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    Posted on August 20th, 2017 Becky 1 comment


     *    On a much lighter and happier note, I was waiting for the CBS national news last night and caught the end of the Wyndham Golf Championship and there was a name and a face I recognized! Yes, Amanda Balionis, who used to work for the Sunday News under Marv and Gil!
          I wrote about “THE LION IN BALIONIS” on this site many years ago (click here).
         Good for her! Click here for “Amanda Balionis: Meet CBS’ PGA Tour Reporter.”



    From the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab above on this site.

     Posted by Preston Harper [Ron Harper, Jr.] on Lancaster Online under the LNP article, “Police identify man who killed himself as officer served arrest warrant in Conestoga Twp.” (click here).

          Harper finally figured it out (see the comments under yesterday’s post). And “Edward T. Head” took down all his posts – probably because LNP moderators could figure out that his post and the posts coming from “Stanley Novak” had the same IP address.
         “Stanley Novak” is also Steven Markle and he is a very sick, demented stalker and racist who has been doing this for years. He recently posted this on Lancaster Online:

          So, if you see his wife, Cheryl Dum Markle, acting like a nice, normal person and are one of her 608 Facebook “friends,” and you are a minority or believe in equality and humanity – dump her sorry butt immediately! These are very sick individuals.
          That is enough on these stalkers and I want to come back to seriously look at this case and Hambright’s and LNP’s lies and the corruption in Lancaster County either later today or tomorrow.


    Posted on August 18th, 2017 Becky 4 comments


         When the District Attorney’s spokesman, Brett Hambright, shows up at a crime scene you know there’s trouble. Apparently DA Craig Stedman couldn’t make it because he’s at an Animal Law Conference in Philly today.
         Anyway, a police officer is in hot water – click here for LNP’s, “Man kills self as police officer serves arrest warrant at Conestoga Township home,” and make sure to read the comments underneath.   
         Will the DA release the name of the officer?  Will the DA comment on how the officer handled the situation?
         Time will tell and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. 
    Have a safe and happy Friday and please check back tomorrow.


    *    The following Right to Know requested was submitted to the county this morning.



          Scathing? Obviously LNP either did not read or did not understand the audit (I am going with number two) . One procedural error by the Board noted in the audit. There is no connective tissue between the actual audit finding and The Auditor General’s news conference ‘performence’. Come on Alex, be more through and complete in your reporting /headline writing!
    Posted by Mark Anderson, the Manheim Township school board president, on Lancaster Online under the LNP “insider” article by Alex Geli, “Manheim Township adopts corrective action plan in response to scathing audit by state auditor general,” (click here).


         Apparently, LNP wants to get sued again! Alex, why don’t you report on how your fellow LNP reporters and editors lied and broke the law regarding their coverage of the school board?
         Why don’t you report on how LNP breaks every journalism code of ethics in this country by their involvement in the convention center/hotel?
         Why don’t you report on how LNP blatantly discriminates in their hiring and doesn’t have a single minority reporter?
         You’re fresh out of college, Alex, get the hell out of there and go work for a legitimate news organization.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on August 17th, 2017 Becky 7 comments


          So let’s get some facts straight regarding Luis O. Colon and the horrific attack by his dog on three members of the Warfel family on June 19th:
    — It takes the Lancaster City Police an inordinately long time to investigate the dog attack (June 19th) and bring charges (July 17th).
    —  The police state the owner’s address is in Pottsville, PA when in actuality he owns and has lived at 727-1/2 High Street for years (in fact that is where the prior attack on a child occurred by the same dog in 2014 – the CrimeWatch report says it occurred in 2013; however, according to a lawsuit resulting from the prior attack and attached to the recent suit by the Warfels, it happened in July of 2014).
    —  Unbelievably, the police allow the dog owner to quarantine the dog on his own property for 10 days following the latest attack.
    —  The dog’s owner apparently uses a variety of last names – or the Lancaster Police Department reported his name incorrectly.
    —  The Warfel’s lawyers did not trust the quality of the police’s/DA’s investigation so they filed a Motion for  Emergency Relief so they could obtain and save evidence in the case.
    —  The preliminary hearing for the dog’s owner was yesterday, and in this vicious attack that went national, LNP ignored the hearing and they have not printed a word about it as of this posting.
    —  The Warfel’s filed suit over a month ago and the public is just learning about it now (I was so frustrated today as I was talking to a friend that I went to the Prothonotary’s Office and there it was – but LNP obviously has far more resources than this site and should have reported it a month ago).
    —  And of course, the mugshot of Luis Omar Colon (or Colon-Colon) has never been released to the public.
    There will be more tomorrow.


    —   Judge Leonard G. Brown III granted the Warfel’s Motion for Emergency and/or Injunctive Relief:

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         The Warfels have filed a lawsuit against Luis O. Colon (note the spelling of his last name) who owns the property at 727 1/2 High Street. It is unknown why the police said he is from Pottsville although apparently he also owns a property there as well.
         Click here for the below filing.


          Luis Colon-Colon, the owner of the pit bull that attacked and seriously injured three members of the Warfel family on June 19th of this year, had his preliminary hearing before District Judge Adam Witkonis yesterday. According to his docket, all of the charges were carried over to Common Pleas Court (see below).
         A mugshot of Colon-Colon has never been published. The final CrimeWatch entry states this (click here):
         As of the time of this release, Colon-Colon has not been placed on record (fingerprinted/photographed). When his photo is available it will be uploaded and saved to this release. 
        His photo has never been attached to the release and it is amazing that LNP did not send a reporter to cover the preliminary hearing of this man whose dog created an absolute nightmare scenario in the city.


