DA Stedman.
    Click here for whokilledchristymirack.com and an “explanation.”

     *** And you have 40 more to go, Stedman! Click here for LNP’s, “Here’s a list of 41 unsolved homicides in Lancaster County since 1992.” And LNP’s list is not complete!   

    ** What a bunch of nonsense! Get out, Stedman!

     *   The founders of this country built a system of checks and balances into the government. The final check on that system should be the press. When that check fails, crime and corruption follow.   
         It has in Lancaster. How many years has this been going on? How many crimes have been covered up? Can you buy your way out of a murder conviction in Lancaster County? You don’t think you can?
    On Sunday, December 15, 2002, the Sunday News ran the article “A mother’s dying wish” by Barbara Hough Roda. In the newspaper’s archives the full title is this, “Knowing she might not live to see the 10th anniversary of her daughter’s unsolved killing, Gerry Mirack asked an editor for an interview to tell her story of the terrible pain of losing her ‘Chrissy.’ And of her fears that justice would never be done. A mother’s dying wish.”   

        Christy Mirack, 25-years-old and a sixth-grade teacher, was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled in 1992 in her townhouse. No one has ever been charged with her murder.   
         In Roda’s article, there are the following paragraphs – and this phrase – “the family does not know to this day who that was.” Those eleven words send a chill down my spine every time I read them. Those words are beyond my comprehension. How and why could they not know who it was? And how could Roda write those eleven words without demanding an answer from the police for a dying mother ten years after her daughter was murdered?
    From an article from 10 years ago on this site (click here).

    ******

    SIX DAYS
    BEFORE THE ELECTION!

    (Click here)

         Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman better have something good. I mean very, very good.
         If he disappoints her family and friends after all these years just to blatantly further his campaign for Superior Court Judge, it will be inexcusable! Absolutely inexcusable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – “RESET” NEEDED YEARS AGO!

    Posted on October 31st, 2017 Becky 11 comments

    ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

         This picture is from the front page of LNP’s Friday print edition and tells you everything you need to know about Mayor Gray and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace and the CRIZ and the Marriott Hotel/convention center. That is Mayor Gray embracing S. Dale High. I wonder which one(s) will end up in jail?
         There will be much more tomorrow on Sorace and the CRIZ.

    [Editor’s note: This is a cropped and enlarged photo from the Governor’s Awards for the Arts on Thursday night taken by LNP photographer Suzette Wenger.]

    ARE THE POLICE STUPID?

    **   Very quickly to Diane Enck Gamber’s comment below so I can move on to serious news:
    —  Essentially what she is saying is that the police are stupid. So these neighbors are constantly harassed but the perpetrators have a scanner so they know when the police are coming and they make out to be Pollyannas? And the police can’t see through that time and time again? And could the harassed neighbor record the loud music and play it for the police (I wonder how the perpetrators hear the scanner over the loud music)? Do other neighbors hear the loud music and also complain? Can they show the litter and the dog poop to the police – and the other things she “can’t mention?” Again, she is basically saying the police are stupid and easily tricked – and I don’t believe this story for a minute.
          As to nosy people who want to listen to the “misfortune emergencies” of others – that is a crock and just plain nasty. They listen to it for their own safety and the safety of family, friends and neighbors. I suggest you listen to mayoral candidate Zac Nesbitt’s answer to the question in last night’s debate and I will have more on the encryption at a later date.    

         ******

    NOSY PEOPLE?

    *    I agreed with everything Republican candidate Cindy Stewart said last night (actually everything every candidate said except Sorace) except on one point – the encryption of police broadcasts. She stated she favored it for first responders’ safety.
         I totally disagree – and I am going to explore the below poster’s absurd (this is at least the second time she has told this story) and nasty comment on Lancaster Online under the story about the police “security zone” being unnecessary later today (click here).

    ***********

    “IT IS DISGUSTING!”

