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    Posted on April 19th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         This is just too much! How stupid can these editors and reporters be? Click here for, “Holiday Inn Express offers teacher suspended for making pancakes during PSSAs a free pancake maker.” Unbelievable! Why did he tell you he was going to be fired, “reporter” Geli? And why did you believe him? Why don’t you report on that?


         Well, I certainly learned some new things today (see the comments under this post). “Dank” is a slang word for good marijuana and now has also transitioned from that to be used to describe beer among many other things.
         But even given my new knowledge, I still say the below beer review is ridiculous and gobbledygook. And I don’t want a beer with the flavor of “dankness” as well as “musty grass, over-ripe mango, lemon zest and pine.” I simply do not. Put that beer in a dank corner and give me a Bud!
         Seriously, back to serious news tomorrow!


         It poured straw gold with a creamy, white head, slight haze and lazy particulates. The aroma was dank with green herbs and grass, passion fruit, mango and lemon. In flavor, dankness followed from the nose as well as musty grass, over-ripe mango, lemon zest and pine. There was a ton of flavor in this session IPA while being nicely bittered over an underlying softness; it’s crushable, for sure.
    From the LNP article, “Learn about riding the rails with hobos (don’t call them tramps) and find tasting notes on 3 Lord Hobo beers,” (click here).
         That is the most ridiculous gobbledygook I have read in a long time. Are there any editors at LNP? Does anyone working there have any common sense?



    From a special column in today’s LNP by SDoL School Board President Edith Gallagher regarding pancakegate (click here).

    ***  Yes, and LNP should have issued a correction for those inaccuracies. Period. Any ethical journalism organization would.
           Okay, I am done!


    **   Thank goodness it was whole grain. Any other kind of pancake and I think we would have a systemic unravel of not just the middle school, but I fear our society.
    Part of a comment under the editorial.
         Amen! LOL!


    From LNP’s editorial.

    *    Yes, I’m sure you “know” middle-school-age children because most of your reporters are only a few years past that!
          The man cooked pancakes during the test. He brought an electric griddle and we assume a spatula. We don’t know if he mixed the batter for the pancakes in the room or if he brought a big pitcher of batter with him. He must have had some form of grease for his griddle and then he poured batter on it and cooked these wholegrain pancakes while the students were supposed to be taking a test!
         We still don’t know how he served them. We don’t know if he had plates, forks and syrup or if he just slapped a wholegrain cake down on their desks for them to eat with their hands while taking a test.
          Yes, the district has to take the protocols seriously or else you’d be screaming especially if these student’s test results were thrown out because of the absurd distraction of a man flipping pancakes on a griddle and then students “nibbling” on them.
         I truly am now done with this false wholegrain pancakegate. Your terrible, incorrect reporting started this flap in the first place. You should have issued a correction and an apology instead of writing this nonsensical crap!



    Today’s LNP editorial headline from the print edition (click here to read the editorial online).

    An excellent comment posted under the editorial.

         You are a disgrace to journalism, LNP.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on April 12th, 2018 Becky 14 comments


    A comment on Lancaster Online under the F&M story.

         I enjoy it when someone sees something that most overlook! But I have to point out at the very forefront of the large photograph, there is clearly a woman with blue leggings (see the cropped photo to the left). Just trying to help!
         And somehow, the comments under this post turned to State Senator Scott Martin which is always delightful if not a little creepy. Which brings us to an update on his new wife, Amber Martin’s (formerly Green and she is the County Treasurer) custody complaint against her ex-husband, Gerald Green, II.
         President Judge Dennis Reinaker has now turned the case over to a Delaware County Senior Judge (see his order below). That should hopefully remove any controversy over who is handling the case and avoid any conflicts of interest. And while the Order indicates Gerald Green is “Pro Se” – representing himself – according to the docket he has wisely hired an attorney to represent him – Melissa Montgomery, Esquire (click here for her website).
        And the Martin beat goes on…


    *    From The College Reporter article linked to below:
         This is not all of the problematic content found on the MProtective Facebook page, other examples can be found below. For example, the company consistently reposts anti-gun control articles, while in contrast, Dr. Porterfield notified the community this past month that he will be advocating against the opening of a gun shop on Dillerville Pike. The point is not that people are not allowed to have these views. There are definitely some F&M students who would agree with some, if not all of the opinions put forth by MProtective, and they have every right to do so. The real issue is twofold, first of all, by partnering with this company, the school is supporting political speech, certain aspects of which seem antithetical to the expressed mission of the institution. Second of all, because hiring MProtective is the only way Greek organizations are allowed to have parties, the administration’s policy is forcing students to financially support a worldview they may vehemently disagree with. As a member of Greek life, I don’t think this company represents me, I don’t think it represents the experience I’ve had with my organization, and I don’t think it deserves my support.