    Posted on August 15th, 2017 Becky 8 comments


         One of the ads for LanCity Connect (actually just MAW Communications) that are running on LNP’s “story” today online involving their “Concerts on King” series, (click here).

         You cannot “schedule your installation today,” because as of 3:22 pm this afternoon the LanCity Connect website is still down. And once again, if unexpected public demand is at the root of their problems, why are they spending some of the millions of dollars the city of Lancaster has given them to advertise/sponsor LNP concerts? What a complete waste of the taxpayer’s money – and is that the reason LNP has not questioned one single thing about this company and the millions the city has given and loaned them?
         It is wonderful that the Candy Factory (who got an early, special hookup) is pleased with their service but how many others will get similar service and when? Many, many people are awaiting their connection, anxious to dump Comcast and get reasonably priced, high speed, reliable internet through LanCity Connect.
         That is what they were promised. Will it happen? LIP News will take a closer look tomorrow.




          I spoke with Anne Kirby, a founding member of the Candy Factory this afternoon by phone. She is featured in the LNP “insider” article from April of this year, “LanCity Connect: Lancaster’s municipal broadband is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania,” (click here).
         She said she is still extremely pleased with LanCity Connect and has not had any problems. She referred to them as a “savior,” because even with two accounts with Comcast, she said they could not get good service. She said the price for LanCity Connect is “comparable” with what Comcast was charging.
         She said she believes the demand was much greater than expected and she thinks that may be the reason MAW Communications is having problems. She said she has talked to a handful of the co-workers at the Candy Factory (they have 150 members) who live in the city and have LanCity Connect in their homes and said she believes they are happy with the service.

    —  11:38 am – The MAW Communications site is back up. LanCity Connect is still down.

    —   10:54 am – Now the MAW Communications website is down:

    ***  The District Attorney needs to start investigating this scam now! If Stedman won’t do it, then the State Attorney General needs to investigate – now!


    **    8:24 am – I got the below message once this morning when trying to go to the LanCity Connect website through Google. I got it again just now when I tried to follow a link on their Facebook page that would normally have taken me to their website.


    *    I updated this site yesterday (a new edition of WordPress was out and the same for several of my plugins). It took me less than five minutes. Granted, there was one time when it took me twenty minutes…


         MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) sent an email shortly after noon yesterday that their website was down. As of 7:53 am this morning, their website remains down.

         The email:

    Their website:

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on August 10th, 2017 Becky 6 comments


         Another example of LNP selective sharing/reporting only what they want to, and only to those they choose to.
         This ‘news organization’ has become unreliable, untrustworthy and a disgrace to the journalism profession. Lancaster County readership and taxpayers deserve better; and only a clean sweep with a large broom will accomplish what has been needed for a LONG time.
         New ownership, new leadership, new editors, new reporters along with a new approach and ‘mission statement’ to provide us with the facts and nothing but the facts; regardless of who it may affect among the ‘power elite’..


         I found this excellent and so true comment under a Letter to the Editor from April of 2013 (click here). The letter involves an article written by former LNP reporter Bernard Harris, who lied to the public so repeatedly and so well for years about the convention center/hotel that Mayor Gray hired him to be the city clerk! Just one of many, many liars Gray has surrounded himself with for the last almost 12 years!

         And enough is enough! It is unbelievable that this has been going on for so long and all LNP and owner Beverly Steinman do is lie to the public to maintain their power and control in the county and line their own pockets – and that certainly includes “protecting” their benefactor, Mayor Rick Gray, his staff and the city council members, for years and years!


    **   Under the 20-year agreement, MAW will be paid about $500,000 to install fiber-optic cable and transmitters throughout the city. The company will get a share of residential and business subscriptions, which will pay for maintenance.
    From the LNP article by former reporter Dan Nephin in February of 2015, “City to get free Wi-Fi in public areas under new broadband plan,” (click here).
         How did $500,000 go to over $3 million dollars in two years?


    *    LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher “reports” on other happenings at Tuesday’s city council meeting but there is not one word about David Hess and his comment about LanCity Connect and MAW Communications (click here). This “reporter” has lied to the public over and over again about this “public-private partnership” and MAW Communications!                                                       


         It is so shocking that a purported member of the press would continuously flat-out lie  to the public this way. If you see Stuhldreher on the street tell him what a sorry piece of lying crap he is. Seriously! Click here for LNP’s, “Full coverage: LanCity Connect fiber-optic broadband,” and see 11 articles by Stuhldreher since February of this year doing nothing but praising the city and MAW and never questioning a thing!
         Stuhldreher has absolutely no respect for the truth, journalism or the public!