          He [Tony Dastra, independent candidate for mayor] repeatedly called out the city for giving “massive tax breaks” to the downtown Marriott hotel.
    From the LNP article, “Sorace, Stewart, Dastra, Nesbitt make their case at forum to be next Lancaster mayor,” (click here).   
         At one point, Dastra called it “disgusting!”
        Sorace [Danene Sorace, democratic candidate for mayor] said there’s a misperception that she will continue all of current Mayor Rick Gray’s policies. Where a reset is needed, it will happen, she said.
         Absolute nonsense! The “reset” should have happened years ago! She is Mayor Gray’s clone without any of his smarts!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – AND REMOVE JUDGE MADENSPACHER!

    Posted on October 30th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    DO THEY NEED A MAP?

         Even on Google street view you can see the Safety Coalition camera at the corner of South Marshall and New Dauphin Streets. Does someone need to tell the District Attorney’s Office, the Lancaster City Police and LNP? Do they know it is there? Anyone?

    THERE’S A CAMERA, CHAD!

    ***  In the below photo by LNP reporter Chad Umble of the murder scene Friday of 31-year-old William Cooper, Jr. on his twitter account, you can see the Safety Coalition camera on the pole on the very far right (there is an insert of it to the left). So why hasn’t Umble mentioned the camera in any of his reports?

     

    *******

    JUSTICE FOR THE DOG?

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story on Phillip Whitted and linked to below.

         Yes, let’s worry about the dog that attacked three people! Ridiculous and sickening. And he is not facing charges over the dog! The police shot the dog!
         I am not making light of what this man allegedly did – showing up at his brother’s house with a sawed off shotgun with apparently not good intentions. I am just stating that I was very familiar with this man’s name from the previous charges below and that might be why the Lancaster City Police waited five days to release his name and charges.

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    *    Dereck Holt has promise and potential, it was said Thursday in Lancaster County Court.
         But Holt also has “a darker side,” which came out Dec. 14 when he beat and robbed three elderly sisters, tied them up and left them for dead.
         “I don’t think you’re a bad person,” President Judge Joseph Madenspacher told the 22-year-old Holt. “But I do think you are a real danger to the community. Not because you want to be.”
    From the LNP article with the quotes in the screenshot below, “Man sentenced 12-40 years for beating, robbing sisters in Ephrata home,” (click here).

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    RACISM – PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

         I wrote about Phillip Whitted in November of 2013 and part of it is reprinted below (click here for the original). The Lancaster City Police finally released his name after charging him on Sunday – click here for LNP’s “Lancaster man arrested for using shotgun to provoke a scuffle in which police shot a dog.”      
         This was racism – plain and simple. There will be much more later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING *** – * NOT A TREAT TO BE FOUND!

    Posted on October 29th, 2017 Becky 4 comments
    *    I thought I recognized Whitted’s name. Oh, my heavens! Click here for LNP’s 2013 article, “Problem prisoner gets 4 to 8 more years for spitting on guards – LCP inmate would likely have been released this year on original charge.”
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    CHARGES FILED
    AFTER PIT BULL ATTACK

    Phillip Michael Whitted

          The Lancaster City Police have not released any further information on the murder of William Cooper, Jr., but they have released the name of the man who has now been arrested and charged for taking a sawed off shotgun to his brother’s house. A pit bull in the house then attacked him, his brother and his brother’s wife and he has been in the hospital until today.
         Click here for the police press release. The police say the above photo of Phillip Michael Whitted they provided is from a previous arrest.
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    WE NEED IT –
    OOPS – NO WE DON’T!

    (Click here)

    Umstead

         On a serious note, what a pathetic performance by Mayor Gray! Lancaster Police Lt. Todd Umstead went before city council twice before Tuesday’s meeting. He said the police were worried about an “ambush” attack and talked to the city solicitor about what could be done about people hanging around the police station. They wanted to fine ($600) and put people in jail for “hanging around” the police station. Council spent at least 15 minutes on it at both at their committee meeting and then for a first reading at the first council meeting in October.
         At Tuesday’s meeting, the great lawyer Mayor Gray announced that he also met with the solicitor and the police and lo and behold – they felt they already had the tools in place to deal with the “problem” and for council to forget about the whole thing!
         You can watch his absurd performance on the video of the October 24 city council meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). What a waste of time and money! I wonder how much the city solicitor charged for all those meetings?