    F&M: WHAT

         The below are a few of the posts on the MProtective, LLC Facebook page according to the F&M newspaper The College Reporter (click here) and click here for the LNP article, “Franklin & Marshall College cuts ties with security group after ‘inflammatory’ social media posts, misconduct allegation.”

  • OVER 1,800 COMMENTS!

    Posted on April 10th, 2018 Becky 6 comments


          My comments lack context now that you have removed the one calling you a “Philly POS”. I was only standing up for you against that bully. I was surprised you posted that idiot.
         This comment in last evening under the post immediately below.
         Thank you and I apologize. That was one of Steve and Cheryl Dum Markle’s daily comments into this site. I approved it by mistake for several hours – that happens when I use my phone to approve comments and it is very touchy but I have no choice when I am away from my laptop. I do not immediately delete them because they are being used to build criminal charges.
         Interesting, I was going to talk about what constitutes harassment and trespassing this week involving other cases – but the obsession and jealousy exhibited by this couple daily for six years is simply astonishing and reflects an unbelievable mental illness – but it is also criminal and Steve Markle is already a convicted stalker and harasser and fully knows he is crossing the line.
         The East Lampeter Police Department will be notified and I will update developments on this site. I apologize that this very sick couple intrude on the serious news that I try to cover on this site.
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on March 28th, 2018 Becky 10 comments

    3-29-18 UPDATE 

         Luis Colon-Colon’s guilty plea scheduled for today did not occur and was continued. His docket now indicates a trial date of June 4, 2018.
         Have a wonderful Easter. LIP News will be on vacation until Monday, April 2nd.


         Former Mayor J. Richard Gray defended Luis Colon-Colon three times in 2002 and 2003 and those cases from his court summary are below (and it looks like he did a “good” job):




    Luis Colon-Colon

    Ruby & Charlie Warfel

         Luis Colon-Colon (or Colon) is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow afternoon in the Lancaster County Courthouse before Judge Margaret C. Miller. His pit bull attacked and severely injured young children Charlie and Ruby Warfel on June 19, 2017 (click here for their GoFundMe page where their mother tells the horrific story).
          His charges are below. According to the police press release on the case, in July of 2013 the same dog bit a four-year old grandchild of Colon-Colon (click here).
          Back in 2002 and 2003 he faced serious charges in three unrelated cases and he was represented in each one by former Mayor J. Richard Gray. He is represented in the current case by private attorney Osvaldo Espinosa of Espinosa & Associates, Llc.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 25th, 2018 Becky 8 comments


    *    On a much lighter note, this full page ad in today’s LNP print edition has to win some kind of award – I’m not sure a good one, though. How much of that jackpot do they want?



    Raymond L. Brown

    The police press release on last night’s homicide and arrest (click here):

    On March 24, 2018, at approximately 8:02 PM, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to a reported shooting in the 1st block of W. Farnum Street.   The officers discovered a male victim laying on he sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and head.   The victim was unresponsive and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.   The victim succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.    The victim has been identified as a 26 year-old, Lancaster resident.    His identity is being withheld while family members are being notified.

    Detectives are interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene for evidence.   Based on preliminary information, Detectives have learned that there was some sort of confrontation between the victim and another male, which preceded the shooting.   Detectives learned that the two subjects were apparently familiar with each other and this incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.   The investigation is active and ongoing.  


    The homicide victim from last night’s shooting has been identified as 26 year-old Adan Sepulveda, of the 500 block of Locust Street Lancaster, PA.   Detectives learned through their investigation that Sepulveda had been in a brief confrontation with another man, Raymond L. Brown Jr., who contacted police after the shooting.   Brown called 911 and reported that he had shot the victim.   Brown was on-scene when the police arrived at the shooting call and he was taken to the Lancaster City Police station, where he was interviewed by City Police Detectives.   Several witnesses were also interviewed.   The crime scene was processed for evidence and detectives also reviewed video surveillance footage from the area.   As a result of the investigation, the following arrest has been made:

    CHARGED –     Raymond L. BROWN Jr., a 28 year-old male
    300 block of Church Street
    Lancaster, PA

    Detective Aaron Harnish charged Raymond L. Brown Jr. with one count of Criminal Homicide (F-1) before Magisterial District Judge Adam Witkonis.   Brown is being held for processing and arraignment.   The investigation into this incident in continuing.