           City Resident David Hess addressed city council regarding LanCity Connect as follows on Tuesday night (click here to watch the video):

          I wanted to voice my concerns about the fiber internet rollout that’s underway called LanCity Connect. I realize that this isn’t directly related to city council but as it is a partnership between Lancaster City and MAW Communications, I wanted to bring this forward here.
         I’ve been a huge supporter of this project since the beginning and was thrilled to be an early adopter. But as the year has gone by since plans were first announced I’ve have had growing concern about the communication. A few people that I’ve recommended for the service go months without feedback – as well as some of their current technology. I have been in communications with them about a few things and go months without hearing back so what I wanted to bring forward here is more – I guess and urging city council in whatever way to encourage MAW and LanCity Connect to be more transparent and open.
         I think their communications with the city residents is key for this to survive and there’s already a lot of – their competitors – Comcast has already announced their plans probably in the far future but they are planning to compete with this so I think in order for this to survive, focus has to be put on the customer side of this which I think is probably slightly new for both MAW and the city to kind of be that part of a public private venture.
         Thank you.
         City Council President John Graupera’s response:
         And as you mentioned city council has no part in managing or providing the services or supervising what Lancaster Connect does and MAW does so I hope you’ve been in contact with them and they’ve done the same with you over your concerns?
         David Hess’ response:
         Yeah actually I have regularly contacted them throughout the past year but I’ve been not hearing back for a while and I’m actually reaching out to this meeting to kind of rattle cages. And I did hear back from MAW but that’s part of the problem – their communication is not fast enough or transparent enough.

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 Becky 30 comments


          Puryear applied to Lancaster city’s health division in April 2016 in order to obtain a license to operate a food service cart for his business “Drinks on Wheels” and was photographed selling popsicles in Penn Square in May of 2016, police said.
    From the LNP article, “Lititz police are seeking the whereabouts of registered sex offender with outstanding warrants,” (click here).
         First and foremost, Jerry, turn yourself in! Do it now!
         As I stated previously, the Affidavit of Probable Cause lists this site as running a picture of him selling popsicles. And I did in May of last year (click here for the post). I had no idea if he had registered it with Megan’s Law – I had no idea what he had to register under Megan’s Law. I was simply having some fun.
         But he didn’t sell popsicles for long! In a video I’ve had for a long time, City Health Officer Kim Wissler and Police Officer Jose De La Torre (yes, that officer) showed up in no time and shut him down!
         Now, turn yourself in, Jerry!


    *    Randall Wenger corrected two things I posted. This is not a “special” election and that has been corrected below.
         Also, the Green and Libertarian parties may nominate a candidate to be on the ballot for the position of sheriff.


          The position of Sheriff will be on this November’s ballot, Randall O. Wenger, Chief Clerk in the Voter Registration Office, said this afternoon by phone. The position will be a part of the November election and will be for a two-year term only – from 2018 (they will take the oath of office in January) to 2020.
         Mark Reese, who resigned the office effective yesterday, was elected for a four year term that would have ended in 2020. So this election will only be for two years to catch up to the “normal” cycle.
         Republicans and Democrats have until September 18th to get their nominating petitions in and get a name on the November ballot to run for the position of Sheriff of Lancaster County, according to Wenger.


    *    I just received the below reply to my question to the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association regarding Sheriff Reese and his replacement.
         My question to them was: Sheriff Reese of Lancaster County just resigned. What happens now? Do the Commissioners appoint a replacement until the next election or is there a special election? Thanks!!


         The city plans to clean the underground mains and seal them with an innovative product developed by RePipe4710, a Lancaster-based startup.
         RePipe4710’s system involves heating plastic piping, curling it into a “C” shape, feeding it through existing pipe, then using high pressure and steam to expand and seal it.
         “It forms a solid plastic pipe inside the other pipe,” Katzenmoyer said. The number “4710” refers to the type of plastic used.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster embarking on $2.3M project to repair crumbling water mains in Millersville neighborhood,” (click here).
         This sounds great and all – and a “Lancaster-based startup” to boot – but has this been approved by the government and where else has this system been used? What about water quality and the plastic? Where are the test results for this product? Are there any? How long will these new pipes last?
         Katzenmoyer has proved that she’s really not very good at what she does. How much investigation into this system has Lancaster done? Is anyone going to ask these questions?
    Please check back later today. 

    Posted on July 27th, 2017 Becky 8 comments


         (Click here to read and watch the video if you have a really strong stomach!)
         I believe that we should all let LNP know that we do not appreciate looking at a large picture of a dead shark on the front page of the newspaper! It’s not a nice thing to wake up to – not at all! And then the inside photo with the close-up of its teeth! Yikes! Absolutely not!
          I don’t care if it does resemble Mayor Gray, please keep photographs of dead animals (and fish) off your front page! Oh, and the Tuktuk too!


    *    “I’m certainly disappointed,” city Mayor Rick Gray said of the SPCA’s closure. “But, hopefully, it will be a short-term thing.”
         From today’s editorial, “Lancaster County needs an organization willing and able to take the place of the SPCA,” (click here).
          Hey, opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy, why don’t you just sit in Mayor Gray’s office all day and wait for these gems? And then she says:
         We second those emotions.
         Of course you do, Suzanne! He got your employer the convention center/hotel and he just got LNP over $9 million more! We know you love Mayor Gray!
         Why no mention that Gray’s right-hand man, Patrick Hopkins, is on the board of directors? What went wrong? What is Hopkins doing with the millions of taxpayer’s dollars that cross his desk every year? What about MAW Communications? Why don’t you tell us about that, Suzanne?



    (Click here for the latest LNP article on the Tuktuk – actually I ran this information yesterday morning in a completely different context).

