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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * HOW CLOSE IS LNP?

    Posted on March 21st, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    SOLD OR FOLD?

         The below is a pointed comment on Twitter by a former employee of LNP who left in September of 2018 to go to the Reading Eagle (the new Reading Eagle article on their bankruptcy is here).
          A former LNP reporter who I believe still has an inside track to the financial goings on at LNP posted this on Facebook:
          They’re on life support. They will be sold or fold within 24 months.
          We’ve heard that before from different sources. We’ll see if it’s true this time.

    *  Update from the Reading Eagle (click here).

    WHAT WILL BECOME
    OF LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE?

       

    Click here for the Reading Eagle article above announcing they are filing for bankruptcy. On the right, from the LNP story on the Reading Eagle (click here).

         How close is LNP to doing the same thing? What will become of local news coverage? How and when will the void be filled?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * YAHOO!

    Posted on March 20th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

    TAKING THE FALL?   

          This email in (thank you and I did a little editing…):
        
    Larsen broke his foot about 10 days ago and is using up medical or personal days.  No one is sure if he broke it falling out of someone’s bed or if he slipped on ice while slightly inebriated.  As far as Stedman’s “excuse” goes, he sounds more ridiculous than most defendants in criminal court. He blames everyone else but himself. Interesting how he blames Larsen, whom he kept around after shagging [edited]. Even if Stedman ran the reports by him, which no one believes, do you think Larsen would have told his boss you shouldn’t do this? How can someone who oversees several dozen attorneys, detectives, and other support personnel and heads an office with a multi-million dollar budget not be able to keep track of what car he drives and mileage? 
         Why haven’t the Commissioners proceeded under the County Code for Stedman’s gross negligence?
         All excellent questions and I assume this means Larsen is leaving the DA’s office – but I will stay on top of it and let you know.

     

    IS LARSEN OUT?

    *    Has Larsen left the District Attorney’s office? The county commissioners said he should be fired. He’s not showing up on the Georgelis Law Firm’s website (click here). When will Larsen stop being paid by the taxpayers?
         The original of the below is here and the link to the LNP article is here.

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    HOUSE CLEANING TIME!

          Spring has sprung! It’s time to clean house!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * NO LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE!

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 Becky 13 comments

    WITHDRAW, STEDMAN! – 2

         There’s no surprise in the LNP story, “Stedman suspended Fetterman for reasons ‘related to political campaign activities,’ violating policy county,” (click here).
         On February 12, I published the below (click here for the original). Withdraw your candidacy for judge today, Stedman! 

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          From numerous sources, this is what I was told about Fetterman’s suspension:
         Fetterman was suspended after a verbal blowup at a meeting with Stedman on Wednesday, January 30th.  The meeting occurred after Fetterman’s attorney, Michael Hess of Burke and Hess, wrote a letter critical of Stedman to the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. 
        The letter called out Stedman for meddling in the district attorney race and actively supporting his Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield to replace him among other things.  Actively supporting a candidate for another office is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which applies to candidates for judge. 
         On the Saturday morning after Fetterman was suspended, the county commissioners had an emergency meeting and directed Stedman to reinstate Fetterman.  Stedman didn’t follow personnel policy when he suspended Fetterman.  The County was afraid of a lawsuit because Stedman suspended Fetterman for political reasons. 

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    **   “We were unable to get the livestream going last night, however the meeting was recorded and the files are currently exporting. The video will be available on our YouTube page by this afternoon.”
          This email just in and below. Hire Tony Dastra for heaven’s sake! This is unbelievable!

    *    I have emailed Amber Strazzo and apparently they are trying to get something up (click here)! The frame on the far left with the empty chairs…stay tuned…

    THE CITY FAILS AGAIN!

          Where is the livestream of last night’s city council meeting? This is unbelievable incompetence! I will be making phone calls and sending emails today.
    Please check back later today. 

  • UPDATE – SURPRISE ENDORSEMENT FOR ADAMS!

    Posted on February 20th, 2019 Becky 7 comments
    *     Several controversies in the judicial and district attorney races had rattled the influential committee in recent days, including public statements by Michael Hess, an attorney and Manheim Central Republican Committee member, that Stedman tried to use a file he compiled on Fetterman, Hess’ former client, as leverage to push Brown out of the race.
         The three-term district attorney is also accused of suspending Fetterman for political reasons and is under a human-resources review of his conduct.
    From the LNP article covering last night’s Republican Endorsement Convention (click here).
         It’s not over yet! I’m told both Fetterman and Stedman have lawyered up!

     

    ADAMS, STEDMAN ENDORSED!

               

                                  Heather Adams                     Craig Stedman

          A surprise and a good one last night: Mark Fetterman withdrew his name for consideration and the Republicans endorsed private attorney Heather Adams over ADA Karen Mansfield to run for District Attorney.
          Will this bring real change to the District Attorney’s office?
          And Craig Stedman was narrowly endorsed over Todd Brown but Brown left the door open for him to continue his run against Stedman to be judge. Is change really in the wind?
    Please check back later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHAT ARE THE….