  • ** – * EMERGENCY OVER?

    Posted on March 21st, 2018 Becky 2 comments

         Taking a snow break this afternoon. Surprising good news – the shoveling is easier than expected. Light snow and easy to move!

    ** 9:30 am The “world class journalists” at LNP have not even updated their website. They are still saying the snow emergency was over at 8:00 am this morning! Unbelievable!

    *    UPDATE City of Lancaster Tweet this morning:


    (Click here)

         Can anyone explain this? There was a snow emergency declared for last night beginning at 9 pm and ending this morning at 8 am? Really? Is someone on drugs?
    Please check back later today.

  • *** – ** – * GETTING CATTY!

    Posted on March 10th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    ***  The attorney for Kenneth White in his federal lawsuit against the Lancaster Police and Officer Todd Dickinson thinks District Attorney Craig Stedman has a list (click here for the original on this site and see immediately below).


    (Click here)



    *    This very sad update today (click here to read the entire message).



           Uh, oh! LNP and I agree! From this morning’s editorial (click here):
          A small step toward that end: Stop feeding feral cats.
          On February 9th of this year, I posted this between two very important unrelated stories that I will come back to later today (click here for the original):
           I had/have a similar situation as the above poster and sadly I have only one piece of advice: Do not feed feral cats. Period.  
         LNP kept their story about a man shooting and killing a cat as a lead story for days online and the number of comments under it are amazing (click here).    
         Jeffrey Chapman, the man who allegedly shot the cat, is due to have his preliminary hearing on the charge this coming Tuesday at 1:30 pm before District Judge Jonathan W. Heisse. He is represented by private attorney Michael Marinaro. Stay tuned!


    Posted on February 19th, 2018 Becky 18 comments


         I am rerunning this from the day the LNP editorial board interviewed newly elected Mayor Danene Sorace and failed to ask her a single question about MAW Communications and LanCity Connect and the over $4.7 million of the taxpayer’s money spent on them so far (click here for the original).
          And LNP ran another totally fluff and cheesy (really!) piece on her on Sunday, where we learned this (click here for the article and apparently this is LNP reporter Tom Knapp asking the questions and Sorace responding):

         There will be more tomorrow.    



    *     The ad also once again refers to “world-class journalism” which is surprising because most of their reporters are a year or two out of college.
          The only reason they can possibly make this claim is because they supposedly hired book author and journalist Michael Deibert who lives in Lancaster County (see below for the first time I mentioned him on this site).
           LNP continues to list him under their “Contact Us” tab as an “investigative reporter.” Is he really working for LNP? His personal website and his Facebook and Twitter accounts don’t mention it.
          Since September 6th of 2017 he has written exactly seven articles for LNP. Why would this man, whose primary concerns are racial equality and journalistic integrity, work for this racist, greedy, corrupt company that masquerades as a news organization?
         Time will tell!
         The original of the below is here. His Twitter account is here.



         The beginning of a full page ad LNP ran for themselves in yesterday’s Sunday Magazine.

         What in the world? Susan Baldrige and Kara Newhouse no longer work for LNP! And they are both being sued by former Manheim Township School Board President William Murry. He doesn’t think they told the truth!
          This is beyond ridiculous and disgusting!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on February 4th, 2018 Becky 14 comments


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         This email in with the subject line, “Adios Charles Hamilton is over and out!” The information has not been independently verified but I will try to do so and thank you for the information and please continue to keep us informed!    

          With all the news this got lost.  Guess who’s unemployed after almost 30 years?  If you guessed Charles Hamilton the guy who was acting sheriff and then ran for that job you would be right.  The guy who won – Chrissy Leppler – is telling everyone if Hamilton won he was gonna fire him so it was payback.  Except Hamilton didn’t have the power to fire him.   Lots of resignations but no room for the guy who worked to try to keep things going.  All political. 
          I talked to someone who pulled the Campaign Finance Reports (didn’t even know what this was but they sure did) and there in  black and white was the person who financed Chrissy Leppler. County Commish Joshua Parsons.  Then there are the Constables who Chrissy said he was going to hire back. They believed him.  Except he can’t and never could now they are getting wind of that.
          This fast campaign had lots of lies going on and it all came from one place.  The other candidate Luis Rodriguez got beaten up too.  Lots of rumors about him were floating around that came from guess where? Word on the street is Rodriquez was already looking for legal reps because of what went down and he has big interest.  Charles H didn’t deserve this.  Not a great leader but good man who just wanted to stay employed.  Real close to retirement.  Lots more garbage here.  This is just the tip.  