         There are no words for the absurdity of this. This is a comment on Lancaster Online under the article:
         Imagine what might be accomplished if the Mayor and City Officials threw their weight and efforts behind a REAL problem?
         Exactly! For the third time, resign LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher! You are an absolute disgrace!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 18th, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    *    This website was mentioned in the Affidavit of Probable Cause:


         Jerry Puryear has had photos published on this site, LNP and WGAL. I became aware that he was charged with a number of Megan’s Law violations about two weeks ago – and we had this conversation (click here for WGAL – “Wanted man drove through cornfield while fleeing cops, police say”). Turn yourself in now, Jerry!


    Posted on July 18th, 2017 Becky 6 comments



        Why would LanCity Connect “sponsor” an LNP concert series (see the screenshot below from the “LanCity Connect” Facebook page)? Is this the reason LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher and the LNP editors are not telling the public the truth about MAW Communications – because LNP is getting part of the over $3 million dollars the city is paying and loaning MAW?
         The reason, according to LNP, that MAW had to “pause and regroup” (have they regrouped?) was because they were “deluged with much higher demand than expected.” So why would they pay LNP for what is apparently community outreach/advertising?
          This is an absolute disgrace and has possible legal implications for Mayor Gray, his top administrators, city council and LNP! This is truly unbelievable.



    **   The below was posted on the “LanCity Connect” Facebook page. It is wonderful of Dave Hess to offer his help and everyone agrees with his sentiment. And unbelievably, apparently MAW is going to take him up on his offer. Can you help Frank? Do you know anything about fiber-optic community broadband networks? If so, contact Frank! He needs your help!


    *     The below email was sent to at 11:00 am this morning. We will see if Frank answers!
          Of course, I’m sure the city’s business administrator, Patrick Hopkins, and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace checked all his references very carefully before giving MAW Communications $1.5 million dollars and a separate $1.5 million dollar loan!



    The opening sentences to the May 24, 2017 LNP article by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher, “Meet Frank Wiczkowski, founder of MAW Communications, the company behind LanCity Connect,” (click here).
         Really? He did those two things prior to founding MAW? Did you verify either of those statements, reporter Stuhldreher? Is their one shred of hard evidence to back up either of these rather outrageous claims?
         Resign, Stuhldreher!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 16th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    *    These are the three upcoming events listed on the Lancaster County Convention Center “Events Calendar,” (click here):



    Photo from the October 2, 2010 LNP article by Gil Smart, “Trolley put on a side track – No money for study; streetcars in storage. Desire lacking?” (click here).


                          Stuhldreher                Dick                   Nephin

     —  Pat, get me Dan on the line.
    —  But Mayor…
    —  Pat, just get him on the line – this is too important.
    —  Hello.
    —  Dan my man, this is Dick.
    —  Who?
    —  The mayor of Lancaster you fool!
    —  Yes, Dick. How can I help you?
    —  Dan, I need another story on the Tuktuk. Remember when I wanted a trolley, Dan? I mean the city even bought one and parked it where the residents could see it every day. We wanted to put tracks in the streets and have a real trolley. Can you imagine the photos of people coming from the train station to the convention center in a trolley? Why, oh why didn’t anyone want it?
    —  The streets are bad enough already, mayor. When are you going to fix them? How much did that trolley cost and where is it now?
    —  No one needs to know that, Dan! That website said the trolley idea was the stupidest idea they had ever heard.
    —  Well, right behind the six-person Tuktuk, mayor.
    —  Dan, we need to save the Tuktuk! This will be my legacy as mayor – forget the damn poverty commission – I want the Tuktuk to be my legacy!
    —  You want a six-person, three wheeled vehicle to be your legacy, Mayor?
    —  Damn right, Dan. Now LNP does whatever I want because I got that racist, greedy, corrupt company millions of dollars for that white elephant of a con center! That’s how good of a lawyer I am and now I want a story!
    —  I don’t work there anymore, Mayor. You will have to contact Tim Stuhldreher, he took my place.
    —  Oh, I hate that butt kissing fool! I thought you were a mad butt kisser, Dan, but he’s ten times worse!
    —  That’s why LNP replaced me. He’s all you’ve got Mayor.
    —  Pat, get me that insane, butt kissing Tim Stuhldreher on the line. Tell him the Tuktuk is my legacy project. It’s the only way to save the con center! Demand a story now!
    —  Yes, Dick! I’ll dial him right now. Tim is that you…

    To be continued and click here for the article, “Trolley Car Propaganda.”


    Posted on July 15th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    IT’S TRUE!

         The big stories on Lancaster Online today (besides the outhouse race story):

    —  “10 places to see animals in Lancaster County”

    —  “10 places to get ice cream in Lancaster County”

    —  “They may be ugly but opossums eat tons of ticks and help prevent Lyme disease in Pennsylvania”



    (Click here) 

         A comment under the post:

         I will come back to the ridiculously slanted LNP story by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher, “Lancaster hires special counsel for firefighter union contract talks,” this coming week (click here).



    *    OMG! LNP sent veteran reporter Jeff Hawkes to cover this – click here for, “They race outhouses in Terre Hill, and they really go.” Oh, like the headline, the story is just dreadful!


         Posted by LNP Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda on Twitter on July 15th.

         Google is your friend, Barb! Where don’t they have outhouse races? Sigh. Such is the LNP nonsense that never stops!


