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    Posted on October 27th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

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




    Posted on October 17th, 2018 Becky 7 comments



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


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





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


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

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



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


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         The city wants to move the Lancaster Public Library to an annex building they are proposing building on Lancaster Square (yes, and the plan includes a parking garage). This was a portion of last night’s very important presentation on the Lancaster Square East Side Redevelopment which you should watch – click here!
         And the contractor to build that building – Benchmark Construction where Mayor Danene Sorace’s husband, Christian Recknagel, is a vice-president. Unbelievable! Oh, and some CRIZ money for it too!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on October 17th, 2018 Becky 7 comments


    Leadership isn't for the faint of heart

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

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


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


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


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



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

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


    Posted on October 15th, 2018 Becky 11 comments


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


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

    Posted on October 14th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

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

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


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

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

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


    Posted on October 13th, 2018 Becky 8 comments


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




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


    Posted on October 5th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

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


    — WHY DON’T WE KNOW? —

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


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


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



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

    20/20 TONIGHT


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

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


    Posted on September 29th, 2018 Becky 7 comments


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


    Posted on September 26th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

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


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

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


    McFarland addressing city council last night.

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



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


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


    Posted on September 23rd, 2018 Becky 3 comments

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

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


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


    Posted on September 21st, 2018 Becky 6 comments


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

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

    Posted on September 21st, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         The latest in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP is below.
         Please note that according to Wikipedia (and confirmed with other legal dictionaries) the meaning of in camera as used in this order is:
         “In camera  is a legal term that means in private. The same meaning is sometimes expressed in the English equivalent: in chambers. Generally, in-camera describes court cases, parts of it, or process where the public and press are not allowed to observe the procedure or process.”


    *    As reported here earlier, LNP’s digital manager and former “Food Dude,” Dustin Leed, jumped ship to the Reading Eagle as LNP’s paywall came in. Not only that, but he is raiding the LNP newsroom! Yes, he took LNP’s prior social media manager, Andrea Gillhoolley, with him! I wonder if LNP regrets buying him that going away cake?




         To help you calm down, I encourage you to watch the video about the crypto-creature that steals apples along the Susquehanna River! When I was a Scout at good old Camp Chiquetan, we actually went on an elbadritch hunt (as it was spelled back then). 
    Part of a comment into this site from barry in winnipeg.
         Thanks, Barry. I immediately felt better and while LNP does have a video about the albatwitch (as it is spelled now), I beat them to it last October! The link to the original is here and the link to the wonderful Columbia Spy story is here!

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on September 18th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


         “Second, we must talk about the issue of domestic violence in our homes and our neighborhoods. It was the pleas of two children yelling from a window, worrying that their mother would be killed, that brought police to the home on Pershing Avenue.
    Over half of the woman killed in our country every year, are killed by intimate partner violence. This is totally unacceptable,” Sorace [Mayor Danene Sorace] said.

    From today’s LNP story, “Woman held at gunpoint by man shot, killed by Lancaster police filed PFA against him in 2015,” (click here).
         Mayor Sorace has the nerve to say this when she didn’t do or say one thing about former Police Chief Keith Sadler for years? 
        The original and full post of the below screenshot from this site is here. And if anyone on the LNP editorial board; Suzanne Cassidy, Tom Murse or Barbara Hough Roda is even thinking about writing an editorial about domestic violence, I will do my absolute best to expose you as the lying, disgusting hypocrites you really are!
         Also from the above post linked to on this site there is this:
         Rick Gray lied to the public to get into office. He flat-out lied. And he has been lying ever since. He and LNP made a deal: Keep the money flowing into LNP’s pockets and they would use their enormous power as the monopoly source of news in Lancaster County to protect him and never criticize a thing about him or his administration.
    His office failed to properly vet Police Chief Keith Sadler and LNP has lied to the public for years, hiding the fact that his ex-wife wrote a book stating he beat her for years.


    *    A quick note: This is the first sentence of a comment into this site:
         Why would the county coroner’s office run a toxicology test on someone who committed suicide.
         I am responding under the thread, “& RESIGN, DIAMANTONI!” (click here).


         A frame from one of the videos of the police shooting death of Ricardo Avenia (“Macho”) on Sunday night.

         How did the Lancaster City Police Force come to look like this? Who is responsible?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on September 17th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    —   I have seen at least two GoFundMe pages set up for Ricardo Avenia, who was killed by police last night, and his family. Give with care and try to contact the page administrator to make sure it is valid and approved by the family.