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    CORNY!

          I don’t mean to brag – but I found the “hidden candy corn” on the front cover of today’s LNP Sunday Magazine! Perhaps LNP is overworking the magazine editor, Ted Sickler, since they made him features and special projects editor for the entire paper.
         Today in the magazine there are two full pages of leaves (really!) and nothing but other stupid childish puzzles. Wow! It is just awful!

  • * WHO MADE THE ILLEGAL RECORDING?

    Posted on October 28th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    “NOT RANDOM”    

    William E. Cooper, Jr. from his Facebook page in September of 2014.

        
    *     Lancaster city police Capt. Mike Winters said police don’t yet have a suspect for what he said was not a random act of violence.
         Winters said investigators spent the day doing interviews, processing the crime scene, reviewing video footage and tracking down possible witnesses.
    From LNP’s “updated” story, “Police identify 31-year-old man shot and killed in Lancaster city,” (click here).
         If they have video from a Lancaster Safety Coalition camera (which they should – see below), it should be released to the public! Captain Mike Winters does not have a good record when it comes to solving murders!
    An insert from the Safety Coalition camera map. The blue arrow inserted at the murder scene is mine.
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    RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES!

                

    From left to right: William Murry, a Livescribe pen and John Nodecker.

           As soon as I saw this story online – “Martic Township man charged with using ‘pen’ to take audio, video recordings at courthouse” – I thought of William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP and the statements that former Manheim Township Superintendent John Nodecker had one of these pens and used it to make the illegal recording at the heart of Murry’s suit (click here).
         Murry’s attorneys also saw it and yesterday filed a brief in the case using the information. Amazing! See below and click here for the original.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** SHOOTING IN THE CITY

    Posted on October 27th, 2017 Becky 12 comments

    A HORRENDOUS RECORD!

          I am simply stunned that Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman felt that with his horrendous record he could run to be a Superior Court Judge! Unbelievable! I guess he was counting on LNP to “protect” him the way they have for years! There will be more tomorrow.

    ***  UPDATE – VICTIM IDENTIFIED

         The victim of today’s homicide has been identified as William Earl Cooper Jr.    He was 31 years old and was a Lancaster City resident.

     

    **  UPDATE TO PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION (click here)

         At approx. 8:00 AM this morning, the 31 year-old male victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.    His identity is being withheld at this point, while family are being notified.   The investigation is on-going and continues.  

     

    *    Meredith Jorgensen of WGAL-TV met and interviewed family and friends of Akeem Washington (see yesterday’s post). I am told WGAL pulled her story because of intense police pressure.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MAN CRITICAL

          From the police press release (click here):

          On October 27, 2017, at approx. 3:18 AM, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to the 300 block of S. Marshall Street for a shooting.   The officers arrived at the scene and found a male victim, with a gunshot wound to the torso.  The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is in critical condition at this time.  The victim is a 31 year-old Lancaster man.  
         Officers immediately secured the crime scene and began speaking with neighbors and potential witnesses.   Detectives were contacted and are currently investigating the incident.   The crime scene is being processed for evidence and investigators are attempting to locate witnesses to the incident.
         Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.  
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – STEDMAN IS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE LANCASTER SAFETY COALITION!

    Posted on October 26th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    A MODERN LYNCHING

         Dustin Salisbery is back in the states and only an hour away from his hometown of Lancaster (click here for Philly.com’s, “Temple’s Dustin Salisbery joins G League 87ers”)!
         No, I don’t usually pay attention to sports – but Dustin has a story about a huge, massive, horrific injustice which maybe he can now help rectify. That would be the conviction of his cousin, Akeem Washington, on bogus, completely made-up charges. It is one of the most outrageous cases I have ever seen and it is a true modern day lynching by the Lancaster City Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office (see Dustin’s Facebook post below).
         There will be more tomorrow.