    Posted on July 6th, 2017 Becky 16 comments


     — WHO ARE

         First, let me say that I will be at Sheriff Mark Reese’s hearing on August 3rd. I very much wanted to be there today but personal matters prevented me from going.
         That said, this is the poorest, most incomprehensible thing LNP has done recently (not counting the Marriott “expansion” articles). The hearing began at 10:00 am this morning and LNP still does not have a story up. I don’t blame the reporter, Jonas Fortune. Someone very high up at LNP has put a hold on this story.
         This is after months of LNP writing numerous editorials calling for Reese to resign and writing story after story about how much he is still being paid, etc. And they made no mention of this hearing prior to it happening this morning and now, even though they sent a reporter, they have not put up a story about the Sheriff and two state senators meeting in a Lancaster County courtroom today!
         According to Jonas Fortune’s Twitter account, Reese requested the continuation saying he had had surgery and was close to retaining a lawyer and losing his pay would be a hardship. He also, according to Fortune, said his wife was having surgery today.
         The Judge did continue the hearing but what remains a mystery is if he is going to stop the payments to Reese until the rescheduled August hearing. The below is a screenshot from Fortune’s twitter account taken at 3:17 pm today (click here for his Twitter account). Can you figure it out?
         There will be much more tomorrow.



    ***   This response in from a friend several months ago when I sent her Reese’s emails at the heart of this whole matter:
         There is no fool like an old fool !  This guy is a total pig.  So this is what is going on in Lancaster Co government.  Never, in my wildest imagination would I have thought it this bad.  And we are still paying this fool.  I wonder if his wife knows it’s this bad. I wonder if any other of the sheriff dept workers are aware of this.  LNP should really be doing a better job with this.  If I were Jessica I’d be terrified at living in Lanc Co.  I really thought there was nothing left on God’s green earth that could shock me and I am shocked. 

    **   The official order today by Adams County Senior Judge John Kuhn continuing the injunction hearing for Sheriff Mark Reese until August 3rd.

    *   LNP had a reporter in the courtroom this morning – so when will they put the story up?



          Today is the big day for Sheriff Mark Reese. State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction arguing that Reese, who has been accused of sexual harassment and took a paid “leave,” has vacated his position and should no longer be paid by the county.
         Adams County Senior Judge John Kuhn ordered a hearing on their motion for today at 10:00 am in Courtroom #10 of the Lancaster County Courthouse.
         Will Reese come out of hiding and show up to the courthouse where he has worked for years? Will he argue that he is still the Sheriff?
         LNP wrote their last story on the suit on June 22 as an “insider” story titled, “Senators attempt to stop biweekly payments of $4K to Lancaster County sheriff accused of sexual harassment,” (click here). They have not mentioned one word about today’s hearing. Why not? Doesn’t the public have a right and a need to know?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 5th, 2017 Becky 9 comments


          All three of the comments under this morning’s LNP editorial on the scanners are spot on and they are republished below.
         But I want to go to the third one today that states:

         The police will provide encryption technology to LNP, the public will be shut out and that will be the end of it. It will be exactly the same as the special exception LNP was granted for cell phones in the courthouse. Despite this cell phone ban being a clear violation of citizen rights, it’s not an issue now, ever since lawyers, LNP staffers and distinguished members of the Hamilton Club got their special favors from the emperor judge. At one time newspapers stood with the common man. No longer.
          I do not for a second believe that only LNP or the “media” will be provided with the encryption technology for the scanners – but I will deal with that at a later date.
         This commenter is dead on, however, about the cell phones and the courthouse and something must be done. Many people are not aware of the ban and it is tremendously difficult for anyone with business in the courthouse to contact anyone. On top of that, if you use one of the places that will hold your cell phone for the day, you are adding to the cost of your time in the courthouse.
         As I stated here previously, I did not request an exemption for the Ray Corll trial. The first day a friend held my cell phone and computer and I had no way to contact him during the breaks or when the session broke for lunch or at the end of the day. I even asked if there was (gasp!) a pay phone in the courthouse and was told “No.” How was I to let him know that I was done and I needed my phone and computer back?
         So, for the next two days I paid $10.00 a day for the law office across the street to hold them. I did not feel that I could request them back over the lunch break and then put them back in for the afternoon session. I had no way to contact anyone for the entire day.
         It is horrific and even more so for someone who has a hearing and is not sure what time it will take place or be over. The inconvenience is unbelievable. Someone needs to contest the ban. Supposedly they did this because one person took a picture of another person in the courthouse and posted it to social media with a “snitch” label. One person who just as easily could have taken the picture anywhere! It is beyond absurd.
         And I bring this up especially today because tomorrow Sheriff (or former Sheriff) Mark Reese will be in Lancaster County Courtroom #10 at 10:00 am for a Preliminary Injunction Hearing before Adams County Senior Judge John D. Kuhn. State Senator Scott Martin will also be there for this showdown. And a very nice woman in the court administration office confirmed to me by phone this afternoon that the hearing is open to the public.
         How many members of the public will attend this extremely unique and important event if they are not allowed to take their cell phones or have to pay to have someone “hold” them? Open courtrooms are a necessity and a hallmark of our democracy.
         This cell phone ban needs to be lifted and it needs to be lifted now!
         The three comments mentioned in the beginning are below:


    **     In regard to the scanners, what would LNP police reporter Jennifer Todd do if they were encrypted? She would not have a job! Her job every evening when she comes into the LNP offices is to re-write police press releases and listen to the scanner.


         And I don’t have a problem with that because it is extremely important that people know what is going on. What I do have a problem with is that LNP will never question the police! On June 26th, Todd ran a video of a man robbing Rita’s (click here). The man did not display a weapon and apparently got away with just a few dollars.