    Posted on February 7th, 2019 Becky 11 comments

     Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    WHERE’S THE MONEY?

    *    If you pull up Assistant District Attorney Janie A. Swinehart in the Prothonotary’s Office you will see page after page of Petitions for Forfeiture (see below). And this is just one ADA!

     

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    DA APPEALS WALKER/LNP

         Yesterday, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office filed an appeal in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas against LNP reporter Carter Walker and LNP appealing an Office of Open Records determination that the items involved in civil forfeiture are public information.
         The initial page of the appeal is below along with the beginning of the “Procedural History” (click here to read the entire appeal).

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    REPUBLICANS GOING TO DO?

             

    Republican District Attorney candidates from left to right: Heather Adams, Karen Mansfield and Mark Fetterman.

         What a mess! Are any of these candidates qualified to be District Attorney?
    Please check back later today.

  • UPDATE 1-31-19 – UPDATE * TEMPERATURE GOING DOWN!

    Posted on January 30th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    UPDATE 1-31-19 – Taking care of some business today. LIP News will be back tomorrow. 

       Oh, my heavens, LNP! Today was not the day to post this!  What were you thinking? Brrrr….

    DO THEY DESERVE PRAISE?

    *   To be fair, I am posting this comment posted  by Kevin M. Ressler on his Facebook page about LanCity Connect. Ressler ran for mayor in the last election and is the executive director of Meals on Wheels in Lancaster.  I have some thoughts below his comment. 

         Thoughts:

    —  They only have about 300 customers for $5 million dollars so they are able to give this type of customer service.

    —  They know who you are so were very anxious to please.

    —  With the very small number of customers, I’m surprised your internet went out at all.  I thought they advertised 99% uptime? How long was it out and why?

    STAY SAFE & WARM!

        Having my coffee and trying to warm up this morning! LIP news will be back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – DON’T START YOUR CAREER AT LNP!

    Posted on January 10th, 2019 Becky 8 comments

    WHAT ARE STAKEHOLDERS?

         At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Blanding Watson, President of the Lancaster Chapter of the NAACP, spoke during the comment period at the end of the meeting (click here to watch the meeting). The first very brief item he brought up was that he thought council should hold public forums on the closing of the hospital. Then he said what is immediately below.
         Following that he was asked about the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Service this Sunday at 5:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church (click here for the event Facebook page). Following that discussion, Councilwoman Janet Diaz asked him several questions and that exchange is also below. I have some serious questions and concerns about his answers.
         They will come tomorrow along with what constitutes a “stakeholder” and more of what Darlene Byrd told city council before Watson spoke.

     —  Watson –  The second item I wanted to say in terms of what was discussed earlier with one of our stakeholders – Sister Darlene Byrd – had brought up some items about the complaint form and the police review board. Those are some items that I think we should probably add for the next community police relations council meeting that we have on a pretty much regular basis and those concerns we should add to our agenda because they are concerns of the community and that’s what I wanted to say.

    —  Diaz – Can you explain to me you were talking about the police and NAACP getting together. Can you tell me is that something that the public is invited to? Or is that something…
    —  Watson – Oh, what I was speaking to was we have brought in the Department of Justice and the State Human Relations Commission and also there are other stakeholders as well – it’s not just the NAACP – and we talk a lot about the police and the relation issues that are going on. Things like, for example, the body camera program, complaints – some of those things come up. The use of force policy and any other issues that may have been presented. And a lot of the items we had  talked about at the forum we had at Brightside.  Currently we’re dealing with an RFP but I was just asking for us to add some of those concerns as a part of that meeting. I think Councilman Soto, you even said you were going to look into some – I didn’t hear everything you were saying. So that’s pretty much what that was about.
    —  Diaz – Is that open to the public?
    —  Watson – Those particular meetings are not. Those meetings actually have the stakeholders and also there’s a citizen that’s a part of that. It’s a planning – pretty much a planning council kind of council for a larger picture.
    —  Diaz – How many members are there?
    —  Watson – Mitzi probably can answer that better than I can.
    —  Mitzi – It’s 12 people that are involved.
    —  Diaz – Are they [inaudible] of the city?
    —  Watson – Yes. We have also been looking at adding some more people to be a part of it as well in the future. [Watson looks at Mizti and asks “right?” She says “Yes.”]  This is from last year we were talking about adding more stakeholders of the community and also some citizens.
    — Diaz – How many times do you meet?
    —  Watson – Well we were meeting when we had all these issues that came up pretty much every week. [Mitzi says “every Monday – 10:00 am.”] We didn’t have any meetings last month. I didn’t attend the last meeting.
    —  Diaz – Thank you.
    —  Watson – Any more questions for me? [Laughter]

     

    DON’T DO IT, KIDS!