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    THEY SIT THERE!

    **   Posted under the three-year-old LNP story they just re-ran, “With gargoyles, Lancaster city buildings are always watching you,” (click here).        
         That sums up the situation perfectly! It is absolutely ridiculous!

    IN LANCASTER
    SHOOTERS “STROLL AWAY!”

    *    Remember this article (click here):

         The below was posted on Lancaster Online under the story. Was the shooter arrested? No, of course not!

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    DA STEDMAN:
    UNSOLVED MURDERS
    IN THE MOST WATCHED
    CITY IN AMERICA!

         Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman wants to be a Superior Court Judge and yet he cannot protect the citizens of Lancaster County? His office can’t solve major crimes or murders and he empanels expensive grand jury after grand jury to surround the cases in further secrecy?
          And in one of the most watched cities in America, with 169 surveillance cameras, there are 19 unsolved murders in the city in the last eleven years (see the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above). And Stedman is on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster Safety Coalition and has yet to “explain” why the public never sees images from these cameras?
          This man should not be running to be a Superior Court Judge – his incompetent, wasteful office should be investigated by the State Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – REMOVE STEDMAN FROM OFFICE!

    Posted on October 25th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    STIR IT UP!

          DA Stedman caused a stir at the NAACP forum when he opened with a declaration that there is no systematic racial discrimination in Lancaster County.
    From the September 28, 2014 LNP editorial, “We must confront the issue of race in Lancaster,” (click here).       
         Stedman is a “good” liar but this time he lied to a group of people who know the truth! And the editors and reporters at LNP are also liars because there has been systematic racial discrimination at LNP for years and years and they all know it and nothing has been done about it. And LNP simply ignores the massive racial injustices that go on in the county courthouse and District Judges’ courtrooms across the county every single day under Stedman.
         The Lancaster NAACP and the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission should be speaking out about Stedman and telling everyone in the state what a racist and a liar he is!
         There will be more tomorrow.

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    WEST, DAVIS,
    GARDILL & ROSADO!

         The four cases below should have ended District Attorney Craig Stedman’s career. Instead, with the help of LNP covering-up for him, he is running to be a Superior Court Judge.
         This is an outrage and the State Attorney General’s office should review these cases and take Stedman’s law license away. The four cases are:

    —  The November 12, 2012 car crash of Katie West that killed her husband and son. They charged a trucker, recent immigrant Emmanuel Noviho, who was acquitted in a jury trial of two counts of vehicular homicide. West was high on heroin and was not charged with any crime. Her brother is then county commissioner and now state senator Scott Martin.

     

    —  The shooting death of two-month-old Kestyn Davis by her father, G. Scott Davis, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013. Davis is the step brother-in-law of state representative Bryan Cutler and received unbelievably preferential treatment.

     

    —  The violent home invasion on March 2, 2014 in Mountville by Luke Karpathios and Devin Gardill. Gardill is the son of a West Hempfield Township police officer and the preferential treatment these two received is beyond outrageous and absolutely unconscionable.

     

    —  The shooting death of 15-year-old Ibram Hanna in Mountville on August 12, 2016. The District Attorney’s office closed this case in under 11 hours and announced that the shooter, 17-year-old George Rosado would be charged as a juvenile. This entire case needs to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – JUST SAY “NO” TO STEDMAN!

    Posted on October 24th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

     NAME THE OFFICERS!    

          The three most recent police officer killings in the city of Lancaster are listed below. In the last two cases, District Attorney Craig Stedman refused and continues to refuse to name the officers involved. This is unacceptable! There are also allegations that Stedman lied in several of these cases.
         There will be more tomorrow. This is only the tip of the iceberg why Stedman should never be a Superior Court Judge!

    Gregory S. Bayne, 35, killed on June 10, 2013. Officer named.

     

    Anthony Quinn Gomez, Jr., 29, killed on May 19, 2015. Officers involved not named.