    ***    Kevin M. Ressler, who ran for mayor, on his Facebook page.


    **  The latest release from the DA’s office. Stedman stated, “We do not anticipate releasing additional info today.”

    *    There is a GoFundMe page for the victim in last night’s police involved shooting – click here.


    “The person inside is deceased.” Officer Thomas said in relation to the shooting on Pershing Ave. Here were his statements at 1:30AM, affirming the death of he victim.Follow the hashtag #justiceformacho to see what your community is saying. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay on the scene longer and just arrived home. Follow your local news for updates, and I will share information as it comes. This shooting is currently under investigation as of posting this clip. Love one another.

    Posted by See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA on Monday, September 17, 2018


    Posted on September 15th, 2018 Becky 3 comments


    Tony gets newsy!

    *  Tony Dastra has caught the news bug! Oh, Tony! There is no known cure and it does not go away.
         Yes, he is turning his “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page into a news site and doing far more than just live-streaming important city meetings. Lancaster needs every news source it can get so this is wonderful news.
         And he did live-stream Thursday’s meeting about the new design for Lancaster Square. You can watch it here and when they break up into discussion “tables,” Tony live-streams his table which includes former Mayor Art Morris (put the website about the Marriott back up, Art!).
         It’s all very interesting and you can listen to Mayor Sorace state that the Rocky Springs Carousel will not be placed in Lancaster Square because of its association with racism and discrimination.
         Welcome to the news world, Tony!




         Of all the screenshots of Justin Perry (MR 17 5 40) LNP could have taken from his Facebook videos, they chose the one on the right to accompany their story of his home being searched on Thursday (click here).
         How bizarre! I don’t know what he has around his shoulders or why, but I much prefer the one on the left that I ran which is from the actual live-stream of his home being searched!

    Justin Gearty

         And I most certainly am not taking sides in this bizarre saga and I have reservations about what Perry does – but I do want to know what DA Stedman is up to. They filed heinous charges against Perry in August and withdrew them eight days later. Now they search his house. Stedman needs to produce and put up or stop harassing this man!
         I’ve heard good things about Perry’s attorney, Justin Gearty, and it will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out (click here for Gearty’s website).   


    Posted on September 13th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

          Screenshots from the live-feed of Justin Perry’s home being searched this morning. What were the police looking for? What did they find?






    Justin Perry; the police at Perry’s house this morning.

    *** BREAKING NEWS *** Several police departments and the District Attorney’s office searched Justin Perry’s house this morning (MR 17 5 40) and you can watch the livestream on his Facebook page. He is the man who catches child predators on Facebook and was responsible for the arrest of Thomas Wise who is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly trying to meet a 15-year-old girl (actually Perry) in Binn’s Park. The police had a warrant. Perry was not arrested this morning but the police took several items.




         …He and his wife have paid the 1.1 percent excise tax, which Zimmerman’s chief of staff Priscilla Eberly said amounted to $31.95. And she said they don’t have to pay the second one because they provided breakfast for their rentals.     …
         …But county Treasurer Amber Martin said she hasn’t yet made any final determinations.
         She said her office received the Zimmermans’ application in late August and is still in the process of verifying the information — such as how many times it was rented and whether it did actually include breakfast in the rental rate.
         “Anyone can say they have a breakfast,” Martin said, emphasizing that checking records is standard procedure for all Airbnb and similar applications.
    From today’s LNP article, “State Rep. David Zimmerman pays some back taxes on Airbnb rental, waiting for final county call,” (click here).
        It’s wonderful to see that the Zimmermans paid their $31.95 in LNP’s big investigative story! And now we have treasurer Amber Martin investigating breakfasts! Oh, this is so rich in irony and stupidity it’s unbelievable!
         Hey, LNP reporter Sam Janesch, have you found her bond in the name of Amber Green? That’s the name she was elected under and there should be a bond in that name! Maybe you could investigate that?
         And maybe LNP should investigate the over $5 million dollars the city spent on MAW Communications that has brought the city absolutely nothing instead of worrying about breakfast and $31.95!
    —  Click here for, “Lancaster County treasurer without insurance for millions in tax dollars.”
    —  Click here for, “Dozens of local officials fail to disclose their financial interests,” which includes Amber Martin!
    Please check back later today.    