         I am in no way making light of this – but with the 169 Safety Coalition cameras all around the city and all the businesses having surveillance cameras as well – why is the one video we see of a man allegedly robbing Rita’s?
         It is reported that there was a shooting at Dorwart and Lafayette Streets last night (according to the scanner). This is very close to where Julio Garcia-Camacho was shot and killed over two years ago. There are two Safety Coalition cameras right there! Where are the videos from these shootings and why doesn’t Todd ask? Where are all the other videos from the unsolved murders, shootings, stabbings and robberies? Where are they? Why doesn’t Todd or anyone at LNP ever ask?


    *     The two articles below on the Marriott “expansion” are the result of the June 27th city council meeting (click here). I urge you to watch it and the Marriott information begins just two minutes into the tape.
         One note: I have been on several computers where the video simply does not appear on the Facebook page. I believe it’s because of an older browser (I think older versions of Internet Explorer – but I am so bad on computers that I am not sure.) If you do not see the video, please try a different browser to view it  and I will try to get to the bottom of this.



       —  & SMOKE & MIRRORS! —

         Gee, I wonder why it took a week to prepare this piece on cost overruns for the Marriott. What a shame that it’s running on a holiday when people’s attention is least likely to be on the news.

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP article, “PILOT deal on Penn Square Marriott expansion holds good, despite project cost hike, Council told,” (click here).
         The commenter nailed that one! In fact, this was one of two pieces by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher on the Marriott that is full of lies and half-truths that LNP ran on July 4th.
          This morning, LNP tries to act like a real newspaper that has the interests of the citizens as its primary goal with the editorial, “Encrypting police transmissions is a blow to transparency and openness in government, (click here).
         Yes, it obviously is and it is unacceptable!
         And speaking of the police, look at this! The Lancaster City Police are trying to solve a 15-year-old unsolved murder (click here). This is so old it is not one of the 20 unsolved murders under Mayor Gray (see the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above), but please watch the video and if you know anything, contact the police.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on July 3rd, 2017 Becky 3 comments

         Have a great and happy Fourth of July! LIP News will resume daily publishing on Wednesday, July 5th.



        Several brief updates today:

    —  Wonderful news! The “GoFundMe” page for Charlie and Ruby Warfel exceeded $100,000 this afternoon (click here) and the below update was posted by the family:

    —  The below is from the Lancaster County Court Calendar for Thursday, July 6th. That is correct, Sheriff (or former Sheriff – that is what this lawsuit is about) Mark Reese has been ordered into a Lancaster County Courtroom this Thursday. There will be an update on this site on Wednesday.

    —  Dustin L. Rettew filed a lawsuit in Federal Court on June 28th against the County of Lancaster, Prison Warden Paul K. Smeal and Corrections Officers Evan Marin and Scott Gronchi (click here). He is represented by Kevin C. Allen of the Lancaster Law Firm of Crystle-Allen Law, LLC. Rettew is pictured to the left in a mugshot from 2012 and the introduction to his suit requesting in excess of $150,000 is below:


    Posted on July 2nd, 2017 Becky 10 comments


    (Click here) 

         This is breaking news right now on Lancaster Online and the reporters know about it because they are listening to the police scanner. The scanners in Lancaster County must remain public. There will be much more on this issue on this site this week.


         What are the Lancaster City Democrats up to? LOL! An anonymous person purchased a “campaign” website for the Schmuck and left quite a message (click here).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on July 1st, 2017 Becky 5 comments


    Posted on Lancaster Online under today’s article, “Dog in Lancaster attack euthanized; Medical care continues for 2 children,” (click here).

    *     No one ever questions the Lancaster city police and certainly not LNP! If the police say they “continue to investigate,” that is not questioned! If they are continuing to investigate a dog attack ten days after it occurred, is it any wonder they can’t solve murders, shootings, robberies or any other crimes?




    From left to right, “Stanley Novak,” Steven Markle and “Nathan Pifer.”

         “Stanley Novak” and “Nathan Pifer” posted on Lancaster Online under the LNP story, “Lancaster County Commissioners order police transmissions encrypted, blocking scanners for public, media,” (click here).
         I will come back to this very serious topic but just know that both of these Facebook accounts are actually Steven Markle, Lancaster County’s serial and convicted stalker and harasser!
    See the “CHERYL & STEVE MARKLE” tab immediately above and please check back later today.


    Posted on June 29th, 2017 Becky 3 comments


    Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “Hotel Lancaster to refinance acquisition loan through CRIZ,” (click here).

         I believe Mayor Gray’s “legacy” will be as an arrogant liar who has put taxpayer’s at very high risk for years to come and has done nothing for the average resident of Lancaster who lives outside his six-block magazine section. When the convention center, the CRIZ, MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) go belly up and the EPA comes to make its final call – people will, quite frankly, remember Gray as the mayor who lied to get into office and has lied everyday since and ultimately will have damaged the city beyond recognition.  
         Oh, and let’s not forget his other legacy. A Police Chief whose ex-wife states in a book that he beat her for years and who has also totally failed to diversify the police force and failed to solve major and minor crimes even though with the Safety Coalition cameras, Lancaster is one of the “most watched” cities in America.
         What a legacy Gray will leave!

    *    Compare this to the Manheim Township School Board – who spent $358,000 on a very sensitive situation involving the superintendent and allegations of sexual misconduct. LNP has viciously gone after the volunteer school board members for years over that but doesn’t say a word about the millions of dollars being wasted by these highly paid city officials.