    Posted on January 12th, 2018 Becky 1 comment


          There are a lot of questions this rainy Friday afternoon and two of the big ones are:
    —  Is The Caucus still being published by LNP? Its one year anniversary was the first week in January and their Twitter account and those of the reporters have been basically quiet about it. A newsstand in Harrisburg told me it was not delivered last Tuesday – the normal day for a new issue of the weekly newspaper to be published. How did LNP expect a print only, very expensive publication to survive in 2017/18?
    —  Is “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige still employed by LNP? Her name has been removed from their “Contact Us” tab and there’s been nothing in writing from her in several weeks. William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP has been zeroing in on Baldrige’s emails with John Nodecker, the Manheim Township Superintendent who was removed for sexual misconduct. Hmmm… 
          I will try to get answers to these and other questions in the upcoming days.
    Have a safe and happy Friday!


    **   Speaking of Michael Deibert, remember the below article from the front page of LNP’s print edition on January 3rd? Well, the suit did settle on January 9th! Where is LNP’s coverage? Maybe Deibert is overseas hawking his latest book?
          (The article is online as an “insider” story – click here.)


    *     I enjoy this photo from the editorial board’s interview of Sorace. Look at Barbara Hough Roda’s face as she looks at new “investigative reporter” Michael Deibert. Both she and Suzanne Cassidy (far right) are looking at him as if to say, “You thought this was a real newspaper? Oh, no – this is a greedy, lying, corrupt and racist company run by the Steinman family! We tricked you!”
         The back of the head belongs to “reporter” Jeff Hawkes who should just be totally ashamed of his failure to serve and protect the public.




          LNP does it again (click here for today’s absurd and disgusting editorial about Mayor Danene Sorace)!
         This is just unbelievable! Not a word about the $4.7 million to MAW Communications or the huge settlement with the EPA (which revealed the city was not telling the citizens the truth about the quality of the water) which will cost millions and millions of dollars. 
         The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. LNP only serves themselves.
         I have posted two comments which appeared under the original article when LNP “interviewed” Sorace. They later put up a different version of the story as an “insider” article without the two comments.
    Please check back later today.    


    Posted on January 7th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         This site kindly and respectfully requests Barry in Winnipeg cease and desist immediately from discussing weather conditions in Winnipeg, Canada or he will face fire and fury from us in the states.
         The good news: There is light at the end of the vortex and Trump is “a very stable genius!”
         Oh, happy Sunday! Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 26th, 2017 Becky 22 comments


         Just look where the money has gone back to the cash cows who use the system so they do not use there own money. Where are the start up companies who were going to fix blighted properties not properties worth multi millions THE FIX IS IN. I am sure U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker never had plans for his bill to give CRIZ money to make the rich richer.
    Posted as a comment under LNP’s story, “Task force recommends grant, loan programs to make CRIZ more available to small businesses,” (click here). 
         Oh, my! You are right about everything except Smucker’s intentions! He wrote the CRIZ directly for LNP and as a result, the Schmuck has received nothing but good press from them! It’s a deal Lancaster County officials are very used to: do favors for LNP and they will do favors for you in return!
         That’s the reason they started “The Caucus,” so they could extend their power and influence and get even bigger favors from those in Harrisburg. See immediately below on this post about the CRIZ!     


     ***   I can’t speak for their hiring practices but the reality of it is, in my opinion, they do not attract a great deal of minority applicants. Lancaster is still a provincial community that, for a number of reasons, has never supported a strong and abundant minority based middle class. It is a simple numbers game. It does not make it right but it’s just the way it is. If you want to argue that LNP should recruit qualified individuals that better represent the diversity of Lancastrians then that is a different discussion.
    Part of a comment into this site this morning.
    —  LNP tried the same explanation years ago. A commenter said they had been to a presentation by former LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer at least eight years ago. They asked her why there were no minorities at LNP. Cindy’s answer: none had applied. That is absolute nonsense and a flat-out lie.
    —  If there is no “strong and abundant minority based middle class” in Lancaster it is because of LNP!
         I will address this issue further in the coming weeks. I have had this site for over 14 years and I have been stating almost daily for 14 years that LNP is racist – and it’s obvious and evidenced every single day – and quite simply and matter of factly, they are racist and it is reflected everywhere in the county as a result.