     

    Jose Efrain Rodriquez, 18, killed on January 24, 2017. Officers involved not named.

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    PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
    FOR HIS POLITICAL BUDDIES!
    (& WHITE PEOPLE IN GENERAL)

     

         Below is November’s ballot with the Superior Judge options (the red through Stedman is mine).
         How many reasons do you need to know that District Attorney Craig Stedman should never be a Superior Court Judge or any judge for that matter? How much time do you have?
    Please check back later today.

  • — *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * A WHOLE LOT OF JUDGES!

    Posted on October 23rd, 2017 Becky No comments

    — — —  Doing some research this afternoon. — — —

    — FINALLY OUT OF JAIL —

    A CASE OF BLATANT RACISM

         Thomas Greene is out of prison! He is pictured here following his release with his mother, Latoya Hunter-Harvey. Click here to read his story: “LNP: CONDONES THE BLATANT RACISM IN THE COURTS,” and there will be much more on this to come.             

    LNP DOESN’T TELL YOU!

    **   Remember this very recent LNP article, “Lancaster attorney suspended for 5 years,” (click here).
          Ben Vonderheide of DaddyJustice.com has been all over this story for over a year (click here). And LNP doesn’t tell you but former Attorney Jeffrey Mohler worked at Clymer Conrad PC (see immediately below). Why wouldn’t LNP mention that? This involves a candidate to be a Lancaster County Judge! Unbelievable!

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    “NOT RECOMMENDED!”

    *    While attorneys Jeffrey A. Conrad and Shawn P. McLaughlin received ratings of “not recommended.”
         …Conrad, 50, a shareholder with Clymer Conrad PC, is a criminal defense attorney who previously worked as a prosecutor. The former U.S. Marine Corps officer was also a county commissioner in Perry County
         “I’m certainly shocked and bit disappointed,” Conrad said. “I’m looking forward to reaching out to all of my friends and colleagues on the Republican committee here in Lancaster County and seeking their endorsement. … I’m thinking my conservative values will play well with (them).”

    From the LNP “insider” story, “Lancaster Bar Association releases ratings of 5 candidates for potential judiciary seat,” (click here).
          How does this happen in Lancaster County? How did this man get on the ballot? This is disgraceful! From November’s sample ballot:

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    WORRY ABOUT 2017!

    (Click here for the “insider” story online).

         It is not pleasant to wake up to a very large picture of Donald Trump’s face! Not pleasant at all.
         And unbelievably, LNP editor Tom Murse makes the above their lead story in the print edition this morning with a very large Trump face (and a smaller insert) and with the November election just two weeks away.
         Let’s worry about the upcoming election not 2018! This November’s ballot is long with a great many important positions on the line.
         Click here to view your sample ballot and please check back later today.

     

  • * LNP GOES GRAY!

    Posted on October 22nd, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    FEELINGS…

    *    To “Frank Lee” who has always questioned how Mayor Gray has improved the quality of life in Lancaster – here is your answer! This is from the LNP video under their story, “Mayor Rick Gray says he accepts his Governor’s Award on behalf of Lancaster’s artists,” (click here):
         There was always a big art community in Lancaster. What it’s done – it’s a – you know people – when you talk about the quality of life, if people are surrounded with beauty, with public art, with galleries – it raises their expectations, it raises their feelings about their community and about their city.

    PATTING EACH
    OTHER’S BACKS!

         That connection and outreach is at the crux of Gray’s contributions, longtime friend Robert L. Pfannebecker says:
         …A local lawyer and internationally known collector of contemporary American crafts, Pfannebecker says Gray and her husband, who became Lancaster mayor in 2006, have used their visibility to continue their work as strong proponents of Lancaster arts.
    From the LNP article, “Gail Gray to be honored for leadership at Governor’s Awards for the Arts,” (click here).
          Pfannebecker (pictured far left) has been the city’s solicitor since 2006 and is currently fighting NewsLanc.com editor Robert Field’s Right to Know request for city documents regarding the CRIZ and LNP and the Marriott! Of course, LNP doesn’t tell us that!
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * APPLY THE LAW EQUALLY!