         Between February 2015 and June 2016, the city spent more than $900,000 on legal fees, consulting fees and computer modeling, LNP reported last year.
         In the 12 months since then, it has spent another $187,057 on legal fees and $343,618 for consulting services and computer modeling, according to Katzenmoyer and Patrick Hopkins, the city’s director of administrative services, for a total of $530,675.
    From the LNP article by Tim Stuhldreher, “Lancaster, EPA reportedly nearing agreement on sewer overflow issue,” (click here).
         The City of Lancaster is literally throwing millions of dollars down the drain and no one is questioning these overpaid, incompetent city officials who should have been fired years ago?
    Please check back later today.  


    Posted on June 27th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    * 4:01 pm —  LNP went up with a story literally 10 minutes ago while I was publishing. It is all taken directly from the “GoFundMe” page and I can’t even find a link to the page in their story (click here).


    This screenshot was taken at 3:37 pm today. Click here and please post this on your Facebook page and spread the word to as many people as possible.
         Back to the fundraiser for the Warfel family and LNP’s unbelievable and unconscionable failure to cover it. I suspect it stems from the last line in the police’s second update on this horrific story (click here):
         The victim’s family has requested that the media respect their wishes for privacy and not make any attempts to contact them as they will not be granting any interviews.
         It is not the police’s job to tell the media how to do their jobs! And in this case the family has given their dramatic and heart-wrenching story on a public fund raising platform and that certainly means the family wants it public and for as many people as possible to see it, read it and hopefully donate – as literally hundreds of people have done today.
         Their report states the dog had not had a rabies shot in four years; to date no charges have been brought against the owner and the police are allowing the owner to “quarantine” the dog in their house in the neighborhood where this horror occurred. 
          And the only reason I can see that LNP is not covering this and helping this family in desperate need is because the police requested they not do so – and that is so unacceptable and so disgusting that everyone involved at LNP in failing to cover this should be banned from journalism for life and, in fact, banned from the human race.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Per the Judge’s order below, Sheriff, or former Sheriff, Mark Reese will have to come out of hiding and appear in a Lancaster County Courtroom on July 6th. I will verify that this will be open to the public and report back.



    There is much, much more. Please go to the GoFundMe page to read the entire piece (click here). And there is also this:


    Posted on June 22nd, 2017 Becky 3 comments


    (Click here to read the whole piece).

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


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


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

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



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

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


    Posted on June 21st, 2017 Becky 1 comment


         Quite simply, ESABATM is an acronym for “Eat sh*t and bark at the moon.” And I don’t think I will be doing that anytime soon.
         Yes, this slur was thrown at me yesterday in Lancaster Online’s comments section after I became quite testy regarding all the comments under the article, “2 Lancaster children in ‘serious but stable’ condition after loose dog attacks them in their minivan,” (click here).
         And I actually think I went to high school with the poster so the whole thing just gets more bizarre!
         Anyway, there were these posts:
        If I had a Dachshund who didn’t like children and bit me three times and required stitches, I would no longer have the Dachshund. Period. And I would not consider someone who has such a Dachshund to be an expert on dogs or a good doggie caretaker!
         And among her multitude of posts, this is the one that really set me off:
         There was one dog who got in the vehicle and it was clearly explained how the dog got in the van:
         Oh, my! I wish I could put ESABATM to good use but I’m not sure it’s anything I’ll be using in the foreseeable future!
         There was a woman who said a “GoFundMe” account would be set up for the children and if anyone knows where it is, please let this site know.

    ***  Sometimes the internet scares and amazes me. Working on my afternoon post, I put “ESABATM” into google again so I could reference its meaning (I had looked it up before I wrote this morning’s piece). And right there on the first page of results was this site – which is amazing in less than seven hours and also means not too many people use ESABATM! :


    **   There are developments in former Manheim Township school board president William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP. There is this from his “Motion to Compel Discovery” regarding the illegal recording of a board meeting obtained by LNP.


    *   From (click here).

    & ESABATM?

         I am not going to deal with these insane “pit nutters,” but going on the Lancaster City Police Facebook page and showing your total ignorance does not help your cause!

         Oh, and what does “ESABATM” stand for? Someone used that on me yesterday and I had to look it up. Nice!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on June 17th, 2017 Becky 4 comments


          Just a quick note this afternoon: I was sent the Manor Township Police report very early this morning (thank you). As I stated, I saw it happened on the 16th and assumed it was yesterday. It wasn’t until I was speaking with Ben that I realized the incident happened in May but was just reported by the police yesterday.
         And I was struck by what Ben said about LNP refusing to cover any of it. They do that with so many important, significant stories that the public should absolutely know about. But if LNP doesn’t tell the public – then who will?
         They protect these public officials and the officials do them favors in return. Mayor Gray and Lloyd Smucker are the most recent examples of that having written legislation to specifically give LNP millions of more public dollars (the CRIZ).
         This has been going on for years but District Attorney Craig Stedman running to be a Superior Court Judge may be the beginning of their downfall. Facts about certain cases that LNP blatantly ignored or lied about are sure to come up during the election. How will LNP explain that?
         Days after Tuesday’s city council meeting, LNP reported what I noted on this site about Mayor Gray and his “legacy.” Oh, there will be much more coming on this site about this! The below screenshot is from today’s print edition and they cleaned up the grammar in the online version (click here):


    —  The below is one of several videos on on Kelly Ream (click here to view). Ben said this morning that LNP has refused to cover any aspect of this case and the scandal with the Southern Regional Police Department.