    OVER $9M TO LNP!

       This article was also on the front page of this Sunday’s print edition.

    **    Guess what LNP and the Caucus: Over $9 million of taxpayer money has gone to a for-profit, racist company in Lancaster for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion! 
           Where is your story? Where is the outrage?



    **   A quote from another front page story today by veteran LP reporter Jeff Hawkes and an “insider” story online, “Poverty rates in Lancaster County inch up in 2016, higher than most of Pennsylvania’s bigger cities,” (click here).

         Of course, Hawkes does not address the obvious, ironic and disgusting fact that LNP will not give minorities “one good job.”


         And then Hawkes goes on to quote none other than Tom Baldrige, who pays himself $262,000 a year as the CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, who broke the state ethics law to vote to give racist LNP, his wife’s employer, millions of CRIZ dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. And the Lancaster Community Fund gave the Chamber millions of dollars to renovate their new building.
         And a commenter into this site doesn’t think that everything is a grand conspiracy among an elite few? Oh, yes it is – led by LNP!


         A tweet from LNP’s new “investigative reporter and investigative team leader,” Michael Deibert who has the front page story in today’s print edition and an “insider” story online, “‘Everything kind of fell apart’: Demographics surrounding poverty in Lancaster County shatter myths,”(click here).     

          Then why are you working for one of the most racist companies in Lancaster County? Where is the “tolerance and pluralism” at LNP? Will you be doing an investigation and an exposé into LNP’s discrimination in hiring for over 50 years and its impact on the community? Have you taken a good look at your co-workers?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 22nd, 2017 Becky 2 comments


         The bottom line is I obviously read her site. I do think she addresses topics that need to be discussed. But not everything is a grand conspiracy among an elite few.
    Part of a comment into this site from “Interested” several weeks ago.
         Actually, in regard to LNP, I believe you are wrong and everything they do is self-serving instead of serving and protecting the pubic and holding officials accountable which is the definition and purpose of journalism. I will present that case next week and the actions being taken to hold city council members accountable.
         It’s a very busy season, of course, and I ran out of time to answer the same commenters question earlier today under the below post about Tony Dastra and the city treasurer position and that will also come next week.
         Have a wonderful holiday and LIP News will return on Tuesday!



    Posted on December 21st, 2017 Becky 5 comments


    **   Missing from this report…mention of a well-spoken and rather eloquent member of the public that rose during this meeting and asked some rather detailed and intelligent questions regarding MAW. MAW is the Reading-based outfit that has been given almost $5 million in public City funds, to-date, to construct the City’s broadband network. The project has been plagued by delays and is now in complete standstill while PPL sues MAW and asks them to remove infrastructure installed to date, the State investigates MAW and the City hires a $365/hour lawyer to help defend MAW and its investment. Clearly Council had no interest in taking up the issue and was SILENT following this taxpayer’s remarks. This project is not going anywhere. These are real dollars teetering on the edge. While the speaker thanked this same “reporter” for bringing the issues to light, my question is why isn’t the press asking the very same questions that he did? That is your job!!!!!
    A comment on Lancaster Online under the LNP article by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher, “Mayor Rick Gray bids farewell, City Council passes 2018 budget,” (click here).
         When you think LNP can’t go any lower, they just do. Yes, it is his job! This is an absolute betray of the public trust and proof that this lying, greedy, corrupt and racist company is not a news organization. There will be more tomorrow.       


    *    There is a special city council meeting this evening at 6:00 pm in city hall to interview candidates for city treasurer. Hopefully Tony Dastra, who live-streams the city council meetings and who is also in the running to be the treasurer, will live-stream it. LIP News will cover it briefly tomorrow and then go on holiday break until Tuesday, December 26.