         There is so much to talk about. City Council met on both Monday and Tuesday and Darlene Byrd was there (yeah!) and so was Blanding Watson of the NAACP.
         Is the District Attorney investigating the two officers named in two lawsuits in less than three months for false arrest, perjury and assault? Are these officers still on the street?
         When will the DA inform the families and the public if Juanita Chevalier and Roxanne Myers had the same killer?
          When will the DA tell us what DNA says about Erma Kaylor’s killer? His race, eye and hair color?
         How was the last $6.4 million in CRIZ money distributed and why? And why did Charlotte Katzenmoyer sign a non-disclosure agreement and what is the status of MAW and LanCity Connect?
          And it is that time of year when LNP is looking for summer interns (see below). Shame on you, Ted Sickler! Don’t do it, kids! They have no journalism ethics!
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    Please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * WILL MIRACK’S FAMILY FINALLY GET CLOSURE?

    Posted on January 8th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    Posted on Christy Mirack’s Facebook page.

          Yes, justice was served and it is wonderful for her family and those who knew her. 
          But there are  a lot of other families in Lancaster County who need justice to be served. That will come tomorrow.

    GUILTY!

    PLEADING GUILTY?

    (Click here)

          Is Raymond Rowe going to plead guilty to killing Christy Mirack in 1992 this morning?  WGAL thinks so. From the above story there is this:
          Family members tell WGAL that Rowe, also known as DJ Freez, is considering entering a guilty plea.
          The hearing is scheduled to take place this morning before President Judge Dennis Reinaker in Courtroom #8 from 10 am to noon.
    Please check back later today.

  • CAN WE AFFORD TO IMPEACH TRUMP?

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 Becky 1 comment
        
         [Editor’s Note:  I would like to thank F&M’s G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young for including me in their email list which they have done for several months now.  I am running their column today – not that I necessarily agree with them but I feel the topic is incredibly important.
         Thank you again, gentlemen, for recognizing this website!]

    Seventeen!

    That’s the number of separate federal and state ongoing investigations targeting President Trump. This number omits the dozens of civil lawsuits the president or his businesses are also confronting.

    Under this unprecedented scrutiny Trump is easily the most investigated president in American history. Nor is it ending. As Democrats take over the House, they will initiate multiple new investigations into all aspects of Trump’s personal and professional life, as well as his business empire. That will include his public policies, his business associates, his personal and professional staff, his campaign team, and even his charitable activities.

    To add to his woes the incoming New York Attorney General has pledged to open up an investigation into virtually all aspects of Trump’s life, including his vast real estate holdings.

    Not surprisingly, the president has confided to close friends his deep concern about the possibilities of impeachment. He should be concerned. Majority House Democrats now can impeach him since the power to impeach resides solely in the House–while actual removal from office requires two thirds concurrence in the Senate after a trial.  

    The U.S. Constitution spells out the grounds for impeachment: “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In reality, however, impeachment is a political rather than a legal process, Hence the grounds for impeachment are whatever a majority of the House decides. Since the founding of the Republic, only two presidents have been impeached – while a third, Richard Nixon, would have been impeached and almost certainly convicted had he not resigned his office.

    In the first case of actual impeachment, President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 on a straight party line vote – ostensibly for his firing of Secretary of War Edmund Stanton, a firing that violated the Tenure of Office Act. But the real cause of Johnson’s impeachment was political. A Democrat, he was following a more lenient policy towards the defeated states of the South after the Civil War. Republicans running Congress feared he would disrupt their tougher reconstruction policies. Nevertheless, Johnson survived removal in the Senate by a single vote.


    The impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 was also rooted in policy differences, exacerbated greatly by Republican dislike for Clinton and contempt for his behavior in office. Ultimately, Clinton’s denial of an affair with a White House intern led Clinton into a maze of legal depositions and Grand Jury testimony in which he perjured himself. This in turn led to accusations of obstruction of justice, perjury and abuse of power. Eventually the House approved two articles of impeachment, alleging perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton, however, was comfortably acquitted in the Senate.

    Any fair reading of history must conclude that impeachment has been a flawed tool for removing a president. Historically, from Andrew Johnson through Bill Clinton, it has not worked as the Founding Fathers hoped it would. (Although in Nixon’s case it can be argued that its threat brought about a necessary end.)

    Worse perhaps, we don’t really have a better constitutional method to deal with the constitutional crisis brought on by a failed presidency. Most analysts have concluded the 25th amendment will work only in the narrowly tailored circumstances of an obviously disabled president – circumstances that don’t exist in this situation. Nor do other constitutional remedies exist. We are not a parliamentary system so can’t remove a president with a “vote of no confidence” as for example the UK can (and historically has frequently done). And much to our credit and stability as a nation, we have no history of coups or other non-constitutional methods to remove a president.

    Consequently, the options to remove a president from office are few. Some sort of negotiated arrangement similar to that accompanying Richard Nixon’s resignation is possible – presumably with similar legal inducements that allowed Nixon to enter private life immune to possible criminal charges. But a Nixonian style settlement seems unlikely today since ongoing separate state investigations might still ensnare President Trump in a legal morass. Even more problematic, the enormous scope of legal issues confronting Trump extend to his family, making a negotiated legal exit a logistical nightmare.