    Posted on September 6th, 2018 Becky 2 comments


          A certain “GoFundMe” account has been making national news for several days now. But an emailer today alerted me to a different GoFundMe account for Elena Rowe and her daughter.
         Elena came from the Ukraine to marry Raymond Rowe (pictured above), who was suddenly arrested and charged in late June with the rape and murder of Christy Mirack in 1992. He remains in jail with no bail and facing the death penalty.
         The below is from her GoFundMe account (click here) which has raised $2,446 of the $15,000 goal by this afternoon.
    [I will return to MAW and LanCity Connect tomorrow.]
         Please help support our dear, sweet family members who are going through an unbelievable and traumatic time. 
         Due to legal matters, Elena’s husband is no longer capable of providing financially for his wife Elena and daughter Sofika.
         Elena and Ray were married 5 years ago and from the beginning of the relationship he was nothing more than a perfect gentleman and provider for Elena and her young daughter, Sofika. 
          He provided both emotional and financial  care for both of “his girls.” 
         He treated Elena, a hard working, devoted and supportive wife like a queen, and her daughter, Sofika, as if she were his very own. 
         He was self employed and Elena helped out running the business end of his successful business.
         The very unexpected legal matters have left Elena and Sofika’s world completely turned upside down.  
         There was no way for them to see this coming and they are in need of support to pay bills until Elena can obtain her driver’s license (driving is a bit of a fear for her) so that she can obtain a job to provide for herself and Sofika financially. 
          All of you who know Elena, know that she is a hard worker who would do anything to help anyone in need of anything. 
         So let’s wrap Elena and Sofika in our loving and supportive arms as we help them navigate this most trying time. 
         Your sensitivity towards Elena and Sofika during this time is very much appreciated. They are in a position they did not ask the be in and your prayers, kind thoughts and support are most helpful at this time.
  • ENJOY!

    Posted on September 1st, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    LIP News will return on Tuesday, September 4th.


    Posted on August 30th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


         I just want to state again how really awful and misleading this reporting by Tom Knapp is. He should have absolutely stated that Graham was not in the courtroom and not involved in the case and that he made an entirely separate phone call to Graham after the hearing for his opinion.
         This is not acceptable journalism by any standard!


         What LNP reporter Tom Knapp did not tell us in his coverage of Jeffrey Chapman’s court appearance for shooting a feral cat is why (click here)? If he or his attorney offered an explanation of what caused him on a Sunday in January to pull out a gun and shoot the cat it is not in Knapp’s coverage.
         Are feral cats a huge problem? Yes. Do I believe people should go around shooting feral cats? No. Do I believe there might be extenuating circumstances that might make it a “gray area” of the law (see yesterday’s post)? Yes – if he believed the cat was rabid; if the cat was attacking livestock – chickens or rabbits – he keeps on his property then there would be “justification” for him shooting the cat. We don’t know why Chapman shot the cat.
         What we do know is the DA’s office spent a lot of our money to prosecute him. Like most Common Pleas Court criminal dockets there are hearings and continuances and conferences and these all involve highly paid judges and prosecutors.
         And what do I think of the sentence Judge Margaret Miller imposed? Ridiculous. Two years of probation? Why? That costs the public even more money to pay the probation officer.
         He is 28, has no prior record and there is no evidence of him killing any other animals. It is highly doubtful that he will become a serial killer as some commenters suggested. Let him pay the $650 fine and be done with it. Community service? What’s the point unless it’s at a shelter or rescue group?
         This has already cost Chapman a huge amount. His picture was all over LNP and other media for days and he paid for a private attorney and probably missed several days of work.
         And then there is this from Knapp’s article:
         Miller [Judge Margaret Miller] asked Chapman if he considered trapping the cat humanely and taking it to a veterinarian for care.
         Besides the fact that as commenters noted it is not easy to trap a cat, what kind of care? Having the vet euthanize it or having the vet neuter the cat and giving it back?
         If the judge meant for the vet to euthanize it – it seems to me a needle and a clean gun shot are about the same. And if the judge truly meant “care,” that’s a large bill and then what is he then supposed to do with the cat? The vet will not take it. A shelter will not take it. It is feral – it is wild – it can bite and claw and hurt you badly! No shelter will take it – and if they do they may charge you and then they will put the cat down – it is not adoptable! It is feral.
          I know this. I have been through this! There are no easy answers – but there is one rule that I posted here when this story first broke: Do not feed feral cats. Period.
         I’ll come back to this briefly and then move on before going on Labor Day vacation.   