         Jeremy Walsh is clever and charming and also a con man, a drug-addict and wanted by the police for several burglaries and thefts (click here). My story of my encounter with him in September is below. Was I ever in physical danger? I don’t think so. Was I foolish? Yes. Was I embarrassed? Unbelievably so.
         There will be more serious news coming later today.
          I was in Lancaster on September 19th to cover a trial in the Lancaster County Courthouse in the morning and then go to a preliminary hearing at District Judge David P. Miller’s office in the afternoon for Michael Dayquan Baker.
         I went to the public library on Duke Street over a morning break in the trial to use their computers since my cell phone and laptop were locked in an attorney’s office. I met Jeremy outside. He was pleasant, well spoken, looked clean and neat and said he had just come into Lancaster and was staying at the Water Street Rescue Mission but didn’t like it.
         I told him I was covering a trial and had to get back to the courthouse. He said he used to be a reporter.
         I came back to the library when the trial broke for lunch – and there was Jeremy. He asked what I was doing next and I mentioned the preliminary hearing. He said he had nothing to do and could he come along? I almost said “no,” but then I thought I might learn some interesting things from Jeremy and we would take a cab so I was not worried about my physical well being.
         The cab driver told us he had been in Lancaster County Prison – he didn’t mention the nature of his crime – and we had a great trip to the DJ’s office talking about all the corruption in Lancaster and I exchanged phone numbers with the driver at the end of our trip.
         The DJ’s office was very crowded and we sat on a bench next to each other. We had been there for about a half-hour when the trouble began. After playing with his I-Pad and talking to a little girl who was there with her parents, Jeremy’s head began to nod. He took something out of a small tin can – like a chewing tobacco can – and swallowed it.
         I decided it was time for me to move and I went into the DJ’s courtroom so I wouldn’t miss anything and to get away from Jeremy who stayed behind on the bench.
         I peered my head repeatedly around the corner and saw the nodding was getting worse. Finally I looked out and Jeremy was laying flat on the bench out cold.
         This caught the eyes of the constables and one said, “Oh my God! He’s overdosing in the District Justice’s office!”
         And then, of course, it happened. The biggest constable I have ever seen in my life – I mean huge – pointed to me in the courtroom and waved his finger for me to come to him.
         “Are you with him?” he asked. I said I had just met him at the Duke Street library a couple of hours ago.
         There was now a circle of Constables around us and he asked incredulously, “And you came here with him?”
         I took a deep breath. I collected my thoughts. “We came in a taxi,” I said.
         “Oh,” every Constable said at once, “They came in a taxi.”
         I’m not sure what happened next but apparently Jeremy was not truly overdosing and they woke him up and kicked him out. I never saw him again.
         There will be more on Michael Dayquan Baker coming after the holidays!

    Posted on December 9th, 2017 Becky 3 comments
    —  10:02 am – The Lancaster City Police are beginning their presentation on the budget.
    —  9:47 am – Randy Patterson said a “Bee Keeping Ordinance” will be on the agenda this year.

    —  9:22 am – Randy Patterson just stated he will still be in his job next year – “It will be on my list next year.”


    9:00 am – The Lancaster City Council budget meeting is now live on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).


    Posted on December 3rd, 2017 Becky No comments

    *    Oops! I ran out of time today. Let me just say that Robert Field said eight inches of documents several times yesterday and I’ll continue with the very sick stalkers and serious news tomorrow!



         The above comment in yesterday from Cheryl Dum Markle and Steven Markle who have sent in over 1,700 comments into this site over the last five years! You want to talk about “vulgar?” Oh, we’ll talk!

         A tweet from Michael Deibert this morning. Is he really working for LNP? Is he really their “investigative team leader?” What is he investigating?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on November 11th, 2017 Becky 3 comments


         Sometimes it takes something very simple to remind you of LNP’s power through being the monopoly news service in Lancaster County.
         As mentioned on this site – last week I dialed Franklin & Marshall College mathematics professors (there are a lot) until one actually answered the phone and was extremely helpful.
         And although he said he voted, he was not really aware that District Attorney Craig Stedman was running for a seat on the Superior Court. When it sank in, he said, “I’m sorry to hear that he might be leaving. I think he’s done a good job.”
         I said he obviously does not read this site and added, “I don’t think he has,” and I moved the discussion away from the subject quickly.
         Oh, my. To be continued…    


         Imagine waking up to this (click here)? Well, I did! So did Trump learn to lie from Lancaster County officials or did they learn from Trump? Hmmm…


    Posted on November 10th, 2017 Becky 2 comments


         Two very nice Facebook posts by Independent Tony Dastra and Republican Cindy Stewart following Tuesday’s election. Stewart’s is on top and Dastra’s is below. Have a safe and happy Friday!