    The remaining option is to allow Trump’s term to run out, abandoning efforts to remove him early from office. No one fully knows the implication of Trump finishing his term. But America in two and a half centuries has survived much worse than another two years of a Trump presidency.

    Moreover, he was constitutionally elected –and up to 40 percent of voters still support him. Unlike Andrew Johnson in the 19th century or Richard Nixon in the 20th, efforts to remove Trump early would leave the country even more divided and polarized than it is now. The costs to be incurred from two more years of a Trump presidency may be trivial compared to the costs of removing him.

    “What can’t be cured must be endured” is a hoary old maxim that nevertheless fits our situation. The problems of the Trump presidency probably can’t be cured – but they can be endured. We can’t afford the alternative.

     

  • LANCASTER LOSES A GREAT ONE

    Posted on December 29th, 2018 Becky No comments

    CONDOLENCES

  • THE WORST DAY OF HIS LIFE…

    Posted on December 15th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    MAY HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE

          An inspiring story from the daughter of former Mayor Charlie Smithgall (click here for the Facebook entry):

          I’d like to share a story about my dad….. a story of how I think that sometimes there’s a reason for everything that happens …. even the bad things. As most of you know on October 23rd the unthinkable happened at our pharmacy. We were robbed at gunpoint and my dad not only defended himself, the employees and a customer … he was beat up and knocked around and bruised by the bad guy in a lengthy struggle that ended up with my dad being hurt, and everyone there being shaken up, left with nightmares and a new kind of fear they never had before. 

          My dad was taken away in an ambulance to get medical treatment and be observed in the Lancaster General Hospital. While he was there he had a CT scan to check for internal bleeding and they didn’t find any. But they did find a mass on his kidney. Fast forward till this Monday when my dad had his biopsy and after lots of doctors appointments over the past month and a half and tests and second and third opinions we found out it was cancerous and today at FoxChase in Philadelphia my dad had a partial kidney resection (meaning they were able to save 50% of his kidney) remove the tumor which basically doubled in size since October and are very optimistic that they got it all and it didn’t spread. But what if that awful day in October hadn’t happened, how long would it have been till they found it, till he had symptoms, till it spread around his body??? 

           My dads doing well tonight. My mom and Jon spent the day at the hospital, waited during the 5 hour surgery and got to spend time with him after. At 9 tonight my dad called me to say hi and say what he’d like brought in tomorrow. He’s got a long recovery ahead of him and he’s got a pretty good amount of pain tonight. But he’s doing great so far and the surgery went well and that’s the best news I could have heard. I’m so lucky to have him, but he’s so much luckier that they found this early and they were able to help him. Hug those around you a little tighter tonight, tell them you love them …. for you never know what tomorrow might bring. 

           Please keep my dad in your thoughts as he recovers over the next few weeks. It’s hard for me to put into words what I want to say.. I’m not really a religious person, but I’ll try…. To whomever or whatever is out there watching over my dad and all of us, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this good news, for the discovery of his issue, for watching over his doctors and nurses whom were able to help him and to my amazing and supportive friends and family for thinking of us all… thank you. It’s ironic that the worst day of his life actually may have saved his life. ❤️🤗❤️🤗

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – THREE PARTIES IN THE DIVORCE!

    Posted on December 12th, 2018 Becky 16 comments

    GIVE THEM THE BYRD!

         I will stay on top of the Stedman/Hatch Act situation.
         There was a city council meeting last night and former Mayor Art Morris addressed them to honor Charlotte Katzenmoyer and her 17 years of service to the city as the former Director of Public Works (Morris is pictured left and you can watch the meeting here).
         But the highlight of the meeting was Darlene Byrd – again! This woman is wonderful and did she ever let council have it – again! I hope to have a transcript of her comments here tomorrow. She should be on city council!

    ******

    **   A police chief running for district judge in Tuesday’s primary ran afoul of a law that restricts the political activity of anyone working for agencies that receive money from the federal government.
         The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has determined that under the Hatch Act Ed Tobin cannot run for district judge while also serving as the Warwick Township police chief, the candidate said Tuesday.

    Tobin

         Yesterday, during the Debra Slaymaker-Walker bail debacle, I googled District Judge Edward Tobin and one of the first things to come up was the above LNP article from May of 2011, “Law forces candidate for judge to quit job ,” (click here).
         Now this is getting complicated but please bear with me.  A comment came into this site about District Attorney  Craig Stedman who is running to be a judge and possible violations of the Hatch Act. The comment included this:

    Stedman

          He will do ANYTHING to become a judge, including break the law. And speaking of that, as soon as he announces his candidacy and/or opens up a campaign (finance) with the Pa Dept of State, he will be in violation of the Hatch Act.
         I was under the belief that the Hatch Act only applies to federal employees but as the article states it also applies to anyone receiving money from the federal government.  So as I research this, I would also appreciate anyone’s opinion on Stedman and the Hatch Act and when and if he is in violation of it.