    *** UPDATE — I spoke with Ben Vonderhiede this morning by phone. He went to interview Kelly Ream at her home and she called the police. Ben has done multiple pieces on Ream on his website (click here). He said he has been working for months on an investigation into fraud in the state police pension fund.
         He also makes numerous allegations against Ream in his videos. This is a developing story.

    [Editor’s note: When this story was first was posted this morning I said this happened yesterday. I saw the date and not the month and I apologize for the error and it has been corrected. This happened in May and was just posted by the Manor Township Police yesterday. Ben said this morning he was not even aware that charges had been filed.]


    *    I ran into Ben in the Lancaster County Courthouse when I was covering the Ray Corll trial. He did not disappoint! He insulted Corll’s defense attorney Heidi Eakin to her face; loudly proclaimed that Corll had been a bad cop for years so Corll’s family who were sitting right up the hall could hear it and also said he probably beats his wife and discussed in very colorful language the shenanigans (affairs) going on in the District Attorney’s Office and more. 
         It was just a normal day for Ben!


          Ben Vonderheide, owner of the website “Daddy Justice,” got into trouble in May in Manor Township (click here). What did you do now, Ben?
    Please check back later today.


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

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


    (Click here)

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


    Posted on June 6th, 2017 Becky 15 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


          District Attorney Craig Stedman stated the mother, Carola Arnau, 40, bought the handgun the day before – legally – and apparently shot her two children and set the fires and then shot herself. The children were found in their beds. Her husband, Miguel, 45, was living in the garage and was at work when it happened. Stedman said there is no danger to the public.
         Stedman said they were divorcing and in a custody battle and that things had been “escalating,” stating he believed the police were called at least once recently. He asked anyone with information regarding her mental state to contact the police.
         Key points from the press conference are below from the DA’s spokesperson, Brett Hambright’s, Twitter Account.

        What a terribly sad day. Carola Arnau and her two children were murdered in their home in Strasburg. Everyone is awaiting details from the police. If there is any breaking news this evening, it will be posted, otherwise we will see what tomorrow brings.
         Condolences to their family and friends.

    Carola Arnau

         There are reporters from all over at the triple homicide scene in Strasburg. A reporter for Allentown’s WFMZ-TV 69News brought a drone but was told by the State Police he could not use it. He said they use it all the time in Allentown.

    **** The bodies are being removed from the home at 2:00 pm.

    ***  The triple homicide scene in Strasburg today about 1:10 pm.

    **  Media reports are stating and quoting neighbors saying the father of the children was living in the home. According to a custody complaint that Miguel Arnau filed on April 3rd of this year and withdrew on April 20th, his address was an apartment in Ronks, PA.

        As we await word from the police, there is a mention of a Protection From Abuse filing for this family. The details are not available at the moment. The mother, Carola Arnau, is pictured below.


    Carola Arnau

          There is a shocking murder investigation this morning of a mother and her two children in Strasburg (click here for WGAL’s coverage). The home is owned by Miguel A. and Carola R. Arnau according to county records. They were in the process of divorcing and were having custody conferences for their two children.

    Please also see directly below for this morning’s regular post.


    Posted on June 6th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    $1.5 MILLION LOAN?

    – & THE OTHER $3 MILLION? –

    (Click here)

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

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on May 28th, 2017 Becky 6 comments


         This article was in today’s print edition but is not yet online.
         I will come back to this on Tuesday, but two quick things today:
    — These candidate financial reports are only available in person and that is not acceptable. The state races are online and so should the races in Lancaster County. I was told by the Board of Elections that they are not online and cannot be faxed or emailed – you can only get them in person. Why? This is important information that everyone has a right to!
    — Someone very nicely emailed me the statements they had obtained in person (thank you). It was the weekend before the election and I simply did not have the time to go through them. But from the LNP article there is this regarding Danene Sorace:
         She received 16 donations of $1,000 or more, by far the most among the three candidates. That includes $11,500 from a half-dozen donors affiliated with Benchmark Construction Co., the workplace of her husband, Christian Recknagel. Recknagel is credited with an in-kind contribution of $705 in scotch and cigars for a fundraiser, part of $1,192 in total in-kind donations.
         And below are the top contributors to her campaign according to LNP. Yes, there is Dale High! Sorace led the vote to give LNP and High millions of dollars for their Marriott Hotel expansion right before she announced her candidacy in LNP!
         Have a great holiday and please check back on Tuesday!


    **  The deer video is going viral! It’s also on the “People of Lancaster” Facebook page and there is the below exchange. There is a belief that this is the same man as the one in the infamous LNP story, “Lititz restaurant couple charged with selling deer parts on streets of New York, having parts in restaurant,” (click here).
         Please note: this has not been confirmed!

    OH, DEER!


        When you think you’ve seen it all. A man loads a deer that was killed in the city last night into his car on East Orange Street this morning (click here to see the video)! 



         This is a front page story in LNP’s print edition of today’s paper and an “insider” story online (click here).

         I wish reporter Susan Baldrige would cite the actual law, because if you remember, it took ten times for this man to be jailed (click here – and yes that is by Brett Hambright who is now paid by the public to be District Attorney Craig Stedman’s spokesperson).

         Sadly, the Columbia Spy is reporting another incident of vandalism in Columbia (click here).