    Posted on October 20th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    INSTALL LOCKERS
    IN THE COURTHOUSE!

         A bail bondsman put up $20,000 in surety bonds for Melvin Hartman so he is out of jail and out about $2,000 already (see his docket below the comment). That is because while prices vary, most bail bondsmen charge roughly 10% of the bail amount and they keep that no matter what.
         This is regarding the arrest and charges filed against Melvin Hartman and the LNP story, “Martic Township man charged with using ‘pen’ to take audio, video recordings at courthouse,” (click here).
         A commenter on Lancaster Online under the article posted one of the best things I have read regarding the related issue of the “cell phone ban” in the courthouse. I also spoke with a lawyer a while back who felt the court should absolutely provide lockers. And as the commenter points out – this goes directly to the physical safety of many people. Something needs to be done! (I have broken it into several paragraphs for easier reading and the docket is below).      
         I’ve often asked, “Why if you can’t bring a cell phone into the courthouse’s proceedings don’t they have lockers to put them into in the lobby that people would feed money into for the convenience, the courthouse would turn a profit, it would discourage downtown vehicle break ins, and people wouldn’t be totally pissed when they showed up with a cell phone out of the ignorance of not knowing the newest set of rules?”
         Why, because its just one more way to control people. I mean, as a driver, it’s inconvenient to leave my phone in the car where it could be broken into and stolen, but like most people these days, EVERYTHING is on my phone…..my calendar, my contact numbers, my email, my ability to communicate…… BUT I seriously feel for the pedestrians of the city, who have no car to leave their phone in, and end up having to leave home without it due to having nowhere to leave it when they enter the courthouse…..no way for schools or babysitters to reach parents in an emergency, no way to get calls from family, jobs, no way for a woman with a PFA attending court that day to call someone for help if she encounters the person she is seeking protection from who is also going to the courthouse for the same hearing, etc. 
         If the courthouse is going to impose these rules on the general public, then they should make accommodations such as lockers to be available to the public as well.
         If I had the money, I would apply for a permit and post lockers somewhere close to the courthouse and sit back collecting locker fees just like parking meters!

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    *     I am always so impressed as to how insightful the LNP Editorial Board is, and how they know how to resolve any issue that a School Board faces. They have ALL of the answers. I would love to know if any of them have ever been elected to a public office and have the responsibility that they are always so very quick to criticize.
    Manheim Township School Board President Mark Anderson posting under today’s LNP editorial, “School District of Lancaster officials get a “needs improvement” grade for handling of problematic principal,” (click here).

    Cassidy

         I love it! Keep going after them, Mark! Suzanne Cassidy, the opinion editor, has proven herself to be a despicable liar, hypocrite and fraud. And yes, 22-year-old Alex Geli, who first worked for LNP in sports, then as an editorial writer and now as an education “reporter,” certainly has years of experience and insight into knowing how principals and School Boards should act. And don’t get me started on “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige, who according to the editorial gave Geli “an assist.” Well, actually see immediately below!

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    WHY HASN’T THE
    RECORDER BEEN CHARGED?

         “Surreptitious recording of any conversation is a violation of The Wiretap Act and is punishable criminally,” said President Judge Dennis Reinaker in an email Thursday.
    From the LNP article, “Martic Township man charged with using ‘pen’ to take audio, video recordings at courthouse,” (click here).        
         So why hasn’t the person who secretly taped the executive session of the Manheim Township School Board and gave it to LNP been charged? You mean these seasoned detectives can’t figure it out? Why not?      From an entry in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP that involves the illegal recording and lists emails between then Superintendent John Nodecker and LNP’s Susan Baldrige (click here).
         And the evidence is pointing more and more toward Baldrige knowing full well who made the illegal recording and possibly encouraging the person to do so. If she did encourage the illegal recording, will she be charged with a felony count of conspiracy?
    There will be much more later today.