    *    District Judge Edward Tobin set bail at $1 million unsecured, meaning Debra Slaymaker-Walker was not remanded to prison, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
    From LNP’s article this morning, “Woman charged in crash that killed 2 Warwick students confined to house on $1M bail, (click here).
         LNP added the word “unsecured” sometime late yesterday without any indication they have edited the story. The story ran all day yesterday and just said $1 million bail. This is not acceptable and there will be more coming on this.

     

    GUARDING THE ASSETS!

         On Monday of this week, the law firm representing the Chapter 7 trustee in the Worley & Obetz bankruptcy filed a “Petition to Intervene” in the divorce proceedings of Julie and Jeffrey Lyons (see below).
          I am told this is rare but it happens! They don’t want any assets hidden!


    Please check back later today.

  • WHY ISN’T THE CITY PROVIDING THIS SERVICE?

    Posted on December 8th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    LIVE-STREAM GOES DEAD

            Just as Patrick Hopkins came to the table for a presentation at 3:00 pm today, the live-stream of this very important budget meeting went dead. This is not Tony’s fault obviously, but it is unacceptable that the city is not providing this service.
            Mayor Sorace said right after she was elected that the city would provide live-streams of their meetings! So why haven’t they? There will be more tomorrow.

  • * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – * DIFFERENT PATHS IN LIFE?

    Posted on December 4th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    *    Karen L. Connelly, who was arrested and charged with Lyons, did not have her preliminary hearing today according to District Justice Edward Tobin’s office at 3:45 pm this afternoon. Hers has also been scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 am and that will apparently happen tomorrow.
         The woman who answered the phone, when asked about Lyons said his had been scheduled for tomorrow but the change “just happened this morning.”

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         Jeffrey B. Lyons’ preliminary hearing was held today instead of tomorrow according to his docket (see below and click here for his updated docket).
         He waived the hearing and all the charges were held over to Common Pleas Court. Was this a cleverly calculated move to avoid press coverage? His docket stated this morning the hearing would be tomorrow.

    HEARING TOMORROW

    *    Jeffrey B. Lyons is scheduled to finally have his preliminary hearing on six felony charges of theft from the Worley & Obetz Company tomorrow at 10:30 am before District Judge Edward A. Tobin. He was arrested on August 28th on the charges and has been out of jail on $1 million cash bail posted by two bail bondsmen since.
    His hearing was originally scheduled for October 9th after he retained defense attorney Robert David Beyer of Goldberg & Beyer. However, that was continued until tomorrow because Lyons was “not available.”

    BROTHERS?

    ONE IS HOMELESS,
    ONE IS A “MILLIONAIRE”

                     

                      Jeffrey B. Lyons                                 Jere K. Lyons
    *

    Posted under the Lancaster Online story about Jere Lyons, “Man charged with damaging about 80 vehicles in Lancaster General Hospital parking garage,” (click here).
           
         Are they brothers? I cannot say for sure, but while the Crime Watch page for Jere Lyons doesn’t list his middle initial his criminal docket does list it as “K.”
         And in the obituary for Jere Myer Lyons in May of this year it states he has three sons and two of them are named Jeffrey B. Lyons and Jere K. Lyons (click here).
         Does it get any more bizarre than this?
    Please check back later today.       
  • * ALL THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

    Posted on October 27th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    *    CBS21 is stating 11 are dead – press conference at 4:00 pm today (click here).

    WITH PITTSBURGH TODAY

    ENOUGH. THIS MUST STOP.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – MORNING UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** LANCASTER SQUARE PRESENTATION

    Posted on October 17th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    LNP LEADS THE CORRUPTION!

    — & BENEFITS FROM IT!

         LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher wrote the article quoted immediately below the “breaking news” in this post regarding the donations to Mayor Sorace’s campaign and he wrote the main article on the proposed new parking garage and library building. And yet LNP has not said a word about this huge conflict of interest between the Mayor and Benchmark Construction.
         This type of corruption has been going on for years in the city and the county because LNP ignores it and because LNP is a major recipient of money from the corruption.
         People need to know what an absolute fraud and disgrace to journalism and the public LNP really is.
    There will be much more tomorrow.

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***  – Jeffrey Lyons and Karen Connelly’s new preliminary hearing date is December 6th according to their updated dockets today!
         Maybe Lyons’ attorney, Robert Beyer, can stretch this out until Lyons is in his eighties?

     

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    KEEPING IT ALL
    IN THE FAMILY!

            

          She [Mayor Sorace] received 16 donations of $1,000 or more, by far the most among the three candidates. That includes $11,500 from a half-dozen donors affiliated with Benchmark Construction Co., the workplace of her husband, Christian Recknagel.
         Recknagel is credited with an in-kind contribution of $705 in scotch and cigars for a fundraiser, part of $1,192 in total in-kind donations.
    From the LNP article, “Analysis: Lancaster’s Democratic mayoral candidates spent $6.54 per vote in primary,” (click here).      
         Wow! That $11,500 turned into $25 million plus! Imagine that?

     

    ***  The “CLOSING COMMENTS” slide from last night’s presentation. Please note the final one. Mayor Sorace’s husband is a vice-president at Benchmark Construction. Will LNP mention this conflict of interest?