    Posted on August 26th, 2018 Becky 3 comments


    *     Before I forget, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tony Dastra of the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). As noted yesterday, he did a live-stream and said today is his birthday. He believes in transparency and open government! There will be more next week on his plans.



    (Click here)

          Unbelievable! Why wasn’t this caught years ago? And why don’t Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin and County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni (both pictured above) just resign? Resign today!

  • *** – ** – * THE FINAL STRAW?

    Posted on August 25th, 2018 Becky 3 comments

    l***  As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, apparently there will be a live-stream at 3:00 pm today to explain all this. I just hope I understand it. And I will not be buying a $15 mug!


    **  On a more serious note, Justin Perry (MR 17 5 40) allegedly “caught” a child predator in Leola last night and you can go to his Facebook page to watch the video. But what happens from here? Did they call the police? What happens beside this alleged predator’s face being up on a Facebook page that several thousand may see?



    *    This is just clever. LNP on their Facebook page asked for back-to-school photos from their readers. They got these two great responses:



         Some random “as seen on the internet” things will be coming today.
         First – this has to be one of the most incredibly stupid things I have seen in years! It shows a complete lack of any comprehension of what the straw issue is about. And what about the LIPS that have been on your fork and spoon? Oh, my heavens! Astonishing! A public health issue, LOL! (And Harper will threaten to sue me in 3…2…1!)


    Posted on August 19th, 2018 Becky 8 comments

    *     I don’t know how they can publish the entire LNP story on, but if it continues it might bring some life back to the essentially dead forum and give “prettylight” someone to talk to!



         If you have not purchased a digital subscription to Lancaster Online and want to read a story, you can go to and read the entire article there.


    Posted on August 13th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Candace Parrow has been charged in the death of her four-month-old daughter and they are unloading on her on her Facebook page (click here for the DA’s press release and see below).


    So much rain! LIP News will be back tomorrow.


    *     No, LNP reporter Sam Janesch and editor Tom Murse: This article is far from acceptable (click here)! Why were the charges quietly withdrawn? Why were they charged in the first place? This kind of blatant corruption has been going on in the county police departments and the District Attorney’s Office because you don’t do your jobs and hold these public officials accountable and demand answers!



    UP & DOWN!


         The best way to start a rainy Monday? With the fantastic photos from Columbia Spy (click here for many more).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on August 12th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


         …Most of you know that I was accused of having child porn on my phone last week…which took me by surprise ’cause…just nothing there…like what? So all I can really say about that is that my lawyer called yesterday and said the charges were withdrawn. And that’s all I can really say is, “Hey, I’m still here.” No charges were filed…well they were filed but they were withdrawn. Yes, so that’s that.
    Justin Perry (MR 17 5 40) in his latest video (click here).
    *    When is the DA’s office, the Lancaster City Police Department and Mayor Sorace going to explain to the public why the charges were filed and then withdrawn?



         Which one is real news? One of these is satire from the Onion, the other is a real PennLive story. Can you tell which is which?


    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 Becky 10 comments
    *   The bottom line – I will give details of my calls tomorrow – the following Right to Know request was emailed to the County this afternoon:
          A copy of all Surety Bonds for/in the name of Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin and all Surety Bonds in the name of the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office for the last two years.


         The Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is potentially risking millions in liability by not securing surety bonds for the local taxes it collects.
    The opening sentence to the LNP article from July 18, 2018 titled, “Lancaster County treasurer without insurance for millions in tax dollars,” (click here).
         Today, I decided to see if Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin had obtained the required bonds to protect the citizens. The answer: after three phone calls I still don’t have an answer. Details to follow.



       On a very serious and horrific note, a two-year-old was killed in Philadelphia last night by five pit bulls in his home.
         This is a brief update to the vicious pit bull attack in Lancaster on two children and their mother on June 19, 2017 (they are now using initials for the children and I will respect that and no longer use their names).
         The lawsuit they filed in the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas just “sat” there for a year. Finally there is action and they have found “deep pockets.” I am not being sarcastic about that – the dog’s owner, Luis Colon, probably does not have insurance since $80,000 was paid for a prior attack by his dog and these children will need medical care for years.
          Judge Leonard G Brown granted the below order on July 19th of this year and the revised lawsuit will be filed in Philadelphia County.



    A headline from page A-3 of today’s LNP print edition and a meme that came across my Facebook feed recently.

         What a relief! There does, however, seem to be a drought on real news!