    *    I was just reminded that state offices are closed today for Veterans Day. So the Superior Court election will have to carry over until Monday. Sigh…


          A wedding picture is always a pleasant surprise on a cold November day. LNP has lost their court reporter, Jonas Fortune. Fortune married former WGAL producer Julie Loeper and she got a new job in Greenville, South Carolina and he, of course, tagged along. Will LNP replace Fortune?
         And speaking of the court, District Attorney Craig Stedman’s spokesman and former LNP court reporter, Brett Hambright, is using a new profile picture on his twitter account. Yikes! Was he anticipating a change? There will be more on Hambright in the upcoming days.
         And speaking of Stedman, is LNP going to pretend he didn’t run to be a Superior Court Judge in the first place? I will keep track of the election and attempt to call the Department of State today to see where this whole mess stands.
    But  there is other news to cover, so please check back later today!


    Posted on October 21st, 2017 Becky 4 comments


    This just amuses me! The music is catchy! Has anyone actually been hooked up? WTH?


    Posted on October 17th, 2017 Becky 2 comments



         @Frank Lee…I agree with your assessment 100%. Same Ole, Same Ole Sorace is a Gray clone with LESS intellect than he has…that does not bode well for the future. Her GOP challenger seems to be mailing it in. Dastra, regardless of his worthiness, cannot win as a 3rd party outsider with little or no backing. This race was decided when the City Dems endorsed Danene. I hope they will be held accountable later but it is unlikely.
    This comment in under “AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN!” below.
         I agree about Tony Dastra. As much as I appreciate him live-streaming city council and other meetings, he can’t possibly win. I do hope he runs for city council the next time a seat is open.
         Please don’t split the vote in November as the Democrats did in the primary when Kevin Ressler and Norman Colon split the vote so Sorace won. If you are unhappy with what has happened under Mayor Gray and Sorace, then vote for Cindy Stewart. I agree she is a very long shot but if nothing else, it will let people know that they are not satisfied with what has been going on for years in the city – with money being poured into the six block magazine section only and crime being virtually ignored.
         One quick note about this morning’s piece – there was this in the LNP story on McCaskey principal Jimenez where they are quoting an unnamed retired SDoL teacher who didn’t want her name used because she still substitutes in the district:
         She said that those who fell in line with Jimenez’s orders were his “henchmen.” Another popular term among teachers was “FOB” — Friends of Bill. If Jimenez’s “friends” would catch another teacher speaking out against the principal, there would be consequences.
         Obviously there are those who like Jimenez and there was not a single quote from anyone who does. That is outrageous and why I call it a character assassination piece. Unbelievable! And to put “He’ll squish you like an ant” in the headline is totally over-the-top and inappropriate! Does anyone at LNP know what they are doing?
    *    This press release just in from Christina Hartman’s campaign. Dump the schmuck, Lloyd!



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

         LNP, desperate for answers regarding the strange happenings with McCaskey Principal Bill Jimenez, take a really low road! They name exactly one former teacher in this article and one parent who has two sons in the district.
         Talk about character assassination! Wow! LNP’s journalism standards have been thrown out the window.
    Please check back later today.

  • 10-16-17 UPDATE – SUE LNP! NO LIP TODAY!

    Posted on October 15th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    10-16-17 UPDATE Still feeling pretty dreadful and this LNP story – “Elizabethtown insulation company sued by former human resources manager for racial discrimination,” – didn’t make me feel any better (click here). When, oh when, is someone going to sue racist LNP?

         I have a terrible change of season cold! Hopefully, LIP News will  be back tomorrow.