    **   These two comments were posted under the library story on Lancaster Online last night (there are new comments this morning) and they offer an interesting contrast!
          And just one note about the “history.” The library handed reporter Tom Knapp that information and he copied it. Period! In fact, the statistics regarding the usage of the library were presented to city council in one of their meetings this year.

     

    LNP “APPROVED”
    THESE PLANS DAYS AGO!

    *     This is a screen shot of Lancaster Online last night at 9:16 pm and their top three stories.
           Last night’s meeting began at 7:00 pm and ran until a few minutes after 8:00 pm. The reporters had to walk back to the LNP offices – agreed  – not far, but if they attended and didn’t watch the live-stream of the meeting, they could not have been back at their desks before 8:15 pm. 
          Reporter Tim Stuhldreher did not write the lead story in an hour and Tom Knapp did not write the two sidebar stories in an hour.
         They had been given all the information by the city probably days before and had these stories written and ready to go hours before. All they had to do was make sure there were no major surprises or changes during the live meeting and then give the green light to put the stories online.
          And notice the headline on the library story – not “it is proposed the library will move,” no, “the library will move.” LNP secretly “approved” these plans days ago.

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    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    MOVE THE  LIBRARY?

         The city wants to move the Lancaster Public Library to an annex building they are proposing building on Lancaster Square (yes, and the plan includes a parking garage). This was a portion of last night’s very important presentation on the Lancaster Square East Side Redevelopment which you should watch – click here!
         And the contractor to build that building – Benchmark Construction where Mayor Danene Sorace’s husband, Christian Recknagel, is a vice-president. Unbelievable! Oh, and some CRIZ money for it too!
    Please check back later today.
  • *** – ** – * WHY HAVEN’T THEY HAD THEIR PRELIMINARY HEARINGS?

    Posted on October 17th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    LOL!

    Leadership isn't for the faint of heart

    You know what gets our goat? Politicians like Lloyd Smucker that won't hold town halls but make time for their corporate donors like the Koch Brothers. Jess King shows up, listens, and isn't taking a dime of corporate PAC money. That's why #WeLikeJess.

    Posted by Lancaster Stands Up on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

     

    ***     Jere Myer Lyons, 79, of Lancaster, PA, died on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Landis Homes.
    The LNP obituary for Jeffrey B. Lyons’ father (click here).
         What I find interesting and amazing and sad is that Jeffrey Lyons’ father died the day after he went missing and this whole huge mess began to unravel and this has never been reported by the media.

    *****

    **   To the first post this morning: A commenter made an excellent point into this site previously that Lyons may be in rehab. Well, take him out of rehab for a day for his preliminary hearing! Ridiculous if that is the reason.
          The only legitimate reason I can see that this man would not be” “available” is if he is in an intensive care ward of a hospital! 

    DID SHE OR DIDN’T SHE?

    *     Lyons, with former controller Karen L. Connelly and her successor Judith A. Avilez, used the fraud to obtain millions of dollars of loans for the company, Shubert alleged in a 205-page filing.
    From today’s LNP story, “Worley & Obetz trustee: Lyons led $2B fraud overlooked by ‘negligent’ management,” (click here).      
         Now we know why bankruptcy trustee Christine C. Shubert is trying to take Judith A. Avilez’s house! As of this morning, no criminal charges have been filed against Avilez in Common Pleas Court.
         And District Attorney Craig Stedman previously cleared her in a statement and said she went to the police. What a mess! From October 9th on this site (click here for the original):

    ******

    SPECIAL TREATMENT?

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP October 9th story, “Preliminary hearing for Worley & Obetz’s former CEO & controller postponed,” (click here).

         According to their dockets, their preliminary hearings still have not been rescheduled! How is this possible? What is going on?
    Please check back later today.    

  • BACON V. LANCASTER COUNTY MOTORS, INC.

    Posted on October 15th, 2018 Becky 11 comments

    A SHOCKING LAWSUIT!

         The complete “Operative Facts” in the federal lawsuit of Katie Bacon v. Lancaster County Motors, Inc. is below. Her “Relief Requested” is at the end. 
         LIP News will follow this lawsuit.

    *****

  • 10-15-18 UPDATE – PART 2 IN A SERIES!

    Posted on October 14th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    UPDATE 10-15-18 – Of course, serial and convicted stalker Steve Markle felt it was important to send in a comment yesterday (see below)! You could use logic and say if this is a “kindergarten blog,” then why is he so obsessed with it and why would he spend so much time worrying about what I’m doing? You would think he would move on to a middle-school blog.
         But logic doesn’t work on stalkers because they are mentally ill. But Markle is not so mentally ill that he doesn’t know what he is doing is criminal harassment and he has been convicted before.


    Please see the definition of “cyberstalking” under the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above and check back later today when I will return to the news.
        

    DOES CHERYL KNOW?

    Cheryl Dum Markle from her “Linkedin” account (click here).

         Well, as you can see from the below comments into this site, my stalker, Steve Markle, has been busy over the last two days (please excuse the language).
         Two or three times a day I get these kinds of love notes from Steve and have for almost seven years (you read that correctly). And he says I’m crazy!
         And his wife, Cheryl Dum Markle, really thinks people will be “dum” enough to give a convicted stalker’s wife their most personal information? LOL! Talk about crazy!

        I hope Cheryl does find a job because they are going to need it to pay the legal bills!

  • I DON’T HAVE A TREE!

    Posted on October 13th, 2018 Becky 8 comments

    WE WILL BE THERE…

          I had just gotten home and my phone was still in my purse when it rang at 3:44 pm yesterday afternoon. In a hurry to get it out and answer the call, I didn’t look at the number that was calling.
          An authoritative male voice said he was from (and he named a specific company which I don’t remember) Tree Company and they would be here tomorrow morning to cut down my tree.
         I said, “You have a wrong number.”
         He ignored that and said, “Let me check my work order. No, we will be there tomorrow morning to cut down that ugly tree.”
         I said, “I don’t have a tree. I did not call a tree company.”
         He said, “No, your neighbors called. They want to get rid of your ugly tree. They are paying for it.”
         I said again, “I don’t have a tree.”
         He said, “We will be there at 9:00 tomorrow morning to cut down that ugly tree.”
         I said, “I don’t have a tree. What address do you have?”
         He said, “We will be there tomorrow to get rid of that ugly tree.”
         I asked again, “What address do you have?”
         He said, “We will be there tomorrow morning at 9:00 o’clock to get rid of that ugly tree.” And he hung up.
         It was then that I looked at the number and saw the 717 area code and became totally suspicious. I immediately put it into a reverse lookup and there it was – Lancaster County Motors, Inc. I simply could not believe it.
         Is it possible someone spoofed their number? Possibly – but who and why? And the juvenile nature of the call seemed to fit with the nature of the lawsuit. And he seemed to be enjoying himself. Unbelievable! I will let the attorney for the plaintiff know. 

        *******

    “WE’LL BE THERE TOMORROW
    TO GET RID OF THAT TREE!”

                     

         It was a stupid, childish prank call that I received from Lancaster County Motors, Inc. yesterday afternoon. It was about a tree – a tree that I don’t have!
         But for a couple of seconds he had me going. Because the situation sounded “familiar.” The above is my neighbor’s huge, horrible, nasty holly tree (with the very sharp leaves) rubbing all up against and damaging my house and roof this summer. And I had to contract and pay to get that sucker trimmed – and it wasn’t cheap.
         Okay, that’s off my chest – sort of. A woman actually went before Lancaster City Council several months ago to complain that she had to pay to have her neighbor’s tree that was hanging over her yard trimmed and she didn’t think it was fair. Neither do I! But city council can’t change that – the state should change the law! There is no reason we should have to pay for someone else’s tree!
         Now it’s off my chest and I’ll come back to the prank call shortly.

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – I STRUGGLED FOR YEARS WITH THIS”

    Posted on October 5th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    *    Officials said Friday there was nothing criminal in the case of a Shultz Transportation bus driver dropping a Lampeter-Strasburg first-grader off at another student’s house to use the bathroom.
    From this afternoon’s LNP story, “Police: Nothing criminal in bus driver dropping girl off at other student’s home to use bathroom,” (click here).       
         OMG! LNP reporter Lindsey Blest asked the police and the DA’s office if there was anything criminal in this stupid click-bait story LNP has kept as their lead story all day but won’t ask for an answer from DA Stedman about the murders of Chevalier and Myers?

    SAME KILLER?

    — WHY DON’T WE KNOW? —

         It has been a month since I mailed the letter to the PA Attorney General and the FBI requesting a simple DNA test be done to determine if Juanita Chevalier and Roxanne Myers have the same killer (the letter and original post are here).
         I will follow-up next week and I have to pinch myself that this is real and DA Stedman refuses to answer the question. Think about that while you watch “20/20” tonight. Unbelievable!

    TAKING HOUSES!

    ***   On August 6th, I wrote about a lis pendens filing in Lancaster Common Pleas Court to take 10 properties associated with Worley & Obetz in their bankruptcy (see below and click here for the original). 
          On September 10th, another lis pendens action was filed to take the personal homes of Jeffrey and Julie Lyons, Karen and Douglas Connelly and Judy Avilez (see the entry immediately below on this post).
         Jeffrey Lyons and Karen Connelly are scheduled to have their preliminary hearings on their criminal charges this Tuesday, October 9th, at 1:30 pm before District Judge Edward Tobin.

    THEY WANT HER HOUSE!


    **   Judy Avilez, who replaced Connelly as company controller in January 2016 and was trained by her, told investigators that Connelly told her to continue paying Lyons’ credit card debts, Stedman said.
          According to the criminal complaint, Connelly “told her about a ‘package deal’ in which Lyons was permitted to submit his personal credit card payment stubs for full payment using company funds.”
         Avilez initially paid Lyons’ debts before approaching police, Stedman said. She does not face any criminal charges.
         “We have no evidence that anyone else was involved” in making illegal payments, he said.
    From the LNP article, “Worley & Obetz’s former CEO, controller charged with using company funds to pay $1M in personal credit card debt,” (click here).
         Avilez may not be facing criminal charges but the bankruptcy court wants her house! In a lis pendens court filing in Lancaster Common Pleas Court on September 10th, the court wants to take her Elizabethtown home (see below). Why? What is going on? 