    Posted on October 6th, 2017 Becky 2 comments


          “He wanted to go to jail,” I was told by Crystal in District Judge Bruce Roth’s office today about 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Cannon.
         She would not give me the reason he apparently gave for wanting to go to jail.
         When I asked for specifics regarding paying the $100 dollars bail which is 10% of his $1,000 bail and providing proof that I have the full $1,000 should he default – she put me on hold and then came back and said she had been speaking with the Judge.
         She said the Judge stated I could not bail him out unless the defendant himself says he wants to be bailed out.
         This, of course, raises the question of whether a defendant can request jail. If the defendant met the guidelines to have been released on his own recognizance, or an unsecured amount of bail, can he “request” bail so he can go to jail?  If there is no legitimate legal reason for setting bail, why should the public pay to house and feed him? And can he refuse to be bailed out?
          And, of course, why in the world would this 20-year-old want to go to jail?
         And we never got to the bottom of what I would have to provide to bail him out – it stopped with the requirement that I have a full time job. I replied that I am retired. Believe it or not this stumped them and then I found out why. Crystal told me than in her five years in Judge Roth’s office they had only bailed out one individual. One person in five years.
         She did say that they have had bail bondsmen bail people out. After I talked to their office two days ago and I said I was in Philly and could not bring in cash that day (they do not take credit cards), they suggested I call a local bail bondsman. I called two in Lancaster. One said he could not help me and the other said he charges a minimum fee of $275 for his services.
         There are lots and lots of questions to be answered here and I will do my best in the coming days.



    Shaw-Cannon’s mugshot

          Dissent — truly effective dissent — should be nonviolent, but nonviolent doesn’t mean comfortable. Peaceful doesn’t mean warm and fuzzy. And just because dissent risks overreaction by a king, a president, or a Republican state senator in Lancaster County, doesn’t mean government actors should give in to that temptation.
    From a column special to LNP by Ephrata attorney Mitchell Sommers, “King George tried to shut down dissent, and look how that worked out,” (click here).    
         Sommers is the only good thing in LNP and his column is well worth the read and to understand what State Senator Scott Martin is trying to do with his truly appalling Senate Bill #754.
         In the meantime, 20-year-old Delonte Shaw-Cannon sits in Lancaster County Prison for allegedly trying to burn an American flag in Penn Square (click here for the police press release). He is in prison. He is sitting in a jail cell at your expense. And no one is speaking up about it and the fact that racism is clearly involved in his case.
         I tried to bail him out from Philadelphia (his bail is set at 10% of $1,000). It’s not as easy as you think. 
    That and more will come later today.  


    Posted on October 2nd, 2017 Becky 2 comments


         I had quite an argument with a commenter today about bail in the comments under the story immediately below.
         LNP stating Luke Murray “is free on $15,000 bail” is deceptive and incorrect. Period!
         And it is National Newspaper Week and the LNP editorial staff, of course, get on their high horse and state this in their editorial today (click here):
         We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating — we exist for our readers, as we have for some 223 years. In a modern age of fake news, social media, and the dissemination of information in 140 characters or less, we believe the role of community newspapers is as relevant as ever. We are bombarded with information from so many different sources — some credible, some not. Consumers are forced to be discerning if they are to separate fact from fiction.
         No, you exist to make the Steinmans money and control Lancaster County. And I will come back to that tomorrow and domestic violence and Lancaster Police Chief Keith Sadler.
         But today, LNP “reporter” Tom Knapp tweeted this:
         Really? A “death knell for Columbia?” What kool aid has he been drinking? Is that fake news?
         LNP: Failing to tell the public the truth about bail and Chief Sadler. Is it their “death knell?”


    **   An email in this morning with a link to “MightyRecruiter” (click here) and this question (thank you):
         So has Murray been looking for a new job or does this site just put up the names of people who might be a candidate?



    Senator Bernie Sanders on his Twitter account yesterday.

         And if we want to discuss criminal justice reform – then we have to talk about bail. And LNP needs to get their facts correct! See yesterday’s post immediately below on this site.


         Waking up to a huge tragedy in Las Vegas this morning. There are no words.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on September 30th, 2017 Becky 6 comments


         He is free on $15,000 bail.
    From the LNP article, “East Hempfield police officer charged with breaking into estranged girlfriend’s home,” (click here).    
         No, that is not correct, “reporter” Jonas Fortune and LNP. Get your facts correct! He is free on 10% of $15,000. And according to his docket, someone named Marcia L. Murray put up the $1,500 cash for Luke Murray (see below).
         This sloppiness by LNP on important stories is unbelievable! Can you believe a word they publish?

  • * CUT IT OUT, LNP!

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    *   OMG! They have now made the barber story their lead story on Lancaster Online and they have made it an “insider” story to boot! Are they nuts?



         You are the LNP managing editor for news and sports: What would you put on the front page of today’s print edition?
    —  A beloved restaurant, which LNP refers to as a “landmark,” and located right next to Central Market had a major fire yesterday causing $400,000 in damage and closing it for months.
    —  An Elizabethtown barber is retiring after six decades and you have a “folksy,” silly human interest story about him.
          What would you put on the front page?