    ******

    STEDMAN NOT ON BALLOT

    *    While on the topic of the Christy Mirack murder and District Attorney Craig Stedman, there have been comments into this site stating Stedman will be on November’s ballot to be a judge. That is not correct.
         There are no judges statewide on the ballot this November and the vacancy created by Judge Hoberg’s retirement will not be filled until the 2019 election when the judge’s seat, the District Attorney’s Office and all three Lancaster County Commissioners will be on the ballot among other offices.
         Randall Wenger, Clerk of Elections, explained by phone this morning that those positions are only on the ballot in municipal election years and the next one will be in 2019.
         To view a sample of your November ballot click here and select your school district.

    20/20 TONIGHT

          

         “I told the police what I saw, but I’ve never told anybody else what I walked in on,” Goodman [Harry Goodman, the principal at Christy Mirack’s elementary school] said. “I struggled for years with this. Screaming, nightmares.”

    Click here for the above ABC news story and here for the accompanying story, “How DNA and genetic genealogy are becoming ‘major’ game-changers in decades-old cold cases.”

  • AN INJUDICIOUS MAN

    Posted on September 29th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    “FAILED THE TEST”

    This New York Times columnist nails it (click here).

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – “MORNING, DAY AND NIGHT”

    Posted on September 26th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    *    When is a bed & breakfast actually a motel? The county lists their second structure as a motel!

    MAYBE HE WAS HIGH?

         If I were a business owner in Lancaster County I would not go before Lancaster city council and the mayor (and the world through the internet) and state that I use marijuana morning day and night. Nope. Not wise. It is still not legal. Maybe he was high? Are the Amish growing marijuana in Bird in Hand?

    **   Wade McFarland and his wife own Greystone Manor Bed & Breakfast in Bird in Hand (click here).

    I’M A POTHEAD

    McFarland addressing city council last night.

    *    The opening remarks of a commenter’s statement to city council last night (please note the spelling of his name is based on his pronunciation and may not be correct).
         Wade McFarland – Old Philadelphia Pike. I just want to say I appreciate what you all are doing here as far as hopefully with a yay vote and moving the ordinance forward and passing it tonight. I think it’s courageous of you to do this.
         I’m a pothead. I use marijuana morning day and night. I’m a family man. I have three kids and a businessman – self-employed – so I’m not your typical marijuana user or I don’t look like it anyway maybe – but I think this – it will definitely be the right step forward and if I could plant a seed of courage in any of you I think maybe the best way to legislate cannabis would be not at all.

    ******

    DIAZ SAYS “NO!”

         There was no question how city council was going to vote last night on the marijuana ordinance (click here to watch the entire meeting). As soon as it was introduced about a month ago you knew it was going to pass. If you watch enough of these meetings you know you will hear “aye, aye, and aye” over and over again.

    Diaz

         Last night the only city council member to say “no” was Janet Diaz. This seemed to catch city clerk Bernard Harris so off guard that it took several seconds for him to recover.
         I have some questions about this ordinance – so you can have  an ounce of marijuana – but where do you buy it? How do you buy it? What about the seller?
         And in an interesting twist, a commenter last night who stated he is a father of three went on to say he uses marijuana “morning, day and night.” Hmmm… Where does he get his marijuana? Does he have more than an ounce at any one time? Is he an addict?
    Please check back later today.

  • ** – * A TALK AT THE HAMILTON CLUB…

    Posted on September 23rd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    **   Here comes super serial stalker Steve Markle. He thinks he’s so clever using duckduckgo! Does Cheryl Dum Markle know how much time he spends on my site?
          What insult will he throw at me today? In one comment he called me a “c*nt hag.” How nice. Does he call Cheryl a “c*nt hag?” Does he refer to all females as “c*nt hags?” What a pig!

    *    This is going to be quite a week for women: Bill Cosby is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow and Christine Blasey Ford is tentatively scheduled to testify about her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. What a week!

    WERE BLACKS PERMITTED?

         In the northern Aegean Sea sits a sliver of land where gilded chandeliers hang in sanctuaries and ornate frescos line the walls. It is a land of monks and pilgrims. And it is a locale — perhaps the largest such slice of land in the world — where women are not permitted.
    The opening sentences to today’s LNP article, “Lancaster attorney visits a monastic state where the outside world ceases to exist,” (click here).
         “Women are not permitted?” I’m done with that story! Seriously? 
    Please check back later today.

  • A NEW LIP SERIES…

    Posted on September 21st, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    DOES CHERYL KNOW?

    Cheryl Dum (actual maiden name) Markle from her Instagram account (click here).

         Does Cheryl know that her husband is so obsessed with me that he sends me three or four “love notes” every single day and has for almost seven years? Does she know?
    Please check back later today!